Friday Favs #5

While it has been a while since my last post, ideas are perculating, exporing sessions have happened and spring has been ever so much the temptress. Between 70 degree days, then snow and hail, then 30 degree mornings, my outfits are confused and my bare legs have braved the snow.

I think what I just wrote means, there may be fewer posts here, as I’m out enjoying the pending Spring, exploring to my hearts content and attempting to figure out what I want to do for the next 6 months. Do I want to set new goals? Where do I want to travel to next?

As Spring slides into Summer, I plan to spend as much time outdoors and trying the new as possible. Don’t forget about this little space here, I will be popping in to connect and write away.

 To recap last couple of weeks, heres a list of my Friday Favs, linking up with KatieHeather and Clare!

1. The Shed Fitness.  This place has become like a second home. I have a healthy obsession with thier spin and bodypump classes. If you haven’t been, check them out!

2. This Octopus dish at Coup ‘d’etat.  No idea what else I ate there, because this was the stand out dish.

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3. Puppy love. I always considered myself a small dog person. I like the little bundle of fur that curls up in my perfect little nook by my side at night. I can handle the pulling of the leash by a 9 pound dog.  I’m petite and many dogs, when standing on their two feet, can be taller than me! Small dogs were always my style, what I grew up with.  However, there is something about a big dog, taking up the other side of the bed, keeping you warm because you refuse to turn the heat back on in April.  She is more than growing on me 🙂 She has stolen a peice of my heart. Sorry Olive 🙂

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Actually, I think Olive is just fine with it!

4. This bottle of Rose. I had planned to not have wine this week. Bahahaha, right Christina.  But Monday got me. A flurry of work and everything else led me to Surdyk’s. I cannot remember his name, but he never steers me wrong on a bottle of wine. It was not too dry, not too sweet. Exactly how I described my hunt for the perfect Rose.  Have you tried this one?


Enjoy the weekend! Trying anthing new this weekend?

Friday Favs #4

Its the weekend, weekend. Phew!

Who is ready for Saturday morning sculpt, family dinner and down time? This girl.

This week brought a weird mix of events and I am ready for a wind down.

However with the weird also comes the good.

Linking up with Katie, Heather and Claire for Friday Favs!!

1) With this weeks amazing (yes I mean 35 degrees!) weather, I went on a 1.9 mile run outside. Yep I just said that. Me, the “I hate running, maybe ill try it next year, I’ll stick to the elliptical”, self just said that. Mom, dad, are you on the ground right now in shock? Want to know what’s even more shocking? I liked it. Yes, liked it enough to agree to a 5k. Funny the things or people it takes to push you out of your comfort zone and try something knew 😉 Couch to 5k here we come.

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2) New fur friends. My friend Jen shared her lady crushes this week, and I’m hopping on the bandwagon, fur baby style.

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Best buds. Big and Little.

3) Disasters in the kitchen. Yes, disasters…. I do not recommend this “healthified” curry, whole wheat, all veggie mac n cheeses, not one bit. Though I still think in concept, it sounded delish! I love a good chopping\mixing/experimenting session in the kitchen…. even if it didn’t work out. Who has an actually good version of this veggie curry mac n cheeses?

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4) This bottle of wine. Pinot Noir like I like my Pinot. Full bodied but not too heavy…. 🙂 A 2012 Vaughn Duffy. Someone tells me there were only 99 cases made. Which totally means I’m headed to France 44 to purchase the remaining bottles. If you see these somewhere else, buy it! If not for you, for me…

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5) And as you read this, we are officially one week away from Vietnam! The bucket list trip is on the horizon and I’m ready to go!

Happy Weekend! What are your plans?

Saturday at 5:55AM

And its Saturday at 5:55AM….

Olive, the Morkie who runs my household, has determined the day must begin. She runs the roost, so up we are for our morning walk. The sun is rising and not another soul has deemed this hour appropriate for waking.

