Happy To Be Here

by Jen on January 21, 2012

Hello from Georgia!

Sullie and I arrived at my grandmother’s house around 1 p.m. and she has been glued to Mema’s side ever since!

Backing up…I made it out of bed around 6:45 this morning and promptly made breakfast and worked on some blog stuff.

I have been on such a bagel kick lately. I had half a whole wheat bagel with butter and cream cheese.

I got on the road around 8:30 and made a stop by Starbucks. Coffee was very necessary to get me through the rainy four hour drive. I passed the time by listening to an audio book.


Around 11 I became so hungry that I had to stop and get a snack. There was no way I was going to be able to make it two more hours until lunch. I picked up string cheese and this Nature Valley Granola Thin at a gas station. The string cheese was delicious. The granola thing was not. Bleh.

Sullie is so happy to be here. She has always been such a good traveler and never gets anxious about new places or people. She is all about car trips and adventures.

My grandmother had a delicious lunch of ┬ásoup, chicken salad, cheese and crackers ready and waiting. She makes the best soups and chicken salad. I love lunch at my grandmother’s house. It’s always some fun “taste of this, taste of that” kind of thing.

I spent a couple of hours chatting and letting my food digest before heading to the gym and grocery to get supplies for tonight’s dinner. There is a really nice gym here that I always visit when I’m in town. I knocked out five miles on the treadmill and then did a quick strength/abs circuit.

I cooked dinner for my grandmother. On the menu…panko and parmesan crusted tilapia, roasted brussels sprouts and rice with cheese, garlic and spinach. I have had this rice recipe from Elly Says Opa! starred in my Google Reader for months and I’m so glad I finally made it. Pretty much my idea of the perfect food…carbs and cheese with a some vegetables mixed in. ;)

After dinner it was time for Christmas! To get into the holiday spirit, I made a cup of Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Green Tea. I haven’t seen my grandmother since Thanksgiving and we agreed to wait until we saw each other in January to exchange gifts. See the small gift bag in the center? My grandmother and I have been exchanging that bag for over 10 years. We alternate who takes it home every year. It’s a fun tradition.

Sullie was most helpful with the gift opening.

The evening wrapped up with a bowl of vanilla ice cream topped with a cookie and chocolate syrup.

So happy to be here! Plans for tomorrow include baking maple oatmeal scones for breakfast, mani/pedi, TJ Maxx trip, cardio and a BodyFlow class at the gym and dinner with my dad and grandmother.

And now I’m off to read my new book and sleep for as many hours as possible! Hope your Saturday was wonderful!

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Brooke @ Exercise For Fries January 21, 2012 at 11:06 pm

I can’t wait to hear what you think of bodyflow. I havent tried it yet, but I want to!

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2 Josie @ happycorredora.com January 21, 2012 at 11:43 pm

Looks likes a perfectly lovely day :) I love the cookie icecream sundae mmm

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3 Sierra @ Posh Meets Pavement January 22, 2012 at 12:26 am

I’m on my last bag of Candy Cane Green Tea and NOT happy about it. Great that you got to see your grandma and bring your pup. We just did a road from from Chapel Hill-Atlanta-Savannah-Charleston…and back to Chapel Hill tomorrow. Happy travels.

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4 Michelle January 22, 2012 at 2:01 am

Aww, your post really makes me miss my grandparents. I wish mine were still around for me to visit. There is almost nothing better than visiting grandparents. There’s just something so special about it.

I’m curious what you think of bodyflow too, especially since you teach yoga. I’ve taken it a few times (and I pretty much love all les mills classes) but I’m not crazy about it. I feel like it’s not intense enough or something.

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5 carolyn January 22, 2012 at 8:03 am

do you have a recipe for the panko crusted tilapia? It looks amazing!!!!

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6 Jen January 22, 2012 at 9:32 pm

i haven’t posted a recipe but I always use the same formula…

Prepare three dishes…one with flour, salt and pepper, one with an egg and one with panko, parmesan and parsley. Dredge fish in flour, then egg, then panko mixture. Saute in olive oil for about 3-4 minutes each side on medium heat. Serve with lemon!

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7 Jenny January 22, 2012 at 8:59 am

what a sweet day :) enjoy your time with Grandma! She sounds wonderful!!

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8 HRCK the Herald January 22, 2012 at 11:13 am

What a cozy sweet day– enjoy your time with loved ones! :)

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9 Jessica King January 22, 2012 at 11:20 am

What a wonderful day with your grandmother. Enjoy your time! I am making the rice with cheese and spinach tonight!!

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10 Jen January 22, 2012 at 9:28 pm

hope you liked it! we had leftovers of it tonight. so good!

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11 Lauren January 22, 2012 at 12:07 pm

I love that you spend so much time with your grandmother, she seems so sweet!

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12 Jen January 22, 2012 at 9:28 pm

we are so super close! always have been! :)

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13 fitpeanut January 22, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Family is so important !!! Enjoy your time with your Grandmother =)
I love the belated XMas, great idea !!

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14 Becca January 22, 2012 at 2:33 pm

I might have missed this, but what book are you reading? I’ve recently taken my tv out of my bedroom so I actually have time to read! I’m always interested in what others are reading or recommend:)

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15 Jen January 22, 2012 at 9:25 pm

i just started “Poser: My LIfe in 23 Yoga Poses.” So far, so good! Love that you took the TV out of the bedroom!

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16 Allison January 22, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Sullie looks like she hopes that gift bag is full of biscuits! Have a great time!

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17 Jen January 22, 2012 at 9:27 pm

haha…i was a slacker dog mom and didn’t get her a christmas present this year :(

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