New Clothes, Salads & Baked By Melissa (week in review)


What a difference a week makes!

Although there are still some minor Bar Mitzvah details lingering around (like waiting for the pictures from the photographer and coordinating the service video from one videographer to be edited into the party video from the other videographer) I definitely felt more like more like myself over the last several days than I have in a long time.

Even under PMS conditions at the moment, my mind isn’t clouded and busy with planning a huge party which means I can focus more on running rather than feel burdened by everything going on in my life.

Please remember I was planning a Bar Mitzvah as a DIVORCED Mitzvah mom. Planning is tough enough when you are married but being divorced brings the process and the actual Bar Mitzvah weekend to a whole other level. I made it through and could not be happier and more relieved to now be on the other side.

You know I was not in my usual place mentally when I allowed myself to put off purchasing a much-needed pair of running shoes for at least a month, if not longer. In yesterday’s workout recap post, I mentioned that I finally bought a new pair of Saucony Ride’s for my easy runs and recovery runs.

I am definitely excited to wear my new running shoes this morning when I head out for my easy run! They are really comfortable. Even though I have only run in them once so far, I can’t feel any distinct difference between these Saucony Ride 8’s and my previous pair of Saucony Ride 7’s.

Saucony Ride

In other news from the week:

Friday became an unplanned day off from school for my son. It started out all fine and normal for a Friday until he texted me minutes after I dropped him off at school saying there was problem with the school’s electricity.

I waited a little bit to hear the full situation which involved the school busing the kids over to the high school until the power was restored at the middle school. It was only a matter of time before I decided to give up on having a normal Friday and pick him up for the day.

While I beat most of the crowd of parents who were waiting to hear if the school would reopen (it didn’t) I still waited amongst a large amount of people.

Why couldn’t the power go out when I went to school? I never got a day off for things like this.


The kid got lucky. With the unplanned day off, we went out for salads at Chopt for lunch.


In my salad:

  • Romaine & spinach mix
  • Quinoa
  • Avocado
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Hearts of palm
  • Roasted beets
  • Tomatoes
  • Charred onions

I always get the lemon tahini on the side with the piece of bread that they serve in the brown paper bag. While I still don’t think Chopt is worth their hefty price, I do enjoy the salads that I order so I am trying to ignore the financial aspect as much as I can.

I also enjoyed my favorite salad from The Cheesecake Factory this weekend.

cheesecake factory salad

I found a few cute things (all on sale!) as part of my never-ending missing for new clothes:

These Long Sleeve Modal Crews from Banana Republic. The link is showing the long sleeve top in a powder blue but I bought the white, pale pink and black. I have already worn each shirt which signifies that they are totally worth buying.

I also bought this Banana Republic Quilted Navy Vest. I really like the fit and color BUT then I also bought this Ivory Quilted Vest at J Crew because I wanted a vest that would coordinate when I wear black. I cannot wear black with navy, HUGE pet peeve.

My favorite store lately is Henri Bendel and they brought my love up a notch by offering Baked By Melissa cupcakes for free while you shopped this weekend. I tried the chocolate cupcake which upon first glance I thought would be a peanut butter cup flavor but I think it was actually Kit Kat.

baked by melissa

One of the best things I did this weekend was get back into bed after Saturday’s long run. This used to be a crucial part of my long run routine yet I can’t remember the last Saturday when I had the chance to relax like this.

coffee in bed

It was wonderful! Although, I had to force myself to get up because resting for too long after a long run can make my legs a bit stiff. 🙂


We are getting through the thank you cards < – It’s a draining but necessary part of the after party process.

Pizza and salad for dinner Saturday night at La Piazza< – this is becoming a weekend trend.

Cold Stone is still out of cookie dough <- I think it’s time to write a letter to corporate.

Cleaned out the hall closet and donated about ten winter coats that we no longer wear!

Weekly manicure < – Another week, another shade of Essie light pink. I am boring.

I almost forgot that today is Halloween.

Last year on Halloween I got to hang with my son a little bit since we went to the Islanders game during the day.

The truth is, my son no longer finds it cool to trick or treat with me, so all Halloween means for me this year is that I have to be on call to pick him up from his friend’s house.

Oh, and then after I answer the door a few times, I will leave the bucket of candy outside so I don’t have to be deal with the ringing doorbell. Did you know I hate when my doorbell rings?

Linking up with Meg’s Week in Review!


Which candy will you be looking for later today?

Best thing you ate over the weekend?

Have you tried Baked By Melissa Cupcakes before? Which kind is your favorite?


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  1. says

    Rob has been eating the Halloween candy we bought to give out for the last week- hopefully there is some left for trick or treaters! I feel like schools close all the time these days for random issues. Sounds like you had a productive week! Im not sure where the weekend went because Im pretty sure I spent 95% of it staring at/fighting withnmy laptop.
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    • says

      so it was hard on the teachers with the power thing though! they had to organize all of the kids in the building, get them on the buses to the high school and then work to somehow get them dismissed to all of the parents who showed up! it did not look easy and was some sort of calm chaos.

  2. says

    I hate when my doorbell rings too. The Hubby has plans to sit on the front stoop with the bowl of candy to pass out so crises averted. 🙂

    That crew shirt is fabulous and reminds me I really need to get new clothes. I’m afraid I’m never going back to my old size and I’ve resorted to wearing my maternity jeans which are way too big, yet my old cheese are way too small. Le sigh. I think my hips may have expanded.

    I need to get new running shoes too for all the non-running I’ve been doing. Seriously though, the basement elliptical is looking pretty good right about now.

    I bet it feels amazing to get back to normal life, sans party planning. Enjoy it.

    Happy Monday and thanks for linking up.
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  3. says

    “I try to ignore the financial aspect as much as I can.” <—- I love that line! LOL! Okay so Andrew and I sat down to watch the Toronto and Islanders game last night and he's like, oh message your friend and ask her if she's there! I was like no, she's 3 hours ahead. And then he tells me that it's a "special midnight game." I TOTALLY BELIEVED HIM. He said it was a fundraiser for cancer or something. Then he started giggling after I messaged you. HE IS SUCH A BRAT.
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  4. says

    No shame in going with the same colour of nail polish again. Granted, I might also say this because that’s what I’ve been doing but hey, never change a running system – or at least don’t force yourself.
    We don’t get any trick-or-treaters. Halloween’s not that popular over here. There might be a few children lantern-walking sometime soon, though.
    On a last note I definitely give you major kudos for having organized the Bar Mitzvah all by yourself. Fingers crossed the thank you cards won’t take too long!
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  5. says

    I remember the power going out once when I was in junior high! I think they kept us in school, though, and it came back about 3 hours later. I swear. Never a snow day, never a reason to stay out of school unless I was sick. I made up for that in university though 😆
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  6. says

    Love Baked by Melissa!! Tried those cupcakes for my first time this summer when I was in NYC at a big family event. There was a cookie dough one in the mix that I absolutely loved!

    Candy I’ll be on the prowl for later – I got Milk Duds on my mind !
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