My Weekend Paint Project – going wild with neutrals.

Good Morning!

It’s 9 am. I’m just sitting here drinking some coffee and still being tired. I slept until 8 but I’m still tired. Kind of a late night. Oh well.

I uploaded the pictures from my camera from the cruise and wanted to share a few good ones.

The cruise was right after the royal wedding and Grand Cayman is a British territory.

We look like British royalty clearly. German/Italian Brits.

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Tony & Sam:

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Aaron took this picture solely because there was a rooster wandering around in the background.

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My FAVORITE picture.

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Another good one

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Husband in the water at Grand Cayman:

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And the concludes vacation pictures. Wooo!

Moving on to this past week. Last Sunday was the Girls on the Run 5k. It was at Hartwood Acres outside of Pittsburgh and was just a Girls on the Run race. It was open to the public but no real timing or anything and everyone wore the #1 bib.

I somehow managed to acquire three t-shirts that day.. Here I am bright and early. The weather was pretty warm and not raining. It was muddy because it’s rained pretty much every day for the past two months in Pittsburgh but we had a good morning for the race. No sun but pretty warm.

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Aaron also managed to get 3 new shirts that day. He also really liked the fact that they made the shirts the least masculine that they possibly could.

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So the race started and our little team of about 12 girls and 4 coaches plus Aaron started out together but quickly spread apart. Aaron and I pretty much ran by ourselves but passed a few members of our team and cheered them on as we went along. The girls pretty much stuck together in pairs because it was almost impossible to stay with more than one other person on the course. It was a really relaxed race and lots of fun! Aaron hasn’t run at all in months but managed to do really well at this 5k!

I can’t believe Girls on the Run is over already! It went really fast. I was an assistant coach so I was only there once a week but it was still a good experience especially considering I have no experience with children at all. It was great to talk to them and hear about their lives and to remember what it was like to be 9 or 10 years old and dealing with your classmates and your family and all of the other pressure of being in that situation. I forgot what it was like back then. I’m glad I was involved in it and if my company allows it again next year, I’ll probably be back!

And then Aaron will get another GOTR medal and pink t-shirt that says Focus on Women. YES!

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Last night (Friday) I decided to attack the dining room trim. I am devoting this weekend to painting the dining room so I had to rip off the quarter round around the floor so that I could sand the trim to paint. We considered also removing the trim and replacing it but it actually goes below the flooring. Weird. And that also means that we will need to replace the quarter round even though we both like how it looks better without.

So I pried the quarter round off around the room, pulled out a bunch of nails and then sanded the trim.

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I got two paint samples last week and we painted spots on the wall of each. I’ve been contemplating which one to use all week. The lighter color is called Natural and the darker is called Oat Bran. They’re in the same family, just different shades. I think I might go with the lighter color and hope that our room ends up looking like the picture on the right.

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This one. I also really like the chair rail trim. hmmm

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Okay this has been a pretty LONG blog post so I’m going to cut off my rambling. It’s going to be a HOT weekend here! Happy Saturday!

An update on the week and mini race recap!

Good Morning!

It’s Saturday morning! I haven’t posted on the blog all week because after the Great Race, I got sick. 😦 I actually ended up missing three days of work with a cold/flu thing plus I pulled a muscle in my back. Not as fit as I thought… Oh well. So I was holed up on the couch watching Ellen and The View and eating lots of cereal and peanut butter.

I don’t actually have any pictures from the Great Race because I was without a camera but it was a stressful morning. I ended up making it to the starting line late! Luckily the race was a little delayed so I got there just a few minutes before we started. (This after driving to Regent Square, randomly parking my car on the street, following some random people with bib numbers through the trails of Frick Park for about 30 minutes, and battling a stink bug in the porta-potty).

Sooo we took off from Regent Square around 9:40. I had on a long sleeve shirt and shorts which was pretty appropriate for the 55 degrees. The race started off fine, I didn’t really have any time goals because I was so frazzled from the morning but after a couple of 9 minute miles, I decided I could probably beat last year’s time (avg pace of 9:07 for the 10k). Well at mile three things went downhill. I had a cramp in my side and felt REALLY tired and winded and wasn’t sure why. Stupid sickness. So miles three and four ended up being around 9:30. I walked through two water stations around then and finally felt a little better.

