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Fun Facts Friday - Pizza Edition

Working Hard - Being Rewarded 
Well, I must say that I feel soooo much lighter today after getting one major project off my plate at work. Was it perfect? Nope. There are always little changes that need to be made, but they are minor. I do have several more very big, mandated projects lined up still. Next week is going to be pretty insane again. We're hosting a conference at our location, and I have been helping put that together. So there will be some late nights for events, then the conferences during the day.

I had one person ask me if I liked my job. Trust me, if I didn't, I would not be working these hours. At my last job, if someone had asked me to work 5 minutes past my 8-hour shift, I would have just laughed...and left. But I had little respect for my boss, for the company, etc. I feel so incredibly lucky to be working for this company now. I have a great boss, great coworkers, and it's a great environment. Do I have days when I don't want to go to work? Sure. But overall, I really can't complain too much.

My boss is really great about paying her employees back when they've worked hard, worked extra, etc. Not only did she stick around with me until I left last night, she told me, "Don't come in at the crack of dawn." I will admit that I did feel guilty coming in about 45 minutes later than normal. I know I shouldn't feel guilty, but I did.

Going in a little bit later did allow me to wake up at my normal time and still get in my workout though. Working out at 6:30 is so much easier than 5:30. I did a short cardio - Cathe's Low Impact Circuit Cardio Premix (just did 3 combos out of the 4) and the ab workout from that same disc. I had a great workout and it really energized me for the day. It feels so good to workout in the morning and be done with it for the day sometimes. I say sometimes because there are days when an afternoon workout is needed as a stress reliever, like yesterday.

Fun Facts Friday - Pizza
As you know, tonight is Pool & Pizza Friday. I think I might go out on the edge tonight with my toppings and stray from my typical Greek-style toppings for my half of the pizza. I have some tomatoes that need to be used, so I was thinking of using those (thinly sliced) in lieu of a marinara/pizza sauce. Other possible options will be fresh basil, spinach, and artichokes (because I have some that need to be used).

This sounds really sparse to me. I am one who piles on the toppings for days. Jason always makes fun of me saying I add too much. So, for Fun Facts Friday, lets talk pizza.
  • I prefer a crust in between thin and thick
  • I do not like Chicago-style deep dish (sorry any Chicago friends)
  • The more toppings the better
  • Must have red pepper flakes (prefer chipotle pepper flakes if available)
  • I have grown to prefer my homemade version to those at restaurants because I can control the quality and amount of ingredients (refer back to load of toppings)
  • I also like a lot of sauce on my pizza
  • Fave toppings: spinach, artichokes, sundried tomatoes, roasted red bell peppers, banana pepper rings, feta
So: thick/thin, loads of topping or not? What are your favorite toppings? Inspire me.

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