Birthdays, colds and craftiness

This week is supposed to be perfect. It’s my birthday on Friday and I have a trip to NY planned with my sweet love, Dan! Of course, why oh why would my plans go off without a hitch? Oh wait…that’s right…they won’t.

I have a slight hitch thrown into my plans in what is otherwise going to be a great week. Here’s my Monday list of awesomeness mixed with a little bit of not so awesome.

1. Did I mention already that it’s my BIRTHDAY Friday?!?!? Well, in case you didn’t read it already in the subject line and the first paragraph of this post, I will tell you again! It’s my birthday Friday! As you can see, I get kinda pumped about my birthday. At first I was approaching my birthday as a negative thing. It’s my last year of my 20’s and I’d not been taking the idea of being 30 next year very well.

I think there is a big reason for this unease about my final year in my 20’s and have discussed it in depth with family and the lover boy. He is well aware of my past relationship, in fact, our relationship kind of spawned from the ending of that relationship. It’s a very sweet story and I can’t wait to tell it, but not today. Today, I will explain why I believe I am taking the final year of my 20’s so hard. I spent the better part of my 20’s in a miserable relationship that I had no business being in. It’s something I take full responsibility for as I allowed this person to make me believe I was not worth more than what he had to offer, which wasn’t much. He was a cold and uncaring person and it took me 6 years to say, “enough is enough”. That relationship ended about a year ago and I’ve had time to reflect back on it and have realized, I’m angry with myself. How could I have been ok with how this man treated me and how unsupportive he was?

I’m not going to go into any further detail about that because he is simply not worth expounding upon. Rather, what I have decided to do is enjoy my 29th year of living and make it a very memorable one! I have decided to start with a trip to NYC this Thursday. The BF will be up there already for a work related class he has to take, and I’ve decided that I am going to tag along and do my own thing while he is in class! Needless to say, I’m pumped!

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2. As I mentioned earlier, of course there is a hitch. I woke up Saturday morning and felt a little lethargic during my 12 mile run, but shook it off and figured it was something I ate the day before. As the day progressed, I started to feel worse and worse. By the evening I had a sore throat, but was still in denial and telling myself it was just allergies and sinuses. NOT! Sunday, I spent the day on the couch and am back at it Monday and have decided to stay home from work. LAMENESS! I am nursing this cold like it’s no body’s business with vitamins, OJ, water and cold meds. I will not feel like crap for NYC dammit!

3. Crafts!!!!! Of course I can’t go a weekend without making something crafty! I’m getting a late start this year on making Christmas ornaments, but here’s a sneak peek into what I am planning…

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I used some wooden spools my mom found at a garage sale a while back. I had to de-thread about 25 spools, but if this is the result, it was well worth it!

4. Last but not least are the recipes I made this weekend. I try to prep our food for the week, so I don’t have to cook during the week. I tried a couple of recipes…

I love Olive Garden’s Pasta E Fagiloi soup and made my own from this recipe.

Olive-Garden-Pasta-E-Fagioli1Olive Garden’s Version

Pasta E Fagioli Soup My version..I kinda made the crock pot overflow. Oopsie!

I also made these vegan/vegetarian friendly tacos. I found the recipe on Pinterest and in linked me up with a blog called Cooking Classy. I hope I’ve not violated any of the rules for blogging – I’m trying to make sure I give credit where it’s due. 🙂

Quinoa Taco Filling

I made guacamole to go with these and added it to the tacos. It was delish and boyfriend approved!

I also made these Pumpkin Oat Balls from another recipe I found on Pinterest that led me to a blog post. I didn’t follow the recipe exactly. I did not use flax seed and instead of walnuts I crushed pecans and used those instead because it’s what I already had in the house. These are AMAZING and easy because they are no bake! I cannot say enough great things about these pumpkin balls of deliciousness and neither can the bf!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Balls

The great thing about all of these recipes is that I made enough to freeze and have for later!

Just another manic Monday…

Every Monday this song goes through my head, love The Bangles. Now that I think about it, I need to make a Pandora station for them!

I had such a fantastical weekend, which make this Monday a little less painful than usual. Here are a couple of things that made my weekend so great:

1. Pretty rainbows – My boyfriend and I saw the prettiest rainbow on Saturday night while driving to Chipotle to fulfill my craving for the yummy goodness in a bowl. This time I asked for less rice so I could fit more of the veggies in the bowl. It was perfect!

Ok, back to the rainbow! It was so pretty and the first chance I got I took a picture. I did it safely, while stopped at a red light…

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The colors were so vivid, although you can’t tell from this photo. The sun was also setting, which made the background of the sky look beautiful. I love rainbows!!!!!

2. 5k races with old and new friends

I decided last week to sign up for the Blue Moon 5k in Ozona, FL. Ozona is a cute little town with adorable little shops and restaurants. When I say little, hold up your pinky finger, look at it…that’s how small this town is.

I opted to run the 5k while most of my friends ran the half marathon. It was perfect weather for a race, low 60’s at the start. I actually wore gloves to start the race because I am a big baby when it comes to the cold. My relationship with the cold is a love/hate one; I love running in it, but hate the before and after when I feel like I’m slowly turning into a freeze pop. The half marathon peeps went off first and a couple of minutes later the 5k’ers were off.

