Saturday, May 12, 2012

Bigger and Better Kitchens

Hello from Lansing!

I took the next few days off of work and am currently hanging out with Eric at his new apartment in Lansing. He just moved here last week (he starts a pharmacy residency here in July) and he was anxious to get into his new place. I don’t blame him – his apartment is awesome! It’s so much bigger than the studio apartment that he rented last year (I also lived in it during the spring semester while I was in Grand Rapids and he was in Marquette). Check out how big the kitchen is!

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It’s quite a change from the last apartment…

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That was literally the entire kitchen. There was no dishwasher, absolutely no counter space, and hardly any cabinets or places to keep things. The refrigerator wasn’t even full size – it was ridiculous.


Anyways, I had to work until 6:00 last night and had to make a pit stop in Grand Rapids on the way so I didn’t arrive in Lansing until after 11:00. We pretty much passed out when I got here, but this morning we were up bright and early to make a trip to the grocery store. Not surprisingly, the boy had nothing except a bag of frozen chicken tenders in the house and that is just not going to cut it with me Winking smile.

Forty-five minutes later we were back home and he got to work cooking up a delicious breakfast for us.

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He made an egg scramble with eggs, bacon, tomatoes, cheese, and a splash of coconut milk. I enjoyed my portion with a cup of Chobani Greek yogurt:

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Eric was actually not the biggest fan of this creation, but I loved it.

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He said that it was a bit too sweet for his palate, but I didn’t think so at all and loved the addition of the coconut milk. Then again, I don’t think it’s possible for something to be too sweet for this gal Winking smile.


After breakfast it was time to get our workout on! There was a great deal going on when he purchased his gym membership where you could add an extra person to the account for the summer at no additional cost. In other words, I can workout at his gym all summer for free whenever I’m visiting. Score!

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I was in a “bring your camera to the gym” mood Open-mouthed smile.

Today’s workout focused on biceps and triceps and it left my arms trembling. It’s been weeks (!!) since I’ve lifted weights – mostly due to my current lack of a gym membership – and I could feel it the second I lifted the first dumbbell. Here’s what we did:

  • Hammer curls 3 sets x 12 reps
  • Tricep kickbacks 3 sets x 12 reps
  • Barbell bicep curls 3 sets x 10 reps
  • Assisted tricep dips 3 sets x 8 reps
  • Bicep curls (weights machine) 3 sets x 20 reps
  • Tricep pressdowns (weights machine) 3 sets x 12 reps

It was nice to have my gym buddy back because I really needed someone to push me today. I was feeling kind of lazy and there is no way I would have been lifting that barbell if he hadn’t been standing there telling me to just do it.

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That’s the face of determination Winking smile.


After we finished with our strength training we hopped on the treadmill and each completed a 5K run. THAT was tough! It was slow (for me anyways) and I was this close to quitting before the end, but I’m so glad that I finished it out. Why does running have to be so hard?!

Post workout, Eric prepared some tilapia for lunch that we had picked up at the store earlier this morning.

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(I paired mine with a salad and he made a small side of pasta to go with his…one of these days I will get him to eat veggies)

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The tilapia was a coconut encrusted (we purchased it pre-prepared) and it was delicious.


This afternoon we went and saw Five Year Engagement (hilarious!) and spent the rest of the afternoon chilling at the apartment.

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We actually just had a bit of a kitchen disaster (more on that tomorrow..), so we’re off to Applebee’s to grab some dinner.


Have a great night and I’ll catch ya later!

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