Say that headline to the tune of “Just Another Manic Monday,” and it’ll make more sense ;) 

So why is it Walking Wednesday? Because I’ve walked/ran 6 miles today! My mom and I walked our usual 1.5 mile loop this morning (where I seriously felt like I was in a tropical rainforest there were so many birds chirping – the title of this post was almost Birds Gone Wild!) Then during lunch I took a 2.5 mile stroll and took these pictures.



The first picture is of the beautiful state capitol building of Iowa…and maybe you’re wondering what the second picture is…yes, that’s a picture of the ever elusive Iowa winter feet! After months of being stuffed into wool socks, boots and slippers, they were soooo happy to get out! Look at them – so pale – and naked!

Miles 5 and 6 were taken to the mat when Ben and I ran 2 miles round trip down to the grocery store to pick up some last minute items for dinner. Now, I usually feel like for me personally, exercise has to be done all at once and be strenuous in order to be counted as a “workout.” But, I power walked for each session today, broke a sweat and I really do feel like I accomplished something!

So, what’s for dinner you ask? Well, I went for round two on the grill tonight with BRATS! I’m not going to lie to you – brats are not good for you. Not even a little. However, I choose the freshly made variety from the meat counter at my grocery store so I feel like there are lesser amounts of preservatives in them. Also, I usually only eat one (ok, there was that one time…family if you’re reading, move along) so I feel like its ok to have a good brat-tastic grill out now and then! When I got home from work today, I put them along with some quartered onions and three foamy beers into a big pot to soak while I headed outside to lounge on the deck in the beautiful sunshine and wait for Ben to get home. Ahhh, it was the life :)


I served the drunken brats with some mustard & sauerkraut (the ONLY way to serve brats, in my opinion,) and we also had fresh, steamed broccoli and sweet, sweet cantaloupe. Brats are so worth the calorie splurge you guys…the snap of the casing, the smoky grill taste, the tangy sauerkraut – this meal screams summer!! And that makes me happyyyyyyy!!



What’s your perfect grill menu? Mine is brats + grilled corn on the cob + grilled vegetable foil packet + grilled peach with brown sugar and whipped cream. YUM!