A year in (blogging) review

A year in review. 2012. It’s been real :)

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 30,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 7 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

2013 New Year’s resolutions

I make New Year’s resolutions every year.

Resolutions to eat better, to exercise more, to wake up earlier, to pluck my eyebrows… regularly.

Blah, blah, blah…

I have yet to keep and/or accomplish a New Year’s resolution. I doubt 2013 is my year to change my ways, but let’s be hopeful.

Here are my New Year’s resolutions… (Notice how I’m not doing crap about my eyebrows.)

Resolution #1: Commit to better health and hygiene habits

No. I am not resolving to brush my teeth. I do that anyway. I should probably floss more…

But I am resolving to take better care of my hair, skin and nails…Yes. I want to stop biting my nails. I did it once! I can do it again.

To consider this resolution a success, I will have used lotion at least every other day. I should also probably get a haircut… split ends… they exist.

Resolution #2: Eat better, exercise more, yada yada yada…

Well. Of course, I want to lose weight.

Goal: Fit. In. My. Jeans. I miss denim.

Here’s a break down with helpful links…

I’m not going for triathlete in 2013, but I would settle for regular old athlete. Settle = celebrate.

Resolution #3: Stop boredom eating

I will give up having relatively decent looking fingernails (let’s face it, they’ll never be pretty) if I can stop stop stop eating when I’m bored.

I would really like that a bunch.

Resolution #4: Master the art of preparing dried beans, lentils and rice

I cannot cook dried beans, dried lentils or, most recently, rice. Regular old rice. Messed that noise up.

I know these things are healthy and inexpensive so I should eat them, but to eat them means they must taste good. The “taste good” is where I get a little backwards.

Resolution #5: The financial resolution

Save more money. Spend less money. Use a real budget that makes sense and whatnot… Mint.com, people. Mint.com.

Five resolutions for 2013. Just five.

If I stop biting my nails and/or stop boredom eating, and if I use lotion so my skin doesn’t suck, and if I make ONE lentil dish that doesn’t taste awful, I will consider these resolutions successful. Also if I pay off some debt… for the financial resolution I threw in to make it seem like I’m responsible.

What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2013? Tackling any big ones this year?

Christmas in the new house

Husband and I celebrated our first Christmas in the new house!

The mantle is trimmed and (empty) stockings are hung, but we didn’t put up a tree this year, and most of our house is still pretty fall-ish.

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It is our first Christmas in the new house so I don’t feel too bad about not going all out with the decorations. I wouldn’t even know where to put a Christmas tree… just yet.

Next year will be our GIANT Christmas celebration year.

We “opened” our unwrapped gifts immediately after Husband got out of bed. Mostly because I wanted mine. He got me seasons six and seven of Weeds, and I got him an art print from a local artist… because we are neeerrrrrds.

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While Christian Bale might not be his favorite Batman (my favorite Batman BTW), Husband does like Batman, and this print is pretty cool.

We’re putting it in the office.

After gifts, we made breakfast and freshly pressed coffee together. I made turkey bacon egg muffin things, and Husband made hash browns!

Recipe: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and spray a muffin tin. Whisk six eggs with salt and pepper. Line six muffin holes with deli turkey, or whatever meat you prefer, and then add the eggs! Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Now, Husband is baking bread because he hates dough conditioners and we have to make our own now or something…

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Pretty good Christmas, huh? I hope your Christmas was just as awesome!

A Christmas Eve menu

My father-in-law can cook!

Husband and I celebrated Christmas with his family on Christmas Eve.

(The night before we celebrated with coffee and chocolate cake at my grandparents’ home. Grandma and Papa spiked the coffee with a little Bailey’s their amazing granddaughter gave them for Christmas! And I finally found a present for my papa… new navy blue suspenders. Walmart… it’s a miracle-worker sometimes. But I still hate that place.)

Back to Christmas Eve!

I have marveled at my father-in-law’s ability to make delicious food every holiday. He really is a great cook, but I should have known that the moment my husband started cooking real food (we used to eat a lot of boxed meal kits).

The apple cook does not fall far from the apple cook tree.

Or something.

On the menu for Christmas Eve…

The links above link to recipes I found online resembling the food my father-in-law made for Christmas Eve dinner. The links above do not link to the exact recipe he used. I’m not entirely sure he used a recipe.

He might just be a genius.

My stomach felt smarter after dinner. Fuller. A little bloated, but definitely smarter.

I did avoid going back for seconds, except with the sweet potatoes. Too good. Couldn’t resist. But I didn’t go back for A LOT of seconds.

After dinner and before dessert, we opened gifts!

My 2-year-old nephew, Adley, made out with the best Christmas present of the season. His grandma and grandpa got him a musical symphony toy… and it’s probably the coolest thing I’ve ever played with seen.

Children's toys, boysThe toy is set up like a concert stage. Each instrument sits above the stage in its own holder. Once the instrument is placed on the stage… it starts playing a song. You can add more and more instruments until an entire symphony is playing the same song. Take them away, and the instrument stops playing.

omg. So cool.

I remember getting a Furbie for Christmas in fourth grade and thinking it was cool. Psh.

