Books, Daily Happenings, Dating, Running

Couples Who Run Together

Hi friends! How was your Monday? I hope it wasn’t too bad for you. I have to say my Monday was pretty good as you’ll see below. Have a great day 🙂

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Bailey acted as our alarm clock yesterday morning by letting us know she needed to go out asap at 5 am. Alex took her out while I laid in bed before getting some puppy kisses and getting up. One I was all ready for work, I quickly scrambled up some eggs for breakfast and paired it with an oatmeal muffin.

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The work day felt like it flew by and before I knew it, I was eating lunch. I finished up The Flight Attendant. It’s the story of Cassie, a flight attendant who wakes up next to a passenger in Dubai that has been murdered. Cassie was drinking the night before and partially blacks out. She has never been violent and thinks she didn’t kill the man but with her memory not all there she can’t fully remember. It was a good and quick thriller which I haven’t read in a while.

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In the afternoon, I texted Alex to see if he was running later. He said he wasn’t sure so I asked if he would want to run with me on my recovery run. He said yes!! I was pumped! When I got home, we both changed and headed out the door for 4 miles. It was nice to be able to chat with someone on a run instead of just be stuck in my own head with my thoughts. I vote Alex should run with me on recovery days from now on, even if it’s just for a few miles instead of the whole thing.

Pasta with Italian Sausage

Dinner was really fancy last night. The name of the game for meals this week is “Use up anything that will go bad while we are out of town” so I had leftover spaghetti and sausage. I topped it with some fresh basil, marinara sauce and cheese. It was delicious and hit the spot. It ended up not being a ton of food so I had a banana with peanut butter as well.

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Alex and I watched and episode of Billions and then I read for the rest of the night. I started Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. I’m not too far into it but it’s told from the present day perspective through Avery as well as in the 1930s through Rill. Once I read more I’ll have a better understanding of it. I think Avery and Rill’s story are somehow connected but I can’t be sure. Once I fell asleep on the couch, I figured I should head to bed.

Question of the day: Do you ever workout with your significant other?

Books, Daily Happenings, Sunday In Pictures, Weekend

Sunday In Pictures Vol. 36

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Honestly I feel like this one absolutely flew by. It was crazy because it feels like I just left work and now I’m back at my desk. Not much you can do about it though. In typical Monday fashion, I’m sharing my Sunday in pictures. Have a great day 🙂

Waffles and Bacon

Waffles and bacon was the perfect way to ease into the day.

Carpet Cleaner

Since we’re really cool people in our early 20s, we rented a carpet cleaner from Home Depot to clean our carpets since I spilled iced tea early last week and there was a giant stain…

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Leftover deli sandwich and carrots for lunch.

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

While I folded laundry, a batch of oatmeal muffins baked away.

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Bailey and I went for a walk and she got all of the sniffs in.

Blueberries

I snacked on a handful of blueberries.

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Since the sun was out, I read more of The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian outside on the deck.

Pizza

Alex’s friend was in town so I made some pizza for dinner while he was over.

Question of the day: What’s one highlight from your weekend?

Weekly Obsessions

Weekly Obsessions XXII

Happy Friday! Today is a good Friday because I get out of work a little early. Gotta love free hours to use whenever I want. I hope you had a great week and something fun on the agenda for the weekend.

Before the weekend starts, I want to share a few things that I’ve been obsessed with this week. Let me know something you’ve been obsessed with in the comments below. Have a great day 🙂

Ice Tea Maker

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A few years ago, my sister gifted me this little ice tea maker. Apparently I said I wanted one and honestly I don’t remember that but I’m so glad she did! With the hot temperatures we had at the beginning of the week, I was using this bad boy to make a ton of it. Sometimes I’ll fill it with tea bags and others I use loose tea. It’s easy to clean and it dispenses from the bottom so there’s no pouring involved. Unfortunately I don’t remember the exact brand of the one gifted me but this one looks pretty identical!

Little Fires Everywhere

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Celeste Ng’s novel has been getting so much attention recently so I was excited to see it available to rent for my Nook. It’s the story of the Richardson’s who have four children that live in Shaker Heights, a suburb of Cleveland. Shaker Heights is a progressive and very planned spot, something that Elena Richardson loves. She owns a rental property that was her parents and rents the top apartment to Mia Warren and her daughter Pearl. Pearl starts to hang out with 3 of the 4 Richardson children while Izzy, the youngest Richardson, starts to spend more time with Mia. When a custody battle between family friends of the Richardson starts to divide the town, the members of the Richardson and Warren families start to divide as well. Mia’s past comes into play as well once Elena starts to discover more about her.

The story almost starts at the end when you discover that Izzy has set little fires in multiple spots of the Richardson house and then runs away. The rest of the story is from when the Warren’s move in until the house is burned down. The characters may appear to be simple but as the story develops, they develop as well. It was a really good read that wasn’t intense or anything but you had ideas throughout on what would happen but had no idea how it would play out. I think it would be a great pool or beach read for the summer!

