awesome things ii.

by Janetha on August 18, 2011

in random rambles

i think my post on monday was a little too grumpy! i am going to lighten the mood around here and do another round of awesome things. remember the first time? that was fun. why not repeat? that’s what i thought.



awesome: my new camera lens.


i have wanted this lens ever since i got my DSLR camera, but i was always too cheap to buy it. when i saw this post of susan’s the other day, i decided to suck it up and just buy it already!


it’s already fun to play with!


can’t wait to use it more.

awesome: snack plates (slash) interactive lunches.


cottage cheese mixed with ranch seasoning, celery sticks, baby bell peppers, apple slices and peanut butter.  don’t these kind of plates remind you of miss gliding calm??

awesome: mini cast iron skillets.


here’s a story. i have been to the new harmons in farmington twice. both times i have been, i have stopped to admire this baby skillet. i never bought it because i know one: i don’t need it and two: marshall would kill me—the last thing we need is more useless kitchen stuff.  so, i just admired it at the store, it all its mini glory. let me give you a size comparison.


eeeee! I LOVE MINI THINGS!  well, guess who came home from the store with the baby skillet? yep, marshall. he loves me. he really loves me. what the hell should i use it for?? single serving pizookie?

awesome: going to the gym during wheel of fortune.


dude. this made running way more enjoyable! if i could only watch one type of television for the rest of my life, it would be game shows. sorry, food network, game shows win at life. wheel of fortune is a favorite of mine, but my life would have been even better if the original family feud with richard dawson was on. or the good old match game ‘78! (does anyone know what i am even talking about?) anyway, i’m a wheel watcher! side note: it is hard to take photos while on the treadmill…blur factor.

awesome: running a 5k in my vibrams.


this was the longest distance i have run in my vibrams yet! i am still loving them, for the record. i walked another .4 miles on 15% incline after the 3.1 miles, rounding it out at 3.5 because i am a weirdo with numbers.

awesome: husbands who cook.


do you spy his izze soda?

marshall had dinner ready when i got home! he made tacos and was frying himself some corn tortillas when i walked in the door.


i made mine a taco salad—romaine, ground beef that he lovingly seasoned and sauteed with green chiles, red bell pepper and white onion, black beans, mushrooms, pico, greek yogurt and avocado.


plus a little cholula to spice it up.



awesome: i came home yesterday to a package from izze—they sent marshall a shirt because he was so bummed that the original shirt they sent wasn’t his size!


um, that was so nice! thanks, izze!

pssst, you have until 6 PM MST on thursday 8/18 to enter the giveaway.

awesome: julie entering my izze giveaway on marshall’s behalf.


that’s just hilarious. i love you, julie.

awesome: this shirt.


i picked it up at ross. i laughed out loud in the aisle. it’s perfect. and, also awesome, it was 8 bucks! running sucks!

awesome: the healthy living summit is just hours away.


i leave at 12:55 AM thursday night—err, friday morning. first red eye ever—NOT looking forward to that. oh well.

i already have my packing pile pretty much complete! that’s a first for me– i usually procrastinate.  for those of you going to the healthy living summit and have asked me what i am bringing along/wearing/etc.  here is a brief rundown for those who asked:

  • a few casual outfits (sundresses, shorts+tshirts, flats, flip flops) for friday during the day, saturday night and sunday during the day
  • cocktail attire for friday night
  • an outfit to present in—eh, i have two options. not sure how casual to be?
  • a couple workout outfits + shoes
  • getting ready / bathroom essentials
  • laptop, camera, phone and the chargers for all three (plus extra memory cards)
  • business cards
  • a reusable water bottle (they will have filtered water stations instead of bottled water)
  • extra room! trying to pack light so there is room for the swag
  • penny and randy (think they will fit in my carry-on?)

i am super excited to see some old faces and meet SEVERAL new ones. i can’t even keep track of all the people going.. so if you are going to the healthy living summit and you see me, come talk to me.  good plan. i will also be speaking on a panel with three lovely ladies, so i hope some of you get to listen to us ramble.

also, i have never been to philly so i can’t wait to see a new town! if you have any “MUST DO”s for me.. holler.

well, another awesome thing is that marshall has left the kitchen for me to clean up. okay, that’s not awesome, but he did make me dinner so i owe it to him, right?

check ya later! tomorrow is a BIG DAY at our house—stay tuned!


1. fill in the blank. awesome:______________________________.

2. what’s your favorite game show?

xo. janetha g.

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Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy August 18, 2011 at 11:38 am

I have to go with Jeopardy. Mostly because if I get anything right I automatically feel like a genius and speak philosophically the rest of the evening.

