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Over the hump randomness

Happy Thursday! Do you know what time it is?! It’s Thinking Out Loud time!

1. What happened to summer? It’s nearly September, I have burnt orange nail polish on, people are talking about fantasy football leagues and tailgating… I kind of want it to be the 4th of July not Labor Day this weekend…Anyone else? I know we have nearly another month of summer TECHNICALLY but June, July, and August have flown by way to fast for my liking. I also feel like I say that a lot. Maybe I need to be making more of my days so they don’t just swoosh by in a flash!


Goodbye my dear friend.

2. Hehe, this is going to be a throwback Random Thought because I just stumbled upon this picture again:


…One early morning when I was living in North Carolina I went to take my dog out for a walk and that chair was just chilling in my backyard. Uh huh. It’s facing toward our kitchen window and back door… How creepy is that? We moved about a month later…it was a cool neighborhood very close to the downtown and Cape Fear River but there were some weirdos skulking about. No thank you.

3. Going back to that Burnt Orange nail polish  — I won the best give-away from Rabbit Food For My Bunny Teeth. It was Catherine’s 25th birthday so she was giving away super cute kitchen and bath items, Butter London make up and nail polish, and one of her racer back tanks! I happened to win and it was such awesome timing because I got it a few days before MY bday. Wahoo!

4. Have you guys ever done a race dressed up? I always mean to…my friends and I have grand ideas and then we do nothing because we wait too long, ha. The only time we really had our shit together was for the Bad Prom Run and it got cancelled a few weeks before the race…wah wahhh. Anyway, I’m looking at LA’s Rock and Roll Halloween Half Marathon and debating on wearing a little costume. I don’t mean a small costume (I’ve never been that kind of Halloween-er) – I mean like running tights with a festive shirt or head-wear. So a little bit of a costume, I suppose.

I would die of heat stroke.

I would die of heat stroke.

Ok, onto random food facts!

1. Almonds are a member of the peach family.  Wahhhh?

2. They have square watermelons in Japan. They stack better. Don’t look so shocked people, this is why it’s best to buy from local farmers! Factory/commercial farms produce for shipping, not for flavor or nutrient value.

3. Broccoli is the food with the best anti-cancer properties. Ooo, I knew I liked broccoli!

4. Someone living in New York could eat out every night of their life and never eat at the same restaurant. That sounds like my idea of paradise. 


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32 and feeling great

It was my birthday yesterday  – 32 at last 😉 



I went with some friends to Sage Vegan Bistro in Culver City – figured I’d make them go to a place that I could choose ANYTHING I WANTED and they would have to scan the menu, hoping something sounded ok. Haha, it was a big hit though – everyone – vegans and non vegans alike – loved the place. Their fantastic drink menu helped of course.

AND I just went in for my annual Wellness Exam on Friday – happy to report I’m down 15lbs from last year – plus I’m super human healthy. Well, the doc didn’t say “Super Human Healthy” but he told me I’m extremely healthy so that’s the same, right? 

I feel like my body really thrives on a plant based diet so I’m going to aim for plant based plus 80-90% whole foods this year. Keep away processed food! 

But I’ve still got a little way to go to my fitness goals – and to help me get there I’m going to shoot for either 3 half marathons plus a full marathon OR 5 half marathons if my knee gives me trouble and I can’t get up to that crazy 26m distance. I’m looking at the Rock and Roll Halloween half marathon in LA on Oct 26th as my first 1/2 in my 32nd year. 

I’ve only done 2 (3? crap my memory’s already going…) half marathons in my life so this will be quite the feat but I’m excited, and it’ll keep my weekends less boozy and more fitnessy! 





Thirsty Thursday and other random thoughts

It’s time for another edition of Thinking Out Loud 🙂 

– I am so thirsty today… I think I’m already on my 8th glass of water and it’s only just after noon in my neck of the woods.

– I’m heading to Vegas tomorrow for a fun filled weekend with my sis, cousin, and some of my best friends! Wahoo, we’re about to get weird. Vegas Weird. We’re going to dance a lot, laugh even more, nap at the pool, drink the perfect amount of alcohol (not one drop into Sloppy-Ville), and not lose any money. I will definitely kick butt at that last one as I don’t gamble in Vegas. I used to when I went in my early 20’s but I ALWAYS lost money and I have learned my lesson! Ok…I do still put a $20 in the slot machines because it’s a ritual but that’s it. Once it’s gone, I’m gone! 

Vegas Weird

– Also, we’re seeing Britney on Saturday night at Planet Hollywood.

She looks about 24 here…who are we kidding?

She looks about 24 here…who are we kidding?

I didn’t really like Britney Spears when she first came out – she’s 8 months older than me and I was more into electronic and rock than pop in high school. BUT then I started going to dance clubs when I was a little older and I became a big fan. My sis, best friend Nicole, and I would go out dancing at University of Iowa when I was home from Indiana and we thought we danced like her. We did not…Well Nicole and I didn’t anyway – my sis can dance and she would say things like: It’s drop it like it’s hot, not drop it like it’s White Girl. Hahahaha, so good. But it’s fun, I don’t care what I look like!

– On Monday I started my 100 miles in 30 days challenge. The guidelines I’ve set for myself are that I can walk or run these miles, and I can include 1 day a week of biking but I have to divide that mileage by 3. (as suggested by the Tone It Up girls!) So far this week I have ridden 19 miles, and ran 8 miles so I’m at 14/100 — just need to add another 5 miles and I’m on track for my first week! Easy Peasy. I’m breaking it down like this:

Week 1 – 19m

Week 2 – 21m

Week 3 – 23m

Week 4 – 25m

Last two days – 12m

– After these 30 days I’m going to join a local running group. I have talking about joining one for so long and I’m FINALLY going to. I always have some hang up, “I can’t do long distances,” “I’m not fast enough,” “I don’t like how I look in running tights.” Blah blah BLAH. Well – I can run 8 miles just fine now, I have increased my speed a bit, and I look better in running tights than I have in a few years so I need to suck it up and sign up. I’m trying to meet new people in LA – everyone I know I have either moved here with, know from Iowa, or met at a bar. And I’m trying not to be as much of a bar fly these days. But obviously sitting at home, or going on solitary hikes and runs, or going zombie-like to a 6am spin class is not going to help so I need to put myself out there!


Ok, onto random food facts:

1. One of the most hydrating foods to eat is the cucumber, which is 96% water. Mmm, I should eat some now…

2. The popsicle was invented by an 11 year old girl in 1905. Child labor, I tell ya.. 😉

3. The twists in pretzels are meant to look like arms crossed in prayer………..

4. Fruit flavored snacks are made with the same wax used on cars. Hmm, I’ll stick to fruit flavored fruit, thanks.

5. Ketchup was used as medicine in the 1800s to treat diarrhea, among other things. Ha…good to know I suppose.