I mentioned on Monday that this was going to be a big week in the exercise department for me because of how many classes I needed to cover for other instructors on vacation.

Welp. Yesterday, I taught 3 classes, starting with BODYCOMBAT at 5:45 AM. The members said that they got a little scared when they saw me coming. Let’s just say I’m not very, ahem, low-key in my teaching style (y’all saw my expressions here, right?). But, much to my delight, I managed to contract some sort of crud on Wednesday, which almost completely robbed me of my voice—especially the high registers. #SARCASM. If I tried to holler like I normally do, I ended up sounding like a yodeler who’d gotten goosed right in the middle of a performance. So, basically my partial-laryngitis forced me to tone it down…which was probably a good thing for me and for the participants of 5:45 AM Combat.

As you can see from this post’s existence, I survived. But I got home at about 7:30 last night so hungry that I’m not sure I tasted one bite of the large plate of chicken and rice I inhaled. And I still wanted more. I also smelled (and looked, perhaps?) like a water-buffalo who hadn’t actually encountered any water in 6 months.

Which means that my #30daystohappyhubby (Husband Encouragement Challenge) update should probably have gone something like: “I’m so grateful for a husband who still gives me hugs when I am reeking with essence of unbathed water buffalo and shoveling my food in like a field hand with a five minute lunch break.”

Instead, I didn’t even do one because the graphic I tried to upload to Instagram was too big for their tiny little box, and then I got distracted and forgot to fix it, and then I got reeeeeeeally sleepy (gee, I wonder why) and went to bed instead.

So, I’ll put it on here:

good listener

This is my husband. He’s a good listener, and he has great advice. Which was especially awesome this week as I was stressing about (and therefore trying to ignore…because that’s what mature, balanced people do, right?) an issue that needed addressing. Ultimately, I followed his suggestion, and everything turned out great. But I’m just glad to have a husband who takes the time to hear me out and give wise counsel.

So, how are you guys?

Because, my goodness, I’m chatty today!

And hungry, too (yes, still).

Which is why I decided to feature a some yummy-looking recipes from last week’s party. With summer fast approaching, I can’t wait to give these a try:

Especially these Mini-Raspberry Pies from Sweet Southern Blue:

mini raspberry pies

and this Strawberry Spritzer from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

fruit spritzer

and these Lemon Blueberry Pancakes from Natasha in Oz

lemon blueberry pancakes

And, even though I don’t much care for coconut, I’d be willing to give this delicious-looking Coconut Fudge Poke Cake from Inside BruCrew Life a try!


I do love some good Mac, though, so this Four Cheese Macaroni from Night Owl Corner? I’m all over that.

four cheese macaroni

And this Avocado and Black Bean Chicken Salad from Domestic Bliss Squared.


Alrighty then. I best get myself to the kitchen before I start licking my computer screen.

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  2. I hope that you and your family are ok and weren’t in the path of the tornado. My thoughts and prayers are with TX and OK.

  3. Wow, how exciting to see my pancake post on your blog today! Thank you so much for featuring me-I really appreciate it.

    Thanks also for having me today. Hope your weekend is wonderful.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  4. I admit I did not read much after the “water buffalo” description because I was busy singing “Everbody’s got a water buffalo, yours is fast but mine is slow, oh where you get them I don’t know, but everybody’s got a water buffalo, ooooooo!” Yes, I am still recovering from Veggie Tales.

  5. “like a yodeler who’d gotten goosed right in the middle of a performance” That seriously made me laugh out loud and almost spit my coffee all over my desk. Funny!!!

  6. Thank you for the link up today! How surprising to see I’m the runner up in the Mother’s Day Giveaway ~ whoo hoo!! I didn’t see an email, though. I’ll go check again.
    ~ Megin of VMG206 (vmg206@gmail.com)

    1. The email address I had from the Rafflecopter form was different than the one you just listed, so you have an email from me waiting for you in a different account, I’m guessing. : ) I’ll send this one to Isaboo Designs instead.

  7. Hey Cute Girl — Thanks for hosting the party! I love that yellow top and am still cracking up about the book page you posed! SO FUNNY!

    XO, Aimee

    1. I know! He called me up while I was on my way to the gym the day after and said, “Did you realize you posted this.” And I was like, “Whaaaaat?” Oops! 🙂

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