Hello 2013!

Happy New Year!

Justin and I rang in the new year pretty low key with a small get together at our place. We had an enormous spread of food, that unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to take a picture of but it included things like; hummus and pita, crackers-sausage and cheese, fruit with fruit dip, veggies and dip, Rotel dip with tortilla chips, pasta salad and burgers on the grill. Needless to say we were ALL stuffed by the time midnight rolled around.

We spent the evening playing games (catchphrase anyone?), drinking, eating, laughing and catching up. It was a simple but great night, indeed!

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And I should mention that while we enjoyed ourselves, Peanut did as well. Snuggled up on the couch with her blankey. Happy New Year Peanut! 🙂

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2013

I don’t have a fancy post planned for all the great things that happened to me during 2012…I took a little blog hiatus during this past year and while it was pretty amazing (got married & went on a fantastic honeymoon, began making our new house a home, got promoted…) I won’t rehash that here. Instead, I wanted to talk about the few goals I have for 2013. While I’m definitely a list maker (checking items off a list really does bring me great satisfaction) I’m not really a New Year’s Resolution type person. I do however, have a few, very simple, things in mind I’d like to accomplish in 2013.

First, drink more water. Every single day. Now that I’m training for the Phoenix Half on March 2, I can really tell that my lack of water intake is taking it’s toll. I’m feeling dehydrated almost all the time, and I can tell it’s making my longer runs more painful than they should be. Plus, it’s good for me, right?

Second, Finish my Half Marathon on March 2. Run, walk, crawl. I don’t really care. Regardless of my time or anything else, I just want to finish. 13.1 miles may not seem like a long ways to some…but 13.1 miles is actually a really long ways. So I’m committing to just being proud that I’m taking on the adventure…no matter how I finish.

And finally, simply live. Or live simply. I’ve recently come to realize that we often spend so much time thinking about what comes next, that we forget to focus on the now. The next house, the next vacation, the next promotion, the next ANYTHING. And when we do that, we forget to pay attention to all the great things that happen in everyday life. A great run, a lazy Sunday with the one you love, a beautiful sunny day, a delicious cup of coffee. You get the point. 2012 was a great year for me…but I’m determined to make 2013 even better and I’m pretty convinced if I just remember to refocus and live in the moment, no matter what comes my way in 2013, it’ll be great.

So that’s that…my 2013 goals. Here’s to love, health and laughter for all in 2013! I hope everyone enjoys today. Take some time out for yourself and relax…you deserve it! 🙂 Justin and I are off to start a Breaking Bad marathon for the rest of the day. I can hear my couch calling my name!

MM

P.S. I’ll be back later today or tomorrow with a recap of our San Diego trip…I haven’t forgotten!

Greetings from San Diego!

Hi everyone! Sorry for the disappearing act! Justin, Peanut and I have been wandering the streets and beaches of San Diego the last two days. We’ll be heading home later today, and I’ll have a full recap for you today or tomorrow but just thought I’d check in and say hello.

So far we’ve gotten upgraded to this amazing loft jacuzzi suite…for free!

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Secondly, Peanut thinks she died and went to dog heaven. Here she is having the time of her life at the dog beach on Coronado.

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Thirdly, Justin and I have done a good job of eating our way through the city. All unpictured because it’s been that amazing.
And we’ve done a lot of peanut snuggling.

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So far, so good!

I got my run in yesterday and Justin is out now running, as soon as he’s back were off for breakfast and another round at another dog beach. Then it’s a 5 hour drive back to Phoenix.

I hope everyone enjoys their Sunday and hopefully this is a long weekend for you! Make the most of these last two days of 2012. (sooooo crazy its almost 2013!) I’ve gotta get going on those resolutions!

So what have you done this weekend? Have you ever taken a vacation focused solely around your pet?

Our Pretty Little Peanut & the Phoenix Half Marathon

Is anyone else feeling totally blah that Christmas is over? I’m still shocked that in less than a week it’s going to be 2013 already! Seriously, where does the time go?

With that said, I AM pretty excited because Justin and I are taking a short weekend trip to San Diego to spend some quality time with Peanut. (okay, okay, I know what you’re thinking…when are you NOT spending quality time with Peanut?) And the answer is that we totally are, every single second that we are home…but she’s our fur baby and I’m totally okay with being that weirdly obsessed doggy mommy. 🙂

I just hope that she knows how spoiled she is. We planned an entire vacation around her!

Since I’m just getting back into the swing of things with blogging, I’ll share with you a few pics of our crazy but adorably cute dog, Peanut.

