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#Thinkingoutloud Cookie Cure-All

I typically go with the standard bullet-point form for Amanda’s Thinking Out Loud posts, but today, my mind isn’t that organized. Thus, stream of consciousness 😀

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Well, tools (and I mean that in a loving way), it has definitely been one of THOSE weeks. What started with Spinning My Wheels has continued.  Tuesday, I was just physically exhausted. How did I used to do MORE than this?? And still function? I slept in (for me) Tuesday, worked on some blog organization stuff, got sucked into watching episodes that I had missed of Vanderpump Rules (is Jax a sociopath???), and opted to go to the grocery stores before lunch rather than go and workout. Post TJ’s and Jewel, I made myself that lovely little omelet, etc, that I talked about yesterday, made my tea, and realized that I. couldn’t. move. So Zoe and I cuddled on the couch for a few hours. And when I came to for the final time, I felt like ___.

And I made a decision: I went for a run. I needed to. To be honest, my mental health depended on it. So I suited up in my Ravennas, my lime green hat, and my Mizuno running tights (holla atcha Christmas), my favorite MCM marathon shirt (it says it all: Determined), my Brooks long sleeve, and my favorite jacket (all of my friends), and went outside. It was snowing lightly, and the 20 minutes flew by. It wasn’t perfect, and my leg felt tight after and bit during, but I felt free.

I felt like me. What sucks is that I don’t know when I’ll get to feel that again. Today my leg is tight in other places, and so we’ll just have to see. I did the StarTrac elliptical today, and I honestly felt like I barely accomplished anything.  But my leg didn’t hurt while I was on it, so there is that. And I wore my Ravennas, and Alex wore his new Adrenalines, which we got yesterday from KindRunner, so that was exciting 😀

After lunch, Alex and I cleaned up the apartment—very, very much needed. But the big news is that I put together our wedding albums!

View More: http://chelseapatricia.pass.us/susieandalexAll 350+ pics are in albums (I reorganized them last night and today and then went like wildfire through them), and so I just need to get invitations etc put in there, too. Next up is to put the picture wall together and get it up, and to do our honeymoon pics as well. But the wedding pictures are finally in their homes.

And I got more Kay’s Naturals protein sticks from VitaCost so HOLLA. And more Chia Pop White Cheddar.

Ingredients for a perfect night that will turn a mundane day around: leaving early for dinner to go bowling, only to find out that the entire alley has been rented out…. So you go to a bar and meet an AWESOME bartender and have such a good time during the first drink that you call and cancel plans for your fancy dinner.  Cheese curds, carrots and celery, and the best peppercorn dressing ever + Brooklyn Brewery Winter Ale and Left Hand Milk Stout contributed to that decision.

Alex's Milk Stout. I had to take a picture because it was SUCH a perfect pour.

Alex’s Milk Stout. I had to take a picture because it was SUCH a perfect pour.

Tipsy and over-caffienated? Yup.

“Multiple Choice” (make-your-own) Mac and Cheese? I THINK YES.

Brisket, bacon. Breadcrumbs. We wanted roasted jalapeno and onions in it, but they really weren't there. But it was still to die for.

Brisket, bacon. Breadcrumbs. We wanted roasted jalapeno and onions in it, but they really weren’t there. But it was still to die for.

The final cure for any ailment? Fresh, hot from the oven chocolate chip cookies and banana bread-and-salted-chocolate-pretzel gelato. Yes, it exists, and yes, it is more amazing than you would believe. As I told Chris (the bartender), “This is STUPID.”

Yes, it really is as awesome as it looks. HUGE pieces of banana, banana bread, and salted chocolate pretzel pieces in the gelato. And the cookies were... just... YEAH.

Yes, it really is as awesome as it looks. HUGE pieces of banana, banana bread, and salted chocolate pretzel pieces in the gelato. And the cookies were… just… YEAH.

And watching Top Chef Finale FTW. Do you think that the right person won??

So? Not my/or others’ typical TOL posts, but what is currently on my mind. A few bullets for you, just to be festive:

  • People need to leave Shaun White alone. He can still do more and bigger than anyone else (yes, I realize how eloquent that statement is).
  • Also, Sochi seems kind of like purgatory. And we know how I feel about purgatory.
  • Chicago needs to QUIT IT with the snow. I. am. Over. It.
  • No one cares about National Signing Day, ESPN.
  • UVA is ranked 20 in NCAA GOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSSSSSSSSSSS!

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  • I think that snow is like catnip. It makes my cat go banangas.
  • Chocolate is my catnip. It makes me go banangas.

Also turning the night around? The MOST AMAZING NEWS ABOUT A CERTAIN LITTLE MAN!!!!

So, sorry that this is a bit all over the place, but c’est la vie. Have a good day, chibes!

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