Monday, September 14, 2015


Outside my window...
It's in the upper 40s and the light is still low. It finally, finally feels like fall! I know that fall is the most basic of seasons, but I love it anyway (says the girl sipping her pumpkin spice latte).

I am thinking...
About a lot of the blessings in my life. I think I'm pretty lucky. I have a good job, a loving family, great friends, the ability to pursue things that interest me. Life is pretty good right now.

I am thankful...
See above.

No, really. I have a lot to be thankful for, and not that much space to be listing it all in. In fear of sounding like Miss America, I'll be brief and say I'm very fortunate.

In the kitchen...
I am trying to figure out recipes to get more protein. I'm trying out the whole CrossFit thing, and after talking to some of the coaches, realized I wasn't getting enough protein to really help me reach my goals. As in, I was getting under 100 g most days. womp womp

I like meat, but I don't eat a ton of it, so trying to increase meat and veggies and decrease sugar is going to be killer. I don't want to give up my Starbucks holiday drinks!


I am wearing...
The usual Monday suit. Sometimes I get quite bored with my work wardrobe. It can get so repetitive, particularly when you have to wear suits. At least this new job has dress down Fridays!

I am creating...
Some new recipes I am excited to share with you all on the blog. Summer vegetables and shrimp stir fry, Moroccan chicken, southwestern lentils, and more.

You can't say The Boyfriend doesn't eat well!

I am going...
Maybe on a trip next month. Thinking about visiting Louisville, KY again to watch my dad compete in the Ironman** triathalon. Apparently it's hard to spectate, though. Last year, he had bike trouble and had to back out, so this year is his redemption tour.

My mom and I are just hoping he doesn't kill himself doing it. The man is crazy!

** That's a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike race, and a 26.2 m-a-r-a-t-h-o-n at the end of it. 

I am wondering...
I have this odd experience with lucid dreaming where sometimes I can tell that I'm actually dreaming - and I can just sit back and enjoy the dream, or wake myself up if it seems to be going south (this tends to make the dreams where I can't tell that I'm dreaming all the more terrifying). Is this a normal thing? Do other people dream like this?

I've never had those show-up-to-a-presentation-naked dreams, or free-falling, or really, any of those normal dreams you hear bandied about. My dreams are always cobbled together bits from books and movies, and weird things my brain dreams up. While it's interesting, it does make me wonder how other people dream.

I am reading...
The Little Oratory by David Clayton and the lovely Leila Marie Lawler from the fantastic blog Like Mother, Like Daughter. I want to be Auntie Leila (and the equally lovely Elizabeth Foss) when I grow up. It's fantastic to read the thoughts of women who have been there and gone before you - and can put into words exactly what you're feeling. And then give you such sage advice, as if they knew you personally when you're simply reading their thoughts. It's humbling and inspiring all at the same time.

I am hoping...
That these cooler temperatures stick around. I love crisp air, bright skies, sweaters and boots. Tra la la, I am basic. Je ne regrette rien!

I am looking forward to...
At this point in the year? Christmas.

ducks rotten tomatoes

Okay, well, first I like Halloween and Thanksgiving, but now is about the time when, once the temperature dips, I resist cranking up the Christmas carols. I try and wait until at least October, but Christmas is really the most wonderful time of the year, and I can't help but get excited.

This excitement means I usually start gift shopping about now, so the upside is that my shopping is usually done well before Black Friday insanity.

I am learning...
That being sore from a workout means you need to keep moving. If you don't, it will only get worse.

Ask me how I know!

- Signed, the girl who could not navigate stairs (or bathrooms!) after two days of CrossFit and inadequate stretching.

Around the house...
The great pantry reorganization continues! Mucho mason jars. It is starting to look really nice (and kinfolky). I'm thinking I might do a post in the future about my essential pantry basics so you can always whip up a meal from scratch. I can't decide if that would be interesting or just pretentious.

I'll probably do it regardless, because dry goods in jars look so darn cute.

I am pondering...
Whether I should attempt another half marathon next spring. I hate training, but I love the races. I do this every year, and usually it means I don't train well enough and am sore for days afterward.

Decision, decisions.

I am praying...
Selfishly, for myself. I am trying to be more serious about getting in shape and eating healthy. It's really a matter of self-discipline for me, and I am terrible at making myself do things I don't want to.

A favorite quote for today...

Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. - Mark Twain

One of my favorite things...
The leaves are just starting to think about turning. Soon, I can go take a nature hike at Hocking Hills. The leaves and the landscape simply take your breath away.

Stunning, isn't it?

A few plans for the rest of the week:

  • CrossFit again tomorrow (and Wednesday, and Friday, and Saturday). My poor legs!
  • Dancing with the Stars starts this week! I can watch my teenage dream Nick Carter - and ugh, Paula Deen.
  • Getting some mums for the front porch and start stocking up on candy for trick or treaters.
  • Raking the first of the leaves to come down!

A peek into my day...

This is actually from last night. Our poor puppy had to have some teeth pulled, and has been put on a soft food diet. He's a spoiled brat who won't eat out of a dish - which means we end up with this. Our dog wearing a bib and being fed pureed chicken and rice at the table like a baby.

I'll still be giggling about this a week from today. There's just something about a dog wearing a bib that tickles my funny bone. 

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