Thursday, August 18, 2016

Thoughts for Thursday

How has it been 3 weeks since I have posted! Gah! I am so sorry my friends!

I got some confessions to here we go!

Also thank you to Amanda from  Running with Spoons hosting the awesome link up!

I confess...

.... I am still struggling with choosing a new place to host my blog. Right when I think I got it figured      out, I find another company being promoted. HOW do you choose!? I will also more than likely          loose my layout/theme that I have right now and I am not sure how I feel about that :(

.... Blogging has been on the back burner these last couple weeks because we have been so busy! Life      just randomly does that when you lease expect it.

.... I am coming to the realization that Mya doesn't see me as the Alpha like I thought she would. She      RARELY listens to me but when Bill's around, she's a straight A student. Such a sneaky little              thing. But when I am around, shes always looking at me or looking for me. She likes to be under        my feet right near me when I am doing things around the house.

.... that I am still training for my Half Marathon but am ready for it to be over. I'll go more in depth in      the next Workout Wednesday post. I have less than a month left!

.... I am excited for some quality time with friends and family this weekend and then an awesome            wedding next weekend that both Bill and I are in. Also Mya will get some quality time with other        doggies as well.

.... I have started about 3 books and am in the middle of all of them. I get bored with one and then            forget about it. Then I start a new one. I need to stick to one and get it finished!

.... meal prep has been slacking lately! Farmers market run today though. Planning on getting some goods to help with prep for this next week.

.... my bed time has been later due to the Olympics = more sluggish at work. Thank goodness for coffee!

I think those are all of the confessions on my mind right now! Hope your last 3 weeks have been good and I cant wait to catch up with everyone with some upcoming posts!

What do you wanna confess??

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Thoughts for Thursday

1. I have been exhausted all week, I better not be getting sick. Or I might just punch something. I have felt this way for about a month now. I am thinking that I need to re-evalute my eating habits and vitamin taking. Since I don't drink milk or orange juice or eat any oranges, I'm thinking some Vitamin C would do my body good. Good thing I got some airborne lingering in the house!

2. Every Tuesday and Thursday, there is a Farmer's Market that sets up shop down the road from my work. Although it is not very big and consists of mainly vegetables, it forces my butt out of my office for some fresh air. Deanna over at The Live Fit Girls had a really great post on Farmer's Market Tips. Go check it out! Recently, I have been buying our veggies there. So far I have bought potatoes (both red and multi colored fingerlings), sweet white and red onions and green beans. Last night I made some of the fingerlings and green beans. They were really good! They also have some amazing flowers. Here are some pictures I took yesterday:


Aren't they just gorgeous?! I bought some for a friend's bachelorette party a couple of weekends ago and they lasted the whole weekend AND they started opening up more. They are also only $6 for the bunch and some of the stands give you quite a big bouquet. At a store they would be at least $20!

3. This weekend we are headed up to Fargo for a wedding of a dear friend. We are staying at a hotel and are looking forward to not having to do anything for the wedding. It has been quite some time since both of us have been able to just go to a wedding :) We will also be using again for Mya. We are using the same person we did last time and will be dropping her off bright and early on tomorrow morning. Then we will be heading up to Fargo and stopping at some of our favorite spots on the way. I'll share more on Monday.

4. Which leads me to MONDAY IS MY BIRTHDAY!!!

Yay! We don't have anything too crazy planned. We will probably hit up our favorite eating spots ( + some others) in Fargo this weekend and on Monday we are going out for dinner with Bill's parents. So on Monday I will be doing a little bit of a weekend recap plus a look back at year 25. I will either be doing that on Monday or Tuesday. Not quite sure yet. Don't want to have the posts being to lengthy around here!

As usual, I am linking up with Amanda from Running with Spoons!

Your turn:

Any Farmer's Market tips?

Any good weekend plans?

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Workout Wednesday

Welcome back to Workout Wednesday! Let's just jump right into the summary of my runs for the last week!

