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? 

Daily Happenings, Running, Weekend

The Poor Deer

Happy Sunday! I’m checking in after a fun and interesting Saturday. Have a great day friends 🙂

Saturday started off with a 4 mile run.To fuel the run I had a piece of toast and peanut butter and got ready while I let it digest. The heat and humidity made the run feel harder than it should have been. During runs like these I just remember that pushing through helps to make you a better runner!

When I got home, I was hungry and thirsty. I grabbed some grapes and water to enjoy while I stretched. My legs felt tight in a way during the run which makes me assume that foam rolling needs to become a part of my routine instead of something I do when I remember. After a quick shower, I headed to the grocery store to pick up food for the week.

I got home and put the food away then realized I was hungry. Something about walking around a grocery store makes me hungry, even after I eat a full meal. I made myself a ham sandwich to enjoy with strawberries that I picked up as well. Don’t the strawberries look good?? I didn’t plan on buying them but I walked passed the display and they were calling my name.
My nails desperately needed to be painted so I put on “Gilmore Girls” while I painted them. I picked this pinky-coral color and love it! I wanted to get one more bright color on my nails before fall comes so I’m hoping chips don’t come for a few days. Fun fact, I actually hate when my nails are chipped and will probably try to fill in the chips for a few days.

Alex’s grandparents invited his family to their country club in Pennsylvania for dinner so I threw on a dress and we left. They live about an hour away and the area is beautiful. Picture gorgeous houses and rolling hills. So dang pretty! I didn’t take a picture of my meal since I didn’t want to be weird at their club but I had a caesar salad to start and filet mignon for my entree. It was so good and I was pretty full by the time we left.

We drove for a while in the woods near the country club but about 2 minutes away from our apartment, a deer ran out in front of the car and we hit it. Thank god it was the second of two deer so Alex had taken his foot of the break and managed to slow down but we still hit it. We got out to make sure there was no damage to the car (we were both completely okay) and if there wasn’t some deer hair on the front you would never believe we hit the deer. When we got home, we were pretty tired so we watched a little tv in bed before falling asleep.

Question of the day: Have you ever hit an animal? 

Daily Happenings, Running

I Almost Had It

Happy Friday! If you’re like me, you can’t wait for the work day to be over so the weekend can begin. Have a great day 🙂

I went back to my overnight oats. These may be one thing I will never tire of. I combine oats, some milk, chia seeds, and peanut butter in a container and mix before setting in the refrigerator for the night. Before eating, I add a splash of milk so that it’s a little less thick. I ate it while finalizing yesterdays post.

After work, I had a tempo run on the schedule. The last tempo run I had was really tough mentally so I thought positively about it all day. This week I had 3 miles instead of two at slower paces than last time and a slightly longer recovery. When I was done, I was glad I was positive all day. I think tempo runs will always be a little harder for me mentally than other runs and that’s okay.

For dinner I tried making meatballs for the first time. I don’t typically eat meatballs but I was in a little bit of a meal slump and figured why not try it out. I took some ground beef with bread crumbs, pepper and a little bit of cheese before cooking them in a pan. Not going to lie, some parts got a little more charred than others but for a first time I didn’t think it was that bad! I paired them with meatballs and marinara sauce (for Alex) and pesto for me.

We like to watch stand up comedy at night so we went to Alex’s parents house to pick up a DVD of some comedians. It was called the “The Blue Collar Comedy Tour”. The main reason we watched it was for Bill Engvall. I had never watched any of his standup or even heard of him until last night. He was so funny! I really liked him because it was all clean humor. After we finished, I felt tired so I cuddled up in bed for the night.

Question of the day: What’s your favorite pasta sauce? Pesto has slowly become my favorite.

Books, Daily Happenings, Running

I’m Sick Of It

Happy hump day! We’re halfway through the week. It’s supposed to be hot in New Jersey today so maybe a pool visit is in store for me this afternoon. Have a wonderful day 🙂

I started off Tuesday with a smoothie and scrambled egg. The smoothie had frozen strawberries, blueberries, and banana, chia seeds, a scoop of peanut butter and milk. It really hit the spot and accompanied with the egg kept me full until lunch at work.

I swear, it has been gray or raining at least one day a week the past month or so and I’m so over it!! It’s August, I want the sun and blue skies not gray skies. When the weather i s like this, I think it’s easy to feel blah sometimes and that’s how I felt. Something about looking out of my office’s window and seeing pouring rain does not help my mood.

When I checked the weather in the morning, it said there was 55% chance of storms when I left work so I honestly wasn’t sure if I would get my run in. Although it was drizzling, there were no black clouds in the sky so I headed out for a run and I’m glad I did! I ran 25 minutes easy and didn’t look at my pace. I was surprised when I finished and the two full miles I ran had the exact same pace. The humidity definitely made the run harder than it should’ve been but I expected high humidity after rain all day.

I got home and stretched, shower and unpacked my bag from work. Instead of unpacking my tupperware from lunch and tea mug, I’ve found that waiting until after a run helps to get me out the door faster. I hung out a bit before it was time to get dinner ready. Taco Tuesday was happening at the apartment last night. The spread included ground beef, lettuce, cheese, avocado, sour cream and homemade salsa. The salsa is super easy to make so let me know if you want me to share my recipe next time I whip up a batch! Unfortunately, I forgot to heat up black beans but I did not miss them. The avocado definitely helped to fill me up.

I finished “All is Vanity” and did not expect what happened in it to happen. As to not spoil the book for anyone who would like to read it, I won’t go into detail why. My next book to read is “Luckiest Girl Alive” by Jessica Knoll. It’s about a 28 year old, Ani FaNelli, who lives in New York with her fiance. She is planning her wedding and getting ready to film a documentary about her high school. Something happened when she’s there that has been a secret. Jessica Knoll talks from the present as well as from Ani’s high school days. While I’m only about 50 pages in, I enjoy it thus far and am excited to see what happens and see if I’m correct in what I think the secret is.

Alex wanted to watch the movie “Sicario” so I watched the trailer and agreed to watch it with him. The movie is about an FBI agent played by Emily Blunt who is enlisted to join an cross agency government task force to tackle the war on drugs. Josh Brolin plays the head of the task force. While the movie was good, we felt the trailer was deceiving. We were under the impression it would be more of an action movie and while there was a little action, the movie was definitely more of a drama. If you know that going in then I think the movie is a good one.

Question of the day: What do you like to do on a gray and raining day?