saturday adventures.

by Janetha on April 21, 2012

in eating out,love life,meals,moves

hello! thanks for all the blog birthday wishes. for the record, if you used the “b” word that rhymes with “hogaversary,” you probably won’t win the giveaway. sorry, nothing personal, i just despise that word…

moving on!

today was quite eventful. i finally decided to sit down and blog about it before the fantasticalness of it all slips my mind. fun fact: i just tried to type “fantasticness” knowing it indeed is not a word, but was going to say it anyway, and my mac corrected it to “fantasticalness”! i had no idea THAT was a word, and i fully intend to use it from here on out.

this morning’s adventures started with food–the best way to start any adventurous day, am i right? i had purchased a groupon for a new cafe in salt lake city. 

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penny ann’s cafe (you know i loved it JUST because of the name.. my dog=penny and my middle name=ann!) is located at 1810 south main street in the SLC. they serve breakfast until noon on saturdays, so marshall and i took advantage of the situation. 

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the weather was GLORIOUS today, it was 70 degrees! we sat on the patio. dining al fresco is the best way to dine. 

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we started with coffee and a scone. yes, a utah scone.. which is fried dough smothered in honey butter. for more about scones, check this post. 

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i ordered the sourdough french toast and a side of two eggs over medium.

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marshall ordered the biscuits and gravy with a side of two eggs over hard.

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we both really loved our selections and agreed that we will be back to penny ann’s cafe again soon. saturday adventure #1: success!

we ran a few errands in town–first and foremost i had to get a helmet so i can ride on the back of marshall’s harley! we swung by the harley shop and i snagged a simple black helmet. after the helmet purchase, we headed to salt lake running company so i could buy this torture device:

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i was originally planning on buying the stick because an old roommate of mine had one and i always loved using it on my sore muscles. however, the employee told me the ridges in this range roller feel like fingers kneading into your sore muscles. sign me up! this is similar to a foam roller, except it’s hand held. it’s awesome for rolling out sore hamstrings and calves (which i have right now) and it works better than my rolling pin. yes, i’ve done that before and it works well. but not as well as this device. saturday adventures #2 (helmet) and #3 (torture device) success!

once we got home from our errands, i changed for the gym.  since it was such a glorious day, marshall suggested i ride my bike to the gym. i agreed that it was a great idea and asked him to dust off the ol’ bicycle for me. (we store them up high and i am short!) he did just that and i pedaled my little heart out to the gym. 


saturday adventure #4: success!

the gym is just over a mile from my house, and it’s a nice warmup for any workout because there is a slight incline.  this makes the ride home perfect for cool down, too! 

anyway, onto my workout. i wanted to give tabatas a try. i have done interval workouts in the past, but never have done a full-blown tabata workout. i downloaded a tabata timer app on my iPhone (it was $2.99) and decided on ten different moves for my workout. 


i grabbed all the equipment needed and headed into the classroom.. it’s so nice on saturday afternoons because the room is empty and i can do any crazy workout i please!


i planned to do 8 rounds of each move and each round included 20 seconds of work + 10 seconds of rest. i was already warmed up from my bike ride, so i hopped right into the tabatas.


 about 45 minutes later, the workout was done and i was a sweaty mess. saturday adventure #5: success! oh and P.S., that tabata timer is totally worth the three bucks.

i finished my workout with some ab work just for kicks.. i did the following twice through:

  • 100 ball crunches
  • 50 right side ball crunches
  • 50 left side ball crunches
  • 50 hanging leg raises in captain’s chair

the bike ride home from the gym was nice an breezy, i was able to coast most of the way thanks to the slight decline.

once home, i traded my bike helmet in for my motorcycle helmet!


marshall took me on a harley ride around town. i could never drive a motorcycle, but riding on the back was really fun! saturday adventure #6: success!

we came home to find that randy had gotten into the trash. there were chobani containers, egg shells, banana peels, and a peanut butter jar littered all over the kitchen floor. he had a guilty look on his face, but i am sure it was all an act. he’s never really truly sorry for getting into the trash. he’s a dumpster diving dog and loves every minute of it. we scolded him (hardly.. psh.. we are putty in his paws) and cleaned up the mess.

i decided to keep on cleaning and i ended up on a roll! i cleaned the kitchen, the garage, and got rid of a boatload of clothes from my closets. i wouldn’t call my saturday spring cleaning an adventure, but it was definitely a success! 


and now it is already 8 o’clock. whew. i am going to load the furry rascals into my car and head up to marshall’s old house. you know, the one he lived at before we got married. rumor has it that dave is making his famous vegan tacos and i am not about to miss it!

hope you all had a great saturday! i will be back tomorrow for the week three recap of adventurous april.

xo. janetha g.

