Five on Friday! 

1. New job! 

This week was my last week at both of my part time jobs.   Going away lunch feast!

I start my new job as a metabolic dietetic assistant on Monday. I’m really excited to start. I think it’s going to be a very exciting, rewarding job and since it’s going to be a specialist area there is going to be lots to learn. I think a lot of my job will involve educating children and their parents which I’m really looking forward to doing.

I have mandatory training all day Monday and Tuesday so I don’t start in the office till Wednesday when there is a planned train strike! I have no idea how I’d be able to get to and from across the city so I’m hoping it will be cancelled!


2. Making a Murderer 

I got on the train and I wish I never had! Spoiler alert-

I just finished the 8th episode and after finding out the jury found him guilty. I honestly didn’t think he did it. There wasn’t a spec of her blood anywhere in his house, I don’t believe that the key just  magically appeared and the fact the police had his blood in evidence and it was clearly tampered with! His poor nephew was definitely manipulated by the investigators. He didn’t seem to come up with anything on his own without them putting words in his mouth and making him say things he thought they wanted to hear.

What do you guys think, guilty or not?  

3. 10K run

We are running a 10K next Sunday. I haven’t participated in a race in over a year and I’ve only run twice since Christmas. I ran 3.26 miles today after work. I think all the sugary carbs I’ve been indulging in gave me all the energy and fuel I needed, my pace was a lot quicker than what I expected which was a nice surprise.   Not sure how doubling the distance next Sunday is going to work out though! img_8113
4.Countdown to Mexico! 

We are going to Mexico in April for our friend’s wedding.  This will be the first time we’ve ever stayed at an all inclusive resort.  SO excited for margaritas and tacos on tap.

So basically every day until then I’m going to be working hard to lose the 15lbs I’ve gained since last summer.

I went to my Saturday morning boxfit class for the first time since before Christmas, baby steps!

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5. Moving. 

So we have been waiting since May for the people in the house we are going to buy to find something to move in to.  They’ve had the worst luck with trying to find a property and recently had to start looking again after other properties falling through.  She is also due at the end of February, so we were basically just waiting to be told that they were going to put it back on the market or ask us for more money and we’d probably end up losing it.

We just got news last week, they found a brand new property which shouldn’t have any issues and they have to get all the legal work done within 28 days! Then we would agree a move in date which we are hoping to be in mid-March before we go to Mexico.  So hopefully it will all work out this time, we can’t wait to get into that house!

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Five on CHRISTmas Friday!

  1. A Muppet’s Christmas Carol

This has always been one of my favorite Christmas movies, it never gets old!

I watched it on Christmas Eve while wrapping Christmas presents and currently watching Frosty the Snowman while prepping Christmas lunch!   

2. Harry Connick Jr Christmas  

Me and my Mom first had this as a cassette and would listen to it throughout all of December! I remember taking it in the car with us and playing it everywhere we went.  Throughout the years, I’ve had to buy the CD a couple times, and now all I have to do is play through You Tube!

3. Amy Grant Christmas  

Another classic that I loved listening to and blasting  on a cassette in room growing up during Christmas!

4. December diet!  

This year I have definitely struggled with succumbing to taking full party in all things Christmas celebrations related.

It basically started when my mom got here for Thanksgiving, we had to take her to all of our favorite restaurants and then it was December and all the Christmas parties and festivities.  I think I just resigned to December being a bad month and that it has! Knowing we are going to Seattle and it’s impossible to be any sort of healthy when my step mom has monkey bread on tap, and all dinners are served with garlic cheese & onion bread and side dishes are half vegetable half butter, my step mom is basically the Paula Deen cook of the family and I can’t resist!

We have a wedding to go to in Mexico in April, so I will definitely be getting back on it in the new year!

We are celebrating with Gregs parents, at our house. Cooked all the traditional English goodies, bacon wrapped sausages, Yorkshire puddings!

  
And some table tennis after!   

5.Seattle!

We are flying out to Seattle tomorrow!  We are going to have Christmas on the 27th with my Dad, brothers, sister and my new nephew Riley!  So excited to meet him.  

One of my best friends, Stephanie who was a bridesmaid at my wedding, now lives in Seattle and one of my good friends from highschool is flying into Seattle for a couple days while we are there.  I’m so excited to also get to spend some time with friends while we are across the pond.

