Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Ten Things Tuesday

1. I spent the weekend reading, drinking wine, watching soccer, going to trader joes, getting my car inspected and tracking Tracy while she ran her marathon! She killed it with a 31 minute PR!
soccer sunday watching my team!
2. I made this soup for lunch this week and it came out delicious!!! I made a few adjustments: no sage (couldn't find it at TJs), red kidney beans instead of canned tomatoes and used chicken broth. I don't usually like zucchini or spinach but I've discovered that if I don't cook them until they're super tender then they're okay! The vegetables have a very slight crunch when I eat the soup.

3. As part of my 25 before 25, I'm trying to read 25 books this year. I just finished All You Could Ask For and I highly recommend it if you're looking for a quick but entertaining book. 

4. I got a free FitBit Zip from work and it's been pretty fun to see how many steps I take a day. Not really ideal that I'm injured right now but luckily I've still been able to walk with no pain.

5. Speaking of my injury, I've been to two PT sessions so far. They're giving me lots of exercises for my glutes, hip flexors, hamstrings and arch. I'm actually foam rolling daily now too so I'm hoping all of this will really help my IT band heal. I'm not signed up for any races right now but I'm hoping I can do a half marathon in the fall. I'll be doing a bike event in June but it's not a race so I'm just going to take it easy and have fun with it.

6. One of my co-workers is going to be fostering an 18 month old german shorthaired pointer and that's my ideal next dog. They're smart, friendly, cuddly and great to run with. But dogs are expensive and I don't think I could bring another one into Sarah and Ryan's house… :(

7. Only 24 more days until I see Peter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

8. On Thursday my niece will be 6 months old! I can't believe it. I'm sad I've only been able to hang out with her in 3 times since she's been born…it's tough not being close to family! I'll be sending her a few cute outfits because she's a girl and she always needs new clothes! (My brother is still having a hard time believing that…he'll come around :) )
It's so true so she needs it! Source

9. I've got two trips to Blacksburg in the works and I'm so so excited. Being in Blacksburg is just good for my heart!

10. As I finish writing this, it's 9pm and I'm eating bagel bites for dessert. Because I can :D

Tell me one random thing for today!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A Very Social (for me) Weekend!

Social in terms of spending more time with people than my couch! I was being lazy bones Sunday and Monday night so you get my weekend recap on a Wednesday but it's one that needs to be documented :)

My friend Erin (we met via blogging but we've been real life friends for about 2 years now) came from Minnesota to hang out with me this weekend! We originally planned to run the Rock n Roll half marathon together but injuries sidelined us both… though I think it ended up working in our favor. I picked her up from the airport late Thursday night, goody bag in toe. When we first met in real life she brought me gifts from MN and I brought her nothing {insert embarrassed emjoi}. I spent about an hour roaming Target for all these trinkets:
Beer socks, Easter socks, mini globe, cards, notepad, frog glasses!
We came home, chatted for about 15 minutes and then went to bed. I love when my friends love to go to bed early too!

Friday was pretty great. We went to two wineries, had two tastings, two glasses of wine, pizza and a whole lot of good conversation. I love hanging out and talking to Erin about life. We went out to my favorite Thai place for dinner with Sarah and Ryan then watched a few episodes of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. We both thought that parts were pretty funny but we wouldn't be itching to finish the season quickly. 


Saturday we were up early to go watch some of favorites finish the RnR DC half marathon. The weather  just did not cooperate that morning. It was cold, pouring rain, windy…we had two rain jackets and one umbrella to keep us warm. Everyone we knew (Julie, Erin, Tracy, Alyssa, Kristen) all finished and I give them mad props for getting through the weather! Erin and I were able to meet Tracy and Alyssa after they finished. It was great to see them but I felt bad they were shivering just standing there! Unfortunately that's all we got to see of them that weekend but I told Alyssa next time we're all meeting on a sunny beach with only plans of eating and drinking all day :)

Saturday night we went to the winery Peter used to work at and my mom, Julie and Ellie met us there. Luckily I still know a few people that work there and they were nice enough to give us a few discounts :). It was really fun to all hang out together over wine, pita chips and a delicious kalamata olive dip. We came home and made this quinoa enchilada dish  that you all need to make it tonight for dinner. It is super easy and so so so yummy. 


