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Take you down to Gobbletown

Last year I made a Thanksgiving recap post. I suppose I should keep the tradition alive.


[Because I’m so wonderful being consistent with things?]


The night before, while normal people my age were out partying, I watched a holiday special episode of The Biggest Loser. Over the course of the episode, Bob kept talking about how bitches should exercise in the morning before Thanksgiving dinner. I take his advice very close to heart so I did as he wished.

38 degrees of pure bliss

You know me, I’m a cold weather runner. A nice 4 mile run did actually make me feel better about my soon-to-be fate of eating my body weight in food.  BRING IT ON.


The day proceeded as such:

Of course there were waffles. Why would you even ask such a thing?


THIS guy proved to be entirely useless…as per usual.


The sexy turkey was being sexy

Check out the tan. Ooh baby baby


Sexy lady was cooking said sexy turkey

Also, new haircut anyone? My mom knows how to rock a short style like whoa.


…I guess there was some Thanksgiving spirit? Well, for a little while anyway.


My nephew started getting impatient



Badger badger badger badger badger badger badger badger.....

They were out-of-control amazing.  Whatchu know about cheese, mushroom stems and bread crumbs?!?!





I drank more of that white wine that I should have AKA I was the ONLY one drinking the white wine therefore it was basically a bottle just for meeeee.


Sidenote:  If possible, do NOT give anyone with the last name LaForge their own bottle of anything alcoholic to drink. Chances are, they WILL try to drink all of it.


And then it was feasting time.

Time to pile up…and you can beat that I did

A little of everything…right?!?! Turkey and sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce and stuffing and broccoli and cauliflower and YAY! For what it’s worth though, I only had one plate which I can’t help but find a little weird. I guess me last year had more of an appetite!


An hour goes by and then….well, you KNOW what it’s time for after that

The famous Aunt Cake triffle! IT WILL NEVER NOT BE DELICIOUS.


We still have half of it in our house…Chubby Chubby ate it for breakfast this morning…I’m going to eat some later…just saying…


Also, PIE!

Dean Winchester approves of the previous picture 😀


My mom’s cousin Debbie made the pie this year and it was exactly what apple pie should be. Slightly sweet with a good punch of cinnamon and wonderful homemade crust. You cannot go wrong with homemade crust; the frozen kind just does not compare!


And there were the, er, creepy cookies…

The day before I was trying to replicate a typical bakery shortbread sandwich cookie, you know, because I think it’s fun to do things like that. However, my cookie press didn’t have the shape I wanted and they ended up being prototypes I did not particularly want to share with company.

Apparently everyone really liked them though so HUZZAH to that! What I realized also is that why would I want to make an exact replicate of the typical anyway? That cookie press has some good designs to offer and I can make some badass cookies. Keep a lookout for my revamped version!


Kids, always think outside of the box and strive to be different!

*insert appropriately timed wink*


Public service announcement. Every post should have one. Well, that’s kind of the end of the post anyway. Thanksgiving was simple, lovely and one of those instance where typical is totally OK 🙂

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2011 Seaside Heights Half Marathon Official Recap!

It’s been almost a month. Whoops? I guess I should probably post my recap  SUPERAWESOMEHALFMARATHON

Hey...you probably shouldn't be sleeping while you're running.

This post can almost be seen at CLICKTHISLINK which is the blog of the super lovely Diana’s. I had commented on a post she had written concerning pre-HM tips and advice. She then contacted me and asked me to guest post with my adventures in running. Wheeee it was so nice of her to ask and thank you again for asking Diana! You rock 😀

Let’s start from the beginning.

So blah blah blah I picked up my race packet at 5:30 the day before and let me tell you, that was complete chaos. The pre-registration area, a restaurant called Spicy’s, was located on the second level and there were no signs informing anyone of that. I made friends with a tiny older lady who was running it too and her husband found out where we had to go. Then there was the typical waiting in line and general confusion for fellow line goers. Also, the swag bag was lacking and aside from papers advertising races I wouldn’t be able to attend, this was about it.

I don’t know why but I find the TD tissues to be REALLY funny. MORE BANK, MORE CONVENIENCE….FOR YOUR NOSE! Bwahahahaha. But otherwise, Good Chips are good and I have wanted to put one of those stickers on my car for so long…for obvious bragging rights.

Afterwards, I indulged in the traditional dinner before the race.

