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Overcoming the ballet body image.

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Panera Date

In Other News

TWO of my friends had baby boys today!  Welcome to the world Rhys Everett McBride and Jackson Ryan Gunderson!  You both have wonderful parents and are going to be loved so, so much!  I’m so excited for everyone who is having babies right now, and am just as excited for us to have babies of our own (one day).  🙂  It doesn’t seem like we’re old enough to be married and having kids, yet here we are.  It’s an amazingly scary but wonderful thing.


I went at the carbs tonight.  I mean, doesn’t 22 miles mean you’re allowed to?

I went with my usual: the You Pick Two combo.  Tonight I had a half caesar salad and a cup of black bean soup.  And naturally I had it in a bread bowl.  Only way to to if you ask me.  And yes, the combo came with a chunk of baguette on the side.  But I ended up giving it to Mat because he was still hungry after his panini.

salad and bread

soup in bread bowl

After a quick stop at Target (we’re such party animals) we settled in at home to watch The Hurt Locker and eat this.





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Christmas 2012

Whew!  What a few days it’s been!  I’ve been so crazy busy that I haven’t had a chance to sit down at the computer AT ALL.  Let’s play catch up shall we?


Friday’s day of togetherness was to bake Christmas cookies.  So we did.

I wanted to make peanut butter blossoms since we never had them growing up (my sister is allergic to peanuts).  I used this recipe and they turned out AMAZING.

pb blossoms

We also started wrapping presents and enjoyed some wine while doing so.


Saturday began with Mat at work as usual and me running.  I did an 11 miler, still following my training plan.  When I got back, it was cleaning and baking and wrapping galore.  I honestly don’t remember much of Saturday because it was so jam-packed.  Oh no wait, I just remembered one of the big things we did.  We saw a house!

Mat got off work at 2 and picked me up immediately so we could be at the house around 2:30.  It was a house that our realtor found on Friday and we decided that even though it was a crazy weekend we wanted to see it.  I’m super glad we did because we ended up putting in an offer!  Hopefully we’ll hear by the end of this week.  We’re trying not to get our hopes up, but if I said I wasn’t crossing my fingers I’d be lying.  🙂

After seeing the house we went home, did more chores and stuff, and then went to a Christmas party at Mindy and Joel’s house.  We weren’t going to stay super late because Mat had a paper to start that was due on Monday (yes, on Christmas Eve), but you know how it goes when you see people you haven’t seen in a while.  We got home around 11:30 and he started his paper and then we both crashed.


Sunday we slept in a little and then got started on more chores.  I don’t remember the order of things, but as Mat wrote his paper, I baked two cakes.


The red velvet one had mint Hershey’s in it and was used for the red velvet trifle.  The yellow one was for my mom’s tres leche birthday cake that I make for her every year.

During all the food prep, we were also trying to get the house offer papers signed.  We were driving up to meet my parents for my mom’s birthday dinner (and early dinner – 4:30 reservation) so time was tight.  As we tried to print the contract, we discovered that our printer was out of black ink.  Mat tried to go print it at the apartment complex office, but that didn’t work either.  So, we hurried to get ready and drove to my parents’ house where we finally printed it and managed to talk to our realtor and go through all the important stuff on it.

We went to dinner at The Summit House which is where we had our wedding reception.  My mom likes to go there every year for her birthday.  Having a Christmas Eve birthday means she wanted to do something special with the family a day or two before.  Works for me!  The Summit House, while expensive, is AMAZING.  We get a 1 year anniversary dinner there in June and I already can’t wait!

We got home and cleaned (hadn’t had time earlier) and got the contract signed, scanned in, and finally emailed to our realtor.  He got it sent off by 11 pm (he rocks) and now we’re waiting to see what happens!


Mat had to work a short shift on Christmas Even morning, and I set the alarm for 5 so I could fit in my run before finishing my mom’s cake and cleaning the kitchen.  I ended up hitting snooze for half and hour before finally pulling myself out of bed to discover it was raining.  I definitely dilly-dallied on getting out the door at that point.

I did 4.5 miles, did some sit ups, planks, and push ups, and then got the cake done.  I have no pictures of it though – I’ve been really bad about that lately.  I got the kitchen totally cleaned and finally got myself ready.  Mat got home and got ready and then we loaded the car with gifts for my family and my mom’s cake and drove up home.  After stopping in to see Mat’s parents we headed to my parents’ house where we watched mom open her birthday presents, ate a yummy meal, went to church, had birthday cake, and opened Christmas presents.