Sunday morning we went to the next town over for breakfast at a cafe. Coffee, breakfast sandwiches and people watching - pretty great morning! It was sad how fast the weekend went but I was glad Erin could come to visit! I really need Virginia and Minnesota to be closer together :) 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Things I'm Looking Forward To

It's March 11th and this only my 2nd post this month…life and work have been busy and I don't like writing posts when I'm unmotivated so I appreciate you guys hanging in there with me! I've got some exciting things coming up which keeps me sane and happy when being busy. 

+ This weekend! 
This weekend a bunch of bloggers friends will be in my city for a race! Though I'm bummed I won't be running with them, I'm excited to cheer them all on. And I will definitely eat at the post race brunch like I just ran 13.1 miles too! I realized yesterday that this same weekend last year was when I went to Cincinnati to see Kayla and Erin. Apparently the second weekend in March is my blogger weekend - who wants to meet next year and where?! :)

+ New Orleans
I mentioned before that I've booked a few travel weekends and this is one of them. I'll be going with Peter's sister, mom and their family friend. Being women we've already planned the whole weekend and made an itinerary. A few activities on our list...a bike tour, a cooking class and eating at a lot of delicious restaurants. 

+ Easter
Peter's dad makes this dish called Easter Pie and it's one of my favorite foods of all time. It's basically pasta, cheese and cubes of pepperoni in a pie. I think it's normal for Italian families though I'm not sure of the exact recipe but I'm convinced Peter's dad makes the best version. Freshmen year of college Peter came back to Tech with a slice and asked if I wanted to try it. I was very picky back then and passed. The next year I was at their house and felt bad saying no to his dad's face so I tried it. THANK GOODNESS. Peter still teases me that I used to "hate" it. Unfortunately Peter won't be able to make it home for Easter this year (major sad face) but I told him I would eat his slice of the pie with as much joy as he would (major happy face).

+ Peter's birthday weekend
I'm SO SO SO ready for this trip. By the time I visit we will have been a part for 3 1/2 months which for us is a long time and the longest stretch so far. I miss my guy and being able to do things with him, even just sitting on the couch trying to figure out what to watch on TV. Of course I've already made an itinerary for the weekend so we remember all the activities we've talked about doing and fitting them into 56 hours. 
Throwback to our trip to Boston!
A few other random tidbits… 
I finally updated my About and Running tabs. Exactly one year and one day ago Erin re-designed my blog and included them... #terribleblogger .

I have my first PT appointment next week. I'm really hoping they can get my IT band straighten out and I'll be back to running soon. I miss it! 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Currently

Just a hodgepodge of things/thoughts for your Wednesday :)

1. I wrote that first sentence then went to get myself a bowl of cereal. I hardly ever write a post without getting distracted all at once.

2. When I went to Texas last week, it was the same exact weather we had at home. So much for escaping winter for some warm weather. Recap of my first business trip coming!

3. I have an appointment tomorrow to have my knee looked at. The pain hasn't gone away so I figured it was time to stop webmd-ing myself and go get a real answer. I also have an appointment next week with a ear, nose and throat doctor. I'm not even 25 yet and I'm falling apart...

4. I hung out with my mom and step-dad at their house this weekend. We went into DC to have dinner with my twin and his girlfriend. Then we came home to watch a movie on the couch with wine. Sunday morning my step-dad, Hunter and I went on a nature walk behind their house. Hunter loooves snow!

Sums up our Saturday night
5. I found this website the other day and love the idea!

6. I'm trying not to spend money on eating out besides my two girls weekends this month. I didn't think I ate out a lot until I started tracking my expenses every month…time to stick to the budget again!

7. Reading Deb's post I realized this month is National March Month. I've come a long way from eating brown sugar cinnamon pop tarts for breakfast and PB&J for lunch. This week I'm having a whole wheat bagel with peanut butter and strawberries for breakfast. Sweet potato with black beans and edamame, carrots and cucumbers, apples and cheese, yogurt and granola and pretzels for lunch. It's fun to fill up on healthy things and feel good throughout the day. I think I eat about 90% healthy these days because hello cookies, chocolate, bread…just in moderation of course.

