I’ve been using my special boots for my plantar fasciitis the last couple of days.  It’s mostly a last ditch effort- I tried them before, and they helped, but not enough.  My feet ache more after using them, but also.. feel better?  It’s a weird sensation. 

It’s been a year since the PF pain started.  I gave up everything I loved to try and help heal my feet- zumba, cardioboxing, running- and I’m pretty much over it.  My body had it’s chance.  I’m going back to my favorite stuff, as soon as classes start again in late August (bonus of a university gym.. summer break..).  My feet are better, but they still hurt.  Optimally, I’d like no pain at all!

So, here’s to giving it all another try. 

As a fun side note, I got competitive with a 13 year old last night on the bike trail, haha.  J and I passed her, and suddenly she got inspired and passed us.  She slowed down, and we passed her again, and.. repeat.  Well, I looked at J and told him I was not going to be beaten by a kid.  I was having some trouble breathing (allergies), which was part of the issue, but I wanted to push through it. Needless to say, we beat her back.  And my thighs/ calves are aching this morning.  True story.


I’m back from vacation and feeling a lot more relaxed.  It also helps that my first two days back at work weren’t intense, either.  I’m making an effort to make the difficult PI happy, and it’s okay for the moment.  Right before I left for vacation, this PI got a huge grant.  This is good for me- someone to take over some of her mouse work, and less pressure.  It sounds like the position starts in October.  I. Can’t. Wait.

J and I did very little on vacation, which is exactly how we needed it to go.  My day usually started with getting up early, having some granola/chobani, going kayaking, coming back for a bit more to eat with my parents and J.  Then.. we did whatever.  Reading on the beach, swimming, reading in the hammock/ sleeping.. but whatever it was, it was relaxing.  We climbed Mount Monadnock, something that has become a tradition for us since we started dating.  My allergy riddled lungs freaked out for a while, but once the allergy medicine kicked in, we had a great hike. 

We spent a lot of time with my parents, and with J’s family as well on our way up/ back again.  The radiator hose blew on my car, thankfully next to an Autozone.  The brakes also randomly stop working, which we’re trying to find out what’s going on still.  But, we made it home in one piece.  That’s about all I can ask for.

A good friend of J’s and mine is having a difficult time right now- his ex fiancee has found a new boyfriend, less than 6 wks after they broke up.  We might end up flying to FL to see him soon.  He’s okay, but.. not, you know?

That’s my life updated for the moment.  I’m excited about exercising tonight- the weather in Baltimore has been phenomenally un-humid and beautiful!

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I have one last day off before I go back to work tomorrow.  It’s time to get crap done, including:

  • picking up some stuff from Lush and Sephora
  • Grocery store
  • Bridal shower planning for a friend- presents, putting together favor boxes, printing out layouts for games, etc, etc, etc
  • exercising

Gonna be a busy day, but I’m excited!  My coworker emailed me and said things have gotten really tense at the lab with the new heads of the lab that just joined ours a few weeks ago.  Not something to look forward to, but we’ll see how it goes tomorrow.


rockees:

a ferocious beast

All the cuteness!

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The end of a great vacation week! Wouldnt have been complete without a radiator hose blowing on the way to the in-laws today!

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I may have just messed up J’s hair cut.  We added oil to the teeth, but I forgot to put the adapter on and took a big dive across the back of his head before I realized it, hahaha.  He is such a sweetheart and was like, meh, it will be a little shorter this time.  I was horrified, but still laughing through it.

I’m alive here, just super busy.  I’m leaving for vacation TOMORROW night, and work has been insane.  I literally haven’t been on a bike in a week, thanks to our nightly thunder storms.  J and I did a fantastic hike last weekend at one of my faves up by Harrisburg, at Boyd Big Tree preserve.  It’s not terribly difficult, but it’s a beautiful hike!

There’s almost zero phone connection at our family cottage in NH, let alone internet, so I might check in from town.  We’ll see.  I do promise to take lots of great pictures though!


Cheese ravioli, vodka sauce, parm and onion for dinner; and my husband’s cheeseburger success for the fourth!

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Strawberry drooliness salad from Panera that I had for dinner last night.  It was amazing!  I couldnt eat it all but #dontcare.

