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hey, hey!

This morning was my 10K. It’s a pretty standard part of training, to run in smaller races along the way, but I usually opt for just running the long runs (for free) and then hitting up the big run at the end (in my case, my 2nd half marathon in November).

But not this time.

Oh, no. Not this time.

This time I signed up for, and ran in, a 10K.

This very morning.

As mentioned before, I was anxious. Mostly due to the fact that I had a goal in mind.

And I am happy/proud/relieved to say that I met that goal.

6.32 miles (a strange number, but that is what my watch said) in 1:03.

So, I averaged right around 10 minute miles. Despite many, many, many grueling hills- mostly after the 5K ended and the 10K-ers rounded the corner. I am not kidding. There were some crazy hard hills. My hips and quads are screaming about it.

Which is why I am simply telling you this small story and then heading to bed.

(After some ibuprofen, some beer, and a little bit of reading)

But don’t you worry. I have plenty for you tomorrow!

Goodnight, Sleep Tight…


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Not completely.


So, it’s the end of this week-long focus activity and whatnot.

I was totally on track until yesterday at…well…about 2:30 p.m.

So, up until then I had kept on track. I have some word documents that are (well) documenting some goals.

I have met my mileage goal for running this week. I even completed my long run (7 miles) yesterday morning.

Before I continue, let me tell you that my 7 mile run was not easy. I felt wrecked, wrecked, WRECKED by mile 5. I honestly think that it’s because I skipped my rest day in lieu of a a little “speedwork”/short run on Friday. My body doesn’t like to move too fast. My hips told me that when I got to mile 6 yesterday. But I did have some sort of awesome negative split at mile 3-4. I believe it was around a 9 minute mile, if not a little less. Absolutely shocking.

But then my hips yelled at me. Loudly. But I continued. I finished. And then we went into full-on tailgate mode. And as much fun as it is, it totally ruined my focusing mojo.

So, in honor of this holiday weekend, I am extending my week-of-focus through tomorrow. Then I will greet you, all shiney and new, and focused.

And maybe I won’t feel so tired and generally cranky towards the world. Like I do now.

Thank you college football. Thank you Blue Moon. Thank you tiny child awakened suddenly at 2 a.m. And thank you 5 hours of sleep.

The end.

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Hey, hey.


We’re into day THREE of the week of focus. I need to set aside time to spend time focusing. But I feel like I am making SOME progress. Not sure what I’m talking about? Check it out…

So, here’s what I’m trying to do this week, in honor of focus (in no particular order):

  1. Update my “About” page
  2. Set a blogging “schedule”
  3. Create and USE more effective “categories”
  4. Reevaluate my pages/tabs
  5. Revisit the ever-present to-get-a-domain-or-not-to-get-a-domain debate and perhaps make a decision 🙂

I am sure you are all grateful for that explanation/ information.

But, till this week ends (on Sunday, for those of you keeping track…) I will just keep focusing on focusing in all my free time. And by that I mean while I am in the shower, trying to fall asleep, and/or running.


Speaking of running- I’m pretty much on schedule. So exciting. I have gotten SLOWER this summer, which seems kind of impossible. I am hoping that since I’ve picked my actual training back up in the heat (and what heat it is!), when it starts to cool off my time will improve slightly.

5.9 miles on Saturday took me about 62 minutes.
3.5 miles on Monday took me 37 minutes.
4 miles today took me 42 minutes. 
You see what I’m doing, here, right?

I think I’m at about a 10:30 minute mile on average. But I have to do a bit of walking, even on my short runs. Man, it’s hot out there.

Which brings me to my next point…

WHERE IS THE FALL? I want to wear JEANS WITHOUT SWEATING. I want to wear BOOTS! I want to feel cool breezes when we play outside. I want to run my 10K in an hour. HA-RUMPH!!!


Remember my weekend plans?

Yeah, I don’t really either.

But, they included a BEER FESTIVAL.

It was a date of sorts…me and the hubs. And 15,000+ other folks. And lots of beer tents. And $10 hot dogs (please, don’t get me started on that!).

It was so hot! It was so crowded! There were a lot of people that seemed to be skipping the lines and getting a lot more beer than us. But, it made for good entertainment. And we did taste some good beers…


Including Guinness. Not that we hadn’t tasted this one before, but it brought back good memories. Look…even our tasting glasses are in lurve.


And it was a good thing…


My kids make me happy. My husband makes me happy. You all make me happy. Life makes me happy. So does beer. Beer makes me happy.

Does beer make you happy? What makes you happy that might surprise others?

Beer and bad t.v. make me happy…but that probably wouldn’t surprise you. I am a discloser, though. A sharer, if you will!

