Weekend Recap: New Things

Another Monday is in the books, y’all. This one was a little hectic, because I’ll be traveling the rest of the week and I wanted to make sure I didn’t forget to do anything before I left. Before I get to my upcoming travel plans, I’ll get to recapping our weekend. Let’s do this sentence-per-picture style, in my typical lazy Monday fashion.

This song came on Friday night, so it was pretty much destined to be the perfect weekend.


I’ve never been at a winter race with a pre-run fire before, but I think they should be mandatory.

winter trail race

We went to a birthday party this weekend, but just go ahead and try to convince my son it wasn’t held especially for him.

birthday party

He also thought this trail race was a special parade for, you guessed it, just him.


Let’s take bets on how long it will be until he breaks one of my electronic devices.

future photographer

I taught him how to make cupcakes, which further cemented my status as the-best-mom-ever in his mind.


That process then led to the best-lunch-ever in my mind.

best lunch ever

We like to point out all of the colors in the sky, but it was more fun than usual this morning. 


This weekend was my first trail race, my son’s first time being invited to a school friend’s birthday party, and our first time baking cupcakes together. All pretty good firsts, in my opinion. The birthday party tops the list, though, because… well, it’s just adorable.

Now I better log off and get to packing. Tomorrow I’ll be off to Las Vegas for work, which doesn’t sound like such a bad gig. I’ve never been, so hopefully I squeeze some cheesy sight-seeing in before I fly back. What do I need to make sure I see or do while I’m there? Help me out!

You Guys, I’m Totally a Trail Runner Now

Over the weekend, I went on what was probably only the second actual trail run of my life. I am so glad I got out there. You’ll rarely find me writing super cheesy stuff on here, but it was pretty sweet to get out in nature and run around like Bambi. If I have to choose between running in my neighborhood or driving a few miles to hit up a trail in the future, well, you can guess where I’ll end up.

trail run

As much as I wish I could say I had the nerve to attempt this all by myself, I definitely didn’t. Safety in numbers, y’all. Also, you can’t really back out on runs that you decide to do as a group. Always a plus. Am I not radiating happiness in this picture or what? Fine, that’s the sun.

trail running

I became so one with nature during our five-mile loop that I decided to climb a tree for some pull up action. I broke the branch and almost died. I still like the great outdoors, though, I swear.


All of this trail talk is leading up to the fact that I’ll be running my first ever ultra this weekend. Well, ultra relay. I’m still going to claim I finished a 40 mile race. Just let me have that glory. We’re actually splitting the distance up between five of us, so it won’t be bad at all. My leg is dead last and is about 7 miles. I got the easy one, but that also means I’m under pressure to not finish dead last and hours behind every other team. And, even if I do, there’s soup at the finish line so it’s all good.


Now for a few selfish questions: What do I need to do to prepare? What do I do if I get lost in the woods? Am I going to die? Is this a terrible idea? I might be a little nervous.

Weekend Recap: My Favorite Exercise is Lunch

Monday kind of got away from me, y’all. It’s not Tuesday night and I’m just getting around to posting about the weekend. We’ve had a solid chunk of relaxing, lazy weekends and I’m happy to report that I’m not tired of them yet. In honor of my lazy weekend, I’m going to do some lazy blog posting. But, hey, what’s new? Sentence per picture style works for me.

My toddler is going through a serious pancake phase and no one else is complaining.

stonewal kitchen pancakes

I tried a PiYo workout this weekend, but then I couldn’t use my legs again for a few hours.


It took all of my strength to not type out a mustache joke right now.

mustache mug

We went to see a movie on Saturday, and my son was clearly not impressed.


I could eat this salad every day for the rest of my life, as long as has two bleu cheese dressings every time.

augusta ga carolina ale house

I want to find whoever wrote these two sentences and become that person’s new best friend.


Speaking of lunch, Whole Foods sautéed veggie bowls are legit.

whole foods veggie bowls

I let him color on my white bedspread, because I’m reckless. 


