playing hooky.

by Janetha on April 27, 2012

in day job,eating out

is it really playing hooky from work if your boss is with you? hmm.. probably not. but that’s ok, all that matters is i got out of a few hours of work today and it was a good time!

did you know that administrative professionals’ day was on wednesday? (it is celebrated on the last wednesday in april each year.) i had no idea, but my boss saw it on the calendar yesterday and felt bad for missing it!  geez, how did they miss it?! i mean, that’s understandable.. it’s not like it is as big of a holiday as thanksgiving or the fourth of july. lucky for us, they decided to make up for the oversight today.

one of my bosses took me, kerryne, amanda, and crystal (aka all the administrative professionals at my office) to lunch this afternoon.


blue lemon is one of my favorite restaurants in salt lake city. i have been there a few times and blogged about it here and here. i spotted a turkey burger on the menu and it said you could swap the ciabatta roll out for a portabella mushroom… or so i thought. when i tried to order that, they said you swap out the turkey burger patty for a portabella—not swap out the ciabatta! duh. i had read the menu wrong. except i was set on my portabella bun, so i asked if they’d be willing to make it that way. guess what? they agreed! i was stoked.


it may not be pretty, but let me tell you, it was INCREDIBLE. the turkey burger was topped in melty smoked mozzarella, lettuce, tomato, sweet red onions, and blue lemon’s signature balsamic sauce.

crystal had the artichoke and tomato panini, which i’ve tried before and LOVED.


amanda had the grilled balsamic chicken panini, another great pick!


craig had the iron seared salmon.


i stole a bite of his salmon. the green sauce was delicious, whatever it was. their menu said “sauce verte”—it’s tasty.


kerryne went with the same portabella turkey burger that i did. it was a delicious mistake!


we also shared some hummus, which was served warm. that threw me off for a minute, but it still tasted great.


after enjoying our delicious meals, we wandered around city creek. city creek is a new outdoor/indoor mall in salt lake city that opened a month ago. i hadn’t visited it yet because i hate crowds.  i was glad to finally check it out today!


it was really strange to walk around the mall because my favorite mall growing up (crossroads mall) used to be on the land where city creek is now. i basically lived at crossroads mall and even worked there (at zumiez) for a couple years. when the doors closed i was really sad! but at least they have built a nice mall in its place. downtown salt lake city was in serious need of a shopping center like city creek. IMG_0954IMG_0947

my favorite part? the doggy poop bag dispensers! go figure. but aren’t they cute?!


i think it’s really cool they allow you to have dogs at the mall. i saw a few sweeties there today.

my boss had said he would buy us each a little something as a token of appreciation for our hard work, but we are shopping-challenged and had a hard time finding anything! i know, you’d think that with the wide variety of stores we would find something, but that wasn’t the case this afternoon. crystal did find some fantastic smelling perfume, but the rest of us had no luck finding anything. well, i did have my eye on a michael kors watch, but that was a tad out of the budget.

then kerryne (or was it amanda?) suggested we head over to lululemon, since the three of us basically live in gym clothes. that was an idea i could get behind!


the three of us all got the power vinyasa crop.

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we loved the lace detail. well, i did, at least!

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and, because i can’t help myself at all, i ended up buying a tank top, a headband, and some shorts for marshall. whoops!

i want to give big huge thanks to my boss (and the bosses that weren’t there!) for taking us administrative professionals out today! it was a fun afternoon and much appreciated. i have to say, i love my job. not because i deal with windows every day (although that is pretty flipping exciting, folks..yep, as exciting as you can imagine), but because i work FOR and WITH amazing people. love it!

in other news…

  • i got up this morning and went to GPP! kerryne motivates me to do morning workouts and i am loving the sense of community at GPP. we did this one using a 45# barbell for the first 2 sets and a 65# barbell for the remaining three sets. we split the last part into 500 jump ropes and an 800m run.
  • adventurous april’s final recap will be on tuesday, may 1 instead of the usual sunday recap. you have until monday night (april 30th) to submit your adventures. see the official page for details on how. the random winner will get a custom case of chobani!
  • the fitmixer boot camp starts in just over two weeks! about two dozen of us are in this together and i can’t wait!! to sign up or for more info, go here. you can also email me any questions you might have about the boot camp.
  • tomorrow is national blueberry pie day.. yum.

that’s all i’ve got for now! excited for a low key weekend. i have a baby shower on sunday, but the rest of the weekend is open. but let’s face it, i will probably be using every last minute for finishing touches on blend retreat. a week away! eep!


just for fun… what has been your favorite job? and LEAST favorite?

xo. janetha g.

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Lindsay @ Lindsay's List April 27, 2012 at 5:15 pm

I want to steal your lululemon and kerryne’s hair!

