One Last Romp

I’m a serious sap. After every little thing I do today, I can’t help but think, “this is the last time I’ll do this in 2010.” It makes each little thing seem about ten thousand times more important than it should be… but than again I’m a big advocate for enjoying the little moments and embracing the simple things in life, so I guess it works!

Today we took Sadie one one last romp at the dog park. saperia fitness 069I declared Sadie my favorite photography subject. She’s challenging because she’s always moving, but when you finally snap a good shot of her, it’s a really good one because she’s so darn cute.saperia fitness 088I love how she almost seems to smile when she’s playing around at the dog park. She’s in absolute doggie heaven!   saperia fitness 077Truth be told, I think Ryan’s in heaven, too. saperia fitness 074I always laugh because he immediately scours the park with Sadie for tennis balls. I always tell him to hold off on ball throwing so Sadie has a chance to run around with the other dogs for a bit, but he gets anxious and wants puppy play time to begin now

They’re quite the little duo.saperia fitness 085 saperia fitness 091While Ryan and Sadie played fetch, I spent some time chatting with a woman about her German shorthair pointers. Ryan and I love these dogs (they look like darker brown versions of vizslas) and the woman was adamant that vizslas and German shorthairs make a fantastic duo. A playmate for Sadie one day, perhaps?

Ryan already has a name picked out for a little boy puppy playmate… Boomer. Hey, it’s better than a human boy named Hawk!


After the park, we headed home for lunch.

saperia fitness 098Random, huh?

Today’s mid-day meal included a dippy egg, toasted English muffin, sautéed mushrooms and roasted green beans. 

saperia fitness 102To make the beans, I sprayed a cookie sheet with cooking spray, spread out the beans, sprayed them and sprinkled them with garlic salt before roasting them at 400 degrees for 15 – 20 minutes.

Ryan and I had never had roasted green beans before, and they were really good! saperia fitness 106 I initially planned to let the beans cook for 30 minutes to make ‘em crispy like Jessica, but my stomach wanted food and we cut the cooking time short. 

I left a few in the oven to roast while we ate, figuring I would take them out once we were done to see how they tasted when they were crispier.

And then I forgot about them.books 002No that picture is not black and white.

Needless to say, they were definitely crispy, but not so edible.

The Hunger Games

After tossing my black beans, I headed out to do some Christmas exchanges and stopped by Barnes and Noble to pick up some books to read. (I’m gonna kill my new year’s resolutions! What, what!?)

I spent way too much time meandering up and down the aisles waiting for books to jump out at me. I then remembered that I had my brand new phone with internet (woo!), and checked out your book recommendations from my post yesterday. I saw that quite a few of you recommended The Hunger Games.

Once I located the book, I read  the back cover and wasn’t so intrigued.

Each year, the districts are forced by the Capitol to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the Hunger Games, a brutal and terrifying fight to the death – televised for all of Panem to see.

Um, what?

I tweeted my skepticism, and was reassured by many of you that this book is definitely worth a read.

So, I bought it.books 004 I also bought a totally girly book just in case you guys are nut jobs and like reading about people that eat each other or something.

Ryan actually agreed to read The Hunger Games with me once he finishes his current book, so I’ll be sure to keep you posted on our thoughts!

Now I’m hanging out for a bit watching the UCF/Georgia game (go Knights!) before showering and getting ready to head to a party tonight to ring in the new year!

Happy almost 2011!


  1. says

    Happy New Year’s eve!! I roasted green beans just last night- they’re so delicious that way. I love to dip them in mustard! The Hunger Games sounds interesting, I can’t wait to hear what you think of it…have fun tonight!!


  2. Carrie says

    Haha – yeah the Hunger Games can be slightly disturbing at times, but it sucked me in and I couldn’t put it down! A little odd but a good read!