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(Now do you understand why we’d plan an entire vacation around her? Yep. I thought you would.)

In other news…I’m currently training for the The Phoenix Half Marathon on March 2. This will be my first 1/2 marathon to date and while I feel comfortable running up to 8 miles or so, something about that 13.1 has me shaking in my boots. I’m following a very modified version of Hal Higdon’s novice training plan and so far, so good. I’m more going for meeting my weekly mileage than sticking to the day-to-day plan since at this point, I sorta know my body and know that I can complete a 10-12K race at this point in my fitness with not much of a problem. BUT that doesn’t mean that I’m still not intimidated at the thought of running 13.1 miles. I still by no means really consider myself a true runner…though judging from what my friends and family say, at this point I need to get over that hump. Meh, we’ll see! 🙂 So my point? Follow along! I’m posting all my workouts on Daily Mile! You can find me here at The Daily Mile.

In yet another tidbit of random news, I’m really dying to join/start/whatever a book club! I came across this post today on The Saucy Apple and it really reminded me that while I do love to read, I really just need a little external motivation to keep me accountable to finish a book.
Once I start, there is usually no turning back, so I’m pretty sure a book club would be just the trick I need. Side note: I may or may not be one of those annoying people who likes to start 3 or 4 books at a time and bounce back and forth between them. Drives my best friend NUTS!

So what’s new with you? Are you training for a new to you race? Starting or joining a new book club?

MM

It’s been awhile…a long while

Well hello everyone! It has been over a year since I last posted. Crazy how time flies. Anyway, while I was away, I never stopped reading the blogs that I know and love, and I didn’t stop running or taking yoga or any of the fun stuff I blogged about in the past. I guess, my life just sort of took over and for the past year I was busy with things relating to me, my career and my family and that was where my time and energy was focused. But, I’m back! I’ve committed to making this blog a part of my daily priorities again because I’ve felt myself yearning to write again!

But first, let’s have a short recap of what’s happened since I’ve been gone.

First, I got MARRIED! That’s right! On March 3, 2012 I married the love of my life in Phoenix, AZ. It was a beautifully sunny day filled with family, friends, laughter and love and it was honestly the best day of my life to date.

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All wedding photos by the amazingly talented Kim Bee at Bumble and Bloom Photography. (bumbleandbloom.com).

And after we got married, we went on a fabulous 14 day honeymoon cruise through the Caribbean all the way down to South America! It was honestly the most amazing trip of my life. To unplug and be so far away from our normal lives was seriously a once in a lifetime experience.

Boat in Cozumel

Deep Sea Trek

Cave Tubing

Kayak

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After coming back to reality renewed and refreshed the husband and I had a whirlwind of a spring/summer. With a few close friends celebrating their own weddings we had quite the travel schedule. And in the midst of all of that, we added a new member to our young family. Our wonderful dog, Peanut!

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She has truly become a part of our family and I can’t imagine our life without her. She is quirky, energetic, yet very lazy at times and just so much like us it’s crazy! We adopted her from the Humane Society and it was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. Oh, and if you’re wondering about her cute little tongue sticking out of her mouth, understand that I didn’t just catch a good pic of her…she literally has her tongue sticking out ALL the time. It’s the cutest thing ever!

Other than those big updates, I have just begun training for the Phoenix Half Marathon on March 2. This will be my first half marathon to date and I’m super excited to reach this new milestone in my running career!

Stay tuned for more…I promise I’ll be back!

Hello New Jersey!

Well after a long day of traveling, I finally made it to New Jersey!

The flight was actually okay, I got quite a bit done…worked for about 3.5 hours and then read for the rest of the flight. Until, we were suppose to be landing and had to circle the Newark airport for 45 minutes…and OF COURSE, I had to pee the entire time and I was so hungry I was about to eat my suitcase. Good thing I brought along some snacks! Dough Balls and Odwalla granola bars! yum, yum.


See dough balls rock, there is only 1 left…whoops.

I navigated my way through the airport and arrived at my hotel…orderd some room service that was just blahhh and now I’m relaxing in my home for the next 3 days.

I’m happy I got a run in this morning before I headed to the airport. I’m pretty certain becuase of the 3 hour time difference from Phoenix to here that I’m not going to want to get up any earlier than I have to tomorrow morning. I did bring my running gear though, so I’m going to try and hit the workout room Thursday morning to get a run in while I am here!

Sorry for the short and blah post! Gotta get to bed so I am fresh for a full day of meetings tomorrow! I will write a more lengthy post after I return from dinner tomorrow night! Hope everyone’s week is off to a great start…tomorrow is hump day! 🙂

And…I’m Off!

