There is a Mouse in the House

[This post would have been up much earlier had a mouse not invaded my house and nearly attacked me!]

[Yes, I am being dramatic. But, yes, there was a small mouse in here earlier. EEK!]

First, I want to say thank you to everyone who read yesterdays post, and for all of the positive feedback and motivation! I was pleasantly surprised by how many people read the post, and commented on it. Knowing people will be following my progress throughout this challenge (30 day gluten-free, dairy-free, 30 minutes of exercise challenge: will absolutely help keep me going. Maybe others might be able to find motivation here, as well!

If you are someone who has experience with a gluten-free/dairy-free (or both) diet, or great thirty minute exercise ideas, please feel free to pass them along. I would love any tips and/or ideas! I have already received a few, which I am very grateful for.

Here are some of the things I bought at the store this week to help me in this challenge:

Gluten free pretzels

Gluten free waffles

Sweet potato chips

Dairy free, coconut milk yogurt

Coconut milk

Coconut milk creamer

Chex cinnamon flavored cereal

Gluten free chicken sausages

Lots of fruits and vegetables

My format is going to [hopefully] be to write about the previous days meals and exercise every day, just as an FYI.

So, on to yesterday…

For breakfast I had two hard boiled eggs cut up, along with a diced avocado, topped with spicy mustard. I took a picture, and then for some reason deleted it, sooo…no picture of that. But, it was really good. I loved the addition of the mustard.

For lunch I had a BIG, delicious salad.


For snacks, I had a Lara bar (the chocolate chip cookie dough flavor is wonderful), and some gluten free pretzels.


Since we were ridiculously excited for how nice it was outside yesterday, we decided to grill. We had grilled chicken and veggies (red pepper, onion, and eggplant).



I had some tea after dinner as my treat for the night. I love having (caffeine free) tea before bed. Helps me relax, and it’s almost like a cue for my body to recognize that it is bedtime. Plus, it usually helps curb any leftover hunger that dinner didn’t satisfy (doesn’t always work, but usually does).

For exercise, Maggie and I went on a lovely walk (for about 45 minutes to an hour). It was beautiful again! I am getting used to this. Please don’t take it away from us, Mother Nature.

I’m off to enjoy a small glass of wine. That mouse rattled my nerves!

Actually, we’ve got a nice little Saturday planned

Today is Colin and my two-year anniversary – I woke up with a migraine and a pain in my neck – pretty much sums up the two years we’ve been together.

I’m only kidding of course – Colin has been amazing since the day I met him. But I did really wake up with a migraine and a bad pain in my neck so i wasn’t lying about that.

My anniversary treat made me feel much better! Colin got me a beautiful set of pearls and I got him a watch (they don’t call us the A team for nothin’! .. Actually no one has ever called us the A team, except us maybe. And only because we’re lame.) Due to the pearls, my family is now worried for us. Apparently one of the many Irish folk tales says something about the fact that you aren’t supposed to buy pearls for someone else. How is Colin supposed to know that? He’s a Guido (yes, even with the name Colin!) So, you’re only supposed to buy them for yourself. My Nana used to say that ‘if you buy pearls for someone else, there will be tears.’ So now my brother thinks we’re gonna break up. My sister told me I had to give Colin $1 so that I ‘bought’ the pearls for myself. If we break up I’ll give him back the damn pearls so he can take them to a pawn shop and get some money back, how’s that?

We’re making  a nice anniversary dinner tonight – steak  au poivre, sweet potatoe fries, baked mac and cheese and some red wine. For dessert we have a slice of vanilla bean cheesecake and a slice of cookie dough cheesecake (Colin stopped at the Cheesecake Factory on the way over today – he’s pretty good, I’m not gonna lie.)


For our anniversary we went and did some really fun and romantic things such as going to Costco to get new contacts and Whole Foods for some grocery shopping. Our trip to Costco was interesting; we had to drive out-of-the-way to get there so I just wanted to run in and out. When you’re hoping for something to go smooth and quick, does it ever? I told the woman I didn’t have my prescription but that I got my exam there with the Costco eye doctor. She looked for it and found it. She asked me how many boxes of contacts I wanted, they had them in stock, she rang me up, I paid, I was all set. I was pumped cause it didn’t take long at all!

But not so fast…

While I was making sure I had everything, I saw that the name on the prescription I was holding was my sister Megan’s, not mine. Excellent. I went back to the lady at the counter to tell her, and thus the craziness began. She went in the doctor’s office to get my prescription cause she couldn’t find mine at the counter. She came back with the prescription, I said I’d like five boxes please, she returned the wrong contacts, she rang me up for the right ones, they only had four boxes in stock, I said I’d just take four then, she gave me the stink eye, and then her two co-workers came over. I thought I was going to get kicked out of Costco for causing such a ruckus. Three people were trying to figure out how to void the coupon, how much money I was supposed to get back, ect. etc. They were arguing and giving each other ‘tude right there for everyone to see. I was getting anxious and it seemed as though my migraine was sneaking back in. I finally escaped Costco with my contacts (and two bottles of wine – after that experience I was ready to pop one open before we got to the card/receipt checker person!)

Next was Whole Foods. We had to get our ingredients for our anniversary dinner and I decided to do my grocery shopping for the week. I’ve never done a big shopping trip at Whole Foods but I was pleasantly surprised with how much everything cost; I got everything I needed and it wasn’t bad at all! Some granola, banana chips, walnuts, strawberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, green grapes, bananas, humus, english muffins, spinach, onion, cucumber, red pepper, carrots, chicken breasts, ground beef, yogurt, peanut butter… Lots of good, healthy groceries. When I got home I made a fruit salad for the week, sampling some fruit as I chopped and let me tell you – the fruit from Whole Foods is delicious. Highly recommend it.

On a more random note… I think I want a pet lamb. Dogs are soo last year.

I take back my dog comment. Look at this little bugger – my niece Lady. How could you not love her?


It’s 8:14 and we haven’t eaten yet. Colin’s cooking and I better get in there to see if he needs any help…….