So sorry about being MIA last night. We didn’t get home from fishing until 1 am! We had very good reason to stay out though, which I will get to a little later. Stay tuned!
First of all, redecorating was a success! Well, this was the beginning stages but I think I did pretty good for only spending $150 and hitting the closet, the living room AND the kitchen. Little stuff, I have found out, makes a BIG difference! Check out me modeling the couch with new pillows and throw!
New closet organizer:
New kitchen rug (this was only $2.99 and has Dexter’s stamp of approval!!!):
Spice organizer 🙂
And, finally, the new stove made all the difference in the world!!
We also cleaned like mad-women. Cleaning actually isn’t such a bad thing right now because it keeps my mom and I busy! Midway through the frenzy, I snacked on a slice of Ezekiel bread with raw almond butter and preserves—
And to open a package I got in the mail! This one was from my cousin, Lauren, who works for…..get ready for this……America’s Next Top Model out in LA. She was so sweet to send me a care package with extra makeup from the set!
Since I haven’t bought new eye shadow since like 1999, this is awesome! Thank you, Lauren!! 🙂
Around 4:00 my mom and I passed out on the couch to have a glass of red wine. Hey, it was 10 pm in Paris so we didn’t mind 😉
And then the stove arrived! Can you guess what my first meal was??!
Glorious poached eggs on an Ezekiel english muffin with a bell pepper and carrots on the side. I thought it best to keep it simple the first night!
After an early dinner, I packed up and met Erin to drive to St. Pete and meet Ryan and Preston (Ryan’s 18 year old cousin). The boys had already gotten the boat, so they picked us up and we were off. I had my dessert on board 🙂
Look at these beautiful pictures from our trip—
To be honest, I had a bit of a mini-breakdown. The water was my brother’s passion and being back out on it so soon was very, very hard. I think it was a bit too soon since I only yesterday was able to turn the car radio back on in my car. I’m taking baby steps and last night thoughts of John consumed me and, at times, it hurt to breathe.
However, all was not lost because Preston actually caught a 100 lb tarpon! It happened around 10:15 and he fought that beast for about 45 minutes until we finally got it up on the boat for a quick picture!
It was my first tarpon experience and I was shocked at how HUGE these fish are! It was more like a sea monster! After it swam away back to its home, we took off for our home since it was almost midnight. I was STARVING though since it had been about five hours since I last ate and even though it was late, I knew I had to eat or else I would be starving laying in bed. Thank goodness I had this emergency bar with me!
To be honest, it wasn’t very good and it wasn’t filling at all. I still went to bed starving! Oh well.
And then this morning I woke up bright and early at 7:30 because I had some work to do before my big Team in Training kick-off event at 10:00! Basically, today is the day when I meet my coaches and teammates and get my training supplies and schedule. I’m very excited and Ryan is going with me and I think we are going to the beach after (we originally planned on the boat again but its just too hard for me) since its only 10 minutes away from my event.
I made quite the breakfast of champions to fuel me…
Now tell me that doesn’t look amazing.
I used 1/2 cup of Kodiak Pancake Mix (my favorite!) and topped my waffles with 1/2 cup Fage, maple syrup, a huge sliced banana and a few toasted almond slices. I’m stuffed right now but it was worth it!
I’m off to hop in the shower, wake Ryan and head back to St.Pete for my event! See you all this afternoon!