Hi, friends! So I’m hopping on the Marvelous Monday bandwagon, as hosted by Katie. Any excuse to make Monday a little more special
My Monday was actually marvelous for several reasons today….
I woke up early to make it to my favorite gym class.
My stomach felt weird this morning and I couldn’t decide what I wanted for breakfast. I wanted to keep it light before working out but I didn’t want toast and nut butter this morning (so strange for me!).
I finally decided on vanilla chobani with a banana sliced in a little cereal on top.
It was good, but my tummy was still all wonky…probably due to all the junk I put in it yesterday ;(
So, I decided to wait on the gym and do some work first (I was working from home because my office was closed this week).
Mid-morning, I started to get a little hungry, and my stomach was feeling better, which was marvelous
I also came up with this marvelous recipe for a light frappuchino at home:
Espresso Light Frappuchino:
1/2 cup of ice
1/2 cup of strong, cold coffee
1 shot of espresso
1/2 cup of unsweetned vanilla almond milk
3 drops of nunnaturals stevia
Blend it all up and enjoy!
I had this and a sliced pear with almond butter for a snack!
uhm, yum! So marvelous
Then, because it was so nice, and because my stomach was feeling better, I decided to skip the gym and do my workout outside! I did a JM video first then I headed out for a 3 mile run in my rocking shamrock pro-compression socks… Yea, I went outside like that… I know you’re jealous!
This was the first time I’d run outside in months, and it felt pretty darn marvelous!
After my run, I showered and headed off to job #2.
I ate my lunch on the road (it’s a skill)
My usual chicken, cheese and veggies!
After work, I met my mom out for dinner, and I was starving.
We went to this cute, Italian restaurant, and because I was so hungry, I had two pieces of bread when we sat down (rookie mistake haha).
But, my entree was this marvelous feast!
whole wheat penne in garlic and oil with grilled chicken, diced tomatoes, broccoli and spinach. It was delicious, but huge!
I ate the top half(with all the veggies!) and saved this portion for leftovers for the week.
Now my plan is relax with some tea, and a book.
Which reminds me, it’s time to vote for our book club!
Please comment on this post if you’d like to join our book club, it’s open to anyone and anyone can vote
Summaries from goodread.coms:
The Paris Wife:
A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wifecaptures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley.
Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.
Though deeply in love, the Hemingways are ill-prepared for the hard-drinking and fast-living life of Jazz Age Paris, which hardly values traditional notions of family and monogamy. Surrounded by beautiful women and competing egos, Ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history, pouring all the richness and intensity of his life with Hadley and their circle of friends into the novel that will becomeThe Sun Also Rises. Hadley, meanwhile, strives to hold on to her sense of self as the demands of life with Ernest grow costly and her roles as wife, friend, and muse become more challenging. Despite their extraordinary bond, they eventually find themselves facing the ultimate crisis of their marriage—a deception that will lead to the unraveling of everything they’ve fought so hard for.
A heartbreaking portrayal of love and torn loyalty, The Paris Wife is all the more poignant because we know that, in the end, Hemingway wrote that he would rather have died than fallen in love with anyone but Hadley.
Love hurts. There is nothing as painful as heartbreak. But in order to learn to love again, you must learn to trust again.
When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.
But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo’s empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven
Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine’s father. After Mr Earnshaw’s death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine’s brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries. The action of the story is chaotic and unremittingly violent, but the accomplished handling of a complex structure, the evocative descriptions of the lonely moorland setting and the poetic grandeur of vision combine to make this unique novel a masterpiece of English literature.