Kerryne April 27, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Oh Lindsay, you can HAVE it. If it didn’t keep me warm I would cut it off :) But… it has become my blanket!

Meg April 27, 2012 at 5:23 pm

how fun! what a great looking lunch babe!

I have been spending a lot at lulu lately. which headband did you get? which tank? I just got that stuff your bra tank and love it! but the no limits is still my all time fav :) orrrrr the run swiftly tank! ahhh I just love lulu! cute crops though gf

Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries April 27, 2012 at 5:23 pm

i’ve been wanting to try blue lemon!! glad to know it’s a winner!

Krystina April 27, 2012 at 5:24 pm

That’s actually a really clever idea – mushroom as a bun. I should try that sometime!

How do you like the crops? I’m in the market for some and have been eying the power vinyasa ones since they came out.

katie April 27, 2012 at 5:25 pm

PLEASE say you got the bang buster headband?!! I have 4 of them, obsessed!! I love those crops, super cute!!

Can Not Wait To See You!!!!!!! <3

SuzanneU April 27, 2012 at 5:39 pm

I have two favorite jobs. I love being a financial advisor. I love helping people accomplish their dreams; college education for kids, saving for retirement, saving for a house, etc… I think my all time favorite job was working for my Dad at our family owned pawn shop. It RAWKED. My dad instilled in me a work ethic that I still carry with me today. I loved helping people at the shop too make ends meet. Learned how to deal with people and learned how to spot a liar real fast.

Least favorite job, administrative assistant. I do not like to be told what to do even if it is my job :)

Victoria April 27, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Those crops are tots cutes!

Katie @ Talk Less, Say More April 27, 2012 at 5:40 pm

My bosses missed wednesday…:( I have one that usually takes us out to lunch at this nice place around the corner of my store. He is temporarily at another store so didn’t happen this year. All the rest always forget. :(

kayla April 27, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Not to worry, it’s actually administrative professionals WEEK. You have to know those things when you’re a florist…which is and has been my favorite job! :)

TiffAnY April 27, 2012 at 6:10 pm

You will love those crops!!! I got the eggplant colored ones :-)

This might be a dangerous secret to tell you but every Tuesday lululemon posts their new items on their website! What’s even more dangerous is that they take paypal :-/ !!!!!!!!!

katie April 28, 2012 at 7:05 am

HAHA! Yes they do and YES I am always up bright and early to browse! Sorry had to butt in because I am a lulu addict!

It used to be Thursday when they got new stuff, at least in the winter that is when it was!

Sylvia April 27, 2012 at 6:10 pm

The sauce that was on your bosses salmon was probably salsa verde, its really yummy and easy to make!!

Sydnie April 27, 2012 at 6:21 pm

We love City Creek! My husband and I also loved the poop dispensers, we even have a picture. We are crazy dog people. Also I though Blue Lemon was sushi maybe now that I know it’s not I will give it a try.

Carly April 27, 2012 at 6:27 pm

You have wicked awesome bosses! Also in love with the idea of that mall. I live in the rainiest city ever, so that wouldn’t really fly here.

Best job I ever had was working as a mentoring coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters. I only left because we were moving out of the area. I LOVED it.

Worst job ever would be when I worked in a group home. I loved my job but I worked either 48 or 72 hour shifts and I grew tired of those real quick.

cathy@1970kikiproject April 27, 2012 at 6:45 pm

what a fun afternoon!! good choice on the lululemon treats!
i so agree that the people with whom you work can make or break your job. so glad you are happy with your work environment – i can’t imagine dreading and hating going in to work each day, eh?
my favourite job is my current one: asst manager at two running stores. least favourite was being a teacher which i did for three years.
enjoy your weekend, j!

Jessica April 27, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Favorite job? Subway. Free 6 inch sub every time I worked, no-brainer job, made people happy. Least favorite? Telemarketer. People can be really mean :(
I am so jealous that you enjoy your job so much! And you will have to model your new clothes for us! I have never been to a Lululemon. In fact, as I type this, I realize I thought it was only lulumon. Wow.

Sable@SquatLikeALady April 28, 2012 at 9:59 am

I used to be a telemarketer too! That’s the only job I have ever left just because I could not do it. I would leave work at 5 and be relieved for maybe half an hour and then immediately start dreading the next day. =( I’m much nicer to telemarketers now!

Katie April 27, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Seriously, you have the best boss. And I might have to recreate that little portobello bun thing at home – what a good idea! I’m so glad you read the menu wrong.

Favorite job: lifeguard
Least favorite: selling jewelry…I am a terrible salesperson.

