Friday, July 20, 2018

Fast Filled Friday

Breakfast Shake
Good good sleep. I took a bathroom break at 3:30 and went back to sleep. I woke next at 6 for a bit but back to sleep until 7:30. I lounged and didn't get out of bed until 7:45 but then the day was off and running. I fed the boys and watered the flowers before deciding that I wanted a breakfast shake. I do add a cup of unsweetened almond milk and a squirt of chocolate Stevia to the recipe and dang it's just so good and creamy.

Movie Lunch
I changed and got to the gym by 9:45. I got 35 minutes of good elliptical cardio in and jetted home where I found the tree trimming guy outside in his truck on the phone. I hurried in to change, no time for a shower-GROSS, threw my lunch in my purse and got out to meet the guy to discuss all the trees. I finally had to just leave at 11 to get to the theater to meet Miss M for Mama Mia. I was excited to see a good story with good music and it lived up to my expectations. I ate my little container of tuna salad that I made with hard boiled eggs and marinated cucumbers and then had one of my cookies.

Steak Night
I got home, did a little emailing and then left again to get to my massage. I first had to fill up my car with gas since I was on "E." I've never ever let my car get that low and it was a bit nerve-racking seeing that little orange gas light glowing at me. I was calm once filled and got to my appointment very very ready for the relaxation and to get my knots worked out. A month is eternity to wait but oh man always worth it. I stopped at the store all greasy from the oil, but didn't care, to pick up meat and veggies and fruit. The impulse purchase was a ribeye since I was craving it. I got home, put groceries away, did a little work, showered and lit the grill. I seasoned the steak and cooked it up. I heated the leftover broccoli to go with it and watched Mozart in the Jungle. For dessert number one I tried a new Atkins treat called a Nutty Fudge Brownie and it wasn't bad. Not a favorite. A bit later I did some laundry and then had a handful of cherries.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Steak and Gravy Testing

I had two weird dreams last night. In one I had the chronic runs, and out in public. And for some reason I didn't care and let it flow down my legs and on my clothes as I kept going wherever I was going. I woke at 5:30, an intermission, to pee and got back to sleep quickly. I then dreamed that everyone I met at the meeting in Reno hated me. Lots of back turning away from me. I then woke at 7:30 and lounged until almost 8 before getting up. I dressed, went down to the kitchen to get bacon cooking and then watered flowers. I had cottage cheese with the bacon and then changed for the gym.

Pizza Bites and Cookies
It was great to dance for an hour (we had one of the good subs) and even better to get home for a shower. I did some work and got hungry around 12:30. I decided on pizza bites made with the deli pepperoni, a little pizza sauce, mozzarella and fresh mushroom. I put them under the broiler for a few minutes and then ate all eight pretty quickly. I then had three ho-made Keto Oreos and watched a few episodes of Mozart in the Jungle.

Steak and Gravy Success
I eventually went back up to work and stayed there until just before 7PM. Time went quickly and I wanted to get some dinner going. I had some ground beef and some mushrooms that needed to be used and intended on grilling a burger and topping with mushrooms cooked in butter. I then got an idea and looked for a Keto Salisbury steak recipe. I found this one for Hamburger steak and Mushroom gravy first and knew it was the one. I didn't have pork rinds so left them out. I also left out the egg. I mixed the beef with heavy cream, salt, pepper, Worcestershire, onion powder and garlic pepper and it held together nicely.  The gravy really made the recipe. The touch of whiskey cooked in added such a yummy umph with the mushrooms and onion. This recipe was a huge win and I had two of the patties. It will be made again.  I cooked broccoli to go with it and topped with the usual lemon butter sauce. I had a handful of cherries for dessert and watched American Woman. Some HGTV was after and I went to bed around 10.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

An Early Start

Cucumber Peeking and Breakfast
Sleep was very good last night. I got up at 2:30 to pee but right back to sleep. I was in a city where some big festival or event was about to happen and a warehouse store was being emptied out to house events. I was looking for Pam cooking spray and with all the store emptying I was having a hard time finding it. And then my alarm went off at 5:45.I snoozed until 5:51 and then got up and dressed in some workout gear. I made the drive to Boulder and met YEN at 6:30 at the trailhead for our loop. We typically meet each Wednesday morning starting in Spring but this year she's been busy and I just haven't felt like it. But today we did it and made a pact to keep it going until my PiYo starts back up in September. It was 3.18 miles and I'm so glad for it. Lovely morning to get some movement. Made it home and got bacon cooking. I watered flowers and saw that the lone cucumber was growing so nicely. I made scrambled eggs to go with the bacon and when done with breakfast I clipped flowers from my neighbor's yard (with permission) and ran them to our friend's house. They are returning from a month in Europe today and it will be a nice welcome home.

