Monday, February 29, 2016

The weekend that was full of sunshine, goal setting & sugar

Hello Monday!
& hello Leap Year!
I keep getting messed up. I thought all day yesterday that its the last day of February... oops!
I hope everyone got a taste of Spring this weekend. Mother Nature has been playing mind games with us - snow one day, 70's the next... but she's at least been kind that the past 2 weekends, we've gotten the 70's & sun, & the snow & cold has hit during the week.  Thank you Mother Nature for that one!

So here's a highlight look at how my weekend went....


... Alarm rings at 5:30am for race day & it makes me rethink race days every time.  Sleep is always so nice.  Especially when its 27 degrees outside.

... BEST 5k RACE!  I hit a personal goal that makes me uber proud of myself. (I'll talk about it tomorrow in Training Tuesday when I do a race recap)

... can't wait to see the race pics because the race photographer pulled Ricky & I to the side at the finish line & took our picture together!  Fingers crossed its a good one!

... Got a text at the start line that our Nashville gang was puking & wouldn't be making it up.

... Had to laugh when I thought of all the bananas I had bought the night before for the G-boys.  I need to go back to that banana recipe link I posted a few weeks back.  Goodness knows I'm going to have an abundance of ripe bananas here soon.


... stopped at Panera Bread for our usual tradition stop for breakfast & noticed that more then half of the people in the place had on race bibs.  #runnersfuelup

... Once again proved I can't make it out of TJ Maxx without buying one (or two) (or three) journals.  Every time.

... Had to go to Hobby Lobby to get a new scrapbook for my race bibs. I keep track of all my races, with the bibs, notes on the day & pictures I take.  My last book was from 2011 to 2015 & I wasn't about to go home without a new book to start filling up.  I like that the first race of 2016 starts a new book.  Excited to fill it up with lots of races.


... I was a little put off when we showed a Spiderman framed picture to the manager where the frame was ALL sorts of scratched up & asked if they could give us something extra off.  We weren't looking for a hand out - just maybe 10% off - something. It was a bad scratch.  The guy was so short with us & said he couldnt do anything for us.  Come on now. #youtotallycan  #lostthatsale

... we finally tried the Starbucks Butterscotch Latte. OH MY GOSH!  We only got a tall & even split it.  That was plenty. SUPER SWEET!!!  But mercy, its yummy if you need a sweet treat.

... ordered some Chuey's to take home for lunch or dinner for later so we didn't have to worry about what to eat when we were home.  #mexicanforthewin

... Made my first ever coconut pie. It was AMAZING!! But it should with 1 & a half cups of sugar & 1 whole stick of butter! YIKES!  I put the recipe up on my last Friday Favorites if anyone wants to try it.  But note - next time I make it, I will probably cut out some sugar. It's THAT sweet!

... Got my Erin Condren calendar ready for March.  No easy task. It took me about an hour to tape it up & get it ready for another month.

... Spent some time coloring. I've missing doing that.


... Totally fangirl'ed out catching up on my DVR with The Vampire Diaries & The Originals crossover!!!

... Couldn't take it anymore - fell asleep at 10:30 trying to finish watching Mercy Street


... tried out a new church.  Really enjoyed the message & the church... & then we were kind of taken back when the pastor was done with his message & EVERYONE just up & bolted to the door.  Ricky & I literally just looked at each other & I think I even said, "What is happening?" .. it was like a fire alarm went off.  We're used to people kind of taking their time, talking to others, gathering their stuff.  People hanging out in the sanctuary chatting. Fellowship kind of stuff.  I don't guess that's how it works here.  It was like a RACE to get out the door.  It was so odd.

... I had brunch at O'Charley's. I never order brunch but thought I'd try something different. Oh my goodness, it was delicious. WAY too much food. I couldn't eat it all.

Brun ch:

... headed to Target & saw an old church friend.  Good seeing her & catching up for a little bit.

... Stopped for a Starbucks green tea lemonade on this beautiful warm day! ...Ricky got himself another Butterscotch Latte.  Has to be a winner if he ordered it again. But the boy does love his sugary treats.

... Took advantage of the warm weather to cut on Zoe's hair some more. She's going to learn to hate nice days.

... I took my Kindle outside & sat on the porch soaking up the sun.  Always makes me sad to do this because it makes me think of Sydney. My reading partner. Though I will say, Bruno didn't leave my side & at one point, I even had to pick him up & balance my Kindle on his back.

