Playing Catch-up

2 Aug

Hellooo!

So,  I have some really fabulous photos to post from Saturday’s concert, but my camera is currently MIA (I think it’s in my Jeep, to be honest), so they’ll have to wait for another post.

Not that I don’t have enough to post about anyway – I haven’t posted since Friday! (Well, technically I posted just a few hours ago, since Friday’s post didn’t publish when I thought it was going to, but we still have a lot of catching up to do!)

When I last left you, I was re-grouping from my best friend’s grandfather’s funeral services.

As it turns out, Friday was also my best friend’s husband’s 30th birthday, and while she is having a party for him this Saturday, she felt bad that she didn’t have anything planned for his actual birthday, besides a funeral.

Well, when JP got home from work Friday night, he proclaimed only Pizza Hut would tame his hunger. I must admit, I wasn’t thrilled by the idea, but I called my bestest to see if she and her birthday boy husband would be interested in joining us. They said yes, and we were off.

Turns out Pizza Hut can be a pretty fun place, especially since our local branch is BYOB. That meant sangria for me and TP, and Summer Ale for JP and the birthday boy. Seriously, we could not have been happier. It was a great night.

While stuffed, we came back and tried the brownies I made for the birthday boy. To be honest, they were okay, but nothing to write home about. I think keeping them in the fridge made the brownies too hard…

Saturday morning, I ran 10 miles instead of the planned 7. I was actually all set to run 11, but then my Garmin quit, and I had no idea how much further I had to go to reach 11, so I just started walking.

I spent the rest of the day hanging out outside, since it was so beautiful, and getting ready for the Gary Allan/Brooks and Dunn concert. All I have to say about the concert right now is OH MY GOODNESS.

Sunday was a rest day for me training-wise, and that’s exactly what JP and I did – rest. We did end up going to TP’s house to hang out by her pool and to have dinner and get ice cream, but that’s about all we did all day – hang out and eat. And it was grand.

Sorry, no pictures today. And I’m now a day behind in posting, but I’ll be back tomorrow with a re-cap of today, and the concert. Woo-hoo! Get excited!

Keep smiling, all. Have a great night!

Can you believe it’s August already? What’s one thing you want to do before the summer is over?

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It’s Friday!

2 Aug
(NOT SURE WHY THIS DIDN’T POST FRIDAY, BUT HERE IT IS)
Can I get a heck, yeah!

So glad it’s Friday and the weekend is finally here.

While it is a day for celebration, I started things off with services for my best friend’s grand father. He had been sick for a really long time, so it was for the best when he passed away Monday, but it doesn’t make losing him any easier.

I spent from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with her family, so needless to say I’m a little exhausted this afternoon.

Fortunately this was a rest day for me, so I’ve spent the day prepping myself for my long run tomorrow. My training plan shows I’m supposed to run 7 miles, but we’ll see how I feel in the morning. I hate being relegated to specific numbers. I know I will push myself to run at least 7, but I’m hoping I’ll be in the mood for more. We’ll see what happens. To be honest, since I got back from my vacation, I really haven’t been in the mood to exercise, despite the fact that I’ve been feeling bloated and weighty (this feeling usually motivates me to work extra har). I’m hoping this feeling with pass soon and I’ll get back in the groooove.

My delicious dinner!

Changing tracks, I was very excited about  my dinner last night, since it featured a new-to-me product, and it was sooo yummy.

I had picked up two packages of Pepperidge Farm sandwich thins yesterday, since I had a coupon for them, and they were on sale at Target.

I paired a thin with some shredded chicken seasoned with pepper, garlic and italian seasoning, as well as some chipotle hummus and spinach.

Let me tell you, this combination was fabulous, and it left me feeling very content.

I paired the sandwich with some steamed zucchini and summer squash, and could not have been happier with my meal.

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Yumminess

As promised, I also baked the brownies from the Tasty Kitchen.

Unfortunately, I did not take step-by-step photos, and I haven’t tried the finished product yet, but they look yummy!

Well I am off to read a few more emails, then relax for a little bit.

I hope you have a great evening.

Keep smiling.

Do you have a favorite baked good? If so, what is it? Do you make it on your own, or is it store made?

Three Things Thursday

29 Jul

Hello! And Happy Thursday!

I wasn’t quite sure what to write about today, but was inspired when I saw a few other bloggers writing “Three Things Thursday.” I figured it would be easy for me to write about three things that I’m doing/looking forward to today.

Enjoy!