Cookies are Better Cold
I got home, took a shower and settled into my desk for some work. I got a good two and a half hours in before I got hungry for lunch. I went down and heated the leftover burger and the rest of the squash and watched Younger while eating. When done I had two of the sandwich cookies I made last night and they are even better cold.  The filling had hardened a bit and the cookies were crunchy. A perfect treat. I attempted to go back up to work but fell asleep on the couch before I could even get up. After an hour I stumbled upstairs into bed but then couldn't sleep. I laid there, with Remi having snuggie time under the covers next to me, for another hour before finally getting back up at 3:30.

Mix and Match Dinner
I got back to work, went down at 6:30 to feed the kitties, went back up to the office and didn't stop until after 8PM.  I then went down to the kitchen for a little dinner. I definitely wasn't cooking after 8 so I grabbed a hard boiled egg, a slice of Colby jack, some almonds, a little cottage cheese and some cherries and cranked up an episode of Mozart in the Jungle. Yay Prime video is working again! I had a couple cookies when done with my mix and match plate and watched two more episodes of the show before going up to bed.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Sandwich Cookies

It's so weird. I swear I hear Sampson's meow upstairs on a regular basis. At least once a day. I always say hello and wonder if he's in the house floating around. The kittens sometimes have a wide-eyed look at the stairs which makes me think he could be.

I slept well, waking at 3:30 to pee but back to sleep nicely. I woke next just after 6AM and dozed until my alarm went off at 6:45. I lounged until 7 and then got up and dressed. I fed the boys, watered the front flowers, took my neighbor's trash cans out to the curb since she's out of town and then got my own out. I cooked up four slices of bacon and had it with cottage cheese and then put my shoes on for a nice walk. I met my friend Rebecca in Louisville at 8AM for the 3 mile Davidson Mesa cruise and it was a lovely overcast morning.

Teasing Teddy with a Shake
I got home, changed and went to the gym for 30 minutes of cardio on the elliptical. It was nice to get it done while I was warmed up from the walk. I wasn't in the mood for the dance sub today but did see them all grooving in the room as I passed by. I got home, showered and made a shake. I added 1.5 cups of unsweetened almond milk to the recipe along with chocolate Stevia for extra sass. This is a great recipe. I sipped it while watching The Proposal and really can't believe I'm watching it. I seriously can't help myself. I am a sucker for love and really enjoy watching people find it whether it lasts or not. It's why I love my Hallmark movies.

Fast and Favorite Snack
At 12:30 I drove to water plants at the friend-that's-been-in-Europe-for-a-month's house. After I watered my OCD took over and I ended up cleaning the kitchen, putting away dishes, vacuuming and organizing their mountain of shoes by the front door. This is a family of five that's always on the go and it was seriously a mountain. Most weren't in pairs either. Flip fops, sandals, tennis shoes and hiking shoes all tossed in a pile. Well not any longer. I felt much better leaving. They will either be leased or horrified when they get in tomorrow evening. I then went to my facial and got a very much needed cleaning. I got home around 3 and was hungry. I had a snack of hard boiled egg, roasted almonds and Colby jack. This is such a quick and easy and wonderful snack. I boiled up six eggs to have on hand when I need something.

Burger and Squash
I talked with Ma and she's very worried about her sisters. One has had the kidney issues and isn't getting better, and it's been a month. The other sister has had dementia and it looks like it's now turned into full on Alzheimer's. She has not recognized her husband and has run to a neighbor's thinking he was there to harm her. It's so sad. After we got off the phone I watched episode 1 of a show Mom K told me about called Graves (her and Dad K saw it being filmed when they were visiting Albuquerque once) and it's got potential. I may re-watch with the Kev as it's something we could watch together. I did read that it was cancelled after season 2 so we may not want to dive in and get invested. I still couldn't get Amazon video to load and I'll be glad when Prime Day is over tonight. I brought my neighbor's trash cans into her garage (out of town) and when I got home decided to try this recipe for Keto Oreos. I made the dough, got it in the freezer and then got two burgers on the grill.