... #OscarsSoDontCare / I never even turned it on.  Instead, Ricky & I watched The Martian. Loved every second of it.  I've got the library book on hold & I think I'm up next for it so can't wait to read the book now too & compare.

... wrapped up the weekend watching our usual, The Walking Dead.  I don't know much about the character Jesus from the comic books but I hope he lasts awhile. I like him on here.

& bam!  Weekend done!

What were some highlights of your weekend?

Friday, February 26, 2016

Friday Favorites

Favorite Bag

Press On, Stay Strong, Keep Believing - Canvas Tote:

I'm a sucker with anything on it that says "Press On"

Favorite Reminder


Favorite Pajamas

pajamas mug shorts coffee pajama pants pajama shirt pink coffee mug blouse pj pajama shorts girly tumblr outfit tumblr shorts fashion cute outfit:

Favorite Food
French Coconut Pie
French Coconut Pie:

Ricky LOVES coconut pie - especially my dad's coconut pie
So when my dad sends me this recipe, I guess I have to attempt it.

Favorite Beauty & the Beast

Pocket Princesses:

Favorite Truth

-- C.S. Lewis:

Favorite Animal Thought

girls best friend dog quotes:

Favorite Funny

Almost didn't put this in the 'funny' category because its actually true!

Funny Pictures Of The Day - 73 Pics:

Donald Trump is what happens when you tell a child all his ideas are special:

Funny Pictures Of The Day – 40 Pics #compartirvideos #videowhatsapp #imagenesdivertidas:

Cute & funny baby goat meme. "When you're home alone in the shower and you hear a noise.":

... when the Hubs says he'll go to Hobby Lobby with me

... my reaction watching The Walking Dead  #Richonne I feel about a Reality Star possibly becoming our next President

...when someone takes the credit for the work I do

... when I'm trying to upload a new app & my phone says there's no room

... me at 4:00pm

Happy Friday Y'all!!!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Thankful Thursday {Link up #60}

Today I am Thankful for:
(The numbers refer to my journal for the One-Thousand Gifts... in other words, just ignore them)

145 / The Little Clinic. I've talked about this during the week, but I am really thankful for places that can help you with quick problems when you can't get in with your doctor for weeks or months.

147 / The Pharmacy tech at Walgreens.  She told me one of the presciprtions the doctor gave me, my insurance was only going to pay $1.00 & the exact same medicine was sold over the counter for more then half of what it would cost me.  I would have had no idea. So glad she pointed it out to me.

150 / Sun back out after nearly a week of gloom & grey.  I can't handle that. I truly am solar powered.

151 / My life has changed & opened up.  I knew I could borrow books online from my local library but I just found out that with a click of a button, that book could be sent to my Kindle. Now, I know some of you are probably thinking I'm way behind in the times, but I thought it was going to be complicated or a lot of work to set up. It literally was like 2 clicks & BAM! On my Kindle for 2 weeks.  I have since read 6 books that I've been wanting to read but didnt want to spend the money on.  I am one happy girl.

Exactly how I feel right now

154 / 70 degree temps.  It doesnt get better then that.

155 / Zoe looks so cute with her hair cut Ricky gave her.

156 / Tried a new pattern I found for a cowl. This took me just a few hours & I LOVE how it looks, fits & feels.

157 / Sleeping with the windows open!  This is one of my favorite things in life.  The best sleep EVER.

159 / New faces in our Bible Study Group. I met these ladies when I did their daughter/sister's wedding years ago ... & then saw them again when their niece/cousin was getting married & I did her wedding.  Staying in touch over the years, I love they have joined our Bible Study Group.

160 / New Yarn. I went on the hunt for a good 3 combo of colors for a queen size blanket I'm going to start on. This will take some time, FO SURE!

162 / Didn't puke in traffic. Whew. I had to stop & go for over an hour & I was never more grateful to get out of my car then this day.  I just stood outside for about 10 minutes when I got home to breath in fresh air to get my nerves & stomach to calm down.

164 / Jefferson Bethke commented on my IG picture. First it was Kelly Minter, & now him. Made me so happy.


165 / Kickboxing workouts.  The best way for me to burn calories. I guess its because I was in martial arts at such a young age, but all the kicks & punches are just natural to me. I could do a kick boxing work out every day.

167 / Podcasts. They are the best things to listen to at work.  There's one on The Walking Dead that is like 2 hours long after every episode - it cracks me up! I know people wonder what I'm snickering about at my desk on Tuesdays.

