Saturday, March 14, 2015


1.  I was blogging and having fun with it, and then I stopped.  Now I’m back, hi!

2.  I ended up getting a job during the end of my student teaching. It was as a long term substitute teacher at a school right down the street from me.  I loved it!  It was a fun few months.  Now it’s over and I have more time on my hands than what I know what to do with.  Expect to hear from me often.

3.  I ran that marathon I was training for.  I am proud with how I did!  It wasn’t the sub-4 I wanted, but it was pretty darn close.  I’ll get it next year (:

4.  As for running..  Right now it’s HOT outside. I’ve been sticking to a quick 4 miler a day (followed by a dip in the pool).  Speaking of running..

Yesterday I went for a run.  It was like any other run that I do.  Sunny, hot, sweaty.  I was enjoying the sun on my skin and the fact that no one in my neighborhood was home so I didn’t have to weave in and out around cars.  Nothing could stop me!

And then I saw it.  When I run I look up and down (and all around) and there it was.  A slug.  In the middle of the sidewalk.  It the hot, sizzling sun.  What did I do?  I told myself I would get it on my way back.

I thought about the slug for the next 1.5 miles.  Then I passed it.  And I kept running without saving it.  I knew that it was going to shrivel up and face it’s end.

This slug has been eating at me for the past 24 hours.  There must be something mentally wrong with me because this slug has been the deciding factor in me going (dun, dun, duuun): vegan.

I made the decision mid-breakfast (eggs and bananas). I took the rest of the eggs to my mom’s house because I couldn’t bare throwing them away.  It's not too drastic of a change for me, though.  The only non-vegan foods I eat are eggs, yogurts, and condiments/chocolates.  I've been toying with the idea of going vegan for a while and that little critter pushed me into the dark side.  Thank you slug.

5.  I think that covers everything.  Now I'm off to do a treadmill run (so I don't have to face any slugs). This will be my second time on the dreadmill in about 3 months!  I think I kept up a pretty long no-treadmill-running streak.

Sunday, November 16, 2014


I was reminded of a few things I forgot about marathon training today after my 12 mile run.
- The blisters.
- The chafing that you discover as soon as water from the shower hits it.  (THE WORST.) 
- The hunger that turns your stomach into a bottomless pit.

After my 12 miles I took a shower and discovered 3 places where my skin and clothes decided to argue.  Stung so badly in what was supposed to be a relaxing shower.

I then drank my weight in water/coffee and ate all the cashews.  2 pounds gone in 2 days. 

I also went to Trader Joe's today!  One just opened up about 20 minutes away from me so I was pretty pumped to stop by with my mom.  She got cookie butter, these really good orange glazed cookies, and some vegetarian sausage.  I wanted to buy 6 jars of nut butters, but I decided my wallet (and stomach) would thank me later.

After that I did some baking.  Ate a huge bag of peanut butter M&Ms.  Ate more cashews.

Watched some Lord of the Rings (nerd alert, I've accepted it).  I love all things LOTR.  I want this picture framed for my house:

And of course, my week in miles:

Monday 11/10 - Rest day :)

Tuesday 11/11 - 6 miles 

Wednesday 11/12  - Rest day 

Thursday 11/13 - 5 miles

Friday 11/14 - 4 quick miles on the treadmilly (my only treadmill run this week :) 

Saturday 11/15 - 5 miles 

Sunday 11/16 - 12 miles.  My longest run since my marathon.  About a year ago I considered 12 miles to be a short run.  My brain has changed it's mind!

Total Mileage: 32 miles

What's your favorite thing to buy from Trader Joe's?

- There were so many things I wanted to try!  I need suggestions to narrow it down. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday Favorites

I’m ashamed to admit the amount of time I spend on Pinterest looking at dessert and food recipes.

Last Sunday I surfed Pinterest for at least three hours sipping (guzzling, lets be real) and nibbling (stuffing my face) on some cashews looking at all the amazing food I was going to be creating soon.  I probably end up baking 1 out of every 10 recipes I save, but it’s the thought and intention that counts.

These are my absolute favorite discoveries for the week (in no particular order):

What are your favorite finds of the week?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Lazy Girl's Guide to Oreo Truffles

There are a few things I really love in life.  I love running, sunshine, the ocean, and sweets.  I always crave something sweet and when that craving comes I want something rich, tasty, and fast (while putting forth the least possible amount of work).

Therefore, I’d like to introduce you to:

This is for those who don’t have time to dip each Oreo ball into melted chocolate.  Or for those who dip a ball in chocolate and then put a ball in their mouth (please tell me I’m not alone here).

So here is a little shortcut - a quick and easy way to make a dessert that gives you the same taste as Oreo Truffles.

