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The Most Deer

So, driving into work this morning I encountered the cutest herd (is that what they’re called?) of deer!

That’s actually inside my work complex, I see at least one or two deer every day and I love them!  We have cows too, but that’s part of a farm that’s in front of my work.  No I don’t work on a farm, but my sister is convinced I do.

Yesterday afternoon it was downright chilly out, a mere 75 degrees, so I decided to take my running outside for maybe the second time in the entire month of August.  It was a good run, not a great run, but I was only about 7 seconds slower per mile than I am on the treadmill which I don’t think is too bad.  In all I did 3.8 miles in a little over 35 minutes for about a 9:12 pace.

For some reason when I run outside I get the worst pains in my right shoulder that I don’t get when I’m on the treadmill.  I think it’s probably because I keep my arms more relaxed on the treadmill so yesterday I tried to focus on using my right arm and not holding it stiff.  I still had the pains, but not really as bad. Also, the thing I hate most about running outside is that I’ll find my stride, be grooving along at a good pace, and then have to stop for a red light or railroad crossing.  It will take me a few minutes to get back into that stride, and then I’ll have to stop again.  Very frustrating.  Anyway, I definitely saw a pace below 9:00 on my Garmin a few times which is super exciting.  I have a feeling I’ll get to run outside more and more in the coming weeks, so hopefully me and my shoulder will get more used to it.

After my run, I heated up some leftover Zucchini Pepper Basil Pasta and topped it with some Mozzarella cheese.  Just as good as the day before :).

yummy

Then I proceeded to get packing.  I made a master list to go off of, and thanks for all your suggestions of things I might be forgetting.  Chargers were a good one, I typically end up grabbing my cell charger at the last-minute.  Here’s my list.

makin a list

checkin it twice

Alex is going to make fun of me now, but whatever I probably won’t forget anything.  And, the suitcase mostly packed.  Still need to throw in toiletries and my makeup bag.

all my bags are packed, I'm ready to go

My outfits for the wedding and rehearsal are in the top section because it has a thing to hang stuff and I left them on hangers.  The Tiffany’s box is holding all my jewelry, which I may rethink packing and just bring in my carry on, I’m paranoid like that.  And yes, that is a huge suitcase for one weekend, but I like the compartment it has that allows you to keep stuff on a hanger.  I’m trying to decide what movies to bring to watch on the plane, I brought a SATC series to watch on the train last weekend, but felt all awkward when the naked scenes came up so preferably something without nudity.  Suggestions?

Check out this weirdo dream I had last night.  As I told you all, I signed up for the Philly half in November and last night I had a dream about it.  Except it wasn’t in Philly, I actually think it was DC, and some of you all were there.  Haha, I specifically remember running with Kacy, but I know there were more of you.  The best part, we somehow ran past Kleinfeld, you know the bridal salon, and all of us decided to go in there and try on dresses.  In the middle of our half marathon.  There was more to the dream, like it started raining and we all took our shoes off and started running barefoot, then I lost my shoes when I tried to leave Kleinfeld.  It was bizarre.  Eventually we stopped trying on dresses and got back to our half, haha so weird.  Let’s see someone analyze that.

Alright everyone, I hope you have a great day.  I’m hoping to be able to post either from the airport tomorrow morning or from the plane, but if I can’t don’t hold it against me.  I swear I’ll be back to check in over the weekend at some point!

An Announcement

Holler ya’ll, Happy Friday!  I have some exciting news!  I’m going to be doing my first giveaway early next week, so keep your eyes peeled for it.  It’s a good one!

So last night my sister and I hit the gym, and I desperately needed to sweat out all the red wine I drank on Wednesday night.  For being tired and slightly hungover, I actually had a decent run.

  • 4.5 miles
  • 40 minutes
  • 8:53 pace

I really need to get outside to make sure I can keep up the pace I run inside on a treadmill when I’m running outside.  I always keep the treadmill at a 0.5 incline to at least somewhat simulate outside, but it’s still different.  Oh, and my sister is contemplating doing the Philly half with me in Nov on her 22nd birthday, let’s convince her to do it!

Dinner was about finishing the leftovers in the fridge.  My sister finished up the zucchini and squash lasagna and I finished the stir fry.  And then I tried to make a tortilla pizza because there wasn’t really a lot of stir fry left, except when I opened the pizza sauce jar there was a huge layer of mold growing on top.  Vom.  Fail.  So I ate a piece of cinnamon bread instead.

The bakery this bread comes from also makes the most amazing cheese bread, but that also had some mold on it.  WTF mold?  Maybe it’s because of all the damn humidity?  I don’t know, I give up.  And in typically Friday fashion, here’s some more Formspring questions.

More of your Questions

Are you happy with your body?
Now that’s a tough question.  As much as I would like to say that yes, I am perfectly happy with my body and am fully confident about it, that would be a lie.  Sure, there are days when I feel like I’m looking good and embrace my body, but then there are days when I look in the mirror and see a puffy stomach, or fat thighs and chubby arms.  Is anyone happy with how they look 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?

I guess Ex’s are a touchy subject for anyone but looking back, do you think you were really in love with each other?
I mean I can’t speak for him obviously, but yes I did really love him.  We had a lot of great times together over the two years we dated, and that relationship definitely helped me grow as a person and in my next relationship.

What is the meanest thing anyone has ever said to you?
Hmmmm, well there’s the usual mean things “slut, bitch, etc,” but I think probably the meanest thing was when someone I cared about told me that I was boring, and no fun, and that I never wanted to have fun.  Which, if you know me is completely untrue.

If you could have ANY occupation in the whole wide world what would you do? What would be your dream job?
This is something I think about a lot.  For a long time in college I thought I wanted to work at a magazine, and be a reporter, maybe an editor someday, start my own magazine, but now I’m not sure if I’m cut out for that.  Ultimately I think I would like to get paid for what I love to do now.  Write, workout, and cook.  It’s always been a dream of mine to write a novel some day, a real epic story with characters the reader can relate to and love.  I also would love to work in a gym as a personal trainer or group fitness class instructor all while keeping up my blog and the blogging community.

Why do you think you and your ex broke up? Ex stories always are interesting are they not?
Haha well, you’d have to ask him that since he broke up with me ;).  We weren’t right for each other is I guess all it comes down to.  I was making big changes in my lifestyle that he thought made me boring and no fun, and we were fighting a lot and it was just time to move on.  There were things I wanted to do in my life that he wasn’t interested in, like moving away from our hometown, meeting new people, and we just wanted different things.

Soooo, I think it’s safe to say we’ve covered my last relationship at this point right?  Let’s move on shall we?  Kthxbye.

Have a great Friday everyone, I hope the work day flies by for you all.  Oh, and it’s Friday the 13th, so be carefulllll.