Bonnie August 18, 2011 at 11:54 am

Awesome: I just used my in-laws’ mini skillet to make my husband a fried egg for breakfast…they make the PERFECT eggs! There’s one good use for your fun new item (slash how neat that Marshall bought it for you!) :)

Awesome: I wasn’t planning on running yesterday but my body felt like it. 12 miles later I was happy and feeling so accomplished!

Awesome: I thought my flight to the HLS left at 1 am tomorrow morning but it actually leaves at 7 am! I guess we looked at the 1 am flight but then booked the 7 am. Yessss…but I don’t get in to Philly until 3:15 pm! Long day of travel tomorrow.

Awesome: A long phone call with my mom yesterday. I love her.

Awesome: Meeting you soon! Have a great end to your work week today! :D

Janetha August 18, 2011 at 5:29 pm

haha wow you just bust out double the longest distance i have ever run in my life like it is NBD! you are rad!

i have the 1 AM flight. FML.


Lauren @ Recipes for a Quarterlife August 18, 2011 at 11:54 am

LOL i’m gonna need that shirt…

awesome: boxing! it’s the BEST release.
game show: teen jeopardy… cause I actually know the answers… (sometimes)

Janetha August 18, 2011 at 5:29 pm

i rarely know the teen answers! i love that version though. it’s easier but it makes me feel more dumb than the original.

CJ @ August 18, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Awesome weekend ahead of us!!! My husband and I watch jealousy every night at home haha that’s pretty sad to admit! I’m weird with numbers too!! I have to stop at an even mileage… No 2.34 miles… It’s gotta be 2.5! Who wants to stop at 2.21?! Travel well!!!

Dee August 18, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Holler Janetha –
I’ve been reading your blog for a few weeks now and totally love it! I’ve been living in Philly for two years and the definite must-sees are the Love Statue in Love Park (great photo op and not far from the convention center where I’m assuming HLS is), Rocky Statue/running up the Art Museum Steps, Liberty Bell and Independence Hall in Old City, and Reading Terminal Market (tons of great food – including several healthier options, neat Amish/PA Dutch people, and delicious cheesesteaks at Carmen’s or Spatarro’s). These are the places I take all my out-of-town visitors and they love it. Hope you enjoy your time in Philly!

Janetha August 18, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Thank you for all the awesome suggestions! I really appreciate it. I wish I had more time!

Errign August 18, 2011 at 12:26 pm

love this post – awesome things are my JAM!

That popcorn cartoon made me hungry, though….I wonder if that means I should eat now, since inanimate objects are making me drool…

Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats August 18, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Ahh! I love Wheel of Fortune! I have always been borderline obsessed with it. I watch it pretty much every night and I also used to have the video game for my Game Boy. :P I so wish I was going to HLS. It sounds like it will be such an awesome time! Have a blast!

Janetha August 18, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Oh, I miss my Game Boy.

Bianca August 18, 2011 at 1:15 pm

awesome: the gluten free brownie i’m saving for after work tonight. I love all your awesomes! I’ve never seen a skillet that small, how adorable! I think you could use it to make a personal Mexican Chocolate Banana Skillet Cake. It’s from the food network.

Janetha August 18, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Oh my gosh–it would be so cute! And yum. Thanks!

Christin August 18, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Awesome: coming home to clean laundry and a clean kitchen because your husband handled it while you were at work (thanks Travis!)

My favorite game show is definitely Cash Cab…I secretly want to visit New York and end up on that show! :)

Have a great time at the Healthy Living Summit!

Janetha August 18, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Travis WINS.

Christin August 18, 2011 at 5:40 pm

totally!! :)

Christin August 18, 2011 at 1:21 pm
Janetha August 18, 2011 at 5:34 pm

oh my gosh–you are my favorite! thank you!!!

Christin August 18, 2011 at 5:40 pm

you’re so welcome!! :)

Jen August 18, 2011 at 2:08 pm

I have a skillet that size and I use it for making egg sandwiches. Also when cooking liquid egg whites because it’s already shaped for me :)

Holly August 18, 2011 at 2:15 pm

I want that lens too!!!! It is awesome!
& I love Marshall’s face in the 2nd picture- lol!

Have SO MUCH FUN at HLS!!! :D I wish I was going so that I could meet you in person!

& that is so awesome that Marshall has an izze t-shirt, he totally has to rock it for the blog :)

Alex August 18, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Must do in Philly: Capogiro gelato.

It is absolutely delicious, whether you are into gelato or sorbetto. Also has great coffee..there are several locations in the downtown area.

Janetha August 18, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Thanks for the tip! I am a coffee whore.

