Weekend Plans

Is anyone else vaguely giraffe obsessed as of late? Alexas_Fotos / Pixabay

Happy Friday!  This has been one of those weeks where I can’t believe it’s already Friday and I am really really ready for the weekend.  I’m also struggling with the fact that it’s already April.  My triathlon season starts NEXT MONTH!

I have a lot going on next week, so a big part of my weekend plans include doing a bunch of meal prep for the week.  I’ve been using my Instant Pot a lot and at some point, I will put together a post about what I use it for.  Even if you’re not a cook, if you like to meal prep in a short amount of time, the Instant Pot is awesome.

Of course, I have a couple of workouts on my schedule, and I will be using my run to do the Zombies Run! virtual race.  I’m typically not big on virtual races, but I have been using the Zombies Run app since the beginning – it was the first Kickstarter project I ever backed.  Because I only use it when I run outside, I’m behind in the missions, so I haven’t paid for the app at all except for that first Kickstarter payment, so I decided it was time to throw them a bit of money.  A few weeks back, for their 5 year anniversary, they put the previous virtual races up for a short period of time so that people could run them for free and the stories were so much fun that I’m glad I’m doing this one.

For those of you unfamiliar with the app, the only way I can describe it is that it’s like a radio show.  You can set the app to play music or podcasts or nothing at all, and then every so often, they break in with more of the story.  The general plot is that there is a zombie infection and you are a runner for one of the camps – so the story you’re hearing is the radio operators in your ear and your fellow runners around you.  It’s very well done.  I don’t typically listen to music while I run, preferring spoken word because it makes it easier to hear what’s going on around me, so this is perfect.

Sunday is the wedding celebration for two very awesome friends, and I’m so glad to be able to celebrate their marriage with them.  Talk about two people who truly deserve each other.

I’m also still working on my spring cleaning projects.  They are… not moving very quickly.  But hey, spring just started, right?  Plenty of time!

And of course, I will be obsessively checking to see if there is a baby giraffe in New York yet.  Because why not?

 

Friday Link Love

Happy Friday!  We’ve made it!  Yaaaaaay!

As I do from time to time, here are a few links that caught my eye over the past few weeks.

Number One Scarcity: Time – I definitely feel that. I don’t know how people get so much done!

The Question to Ask Yourself When You Want to Quit – Great for anyone working on a healthy lifestyle

Let’s Talk – A beautifully honest post

I Cannot Outrun Depression – Another beautifully honest post.  We have all heard the phrase “Running is cheaper than therapy.”  This is true, and sometimes all you need is a good run.  But sometimes you need more.  And that’s okay too.

Fat Otters Don’t Need Food – This is apparently the “honest writing” section of the link post.  Kelly writes beautifully about the struggles that many people face with eating disorders.

The Agony of Triathlon Kit Sizing – Lord, yes.  So very annoying.  Shouldn’t spandex be easier to figure out?

Why We Cheat and How to Stop It – Cheating at races seems to be becoming more and more prevalent.  Why?

Body Acceptance on Instagram – Sometimes I wonder if Steena has crawled into my brain

I miss my running buddy Kim, but she’s been having some awesome races lately, most notably at Gasparilla and now she’s chasing down a PR.

How about some humor? I’ve Got Heart and Courage, Yes I Do! I’ve Got Heart and Courage How ‘Bout You!  I have some of the best teammates!

And food.  Chrissy continues to destroy me with her recipes.  This time, we have Sweet Potato Chocolate Cake.  Someone make me this please.

Thursday Ramblings

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This past week has been a bit more crazy than normal.  I still haven’t adjusted to time change.  I suppose I like the added daylight in the evenings, but do we really need Daylight Saving time?

I have a choir concert this weekend (If you’re in DC, come see us!), which means rehearsals three nights this week instead of the normal one.  Of course, the snow that came in on Monday night thwarted that plan.  For safety’s sake, Monday’s rehearsal got cancelled, so now we’re in limbo as to whether or not we’ll need a Saturday morning rehearsal.  I don’t want a Saturday morning rehearsal.  Saturday mornings are for sleeping in, going for a bike ride, and this weekend, going to see Beauty and the Beast!

The snowstorm also didn’t help my time change issues.  I got to work from home on Tuesday, which meant sleeping in.  Yesterday morning was rough!  Even the cats didn’t want to get out of bed and they are usually 100% ready for breakfast.  Maybe by next week, my body will have this thing figured out.

