A big beautiful bunch of flowers from the boys (aka the hubs)! I feel really spoiled when they do this for me. Plus I love that my husband knows if he's going to spend the money on flower delivery, then he should always send them to me at work so everyone can ask me about them all day! :) How vain.
Did you ever hear the joke about the woman who locked her keys in her house, got a locksmith to let her in again, and then locked herself out again literally less than five minutes later?
Things I choose to do when it's in the 80s and I'm sick:
- wear black and denim
- fast for many hours and then eat tuna fish in a hot kitchen
- take out some blood
- walk lots of places.
Don't ask me why I make these decisions. I'm a noob in more ways than running!
I tried a new udon noodle place near work and somehow managed to noob up the experience! I ordered the Kitsune Udon which had wakame seaweed, tempura batter and green onions. It was pretty tasty except I thought the big brown thing in the soup was a mushroom (which I have problems with texturally - small ones are ok) so I put it in the compost. And then I remembered it was sweet soybean skin which is yummy and I stood there for a good 10 seconds debating if I could pull it out of the compost and live with myself. I couldn't so it stayed. But the noodles and onion were good!
And I said "see you for now" to this amazing human being who is leaving our company. Look at her smile—she is such a good force and I wish her well in her new endeavors! Our kiddos really get along so I'm sure this is not the last we'll see of each other. Life moves forward and people go in and out of it and then some weirdly come back into it after long hiatuses. I love that part about life. I try not to get too sad when colleagues leave or friends move away because I know the good people in your life somehow always find you again!
Friday night and you know what that means... FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT!!! You know the rules: only soft things allowed. There is absolutely positively not a single place in the entire world where I want to be at 5:15pm on a Friday than right here in my home with these people. Even when we drive each other crazy—which, come on, we definitely do!!—we know there's love.
We also desperately need to paint our walls. Wow. Time to start obsessing over wall colors on Pinterest!
Every Friday at work we go through the routine of asking each other "so what are you doing this weekend?" My workmates are pretty young on average and not many have kids or are married so their weekends often involve trips to Vegas or bachelorette brunches in wine country. I really need to come up with something more interesting for my responses which are always some variation of going for a long run / recovering from a run / squeezing in a race. Reminded me of this:
I am currently obsessing about my run right now! I'm going to have to do my long one on a treadmill which will be super strange for me. I cannot believe I used to be a treadmill-only runner. But I guess I'm kind of excited about watching Food Network for two hours!
Here's a throwback photo of my 40th birthday! We had a rager.
And I can't even with this old picture of Croc. That hair, the chubbo arms, the hand in the snack trap, the gummy smile. I want to eat him up!
And I felt a little sad seeing this old pic because I miss this dress. I went on a minimalist-crazy downsize of my wardrobe and donated it but now I wish I'd kept it. I love yellow. Yellow and red are my favorite clothing color combinations. The Dude looks so small here. We were on vacation in Lake Tahoe and were SO hungry in this photo that we ended up eating at that restaurant right behind us.
I'll leave you with this beauty from New Year's Eve 2015. We make crowns every year as our tradition and I love that we actually got everyone wearing them and inside the frame of this photo. It's a first!
What are YOU doing this weekend? You can telling me running. It's okay. I won't judge :)
Have you already picked up your pumpkins and/or carved them? I never know if it's too early and they'll be rotten by the big night!
My hearts go out to everyone in Las Vegas. I'm going to channel my anger and sadness into action.
Today was a rest day for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. But I did not eat well and I will pay for it tomorrow when I run! Some noobs never learn.
This quote came through my IG feed and I think it applies to so much more than just running!
I was thinking about this when I was running the race on Sunday—at a point when I was really feeling tired and my legs felt like bricks and I was talking myself into slowing to a walk—that this is the part you read about. This is the hard part where I have to work more on my mind than I am on my running form. Sometimes I let my mind tell my body when to quit. I read on a blog somewhere about how the first 20 miles of a marathon are physical and the last six are mental. I believe it. I'm sure there will be times during the marathon when I'll want to quit or slow to a walk or lower the bar of my goal in some way, so that's when I have to mind hack. I tell myself it's normal to feel some discomfort during a long run, my body is prepared for this, I've hydrated and fueled properly, and that I will eventually get to the finish if I just put one foot in front of the other.
I find breaking down goals to be really effective for achieving the big things on my bucket list. Some days when I look ahead on my training plan I think, what the heck?! How am I going to find time for this or how will my body be able to handle those miles, but when I just look at tomorrow's activity then it seems so much more manageable.
1.) I am not really a fan of anything pumpkin spice flavored except pumpkin pie, so I don't get all the hoopla about pumpkin spice season being here!
2.) But I am a huge fan of fresh apple juice and this stuff from Trader Joe's is my new obsession. I'll throw a little sparkling water in with it and voila! Instant delicious mocktail.
Wait, actually I have a third confession: I am obsessed with my kids' feet. They inherited their dad's massive feet and I love them so much. Croc still has a little of that baby fat padding on his. ❤️ ❤️ ❤️
Today I had to work from home because Jon had a training that started at 7am and we didn't want to drop croc off at childcare so early (his days are long enough as it is). We took a break from work to have a picnic at the library: yogurt, hummus, chips, water, Justin's peanut butter cups ;)
I found this old picture of The Dude and it's so strange to see one without his glasses on... I've grown so used to them by now. This picture makes me want to camp so bad! Look at the socks on the grill. Clearly I wasn't camping during this one or I would have been yanking them off and reminding everyone about fire safety!!
The Dude is getting so big. He has a really sweet heart and loves to learn. I catch him being very sweet to his little bro when I'm not looking.
This old pic pretty much captures the essence of our brood. Croc used to be obsessed with gloves. He called them gubs :)
And finally let me just ask when the heck is Croc trying to pull over on us? The Dude and I were laughing *hysterically* because Croc drew the first picture - a picture of me - not that long ago and then just the other day I asked him to draw a picture of me and the blue figure is what he drew. I mean what the heck? I guess he's just been waiting for the right time to show us he understands the human figure.
Tell me: are you a pumpkin spice fanatic? It's okay, no judgement!
What do you do when your mind tells you to give up during a hard workout? Share your tips with me.
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