NOVEMBER RUNFESSIONS

Holy crap, where did November go? Wasn’t it just May?!?! Man oh man, 2018 is creepin’ hard and will seriously be here any minute. So, I better bare my soul and get these Runfessions (thanks for the link-up, Marcia!) off my chest so Santa can take me off his naughty list. ūüėČ I runfess¬†that I ran an 8k this past weekend and it was WAY harder than I had expected. ¬†There were a TON of hills. My mile splits were all over the place. I could definitely tell where the course was the hilliest! LOL ¬†I…

GIVING THANKS AND COUNTING MY BLESSINGS (TOL #28)

Happy Thanksgiving, my friends! Thanksgiving began as a day to give thanks for the blessings of the harvest and the previous year. ¬†A good harvest provided for a bounty of food, hence the resultant feast. ¬†There are many debates to when the first Thanksgiving was actually celebrated but it dates back to the Pilgrims and the early 1600s. Nowadays, it’s viewed as the start of the holiday season in the U.S. – although, if you ask the retailers, the holiday season starts before Halloween is even over! good grief. – and a time for families to gather…

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FOR RUNNERS

Y’all, Thanksgiving is in 2 days. TWO! Do you know what that means? ¬†I mean, besides all you can eat turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie, of course. There’s only 34 days until Christmas! Um, yeah. ¬†I’m not ready either! In fact, I haven’t even started thinking about what I might like to receive! Although, truth be told, I don’t like asking straight out for things. I’d rather be surprised! So, if any of my family happens to be reading this, consider this a hint. *wink wink* Most…

PUMPKIN OATMEAL CHOCOLATE CHIP SKILLET COOKIE

You guys, I’ve wanted to make a skillet cookie for sooooo long. Don’t ask me why I just spent all that time wanting rather than making and enjoying because IDK. Clearly, I was not in my right mind. (uh, have I ever been? Hmmmm….) But anyway, I finally did it and it. was. fantastic. I mean -> Pumpkin. Oatmeal. Chocolate chips. It was basically heaven in a cast-iron skillet. I’ve never tasted anything like it. *swoon* And let me tell you something – it was so¬†decadent¬†and¬†rich and¬†delicious!¬†Ice…

OCTOBER RUNFESSIONS

Alright you guys, I’m really getting into this “runfessions” thing. ¬†What’s a runfession? ¬†Well, it’s like a confession except it’s on the run. ūüėČ ¬†So, prepare to hear some things you might not expect. I¬†runfess… that I broke the cardinal rule of racing. *insert shocked face here* ¬†For my first race since surgery, the only things that were not new were my shoes, sports bra, and hat! ¬†I ran in a totally brand spanking new running skirt and tank and, while I had worn the compression socks once before…

SERIOUSLY THOUGH, WTH HAPPENED TO FALL? (TOL #27)

Holy cow, what a week so far! And, I don’t even have a job outside of the house that’s stressing me out!! I’m totally blaming Mama Nature for all the stress and ridiculousness right now because it’s snowing in some places and here, all we’ve had is a rude re-introduction of “good gracious, it’s muggy as you know what!” and “oh, here, have some rain to make you even more miserable.” ¬†Um, hello, isn’t time for Fall already???? I guess you…

UPGRADE YOUR GAME/MOVIE NIGHT WITH POPCORN AND COCKTAILS!

So, many many moons ago, before I became the wine snob that I am today, my mother gave me this handy dandy cheat sheet on what wines paired best with certain foods. I think it was actually 3 sheets of paper and I used to keep them taped inside a cabinet. I treated those papers with tender loving care and made sure they actually moved with me every time we moved because I didn’t want them to get destroyed by military movers. Plus, who doesn’t drink wine while they’re traveling? I don’t…

WHY YOU SHOULD UNPLUG EVERY NOW AND THEN (TOL #26)

So, I’m nearly two weeks back from a fantastic 10 days in California with my sailor. ¬†Sometimes I wish I was still out there, even though I know it wouldn’t always be a vacation. And there’s work and school and life and bills to pay. UGH. Adulting. *sigh* But, anyway, it was a great trip and I’m happy to have had that time with him while we are living apart (woo, military life!) for a while. We did have a few things we planned on doing (Navy function, hiking, wine tasting) but…

PUMPKIN SPICE TRAIL MIX NUT BUTTER

Okay, fine. I know what you’re thinking. I do. You’re wondering how in the world I turned trail mix into nut butter. I mean, trail mix has dried fruit and sometimes chocolate candies, right?! Well, I’m not talking about¬†that kind of trail mix. Nope. I’m talking about¬†this kind of trail mix. I found this blend in the bulk items section at my Kroger and I knew I needed it. Because, I mean, who doesn’t love almonds, cashews, brazil nuts, filberts, and pecans? Exactly. We ALL love them. (Except…

MY FIRST (SEPTEMBER) RUNFESSIONS

Alright you guys, I’m doing something new. I’m linking up with Marcia’s Healthy Slice to share a few “runfessions” with you. What the heck is a runfession? Well, it’s basically a running related confession. But, hey, just like if you’re confessing in church, there’s no judging allowed! I¬†runfess that lately I get really really happy when I have the chance to stop mid-run and wait for a light to change or for traffic to go by so I can cross the street. source I…