The NY/NJ area got hit hard by another snowstorm yesterday and today. I shouldn’t complain because I got a half day off yesterday and the whole day off from work today, but I am just so sick of the snow and winter! My poor dog is sick of it too, he hates the snow, and it’s high enough that it’s hard for him to go out to go the the bathroom.
brutus braving the elements
Look at that face! It’s a look of misery!
At least having off from work gave me lots of time to pack and get ready to leave for my trip to LA tomorrow. Hopefully my flight will not be delayed, but according to Continental.com my flight as of now is ON TIME.
My day started at the bright and early time of 11:30 am. I cannot get my butt out of bed early on days I don’t have to work. So that means weekends and snowdays I sleep in. I’ve been working full-time 9-5 for 5 years now and I still am not used to getting up early. I mean I’ll wake up early on a day I have off but have no problem rolling over and going back to bed for another few hours.
I usually wind up getting up when my dog wakes me up or when I wake up and am hungry. Today it was because I was hungry. Brutus was cuddling next to me sleeping and I actually didn’t want to get up because he looked so peaceful! Once I started moving he got up so it was time to prepare my breakfast. I had my usual non-work morning breakfast of quinoa flakes but I switched it up a bit this time. Instead of doing the usual banana/peanut butter combo, I opted for blueberries and apples made into a sort of apple pie filling. I just chopped up some apple and cooked it on low heat with a little bit of water, cinnamon, and 3 tsp. brown sugar. While that simmered I cooked the quinoa and added some f rozen blueberries to it along with a tbsp. of flax meal and, half a scoop of vanilla protein powder, and some more cinnamon. When everything was done I just topped the quinoa with the cooked apples. It was SO GOOD. Tasted like apple pie with blueberries mixed in. I’ll definitely have this combo again.
there are blueberries under there
Once I digested that along with some decaf coffee, I forced myself to do Jillian Michael’s No More Trouble Zones. I had to force myself because I was feeling a little crappy, that I may or may not be getting sick feeling. More about that in a second. But I knew that this would be my last real workout until I got back from California. While I do plan on doing physical activities like hiking and biking while I’m there, I’m 99% sure I will not be going to the gym. So No More Trouble Zones it was. This was tough even the 2nd time around, and I’m still surprised that this workout is as hard as it is!
Back to the fact that I may or may not be getting sick. I’ve had that post-nasal drip/scratchy throat feeling for the past couple of days. When this happens I start my arsenal of Mucinex/nasal irrigation/tons of vitamins to ward it off. Usually it helps, but I am nervous that traveling is going to turn this into a full on sinus infection. I really, really hope this doesn’t happen because I’ve gotten sick the last 2 times I’ve gone to California. The first time I got the flu the 2nd to last day I was there and the 2nd time I got a raging sinus infection. Hopefully this time I will stay healthy the whole trip!
The rest of the day was spent doing laundry, packing, and beauty preparations. I took a nice long shower where I did a deep conditioning treatment, a face scrub/mask, a body scrub, and shaved my legs. I don’t even remember the last time I shaved my legs before today, that’s single life for ya! I also gave myself a pedicure and manicure (I’m actually in the middle of the mani as I finish this post, it’s all about multi-tasking).
What products did I use you ask? The conditioning treatment was Philip B. Light Weight Deep-Conditioning Creme Rinse. Highly recommend this if you like a lighter conditioner. I have thin hair and not a lot of it so this is perfect for me. I found this for cheap at Marshall’s though so not sure if I’ll cough up the money and pay full-price for this. I tend to cheap out on hair products since I go through them so quickly.
The face scrub/mask and body scrubs are super cheap though! The face scrub/mask was just sugar and honey, gently rubbed on and left on for awhile to let the honey work it’s magic. Honey is wonderful for your skin, it has anti-bacterial properties so it is good for acne but is also hydrating. I LOVE doing honey masks. The body scrub was…again sugar and honey but also included olive oil. Simply add the 3 together, add a bit of water once you’re in the shower to get it to mix and scrub away. I promise your skin will be baby soft afterward.
Well I’m off to LA tomorrow to get in some much needed sun and stalk celebrities! I’m only half serious about the stalking part. I’ll try to post while I’m there but if not I’ll be sure to recap the trip when I get back!