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J @ ... semplicemente j ... April 21, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Sounds like a wonderful and fun day … happy weekend!

Amy April 21, 2012 at 9:24 pm

looks like an awesome day..great workout! will def have to try it. oh and your french toast sounds amaaaazing

Sarah April 21, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Yay, what a fun day! Your workout was no joke. Holy moly! I don’t think I could keep up. Hope you got your tacos!

Denise G. April 21, 2012 at 9:41 pm

My Saturday was equally amazing. Volunteered at the for five hours, hit the gym and did circuits, went to a polling station and voted, raked my back yard, cooked a kick ass BBQ steak dinner and am currently snuggling on the couch with my dogs Cooper, Miss Emma and Sydney. Life is good.

Katie @ Talk Less, Say More April 21, 2012 at 9:49 pm

looks like an adventurous saturday for sure! Mine was a lazy saturday…

Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl April 21, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Oh lordy! Breakfast looks great. And I love that iphone app. I have that one on my phone, too. I agree… you had a great day. This weather is just awesome! (of course, today was 90 degrees and Thurs. we get rain). hmph.

momma b. April 21, 2012 at 9:51 pm

You pack more into a day than anyone I know!!! What a ton of fun adventures! Do you want me to take the clothes off of your hands?!?

I’m going to buy the tabata app right now so I can have another adventure to talk about!

My adventurous Saturday included a Harley ride too! We’ll have to double date sometime soon.

Love you

Averie @ Averie Cooks April 21, 2012 at 11:05 pm

All I want or need is the fried dough smothered in honey butter. Wow.

And I remember from years past your hatred of the word blxxxiversary. I know that’s a four-letter word for you :)

Katie @ Peace Love & Oats April 22, 2012 at 12:21 am

Very adventurous day!!! And I have a foam roller but I really need one of those hand held ones!

Sierra April 22, 2012 at 12:34 am

My husband also likes his eggs over hard…I can’t understand it. I love the runny yolk and the texture turns gross when it’s hard.

You have a lot of patience with those pups…they are seriously naughty.

I think I may need to get the timer…that workout looked awesome. Does it beep or give you instructions when to go and when to rest?

Sarah @ The Healthy Diva April 22, 2012 at 12:51 am

Tabatas are super hard!!! I love intervals though…I really feel you get more bang for your buck in those types of workouts. P.S. just started the final two weeks of jamie easons livefit and i am…gonna go get the rolling pin out now…

Sarah @ The Healthy Diva April 22, 2012 at 12:52 am

Tabatas are super hard!!! I love intervals though…I really feel you get more bang for your buck in those types of workouts. P.S. just started the final two weeks of jamie easons livefit and i am…gonna go get the rolling pin out now…

Fox Peterson April 22, 2012 at 3:56 am

You could drive a motorcycle – I am also short and drive one- the secret is to stick with a cruiser where you can get your feet to the ground. Most of the enduros and some of the standard bikes are super tall and so when you are on them you feel a little out of control. Having a good teacher/husband also helps!

Janetha April 23, 2012 at 2:20 pm

No. No I could not. I tried to drive a scooter once–you know, kinda like a Vespa–and I tipped over. I crash my bicycle all the time. I ran into a garbage can once. Truth. I have no desire to drive a motorcycle EVER! hahaha

Meg April 22, 2012 at 5:08 am

have I ever told you that you are INTENSE!? EIGHT TABATA ROUNDS OF ALL THOSE EXERCISES!? Holy moly girlfriend ;) You impress me! That definitely WAS an April Adventure!!!!!!!!!!