Strawberry drooliness salad from Panera that I had for dinner last night. It was amazing! I couldnt eat it all but #dontcare.

4 weeks ago link 1 note #yum #panerabread #healthy

I feel a bit ambivalent today.  J’s boss, his friend who got him this job, is quitting.  There are a variety of reasons, and he did give his 2 week notice- it wasn’t a surprise.  But he’s leaving the place in a shit storm, in the middle of a really busy time, when they don’t have a lot of people (two, actually, now that the guys is leaving).  I feel for J, because it puts a lot of stress on his shoulders, and a lot of long hours at work. The boss also left three hours early, on his last day.  There’s a lot I could say about that.. sigh.

After the last couple of months, all I can say is, thank goodness it’s Friday.  And that we leave for vacation in 20 days.  I think I can solidly say I’ve never deserved a vacation quite as much as this one.


My pants keep falling down. And while I can’t find it in me to complain too much about this particular NSV, id prefer they stay up at work. Measurements yesterday show my thighs have both lost an inch. That makes me one happy lady. With falling down pants.

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Smoked gouda meatballs

So, this happened last night:

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Smoked. Gouda. Meatballs.  I love smoked gouda (not to mention many other types of cheese), but this one is a favorite.  I ran across this recipe on Pinterest.  You can use them as appetizers, or go my route, and throw them in with some good wine and pasta. 

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I highly recommend it.

(Source: ifood.tv)

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tastefullyoffensive:

Notes from Management [ardentleprechaun]

I want to know who Shane is, and why is he not working with me?  Seriously.


It’s time for an internet coffee date, mostly bc that’s what I can handle this morning.  If we were having coffee, I would tell you about some of this:

  • I had a long talk with the supervisor who makes me want to rip my hair out yesterday.  It was hard, and I admittedly cried a bit (I hate doing that, ugh) but I think we worked things out a bit.  I admitted out loud to some of my shortcomings, and she agreed to hers with silent assent- but I didn’t expect much more than that.  We’ll see what happens over the summer.  My job isn’t in jeopardy or anything, it’s just been.. tense.. lately.
  • J and I looked at a car last night.  We saw it late on Sat, test drove it, and I love love love it.  I tried the automatic version a couple months ago, but no manuals were available.  This one is manual.  Butbutbut my car still runs (no matter how badly), and J is getting a new job title/ raise in the next month.  I want that car.. but I want to pay off bills more.  Adulting is hard sometimes.  I definitely need a new car, I just have other priorities.
  • I’m seriously considering not going to NH for vacation with my family, solely to save on $200 worth of gas.  But it would leave us with no vacation, so..?
  • I need a break.

Breakfast yesterday:

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And today, which wasn’t terribly different.  I threw in leftover yellow pepper that I cut up for lunch, and scrambled eggs.

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This is the biggest breakfast I’ve had in ages.  I feel better than I have in ages at 9am, too, so I guess that says something. 
Happy Tuesday, hopefully today will be beautiful enough for a bike ride tonight!

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I just got my new (read: it takes a billion wks to return packages to the UK and then have a new size sent back to the US again) bathing suit from Bravissimo and I think I LOVE it. Im not sure about sharing online yet. Maybe.

To my big boobed followers, check out their lingerie/ bathing suits. They specialize in larger sizes. It can be expensive, but this suit will last me at least for two summers. Do it!

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zombeetle:





everyone thought it.e v e r y o n e

I think I keep my Disney love pretty quiet on here ( but I LOVE Disney movies, and pretty much most kids movies.  J and I saw How to Train your DRagon 2 on Friday.  It was awesome).  
Anyway, when I was watching GoT a couple weeks ago, this is exactly what I said to J.  Even though I’ve read the books and knew what was coming, I was like, “God he just needs to stop monologuing, it’s going to be the end of him..”

zombeetle:

everyone thought it.

e v e r y o n e

I think I keep my Disney love pretty quiet on here ( but I LOVE Disney movies, and pretty much most kids movies.  J and I saw How to Train your DRagon 2 on Friday.  It was awesome). 

Anyway, when I was watching GoT a couple weeks ago, this is exactly what I said to J.  Even though I’ve read the books and knew what was coming, I was like, “God he just needs to stop monologuing, it’s going to be the end of him..”

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