Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Nut Job


Some Christmas presents are starting to come in....

Guess who the big one if for? Here's a hint: every time I walk by it I can't get the "hot dog" song from Mickey Mouse Club House out of my head.  Hehe.

Yesterday my pantry and fridge were looking pretty bleak, so I stopped by the grocery store on the way to work to pick up lunch and settled on this:

The flavor was delicious, but it lacked in the vegetable department as salads go.  Also, instead of satisfying my craving for Thai food it only made it worse. Specifically, thai peanut sauce.  So, after work I went back to the grocery store to pick up the ingredients to attempt a re-creation for lunch today:

Success!  I will post the ingredients and nutritional information tomorrow...

I also picked up the ingredients to make thai chicken pizza

Which we had for dinner last night.  YUM!

Run = FAIL.

I guess Wednesday must be my lazy day, because I overslept today and didn't get a chance to run before I left for work.  But, I packed a bag and planned to run on my lunch break....which never happened.  Instead I headed down to the gym after work.

I hopped on the treadmill and watched Glee and sped up during the songs.  This was great until around 2.5ish miles when my shins started hurting, bad, like someone was stabbing them with a knife.  So I stopped. Got off the treadmill.  And walked to my car with my head hung in shame.    

I was so mad at myself the whole drive that I almost got on the treadmill at home to finish the 4.5 miles.  However, I have never had shin splints, and I wouldn't want to start now, so instead I stretched, chugged some water, and made dinner: 

Chicken sausage, asparagus, and goat cheese awesomeness!

Tomorrow is sprints, hopefully my shins won't hurt anymore.  Friday is a long run: 7 miles!

Have a wonderful evening!  I will be back tomorrow morning bright and early!

Thought for the day:

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Making a List

Good morning! 

I was feeling extra festive today, so I thought I would spruce up the blog for the holidays. :)

I feel like Santa with all the lists I have been making and checking twice and such.  

Dan and I seem to have an ever-growing number of people on our Christmas List.  In the past, having to plan and save for so many presents would just stress me out.  That all changed a few years ago when I was babbling on to an acquaintance about all the Christmas presents I needed to buy.  After I finished my rant I asked how her Christmas shopping was going.  She half-smiled and replied, "I don't have anyone to buy presents for."  Wow.  That hit me like a ton of bricks.  I tried for the next few minutes to remove my foot from my mouth, with little success.  

This made me realize that Dan and I are blessed to have so many wonderful friends and family members. So, now when I make my list, I am grateful  to be able to give so many presents.

With so many gifts to give, a girl must have a strategy.  Here is mine:
  • Christmas funds. There is nothing worse than being broke around the holidays.  So, for years Dan and I have put a little bit of money each month into a "Christmas account."  
  • Make a list. Every year before Thanksgiving I open up an Excel spreadsheet with the people on "our list."  Then, when I think of gift idea, I add it on; and when I buy the gift I "cross it off" the list.
  • Interviews. Although I love giving presents, I am not always the best at picking them out.  So, once in a while, I do ask people what they have been needing or wanting lately.  I know that ruins the surprise of the present, but I would rather give something useful than something that just sits in a closet somewhere.
  • Shop the sales.  I love Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and every day after that.  The past few years I have been shopping more and more online.  This also helps to prevent any "impulse buys."
  • No gift cards.  
Right now I am about 1/4 of the way done.  This weekend's trip to Chicago should help with that. :)

In running news....

I actually did run when I got home last night from work, but I think it was only around 2.5 miles. I don't think I have ran twice in one day since my freshman year of college.  Yay!

This morning I ran 4.5 miles while watching Castle.  Tomorrow will be more of the same, sprints on Thursday, and then a long run on Friday.  

Have a wonderful day!

Thought for the day:

My grandma has a sign that says this in her living room where we pile the presents.   Sometimes it is easy to get swept up in buying gifts and to forget what we are really celebrating... 

Monday, November 28, 2011

Two Negatives; One Positive

It is a slow morning at the Kendrick house...

I feel extra guilty this morning because I was a bum yesterday and didn't even consider running.  I woke up this morning ready to make up for it with a long run...and then only ran 3 miles.  Wah wah.  So, I am determined to add in an extra run when I get home from work.