Thanks Olive.. But actually, really, thank you. On Saturdays we can enjoy this. The birds are so loud they’re almost yelling, the temperature rising, and the morning dew soaking my feet. Olive gets to sniff each and every tree without competition. Let me tell you, she is not a fan of competition when she pees… Especially if you happen to be a golden retriever….. She’s been a city dog her whole life, this Queen Bee thing needs to stop. But at 5:55 AM on Saturday, she can rule this world.

And off we go, traipsing through Kenwood, Lowry Hill and Loring Park; passed only by the occasional runner. Olive, still Queen.

Though I struggle pulling back the duvet and forcing on semi appropriate clothing;This peaceful time with her as the city is slowly stirring…. one of the things I love most about her and Saturdays.

Saturdays are meant for exploring. Like new restaurants. D recently took me to Lucia’s, the perfect Saturday morning spot.

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Lucia’s is a restaurant, wine bar and To Go side. Nothing was more perfect than strolling in and ordering from the deli counter. Breakfasts, salads, sandwiches and baked goods.. it was hard to decide.  D and split this chicken salad and a ham/gruyere crepe. Both delightful.

I will be back for many more Saturday mornings 🙂

Have you been to Lucia’s?

Treat Yourself-P.B.S.

Treat yourself Tuesday again! If you are not familiar with Treat Yourself Tuesday, head over to Becky’s blog and discover what it is all about!

Today’s TYT is all about P. B. S.

Puppy Birthday Style

That’s right, little furball Olive turned the big 2 years old yesterday 🙂

The day I brought you home was truly my biggest treat. (until that first 3am wake up call…..kidding)

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Watching you grow, play, destroy my yoga pants, chow down on my coffee table, and shower me with unconditional love every single day…. I cannot imagine a better treat.

So for your second birthday, here is your favorite treat…

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I had to help you out with these…

Which led to the necessary…


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I call that a successful treat. How have you treated yourself this week?

Now head over and check out the other TYTs.

What They do not Tell You

Once you become a fur parent many things change.

On the day you bring that adorable baby home, everyone tells you the good things.


The things they do not tell you…..

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It’s Saturday morning, 6am and I need to go outside. NOW MOM.

I do not care if you went out late last night.  Throw on some sunglasses or a hoodie.  PRONTO.

If you do not move I will continue to stand on top of you and smother you with kisses.


PS Mom, you snore.

 Goodbye sleeping in.

Second, my bed is no longer mine.  It is hers.  Sadly I am one of those people who won’t change sleeping positions for fear of waking the puppy.  Yes I just admitted that.

Finally, one of the best kept secrets, is doggie daycare.  My life saver.  Seriously take your fur baby there.  They will love it.

And! (See below)

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This is what you will have post daycare and until the next 6am wake up call 🙂

What is something you wish you had known, prior to being a fur parent?

PS check out the new blog button design on the sidebar 🙂 Friend did a great job for me! Look back for more changes to come.

Dose of Olive

Per a Reader’s request, Olive, (this blog’s namesake), will make a small appearance.  And why not include a few tips for a novice puppy owner?  It was always on my bucket list to raise a puppy.  Moving to this new city somehow pulled the trigger.

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Day one: Warning, they may puke all over themselves upon arrival to their new home.  This is a great introduction to bath time.

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Cuddle time can happen any time.  And it makes any terrible day at the office better.

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Puppies may or may not enjoy their training graduation caps…

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Puppy haircuts are important.  Get them use to a groomer early.  Your groomer will appreciate this.

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Beware: NOT all groomers are the same: Even if they work at the same place!

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Clarify what they mean by “short”.  Otherwise, your puppy may get the nickname, Haircut Olive, at doggy daycare…

Halloween Costumes are totally appropriate.

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And when you live in the frigid tundra, winter attire is a must!

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And there you have it Reader, your Dose of Olive.  What are your favorite puppy tips?