summer’s in the air, baby

Oof, was Saturday morning rough! We went to the gym like usual to get our RP Hypertrophy lifting in before mobility and class. I warmed up, started my sets, and missed lift after lift after lift of a weight that I don’t struggle with anymore. I missed a third of my programmed snatches! That NEVER happens! For every lift I missed, I would take a few steps back away from the bar, reset my mind, and attempt the lift again. And make it. It’s crazy how sometimes a little mind reset can help. When I finally finished my sets of snatches, I moved on to my clean and jerks…which didn’t go much better unfortunately. I had to drop my weight down and really focus on my form. Fatigue from the week, a long list of to-do’s on my mind- I’m not really sure what was going on exactly, but I think those both definitely played into a terrible day of lifting for me. Let’s just say I was more than happy when I was finished lifting for the day.

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Being so bad on the struggle bus, after mobility I decided to head home and start meal prepping. I don’t think my body (or my mind) could have handled a long workout after all of my lifting struggles. When I got home, I got some pork chops (with salt, pepper, and McCormick’s Grill Mates Brown Sugar Bourbon seasoning) baking in the oven while I started the veggie chili. With the cast iron pot simmering full of zucchini, peppers, onions, tomatoes, and mushrooms, I began portioning out the pork loin, broccoli, and green beans. It’s a good thing I can multitask because meal prep has me running around the kitchen like crazy for a couple hours. After the pork chops and chili were finished, I portioned those out into our containers as well and finally sat down to eat my lunch. I feel so accomplished when I’m all done meal prepping, prepared for whatever the week has in store. Josh got home from his last nutrition class, ate lunch, and headed out to mow our yard. I know I’ve said it before, but I truly appreciate that he takes care of the yard so that I don’t have to worry about it. We had a short time to relax after our “chores” were all finished before getting ready for our Olivia’s (our coworker) wedding. The wedding was at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Brownstown and it was a beautiful ceremony. At the reception, we sat with a few of our other coworkers and had a fun time eating, telling stories, and laughing. And of course, we tried all the flavors of cake…don’t judge, we only shared 3 small pieces.   

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Sunday turned into a fun food day for us. We woke up fairly early, ate a small breakfast, and headed up to Broad Ripple for a lovely cake date at the Cake Bake Shop. We sat outside under an umbrella, the sun shining down, bright pink and white flowers lining the fence next to us, and traditional French cafe music playing over the speakers. It truly is a little slice of heaven on Earth. The summer flavors that are available currently make it almost impossible to narrow it down to one flavor to try. After much debate, we finally decided on the Lemon Blueberry cake and the Boston Cream Pie cake. I can’t begin to tell you how amazing they both were. The Lemon Blueberry is three layers of moist blueberry studded vanilla cake, filled with their house made lemon curd, and topped with their lemon vanilla bean buttercream frosting. The Boston Cream Pie is six layers of moist vanilla cake filled with a homemade pastry cream and vanilla buttercream and topped with Belgian fudge frosting, a vanilla buttercream dollop, and a maraschino cherry. Everything was so creamy and rich, I had to stop myself from licking the plate clean! Bon appétit!      

After our cake date, we stopped in at the new Fresh Thyme Farmer’s Market in Broad Ripple. Fresh Thyme is a grocery store set up like a farmer’s market. They offer a large selection of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, meats, cheeses, and fresh baked breads. There are sections to grind your own coffee, make your own fresh nut butters, and even pour your own local honey or maple syrup. We didn’t feel like heading home quite yet, so we made our way down to the Greenwood Park Mall. We spent a few hours wandering around, stopping in at different shops here and there. I’ve been on the lookout for a chambray shirt and I finally found one I liked and it was even on sale! Yay for bargains! After a bit, we decided to head home…and then decided to turn around at Whiteland and head back up to the new Primanti Bros. restaurant in Greenwood. My friend, Rich, has told me about this place many times and I’ve been wanting to try it. It did not disappoint! I ordered the Almost Famous pastrami & cheese sandwich (grilled pastrami, provolone cheese, fresh cut french fries, sweet and sour cole slaw, and tomato all stuffed in Italian bread) and Josh got the New Yorker Tall Boy sandwich (grilled pastrami and corned beef, provolone cheese, fresh cut french fries, sweet and sour cole slaw, tomato, and spicy beer mustard on Italian bread). The sandwiches were so huge, I could hardly fit it in my mouth. You’ve got to make a stop there if you’re ever in Greenwood or near any of their locations at least once in your life.           

I headed over to my parents with Rocko after we got home from Greenwood for a little pool and relaxation time. It was a perfect day to lounge in the pool and the water felt great. I’m always very grateful that my parents let us enjoy their pool and are always willing to share an afternoon with us. We capped off our amazing day watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Life in Pieces on Netflix, enjoying a root beer float and a bowl of vanilla ice cream with chocolate chips. Here’s hoping for many more amazing summer weekends just like this!

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