Category Archives: Family Life

Back in the Saddle

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Hi!  I know I’ve been absent… I haven’t really been doing much to write about, but now I’m back!  I’ve been trying to run again, taken up weight lifting (a little), rock climbing and taking college classes to be a web designer.

I plan to share all the great pictures I intend to take on our adventures and keep track of all the fun fitness stuff I will get into this winter!

New year new goals? Or do you keep your goals the same from year to year?


A Slow Start

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A Slow Start


Today started slow. After sleeping in accidentally and having to wait a super long time to have a TB test, not much has been accomplished fitness wise today. I did take my measurements though, so at least that is done.

It would be nice if it weren’t 110 degrees outside so I could walk my son to and from school, but the sun is a killer right now. Hopefully it will start to cool off soon.

I did get a walk in to and from soccer practice. Impressive, I know! Tomorrow is a new day!

Another New Beginning

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Another New Beginning

I’ve had a drastic change in my life the past week. I am no longer employed. I don’t have a 1.5 hour commute to and from work, nor an 8 hour workday. I feel such a sense of relief. I thought I would be more anxious about only having one income than I am, which is a relief. I am becoming involved with the PTO and plan to find other means of volunteerism while looking for a job in the local area.

Not having an 11.5 hour work day means I have given myself plenty more time to get healthy and to be a more involved parent with my son. I’m looking forward to creating a new normal with all the changes that have been made. I foresee a few more on the horizon, but I feel like I am in a good place to handle them.

My plan is to improve my overall fitness for a few months with group fitness and/or videos, the elliptical, walking and if I can find a swimsuit, going to the pool and swimming laps (or learning to swim laps). Once it cools off a bit outside, I want to start running again.

Onward and hopefully slim-ward!



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We went to try a new restaurant in town.  The kitchen was so slow, we had to make silly faces to pass the time.



The windshield of my car cracked.  I guess it was bound to happen since I commute 132 miles a day for work. Not happy about it, but I’m honestly surprised that’s the worst that has happened in the year I’ve been driving that far.


The salad I had 4 out of 5 days for lunch.  Delicious! Grilled chicken, pecans, dried cranberries, spinach, nectarine with poppy seed dressing.


The boy’s first time riding some kind of amusement ride by himself.  He was just barely tall enough and since mom didn’t want to get wet, he got to go by himself!


My first review as am Ambassador for, it isn’t live yet, but it will be soon.  I’ll fill you in more about in a later blog post.

What do you do with the pictures on your phone?

16 Things Saturday

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Inspiration for this post comes from runningoffthereeses, I did not come up with this topic idea myself, though the things are my own.

1.       It’s a holiday weekend!  I love long weekends because it almost makes my commute tolerable if I only have to do it 4 times in the week.  I’d love to have Wednesdays off so I only have to commute 2 days in a row at any given time.  Fat chance thanks to being the Secretary and having to answer phones…  My bosses are flexible enough that I’m sure they’d be okay with it if one of my primary functions wasn’t making sure no one ever hears a voicemail message.

2.       I’ve followed my training plan 50% better this week than I have since starting the plan.  I’ve actually made myself get out of bed early on the days the piece of paper tells me I have to.  I’m not at 100% following it because I haven’t followed the distance it demands, but I have already done better this week than last week.  My goal is to complete my ENTIRE long run tomorrow.  If I do that, I’d consider this week a success.

3.       I drove through a wall of cloud on my way to work this morning.  Only a tiny bit of rain…


4.       12 Things Successful Women Do Differently.  I need to work on 1, 6, and 10.  I’ve got 2, 4, and 9 down!

5.      The world’s quietest room that will drive you crazy in 45 minutes.

6.       I need a manicure, really badly.


7.      JT as the riddler… I don’t see it.  I don’t buy off on Ben Affleck as Batman either though.

8.       I’m sad.  SYTYCD (So You Think You Can Dance) and ANW (American Ninja Warrior) are both ending in the next few weeks.  I won’t have anything to watch until the Voice comes back on (Sept 23).  I’m not excited that Christina and Cee Lo are back; I loved Shakira and Usher as coaches.  I am excited to get to stare at Adam Levine several times a week!

9.       The newest blog added to my list of daily reads.  I think she’s hilarious and has managed to balance being a mom and an ultra-runner, amazing.

10.   9 this Saturday doesn’t sound as good, but getting to 16 going to be tough.

11.   My husband wants another dog.  We have a big dog and he wants an even bigger dog.  A Rhodesian Ridgeback.  I’m not down.

image courtesy of Google Images.

12.   We made it 2 days into Kindergarten without getting a phone call from the teacher.  I think I’ll have to keep a tally of how long we can go without the teacher calling. I thought we’d make it through the first week…  We apparently are parents of the class clown, already.

