A Balanced Weekend

Welcome to Monday! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend like I did.

Wanna know what happened?

Oh good, because it’s show and tell time – I took a decent amount of photos!

Madison holds a pretty incredible beer festival every year called The Great Taste of the Midwest. When tickets go on sale, people camp out for hours. Brody had heard it was actually quite easy to get tickets the day of, either at the event or buying them from people with too many. Sadly, he forgot about the date and bought tickets to see My Morning Jacket and Band of Horses in Milwaukee on Saturday with a buddy. Once again, we missed out.

Friday night, though, we did not miss out. Lots of restaurants and bars feature breweries and have their beers on tap. We headed downtown to Coopers who was featuring Lagunitas.

We love their beer and their glasses! I ordered the American Strong Ale while we sat at the bar. It was strong and pretty hoppy.

The six of us (we were with two other couples, including Mel and Tim), got seated outside! Although the table was small for six, we made it work and continued drinking and eating. We ordered the pretzels and poutine to share, and I had the Brussels sprouts salad for dinner. As always, the food was amazing.

We proceeded on to Merchant who was featuring Six Point whose owners/brewmasters met at the UW, but now live and have their brewery in Brooklyn. According to Brody, Six Point only distributes to New York and Madison – lucky us! While the beer was tempting at Merchant, my favorite drink called to me. I gave in and took the bartender’s suggestion of using gin instead of vodka. The Regret with gin was a winner. As he explained, the pine flavor of the gin complemented the rosemary perfectly.

Moving on to Saturday. I woke up and wanted a special breakfast. It had been a while since I had made pancakes, so I broke out the Kodiak cake mix. A little peanut butter, a drizzle of maple syrup, and a nectarine on the side rounded out the meal.

Mel and her friend Jill were running 15 miles (they are also running the Madison Mini half marathon next weekend), and I wanted to meet them for the last five. The running bug may be giving me little love bites again…

It felt awesome to run outside in perfect weather and to run with friends again. We ended the run on the square where the farmers market was in full swing.

Mel and Jill were craving doughnuts, and as good as they looked, eating one after running just over five miles and right before lunch did not justify it in my head. Mel was kind enough to give me a few bites.

I was ridiculously lazy for the rest of the day; I had a Chipotle salad for lunch, attempted to make almond butter with my Ninja (major fail – too embarrassed to even provide a photo or tell you how long I worked at it), and watched the entire sixth season of Weeds on Netflix.

Sunday morning I had breakfast plans with my friend Nicole who lives in Wauwatosa. We met in Delafield at Panera; it was so nice catching up. She hadn’t heard about Brody’s rhabdo and the intimate details of my crypto, and I hadn’t heard much about her trip to Spain with thirty-eight high schoolers. She’s a brave woman.

The rest of the day included a shopping spree at Banana Republic outlet, a grocery shopping trip, BodyPump, and a little cooking.

I introduce you to the best pasta salad ever!

The hot pasta melts the avocado and coats the noodles. So unique! A few changes I made to the recipe: I omitted the oil, used lime instead of lemon juice, and added one chopped shallot.

Brody suggested adding chicken next time for a little more protein. My meat-loving husband is smart.

There you have it. It was a good mix of time spent with friends, Brody, and myself. I indulged a little but also worked out both days. It’s all about balance.

How was your weekend balanced (or maybe unbalanced because that’s okay too!)?
Have you ever been to a beer festival? Where, when, and what’d you think?

BodyPump Unawareness, Quesadillas, and Lagunitas Glasses

Happy Monday people! Did everyone adjust to the time change? I had my alarm set for 5am, but when it went off, I made the executive decision to skip morning BodyPump and go to the early evening class. It felt nice to sleep for an extra forty-five minutes.

As I had planned in the wee hours of the morning, I made it to Pump. I arrived early and spent twenty minutes on the elliptical; then I pumped it out next to my friend Jena. There were two men in the class who had no idea what they were doing. Both did the clean and press SO wrong, and I was concerned they were each going to hurt themselves. During the triceps track, the guy closer to me had his arms way out on the bar and had no clue how to do a skull crusher. I know it shouldn’t annoy me because he was probably new…but it did. First of all, I wish the instructor would’ve seen him and helped him out. Secondly, it amazes me how some people lack body awareness. For example, if the instructor says, “Place your hands shoulder width apart on the bar,” that is what I do. I grew up dancing and watching myself in mirrors since the age of three. I have that mind-body connection and maybe I take that for granted. I also wonder if part of it comes from being a female (stronger mind-body connection?). Thoughts?


My pups needed exercise when I got home and we went for a nice thirty minute walk around the neighborhood. I spent about 79% of the time planning my dinner. Brody had a fantasy baseball draft, so I was on my own. With all of the produce in the fridge, I had lots of options. The sweet potatoes called my name and I wanted to finish up the last half cup of black beans I had used for tacos on Friday. I suddenly remembered a yummy dish from Bluephies: sweet potato black bean quesadillas.

Not the prettiest picture, but they tasted good.

With a whole wheat tortilla from Trader Joe’s and a little maple syrup, they came together nicely. In lieu of sour cream, I topped them with plain nonfat yogurt. Dessert included frozen mango. A perfect sweet, non-chocolate treat.


Is anyone else picky about glasses you drink out of? We have lots of pint glasses (many of which have beer logos on them), and they have been my favorite water drinking glasses…until today that is. Looked what we ordered!



I drank a cappuccino stout out of one of these last weekend at Cooper’s. Brody and I commented how cool of a glass it was. I ended up ordering six of them. I love the mason jar look.


Yesterday I thought I was being all cool mimicking the format of two of the bloggers who I regularly read; come to find out today I did it wrong. I took each letter of the alphabet and did my own thing with each, but I was supposed to answer the prompt for each (i.e. A is age, X is for x-rays). Oops! Oh well.

My rambling is done for the day. Sleep well!