Mile 5 was faster, I think around 8:50 and then mile six was 8 minutes! I finished with an average pace of 9:12 so it ended up being about 57 minutes.

I crossed the finish line, drank two cups of water, fought massive crowds for a banana (Very displeased with the Great Race organization. It was SO disorganized and they gave us an ugly shirt…) Then I texted Aaron to come and pick me up. We tracked down my car in Regent Square and made it home. And then I started to feel sick. booo.

Okay update on the week is over. I finally uploaded pictures from my little Canon PowerShot and had a bunch that I’ve been wanting to post but never got around to doing.

I baked some chocolate cake pops for a coworker’s Uncle:

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Tied with silver twisty ties instead of ribbons to make them sort of manly…

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I made these about a month ago for another coworker for a birthday I think:
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I made these for the American Heart Association:

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I made red swirls on top and tied them with red ribbon and strung little heart-shaped beads on some of them:

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Close up:

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Aaron cooked us some collard greens with onions and chicken sausage one night. This was probably one of my favorite recent meals. We used some Trader Joe’s Soyaki marinade for the greens. So good!

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We did the Troy Hill Cancer Walk through our neighborhood in purple shirts:

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Troy Hill!

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We went to Square Cafe with a Groupon that I bought for brunch. Aaron had a burger which he said wasn’t great. The service at that place is pretty terrible. I kind of felt like they were ignoring us the whole time. Weird. Plus their coffee wasn’t my favorite. Ah well. That place is super popular though. I think because it’s full of hip looking kids. …

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I had the “Veggie Overload Omelet.” It was pretty good. Full of fresh veggies. Their potatoes are weird and I didn’t really like them. The bread was good but I asked for it dry and they buttered it…. This is my second trip to Square Cafe and both times I’ve had bad service. Hmm. Ah well. We’re trying Coca Cafe for brunch today so we’ll see how it goes.

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I would rate Square as a 2.5 on a scale of 1-5. They get the .5 for having cool water glasses.

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Also, Aaron made me an omelet in this lovely pan that my mother bought me for the bridal shower and he wanted me to post it so my mom could see:

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He’s a pretty good omelet flipper!

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We also went to a 10 acres corn maze with Aaron’s parents a couple of weeks ago.

Jeff & Diane!

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Me!

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Aaron!

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We then took a hay ride through the farm. Do you see the Black Angus cows???? I tried to edit the picture so you could see them better. Soo creepy.

Poor little hamburgers.

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And lastly, we had spaghetti squash for dinner twice recently. We both LOVE it.

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Plus some roasted veggies:

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And Trader Joe’s turkey meatballs which are amazingly good.

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Okay that’s it for now. I’m going to get some more coffee then maybe try to go for a run finally after taking a week off from exercise then we’re meeting Laura and her boyfriend for lunch at noon.

THEN we’re off on a secret adventure! Aaron won’t tell me where we’re going. He just said we’re leaving at 3 and won’t be back until tomorrow afternoon and to pack nice clothes. hmmm

Inner Monologue Before My Run

Good Morning! It’s 6:46 AM. Aaron and I stopped at the farmer’s market on the way home from work yesterday and got the following:

  • 5 giant peaches – $3.50
  • 6 tomatoes – $4
  • 2 zucchini – $1
  • Aaron got a hot sausage sandwich ($?)

We then came home, I ate yogurt with granola, peanut butter and cantaloupe for dinner plus two slices of bread then we took a nap for two hours…

Then Aaron went to his brother’s show around 10, I charged my ipod, uploaded another two discs of my audio book and then went back to bed.

I got lots of sleep last night.

