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Running Log ~ Jan 29th

OK, so I haven’t been writing much on my running since I posted about doing the Hot Buttered Run way back in November.  That is because, I haven’t done much running.

My running tappered off in December for two reasons.  One: Christmas, I hand-made about 100 Christmas cards to send out, plus other hand-made gifts and crafty things.  So the time when I would normally be running I was crafting instead.  I was OK with that, I knew I wanted to get these items done and I didn’t want to give up time with my family.  Two: a sinus infection.  I started getting really bad headaches, like knock me out headaches.  So when I would run the increase blood flow would cause tremendous pressure in my head, resulting in bad headaches.  A week or so ago I finally went to the doctor and found out I had a bad infection in my left sinus.

I have run a few times, for short durations with mixed results.  Sometimes my head would get worse, sometimes it would stay the same.  What I did do though, was start walking.  My work place is linked to another building via a sky bridge, that building is linked to two others via different sky bridges.  So I can get a two-mile walk in during lunch with out going outside in the not so pleasant weather.

While walking has kept me active I am yearning for a run, a long run.  (I am hoping to this weekend, 10 miles on Sunday!)

love the long run

I have a race coming up in March, so I need to get some distance in before then.  It also has a nasty hill, so I need to get some training in on hills too.  I just can’t seem to set the incline on the treadmill when running, I always feel like I’m gonna fall off.

Last weekend we had unseasonably warm weather so my mom and I took the boys for 1.6 mile walk to a park.  We had lunch and the kids played for a few hours.  I can’t wait for spring.  With the nice weather on Monday I thought I would go for a run at work, brought all my gear but my sports bra.

OK, next try Tuesday, I mapped out a 2 mile run on the trail and road around my work.  I started out and it was colder than the day before and there was a slight mist.  I didn’t mind at first but then my hands started to freeze.  I thought the trail would be ok, since it hadn’t rained in a while, but I had never been on that trail.

Idownhillt wasn’t fine.  It was steep, narrow, muddy and slick.  There were tons of switch backs where I had to slow way down so I didn’t fall.  There were steep slippery slopes I had to walk up.  I took a wrong turn and ended up adding two miles to my run.  So while I felt great that I went out, it was not an enjoyable run.  There were a few times it was nice, but over all not my best.

New plan: run on the road at work only.  Part of the March race, the part with the hill, is basically at my work, so I can get some good training in.  I will vary a two-five mile run during the day, depending on how much time I have.  That way I know I won’t get lost.

Just. Keep. Running.

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Dawn Marie

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Menu Plan Monday Jan 26th

Oops….I almost didn’t get this posted.  I planned it my meals, wrote the post and forgot to schedule it….

I feel like the weekend came and went so quickly.  Last Friday my mom decided to take us out to dinner at the Spaghetti Factory.  She had the boys for the day, like she does every Friday, so I met her and my sister & sister’s family there for dinner.

Sid was on fire that night.  He was being so funny, had us cracking up.

Ice cream comes with dinner and he wanted vanilla.  After a few bites he stuck his spoon in and the whole ball of ice cream came up on the spoon and then fell on to the table.  So, naturally he picked up with his hand, had a few bites and put the rest in the to-go box.

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Menu Plan 1/26-2/1

Mon: Tacos

Tues: Green Beans, Chicken & Potatoes

Wed: Baked Ziti with Italian Sausage 

Thr: Slow Cooker Chicken & Sausage (without the sausage)

Fri: Leftovers

Sat: Kitchen is closed

Sun: Superbowl!  Easy Cheeseburger Wraps

 

Happy Cooking

Dawn Marie

 

 

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Menu Plan Monday Jan 19th

I love cereal. Always have. When I was pregnant I ate it all the time. It took years before my nieces would eat cereal with milk because my sister didn’t want the mess. I totally get that, but since I ate it with milk Ian wanted to do the same.  So I let him, then someone taught him to drink the milk after, then he taught Sid.

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Isn’t he just the cutest?

{sudden topic change}

Do you ever have the dinner winner of the week? You know that one you made where everyone ate it without complaint?

Last week it was Wed and I made Parmesan Chicken Bites from Damn Delicious (another of my favorite recipe sources).  Because the chicken is cut in little bites you get more beading per bite, which is awesome!  Sid probably had 5 or 6 helpings before getting down from the table and two more while doing is after dinner laps around the kitchen.

I used three chicken breasts which was a ton of bites to dredge and bread but feed all four of us with two containers of left overs.  The dredging and beading is tedious and time-consuming, but worth it in the end.  I ended up browning them and finished cooking them in the oven because there was so many pieces. I was afraid of them drying out but they stayed nice and juicy.

You should put them on your list.  Seriously.

 

 

Menu Plan 1/19-1/25

Mon: Spaghetti Carbonara

Tues: Beef in Souvlaki Marinade with rice

Wed: Roasted Pork Loin with Beer Sauce and potatoes

Thr: Cheesy Chicken & Rice with Bacon

Fri: Leftovers

Sat: Kitchen is closed

Sun: up in the air, maybe beef stew cause my husband keeps asking for it

 

Happy Cooking

Dawn Marie

 

 

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Creating Sunshine Free Printable

I think it is important to have a positive outlook on life.

I am a firm believer of the idea that the day is what we make of it.  It is not always easy, but we gotta try.

I try to wake up and tell myself “today will be a good day and I will be happy” OK, so maybe not when I wake up, cause I can barely find the floor to stand up out of bed.  But at least after my first cup of coffee and then tell myself that multiple times a day when things are going so good.

So I decided to make myself a reminder.

I purchased this phone cover and after a few months thought it needed something more.

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I couldn’t think of a design that I wanted.  OK, that’s not true, I couldn’t narrow done a design for the back.  So I thought I would come up with something a little more motivational.

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“Some days you just have to create your own sunshine”

I thought it very fitting for me and lest be honest it is not always sunny here in the PNW.

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I loved the quote so much that I decided to make a print for it.  And just in case you need a little sunshine I have this printable available for you to download too!

Just click here or on the picture below to download your copy in order to bring a little sunshine to your day.

Create Your Sunshine

 

Please note this design is for PERSONAL USE only please. Please do not forward, share, sell or distribute the files for any commercial purposes or claim as your own design. Thanks a bunch!

 

 

Dawn Marie

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