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Chilled

by Meghann on June 8, 2014

Happy Sunday!

How was everyone’s weekend? It was another awesomely chilled weekend around here.

Friday night Derek and I saw the new X-Men movie: X-Men: Days of Future Past.

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I’m a big fan of all the X-Men movies, so I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while. I loved the concept of bringing the old and new casts together, especially having Shawn Ashmore reprise his role as Iceman (I had the biggest crush on him back in the day). Unfortunately we had two busy weekends in a row (North Captiva + San Diego) and this was the first weekend we had free to see it.

Personally, I thought the movie was great. Like I said, it was great seeing the older X-Men cast members reprise their former roles and there was a great twist at the end that had me half squealing. The plot may have been so-so, but the action sequences and special effects were enough to keep it entertaining. I can’t wait to see Apocalypse in 2016.

Have you seen it? What did you think?

I had big plans for Saturday.

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After months of not having the slightest inkling to ride, I finally got the urge last week and made it a point to add the big event to my calendar for Saturday. My boss had challenged me to a sprint triathlon at the end of the month and I decided why not? – I love a good challenge. So in a “do as I say, not as I do” move, I’ll have a little less than a month to “train” (using the word “train” loosely, as I’m really just doing a couple of rides and possible swims) for race day.

My poor bike. I found her buried under a bunch of crap in the garage with flat tires and a light layer of dust. It’d been far too long since she’d seen the light of day.

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It was also a good excuse to try out my new Moo Motion tri kit. It’s been sitting unworn in my closet since I received it in February!

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Moo Motion is a triathlon apparel company designed with the female triathlete in mind. “Every seam, every stitch and fabric is thoughtfully designed for women to look and feel great at any mile.” All of their stuff is simple, yet classic with seamless designs and bold color choices. It’s also functional, particularly the hidden pockets and supportive built-in shelf bra.

I’ll be sure to give a full review after my tri at the end of the month, but I’m already impressed. It’s about 10 times more flattering than any other tri kit I’ve ever worn and the longer top didn’t ride up at all during my bike ride. I have a feeling this kit and I are going to be good friends. 😉

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After a quick wipe down and pumping of both tires, my bike was good to go at the trailhead. I left my watch at home – it was just me, my bike, and the trail. I was slow, but I’ve always been slow – I didn’t mind it. It was nice to just take my time and enjoy the ride. I really do love riding my bike, I just don’t love the drive to the trailhead (it’s not safe to ride in my neighborhood) or how time consuming it is (that’s including the drive to the trailhead).

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I went out 10 miles and turned around for a total of 20.

I’m hoping to get a little more saddle time in over the summer. There’s actually a great bike trail by my office that’s worth riding after work. We’ll just have to see if I follow through. Maybe I’ll register for some more tris to keep me motivated.

Just as I was hit with the urge to ride on Saturday, I was also hit with the urge to bake. Mary invited some girls over for a girls night  and I volunteered to bring dessert. I’m sooooooo not a baker, but I had pinned a recipe for a Honey Balsamic Strawberry Gallette that seemed halfway doable.

The recipe was very simple with just a handful of ingredients I already had on hand. I followed the directions to a “T” and was pleasantly surprised when the final product looked just like the photo (I told you – I’m not a baker at all).

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I had prepped everything at my house, then popped it in Mary’s oven to bake while we ate dinner.

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I thought it was pretty tasty – not too sweet with a thick, buttery crust. Unfortunately I forgot the whipped cream at home. It definitely would have been better with whipped cream or some vanilla ice cream.

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Derek and I spent the majority of Sunday looking at houses.

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How sweet were they? They also left a sweet note stating on why they loved the neighborhood and how they were sad to leave it.

We finally caved and started looking at houses with pools because we were finding it harder and harder to avoid them (seriously, does EVERY house in Florida have a pool?!). We found one we really like, but it’s complicated. Sigh. Isn’t that how it always goes? We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

Tony’s are on! A great way to end the weekend.

Good Night!

 

 

 

 

 

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jen June 8, 2014 at 10:05 pm

I thought the movie was the best of the X-Men series. Also, I have a villain crush on Magneto.

