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Out like a Lamb

March, I’m a little sad to see you go. You were pretty awesome! You brought me my first wedding anniversary, a delightful mountain vacation, several excellent meals/visits with friends, and lots of excitement for the months to come.

March also had goals. Some met with success and some, not so much. Let’s take a look see!
1. Read another five books – Almost! I got 4/5; Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Stones Into Schools by Greg Mortenson, Room by Emma Donohue, and The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman. My favorite out of these was Stones Into Schools!
2. One of those books, non fiction or classic – Check – Stones Into Schools!
3. Try out at least three new recipes – Check! We tried a variety of new delights including a delicious slow cooker lasagna with mushrooms and spinach, a new “fake” egg salad recipe (which we made again last night), and a Shepperd’s Pie recipe from the slowcooker book that we adapted to the stovetop.
4. Write three letters – Also check; I actually exceeded this one and sent out my fourth letter yesterday.
5. Be able to run three miles straight – Oooo, not so much. I made it up to 1.5 miles. I had plans to be over two, but being sick this week set me back.
6. Buy a kettlebell (check!) and do a kettlebell workout at least three times –So I got the kettlebell, but only managed two of my three goal workouts. Again, being sick put a damper on this as I had planned to do another work out earlier this week.

Obviously I cannot go a month without some goals. So, here is what’s up for April:
1. Be ready to start half-marathon training (aka be able to run three miles with minimal walking breaks). This is mandated by Thea who will be creating my half marathon training schedule – I start May 1!
2. Complete 6 strength training work outs. (0/6) I miss my muscle tone! These can be kettlebell workouts, gym workouts, bootcamps, whatever as long as I feel the burn!
3. Make 3 more new recipes, including something to share. (0/3) I already have a few things up my sleeve!
4. Read 5 books, for real this time! (0/5) My upcoming travel for a family wedding should help since I’ll be killing time in an airport for a while.
5. One of these books should be a classic. (0/1) I’m not doing so hot with this part of my resolution. Anne of Green Gables is still a work in progress and probably won’t count until May.
6. Stick to our weekly budgets. (0/5) We’ve been diverging from our meal plans a little too much and spending more money than we should. Eating in more/sticking to our plans should help me achieve at least three new recipes!

So, what’s April got in store for me?

  • I’ll be making my first trip to the dentist in over two years. It is also worth noting that I’m horrified of the dentist. I’m already a little anxious thinking about it.
  • I’m headed to Atlanta and then on to St. Augustine for my cousin’s wedding!
  • About a bazillion friends have birthdays that need celebrating. This is always excellent!
  • I am teleworking a ton which is wonderful!
  • Hubs has some work travel coming up and I’m fairly jealous. It’s okay though because he can’t come to St. Augustine due to school work.

What are you excited about in April? Are you making any goals this month?

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The Remedy

I woke up with a stuffy nose and a headache. I’ve felt 100% off all day. Sore throat, ears popping, etc. I was trying to blame it on pollen earlier this morning, but with pollen my eyes normally itch. Whoops.

So, tonight I’m ditching my workouts. Instead, the little dog and I have the perfect plan for feeling better.

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Hopefully I’ll feel better after some R&R? Hope you guys are having a good Monday!

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In Blog Life

Do you ever find yourself referring to people who write blogs you read like you know them in real life? “This girl I know ran the Chicago Marathon.” “This girl I know had her baby on 1/11/11.” “This girl I know went to AZ for the National Championship.” And it goes on. Do you do that too?

It happens a lot with work people because it’s easier than explaining about blogs. But, also because I feel like I know you when I read about your life several times a week. And, you know, cause I’m proud to “know” people who have done such amazing things!

Tonight is gonna be short and sweet. We’re watching Biggest Loser from last night and I’m not feeling so well. I haven’t felt 100% since coming back from the south last weekend. And, now my throat is starting to hurt. Time for some tea, finishing my book club read (for tomorrow night), and relaxing. I’ll be back atch’all soon.

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Little Victories

I’m not feeling so hot tonight, so this is gonna be fairly short and sweet. I don’t know if I’m getting sick or just getting fall allergies (which I’ve never had before but I suppose there’s a first time for everything).

A big part of keeping myself accountable and being mindful is celebrating my little victories. So, in the past twenty four hours or so I:

  • Spent 35 minutes with the elliptical yesterday even though I could barely walk home from work (oy with the icky feeling)
  • Turned down gelato when Hubs bought some for himself and offered to buy me some
  • Took a half hour lunch time walk with a co-worker
  • Limited myself to two happy hour drinks (little ones) and didn’t order anything fried or cheese covered

All about the little victories, I’m just saying. If I go in tomorrow, my lunch walking buddy and I have plans for another jaunt. The weather is gorgeous lately and I’m going to bring my garmin so we see how far we go.