Keto Oreo Testing
I took Kev's advice and once the burgers got their grill marks I moved them up to the top shelf for the remainder of cooking. I broiled on some Colby jack and enjoyed a burger with some leftover squash. When done with dinner I retrieved the cookie dough from the freezer, rolled it out, in batches, and used a lid from a cayenne pepper jar as a cookie cutter. I froze the dough again for the fifteen minutes and put into a 350 degree oven for baking. The recipe mentioned to watch them because you can't see any browning on them. I removed at 12 minutes and let them cool. They could have probably gone another couple minutes for a bit crispier cookies but these were slightly crisp and worked fine. Mom asked why I didn't use cream cheese for the filling and next time I think I'll try that. The cookies are fantastic, I had one filled and two plain cookie wafers, and I'll make these again. I watched The Bold Type and then went to bed by 9:30.

Monday, July 16, 2018

The Penthouse Suite

Early Monday Eating
I finally had the deep sleep I needed. Slept solidly until 2:30, got up to pee but it was like sleep walking because I went back to sleep so quickly. Before I woke this morning, at 6 something when Kev's alarm went off, I was in a dream where Michael Bolton (yes the singer with long hair) had upgraded me and Kev to a millionaire's suite in a hotel penthouse. As we rode the elevator up from the regular room we started in I could see a pond and garden INSIDE the suite. It was sprawling. It had not been cleaned from the last people staying in it and there were bits of things scattered that I picked up. Shoes, scraps of paper etc. I then woke and was groggy because I slept so hard. I dressed and went down to the kitchen where the Kev had made coffee and was cooking up eggs and bacon. He then headed off to work at 7:30.

The Work Scene and a Lunch Bowl
I watered flowers although they got good rain yesterday evening. It dries out so fast and I fed them plant food today. I have one baby cucumber on the vine and lots of bright yellow flowers which means more are on the way. My mint is also starting to grow. It's the roots from a mint plant I took from YEN's garden. I've never successfully grown something I've gotten from someone else so it's exciting. I changed and did a 30 minute round of PiYo that worked the core before getting to work. I got some stuff accomplished, amidst the total cuteness rolling on my desk and keyboard, and at 1 took a lunch break. I browned half pound of ground beef and added in the leftover Indian spiced cauli rice and the green beans from last night. It made a nice beef and veggie bowl and I watched an episode of The Proposal while eating. I wanted to watch Mozart in the Jungle but the Amazon servers seemed to be down for Prime Day.

Steak and Squash
After lunch I ran to the laundry to drop off a couple shirts and went back home. I changed and then went to the gym for a quick 30 minutes on the elliptical to get a bit of cardio done today. I got home, showered and it was after 5 so no more work. I took the computer downstairs and plopped on the couch. I chatted with Kev and at 6 got up to start some squash, zucchini and onion. When it was half done I lit the grill and cooked the balsamic mustard skirt steak that I marinated yesterday. I should have waited until Wednesday to eat it, so the flavors would be much stronger, but I wanted it so bad. It was good but not as fabulous as that last one last week. After I polished it off I had a handful of cherries and an Atkins bar. Of course I watched The Bachelorette and then hit the bed.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

All About the Ice Cream

Sunday Breakfast Fave
I was home and in bed by 1. I had to shower the sweat off before getting in my PJs though. This event wasn't as fun as the last but a different production group did this one and they didn't gauge what types of music was really making people dance. Although I danced the entire 2.5 hours anyway but just not as hard as I would have with solidly great music. The venue was better though as they actually put effort into having disco lights etc. It was a fun night and I was glad to be out with the girls and let loose. I didn't sleep well unfortunately. I kept waking and my mind had a hard time shutting off. I got up just after 7 and made a little cup of coffee. Kev decided that he'd like Snickerdoodle Crepes and so it was. We cooked up some bacon and I made the crepes and a lovely, low-key Sunday morning was officially under way.