Kerryne April 27, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Best. WORK. Day. Ever. ;) I am so happy to work where I work, with the peeps I work with too. We truly are very lucky!

I am still hoping that I can walk tomorrow. It is yet to be determined. My legs are pretty achy! Have a fabulous weekend. Hopefully I can drag you to a few more early am’s next week :)

Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio April 27, 2012 at 8:05 pm

I love my job in college athletics! I just love being surrounded by sports and athletic people. It makes me so happy!

meagan April 27, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Hah, that reminds me of the episode of The Office (in the 3rd season) when Michael takes ‘the girls’ out shopping to bond with them.

Sounds like you had a great day!

Erica April 27, 2012 at 8:35 pm

How fun! The food looks fabulous. Warm hummus freaks me out a bit though! Cute lulu finds. The BLEND retreat is going to rock! Can’t wait to read about it. Best job- I really enjoy teaching group fitness. I also adored working in a flower shop when I was in high school. Worst job? I was a hostess for a month- couldn’t stand it

Neil April 27, 2012 at 8:37 pm

I keep getting lost at City Creek. Been there twice and am not sure I’ve seen all of it.

Fav job = fitness trainer
Least fav = physical therapists assistant. Worked my way through college doing that. The people you most wanted to work with kept getting better and going away. They left behind the other kind.

Becky @ April 27, 2012 at 10:20 pm

My favorite job was when I worked at my hometown theatre. It was small with only two screens. We just had to sell tickets and serve popcorn and then while the movies were playing we really had no responsibilities. We’d often just haul out our homework and do that, or sit outside and watch the shenanigans from the bar across the street. Plus there was free pop, popcorn and candy too!

meg April 27, 2012 at 10:34 pm

City creek is where the old mall was right? It’s been a while since I’ve been to Salt Lake but I remember it sitting empty for a long long time. Sheesh, I need to get back down there!

jen April 27, 2012 at 10:36 pm

i’ve been wanting to try blue lemon forever but i can’t convince anyone to try it with me. :( i’ve decided one night when blake is on his 24 shift i am just going to have to go alone since we live by the one that is on highland drive in cottonwood heights.

Jenni April 27, 2012 at 11:12 pm

Oh my gosh, that lululemon store is a money garbage disposal for me. I can’t go in without dropping $200….but I just can’t stop going in!

elise April 27, 2012 at 11:13 pm

its official, you have a lululemon problem.
your coworkers seem awesome. and its definitely cool that that restaurant let you swap the bun for the shroom. but your boss’ salmon looks the best to me – such pretty plating.
ps in really random news that doesnt really relate to you but youre the only person i know in utah so therefore it does. i watched the entire first two seasons of sister wives last week and now im obsessed with it. please tell me youve seen it.

janetha @ meals & moves May 1, 2012 at 10:42 am

Oh. Have I seen it? You bet I have. In fact, my old employee was ON the show with his wife. He is friends with them and he and his wife went to visit them in an episode and asked them how to take on more wives. It was pretty damn creepy. Then, a couple weeks after it aired, his wife came in to get his paycheck and ended up calling me a bitch 3 times. So I fired him. The end.

elise May 2, 2012 at 12:27 pm

whoa. thats seriously crazy.

jessie ann james April 27, 2012 at 11:27 pm

i love love love blue lemon! we had my wedding luncheon there in the events room at the first location they opened in alpine! my parents live up the street and thats our usual go to spot! love it and there sweet potato fries!

Sarah @ The Healthy Diva April 28, 2012 at 12:44 am

Favourite job – pilates instructor…my boss was super nice and really looked after our wellbeing. Not going to dwell on the bad jobs cuz there have been quite a few! Love those lulu crops btw, so cute :)

Lauren April 28, 2012 at 3:55 am

The turkey mushroom burger idea is fantastic! They might just need to add that one to the menu. :) Have a fabulous weekend lady!

melissanibbles April 28, 2012 at 4:47 am

I’ve never had hummus not served warm…I’ve never had it served cold. That would be weird to me. I wonder if it’s an East Coast/West Coast thing. Like Biggie and Tupac!

janetha @ meals & moves May 1, 2012 at 9:41 am

That’s so odd! Haha.. maybe it is a coast thing.. weird.

Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} April 28, 2012 at 5:11 am

What an awesome boss. Favorite job=5th grade teacher. Least favorite job=middle school teacher. Never, ever again will I teach higher than 5th grade. It’s scary in middle school.

Sara u April 28, 2012 at 5:49 am

I used to work next to a blue lemon. I’d get the same thing there every time! It was always subbing the mushroom for the bun. What’s up w that location?? I’m jealous I want to go to lululemon this weekend! Maybe after my color run!