1. I am going to be making this recipe  later today, once I pick up all of the ingredients. It’s for my best friend’s husband, who turns 30 tomorrow, and LOVES peanut butter. In fact, he loves it so much that I am thinking about mixing peanut butter pieces into the brownie mix. I’ll post pictures once I get baking 🙂

2. I am going to see Gary Allan and Brooks and Dunn this weekend. I have seen both these artists before (LOVE Gary), but am still VERY excited to be going. They both put on great shows, I know they will not disappoint.

3.  I went to Target this afternoon to buy some more mini clif bars, which I love and keep on hand for afternoon snacks, but I changed my mind when I realized I had a coupon for these, and they were on sale. Score! I realize they are a totally different beast than the Clif bar, but I figured I could change it up for a bit and see if I liked them. Let me tell you, I was not disappointed, and I love that they’re all natural, with no HFCS. Yum.

Have a good afternoon, everyone!

Keep Smiling!

Have you ever been to any concerts? If so, which was your favorite?

To ride or not to ride

28 Jul

Waving hello from the top of the stairs that I fell down the other day. Yeah, they call me grace.

Hey hey!

I hope everyone is enjoying their Wednesday!

Today was a cross-training day for me, so I headed out at 6 a.m. for a quick 45 minute ride on my bike.

Good ole Pink. Not the best road bike, but not the worst, either. It does the job.

Honestly, I have come to discover that I’m not a huge fan of biking, but I know that I should give my legs a rest from running during my training, and biking is one of the only other options I have.

I think my biggest problem with biking is that I’m afraid I’m going to fall off or get hit by a car. I get severe anxiety when a vehicle goes by me, and when I have to climb hills, I get a little wobbly.

I made it through, though, and am happy to report I rode just under 10 miles in those 45 minutes. I’m not really sure, but I don’t think that’s too shabby :o)

After my workout I followed what has become my morning routine: shower, eat breakfast, fill up with coffee, and head out for the summer enrichment program.

Building in the apartment complex I visited today

Usually I head to the library after work for some emailing and blog reading, but today I  headed to a local apartment complex to check out what apartments are available. TP’s mom is probably going to be moving back into the area, and needs a place to live, so I volunteered to check the place out for them (TP’s grandfather just passed away, so while the apartment hunting needs to take place, it’s not really on the top of their list, and I happily offered to do some shopping around for them).

They are really cute apartments, and if I could afford one, I’d move there myself.

I did eventually make it to the library, which is where I typed the majority of my post. I wanted to add some photos, though, so I had to wait to publish the post until I could get home and add some.

When I got home I mixed up a green monster and had some peanuts before busting out about 15 minutes of toning moves. I honestly wasn’t really feeling toning this afternoon, but once I got started it wasn’t too bad.

In total, I did 75 regular push ups, 75 side push ups on both sides, 45 dips, a bunch of punches, 30 side kicks on both legs, 30 leg lifts on both legs, and 45 of these things I call “Ts”, where I basically bend over holding a five-pound weight, put both my arms out and one leg, and then bring them in towards each other, which counts as one rep. It’s kind of hard to explain, but believe me, they’re a work out.

I am currently sitting on my bedroom floor, blogging and watching the Barefoot Contessa. I just finished rolling a frozen water bottle on my legs, and I am sitting in chilled, relaxed bliss.

I guess that’s it for now.

Have a great evening.

Keep smiling.

What do you think, is it better to buy or rent your home?

Is Cheerleading a Sport?

27 Jul
Good Afternoon!

I hope everyone is having a great day today.

I know I am.

I started off with a not-so-easy 55 minute run, in accordance with my half-marathon training plan. I had to use my cellphone to track my time, because my Garmin is not functioning at the moment (grrrrr!). Needless to say, I am not sure how many miles I went, but I know 55 minutes seemed like FOREVER. Thankfully, it was only about 65 degrees when I set out at 6 a.m., so it was the perfect temperature to get in a few miles.

After my workout, I hopped in the shower, had some cereal with strawberries and milk, grabbed some coffee, and was out the door to the summer enrichment program.

It’s so weird to be back at work after a week off. Strangely, I have been exhausted the past two days (you would figure I’d be rested after my vacation, but, no), and the students seem to be just as tired as I am. The good thing is that the program is only for two and a half hours in the morning, so just about the time the students start to get rammy, it’s time to send them home to their parents. Score!

Now I’m at the library, taking advantage of some free ac and internet.

Squad photo from my senior year of high school. Can you spot me?

