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Sick as a Bunny

It is inevitable. I was sick with the flu last year for Easter and missed 3 days of work. This year, I started getting a terrible sore throat Saturday night and I am still suffering today! Although I made it to work, I may be leaving early because my head feels like a balloon and I am on cup of tea number four!

I always get the post holiday blues the day after a holiday. I think it’s because I don’t live super close to my family, so it is so special when I do get to see them.

Yesterday, we went to my Uncle’s, as we have been every year since my Grandfather had to sell his house to move into assisted living. My mom and her two brothers and all of their kids (my cousins, obviously) and any significant others, usually spend the day together. My Uncle’s girlfriend made yummy homemade ravioli, meatballs, sausage¬†and sauce. My mom brought the potato salad and we had it with ham, kielbasa, salad, bread, etc. It’s kind of a hodge podge of food but it somehow all goes very well together! Dessert was ice cream cake and two kinds of rolls (poppyseed and raspberry cream cheese which was the death of me yesterday). There was also Easter pie, which I try every year, and I don’t like it, every year. It has ricotta, egg, etc. in it. Not a fan!

We mingled for 2 hours or so after we ate, which gave me an opportunity to get a recent picture with my Mom. I miss her all the time! She is probably going to visit for Mother’s day and I can’t wait!

I also got to talk to my Grandfather who I always say is practically my father. He raised me with my Mom (my father is not in my life), and is the most giving man I know. He now has Parkinson’s disease, which is a neurological disease. He has trouble smiling, but I promise – we were happy to see each other! ūüôā

I headed back to New Jersey around 4:00 and immediately headed to Joe’s parents to eat more! His two sisters and their kids and his Uncle were there. His mom made homemade ravioli as well. Of course, I had more and finished with cupcakes, chocolate covered peeps, and candy!

I’m sad that Easter is over but at least the weather is starting to clear up! It poured rain last night, but today it is in the 60’s and is supposed to rise throughout the week.

I did a light workout this morning despite my cold. It consisted of 25 minutes of abs and 45 minute intervals of running/incline walking on the treadmill. By running, I mean jogging at 6.5 because I had a coughing fit or two. Oh the joys of being sick. I’m convinced that I haven’t gotten sick in so long because I workout and my body is strong and not as susceptible to infections and viruses. I guess I can deal with a small cold for a few days. Boo.

I didn’t get to go to the grocery store this weekend because I was traveling, so lunch today was leftover ham from easter dinner on a sandwich thin with Nayonaise. I had no complaints about this. I enjoyed¬†broccoli slaw¬†on the side which is not pictured.

Yum! I am sure I will be downing some leftover chocolate covered peeps soon, too! When I’m sick, I usually find that I eat more, rather then less. I guess that’s a good thing?

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NO POTATO SALAD?

I woke up to about 4 e-mails from my mother. One, telling me that her iPad has finally shipped. She has been waiting for this thing forever. Another, asking me if it was okay if she didn’t make potato salad for Easter.

WHAT? Wait, stop right there! Potato salad has been a tradition at our Easter dinner since I can remember. Why? I don’t know, but it’s my favorite dish. I’m certain that it is #1 in some other family member’s hearts, too. So, I told her I would help her make it the day before…and blog about it! That will be a fun one. I can’t believe Easter is less than 2 weeks away!

Anyway, I was having some major hip issues this morning. I think I pushed it really hard last week and I was in a lot of pain this morning. I had a hip arthroscopy for a labreal tear (due to a bone spur) on my right hip about 4 years ago. I also had it on my left about 2 1/2 years ago, but that one does not bother me like the right.

I started with 20 minutes of abs with¬†just a mat, no weights.¬†I couldn’t do the 7.5 mile run that I had planned, so instead I opted for incline walking and attempted jogs once in a while. After about 30 minutes I decided the pain wasn’t worth it, and finished with 30 minutes on the ellyptical. I still worked up a great sweat but¬†I hate when I can’t run. Nothing compares!

Breakfast was my ever so exciting frozen banana, almond milk, honey, & vanilla protein powder smoothie. I can’t get enough of it. I can have smoothies all day long—breakfast, snack, and dinner yesterday!

Lunch

I bought lox again this week, only because it was on sale. I made a lox, goat cheese and cucumber sandwich and paired it with a broccoli slaw, sliced almond, and snap pea salad (with annies lite gingerly dressing).

Giveaways

Go check out these two awesome giveaways I entered today! Yea, I know, lessening my chances of winning – right?

Julie from Peanut Butter Fingers is giving away a Stella & Dot necklace.

Lindsey from Cardio Pizza has two giveaways – a $25 gift certificate to Running Warehouse and some Amazing Grass bars!

Hopefully someday my blog will build up to something amazing like Julie & Lindseys. Giveaways are awesome — thanks so much girls!

Back to work. Blog ya lata.