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. 😉  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…

VACATION RAMBLES (TOL #25)

Hey, guess what?! It’s Thinking Out Loud Thursday! And you’re in luck because I’m totally about to ramble on about my vacation! I got home on Monday from a fantastic 10 days in Monterey, California with my husband. In case you didn’t know, he’s stationed out there while I’ve stayed home in Virginia. Um, hello, GRANDBABIES! <3 Why would I leave? Anyway, he’s been there for nearly a year and we’ve done pretty well with seeing each other every few months. He&#8217…

CURRENTLY – SEPTEMBER 2017 (TOL #24)

Happy Thinking Out Loud Thursday, my friends! I thought I would do things a little different today and give you a snapshot of some current and random things going on in my life right now. Because I know you’re interested in my randomness. ;D Current events: Ha! I totally laughed when I typed that. It’s like I have to do a report or something. Anyway, I’m currently packing for my trip to visit my Sailor in California! I leave on Friday and we’ll have 10 days together. I think that’s…