Husband and I didn’t do too bad with gift giving. We got Adley pots and pans for his kitchen set and squeaky egg toys, and we got his adorable baby brother, Kenton, a noisy baby toy (<– no clue) and an adorable brown corduroy jacket from Kenneth Cole.

Kenton was more into chewing on the wrapping paper than he was his outfit. Whatev. I forgive him. He’s a chunk, and I love him.

Christmas 2012 (10)Our Christmas Eve was pretty amazing, hanging out with these little dudes.

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Playing with our name puzzle with his Uncle.

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Stealing his uncle’s ice cream… stealing… like he’s not cute enough to just get some.

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Playing and dancing when a nap is direly needed.

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LOOK AT THAT HAT. He’s adorable… and he knows it.

Also, Husband’s parents got us some sa-weeeet cookware, including a FRENCH PRESS, so prepare yourselves for recipes. Especially coffee recipes.

omg. I’m so excited.

 

 

 

Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas!

I hope your holiday season is filled with joy, love and food.

You have six days to recover from eating too much, and then one day to recover from drinking too much, and then it’s on to those resolutions.

Best wishes!

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Lazy Saturday… Sunday… Monday…

…more like Lazy December.

I have accomplished close to nothing since the beginning of December. Lazy.

I ran for two weeks of my Runner’s World Running Streak, and I have not improved my time. Still averaging 12:45. I have, however, seriously annoyed my hips, shins and ankles.

Joy.

I took last week off my running streak. Husband and I did go for a two-mile walk around our neighborhood with our dog looking at Christmas lights! It was a lovely walk, and I enjoyed it much more than running one mile ignoring Christmas lights.

I hope to be back after the holidays. I hope to get back on my running streak… my broken running streak after the holidays, too.

I have workouts to discuss.

I have successful and failed recipes to tell you about.

I have blogging to do.

Until then, here are pretty Christmas lights.

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Running Streak Week 1: Shin splints, sickness and a pinched butt nerve

Today is Day 9 of my Runner’s World running streak, and I have NOT run nine miles.

Let me ‘splain…

I started my running streak on Saturday, December 1, when I ran an 11:59-mile for the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis. I was super proud of myself. I felt good. I wasn’t too sore so I figured I’d be fine for setting a 12-minute pace for the rest of the week.

On Sunday, December 2, I ran a 9:48-mile in my neighborhood on the track I had mapped out earlier in the week.

Yeah.

A 9:48.

I mapped my mile wrong. There is NO WAY I maintained that pace. I knew something was wrong when I had only run to two and a half songs and saw my house.

On Monday, Husband and I spent the majority of the evening at Carmax signing paperwork for a replacement vehicle after we killed ours. (Not my new car, my husband’s older car.) And then we went to his parents’ house to return his mother’s car, which we were borrowing, and they made us yummy sandwiches, and we didn’t get home until 8:30.

So I didn’t run on Monday.

On Tuesday, I had to work late, and I didn’t get home until 6:30, and, by that time, I was so exhausted from running around and driving everywhere for work all day that I passed out when I got home. I think I was in bed and asleep at 8.

So I didn’t run on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, I was so determined to run that I went straight to the gym after work and attempted to put in three 12-minute miles on the treadmill, and then go to yoga.

Let’s just say I ran one mile at 12:40, and the rest of the miles were a weird limping jog that I can’t even describe as actual movement so I didn’t time them.

And I didn’t make it to yoga.

In addition to being overly busy at work and with life things, I was also beginning to feel a bit under the weather. Everyone I knew was sick with something or had a cold so I was bound to get it.

On Thursday, I actually got sick and battled a headache and stomach ache all day. It was awful. I didn’t run on Thursday.

On Friday, I went back to the gym, feeling a tad better and able to breathe through my nose again, but the treadmill… it hurt me. I ran 0.62 of a mile and had to stop to walk because the shin splints were back in FULL FORCE. I walked to recover and finished out the mile at 13:32.

On Saturday, I slept through my alarm (which I later learned I had set so it wouldn’t make noise… I don’t know why) so I missed Power Yoga and decided to clean the house before I went for my mile. It was a LOVELY day and I felt great so I was pretty excited about running to the park. I thought about taking my dog…

Then… the pinched butt nerve… it struck like lightning and sent me sprawling across the floor while I was dusting. I laid on my living room floor and whined for a good five minutes with my dog sitting next to me whining because he knew we weren’t going to the park.

POOR HIM. (Right now he’s face planting in the floor in what is possibly the most adorable way a puppy can sleep so I’m less mad at him for getting miffed with me.)

I’m officially on rest now, and NOT at all happy about it.

I hope by resting my shins and my butt (yes I’m resting my butt) that I will be OK to run on Monday and for the rest of the week. I am also buying a bunch of athletic tape so I can tape up my arches and stirrup my shins so my shin splints will hurt less.

I have no idea how to un-pinch the nerve in my rear end. It got me again this morning while I was getting dressed, and I almost face planted in my closet.

I swear…

I’m not ready to give up.

But I hate that I missed miles (six total but really I’m not going to count two of them), and I hate that I didn’t improve my time, and I hate hate hate hate that I’m sitting on my couch in pain.

I can’t give up. I love running. I know I’m not a runner, but I so want to be one that I desperately want this 31-day-of-running idea to work.

What running goals are you struggling with? How do you get past all the things in your way?