Jamie @ snacktress August 18, 2011 at 2:29 pm

My favorite game show is Wheel of Fortune – haha got that puzzle yesterday – congressional representative. 7 PM is my favorite time – Wheel of Fortune AND Jeopardy? I’m in Heaven.

LauraJayne August 18, 2011 at 2:33 pm

My all-time favorite game show is Jeopardy. It is my dream to be on the the high-school show. Or maybe college. Not the real one, they’re scary. I’m not smart like that.

Lisa August 18, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Love that all my favorite bloggers are coming to Philly! Can’t wait to read the recaps. My suggestions – aside from Reading Terminal and the Love Statue are for you to visit Rittenhouse Square (great park with amazing restaurants around it and people watching) and get coffee at La Columbe. There are a few of them throughout the city and the coffee is great! Have a great time!

Janetha August 18, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Thanks for the suggestions! We will be at a casual lunch Friday at Govinda’s around 1:30.. stop by if you can!

natalie (the sweets life) August 18, 2011 at 3:39 pm

awww Marshall’s a sweetie…cooking and buying gifts? WIN!

I’m a game show lover too…not sure I could pick a fave but I can’t resist ’em!

Have a blast in Philly!

Carly D. @ CarlyBananas August 18, 2011 at 3:41 pm

True story: Just the other day, I was just talking about my love of Richard Dawson! My boyfriend has never seen the original Family Feud so he didn’t understand why I kept saying it would be really funny to see Alex Trebek kiss the Jeopardy contestants. He gets it now.
I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog recently. I love it & I’m so excited for HLS! :)

Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food August 18, 2011 at 3:44 pm

I also have a slight obsession with Richard Dawson!

Janetha August 18, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Oh my gosh. Sometimes the Feud will be on and I will hear it from the other room and Marshall says it’s Richard, then I run in, only to see it’s Al from Home Improvement. Stupid Richard Karn.. doesn’t even compare. And hahah yes–if Alex kissed the Jeopardy contestants that would be WEIRD!

Janetha August 18, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Oh my gosh. Sometimes the Feud will be on and I will hear it from the other room and Marshall says it’s Richard, then I run in, only to see it’s Al from Home Improvement. Stupid Richard Karn.. doesn’t even compare. And hahah yes–if Alex kissed the Jeopardy contestants that would be WEIRD! ..

Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food August 18, 2011 at 3:43 pm

I used to watch Match Game ’78 ALL the time! I had a total crush on Richard Dawson! Haha!

Emily August 18, 2011 at 3:58 pm

I can’t do most game shows. They just get too intense for me! I can’t remember the name of it, but I used to go to the gym when they played that show with the suitcases and Howie Mandel…everyone’s screaming and yelling to pick this one or that one. It stressed me out, and I wasn’t even the one on the show! Haha. Good luck with your flight tonight! xoxo

Vicki August 18, 2011 at 4:15 pm

You are going to have so much fun in Philly! I was hoping to make it to the HLS (I live here), but it was sold out! Philly has so much cool stuff going on: the 9th Street Italian Market, a great Art Museum, and tons and tons of great restaurants (just to name a few things). Restaurant recommendations: Amada (if you’re feeling fancy/tapas-y), Zahav (Israeli), Percy Street BBQ (if you’re feeling meaty), the Latest Dish, Pizzeria Stella, to name a few. If you have time for brunch, hit up Sabrina’s or Morning Glory Cafe! You won’t be dissappointed. Have fun!

Janetha August 18, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Thanks for all the suggestions! If you are around, you should come crash some of the non-HLS things we are doing!

Susan August 18, 2011 at 4:24 pm

You went for the 50mm!! Yayyy! Can’t wait to see what awesome shots you take with it ;) It really is the easiest way to make pictures look way more fancy than you intended.

I scrolled through the comments, but I assume someone already mentioned mini cornbread. You should totally do that. Or a snack-sized mini protein pancake. Or a a frittata that’s the perfect size to put on an english muffin. Orrrr….I’m all out of suggestions.

As for HLS attire, I wore Lululemon the day of the conference because I was doing yoga, but in retrospect I would have worn something nicer. Purely for the fact that I was in a gazillion photos that day and I sort of looked like a shlump.

Finally, Richard Dawson is creepy. Bob Eubanks is the best. The old-school Newlywed Game is my fave!

Love you, miss you, and wish I could see you this weekend!!! xoxoxoxoxo Safe travels!!

Janetha August 18, 2011 at 5:16 pm

I will never not be sad that you aren’t going to be in my bed this weekend. It flipping sucks.

Um–I love Bob E!

Thanks for the tip on the clothes. I am kinda at a loss.

Love you times a million!

