Are vacations a regular part of your life?

I’m just wondering.

See, I grew up showing horses. Arabian horses, in a national circuit. This meant that from April to October every year, my mom and I (along with horse, trainer, and the rest of the team) were on the road almost every weekend, traveling all over, up and down. This meant I didn’t grow up taking vacations – I went to horse shows instead.

So now that I’m adult and I can’t afford to show horses anymore – I simply don’t go anywhere. Is that weird? The hubs and I don’t budget for, plan, etc for any time away. The last time we went anywhere was in 2007 for our honeymoon!

So I’ve been reading Meghann’s blog and now I’m smitten. I want to rent a house, on a beach. I want to be able to cook my own meals (normally when we try to go away, the sheer influx of restaurant food makes me sick by day 2). I want to be able to take my puppy with me and not worry about having to board her or find someone to watch her.

Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, and even South Carolina would all be feasible driving options for us from Pennsylvania. Any advice? Does anyone ever vacation in those areas? I’m wondering if I can find a small/affordable enough place if we could pull off a long weekend or something in September.


Citrucel on the way to work – 7:45 a.m.

Breakfast – 9:15 a.m.

Well, I got to work and immediately got thrown into manual labor. I had to move a bunch of computer/printer equipment and help load it into a vehicle.

It was certainly a wake-up call!

Once I got back to my desk, I dove into my janetha-inspired breakfast… protein oats with pb & j


1/3 cup oats (cooked in water with a pinch of salt)

1 scoop vanilla EAS whey protein powder

1 tbsp natural peanut butter

1 tbsp apricot preserves (It was in the fridge and open…and the strawberry wasn’t yet…so I went with it)

No wonder this is popular! Holy crap am I full! LOL

The EAS vanilla powder tastes a thousand times better in this than it does in my smoothies…but it’s still so gritty.

I made the oats and mixed in the protein powder last night, so when I got to work today I discovered I needed A LOT more water added to re-heat it, so it didn’t turn into a congealed mess. But it all worked out in the end. And 1/3 cup is the perfect amount of oats…seriously.

Love it!

No snack, since it took me until 10am to finish my breakfast and I was super-full

Lunch – 12:30 p.m.

When I was packing my food last night I had an overpowering hankering for a taco salad so I nixed packing my lunch and treated myself to a taco salad from market:


Romaine hearts, cucumber, grilled chicken, black beans, sprinkle of cheese, fresh-made salsa/pica de gallo (I seriously don’t know the difference?), guacamole. Mmmm…

And the keep-Kelly-from-getting-super-stressed handful of dark chocolate M&Ms.


Snack 3:45 p.m.

½ a clif bar – honestly wasn’t hungry.




Pilates Corkscrew 3×10

Pilates Back Extensions 3×10

Captain’s Chair Leg Raises 3×12

Side Bends with Dumbbell (12.5 lbs) 3×12

20 minutes HIIT on the elliptical

50 minutes @ the gym = 320 calories burned

Dave walked Holly again for me tonight so I could make dinner.


I stopped at a local pizzeria on my way home and picked up a fresh dough ball from them, to make this deep dish cheeseburger pizza. The recipe called for topping the cooked product with arugula, tomato, onion, and olive oil, but I wanted a real salad with my pizza, so I skipped that and made us side salads (red leaf lettuce, spinach, red onion, cucumber, tomato, snap peas, carrots, orange pepper)


It was good! I’d prefer to use my dough, but in a pinch the pizzeria helped me out immensely 🙂

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