More Pumpkin and Domesticity

Mondays are tough and require an obligatory pumpkin spice latte to get started.

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This particular Monday I couldn’t get my butt in gear.  Normal things that take me 3 minutes to do were taking twice that and just throwing off my juju.  I never really felt like I hit my stride today, but that’s life.  Every day can’t be perfect, especially not at work.  I’m lucky to think that most of my days are pretty awesome.  I am coming to realize that is not the norm.

Once I finally plugged through my day I came home to run my final hill repeats.  My splits weren’t bad, though my first rep said I was running a 6:55 pace which I know is bologna, I was hauling butt and it was my first one and I was feeling good, so thanks Garmin for that fun error!  Other wise the reps were right around 6:00 pace or better up the bridge, can’t argue with that.

The rest of the night held me in the kitchen.  For dinner we had Mahi fish tacos.  I love tacos with all their beautiful colors and fresh ingredients.

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As if that wasn’t enough, we are having a pot luck for Therapy month tomorrow at work which meant busting out some Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip cookies for the first time this season.  I forgot how awesome they are.  I keep having to herd Casey out of the kitchen so I actually have some left to take to work.

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For what is left of the night I am praying for a fantasy football miracle of 9 more points from the 49ers kicker so I can somehow manage a win.  It is very unlikely to happen but I am remaining optimistic!

Cut Off From The World

So I have been MIA because our internet was out for a few days.  During the work week I didn’t notice much, but over the weekend there were so many things I would go to do and wouldn’t be able to…huge bummer.

The only really exciting thing that has happened in the past few days was Casey’s birthday Thursday!!  I absolutely love birthdays, and love his birthday even more.

Casey was lucky enough to be able to take the day off and go to the beach with his friends all day while I went to work.  I had a rough day and was glad to leave and have something wonderful to celebrate that night to get my mind off of it.  I ran around town and got a last minute gift for him: Hendrick’s Gin, Small Batch Tonic (made in Charleston), regular tonic and Cucumbers so that we could have some celebratory drinks before heading for dinner.

IMG_1784I would not usually drink gin, and definitely not gin and tonic but this small batch tonic (the bottle on the left) called Jack Rudy is AMAZING.  This is definitely going to be a new go to if I am not feeling a glass of wine.  The drink is: 2 oz of gin, 0.75 oz small batch tonic, 4 oz

I headed out to get a quick tempo run in as soon as I got home.  It was soooo hot because I didn’t have time to wait until late like I usually do but I really needed it after my day.  It was perfect to put all of my negative energy into that run and get it out so I could be totally present and happy the rest of the night.  Thank god for running!

I sipped on one of those delicious masterpieces while I got ready and it was delicious.  Seriously, if you don’t like gin and tonic, try this bad boy out and I promise you will like it.  It is the perfect summer drink: sweet, cool and refreshing.

We finally got to go to a restaurant that has been on our list for about 3 years now: FIG (Food Is Good).  The food was amazing, the server was fantastic and we had a wonderful time.  Plus it was a double celebration because the friends we went with just bought their first house the Sunday before!!

IMG_1785After dinner we popped into the Charleston Place Hotel where I had left my car to get a few pictures.

Just your good old cell service bars

Just your good old cell service bars

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Great candid from Lindsey!

Great candid from Lindsey!

Once we finally made it to the car we headed home to have some of the cake that I made for Casey.  This year I made a vanilla cake with blueberries, cream cheese frosting and blueberry preserves in the middle layer.  I think it may have topped the coconut cake from Clay’s birthday in Asheville.

IMG_1783IMG_1792I was so stuffed after having cake and I was exhausted so I dropped Casey off to keep celebrating with his friends before heading to bed.  I wanted to go too but it was a long day, busy day and I desperately needed a decent night’s sleep before working Friday.

Other than that, it has been a weekend as usual to include a pace run yesterday in the flood and a long run today in the pouring rain.  It made for a challenging running environment but at least it wasn’t hot!

Hope you had a great weekend!

Take Advantage of Your Life

This weekend was a rare occasion where Casey went out of town without me.  He went to a concert in Atlanta and I wasn’t sure what my work situation was going to be when we were deciding if I could go or not.  So that meant after dropping him off Saturday, I was on my own.

