Homeowner weekend and my weekly workouts

Hi, friends! How was the weekend? Ours was good. These days, it feels like the weekends go by in a blur and we’re non-stop busy and never complete everything we plan to do. But then, when I sit down to write it all out in a blog post, it doesn’t actually seem like that much. I guess caring for a tiny tot and dog and doing house stuff certainly fills the time. These two … 

Ashley wth Brady and Rudy outside by A Lady Goes West

Okay, let’s get into the weekend recap.


On Friday afternoon, Brady and I went to HomeGoods — oh how I love that store. We came away with a canvas painting for the dining room and a shower cap. (Don’t have a shower cap? Well, you should. Dave calls it my “bonnet,” and I’ve been wearing one in the shower on non-hair-washing days for years and years and was in need of a new one.) Anywho, that evening, as we do almost every Friday evening, we had take-out sushi, wine and then caught the season finale of “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles.” Love that show! And for those of you who are wondering, we finished season one of “Stranger Things” and are on to season two — it’s totally not my kind of show, but I’m actually enjoying it now.


On Saturday morning, we were nearly feeling refreshed after two very good 2.5-hour stretches and some change from Brady. And yes, I’m being serious. Compared to other nights, that really wasn’t all that bad. More to come on the sleep updates in a separate Brady post soon, by the way.

Then, I went off to teach my new weekly Saturday morning Bootybarre class in Moraga, just one town over from us in Pleasant Hill. I had two more people than the first class, so it’s growing. Woohoo! After class, I showered up, had my usual lunch and had to stop to take a photo of Little B (that’s what I call him) and me, and as you can see, the rug from his nursery finally arrived — it’s grey and white, which seems to be our current favorite color combo these days.

Ashley and Brady in nursery by A Lady Goes West

Later that day, we had a friend come over to help with some surround sound issues we’re having with the new place (there are built-in speakers, we just have to figure out how to use them or decide to scrap them and get a new system, and it’s looking like we need to get an all-new sound system instead), and then we went off and did various house-related chores.

First, we stopped at Peet’s to try the new golden lattes, and they were delicious — full of ginger, honey and a shot of espresso, oh my. I had to wait a long time for our drinks (Dave and Brady were in the car), and for some reason, my drink got missed. I continued to wait very patiently, until they realized the mistake, and then I got a “free drink” card delivered to me along with my drink to make up for the wait. So nice!

Golden Latte from Peets by A Lady Goes West

And then, with plenty of caffeine in our systems, it was time for our house-related stops. We went to a stove store for gas logs for our fireplace and spent almost 30 minutes there (trying to shop local, and yes there is a stove store in Walnut Creek), back to Home Depot to return some bathroom fixtures and to Crate and Barrel for some fun housewares, using a gift card I got for Christmas from my brother, Matthew, and his fiance, Stephanie — all sorts of fun stuff like that. At Crate and Barrel, I bought this (which Dave picked out), this and this — yay!

If you haven’t clicked away yet, I told you our weekends were going to be super exciting now that we’re homeowners. Well, Crate and Barrel was exciting at least! I could have stayed there forever, but it was nearing 7 p.m., and we figured we needed to get home at that point.

Crate and Barrel by A Lady Goes West

That evening, it was another take-out dinner of oven pizza and salad from Sprouts and TV, because we have a little baby, and we’re cool like that. It’s a glamorous life, people. Real glamorous.


On Sunday, we got another late start, not really getting out of bed until around 9:30 a.m. after another not-so-great night of sleep. Then, we did the morning thing, Dave went for a run, Brady and I went for a walk, we got some laundry and chores done, then had a delicious take-out lunch from Urban Plates. And my salad had the weirdest-looking piece of salmon, but still tasted awesome …

Urban Plates salmon salad by A Lady Goes West

Shortly after we finished up lunch, our friends, Jill and Paul, came over to see the house and meet Brady. They stayed for about an hour-and-a-half hanging out and chatting, and it was so good to catch up with them both. They also brought us a very large red velvet bundt cake, and I will be forever grateful for that, because cream cheese is life — an embarrassing amount of it was consumed later that night …

I also snuck out for a solo trip to Target that evening to get a few things for the house, and then we settled in to watch the Grammy’s and have burgers for dinner. (Did you notice our burger consumption has definitely gone down now that I’m not pregnant any longer? Dave was getting sick of my burger requests and couldn’t say no when I was growing our child in my stomach, but now occasionally suggests something else when I bring up burgers.) 

