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Good Monday

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So many good things over the weekend that I will fully recap tomorrow. For now, let's look at good things on a Monday.

Sleeping all night. Stretching in the morning. Iced chai. High heels.  Pesto plans. __________________________________________________________________________

I had a good weekend that was far too short, packed with adventures that were over far too quickly. There is no way to fit all of the people I adore into the same 2 days, so I missed out of some of my faves. God willing, there is always next weekend to soak up some love!
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Get ready for some awesome plans coming up soon. Fall is upon us and I have some great things in line. The only bad part: too many good things, not enough time! I'm double-booked in my head a few times, so I have to choose between things and I really don't like doing that. I don't want to miss ANYTHING!

How do you choose?

Stay tuned for hunting, camping, wed…

It's Friday with a side of TWPICK Thursday

I missed yesterday because of a loooong day as part of a new adventure. I made new friends, felt validated and important, I felt heard, and accepted. Those are all things that mean a lot to me. My love language is words of affirmation, so to be in a group that is driven by the idea of supporting a team is a dream for me.
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I'm back at it today though.

I've gotten in a few miles this week, as I prepare for a 10K in October. Barring any unforeseen injuries, it should be a piece of cake. No running tonight though, because Operation Sink is in effect. Fingers crossed I get one home tonight, and then the wait to install begins.

Tomorrow I'll be traveling north again (sans guy) to see the family and finally taste that sweet, sweet coffee I've been craving. Maybe a little junking, and for sure a lot of girl talk with Prell.

This week has been a little off from the others, so I'm not full of fancy stori…

What's that for Wednesday, and dinner, and running, and whatever.

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I ran last night. I hate running. It's too hot, and my feet are too heavy. I super didn't like it at all and wanted to never do it again.

I'm running tonight with the ladies from R4G.

I know, I'm either a total liar or a runner. We be that way.

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 Eat
After running I started to take a nap when my favorite guest showed up to check out the eats. I made an aged pork loin in the crock pot, and spinach salad, of course.

I had that for lunch today as well.

The crock pot really is a great invention. I have made so many things in there, and always forget how easy it is over the summer. Now that it's nearing fall, it will likely stay on my counter all season.

Dips, soups, breakfast casserole, baked potatoes, roast....

What's your favorite things to make in the crock pot?




Oh, yesterday was taco Tuesday! I didn't get street tacos, but I got something just as good:
CASA!!!!!!!!!!!! 2 Taco Lites to go,…

Friends and cereal, and doing the few things.

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Don't dust when you need to get up early the next day.

I dusted one room in my house, and it destroyed my eyeballs. I didn't know this until I woke up 2 hours late for the gym. 9pm bedtime, 7:15am wake-up, gooey eyes, and I'm stiff all over. ...I'm starting to think my extra firm bed may have been a bad choice.... shhh, don't tell anyone that I said that.

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After a short 3 mile run last night, (gross), I cleaned up and started, well, cleaning up. I bought seasons 1 & 2 of Friends, so I had someone to keep me company. After I had grown bored with dusting, I had dinner: 2 bowls of cocoa dyno-bites, dessert: chips and salsa, and a snack: Greek Gods honey yogurt.

I know, we've been over this, I shouldn't be left to adult alone.
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Yoga report: NONE.
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That lost feeling, it must be Monday.

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I feel a little lost today. Do you ever wake up and just feel...lost? Did I sleep last night? Did I imagine that conversation? Was it a dream, or a memory? Am I tired or not?

I woke up shaking in the night, and I don't know why. I was too out of it to even try to understand. I feel like I didn't sleep, but I'm not exhausted. I could swear I had a conversation, or rather, a conversation was had with me, but I'm not certain.

I really don't like these types of days. My mind begins to dwell on things that may not have occurred, and I get all out of sorts.

I need some time on my yoga mat I think. To get my brain on the right track though, I had a green monster shake and some caramel macchiato almonds. That'll do the trick!

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I had a long/short weekend. It was a bit stressful, and a relief at the same time. It's now created new peace, and new nerves. I'll tell you all about it once I'…

FRIDAY!!!!!!

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Nope, I didn't run last night. Nope, I didn't run this morning. Did you? I didn't think so.

I did hit my yoga mat for about 30 mins last night. I may or may not have dozed off at the end while in Savasana. That yoga music station on Spotify gets me in a trance. My plan is to get back on track with my practice so that I can revisit the possibility of certification. We currently have NO yoga classes in my area, and I do have time to do it a few evenings each week and maybe a Saturday class. It would help me and others. Keep me accountable readers!!

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Today may be Friday, but it tried to start out like a Monday.

This happened:















So I made this:

















...and then everything was better.
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I don't have any plans set for the weekend yet, but I'm hoping whatever happens, there is an iced chai involved.

Everyone has that one friend: ___________…

Khaki Thursday! Blue Apron dinner, and the little pieces.

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Welcome everyone! It's a legit KT today.



