Books, Daily Happenings, Running

The Sock Snatcher

Happy hump day! I hope you are all having a great week so far. We’re halfway to the weekend. Have a great day 🙂

Yesterday morning started on an interesting note. I was feeling really good about my timing until I got out of the shower and realized it was already 6:30, oops! Luckily I was able to quickly get dressed and do my makeup. For breakfast, I had a piece of toast with peanut butter and chia seeds sprinkled on top. When I was eating Alex asked where I put his socks. I told him in the normal drawer but maybe I switched his socks and mine since apparently my workout socks were in his drawer. I opened my drawer and his socks weren’t there. They are straight up gone!! We have looked in so many drawers and baskets and can’t find them anywhere.

Work was uneventful after seeing the solar eclipse Monday. I had no complaints though since I was really able to focus instead of checking to see how dark it was getting. After work, I had a three mile run that I was dreading all day. The feels like temperature was well above 90 degrees. Shockingly I wasn’t dead post run so that’s a win to me! I tried my Nathan handheld water bottle for the first time. To be honest, I don’t know how I feel about it. I’m not used to drinking water during runs but I know that it’ll be important on long runs. I’ll use it a few more times before I make a real decision!

After showering and stretching I was hungry and started working on dinner. I roasted some potatoes and broccoli to enjoy with the pulled pork. The crockpot won dinner again by working all day to cook the pork. Something about summer just screams barbecue weather to me so I’m trying to soak it in before summer ends.

Yesterday I mentioned that I started “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” and finished it during lunch at work. I thought it was good and that was all. On my run, I started to think about it more and I realized it might make my list of book recommendations when someone asks me. The way John Boyne writes about two children during World War II is beautiful. Something about it really stuck with me and I don’t want to ruin anything but if you haven’t read it, you really should. To me, it says something about terrible situations that are happening and the naivety of children which can be both good and bad. I started “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr. I’m on a World War II historical fiction kick currently!

After reading for a bit, Alex wanted to watch tv and I was in! We’re still watching “Arrested Development”. If you haven’t heard of this show, it’s about a family where the father is arrested for bad business practices. The characters are all so different and the way they interact is so funny. We tend to watch it at night since it’s a more thoughtless show but still entertaining. After 2 episodes we called it a night and got in bed.

Question of the day: Do you carry a water bottle with you during runs or workouts?

Books, Daily Happenings, Running

“Plain Toast” – Alex

Happy Tuesday! I hope you had a wonderful Monday. Have a great day 🙂

I’m slowly trying to wake up early so that 1) I don’t feel as rushed in the morning and 2) so I can eventually start to workout in the morning. By slowly I mean, I’m setting my alarm 5 minutes early every week or so to get my body used to it. Luckily for me, it gives me some extra time to make breakfast in the morning. I’ve been on a smoothie kick recently and yesterday was no different. I put strawberries, peanut butter, chia seeds, some milk plus frozen blueberries and bananas in the blender. I also made a scrambled eggs and topped it with some hot sauce.

Did you know there was a solar eclipse yesterday?? I kid since it was such a big news story. New Jersey had about 75% or so totality which is a bummer since it wasn’t the full event but still enough to make a difference. No one at work had the special glasses but the maintenance man came to our rescue. He brought us a welder’s mask to use to protect our eyes. I had no clue until I heard it on the radio this morning that a welder’s mask would do the same job as the glasses. I definitely thought it would’ve gotten darker out but it just kind of seemed cloudy when it was the fullest by us. This is my inner science nerd talking but I thought it was so cool to see!

After work I had 4 miles on the schedule. Two were normal and the last two had me incorporating all out sprints then relaxing for the rest of it. I was pretty tired at the end and ended up enjoying the workout more than I thought I would. I got home and stretched before hopping in the shower.

For dinner, we grilled some chicken and paired it with rice and a salad. Alex wanted to have barbecue sauce on it and while we both enjoy the flavor marinated chicken gets, we though barbecue sauce might be near impossible to clean off of our George Foreman grill. Instead we seasoned the chicken breasts with some garlic powder, seasoned salt and black pepper and topped it with a little barbecue sauce once done. I added mine after I took the picture. It was really good and hit the spot on such a hot summer day!