First, you will need these ingredients:
- 1 package of Oreos.  With all the new Oreo flavors you can really get creative here.  I wanted to get peppermint Oreos, but couldn’t find them.  I went with an off brand instead and saved some money.

- Some type of candy chocolate.  Again, so many colors, so many possibilities.  I went with white.  No rhyme or reason behind my choice,  I just like white.

-  Cream cheese (I used about 7 oz)
-  Peppermint extract
-  Optional: sprinkles (or other toppings like nuts, peanut butter drizzle, more crushed cookies, cookie dough.  Endless possibilities.)
-  You will also need a food processor, blender, or a plastic baggie and a rolling pin.

What to do:

1.  Crush Oreo cookies into a fine dust.

(I'm not going to lie, a plastic baggie and a rolling pin is HARD work.  I ended up breaking out the Ninja to crush the cookies into a fine dust.)

2.  Mix in 6 - 8 oz of cream cheese.

3.  Melt chocolate. While the chocolate is melting line a pan with wax paper.  Pour half of the chocolate into the pan and let set in the freezer for a few minutes.

4.  Spread the Oreo mix into the pan.

5.  Pour the other half of the chocolate on top and add any desired toppings.  Throw it back into the freezer until frozen.

6.  Take pan out of the freezer and chop it up!

7.  Take a piece, put it in your mouth.  Repeat.

Now my goal is to see how long I can make these last.  There’s a good chance that there wont be any left in the morning.

Do you eat what you bake as you make it? 

-  I most certainly do.  If I’m making cookies for every one I put on the cookie sheet I can almost guarantee I put two in my mouth.  If I’m making brownies I purposely save a lot of batter so I can lick the bowl clean.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Rainy Long Run

On the agenda for my run today was 10 miles.  It wasn't supposed to rain until 10 am.

What did the sky decide to do?  Open up shop at 7:20 am (4 miles into my run) and turn me into a soggy mess.

I was running with my new iPhone 6 and had to steal a few newspapers to use their plastic bags to protect my phone.  Note to self: get something to protect my phone from rain/water/sweat/coffee/melted chocolate.

My run was slow.  My shoes were soaked which made them heavy on my already hefty feeling legs from wearing heels all day on Saturday.
BUT I finished it.  And that's all that counts in my mind.

Last week in my little running bubble:

Monday 11/3 - Rest day :)

Tuesday 11/4 - 6 treadmill miles

Wednesday 11/5  - 5 treadmill miles

Thursday 11/6 - 5 treadmill miles

Friday 11/7 - I usually run on Fridays, but I had a wedding rehearsal and dinner so I ran Wednesday instead.

Saturday 11/8 - 1 mile.  I was at a wedding on Saturday and thought I could get in 5 miles afterwards.  Ha, didn't happen.  Too much cake in the belly.  I'm not planning on counting this mile.

Sunday 11/9 - 10 long, wet, painfully slow miles done in a torrential downpour.  I'm happy I finished instead of wimping out like I wanted to.

Total milage: 26

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

What I Ate Wednesday

It’s hard taking photos of everything I eat!  I’m constantly grazing throughout the day.

Instead of sharing the 5 mega cups of coffee today, I’ll spare you and just show you the one.  I promise the other 4 looked just the same.

Breakfast (don't ask..):

Teddy Graham snack (multiple handfuls of course):

Lunch (avocado, pear, apple, and an un-pictured half bagel):

Pretzels, marshmallows, sunflower seeds X a bunch of handfuls:

I'll probably have another piece of fruit with a yogurt or some toast with jelly and cottage cheese.  Also on the agenda for the rest of my evening is a 5 mile run and some dinner.  I plan on having the same meal I had for breakfast with some brussels sprouts and broccoli.

Do you ever eat the same meal twice in one day?

- I do this constantly.  I become obsessed with a meal and will vary it a bit for weeks on end before I rotate it out.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Wet Hair and Teddy Grahams

Thanks to my early morning run I didn't change straight into running clothes after work.  Instead I threw on some yoga pants and I'm happy to call it a night.

Today was a teacher planning day. This meant I did a lot of cutting.  A lot of pasting.  And a lot of stapling.

This also meant that I could get away with wearing my hair wet-ish to school.  At least I hope it did, because that’s what I did.
Apparently my hand is a claw.  

In other news, my firsties bring in snacks for the entire class.  Last week one of them brought in some boxes of Chocolatey Chip Teddy Grahams and I may or may not have gone through an entire box in 2 days all by myself.  They are highly addictive and I suggest everyone buy a box.

What addictive snack have you been munching on lately? 

- Lately, other than Teddy Grahams, I’ve been addicted to vanilla yogurt with syrup and a cut up banana, microwaved cut up banana with melted peanut butter (try it!), cashews, peanut butter spoonfuls (that’s been an addiction for years now), and avocado with hot sauce, black pepper, and ketchup.  Those are normal snack options!