Guys, last night I RAN.  <—- Whoa.

Granted, it wasn’t fast, and in hindsight, I shouldn’t have done it after completing HIIT on the elliptical.  But, I did it!  I ran 1 mile, and you better believe I’m feeling different muscles than usual today, although not too much.  I’m so proud of myself for finally just sucking it up and trying, though.

I only did 1 mile because my sports med doc, way back in Jan, suggested I keep running, but to start slow and with low mileage.  For someone who only averages a 5k length anyway, low mileage is 1 mile.  I didn’t keep running then, because my feet hurt too much, but they’ve been feeling okay lately.  Not great, but not bad, either.  And they don’t hurt more than normal today, so I will give it another try on Monday, and maybe go a little faster, or a little longer.  Baby steps.

I’m off to my parents’ house for the weekend with J.  I’m turning the big 3-1 on Monday, and this is my weekend to soak up yummy food and the best cake ever (from Easton Bakery, if you live in the Allentown/ Easton area of PA!). 

Also, another win this morning:  still at 208lb.  Sometimes I feel like my low weights are just a result of losing water weight, etc, but this number has stuck around for a week.  So, yes!  Slowly moving it down, inch by very tiny inch.  Which is better than going up, so I will take it.

Just saw an article on this, and thought it was a great question:  Where were you, on this date, 13 years ago?

I was a senior in HS, and I was out with a couple kids from my Economics class, interviewing a local business owner.  The owner had his radio on when we came in, and he said in a confused, but not terribly upset voice, that it sounded like there was a plane crash or something near the towers.  Then he shut off the radio, and we continued the interview. 

Arriving back at school, no one was teaching.  The TVs were on everywhere, every single room, and the school was dead silent.  We lived within 1.5 hr of NYC, and we pretty much all knew someone who worked in the city.  So many of us were affected, and I’ll never forget the sobbing girl in the bathroom that I had to comfort, whose uncle worked in the towers.  I don’t know what happened to him, but her terror is something I will carry with me for the rest of my life.  That day is forever imprinted in my mind, and we will never, ever, forget.

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The Blue Angels are practicing overhead right now, for a show they’re doing in Bmore this weekend.  It’s loud.  My building rumbles when they fly directly overhead.  But, it’s fun to watch them zoom by!

6 days ago link #blue angels #baltimore






Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy - Dancing Groot

“Baby Groot dancing is 100 percent me. I was too embarrassed for anyone to be there, so I made everyone leave the room and I set up a camera and I videotaped myself dancing. Then I sent the video to the animators and had them animate over that. I begged them not to leak the video! Two of my closest friends came to an early screening and said ‘Hey, I recognize those moves! That’s you dancing isn’t it?!’” - Vin Diesel

reblogged before but that comment just makes it that much better


Vin Diesel is actually precious and we must protect him

This was one of my favorite parts of the movie, and it only makes me smile more that this is actually how Vin Diesel dances!

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I saw the dentist this morning, and while my teeth don’t feel fantastic yet (and they probably won’t for a couple days) I don’t feel like I’m trying to put a hole in my upper teeth now.  So, there’s that.

Skipping the gym again.  I have a headache (from the teeth), and I’m also just exhausted.  I’m not thrilled with the amount of rest days I’ve had already this week, but hopefully everything will be improving by tomorrow! 

I also have a cross stitch stocking I need to finish for my younger brother’s girlfriend in the next month or so.. that I started six months ago, and never started again.  Oops.  I’ve been working on that hardcore since Sunday.

That’s all for the moment.  Is it Friday yet?

I was at the dentist last thursday to have an old filling redone.  It was hard to tell if the tooth was ground down enough, and I thought it was fine.  But it definitely wasn’t.  I’m scheduled to go in tomorrow to have it fixed, but oh lordy, my tooth and jaw are aching right now.  It’s such a simple fix, too, but what a difference one little area of your tooth sticking up in the wrong place means.  OUCH.

I tend to check out of the internet on the weekends.  This morning I hopped onto Facebook, only to find one of J’s younger (19 years old) cousins is going through a painful and very public breakup with her boyfriend of over 2 years.  My heart hurts for her.  Breakups suck, always, no matter which side you’re on. 

Yesterday, I didn’t do very much.  J and I did a bunch of errands, then he went to go do car stuff with friends, while I watched movies on Netflix, made a pillow case, and did laundry.  Exciting, yes?

