High Five for Friday

This is a certain someone’s last day as a one-year-old. *sigh* They grow up so fast!

Have you ever ended a week thinking, “That was a great week!” only to think back and realize that it wasn’t any different than any other week? That was me today. But sometimes–well, all the time, really–you don’t need to do something exciting to make a week great. So, what happened during this great week?

1. I tried a recipe for roasted pumpkin pasta with thyme browned butter sauce that I have been eyeing since she posted it last year for a potluck at work and it turned out to be just as good as I thought it would. It was also quick and easy.

2. Wednesday was my last day of the 30 Day Shred. I had days when I wished I hadn’t decided to do the program, but for the most part I enjoyed it. I took a rest day on Thursday and it was really strange not to schedule my evening around the workout!

3. I finally watched what has aired so far of the current season of Pretty Little Liars. I missed a lot!

4. I put a Halloween bandanna on Little One and it is ADORABLE! She probably wouldn’t have included this on a High Five for Friday post at first, but I think she has gotten used to it. And seriously, she’s adorable in it. It has little skulls and crossbones.

5. ALLEGIANT by Veronica Roth was released this week! I have heard that a lot of people are dissatisfied with the way that she ended the series and I have my theory about what happens. Whether I’m right or wrong, I think I’m going to enjoy the book.

Tell me about your week and link up with Lauren Elizabeth to share with everyone else.

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4 Comments

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    Optimistic Existentialist
    October 26, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Roasted pumpkin pasta?? I'm intrigued.

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      Crystal
      October 26, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      I listed the title of the dish just as its written on the blog, but I actually don't like how it's written because it sounds like the pasta is made from roasted pumpkin, which would be really interesting. But it's actually pasta with roasted pumpkin and a thyme browned butter sauce. Still very delicious! It's also quick and easy. One of my coworkers put the recipe into an online calorie counter and it's not too high in calories so also a decent meal if you want pasta. There's a lot of spinach in it and I didn't wilt it like she did (I just threw it in at the same time that I combined the hot pasta and hot sauce and then covered it for a few minutes) but it was still wilted (I don't like the taste of spinach unless its wilted, in a soup or in a smoothie) so it didn't look quite as closed up as it looks on the blog. It was almost like eating a salad with some pasta thrown in. And then of course, browned butter is the most wonderful thing in the world. I highly recommend the dish. 🙂

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    Ashley McKenna
    October 26, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    I've been hearing everyone talk about the book coming out, but I've honestly never heard about it. Would you mind giving me a brief synopsis? I like hearing from people who have read the book 🙂

    Stopping by from the link-up!

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      Crystal
      October 30, 2013 at 5:01 am

      Of course! The series takes place in a futuristic Chicago in which society is broken up into five different factions. Each faction is based around a virtue that they strive for in their life. For example, there is Abnegation (the selfless), Candor (the honest) and Dauntless (the brave). When children turn 16 they go through an aptitude test, which tells them which faction they are most suited for, and then they must choose whether to leave the faction that they group in–and their family–behind to join a new one (whether they are most suited for it or not) or to stay with family. The story follows Tris, who surprises everyone by leaving her faction (Abnegation) behind to join Dauntless. And a lot of dystopian things ensue. I finished Allegiant and didn't have the issues that a lot of the people who are unhappy with it had, so I greatly enjoyed the entire series.

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