Sunday, June 8, 2014

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!

 

 

 

 

 

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