Heart in Cali <3

7 Aug

Hey friends,

Today is my first day back in Cleveland after my trip to California. Leaving Dave to come back home was not easy. As we drove to the airport we held hands the whole way there but kept pretty quiet. For me, I was holding back tears (I can’t speak for Dave but I think he would say the same. ) I did not want the car ride to end because I knew it would mean that it was time for goodbyes. When that time did come..the ugly tears came out. By ugly tears I mean the kind where your face contorts into weird forms to try to stifle complete sobs. It’s the kind where mascara runs down your face and snot drips out of your nose. Ugly. I’m sure witnesses in the airport gave us odd looks but it was so hard not to let it all out. The next few months will surely be a transitional period in our relationship as we start a temporary long distance relationship. They say, absence makes the heart grow fonder..and as corny as it sounds I know it is true. I may be home in Ohio, but my heart is in Cali 🙂

Phew okay. Enough of the sad sappy stuff. On to today’s adventures:


After arriving in Cleveland late last night, I didn’t get to bed until 2! Needless to say, I decided to sleep in today. After waking up, I enjoyed a bowl of oats w/ apples & cinnamons before doing a light workout. Today was a running rest day, so I chose to complete a quick yet effective workout on YouTube from my favorite trainers at Tone It Up. I did the Beach Babe workout from last year. I forgot how killer this quick workout is! By the end I was huffing and puffing! Tomorrow, 1/2 marathon training will continue with a 3 mile run.


For lunch, I was crazing the Thai Chicken Salad I had in Glendale with Dave at the Granville Cafe. Although I didn’t have chicken on hand, I tried to recreate the salad using mixed greens, mangos, cilantro, dried lo-mein noodles, and Trader Joe’s Island Soyaki dressing. The salad looked like this:

Thai-inspired salad

Unfortunately, I put a bit too much dressing on, however I loved the way the cilantro complimented the mango. Note to self: cilantro is a great way to spice up your salad!


After doing boat loads of laundry and organizing for my upcoming move (yes, I’ve been moving in installments..) I decided it was time for a snack. Since I had leftover chickpeas from my salad, I wanted to attempt to make Roasted Chickpeas with Indian spices. I thought they tasted great, however my family had some constructive criticism. They thought I should have baked them for longer to make them crunchier & they needed a bit more salt and spice. I agree that they need to be crunchier, so once I perfect the recipe I promise I will post it! For now, here is a picture of the end product:

Once I get the recipe perfected, I look forward to bringing these munchies with me as a healthy snack full of protein for on the go.

Momma’s Surprise Present

Tonight my mom called my sister and I down to the living room. My first thought was “uhoh..what did we do?!” However, when we got downstairs I was pleasantly surprised at what she gave us: a binder full of healthy recipes from the Cleveland Clinic.

Behold the almighty binder

mmm healthy!

For the past few months, she has been looking up healthy recipes on the Cleveland Clinic website and printing out the ones she thought we would like. This gift really means a lot to me. It’s so great that my mom is supportive of my efforts to eat healthily. This binder of recipes along with my Tone It Up Nutrition Plan will definitely be my go-to for healthy meals in graduate school.

My momma’s gift may seem simple, but it really touched my heart and put a smile on my face!

I hope you all had a great monday!



Question 1: Have you ever had the ugly tears in a very public place? Share your story!

Question 2: Have you ever received a gift that melted your heart?

4 Responses to “Heart in Cali <3”

  1. ❤Erica H (@Eriicadesiree) August 7, 2012 at 3:52 am #

    Ahh I can relate all to well to your story. Whenever I have to separate from my bf and go back up to New York, I am always balling at the airport. I remember last year when I went home for the summer, I completely lost it in front of hundreds of people. I was so embarrassed but I’m the type that cannot hold tears back no matter how hard I try. It’s the same when I leave home too! I break down, especially when I have to say goodbye to my mom. I don’t think I’ll ever go to an airport without crying ever again lol. I wish you two the best though. Long distance is not easy but it is possible with a lot of work! 🙂

    • kotagaac August 7, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who can’t hold back tears at the airport! Thank you for sharing your story! Leaving loved ones never gets easier. I definitely think if Dave and I put forth the effort, it’ll work out in the end!

  2. Alyssa DiGeronimo (@AlyssaMaria__) August 7, 2012 at 4:34 am #

    LOVE LAURA! What an awesome gift! 🙂 🙂 Also, you better ugly cry when you say by to me…

    • kotagaac August 7, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

      Obviously the uglies are gonna come out! You’re my bestie!

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