Roast beef and ham/provolone with a romaine pile topped with the grilled Shoprite veggies that I LOVE.

Not really the stereotypical pasta-bonanza-carb-loading. I’m not a big carb eater as it is so I can’t imagine having had eaten a plate of spaghetti the night before. That’s my own preference though so, as always, it just depends on what works for you! As long as it’s considerably healthy and not something you don’t normally eat, I’d say its fine in my book.

Like Diana, when it comes to races I become a big ole’ anxious mess. But thanks to Diana, I was able to put myself at ease when remembering the half marathon tips. They REALLY helped and I suggest anyone running a long distance race should read through them! (CLICK THE LINK ABOVE!!)

I headed to bed around 9 PM (after watching 3 episodes of Two and a Half Men) but before I did, I set up everything I could have possibly needed for the next day.

Race tag, all my clothes (my shirt was new but I made sure to run in it once before to be sure), IPod, headphones, watch, deodorant, etc. etc. etc. Also, you can’t see it but on the floor was my gym bag FULL of provisions. From band aids to toilet paper to sunscreen to my race chews, I had everything but the kitchen sink. Having too much stuff is better than not having enough!

I had 3 alarms set on my Itouch and made my niece set an alarm on her phone, just in case. Turns out, however, that the moment the first one went off at 5:55 I shot up out of bed and was AWAKE

I made it smaller because it's actually a very frightening picture of my face.

5 minutes later I was in eating mode.

Wheat bagel with a packet of Justin's Honey Almond Butter (Thanks Sam!) and a banana

I wanted to eat as early as possible in order to give myself enough digesting time. Everyone has seen the photo of the runner with the, err, explosive problem. And if you haven’t, click THIS LINK and see what I’m talking about. It’s gross and not for the weak of stomach. I’m a dedicated runner but not THAT dedicated. *shivers*

My mom woke up 10 minutes after me and immediately left the house to go to 7-11 and I could barely contain my jealousy.

While on the topic of GI problems, as much as I love it, I avoid coffee like the plague when running is involved. My digestive system gets turned upside down when I mix the two but some runners function better after having coffee. Gotta know your body kids, that’s the only way to perform the best!

Mom and I headed to the boardwalk (a 20 minute drive) and arrived around 9. I stretched, we people watched (because pre-race runners are seriously the most interesting people to observe EVER) and the rest of my family showed up at 9:40 and picture taking ensued.

Those are two kittens playing in case anyone was wondering why I took a picture of a random blur

Thanks familyyy! After a bunch of good lucks I headed to the starting line at 9:50. I was towards the middle-back, amongst a team called “Brooke’s Miracle”, 3 high schoolers and a pink bandana-ed man. Quick pledge of national anthem singing was lovely and then we were off!

LOL I am not in this picture.

It's safe to say that I will forever be that guy who gives thumbs up in all pictures. Also, mmm Zeppoles.

As for the next 13.1 miles, I shall break down for maximum experience benefits.

Mile 1 & 2 = We ran on the boardwalk and then took to the streets. I was keeping my pace slow but steady and my legs were feeling good! There really weren’t too many spectators (aside from a man playing the trumpet) so I had to keep myself entertained with music and my own thoughts, “WOO I’m really running this! I feel so awesome right now. The boardwalk is so cool, I wonder if Snooki is here. Hey, a water station, eh I’m not going to take it, I don’t need water right now. I don’t want to have to pee in a bush.” Apparently, I’m paranoid about the bathroom. Yikes.

Mile 3 = I realized that it truly does help to break down a half marathon into separate races. Once I hit this I was like, “I just finished a 5K! Now I’m running a 10K!” 13 miles doesn’t seem as daunting this way.

Mile 4 through 10 = The street route took us runners onto a long stretch of road AKA Seaside Park. The turnaround point was at mile 6.5 and otherwise there was NOTHING but road and plants. This is a perfect example of how much of a mental test running long distances is. There were several times were I was just bored. Main points of these miles included:

  • I saw a man pee in a bush and a woman pee in a bush…ahem, at completely different times mind you!
  • An older woman, who was a vocal feminist, chatted with me for about half a mile about how she was distraught that the leaders of the race were mostly men.
  • The turnaround point was through a parking lot at which point I took 4 of my FRS energy chews. I even managed to run and chew…although I was chewing like a cow which I can imagine wasn’t very attractive.
  • I drank a cup of water AND a cup of Gatorade at every station, except for the first. Oh man did those help. Not just for the hydration but I designated these as the times to walk. I grabbed the cups, walked while drinking, threw the cups in the trash and then started up again.
  • Throughout the entire span of the race I walked for maybe a minute at the most.
  • Oh, I also grinned at an older man carrying an American and he yelled, “Now THAT is how you’re supposed to run a race!” That made me happy.

