It's "holy sh*t I forgot to write the PTA newsletter!" night, so I'll keep this mostly photos of things that got me through this gross sickness and kept me entertained, fed, and cozy while I contributed nothing to our household for four days...
THESE PANTS! I got them on Amazon for a really cheap price and they are beyond comfortable and even have a thick band of elastic around the midsection = score!
THESE COOKIES!! Which I hoard from the microkitchens at work (yes I work in tech and microkitchens are a thing). Ginnybakes is the best and the cookies are vegan too. I could eat three bags in a sitting, no problem.
The idea of fish (aside from my hot kitchen tuna sandwich yesterday) or eggs or any kind of protein source does not sound appealing to me when I'm sick. I don't know about you but when I'm feeling yucky all I want to consume are sweets and carbs. I really need to keep myself in check and make sure I get protein too, so I drink a couple glasses of this ripple drink and I feel better. It's pea milk with vanilla flavor and while I don't love the 15 grams of sugar, I do love the 8 grams of protein! It's actually very delicious.
I mentioned the carbs, yes? :) The rolls turned out just fine though I should have coated them with egg wash first so they would look a little prettier.
Like tiny little butts...
Croc and I had some chicken noodle soup (neither of us wanted the actual chicken pieces). He put oyster crackers in his and I dunked a roll in mine! It really hit the spot. The perfect meal for what we wanted.
While the hubs picked up the big kid at tennis practice, the little one decided to walk through the park inside his Spiderman tent. Seems reasonable to me!
Looking out the window at our pretty patio made me feel better too. This is 100% credit to Jon. I don't do much of anything with the outside part of the house and he takes great care of it for us.
Sweet treats. I love 1-2 pieces of good chocolate at night. But I have to say if there is a donut in site, it is mine. I love them so much. This one is painted by a local artist named Jay Mercado and he does all kinds of still life paintings but we love his donuts the best! Someday I would love to have one hanging on our wall should we hit the lottery or come upon some cash in the banana stand (Arrested Development fans will get that).
The Dude brought home his school photo and it instantly brought a smile and tear to my face. He is getting so big.
And scrolling through IG always entertains me especially this one because it is so true. I'm not sure why they haven't done a reality show about 12 people in one house with one bathroom and one laptop. Let's see how THAT plays out!
I love playing board games, especially when I'm sick. The Dude and his friend hung out last night and made a board game which is awesome. Here he is explaining the rules and he even cut up little multicolored game pieces for us to use! He beat me but it was fun playing.
Tomorrow I'm back at the running plan!! I felt a lot better today though still a tiny bit tired from all the coughing so I think by tomorrow I'll be ready to go. Only 39 days to California International Marathon!! I can't wait for my mom and her friend—who is pretty much an aunt to me—to come out and see the race. They were both going to watch me in my previously planned "first marathon ever" which was in Seattle for the Seattle Marathon in 2013 but I found out I was pregnant a month earlier so I decided not to run it! We all met in Seattle anyway to watch the race (sheer torture when you've trained for it) and be tourists. I love Seattle so much.
This woman here has been through a lot in life and I don't think I've ever seen her mad or frustrated or even utter a negative word...ever!! In all the years I've known her. I love being around her because she reminds me it is possible to maintain a positive attitude through times of difficulty.
Don't you feel good when you surround yourself with people who inspire you to want to be a better person? This became a big deal for me in my 40s... the realization that I don't want to waste another minute tripping over myself to impress or even care about people in my life who are negative or selfish. There are SO MANY great people all around us and I'd rather actively choose to have them around me than be in the presence of folks who don't support each other.
A friend at work loaned me this book, Hillbilly Elegy, and it was great. My friend is from Kentucky and knows I'm from Ohio so he thought I'd appreciate this one in particular. It's about the culture in very poor parts of Appalachia, and how the author came out of his challenges to be a successful writer and businessman. It's a setting dear to my heart because I'm from the Midwest and hold a lot of the same values they talk about in the book. I also went to college in an Appalachian town, and I've seen a lot of what he talks about firsthand. I highly recommend it.
I'm so excited to get back to running tomorrow that I'm giddy right now!!
Do you think about your runs the day before like me? Or do you just wake up and run what you feel like that day?
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