TOL #4: DOLLAR SIGNS, ICE CREAM, AND MY LEFT KNEE

Let’s cut the small talk and get down to business, shall we? 1. So, last week I was talking about fate and things happening for a reason and this week, I’m thinking fate has a sick sense of humor. Or coincidence is just a big Bee-YOTCH. You see, the transmission went out on our truck. At the WORST. POSSIBLE. TIME. Not that I think there’s a BEST possible time for that to happen but seriously, I’m not working and we’ve got lots of other stuff going on. And, $2500…

FIVE TIPS TO SURVIVING A COLD WEATHER RUN

So, you may have noticed that the temperatures are finally dropping. These past couple of days have been pretty darn cold compared to the 80 degree weather at the beginning of last week! Okay. So, right now it’s presently 60 degrees and supposed to be a fabulous day but those cooler temps are right around the corner. As in back tomorrow. Yay. But, I have definitely run in some cold temperatures. Like, back in January. Oh. Em. Gee. It was 20 degrees, felt like 9 degrees, and winds were whipping at about 20 miles per hour. To say…

FRIDAY FAVORITES #2 – FALL RECIPE ROUND-UP

source Friday’s are the best. 🙂 So, I finally had an MRI on my knee. 3 months after I went to the doctor. And did physical therapy. And was trying to get back into running. Meniscal tear. Great. :/ I see the orthopedist on Wednesday and I’ll find out how bad, where the tear is, and what my options are. Fingers crossed for a tear in the FRONT because those generally heal on their own. But, I hurt in the BACK of my knee so I’m not super positive. I just wonder how much additional damage…

IS “FATE” REAL? DO THINGS ACTUALLY HAPPEN FOR A REASON?

So, I may have mentioned that I’m presently in a state of flux – a transitioning period, if you will. Riding on that crazy rollercoaster of life and all that jazz. Okay, fine, here’s the deal – I’m not working. And, I’m kinda struggling with it. (and the financial struggle is on its way. hooray.) I have options I’m working on and I’m waiting, not so patiently, to see which “option” rears its ugly head pops up first. You see, sitting still is NOT something I…

SPICY BOURBON BBQ CHICKEN WINGS

What goes better with Fall than pumpkin? Barbecue! And Bourbon, of course. 😉 Why not mix the two?! I mean, OF COURSE you’re already drinking some Bourbon while you’re barbecuing. Unless you’re a beer person. And then, you’re drinking beer. Duh. Nothing wrong with that. Saves you more Bourbon for your BBQ sauce! Bourbon in your BBQ sauce?! What what!? That’s right, my friends. Bourbon. Adds a delicious sweetness and that little something – that “je ne said quoi” that makes a BBQ sauce just that amazing. Now, this…

WEEKEND THINGS – WHEN CAMPING PLANS GO AWRY

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Ours did not go exactly as planned but we still made the best of it. If you caught my Instagram story on Friday, you know that I was loading up my camper and we were going to spend a few days in the woods with some grand plans for hiking, eating all the noms, and drinking some wine. Aaaah…… Well, all was well and we were getting ready to hitch up and then, disaster – the slide-out wouldn’t go in. We checked all the fuses, all the connections, etc…

TOL#3 – LIBRARIES, COOKIES, AND … DOG FOOD?

Happy Thursday!! I hope the week has been going well and, if you were affected by Matthew, you’re drying out and flood waters are receding and life is starting to resemble some sort of normal. There are approximately 598 tree branches and 510,679 pecans in my back yard that need picking up. The dogs keep dodging the branches and stepping on the pecans. It’s dangerous out there. But, enough randomness. Oh no, wait. Here’s more. 1. You guys. This stuff is dangerous. 7 servings per bag? I think not. 1 bag per person…

WEEKEND THINGS – A HURRICANE CRASHED MY PARTY

So, you did have Columbus Day off?  We did and we totally enjoyed our three day weekend! Well, except for that whole Hurricane Matthew thing. Boy, we really got smacked a lot harder than we expected. I mean, I KNEW we were going to get rain but I thought the main storm was never even going to even make it into Virginia. Pretty sure the news said it was going to turn hard right at North/South Carolina and turn back around and hit Florida and Georgia again. (Hope ya’ll are okay!!!) But, oh no. It certainly didn…

WHAT DOES FITNESS MEAN TO YOU?

  What is fitness? Everybody has a different definition of fitness. If you asked 5 of your friends what each of them thought fitness meant, you’d end up with 5 different answers. There may be some similarities at the core but the answers would all be different. Because fitness means different things to different people. Fitness, or the quality or state of being fit (gee thanks, Merriam-Webster!), to me is the ability to ACTIVELY participate in my life – whether it be going for a hike with my Sailor, playing with my grandbabies, mowing the grass and…

THE ROLLERCOASTER THAT IS MY LIFE

Okay, so I think there are probably a ton of sayings out there about how life is full of ups and downs, life is a merry-go-round, life is a rollercoaster (hence those ups and downs. please pass the dramamine.), etc, etc, etc. I think this one might be my favorite, though. (tee-hee) source My life has definitely been riding that rollercoaster the past few months, that’s for sure.  I didn’t intend to take a little blogging break, especially since I was just getting back at it. But, sometimes, shit happens and you just…