Now I’m trying to psyche myself up for my 9 mile run.   Things crossing my mind include:

  • I will conquer you.
  • where is my gatorade?
  • Why do I do this to myself?
  • Why is it already 70 degrees outside?
  • My favorite running shirt is dirty
  • Should I bring pepper spray
  • will there be scary men on the trail
  • I just need to go and get this done
  • I will feel great after it’s over

And I’m off!!!

Have a lovely day!

I wear a size NINE??

I always want to blog on Fridays for some reason. Excited for the weekend maybe!

Last Sunday Aaron and I went to Kennywood for my company picnic. Neither of us have been to Kennywood in years and we quickly realized that Kennywood isn’t fun when you’re married but don’t have children yet. We wandered around a bunch though, rode a few rides and Aaron got a corn dog.

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He loved it:

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Then I started getting grumpy and hungry and then he found me frozen yogurt! I had some chocolate/vanilla swirl and Aaron had a brownie parfait.

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We rode the merry-go-round because we’re old plus it was HOT and the lines were really long for everything else.

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Me:

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Kennywood was alright. It was fun to spend the day with Aaron and do something a little different. We stayed until around 530 then decided to come home and rest.

On Monday I took a vacation day! I got up when Aaron did though, ate a piece of bread with peanut butter, said farewell to the husband like a 1950s housewife, and then drove myself down to the trail to run. I did 5 slow, semi-painful miles. My hip started to hurt around mile 3. I probably should have stopped but it’s really hard to stop once you get a certain distance in your head so I continued on. By the end, my hip hurt A LOT. I was sort of limping. This seems to happen every time I need to buy new shoes.

I’ve needed new ones for a while but never feel like driving to Robinson to get them. Well I gave in on Monday and drove out and actually got fitted for running shoes!

Turns out I wear a size NINE! What??? I was wearing 7.5s! Oh my. He measured my feet and put me in a size 9 narrow. He said the reason I liked the 7.5s is because my feet are narrow but typically running shoes should be about a size bigger than regular shoes.

He also put me in the exact same shoes I had been wearing, just the newer version. I tried on a pair of Mizuno’s too that I really wanted because they were lime green but I felt more comfortable in the Asics.

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He also said that I’m a very slight over-pronator. A little info about that below from Runners World:

Pronation is the inward (medial) roll of the foot and in particular the heel and arch which occurs naturally at the heel strike as a cushioning mechanism

Overpronation is when the feet roll inward too much.

Supination, also known as underpronation, is the opposite to pronation where the feet don’t roll inward enough. Wearing the wrong type of shoe will lead to painful shins and joints, or even injury.

Aaron told me my feet look big in them 😦 Says the man with size twelves.

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Alright off to read some blogs, drink some coffee and then get ready for work.

Farmer’s market tonight, cake pop making tomorrow and maybe visiting Aaron’s grandma, and a restful Sunday.

The Weekend!

Well it’s Monday… on Friday Aaron and I stopped at the farmer’s market in the North Side on the way home. We got the following:

  • 6 tomatoes $4
  • a watermelon $4
  • head of cabbage $1.50 (for turkey stuffed cabbage)
  • pita bread $1.50
  • Aaron got a meat pie for dinner $2.50 (We’re not quite sure what kind of meat was in it. Maybe gyro meat, possibly just some kind of beef.)

The North Side farmer’s market was pretty awesome. There were a ton of vendors (more than Bloomfield) plus it’s in a little grassy park and they had a live band playing! I think we’re going to make a habit of going every Friday!

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That would be me on the right in work clothes still.
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Gallons of honey…

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After the market, we rushed home, I tried to recreate a Pita Pit pita with our new pita bread and then we were off to Club Cafe in the South Side for Aaron’s brother’s band’s show.

His band is called Pet Clinic. He’s also in an American Eagle commercial playing drums in the rain so if you happen to be in an American Eagle, check out the monitors.

Aaron’s brother Dave on the left:

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Good show! Also, Dave turned 21 over the weekend. Not sure if he reads the blog…but Happy Birthday!!!!
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The show was over early so we headed to the Waterfront to get me a handheld water bottle for running. After messing with them for a while, I went with the water bottle belt instead. I love it! I tested it out first thing Saturday morning.

