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Almost There

21 Dec

There are so many things that I am just “Almost There” with.

The Jenny Challenge. I have run 88 miles – only 12 more to go! My plan is to have it done by Friday (the 23rd) which will mean I ran 100 miles in 30 days! Oh how my legs hurt.

The work week. Only three days to go! As of Friday at 3 pm I am done working until Jan 4th. This week long vacation in Florida is going to be so so nice.

Christmas shopping. I have one more present to get and then I am finally done! I got a ton of my shopping done right after Thanksgiving but this past week I kept finding more and more presents I needed to get. I ended up getting 24 different people presents this year- thats insane!

Ahh almost almost almost there!

At least someone isn’t in a hurry for this week to end.

I’m going to miss this lil guy when I’m in Florida!

How are you dealing with the anticipation of Christmas?

Chicken Tortellini Soup

16 Dec

I can’t complain about the weather in Chicago so far. It has actually been decent for December. Only one day of snow and it was in the 40’s all week.

Yet yesterday I went running outside- in shorts. Did you know that those lake winds are no joke? It might have been 45 out but I was chilled to the bone.

When decided what to make for dinner last night..I remembered that chilled to the bone feeling. So I made the best cold weather food I could think of..soup!

Chicken Tortellini Soup

  • 2 large chicken breasts (cooked and shredded/cubed)
  • 2 large chopped carrots
  • 2 large stalks of chopped celery
  • 3 1/2 cups of chicken broth
  • 8 oz cooked tortellini
  • 1 TSP oregano
  • Pepper and Garlic Salt to taste

Bring the chicken broth, chicken, carrots, celery and spices to a boil. Reduce to a simmer for 30 minutes and then add tortellini 5-10 minutes before serving.

I am so proud of this soup because I actually made up the recipe! And it was easy. The only thing I could have done better was cooked the chicken differently (I overcooked mine and it was a tad chewy). I think this would be an awesome crock pot recipe.

And because yesterday was National Cupcake Day naturally we celebrated.

Someone was a little mad he couldn’t join in on the delicious dinner. Apparently angry Charlie = barking Charlie. And a very annoyed smash.

Jenny Challenge Update: 73.5 miles- only 26.5 left and 9 days to do it!

What is your favorite soup to make? I want to try more now!

Puppy Update

15 Dec

Remember when I wrote this post and had great plans to write puppy updates every week?

Turns out that didn’t happen. Oops.

Charlie is now 5 1/2 months old and I have had him for 18 weeks. We just completed his first puppy class and he has mastered sit, stay, down, shake, high five and touch.

After a rough first two months something suddenly clicked around 3 months and Charlie got the hang of the whole potty training thing. He still has an occasional accident if we leave him out for too long- or if hes in a new house but for the most part he is doing really well.

We are finally done with all his puppy vaccinations and but Chuck has managed to keep us going back. Last week he developed a skin infection (no idea how) that required a vet visit, antibiotics, and medicated shampoo. This week he managed to hurt his tail to the point where he won’t sit down without crying. Luckily its getting better but he has been sooooo whiney this week.

Overall I feel like Charlie is a pretty good pup. He drives me crazy some times but hes a little love bug too. There is nothing better then snuggling up on the couch with him. Well until he starts whining and jumps off 5 minutes later…

 

Run Run Rudolph

6 Dec

Santa’s gotta make it to town!

Too early? I figured at the rate I’ve been blogging it might be Christmas when I post again.

But really running is the only thing of any #fitblog interest I have been doing. I blame The Jenny Challenge.

November brought a total of 62.45 miles which was my highest month since July. Due to the Challenge I am on pace to run an 80-90 mile month in December #thatshitcray. So far I have already run 15.5 miles this month!

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Besides running nothing too interesting going on here in Smashville. Only 14 work days left until my glorious week and a half off for Christmas and Florida.

My poor puppy has a skin infection so we will be off to the vet today. Lil guy can’t stop scratching.. and therefore is constantly irritated and won’t sleep through the night again. That makes me a very tired puppy mom.

Really who can get mad at this face though?

Happy Tuesday!

 

Thankful

22 Nov

In the spirit of Thanksgiving I thought I would share what I am feeling thankful for this week.

I am thankful for..short work weeks. Most the time I really do enjoy going to work and I love what I do, but it is really nice to have a 3 day work week!

I am thankful for.. my puppy.

My mom took Charlie home this week so I am spending 4 whole days without him and its so weird! And while my whole schedule/priorities have changed since I got the little nugget I really do love having him.

I am thankful for..my family.

See above- now that is some motherly love. I have an amazing family and I cannot wait to go home and hang out with them for the holiday/weekend.

I am thankful for.. my boyfriend.

Even though he is not spending the holiday with us, Sean is still pretty great. I am really excited to go to FL with his family the week after Christmas

I am thankful for.. Starbucks lattes.

Gingerbread Latte, Peppermint mochas, Pumpkin Spice..they make my day instantly better.

I am thankful for..running.

I am really glad that I enjoy running so much right now. I find it empowering that I can run far and at a decent pace (for me). It helps me stay in shape and is a fast, effective workout.

I am thankful for.. Chicago.

I love everything about living in this city. And that is a big thing to say considering its about to be freezing here for the next 4 months.

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving week?Β 

Vacation Time

3 Nov

Thats right friends today I’m going on a weekend get away!

I am flying to Arizona after work tonight to spend a long weekend there with my boyfriend. This is really exciting because we have never gone on a trip just the two of us before. He is there for a work conference right now so we thought this was the perfect opportunity to go.

Going out of town tonight had me running around A LOT yesterday. Like when I ran 6 miles last night- that was A LOT.

I was very proud of this run since I haven’t done 6 in a few weeks and it was three days in a row of running. I was going to run again this morning but my legs were dead so today will be a rest day. Hopefully I can do a short run in AZ and soak up some sun.

We are also planning on hiking Camelback Mountain so that will be an adventure.

So its peace out Chicago wind and hello Arizona Sun!

Too bad this little guy isn’t very happy I am leaving him…

My sister is watching him this weekend (thanks lexy boo) heres to hoping he’s alive when I get back πŸ™‚

Anyone been to Phoenix? What should we do there?

Robbing me blind

14 Oct

I knew going into getting a pup it was going to be expensive but WOW..this puppy is robbing me blind.

Charlie got his rabies shots yesterday- only one more day of shots and his neutering to get through before I can stop spending my life savings on this pup.

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Sorry for the mainly puppy centric posts this week. I haven’t had much else to blog about because my workouts were pathetic this week. I mean Monday’s workout was pretty good, then Tuesday I went for a 12 mile bike ride but since then I have done NOTHING. Lameness.

Its been a busy week at work and I am attending a conference this week as well, so zero free time + rainy weather = no workouts. Not an good excuse but hey it is what it is.

This afternoon I am going home for the weekend with my sister and the pup so next time you hear from me it will be from the dirty south.. or central Illinois.

Happy Friday Friends! And if you haven’t watched this yet do it NOW.