If you're like me, you're always searching for a new running podcast to add to the mix. Eventually I'll do a roundup post of my personal favorites but today let me introduce you (if you don't already know about it) to DizRuns Podcast! I had the chance to chat with the host, Denny, about a bunch of things like being a sober runner and getting over Imposter Syndrome! It was really fun and we certainly didn't run out of things to chat about - have a listen and let me know what you think in the comments.
I cannot believe it's only 19 days until California International Marathon! I remember counting down using months what felt like not that long ago. Let me fill you in on a little deep dive into my personality: I procrastinate. BUT that's not always a bad thing as you'll see from Smatterings today. However, that procrastinating nature can mean it's hard for me to make decisions, or I put them off until the last minute.
So I gave myself the deadline of today to decide what I'm going to wear, eat, and use to hydrate in the race. I've tried a bunch of Clif Bloks flavors and I've landed on Salted Watermelon for the flavor I'll take. I'm also using their Cranberry Razz electrolyte mix. This weekend, I'm going to experiment with a "real food" on my long run to see how I hold up. It could end horribly, we'll see :)
I am knocking things off my list like crazy today. I also planned Croc's entire birthday party. Since his birthday is so close to Christmas, we are celebrating it early this year. I love these reviews on the party venue website—hey, they sold me!!
And the kitchen at work serves breakfast tacos every Tuesday. We are truly spoiled.
Followed up with this beautiful sandwich: greens, hard boiled egg, zucchini, and lemon ricotta cheese on focaccia.
Served with a new kind of drink I found in the microkitchens: tea crush. It was really good! I love anything with ginger and I know that turmeric has all kinds of health benefits.
When I got home, The Dude wanted to practice his show and tell presentation with me. He got this book from my mom, and loves it because it has hidden storage. I remember my parents having something like it in our house as a kid and I ALSO thought it was one of the coolest spy things ever.
He put his prized Pokemon cards in it as an example of what kind of treasures you should store inside.
I love our trashy display of holiday lights. My husband loves lights a lot but I think his placement of them leaves a little more to be desired :)
And we still have the Halloween decoration on the door, in addition to The Dude's multiple notes reminding him to take his show and tell book to school. In case you're ever wondering why our walls have missing paint pieces on them in sporadic places, this is why.
The energy these two display before 8am is astounding. Hide and seek and I have no idea why The Dude has a sock on his hand.
We wrapped up the evening with a popsicle for Croc and me asking him to put it in the cup when he's not actively eating it. We have drip issues.
Now let's get into some smatterings!! All the random tidbits in my brain this week...
As I alluded to above, I'm excited to share this smattering because I definitely fall into the procrastinator bucket and tend to wait too long to accomplish a task.
There was this great TED Radio Hour episode with Adam Grant, a book author and professor. The episode was all about slowing down. Grant talks about some experiments he did that showed forcing people to procrastinate or encouraging them to procrastinate "could boost their creativity as long as they didn't wait too long."
"(...)there was this almost beautiful inverted U where, you know, people who waited 'til the last minute, like the chronic procrastinators, you know, they just had to rush ahead with their simplest idea because they didn't have enough time to work out the creative ones.
So there you have it, folks. Maybe it's not always a bad thing to procrastinate. In fact it might just spur creativity in your line of thinking!
Predictions in food trends
I love food and anything associated with it—food makers, the history of food, exotic foods, how foods were discovered. And I always love reading about what's next in food trends. So here are food trends you might see in 2018—love em or leave em!
Toy Hall of Fame - 2017 inductees
You know I love a good board game so wishing a big congratulations to this year's Toy Hall of Fame inductees! (I had no idea there even was such a thing before I read this article.)
WIFFLE BALLS! Here's a nice write-up about the family of the guy who invented the wiffle ball.
This year’s finalists were: the board games Risk and Clue, the Magic 8 Ball, Matchbox cars, My Little Pony, the paper airplane, PEZ candy dispenser, play food, sand, Transformers, the card game Uno and Wiffle ball.
I'd love to hear your random tidbits of information. If you have something, send me an email or share in the comments!
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