8. If you haven't seen this already I hope it makes you laugh. The caption when I saw it on Twitter was "I asked for chocolate cake Kathy come on!"
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Who Would Have Thought...

The other night I was washing a cutting board and realized it was the one I had given Sarah and Ryan as part of their wedding present. Who would have thought that 4 years later I would be washing it because I was living with them? It made think about how other aspects of my life have had a funny way of working out…

Who would have thought…that not making the high school soccer team freshmen year would lead me to join the indoor track team (a team everyone made) which is where I met one of my best friends Julie.

Who would have thought…the office admin job I got freshmen year at Tech would be where I worked for the next 4 years. Where I learned what it meant to be a great boss because I had one. Where I received an award from when I graduate for all my hard work there. It was one of my favorite parts of college.

Who would have thought…I would have all these connections with Chicago. First my older brother moved there, then Peter moved there and now another friend will be moving there! 

Who would have thought…this blog would bring me some of my closest friends…where we talk almost on a daily basis and have some of the best, nonjudgmental heart to hearts! I've always valued having quality friendships over the quantity of friendships…

Who would have thought…that guy Kiefer got a ride home with from cross country practice would become one of the most important people in my life, even 8 years later…

Who would have thought…the guy my mom brought us to meet while we were home on spring break junior year would at the end of the night tell us he was going to marry our mom (yes the first time we met him)… and then actually held true to that. After watching your mom go through two divorces, it's so nice to see her with someone who is truly smitten and in love with her. Because she is the best mom in the world and deserves it!

Who would have thought…the first internship I ever got would turn into a my first full time job after college. Somewhere I've been there for 5 years now!

Who would have thought…after never taking high school cross country or track seriously, running would become such a huge part of my life and I think has shaped part of who I am today.

I always enjoy looking back on life but I look forward to what the future holds for me even more!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Howdy!

While you're reading this I am in the big 'ol state of Texas for a work conference this week! I've been to the Houston airport for my connecting flight to Belize but other than that I've never been to Texas before. I'm here with my boss who is actually from Texas so I'm glad to be with someone who knows the area. This is my first business trip and conference. I'm nerdily excited for all the seminars this week because it's something I'm really interested in  and hoping to get more into for my job. I think it'll be a great week!

Just a few things from my weekend…

Saturday morning I went to a new restaurant for brunch with my friends Ellie and Julie. Breakfast is my favorite meal so I love going out to eat for it. This was a farm to table restaurant and had a buffet brunch. Our reservation was at 10AM and by 11AM we were 2 rounds and 1 mimosa deep. We left around 12pm during the beginning of the snow storm. It actually became heavy pretty quick and Ellie and I got to drive down an unplowed 495 going 20 mph for 45 minutes. I then drove home from Ellie's in my Mazda3, a trip that normal takes 15 minutes and it took me 45 minutes. I was just trying to stay from all the other cars because my car would slide going over the 4-5 inches of snow. I ended up calling my mom just so I could have someone on the phone with me. At one point I was going up a hill, making a left, and started sliding with a car in front and behind me. I let out a curse word and my mom goes "becky language!" and I said "mom if anytime warrants a curse word it would be driving through a snow storm in not a 4 wheel drive car!" (Just for the record my older brother has been cursing since he was 3 (we have it on tape) and he never gets yelled at…I don't even curse that much! Moms...) Luckily I made it home safe and sound and brunch was definitely worth it. Well spending time with my friends was worth it - brunch was a tad more expensive than I would normally pay but delicious at least.

Saturday night Sarah and Ryan had a mardi gras party with their neighbors. Sarah made a whole bunch of delicious food and of course too much because she's Italian and they know no other way. Everyone brought Louisiana beer and we had a beer tasting of all the different kinds. I think I'm going to enjoy eating my way through New Orleans next month!

