Don’t Rain On my Parade [Pool Day]

So it rained yesterday. A lot. I had plans to have a pool day with one of my girlfriends, but mother nature wasn’t feeling that apparently. It’s cool because I went over to her house anyways and we had a splendid girls day, out of the pool.

We headed to Panera, one of our favorite spots. We both get about the same things every time too. Gotta go with “Pick Two.” There’s just so much flexibility with it. Soup and sandwich, salad and sandwich, soup and salad, it’s simply liberating. I of course got my favorite, the Thai Chopped Chicken Salad, and the Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich toasted, my sub for when they don’t have the Pesto Garden Veggie Soup, AND an apple!ImageThai Chopped Chicken Salad:
Grilled chicken
Bell peppers
Thai cashews
Low-fat Thai chili vinaigrette

Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich:
Piquant peppers
Feta cheese
Cilantro Jalapeño hummus
Tomato Basil bread

I definitely needed a little pick-me-up at this point if I was going to do anything else productive. I don’t know if it was the dreariness of the rain or my lack of coffee that morning, but I was a little out of it and getting a little loopy. My friend even noticed my inner-weirdness coming out a little more than usual. It happens.

So what now? That’s an easy one. Starbucks. Duh.Image

I almost always get a tall soy latte when I go. it has just the right amount of sweetness for a very low amount of calories and sugar. I’m pretty positive they use vanilla soy milk, so that’s where the sweetness comes from. Yesterday I decided to be adventurous and try a new drink though, one that my friend highly recommended. I ordered a tall skinny carmel macchiato. I felt like quite the wild child.

We headed to the mall afterwards, because what else are two college girls deprived of civilized fashion institutions home for summer going to do on a rainy day? Duh.

Keeping in mind that I am about to head off to work Tuesday morning, I was trying to look for pieces that would be appropriate both for work and play, as to spend my money wisely. I ended up with some cute summer finds and an unhappy bank balance, naturally.

Aren’t these earrings darling? Hehe love that post-shopping high! Image

Afterward, we headed back to my friend’s house. Incase you were wondering, it was raining. We stopped by Wegmans first though and picked up some honey crisp apples, salad stuff, and a favorite of ours, Amy’s pizza.

Our dinner ended up looking like this, plus some apple slices.

We popped in the movie Safe Haven, based off of Nicholas Spark’s novel, and enjoyed the scrumptiousness as we sat back and enjoyed our feature film. We had never tried this type of pizza before, and it ended being really tasty and even more flavorful than other ones we’ve tried in the past. In the salad, we added…
Spring mix
Toasted almonds
Sunflower seeds
Italian dressing

Who doesn’t love days like these?

Oh and Safe Haven was really good. We hadn’t read the book beforehand so my friend Kendall and I were caught a little off guard by the ending, actually mind blown. It’s a great chick flick though with the exception of unexpected scary parts. Maybe I’m just a baby and hate scary movies (not that this is even close to that genre), but I was actually pretty on edge for a few select scenes. Jeepers!

Today is Sunday, Sunday morning to be specific. Where’s Maroon 5 when ya neeed em? Well us Howells are off to church this morning and have errands to run following that. It’s Sunday fun-day, after all! Enjoy!

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