I also feel guilty because I didn't go to the Chiefs game last night.  Our house was just so warm and cozy and the thought of braving the cold made me queezy.  Since it was such a close game I am even more ashamed.  Maybe if those boys had heard me cheerying they wouldn't have had so many turnovers. :)  But, I did enjoy seeing Arrowhead on TV!

I did, however, put up my Christmas decorations yesterday!  These kind of tasks are always a challenge for me and Dan due to "creative differences," but we managed to make it through the day with the house complete!

Tonight I will try to run another 3-4 miles and then another 4ish mile run in the morning.  

Thought for the day:
Have a great week!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Eating with Racheal

I did not run  yesterday because I was in a tryptophan induced coma followed by Black Friday shopping into the wee hours of the night.  

Thanksgiving was glorious....

It was better this year because we had a special guest, my friend Isabel who is visiting from South Africa.  I wanted Isabel to experience a true "American Thanksgiving," and where better than Grandma June's?

We played a new game called Quelf, which I will not play again unless EtOH is on my side.  Poor Isabel had the worse things to do.  Here is a picture of her stuffing multiple things down her shirt :)

After dinner we played more games...

...then braved the Black Friday crowds.  Although we didn't last very long we did pick up a suburban full of goodies.  

Last night we went to Dan's parents house for Mexican goodness.  It was great to see his side of the family.  This is Brook, my niece.  

This morning it was raining in GCMO, so I had to resort to my grandpa's treadmill, which is older than I am.  The suspension is out, so it feels like running on sand.  After 3 minutes my shins were burning, but eventually they went numb and I finished my 3 miles.

Now I am off to eat lunch.  K-man is helping Uncle John fry up some chicken fried steak.  

Tonight we are going Ameristar to watch the MU game and celebrate my cousin's 21st birthday the best way possible: at the Pai Gow table.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thought for the day: 

Kansas City, MO was incorporated on March 28, 1853. This was more than one year before the Kansas Territory was incorporated. Kansas is named after a city in Missouri.


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Turkey Day!

The table is set....

The pies are made...

Online shopping off to a good start...

So I set out for a run.  I ran 6 miles, but it took me forever because I stopped to take pictures....

...send an email, make a phone call, and talk to one of my grandma's friends (who was quite chatty).  But, finally I made it back. (After my grandpa had drove around GCMO looking for me.  Oops.)

I hope that everyone has an AMAZING holiday and cherishes the extra time spent with family and friends.  I know I will!

Tomorrow is Black Friday shopping, so I don't know if I will have time to squeeze in a run.  

Thought for the day:

Off to stuff my face!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Christmas came early....

...and Santa brought me a little something something. :)

Eesh, Dan and I spent months debating over what type of vehicle to get.  He wanted a car, I wanted a SUV.  He wanted something faster but older, I wanted something newer and more dependable.  So, our price / size / bells and whistles compromise: a GMC Terrain.  This particular one had everything we wanted, despite the color.  We wanted black, but my inner J-FO settled for red.  

It is slightly used, so it was already marked at a good price, but I thought we could get it a little lower.  However, when we went out for a test drive Dan said to the salesman, and I quote, "I know this is a really good deal, and there aren't any other cars like this in the area, so you can't go down on the price, right?"  Bless his heart....

The next day I was determined to get the price lower, so after a few phone calls and some tips from my uncle, I talked him down a significant amount of money.  Just call me William Shatner.  :)

The past few weeks I have been reading a blog that I found on my cousin's blog.  This week I saw the the turkey treadmill workout.  I thought this was perfect because it combines sprinting and hill climbing, it is short, and it's the day before Thanksgiving!  There is no way that I would remember all the different combos of speeds and inclines, so I copied it down on paper and taped it to the wall in front of my treadmill.

I will say that I rarely use the incline on my treadmill.  In fact, I am pretty sure it grunted, "WTF?!?" as I pressed the + button.

In general the workout was great.  The hill climbing was like cardio plus squats and lunges all at the same time.  I did have a problem with the sprinting "Tabata intervals" because I had to start at 4.0, sprint at 8.0 for 20 seconds, then 4.0 for 10 seconds, then back at 8.0 again.  This was difficult for my treadmill because by the time I clicked the + button up to 8.0 it had already been 20 seconds.  Needless to say, those 4 minute intervals could use some fine tuning.  Maybe I will look up this Tabata character and get some pointers.