Today, I was going to hit the gym.  But it’s going to be a high of 75 or something ridiculous, so I’m going home and taking J on a short 0.5-1 mile run with me.  He needs a recovery run from the 5 mile alumni race on Sat, and I need some friendly encouragement.  I hope it works out!

Happy monday!  My birthday is next week, and I’m looking forward to it. 

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Practicing curling my hair with an ironing wand. Best results yet! My hair doesnt stay curled well, so we’ll see how it goes.

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Beef Barley Stew

Another one of my recipes from the last few months, beef barley stew!  I love soup at all times of the year, even when it’s blazing hot.  I adapted this stew recipe to fit my version of beef barley, the original is linked at the bottom.  As I mentioned previously, these photos aren’t mine (camera broke!)  Also, not sure why there are random spaces in the ingredients list- I can’t get them to go away.


Beef and Barley Stew

Makes 6 to 8 servings

2lb beef, in chunks (usually found in store labeled as stew meat)
1 large onion, diced
3 celery stalks, diced

3 carrots, or a bunch of baby carrots
3 cloves garlic, minced (4 if you love garlic as much as I do!)
1 teaspoon thyme

2T tomato paste

1t oregano
1/2 cup red wine (I used marsala cooking wine)
 4 cups beef stock
2 cups chicken stock
1 cup barley
salt and pepper, to taste

olive oil

  • Heat a heavy skillet on the stove with a little olive oil, add the beef and season with salt and pepper, brown on all sides several minutes
  • Add celery, onions, carrots and saute until softened.  Add garlic, saute for about 30 seconds, then add thyme.
  • Add wine, then let reduce down until most of it has evaporated or been absorbed by the veggies.
  • Add beef and chicken stock and tomato paste, bring to a boil, then let simmer for 1 hr on low heat.  Add barley, and heat on low until cooked, about 1-1.5 hr.  **
  • Taste, and add salt and pepper as needed.

**The original recipe says 45 min, but it took almost 1.5 hr for me.  I turned up the heat to medium low after an hour, to help the barley cook faster.  Also, the original calls for only 4c of broth.  I added several extra cups the next day, due to the barley soaking up all the broth. 

1 week ago link 1 note #beef barley soup #healthy #food #delicious

Yesterday was my day off from the gym, and it was much appreciated.  I had to go back to the dentist to have an old filling fixed.  Never fun, and I’m having a hard time telling if it wasn’t quite cut down enough, or it’s just that the whole area is sensitive right now.  I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

J has an alumni run for our college’s XC team this weekend, and I think he’s pretty excited.  I know he’s felt a bit down lately over a bit of weight gain (but nothing he can’t lose if he starts doing regular longer runs a couple times a week.  He’s got  a great metabolism, the jerk.) and I’m hoping it cheers him up. 

I just ordered a long line bra (sorry guys) for the first time, which will be interesting.  I have a dress for the wedding I’m in this October that has a lace back (as below, but black, not blue.  And not sure why, but not nearly as short, even though I’m tall.)

the problem is my bra straps stick out in the middle section where there is no lace.  My boobs are huge, so a regular strapless won’t work.  Fingers crossed the long line works.  I lovelovelove this dress, but I’m not willing to be uncomfortable all day for it.

That’s it for the moment.  Since it’s welcome month at the gym, there haven’t been any classes I wanted/ could attend yet due to timing, but next week looks more hopeful.  i might try for the gym tonight, we will see.  PMS mode is in full gear, and I can barely sit up straight, let alone think about working out.  Fun times.

Happy Friday!


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That moment in the gym when you see a person walk in, start taking selfies, and you know it’s going on Instagram to be labeled #killingitatthegym or something like that. But then they spend the next half hour playing on their phone, rather than actually working out.

Swedish Meatballs Recipe


This recipe kind of snuck up on me.  I didn’t think it was going to be nearly as good as it turned out to be, because the flavor is pretty subtle.  Below is my version of the recipe, the original can be found on the source link (pic not mine!)