A crazy week also means a screwed up workout schedule.  My coach gave me a plan for the week that accommodates all of my extra rehearsals, but then with the snow, swimming was out since the pools were closed.  I will get back to the pool eventually!  Heck, next month I’ll probably be looking at an outdoor swim in my wetsuit.  But a missed swim was just the excuse I needed to get back to my strength training plan.  I have a tendency to follow that quite well for a month or so, and then it all falls apart.  Spandex season is coming!  I need to get as toned up!  (Well, as much as is physically possible.)  Plus, you know, the added strength will be good for my race season and all.

So here’s to next week being much more normal.

Friday Five

Happy Friday!  We’ve made it!  Monday was a holiday, and the weekend was perfect, but for some reason, we still attempted to cram five days of work into the four workdays in the week.  Needless to say, I’m so glad it’s Friday.  I had a couple of topics rolling around in my head for today’s post, but couldn’t decide on any one in particular, so here are five unrelated things.  Because I can.

1.  Yesterday, I booked my next big trip!  Well, my sister booked it.  In August, 2018, we’re doing a Disney Cruise to Northern Europe!  I’m super excited to go, and also super grateful that the cruise doesn’t have to be paid off for over a year, because I still haven’t figured out how to grow money on trees.  Of course, a few of the ports are places that I’ve been before (which is funny, considering I’ve been very few places in Europe), but it’s also been around 15 years, so it will be great to go back.

2.  In an attempt to read more “random” books, since I no longer regularly peruse a bookstore (so sad), I signed up for Book of the Month (referral link).  I love subscription boxes but didn’t like the idea of just getting any random book every month, so BOTM is perfect.  It only costs $9.99, and on the first of every month, you login and are offered five book options.  You can read the blurbs and why they were picked for the box.  Then you can choose your book (or you can opt to purchase multiple books, all for $9.99 each).  AND you can skip a month if you don’t like any of the selections.  I’m only on my first month, but am totally engrossed by the book I chose.  I had to force myself to stop reading last night.  (I won’t recommend til I finish – because reading a great book only to loathe the ending is the worst.  But I have high hopes.)

3.  I am still loving my Instant Pot.  I have to admit, I’m not cooking “meals” in it, or really even anything that I would consider recipes, but it’s awesome as I’m prepping my lunches for the week.  Super fast sweet potatoes, hard boiled eggs, and easy main dishes by throwing in chicken breasts and a jar of salsa.  At some point, I will actually cook a recipe in it (chicken and salsa doesn’t really count), but so far it’s definitely helping me eat better.

4.  My plans to do more crafty things have… not been going all that well.  Maybe I’ll rectify that this weekend.

5.  Last weekend, I built my cats a litterbox.  (Does that count as crafting?)  By “built,” I mean I cut a door in a Rubbermaid box.  I followed these instructions, but I don’t put the lid on because that never goes well with my cats.  I’m hoping it helps contain… things… a bit better.  If not, I’m not out a ton of money, so that’s a plus.  So far, so good.

Ending on that note just goes to show how much I’m a crazy cat lady I’m becoming.  Might as well embrace reality, right?

Friday Link Love

Happy Friday the 13th!  I started my day with a black cat staring me in the face.  I consider that good luck though.  He’s a sweetheart.

As I read through blog posts in Feedly, I bookmark links that I want to share.  I realize it’s been quite some time since I’ve done that, so here’s a partial backlog of some interesting reads.

How to Pack for Winter in a Carry On – I am the world’s worst packer.  I need to re-read this over and over again.

When Mama Gets a Man Cold – There is a crazy cold going around right now and this post made me laugh and laugh.  Colds are real, people!

Another good laugh is My Continuing Quest for the Sub-2 Half Marathon

Harry Potter Christmas Recap – If you don’t read EPBOT, you should.  The creativity that these two bring to just about everything they do is phenomenal.

I saved two posts from Swim Bike Mom – A Homework Assignment for the Last Few Days of 2016 (so what if it’s late, it’s still a good read) and How to Get Back on the Wagon

Two posts related to body image from two great ladies – Cyber Bullying and Body Shaming and What is an XL

Two great posts about Carrie Fisher and what she meant to people dealing with mental health issues – Stay afraid.  But do it anyway. and Carrie Fisher Helped Me Understand My Mental Illness and Addiction

And finally, the recipe roundup, which is mostly just “Things I want to eat.”