Sable@SquatLikeALady April 28, 2012 at 9:58 am

Awwwww how sweet!! =) My bosses forgot about administrative professionals day =( It is *so* a legit holiday. If there’s a boss day, there has to be an admin pro day!

Errign April 28, 2012 at 11:44 am

I’ve been pretty lucky to have some AWESOME jobs and only a few that sucked. Hand’s down, least favorite, was working at Lowe’s when I was in NC…GROSS. Tied for the best:

1. I taught skiing to 3 year olds for five years. So frustrating, but SO awesome once they finally get moving.
2. Making coffee drinks at the ski resort I work at now, because I make crazy tips.
3. My work-study, on campus job in the study abroad office. It’s great experience for my resume and I love my job!

Also, I’m trying to convince myself to buy myself the bootcamp as a graduation present.

Kat @ Balancing Kat April 28, 2012 at 11:45 am

Funny – I just wrote a blog about wanting some new lululemon gear. I’m trying to get my hubby on board for mother’s day.

My favorite job is my current job. I’m the cool chick in the casino. High rollers can be fun.

My least favorite was working at a chinese restaurant (my first job). I hate fast food.

P.S. Happy belated Administrative Assistant’s Day!

Annette@FitnessPerks April 28, 2012 at 11:55 am

Your bosses are SO nice! Wow.

I want those pants now….thanks a lot :)

My fav job has been the one I have now-I am a health coach and LOVE it! Oh and of course, the side job of being a fitness instructor. Can’t beat that.

Lisa April 28, 2012 at 1:28 pm

I looove those lulu crops, adorable! Your lunch sounds incredible, I love when food turns out to be a happy accident! Sounds like a fun day!

The Delicate Place April 28, 2012 at 2:09 pm

i love the lace on those too and i am so tempted but i am pinching my wallet tightly due to the impending globe trotting i’m about to do very soon! eeep!! least fave job was nightshift working in a hospital specimen lab doing tests on god awful things like poo, pee, blood & bronchial lavages. :vom:

my favorite job is actually the one i am working at right now! i love doing neuroscience research!

Presley @ Run Pretty April 29, 2012 at 7:24 am

How awesome is your boss? This upcoming week is Teacher Appreciation Week for us, but I think we’re just having a free breakfast in the school cafeteria… not exactly Blue Lemon! But hey, free anything is good in my book. I can’t wait to see what the kids get me. One got me an orange soda for Valentine’s Day, so pretty much anything goes. :)

(P.S.- every time you show your Lululemon swag, I get really jealous. haha)

Lee April 29, 2012 at 7:28 am

That is extremely awesome that your boss bought you all Lulelemon pants!

BroccoliHut April 29, 2012 at 10:05 am

Warm hummus?! That would have thrown me off too.
My favorite job was definitely when I was a teenager–I started my own pet-sitting business in my neighborhood. I got to play with dogs and cats all the time and got paid for it!
Least favorite? I also worked at a pharmacy in high school. It had some fun aspects, but I really did not enjoy having to stock the shelves with toothpaste and tampons for hours on end.

Tiffany April 29, 2012 at 5:35 pm

OMG I want to go to that mall–shopping and puppies? Yes please. I may be going to Moab over Memorial Day wknd so I guess thats the closest I will make it for now.

That portabella sandwich is epic, nice job, double nice for them being so accomidating!

Naomi(onefitfoodie) April 29, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Marshall rocks lulu too?!?! thats amazing, I LOVE the mens clothing! (not for me but I mean ON men lol) They have this awesome bright blue shirt I saw a member at my gym wear and it looked so good!

hummus served warm? strange but I like it!

Maren April 29, 2012 at 7:52 pm

You have such a sweet boss!! I will buy something lululemon…someday! I finally emailed you an adventure!

My least favorite job was when I worked at Wells Fargo as a teller when we first moved to Minnesota. I loved the people, but HATED the company. I hate their values and the way they treat their employees…It’s an AWFUL place to work.

My favorite job is the job I’m at right now! I just started as a marketing director for a law firm….buuuut now I have to leave already…after two weeks. Just found out Nate was transferred again. He got the offer Thursday and left Friday! So so crazy!

Sana April 29, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Your bosses rule!

Michelle April 30, 2012 at 7:37 am

So awesome that your boss would do that!

My fave job was working as a 911 operator…..loved it and was really good at it too! Least fave job is probably the one I have now working at a construction company in the training dept. The main reason I dislike it is that I work with some really rude people, bleh…..makes me hate to come to work in the morning. Oh well, it pays the bills for now until I find something better.

Jess April 30, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Um, swapping the bun for portabella mushroom? Genius! I totally am stealing this to make at home. I’m drooling just thinking about the options!

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