Friday, April 10, 2015

A Coconut a Day

Coconuts are so in, at least my house they are! I have been diligent with my workout routine everyday this week, and I'm totally crediting coconuts!

A few weeks ago, I decided to buy one. I figured it would be a yummy treat for myself. After reading the nutrition facts, I could not believe it. So healthy... AND so delicious! So I started buying them 5 or more at a time, and have been enjoying it after I exercise. It's healthier than gatorade, 100% natural with no added sugar, and it's more pleasing to the palate than water (although I have mine in addition to water, this is my post workout treat). You can even dig out some of the coconut meat if you want a little snack! The local market by my house has them for the cheapest I've found, and it's a good thing for my wallet!

Don't walk... run to your local grocery store or palm tree and dive into a coconut! Young coconuts are my favorite, but I've tried the more traditional brown ones (not sure what they're called) as well.

I'm about to head into work. It's FRIDAY and siblings day, so I gotta shout out to my siblings! Have a good weekend!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Spring Has Sprung

It's Springtime in Southern California! I just love this time of year! Today Deanne and I both had off of work and decided to check out the Flower Fields in Carlsbad. We had a nice time walking up and down the grounds, checking out the beautiful flowers. My favorites were the roses, of course! I even wore roses on my kimono to dress the part.

I also did some shopping at the local mercado by my house. It's my favorite. The little man that works  at it doesn't speak English, coconuts are $1 each, and avocados are 4 for $1. And they're organic. I love this sweet little spot! I feel like we are at the point in living here where we have our favorite spots figured out. Speaking of favorite spots, I treated myself to a mani/pedi at my favorite nail salon. I picked out some bright, spring colors of course!

It feels like Ryan is deployed because he is gone at school from 6am-11pm all this week. So after work Monday and Tuesday, he wasn't here when I got home from work. It's really strange with him gone, but at least he is coming home at night to sleep LOL! This is a very important week for him and so I hope he maintains some level of energy to get through everything. I would be drained.. oh my goodness. Poor guy. Couples massage is a must this weekend!

I'm currently watching lifetime movies and drinking tea, what else is new! Today was a great day off... and only 2 more work days until the weekend!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Weekend Recap

I can't believe I am recapping the weekend... how is it over already?!? It started Friday after work when I went out for a friend's birthday. I woke up bright and early on Saturday morning for the "Wives Day" planned with my husband's coworkers' wives. I knew NOBODY prior to going, and several of the wives were close friends. Fortunately, they were sweeties and I felt comfortable. We met up for breakfast at Great Maple in North Park and then went to the zoo.

I was only able to really talk with 3 of the wives. Several had strollers full of children (one mama had two kids in a stroller and was wearing a 3rd, you go girl) and the zoo was super busy so it was hard to connect. I am super happy I went, and I can see myself hanging out with a couple of them in the future. I will say this, and it's not to be offensive or sound uppity. It's just an observation I am reminded of when I hang out with other spouses. I am so thankful for my own identity and attributes. When I describe myself, I don't primarily identify as a "Navy wife." Of course that is on the list, but I feel like I have so many other things going on than that! I am really proud of the life Ryan and I have, and I feel like we have created such a healthy balance regarding ourselves as a couple and as individuals. I have my hobbies, and he has his. We do many things together as a couple, and we also have things we prefer doing alone or with other friends. End philosophy rant.

Saturday night I went to the beach, too. It's supposed to be chilly this week unfortunately... and when I say chilly I mean in the 60s. Oh California, you're too kind. Today I met up with my brother in the morning, and then went to Deanne's for Easter dinner. I brought cheesy potatoes and deviled eggs. It was so nice to have a big meal with our California friends.

I worked out Saturday and Sunday (yay) which is much needed. I seriously love having my own elliptical and am so happy I bought it. My mom tried to dissuade me saying that workout equipment quickly becomes a clothes rack, and I am happy to report that I think she's not right this one time!

Back to work maƱana... Can't wait to check out the Carlsbad flower fields this week! Happy Easter!!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Early to Bed, Early to Rise

I promise I've wanted to blog all week. For real, when I was working out I was literally thinking up an entire entry! But of course if it doesn't actually get typed out, it doesn't count.
Is anyone else guilty of staying up late/sleeping in and "wasting the day away"? I sure am. When we first moved to California, I was still on east coast time and loved it because I was waking up between 7am and 8am every morning! It felt so good to get up and get going that early! But of course, my body eventually adjusted and I started sleeping in until my usual 10-11am timeframe.
Hubby told me I need to train my body on a different sleep schedule, so I have been trying that out. Mainly, I need to stay off of all devices at bedtime. Seriously. I get in bed at a decent hour, but 2 hours later I am still on my iPad and it is such a waste!
Wednesday was one of the first days I got to really force myself to get up and get going! It felt so good being so productive. I took care of groceries, errands, taxes, passport renewal, and other errands in the morning. I finished everything and looked at the time and it was only 11:30am! Such a win in my book. I had the whole rest of the day to do whatever! I cleaned the entire house (dusting, mopping, vacuuming... everything). It looks so good! I washed and folded all of our laundry, and still had the entire evening! I guess most people have figured out the whole "early to bed, early to rise" thing a long time ago. I obviously am just learning it though so I think its exciting!
Rather than plan another blogpost and then never posting it, I am going to go right into some other topics. Yesterday, I also donated my car. I've had this vehicle since I was 19. My grandparents gave it to me. They bought it before I was even born. We actually drove "Reese" from Maryland to California last summer when we moved. Unfortunately, at 25 she started having issues every few months. With two other cars, we decided to donate her to an animal organization. I love animals so much and could not think of a better option!

So Ryan and I are back to being a normal 2 car family, but that doesn't mean he hasn't tried to convince me we need a new motorcycle, jeep, or truck!! 

I came home yesterday to a surprise from my hubby!

Nothing like fresh coconut water!

One more day of work until my very busy weekend. I've got a birthday bar crawl tonight, breakfast and the zoo with other wives from Ryan's work tomorrow, and Easter dinner with friends on Sunday! I'll post a recap for sure. Happy Friday and happy weekend!