Once dinner was done, I was getting my lunch ready for tomorrow when my mom called. She wanted to hear about how we hit a deer. I already texted her about it because she asked how dinner was but of course moms love to hear about events like that. When we hung up, I started working on my post. Alex asked me what I was doing and when I told him he replied “you’re burning toast?’. He then decided to call me plain toast. Oh how wonderful boyfriends are…love you hun ❤ Thanks for giving this post a title Alex!

I grabbed my book to finish. As I’ve mentioned before, I read during my lunch at work since no one eats at the same time I do. Today I started “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas”  by John Boyne. Both the book and the movie have been on my to read/watch list for a while now and I finally picked it up from the library. Would anyone be surprised if I said I was almost done with it? Boyne writes from the point of view of a 9 year old so the language is pretty simple but it is well written.

Alex and I were both pretty tired so when he suggested cuddling up in bed and watching tv, I happily agreed. We watched two episodes of “Arrested Development” before calling it a night. My inner 80 year old was pretty happy to be in bed shortly after 10.

Question of the day: Did you see the solar eclipse? 

Books, Daily Happenings, Weekend

Pool Day And Sushi

Happy Monday! Are you all ready to tackle the week and achieve some goals?! Have a great day 🙂

Sunday started off bright and early for me. Well technically it was dark and early since my body was wide awake at 5:22 am. I have no clue why and while I enjoy waking up early, before 6 am on a weekend is too early for me. I moved from the bed to the couch (I didn’t want to wake Alex) to watch a little tv and see if it would put me back to sleep. Unfortunately it didn’t so I was ready to start the dat. Alex made pancakes and bacon for breakfast which was a nice way to start the day since I didn’t have to cook. Thanks babe 🙂

Of course I forgot two things at the grocery store and Target. Luckily I wanted to run out to Dick’s Sporting Goods to grab some different energy gels for runs. My coach recommended a few different brands so I grabbed three to try over my next few long runs. I ended up buying two gels from Power Bar in the  berry blast and strawberry banana flavors. I also grabbed a packet of the Honey Stinger energy chews in the pomegranate passionfruit flavor. When I try them out I will be sure to report back with what worked and what I liked!

When I got home, I put some stuff away and then relaxed for a bit. Alex got home from power washing his parents house right around the time when I started to get hungry. I threw in some leftover roasted potatoes to have for lunch while making a sandwich for Alex. Once we finished eating, I folded the laundry and got my stuff ready for the pool. We finally finished “The Founder”. If you like movies based on true stories, it’s a great one.

Alex was meeting his dad and brother to play 9 holes of golf so I met his mom and sister by the pool. It was such a nice day so I was not complaining about spending it by the pool. I brought “The Obsession” to finish and was so close to doing so but after two dips in the pool I couldn’t. I brought a bag of strawberries and grapes with me to snack on.

When we got home, we decided to re-watch “Burn Notice”. If you’ve never heard of it, the show was on USA Network. It follows Michael Westin who is a burned CIA agent. A burned agent means that his cover has been blown so they can no longer work. There’s some action and the overall storyline comes up in every episode but isn’t the focus which I like.

When I was planning our meals for the week, Alex requested sushi. After spending the afternoon sitting in the sun I was very happy we planned to get takeout so it was a relaxing, cooking free night. I got an order of miso soup and an avocado cucumber roll. Maybe because this is only the second time I’ve had a roll, I was surprised to see that I was full for the entire night! If I’m being honest, I thought I was going to need a snack during “Game of Thrones” to feel full but nope! Also that episode was…yeah. I have some thoughts ha! When the episode ended, I think I was asleep within 60 seconds of getting into bed which signals a good day to me.

Question of the day: What type of fuel do you like during your run or workouts?

Books, Daily Happenings

I Did It

Happy Saturday! Thank you so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day friends 🙂

I had my beloved overnight oats again. The one I’m obsessed with is Julie’s recipe for peanut butter cookie dough overnight oats. I’ve made it so many times at this point I only measure the oats and milk out. It’s awesome to have such a healthy breakfast that’s so simple to make since I just throw it together at night and then I’m good to go.