Mile 11 and 12 = At this point I started feeling many different things. My right knee started aching and although it wasn’t super bad, it didn’t help that I still had a couple miles to go. However, at the same time I was now in uncharted territory and had officially bypassed my PDR!! That fact alone filled my blood back up with adrenaline. Also, getting off of that long stretch of road was the BEST feeling…I think I actually said “Thank Godddd” out loud. It was back on the streets and back on the boardwalk!

Mile 13 = This was tough, I can’t lie. My knee was steadily hurting and my ponytail was soaked with sweat. However, my brain was yelling, “ONE.MILE.LEFT. YOU’VE GOT THIS!” and that’s essentially what pushed me through. Also, doing the last mile on the boardwalk was great. More spectators had appeared and the people sitting at the bars were hollering everywhere and were ULTRA encouraging.

I saw my sisters and niece in the distance and not too far from them was the finish line.

That’s when the runner’s high kicked in.

Now I’ve had my fair share of runner’s highs but this one was something else completely. I took off into a full on sprint and crossed the finish line at 2:21:04.

If you’re wondering why my hand is by my neck it’s because before the finish line a man was holding up a sign that said “TAKE YOUR HEADPHONES OFF” so I was spazztically trying to do that while sprinting.  That messed up my groove a bit but, for the record, my iPod was playing “Hold Your Dream” from the FAME soundtrack which, as you all know, is the song I ALWAYS listen to when I finish a race.

I was handed my medal and then suddenly all my brain could comprehend was “OHMYGODIACTUALLYDIDIT”

Hey cheeseball heyyyyy! Also, see my useless bandana tied around my arm? I was able to run a mile before the damn thing slipped off my head and didn't even bother trying to tie it back on.

After reuniting with my family and chugging a bunch of mini-water bottles, I ended up walking in a circle at least ten times. It’s very peculiar. You would think after running for so long you would want to sit but gentle walking was all I wanted to do. Good thing our car was parked half a block away!

The organization of this half marathon seemed pretty wonky and I was unable to find any avaliable food or any extra water for that matter. That really bugged me, especially when I overheard other runners saying that they didn’t feel well. My own eneergy levels were slowly dissappearing so the fam and I left and proceeded to fulfill the obvious priority, celebration food stuffs!

Hulloooooooo there! I’ve heard nothing but fantastic reviews about Surf Taco and knew it was one of the ultimate “down the shore” spots to go so when my mom suggested it, naturally I was on board.

I got a HUGE chicken burrito and to be honest, it was typical. I thought ordering a old fashioned burrito would suffice but it didn’t. Too much rice, not enough chicken or cheese and I ended up seriously missing my veggies.

When I don’t finish something in it’s entirety, you know something’s up. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking this place down in any way, shape or form. The rest of my family loved what they had purchased so next time, I’m going to go with my first choice and diverge from typical. I will say though, the tortilla chips were pretty awesome!

The rest of the day consisted of the best shower of my life, a celebration brownie (whee!) and a night of Netflix and knee icing.

Also, an icing mishap.

That awkward moment when you accidentally tattoo your leg with the ice pack instructions. Hedwig looks unamused.

THAT is the recap of my first half marathon and and here I stand. Err, here I sit anyway.

Once upon a time, a girl was angry at the way a boy had treated her so she registered for a half marathon without batting an eyelash. 8 weeks later this girl, and her eyelashes, have emerged triumphant! I trained like a wonky wonk and was presented with road blocks along the way that came in the form of randomly painful knee, a swollen foot and Hurricane Irene. Roadblocks be damned though, I can now say *coughbragaboutcough* that I finished the Seaside Half Marathon and couldn’t be more proud!

…chicka chicka yeah chicka! 😀


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Running out of time

My first long distance race is in 2 days and I’m trying very hard not to let myself get super nervous. The only thing that’s really bugging me is whether I’ve trained enough. My speed training has been next to nothing and I didn’t even realize that I don’t have a goal pace in mind. YIKES.