Lunch Pizza with Surprise Crust
We had the doors open today since the high would be in the 70s only. The breeze was nuts and it felt like fall. It's just a #blessing in the midst of hot and we soaked it up. After breakfast we put on our shoes, and me some out of the house pants, and went to the groceries. One for fish water, sale eggs and cottage cheese and the other for meat and veggies. When we got home I put the groceries away and got busy in the kitchen. I got vanilla ice cream custard made and put it in the freezer to start freezing. I put a couple chicken breasts on to boil with chili powder and cumin and let them cook on the stove. When done I made a Salsa Verde Chicken Casserole and got it in the freezer for next weekend. I made a balsamic mustard marinade and Kev tenderized my skirt steak. It then went into the fridge. I also cut up and made a vinegar marinade for a cucumber. And then I whipped us up a quick lunch. I had three whipped eggs that I had screwed up making ice cream (supposed to be yolks only and I used whole eggs) so I tossed them in the blender with one more egg and about 1/4c Parmesan cheese. I melted butter in my 9" cast iron skillet and poured in the eggs, letting them brown good on one side. I then flipped like a pancake and let cook until very firm and removed to a parchmented pan. I then topped with pizza sauce, pepperoni, fresh mushroom and mozzarella and put under the broiler. Holy crap this is an amazing substitute for crust. Next time I'll not forget to add Italian seasoning to the "crust." Kev had no clue it was eggs and I must say it was quite impressive. I think this will be the new go-to.

Chicken Tikka Masala
After lunch I mowed the yards just before the sprinkle of rain started. It was very sweet timing. I vacuumed the house, cleaned the bathrooms and got the peach and remainder of the strawberry pieces chopped and added into the ice cream before showering and getting a batch of fresh green beans prepped and on the stove for dinner. Tonight we were having Chicken Tikka Masala using this dang good jarred version. I riced a cauliflower and made this Indian Spiced Cauli Rice which is super quick , easy and yummy. I used about 1/4 teaspoon of ground coriander since I didn't have fresh. I made fresh green beans and let them cook slowly and they were the best. Overall the meal was fantastic but the chicken we bought on sale was rubbery and ooged me out. I finished the majority but made Kev finish the rest. We ate and watched The Americans.

Ice Cream with a Sprawling Teddy
Around 8 the ice cream was thick enough for soft serve and I couldn't wait any longer. Peach strawberry sounded so so good and oh man it was. I started with about 1/4c and when that was gone another 1/4c. And then me and Kev stood over the container and finished it off. It was only 1c of cream for the recipe so not all that much thank goodness or it would have all been gone. Adding the one small peach really made a difference. Yes it added more carbs but  wow it was really spectacular.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Old School

Great Morning for a Hike
Sleep was overall pretty good. And it just so happened that both me and Kev got up at 4:30 to pee. When we got back in bed I said "want to go hike?" and he loved the idea. We threw on some clothes and Kev packed the backpack with our two water containers and a few snacks and we hit the road. We got down the highway a good bit when he realized he didn't have his wallet so we turned around and retrieved it. We got back on the road around 5:15ish and stopped in at the Longmont McDonalds for two Egg McMuffins, one without the muffin. We rolled into Rocky Mountain National Park before 6:30 and there was already a line of cars at the gate. Thank goodness we had our park pass and cruised right in. The trailhead we typically park at was full so we had to go up to the Bear Lake lot and low and behold it was almost full, and it's a big, big lot. We stood in line for the bathrooms and then hit the trails. It is summer in the park. Our destination was Loch Vale and would be a bit further since we had to park at a different place. But it was a beaut of a morning and our energy was good. We passed Lily Lake, Dream Lake and went on to Emerald Lake, turned around and went to Lake Hiyaha and then on over to the Loch, where I had a couple bites of buffalo jerky and a few almonds. Then we had to go back. When close to the parking area we realized we had about 9.3 miles logged and that just wouldn't do. I had to make it an even 10 so we walked around Bear Lake for our victory/bonus lap. The stats: 10.17 miles hiked, 25,000 steps, had a 4, 594 ft elevation gain, the equivalent of climbing 127 flights of stairs and burned 1,484 calories.

Heaven on a Plate After a Big Hike
We left the park around 11:30. Upon our exit we witnessed, for the first time, a crazy long line of cars waiting to get into the park at the gate. It stretched just into the Estes Park city limits, at least a mile if not a bit longer. I stretched my legs out pleased that we did 10 miles in 4.5 hours with all of the climbing. But honestly, my knees were done and done-er and I was more than glad to take off the hiking shoes and put on my flip flops. We sipped water on our way back home and were elated to have a shower and get lunch going. I made up burger patties with the last of the ground meat and Kev grilled them up. We each had one half pounder and one smaller. I melted on some Cobly jack and had a pickle on the side. Nothing else was needed. So. Delicious. Likely because we were past hungry.

