Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Health insurance and a new RunnerBox

I was very responsible this morning. I spent a ridiculous amount of time figuring out my health insurance for next year. It really shouldn't have taken that long, since all I wanted to do was renew the plan I already had, but that's health insurance for you.

Then I did a little running. Since I'm not working right now I feel like it's extra lazy if I don't run.

I got a treat in the mail!

It always comes in a padded envelope, but this time it had extra goodies that didn't fit inside.

I'm excited to try some new snacks, plus I never turn down lip balm! I'm really intrigued by those protein chips - that bag has 21 grams of protein!

I almost bought that root beer GU the other day at REI, but couldn't decide if it would be good or not - now I get to find out!

How did they know I love purple?

I may have a charm on the way to replace the cardboard "what motivates you" - it's going to say "Run and be happy." :) Apparently I was very suggestible this afternoon. If you're feeling suggestible you can check out all their jewelry HERE.

I really enjoy the RunnerBox more when it's mostly snacky things - I dig food.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A lazy dog and an addicting podcast

I haven't gone outside yet today. It's cold, so I'm ok with that.

I did manage to get my laundry done. Ok, well it's in the dryer anyway. That last step of getting it out of the basement always takes me a while.

Buddy won't fold my laundry for me. Lazy dog.

I hit the treadmill for some Gilmore Girls and a few miles. I didn't mess around with my shoes today, I just stuck with my Mizunos.

They did come untied a few times though - it's always something.

6.5 miles with a few water breaks and stopping to swap my laundry into the dryer. Multi-tasking at its best.

Have you heard about the Serial podcast? I started listening to it the other night when I was babysitting. I'm totally sucked in.

Here is what the podcast's website says:


Serial is a new podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial will follow one story - a true story - over the course of a whole season. We'll follow the plot and characters wherever they take us and we won’t know what happens at the end of the story until we get there, not long before you get there with us. Each week we'll bring you the latest chapter, so it's important to listen in order, starting with Episode 1. 
It's frustrating, and addicting. 

Consider yourself warned.

Monday, November 17, 2014

A shoe swap saves the day

Do you ever feel really productive doing little everyday things? We have been letting the dishes pile up for a few days and I finally got around to washing them this morning. It never takes as long as I think it's going to, and now the kitchen is clean!

Sunday was mostly uneventful. We watched the Giants/49ers game, I wasn't sure who to root for since the Giants are Tom's team and the 49ers are my mom's favorite. It was a much closer game than we thought it was going to be.

I wasn't planning on running yesterday, but after the football game I started getting antsy, so I hit the basement and ended up having a really good run!

I even stretched after I was done. Weird, right?

Today's terribly exciting plans included running, and a trip to Target and the grocery store. We're living the glamorous life around here.

The first two miles of my run were kind of miserable. I just felt off, and my PureFlows were bothering me. After a quick shoe swap, I was feeling great and ended up running 6 miles. I don't know why my PureFlows were bothering me, they're usually one of my favorites!

I also tried out this Caramel Macchiato GU that I got when we were at REI the other day. I wish I had more, it was really tasty!

The guys are kind of hilarious.

Buddy is only happy in 65-70 degree weather. Anything warmer or colder and he's not happy. He was curled up tight last night so I covered him with his towel. He didn't move again until bedtime.

He's kind of a wuss. :)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Good thing he's cute

I think winter is almost here you guys.

It was 30 degrees for my run with the group this morning. There were 4 hold-outs still in shorts, but the rest of us were properly bundled up. It's hard to get used to the cold again.

My new mittens worked out great on the run. My hands were actually too hot for the last half mile and I ended up carrying them!

My winter running gear is very colorful.

Buddy's new spot when we leave him alone - he makes a nest in the pillows. Brat.

Good thing he's cute.

I'm doing the best kind of babysitting tonight - the kids will be in bed when I get there. I'll be reading.

Any exciting plans this weekend?

Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!

Friday is less exciting for me since I'm not working right now, but I know the rest of the world is pretty psyched. (Except my mom, it's her Saturday) ;)

We slept in this morning. It was unintentional, but we're enjoying the luxury while we have the option.

Since I have nothing terribly exciting to tell you about, I thought I would share a few of my favorite things right now.

1. Holiday ice cream! I can't help myself, it's delicious.

2. My new leggings. They're fleece lined and super comfy. I also like that they have a panel on the side that breathes a little more than if they were the fleecy material all the way around. They're coming in handy for group runs - it's supposed to be 30 degrees tomorrow morning. 

3. My treadmill. I know most people don't like them, but I love my treadmill. It saves me from the dark and cold and prevents my lazy butt from using the dark and cold as an excuse to not work out.

4. My Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2s. They're my go-to shoes right now, I wear them all the time. I can't wear them on my trail runs though. The trails are mostly gravel and it was ripping up the bottom too quickly, so now I save them for street and treadmill runs. I also ran my last race in them.

5. New mittens! Ok, so I haven't actually worn them for a run yet, but I'm very excited to try them out  tomorrow. Gloves drive me crazy, so I'm trying mittens out to see if I will actually wear them. I'll freeze my fingers off before I'll wear the gloves I have. That's totally reasonable.

Tell me something you're loving right now! :)

Hope you're having a great Friday!

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Running faster, Buddy's a weirdo, and the last Bueno

Aside from my run, it was a pretty lazy day today.

We had a slow morning with lots of coffee and talked about the house. We don't have the official report from the home inspector yet, and there are definitely more things that need doing than we knew about before, but it hasn't scared us off yet. There's so much potential with that house, and the 35 acres of property it's on aren't too bad either!

If we end up buying it, it will be a lot of work, and money, but it could ultimately be a really cool house.

I ran seven miles on the treadmill this afternoon. I was pretty psyched that I was able to maintain an 8:53 pace and it felt reasonable. I still marvel at how much faster I can run now and it doesn't feel like as much effort.

Today's run brings me up to a little over 46 miles for the month - 80 in November is looking more than achievable.

Buddy's a weirdo.

At Christmas last year, Tom bought me a case of Kinder Buenos because they're the best.

I rationed them pretty well, but I'm finally down to my last one. I'll have to save it for a day I really need it.

Dinner tonight was inspired by this recipe. Um, shrimp, sausage, squash, onions and peppers? How could you go wrong?

You couldn't.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Babysitting and more house adventures

I spent yesterday sittin' on some babies. It's such a different dynamic from teaching, even though it's the same kiddos.

There was a lot of art going on, and a lot of glitter.

It was a pretty good day overall, only a couple of meltdowns and I made a few bucks.

I planned on getting a run in this morning, but we got a call about someone coming to look at out house this afternoon, so we cleaned instead.

We drove up to the house we've been looking at and Tom wandered around with the home inspector while I measured (almost) everything in the kitchen. Ordering cabinets apparently takes forever, so if we go forward with the house, the measurements will help us get that process started sooner.

(This picture is from when we went to see it in September, it was cloudy and gloomy today)

I left early to get Buddy out of the way while people checked out our house, and then they cancelled. Hopefully they will reschedule. On the bright side, the house is super clean again.

Buddy sleeps in some of the weirdest positions.

I am planning on a slightly longer run tomorrow since I haven't run since Monday (technically I've only missed one run according to my schedule). My November goal is 80 miles, I'm just shy of 40 miles already, so I'm not too worked up about it.

Tom got creative with dinner tonight. We had leftover meatloaf topped with poached eggs, green beans, and roasted parsnips and carrots.

It was delicious.

Now to choose which ice cream I want tonight! :)
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