13.   I bought a Vitamix.  Now I can make my own almond butter and my smoothies will be blended to perfection with the 2HP motor.  I’m not really sure what else I will use it for just yet, but I’m sure with what I paid for it, I will find A LOT of things to blend.

14.   Ann Trason is running a 100 miler today.  I’m nervous and excited for her.  She’s a Legend!

15.   This bird is a jerk.  She’ll act like she wants your attention and then when you get close, she’ll try to take a chunk of skin out of your body.  Well, only to me, she likes everyone else, making her a double jerk.


16.   In the next few weeks I’m going on a picture frame hunt.  I want to make a picture frame accent wall in my living room.  There are so many thrift shops that I should be able to find second hand ones in various sizes and designs.  I think I will paint them all black unless I find a whole bunch of eclectic frames that will work together in their original states.  That would be ideal, but I know how unlikely that would be.

from Google Images.

What are you looking forward to this long weekend?

Training Week

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Training Week

Last week in training was a successful one. It was my first full week that I was able to run outside for all my runs. I’m having a few issues with my shoes, but once that gets figured out I’ll be great. I also need to figure out my mental game… I let myself give up too easily. I know that, but I continue to let it happen. I’m getting better about shortening my walk breaks, but lately I’ve been letting myself cut my runs short. I have a training plan for a reason…
Last week was supposed to be:
Monday- Rest
Tuesday- 3 Miles
Wednesday- 2 Miles
Thursday- 3 Miles
Friday- Rest
Saturday- 5 Miles
Sunday- 30 Minutes

And this is what actually happened.


So, not quite according to plan, but this week is a new week and I am going to work on getting my head into the game.
On a different note, my son started Kindergarten yesterday. I am officially old enough to have a school aged child. It feels weird.


Idyllwild Weekend

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We had a great time this past weekend. We spend two nights at the Strawberry Creek Bunkhouse in Idyllwild CA. We had a cozy two room “suite” with a kitchenette and a small back deck. The main room had the tv, desk and bed and small table with two chairs. Attached to the main room was the kitchenette, bathroom (through to the other bedroom) and the other bedroom (with two twin beds). I was super impressed with the stocked kitchen; there was real creamer in the fridge! None of that gross non-dairy powdered stuff, they also provided a basket breakfast with the room charge. The breakfast consisted of a homemade scone, a packet of organic instant oatmeal, an apple and a juice box per person. The only downside to relying on them for breakfast, they didn’t deliver to your room until after 9am. Who waits that long to eat breakfast? We ended up eating at Jo Ans for breakfast and using our breakfast as snacks later in the day, delicious none the less. They are also pet friendly, the whole town is, which makes it nice that we can take our dog with us for once.

A Cozy Room for the Weekend

A Cozy Room for the Weekend


I had plenty of opportunities to take pictures, but it seems that my phone was always in my son’s hands and not mine when I needed it to be. I’m working on getting pictures of things I might want to write about.

On Saturday we went for a hike, uphill… I’m out of shape it turns out! We made a round trip of 3 miles, 1.5 miles up and 1.5 miles back down. In the middle we stopped and had a picnic of apples and Gatorade. About a mile in, the boy was getting tired more and more often, so I think we pretty much found his limit when it comes to hiking.

Puppy, by Tyler

Puppy, by Tyler

After our hike we came back to the room to rest a bit and then Tyler and I went to Earth ‘N Fire to paint some pottery. Tyler picked a dog statue and I picked a tea pot. We spend a good 20 minutes painting our pottery (yes, I thought it would take longer) and then we were on our way. We had dinner at Idyllwild Pizza Co and called it a night. I have to say the pizza was good (pizza isn’t one of my favorite foods to begin with) but the cheese breadsticks were fantastic! I highly recommend them!Breakfast at Oma's

Sunday we had breakfast at Oma’s Bakery where the dog was able to join us. My only issue with Oma’s is they don’t have a kids menu or even smaller portion options. The side of eggs was 3 eggs! Our dog had a fabulous breakfast after we were done eating! After breakfast we played at the playground a bit, and then went back to the room to pack and check out. After check out we walked around town, browsed a few shops, picked up our pottery and headed homeward. My husband had a long run, so we didn’t hang around town too long since he had to be back to San Diego that evening. You can read about his run here if you’re interested.

This is our second visit to Idyllwild and it was no less impressive this time. I loved the drastic temperature difference than the desert. I also enjoyed being able to open the windows at night, although it didn’t help with my allergies all that much. I think if we knew we were going to stay in this area long term, Idyllwild is where we would settle.

Where would you build your dream house?