How is the last week before fall starts being spent around here? A whole lot of scheduling, meeting, shopping, and end-of-season pool-ing. Oh, and focusing.

Stick with me!

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time to focus…

Happy Monday, y’all!

I was noticing…this is going to be my 111th post. This little bloggie is about 9 months old. And I was thinking…(insert explosive noises, or whatever)…I need to focus. I would say RE-focus, but I’m not sure that it’s ever really been all that focused around here.

I started out trying to document my half-marathon training while entertaining you with stories about the boys. But I also wanted to tell you all about what I was eating. And what I was watching on t.v. And what I was reading. And I wanted to make sure that you KNEW that was what I was telling you about. Basically, I wanted to tell you all about all of my life. All the time. Including pictures. And it was overwhelming to me.

But I still want to share these things with you, but in a more…well…FOCUSED way. Or maybe I’ll just FEEL more organized.

So, there will be some changes. Nothing major. Maybe even nothing that you’ll actually notice. But hopefully the changes will make me able to share the things I want to share- and the things that I think you will enjoy- on a more regular basis.

I’ve started a list. I’m making some goals, both long-and-short-term. I have FINALLY downloaded Windows Live Writer– and I want to say- where have YOU been all my life?

This week I plan on sharing some of my “focus” ideas with you…maybe you’re trying to figure some things out, too!

As for today….



Have I ever told you about how much my baby LOVES Toy Story?


Well- he does. Sooooo much!


And…have I ever told you how much my boys love to “attack” me when I come up the stairs. Obviously, with kaleidoscopes and bucket-helmets.

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Lastly…have I ever told you how much I love my water cup? It’s a tervis tumbler. It has a bumblebee on it. And a beautiful green straw. And a top that it…look closely…CRACKED. This makes me very sad. Very, very sad. It was a stroller incident. Apparently this cup doesn’t actually fit in my stroller’s cup holder. Sad.

Don’t you hate it when you break things? Have you done it lately? It’s just irritating!

Look forward to a report on the beer festival tomorrow, along with ROUND TWO of mission: focus.

Have a great Monday!

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I will be the first to admit that I like new things.

That being said, I am one of those people that REALLY gets good use out of things that I love. And if I find something that I love and it (for some/any reason) wears out, I will probably just continue using/wearing it anyway. Unless I MUST replace it. Then I will try to find the exact same thing and get it again. Seriously.


Yoga Pants. I have been wearing them since I got pregnant with baby number one, about 5 years ago. (YIKES, btw- five years ago?!!). I only manage to do yoga MAYBE once a week, but I wear these sucker 7 days a week. I wear them in the morning, when pajamas just won’t do anymore. I wear them in the afternoon/evening once we are home for the day. I sometimes (okay, more often than sometimes) wear them out and about. I mean, MAYBE I just came from yoga, right?!? All of the yoga pants that I have had have come from Target. I probably buy 2 or 3 pairs per year, but never get rid of the old ones. So, you can imagine the stack in my closet. I always wear the black ones. I sometimes buy the cropped version. I sometimes buy the gray ones, but they mostly just sit in my closet. This year, I even invested in the skirt version. I may or may not pretend that it’s sort of dressy. I wear them with flip flops, even in the winter. I might have a problem. But, for $14.99 or less per pair, and PURE COMFORT, it’s an okay problem to have…

Tissue-Like T’s. I have been wearing these kinds of t-shirts since long before I got preggo and had the life of a stay-at-home-mom. Now, I will say that I DIDN’T wear them when I was pregnant, or really for a while after each kid was born, because they are not so forgiving. In fact, maybe I just shouldn’t wear them. But I do. I used to buy them in rainbows of colors from JCrew. Nowadays, I buy a similar version from Target. Okay, maybe they are meant to be sleep-shirts. Or maybe not. Please don’t judge. They are long. They are a little thicker than true tissue t’s (read: a little more forgiving in the tummy area). Every year I invest in the long-sleeved version in the fall/winter and the short-sleeved version in the spring/summer. I always need 2 whites (you NEED two whites, don’t let anyone tell you different), a black, and a gray. Then, when sales occur or the inclination strikes, I’ll invest in the colors. Oh, I love the colors! They make me feel dressy. Yes, I’m serious. And maybe a little sad 😉 They are usually about $5-$7. Once I got a few on sale for $1.58. Yep, one dollar and fifty-eight cents. It’s true love. And it’s affordable. I will say, though, all of these tissue-like t’s led to another obsession….

