After reading that blog post title, how many of you are singing “My Girl” by The Temptations? (And yes, I did link to the basketball scene from Father of the Bride with that song in it instead of a Temptations video. Father of the Bride is basically the best movie ever and I will link to it every chance I get.)
Moving right along…
Florida’s nickname, the Sunshine State, is well deserved. It is almost always sunny. Even when it rains, thunderstorms seem to be fleeting and the bright sunshine typically returns in no time at all.
The funny thing is that when it’s not sunny, people cannot help but comment and commiserate over the dreary weather. I’ve heard at least four people talk about the lack of sunshine today!
I grew up in a northwest suburb of Chicago, so I am very used to overcast days and am usually not too fazed by the lack of sunshine, but sometimes I catch myself falling into the dreaded cloudy weather funk. Today is one of those days, so I figured I’d combat the dreary weather we’ve having in central Florida by sharing a few things that brought a little sunshine into my day:
I am flying to Pennsylvania at 7 a.m. tomorrow morning out of the Jacksonville airport with my family, so I drove in town today and made sure to arrive just in time to take an early afternoon BodyPump class. I am still trying to coerce my gym into bringing the class to Ocala, but until then, I will relish the times I am able to take the class when I am out of town.
- Single Leg Knee Drives
In addition to BodyPump, I completed a short 15-minute cardio circuit workout that I tore out of SHAPE Magazine. It introduced single-leg knee drives to me and the exercise quickly fell into the “things I love to hate” category. They kicked my butt in the best kind of way! You’ll definitely see them pop up in some of my future circuit workouts!
- White Chocolate Chex Mix from The Fresh Market
We don’t have any fancy schmancy grocery stores like Whole Foods or The Fresh Market in Ocala, so I get a little too excited to pop in and explore when I find myself close to one again. The Fresh Market bulk foods section is my favorite! I cannot seem to resist buying a bag of the white chocolate Chex mix every single time I visit and I picked up a bag after BodyPump today. It’s so darn delicious!
- Hot Apple Cider
After trying a sample of the hot apple cider on sale at The Fresh Market, I had to buy some. I immediately poured myself a cup to enjoy when I sat down to blog this afternoon. It tastes like autumn in a cup!
Did you guys know I love my dog? To quote Phoebe Buffay, this is brand new information! Okay, okay, I know my love for Sadie is blatantly obvious to anyone who reads PBF regularly, but she really does bring me so much joy. Today, as I was leaving, I gave Sadie lots of goodbye kisses and when I turned back to look at her sweet face one last time, she was laying on the couch, spread eagle. She cracks me up. What a classy little lady. (Oh! Good news! We heard from the vet and the lump we had examined last week is “not concerning.” Woop!)
Let’s keep the good feelings going! Tell me…
- What is one thing that is bringing a little sunshine into your day?