I went straight home and hit the road for my 7 mile run which was amazing.  I truly enjoyed all of it, at 1:30 in the afternoon on August 2nd!  The weather was “crappy” all weekend by everyone elses’ standards but it was idyllic for a runner!  It rained off and on the whole time and it felt incredible.

When I got home, I jumped in the shower, then on my bike to head downtown and do some tax free shopping!!

IMG_1775I went shopping for two things: Casey’s birthday and navy tee shirts for me to wear to work.  Casey made out like a bandit.  Quicksilver was doing 2 shirts, shorts, flip flops and sandals for $99.  Considering the shorts I was going to get him were $65 alone I just went for the whole shebang.  I can’t even believe that was a real thing, I save $154 on what I got him.  He made out way better than I did, no navy tees for me.  What a simple thing to not be able to find.

When I got home, I spent some time sitting on the porch reading my book and letting the dogs run outside in between the rain.  I watched our friends dog yesterday and today it is always good when Scar and Cho get some time outside.

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IMG_1779Eventually I came in to make a dinner that Casey wouldn’t appreciate: a HUGE plate of shrimp with Rice, Quinoa, Red Lentils and Barley and Asparagus.  It was delicious and that rice mix was amazing.

IMG_1778Today held a lot of the same, except my 14 miler and some yoga.  I was so worried about this run after last week being such a disaster.  I was getting really nervous if I was just super out of shape and if my fall marathon may not happen this year.  Before I headed out I spent 20 minutes doing some deep stretch yoga.  Thank goodness I can say that my concerns were quelled after a flawless 14 miler.  I went over the bridge into old mount pleasant, out to pitt street pier (where there were sooooo many people out) and did a loop on back home.  It went so well.  Again it was cloudy and misty and about 80 degrees, night and day compared to last week.

Once I got home and showered I ran out to do some errands and came home to do the final piece of my Casey-is-out-of-town-weekend: cleaning, baking and laundry.  I took some of the cookies I made to meet the new neighbors (August 1st is the move in date around Charleston so we literally have 25 new neighbors).

Trail Mix Cookies

Trail Mix Cookies

These turned out way better than I anticipated so I will have to get the recipe added!

So I would say I definitely took advantage of my life and my weekend alone.  It was wonderful, and it still isn’t over.  The rest of the night I am trying to finish this book I am reading, it is amazing.  Review to come.

Hope you had a great weekend and great long run as well!

Wonderful Weekend and Workout Recap

I haven’t really had much to say lately because I have been squandering my free time sitting around and being upset about not being able to find a job, no one wants to hear that, right?!

Friday was a turning point.  I made a contingency plan that involves doing something active rather than sitting around and waiting and praying that someone would call me back.  Then Saturday we had a cook out/bbq at our house to celebrate graduation and being done with school.  I even got to do some baking which I haven’t done in forever including the classic Chocolate Chip Cookies and Carrot Cake Banana Bread (sans the icing).  We had such a good night and it really reminded me that even when things are a little tough, I have a lot of good friends and support behind me and things will get less stressful.  I just hate the waiting game and not being able to do much about changing my situation!

Tonight at dinner we got fortune cookies when we were leaving and mine pretty much summed up this whole weekend of starting to feel good and in control again!

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Workout Summary

Now that I finally feel good again (though Casey and I are pretty sure we have whooping cough), I was able to put in a legitimate week of fitness with good progress toward my 6 week goals and my first 7 days of the Runners World Run Streak (Memorial day-Labor Day).

Miles: 33.1

Push Ups: 300

Stretching Minutes: 31 (yoga/static stretching combo)

Here’s to another good week of fitness, and fingers crossed for some good job news for this girl!

New Christmas Traditions

This is the first year of my life I haven’t been home for Christmas and I have been having the hardest time getting in the spirit no matter what I do.  But today I decided to start some new traditions so that this time next year I can feel all ooey-gooey-christmasy!

Casey, Scarlett and I went for a Christmas Eve run once it got dark out to see all the Christmas lights down town.  We went very slow and easy and just enjoyed the time together as a family (especially since I will be leaving in a few days).  I was so bummed about the sparse decorations around the beautiful homes on the battery but we made the best of it and I soaked up every mile.

When we got home Casey had been begging for some gingerbread cookies so I whipped up some of those.  I don’t think they were exactly what he was looking for but I had never made them before and was really winging it. I don’t really know what they are supposed to taste like so I thought they were pretty good.

