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Family time!

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The last week has been spent having fun with my Aunt Darlene from California. We are very lucky to have her visit us just about once a year now and we enjoy her visits very much. We sadly said goodbye to her today as she hops on a plane to fly back home this evening. There has been a lot of Starbucks coffee, eating out, shopping, laughing, and enjoying her time here. Darlene also got to meet hubby’s grandmother. And like the rest of us, she thinks she is a real hoot!

I am always sad to see her leave, but we made a lot of fun new memories this week!

Here is our week in photos!

 

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On Friday, hubby and I are going to Vegas. He’s going for work and I am tagging along for fun! I am so excited to get the heck out of town for a few days and I will likely be behind on my posts again… There will always be time for that when we return!

Currently | February Edition

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I almost forgot to do my Currently post for this month! Take a couple days away for a shorter month and it just messes me up!

 

Current book:

I have been so busy, I have not had any time to read. But, I did get a couple new YA books the last couple of weeks at book events that I attended with my sister-in-law Jenna. I have met both authors and both are very cool!

THREE book cover        Cinder cover

(source: www.goodreads.com)

 

 

Current music:

Still in a country music mood like last month, but I’ve been listening to Luke Bryan like crazy. If it’s possible to wear out a CD, it will happen with this one. The whole CD is great, every single song. “Drink A Beer” is my favorite song on the CD, but “Play It Again” is a very close second and is also the newest single out. So, basically, I can’t stop listening to it. I hope there is an official video soon! In the meantime, there’s this….

 

 

 

 

Current guilty pleasure:

In January, I posted about dreaming of a new Garmin watch. Hubby, being the wonderful hubby that he is, surprised me with one for my birthday. I love it so much, it’s perfect for all the running I do. It’s so cool!

 

garmin 220

 

 

 

Current drink:

Shameless plug here, but it would have to be Shakeology. I have both Chocolate and Vanilla, and I enjoy both. It has been my breakfast all month and it is very filling. Even better, it’s only 3 WW points before adding any extras such as milk, fruit, peanut butter, etc…

 

shakeology

 

 

 

Current food:

I am still loving power foods and WW Simple Start. Several times this month, I have mad a very simple meal that is perfect for lunch. It heats up quickly and is so full of flavor. I still need to do a post with the recipe, but basically it’s lean ground beef, zucchini, squash, onion, whole grain brown, rice, and Italian diced tomatoes. I love all the colors, too. Food tastes better when it’s pretty.

 

beef rice dish

 

 

 

Current show:

Wahlburgers. No question about it, we’ve been recording it and watching it when it replays. I have always loved Mark Wahlberg (who doesn’t?!), but after watching the show, I think I may like Donnie the best. I love the family dynamic they have and their mom seems like a real character. Have you watched it?

 

wahlburgers

(source: Facebook)

 

 

Current wish list:

I still want to buy all the clothes. The cooler weather is going away, sadly, which means it will be time to buy shorts and tank tops. Last year I wore shorts that I had from a few years prior. This year, I am buying new shorts that will fit the 2014 me.

 

 

 

Current triumphs:

Since I am currently all about races, my most recent triumphs are PRs! On February 1, I ran the Best Damn Race half marathon and finished with a PR of about 4 minutes over my previous time. And just last weekend, I ran the Gasparilla Lime Cactus Challenge which was the 15K and 5K. Having never run a 15K before, it was an instant PR and I was very happy with my time of 1:39:53. And the 8K, I ran in 51: which was 14+ minutes faster than last year. I was surprised at this just because I was pretty sore from the 15K on Saturday, but I managed to pull it off. (and I still have to write up a race recap for it!) It really is true… The best way to be a better runner is to run more.

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Current links:

Athlinksif you are a runner and don’t know about this site, you need to check it out. It’s a great place to keep track of all your races and finish times. I just came across it a few months ago.

Alex and AniI am obsessed with Alex and Ani bracelets and I have to get a couple. I love the look and the style and the motivation of them. Yes, I will buy one. This is the first one that I want…

 

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(source: www.alexandani.com)

 

 

Current needs:

Come May, it’ll be time for another new pair of running shoes. I doubt I’ll be able to find my beloved Brooks Glycerin 10 anymore, so I will have to find a new style. I’m sure I will stick with Brooks, they have worked very well for me ever since I had my gait analysis done back in 2012. I am very curious about the Brooks Transcend. Aren’t they fabulous?

 

brooks transcend

(source: www.brooksrunning.com)

 

 

Current indulgence:

Signing up for my first full marathon, the Space Coast Marathon in Cocoa Beach on November 30th of this year. I am still kind of in shock that I am going to run one, but it’s very exciting. I have a lot of of training ahead of me, and my goal will really be just to finish it, and I’m going to do my best to enjoy every single minute of it. Who knows if it will be my one and only full marathon…

 

 

Current outfit:

I bought a couple new running tops and I love them. One is from Old Navy and the other is from Target. I like to run in a tank top, so these are perfect. Both have built-in bras and racer back straps.

 

 

Current excitement:

My Aunt Darlene is coming out in March and I cannot wait to see her. We have such a great time when she visits and we get to play tourist, play Scrabble, and do a lot of laughing. I’m so excited to see her!

 

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Current mood:

Right now I am excited about this weekend and Best Damn Race in Orlando. I am running the half marathon, which will be #8. Hubby is running the 10K, so we will be driving to Orlando dark and early Saturday morning. Can’t wait!

 

What are you currently loving? Share!

Favorite posts of 2013

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end of year 2013 post pic

 

Another year is coming to an end… As I look through posts from this past year, it’s amazing how much has happened, how much was accomplished. Running, weight loss, personal growth, and more…. My blog has turned out to be the best form of a scrapbook I have ever done. And now it’s time for me to share my favorite posts of 2013. Since I just shared all my race recaps for 2013 yesterday, I did not include those in this list…

 

 

I have so much to look forward to in 2014 and continuing my blog is one of them. I hope you’ll stay with me and follow along!

 

Have a safe and Happy New Year! I hope you have a wonderful 2014!

Merry Christmas!

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As I spend today with my family, I wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas!

However you spend your day and celebrate this holiday, I hope you have a special day!

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Three years.

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This past month, my mind has been a mess of memories, thoughts, and feelings. I feel like I am in sensory overload. Three years ago today, my dad passed away and I can still remember every day he spent in the hospital, his last month with us. I wonder if that will ever go away or if will just fade into the back of my memories.

The day that he passed away, I made myself a little note on my phone, just moments after. It seems like an odd thing to do, but it was important to me to do at the time. And now, it’s one of the few things I have left on my phone from that very moment. It simply reads….

 

1:53pm  12/04/10  Goodbye Daddy… I love you so much and can’t believe you’re gone. My heart is broken.

 

And even still, as heartbreaking as that moment was, there was no where else I ever could have been. I needed to be there, with my family, holding his hand.

I think of my dad every single day, sometimes many times a day. A song, a movie, a memory, wanting or needing to talk to him, a meal…. Or it could be my wonder in seeing my niece and nephews and knowing that he would be amazed at how much they’ve grown. It could be anything. We talked about him on Thanksgiving, laughing about what he would be doing if he were there with us, sharing memories that we as a family have of him. The holidays will never be the same without him, as hard as I try. I have our Christmas tree up and it’s beautiful. I am hoping that the spirit he enjoyed at this time of year will somehow find it’s way to me this month.

If I could sit with him just one more time and talk with him, I often wonder what I would say. I need help solving some problems and more than ever need his guidance, but that seems selfish. I could share my excitement with him about losing weight. Or how proud I am of myself for running half marathons, something he never knew I could do. I could tell him about our crazy dogs – he knew Blue, but he never got to meet Ozzie and we’re sure they would be best buddies. We could share a favorite meal and a bottle of ice cold Peroni beer, his with a straw in it, his preferred way to drink it. Or we could listen to his favorite Big Band music….

But mostly, what I think I would say to him is how very much he is missed and how his life left such an impression on this family – his family – that anyone who knew him could easily see. I would tell him how different life is without him here to guide us along. I would share with him how he is with me everywhere I go and that we watch the sunset at Crystal Beach every month in honor of him. And most of all, I would tell him how very much I love him, how very much I miss him, and how he will always be my hero.

 

me daddy chair

 

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in memory of daddy

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