I spent most of the day Sunday traveling. I was going to run at the hotel gym but by the time we got settled it was 7pm my normal time and we hadn't had dinner yet. This has been quite the training cycle…everything was fine in January then everything sucked in February so I'm really just hoping for a fun race! I don't care about my time. I'm looking forward to meeting up with new and old friends and enjoying the course! After this race I'm going to focus on smaller distances. I'm thinking my next goal is to do a 5k in under 25 minutes. I can't wait for spring temperatures and sidewalks not covered in snow and ice!
This would happen to me.. (source)

Monday, February 16, 2015

Weekend Recap (Sorry Bank Account)

My poor bank account…it always seems that I can be really good at not spending money and then there's like 3 days in a row where it happens all at once. But I'm justifying these purchases because…


First I bought plane tickets to go see Peter for his birthday in April! I was not going to miss celebrating with him, it's on a saturday and our two soccer teams are playing each other that day. I'll be there for about 56 hours that weekend and I can't wait to spend all the time together! 

Then on Sunday I bought plane tickets to New Orleans for a long weekend in March! This is for Sarah's 30th birthday and we're going with her mom and friend. I've never been and I'm excited to see the city for myself. I know it has quite the personality and reputation. We will definitely be more low key than most visitors there but I think it will be a great time. This is the point of a traveling savings account right?! After this I'll be saving up again for hopefully some trips with Peter this fall!

In other weekend news I went to a Mary Kay event with my mom on Saturday morning. One of her friends sells it and they were having a small Valentine's event where we got to try on make up and then buy what we wanted. At 24 I finally learned how to put on more than just mascara! I went for a natural look and really liked how it turned out. I surprised myself by not being so bad at applying it. I bought all the make up I used so I can finally start looking a bit more put together for work. It was a really fun morning with my mom too and a fun way to start off Valentine's Day. 

Unfortunately Peter and I could only have a Valentine's phone call but I was still thankful to have him as my Valentine :). Remember that package I sent him? The address got messed up and they sent it back to me…on Thursday. Ugh so much for a Valentine's surprise. Thanks USPS.

The rest of the weekend was a lot of couch time and Gilmore Girls on Netflix. Plus a sleeping puppy on my lap.

I got these adorable pictures of my niece and nephew and just made my heart smile. My brother got to be in town last week and I was glad he could spend time with his family. 


There has still been a lack of running around here because my lovely IT band. My half marathon is only a month away now so I'm just going to play it by year come race day. Luckily I've been able to ride the exercise bike with no pain so hopefully that'll help my cardio. I'll definitely be taking it easy after this half marathon and probably focus on smaller distances for a few months.

We're gearing up for a snow storm tonight and I'm hoping we can get a good amount. Nothing like Boston but we have yet to get more than 4 inches and I always love one good snow storm. I'm more than ready for Spring though. Give me the warm sunshine and flowers!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

If You Lived With Me...

Sorry for the sporadic postings! I'm going to blame life because that's easiest. This month has been a bit crazy at work because I've had weekly trainings away from the office, a second 2 day training this week on top of that anddd on top of that, I'm going to a conference the last week of this month. So the random posting may continue but thanks for sticking it out with me!

Last night I was thinking about how Peter doesn't fully know how weird I am because we haven't lived together yet. I think it's kind of funny that I lived with his sister and BIL before him :P. 

A few of my charming quirks…

+ When I'm doing a chore, like the dishes and cleaning the bathroom, I love putting on music and dancing. I'm sure I'm not the only one that does this and we all know what it's like to dance with cleaning products (I hope I'm not alone in this!)

+ When I get home work and don't have to workout, I change right into PJs. I don't want to be work clothes anymore and why wait until I go to bed to put on comfy clothes?!

+ I hardly turn on lights. I'll sit in one room with only one light on. Saving on all the electricity!

+ When I have a stressful day, I like to come home and just decompress by myself for 5-10 minutes. Usually just laying down on my bed for a few minutes and then I'm good.

I asked my previous roommates, Kelly and Julie, what they learned about me after living together and got the following responses:

Kelly: You're neat, clean, like organizing things, enjoy eating cheese and bread
^ all very true. I love organizing everything and it wasn't uncommon to see me eating a block of cheese with a fork!

Julie: Hates showering, loves homestead creamery bottles, loves when they put their beds in living room and slept in there for days
^ sarcastic response :) I love showering, they collected homestead creamery bottles and always forgot to take them back until we had like 7 and I really didn't mind the living room sleepover after I got used to it :P I'm just a neat freak and mattresses in the living didn't always look neat. But don't worry I did join them like two or three times!

What's something you learned about your roommate or spouse when you moved in together?