We are also going to take a trip to Vancouver to see some of our friends who used to live here.  They just had a new baby girl so will be fun to see Vancouver and catch up with them.

I hope you all have a great Christmas!

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Five on ThankFULL Friday

  1. My mom is here visiting for 2 weeks and will get to celebrate Thanksgiving with us.  We took her out to a traditional English pub for a Sunday roast dinner.  Holy yorkshire pudding!

  She found herself a friend!

   2. I can save lives! I only had to work one day last week for my mandatory CPR training

3. Interview!  I had to go into town on Tuesday for an interview, we went to Waterloo and walked across the bridge so we could get a glimpse of Big Ben, never gets old!  The job was for a full time metabolic dietetic assistant position.  As much as I love my jobs, they are 2 part time jobs that aren’t permanent and only fixed term until March.  This was a permanent position so I was pretty nervous since I knew how important this opportunity was going to be.  

I said a quick prayer before I went in, I thought it went ok, but we finished really quickly so I was worried I might not have said enough in my answers which has always been my problem with past interviews.  I got a call later that evening, and I GOT THE JOB!! I am very excited, but also nervous about telling my current boss’, I know they’ll be extremely supportive but it’s still never an easy conversation.

  4. Lobstah! We went out to lunch afterwards to try this new lobster place.  We split a 12 inch lobster roll which garlic butter sauce, heaven! I could’ve had a 12 inch to myself!

5. Thanksgiving! We hosted Greg’s parents, his aunt, uncle and cousin.  His auntie brought her killer Armenia eggplant dip that I face planted in and her famous napoleon, so good!


 I made a Coca-Cola ham, scalloped cheesy potatoes, asparagus, mushrooms and biscuits.

Dessert is definitely what I look forward to most on Thanksgiving, let me at it!

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For dessert we had the napoleon, pumpkin cheesecake, and some pecan pie rugelach, yum yum!

5. Pumpkin Cheesecake!  Is this in the states?! I saw this at the grocery store the other day, I will definitely be trying this soon, has anyone tried it?? 

Hope ya’ll had a great Thanksgiving!!

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5 on Friday – Is it Thanksgiving yet?!

Happy Friday Peeps!

1. Applications open!


It’s surprisingly been a quick year of waiting for applications to open up for the Post Grad/Masters Dietetics course again. The deadlines are December and January, but since I know the drill it shouldn’t take as long as it did last year.  I’m also going to apply to a university that has a 3 year undergrad dietetics course if I don’t get a spot on the masters at least I’d be on my way instead of wasting another year waiting hopefully.

Unfortunately my interview last year was 1 week before I started my new job as a dietetic assistant.  Now that it is my full time job, in 2 completely different hospitals, I’m hoping a years worth of experience will be everything I need to get through this time.

2. I’m a licensced UK Driver!

The year has not been a quick year of driving lessons! I started taking lessons back in February and initally had an hour lesson a week during my lunch break and then switched it to a 2 hour lesson on the weekend.  I had so much dred and anxiety before every lesson!

It’s scary driving a manual….sitting on the other side of the car that I’m not used to…..and driving with hardly any or sometimes no room on the road for 2 cars to pass!

But I’ve finally passed, the whole driving test experience is a whole nother drama.  Most people don’t pass till their 2nd or 3rd time taking the test, and you have to pay £62.50 each time!  I much preferred drivers ed in high school where my last lesson was my driving test, so easy!

I passed on my second time, I thought I passed the first time cause everything went pretty smoothly but, apparently it’s against the law to drive and stay in the right hand lane since the right lane should be used for overtaking only and you should always stay in the left so I failed because I didn’t move back into the left hand lane.

I really wanted to make sure I passed before my mom comes at the end of November so we can drive around everywhere instead of having to bus it like we did last time she visited.  It still kind of freaks me out cause it’s so hard to tell how much space I have when passing parked and oncoming cars. 

Still reppin’ the USA!

3.  

My mom will be here the weekend before Thanksgiving, it’s been awhile since she was here last.  I’m so happy she will be here for Thanksgiving, we will be having it with Greg’s parents and his Aunt, Uncle and cousin who have never experienced a Thanksgiving, so I’m looking forward to showing them what it’s all about.