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I also made up a pecan pie for tomorrow.  This was something else I have never made so we will see tomorrow how that turns out.  He had been asking for this for Thanksgiving but I made pumpkin and apple so I figured I should probably do this for Christmas.

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Hope you are having a wonderful Christmas Eve with your families!!

Baking Day 2013

Yesterday was the official baking day of 2013 and since I was not able to go home and have one with my mom this year, this one was a doosey.  I started at 10 am and wasn’t done until 5:30.  Best part, I got to watch all three of my favorite Christmas movies: Elf, The Holiday and Love Actually!  I pulled my last treats (dog treats actually) from the oven Natalie was jumping into the prime ministers arms in the airport…perfect timing!  The final list included: white chocolate macadamia nut cookies, sugar cookies, peanut butter blossoms, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate covered pretzels, peppermint bark, cinnamon chip scones and dog treats for the pups!

Today will bring the assembly of baskets which I just didn’t have in me yesterday.  I was so tired and sore afterward it didn’t even seem right.

Nice Clean Kitchen to Start

Nice Clean Kitchen to Start

My pretty new bowl from Lindsey!

My pretty new bowl from Lindsey!

Command Central

Command Central

So many ingredients!!

So many ingredients!!

In the midst...

In the midst…

 

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Starting to see results...Oatmeal Creme Pies!

Starting to see results…Oatmeal Creme Pies!

Finished product

Finished product

 

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I am waiting on one last part of my baskets to get here today in the mail (fingers crossed).  Once they are all assembled I will share these for sure!

Half Way

Yesterday was my last day of my second rotation (and now I am half way through my rotations).  It is crazy how fast 8 weeks of your life can fly by.  I feel like I just started there and now I am already getting close to heading to Philadelphia.

Leaving the patients that were still being seen was the worst part.  One lady started coming there on my first day and she is still there and I absolutely adored her.  To make it even harder, she brought me a parting gift.  She makes soaps so she had made me a bunch of soaps and the fizzy bath bubble things that are so amazing.  I set out the cranberry scented one today and it made my bathroom smell heavenly.

I think this is one of the most amazing parts of physical therapy; the connection you get to make with patients.  Unlike pretty much any other profession in the medical field, you really get to know every patient.  You spend 2-3 hours a week with them.  You learn who their football team is, how many kids they have, their kids little quirks and eccentricities, their hobbies, even difficult times these patients may be going through at home and in their lives.  We aren’t just physical therapists, we are friends and councilors and co-conspirators at times.  I have loved so many of my patients through this time and am very sad to have to part with them.

As for the less sad part of the day, we had a pot luck lunch for my last day and I took my cinnamon chip scones in and everyone in the office was literally begging for the recipe.  I hadn’t made them in a while and I can not for the life of me remember why.  They are simply to die for!!

Unfortunately I had a few too many yesterday and it was pouring down rain all day today so I found myself trudging it out on the treadmill for another 3:1 run.  An hour and 20 minutes with 60 minutes easy, 20 minutes at goal marathon pace.  It actually went well with the help of Fred Claus to distract me from my misery.

Hope you are having a fabulous weekend!!

Happy Thanksgiving

 

After an incredibly busy day yesterday getting ready I am enjoying this moment to relax with a cup of coffee before the craziness begins.

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Watching the parade!

Watching the parade!

 

This just in, the balloons will fly…yay!!!

Anyway…yesterday was a serious prepping day so I knew every minute counted which meant waking up 20 minutes before needing to be at work nearly sent me into a tail spin.  Somehow (I swear teleportation must have been involved) I made it 2 minutes late which was pretty lucky.

I was able to work a half day and from 12:00 to 11 I…

  • Baked Apple and Pumpkin Pie

 

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  • Baked Yeast Rolls
  • Cleaned Kitchen and Living Room
  • Did laundry
  • Got my TB test read
  • Took Scarlett to the vet
  • Ran 7 miles
  • 30 minute Nike Training Club Work out (sore butt this morning, let me tell you)
  • Grocery shopped for last minute stuff
  • Put up our Christmas Lights!!  (will get a picture of these today)!