Long, thin-strapped tank-tops. Not ribbed. Not with a built-in bra. Just plain old tanks. I prefer a particular version from (shocker!) Target these days. It comes in many colors. It has adjustable straps (so that I can make it longer- I have a “look”. you see, of my tank showing beneath my tissue-like t). It comes past the hip. It’s fitted. It’s a little snug to the point of sucking things in a bit to keep me looking slightly acceptable in my tissue-like t’s. I need more, come to think of it. Sadly, these are never on sale (mind you, when I went to find the link, they were on sale- who knew!?) and they are more than the t’s, coming in around $8. But you don’t have to replace them as often, as they are a bottom layer. So, acceptable.

Now, I know. I shop at Target a lot. You really don’t want to know.

Another staple in my closet is/are jeans. These may require a whole book to be written about them. I’ll put it this way: I would love to wear bell-bottoms daily. I’m talking true-straight-from-the-70’s bell-bottoms. But, I am not that skinny anymore. Those suckers are meant for hipless men. So, I revert to the trouser jean, and other similar styles. I prefer a nice (I’m talking EXPENSIVE) jean. Luckily for my husband, I have yet to get back down to my “fancy-jean size”, so I have a pair that I love from Old Navy and a new pair that seems to have great potential from Eddie Bauer. Jeans, for me, must come in tall. Preferably, I like them drag the ground. I’m just like that. But- there are many jeans.

I also love shoes. I actually have a lot of awesome, somewhat trendy shoes. But I prefer flip-flops.

Namely, black plastic flip-flops from JCrew and dark brown Rainbows. When they wear out, I get more. And have since college, I think. And that was a long time ago.

So, why am I rambling on and on and on about this?

Maybe because these are my obsessions. My loves. My true happiness.

Or maybe because I have to tell you that I do it with running gear, too.

I am on my fifth pair of Brooks Adrenaline GTS’s. I so love them.

I broke them in yesterday with high hopes of making it through my half-marathon in November in them.

I love running in new shoes.

I also broke this new running tank in yesterday.

Please, do not judge. I took the pic post-run.

And only because I couldn’t find them on Target.com to link them to the post.

It’s a great tank….sports bra up top and not totally fitted down below. Quite appreciated by me. I would like it in more colors. Please, Target, offer them online so that I can order more. I must feed my obsessive-compulsive habit. Plus, I really don’t want to wash it everday. Thanks.

Oh. And this fall…these will be mine.

In vintage brown leather

So, I guess I’ll be adding a pair of skinny jeans to my collection.

And maybe get to writing that book that I’m always talking about to earn a little cash-money.

Meaning, I also better get a-running (if I’m going to buy skinny jeans OR complete my half, which is the justification for this reward).

Speaking of which, I have my “long run” of the week tomorrow.

5 miles.

I haven’t run 5 since March, or maybe April. Due to sheer laziness.

So, I’ll report on that tomorrow.

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Hey, hey.

(cuteness: a preview)

So, if you listened to my “ramble” on Thursday, to you I say…”Thanks”.

I have a few things to discuss. I will segment it. Organization, people. Right?


I have a few race plans for the fall, and a BIG ONE for next year. I am a planner. I like to have goals. I also like to reward myself for meeting those goals. That’s part of the fun!

My fall race plans include: running a 10K in September, running my SECOND half marathon in November, and running a 5K on Thanksgiving Day that was the HARDEST 5K ever when I ran it last year. You can check out my training on googledocs, linked on the “running” page. I’ll do my best to follow that. I guess that my “goals” for each race, besides training well and finishing (ha!) are these: 10K- it’s my first 10K, so anything will be a PR, but my goal will be 1:05; 1/2 marathon- it’s my 2nd, so I’ll go for a PR of UNDER 2:16; and the 5K- I would LOVE to blow it away with a 30 minute time- it’s FULL of hills!

So, the thing is, I will be training during FOOTBALL season, which involves a lot of tailgating and more late nights (because of being out and about, not because of doing silly things at home) than usual. So, my challenge will be to keep myself hydrated and on schedule. While still being the life of the tailgate, of course 😉

And the BIG PLAN, you may wonder? Well, I am planning on training for and running my FIRST MARATHON next year. The plan is to run the San Diego Marathon in June. It’s my birthday weekend, so it will be a major accomplishment PLUS a good birthday trip!

Stay tuned- there will be a lot of posts discussing my runs (long and short) as well as how I try to stay hydrated and stong with all this running!

Farmer Katie:

So, I have a LOT of hot peppers. I have made a lot of hot pepper relish. I have pickled hot peppers pickling away in my pantry. So, what’s up next, you may ask?

Pepper Jelly!

This week, it was Jalapeno Jelly (to be specific).