Last time she was here we went to Scotland, and this time we are going to Paris for the weekend.  Can’t wait to show her the city, we are also going to see the Palace of Versailles which is amazing, so excited! Plus fresh baguettes, almond croissants, and crepes with nutella every day, and maybe a few times a day!

All the Christmas markets are starting to open up in London too.  They skip from Halloween right to Christmas here! All the German bratwurst stands and mulled wine really gets you in the festive season.

4. Elf the musical.


Elf is definitely one of my favorite Christmas movies.  Once I found out there was going to be a musical for Christmas, we had to get tickets.  We are going the week before Christmas, woot woot!

5. Salted caramel

After my step mom made these mini salted caramel cheesecakes, I have been obsessed and want all things salted caramel.

It is a friend’s birthday dinner tomorrow night so I’m going to try and make this cheesecake sandwiched between chocolate cake with salted caramel buttercream, finished with chocolate ganache and topped with some more salted caramel. Hopefully it’s not a Pinterest fail!  Had to make this purchase.

Followed by this purchase.   Heated up cookie with above ice cream on top.  Buying a 4 pack was not a good idea, because I could not stop at just one!

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5 on Friday- Vacation edition

  1. Seattle Story book baby shower!

My sister’s baby shower was a few days after we arrived in Seattle.  She wanted a story book themed party and it turned out really cute!IMG_6961

IMG_6906My Pinterest fail at making a Seahawk

IMG_6907My little caterpillar creation!

IMG_6913We got homemade scones freshly baked that morning from a local bakery, and 6 different types of jam.

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IMG_6910We played a few games after we ate:

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IMG_6958Tinkle in the pot! This one was hilarious, the girls were in team and had to put a balloon under their shirts and walk with a ping pong ball and drop it in the mason jar.

IMG_6954I saw this on Etsy and had to get it for her.

2. 1 year wedding anniversary celebration

I planned for my family and I to go to dinner at the restaurant right next to our wedding venue, which was the same company who catered our wedding, to celebrate our first anniversary.  IMG_6981

IMG_6983Blue cheese bacon burgers all around!

IMG_6986I ordered the same flavored cake from the bakery we had at our wedding.

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IMG_6991Vanilla bean and raspberry jam!

Of course I made us repeat the same posed picture we took on our wedding daylenablog2Then..IMG_7008and now.

3. Maui!

We woke up at 2am to drive to the top of Haleakala mountain to watch the sunrise.  It was a little cloudy so we didn’t see the sunrise clearly, but it was still beautiful!
  

Pancakes with vanilla macadamia nut sauce!
View from our hotel at the Royal Lahaina Resort.

Dinner at Merriman’s.
  Our road to Hana adventures! 
  Hurricane Ignacio was close to the islands a few days before we got there so the ocean was going crazy!  Hiking the Pipiwai trail.
  
   Black sand beach.

Our view as we are driving around the island.
Boogie boarding at Black Rock.   
  Turtles coming in from the ocean for the evening, was so cool!   We woke up early on our last morning to get to the beach one last time.
Tired eyes!

4. Vegas Eats! 

In-N-Out animal style, so.effin.good.  I don’t know why didn’t take much more advantage of this place when I was living in California.
Caesar’sP Palace buffet.   All the desserts!
Carmine’s. Veal Parm, amazing!   Their house salad is delish.
Hash House A Go Go.  Grilled banana pancake with pecans.  I think I ate about a qtr of this, plus a biscuit on the side of course. I take advantage of biscuits when in ‘Merica.   
Staple Cheesecake Factory stop.  White choc macadamia nut, I also had their new salted caramel which was wayyy better.   Bad picture, but steak with blue cheese butter at Vic and Anthony’s.  I had the potatoes au gratin and he had the baker.
One last Rueben at Planet Dallie’s before we go!   Had to have one last In-N-Out too :)
5. Vegas fun!

My besties came from California to hang out with for the weekend!
We went to XS to see David Guetta  Cruising down the strip.

4am white russians at New York New York playing $5 black jack for hours!   

Football drink at Fat Tuesdays while walking down the strip, always a good idea.   Broken by Vegas, until next time!

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WIAW- Vegas Baby!