Kelly had this cute little thing on her blog today called “Hey, It’s Okay…” She modeled it after a feature in Glamour Magazine and I totally have to copy her! If I were writing them for Glamour, mine would go a little something like this. Hey, It’s Okay:

  • To spend more time looking at nutritionals and picking out a snack than you actually spend eating it!
  • To feel completely zonked after happy hour — socializing is exhausting.
  • To drown your sorrow over your football team’s loss in pumpkin beer and fruit twizzlers (just not together)!
  • To wonder where all your money goes every month even though you keep a meticulous budget.
  • To want more friends to get engaged so you can plan parties for them (no one wedding is enough for any woman)!
  • To go to bed at 8:45pm if you want to.

And that, my friends, is what I may do. I’m bushed. I hope y’all are having excellent Tuesdays. Tomorrow is hump day which means Friday (and the weekend) are just around the corner!

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Time Flies

Y’all, how is tomorrow the first day of September? I really cannot believe how fast this year had gone by! However, I am ready to welcome September with open arms because that means the return of college football!  Hubs and I love watching any and every team. A lot of times, if we have no pressing plans, we’ll start with Game Day in the morning and watch football all day long on Saturday — breaking only for meals. We are especially obsessive over Georgia Football! I can’t wait to see how our team does this year — I think we’re going to be the surprise success of the SEC. 🙂 The game on Saturday won’t be shown in our area, so we’re thinking of either going to a Georgia Bar (where lots of fans gather to watch the game) or getting GamePlan for the day so we can watch at home. We shall see!

My headache is hiding today. It’s right there, I can feel it. But so far it hasn’t made a pounding appearance. I still don’t feel entirely right, but I’m doing better than yesterday. Last night I felt pretty awful, but Hubs and I made a delicious dinner (Red Snapper and a quinoa-corn-pepper-onion-garlic salad) with a dessert of Edy’s Slow Churn Ice Cream (Double Fudger Brownie – yes please)! I am convinced that ice cream (and froyo, and gelato for that matter) have healing powers.

I slept like the dead last night and felt moderately rested this morning. I’m on an 8 hour day schedule this week (as opposed to my normal 9 hour schedule) because I’m traveling next week. That means that I’m off at 3:30! My plans for the evening include a nice long work out (racking up at least 3.75 miles to meet my August mileage goal), a fast and easy dinner, and then reading in bed until I fall asleep (hopefully around 9 or so). I really want to feel better before this weekend — we’re going to a wedding and then I’m headed to a week of travel so I need to get right with life before all of that. Hubs starts class tonight also, so it will be a quiet night alone for me. (I won’t lie, I miss him when he’s in class but I also enjoy having an evening to myself each week.)

I tracked my suitcase this morning and that baby is out for delivery as of 4:33 this morning. (I love how precise they are, ha ha ha!) I can’t wait to get my hands on it, look at all of its compartments, etc. I’m such a travel nerd — I even love packing!

Last night I started thinking about which books I want to take with me on the trip. I’ve mentioned here before how I always bring an extra book or two with me when I travel because I’m horrified of ending up stuck somewhere without something to read. (It has almost happened too!) I’m plodding, quite literally, through Anna Karenina. The story is interesting and I like the book, but it’s just taking me forever to read! I started the book about a week ago and am only 150 or so pages in. Since the version I have is almost 800 pages long, I’m definitely not going to finish it before I leave next Monday. I also have an aversion to lugging 10lb books around when I travel. So, I think I’m going to set Anna Karenina aside for my week of travel. Instead, I’ll be bringing along The Omnivore’s Dilemma and The Art of Racing in the Rain. I don’t know what my back up book will be yet — I may just put my hand down at random on my shelf of books to read.

On a side note, I’ve been toying with the idea of starting to run again soon. I took the summer off since I almost died running in the heat and the treadmill bores me ridiculously. However, now that fall is approaching the idea is becoming more appealing…

Do you watch college football? Who do you root for? Hubs and I love our Georgia Bulldawgs as we’re both Georgia Alums. Watching YouTube clips online gives me goosebumps! (I know, I know. It sounds lame, but trust me…)

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Take Your Headache To Work Day?

This week has not started off on the right foot for me. The headache I’ve had since mid-day Friday stuck around all weekend long. In fact, it decided that it wanted to play this morning too. I woke up quite uncomfortably. Slept in a little bit and came into work a little late. The diet coke I sipped at lunch has helped moderately, but I still feel seriously off. I can’t figure out if I feel achy or if that’s just being sore from helping friends move on Saturday.

Let’s work backwards for a minute. Thursday was a great Lobster success! Coworkers, Hubs and I were toward the front of the line, so we had our traditional lobster rolls and accoutrements in about fifteen minutes. Hubs and I split the sandwich, chips and soda and while we were satisfied, it wasn’t really enough food to properly share. I think we both got about five bites of Lobster Roll — all five bites were scrumptious though. There were some SERIOUS chunks of lobster meat — including a massive piece of claw meat. The bun they use is amazing and I would love to see it featuring grilled cheese. Wow, that would be delish. When we finished chowing down and walked back to work, the line stretched down the block and halfway onto the next. My verdict: definitely yummy, but a lunch splurge. If you want lobster, make sure you’re in line early!

