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What Alice Forgot Book Review…and Rudolph Bottles

Yesterday when I posted the link to the chimichanga recipe that Marlene sent me, I didn’t realize that the recipe is the actually Marlene’s winning bake-off recipe that Pillsbury now uses. I guess I am a little slow at putting two and two together. Sorry for not giving you more credit, Marlene! It’s funny because I remember when I was younger, I used to look at the picture of that award-winning chimichanga hanging in her kitchen all the time :)


Clementines found their way back into my life. I ate bags and bags of these over the summer. When I saw them looking pretty decent at the grocery store, I grabbed a bag. It seems like the only fruit that I have been eating lately is apples, so I was happy to welcome back clementines. I also had a bowl of Special K protein cereal.

Today’s Workout

  • 1.32 miles – walked on treadmill
  • Butts and Guts – 60 minutes

Butts and Guts class was especially tough this morning because I lifted a little more weight during BodyPump yesterday, and I am really feeling it today.

I just have to share these water bottles that Jaden and I made for his holiday party at school.

They are Rudolph water bottles! I saw the idea on Pinterest a while ago, and finally bought the supplies to make them. They were so simple to make and turned out so cute.

Book Review

This post is a little all over the place today, but I wanted to add a quick book review. I recently finished reading What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty for Julie’s book club.


About the book:

Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child.
So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! She HATES the gym) and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over — she’s getting divorced, , she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes. Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over…
My Thoughts:
I have to start off my saying that I really enjoyed this book and recommend reading it. It’s a light, quick read, but it really makes you think.
The story is told through the eyes of three different people: Alice (the main character), Elisabeth (Alice’s sister), and Frannie (Alice’s honorary grandma). It took me awhile to get used to the switching off between characters because Elisabeth and Frannie’s story is told through letters.
I liked both of Alice’s characters – young Alice and current Alice. I wasn’t expecting to like the current Alice because she seemed like such a different person than she was 10 years ago. But once you read the whole book and read Alice’s memories as she regains them, you understand the reasons for her actions.
I loved the end of this book. I was really worried that Alice was going to end up with Dominick and when she didn’t I was so happy. I think the author gave it a really satisfying ending which was nice for a change. Sometimes, you want to read a book with a happy ending, not a crazy ending (hello, Gone Girl).
This book really made me think about the person I was ten years ago. I was a lot different from the person I am today. And while, I liked young Alice’s character, I understand that people change. Time and life changes people, they mature, and situations are different. And ten years from now, I will be a different person than I am today.
I also like reading Elisabeth and Frannie’s stories. The book is about the decisions we make in life. You can’t dwell on what you can’t change and you should work on achieving what makes you happy.
Questions of the day:
  • What’s the last fruit that you ate?
  • Do you make any holiday decorations or gifts?
  • Have you read What Alice Forgot? Thoughts?


Filed under Book Review, Breakfast, Family Fun, Fitness, Working Out

Baked Chicken and Cheese Chimichangas


Last night, I emailed Marlene and asked her for her recipe for chicken and cheese chimichangas so I could make them for dinner. She said that she uses this Pillsbury recipe. The recipe uses crescent rolls and is baked rather than fried.

The recipe was super easy to make, and I had Danny help me roll them up because he’s better at that kind of thing. I think this is a very versatile recipe – you could make them with chicken and cheese, or just cheese, or you could substitute the chicken for beef.


Today has been another one of those crazy days. Jaden was up a lot last night with ear pain. By the time I gave him Tylenol and got him settled down, I had a hard time falling back asleep. That meant I was very tired this morning. Luckily, my new coffee mug cheered me up.

Jaden was feeling better this morning, but I knew that he had an ear infection. He still went to school, and Danny called the doctor to get him an appointment. Our doctor’s office always keep the 11:15 am time slot open for emergencies. Since I knew he wouldn’t be getting into the doctor until later, I headed to the gym.

Today’s Workout

  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

I finally signed Danny and I up for the Fitness Fantasy League at the gym this morning. It starts in the beginning of January and surprisingly only one other team has signed up so far! The lady in charge asked me to spread the word. She wasn’t sure of people weren’t signing up because they didn’t really understand how it works or because you have to pay to sign up. It cost Danny and I $28 to sign up because we’re not residents but the grand prize is worth $500, so it’s worth it to me!

Also, I guess it’s going to follow the rules similar to real fantasy football. I have no clue how real fantasy football works. At all. The lady explained to me that they would keep tally of how many times each team worked out each week. The team that worked out the most each week would get one point for that week. So, you could earn a total of 8 points since the program runs for 8 weeks.

Then, she said something about tie breakers and counting each workout, but she pretty much lost me there. All I know is that we’re signed up and I’m excited. Now, we just have to come up with a team name. Any suggestions?

After the gym, I stopped at home, grabbed a quick pre-workout breakfast and then picked up Jaden from school.

Apparently, he feels right at home at the doctor:

It turns out that he does have an ear infection and his allergies were acting up pretty bad. The doctor said that he could stay from school today, but he cried to go back to school. I figure that in a few years he’ll be crying to stay home from school, so I let him go back. The school said that as long as he’s not contagious, he’s fine to go back.

After dropping Jaden back off at school, I ran to the pharmacy to fill his prescriptions, and I grabbed a Amy’s pizza for lunch. Easy, delicious, and quick. I also had some carrots and cucumbers with hummus to help get my veggies in for the day.

I’m going to try to talk Danny into fro-yo tonight because the new peppermint stick flavor just came out! I love peppermint! Have a great afternoon!


Questions of the day:

  • How is your Monday going?
  • Who does most of the cooking in your house?
  • Any workouts today?


Filed under Dinner, Fantasy Fitness, Fitness, Recipes, Working Out