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So, earlier this month I signed up to participate in an indoor Ironman Challenge at the gym.  Basically the concept is that you agree to do an entire Ironman (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike & 26.2 mile run) using gym equipment, and you have an entire month to do it.  I knew immediately that the bike would be the hardest for me, I just find it mind-numbingly boring.  As I was suffering through my first 5 miles on March 3rd someone sat down next to me on another bike and pulled out their kindle.  Brilliant, why didn’t I think of that?  On March 4th I came to the gym better equipped to bike 11 miles and my monthly reading list had no idea what hit it.  My original plan for the month was pretty open, with only 3 books on the list and plenty of space for recommendations.

I knocked these out week 1 (seriously people – the bike is BORING)!

Just one Day by Gayle Forman
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

And I quickly moved through these as well…

Just one Night by Gayle Forman
Just one Year by Gayle Forman
Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau
Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau
Abducted by T.R. Ragan (#1 in the Lizzy Gardner Series)

So, yeah.  It was a good month for reading thanks to the Ironman challenge and the recumbent bike at the gym. ;-)

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Best book of the month had to be Just One Day by Gayle Forman.  She is officially on my list of “Authors that are so awesome I’d read their grocery list.”  I just absolutely LOVED this book (the whole series actually).  If you love Paris, love or wonderfully told stories go read this, now.

I’m still keeping up with my gym time, but I probably won’t be spending as much time on the bike since there’s no one counting my miles. ;-)  So I’ll keep this month conservative and start with these 4 and see where the weeks take me.  And as usual – y’all know I love recommendations so keep ‘em coming!

The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde (Thursday Next Series #3)
Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde (Thursday Next Series #4)
Find a Stranger, Say Goodbye by Lois Lowry
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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I remember learning about March in kindergarten – the teacher said it would either come in like a lion or lamb and go out like the opposite.  For some reason I was just thinking on that today and I really feel like that was a total lie!  March has been schizophrenic at best, but I really feel like it’s been a solid lion for almost 31 days.  Am I alone in that?

But looking back through my instagram feed I have to say that even though it was a lion, it was a fun ride.  I mean a really awesome, dirt on your hands, wind in your face, frozen toes kind of ride and I wouldn’t trade it for a lamb any day.  Here were just a few of my favorite highlights…

Read some great books!

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Saw some Gamecock baseball!

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Took a walk with a really cute puppy!

March-4

Took a drawing class at CPCC and drew a really cute puppy!

March-5

Saw my two oldest nephews in Beauty and the Beast at their high school – and they ROCKED it!!

March-6

Went bowling with some great friends!

March-7

Planted an herb garden (and a few early crops in the big garden too)!

March-8

Got a new nephew!  Cute baby Maddox!!

March-9

Had High Tea with a great friend and loved it!

March-10

Celebrated Pi Day!

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Snowmobiled through Yellowstone!

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And completed an Indoor Ironman.

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Whew!  I’m exhausted.  Where’s the beach?

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So, the Hubs comes home from work, opens the fridge and says, “Whoa, there’s a HUGE pie in here!  What’s this about?”  To which I reply, “It’s not for us, don’t get excited.”  His faces gets all scrunched up as he replies, “Well, who is it for?”  And then I drop the bomb, “You’re taking it to work.  I just needed to make it for Pi Day.” “Pie day?” he says.  And I say, “No, Pi Day.  P-I, Pi.  Saturday is March 14th.  3.14?”  The dawn of recognition appears on his face and he says, “Oh no, you’ve gone full nerd.”

And so here we are.  The eve of Pi Day.  This is my first Pi Day celebration, but I assure it it won’t be my last.  If I’m going full nerd I’m gonna own it.  The beauty of Pi Day 2015 is that it’s epic!  We’re not just celebrating the first 3 numerals of Pi, we’re celebrating the first 5 (3.1415926)!  So, in honor of my first Pi Day celebration I decided to make a pie that’s been on my pinterest boards for months but I’ve just never had an occasion to give it a go.  The beauty of this pie is that it’s what my Mama Sue would’ve called a “fridge pie” – meaning, you don’t actually have to bake it, it just sets as it cools in the fridge.  This pie is also what some would call “semi-homemade” because it uses mostly pre-packaged, highly processed, fructose corn syrup laden foods.  We do tend to steer clear of these types of foods most of the time, but in honor of Pi Day I decided to throw caution to the wind and eat Cool Whip.

This recipe is from This Gal Cooks, and I have to say – YUM!

Banana Pudding Pie

9 inch frozen pie crust, prepped, baked and cooled
2 cups chopped vanilla wafers
2 bananas
1 8oz tub Cool Whip, divided
1½ cups milk
1 5.1oz box instant vanilla pudding (big box)
Lemon juice
Caramel sauce for drizzling

  1. Slice the bananas into thin slices and then toss with the lemon juice just to keep them from browning.
  2. Whisk together the milk and pudding. Mix in half of the cool whip. Mix in 1 cup of the vanilla wafers and then the bananas. Scrape into the cooled crust. and refrigerate for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Top with the remaining Cool Whip. Sprinkle with the remaining vanilla wafers and then drizzle with the caramel sauce.

This is probably one of the easiest pies I’ve ever made, and I feel like it was a huge success for my first Pi Day celebration!  Happy Pi Day Eve everyone, and best wishes for a pi/pie-filled weekend!

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