 I didn't make it to the gym this morning, but I'm planning a run this evening. The weather is significantly cooler today(I had to wear a jacket this morning!) so it should be no problem. Run like the wind!!!!

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BLUE APRON
I made another Blue Apron meal last night. This was by far the best one yet! I can't wait to make it again. Oh, and I have leftovers I may have for lunch! Advantage: this girl.

Seared Salmon and panzanella:  click here for BA recipe
 If you've never seen the easy way to peel (?) corn on the cob, look it up on pinterest and do it. It is so simple.

Preheat oven to 400. Cut a baguette lengthwise, brush with EVOO, salt, and pepper. Bake for 10 mins while preparing the meal.

Cut corn kernels off the cob, and saute in EVOO with salt and pepper. While that cooks, marinate a thinly sliced shallot in red wine vinegar (mmmm). Large dice 2 plum to…

Works, then faith?? Wednesday, and I ran (yes, I did).

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We have rain! Finally. You wouldn't think I would be happy for rain since we had the 40 days and 40 nights of rain this year, but it's super dry now. It started around 8am and all I wanted to do was crawl back in bed.

I ran 3 hard miles last night in the 97degree heat. I was so depleted afterwards that I could barely stand up once I sat down. I only got up because the a/c went off, and I was sitting in front of the big vent trying to not die. Note to self: buy more pickles so you have juice.

This morning we made it to the track for an hour workout. I got in 1 sweaty mile.  I didn't want to push too hard too soon.
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Dinner? I had a bowl of Cocoa DynoBites for dinner, and then a bowl of Cocoa DynoBites for dessert. I really shouldn't be left alone, I eat like a 12yr old when I don't have to adult.

We'll call that a Sad Apron meal. If you'd like more information on the ingredients or how to pr…

Blue Apron week 2, and we did all the things!

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Gym meet-up cancelled at 4:45am.
Overslept until 7:50am.
Dropped melted chocolate on my shirt at 8:50am.

Thanks Tuesday. Preesh. I could do without your antics today.

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BLUE APRON Last night we tried meal 1 of week 2 with Blue Apron.

Spiced meatballs with garlic toast and summer squash salad. My grade: unimpressed to just OK.

The meal was good, and filling. It wasn't amazing though.

Ground beef mixed with a premade spice packet, bread crumbs, crushed garlic, and chopped mint. I've never used mint this way, so it was an interesting choice. The meatballs were cooked until browned, then I added tomato paste. After 2 minutes, add 3/4 cup water and simmer until sauce thickens.



The summer squash salad was a mix of  thinly sliced yellow squash, green olives, mint, salt, pepper, olive oil, lemon zest, and lemon juice. I used about 2/3 the suggested amount of lemon juice and it was still way too tart. Way....too...tart.

Monday, Monday, operation: sink, and...

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Gah, Monday. Thanks for the matcha green tea bath this morning in the kitchen. Thanks for the spotty internet connection at work. Thanks for the nightmare traffic at lunch.

My Saturday was mostly spent in a coma after crying myself into exhaustion. No, it wasn't my feelings again, this time it was much better, a migraine. Hahaha, "better". After I was healed, we kept with tradition and we ate Chinese food; then went to see Jurassic World. It was awesome. Oh! We walked around a bookstore. I haven't done that in FOREVER. We also had froyo. Basically, it was the perfect night.

Sunday included church, food with my faves, napping, and more food. We also found Hoppy3 finally, so we still have our garden pet. He is still stiffing us on the rent.

I didn't make any Blue Apron meals, but I promise there is one on the way tonight. And maybe some running. Laces crossed. _________________________________________________________________________
 In Sink
Because I was down most …

Friday, you're fired! I'm lazy. What to do this weekend?

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Friday is a hair puller so far. I just looked up and it's already after 12! That is good, but where did my morning go?

I didn't make it to the track again. Neighbor had a headache and I wasn't arguing with my pillow about getting up and going alone.
Heck. No.  I slept. After not getting enough sleep Wednesday night, I wasn't passing on an extra 2 hours today.

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Stuff to do?
Most of my family is on vacation in Indiana so my dad is home alone. Earlier in the week I thought I'd be driving to that part of the state, but that changed. Poor dad. I don't have any plans, but I really need to open the windows and dust the house. Maybe he'll come visit and can help me clean. Hahahaha.

Oh, so speaking of the house, I need to pick out a new sink for the bathroom. That should go on my 'to do' list.




Co-garden got a hair cut last night. It looks SOOOO much better.

I'm not sure where the memb…

Khaki Thursday after TOWPICK wednesday, sharing is caring (feelings), and no real news.

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Hello! I'm way tired today. No gym. No track. No keepy eyes open.

We stayed up way past our bedtime so I could take in all the meteors that I possibly could. It was a great show, and a great time. Situations like that can be an awesome opportunity to relax; and sometimes a surprise opportunity to open up and share the deep downs.

