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Shoulda Woulda Coulda… Oh Well! (Weekend Recap)

This weekend, I had major plans to do #allthethings. I shoulda woulda coulda… but I didn’t. Oh well! I had a great weekend nonetheless, and I made some delicious eats!

It can be frustrating being a “creative.” I am someone who works best on my own speed when it comes to creative pursuits–if I don’t “feel” like doing something, I find it very difficult to get myself to do them.


Friday was early to rise, early to the doctor for phototherapy and ultrasounds etc. The rest of the day is a bit of a blur, so I obviously didn’t get too much done, right? Oh, and there was the little dust up of going to the grocery store, doing some work in the cafe, and then gathering up all my groceries… only to realize that I had left my wallet at home. #fail Luckily, I hadn’t gotten too much, but still. I was able to redeem myself a little bit when I left early for the gym to train clients and stopped by the store for a few things then. 

Also, who else is guilty of throwing together masterful dinners for others, and meanwhile… you have a BBQ Lean Pocket? Guilty as charged. (meanwhile, Alex had salmon pesto pasta). Oh well.


Do you ever feel like you are moving moving moving… and accomplishing nothing on your to do list? That was totally my Saturday. I think I just threw in the towel trying to accomplish things on Sunday! Let’s back it up… what took over?

Saturday was a day of nonstop movement from 7-1:30. I had an interesting Uber driver down to the hospital (buses on weekends in the freezing cold is risky, if you know what I mean). The doctor was PACKED, so it was 9 by the time that I left, 10 by the time I got home (I walked home), then I got Ridley out and took her for a long walk and play session, or attempted to do so but was thwarted because she is just interested in eating wet leaves. 

But I can’ stay mad at her….

Or goose poop. WHHHYYYYYYYYYY.

I came home, dropped her off, and started the tomatoes for my Italian Chicken Marinara stew, and then headed back to Mariano’s for grocery shopping take dos. While I was there, I got the rest of the ingredients, then it was home again home again to finish adding ingredients to the slow cooker, and for lunch (a bit spoiled by all my sampling, lol).

Spoiler alert: I made the stew even better this time. I am going to go back and update the recipe, so if you have tried it (or not!) you are going to want to make this new version because it is even better! Really just adjustments in herbs and such, but doing the tomatoes first made a HUGE difference!

Italian Chicken Marinara stew meal prep done! Get the recipe @suzlyfe

Well, when I finally sat down after lunch… I was just done. And you know what? I looked at my step counter, expecting to see BIG numbers… and it was about 3000 steps below what I expected. I honestly don’t really care, but I always find that interesting.

Instead of getting to work… I watched the last two episodes of Top Chef. Oh Well. I did vacuum, though.

Then I made a (necessary) mistake. I took Ridley out with plans to let her get out her energy. Unfortunately, there were kids at the playground, so she didn’t get to run free. And I got to deal with all of that energy with her on the leash. 

I’ll be honest, it put me in a MAJORLY pissy mood. I’m going to have to learn how to assuage that temper of mine before we have kids! Alex got home (early, which should have been exciting!), and I continued to pout. Luckily, heading to the drugstore for a medication helped pull me out of my funk. I knew that I either needed a drink or I needed to do something productive, so I decided on the later and started to work on dinner, which was Moo Shu chicken wraps courtesy of Plated.

Ok ok, so this was from when I made the gumbo…

They turned out delicious, as did the Manhattan that I shared with Alex. We also had a really interesting, really REAL discussion about some aspects of our relationship. We do this from time to time, particularly when I get a little social lubricant in me + we don’t see much of each other. Concentrated amounts of time for your loved ones leads to small talk to going super deep.

Going through IVF adds to this. Having the night that you finally get to spend time together without both of you being exhausted be the night that you are doing your ovulation trigger shot? Basically makes deep conversation inevitable. 

I will say that I might not have been exhausted, but I didn’t get great sleep any of the nights this weekend. Kind of have a lot on my mind right now. 


Sunday… I just gave in to the feelings of the day before. Instead of forcing creativity, productivity, I took Ridley to the park (we just missed her usual play group), and she was being so good that I took her for a looooooong walk. It was delightful! I finished the morning with a snack and more focused walk on the treadmill. Not much really got “accomplished” (except for a bikini wax, lol). I wrote a blog post. I cleaned out our DVR. 

Green Street Smoked Meats in the West Loop of Chicago is amazing! Get the pickles and the pastrami! @suzlyfe

We finished out the day with dinner at Green Street Smoked Meats with Alex’s future co-fellows (one is already here, the other was visiting and looking at neighborhoods). The food was delicious and fantastic, and in addition to some serious smoked meats, they had tons of veggie sides (you know that I went for the pickled everything and it was the right choice). You gotta get the pastrami. It. was. unreal. Though we didn’t go wrong with anything–the brisket or the pulled pork. Oh, and get a Oaxacan Old Fashioned!