We had to connect in San Francisco on our way to Vegas from Maui so we didn’t land in Vegas until midnight. We are staying at Elara which is part of Planet Hollywood. They have free laundry service and had a lot of laundry to do when we got there, so we put a load in then went to Planet Dallies to share our staple first meal in Vegas, the Rueben, so good!  

 By the time our laundry was washed and dried we didn’t get to sleep till close to 5am, so we slept in till noon.

For breakfast, well it was almost 3pm by the time we got there so brunch more like it, we went to Mr Mama’s. We wanted to try it last time we were here and it’s ranked high on trip advisor. The owner greeted us when we got there and was so friendly! It was his birthday and he insisted on us having a piece of his birthday cake which was really nice. 

I ordered poached eggs with sausage patties, home fries and a biscuit. The biscuit was so good!   

We went to the outlets after to do some shopping. I got some workout clothes from the Nike store, much needed workout shirts, shorts, and really comfortable bras. 

 
I also found the cutest converse I had to get. 

 
We went to one of our favorite Mexican restaurants for dinner, Lindo Mihouahcan.  It’s very authentic Mexican food and so good! I ordered bacon wrapped shrimp and a margarita of course!  

We walked around the strip for a couple more hours after dinner. We stopped at O’Sheas for a quick drink, blueberry vodka and lemonade that was way too strong, and gamble. I played a dollar in the black jack machine and tripled my money!

 

  

 It’s after midnight now, early for Vegas but we’ve logged 21.5 thousand steps for the day and we’re pooped! 

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What I Ate Wednesday- When I traveled back in time 8 hours

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Our vacation day finally arrived!

Our cab picked us up at 6am, so I got up at 440am to get a quick HIIT workout in. I am loving this quick 7 minute workout! Seriously try it, so hard and so effective.  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSVFjrlg-s0)

Knowing I’ll be sitting and eating for most of the day, I wanted to get some movement in!

It was a tough one! It’s my 6th day in a row of working out, and since they have been the days leading up to our vacation they have all been pretty hard!

Sat-1.5 mile run to the gym and hour of boxfit

Sun- Bodypump (still sore!)

Mon- Insanity Upper body weight training- it’s not all upper body weights either, it’s a full body workout!

Tues- Total Body Workout – Body by Jake (40 minutes of weight training mixed with high intensity cardio)

Wed- Insanity Max Interval Circuit

So my body will probably appreciate the rest today!

I had some coffee after I showered.  I like a little addition of hazelnut flavoured coffee!    I normally don’t eat breakfast till 9am so 5am was still a little too early for me. I had a couple bites of some smoked trout and fage when I was clearing out the fridge.   Through security and checked in! This is when we can really relax and walk around care free!

Breakfast at airport pub: Poached eggs, avocado and toast.

Plane meal time- chicken and mashed potatoes

Snacks! Sweet onion wheat thins we brought, BBQ corn nuts and a chicken and pesto sandwich with a scone and clotted cream before we landed.

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First purchase in the U.S. Of A!

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Yay for sunny Seattle!



It’s become a tradition when my Dad picks us from the airport we have to stop at Dick’s for cheeseburgers! (It was even one of our wedding photograph stops)

Pam and Greg-434 Pam and Greg-465My Dad always calls them covert doubles because when we usually get there it’s right before dinner and when my step-mom has a feast waiting for us when we get home.  I think my Dad enjoys them as much as we do since it’s usually the only time he stops and gets them too.


My sister’s baby shower that I’m hosting is on Saturday so I have to go to the grocery store and pick up the dishes I will be making for it.  I seriously feel like a kid in a candy store when I’m back in the States and go grocery shopping.  I miss all the options and all the yummy new stuff I’ve been missing out on, I want to get everything!

I start getting some of the games ready for the shower, want to make sure everything is not rushed the next couple of days so I can take my time with it all and enjoy my family time.

Having fun with my brother’s girlfriend getting ready for the shower:


My dad helped out getting those candies secure.   Mexican and a margarita for dinner! Carne asda for me
I spotted this in the freezer and had to have a couple bites, dangerously good!   I always have to get these when I come back, I love the honey walnut cream cheese!

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We made it till around 10pm which was about 6am for us, time to pass out!

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