Friday again! Here we are nearing the end of another week. Were you aware that there are only two more weeks in the month of October? Time is flying, and I’m super excited about next weekend, because I’m taking a little trip.
This week has been fairly low-key, outside of celebrating Dave’s birthday and going to an absolutely epic dinner last night at San Francisco’s House of Prime Rib. And this weekend, we’ve got very little on the agenda except for teaching my regularly scheduled group fitness classes and some dinners out. Does that get old to hear? I swear we do things other than eat. But I digress, it’s about time for my weekly chance to chatter on about basically nothing, in a post wrapped up with the title of “Friday Favorites.”
My favorite new jazzy pants
My local Lululemon on Grant Avenue has been kind enough to invite me to events, and most recently, invited me to serve as a guest model. Not only did I get to play dress up in the latest Lululemon “to & from” line of lifestyle clothing, but I also got to keep the fabulous High Times Crop Tech leggings shown here, while I didn’t keep the Vita Racer Tank, I sure did love the way it looked. They used these photos in the local newsletter and on the local Facebook page, so A Lady Goes West got a nice shout-out.
I wore these leggings out to a quasi-fancy dinner with Dave over the weekend, and they are incredibly comfortable and stylish. I can see these being a new staple in my wardrobe, especially because they are high-wasted enough to wear with shorter crop-style tops. Thanks, Lululemon. I don’t think my modeling career is going to take off, but I loved the chance to give my best squinty-eyed pose on the sidewalks of downtown San Francisco on a busy day.
My favorite new seasonal dish
Butternut squash, my friends. I made some delicious snacks out of one butternut squash this week. How did I do it? I took the squash, I washed it up, I threw it in a glass baking pan, and I cooked it whole in the oven at 425 degrees for just over an hour. That was it. When it was done, I cut it into four quarters, without even peeling the skin. Just look at this beauty …
The first meal included roasted butternut squash, topped with almond butter and hemp hearts. The second meal included mashed up roasted butternut squash, mixed with cottage cheese and cinnamon. Unfortunately, Dave was around for the second meal, and told me once again, it looked like gross baby food (as he does for some of my healthy concoctions like this zucchini “zoats” oatmeal), so I chose not to capture that photo. But believe me, it was tasty. If you haven’t jumped on the butternut squash bandwagon this season, go for it. So easy and so orange.
My favorite new shoes for him and her
We’re all about casual over here in the big city. This week, I picked up one of Dave’s birthday presents at my all-time-favorite-shoe-store-ever and just couldn’t help grabbing something for myself as well. If you’ve been reading my “Friday Favorites” for a while, you know that I’m nearly shoe loyal when it comes to DSW. I’m a Premier Rewards member, and I have a huge four-story DSW just blocks away from where I live. I’ve been wanting some Keds, so I couldn’t pass up these Keds Crash Back Slip-on Sneakers, and I’ve been wanting to get Dave some Vans, so I selected these Vans Bishop Sneakers.
Because we do a lot of walking and exploring, these sneaks should be perfect for us both. Now the closet space required to store them, that’s another issue. Oh well.
My favorite funny link
I wrote another post for The Class-ifieds blog this week, and it was a funny one. Not only did I enjoy the research that went into this, but I enjoyed writing it. Check out “This is What Happens When you Take Your Guy to Yoga for the First Time.” I wonder if any of you can relate?
Thanks for being a good sport, Dave. Yoga loves you (and me too)!
My favorite A Lady Goes West posts
So in case you only stop by on Fridays, I want to make sure you didn’t miss a few of my favorite posts from the week.
- Three life lessons I’ve learned from my husband — This one got great feedback, and I loved writing it. And makes up for the yoga experience.
- Four-move total-body dumbbell workout — I did this workout on Tuesday, and my upper-body is still a little bit sore from it. It’s quick and effective.
- POPSUGAR event and the new Must Have box — I can’t get enough POPSUGAR.
That’s it, friends! Go off and enjoy your day.
More Friday Favorites
If you’d like to see a few more “Friday Favorites,” see below or visit the the link-up hostess, Heather.
- A snack, a purse and a ritual
- A delivery, a bra and a guy
- A sweet, a wine and a read
- A drink, a gadget and a plan
- A time, a bottle and a powder
- San Francisco edition
- Beauty edition
- Beach vacation edition
- Hidden meanings
- Kicks, a book and a bowl
- The very best sweatshirts
- Party hosting and froyo
- Fourth of July daytime activity
- Beauty basics edition
- Workplace edition
- Shopping, sales and a show
- The foods I always buy
- Sushi, a game and pants
- Fitness apps
- Delicious and healthy products
- Comfort, fitness and function
- Beauty, buddha and blog events
- Dining, the city and gift ideas
- POPSUGAR, sweets and such
- A bunch of fun stuff
- e-book, food, picnic and tunes
- A link, a superfood and a mask
Questions of the day
What’s the best gift you’ve given or received lately? Do you have any fun plans for the weekend?