Rachael August 18, 2011 at 4:43 pm

You MUST check out Rita’s Italian Ice when you are in Philly, you will NOT regret it!!!!

Have a great time!!!

Janetha August 18, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Thanks for the tip!

Jamie aka "Sometimes Healthy" Girl August 18, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Awesome…meeting you (hopefully) tomorrow at HLS!

PS – thanks for the packing list – with a few adjustments, I can just use yours rather than think of my own ;-)

Janetha August 18, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Oh good, you are gonna pack Penny and Randy, too? Maybe you can pack Randy because he is so big and I need more room…

YES, see you tomorrow. You going to lunch?

Lara August 18, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Agreed! Running sucks, and husbands who cook ROCK. Oh, and I can’t believe I haven’t tried the cottage cheese with ranch mix yet. I’ve done cottage cheese with onion soup mix…sounds gross but it’s very tasty :)

Pure2raw twins August 18, 2011 at 6:14 pm

I am in love with that small cast iron skillet!!! too cute. I have seen that before in stores and always thought to myself to get one – but never did :( haha

Oh have fun at HLS wish we could join you and see your presentation!!! Good luck with it!!!


AJ August 18, 2011 at 6:52 pm

I live NE of Philly in the burbs…. Jim’s and Tony Lukes are good cheesesteaks but your hotel won’t be super close to those areas. Reading Terminal Market is fun, check their hours first and don’t go on Sunday… the Amish stands are closed! Inside Reading Term you can get a cheesesteak or even better-go to Dinic’s (sp?) for an Italian Roast Pork!!!! Also Basset’s ice cream… I think you can still get pretzel cones there!! For dinner I 2nd El Vez or Continental. If you’re thinking of doing the historic stuff like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall…. drop me an email and I’ll give you some tips since I used to work there. ;)

Eleah August 18, 2011 at 7:39 pm

I’m with you- gameshows are the best shows. (Well… except for medical dramas.) I don’t have a tv so I don’t really watch them ever anymore…. but I used to always be at the gym during price of right. love it.
And: Finishing general chemistry in less than 20 hours= awesome.

julie August 18, 2011 at 9:00 pm

hahahaha i BETTER win. now that every one of your readers knows me as the creepy girl who calls your husband marshies and my obsession with birch beer. also, not awesome is the fact that i am JUST NOW learning of the new season of project runway. wahhhh

sarah (sarah learns) August 18, 2011 at 9:30 pm

oh yuck – red eyes are no fun! i hope you’re able to sleep on the flight!

i watch wheel of fortune almost every night (yes, i might as well be a 65 year old woman. i also love high-waisted granny panties too in case you were wondering…)! that puzzle was congressional representative! lol. i’m a nerd.

Kate (What Kate is Cooking) August 19, 2011 at 12:35 am

Haha, watching Wheel of Fortune on the treadmill is dangerous for me! I used to run during that and Jeopardy and I would get so distracted I wouldn’t pay attention to my feet :) I also tend to scream the answers and yell at contestants, which may scare other gymgoers…

Allison August 19, 2011 at 7:10 am

Awesome: being a first year teacher and seeing your students learn! I’ve been participating in a professional development training all week and it’s been so fulfilling seeing the students learn- the training is for us to learn but the students are benefiting too :)

Awesome: waking up before the sunrise and enjoying a delicious breakfast while watching the sky change colors B-)

Enjoy the HLS- I hope to go in the future!

Susan August 20, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Awesome: catching up on your posts. No lie. I’ve been out on my Reader, but I always look forward to the return.

I love Jeopardy. When I am seventy eight and retired, I will be tuning in every night at 7. Game shows rule and I’d love to be on one some day (weird since I have no desire to be on any other type of movie/tv show).

@stampylisa August 22, 2011 at 12:03 pm

omg I must have one of the Running Sucks shirts to wear to my bootcamp!!! you said you found it at Ross? as in the Ross that is like TJ Maxx-ish? thanks for posting your HLS experience, I am so sad I missed it this year.

elise August 23, 2011 at 1:00 pm

ok the feud is creepy. didnt all those richards who hosted it over the years kill themselves. i swear theres a curse. anyway, philly is so fun – i hope you had a blast. i lived there for a year during nursing school and it really turned me into a foodie. steven star restaurants galore!

do you use that lens instead of the other one entirely? it looks short. excuse my technically retarded question, but do you attach it to your other lens or to the base of the camera?

Sam August 30, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Dude. You are FAST. A 26 min treadmill 5k? I’m jealous.

Amanda September 2, 2011 at 12:00 am

I’m super jealous of your pan. I was scrambling to find something to bake my individual pizookie in yesterday (ramekins work, but that would be soooo much better!)

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