Then I had some Rocky Road Arctic Zero. It was magical. Chocolate always makes the end of your day a good one!

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Today is egg retrieval day. Come on, ovaries. Come on, Yoshi.

Thanks to Katie for the Marvelous Monday Link Up!

Do you ever struggle with focusing your creativity into particular times?

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  • Reply Carla

    So many thoughts on this post. Starting with the fact charming loved to eat goose poop when we lived in Oakland – – and I had back on that until now.
    And the fact my Saturday was spent in the same fashion dealing with the energy on lead and not off as I had planned. Took him to the grass by the track so we could both run around – – too many kids. Too many kids whose moms so they were afraid of my goldendoodle πŸ™‚

    And lastly: you were with me yesterday. Whether I will be ready or not I did it. Rain rain rain. 20 miles. Mostly outside with only a little bit on a friends non-motorized treadmill.
    Carla recently posted…4 ways to build resilience.My Profile

    March 6, 2017 at 5:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You are a beast. xoxoxo

      March 8, 2017 at 1:15 pm
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    Same kind of weekend here. I was not feeling doing anything creative or working too hard. Sometimes it’s just what’s needed!
    Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious recently posted…Nutty Mint Chocolate Muffins {GF, Low Cal, Vegan}My Profile

    March 6, 2017 at 5:14 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yeah but you accomplish so much throughout the rest of the week, I don’t know how you would survive otherwise!

      March 8, 2017 at 1:15 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    I always feel like I am doing stuff but never actually getting stuff done, if that makes sense. Good luck today!!
    Lisa @ Mile by Mile recently posted…Riding the Weather Rollercoaster {Weekly Wrap}My Profile

    March 6, 2017 at 5:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m usually good at tasks, but right now, I’m just the worst!

      March 8, 2017 at 1:14 pm
  • Reply Heather @Lunging Through Life

    Bikini wax made me laugh, ha. Your weekend is way too busy for me. I can’t keep up, lol. We went away so I honestly didn’t get anything done and now I’m feeling behind but I’ll fix it today. maybe, lol. First up- catch up on sleep πŸ˜‰
    Heather @Lunging Through Life recently posted…Weekend AwayMy Profile

    March 6, 2017 at 5:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Gotta be squeaky clean down there for Yoshi!

      March 8, 2017 at 1:14 pm
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Dogs are gross aren’t they? When I undress for the shower, I have to hide my underwear. That’s her favorite thing to sniff. GROSS.
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…I am….My Profile

    March 6, 2017 at 6:03 am
  • Reply Patricia @Sweet and Strong

    Saturdays always go by way too fast for me I never get everything accomplished πŸ™ I made a chipotle copycat barbacoa beef and made burrito bowls that were delicious!
    Patricia @Sweet and Strong recently posted…Friday Favorites, Essence Water, Granola, Snacks, and RecipesMy Profile

    March 6, 2017 at 6:21 am
  • Reply Marcia

    I agree with you: Creativity cannot be forced. It’s on its own schedule for sure. The Caveman used to work around the corner from GSM and every time I went down to meet him, we’d go there. Yum! All the best vibes coming your way!
    Marcia recently posted…Balancing Training and LifeMy Profile

    March 6, 2017 at 7:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      He should have kept working there, it is delicious!

      March 8, 2017 at 1:12 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Makena does that too me too and goes crazy on her leash… ughhh. Such a pain and then she runs into me. I have bruises all over my legs!
    Anyways… best of luck today!!!
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    March 6, 2017 at 7:05 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahaha. Makena, get your own legs!

      March 8, 2017 at 1:11 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    I hate it when my steps don’t equal my perceived effort! My hubs was finally home and around this weekend and we got so much accomplished for a change. thumbs up! Have a great week
    Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner recently posted…Spring Veggie Fried Rice-Vegetarian Meatless MondayMy Profile

    March 6, 2017 at 7:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Love that! So much productivity!