The title of my post was actually derived from an article I just read in our local newspaper. It discussed how “U.S. District Judge Stefan Underhill ruled last week that cheerleading is ‘too underdeveloped and disorganized’ to be recognized as a sport at the college level.”

Now, as a former cheerleader myself, I have to disagree with this statement. I know there are a lot of people out there who believe otherwise, and you know what, that is totally fine. But I know I worked my butt off at cheerleading practice, and was just as athletic as any of the other athletes at my high school.

To support my point, I tried looking up the definition of “sport” in Merriam Webster online. The definition wasn’t really anything earth-shattering, so I looked up “athlete” instead. The definition is as follows: a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports or games requiring physical strength, agility, or stamina. (You can find this defnition here).

Personally, I don’t know how you could consider cheerleading to NOT be a sport after reading the definition of an athlete. Of course, one could say cheerleading is actually an exercise or game, but, really? I think that argument could also be disproven.

I am really not one for arguing, so I am just going to leave it at that. I believe what I believe, and you are entitled to your own beliefs as well.

On that note, I am going to go hassle the folks at Garmin and see if I can get my watch fixed. It’s such a downer to be training for a half marathon and have no idea how many miles I’ve been running…

Have a good day, everyone.

Keep smiling!

What do you think? Is cheerleading a sport?

Back in Action

26 Jul

 

 

JP and I getting ready to head to Bar Harbor

Sorry I’ve been MIA for the past week.

I was on vacation with my family and really needed a break from everything, so I left my laptop at home, and picked up my cell phone only if I needed to make a phone call.

Best decisions I could have ever made.

I’m sure you  have lots of questions about my vacation, but I really don’t have too much to say about it. That’s not to say I didn’t have a GREAT time, but we didn’t do anything so spectacular that I feel like I should bore you with the details. We ATE A LOT, which I’m slightly stressed about,  but it was totally worth it, and you only live once, right? We also hung out by the lake my parents live on, so there really isn’t a whole lot to recap about that, either.

With that being said, I did take some photos I thought I could share with you. I hope you enjoy.

My parents, JP's grandpop and Mom, and JP and I at the top of Cadillac

JP and I in Bar Harbor

JP at the base of a bridge we visited

View from the observation deck of the bridge... GORGEOUS

JP and I in the observation deck

It's a looong way down...

Visiting Fort Knox

Stephen King's house

Gerber Daiseys that lined the isle of a wedding we attended

The happy couple

JP and I getting ready to head into the reception

It’s Friday!

16 Jul

Well, I did it.

Ten glorious miles in an hour and half.

All before most of my friends were even thinking about getting out of bed.

And it felt great.

Saturdays are usually my long run days, but we are leaving for Maine at midnight tonight, and I knew I would probably not be in any shape to run long distances tomorrow.

So I swapped my rest day to tomorrow, and ran today instead.

It was funny, I left the house at 6:35 and returned around 8:10. I couldn’t believe I had been running for THAT long. Three more miles though, and I would have finished a half marathon. Woo hoo. It felt good, too. Not as easy as the last time I ran 10 miles, but it was not as humid that day, either, so I really can’t compare.

I’m not really sure what motivates me to get up and run such distances. All I can say is it just feels right.

Now I’m just finishing up some last-minute errands, and waiting for midnight to get here. Today is going to be a loooong day!

I didn’t post yesterday, so I thought I’d let you know what my day consisted of.

I knew I was going to be running a lot of mileage today, so I didn’t want to tire my legs out, but I also wanted to get a bit of cardio in.

So I started things off with wind-sprints: I sprinted as fast as I could for 1 minute, and then jogged back to where I started, and sprinted again – for a total of 10 minutes. I preceded the sprints with a 5 minute warm-up, and ended with a 10 minute cool-down. In total I went about 3 miles in 30 minutes. It was the perfect way to start the day.

When I got home, I did the following sequences:

  1. 25 squats
  2. 10 side kicks on both legs
  3. 15 push-ups

Repeat 2 times

  1. 1 minute squat hold
  2. 32 jabs with my right arm, 32 with my left, then 64 combined
  3. 40 twisting crunches

Repeat 2 more times

Overall, I felt like I had a great work out yesterday, without feeling too tired.

I then went to the enrichment program, and got my nails done with TP.

We followed our nail session up with a two-hour chatfest at Dunkin Donuts, my favorite place ever. It was a great way to spend the afternoon.

So I’m curious, what motivates you to work out? Also, are you a fan of Dunkin Donuts?

Well, have a great day!

Keep smiling!