Just finishing is the top priority I guess. I ran 3 miles yesterday with strength work and am going to do a very slow 2 today. And then my legs get a small break and I begin the waiting game. BOO, waiting games are the worst. Good news for Sunday though.

Alas, PERFECT running weather. Now just hoping Mother Nature doesn’t decide to change her mind at the last second!
This post isn’t very picture heavy. It’s more like me spewing out randomness. You know, like Max yelling at us that he deserves to have a spot at the dinner table

Dog, what are you doing? You don’t even have an silverware.

He wasn’t happy with the decline of his request.

SOMEONE has a bit of a bad temper.

So he just decided to be his own man and follow his own rules.

…what a jerk 😀


Also, I made it look like I stuck my hand in a blender…because I have absolutely nothing better to do with my time.

Not too shabby eh? I think I’ve officially perfected the art of making regular ole’ chocolate look like blood


Yes, I AM proud of such a fact.


And now, a word to the masses. Know what you’re doing before putting Kale in a smoothie.

I'm in LOVE with the color

In the mix:

  • Maybe 2 cups Kale?
  • Frozen mango
  • Agave nectar
  • Vanilla protein powder (almost time to restock!)
  • A bit of almond butter
  • Mango Chobani

Children be warned, Kale is not a leafy green to mess with. The taste is STRONG and in no way comparable to the subtlety of spinach. That prominent iron-esq. bite is tricky to mask, even with the addition of other strong flavored ingredients. Although interesting (and somewhat unappetizing) at first I quickly developed an actual like for the earthiness and am probably going to have another one later today.


I usual tell others to try everything once but I do not recommend this for people….well, except myself 😉


Last thing, check out what just happened to make it’s way onto my HM playlist.

I guess it makes sense. It seems most appropriate for a race taking place in SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NEW JERSEY.

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Things I’ve been digging lately:

  • Marking a new mile record for myself on Sunday. My training schedule said 11 miles and 11 miles is what I did. WOOOOO! The weather was perfection, brisky and not a trace of humidity.

Typical prerun food. Slice of multigrain bread with PB and banana. The fuel of champions!

I kept my pace fairly consistent most of the time from what I could tell. I stopped twice, once at mile 5 to eat a few pieces of candy corn (I NEED TO INVEST IN SOME GU!) and again at mile 9 to get some water/eat some more candy corn. It did give me the sugar rush I needed but chewing those things while still moving quickly is a nightmare. Pretty sure I looked like a moo-cow while I was eating them!

The aftermath was a little rough. Luckily my calves are now being well-behaved but my right knee is being a little funky. My mileage is low for the rest of the week (no more than 2 or 3 miles a day) so now, it’s a waiting game.


  • The upcoming ESPN body issue, ahem, for obvious reasons

Let’s take the gorgeous nakedness out of the picture for a moment, shall we? His muscle definition is incredible and if nothing else this picture proves that Apolo is one hell of a dedicated athlete. He works hard and it shows. Seriously, try following him on Twitter! He posts motivating and inspiring mantras frequently and is always keeping active 24/7. Guess I forgot to put a PG-13 disclaimer in this post?!?! WHOOPS.

  • ETSY! I’ve become a member of the Etsybloggers Street Team and am super excited to help promote other sellers! I’m going to be writing posts about Etsy and all things associated. I think I’m becoming quite obsessed loyal to the website.
  • Speaking of which, I have two new cookies up and ready for selling!

I tried very hard with the presentation for this one

So because I’m having a hard time giving up on my “catch” these are essentially Supernatural themed as well. What we have here are Demon Blood Drizzled Florentines. Florentines are brittle but develop a nice chewiness after a bit of time.

The "blood" is a combination of melted chocolate, powdered sugar and red food coloring

They’re simple to make but time-consuming. Lots of on the stove boiling and you can only bake 8 cookies while using one pan at a time. They have to be constantly watched. Kind of like babies.


…………not that you bake babies in the oven or anything.


Er, baby baking aside, these cookies are pretty perfect for Halloween. Just saying. *coughBUYMYCOOKIEScough*


Oh how I have waited for this return! Pumpkin is a little more expensive this year but my love extends far beyond the prices that THE MAN has established. A 1/3 of a cup and a couple generous shakes of cinnamon turn this into a wonderful bowl of fall goodness.

But it doesn’t stop there, when there is a LaForge, there are waffles

You know how I do. Pumpkin waffles with oats and topped with my favorite Chobani/AB mixture AND apple butter. That just might be the only thing that could possibly be more fall appropriate. Apple butter is on it’s own level. In it’s own universe. Be still my heart.