  • 1T olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves (or dried, 1T)


  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, and cook, stirring frequently, until onions have become translucent, about 2-3 minutes; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine ground beef, ground pork, Panko, egg yolks, allspice, nutmeg and onion; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Using a wooden spoon or clean hands, stir until well combined. Roll the mixture into 1 1/4-to-1 1/2-inch meatballs, forming about 24 meatballs.
  • Add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to the skillet. Put meatballs on baking pan (cookie pans work great), and cook for 15-20 min, or until meatballs are cooked through.
  • To make the gravy, melt butter in the skillet. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in beef broth and cook, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in sour cream; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in meatballs and cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through and thickened, about 8-10 minutes.


Recipes!  Remember how once upon a time I actually took pictures of food, and posted recipes?  After someone who shall remain nameless smushed the old camera while trying to take pictures of a waterfall on slippery rocks during a hike, I stopped taking pics (no smart phone at the time).  And the new camera doesn’t take food pics as well as the old one did.

Then, this summer, we were out most nights biking/ running/whathaveyou.  But, I did manage to cook this summer, so I’m typing up some of my favorite recipes and posting them.  The pics won’t be mine, but of course I’ll link the original website.  :)

I did a quick 35 min elliptical last night.  Most of the TVs in the small gym are BROKEN right now, so we either have TVGN (public tv station of some sort), a sports channel that plays Pardon the Interruption at 5pm every day,  some weird movie channel, and BBC or the weather channel.  No news or anything interesting.  The gym workers aren’t even allowed to touch the controllers to change the channels now.  Bleh.  And it was too ungodly hot and humid yesterday (not to mention, thundering and lightning by the time I got home) to work out outside. 

Anyway, that’ s pretty much it.  Life is boring at the moment.  My birthday is coming up in a few weeks, along with a a baptism for a close friend’s child, which will be wonderful.  I’m still trying to summon up the courage to run.. I’m nervous about how much my feet will hurt.  I need to just suck it up and do it.  But that’s pretty much my life right now.

This weekend has been great so far!  J and I drove out to WV on Friday night, and spent Fri/ Sat night in a hotel.  We went hiking in George Washington National Forest, and it was.. interesting.

We did this hike last year, right after it had poured for most of the week prior.  We ended up doing ten+ stream crossings, on questionable logs, but had a lot of fun.  It was definitely drier this time, and we didn’t need any logs to cross, but the hike was more difficult.  The ground is very sandy, and a lot of it washes away with anything more than light rainfall, which left the ground significantly rockier than the last time we were there.  My ankles, one part of my body I have no issues with, were aching by the end of the 11.6 mile hike.  I was really, really glad for the hotel, though, since we didn’t have to drive 2 hours back home afterwards. 

Fitbit shows I did 29k+ steps, which is awesome!  J and I hit the outlet mall south of Bmore this morning, on the way home, and I picked up some great Banan Republic shirts way on sale.  Win!  I just went through my wardrobe and put most of it in the discard or donate piles, since I mostly wear the same shirts, but I definitely need new stuff. 

J and I have been eating like piggly wigglies the last several weeks- it’s time to get back on track.  I’m also going to try and start running again.  I’ll start with 0.5-1 mile, and see how my feet feel.  I’m nervous about it, but I think with proper cushioning and listening to my body, I can handle it.  Group classes also start this week again at my gym, so I’ll be heading to zumba and cardioboxing again shortly!

Happy long weekend everyone!

Things that make me happy right now, and life updates, bullet-point style:

  • I ordered some Banana Republic Sloan (black) pants for general life events last week- church, semi-nice work stuff, whatever.  They fit great, the quality is amazing, they’re too LONG (!!!!, although I did order the talls, as the other pair I have is regular, and they’re a littleeee bit shorter than I would like), and I got them half off, with all my discounts.  For real, if you love BR, sign up for their email/ credit card.  The discounts make it more affordable than you would think.
  • I have a dentist appt, and therefore I’m taking the afternoon off.  It’s pointless to go back for 1.5 hr, so.. off to Ikea!  w00t
  • J and I are planning to go to WV and/or VA for hiking this weekend.  Cheap hotels, wine and fun abound!
  • I got paid today.  God bless america.  This month I get an ‘extra’ paycheck (I’m paid every 2 weeks, so two or three times a year, I get 3 paychecks in one month).  Inevitably, though I mess up my finances, so fingers crossed I do it right this time.
  • Um, THREE DAY WEEKEND.  Enough said.  Even if I’ve repeatedly thought today was Friday.