And that was basically the entire weekend! Not the most eventful one, but nonetheless, a good one. Oh, and we tried for a family selfie in front of our bright blue wall outside our house, and here’s what we came up with … 

Family selfie outside by A Lady Goes West

Two out of four ain’t bad! 🙂 

My postpartum weekly workouts

As we usually do on Mondays, let’s take a look at how I’ve been moving lately …

At 16 weeks postpartum …

  • Monday: 30-minute CXWORX workout at home, 15-minute walk, 12 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 40 minutes of BODYPUMP at home, 12 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 30 minutes of barre at home, 10 a.m.
  • Thursday: 30-minute full-body weights circuit at home, 30-minute walk, 12 p.m.
  • Friday: 1-hour walk, 10 a.m.
  • Saturday: Taught a 1-hour barre class, 11 a.m.
  • Sunday: 30-minute walk, 12 pm.

Rain, rain, go away. All the rain we’ve been having in the Bay Area lately has but a damper on my daily walks, which means I’ve been running short of my daily steps, per my Fitbit too. But I did pick up weights a couple of times at home during the week and do some barre and flexibility, and also took two super-easy active rest days with walks only, so it was a good week in the fitness department. 

Hope you have a wonderful start to the week! Can you believe that February starts in just a couple of days? Wow! Time flies! I’ll see you back here soon, my friends!

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Questions of the day

How was your weekend?

What was the best part about the month of January for you?

Have you ever been to a HomeGoods? Thoughts?

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    1. It seems like January doesn’t usually go that fast, especially because it’s a long month — but wow — this year it flew! Hope your weekend was great, Emily! 🙂

  1. Haha Dave turning down burgers made me laugh. Not too many men do that but I remember after my pregnancies and my husband turning down things I was obsessed with, lol. Also, I loved Stranger Things season 2 way better than 1! I hope the sleep gets better soon 🙁

    1. Hi Heather! I NEVER requested burgers before becoming pregnant too, so we went from rarely having them to ALWAYS having them ahaha! 🙂 Yay for Stranger Things! Hope you had a great weekend, lady!

    1. Sometimes I feel like I want SO much at HomeGoods that I walk away with nothing because I can’t decide hehehe! 🙂 Happy Monday, Patricia!

  2. Sounds like a lovely and laid back weekend! It’s always nice to get things done for the house – and I haven’t been to Home Goods in so long so perhaps I need to get back there soon! Also, you look wonderful and I love the grey sweater in your picture with Brady 🙂 Have a great week!

    1. Hi Ash! Thank you, my friend! You are sweet! And yessss, get over to HomeGoods and see if you can’t find something nice to spruce up your place hehhe! Hope your weekend was a good one, lady! 🙂

  3. Brady and Rudy are the cutest! Brady is so big already 🙂

    Yay for getting settled in and solo Target runs!!

    I’m not sure what your trash day situation is at your new place, but when we moved into our house we faced a dog poop dilemma. (best topic ever? haha) At our previous places, the apartment community provided trash cans throughout the property to dispose of pet waste. At our house, trash day is once a week and we only get two trash bags. I now have a small bucket (with a lid) I keep in the backyard where all the pet waste goes (in pet waste bags from Amazon) until trash day – so smelly stuff stays outside and away from the house/garage. Just a tip for a fellow dog parent! I know we didn’t want our yard to turn into a giant poop party.

    1. Hi Jessie! HA! Your comment makes me laugh. I actually had these fears about poop when moving to a new house. Our last place also had trash cans for dog waste throughout the community. The good news is that we have a big trash can on the side of the house outside (our house is gated), not close enough to the garage to smell, and I’ve been collecting Rudy’s potty every other day or so in bags and putting it in there — no scent — no problem hehe. Ohhhhh what we do for our pups!! 🙂 Anywho, hope you had a great weekend, lady! Thanks for the tip on the poop bucket, in case we ever need to go that route!

  4. I love home goods! We bought our house in mid October and I’ve done an awful job decorating it. A trip to HG is definetly needed…..add it to “the list” hehe. I have no idea where January went. I know February is going to fly also and my kids turn 2 and 5 in March and I’m just not ready for that to happen lol

    1. Hi Deanna! Add it to the list is right! My list is LONG! I bet yours is longer with two kids ehehhe. How nice that you have two birthdays in March to celebrate! And decorating a house isn’t all that easy — that’s why we’re doing it slow over here. Sounds like you’re playing the slow game too!

  5. Hey Ashley, thanks for sharing those beautiful pictures. I wish I could get my wife into “Stanger Things” but she’s just too adamant about avoiding horror/thriller shows. Love your enthusiasm for everyday things. It’s really quite inspiring to take a minute and appreciate all of the little beautiful parts of the day – like that perfect coffee break or finding that awesome decorative piece at a home goods that will fit that nook of your house just right :p Anyway, thanks for giving me a smile.

    Have a great week!

    1. Hi Jason! Thanks for saying hi! 🙂 Hope you have a great start to your week! And tell your wife that Stranger Things is pretty scary, but it won’t keep you up at night hahah!

  6. Not to “dismiss” Dave, but that top picture of you, Brady, and Rudy is Beautiful!!!! Sounds like you are having “fun” being a new home owner – Congrats!

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