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner
After lunch I started to fizzle and at 3 it was time for a nap. I crawled into bed and slept a good hour and then was awake for a while before dozing and lounging in spurts until 5. I got up to take a couple Aleve and rub some MSM cream on my knees. Kev had some from his shoulder surgery and it actually helped. This knee weirdness is most noticeable after our long hikes. I'm definitely needing recovery time now. Oh the aging process...

The Kev so graciously went to the grocery while I got slowly moving. He brought home a rotisserie chicken and some fresh green beans. I snapped the tips off, cooked them in some bacon fat and they were lovely with the chicken. We had some cherries for dessert and watched The Americans. I drank caffeinated tea to give me some umph since it was girl's night. I got off the couch at about 9:15 to get dressed. At 10 a friend picked me up and we went to our second silent disco at a local joint. I felt like I was in college again going out so late. My body, however, did not.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Worst Steak Ever

A Perfect Combo
Another off and on sleep of night. I slept until 2:30 and got up to pee. I woke again at 3:30 when I thought I heard something. I got up and looked outside and then laid back down and was wide awake. I picked up my phone, something I try never doing, and was on it for a while. I got back to sleep and then woke at 7 and chatted with Kev. I lounged until 7:15 and then was up and going. I dressed and went down to open the curtains and blinds. Got the babies fed and then watered flowers and let the boys go out back on the deck for a while. I then made some bacon and ate it with cottage cheese while watching American Woman.

A Much Better Burger than Yesterday
I cleaned up the few dishes and played cat catcher with the boys. I'm for sure Remi thought he was playing with it when he caught that mouse. Still gross. I then found this podcast called Human Performance Outliers from a Dr. on one of my meat groups. He does interviews with zero carbers and they are fascinating, and most of their successes I already know a little about from when I did it for 8 months. I think about going back to it but mentally not there yet. I headed to the airport and picked up the Kev who got in at 10AM. We were home by 11 and at 11:30 I changed and went to dance for an hour. I got home at 1:15 and Kev was making up burgers and grilled them up. We had the leftover squash with it and then each had an Atkins bar and watched a survival show.

Unedible Steak
I decided not to do any work today. Mainly because by the time lunch was done it was 2PM. I let Kev use my office for a call at 3 and I had a preliminary talk with a solar guy. We've been thinking about it now that the roof is new and could handle solar panels. He came back at 4:30 when Kev was done with the call and we continued the discussion. Colorado is a perfect state to have solar with over 300 days of sun a year. Around 6:30 I cut up and got a cauli roasting in the oven. I mixed with olive oil and salt and turned on convection bake. Kev grilled up two sirloins and we melted on butter when done. We quickly figured out that these two were filled with gristle and were rubbery. I got not even half the steak eaten and the rest went into the compost bin. I did eat the cauli and it was great! We walked over to our community Art Night Out at 7:30 and it was a perfect time for a walk. We met neighbor Deb there and listened to the classic rock band and got home just after 9. I had about 8 cherries and watched The Great British Baking Show before bed.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Best Balsamic Mustard Steak

Cottage Cheese and Berries
I went to sleep fairly easily with the sleep music on. I woke for no reason in the night and was awake at what felt like 2 or 3AM. When I looked at the clock it was 12:15. I had only been asleep about an hour. I eventually went back to sleep and got up at 4:30 to pee. I woke next at 6:30 and said good morning to the Kev before dozing off and on until I finally got up for the day at 7:45. I played the "Make the bed" game with Teddy, where he throws himself on the bed really fast and on top of the covers that I'm trying to pull up. He loves it and I do too. I then fed the boys before watering flowers and making a grocery run. I again thought I'd make that strawberry shake but saw that it was after 8:30 and I was going to go ahead to the gym for dance. I said I wouldn't go but I lied. I wanted to get my exercise in before sitting all day for work. So I had about 1/4c of cottage cheese and a few strawberry pieces. I've officially decided that I do not like cottage cheese with fruit. I need the salty of bacon with it only.

