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

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!

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?

Daily Happenings, Running

When A Run Turns Out Better Than Expected

Happy Tuesday friends! Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today. Have a great day 🙂

I typically eat overnight oats on days when I wash my hair. Depending on the week, I wash it two or three times (I wash my hair every other day and it feels so much healthier!) Monday morning it needed a wash but I had leftover waffles from Sunday so I skipped out on overnight oats. I was so pleasantly surprised when I actually had time to sit at the apartment to eat them instead of heating them up in the microwave at work. Grapes and a glass of milk rounded out my morning meal.

After work, I was supposed to have a phone call with someone from 4:15-4:45 so when they didn’t call I headed out for my run. I assumed they would call about 5 steps into the run but they didn’t which was nice. My coach had me running 3 total miles with half a mile warm up then 12 fartlek intervals (sprints) for a bit. I didn’t plan on this happening but I negative split each mile yay! I started out at a 9:48 (this included the warm up half mile) then dropped to 9:02 and finished with an 8:46 mile.

When I got home, I stretched before hopping into the shower. I have a small waterproof bluetooth speaker so I like to use my post run showers to listen to some of my podcasts. One that I’ve been subscribed to for a few months now and really like is Casefile. Casefile is a true crime podcast based out of Australia that takes real life cases and explains them in detail. The narrator makes it as thought you are listening to an audiobook or watching a documentary. It lays out the backstory that is necessary and takes you through all of the case. If you like crime podcasts, I recommend it. I will say some episodes are a little harder to listen to then others, there is always a disclaimer to say if the case involves children or sexual crimes in case that bothers you.

By the time I showered and changed, I was getting pretty hungry. Before work I turned on the crockpot to make southwestern chicken. Writing my daily posts has really showed me how often I make this meal. It’s just so good! The only really work that was involved was adding more lettuce, carrots and red pepper to the salad bowl and making the rice. Last night I made chicken rice from Rice-A-Roni. I love these boxed mixes since it adds some more flavor than just brown rice would give.


After dinner, Alex and I watched and episode of “Arrested Development” to unwind a bit. When it was over, I worked on this post before a friend of ours came over. Since my run was faster than expected, I made sure to foam roll last night. I’ve slowly made foam rolling a habit of mine and probably do it 5-6 days a week and I really think it’s helped my legs. When our friend left, I read a little on the couch before Alex asked if I wanted to watch another episode of “Arrested Development”. I said yes and proceeded to sleep through the entire episode haha. Looks like we’ll be rewatching that episode soon 😉

Question of the day: Do you like podcasts? If so, what’s your favorite?

Books, Daily Happenings, Weekend

Did You Notice The Change + Date Night

Happy Monday! I hope you are checking back in after a fun and relaxing weekend. Have a great day 🙂

Did you notice anything different today? I bought a domain name! I have contemplated buying my own domain name for a while and yesterday I finally did it. I’m really excited about this next step in my blog and hope it’s easier for all of you as well.

In typical Sunday fashion, we started our morning with some carbs i.e waffles. We typically cut the recipe in half but the mix was almost empty so we just used it all which was a little less than the full recipe. What do you do when you don’t have exact measurements of dry ingredients? You just use a little less of the wet ingredients. The waffles turned out well and now I have leftovers for a quick breakfast at some point this week.

Alex had to fix his parent’s fence with his older brother so he headed out the door as I did some laundry. The past few times I’ve done laundry the clothes are soaked after the washing machine finishes. Please give me pointers on how to fix this! I tried setting the batch size as smaller but it didn’t help 😦

I read on the couch for a bit and worked on some blog stuff as well. I’m still reading “All is Vanity” by Christina Schwarz and about halfway through right now. When Alex got home, his mom and sister were with him to deliver nightstands. Well they’re not actually nightstands, size wise they are definitely end tables. But beggars can’t be choosers so we made them work!

For lunch I made a ham sandwich. I added some white American cheese, mustard, and lettuce to finish it off. I haven’t had a sandwich with deli meat in so long and it was pretty tasty. I also don’t think I’ve ever had a ham sandwich so I was a little surprised that having one sounded good.

After lunch, I folded the laundry while watching “Gilmore Girls”. I have two episodes left in the original portion of the series which seems crazy to me! On one hand I feel like I started it recently but on the other I know I’ve been watching the show for months so I shouldn’t be too surprised. When the laundry was done, I colored for a bit. Coloring helps me to unwind and relax a bit while being creative.


I started to go a little stir crazy and since it was such a nice day decided to go for a walk! Alex volunteered to join me which made it that much better. We walked 2 miles and it was a great way to get out and enjoy the day. When we got home, we relaxed for a bit before heading out on our date.

Alex did a great job on playing a fun date night for us. The Middlesex County fair ended yesterday and I’m constantly showing Alex videos and pictures of cute little farm animals. . Luckily for me the fair had some animals so I was happy. The animals were all raised by kids in 4-H clubs. They had a little pen made up where a bunch of small animals were instead of having them in the same area as full grown ones. It was so cute to see them and I even pet the baby cow 🙂

We walked around the fair a bit more and stumbled upon some games. Alex and I tried our hand at the shooting game. The point was to hit the red start out of the paper with 100 rounds. It was hard! I have never shot anything before and it took me a while to figure out where the little pellets were going. As you can guess, I didn’t win anything. Alex was really close though but the man didn’t let us keep the sheet for that round 😦

We walked around a little more and were thirsty so I picked up a lemonade for us to enjoy. The fair had a bunch of different food options as well but nothing really stuck out to us so we decided to grab sandwiches from a local place instead. I had a chicken sandwich that I haven’t had in so long and really enjoyed it!


After dinner, I read some more on the couch before getting ready to settle in and watch “Game of Thrones”. Since Sundays go late, I always take my makeup off and usually do a face mask as well to unwind and reset before the week. The mask I chose was the First Aid Beauty peel off red clay mask. I throw it on right before the episode starts and then once it’s completely dry I peel it off. No spoilers but who watched last nights episode? I feel like I get so sucked in that I can’t believe when the episode ends.

Question of the day: What’s your favorite farm animal? Right now I think mine is a little pig.