And that’s my post. I’ve got A LOT more internet stuff to take care of tomorrow so I PROMISE I’ll be back. Have a goodnight everyone!

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What I’ve been thinking about

Things to consider:

  • The way I want to spend the rest of my life

Cookie recipes, pineapple Chobani and pretzels

  • Retro Fitness does not want to hire me because they think I’m a spy and will tell all their secrets to my wonderful second home that is Blink Fitness.
  • The fact that the only time I wanted to be a spy was when I saw Harriet the Spy. That lasted a whole 24 hours.
  • How to cook pizza like my mother

It's just so beautiful!

  • Why anyone would even consider Summer to be the dominant season over Fall

She's got the right idea

Adorable caramel apples FTW

  • The fact that animals photograph so much better than humans
A man and his toy resting after a long day

She who pees on everything

  •  Breakfast is, and will always be, the absolute best meal of the day. Hands down.
A Monte Cristo with sweet potato fries courtesy of a fabulous place in Montclair called ‘Toast’. How can you go wrong with ham and swiss on French toasted Challah bread?!?!
  • Why the Candlewyck Diner stopped being the lovable greasy place we all knew and loved. Instead, it has become an oxymoronic fancy diner. Yikes.


The spinach dip was actually REALLY good and tasted like there were several kinds of cheeses used in it. However, I didn't realize that they were only serving bird sized portions of pitas now.

A burger with broccoli rabe and roasted red peppers. Again, props for being super tasty but the fries weren't sweet, were mushy but in a bad way and tasted a tad burnt actually. And I was convinced I would never met a sweet potato fry I didn't like. Sorry buddies, I didn't like you.

  •  Why I’m still so hell-bent on selling my nerdy cookies on Etsy despite my current lack of success.
  • Oh, and the fact that I’m going to be running 13.1 miles in less than three weeks. OH MY BISKY.
  • Whether or not there’s a reason the ginger trainer at my gym knows me by name

Yep, all things important. And by that, I mean all things that kind of aren’t. Whatever keeps me going though right?


P.S. Today is a wonderful day indeed! It’s my roomie’s 23rd birthday! Happy birthday a truly incredible human bean! You know when you meet one of those people and know you’re going to be friends with them for life? Yep, that’s how I feel about her. I think my post about her last year definitely trailed into the mushy and gross category so here’s a picture. WHEEEE I LOVE YOU MANDYYYYYYY.


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Overly emotional girls are meant to be runners.

CONSISTENT. I deserve a medal for posting two days in a row. Chicka chicka yeah chicka.

As Michael Bolton would say, let’s get to it.

(Lonely Island reference…anyone? If you don’t know it, Youtube it. This is legit stuff)

Let’s talk running. Or, let me tell you a quick story about running.

Once upon a time (about 3 weeks ago) I had some boy problems. Details are unnecessary but the whole experience left my feelings were hurt and I was absolutely furious/frustrated at the world. So one night, in an overly-emotional-girl-thing induced fit I registered for the Seaside Half Marathon on October 16th, 2011.

I wasn’t really thinking and I have never run more than 10 miles at a time but KNEW I needed to do it. To be honest, self-loathing was WHOA crazy.

Personally, I’m kind of proud with myself for dealing my emotions in a healthy manner. Goodness knows I could have easily turned to, er, some not-so-healthy-former-habits.

So now I have six weeks of training to go. I’m running about 4-5 times a week along with strength training and cross-training. Anddddd there’s also the matter of my new purchase…

Well hello Sweeties.

My silly pink Nikes have been with me for a long time. They were first REAL running shoes that I received the start of my junior year at Rider. I love them dearly but 2 years with the same pair of running sneakers for a runner is basically asking for foot problems. Now that I’m training for a major race, I can’t risk that. Goodnight sweet Nikes and welcome Saucony ProGrid Ride 4

Thanks to Road Runner Sports my feets were evaluated and match with sneakers that would be most beneficial. Size 7 with a wide width please! Not to mention I may have picked up some inserts as well…

Haha, I didn’t actually want to take them OUT of my sneaker.

So far I’ve run with these 4 times since buying them and I’m definitely liking it. There’s more support with the Sauconys so I don’t get the full feeling that I’m striking the ground so hard. Also, the inserts were molded to fit my feet. I have extremely high arches and the inserts make me feel like I’m wearing sneakers that fit perfectly. Thumbs up all around!

