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Over the Weekend

13 Aug


…made Jenna’s boyfriend’s famous spaghetti for Jordan and I (yum).

…sipped on some red wine (that was also used in said spaghetti).

…went to the racetrack for some quality time with my dad.

…went downtown with Jordan and our friends for my very first NFL game.

It was a busy weekend, but a good one :).

Today, I am finally going to go change my name (!), and then I’m starting off the first day of my half marathon training plan with a long walk with friends — today is a rest/cross training day (my choice). Just to give you a heads up, I am going to be making some changes to my blog over the next week or so, so if anything looks funny, or I’m suddenly missing for a few days, you know why!

Have a great Monday!


Scenes from the Weekend

2 Jul

We now have the keys to our apartment, and I cannot wait to show you around! But you’ll have to wait — our furniture will be delivered tomorrow, and then I will share! Until then, here’s what I was up to over the weekend.


1. Lettuce wrap appetizer from Jordan’s birthday dinner at P.F. Changs

2. Cheesecake for two from P.F. Changs (sooo good)

3. Jordan’s birthday lunch at Moe’s — he’s enjoying his pop from the fancy pop machine

4. Moe’s fancy pop machine

5. I got my pottery back! I’ll have to show you everything that we made in another post.

6. Homemade birthday cupcakes, recipe via How Sweet It Is

7. Our master bath!

And with that, it’s time for me to watch “The Bachelorette” :). Have a great night!

Scenes from the Weekend

18 Jun

1. Waiting to enter the “cake tasting room” for our wedding cake consultation — isn’t it cute??

2. Plenty of flavors to try and choose from — we chose caramel! On a side note, we were told that our wedding cake is the cheapest (in price) that’s ever been ordered — $29! Since our guests our having cupcakes, we only needed a small cake to cut into. Instead of charging us for a small wedding cake, they charged us for a party cake. If you’ve ever planned a wedding, you know that anything labeled “wedding” immediately makes the price go up. Remember this if you’re thinking about getting married (even Costco sells pretty cakes!).

3. We have a home! This is a view into the kitchen in our new apartment. Two weeks from now, the keys will be ours :).

4. Father’s Day dinner, enjoyed on Saturday

5. Sunday morning breakfast

What were you up to over the weekend?

How did you celebrate Father’s Day?

Indy Mini-Marathon & 5K Recap 2012

7 May

Sleep deprived — that is what I am. But I had a wonderful weekend, and the lack of sleep is totally worth it.

This weekend was a race weekend for my family — the Indianapolis Mini-Marathon and 5K, to be exact. On Friday night, we went downtown to pick up our race packets and check out the expo. It was pretty crowded, so we headed straight for the packet pick-up area, where I got my bib number and bag of goodies.

After picking up our bags, we looked around the expo for a little while. I bought a pair of pink running shorts for $10 — not bad at all! After checking out the expo, it was time to go home, eat dinner and go to bed. We had an early wake-up call.

My alarm went off at 4:40am on Saturday morning. Since I’d laid my clothes out the night before, all I had to do was get dressed, eat my peanut butter sandwich, and go.

The Indy Mini is one of the largest half marathons in the country, so we were a little worried about the traffic and parking situation. Thankfully, we had no problems at all! We were able to find a spot on the second floor of a very empty parking garage, and since we were early, we had plenty of time to take pictures, go to the bathroom and get lined up.

Just a little tired…

My dad and I were running the 5K before the Mini, so we needed to be lined up by 6:45am. We dropped my sister off at her corral (she ran the half), and headed to the front of the crowd for the 5K. This was the most organized race that I’ve been to — precisely at 7:00 am, we were off.

For the first mile, I was running on people’s heels. A lot of people were speed walking, and it was hard to get around them. By the second mile, it’d thinned out a bit so I could find a good pace. I had to stop to walk twice, just for a few seconds — it was unseasonably warm, and my face felt like it was on fire.

3.1 miles later, I had finished the race in 32 minutes! My goal was to finish in 30 minutes or under, but for not training properly, I’ll take 32. My dad finished just two minutes behind me — it was difficult to stick together in that crowd!

After completing the 5K, my dad and I walked back to the starting line so we could see my sister take off. We waited for a while before realizing that she must’ve already crossed the start line. Since we had some time to kill, we walked back to the car to grab more water and my camera, then made our way to the finish line where we waited for my sister to finish.

By that time, the temps were inching higher into the 80s, and the sun was beating down on us. The announcer said that there was a “yellow” warning — meaning that the runners were asked to slow down, walk, or take an extra water break. At that time, we saw at least three people being driven away on stretchers, and I started to get a nervous when my sister wasn’t in sight. Finally, we spotted her, and she looked like she was still going strong!

She finished her first half marathon in 2:32!

After the race, we pushed through the crowd to meet her.

We took pictures, drank more water, and headed to Panera for lunch. By the time we got home, it was close to 1pm, and I was in dire need of a nap — which is just what I did for a few hours that afternoon.

Looking back on the Mini-Marathon, I learned a lot. It was inspiring, really. I saw little kids crossing the finish line, an older man crossing the finish line, new moms, dads and teenagers crossing the finish line. It just made me realize that there’s no excuse not to get up and move. No excuse not to push ourselves to achieve something we’d never thought we’d be able to achieve. Because if a 70-year-old man can run 13.1 miles, I can surely run a mud run. Or maybe someday, a half marathon.We will see :).

