Tuesday, October 21, 2014

What We Shared

The past few days I was able to experience a very special treat: a weekend of doing absolutely nothing but sitting and talking with a few of my best friends.  

We shared a limo.

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We shared many long and winding conversations.

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We shared girly drinks.

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We shared toothbrushes and deodorant.  

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We shared books.

Thanks to the hand cleaning stations throughout the ship, we did not share germs.  

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We shared a very small room.

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We shared lots of smiles, laughs, and a few tears. 

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A great recharge - but I missed my family.  Ina, who grew 4 years older in 4 days, has decided to call me “Mom” instead of “Momma” or “Mommy.”    

Have a good day! <3

Monday, October 20, 2014

Cruise Workout

Good morning!  How's it going?  

I am sitting on a dark ship in the Miami port drinking coffee by myself because my brain doesn't know how to sleep past 5 am.  

I planned on sharing all my pictures from the trip tomorrow, but thought that if I was up, I might as well say hi and share a workout I did while on the ship.  

Exercising on a cruise ship is really easy because there is a gym with a large range of equipment and an outdoor track, which is where I completed this workout.

I recommend to do this while looking at the ocean, but up and down the street would work too. 

Another way to exercise while on a cruise?  Refuse to use the elevator-12 flights of stairs does a body good.  

Have a good start to your week!  

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Food and Fitness [10/19]

Hey guys!

How is the weekend going?  I am hopefully horizontal on a beach chair with a book in my hand somewhere near the Bahamas right now.  I will be back tomorrow with a recap, but until then, how about some planning?

Running with Racheal

Here is my plan for the week:


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  • Sunday: 3 mile run
  • Monday: rest
  • Tuesday: 5 mile run
  • Wednesday: total body circuit
  • Thursday: HIIT challenge
  • Friday: total body + HIIT
  • Saturday: rest

What are you up to this week? 

Friday, October 17, 2014

A Weekend Away

This weekend marks a first for our family.  

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I am going on a little weekend trip with my girlfriends and leaving Ina at home.  With Dan.  Alone.  

Will someone please volunteer to go over to our house and take pictures of Ina’s outfits?  I feel like this milestone needs to be documented.  

I know everything will be fine, but I keep on starting to pack a bag for Ina, or prep a meal for Dan, then half-way through tell myself, “Racheal, they’ve got this.” Then I leave the task halfway done, which probably sets them up to fail.  Sorry guys.  

Until packing for this trip, I hadn’t realized that Dan and Ina have never spent more than a few hours together by themselves.  So, although this trip has been a long time coming for me, it also will be a special weekend for them.  

I can’t wait to hear the stories.  

I will see you on Sunday with my food and fitness plan for the short week and then hopefully Monday or Tuesday with a cruise recap.

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Why I Go to Royals Games

When I was in elementary school, I went to Royals games with my girl scout troop to hand out the giveaways.  It was a pretty good gig because we got to keep two of what we were handing out and watch the game after the second inning.  Plus, my parents gave me $10 to spend on hot dogs and popcorn, which was my primary motivation for going.

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Some things never change.  

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When I was in my early 20s, I went to Royals games to socialize.  I mostly stood with my back to the field unless the rest of the crowd started cheering, and I would cheer too.

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Then, something happened.  I grew up and became a sports fan.  I learned the rules and got to know the players really really well.  We travelled with them.  We started watching them play every single night.  After a while, I started to feel like I know them.

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Now I go to Royals game to see them win.  


We are going to the World Series. Unbelievable! ��⚾️�� #TakeTheCrown #beroyalkc

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World Series 2014!  

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Good morning!  

Last night I was up late(isn) watching the Royals game and then taking a 10:30 PM trip to the police station because the strong wind blew our back gate open and our dogs took the opportunity to leave our yard during small group.   

Hashtag story of my life.

While I was frustratingly (is that a word?) driving to pick them up, I tried to picture my run that morning.

It was a beautiful morning.  I started before the sun came up, but it wasn’t completely dark.  I ran to my favorite lake trail and when I turned the corner to go back in the woods I came upon a momma doe and her three baby fawns. 

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They scared me, but I also scared them enough to make them jump/run a few yards away before freezing still to see what I was up to.   I stopped running for a few minutes and just watched them.  They also stayed completely still and watched me.  

It was peaceful, almost like looking at a painting.  

I will try to remember that “mental painting” when I get stressed, which of course rarely happens.  Ha!

I am out, lots to do before we head to the Royals game this afternoon!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Contacts and Corn

This child.

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She was in rare form yesterday.

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First, as I was blow drying her hair in the bathroom she was playing with the stuff on the counter, which she always does.  A few minutes later she walked up to me, reached into her mouth, pulled out my contact, handed it to me and said, “I don’t like this.”  

Then, a little after lunch I received a text from Danielle telling me that Ina stuck a piece of corn up her nose and she couldn't get it out.  I bet my co-workers wondered why I was hysterically laughing in my cube.

We think the corn fell out during her nap, but just to be sure, I had Danielle (who is 9 months pregnant) hold Ina down while I closed the opposite nostril and blew through her mouth.  Can you picture it?  

Thanks Dr. Google.

The rest of the day was relatively uneventful.  

- My legs are sufficiently sore after a 20 minute tempo run + a workout that set my legs on fire.  

- We had slow cooker brown rice and lentils for dinner - but no corn.

- I won in fantasy football for the second week in a row.  Watch out now, I am blazing the comeback trail.  I am now in 8th place, instead of 10th.

I hope you have a blessed day!

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