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I’ve had a productive morning so far!  After breakfast settled, I went to the gym to get some cross-training in.  I hamster-wheeled myself around on the elliptical for 30 minutes and burned approximately 150 calories.


After the elliptical, I did bicep curls with a 30 lb bar and some 30 Day Shred moves on the mat.  I’ve determined to maintain my new muscle mass!


I inhaled my Thai food leftovers from last night for lunch.


Then… it was time to clean. :)  I actually LOVE to clean because at least you have something to show for it in the end!


My best friend Lisette and her husband Danny are coming to stay with us this weekend.  I clean for every guest, but Lisette is the neatest, cleanest person I’ve ever met. I lived with her freshman year of college and she literally ironed and folded her underwear and vacuumed our tiny dorm room every other day


Last time we stayed with Lisette and Danny, we had chocolates on our pillows in the guest room.  I could eat off her bathroom floors!  Needless to say, I felt pressure to DEEP CLEAN my own apartment today.


A tiny kitchen makes me happy:


Flowers in the guest bathroom:


My office, converted into a guest bedroom (James says hello!):


After cleaning, I tried an England bar called "9 Bar Flax." 


Ingredients: sunflower seeds, carob toppings, pumpkin seeds, honey, raw cane sugar, vegetable oil, flax, sesame seed, hemp seed, poppy seed.  Total calories: 265.


It was delicious and unique, but veryyy dense. 


Plus a bowl of celery.


One more errand to run and then I get to shop, shop, shop til I drop! 🙂


What’s your favorite chore?  What’s your least favorite chore?


I like tidying up the most.  It’s so easy and it makes a big difference in the appearance of a room.  My least favorite chore is definitely scrubbing the tiles… ugh!



  • BOBBI McCORMICK April 3, 2009, 10:37 am

    oh how I heart cleaning:) I love how you put it about seeing something in the end, I am a task oriented person so this made complete sence!!!!

  • Sara April 3, 2009, 10:37 am

    Good job cleaning! If I’m in the mood to clean, then I enjoy it. I don’t think I have a fave chore, but my least fave is scrubbing the shower.

  • Krista April 3, 2009, 10:37 am

    I hate vacuuming!!! Puts me in a bad mood every time! To be completely honest, there not one chore I do enjoy!!!

  • Bec April 3, 2009, 10:40 am

    I hate vacuuming but I like jobs like cleaning everything else, if I feel like it!

  • itsawrapteacher April 3, 2009, 10:42 am

    I love washing dishes but hate cleaning bathrooms!

  • Colleen April 3, 2009, 10:46 am

    I’m not big on any chores, but it does make such a difference that I have my set chores every weekend. Cleaning toilets is my yuckiest chore, so the hubster does that one!

  • VeggieGirl April 3, 2009, 10:46 am

    Hooray for productivity and for Thai food!!

    I love doing dishes and laundry.

  • Brandi April 3, 2009, 10:47 am

    good job cleaning!

    HATE doing the floors…don’t mind tidying up either since you automatically see a difference.

  • Claire April 3, 2009, 10:49 am

    Not a big cleaner…my least favorite is dusting. I actually LOVE to weed…but don’t have anything to weed at this moment, so I guess I like vacuuming.

  • Lindsay April 3, 2009, 10:50 am

    As I do not live on my own and live with my parents, I have tons of chores. I actually think that I have taken over many of the chores my mom used to do because I have fridays off from classes. But I have come to love doing the laundry, putting away the dishes, tiding my room/ bathroom, and going grocery shopping. I think that the reason for this is because I know that the results are very well worth it!! I hate it when I do not have a clean home to come home too or not having a fridge full of healthy and quick eats!! 🙂

  • Brooke April 3, 2009, 10:52 am

    I love to do laundry and clean the kitchen/bathrooms. I hate ironing and vacuuming! Those 2 chores are the pits!

  • dailygoods April 3, 2009, 10:52 am

    now that im on my own and moved into my own place i’ve noticed im a lot cleaner and ilke to keep things tidy. maybe i’ll eventually enjoy it? that’l be the day!

  • Meghann April 3, 2009, 10:56 am

    I need to do some of that cleaning stuff tonight. I jsut can’t help it though, I’m a messy person and I really don’t care if people know that or not. Is that wrong? You think that says something about me?

    Anyway are lisette and Danny going to the wine bar on Saturday night? We have quite the group! This is going to be fun!

  • Quinn April 3, 2009, 10:59 am

    Look at your clean house! And your friend ironing undies? Intense.

    My least favorite chore is probably cleaning the bathroom, but I have a serious obsession with cleaning out refrigerators and cabinets. It calms me. Weird, I know!

  • Danielle April 3, 2009, 10:59 am

    I hate vacuuming I love cleaning the kitchen the most and tidying up just like you. Even just making a bed can make everything look better!
    Enjoy the rest of your Friday!

  • Dori April 3, 2009, 11:01 am

    I hate cleaning. My dorm room had dust balls because my roommate and I never vacuumed. We still live together, so you can probably imagine…

    Good for you for keeping up your new muscles! I am on day 27 (did 20 of those) and plan to keep doing strength stuff after and the occasional Shred!

  • Katie April 3, 2009, 11:11 am

    You're a girl after my own heart! I also love to clean although my favorite chore is organizing & tidying.

    The flowers in the bathroom are a nice touch. I'll have to remember that.

  • therunningaddict April 3, 2009, 11:15 am

    I am a cleaning freak; I got that from my mom!
    My favourite chore is probably cleaning the floor and washing the dishes…really calms me down. But I don’t like ironing or anything laundry-related!