On that note, it’s now time for me to get ready for the first day of my last week of work! Let’s make it a good week…

Have you completed a half marathon? Would you?

A Change of Plans

22 Jan

Bright and early yesterday morning, Jordan and I were supposed to drive to Indy for our first pre-marital counseling session. As part of our preparation for getting married in the church, we are required to see a marriage therapist. I was actually looking forward to it, and had planned to use to today’s blog post to write about how it went, but we had a change of plans.

While that might not look like a lot of snow, underneath it lies a sheet of ice.

Most of the roads weren’t plowed or salted, so we rescheduled our appointment, and yesterday turned into the laziest day I’ve had in months. I loved every minute of it.

Since we were both already up and ready to go at 7:30am, we made the less-than-a-mile trip to Elegance, a restaurant known for its 65 and older crowd. But the secret is, they have really good breakfast.

I had the Mediterranean scramble with home fries, green pepper, feta cheese and egg whites, with pancakes on the side. They are extra generous with their portions, so I tackled about half of that, and then called it a day.

After breakfast, Jordan dropped me off at home so I could get some rest. We didn’t want to travel anywhere else, and I was exhausted from getting up so early.

I did some laundry, took a 2 hour nap, and watched TV in bed.

I kept my lazy theme going when it came time for lunch, eating it in bed, with a side of ‘Bethenny Ever After.’ Since I had a big breakfast, I kept lunch light with a bowl of strawberries, and my new favorite Chobani flavor- blood red orange- with some Grape-Nuts mixed in.

After lunch, bridal magazines were read.

My cousin gave me all of her bridal magazines when we visited a couple of weekends ago, and I’m slowly working through the stack.

Around 5:00pm (sad, I know), I finally rolled myself out of bed for weights and cardio with Jillian Michaels. The rest of the evening was spent eating pizza and watching TV with my family.

Last night, I went to bed so thankful for the change in plans. My body has been craving rest, and I finally got the rest I needed. I don’t know what’s in store for today, but after church, it looks like it might be another relaxing day. And I am not complaining :).

Do you ever eat in bed?

How do you spend a lazy day?



A Day Full of Racing

2 Oct

I. am. so. sore. My whole body- my legs, my abs, my back- is sore. I guess that’s what happens when you run nearly 5 miles with only two weeks of training.

Yes, guys, that means three doses of Airborne and some extra sleep helped me fight off whatever it was I was feeling on Friday…and I ran my 8K race!

My sister and I got up bright and early yesterday to go to the park for the ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ 5K walk/8K run. Despite it only being 39 degrees outside (yuck), the clear skies and sunshine made it a beautiful morning for a run. Once checking in, we listened to the opening speaker talk about her emotional personal experience with domestic violence (the race was for October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month). Her story touched everyone, and soon after, we lined up at the start, pumped up to run for a great cause.

My sister and I ran the first mile or so together, before settling into our own paces separately. I finished in approx. 48 minutes, about a minute and a half behind my sis. I was perfectly content with this time…it was a non-competitive race, and my only goal was to finish :). There are no pictures to capture the moment, but believe me, none of you would want to see that mess anyway. Since sweat and cold air do not mix well, we grabbed our complimentary water and fruit, and headed home. But not before making a pit stop at Starbucks, of course…

No, that is not sweat in my hair. I thoroughly enjoyed my pumpkin spice latte after a nice hot shower. I’d like to thank the wind for the especially red complexion I was rocking pre-make-up. 

After the race, I had to quickly get ready to meet my dad…for another kind of racing. I don’t think I’ve talked about it much on the blog, but one of my dad’s hobbies is drag racing. He doesn’t get to do it very often because he travels a lot for work and doesn’t have a ton of free time on the weekends, but this weekend he finally took some time for himself. I spent my afternoon hanging out with him at the track. I even captured some of the action.

Unfortunately, he got out in the first round of eliminations, so we called it day and packed up to go home.

After a little bit of rest and a dinner date with my sisters and our boyfriends, my Saturday night was topped off with fro-yo.

Such a terrible way to end the day, I know ;).

Now, I must hobble out of bed and get ready for church. Enjoy your Sunday, blog friends!

How do you soothe achy muscles?

Do you or your family members have any interesting hobbies?

On the Road Again

20 Aug

Have you noticed the recent theme of my weekends? You’re not imagining it, this is the fourth weekend in a row that I am packing up to go out of town. A little overwhelming after accomplishing nothing around the house during the work week (don’t even ask me when I last cleaned my room), but for good reasons, nonetheless.

I’ve had the privilege of staring at a lot of this lately 🙂

Later this morning, I am leaving for Michigan for my cousin’s bridal shower! My cousin and I are only eight days apart, and it’s still hard to believe that one of us is getting married. She asked me to be a part of the wedding party, and I’m so excited for her. Today, my mom and I will be making our way up there to spend some time with family, and attend the shower tomorrow.

I feel like I have so much to do in the three hours before we leave, so I must get going. First, breakfast calls :).

Have a wonderful weekend!

Do you enjoy traveling on the weekends, or do you prefer staying home? I like being busy, so it’s nice to have somewhere to go on the weekends. I’m looking forward to a weekend at home too though, just so I can clean my room and catch up on laundry!