What good things have been happening in your 
life this week?

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

What's up Wednesday

What we're eating this week

I subscribe to eMeals to get some recipe ideas every week.
My goal is always to try & make at least 2 dinners a week.
well, the past 2 weeks, I've failed miserably ... but last night, as a quick dinner, we just did baked potatoes with vegetarian chili on top - sprinkle with cheese & crumble up some nacho chips on it - or even cut up avacado! Yes!

A good & easy & FAST dinner.
.... now to get back to that cooking thing...

What I'm reminiscing about

This girl....

It's that time of year again when it pops up in my Time Hop where she was diagnosed with bone cancer in February 2014 ... so her little face has been on my phone every day lately.
Still can't believe its been over a year since we lost her.
Miss Sydney & Buffy so much.

What I'm loving

Survivor is back on for another season.

I never tire of this show.
You never can tell how people are going to be. 
Honest - devoted - sneaky - back stabbing - athletic - smart
It can always go so many different ways & its always so interesting to me to watch it all.

What we've been up to

A lot of staying home.
Ricky has been so exhausted with work that he needs the weekends to rest up his legs to start all over again on Monday & I've just focused on getting my long runs in on Saturdays, so we've really become home bodies.  I remember how busy I was last year with photography & it really makes me happy to have this time to be lazy at home.

Staying at home does NOT equal cleaning the house

What I'm dreading

I'm going to the dentist today. 
It SHOULD be a routine visit - I'm supposed to get 2 of my permanent crowns on,
but I know its going to be more & an opening of a can of worms, as they say.
I'm still having pains & issues so I just dread everything about this afternoon.

... not to mention, I'm going to have to talk to them about the billing.
My insurance is sending letters requesting more info on all the work the dentist has done or they will refuse payment.  I've always said I feel like the dentist does WAY more then they need to & charge even MORE! So I'm going to have to take these letters the insurance company sent me & take to the billing lady.  Yeahhhh.... this is just going to be a bad afternoon.

What I'm working on

Ya'll know this - working on my Half Marathon Training!
I am in week 7 & there's 9 weeks to go!
Almost at the half way mark! WOW!!!!

What I'm excited about

The Triple Crown of Running starts this weekend!
A 5k on Saturday - a 10K 2 weeks later & the 10 miler 2 weeks after that.
Something about these races are just exciting with all the crowds
... & nothing is better then crossing a finish line, no matter the distance.

What I'm watching / reading

I have been on a reading KICK for February - I'm on my 6th book this month!
Thanks Library for introducing me to easy free downloads.
But right now, I'm on this book

I have read 2 other other books by Liane Moriarty & loved them 
& so far, can't put this one down. I bet I have it done by the weekend!

What I'm listening to

What's in my CD player right now in my car?
Steven Curtis Chapman's Greatest Hits
... which is so old, it doesn't even have many of his songs from like the latest 4 cd's he put out.
But I'm gearing up because in just 9 days - guess what comes out?

OHHHHH yeah!!!
I'll be counting down!

What I'm wearing

I'm all about my Minnie Mouse Vans right now my friend got me.
I'm a huge fan of grey anyways & they are perfect with jeans

... but I've seen these  Minnie Mouse Vans in some pictures
& I may have to check into getting these as well
(I've only seen them in kids but seen pictures of ladies wearing them - anyone know the scoop?)

What I'm doing this weekend

Like I said earlier, I'll be running a 5k on Saturday morning, bright & early,
... & then our Nashville gang is heading up.
So my house will be taken over by grandsons who will want nothing to do with me & are too busy chasing down their Pappy.

What I'm looking forward to next month

While I HATE loosing an hour of my time - & mercy, do I feel it for DAYS afterwards,
I am so thrilled to get that extra daylight at the end of the day!
It always feels a sigh of relief of surviving winter.

What else is new

So I just found a DVD that I had from Netflix.
... I've had it since June of 2015. Almost a year! Ooops!
& the funny thing? I never even watched the movie.  Double oops.

Does anyone even do the DVD thing on Netflix anymore with the streaming service?
I honestly forgot all about it myself.  So when I found the disk, I went to see what was in my list to be sent next. I totally laughed. Half the movies, we've already seen.  So a lot of "removing" from that list. ... I think I need to just quit paying for that service.
... take that money & put on my dental bill...

So What's Up for your Wednesday?

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