Our first married Christmas morning was really nice.  We enjoyed eggs and pastries while opening gifts.


cinnamon rolls


My stocking stuffer was this CD.  I was super excited!

stocking stuffer

My big present to Mat was his XBox 360.  He’s wanted one for a while and didn’t think it was possible to get it.  He was definitely surprised when he opened it!

shocked hubby


Mat’s family came over to exchange gifts early in the afternoon, and then my family joined a few hours later for dinner.  It was our first time hosting for a holiday and I’d say it was a success!  (Again, I’ve been bad about the picture lately).


After sleeping until 8 or so, we headed out for a 7 mile run.  Mat made it about 1.5 miles before he decided to turn back.  His IT band has been acting up again and he didn’t want to push it.  That left me to go the rest of the run on my own without music.  Sad times.  My legs were super fatigued.  I think it was because of the heavier food the last few days combined with being super busy and rather stressed out (understatement – the stress made me have another breakdown/mild anxiety attack last night).

But, I made it through the 7 miles and walked 1.5 miles home.  I used an 8/8.5 mile route and then walked the last part so I didn’t have to try and come up with a new route.  One nice thing about being off work.  🙂

As I tried to motivate myself to do sit ups, Mat was excited about his XBox.

happy hubby

I was excited about my new Garmin!

post run


After reading about it on another blog a couple months ago, I knew I wanted one.  I’ve never had one before and always had to guess at my pace.  I was excited to see that I kept a 9 minute mile despite feeling like crap.

Here’s my splits:

Mile 1: 8:59

Mile 2: 9:08

Mile 3: 9:07

Mile 4: 9:07

Mile 5: 9:07

Mile 6: 9:12

Mile 7: 8:58

I need to work out speed, that’s for sure.

My post run breakfast (or lunch – it was late by the time I got around to eating) was an old favorite: cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, strawberries, granola, and honey.  I bought strawberries for my mom’s birthday cake and had a few left over.  Win!

fave breakfast


Since then I’ve basically sat on my butt.  It’s awesome.

I hope you all had a very merry Christmas!

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How is it Already 3:30?

During the week, the school day ends at 3:26.  Dance practice typically goes 1-2 hours after that.  During the week, it takes forever to make it to 3:30.

Today I just now realized it was 3:30.  What the heck?  I have an hour until my sister and her boyfriend are coming over so we can meet my parents for an early dinner before seeing A Christmas Carol.  Oy.

Last night I was holding Oakley and Mat was petting her belly which she doesn’t like.  I’ve frequently told him not to be mean to her and pet her belly, and last night it finally resulted in a nasty scratch.  On my hand.

cat cut

I was rather mad at him for it last night.  But I’m not anymore because he brought me flowers after work today.


This morning I woke up at 7 after a late night at the dance festival.  I had my usual pre-run snack of graham cracker and peanut butter, but used the dark chocolate peanut butter instead.

pre-run snack


I ran my first 13 miler since the Long Beach Half on October 7th.  As usual, I have no idea how long it actually took because I don’t (yet) have a GPS watch, but it was probably in the neighborhood of 2:05 since that’s about what my Long Beach time was.  I was tired for a good portion of it, but I pushed through.  This is marathon training, and there’s no going back.  I’d be lying though if I said I wasn’t nervous.  13 miles feels long to me right now since I haven’t done it in a while, and I’m looking to double it?  Yikes.

But reading blogs like Skinny Runner and Run Eat Repeat motivate me.  It’s fun that they’re fellow SoCal girls.  🙂

After my run I stretched, foam rolled, and had a chocolate coconut protein shake with milk and chocolate coconut protein powder.  I blended it with the stick blender to make it frothy.



Oakley was fascinated with my stinky sweaty running shoes.

running shoes cat


I cleaned the kitchen, dusted, put things away, etc, and then finally showered.  I didn’t vacuum because the vacuum was clogged from sucking up pine needles last weekend, and I wasn’t in the mood to dig the toolbox out from the closet for a screwdriver so I could open up the vacuum and clean it out.  I left that for the man to do.

I had my usual banana (unpictured), iced coffee with milk and Hershey’s (also unpictured), and overnight oats.

overnight oats


It wasn’t white chocolate, just the jar.  What was actually in it was peanut butter, 1/2 cup oats. pumpkin, chocolate chips, flax seed, pumpkin pie spice, and milk.  I added granola right before eating.

It took me half an hour to write this post (don’t ask) so now it’s 4 pm and I have to do my makeup and hair for A Christmas Carol.  Amanda and Conor are coming over soon so we can drive together.

Happy Saturday!

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Love is in the Air

It may not be spring or Valentine’s Day, but love is still in the air. Today’s pick for 24 days of togetherness was this:


Luckily this was the first one I picked, unlike yesterday where it took at least 4 tries to pick one we’d actually have time to do.

Today was a peppermint kind of day.

I had my usual holiday drink, a grande skinny peppermint mocha, and a spur of the moment peppermint brownie cake pop. I figured if I had a sweet craving, the cake pop was better than a scone. I didn’t eat it until lunch, and it definitely hit the spot!