      March 8, 2017 at 1:11 pm
  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    Yes, this weekend was a mix of productivity and relaxation but some weekends I’m so dead from the week that I don’t end up doing the things I wanted to get done!
    Heather @ Polyglot Jot recently posted…Weekend Wedding RecapMy Profile

    March 6, 2017 at 7:24 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      See I don’t have all that much that I am doing during the week, so I have no excuse πŸ˜€

      March 8, 2017 at 1:10 pm
  • Reply Cora

    Ohhhhh yes. My creativity inner kid likes to play all the tricks on me. She decides to get all her productive creative juices revving at the most unideal times, and then when I have TIME to be like – “hey, I have time to use you today,” she’s like…. meeehhhhh I’m not really feeling it…
    This post could have been re-named #life. Oh life. It hates the word “plans.” Goodluck today <3
    Cora recently posted…Week In Review: What Is Feeling GoodMy Profile

    March 6, 2017 at 7:26 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hear you there. WHY IS THAT

      March 8, 2017 at 1:09 pm
  • Reply Anna @ Piper's Run

    Your food posts always make me hungry! I’ve stopped wearing my step tracker, it just makes me frustrated or too focused on trying to get those steps in. Ridley is getting so big!
    Anna @ Piper’s Run recently posted…More Sunshine & Weekly Wrap UpMy Profile

    March 6, 2017 at 7:26 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      She’s actually still pretty small–we all thought she would get so much bigger.

      March 8, 2017 at 1:09 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    Good luck today! I need unproductive weekends sometimes to keep the creative juices flowing – without rest they can run out!
    Laura @ This Runner’s Recipes recently posted…Sprouted Wheat Muffins & Stonyfield B Corp Announcement!My Profile

    March 6, 2017 at 7:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Truth. But it is getting a bit out of hand with me

      March 8, 2017 at 1:05 pm
  • Reply Jamie

    Yay egg retrieval!!! And BBQ and slow cooker stew and long walks and WAITING for the creativity to hit you rather than force it. My writing always stinks when I push it too hard…like dried up clay…I want it to be a vase, but it just wants to be mud.
    Jamie recently posted…Angels Walk Among Us…at Great ClipsMy Profile

    March 6, 2017 at 7:38 am
  • Reply kat

    Let’s goooooo Yoshi!! Thinking of you today girl <3
    kat recently posted…Broccoli & Brussels Sprout SaladMy Profile

    March 6, 2017 at 8:00 am
  • Reply Babydoll_Brea

    I loved reading your recap and seeing your froggy legged Ridley.

    I meal-prepped like a mofo for Saturday’s jazz festival. It was the smart play since I was on my feet for 15+ hours volunteering.

    March 6, 2017 at 8:24 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hot dang. Good thing that you prepped! Otherwise you would have been high and dry!

      March 8, 2017 at 1:04 pm
  • Reply Kelli @ Hungry Hobby

    I kept telling myself all weekend I was going to take a full day off from work stuff… well that didnt happen until sunday night when I was so tired I was in bed at 8pm, so there is that! ha ha
    Kelli @ Hungry Hobby recently posted…Sheet Pan Hummus Chicken & Roasted Green BeansMy Profile

    March 6, 2017 at 8:35 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So basically we have the opposite problems πŸ˜€ meet in the middle!

      March 8, 2017 at 1:03 pm
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    That look on Ridley’s face……it’s the I wish I hadn’t eaten that_____but I did πŸ™
    Galen does that well, but Peach had the best expressions after she had snarfed up—the next door neighbor’s workers’ lunches, the goose poop, the birthday cake (during the birthday dinner), all of the cat food at Yolie’s house, and the bacon-drenched paper towels! Dogs’ eyes can tell you volumes!!!

    Was that okra? Hm…yes, well, you were southern born and bred so I shouldn’t be surprised–but you did not get that love from me!

    March 6, 2017 at 8:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      haha but you always had the worst okra πŸ˜€
      And yes Peach had the best “that was me, I know I shouldn’t have, sorry, not sorry” faces!

      March 8, 2017 at 1:03 pm
      • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

        In my family, mom believed if okra wasnt slimy and falling apart, it wasnt cooked enough!

        March 9, 2017 at 10:04 am
  • Reply Suzy

    Assuage… there you go again, you mastermind! Between the two of you, your kid is going to be fkn brilliant! And as far as taming your temper for when you have kids, all you need is self awareness and you’ve already got that, so, you’re 90% there. The rest is tequila.
    Suzy recently posted…Mileage MondayMy Profile

    March 6, 2017 at 8:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is true. I might need 20% tequila

      March 8, 2017 at 1:02 pm
  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    Lol I struggle with my focus, period. I do what I want. Like this weekend, when I remembered I bought crab and decided it would be a fabulous time to make crab cakes when I could have studied for a while. But it’s okay, today is cram day. And tomorrow I spill out all the knowledge and then I see you! Yay for catching up!
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    March 6, 2017 at 9:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am with you–I need those deadlines. In a big way. Loved seeing you!

