Friday Favorites

I don’t usually do Friday Favorites posts, but I’ve just come across too many things lately that I’m LOVING, so feel compelled to share my new-found loves with the world.  You’re welcome.

1.   Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter.  I’m sure this probably isn’t new to the rest of the world, but for those of us who are a solid two hours from the nearest TJ’s, it just may be.  I grabbed some while I was in TJ’s in Colorado last month and I was pretty sure I’d died and gone to Heaven.  It reminded me of Teddy Grahams that I so dearly loved as a child.

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All gone. 😦

2.   Pet Naturals of Vermont Calming for Cats.  Okay, this one may not be relevant to most of my readers, but for anyone who has a cat that HATES to ride in a car as much as mine does, this will be a life-saver.  (They have a dog version, too, but I’ve never had any reason to try it.)  Any time we have to take C.C. to the vet, it’s a solid 10 minutes of wailing and howling and screaming on the ride there.  It’s not good for her to be so stressed at nearly 16 years old, and it’s not great for my nerves either!  Then I found this.

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It’s AMAZING.  I gave it to her before the hour and a half drive to my parents’ house when they kept her while we were out of town last month.  She was one cool kitty but not drugged, ya know?  Calm but alert.  I was even able to unzip her cat carrier so she could poke her head out.  That would have NEVER happened before.  I wish I’d found this stuff years ago.  Total game changer for us.

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God, I love this girl.

3.   Black-ish.  Freaking hilarious.  The best thing to happen to prime time since Modern Family.

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4.   Starbucks Cinnamon Chai Soy Latte.  Yes it has a lot of sugar, and no I don’t know that it’s 100% vegan even when made with soy milk, but hot damn this is some good stuff.

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5.   Blackberry Patch blueberry syrup.  I found this in the gourmet foods section of a TJ Maxx for $2.99, so I had to try it.  I made pancakes with it last weekend and HELLLOOOOOOO!  IHOP ain’t got nothin’ on me.

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So do tell!  What are YOU loving these days?

Workdays Like Today Are My Reward for the Shitty Ones

I had to go back to Nashville today, but this time the main reason was for a training class for work.  We don’t have to do that often, but I always kind of enjoy it.  Not so much the class as just the opportunity to do something DIFFERENT!  To get out of the office!  And an excuse to dress in something a little cuter than uniform khakis and a company tee.

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The class only lasted slightly over two hours, but when you factor in the drive there and the drive home, that made it a 6-1/2 hour workday.  After the class was over at lunch, I checked in with my office to see if they needed me for anything.  They assured me everything was fine, so I took the rest of the day as personal leave and hung around Nashville a while!  Woohoo!

First thing I did was head to The Wild Cow, another vegan restaurant I’d heard amazing things about.  I ordered a chickpea salad wrap with a side of garlicky kale.  OMG, that kale.  I’ve never had it that way before.  Must. Copycat. Recipe.

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With a full belly and time to kill, I headed to one of my most favorite shopping spots and hit up a store that I’m often too cheap to shop in–LULULEMON!   But thanks to my travel pay for today, I was feeling a little less frugal.  haha  I’ve had to toss out a couple of running bras lately.  My favorite running bra that I’ve ever owned is a lulu, so I wanted to get another one like it, and try to find another pair of versatile, comfortable, black running shorts.  My favorite go-to Under Armour shorts have seen better days, so I wanted to scout out their successor.  I found a pair that I really like–the Run Times.  They are super comfortable and flattering… in the dressing room anyway.  Let’s hope for the same when I take them for a run.

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From there I went around the corner to Trader Joe’s!  I LOVE that damn place but so very rarely get to go!  I got a few grocery things hat I needed anyway plus several Trader Joe exclusives.  The jalapeno cilantro hummus alone is worth the trip.

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And I couldn’t leave without hitting up the beer aisle for a “build your own” six-pack!

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I’ve never tried any of those before, so I’m excited.  Especially so about that chocolate one.  Color me intrigued.

Pretty good practice for all those vacation days I’m gonna take this year, huh?!  🙂