Giving Back

Hi friends! How was everyone’s weekend? Mine flew by, but was filled with so many rewarding experiences. I have always tried to be involved in the community one way or another, but I mixed up my involvement a bit this weekend and it definitely makes me want to get more involved in even more things 🙂

Rays

On Friday a volunteer opportunity was organized through my work with the Tampa Bay Rays. A bunch of employees signed up to help “sell” scratch off tickets for the Tampa Bay Rays Shirts Off Our Backs Campaign. For a small donation game goers could get a scratch off card that has a prize. One of the big prizes is a chance to win a jersey right off one of the Rays’ backs 😉 Hence the name. All the money goes to The Rays Foundation, which funds a lot of youth and education programs. We were given 100 cards to go through and had to sell up until the 4th inning. It was a lot harder than you probably think! Let’s just say I’m glad I’m not a salesperson at a mall kiosk because having people blow you off and ignore you is terrible! The good part is that we got a free meal and we got to see the rest of the game for free!

Too bad we lost 😦

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Saturday was a big day. This was a day where I wanted to not only give back, but to get some kind of closure for myself. My dad’s death has not gotten much easier and I know that I will hurt for a long time. I felt like doing this walk though, would help me feel productive towards my healing. I don’t really feel any different, but it was wonderful to have the support of The Chef and my friends as we took a leisurely walk through downtown St. Pete, along with hundreds of other people who were effected by such a debilitating disease. I found out about the event a bit last minute so I didn’t get to raise as much money as I wanted. We only made it half way to my goal, but that’s better than nothing! Next year I will be more prepared.

 

 

  

 

Some Fun Extras

Later that day, after yet another delicious meal at Pho Quyen, The Chef and I made a trip to Total Wine.

I have seen so many mentions in blogland about pumpkin beer. I’m not a beer drinker, but damn I’m kind of jealous I’m not with all this pumpkin beer talk!

They even have a whole end aisle devoted to it at Total Wine.

But wait…what is this…

Pumpkin Cider!?!? Rejoice!

I popped this baby open last night…it was not my favorite Woodchuck cider, but it was tasty. I also grabbed one of their Fall flavors to try. I never even knew they made seasonal flavors! I feel like a cool kid now that I can have seasonal drinks like beer drinkers 🙂

After we stocked up we decided to feed our sweet tooth. I suggested Yogurtology since The Chef had never been there. I love this place because of the different flavors and all the toppings you can put on your fro yo. Unfortunately, The Chef is a purist and just loves his plain fro yo so he wasn’t too into the toppings.

We both mixed vanilla and chocolate. His only topping was some Heath bar pieces. Mine was marshmallows, graham cracker crumbs, peanut butter chips and a drizzle of caramel. I think I need to instill a 3 topping max when it comes to my mix-ins…any more and I feel like flavors get lost.

The week is going to be filled with a lot of work and not so exciting errands. I probably won’t catch up until this weekend after the Race for the Cure. I’m on friend’s team, Blondie’s Boobies! Ha, love that name 🙂

Hope everyone has a great week!

Conversation Starter: What’s your favorite seasonal beverage?

 

Bummer Town

Hello friends! Hope everyone is surviving the first day “back to the grind”. It was a bit tough for me!

This morning I saw a TV commercial for the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s walk that’s going to be September 24. Without getting too much into details, my dad passed away last year from dementia. It was a terrible time and I’m still struggling with his death, but I’ve been waiting for a walk/run to come along that I could get involved with. I’ve always loved fundraising and volunteering, and I feel like doing something like this may help me make peace with myself. And I’d love the opportunity to help change the future for other families.

So I started my own team, Walk for Love. I’m excited to be a part of an event that means so much to me. If you’re in the Tampa Bay area and would like to walk you can join my team by visiting my team page. Or if your unable to come you can visit my personal page to make a donation…big or small, each donation makes a difference!

Needless to say, all the thinking about my dad today landed me in bummer town. I wasn’t in the best of moods when I got home. I decided to slip on my sneaks and get some energy out on the treadmill. I did the cardio parts of The Fitnessista’s September Schweaty Workout. Whew! It was schweaty indeed…

Ya, I average about 2 miles each half hour…don’t judge me…I never said I was a runner 😉 Although I have done a 10 minute mile…it just takes a lot to kick my own butt.

I felt a bit better. Then it was dinner time.

I forgot to mention that yesterday’s chicken piccata was from a whole chicken that The Chef broke down. And boy, does it make a difference than buying regular ol’ chicken breasts! The meat was SO tender. Tonight The Chef wanted to cook off the thighs. We also had some red quinoa to use up. No veggies except spinach. There was also left over peanut sauce from my birthday (it was still good!). Everything ended up getting mixed in together.

The final product.

That on top? Ya, that would be crispy chicken skin. I thought this meal would be semi healthy from the quinoa, but not so much 🙂

One of these guys for dessert.

Edy’s acai blueberry fruit bars…sooo refreshing and yummy. With real fruit bits!

Conversation Starter: What do you usually do to cheer yourself up when you hit bummer town?