  3. says

    i’ve heard of the hunger games! one of my jobs is a nanny job, and the 10 year old i tutor reads this book for her reading journal. i’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing because i can’t quite tell if the book is appropriate for a girl her age. i trust her parents’ judgment, and yours too! let us know how it is 🙂


  4. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter says

    I completely agree with the dog photography thing. I feel like my dog completely knows that he’s on camera. He actually gets into some fantastic poses when its gone and tries to look regal. Your Vizsla is absolutely gorgeous. I love the spots on his tongue. Very au naturale 😉


  5. Laura @ Meet Virginia says

    Girl, you are going to LOVE The Hunger Games (at least I hope so)! The concept is totally whack, but it sucks you in! I don’t see how they advertise it as a teen book, because it can be pretty intense, but I really enjoyed all 3 books. Can’t wait to see what you think!


  6. Brittany says

    I’ve had German Shorthair Pointers my whole life and I think they are amazing dogs and would be a great playmate for Sadie. My precious girl Scout is 14 and still jumping around and playing like a little puppy! I hope you guys get one one day so I can see all the cute puppy pointer pictures, they have the biggest paws and ears when they are pups! Happy new year to your little family!!


  7. says

    Hey Julie!!
    Happy New Year
    You are adorable! I recently stumbled onto your blog and have been hooked ever since! I am just starting my blog and am not yet into a set routine but hope to someday run my blog like yours!
    Anyways, I LOVE peanut butter and anyone I know could probably tell you this! I am literally making peanut butter brownies as we speak (a different one from the last post on my blog, if you look that is). I got the recipe from this great blog by this woman who LOVE peanut butter too! Anyways I wanted to share her blog with you because almost every other sweets post has peanut butter incorporated into it.
    Anyways best of luck to you and congrats on being a newly wed!

    The Girl Who Ate Everything blog,


  8. says

    My brother&sister-in-law have a male vizsla & a female german shorthair pointer (Hank & Maggie) and they are awesome together. Love playing & get along perfectly, so I definitely agree that they are a good pair.

    Totally creepy confession, the other day I called their dog Sadie and had to explain that I “knew” a vizsla with that name and I must have been thinking of her. Sadie is my favorite dog name though. (Used to be my favorite human name, but I couldn’t imagine naming my child something that rhymed with my own name.)


  9. says

    My friend read the hunger games and really liked it!
    Here is my last comment on your blog of 2010! LOL
    Sadie is sooooo cute! Do you mind me saying SO IS YOUR HUSBAND. hahahah.
    Don’t worry I don’t want him. But he is mighty fine girl!
    I like the looks of the lunch too!


  10. says

    Oh Julie, you will not regret it! I was like you – so skeptical at first. And it’s such a weird concept, I know. But please give it a try 🙂 (Since they’re in the “teen” section, they’re quick reads!)


  11. says

    Hey Julie! I like your new years resolution about getting better at photography. I just got a new camera and I am enrolled in a photo class this spring semester…. Hoping to learn a few tricks! But I thought this may help you… Was watching ABC news and this guy who shoots for LIFE was on there has a book about photography…the LIFE guide to photography by Joe McNally. I just bought it two days ago. So far it’s great. Makes it interesting to read and easy to understand… Highly recommend you buy it!! 


  12. lili says

    the bottom of our oven is covered in brussel sprouts that look like that… oops, dont know who did that..
    LOVE the hunger games, and normally i read more serious books, but this is a winner


  13. says

    I randomly read The Hunger games when it first came out… and LOVED it! I’m warning you now, go ahead and pick-up the rest of trilogy now– you’ll want to jump right in!

    Also, don’t knock the Young Adult section… my some of my favorite 2010 reads were YA 🙂


  14. Holly says

    I read The Art of French Kissing and it was pretty good! It was an easy read on the beach over the summer. I’m going to start Water For Elephants today. It is supposed to be such a good book and the movie comes out this spring with my boyfriend Robert Pattinson 🙂


  15. heather says

    people eating people = “pride and prejudice…and zombies.” all i can honestly say is, i wish it’d existed during AP english in high school. amazon it when you get a minute, it’s funny. oh, and happy new year. : )



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