To say today was crazy would be an under statement. It went a little something like this…

Woke up, had a quick bowl of Blueberry Frosted Mini Wheats….(and I scarfed this down, mind you)

Look at my cute Halloween inspired bowl! (Target for like $1.50, score!)

Once we were ready, Justin and I ran out the door and carpooled to work. Thank goodness for the HOV lane in Phoenix…we flew all the way to downtown (where Justin works) and then I headed on to my office. My day at the office was a blur. I’m pretty positive I was either in a meeting or slaving away at emails every second I was there. In fact, my lunch consisted of Cheez-Its, a string cheese and half an apple. Not of that is pictured because I’m not even sure I chewed any of it. I’m pretty sure it was inhaled and I moved on with my day!

I was in the office til around 6:45 and then headed home, ran a few last minute errands because I’m taking off for a work/fun trip tomorrow and headed home. When I got home, Justin let me know he had ordered pizza. Yum. Fast, easy, I’ll take it.

After inhaling my second meal of the day, my night consisted of dealing with more of this.

To ensure that our apartment soon looks like this…

And don’t worry, I think I’ve had like 5 handfulls of these throughout the night as well…(peanut butter M&M’s, yummmmm)

Now, I’ll need to pack my suitcase for NYC (blah), finish up a few work things and hit the hay. I totally woke up with a splitting headache this morning so I didn’t get to my run so I’m making that a priority tomorrow morning. 4.5 or 5 miles here I come!
Okay, I’m off! Expect some updates from the airport/East coast soon! 🙂


Me at the Guinness Factory in Ireland about this time last year.

Chocolate Chip Dough Balls

Happy Sunday everyone! Today was a busy day for us. After sleeping for about 9 hours last night. (Ahhhhh sleeeeeep) We got up, got ready and promptly headed to Buffalo Wild Wings to watch the Lions game. After a nail biter, the Lions walked away with a W, yippee! We came home and headed right back out to Target to get a bunch of these…


…in order to start packing our apartment = booo. But moving into our new house = yay!

However, while at Target, I also bought the last two ingredients needed to make these…


Chocolate Chip Dough Balls! I literally copied the recipe from Diana at The Chic Life, so hop on over here to find the recipe!

However, I snapped photos my whole way through the baking process so here is the recipe in picture form for your viewing pleasure!

True to cookie baking form…gather all of your ingredients and mix all your dry components together…

Then, add your sugars and wet ingredients into a medium sized bowl and stir until well mixed…

Then mix your dry ingredients into your wet…it totally seems as if you did something wrong and measured out your wet ingredients incorrectly…however as the recipe states…keep mixing and it’ll form a stiff dough…

Then mix in your chocolate chips…I used 1/2 cup Nestle Semi-Sweet

Then you are supposed to chill your dough for at least 20 minutes…I can say I literally threw them in the fridge for 20 minutes on the dot and it worked out fine. I used this time to clean up the kitchen…see?
From this…

To this….

Clean counters make me happy.

Once 20 minutes had passed I popped the dough out of the fridge and started rolling them into balls. I believe the recipe says to use a small melon baller or sorbet scoop but I didn’t have either so I used a 1TBSP scoop. It worked perfectly. Scoop and roll….scopp and roll…

and then I sprinkled some sugar on top, for good measure, and popped them in the 350 degree oven for 10 minutes on the dot.

They came out golden brown on the bottom and just the right amount of doughy on the inside…mmmm mmmm goood.

All the while, Justin was couching it…playing on our iPad…

Lucky him! Yummy treats and he didnt even lift a finger! Anyway, these are seriously delish, so I highly suggest you head on over to The Chic Life and make.these.now.

The rest of my evening was spent packing, packing and more packing…trying to pack for a week out of town while also packing up everything you own have proven to be challenging.

In other news, I totally didn’t get my run in today. Boo. But I’m planning to get one in tomorrow morning (going for 4.5 miles) and again on Tuesday morning. I leave Tuesday afternoon for a work trip in NYC, so I wont have much time Wed-Fri (or the weekend for that matter, staying in NYC with a friend) to get any runs of decent distance in, so I’ve gotta pound the pavement while I can before I leave!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! I’ve totally spend my free time today reading everyone’s race recaps and have been so inspired! There are so many amazing members of the blog community it’s unbelievable! I’m so thrilled to be a part of it all. 🙂

What’d you do this weekend? I’d love to hear about it!