First run: My first run of the week was on Wednesday. Due to the heat and humidity, I decided to say hello to my old friend, the treadmill. I am not a fan of running on them just because I feel that I can get bored or tire myself out by trying to match my pace with the people around me (anyone else do this??). Surprisingly, I pr'd on my 3 mile run. 10:13 is probably the fastest pace I have had in...forever. I was going to try for 3.2 miles but after running faster than normal, I was beat after those 3 miles. I was SOAKED with sweat once I left. Even though the gym has air conditioning, the humidity still lingers. I was also able to lift some iron. I haven't done that in so long and boy can I tell. My strength isn't what it used to be BUT I am loving the definition I am seeing in my legs. I lifted some biceps and back. Leaving the gym, I felt like a total ba. It was awesome.

Second run: This day was hot as well but I ran around a specific block by my house that equals this distance. It is really nice to know the distances around the blocks. There have been multiple times where I think I have the right distance layed out to realize that I have to run around a block again to get there. I don't like doing that! I was planning on doing my long run this day but since it was already really hot out, I could feel myself getting really hot. I also couldn't quite cool down like normal. I took this as a sign to STOP pushing myself and calm the hell down. Once I got home I drank some ice cold water and did some stretching. It took me quite a while to stop sweating but eventually I felt better.

Third run: Due to a late night and some drinking, I didn't get up on Saturday until about 10am. I actually didn't feel too bad though. I decided that I would see how the run felt before determining if I was going to do my long run or not. It was warm out but the sky was overcast and there was a breeze. Perfect day for a long run...right?! Mother nature seriously laughed in my face. As I turned around to go back home, I noticed a front of weather right behind me. It looked pretty gloomy so I picked up the pace a little bit just in case it started to sprinkle. Boy, did it sprinkle. HARD.

About 3 minutes after the front rolled past me, it started to pour. And as you can see from the photo above, it was heavy. I had to run about a half of a mile to get to this tunnel. I was soaked. My shoes squished and my pants were glued to my body. I was going to try and run back to the house but after some lightening and thunder, I decided to have Bill come and pick me up. It would have been almost another mile back to the house and with the sheets of rain coming down, I chose the high road of stopping. 11:22 is a little slower for me but that included multiple stops due to the rain. I also failed at finding the linking trails behind my house. I am determined to find those damn things!!

Fourth run: Now this one is not listed because I don't really consider it a run. I left the house and started out walking and then it transitioned to a run for about 1.5 miles. This was late at night and after dinner. I really just didn't have anything in my tank.

Moral of the story, I didn't get my long run in last week. While I am really bummed about that, this week's long run was supposed to be a legit 5k race. Since there are none around right now (and I didn't really want to spend money on one), I will be doing my long run as well as some speed work.

Check in next week to see how Week 7 of training goes and if I found those trails!!

Again linking up with these beauties!

AnnMarieJenNicole, and Michelle for Wild Workout Wednesday!

grab button for The Fit Foodie Mama

Also linking up with Running on HappySuzlyfeCrazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs for Running Coaches Corner!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Weekend in Review | Stranger Things and Laziness

Monday...already?! You know what that means. Time for Weekend in Review!

This post is going to be short and sweet since not a whole lot happened this weekend (and I was very bad at taking any pictures to document).

Thursday -

We had Bill's sister and her husband over for some dinner and drinks. Bill's sister had yet to see the house and we found this to be the perfect way to show them around. We ate some tacos and enjoyed some cocktails.

Friday - I headed out in the early morning to get my run out of the way. Then I went and ran some errands. A new Gordmans opened up VERY close to our house, so I obviously had to go check it out. If you don't know what Gordmans is or have never heard of it, it is like a HomeGoods and/or TJ Maxx on steroids. They have everything from Makeup to shoes to kids toys to bedding. Its like a one stop shop. They dont sell groceries though...After running errands, I prepped some ribs for dinner. I will definitely have to take some good pictures and write down everything next time because they turned out pretty awesome! Our friends, Toby and Emily, came over for dinner and we played some pool. Toby and I DOMINATED (Bill and Emily don't see it that way, but we did). We won best out of 7. It was great.

