Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thankful Thursday


Like always, there is so much to be thankful for today.

I am thankful for Ina’s handmade holiday ornament.  

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We had to hang it up high on the tree because she kept trying to take a bite out of it.  I think Danielle must be related to superman because she just had a baby and is doing things like baking and tracing kids’ hands.  

I am thankful for Chipolte.  Last night I really wanted to make dinner, but didn’t have time before Dan and Ina had to leave to meet his parents.  So, Chipolte to the rescue.

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Ina loves their kids’ meal and I love their burrito bowl and we have lunch the next day, all for less than $20.  That is pretty hard to beat.  

I am thankful for Newsroom.  Dan and I watched the series finale last night and I kept on thinking, man, that is a good show.  Even though I think they ended it perfectly, I am so sad it is over.

I am thankful for snow!  The first snow of the season is happening right before my eyes.  However, I suppose I shouldn’t be thankful for it because Dan just called to say he was stuck in traffic and going to be late to work.  On his 4th day at his new job.  Hmph.  

I am thankful that I feel all-the-way better, except when i eat things like 1/3 of a Chipolte burrito bowl and my stomach acts like I just fed it nails. Through social media I have seen that many others are getting sick too. I hope you are staying healthy!  

I am thankful that my in-laws are keeping Ina for the next few days.  I am going to miss her so, so much, but this house needs some TLC from me.  Also, I need to wrap presents.  I did have one present wrapped, but Ina unwrapped it while I was getting sick in the bathroom the other day, so now I have zero presents wrapped.  

What are you thankful for?  

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Last Night's Randomness

(aka: the only thing I have had a clear enough mind to experience/write about)

Good morning!

I finally feel like I can use an exclamation point accurately again.  Yesterday Ina went to daycare and I went to couch-care.  I feel pretty much back to my normal self with the exception of my appetite.  I still can’t eat much yet, other than applesauce and toast.

Speaking of toast, do not buy Aldi’s gluten free bread.  I love me some Aldi, but that bread is not good.

Speaking of eating, Dan and I made this bacon and white bean soup last night for dinner and it was so, so good.  Dan did add his own “secret blend" of spices to the pot when I was on a phone call, but I still think you should try to recreate it.  I was disappointed I could only eat 1/2 cup before my stomach said, “NO MORE!”  

My stomach and Ina sound an awfully lot alike during dinner.  Yesterday evening was a rough time for Little Miss.  She was an angel at the post office and charmed everyone in line with her Frozen knowledge.   However, on the way home she saw a cookie that someone left in my backseat and it was all downhill from there.

During dinner she just didn’t want to do anything she was told and when I was on the phone call and Dan was making his “secret spice” blend, she knocked one of our chairs over and it shattered.  I am sure this is the first of many casualties our house will face from children, but it still made me sad. 

After all the hubbub around dinner, I announced that we were going to bed and watching a Christmas movie and ignoring the disaster that is our house. Seriously, I don’t think it has ever been this much of a mess before - the result of three people in a row being sick and the only one who has the energy to pick anything up is instead clearing shelves left and right.  You can’t even see the floor in a few of the rooms.  

We watched Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  I didn’t know much Ina would pay attention to a movie that wasn’t animated, but she LOVED it.  She was slightly scared of the grinch until they showed him as a baby, and then she kept on asking where the baby went.  

I had to explain to her that babies grow up, even though we don’t want them to, and then I started crying.

The end.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Thoughts on Having the Flu

I spent all weekend wondering if I was sick.  I mean, when your husband and daughter spend all weekend sick, you kind of feel like a clock is ticking over your head.  Anytime I would feel a twinge in my stomach I would think, “This is it."

Then, yesterday at 3 am I woke up and thought, “I don’t feel well.”  Then, “Stop, Racheal, this is all in your head.”  Then, “Nope, it is not in your head, RUN to the bathroom."

The bathroom is where I spent the next 12 hours. 

Except for when Dan had to go to work because it was his first day at his new job and I couldn’t have anyone else watch Ina because I didn’t want her to spread this evil sickness. 

So, it was me, literally crawling back and forth to the bathroom trying to take care of a toddler who, let me remind you, had this bug 24 hours before and made it seem like it was no big deal.

Mickey Mouse and his Clubhouse saved the day and I thanked God we had a DVR to store all those episodes.  

It actually worked out better than expected.  Ina only learned to climb the window and the pantry shelves to get pretzels for breakfast. 

When Dan came home around noon because apparently his first day was short, I have never been more happy to see him.  He won the World’s Best Husband award when he helped me upstairs, brought me ice water, tucked me in, and covered all the windows with blankets.  Other than trips to the bathroom and an occasional visit from Dan and Ina to see how I was doing, I slept for the next 18 hours.  

I feel half way human again today, but still pretty weak.  I am so, so thankful that is over with and don’t wish it on anyone else. 

I hope the start to your week has gone better than mine.  :)


Sunday, December 14, 2014

A Sick House + My Food and Fitness Plan [12/14]

Good morning and Happy Sunday.  


We just had to take advantage of the "beautiful" weather today.

A photo posted by Racheal (@runningwithrach) onDec 12, 2014 at 11:45am PST

When Dan was sick on Thursday he thought it was from eating too much gluten.  (I kid you not).   However, I thought I believed him because Ina and I both seemed fine while he continued to take trips to the bathroom all day on Friday and yesterday.  

Last night he finally started improving, most likely due to the healing powers of the princess stickers he was wearing.

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I thought our family was in the clear, but then around midnight I woke up to the sound of splashing.  Poor Ina didn’t even know what was going on.

After we thought she was done, we stripped the bed, started the laundry, everyone took showers, put on new pajamas, made the bed again, and as soon as we turned off the light-

More splashing.

