Mid-Week Ramblings

Happy hump day! This week has gone by so fast I was sure it was only Tuesday when I woke up this morning. I feel like a broken record continuously saying “it’s another busy week in the Allen household” but that is what it is!

{my newest fave!}

{my newest fave!}

I started my new barre class yesterday and have my second session tomorrow. I’ll be interested to see how I like it after a few more sessions. Mary would be happy to hear that so far I prefer Pilates to the barre, but I could be convinced otherwise. I had a 30-minute Pilates session last week and was about 10 times more sore after that class (for four days!) than I am after the barre class.

The barre class involves a lot of continuous repetitions with weights and mini-squats and other such motions and left me feeling sweaty, winded and quite literally a bit hunched over, whereas I leave Pilates feeling light, refreshed and taller. Pilates has been the only form of exercise that I have seen the definition in my arms and abs that I can see right now. I will say that I am really excited for the barre class to get me ready for ski season, though!

I have the goofiest dog ever.

I have the goofiest dog ever.

Alex spent last weekend in Chicago at his cousin Bryan’s bachelor party. It sounds like the boys had a great time! They stayed in a bachelor suite across the street from Wrigley Field. This place sounds absolutely perfect for a bachelor party. The apartment has a bar in it, plus a pool table, shuffleboard, darts, a urinal and a rooftop deck with commercial grills and bleachers! We can’t wait to celebrate Bryan and Sarah’s wedding this weekend!

My swimming buddy!

My swimming buddy!

While Alex was away I worked my little fingers to the bone around our house. I had a massive to-do list of random projects and I was able to complete many of them. My biggest accomplishment from the last week has been completely re-decorating our guest room. I can’t wait to share pictures once everything arrives and gets all set up. I will; however, share a picture of my cousin and his beautiful bride, with whom I was lucky enough to have dinner on Friday night.

Chris & Heidi

Chris & Heidi

I also had a great time taking Jackson for lots of swims and a run one day. He did a great job of keeping me company while Alex was gone. We got a visit on Saturday from Mary and Berkeley and ran up to Bottlehouse to enjoy a glass of wine in the sun, too!

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{hot dogs! … get it?… dogs on a sunny porch…}

It has been quite warm in Seattle the last few weeks. I love the heat but have been lacking motivation in the kitchen. When it’s 87 degrees in my house the last thing I want to do is stand over a hot stove. We’ve been eating a lot of pasta salad {prepared early in the day} and meals on the grill.

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Here are some of our recent favorites {strangely they’re almost all from The Pioneer Woman!}: