Sunday, August 31, 2014

My Food and Fitness Plan #51

Hey!  I hope your Labor Day weekend has been awesome so far.  

Dan and I are still in North Carolina, but I will be back tomorrow with a random post and then Tuesday with a full trip recap.  

This week is super weird, because it starts and ends during two different mini-vacations.  

I know, life is pretty rough over here.  However, I want to have a plan for the middle of the week so that I am not on vacation mode for two weeks solid.  

Running with Racheal


  • Sunday: dinner at the wedding
  • Monday: easy chicken bake with fresh green beans
  • Tuesday: ground turkey and lentil curry (I am going to wing a recipe -wish me luck!) with brown rice
  • Wednesday: roasted chicken sausage, potatoes, and onions and okra
  • Thursday: leftovers
  • Friday: driving to Branson, I plan on packing snacks, but we will likely stop somewhere and eat on the way down
  • Saturday: We are in charge of dinner at the resort with my small group.  I haven’t exactly decided on what we are going to make yet- but I am going back and forth between crockpot pasta sauce with noodles, salad, and garlic bread, or a shrimp boil.  I will probably make quinoa chocolate cake with ice cream for dessert.  


  • Sunday: 4 mile run
  • Monday: 15 mile bike ride
  • Tuesday: 500 m swim + 10 mile bike
  • Wednesday: 4 mile run
  • Thursday: 1000 m swim
  • Friday: 3 mile run
  • Saturday: rest

What are you up to this week?

Friday, August 29, 2014

A Day in My Life

Good morning!  

I have wanted to write a minute-by-minute detailed post for a long time because I love reading these on other blogs.  I randomly decided to start yesterday morning.

Yesterday was an atypical day because my in-laws were here to help me take care of Ina in the morning and last night Ina  and I went to a friend’s house for dinner, so I didn’t have to cook.   Other than that, we had a relatively normal day, if such a thing exists.  


5:15: The alarm on my phone goes off, I turn it off and decide I should sleep in (this happens every morning before I come to my senses).  

5:17: The noise from the alarm woke up the dogs and they are peeking over the bed to see if I am awake

5:25: I finally get out of bed, can't sleep in because the dogs are awake
5:30: Coffee
5:35: Drink coffee, bust out my clipboard with my schedule and think about my day, write down my bible verse of the day and pray about my day and a few people on my prayer list

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6:02 Start writing blog.  Try to publish.  Won’t publish.  Re-write blog because my computer is half broken half of the time
6:21: Publish blog, change into my swimsuit, wake up Dan, kiss him good-bye and head to the gym for a swim.
6:35: Walk into gym and see an old pharmacy patient from when I worked retail.  I haven't brushed hair or my teeth and he wants to give me a hug.  Yikes.

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6:37: Jump in pool and swim 1000 m, spending at least half of the time lecturing myself about how I really should brush my teeth before I go out in public
7:04 Get out of pool, pick up my towel and scream because a huge spider was under it.  Help the lifeguard catch the spider.

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7:10: Get in my car and convince myself I don't feel another spider climbing on me the whole way home
7:21: Feed, the dogs, shower and get dressed.  Remember this is my last day to wear white (yes, I follow that rule), so I change and head downstairs

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7:55: Ina is awake!  Dan's parents stayed the night (which is how I was able to go to the pool in the morning).  I change her diaper and talk to her while I clean up some dishes that made their way to the sink after dinner and get my breakfast and lunch together.

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8:15: I attempt to say bye to Ina, but this turns into cuddles and I-want-yous and I don't get out the door until 8:23
8:27: My MIL calls - I forgot to leave them the carseat.  Ugh. Turn around.
8:57: Finally make it to work, sit down at my desk, eat my breakfast which is a yogurt-peach-oatmeal-walnut parfait (I really shouldn't wait this long to eat something), check emails (I work with people from all over the world, so lots happened while I was asleep), reply to emails that don't take a lot of time, create my list of things to get done at work.
9:30: Call into a meeting about two studies done in patients with impaired liver and kidney function.  Answer a few questions about dosing and data collected.
9:45: Write a synopsis of a report I wrote the day before.  This is an easy one because there is a clear drug interaction with no surprises.  I check the report one more time and send it off to the study statistician for review.
10:30: Go to my boss's office for our bi-weekly meeting.  We talk about my projects and then we talk about our daughters (her's is just a few months older than Ina).
10:50: I received new concentration data for a study, which is my favorite part about my job.  I take a quick look at the data, make a few tables and plots to make sure nothing looks off, and then file it away for when my analysis is planned.

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11:30: Go to a lunch and learn presentation- today our student is going over the approval of biosimilars, which led to a very interesting discussion between some of the senior scientists in my group.  
12:30: Grab my lunch, throw it in the microwave, head down to the cafeteria to pick up my weekly CSA box (the farmer works with me!), and eat lunch at my desk.  While I eat lunch I answer a few more emails and read a few of my favorite blogs.

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1:04: My "critical" to-do list is done - I planned it this way because I have a few vacation days coming up.  So, I start the training I have been putting off for a month or so.
2:00: My eyes are blurring up from staring at the computer, so I take a quick break and run to Kohl's to pick up an outfit for Dan to wear to the wedding this weekend.  He was in desperate need of something to wear and he requested an outfit that was “colorful" that will make him look "fresh to death."  

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I hope this will suffice.
2:30: More training, answering emails, chatting with a few co-workers, etc.
4:00: I say goodbye to our student.  This is the last day that I will see him and we talk about his future plans.  
4:07: Out the door- munch on veggies leftover from small group on the way home
4:35  My gas light has been blinking since this morning, so I stop for gas
4:44: Arrive home, let the dogs out, eat a few tortilla chips, put away the CSA veggies, start a load of laundry, change, and walk outside just in time to see my in-laws pull in the driveway with Ina
4:55:Head to our friends Brad and Chessa’s house.  They both have to work so Ina and I are helping them out by watching their son Silo for a few hours.  

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6:03: Chessa made us a delicious dinner - red curry lentils.  Ina won’t eat any of it, but Silo scarfs it down. Ina didn’t take a nap today.  Tonight should be interesting.
6:15: Listen to Ina say, “NO SILO!” every time Silo touches one of his toys.  The concept of sharing is a hard one.  

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6:30:  Chessa has a little break (she is working from home) so we catch up on life.  Man, it has been a long time since it was just the two of us talking.  
7:00: Chessa goes back downstairs.  We head to Silo’s room to play with different toys and read books.  Ina feels like she hit the book jackpot.  

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7:21 Oopps - I just realized I forgot to check Dan and I into our flight for the next day. We are flying Southwest, so this matters.
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7:28: Ina still isn’t getting the sharing concept, so I have to slap her hand because she keeps pulling Silo’s away from any toy he touches.  She cries loud.  So loud I am worried about her disrupting Chessa’s work.  I try to calm her down.  Silo is an angel baby the entire time.
7:55: Chessa is done working, so I try to pick up the crazy mess we made in less than an hour, chat with her a little more and then drive home.
8:30: I thought Ina would fall asleep on the way home, but instead she requested “Frozen” songs for 15 minutes until I gave in.
8:35: We walk in the house, say hi to daddy, and eat a few chips and dip with him.  Although want I really want is dessert, so I grab a spoonful of almond butter with chocolate chips. While I am eating this Dan takes Ina upstairs and tries to go to sleep.

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8:45: I force Dan out of bed and  make him try on his clothes.  They fit!  Thank God!  While I am trying to fold her shirt back the right way I hit the wall for the day.  I better go to sleep soon or things won’t be pretty.
8:53: I try on a few dresses for the bridal lunch on Saturday while talking to Dan and Ina and watching the Royals game.  I still can’t decide on a dress.  I guess I will pack them all.
9:07: Lights out and TV off.  Dan falls asleep, but Ina won’t.  She rolls around in bed forever, saying, “Mamma!  Armpit!” until I finally let her nestle under my arm   I think we both fall asleep around 10.
I hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend  We are headed to North Carolina for a wedding - can’t wait!  

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Good morning!

Today I am thankful for breakfasts with Ina.

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Usually there is only time to throw an apple and a cheese stick in her bowl and run out the door, but yesterday we sat down and ate.  Well I ate.  She looked at me like I was a crazy person after she turned her nose up to yogurt, which used to be one of her favorites.

I am thankful that I finally sent out my passport application.

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This task has been on my to-do list for a long time now, but I am always missing one of the many elements.  For the past two days, I have been lacking an envelope.  Yesh.  It felt so good to throw that in the mailbox.

I am thankful that I had the time and energy to run yesterday while dinner was in the oven and Ina was taking a bath.  

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My run was hot and slow, but it is over.  Whew.

I am thankful for local meat and dinner with Dan’s parents and grandma.  

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So much happens at the dinner table.

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I am thankful that Ina doesn’t know what comes after 19.

That girl.

I am thankful that after Ina went to bed with her grandparents, Dan and I stayed up to watch the Royals score 6 runs in one inning and we cheered and clapped as loud as we wanted to.  

I am so very thankful for this life that God has given me.  I better do something useful with it, huh?

What are you thankful for?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Good morning!

I broke my internet during small group last night, so I am keeping it real and blogging from my phone. 

Yesterday I did my first bike/run brick.  I had planned a bike/swim by biking to the gym, swimming there, then biking home.  However, I realized I haven't bought a bike lock and if someone stole my bike I would cry.  

So I decided to run instead of swim.  Over lunch.  When it was hot.   Without sunscreen. Clearly not one of my brightest moments. 

I thought the bike route I planned was 10 miles, but it ended up being 12.  Such an overachiever. 

The bike was great with the exception of my booty being so sore from the ride with my dad on Saturday.  Ouch.  

I even saw some buffalo! 

When I returned home I practically fell off my bike, chugged some water, adjusted my ponytail, and started to run. 

Running felt so, so weird.  My legs were very heavy and it was almost like I was using different muscles to run than I usually do.  I was so happy when I rounded the corner to my house.  

I didn't stop sweating the rest of the day.  

I am off to try to fix my internet.  I hope you have a great one!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Hey, I'm a Working Mom

Hey random co-worker in the elevator whose eyes are judging me.  Give me a break.  

I’m a working mom.

I know I am a few minutes late.  But, I am late because although I was awake, I just couldn’t get out of bed this morning.  

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I know I have hummus smeared on my dress and I smell like garlic.  But, my daughter requested hummus and carrots for breakfast, so that is what we had.

I know my lunch bag doesn’t scream “professional” 

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and I know the contents are a poor excuse for a lunch, but sometimes throwing a few items in a bag is all there is time for.  

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I know that my bulky gym bag is in your way and you can likely see my sports bra because I didn’t even take the time to zip it closed, but lunch time is the only time I have today to squeeze in a run and running keeps me sane.

I know I look frazzled and a mess now as I start to face the day.  But, meet me in the elevator this afternoon on the way down and you will see the biggest smile on my face as I practically run out the door because I get to come home to this. 

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So, judgey-eyed stranger, I am a working mom, and have obviously not found the perfect balance between work and home yet, but every day I get a little closer.  Meet me here in a year - I will probably still have hummus on my dress.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Four Birthdays - One Weekend

Good morning and Happy Monday!

This weekend was pretty much a whirlwind as we were so happy to celebrate the birth of not 1, not 2, not 3, but FOUR people.  

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However, before the birthday festivities started, we had a little sleepover at our house on Friday night with my sister’s family and my mom.

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Sleepovers always require breakfast.  

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The first birthday was Ina’s friend Gunner’s.  

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Ina really liked the idea of holding the present, until she realized it wasn’t for her. 

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The theme was TMNT.

Sometimes it is hard to be a turtle.  

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After the party on Saturday I rested up for my long bike ride with my dad, and then Dan made us dinner and we went to bed as soon as the last pitch of the Royal’s game was thrown.

Saturday was early church, a stop at Walgreen’s to pick up my new passport picture, and a slight detour to the pound, where Ina loved watching the kitties.

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We finally made it to our friends Brad and Chessa’s to celebrate the first year of their son Silo’s life.  The theme was monsters and their house was decorated so cute.  Chessa even made the kids little stuffed monsters and had little tails for the kids to wear.

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However, this was the only picture I took.  I think I reached picture fatigue this weekend.  

By the time we made it to the last birthday party - my brother’s and my nephew’s, we were wiped.

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Ina even slept at the restaurant, which pretty much never happens.  

As we didn’t get much rest this weekend, I am hoping we can fuel off all the energy from the parties!

Have a good week!


Sunday, August 24, 2014

My New Bike + My Food and Fitness Plan #50

You guys - I don’t think anyone could get this smile off my face.

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Friday, my dad took me to lunch and gave me my birthday present a little early - a new bike!  

I know almost nothing about bikes, except for how much I disliked the fact that my previous one did not work the way I wanted it to, so when we walked in the bike shop I was slightly overwhelmed.

Not to worry, my dad is an avid cyclist, so I answered a few questions and he and Charley (an amazing employee at Turner’s Cycling and Fitness ) decided on which bike would be the best for me. 

We (and by “we" I mean “they") decided on a x-road bike instead of strictly a road bike because I will likely ride some trails.  They settled on the Giant Rove 2.  



Isn’t it beautiful?  

What do you do after you get a new bike?  Two things:

1. Sign up for a triathlon 

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2. Go on a bike ride with the person who gave you the bike.

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When my dad told me he wanted to go over 20 miles I almost fell off my bike.  

"Um, Dad, you know the race I signed up for is only 10 miles of cycling. Let’s not get carried away here."

However, once I started riding my new bike I didn’t want to get off.  The gears!  They actually moved the way I wanted them to!  The seat!  It stayed in one spot!  

We made our way to some trails and they were absolutely beautiful.  We even saw a few groups of deer.  The fawns are my favorite. 

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I think I could get into this biking thing.

Running with Racheal


  • Sunday: out to eat for my brother and nephew’s birthday
  • Monday: grilled steaks (Dan went to the meat counter by himself again) with roasted green beans and beets
  • Tuesday: small group game night: I am making this dip and a veggie tray
  • Wednesday: stuffed pepper casserole with sautéed kale 
  • Thursday: homemade pizza with roasted okra
  • Friday: airport food
  • Saturday: rehearsal dinner 


  • Sunday: rest
  • Monday: 4 mile run
  • Tuesday: 10 mile bike + 500 m swim
  • Wednesday: 3 mile run + arms
  • Thursday: 
  • Friday: 15 mile bike 
  • Saturday: rest 
What are you up to this week?


Friday, August 22, 2014

Five x Five Things Friday

1. Five clean(ish) zucchini recipes to try with all that zucchini that is EVERYWHERE right now:

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  1. zucchini brownies  (made those babies yesterday after a very unexpected afternoon nap from Ina)
  2. zucchini pizza crust
  3. zucchini noodles
  4. taco stuffed zucchini boats
  5. zucchini fritter cups

2. Five things I am looking forward to over the next five weekends:

  1. This weekend: THREE birthday parties.  Does it get any better?
  2. Next weekend: Dan and I are going to North Carolina for a wedding of one of my dear friends
  3. Three weeks away: our small group is taking a trip to Branson!
  4. Four weeks away: my 30th birthday!
  5. Five weeks away: We are having dinner with some pretty cool cats I haven’t seen in a long time

3. Five things I did yesterday:

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  1. Swam 1000 meters
  2. Made brownies
  3. Went out to eat with an old WW buddy and his adorable family
  4. Painted my toes (a pretty big deal)
  5. Was challenged to do the ALS ice bucket challenge- I am already cold.

4. Five things left to do on my summer bucket list:

  1. Complete an open water swim (this might not happen until the race)
  2. Enroll Ina in swim lessons (likely not to happen, but I have taken her swimming a lot)
  3. Go to a drive-in movie (maybe this weekend?)
  4. Take Ina to the Kansas City zoo - she has gone, just not with me.  This might have to wait until fall.
  5. Clean out the garage.  Very. Heavy. Sigh.

5. Five things Ina has said lately:

  1. “No Mommy!  Milk Cold!” as she threw her sippy cup across the kitchen.  She doesn’t like cold milk.  So weird.
  2. “No! Elsa! No!  Elsa!” when I try to sing Let it Go in the car because I left my phone in the backseat and can’t play the Frozen soundtrack.  I understand, I am nothing close to the real thing, but I would like some credit for effort.
  3. “Aumlette HUSH!” while holding her finger to her lips when our dog makes even a whimper.  Then she immediately wants to read Goodnight Moon, because saying “hush” reminds her of the old lady who whispers hush.
  4. “WAKE-UP MAMMA!” after the room is dark and quiet for 5 minutes and I am positive she is finally asleep.
  5. “Mommy work.  Bye Bye.  Kisses.”  as I am running around the house trying to get everything ready to leave.  I always stop for kisses.

Have a good weekend!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Good morning!

As always, there are so many things to be thankful for this week!

I am thankful that a gigantic children’s consignment sale just happened to occur in the building next to my office yesterday.

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Ina is not above used clothes.  Or sippy cups.  Don’t judge - we washed them.

I am thankful to have my Keurig back.

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When my cousin Abby was living with us and I was working from home often, a Keurig didn’t make sense and we loaned it out.  However, now I only drink one or two cups of coffee at home a day, and the convenience of a Keurig cannot be matched.  

I am thankful for leftovers.   I really do love to cook, but sometimes it is nice to come home and sit down with Ina and not worry about getting dinner on the table.

I am thankful that my in-laws spent the night last night and Ina slept with them which means I slept all night long.  Ahhh.

They also brought us some of their canned goodies.

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I don’t know exactly what is in there, but the surprise makes it even more fun, doesn’t it? 

I am thankful for Ina kisses, especially after a run.

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I am thankful for some much needed changes at Dan’s job.  

I am thankful for Jesus.

What are you thankful for?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I'm Not That Crazy

Yesterday was such a good day.  

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We started it out right by whipping up some applesauce-oatmeal-zucchini muffins.  Ina has reached the stage where she loves to help me cook.  I hope this stage lasts the rest of her life. 

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Right now, I mostly let her dump and stir, even though she sticks her hands out and screams, “Hold it!  Eggs!  Momma, hold it!” as soon as I bring out the egg carton, but-

I’m not that crazy.  

I did my first brick workout yesterday, which was about time, as the triathlon that I might sign up for is in 3 weeks.  

If I had run a 5K too, I would have completed the race distance, but-

I’m not that crazy.

This week is KC local week, and in honor of that, I decided to try something new and buy some ground lamb from the nice lamb guy at the farmers market who lets Ina pet his stuffed sheep. 

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I made skillet moussaka and as I was eating dinner (and discussing with my mom the correct pronouncination of “moussaka”) I noticed that almost everything on my plate was from Kansas City due to the farmer’s market, my CSA, and my little garden.

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All I need to do is find a place that makes brown rice pasta and mozzarella cheese, and I am set.  But, I’m not that crazy.


After dinner, Dan and Ina participated in their new post-dinner tradition.  Ina points to Dan’s plate, says, “Daddy - drink!” and she laps the juice leftover from the 3 tomatoes Dan has with dinner every night.  

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She learned this from Dan.  He does it.  She does it.  I don’t.

I’m not that crazy.

Have a good day!  

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