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2 Amy June 8, 2014 at 11:01 pm

I live in Kansas and also caved to buy a house with a pool, We had professionals do everything the first year, but now my husband has learned to do the maintenance himself. Just wanted to put your mind at ease that it is not really that bad, and can bring a lot of fun too! Good luck with the house hunting!

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3 Courtney G. June 8, 2014 at 11:04 pm

Uggh the more I talk to people they say a pool in Florida is a must. I wonder what will happen as we continue our own search.

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4 Jess June 9, 2014 at 5:02 am

We just started house hunting the past weekend and we have already found our dream house and have put an offer on it this evening. Good luck with your hunt!

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5 Jim Mandoli June 9, 2014 at 5:44 am

Hey, that galette looks tasty and refreshing!

Do you plan to get a new bike anytime soon? 🙂
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6 Runner Girl Eats June 9, 2014 at 6:01 am

In Tallahassee, pools are less common but we still ended up iwth one…and kind of hate it. It’s really nice to have a few days of the year but most of the time it’s just an expensive adn time consuming pain :/
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7 [email protected] June 9, 2014 at 7:07 am

I have to put Xmen on my huge list of movies I want to see. I get to go to the movies maybe 2x a year? I did manage to go on Saturday, but saw Malificent 🙂

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8 Elizabeth {Positively Healthy} June 9, 2014 at 9:22 am

That tart looks awesome!! I am all about the Tony’s, last night was awesome and I loved all the performances!
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9 Katie June 9, 2014 at 9:23 am

Yay moomotion! I won a giveaway of theirs from Katy Widrick and their tri shorts are my favorite!! I’m planning on getting another pair soon because they are so flattering (which is hard to find for my body in tri gear).
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10 [email protected] June 9, 2014 at 10:44 am

I think a pool in Florida would be awesome! Why don’t you want one?
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11 Meghann June 9, 2014 at 7:26 pm

Too much $$ and upkeep.

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12 Pip {Cherries & Chisme} June 9, 2014 at 1:25 pm

How cute are those guys with the snacks!

I feel you with the house hunting – my dad and I have just moved (into a house he bought from his friend from the pub!) and finding somewhere to rent even between purchases at one point was a nightmare, I thought we were going to be homeless!
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13 Sarah June 9, 2014 at 2:41 pm

you could always look into closing the pool up! that’s what my aunt and uncle did with their pool considering in michigan, a pool is a huge waste. you only can use it a couple months out of the year.
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14 Meghann June 9, 2014 at 7:24 pm

That’s what our plan is.

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15 Laura June 9, 2014 at 4:38 pm

Why in the world do you NOT want a pool in FLORIDA?!?!?!? That’s crazy!!!!! I am so excited about my pool and I live in Michigan!!!

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16 Meghann June 9, 2014 at 7:24 pm

Pools are a lot of upkeep and expense. I grew up with a pool that was rarely used, we’re just not sure it’s worth it to have.

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17 Laura June 9, 2014 at 8:19 pm

Well, I guess that makes sense, but it seems like someone active like you would love to have a pool to swim in!!! I grew up with a pool and LOVED it!!!! We swam 24/7 practically in the summer!!!!!

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18 Katie June 10, 2014 at 7:30 am

Love your blog! I just started my weight loss journey and blog. Hope to have similar successes. Congrats on the hard work!
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19 Ashley June 10, 2014 at 4:14 pm

I live in VA and we have a house with a pool. Closing it and re-opening it (due to winter freezes) is a pain in the butt (that you wouldn’t even have to deal with!), but we do all the regular maintenance ourselves. It’s really not bad at all – maybe an hour-ish on Sa to vacuum and brusht. During the week, we just keep tabs on the chemicals (which is like a 5min check when we get home from work). Seriously, it’s not a big deal at all.

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20 Kelly June 11, 2014 at 11:37 am

Good luck with the continued house hunt. I feel like unless you get INCREDIBLY lucky, house hunting has a way of making you really solidify what is and isn’t important to you. I know initially I was very picky about how far I’d be willing to walk to get to public transportation, but then I ended up realizing that I was willing to compromise there in order to get other important things in my list.

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21 Cera November 21, 2015 at 9:55 am

GOOD LUCK! You are going to shine! Go out there and cross that finish line like the champ that you are!

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