      March 8, 2017 at 1:01 pm
  • Reply Sarah @ Sweet Miles

    That stew looks amazing! And I am TOTALLY guilty of that food thing – giving our kid super healthy veggies and fruit for dinner while we sneak around the corner and devour a pizza. Oops!
    Sarah @ Sweet Miles recently posted…A Birthday, A Date Night, and a Little GirlMy Profile

    March 6, 2017 at 9:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahhaa I’m glad that it isn’t just me!

      March 8, 2017 at 1:00 pm
  • Reply Emily

    It’s so hard to keep the balance between forcing productivity and being actually productive cause you want to; I know exactly what you mean by moving, moving, moving and not getting a whole lot done; that happens to me at least once or twice a week, and I think we just have to give grace to our bodies and minds and go with the flow on those days too. I know what you mean too by our doggies testing our patience; I am not a patient person; God has definitely been using our dogs to teach me patience, cause I stink at it.
    Emily recently posted…A Day In The Life of A Recovered Runner (Creamy Almond Chocolate Smoothie)My Profile

    March 6, 2017 at 10:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      i agree–we just need to have grace for ourselves in all ways. Thank you for that reminder, Emily!

      March 8, 2017 at 12:59 pm
  • Reply Ange // Cowgirl Runs

    Sending love your way today.
    I’ve learned I can’t force things when it comes to creativity. I work best at my own speed.
    Ange // Cowgirl Runs recently posted…A Very Blogger WeekendMy Profile

    March 6, 2017 at 11:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Agreed. I just wish I could focus a bit better

      March 8, 2017 at 12:58 pm
  • Reply Jo @ Living MInt Green

    Oh yes, sometimes I feel creativity brewing in my brain, but when it comes to executing it, I feel stuck. Ya just can’t force it. It’ll come out when it’s ready.

    Fingers crossed for ya today! xoxoxo
    Jo @ Living MInt Green recently posted…I’m so hungry. And sore. What a fun weekend!My Profile

    March 6, 2017 at 11:43 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That’s what she said….? LOL

      March 8, 2017 at 12:58 pm
  • Reply Annmarie

    I had that same feeling of going non stop but getting nothing done all day today. I’ve been sick (last week the stomach bug, this week a cold) and my house is still under construction all while I #doallthethings. lol
    Annmarie recently posted…Pine Nut & Kale Pesto Green Eggs {Vegan, Gluten Free}My Profile

    March 6, 2017 at 11:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh my. That is literally all that I can say! (also, good luck!)

      March 8, 2017 at 12:57 pm
  • Reply Helly on the Run

    Story of my life as a stay at home mom. I feel like I’m constantly doing something but nothing to show for it and drives me absolutely insane. Sigh…..

    Crossing fingers for you!!!!! <3
    Helly on the Run recently posted…2017 Phoenix Marathon: Race RecapMy Profile

    March 6, 2017 at 1:54 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think you accomplish a lot of things!

      March 8, 2017 at 12:57 pm
  • Reply Allie

    Go Yoshi GO! And, don’t bother trying to assuage your temper before you have kids :-))
    Good luck and I’m looking forward to your update!
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    March 7, 2017 at 4:43 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Maybe I should just think of it as practice?

      March 8, 2017 at 12:56 pm
  • Reply lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    I did not make anything delicious. Last week I made a few new dishes so this wk I gave myself a break…..haha. I know what you mean with planning to get stuff done. I have all these things I need to do and I look at the time and the day is half over. Days and weeks have been going by so fast lately. I have went to the store before without my wallet. Luckily it is usually in my car bc I do not like taking it to the gym w me so I just have to run back out and get it. Still it is a pain.
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    March 7, 2017 at 6:41 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I took it with me to drive down to the doctors and left it in the car!

      March 8, 2017 at 12:32 pm
  • Reply

    I often find that just with a few tweaks to the herb additions of a stew / casserole it makes a huge difference. And then if it’s a change to the original recipe that I’ve already published then I spent ages debating over changing it or not. Or just using that new herb combination in a new recipe. Lol. I’m glad you don’t seem to have that issue! Ps. I would have opted for the drink rather than doing something creative so good on you!

    March 7, 2017 at 11:24 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      i knew the drink was coming, and I didn’t want to be plastered, lol

      March 8, 2017 at 11:45 am
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Last weekend must have been a weekend of delicious things! I got my bake/cook on and whipped up a bunch of delicious things!
    Kristy from Southern In Law recently posted…Recent Things: Gruten Free, Frustrating Men and My Want ListMy Profile

    March 9, 2017 at 9:41 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I can’t wait to see what you came up with!

      March 10, 2017 at 8:03 am

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