Holy F, It’s Cold!

Holy F, It’s Cold!

  Are the rest of you in a deep-freeze? Because I sure am! Saturday I got up around 7 o’clock and headed out for a 9-mile run. It was definitely nippy, but at least the winds weren’t bad, and the sun was out.  I took a rather circuitous route to get the full 9 miles in, which included a trek into a neighborhood near me that I haven’t actually visited before. It was one of those neighborhoods with the really big houses and even ponds! I didn’t even know we had such neighborhoods out in the sticks. It was quite pretty actually. At least, it was until I took a wrong turn and ended up on a dead end lane. I wasted precious time and extra yards trying to figure out where the hell I was, and then, when I finally found the route back to the...

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Damn Donuts

Damn Donuts

    My love of donuts should be legendary by now, right? I have always loved donuts, but especially the kind you get at the cidermill, that are more grease than substance and taste so sinfully, calorically good.  Ah, donuts…my achilles heel. Last Friday, my department had a “team outing,” and it just happened to be at a local cidermill. It was really cold, but the sun was shining, and it was a nice day, so we all went to the cidermill and hung out, eating donuts and drinking cider. I like cider okay, but I don’t love it, so that was easy to avoid.  Normally, I might splurge on a single donut, but it just so happens that someone else in the department had brought in some chocolate chip cookies earlier in the day, and well…I do love me...

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Me, Version Two

Me, Version Two

Quite a busy week here in my life! We’ll start with Halloween, which was actually kind of a bummer here in southeast Michigan. It rained a LOT and it was insanely windy. We normally don’t get many trick-or-treaters, because we live out in the country, but this year: only six! Oh my, the leftover candy I have to avoid. But at least we looked good, my boys and I. Last year I was a hockey player, this year I’m a football player. What will I be next year?? Jamie looks awfully convincing as a nun, doesn’t he? I got up Saturday morning with the intent to run an undetermined amount of miles. It’s hard to really decide what to do these days, since I don’t have a specific training plan. I settled on 8 miles, with the intent to try to...

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Make-Ahead Mini Apple Pies

Make-Ahead Mini Apple Pies

        I love apples. That’s no secret.  I ran eight miles this morning, which is also no secret. (Though not as widely known as my love for apples.) Two weeks ago, our church had an outing to a local apple orchard.  I took my boys and we had a great time, and I was able to get a picture that allowed me to do this comparison between the time we went in 2011 and the time we went in 2014.  Awww…sniff sniff.  My boys are growing so fast. But enough melancholy.  This is about pies, after all, and there’s nothing melancholy about that!  After I ran eight miles this morning, I decided I deserved a treat.  However, we had a hockey practice for JJ, and then a hockey game for Jamie about an hour away, and that took up most of our day.  This meant it...

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Hockey Tournament Weekend

Hockey Tournament Weekend

We had a hockey tournament last weekend. This one was different than the others, though, because JJ had two games at home this weekend, my husband had to stay back with him, and so it was just me and Jamie. Off we go into the wild blue yonder of…Sault Ste. Marie! Dude, that is so far away. It’s a 5+ hour drive, without traffic. We left Friday morning, and we made good time. I had volunteered to do the signs for the hotel room doors, though, and since I forgot about it until I woke up Friday morning, we got a bit of a late start. But they turned out well, and all the kids and parents were pretty excited to have not only signs with their names on them, but pictures of themselves from a previous game as well.  Because, of course if I personalize something for...

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A Not-So-Easy Easy Run

A Not-So-Easy Easy Run

    I think I’ll do something different this week and instead of ending with my weigh-in, I’ll start with it.  Last Monday, I weighed in at 123.4.  I had a typical week of hockey, football and more hockey, so there was a lot of crock pot cooking in our house. (It’s a necessity when the boys are in school and sports.)  Over the weekend, we ate out twice, which is a rarity for me, but I did choose salads both times.  Sunday night, I made a new dish called Lasagna soup (which I’ll have to make again so I can take pictures and share the recipe). And when all was said and done…     How’s that for anti-climactic? I wish so desperately to get down below 120 again, but I just try to convince myself that staying the same is better than gaining. ...

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A Quick Update

I’m trying to keep up with my blog a LITTLE better, so here’s a quick post to do just that! After last week’s race, I feel a bit bereft as far as running goes. I don’t have any races planned currently. Jamie and I have talked about doing the Chocolate Run, but since he has a hockey game (in Bowling Green?!) around noon that day, I’m concerned that timing might be tight. He’s pretty insistent that he wants to do it, though…he had such a good experience at his last race, he’s enthused to do it again. We’ll see. I actually WOULD like to do it, just so I can get some chocolate this year, unlike last year. :p He just wants the hat. I ran seven miles on Saturday, pretty much just because. When I woke up, it was...

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