Janetha April 23, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Haha thank you <3

Michelle (Better with Berries) April 22, 2012 at 6:07 am

What a great way to spend a Saturday! I am totally going to look into getting that tabata timer. I have tons of money in itunes gift cards and for some reason I’m always afraid to spend it.
Love the name of that cafe because my dog’s name is Penny, too! Well, my family’s dog. I laughed when you mentioned dining al fresco, because on the last “Wait, wait! Don’t Tell me!” podcast, they joked that “The unusually warm March probably signals the end of the world. We once thought the world would go out with a bang, but no, it will go out with an al fresco brunch on the patio” :-)

Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon April 22, 2012 at 7:04 am

My gym is also about a mile and a half away and uphill from my apartment and the past week I’ve been biking there as a warm up. You picked the perfect day to do it because yesterday was earth day and biking=no carbon emission!

Janetha April 23, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Haha too bad I came home and hopped on the motorcycle.. oops.

Erica April 22, 2012 at 7:07 am

What a fabulous day! Weekend days where you’re productive AND have fun are the best! That breakfast looks amazing. I adore going out to breakfast. Once we finally meet up, we’re going to breakfast- ok? Have a wonderful Sunday

Kim F April 22, 2012 at 8:15 am

And I thought my Saturday was busy! phew I’m tired just reading through yours. I’ve been learning Trigger Point Performance Therpay (TPT) and it brings tears to my eyes every time. Good stuff though. Enjoy your Sunday!

Calee April 22, 2012 at 9:31 am

Awww … you guys are so cute on the Harley!

And sometimes I miss my old gym at the old university I used to work for because I totally did the same thing with the classroom at night. There’s a corner I go to when I do circuits like that, but it’s next to all the stupid meathead guys. All the other corners are filled with girls “stretching” (aka full-on makeup and didn’t actually come to the gym to workout — to scope out those meathead guys instead).

Sounds like you had an awesome Saturday!

Dena @ 40 Fit in the Mitt April 22, 2012 at 12:24 pm

I love my motorcycle, I have been riding a Harley 883L since 2004. Prior to that I was a passenger, both are so much fun. We take lots of trips on our bikes, but I do not like to be called a biker babe, I am an adventurist.

Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats April 22, 2012 at 1:39 pm

What a perfect Saturday! :) I totally agree that dining al fresco is the way to go.

Lisa April 22, 2012 at 3:03 pm

I love tabatas, they make my workouts flyyy by compared to other workouts!! That looks like an awesome one I’ll have to try out. That breakfast looks absolutely delicious and how fun that you got to ride on the motorcycle! I would honestly have a mini heart attack at first. Sounds like a great day!

katie April 22, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Look at you sexy and hot badasses on the motorcycle!

Love you! <3

Janet April 22, 2012 at 5:09 pm

You never know! I rode on the back of bikes for five years, then one day decided to go take riding lessons and got a sport bike! I must have had my adventure pants on :) Either way, it’s so very much fun to ride on the back with someone else, and the two of you look bad ass and adorable all at once. Not everyone can do that!
Last- a shout out to Randy, eatin some trash.. He’s the original adorable bad ass! (((Randy)))

BroccoliHut April 22, 2012 at 6:19 pm

I once bought The Stick for my marathoner brother-in-law, and I remember it being described as “a toothbrush for your muscles.” Ha! Now that I know about the Range Roller though, I might have to invest in one of those for myself :)

Annette@FitnessPerks April 22, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Sounds like an awesome day!! And I really love that workout idea . Hello swwweeeaaattttyyyy! woot.

Amanda April 23, 2012 at 9:14 am

I am really sad that I never got to experience a Utah scone. Boo.

meggi April 23, 2012 at 9:22 am

Fun Saturday! Penny Ann’s is across Main from my husband’s studio so he eats there regularly. I hear their eggplant is amazing :)

Does Marshall own a Harley?! My husband is in the market for one so there has been lots of Harley talk over the last week. He has a Honda but wants to upgrade after our recent motorcycle trip.

christina April 24, 2012 at 10:53 am

mmm honey butter. i could probably put that on burnt toast and still enjoy it.

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