After work, I went to Target for a few things Alex and I needed. Well some of it we needed, others were just backups since Target was having a promotion where if you spent $20 on personal care items, you got a $5 gift card. I made my list during my lunch break and actually stuck to it! You guys, that never happens to me. I usually end up browsing or adding extra things to my cart but I was so good. And my wallet thanked me when I checked out which was just an added bonus.

It was a thrilling Friday night over here in New Jersey. When I got home, I organized under our bathroom sink. It was driving me nuts since stuff somehow got thrown all over the place but I organized everything and it looks so much better.

For dinner, we had Italian sausage, roasted potatoes and green beans. I know, no roasted broccoli. I was surprised to. The green beans just looked really good when I was grocery shopping last week and I’m glad I picked them up. While we ate dinner it was storming. Like a true heavy thunder and lightening storm which made my heart happy. I’m from Chicago and every year there is a terrible storm that causes the tornado sirens to go off or a big power outage. I loved when this storm would come! There’s something soothing about it, plus I love the post storm scent where it’s just fresh.

A stormy night was a great time to dig into my current read. I started “The Obsession” by Nora Roberts Thursday and was hooked on chapter 1. The story follow Naomi who finds out the kind of person her father is. After a name change, she is a thriving adult earning a living as a photographer. Naomi is guarded about her past but her father’s crimes can slowly become an obsession. That was a mix of what I’ve read so far (with no spoilers!) and the synopsis on the cover. I was more than happy to spend a lot of time reading this on the couch last night.

After a while, Alex and I wanted to watch a movie. We’ve been meaning to watch “The Founder” starring Michael Keaton for a while. This is all about the man who took McDonald’s into what we know it as today. While it is based on a true story, I don’t know how much of the movie is true. The movie is actually really good and interesting! I would recommend it for sure. Full disclosure though, we still have about 30 minutes left in it since I was getting tired and was going to fall asleep.

Question of the day: What are you doing today?

Books, Daily Happenings

A Smoothie And Sunshine

Happy Thursday! Thank you so much for stopping by today. Have a great one 🙂

I planned on having overnight oats for breakfast yesterday but “forgot” (read: chose not to) make them Wednesday night. So it was another egg and smoothie morning for me. Since I washed, my hair I was a little more pressed for time than normal and couldn’t full blend the smoothie. I had a few chunks of fruit but oh well. My smoothie had frozen strawberries and half a banana, peanut butter, chia seed and some milk. This may be a weird combo but I put it with a scrambled egg with salt, pepper, and a ton of hot sauce.

While I work, I like to listen to music. For the past week or so I’ve been listening to Broadway show soundtracks after my morning radio show finishes. Both Tuesday and yesterday had me listening to “Dear Evan Hanson” and I love it. I have no idea what the show is about the music is great and relatable which is awesome.

The sun was shining yesterday and made me want to spend sometime out to enjoy it. Our apartment has a little balcony but Alex and I haven’t put any furniture on it yet. So I brought one of our dining room table chairs outside so I could sit and read. Whatever works right?! The warm weather made me want some iced tea, so I took a bag of cranberry green tea and poured the tea over ice to enjoy while I read. I usually like black teas but the flavored green tea was light and refreshing.

After about an hour, I got hungry and I thought I should make dinner. I had leftover chicken and rice from Monday night. Since Alex had leftover tacos, I saw the salsa and cheese out and decided to add a bit to my bowl. Great decision. While there wasn’t as much chicken left as I would’ve liked, I had half of an avocado left so I added that to my salad for a little extra nutrition.

When dinner was cleaned up, Alex and I watched a little tv on the couch. I worked on this post before reading some more. Thank goodness I stopped at the library quickly on my way home yesterday because I finished the Luckiest Girl Alive last night. It’s a good book and I did not see one aspect happening at all so that was pretty surprising to me. This book isn’t a thriller though so while some things that happen did surprise me, I wasn’t on the edge of my seat trying to see what happened like I am with a true thriller. When I finished the book, I hopped in bed to call it a day.

Question of the day: What is your favorite smoothie recipe? I’m running out of frozen fruit and want to try something new!