Along with the training, I’ve also decided to really crack down on my eating habits. Since graduating I’ve been indulging a wee bit too much and just need to clean it up a bit. Vegetables ahoy and lots of ’em! No starvation, just healthy. You know how I do.

Lunch was chill

Whole wheat tortillas are a gift from Cas. The goods inside include apple slices, carrot slices, a tbsp of AB and a thin slice of swiss cheese. Don’t be fooled by how it sounds. I SWEAR this is an absolutely brilliant combo. The cheese and AB in particular go extremely well together.

Sides include more carrots, more apples, some [home garden] fresh cherry tomatoes and pretzel sticks. It was nice and fulfilling…..also, I like the way the wood photographs!

And with the running chatter out of the way, this is my current setup.

Yes, I am on the Supernatural Wiki page but I have a real reason for doing so, hence the notebook and paper located on the right. No, I can’t tell what it is because it’s still in the beginning stages. JUST TRUST ME.

The mug is protein powder, 1/2 cup frozen strawberries and water. I forgot how uninteresting protein smoothies tend to be and that’s lame because I’m going to be drinking a lot more of these….maybe I should start dressing them up in costumes. Hmmm.

And now I need to split. Running beckons me and then it’s gym time with my slister! Have a great rest of the day everyone!

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September has arrived.

Exactly one year ago today was my first day of my last year of college. I had a purpose and that was to enjoy being a senior without  the worries of what the “real world” had in store from me.

Nothing but fancy sweet potatoes for a whole year. It was nice and felt very safe. Safe in that way that you can’t be bothered to worry about what the future had in store. OK, fast forward now. NOW, the same people I was being a hooligan with just last year now have real jobs with salaries and benefits. NOW, they’re graduate students pursuing further education. As for myself? I’m sitting here twiddling my thumbs for now; the waiting game is my current thing right now.

That’s not to say that I haven’t been doing anything. I’ve been doing, er, stuff.

Cantaloop and mango whilst pondering over a cookbook. When in doubt, bake!

My original plan was to combine recipes and make peanut butter pinwheel cookies with chocolate and pretzels. I followed the steps for normal pinwheel cookies, rolling out the dough, adding the fillings and chilling it in the fridge for a few hours. However, when I took the giant log out to cut into slices they just kept falling apart. So, I lumped it all together in a bowl and went the more classic route.

Next time I make them I’ll split the dough in half, add LESS filling and maybe even stick the log in the freezer. Cookie making is an art form. Don’t get it twisted.


An old friend returned from forbidden forest.

Looking bubbly there Magic Bullet. Bubbly like champagne. Champagne is classy. Therefore, Magic Bullet, you are classy.

What we’ve got here:

  • Frozen mango and strawberries
  • Fresh Mango
  • Greek yogurt
  • Vanilla protein powder
  • Water
  • A wee bit of agave nectar

Topped with some multigrain Cheerios and fashioned in my ever-helpful positive affirmation bowl. SIAB will always be there for me. BFF4L.


Other random things of randomness

Otis was creepin’


Serena actually wasn’t trying to smother the dog

I actually can’t help but go AWWWWWWW everytime I look at these. Way to be gooey LaForge.


Chubby Chubby thinks he’s hilarious and was like, “MAKE SURE TO TAKE A PICTURE OF THE HUGE MEAL YOU’RE ABOUT TO EAT”…..clever.



This is just a teaser of a post to come. When it comes to the topic of running, I have LOTS of things to say and need to dedicate a completely different post to it. Oh baby believe me, it’s going to be good.


Lastly, to revert back to the gooey stuff for a moment

Looks who is starting her first day of middle school today! She’s a legit 6th grader now. I remember being in 6th grade…that was a weird time. Check out the bows on her, they just scream, “I’m ready for schoooooool!” Well, except she wasn’t. Pigtails are deceiving. Either way, my little buckethead is moving up in the world. Le sigh.


That’s all she, um, I, wrote. It’s pouring out but not humid so I’m thinking of a taking myself out for a nice rainy run. Guess we shall see.


Have a fabulous day everyone and good luck to everyone else starting school/new jobs! Rock it out 😀





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Will run for doughnuts and burgers

It’s only been ONE day and I’m here again. Oh yeah, raise daaaaaa roof.