Crazy right, I am tired just thinking about it!  Luckily though my head popped off the pillow this morning.  I had dreams all night of everything that could go wrong.  By the way, I am not sure if I mentioned this or not but I am making the full thanksgiving feast this year!  This will be my first time ever!

Casey’s dad is coming over to make breakfast and we have a bunch of friends coming by for some morning festivities so I have been doing as much pre-cooking as I can to get out of his way when he gets here.

Mac and Cheese

Mac and Cheese

 

More importantly, I think it is important to think of all the things you are thankful for on this day (and really every day).  I have so much to appreciate about my life.  Love and support from friends and family in every aspect of my life, be it school or running or anything I decide to do.  My beautiful puppy girl who we got a year ago today.  For my legs that carry me through the beating I put on them each and every day!  And also for the simple things like a roof over my head and food to eat each day.

To all my friends and family at home, I miss you and will be thinking of you especially today!

Off to peel some potatoes!  HAPPY THANKSGIVING ALL!

Happy Halloween

I was so excited all week to dress up for work today.  I couldn’t wait to do my Rosie the Riveter hair and impress everyone at work with my whole get up.  Unfortunately, my clinical instructor told me Wednesday that the corporate center said we weren’t allowed to dress up this year.  So sad! 😦

Other than that the day was good and pretty much as productive as you can be in a day.  Work 8-5.  Straight home to run around town with Casey.  I loved seeing all the little trick-or-treaters while we were out, it melted my heart!  Once we made it home we showered quickly and headed off to the store.  We did our big grocery shopping trip for a few weeks then headed home so I could do some cooking.

I have been fortunate enough to overlap with another student from University of Vermont for the first two weeks of my rotation.  This actually happened to me on my first rotation too and I really enjoyed it.  It was good to swap information, board studying tips and a nice transition into the clinical process.

Tomorrow is her last day at the clinic so we are having a big pot luck lunch for her.  I committed to making pulled pork (which had to go in the crock pot tonight to have a good long time to get awesome) and the pumpkin oatmeal white chocolate chip cookies.

Even more exciting, my team from the Bourbon Chase will be here tomorrow night for the James Island Connector race on Saturday.  Can’t wait to see them.

Off to bed now to get some good rest before another crazy busy day!  Love, love, LOVE Fridays!

Work Out Change Up

Yesterday I blew it again with my swap it out sunday post so here it is…

snacks

This one is a no brainer for me.  For 120 calories you can have 8 potato chips or an entire bag of kettle corn.  DUH!!  Plus you get the salty and sweet vibes from the kettle corn so its a win win.  I must really really like kettle corn because I am pretty sure it is the second time I have used it as a substitute snack!

Today, I was the very image of domesticity.  I made bread for the very first time and it came out amazing.  I made them as dinner rolls so that I could make Croque Monsieurs.  I have never made them before but saw a recipe for them on pinterest and though I would enjoy the trip back to France where I had my very first.  Early in the day I went through the roll making process which was a long one…knead dough, let rise, cut dough, let rise, finally bake the dang rolls.  Thank god they were amazing or there is no way I would ever make them again.  They are going to be a new staple for sure, and the frozen rolls are now out of the question for thanksgiving.

After making the bread, I took a crack at making rice pudding.  It is Casey’s favorite, his grandma used to make it so I know I will never live up to that.  Plus mid way through making it, I spilled all of my evaporated milk when the can opener jammed so I had to totally wing it with regular milk.  I haven’t tried it but if it by some stroke of luck turns out well I will post the recipe (if I can remember what I did).

Once that was done and in the refrigerator, I took Scarlett out real quick before heading for my run.  However, the next door dog heard her and wanted to come over to play.  An hour later I was still watching them chasing each other around the back yard.  Next time I will have to get pictures, they are precious together.  By the time they left, Casey had come home and wanted to run with me.  So instead of doing my hill intervals, we ran the bridge, HARD.  I figured if I ran it at race pace it would still be getting 2.5 up hill miles in and pretty fast.  It was the only speed work session I have changed and because we ran it hard I think it was a fair substitute.

After getting home, dinner came together in less than 20 minutes.  Visit Lauren’s Latest for the recipe.  We also tried her Pad Thai a few nights ago which was also incredible!

Delicious!

Delicious!

 

Only one day left of lazing around and being an Italian grandma during my days…back to school Wednesday.  Womp Womp.  Last time going back to school ever though!!