Friday, February 6, 2015

Schmorgus Board Friday

Just some random thoughts for your Friday!

+ On Monday and Tuesday I spent the night at my mom's house and got in some good mother daughter time. These days, time like that is rare so we took full advantage of it. We could carpool to/from work since we're only about 10 minutes apart so we had lots of girl talk, did yoga together, watched the Bachelor and drank wine. I'm a big momma's girl and she's definitely one of my best friends. She's an amazing lady, loves me endlessly and I'm just so happy to call her MY mom :) 

+ I sent two Valentine's Day packages on Wednesday, one to my niece and nephew and one to Peter. A little early but I was excited to send them. I think Valentine's Day can get a little ridiculous but I don't mind a holiday where I remind the ones I love that I love them!
Onesies and Legos from Aunt Becky
Goodies for Peter!
+ I have to admit that I'm watching American Idol this season. I watched the first few seasons but then got sick of it. For some reason Sarah, Ryan and I started to watch this season and now I'm hooked. There's some REALLY good singers and I'm looking forward to seeing how the show goes. Two of my favorites you need to watch, Jax and Hollywood Anderson.

+ I've been down lately about Peter not being here. I feel like the first few months he was gone I was still getting used to it and pretending like he wasn't really states away haha. But now it's been 6 months and I just miss being able to do things with him. Work has been really busy and I want to sit down, relax and have a glass of wine with him. But I know it's not going to help to throw myself a pity party so time to put my positive pants back on and book my next flight to go see him :)

+ I love both my dogs VERY much but Henry will always have a different place in my heart. When I was at my mom's house this week, it was just more obvious that he is getting older and it makes me sad. But then I think about how he's been spoiled to the core for the past 12 years and that the best I can do is to just love him to pieces. On Tuesday morning my mom put him in my bed to wake me up and it was awesome. I love being completely obsessed with my dogs and don't see that ever changing!

+ On my 25 before 25 list is to do a 30 day yoga challenge and while I picked the shortest month of the whole year, I'm proud to say that so far I'm 5 for 5. My longest yoga streak yet. I almost skipped it on Tuesday but then just made myself do it. I'm slowly getting on the yoga train. I'm not sure if I'll ever go to classes but for now the free Erin Motz youtube videos have been great.

+ If you looked at my camera roll right now about half of my pictures are of my niece. She's too cute to delete! Sometimes I'll just pull them up to look at and it makes me happy. Yesterday I was on the exercise bike looking at her when a guy walked by to give me the TV remote since he was leaving, probably thought I was a bit weird haha. 

+ Speaking of the exercise bike, I finally diagnosed myself with IT band problems. Once I googled the signs, I had them all. I've taken the past two weeks really easy, no running but lots of yoga, stretching and the bike. I'm hoping I can do an easy run this weekend and that there won't be any pain in my knee. I'm not really sure where to pick up my training though since my half is only 6 weeks away…any suggestions??

happy friday ya'll!


Monday, February 2, 2015

300 and If I could...

This is my 300th post! I'm not sure how I've been able to ramble on for 300 posts these past two years but I've been having fun doing it! Thank you for continuing to read and comment and follow along via my little spot on the internet. Here's to another 300 posts!

I'm borrowing this post idea from Erin's blog after I saw it last week - it is too fun not to copy :)

If I could…have my brother and sister-in-law live closer, I would gladly babysit my niece and nephew whenever they wanted!
I can't handle her cuteness - my heart!
If I could…only eat one type of food for the rest of my life, it would be a tie between Italian and Mexican. 

If I could…get my own dog right now, it would be sweet Bebo and we would go on so many adventures together.

If I could…have a gift card with an unlimited amount of money on it, it would be to Loft.

If I could…run forever without ever getting injured, I would be one happy runner!

If I could…afford to buy plane tickets every month to see Peter, I would be one happy girlfriend!

If I could…go to London and watch a Manchester United game live, I would faint once I saw the stadium. #dreamvacation
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If I could…run any half marathon I wanted, it would be the Napa to Sonoma Wine Country one. #dreamrace

If I could…hire one service to do something for me, it would be a personal chef. 

If I could…meet any celebrity, it would be Dax Shepherd and Kristen Bell. #relationshipgoals
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If you could do anything today, what would it be?!