Brand new day and Happy Mardi Gras!

It’s Mardi Gras!  Normally we do our dinner on the day, but had it on Sunday to make it easier, but with all that snow, probably tonight would have been better LOL!  I was whupped after yesterday and I slept for 8 hours.  I conked out at 10 pm last night (which is pretty early for me).

The difference a day makes.  One nice thing about big storms is that the sun always shines bright the next day.  It is very pretty and the temps are going to climb into the 30s!

Here is someone who could care less how much snow we get:


I made up a 1-minute muffin for breakfast (applesauce version), then topped the  muffin with the rest of the applesauce cup!  I also grilled this muffin, too.  Makes it taste even better.

This was good enough to get me out the door and shoveling.  We spent about another hour and 15 minutes finishing up the driveway.  Now the garage is free and we aren’t cooped up!  Not that I couldn’t have called my parents if need be, but nice to be able to get our own car out.

Our driveway is officially full for the year.  We cannot take another flake of snow as there is nowhere for it to go.  The banks are too high to throw snow on.  I was getting a great workout with having to squat and toss with the snow to get it high enough and to protect my back.  Kind of like doing a push/press, so guess I did get a strength training workout.  I burned approximately 520 calories shoveling today, which I will take, thank you.

John is leaving the house now.  See how the snow banks reach the top of the car?

Crazy stuff (and hooray for sun!).

Lunch time!  I baked up some chicken this morning and had my salad.

I put the can next to this so you could see how big my salads are.  I use half a bag of the Fresh Express salad mix for each of my salads 😳

Work was slow today, so I did manage to get a good chunk of household chores done.  Raise your hands for being productive!  John then made lattes, which I put on the sunny table to take a picture of.

Unpictured are the peanuts I snacked on with it.

Dinner tonight was stereotypical Finding Radiance:

With some laughing cow tucked in there.  Who says real food has to taste like cardboard?  Such a simple meal and yet so delicious.

To celebrate freeing of the car from the garage, we are out at Starbucks right now.  I haven’t left the house since Sunday morning, so it feels great to get out!

Decaf coffee.  They have new mugs, too.  Must be for the 40th anniversary.  Beads were courtesy of me.  I am wearing them for Mardi Gras!

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18 thoughts on “Brand new day and Happy Mardi Gras!

  1. Lisa

    I think you’re doing okay with lots of lettuce in your salads. 😉 at least it’s like 10 calories. And not a big bowl of bacon or something….

    That kitty is snuggable! What a cutie.

  2. debby

    I can’t believe you can drive on that snow. Do you have 4 wheel drive, or do you use chains? And I can’t believe you shovel all that stuff. Just not even in my imagination.

    I think I’ll try the one minute muffin tomorrow. If spackle or a protein pancake or oatmeal doesn’t win out!

    And I am so mad! Here I got today off, and I forgot it was our Starbuck’s 40th celebration today! Darn.
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    1. Lori Post author

      Nope, we just have a Saturn wagon. The roads are really quite good. They do a good job getting them clear. Our driveway is another story…

      We do have a snowblower normally, but it is not working right now. Our driveway is really too long to want to do it all by hand, especially heavy wet snow!

      Starbies is doing another promotion in a few days with a free treat with coffee. I think it it might be on their website.

  3. Fran

    That definitely was a good workout. Going to take a while too I guess before it’s all melted.

    Happy Mardi gras for you.

  4. Jody - Fit at 53

    I wish my hormones would let me sleep like Pixie!!! 😉 SO cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    YIKES on that snow but glad you got out…. I grew up with that but don’t think I can go back to snow days… I hate the crowds here but I don’t want snow either… Hawaii might be nice! 🙂

    Like the idea of grilling your 1 minute muffin!
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  5. Ash

    We had the same problem! If we get any more snow there is absolutely no where to put it. Next to our cars was over four feet high! Luckily we’ve only been getting rain lately so it’s been melting. Thank goodness!
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  6. Helen

    Freedom!! LOL.

    So, something must be wrong with me because I do not think your salads are huge. My standard lunch salad or dinner salad STARTS with a half bag of lettuce and then I add all the other stuff!
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  7. Roz

    Hi Lori, LOVE the beads in the last photo!!! And a big “Awwww” for the gorgeous sleeping Pixie! HOPEFULLY the last of the snow has fallen and you’ll get a good melt soon. It’s CRAZY how much snow has fallen this year. Take care, I’m still doing the melt dance for you!
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