This continued for a few more hours, with less intervention each time.  You eventually run out of clean sheets and pajamas.  

Around 4 this morning she was able to keep down a few gulps of water, so I think she is on the mend.  

I currently feel like my “healthy clock” is ticking, but am hoping my amazing immune system is going to protect me.

Here is my plan for the week, assuming I don’t fall victim to this bug in our house. 



  • Sunday: 3 mile run
  • Monday: yoga
  • Tuesday: 3 mile run
  • Wednesday: rest
  • Thursday: 1000 m swim
  • Friday: 3 mile run
  • Saturday: rest

What are you up to for the week?  Per usual, I am linking up with Mommy, Run Fast.

Friday, December 12, 2014

A Night Alone

Good morning and Happy Friday!  

Any big plans this weekend?  We have a Christmas party tonight, a Christmas pageant tomorrow, and dinner with friends on Sunday.  I am also planning on wrapping presents and kissing Ina approximately 100 times.  

Last night when I was driving home from work, Dan called to tell me that he and Ina were with family and weren’t going to be home until 8:30.   How exciting!, I thought, a night alone!

However, when I walked in the door to an empty house this extremely strange feeling came over me.  What do I do?  

What did I do before Ina was born and Dan had to work late?  I can’t remember.  I almost felt like I was in a stranger’s quiet house as I walked around.  Then I saw the pile of cranberries and sunflower seeds that Ina had spilled right before we left in the morning, and knew I was home.  

So, I worked for an hour, put away laundry, did the dishes, and then did some yoga.  All of those tasks, especially he yoga video, are much more relaxing when there isn’t a tiny human hanging off of you.

Next, I made dinner for one (I won’t admit what it was, but it rhymes with silk bake) and plopped down to watch mindless TV that didn’t involve fishing, cars, home restoration, or Mickey Mouse. 

As I was showering and feeling pretty purpose-less, Dan and Ina came home and within seconds all was right with the world.  Ina climbed in the shower with her clothes, shoes, and coat on.  Dan was sick and needed me to get him some water and a blanket.  Ina NEEDED 10 books read to her.

I went to bed suddenly exhausted, but feeling much better.  

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Good morning!  

First of all, I am thankful that the weekend is finally in sight.  For some reason, this week has been a long one.

I am thankful that Dan found a new job!  He starts Monday.  We really don’t know what he will be doing yet, but we really don’t care, as long as he has a job.  When I was in Argentina I found out that Dan was suspended from his old job, and then he was fired a little over a week later.  Perfect timing, huh?   Although it was super stressful not knowing what was going to happen next, Dan’s old job was not good for him or our family, so I am taking this as a huge blessing.  

I am thankful for family birthday parties.  Ina is thankful for cake.

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Yesterday we went out to eat for Dan’s sister’s birthday and had a great time chatting with family and friends we hadn’t seen in a while.  Ina fell asleep in the car on the way there and she woke up in an epically horrible mood.  At first I thought we were going to spend the whole evening in the car, but she made a huge turn around when the cheese dip came out.  So I am also thankful for cheese dip.

I am thankful for rest days, but my legs are still sore today.  Hmph. 

I am thankful that my job is allowing me to wear jeans to work for the rest of the year.  This is good because I love wearing sweaters and jeans.  However, it is bad because I have only two pairs of jeans that need to be washed between each wear or else they get saggy.  Maybe my laundry pile will be minimal the next few weeks?

On that first world problem note, I will say goodbye.

Have a good day!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Stress-Free Christmas


How is your Wednesday treating you?  So far mine is great - I have a cup of coffee in my hand and both dogs stayed in the yard during their morning potty break, so the day is looking up.

I was chatting with my aunt yesterday about Christmas to-do’s and realized that I am experiencing an almost completely stress free Christmas.  This is absolutely amazing, because last year around this time I majorly was freaking out.  

Granted, last year a lot of that stress had to do with my decision to make my gifts, but there was also life stress -I was weaning Ina from nursing and Dan was recovering from a hip replacement.  

This year, believe it or not, I would say we have had even more life stress (more on that later).  So, what’s the difference? 

I think the difference is that this year Dan and I have made it a priority to celebrate the birth of our savior, and we will get to everything else if/when we can.

When I think of Christmas that way, there seems to be plenty of time for me to do everything else I want to do.  The extras:

-I purchased almost all of our gifts online and stuck to a strict budget.  One gift is wrapped, but there is still plenty of time for that.  

-Our Christmas cards won’t get here until December 15th, which means that people will likely get them 3 days before Christmas, which I think is perfect timing!  

-We already did one “activity” and have time to do at least one more

-Our decorations are “sort of” up.  Some friends popped in when I was putting garland around our stairway, so I stopped half way and a week later, that strand is still barely hanging on.  

-We have sang more Christmas carols that I can count with only minor hiccups.  Ina typically has a certain song in her head that she wants to sing, but Dan and I usually have no idea what she is trying to sing, especially when she starts sobbing because we aren’t singing the right one.  Hashtag terrible twos.  

I hope that my attitude will always be this way, because I don’t want to put a damper on the spirit that Dan and Ina have in them this year.  Example: last night Ina and I were driving home from the grocery store and she saw a house with lights and she yelled, “Christmas lights!"


A photo posted by Racheal (@runningwithrach) onDec 12, 2014 at 3:35pm PST

I laughed and immediately turned into the nearest neighborhood to take her on a little tour.  She seriously freaked out over every single one.  Her favorite were the stars and reindeer.  When we saw a nativity scene I would say, “Look, there is Baby Jesus!” which I think confused her more than anything.  I can totally see her thinking, “Um, Mom, why doesn’t Jesus come to our house?"

OK, now I am just babbling.  

Take home point: stress-free Christmas >>> stress-FULL Christmas.

Have a good day!

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