So, first and foremost, happy holidays! And by holidays I mean Happy National Running Day and Happy National Doughnut Day! My running celebration is a day late but I made up for it with a 4 mile run this afternoon.

As I was stretching by my car I had the pleasure of being honked at by a garbage man that drove past, hence the lackluster smile and weak thumb formation.

MusclesGlasses was not amused.

Either way, it was a lovely run and I’ve got a 6.2-er lined up for early tomorrow morning so yay for consistent running again!


Moving on. It’s a rather good thing that I didn’t post about my less-than-awesome doughnuts yesterday. Let’s talk doughnuts shall we? As you all know, I my niece received a doughnut maker for Christmas that I enjoyed playing with. Two days ago I was feeling doughnut frisky and decided playtime was overdue.

Result pictures first, talky talk after

Aesthetically, not appealing at all.




SIDENOTE: Long story short, I went to the local pawn shop with Chubby and bought myself a $55 digital camera. Still a Sony Cyber shot, just an older version. Again, this is temporary until I get some money rolling in and am able to buy a better camera. I’m content that I have a camera again though, it does the job…..THANK YOU PAWN SHOP!


Back to doughnuts. The resulting title for my creation “Whole Wheat Chocolate Cherry Sunflower Seed Doughnuts”. Taste wise, they were so-so. Whole Wheat flour is a tricky mistress and the flavor is very distinct and pretty hard to cover up.

I gave one to Liz and gave her a warning that they were mediocre at best. She, being the great friend she is, said it tasted good but the components were very separate from each other. Makes sense though. After a couple test runs I started adding everything into the batter hoping to mask the “healthy” that the doughnuts had. Even with cocoa powder, cherry extract, honey, chocolate covered sunflower seeds AND 4 Hersheys Kisses (LOL) it was still there!

The recipe has already been tweaked considerably so next time around I’m going to focus more on taste as opposed to nutritionally based. Not going to bother posting the recipe because I want to present something that I’m super proud of. Always room for improvement!



(Liz: “Don’t you love that I insist on you taking pictures of my food as well?”)

I rarely drink Frappuccinos, VERY rarely. However, when Liz mentioned her new obsession that was the Mocha Coconut Frappuccino from Starbucks, I had to give in. Coconut is one of my favorite things on earth and gotta try everything at least once!


I got the skinny version of it in an attempt to lessen my preempted ED-induced guilt. There are some things that you just can’t feel guilty about and this is one of them. It does in fact taste like a Mounds bar.

Check out the layers!


Again, trying to restrain myself from making a Shrek joke about parfaits and onions. Control LaForge, have some self-control… it’s just a movie for kids, not the Bible on DVD. You don’t have to make references to it constantly!


Exploiting my own inner conflicts on a public blog. SMART.


Guess what I had for dinner…….

Yep, what we’ve got here is #4. Plain burger with a slice of swiss cheese and covered in ketchup. The rest of the plate is a forest of romaine, cucumbers, carrot sticks, some almond slices and a tiny drizzle of balsamic.

Oh baby I’m just getting started. Who knows how many more burgers await future me?!? I hope lots and lots of them.


And for “dessert”

Vodka Creamsicle, compliments of my mom and a premade plastic jug from Costco. She insisted I drink some and kept asking if I wanted more. I said no after this glass and she ended up drinking the majority of it. Have at it woman, you legit deserve some boozy times 😀


And that’s all I’ve got kids. This weekend is somewhat jam packed and includes a graduation party, a confirmation party, more running and car washing!


Have a fabulous night ❤

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It’s a pride thing.

I’m VERY proud of my new blog layout

In case you couldn’t tell.


Sometimes, I pat myself on the back for a job well done. And then I use former coffee filled paper cups to eat vanilla Chobani and banana because I’m lazy like that. It’s good all around.


My roomie has made it quite clear that she wants her food to appear on my blog. So here is part of her quesadilla

There was LOTS of cheese and I have a feeling her food will be making many appearances on here. Ha bisky!


My dinner makes appearances also.

I forgot halfway through and my plate had formed a mysterious circle. Typical suspects here:

  • Mixed greens
  • Hummus
  • Chicken
  • Squash
  • Black olives
  • Random brown rice (that I ended up not eating. Twas bland)

And finals week has officially begun. I had my first (and only) actual final this morning for copyediting. I think it went all alright but alas, I like to keep on a neutral level when it comes to these kinds of things.


