HAP-py 4th of July! :D

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I got my (holi)day started with a kick-butt workout! I’m repeating Gina’s 4-Week Summer Shape Up series this month, because I love it so, and today called for a reedick series of weight circuits and cardio bursts (I hate you squat jumps.) After a few indulgent days in a row, it felt good to work up a wicked sweat.

Then it was off to the grocery store to stock up on a few items for the upcoming week, before heading into work for a few hours. The museum I work for has special programs/activities for most major holidays and it was my turn to report for duty.

I was outside under the beating sun for the majority of my shift, rendering me hot, hungry and cough uber-cranky cough. I nearly cried with relief when I saw the following after walking in through the door:

Ben working on an early supper (beer in hand, natch,)

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the umbrella open on the back deck, ready to eat said supper under,

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(almost) birthday flowers sitting in a vase next to my seat,

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and a Skinny Girl Margarita poured & ready to sip!!!

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Yes!

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Please! ;)

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Not two gulps later, we were ready to eat. Thank GOODNESS – I was starving!

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Let’s see, what do we have here…

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lightly grilled corn cut-off-the-cob,

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roasted potato halves,

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and Strawberry-Balsamic Grilled Chicken.

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These chicken breasts were marinated in a mix of strawberry preserves, balsamic vinegar, EVOO, salt & pepper for a few hours before being grilled. I loved the sweet + charred taste combo!

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Some fresh watermelon (and early birthday gifts!) ended the meal on a sweet note.

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I’m definitely not a fruit-is-just-as-good-as-chocolate-for-dessert kind of gal, but this watermelon was just the ticket, and all that needed. So satisfying.

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One refill and a hilarious birthday card later, I was my happy self again.

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Love that guy – tie dye tee and all. :)

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Kitchen duty calls,

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Then it’s back to the deck to relax…

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Hope you’re having a great holiday! :D

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What’s your favorite firework?

My fave firework is the one that wilts down like a weeping willow, then crackles and glitters.