Saturday - Now since we stayed up pretty late Friday night, I ended up sleeping in on Saturday. No regrets, whatsoever. Then I decided to head out on my long run. Well I will recap it on Wednesday but I will just say that I had to cut it short and be picked up...Grr. Then we were lazy and watched quite a few episodes of Stranger Things.

If you haven't heard about this show yet, I'm sure you will within the next couple of weeks. It is a Netflix series of a boy who goes missing. It's a more supernatural show but the actors are all really good and the story line keeps you guessing. Here is a trailer for it if you haven't seen it yet!


Later that evening, we headed to a friend's house to celebrate his 30th birthday. It was a really good time! 

Sunday - Bill and I headed to Wild Bill's for lunch before tackling some projects for the day. Little did we know that our project would be derailed as the sale that we were going to take advantage of actually ended on Saturday. And we just couldn't justify paying full price. So now we will be keeping an eye out for shelving on sale so that we can create our storage room! After that, we decided that watching some more episodes of Stranger Things was the best idea. We finished the series right before dinner...#sorrynotsorry Then we ate some dinner and headed to bed not too long after that. 

I remember back in the day when partying two nights in a row was no big deal. Not anymore people. It is exhausting! 

So there you have it! Not a super eventful weekend but fun none the less! Next weekend we are heading up to Fargo for a wedding!

Come back on Wednesday to hear how the half marathon training is going!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Thoughts for Thursday

1. I have been debating going back and forth between buying a domain for this little old blog of mine. After doing some research, if I want to grow and have more control this is one of two things that I could do. The other would be to switch to self hosting instead of doing Blogger, which is currently what I have. Now I am no expert in html or coding or anything like that, so this scares the sh*t out of me! A couple of months ago I had someone design this good old template of mine and dont get me wrong, I love it but there are some things that I wish I could have a little more control over or learn how to change. So long story short, I want to move forward but I hate change and I'm scared. Any advice on how either one of these things went for you, that would be great! :)

2. This weekend is the second weekend IN A ROW that we don't have much planned. On Saturday night we have friends birthday bash, but that's it! We recently found some shelving on sale at Menards for $.99 so I think we are going to get some of them and put them up in our storage room. That way we can actually start putting stuff down there where it has a specific spot instead of ALL OVER THE HOUSE. Our guest bedroom right now if FULL of my clothing (sorry Bill) so my plan is to work on all of that as well as get the other spare room ipstairs organized. I am using that as my "wardrobe" room I guess you could call it. Really its just so that I can get ready on my early mornings without disturbing Bill too much.

3. We have taken Mya to the dog park 4 times since last Friday and I think she really enjoys it. At first she was not really into it at all but now when we go, she starts whining as soon as we pull up. Now don't get me wrong, she still has her reservations on some dogs but gets along with most of them. On Tuesday night I took her since I knew that it was going to be near 100* this week (with the heat index) and she lasted for about 30 minutes. After a couple of bigger dogs ( a doberman and two rottweilers) showed up, she kinda just quit playing with other dogs and sat under my feet. Which is a good sign since when we first got her, she would just attack other dogs. She also looks to me for some reassurance if she doesn't really know what to do. For example, there was a 9 week old English Bulldog in the big dog area and she wasn't really sure if she could play with him or not. She quick looked at me and waited for me to say it was okay. Then we went ahead and started to gently play with him. So sweet.

after the dog park happiness
4. Kind of a side part to #4, Mya has a sister that was also adopted by someone here in the cities. We have talked a few times on Facebook and this week we decided that we are going to meet up and have them play! We haven't established a day or time yet but I am really looking forward to seeing her and seeing if they remember each other. It will also be nice to talk with the owner to see if they are progressing the same way. If you are new and want to know more about Mya's past, check out the blog post I did here!

Thanks for looking through my Thoughts for Thursday!

As usual, I am linking up with Amanda from Running with Spoons!

Questions for you:

Any advice on buying a domain name and/or switching to self hosting??

Have any exciting plans for the weekend?

Dog parks. Good or bad for your dog?