Dancing for Food

Overcoming the ballet body image.


Drama Drama Drama

Remember when you were in high school and people started drama over NOTHING?  No?  Well I envy you.

Things like this make me wonder why the heck I willingly hang out with teenagers all day.  They feed on drama!  Basically, the cheer team thinks that my dance team is copying them (which we’re not, by the way), and have gone up to some dance kids about it.  I’ve talked with my dance kids about not doing anything to encourage the rumors and to just focus on what they’re supposed to do.  They’ve always been good about that in the past, so I hope that their annoyance won’t overpower their good sense.  We shall see.

I told them that drama doesn’t go away when you graduate from high school.  I’m sure they were thrilled to hear that.  But it’s true.  I think I’ve had more drama in the last year or two than I did in all of high school.  Oy.

For breakfast I had my obsession: cottage cheese and granola.  Yeah it’s boring, but it’s so freaking good.



Last night Oakley decided she wanted to be a human baby instead of a kitty baby.  We’re practicing for our niece on the cat?

kitty baby


My appetite has been crazy lately with the increased running.  It’s actually kinda fun.  I’m adding fuel to the fire by going to ballet tonight on top of the 5 mile run from this morning.  Whoops!  😀

What are you doing tonight?


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Kitty Loaves and Cookies

If you have a cat, you’re familiar with the kitty loaf.

kitty loaf


So stinking cute!

Yesterday a student came to me and asked if I wanted to buy Girl Scout cookies from her little cousin.  I didn’t even think about my response but simply said yes and wrote down my name and what I wanted.

I then totally forgot about it until the student came in this morning carrying a box and replied to my “what’s up?” with “I have your cookies.”  OH YEAH!

gs cookies


I may have a problem.

Also, a student came back THE NEXT DAY LIKE JUST SHE TOLD ME?  All I can say to that is WOW.  Except this student is cool like that so it’s more like “ahhh.”

This morning before taking pictures of kitty loaves and buying intense amounts of Girl Scout cookies, I woke up at 4:30 to run 8 miles before work.  I was NOT in the mood to run but somehow dragged my sorry butt out the door and did it.  And I somehow had an easier time of it than I’ve been having lately.  WTH?

When I got back I had a protein shake made with half a scoop of chocolate protein powder and chocolate Zico.  Amazing.

protein shake


The other half scoop of protein powder was in my overnight oats.

overnight oats


Besides protein powder:

  • peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • pumpkin
  • pumpkin pie spice
  • flaxseed
  • chocolate chips
  • mostly milk, a little water.

I think the best part of running 8 miles before work is getting to eat overnight oats.  I seriously love the stuff.

Now I’m going to dig in to the Girl Scout cookies.  Heck yes.

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MacBook Pro is All Better Now

After several weeks of having only an iPad to use for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, email, blogging, etc, my MacBook Pro is now working again.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the iPad, but it’s lovely to be able to type freely and quickly.  One of the reasons you didn’t see as many posts from me lately was simply that blogging from an iPad every day was a pain in the butt.

I replaced the hard drive and RAM myself, and reinstalled the operating system and all my programs.  It was fun!

hard drive



But now, I’m back.  And I have big plans for the blog.  Oh yes indeedy.  I’ll cover that more later.  First, let’s backtrack to yesterday, shall we?


I woke up yesterday feeling pretty good considering I had just run 20 miles the day before.  Mat and I took my sister to get her first ever pair of REAL running shoes, and as I mentioned to Skinny Runner, she went with Mizuno Wave Rider 16s.  Mat and Daddy and I are all about New Balance, but Mizunos worked better for her feet.

I got some new shoes too.  About time – I’d been running on my other ones since August/September!

new shoes

We made chicken fajitas for dinner last night and ate them with salad.  Good stuff!





Today was a non-student day since the kids all had finals last week.  That meant that us teachers got to go to school and have meetings and get our grades done.  My grades were done by Saturday afternoon, so that meant that this teacher got to go to school and have meetings and then sit around.

I could have gone out to lunch, but I opted to bring it from home because I didn’t want to spend extra money and didn’t want to consume extra calories.  I’ve been consuming enough calories lately in the form of Chipotle and frozen yogurt.

We made a barley shrimp risotto recipe in the crock pot for dinner.  We accidentally bought 10 minute barley so it got a little soggy, but otherwise it was good.



Steamed Brussels sprouts on the side.  I covered my plate in parmesan cheese.

dinner with parmesan



In other news, I realize it’s now Tuesday night and I’ve only covered Sunday and Monday.  That’s because not all my pictures had re-uploaded to Google drive.  I think I mentioned it briefly last night.

In still more news, my husband went from this, which he’s had for about a month,



no beard


He went on a beard kick for a few weeks and then suddenly decided never mind.  Not gonna lie, I like the smooth-shaven better.  🙂

Hope your Tuesday was good!

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A Quick Computer Note

My laptop is now up and running, but not everything is fully up to date yet.  Because of that, I’m having a hard time posting pictures.  So, the lovely post I was working on for tonight is going to wait until tomorrow.  But that’s ok.  Better to wait for quality, right?

Until then, a favorite wedding picture.  Tomorrow marks 7 months since the big day.  I can’t believe how fast the time has gone!


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20 Miles

I ran 20 miles today. This is something I never thought I would be able to do. The human body amazes me. With proper training, nutrition, and a whole lot of patience and determination, you can run a long distance. Ultramarathoners cover 50 miles at a time. I will never become that crazy, but it’s still an amazing feat.

I suppose it’s also amazing that the human body can do this too.

On your toes



Side note: I need to do more ballet again. Post-marathon I hope this will happen.

I woke up at 6 to give myself time to a) wake up b) eat something, and c) use the bathroom at least twice. Runners, you know what I’m talking about!