Knockarounds

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I got these sunglasses for free years ago at a Rutgers football tailgate and forgot about them. With summer and the sun beating down, I wanted to have something to help prevent squinting on my runs. I dug around some storage bins and found my Knockarounds. They work so well! When I have them over the headband that I wear on runs, they don’t slip around my nose and stay in place. They’re lightweight as well which I love and are incredibly cheap. The classics, which I have, are $10. Yes you read that right, just ten dollars. Perfect for summer so you don’t have to worry about them breaking or misplacing them. Ralph from Run, Eat, Ralph has the polarized version and wrote a review if you want to hear about those.

Summer Hits of the 2000s Playlist

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If you have Spotify, stop what you are doing and go listen to this playlist. The mix of genres on this playlist is perfect. There’s some rap, pop, top 40s and everything in between. I’ve been throwing this playlist on constantly the past week. It’s been on in the car, at home, during runs. Just so good! All of the songs are absolute jams in my opinion and I love singing along to them.

Question of the day: What’s one thing you’ve been obsessed with this week?

Books, Daily Happenings

Outdoor Reading + Odd Dinner Combo

Hi friends! How are you today? I’ll admit, I’m feeling very tired for some reason. Luckily, I’m armed with a mug of tea for a little boost and the knowledge that tomorrow is Friday. Have a great day 🙂

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We got a pretty solid storm on Tuesday night so I was hopeful the humidity would drop. When I took Bailey out yesterday morning, I was sad to find it was still pretty humid. Bailey didn’t seem phased and trotted around a bit before we headed back inside to finish getting ready for the day. Alex made breakfast and fried up some eggs for me.

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After getting back to the office from lunch, I found a coworker with a plate of empanadas that his wife made. You guys…it was so dang good!! His wife is Puerto Rican so the spices were on point. Honestly it was a good thing I had already eaten at home while I hung out with Bailey. If that was my actual lunch, I probably would’ve eaten a dozen of them.

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Alex was in Philly all day so after work, it was just Bailey and I. Once she ate, we leashed up and headed out for a walk. We were out for about 30 minutes or so and it reminded me that we need to switch up where we walk Bailey. She was all over the place with her sniffing haha. When we got back, we grabbed water, a toy, and book to head outside to read. The humidity had seemed to drop and it was 2198653 degrees so sitting outside was enjoyable. I read more of Little Fires Everywhere.

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Eventually I started to get hungry so I headed inside to make dinner. I wasn’t really feeling an intense dinner so I opted for easy to make things. First up was a little tortilla pizza with some olive oil, mozzarella cheese, fresh basil and crushed red pepper. While that was in the oven to melt the cheese, I started on a smoothie bowl. Into the blender went a frozen banana, riced cauliflower, frozen blueberries, acai puree, peanut butter, chia seeds and milk. When I sat down to eat it I realized how odd of a combination it was with a sweet smoothie and savory/spicy pizza. Oh well! It worked and I enjoyed it.

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The rest of the night was pretty relaxing. I read some more, Bailey and I played fetch and watched the Great British Baking Show. For whatever reason, I felt like baking but a look at the clock to see it was 8:45 made me change my plan a bit for a no bake peanut butter cookie. The recipe came from Gemma at Bigger Bolder Baking and it was a winner! On half of them, I put some dark chocolate chips that I had in the cabinet and I would say to skip those. The plain peanut butter was better in my opinion.

After eating my cookies, I cleaned up and then got in bed to watch some Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. I must have fallen asleep because I woke up to Alex in our room. We caught up a bit on our days and then I fell back asleep for good.

Question of the day: Do you ever have some odd dinner cobinations when you feel a little lazy?

 

Fitness, Health, Workout

20-15-10-5 Resistance Band Leg Workout

Hi friends! Since getting my resistance bands in the mail a few weeks ago, I’ve been experimenting with different ways to use them. One of my favorite circuits that I created is a 20-15-10-5 leg burner.

While it may not seem like much at first glance, I’ve been doing it after speed workouts when my legs are already tired. Doing just 3 seemingly simple exercises really exhausts them. This circuit is easy and can be done anywhere which is perfect with any summer travel that you may have. It could even be done with out the bands if you don’t own any or forget to pack them. Remember to take a break after each round if you need one.

20-15-10-5 Resistance Band Workout

Squat Pulse

Put the band above your knees and place you feet shoulder width apart. Go down to a normal squat. Instead of coming back up, slightly pulse up and down a few inches once. After the pulse go back to standing normally.

Lateral Squat Walk

With the band above your knees, get into a light squat position. Your left leg steps to the side and your right leg comes following behind. Repeat the set number of reps then switch so the right leg is the leading leg.

Walking Lunges

Place the band around your ankles and stand feet together. Step forward with your your right leg and bend the left leg behind you. Bring your feet together and repeat.

Question of the day: What’s one of you favorite exercises for legs?