Friday was my day off. I filled it with errands and a haircut. So long hobo hair! I now have neat layers and my split ends are a thing of the past. I love my hairdresser and she’s super sweet. (She also gives an excellent shampoo massage while your head is draped into the sink.) If anyone in the DC area ever needs an awesome stylist, Rae at Pentagon City can definitely help you out. After saying goodbye to my hobo hair, I went to a grad school professor’s house for a little focus group. His place has a killer view and he’s a sweetheart so a group of us were more than happy to meet up and help out.

Saturday, Hubs and I fought the rally crowds to help Kristen and Daniel move. They have a really cute new place and I’m excited for them. Moving in together is always fun and having a nice apartment to boot is even better. One of my favorite aspects of their new place is that a UGA Fan lives down the hall from them. So, now I know they live in a good place!

That evening, Hubs and I cleaned up and went to dinner at Vermilion for my (very belated) birthday dinner.

We sat in the lounge area and ordered off their wonderful lounge/bar menu. It’s a really cozy set up against exposed brick walls (love!) with throw pillows everywhere. It was romatic and nice to sit on a little couch together and share some eats. The lounge is done half small plates/appetizers and half regular eats (but still cheaper than their traditional dinner menu). We grabbed some beers (Allagash White for me and Southern Tier 2x Double IPA for him) and split two appetizers: spinach and artichoke dip & fried pickles (called frickles). Both were phenomenal! For dinner, I got mini sliders and Hubs got a flank steak. We split a basket of fries between us. Yum, yum, yum! We tottered out fat and happy.

Sunday morning we continued our good eats at Jackson 20.

We were supposed to go for dinner last Saturday, but thanks to Friday night’s shenanigans we canceled our dinner reservations. I’m almost glad we did because brunch was to die for! We opted for their restaurant week menu: each person gets an appetizer, main dish and dessert for $20.10 (not including tip and tax). We split a crabcake & fried green tomato and a platter of shrimp fritters to start. Both were delicious, but the fritters won me over. Too often fritters turn into hushpuppies basically — all batter. If I wanted hushpuppies, I would ask for those! Instead, these fritters had a light coating of batter and all the attention was on the hunks of shrimp inside. Yum! Both Hubs and I got their Chesapeake benedict (eggs over crab cakes with an old bay hollandaise). Again, delicious. For dessert, we rounded out our meal with the Pot de Creme Chocolate (hubs) and Banana Pudding (me). Holy yum! There was even a carmelized banana half waiting on my plate. I would LOVE to try Jackson 20 again for dinner. I bet their BBQ is spot on. Oh, and I love piggies so I adored the huge pig sculptures in the restraunt. The napkin “rings” were little pigs too!

So, I suppose that brings us to the here and now. I’m glad I didn’t use up anymore sick leave than I did, but I would really rather not be here. Hopefully I can get some good rest tonight and feel like new in the morning?

What’s your favorite thing to eat for Brunch? Brunch is one of my fav meals so I’ll eat almost anything! I do love french toast though and a good omelet makes me weak in the knees! Also, biscuits and grits rank in at the top of my list!

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The downside to work travel

I love going new places and traveling! Lucky for me, occasionally my job requires field work. Two weeks ago, I traveled to my home town of Atlanta and then to Austin. This past week, I took four flights in five days to visit Phoenix, Sacramento, and Los Angeles (with a side trip for a few hours to San Francisco). It was wonderful aside from all the flights (not a huge fan of flying).

I’m finding out the downside to work travel – illness. Some nasty girl on the plane next to me from San Francisco to LA was coughing (bring-up-a-lung-style) and not even trying to cover her mouth. It was like the thought never occurred to her. Ick, ick, ick. Finally, after half an hour of hacking she started coughing into her sweater. Unfortunately, that evening I started feeling icky – sore throat, stuffy nose and topped it off with a headache the next morning.

Not wanting to spend my five hour flight the next day feeling like hell, I searched down a bottle of Naked Superfood Juice. Based on its color I was really expecting it to taste nasty. Instead, it was delicious! I devoured it, several cups of tea for my throat and probably half a bag of Halls Defense drops. I managed to feel okay the rest of the day Thursday and half of Friday. However, the five hours of sleep I snagged Thursday night before our long flight didn’t do me any favors.

By the time I got off the plane yesterday (only to have to take a bus and then a train to get home), I felt not so hot. My head is throbbing and I can breathe out of about half a nostril. 11 hours of sleep (yeah!) last night has lessened the headache slightly, but I’m still feeling icky and bummed. Based on previous experience, I’m thinking I’ve got a lovely sinus infection.

I’m supposed to run my quarter marathon tomorrow with my friend Kelly. I already knew I wasn’t going to be able to run the thing straight through — but I hate the idea of not even crossing the finish line. I’m gonna give it a little while longer before I make the call — but just walking around the apartment makes my head pound. I breathe like I’m having a heart attack already when I run, so I’m not sure if I should attempt a run when I can barely breathe as it is. And, if I do the run and I finish it, I’m either gonna feel super proud afterward or like I’m going to die. Maybe a combo of both.

Not totally sure what to do. I don’t want to let my friend or myself down, but I don’t want to feel miserable either…

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