Forgive me if my sentences jumble together like a fish out of water today. I broke my nail trying to obtain a piece of chocolate (I wish I were kidding) and I decided to pick the nail off. Now it throbs. I am also standing up to blog because since leaving my job at Trader Joe’s, my entire lower body has decided to store up on some excess material as if it were preparing for a famine. I noticed I was sitting a lot more than normal, so these days I blog standing up. I hope the little things count, because if not I’ll be wearing a parka to the swimming pools this summer.
I’ve been obsessed with random nature finds lately. Instagram has played a big part in that. I tend think I can make anything look unique. Take this random deserted train for instance. I imagine it was used to transport cake to Disneyland.
I didn’t Instagram these pictures, but I tried. They didn’t look as cool as I thought. Keep an eye out for me, you’ll see my name in Nat Geo soon enough with pictures of dancing camels spitting expensive wine.
The sun decided to leave yesterday. It poured so ferociously I thought I was going to have to get my canoe out to go to the gym. I don’t have a canoe, but I do have wood I could float on. Thankfully I enjoyed a suntastic day on Wednesday and busted out the grill again.
Roasted veggies never loose their sparkle. With these I ate a new creation.
A beet, wrapped inside pizza dough, and baked. That’s it. And topped with horse radish SO random and weird, but oddly delicious! With the veggies it’s just like a pizza ball!
Lastly I need your help with something. It’s been brought to my attention that I have an ugly cat. Apparently he has funny lips.
Is this what it’s like to be a mother and think you have the most beautiful baby, when in reality your child looks like it just crawled out of a swap from a horror movie?
I guess I’m blinded by love because I think he is the cutest thing everrrr.
Q: Are you blinded by love with your funky looking pet? If you don’t have a pet your spouse counts too.
55 thoughts on “Fish Out of Water”
You are adorable as always! I miss the sun too! And yes, I am blinded by my funky looking pet —- my crazy youngest daughter 🙂 Love it! xx
Alex @ therunwithin
a beat inside pizza dough? super unique, never would have thought of that.
My dog has a long tongue and sometimes… It sticks very far out of his mouth. I just say he’s special. I can’t imagine what the beet/pizza dough tasted like… I’m really trying hard but my brain and body are confused. haha. I definitely feel you on the lower half. We can wear parkas to the pools together!
foods for the soul
Now that I’m not teaching anymore, I feel the same way. I sit in front of my computer all day, and my back throbs my dinnertime! I’ve been trying to take at least one walk every afternoon (and the puppy thanks me for it too), but on those rainy days… Well, it’s hard not to just curl up in a fuzzy blankie and read a book for 5 hours straight!
And OH MY GOODNESS that pizza beet roll is BRILLIANT! I want to go buy beets and make pizza dough. Right now. No joke. Grocery store, here I come!
Haha I love the randomness of this post. I’d go for the pizza ball if there was cheese inside… beets might be too much for me 🙂
As for the weight- don’t worry about it. For me at least, I tend to gain probably 10 pounds in the winter because my body is storing the excess reserves and it literally falls off the second the warmer weather decides to hit. I don’t even notice it happening usually!
Becky @ Olives n Wine
I just hopped on the roasted veggie train – WHAT TOOK ME SO LONG??!?! Amazingness! This week alone I’ve roasted asparagus, broccoli and peppers. And you cat is not ugly at all! Who looks at cat lips anyways?? 🙂
kathy @ vodka and soda
omg he looks EXACTLY like my ex-boyfriend’s cat; same white patch on his chest and everything. does he have any white-tipped paws? if so, call the name “Simba” and see if he responds LOL.
Amy @ A Desert Girl
I think he’s super cute and not funky looking at all. At a recent vet appointment, our vet said that one of our cats was looking (and weighing) a little heavy. I instantly jumped to Kiki’s defense, pointing out that she’s a Maine Coon and they can get up to 25 pounds and so she’s actually quite small, thank you very much. I then spent a good portion of the drive home reassuring Kiki that she is beautiful and just the right size. We did switch her to light food, so it’s not like I’m in complete denial and putting her health in jeopardy or anything. But no one calls my cat fat and gets away with it. I love Instagram. I feel like those filters make me an awesome photographer. I’ll be in Nat Geo too, right there with ya. I also love your eyebrows. I would trade you and take your short eyebrows.
Hahaha I have a heavier cat, but he is not a Maine Coon and should probably not be 15 lbs. I’ve been monitoring his food to ensure he doesn’t over eat!! I would be right there with you defending my baby!