Tonight I am going to see Breaking Dawn with some of my favorite ladies.  Tomorrow is a long run (my goal is another 6 miler) and then chowing down on some of Grandma June's finest.  Does life get any better than this?

Thought for the day (my Pandora actually played this song at 9% incline):
"There's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose
Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waitin' on the other side
It's the climb"

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Guess who was a lazy girl and didn't run this morning. My excuse was that I stayed up too late watching the Chiefs get their butts kicked in Monday Night Football.  

Looks like it is time for Haley to shave the beard and throw away the Victoria Secret hoodie.

I usually try to run in the morning because history has proven that my motivation dwindles over the course of my day and I will think of a reason not to run by the time I get home from work.   

Excuses I have come up with today:

1. It is dreary outside...I just want to curl up with a cup of tea and watch The Big Bang Theory reruns.

2. I need to put up my Christmas decorations that I bought at Michael's and planned to hang up TWO WEEKS ago.

3. There is so much laundry to fold.  Dan and I are great at the "put in the washer" and the "move from washer to dryer" steps.  But, we are lacking in the "put away the clean clothes" department.

Yikes.  It looks even worse in the picture.

4. I will have to take a shower before I go to bed if I run tonight and then one after I get done running tomorrow morning.  Taking two showers in less than 24 hours is a waste.

5. I'm too hungry to run.  Instead I could just eat my's dad's left over birthday coconut cream pie and ginormous cookie that some saboteurs left in my kitchen.

However, nothing puts me in a worse mood than seeing someone running when I haven't yet that day.  Unfortunately, when driving to and from work through Leawood (the land of housewives) I see my fair share, so today I put that built up frustration to good use and headed straight to the treadmill when I got home from work.  I ran 4 miles watching Castle....and then ate some pie.  Ah well, no one is perfect.

Now I can enjoy the rest of my evening. Dan and I are going to pick up a *new toy*.  

Tomorrow will be sprints on the treadmill.......

Monday, November 21, 2011

Weekend at Grandma's

I spent the weekend at my grandparent's house in Garden City, MO (GCMO) to celebrate my grandpa's 80th birthday.  Here is the birthday boy enjoying his birthday present...a new TV.  Pretty impressive.  Eighty years old and can still out-work any man I know. 
We celebrated his birthday with cake and homemade ice cream.  Yummmm!  

Dan made a rootbeer float.  

I love my grandparent's house.  Spending the weekend in GCMO is like going on a mini-vacation.  It is so nice to shut out the rest of the world and spend some quality time with my family...and play cards. :)

Recently, weekends at Grandma's got even better, with the addition of the other man in my life, my nephew Kauffman.  I adore this kid.  My heart melts when I walk by and he calls out, "Ray Ray."  I put more effort and energy into making him laugh than anything else in my life (I have a history of neck injuries to prove it).  Seriously, I am afraid that if/when Dan and I have children there is no way I will love them as much as this kid.  So naturally, I tried to snap a picture of him any time I could throughout the weekend.....

....but the poor guy can't stay still.  So, I switched to video.  Here are a few of my favorites:
In this one we are singing Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.  Please excuse my singing voice and that fact that I am holding the camera the wrong way.

Here is my aunt and I giving him a bath.  

If I ever have a bad day all I have to do is look at one of these and I know his silly scream will put a smile on my face. :)

Running wise, I did manage to fit in an almost-3 mile run on Saturday, but it was really windy, so my pace was pretty slow.

This morning I ran outside in the refreshing morning mist and I felt great afterwards, until I saw my time.  I ran 4.5 miles in around 47 minutes.  That is so SSLLLLOOOWWW!  I am usually pretty consistent with a 10 minute mile, I have no idea why I slowed down.  Maybe it was all the not-so-good for me food I ate this weekend.  

The plan this week is to do a 4ish mile run again tomorrow, sprints on Wednesday, and a long run on Thursday (so I don't feel so bad about Thanksgiving dinner).

Thought for the day:
Have a fabulous short-week!
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