Please- look and learn 🙂

First- about 3/4 of a pound of jalapenos. Fresh. From my garden. Plus about 3 serano peppers for extra heat 😉

Chop them a little bit, removing the stems and some of the seeds (with gloves on, please!).

Add the peppers to the food processor, along with 1 cup of cider vinegar…

Blend, baby, blend.

Add the blended mixture, pluse one more cup of the vinegar plus SIX (you heard me) cups of sugar to a large pot.

Bring it all to a boil. Boil it for 10 minutes. Stir it A LOT.

The next few steps were very reliant on good timing, and were also very MESSY, so they were not photographed.

But, you would add two 3oz. bags of liquid pectin (to make it jelly-like). Stir. Bring to a boil. While stirring. Boil HARD (not sure what that means, exactly, but I let it ROLL) for 1 minute. Stir. STIR! Remove from heat. Add some green food coloring unless you want it to be dookie brown. STIR! Divvy it up into your jars of choice (which have already been cleaned and are warm so they won’t break when the HOT- and it’s HOT, like burn your finger, hand, arm HOT- jelly gets all in ’em). Seal them up in a boiling water “bath” – a big pot of hot water. Sit them around till they’re room temperature.

Photograph them:

Pray to the “seal the jar” gods.

Do a happy dance when they are sealed.

Put them in the pantry with your pickles. They’ll make good gifts.

Cute Kiddos:

Just because I love my boys.

And I love you enough to let you love them, too…

So, what’s next? Probably a report on my running so far this week. Then I’ve got to do something with my drawer full of peppers. Plus, I’m reading books!

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Hey, hey, hey.

This is one of those posts…all information, no pretty pictures. Plus, it’s Thursday, so maybe some sort of theraputic ramblings. I will apologize in advance. Sorry. Heh.

So, I have seriously struggled with my weight for a long time. A LONG TIME.

A long time.

My struggles began in middle school, when I became an emotional eater.

I ate because other people were eating and I wanted to fit in. I ate because it was something to do. I ate because I liked food. I ate because I didn’t want to hurt people’s feelings. I ate what tasted good and what made me feel full, not what was (necessarily) healthy.

This continued through highschool. Maybe it even got a little worse. There are plenty of things to talk about here, but that’s for another day.

Then I went to college. I am not sure EXACTLY what started the next phase, but something did.

I replaced regular sodas with diet drinks and water, and lost about 10 pounds instantly. Or at least it felt like it. I stopped eating food with a lot of fat in it. I stopped eating food with fat in it at all. I stopped eating much food. I lost 60 pounds throughout college. Not so healthily, really. Again, another story for another day. But, I did begin to exercise, and I liked how it made me feel. So, that was something good…

Out of college, the balance was a little harder. I was eating out more often and didn’t have the time for as much exercise. I felt the weight coming back on. And those numbers just haunted me. I am about 6 feet tall, and my “numbers” on the scale have never been as low as I thought a girl’s should be. Mentally, that tormented me.

Maybe still does, a little bit.

So, the weight started coming back on. But, at this point, I needed some of it back. When I graduated from college I weighed 126 pounds. At 6 feet tall. Not so healthy, at least not on my frame. But when the numbers rose, I freaked out. Then I ate. Then more came. You see what I’m getting at, right?!?

Forty-five pounds later, I met my husband and we fell in love. I was happier because I was eating and exercising, but I was not happy with how I looked. Fast forward 2 years and I’m engaged and exercising an hour a day plus eating the “south beach” way. By the time I got married, I had lost about 25 pounds and felt good with the numbers on the scale and the size of my clothes.

Then babies. Up sixty pounds (you read it right- sixty) with the first. Down forty. Up twenty-five with the second. Down twenty-five. So, if you do the math, still up twenty from where I’d like to be.

And now the second baby is almost 2.

So, that’s a lot of numbers. And it makes me feel crazy. And it makes me feel unhappy. And it makes me feel like a failure.

But, then I think about the things that this body can do (besides weigh more than I’d like)…I can run 13.1 miles, and have done so in 2 hours and 18 minutes!! I have healthy babies! I take cool pictures. I can cook. I can grow a mini-farm in my backyard. I am healthy.

So, what I am going to do is (try to) focus on the good stuff. I am going to run races. I am going to eat healthily. I am going to do some things to help myself be as HEALTHY as I can be, and try to truly be happy with those results. I am not going to rely on a scale to tell me how I’m doing.

I can’t promise that I won’t be happy if my pants are looser, though.

And I will not give up diet drinks or beer, so don’t try to make me 🙂

But, you’ll see some changes…

and you’ll see me set and achieve some awesome physical goals.

I am looking forward to sharing…and thanks for listening.

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