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bilbl_shoppingWhat a spectacular day it’s been, and it’s only about half over! I think every weekend I’m going to start writing a post called either #SaturdayScenes or #SundayScenes, depending on which day is filled with more fun. Who knows, some weekends it might be both. As I was posting photos on Instagram today, I made up the hashtag, and I think it will be fun to keep it as a regular feature on the blog.

So, for those of you who follow me on Twitter or Instagram (bellablogger), you’ve seen these photos, but I thought it would be nice to be able to write a bit more about each of them, as well.

422367_10151164129475426_268559075_nI started out this morning with my first Zumba class in months, and it felt so great to get back to it. I was so eager to give my Blochs a whirl, and so thankful that my heel is feeling better and the PF is giving me a lot less pain. I adore the energy of the class: the music, the movement, the smiles! I brought my friend Ani with me to the class, and it wiped her out! She said she really enjoyed it, but that she wasn’t sure how much more she would be able to do the rest of the day. I’m feeling sore already, but that great kind of sore where you know you used muscles that you haven’t used in forever. Zumba @ 10am on Saturdays is permanently in my iCal (except when I’m proctoring the SAT).

Today when I met Ani at the gym, she told me that she could definitely tell that I’d lost weight since she’d last seen me (NYE), and that made me feel so good!  This week has been fantastic with food & exercise, so I have a good feeling about tomorrow’s scale check-in.

580689_10151164411020426_1570796410_n Just look at that blue sky! Yes, it was 50 degrees and really chilly out, but the sun was shining and it was so clear that I just couldn’t resist putting the top down on the Beetle. (It’s funny that here in the Bay Area we’re bracing ourselves for the extreme cold (it’s been dipping below freezing at night), and my friend in Pennsylvania was saying that it was 50 there and she was out enjoying her garden. It’s all about perspective!). I felt so invigorated (and so hot) after the Zumba class, that I wanted to feel the breeze as I made my way to Sprouts to pick up my produce for the week for the week.

20130112-162159.jpg My haul from Sprouts. I got veggies, snacks (more on that in a minute), pb, tea, and almond milk for the week for $52. Not bad, at all. My Lean Cuisines/soups/Healthy Choice dinners add another $14, so my total grocery bill is $66 for the week – a far cry from $165/week that I was paying when I was on JC, right? I’m happy to say that my own version of it is working just a well, too. (More on that tomorrow for my weigh-in).

20130112-163344.jpg This is the snack find that made me smile today.  Wasabi Ginger Kettle Corn?  C’mon!  The stats are great, too.  I love the way it tastes, although I wish it was a bit “zingy-er” aka had a bit more heat from the wasabi.  Then again, I love things spicy!  I looked it up for you guys, and it looks like this is sold at Whole Foods and Cost Plus World market, too.  If you try it, let me know what you think of it.

20130112-162210.jpg So that was the first half of my Saturday.  Shhhh, don’t tell anyone, but this is an action shot (no doubt illegal) driving home with the top down.

1091185-football_49ers_extended_large And now, I’m going to watch my 49ers kick some Packer ass!

How did you spend your Saturday?


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In the midst of unpacking and organizing my new place on Saturday, my sister LC and my two nieces (T – age 8 and L – age 3) came over with their dog Minnie.  They had just spent hours at Bark in the Park, an annual dogs-and-their-owners festival that I really wanted to go to.  Alas, Ms. Lulu had a scheduling conflict – she had an all-day grooming appointment.  LC hadn’t planned to stay all day (she lives about 45-minutes away), but they had such a good time that they got to my house a lot later than expected.

Even though the house wasn’t looking it’s absolute best, I had made a lot of headway in the unpacking department, so it looked pretty warm and welcoming.  I had also just received the Aerobed and quilt that I ordered for the spare bedroom the day before.  It seemed like the stars were aligned and telling me to invite the girls (even the dog is female) over for an impromptu slumber party!

It was soooo much fun.  I’m glad my sister said yes (both nieces were pleading with her to let them stay at Zia’s), and it didn’t take much convincing, because I think LC was in need of a little break from the awkwardness at home with her soon-to-be-ex husband.  Plus, she and the girls were pretty tired from the long day in the sun, walking around at all of the booths and events.

We had a few appetizers because the girls were starving and then we headed to Target to go buy a few things I needed for the house and some pjs for the kiddies.  I bought them the CUTEST pjs ever – T got hello kitty pjs and slippers and L got Paul Frank monkey pjs and slippers.  I wish I would’ve taken photos of them, because they were adorable.  We left the pjs at my house so that when they sleep over next time, they can wear them again.  I told LC that from now on when she comes down, she should always bring a back-up change of clothes for her and the girls, just in case she decides she wants to stay over with me (or my parents).

After the shopping, we had dinner, took baths and showers, and had some hot chocolate/coffee and ice cream (Dryer’s slow-churned (less fat)) and watched cartoons before the girls went to bed.  The Aerobed inflated just about as quickly as they said it would, and it was really comfortable.  The girls loved watching it “blow up” and thought it was just the coolest thing to sleep on. If you’re like me and don’t want to make your spare bedroom into a permanent bedroom all the time, I’d highly recommend getting the Aerobed; it’s tons more comfortable than a futon.

Even Lulu and her cousin Minnie got along well.  They started wrestling/playing around the time the girls were getting ready for bed, and it was just the cutest thing ever to see them play.

LC and I stayed up chatting and watching The Cooking Channel (Nigella Lawson makes the food so sensuous, doesn’t she?  Although she has put on some pounds – LC said it was all that olive oil she was pouring on the food.  🙂 She’s still so beautiful, but I did notice that there was “a lot more of her to love” than the last time I saw her on t.v., years ago). It was fun having some sister time and just relaxing.

The next morning (after a few bad dreams/barking episodes that woke us all up throughout the night), we had Overnight Oats (it was a hit with everyone!) and then got ready to head to the dog park.  Minnie had never been before, and since Lulu is an “old pro” now, we thought it would be fun.  The girls enjoyed watching the puppies playing for a little while, but the swings and jungle gym started calling their name before long, so LC took them to play while I stayed with the pups.  They had a terrific time, and Lulu was so tired out the rest of the day that she literally didn’t do anything but sleep for the entire day.

If you notice that devilish “grin” on Minnie’s face, that’s because this was taken mere moments before she decided to join my nieces in the middle row of seats.  Naughty girl!  Poor Lulu, who isn’t thrilled with car rides anyway, felt abandoned in the back seat.  It was HILARIOUS, though, and we were laughing so hard that I thought we were going to get in a wreck. Luckily LC drives like a granny, because everything was fine.

All in all, it was such a fun, spontaneous evening.  I told LC that I want to try to have Sisters’ Slumber Party at least once a month, if we can.  Next month we’re getting together to take the dogs (and the girls) to Society Dog’s Howling Halloween parade.  I cannot wait!

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