Natalie @ Will Jog For Food
Of course my dog is the cutest dog to ever live! hehe
Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen
Lol your cat is just beautiful the way he is! Those lips give him character 😉 I totally stood up as I started reading about your post and you standing up. I hate sitting for too long. I don’t have a pet (sad) or a spouse but if I did, I’m sure I’d think he is the most beautiful creature on Earth 😀
I would never ever think to wrap a beet with pizza dough, but I am totally intrigued!
Heather @ HeatherRunsFast.com
Please don’t wear a parka to the pool, I will make fun of you, haha. The little things DO matter… I just read an article that said you burn up to 50 MORE calories standing vs sitting. Doesn’t seem like much, but that can add up quick!
For the beet roll, do you roast the beet first or just wrap it raw and bake?
GREAT question, I totally failed to mention anything about cooking the beet. YES cook it first. Cook it whole and as it comes in a pan with some water and cover with aluminum foil for maybe 30 min or until the skin comes off easily. THEN put the beet into the pizza dough.
Better yet, if you live near Trader Joe’s you can buy their pre cooked beets and just stuff those RIGHT into the dough!! This way takes much less time! 😉
Heather @ HeatherRunsFast.com
The closest TJ’s is 2 hours away. I know, feel bad for me. Thanks for the instructions 🙂
Nicole @ Fruit N Fitness
The beet with pizza dough and horseradish sounds amazing! I think most people would agree that my little doodle man is adorable, but I did have a horse with Huge ears and everyone made fun of him for them. I loved him anyways! I was going to ask how to make them but I see you already commented above on this beet creation 🙂
Haha! I don’t think the close up of your cat helps with the not-looking-like-he’s-from-a-horror-movie! In all other pictures he does look like the cutest thing ever though! 🙂
I have a serious issue with one friend’s baby on my Facebook at the moment. It really is not the cutest thing ever but the Mum still insists on thirty-seven photos a day!
I am definitely not blinded by love. Jax recently went from 8/9lbs to 11 and she looks like a total fatso!!! She is going on a feeding schedule once the kitty she lives with now moves out next week ha!
Amanda @ .running with spoons.
😆 Oh my gawl, lady, I don’t even know where to start with this post – I freakin’ adore you! Would you think it incredibly blasphemous and de-friend me if I said that breaking a nail over chocolate is so totally not worth it? Don’t get me wrong – I love chocolate – but there’s almost nothing I hate more than broken nails. Even the thought gives me heebie jeebies. And speaking of heebie jeebies, I’m kind of digging your swamp creature cat 😉
NO I would NOT de-friend you, it was NOT worth it and it hurt like hell!!!
GiGi Eats Celebrities
OMFG x A MILLION! Why on earth are we MORE AND MORE ALIKE EVERY SINGLE DAY???????????? When I am on my computer, I am ALWAYS standing up. STANDING RIGHT NOW – Kind of like a FLAMINGO too… Cause I am sexy like that.
I bought a desk to put on top of my desk about 8 months ago after convincing my brain that I was getting a fat RUMP by sitting on it while in front of the computer – and yeah, I am in front of this techno machine for… Yeah, it’s embarrassing how much I am in front of the computer, lol. But since getting this desk, I have not really had ANY BACK PAIN! ANY!!!!!!! Chairs can SUCK IT.
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PS: I am wearing some socks that are causing some CRAZY loss of circulation to my feet…. GAHHH! Yet, for some reason, I am not taking them off?!?!
You and manfriend are so cute! Love love love.
And I am weirdly intrigued by the beet-pizza dough thing. It sounds so strange! At first I was like… mmmmm breeeeeeead. But then the beet threw me for a loop. …I’ll try it.
that beet and pizza dough sounds so weirdly delicious! my cat was soo ugly and everyone made fun of her but i thought she was the cutest thing everr! def blinded by love. I think i am the most artsy person when i take pics of random things for instagram too hahah! I agree, little things count! blogging while standing up is def a good idea i dont want to wear no parka to the beach this year either lol
Jan @ Sprouts n Squats
Aww your cat is too cute! It doesn’t have funny lips 🙂
did I read that correctly.. you work at TJ? Boo, I’m jealous!
I used to work at TJ’s YES! I loved that job..I miss it all the time!!
Ouch Brittany! (nail regarding) And yes, from one blinded “mom” to another, he is the cutest thing ever 🙂
Life After Swimming
OH EM GEE. I will HURT whoever called that cat ugly! Look at that face!
Rach @ This Italian Family
BHAHAHA! That second shot of your cat… oh my goodness, HILARIOUS! Also, I love that not only are you are blogging standing up, but you also told us about it. The little things DO count! So now I feel like I should try that, haha!
