Really Old GU, Ice Cream, and A Run.

I am totally owning my to do list. In fact, I have entertained the thought of getting our suitcases out tonight and start packing early. Granted, laying around and watching Modern Family sounds MUCH better… but someone around here has to be the responsible adult and my husband is already pulling his weight…

So here’s a recap of how my Tuesday went.

oldguEWI finally cleaned out my running cabinet and GU collection. I had to throw away about $10 worth of old GU and GU Chomps. Ugh. I hate wasting money like that, but for some reason I was holding on to a mint chocolate GU from 2007. Do you REALIZE how many MILES this packet has travelled, none of which include running?! Depending on where I lived when I bought it, this little GU packet has lived in Ohio, in three different residences in Texas, back to Ohio, Oklahoma, and Washington state. Ridiculous. 


This little text was Heaven sent. I have had this emissions test bugging me all week; not because I thought our car would fail, but because I really didn’t feel like lugging a toddler to a testing place, then back to post to show documentation, get tags etc. It was just one of those nuisances, but my hero came through and took care of it.


Then I made Ghirardelli Turtle Brownies, which taste way more awesome than what the picture portrays. That’s actually ooey gooey caramel, not cheese…….. which I may or may not have eaten straight from the packet. There really should be way more caramel.


Then the bump and I went to the gym, where we ran into numerous Zumba moms and Korean sauna ladies that walk around naked and will ask you what time the commissary closes as they scratch their underboob. Not kidding. Also, please don’t tell my mom I posted a bump picture because she would kill me, but I figured I’ll be with her soon enough and I know she’ll take plenty of pictures then.


This technically happened Monday night but it was too cute to not include. Baby girl ended her night with her first plank. It was hilarious, and she tried planking the dog, whom was none too pleased.


And the night ended with a nuked brownie, topped with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup while watching Last Man Standing. Yes, I eat my ice cream [and soup] out of a mug. I dislike touching extreme colds/hots, and I’m a huge wimp, so I  play it safe. My husband makes fun of me all the time for this.

If there was ONE kind of ice cream you could eat for the rest of your life what would it be?

What is the oldest food in your fridge/pantry? You’re checking your GU dates now, aren’t you?

Thankful Thursday

- When I catch my daughter sneaking some Running Times into her day. She’ll turn the pages, whispering “run!!!” or “the sir is running!!!” until something else catches her attention. I would be thrilled for my daughter [future children included in this sentiment] to become a runner. More importantly, I would be ecstatic for my kids to find something they love, as much as I love running. This can be fly fishing, rescuing animals, surfing, playing instruments, etc; so long as it won’t land them in jail.


- Carmex chapstick. I currently cant’ find it [!!!] but I suspect its either in my daughter’s ‘purse’, her ‘shopping cart’, or in my running cabinet. Or maybe in the car… either way… I need to find it before I run today.

- This morning I found two friend requests waiting for me on Facebook. Come to find out that one was an actual running store, while the other was an up and coming running group in the area. Call me silly, but this totally made my day. Granted, they were going off of who ‘liked’ their pages… but STILL. I was giddy about it nonetheless.

- I love that my husband takes out the recycling/trash. Even though I know Thursdays are trash day, I never remember until 8 am Thursday morning – I have a a full fledged .57 seconds of panic; until I look out and see them sitting at the end of our driveway. Phew. Thank you husband. I don’t have to endure this kind of weather in my pj’s.


- Looking at pictures from last night’s tree lighting here at Ft. Lewis. My husband is smiling, I promise. They were both giggling about something – who knows what; their little secret I suppose!


- The fact that I was able to get out yesterday morning! Yay! I had the car for a few hours and got a lot done. It was awesome to blare the radio and sing along to it with Kara; and run errands while breathing in the fresh winter air. Unfortunately things are crazy at Husband’s work, and the car has been relinquished but I’ll take what I can get!

- Dinner tonight. I don’t eat pork, but I’m making my husband’s favorite pork dish tonight; while I get to splurge on the Cecil Sammich until my pants no longer fit. I love cooking for him, and the sandwich is low key enough to where I can whip it together in about 3 minutes.

- If you are bored enough, check out the other Thankful Thursdays I have done!!

Sunday Night Already??

Wow what a weekend.

Friday was bananas. Husband was supposed to come home at 11 am, but that quickly turned into 6 pm… and our date night started at 8! Needless to say it was a hectic day, followed by an amazing time at our running club social. We didn’t get in until 1 am!! I can assure you, that this hasn’t happened since before Kara was born… The next morning Husband was called while at running club, and was told he was minutes into his 24 hour duty shift. *sigh* Worry not, although we missed him during the day, we had our fair share of fun.


Don’t let the pictures fool you. Guys, PARENTING IS HARD. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Saturday was especially trying, and I broke down many times. Staying up late the night before [for kiddo and I], coupled with irritability and short fuses [again, kiddo and I], Kara and I found ourselves at each other’s nerves the majority of the day. It was seriously one of the most challenging days of my short motherhood [… motherhooding?] career, and I counted the minutes down until nap/bed times. Yes, there were giggles – but just as many tears. One good nights’ sleep and everything is back to normal, thankfully!!

Today flat out rocked. Husband came home at 9 and promptly fell asleep, Kara and I played/practiced letters and ate until her naptime at noon. I decided to take advantage of the time and set out for a run.


Conditions were perfect – sunny, a little chill in the air, and… SUNNY!!! I seriously would not be surprised if I got a small tan Winking smile Before setting out on a run I always make 3 goal distances, an “A / B / C” kind of deal; “A” being the best distance and my ‘everything went amazingly right with this run’ scenario. Today I aimed for 5 — and instead  ran 6. It would have been a crime to cut it any shorter, it was that beautiful out. I started getting some round ligament pain around 4.5 in, so I took a small walk break at every half mile from then on. I can definitely feel the pregnancy taking effect on my body – my knees and ankles tend to pain a little more easily; just twinges here and there. My feet conform to shoes a little differently, and I pray that my size won’t change this time around. Anyway, walk breaks excluded, I managed to keep a 9:17 pace – I’m thrilled with it, and if I could run this effort from here on out until I have the baby, I’ll be over the moon!!

From there we went to Costco; but not before the little one took away my arm warmers!


Dinner, while low key, was epic – pizza for the Army man, about 7 bowls of salad and 3 bowls of GF spaghetti for me and a pizza/spaghetti mix for the little one. Now, if you don’t mind, I’m off to stretch a bit, have some ice cream, and head to bed. Hope your weekend was a great one Smile 

How was YOUR weekend?

What are your ideal running conditions?

If you could buy ONE thing from Costco/Sam’s, what would it be??