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I’m considering running a half marathon trail race in September so I attempted my first trail run Saturday. I waited too long to get out there though so it was HOT. I was rationing my water for my 6 mile run. The 6 miles turned into 5.5 running/walking. I tried. SWEAT.

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After that I did a whole bunch of errands, realized that grocery shopping at 6 PM on a Saturday is the most awesome time ever to grocery shop and then got ready to head over to Lawrenceville for Aaron’s band’s release show at the Thunderbird.

They did an acoustic set then took a little break then did an electric set. I sold t-shirts!

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Here are a few articles written about them from this past week if you’re interested:

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tribune Review

City Paper (written by my friend Andy who has his own blog)

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Sunday, we slept in a little, ate some breakfast, friend Jason stopped over for a few minutes, Aaron’s parents stopped over for a little while then we proceeded to sit on the couch for 10 hours. It was AWESOME. Day of rest for sure.

After work today, Aaron and I shredded then I convinced him to run a quick mile around the block. Good little workout!

Alright off to watch Lie to Me and relax.

Goodnight!

Pittsburgh Marathon Pictures & Plan for the Weekend!

Good FRIDAY Morning!!

Time is flying these days. So yesterday I did the 30 Day Shred in the morning and then took a strength class called 20/10 Strength at the Y at lunch. Today..I am SORE. The 20/10 strength class is 20 minutes of strength with hand weights and a band and then 10 minutes of stretching. I liked it because it was short and didn’t make me sweat (perfect for lunchtime). I didn’t like it because the (bodybuilder) teacher wasn’t too into it and it didn’t seem very difficult. I might have been underestimating it though since my whole body is sore. Hm..

Anyway, I filched some pictures from the marathon. I just googled filch to make sure that I used it properly.

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What’s on the agenda for this weekend?

Today:

  • Drag myself through 4 hours of work
  • Take a walk in the lovely weather at lunch
  • Drag myself through the next 4 hours at work
  • Come home
  • Head to a park and have a picnic with Aaron!!!

Saturday:

  • I’m thinking a run
  • Fight with printer
  • FINISH AND MAIL INVITATIONS after I win the battle with said printer
  • Clean the giant mess that is my apartment
  • Pack a box?!
  • Prepare my healthy French toast bake for Mother’s Day brunch. It’s an Elie Krieger recipe. Let’s hope it goes well.
  • Test a cupcake recipe for the wedding. I’m experimenting with lemon poppyseed.

Sunday:

  • Church
  • Mother’s Day brunch!
  • Relax

Alright off to drink more coffee, (finally bought more TJ’s Columbia Supremo), and then get ready for work. 80 degrees in Pittsburgh today!!!

A few new things

Good Morning!

A few really quick things because my laptop is dying…

I ran out of aluminum foil this morning so my wrap will definitely fall apart by lunch:

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That’s egg whites, spinach and sriracha on an Ezekial sprouted grain wrap (I’m low on groceries). Plus a cup of creamy tomato basil soup with some frozen broccoli thrown in.

Also, I’ve recently switched to soy milk creamer instead of regular half and half (though I still use the regular stuff at work). Anyway, I’ve used the TJ’s brand and the Silk brand and I like TJ’s WAY more. The Silk stuff isn’t as creamy or something. Sweet, I like the cheaper one!

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And one more thing… my dad sent me his Nikon D50 DSLR!!!!!! My picture quality will soon increase!!!! If I can figure out how to use it. I took about 80 pictures of Aaron the other day with it. He wanted to kill me.
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What’s on the agenda for today? Well yesterday I went for a slooow jog around Shadyside. It was so nice outside so I came home from work and went out without my Garmin and just jogged around super slow for about 40 minutes. It was so nice not to have to worry about time or speed. I need to do that more often.

Anyway, today….work then I think Aaron and I have marriage counseling session #3 this evening then we’re supposed to start the SHRED. Let’s hope we have time!

Have a good day!!