To be honest, I woke up Sunday morning at 5:40am and thought to myself, “I don’t want to f&^%ing race today”, but I’m glad I did it any way. I tried to start in the front of the pack because I don’t like getting stuck behind people, especially walkers. [mini rant: walkers and slower runners should be considerate and not start in the front at any race! it should be common sense, but i guess common sense isn’t so common…*steps off soapbox*] I had no goal for this race, I just wanted to run a decent race somewhere in the 23-minute range. As i started I saw a few people I knew, one of them being Dougie, who periodically comes out of his running hibernation and signs up for a race. I decided I wanted to catch up to him and say “hi”. It took me about 15 seconds to catch him and I looked down and saw 6:44 pace on my watch. My first thought was, “oh crap, this won’t end well”, but I then I thought, “to hell with it, let’s see what these legs got”. I caught Dougie and said hi and moved on to my next “target”.

There is this lady that I knew from a previous job who is super fast and I decided I was going to keep her in eye shot the entire race; that would be my goal for the day. It actually was very helpful to give me something to focus on other than the burning in my legs and lungs. I slowly started picking people off and was getting closer and closer and then something amazing happened. In mile 3 I passed her, albeit a short lived lead, only lasting about half a mile or so, I held on to it for as long as I could! It was an awesome feeling and I made sure to tell her “thanks” after the race for the push that she gave me that morning. We had a nice chat afterward and then I found my friends boyfriend, so that we could cheer her on in the half.

The end result of my 5k (actual distance 3.18 miles – a tad long, I may not have run the tangents perfectly)…

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Mile 1: 7:00, Mile 2: 7:11, Mile 3: 7:25 and .18: 7:15 – Gotta work on that 3rd mile.

I had a great time watching my friends run the half marathon, a lot of awesome races were had that day. I was especially proud of my friend Christina, who has been working her @$$ off to break the 1:50 mark. She didn’t just do that on Sunday, she crushed it with a 1:46:29 half annnd a second place AG win. I was so happy for my friend!

Here we are after the race enjoying our victories:

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Christina; 1:46:29, 2nd place AG and JM; 22:59, 1st place AG

GO US!!!!!

I also got to cheer on some new friends I’ve made since moving to Westchase. This is a great group of people and I have truly enjoyed getting to know them. This was my first race with them and I can’t wait to join the Landsharks for more races!

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I’m the one with the ear warmer and 2 jackets on…see I told you I hate being cold and I’m a big baby about it!

3. Banana Oatmeal Cupcakes with Chocolate Chips – holy goodness!

All I can say is holy goodness! MMMMMM-mmmmmm! These little gems have no flour, no sugar and no butter! How great is that? I found the recipe online, there’s not really a link to it, it’s a spam thing, but the instructions were in the description so here they are:

Banana Oatmeal Cupcakes:

3 mashed bananas (the riper the better)

1 cup of vanilla almond milk

2 eggs

1 tbsp of baking power

1 tsp of vanilla extract

3 cups of quick cooking oats

chocolate chips – you decide how much! I’m also going to try these with blueberries.

I wasn’t sure how long to cook them because there weren’t directions, so I just took from other recipes for muffins/cupcakes out there: 350* from 18-20 minutes.

They are delicious!

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I got the boyfriend stamp of approval, so that means they are awesome!

4. Giant smiley face cups filled with coffee – this cup just makes me happy…

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I’m gonna pop some tags…

and make something fabulous! I did just that today after my trip to Goodwill. I found the score of the year today in a pair of New Balance capris for $2.97. Now don’t get me wrong, they were far from perfect, but I saw they had potential.

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They had a wide leg at the bottom and I’m just not a big fan of those. I prefer running tights, so I fixed the little problem of them being wide legged at the bottom.

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First, I had to pin up the leg and sew it. I did one entire leg first and traced the other one with chalk to determine where I needed to sew when I did the second leg. I was a little worried as to how the fabric would handle given that it’s spandex and polyester. Polyester slides like a mofo! These sewed very easily, my guess is the quality of the fabric made for a more pleasurable sewing experience. I first sewed a regular straight stitch right up the inside leg to make a new seam then did a zig-zag stitch because I do not have a serger and wanted to make sure I reinforced the seam.

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After I did my zig-zag stitch, I chopped off the excess.

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VIOLA! The finished product!

I also found this darling little dress…

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Who am I kidding? It was pretty frumpy and it was a weird length, but I really really liked the top. Sooooooo, I cut off the dress part that I didn’t like annnnnnd….

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it’s now something I will wear proudly!

My first blog!

Obviously from the title you can see I’m a noob. I’ve never blogged before, not even sure what it is I’m getting myself into, but I wanted to create a space to share my crafty ways and other fun stuff like running and maybe a silly video or two of my boyfriend playing his bass and making up his own songs. You know, life stuff.

To be honest, a friend of mine said…”you should start blogging” and two minutes later I found myself on wordpress.com picking out my theme. There was not much arm twisting she had to do. Deep down I’ve wanted to do this for a while. Now I’m putting up my first post. Hooray!

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