Nespresso+22-miles on the bikes+COVID-19 vaccine

Houston, Texas | specialized bike

Happy Monday – I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I’m ready to take on the week ahead, even though it’s a short one for me. Aaron and I are headed out on Friday for a quick trip, which I can share a little more about later. This week is going to be a busy one. I think I have three events happening over the first two weeks of February, so I have a lot going on work wise.

Later this week, we have three really important meetings that will set the tone for the next several years, and I’m really excited to get the ball rolling. I’m also happy to report that I got the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, so I thought I’d share a little bit about my experience.

COVID-19 Pfizer Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccine | Pfizer

I was eligible to receive the vaccine through my place of work. Now, I did go back and forth in my decision about whether or not to get the COVID-19 vaccine. And, I understand that it’s a decision everyone needs to make for his or herself. I started by researching and educating myself on both the Modern and the Pfizer vaccines. You can read more about the vaccine here. I called alllll of my doctors to ask questions. Once I I did my due diligence, I made the choice to get the Pfizer vaccine.

So, on Friday afternoon, I headed in my vaccination appointment. It was seamless and easy. I got my vaccine and waited in the observation area for about 15 minutes before I headed home. Now, I took an ibuprofen before I left for my appointment and felt fine immediately after receiving the vaccine. I got home around 3 p.m. and worked until about 6 p.m. Then, we took the dogs on a short walk, had dinner, watched a movie and went to bed. The only side effect I experienced was arm pain at the injection site. The arm pain was gone by day 2. Just figured I would share my experience for those of you who might be curious!


Houston, Texas | specialized bike
There I am – post 22-miles

We went on a 22-mile bike ride Saturday morning. The weather was kind of misty, but it was warm, so we decided to go. They opened up a new part of the trail, but you needed a mountain bike because it’s all gravel, so we hopped back on on our normal trail and headed back home.

houston, Texas | bike route

I love this trail off of Highway 6 because it’s mainly designed just for bikes, so there aren’t a ton of other people out. You can just get on the bike and go for miles on end.

Sawyer | golden retriever
I mean… look at that sweet face.

We spent the rest of our Saturday relaxing. We have been going 100 miles an hour since Aaron’s parents came to visit, and we needed a day to recharge. So, we spent some time with the dogs and I started to watch Bling on Netflix (anyone else love trash reality TV as much as I do?).


Houston's First Baptist
There’s Pastor Gregg

We started our Sunday by watching our church online. If you are looking for a church, I highly encourage you to tune in to Houston’s First Baptist online service. There are services at 9:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Sunday morning. We spent some time in the book of Revelation this morning, and while I know this wasn’t the main point of Pastor Gregg’s message, it was a good one: “It doesn’t matter what you post online, it matter how you live your life,” and I think we can all say amen to that. So, let that be a reminder for you (and me) this week, that we can get so caught up living our lives just for social media, that we forget how to be good people, good friends and good neighbors in real life.

Nespresso vertuo pods

Then, we headed to the Nespresso Boutique to pick up some pods for our new Nespresso Vertuo machine. The machine really deserves its own post because it’s THAT good, and I’ll do one for you shortly. It was a Christmas gift from one of our friends, and I love it.

Olive Garden | toasted raviolis

Then, Aaron and I decided to go out on a limb, and head to Olive Garden for lunch. Now, I haven’t been in years, but I have been craving their salad and breadsticks. We were in the area and decided to swing by for lunch. They had TOASTED RAVIOLIS. Now, I first had toasted ravioli in St. Louis, which is where they were created (by mistake), and I’ve never looked back. We had to try them. And, while the Olive Garden T-ravs were not as delicious as the real thing, they weren’t bad!

We ended our evening with a short, three-mile walk to walk off the T-ravs! Enjoy your week, I’ll be back tomorrow with my Bachelor recap!


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