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I don't share too much here, other than the fun stuff. I'm sure you know I have my secrets, my personal issues, and my skeletons. I don't share them with you because that would be completely inappropriate. However, I should share them with someone, and I've been bad about not doing that over time.

Last night I did go way down in my heart and opened up about something that has weighed heavy on me for some time. Recently it had begun to affect my daily life, and I knew I had to get it out.

That. Was. Scary.

In the end, I was 100% better off for letting it out, and maybe l…

The final Act, oversleeping, Perseids meteor shower, and other things.

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I scooted to work today because it was 68 degrees when I woke up. I didn't know it could be that cold out! I'm so excited. Don't be fooled though, it will reach mid-upper 90s by days end, but the cooler mornings are such a relief.

I overslept today. I went to bed at 9:22 last night, and after a few nighty-night texts I drifted off. I thought I was so responsible to get to bed on time so I could run like the wind this morning. At 6am I woke to my mom texting me.... which means I slept through my track alarm, and my neighbors "are you coming" text, and my neighbors phone call. She was probably standing in the driveway all suited up, all alone, and I was just sleeping away. I'm horrible. Now I'll have to make that up on Saturday. Boooo.

Oh, I made cold brew last night. I hate making it with the soak method because you have to filter it and that takes FOREVER. It wasn't even that good. I must've mis-measured and it was too weak. Blah.
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Put on your apron, and let's do all the things!!!!!!!!!!!!

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It's Tuesday, finally. Did you think that Monday was going to last forever? I did!


Last night we made Blue Apron meal #3. Mexican style chicken tortas with tomato, cucumber, and avocado salad.

Our avocado went bad before we could get to this meal, but he wasn't heartbroken about that. I was. :(  The sandwiches and salad were sans avo, but you'd never know. Also, I skipped the cilantro given the recent illnesses in the news. I doubt mine was part of that, but just to be safe. (remember 'sketchy burrito' back in March? we don't want to go down that road again)



We started with marinating red onion in red wine vinegar. Half was for the salad, and half was for the sandwiches.


The salad was made of diced tomato, diced cucumber, avocado (omitted), sliced, marinated onion, salt and pepper, and a little olive oil. I squeezed a lime wedge over it also since I didn't need it for the avocado.






The chicken was seasoned with a premade season mix. I could tell that it had…

I ran! I also walked and I scooted.

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It is hot, but today we run! (ran)

Last night I went for an almost 20 minute run with the dude. I had to keep pace with him, so basically I almost died. Strange thing, I didn't die. Go figure. It's not tolerable outside until after 8pm right now, so it wasn't a long run.

This morning neighbor and I went to the track for a bit of jogging. Hopefully this is a sign that I'm back on the wagon.

I have a 10k in October, and possible a 1/2 marathon in September. Physically I know I can do the 13.1, but with the heat, I may pass and just run later 1/2s this year.

Thoughts? My Cali runner friends are very knowledgeable about running in the heat, but I think our 115+humidity climate right now goes beyond even their expertise.
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 The weekend was far too short, but so amazing. I had a wonderful little trip with some of my favorite people, too many meals that made me tummy smile, and a close encounter with our Lord …

Oh Friday, you WILL be nice to me.

No one told me that I didn't post this on Friday! Whoops!

~ This is now a useless post, but part of my life, so, here it is anyway.  ~


Here we go! The last day of the work week and it is trying to crush me. Hahahaha, Friday, you are so funny. You are too weak for me though. I will prevail!

My walk/run partner was under the weather today, and I had a bit of a headache at 5am too. We didn't get to the track, and now it's WAY too hot to go in the afternoon. I think I'll burn calories on the couch tonight. What do you think?

There was no Blue Apron last night, only Red Baron. That is not fancy, nor healthy. But it was goooood. I shouldn't be left alone at home all night with pizza. There are never any survivors, including myself. So miserable.

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Norm N. Scooter should be on the road today! His carburetor got a bath, his fuel line got a cleansing, and he has a new battery and air filter! Running like …

TWPICK Thursday, and Blue Apron dinner #2.

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It's so cold in my office! I'm drinking iced coffee, and that isn't helping.

Congratulations on making it to Thursday everyone! I love this day. I get a lot done at work, I get to wear my favorite pants, and I get to really start thinking about my weekend.

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Blue Apron #2: Crispy catfish and eggplant caponata
I hope you all enjoyed my review of Blue Apron meal #1 yesterday. I wish I had gotten more pictures and done a better write-up, but I was in total anxiety/panic mode while cooking. You know how I have a serious fear of disappointing people...I was afraid I'd screw up the dinner. I'm a mess. You know that. Heart on sleeve. Foot in mouth. Tears on cheek. Smiles!!!!

Last night we tried Crispy Catfish with eggplant caponata. ...and fried okra (not on the menu, but it always should be)

The catfish sent by Blue Apron was impressive. They only send 2 filets, but it was definitely enough to fill u…