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Picnics, New Phones, and Pizza – Oh My!

by Meghann on July 17, 2010

I make this look good. πŸ™‚


As I am borrowing my Mom’s car for the week while mine is getting fixed, might as well take advantage of the convertible top, right?


Unfortunately, we discovered that riding with the top down in Florida in July with a heat index of 110 may not have been the smartest idea. There are no words for how hot, sweaty and sticky I was after 10 minutes with the top down.

Convertible top #fail.


Oh well, at least we had fun for a few minutes. πŸ™‚

Derek and I had several mission and errands to run today. We were on a mission to find me a phone of my dreams as well as picking up a few items items to complete some honey dos around the house. We left the apartment at 11:00am and didn’t return until close to 5:00. It was a long, long day, but totally worth it. I can’t tell you how long I’ve been putting off these tasks!

Instead of grabbing lunch on the fly, I thought ahead and packed us a picnic lunch to enjoy while we were away from the apartment.


Insulated reusable bags rock!


I had to sweet talk a friend for this one from the technology conference I attended the other week. The intel wouldn’t give it to me at first because I didn’t have a scannable badge, but luckily I had a friend that did and was willing to hand it over after I begged and pleaded for it. πŸ™‚


I packed two salads and dressing containers for Derek and I with some frozen icees to keep it all cool.



Each salad contained:

  • Spinach
  • Tempeh
  • Blue Cheese
  • Tomato
  • Artichoke Hearts
  • Mushrooms


With a side of Honey Mustard dressing for for dipping.



I had 2 or 3 handfuls of Fritos for a good crunch to the meal.


Unsweetened Passion Fruit Tea to quinch the thirst.


For dessert I packed two of last night’s chocolate chip cookie.




A perfect picnic.



The phone hunting was pretty easy.

I already knew exactly what I wanted (the HTC Evo) the only problem was finding the phone for the right price. In my humble opinion, Sprint is AWFUL with upgrades! They’re upgrade ‘discounts’ really aren’t much of a discount (which is why I currently have a hand me down phone from my little brother) and in order to get the phone I wanted, I needed to shell out $$$. πŸ™

I was apprehensive about spending so much money on a phone, but in the end I conceded and bought the phone I wanted. I’ve never had a cool phone before and I really, really wanted one. πŸ™‚ I’ll just have to disregard the fact that I paid double of what people are paying for the iPhone 4 right now.

Oh well. I guess we can’t win them all?

Since the Evo is such a hot item, no Sprint stores had it in stock! Best Buy was able to order it for me online and I should it expect it in 5 business days. I truly can not wait to play with my new toy. It will be so nice to have the ability to respond to e-mail on my phone! Or to have a twitter application for easy tweets! woo hoo!

A few more errands and a couple of hours later, we returned home with stomachs begging for big snacks. I prepared some sweet potato rounds in the microwave with a slather of almond butter melted on top.


The perfect snack. It tasted good and calmed my hunger. A win-win!

I was already planning on making my traditional pre-race pizza for dinner when my little brother called to invite Derek and I over to my sister’s for the exact same dinner. Why make pizza for two, when you can join in on pizza for 6?


Kelly and Anthony hosted Ben, Ashley, Derek and myself for homemade veggie pizzas. They prepped the dough, chopped the veggies, and baked the best pizza. Thanks guys!




Each pizza was topped with marinara sauce, mushrooms, spinach, olives, artichoke hearts, avocado, tempeh, sharp cheddar cheese and garlic.



Watermelon while we waited



My 2 pieces (+1/2 another one)


I was a little skeptical about the avocado baked on the pizza, but it strangely worked. The baked avocado was actually really good, I don’t know why I was so afraid to heat it in the past?

I brought a few of last night’s cookie for dessert and enjoyed one with a serving of Kelly’s coffee ice cream.


Tomorrow is the big day! My first Olympic Triathlon!

The alarm is set for 4:30am (Derek is NOT happy about this), but that’s about it. I still need to gather all of my gear for the big day and it’s already after 10:00. Not good. Not good!

Wish Kelly and I luck! We’re going to kick that tri’s booty!

Good Night!

1 Exercise and Eat July 17, 2010 at 10:14 pm

You are going to LOVE the Evo!!! Be sure to download the Swype app:) Even faster tweets!

2 Run Sarah July 17, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Great idea with packing the lunch on errands – so much healthier and saves money! Good luck tomorrow to you and Kelly – you will both rock it!

3 missyrayn July 17, 2010 at 10:20 pm

Enjoy the race and the prerace meal looked awesome.

A convertible is no fun if you can’t use it. Sorry it was so hot.

4 Erin July 17, 2010 at 10:20 pm

Yumm… homemade pizza is the best! Good luck tomorrow, have fun and stay safe. πŸ™‚

5 runningwithsass July 17, 2010 at 10:32 pm

I can’t imagine how hot it was in that car, yuck!

