Summer Fun (and Hot Runs)…

I feel like I’m in my senior year of high school and have been absent for 3-weeks because I had the chicken pox (yes, it’s true, I was 17 years old when I got the chicken pox!).  I haven’t posted in a few weeks. Juggling the kids, work, marathon training and life has been quite the struggle, but I am getting through it.

Quick update (is it ever really quick?).  Kids started summer camp 3-weeks ago.  The first few days were okay, and then there were tears others, but now, they’re pros.

One of the days I picked the kids up, the teacher told me Sebastian had a (girl)friend that follows him and sits next to him at lunch. They supposedly feed each other lunch.

girlfriend at camp

Favorite part of the day is when I pick them up. But overall, they’re having a blast.

Their last week is next week but I am thinking of doing one more week after and then they’ll have two weeks before school starts (and for me to get Sebastian fully potty trained. We’re working on it!).

scientist day

We have spent some time with family when we can.  P’s nephew came to my office two Fridays ago and then he slept over.


We had dinner with my in-laws and then Jules, Lili and I hit up our favorite cafe, Van Goh’s Ear.

van goh

Then Sundays we go to mass.


We made it to the movies in the park again.  This time we watched Hotel Transylvania 2. Next week is the last movie in the park, Inside Out. I’m looking forward to that one.


And last Friday after work, I picked up my niece from her summer camp so that the kids had some time to play.

scarlett friday 7-30

When I’m not able to make it outdoors for a run, I turn to my trusty tread.

tread pll

And I just started binge watching Pretty Little Liars (and I’m obsessed.  Almost on season 4 so still so much to catch up on!).

We tried out a new hole in the wall Mexican place, Freppe’s.


And we loved it!!!!!!

Last weekend it RAINED and RAINED… so we made sure to do some indoors arts/crafts projects.

We read for the millionth time, Where the Wild Things Are and then made monsters and boats.  Then we did a paint night.

It was fun.

We try to get to the pool when we can.


And on Tuesday we went to National Night Out in town.

national night out

Sebastian was STAR-STRUCK when he saw Spiderman.

spiderman 2

And when Spiderman gave him a high-5, well, that just made his day.


AND Pedro’s birthday gift to me…

bday gifts

New shoes, fuel, compression socks, etc…. I’m in heaven. (and yes, my birthday was nearly two months ago… I just used his certificate yesterday!).

Do you watch PLL? What’s your favorite TV show(s)? I have a few. Breaking Bad, Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, Empire (which I still need to catch up on).

Plans for the weekend? I have a long run and nothing else on schedule really. I like those kinds of weekends…




Random Tuesday

6:00 AM: Lean Intervals (45-Minutes) – COMPLETED

12:00 PM: 3.25 Mile Run (Avg. Pace 8:27 min/mi) – COMPLETED

1. True Story, I have lots of pen-pals. Yes, I do. I love each and every one of them. Some of them, I’ve met; others, I’m waiting to meet. I saw this e-card and sent it to Pedro because I thought it was so me.



So true. While I may have friends, only a few are close and trust worthy friends. Then I have my friends that I’ve met through blogs and/or livestrong — all having the same interests as myself: running/fitness & nutrition. My girlfriend, Suz, just sent me a 2013 moleskin calendar (which I cannot wait to use).



She will be getting a lovely package of REN items.

I also received Christmas package from my girlfriend, Allie. TWO packages at that, but the first big one is under the tree. The other one, I couldn’t resist and opened it.



I was SOOOOO excited when I received this package — So many varieties. Oh, my Keurig is going to have a ball (both at home and work).

My packages for my online friends went out late last week.


I love giving gifts more than getting. It’s exciting to see someone’s face (though I never get to see their faces) —

Oh, and I just ordered our Christmas cards on Snapfish. They had a 40% off deal if you ordered holiday cards from them. I just received the email that it went out today. AMAZINGLY FAST!!!

2. I have this thing about correcting mistakes. Last week, my girlfriend came over and I made my MIL’s Chicken Paella. Unfortunately, it came out bland. I have no idea how that happened since I followed my directions perfectly, but then as I was logging in my food (yes, I log it in), I saw an ingredient that I didn’t put it. When I retyped the recipe, I left it out, so I made sure to edit the recipe.

Chicken Paella

Chicken Paella

It definitely was that missing ingredient that made it bland!!! My husband left no grain of rice on his plate and even said if there were more, he’d go back for thirds. I’m glad that we fixed the problem. It’s such a good recipe. Next time I’m trying it with brown rice.

3. I went to shoe heaven yesterday — No, no, not Jimmy Choo or Louboutin, though that would be another piece of heaven.



And yes, I spent $225. I’m picking up my running shoes on my lunch run. After hill repeats of course. The running store happens to conveniently be down the street from my job. Oh, mama needs new pairs of shoes.

Do you send out packages for the holidays?

Do you wear different shoes for speed v. long runs?