Before and After Lunch
I chatted with a couple girls at the gym before dance started and got a decent workout although it was the sub that isn't my favorite. I have one more class with her next Tuesday and then the rest of the classes have subs I do enjoy. I got home and showered and then went over to a neighbor's that's leaving town for instruction on watering house plants. This seems to be my side gig this summer. I got home and lit the grill for burgers. I made a patty with meat I bought this morn and another from meat I had in the fridge. They looked different but meat does. When done I melted on cheese and that one patty ended up being ground pork. Gross. It went into the compost and I ate the burnt beef burger (got to typing an email and time got away) with cheeses from both patties. That cheese helped make it edible...

Strawberry Shake, Finally
I finished an episode of Mozart in the Jungle that I started on the plane home Monday and then decided to make the shake. The one burger would leave me hungry in a couple hours and strawberry anything sounded lovely on a hot day. I mostly followed the recipe but added in almond milk as it was too thick to blend. I also added 4 TBSP Splenda and a few more strawberries to get it just right. And it was delicious as ll get out. I sipped while doing some work and chatting with Kev. The shake did the trick. I was super satisfied and no longer hungry. I was ready for an afternoon of work.

Balsamic Mustard Steak and Squashes
I worked until 3:30 or so before I had to buy some icons for the project. This led to buying a nifty little piece of software that organizes all of my icons. So I got sidetracked putting all of the icons into it. This took me until 5PM so why start up work again when the day is done? I fed the kitties and got some squash and onions cooking. Half a yellow onion and the green onions I snipped out back. Two zucchini and four small yellow squash all cooked in two tablespoons of bacon fat until soft and smooshy, just like my Nan used to cook them. I grilled up the balsamic mustard skirt steak I've had marinating for a couple days and can I tell you that it was one of the best? The ratio of fat to meat was perfection, the marinade ratio of vinegar to mustard was perfection and the char from the grill was perfection. The squash too was perfection and I was a happy dining camper.

I polished off the entire steak, which was in two pieces, and two servings of the squash. I was nice and full and basked in the after-meat glow. I chatted with Ma and Kev, brushed the babies and then enjoyed two helpings of cherries in the night while watching Mozart in the Jungle until time for bed. I'm into Season 3 and it's just fabulous.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Wednesday Pickings

A Perfect Scramble
I slept solidly until almost 4 this morning when I got up to pee. I went back to sleep off and on until 6:15 and thought I was going to get up for the day, but no. I dozed until 7:15 and then though I was getting up, but no. I somehow went into a dream where I was in a big city, NY/San Fran mixed together, and there was a flooding house and me walking away. I woke again at 7:50 and did finally get up. I fed kitties, watered flowers outside and let the kitty boys out onto the deck for a bit. I wanted to make this strawberry breakfast shake but had no canned coconut milk. I opted then for three, perfectly scrambled eggs in butter and polished them off while watching Younger.

Quick Skillet Beef Casserole
I went up to the office and got to work by 10. At 12:30 I took a lunch break since I was getting pretty hungry and my stomach was growling. I browned up half pound of ground beef and decided to make a mock Creamy Beef Casserole in the skillet, and without cauli rice. So essentially it was beef, about 1/2c cottage cheese, 1TBSP sour cream, about 1/4c salsa verde, salt, pepper and cheddar on top. Super simple. It didn't look pretty but it tasted amazing and I'll add it to the arsenal of quick meals.

Lunch Berries
I ate and watched So You Think You Can Dance. I finished my bowl and had a small dish of sliced strawberries (Roughly 1/4c.) When done with them I watered indoor plants and got back to work.

Dinner Shake and Nut Snack for Dinner
I worked diligently until 5:10 when I had to shut things down and get changed to go to the gym. I was going to try the Wed evening instructor that I hadn't really taken before. I know her and she's great and I looked forward to being out of my comfort zone, not knowing any of the choreo. And it was a lot of fun. She was easy to follow and had good moves and songs. I honestly didn't feel out of place at all and got a great workout, burning 446 calories. I got home, chatted with Mom K for a bit, showered, got in my comfies and then made a protein shake for dinner. I was hot and it sounded nice and cool. In the blender went: 1.5c unsweetened almond milk, 27g chocolate protein powder, 2TBSP cacao powder, 1/2 avocado, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 2.5 TBSP Splenda, pinch salt, 1c ice. Oh it was so great! I then talked with Ma and Kev and made up a little bowl with an ounce of almonds and 2 slices of Colby jack. I turned on the new HBO show Sharp Objects to check out before bed and it was weird.