I totally forgot to try for Taylor Swift tickets today. Fail. Gotta find another way to get them…

The dance festival will be over by 10 pm today. Or earlier. I hope earlier. I’m actually in a better mood about it today than I was yesterday, but it will be a relief to have it done. The last two weeks of work before winter break are going to feel EASY once it’s behind me. Honestly, my biggest concern about it at the moment is being able to get a good night’s sleep tonight so I have enough energy for 13 miles tomorrow. I haven’t done that distance since the Long Beach half!

This weekend brings not only a 13 miler, but also seeing A Christmas Carol with my parents and sister and her boyfriend tomorrow night. Yay Christmas!

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Christmas Memories

This is what I picked for our 6th day of togetherness this morning:


It will have to wait until sometime tonight because I’ll be at the dance festival dress rehearsal until who knows when. It hopefully will be done by 6, but who knows. I’m not in charge. I want to make it to ballet – I’ve already missed 2 weeks – but I don’t know if I’ll make it. Even if the rehearsal ends by 6 we still have to get back on the bus, get back to school, and the kids have to be picked up. Class starts at 7, so I don’t think it will happen. 😦

Needless to say, having this dance festival now is not the best timing. I really can’t wait for it to be over.

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Thanksgiving Catch Up

The last couple days have been packed with Thanksgiving goodness.  We had two Thanksgivings this year – Thursday at my parents’ house and Friday at Mat’s parents’ house.

We started both Thanksgivings with a breakfast of pumpkin bread with pumpkin cream cheese and scrambled eggs.  And coffee – half pumpkin spice coffee and half regular.


Thanksgiving at my parents’ house:


Thanksgiving at Mat’s parents’ house:


That was Mat’s plate, not mine.  Mine was a bit smaller and didn’t have a roll.  🙂

Mat put the kitty around his neck like a scarf when we got back from our Thanksgiving #1 walk.


She hung out for a while – I was surprised.  Isn’t she cute??  🙂

When we were at Mat’s parents’ last night we were talking about Christmas and how we were trying to find a non-creepy angel tree topper.  Then today, right after my run, I got a text from Kathy that she saw this at Walmart.  She offered to get it for us.  Awesome!  One less thing to figure out!  Only stockings (and all the gift shopping of course) is left.


When I got back from my 10 mile run today, I scooped up Oakley and snapped a picture.  I’m not sure she appreciated my sweatiness.  🙂


Tonight we’re taking a break from Thanksgiving food and making salmon with Brussels sprouts and hopefully biscuits, if I find a recipe I like using ingredients I have.  I usually prefer buttermilk ones, but I don’t have any buttermilk at the moment.

It’s a quiet night around here for us.  I can’t remember the last time I was home on a Saturday afternoon.  Besides making salmon, the plan is to watch a Christmas movie and just relax.  Yay!

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Thanksgiving Prep

I was MIA yesterday.  And almost MIA today.  I’ve been dealing with a lot the last few days (I may share later, I haven’t decided yet) and so sadly blogging hasn’t really been on my mind (nothing has really been on my mind except dealing with stuff).  Today I’m doing better which is good because I had lots of Thanksgiving prep to do.

I didn’t take any pictures.  I thought about it but just didn’t feel like it.  I was making a lot of stuff and just wanted to get through it.

This year for Thanksgiving, we’re going to my parents’ house tomorrow and Mat’s parents’ on Friday.  His mom has to work tomorrow, and when that happens we celebrate on Friday.  It actually works out well for us because there’s no trying to decide where to go.  I don’t think Kathy appreciates working on a holiday, but at least we all get to spend time together.

My mom asked me to make the sweet potatoes and a pumpkin pie, and Kathy asked for a vegetable dish and a pie.  I decided to do pumpkin for that too because it just made sense.  I’m doing roasted green beans with parmesan cheese, so I cleaned and cut all the green beans and grated the parmesan today.  On Friday morning we’ll toss the beans with olive oil, salt, and pepper and then roast them at Mat’s parents’ house with the parmesan.

The sweet potatoes weren’t hard, but it was annoying to peel and cut 8 of them.  I got bored.  Once they were boiling I was happy.  After that it was a matter of using the good old hand mixer to mash them and add some cream, maple syrup, butter, etc. I mixed up the streusel topping and that will get baked at my parents’ house tomorrow.

Both pies are in the oven as we speak, and I’m finally sitting on the couch.  Considering I didn’t start all this madness until sometime around noon, and I stopped for lunch (grilled cheese – so yummy), the timing isn’t too bad.

Naturally, I had good wholesome television on to entertain myself while cooking.  My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding is totally wholesome.  As is Dr. Phil and Judge Judy.

As you can see, I enjoy stimulating my brain.