Reverb 15 | April | Daily Life

#reverb15 is the opportunity for us to reflect and project throughout 2015.   Each month, Meredith, Sarah and I will be posting on a new prompt.  Join us by writing, or join us by reading. No matter what you choose, come with us.

Daily Life: Show us a day or a week of your life! Include pictures!

I want to kick this off by saying that I’m doing another week in the life this week, and each day, through next Saturday, you’ll be seeing yesterday, today.  Without further adieu, I bring you…Saturday.

I woke up at 6:30 and I went for a run.

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It was about 48 degrees outside so I wore my Twin Cities Marathon arm warmers.  They were the marathon swag in 2011 and they are easily one of my most prized running possessions because they are just so excellently cool.  Plus, based on our temperature range, I don’t get to wear them that often because it’s pretty much tank top or long sleeve weather here in MN.  There is no in-between.

I also took this snap of our tree because it is finally starting to grow tiny leaves, which means that a tree full of flowers is not so far away!Snap 4

After my run, I did some quick meal planning for the week.

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And then, Mom picked me up so that we could go to a brunch benefit and fashion show supporting TSE Inc.Snap 6

For those of you in the Twin Cities who do not know what TSE Inc. is, it is an organization that provides the mentally disabled with career opportunities and community connections.  The work that they do is just incredible, and I encourage you to learn more about it.  Auntie Kim invited us to attend with her and it was a really lovely time.  Snap 7

My Godmother, and cousins Sharon and Val came as well, but of course I totally forgot to grab a photo of the whole group before we left!

While I was brunching, Marcus was playing a pick-up game of Ultimate Frisbee.  I asked him if he would be able to stop by ALDI on the way home, as I read in their weekly ad that they were selling chicken thighs for $0.89/lb through Saturday.  I was worried that they would be sold-out, but Marcus came home with about 12 pounds of meat for us.  He sure knows the way to this girl’s heart.

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We took about five minutes to break down the packages and put them in separate ziploc bags for the freezer.  This will ultimately provide us with about six dinners + six lunches of leftovers.  It’s wonderful.

After dealing with all of that raw meat, I was moved to clean the kitchen AND the bathroom.

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Doing a full spray-down of both on a weekly basis is one of “my” chores (like how Marcus takes out the big trash and sweeps, and cleans the tile and the toilets).

And then I ran out to Cub, because I had read that they were selling those 3 pound bags of frozen chicken breasts for $4.98/bag, which is again, a much better price for chicken breasts than we usually get, even at ALDI.  So I picked up two bags of chicken breasts there.  Along with the rest of the groceries that we needed this week from Cub.

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It might seem a little bit nuts to you that I make such a big deal about meat being on sale, but being able to save one or two dollars here and there is what ultimately ends up allowing us to really keep our grocery budget in check.

Last week, at Amanda’s urging, I ordered new jeggings from Old Navy that were a size larger from the pair I purchased after Italy.  They finally arrived and I am so glad I made that choice because OMG these are so much more comfortable.  The other ones were giving me anxiety.  Seriously.  Moral of the story, don’t be ashamed to size up.

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When I was placing my order, I also impulse-purchased that cute peplum top as well as this maxi dress.

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It’s my first maxi dress, so I am only…three years late to this party?  If you see any other reasonably priced dresses out there, please let me know.  I think it would probably be good to grab a few more colors!

After all of that commotion, I decided to do some core/arm work (abs, girl push-ups, etc.) and I listened to Sarah’s podcast.  I absolutely love listening to her as she shares her experiences and it is so fun to learn more about the guests she hosts!

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Finally, we headed over to Luke and Patty’s for a long-overdue double date.  We scheduled it (I wish I was kidding) two months ago.Snap 15

Luke cooked an incredible meal for us.  It was so fun to hear about what he likes to cook, why he likes to cook, and to watch someone else in the kitchen for a change!  He had the deep fryer out, so he taught Marcus how to deep fry and I think that is a life skill that will benefit us all.

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We also (finally) watched Dante’s Peak and it was just as excellently awesome as it was the first time I watched it.  Patty not-so-secretly loves it as well, so it was a rad activity for all of us.

I’d like to say that the clock struck midnight and I went to bed, but I was busy preparing for #LillyForTarget.  I guess that will just have to be part of Sunday’s story! 😉

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