  • ksgoodeats April 3, 2009, 11:15 am

    I love tidying as well! Everything just feels more like “home” when it’s clean. Least favorite – washing dishes which is why I usually don’t do it (gotta love living at home)!

    I love your kitchen!

  • Kaye April 3, 2009, 11:29 am

    That made my morning for some reason… my life is so sad!
    When I moved in with my fiance, he had 2 spice racks on the counter (?)! I made him throw one out, and that one is the one that made the cut!


  • Bi0nicw0man April 3, 2009, 11:33 am

    I love to tidy as well. And second to that I like cleaning the kitchen (except the fridge and stove). I don’t even mind doing dishes….more so the actually cleaning then putting them away.

    I hate doing the bathtub/tiles. I tend to neglect that as long as possible.

  • Sammie April 3, 2009, 11:42 am

    I am not a fan of dusting. I do on the other hand LOVE to vacuum. There is nothing like a nice clean house. Enjoy your day.

  • katecooks April 3, 2009, 11:55 am

    i actually like washing dishes, weird. but i HATE washing floors!!

  • nibblesandwiggles April 3, 2009, 11:55 am

    House looks fab!

  • Nicole (anotheronebitesthecrust.wordpress.com) April 3, 2009, 11:57 am

    I don’t like chores at all!

  • FoodsThatFit April 3, 2009, 11:58 am

    This may sound odd, but I LOVE to clean, especially vacuuming. There is something about sitting down after the whole house (apt. in my case) is clean and feeling like I can really relax!

  • runsarah April 3, 2009, 12:07 pm

    I love tidying but hate laundry. I think I have the same spice rack- from Costco?

  • lilveggiepatch April 3, 2009, 12:15 pm

    I like doing dishes (very therapeutic) but I HATE sweeping. I’m so bad at it!

  • Hallie April 3, 2009, 12:17 pm

    I actually like doing the dishes (although at times, like when company is over, a dishwasher sure would be nice).

    I hate cleaning the toilet, and I hate doing laundry. But I’m not tidy in general (mostly because I just don’t notice when it’s messy) so I’m glad that BF is Mr. Clean because he keeps the place looking nice. I’m going to be in trouble though when he goes back to work (right now he’s in school) and I’ll be expected to keep up with the chores!

  • Sarah W. April 3, 2009, 12:24 pm

    I hate laundry.

    I don’t mind doing the dishes, but I hate putting them away.

    sucks that both chores are MINE 🙂

  • Siobhan April 3, 2009, 12:28 pm

    You’re kitchen looks so cute (and clean too)! My least favorite chore is cleaning the bathroom (ewe) and my favorite is doing tidying up my room.

  • Matt April 3, 2009, 12:28 pm

    I wouldn’t say I have a favorite “chore”. I hate cleaning. I really hate cleaning the bathroom though!

  • tfh April 3, 2009, 12:35 pm

    It is fun cleaning when you’re expecting guests! The flowers are a sweet touch. Have fun!

  • luckytastebuds April 3, 2009, 12:43 pm

    ohh woooow she ironed her underwear too!??! *Cowers in shame* I feel like such a slob in comparison. OH!! And your kitchen ain’t small, it’s perfect! Large kitchens make cooking a workout anyway. 😛 hehehehe Hope you have a FABULOUS Friday girl!

    P.s. If you like granola, come visit my site! I’m hosting a Zoe’s granola giveaway to two winners (2 boxes each!). 🙂

  • Mica April 3, 2009, 1:33 pm

    MMm, leftover Thai for lunch. I saved half of my Thai dinner from last night, but I won’t get to eat it until tomorrow. It will be soooo spicy by then!

    My favorite chore is probably cleaning the kitchen. My least is vacuuming, I hate lugging that crap around, and I get sooo grouchy!

  • emily April 3, 2009, 2:03 pm

    my favorite chore is cooking/planning meals/buying groceries and my least favorite chore is…..um, everything else!

  • Elina April 3, 2009, 3:04 pm

    Looks like you did an amazing job. I love the flowers in the guest bedroom – such a simple but beautiful touch! 🙂

  • eatingRD April 3, 2009, 3:09 pm

    I am definitely a cleaner! Although only about once a week or so. I love how just vacuuming and making the bed can make a room look so much better! Your kitchen is adorable 🙂

  • JE April 3, 2009, 3:40 pm

    I love to clean, but I despise with a passion the act of folding laundry! Luckily my boyfriend likes to do it 🙂

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point April 3, 2009, 3:52 pm

    kaye – hahah your comment cracked me up. did you get the spice rack at costco, too??

  • Zesty Cook April 3, 2009, 5:30 pm

    I actually don’t mind cleaning 🙂 Love your kitchen.

  • RunToFinish April 3, 2009, 5:30 pm

    i love picking up and orgainzing…man it makes me happy! and fresh flowers are wonderful!!

  • sloank April 3, 2009, 5:37 pm

    Caitlin- I have to say, I think if we lived in the same place we could be great friends!! I have the same top favorite albums! Third eye blind has been my favorite band since I bought their first cd in the seventh grade… they are awesome!! They even performed my senior year at my college.. so great! I also have loved snow patrol since their first album AND the postal service… plus I have to add the Killers on there and kings of leon…. awesome bands if you’ve never listened to them!!

    Chore wise I loooove vacuuming!!

  • Anna April 3, 2009, 7:49 pm

    I love cleaning too! Fairly unusual for a college student, I know. but my roommate loves it because our room is always clean!

  • ChickPea April 3, 2009, 10:27 pm

    Favorite chore: organizing, especially the pantry and refrigerator
    Least favorite chore: cleaning the bathtub!

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