Dough wrapped beets?! sayyyy what? Thats by far the coolest thing in the world, and I neeeeeed to try it! I feel like all I do is sit lately too… this is what happens when we don’t have jobs, that couch is so convenient 🙂 Happy Weekend!
Sarah @ Feeeding the Brain and Body
WOw, that beet roll sounds incredible! What a funkily amazing idea!!! Most work days I sit for 10 hours at a computer so I end up eating my dinner standing up. 🙂
Speaking of funny nature finds, you should have put a pic of that one shack we saw on the train. You know, the one with the offset side?
That is one of my all time favorite photos! I did in fact share it on the blog back in January. I love all the photos from this post: https://blissfulbritt.com/2013/01/04/choo-choo/
I think your cat’s lips are just adorable!!
Beets inside pizza dough. Man that guy is talented.
Your cat is a stud muffin and don’t you dare let anybody tell you differently. I bought Max some ridiculously expensive new food at the pet store in hopes it will stop his obsessive food stealing compulsion. Fingers crossed it works. The things we do for our felines.
holy moly! that is genius! and my husband would love it. Okay, so just wrap dough around it? should instragam it after? tee hee
I like your cat. He’s not ugly; he’s cute!
Tessa at Amazing Asset
Your kitty is FARRR from ugly! I am a cat lover though, so perhaps I have a blind spot too? Seriously though, not an ugly cat 🙂 The beet inside the dough is totally odd lol but I can see it working, such creativeness that goes on with you two!
Those beet pizza balls are a genius idea! And yes, oh goodness, I am so blinded by love with my pets’ funkiness 🙂
Sorry about the nail…hope you’re feeling better soon. Those beet stuffed pizza rolls are cute and gorgeous. I definitely haven’t try anything like that and I think I”ll love that idea. 🙂 Gotta give that a try when I make pizza next time.
Nicole Marie Story
I am not blinded by love by my funky looking pet because my pet is gorgeous!!! Cuter than any human being to ever exist… except for perhaps George Clooney, a man whom I’d do in a NY minute. 😀
Change of Pace
Breaking a nail over chocolate is totally worth it in my books!
Kind of creepy, but I love animals’ lips! Harold (my dog, not my husband) has the cutest little shiny lips! I secretly wonder if he uses lip gloss.
I cannot get over how much your cat looks like my cat. 🙂 SUCH a cutie!!!
Matt @ The Athlete's Plate
Love the beet idea!
Okay, first before I comment about the cat I must comment about your eyebrows. I am SUPER JELLLLLLLY! My eyebrows, probably because of Pirate, are super long and hairy and thick and need to be waxed like every two weeks. They literally represent the whole ‘Italian girl’ thing. I would love eyebrows like yours….
Moving away from the creepy eyebrow comment, you and your cat. I can’t comment due to my lack of love towards hairy animals but I think he looks totally fine. And the fact that you love him even though he is hairy is even better…. because I am loved even though I have hairy eyebrows.
(see how I tied all that in? a full circle)
PS I STARTED A NEW BLOG 🙂 I need to email you asap.
This post was just plain adorable! That beet in dough thing looks so good and must have tasted amazing!! I love beets like crazy, so I need to recreate that asap :P!
Khushboo Thadani (@KhushbooThadani)
Hahaha random posts like this are my favorite so keep ’em coming! Okay I’m hoping Aaron is going back to culinary school because clearly the boy (man) has talent….that dough beet ball looks SO yum :)!
I love it when you call him Aaron, it makes me feel like we share a secret. I think I said this once before, but for some reason I feel like I have to look around to room to see if anyone else is watching while I read your comment. God I am a weirdo.
You and the cat are both gorgeous — funky lips or short eyebrows don’t matter =)
‘working’ (I say that loosely cause I’m currently at work..) has done the same to my trunk. Must. Stand. More.
Life's a Bowl
Haha “ugly lips” 😛 My hubby and I do silly faces so I’m sure that he’d consider some of mine “ugly lips”! And as the joke goes… Instagram = instant art!
I think my husband and I are both blinded by love with regards to each other – especially him with me because I tell ya, I wake up some mornings and get a glimpse of myself in the mirror and literally gasp. He’s a trooper, for sure 😛
Melissa @ Mouthwatering Morsel
haha I would of loved to see that creepy train car … I think I’d be scared if I found that car. butttt your kitty is a cutie. except for that one close up one. 😛 p.s. my eyebrows are wacky too. I have to pencil them in sometimes.
* Vegan Sparkles *
bahaha!! Ohhh you make me laugh so much! Kitty is adorable, just like bizarre manfood. 🙂