My pre-run fuel was a piece of wheat bread with plenty of peanut butter.

Pre run snack

I left around 7 to meet my dad at 15th street on the boardwalk in Newport Beach by 7:30. He had gotten there an hour before to get 6 miles in before meeting me – he had 26 miles planned for the day! He had to have such an early start because I needed to be home by noon to get ready for a 2 pm hair appointment. He said it was all good training though because these races start early. So true.

We definitely took some walk breaks and paced ourselves pretty slow in general. He actually has been going a little slower than I generally have, but it was good for me to do that. When we were done, my knee wasn’t nearly as stiff as it had been last time. We kept just under a 10 minute mile when running. I had a Clif shot gel at miles 8 and 15, and drank a Gatorade/water mix that became less Gatorade and more water as the run went on.

We started at 15th street and ran to the wedge where I had taken this picture last week.


Today was much more foggy and I didn’t a picture. You could hardly see the water.

From there we went back down the boardwalk and all the way to the Santa Ana River Basin. We crossed the bridge and knew that we had to go until my Garmin said 12.7 and then we would turn back. Here was the view in Huntington Beach at mile 12.7.

12.7 mile view

Daddy eating Gu, not getting tired at all. 🙂

Daddy at 12.7

Me at mile 12.7, also not getting tired at all.

Me at 12.7

Not sure what’s going on with the red skin.  Or my half-closed right eye.

We kept running, or as Daddy called it, trotting, stopping to walk when necessary. Eventually we made it back to the Santa Ana River Basin and were officially back in Newport Beach. The entire way back was much easier mentally because we were going toward the cars rather than away from them. The Garmin beeped 20 miles a couple of blocks ahead of where we thought it would, and we walked back to the cars. Daddy still wanted to cover about a mile more because he hadn’t quite done the full 6 before meeting up with me. I thought he was crazy, but I also totally understand wanting to finish what you set out to do.

When we hit 20.

20 miles done


I got home, foam rolled, and drank a protein shake made with chocolate protein powder and chocolate coconut milk. ‘Twas delicious. I didn’t snap a photo. Oops.

After my shower, lunch was a banana and overnight oats. With well-deserved milk and Hershey’s iced coffee.

Post run food

I’m SO proud of myself for this run. I was nervous, and it was tiring, but I did it. Running it with my daddy helped immensely. Perhaps we can do it again before the race. My longest run before the marathon will be 22 miles, but it won’t be for a few weeks. I’m running the Surf City Half next Sunday, and I plan to treat it like a training run and either take walk breaks or just run it nice and slow. No PR goals for this one.

And now it’s time for a relaxing evening at home. Chipotle and Yogurtland are on the menu tonight!

Oh, and here’s a picture of Oakley trying to steal more hair elastics. I moved the basket of them from the counter to under the sink so she wouldn’t get them, but she promptly figured out where they were and now every time I open the cupboard for something she comes looking.

Kitty thief

What did you do today? Run? Something else? Rest? Share with me!

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Swipp It

Today I discovered a fun new social media platform called Swipp. Basically, it’s a place where you can share what you think about something. It could be food, places, activities, music, the possibilities are seemingly endless.

I played around on the app a little bit today. I typed in a few topics: chocolate (naturally the first thing that came to mind), Starbucks, blogging, and maynonnaise (I needed at least one thing I don’t like) and then rated them.

The rating system ranges from -5 to +5. I gave chocolate, Starbucks, and blogging a score of +5 and mayonnaise a -5 (I can’t stand the stuff). I then started playing with the “explore” button at the bottom right. It gives you a listing of various topics that are trending on the app. That’s where I found dark chocolate. By tapping it I was taken to another screen where I could rate it myself. I gave it a +5, of course.

I went back to the explore screen just now and got these topics:

There’s also a “stream” feature that functions similarly to the Facebook news feed.

It seems that you can create your own topics if no one else has. The whole idea is to share what you think with the world to “understand the world better and make smarter choices.” (source).

Overall, I think it’s a fun app. I only played around on it for a few minutes, but I think I could get into it. The only drawbacks I see at the moment are that it’s only available on the Apple App Store right now. If you don’t have an iPhone, you’d have to use the web version. You also have to use Facebook to log in.

Go check it out! It’s fun! And follow them on Twitter: @getswipp.

Note: Swipp did not compensate or ask me to write this review. I reviewed the app independently.

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Marathon Training Check-In

There’s less than 2 months now until the LA Marathon. My longest run so far has been 19 miles and I did my first pre-work 8 miler last Wednesday. This morning I ran 5, and tomorrow will be my second pre-work 8 miler. I’m nervous for it, but knowing that I accomplished it last week and then managed 19 miles on Saturday helps my confidence. The hardest part is getting out of my warm bed when it’s cold.

I’ve definitely hit a running slump lately, which I’m pretty sure has made its way to the blog. Is frustrating, and to say it’s bad timing is an understatement. I just keep telling myself that I CAN do it and that I’ll be a stronger person for it.

I ended dance practice early today because we didn’t have everyone there (or the right version of the music) and it’s also finals week. I got home around 4, prepped lunches for tomorrow and veggies to cook for dinner, and then finally sat down to catch up on blog reading and email. This little girl had been meowing all afternoon for lap time, so she was a happy kitty.


For dinner we had leftover Gouda mac and cheese and sautéed broccoli leaves and kale from Alegria Fresh. We threw some broccoli in also because we have a lot in the fridge right now and I hate seeing it go to waste.

Don’t judge how much mac and cheese I can put away.

The greens were really good. We only used olive oil, garlic, onion, and a little salt and pepper. We’d never had broccoli leaves like that before. I love trying new veggies!

My computer is going back to Apple tomorrow. Hopefully I can be back up and running and blogging for real before too long!