No gym but I still had some oatmeal to fuel my brain!

It was quick and tasty

  • 1/4 cup oatmeal
  • Half a banana
  • Water
  • Last of my Mountain Defiance Trail Mix (about 3 tbsp?)
  • Almond butter



Today I learned a very valuable lesson about exercising in the afternoon.




I ate lunch around 11:45 and went to the gym a little after 1.


Apparently, one hour is not enough time for digestion.


My initial plan was to elliptical for a half hour and run for a half hour. I managed the elliptical but a minute of running made me incredibly nauseous.


As a runner, I’m stubborn as hell when it comes to my workouts. I give my running 100% and I get pissed when things are compromised. However, even in my stubbornness I was not about to start tossing my cookies (TMI!) all over the treadmill.


So I left. And I’m still annoyed about it to be honest. My pride took a hit. I hate when that happens.


I continued to feel dreadfully wonky but felt better after sprawling out on the floor and stretching. That helped a considerable amount and a few hours later, lo and behold, I ate something. Back to normal!


A little less than half of a vanilla Chobani, 2 tbsp apple sauce, 1/4 cup of Kashi Sunshine  and 4 Quaker Oats Squares (how precise of me!)

The wrapper fell off the Chobani container for some weird reason. Bye wrapper bye!


And now it’s time to get down to business. My plan of action is to get EVERYTHING done by Thursday so I can be a hooligan all over the place. I believe in wishful thinking and determination; it’s the thought process of champions!


Enjoy the night everyone! Crack-a-lack down on yo’ work and then the week will be your oyster.


I’m pretty sure that’s an inaccurate inspirational phrase.



The point is there though, right? It’s the thought that matters, RIGHT?!?!




Oh well, I love you all….

OBSESSED with Hyperbole and a Half Go read it. It will make your night… I guarantee! 😀


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Am I legit now?

So the 2nd annual Turkey Trot has officially come and passed. It was a good one… a definite, definite good one.

My first 5K ever was the Turkey Trot and there’s some sentimental value within it. My time first around was 27:08 and although I wasn’t too vocal about it, I desperately wanted to beat that.


Saturday morning I was up at 8:20 and excited/nervous.

Half a Clif bar served as my pre-race fuel… it served me well!


At 9:30 Sam and I walked over and I got myself all registered and such.

Lucky number 28! 28 is Sam’s favorite number and the number 8 is Apolo’s favorite number so there was just a lot of lucky stuff going on.

Did a bunch of stretching while I waited.


Right before lineup my crew arrived and wished me good luck. I love being supported sometimes ❤


Dunno what my face was doing exactly. Oh well. LET’S GO!


Sometimes I creep on the far right side of pictures. Teehee.


According to my girls my running style is similar to that of Apolo (BEST.THING.EVER). What I mean by that is that according to them I started off slow and then, after some time, I come out of nowhere and speed up. That seems about right though I think. I absolutely abhor the idea of burning out within the first mile so pacing has always been a big deal for me.

In general, the race was easy and I never once felt like I was overexerting myself. I did, however, push myself to pass people though. Other people in front of you is a GREAT motivator let me tell you.


Thumbs up!


Fast forward. I ran as fast as I could to the finish and after it was all said and done I found out my time.

Ready for this?




Wait…. what?!


OK, now I know that the race itself wasn’t exactly 3.1 miles but even adding an extra minute to my time would still be under 24 minutes. Was I REALLY going that fast? It sure as hell didn’t fell like it. Talk about surreal. If that really is how fast I was going, then that would mean I was going 8 minute miles and that would also mean that I scorched my previous time by 4 minutes.

Holy whoa. Does that mean I’m a real athlete now? I can dig that.


After, I was hungry and it’s quite awesome that the start/finish to the race is conveniently outside of Dalys. WHEE!

I made a beautiful sandwich and am so glad my camera was there to capture it.

Egg on whole wheat with spinach, tomato, a slice of ham and feta. The contrasting colors just look so lovely… you can’t see right now but I’m totally patting myself on the back for this.

On the side I had a spinach salad with carrots, edamame and some cranberries.

And some cantaloop


Andddd some coffee for good measure


It’s weird to think that I’ve been running for a full year now… I’m grateful though. So incredibly grateful. Running is everything I could have ever wanted. It makes me feel powerful, healthy and happy (not to mention it saved my life that one time)…who could ask for anything better? 😀

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