6 tropicaleats July 17, 2010 at 10:32 pm

aw the picnic looks like fun! ive got the droid incredible by verizon and i lerveeeee it. Definitely use the Shazaam app the most. Kick major booty tmrw!!!!!!!!!!!

7 Jacquie July 17, 2010 at 10:34 pm

You girls are going to rock it!!!! I can’t wait to hear about it πŸ™‚ Good luck!!!

8 Heather @ Side of Sneakers July 17, 2010 at 10:46 pm

GOOD LUCK!!! Go kick some butt!! πŸ™‚

9 Getting It Right July 17, 2010 at 10:50 pm

Sounds like a perfect day to me! This kinda makes me miss my siblings too. Good luck tomorrow, you’ll rock!

10 Amber July 17, 2010 at 10:53 pm

Maybe I’m the only one but none of your pics are working πŸ™

Sounds like a great day, though!!

11 carly July 17, 2010 at 11:02 pm

Good luck tomorrow! You will be fabulous.

I’ll be interested in hearing a more in-depth review of your phone once you get it and start playing around with it. I’m in the market for a new one!

12 Meg July 17, 2010 at 11:08 pm

You are so gorgeous!! What a perfect day πŸ™‚

13 Melissa @ Tryingtoheal July 17, 2010 at 11:11 pm

ohhhh….props to you tomorrow! i can’t wait to hear all about it! make derek text me after you finish every part! i wish i could be there to help cheer you on! i don’t mind the 430 wakeup call! that’s normal for me now!

14 Dawn July 17, 2010 at 11:22 pm

Have fun tomorrow! You guys are both going to rock it.

15 averymeggirl July 17, 2010 at 11:38 pm

GOod Luck to you and Kelly! I am sure you will both do amazing!

16 Dee July 17, 2010 at 11:38 pm

GL tomorrow! You guys are gonna rock it! πŸ™‚

17 emily July 17, 2010 at 11:52 pm

Good luck tomorrow!

18 Sasha July 18, 2010 at 1:44 am

Good luck with your tri! I read somewhere that cooking avocado too much makes it have toxins, that’s probably why you’ve been afraid to heat it.

19 britchickruns July 18, 2010 at 2:44 am

Woah, 110? That’s like..40 degrees!? That is HOT!
Good luck tomorrow/today – you’re going to be ace!!

20 Mary July 18, 2010 at 3:35 am

I got my Evo about two weeks ago and I’m still in love with it. Enjoy your new phone!

21 Meghan July 18, 2010 at 7:19 am

Crane’s Roost is such a great park for a picnic! I actually love running there, since one lap is a smidge less than a mile.

Good luck today!!!

22 Shelly@campinggirlchronicals July 18, 2010 at 7:24 am

I always have my sunroof open and windows down in summer no matter how hot it is… it is such a short season.
Good luck on your race tomorrow!

23 Sarah July 18, 2010 at 8:37 am

I’m looking forward to reading up on your race when you return. I hope you have a great time!

24 Brynne July 18, 2010 at 9:04 am

Good luck today girl!!

25 Brittany July 18, 2010 at 9:08 am

Great idea to pack lunch while running errands. Saves tons of cash and tastes better!

Best of luck in your Tri today. I’m sure you’re going to rock it!

26 theprocessofhealing July 18, 2010 at 10:16 am

I’m sure you ROCKED the tri today!

27 Rosey Rebecca July 18, 2010 at 2:16 pm

You look AMAZING in that car! πŸ™‚ Hope the tri went well today. I need a fancysmancy phone like everyone else!

28 Stacey July 18, 2010 at 3:17 pm

I bet you can’t wait to start playing with your new phone. I love getting new gadgets! Your picnic looks really good and so do the pizzas – yum!

29 Gabriela July 18, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Good luck, Meghann!
You can do it, girl πŸ™‚

30 emily July 18, 2010 at 3:32 pm

i heard that the iphone 4 actually has a lot of bugs in it right now.. so be glad that you didnt get it! im sure you will really enjoy your new phone!

31 gloriousgreens July 18, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Good luck tomorrow! I’m excited to hear your re-cap.

32 Rachael July 18, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Very cute pictures of the two of you!
I love avocado on pizza – first had it at a joint in Costa Mesa, California and now it’s a frequent addition to my homemade ventures…then again, I just posted a blueberry and honey savory pizza, so there’s no accounting for my taste.
Hope your phone works out well – I’m dreading the day when my old school version breaks and I have to get all fancy and tech-savvy.

33 Emilyeatsclean July 18, 2010 at 11:21 pm

I’ve never had a cool phone either! None of my phones have ever had internet access. I’m thinking with my blog I need it!! That pizza looks super yummy!!

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