Sunday night Buzz Light Year gave me a black eye, and this is how it looks today.

black eye

I really have no words for that last picture. It cracks me up because it looks like I applied cheap eyeshadow while drinking too much wine. Which, come to think of it, I don’t think I drank any of that this weekend. I’ll need to put that on the to-do list for Friday. Also on my to-do list? Another workout via DVD. I would never have thought that I would like following along to a video, but it’s a lot more fun now that I’ve realized I can rope the boys into doing it with me. Watching a toddler try to do down dog just makes the whole experience a lot more awesome. I’d probably rank that in the top five weekend moments.

Now I better go scrounge up something for dinner. I’ll see you guys tomorrow. Until then, I hope y’all enjoy your evening!

Question: What was your best moment over the weekend?

Life is Not a Series of Workouts

I’ve been meaning to get on here and talk about the fact that I’m back to skipping workouts and eating like a drunk college student. I cannot get it together, y’all. I’ll get on a decent kick for a few days and then, bam, something knocks me off-kilter. The most recent event was my household coming down with what I’ll kindly refer to as the plague. Let’s just go ahead and add that to the list of excuses. I’ve blamed the following things so far: the weather, changing jobs, toddler wake ups, sicknesses, and probably several other things I can’t recall now.

running quote

Inevitably, I go through a series of emotions each time I fall back into this rut. I’ll break it down for you, so you can really understand my crazy.

First, I feel lazy because I’m choosing to skip workouts regularly. I could make time for them if I really made it a priority.

Next, I feel guilty because I’m opting out when I’m healthy enough to get up and get moving. Not everyone is that fortunate.

Then, I decide that a month or two of skipping workouts won’t change anything. I should totally relax. I’ll be fine.

Finally, I feel ridiculous for even thinking about any of this that much. It’s not the end of the world, either way.

See what I mean? I’m nuts. The one thought that keeps coming back up, though, is that there is so much more to life than making sure you drown in a pile of sweat every day. Shocking, right? Life is not a series of workouts. And yet, here I am, letting my workouts dictate how I feel about my life. Embarrassing.

life quote

I need to start thinking of more things outside of myself. Find new things to focus on, you know? I’m not saying I don’t want to make my health come first. In fact, I’m saying the opposite. I’m putting too much emphasis on the workouts and too little on my general well being. I should eat more vegetables, move enough throughout the day, and work out when I feel like it. Aside from that, I need to chill out. I’m spending entirely too much time thinking about my fitness levels.

I’ll admit I judge other people when they are hyper-focused on some minute detail of their lives, but I am doing the exact same thing. Newsflash: no one but me cares if I wake up tomorrow completely shredded or having gained a little weight. No. one. cares. You know what people tend to care about? Your health. Your well being. Your happiness. At the end of the day, that’s what matters. As much as this pains me to say, I don’t need visible abs and a nice butt to be healthy. I just don’t. If I could truly get that into my thick, self-centered skull, I’d be a lot better off.

I apologize for this ramble-fest, but it was on my mind tonight. Hopefully, it won’t be on my mind tomorrow. I’m moving on, remember? For real this time, you guys. Don’t even go back in the ol’ blog archives to see how many times I’ve fought this battle. I’ll save you the trouble. It’s a million, give or take a few.

I’ll just leave it at this: Here’s to focusing on being healthy and happy in 2015, whatever that means for you. :)

Weekend Recap: I Cooked & Ate a Lot

We survived another Monday, y’all! I can’t really complain about mine. My toddler was sweet to me all morning, I had a good day at work, and we went out to eat for dinner. The icing on the cake? The kid ate some vegetables. Whoop! Now we’re apparently going to watch some football, which really means Ryne will be watching football. I’ll be playing trains and doing puzzles until bedtime. Works for me. Today was actually pretty similar to this weekend, because it was all about doing whatever we wanted. I’m really digging these laid-back weekends we’ve been having. Instead of boring you with all of the details, let’s just keep it short and sweet like usual. One sentence per picture works for me!

Can anyone actually shop at Whole Foods without eating there, too?

whole foods augusta

I need to buy a double boiler, because I almost melted my hand off in this little experiment.

melted chocolate

I am not mad at a day that includes cooking with both dark and white chocolate.

no bake bars

I ran for the first time in a month, and I’m pretty sure I forgot how to do it.


That workout was brought to you by sunshine, blind ambition, and an abnormal amount of caffeine.

beautiful day

We had people over for dinner Saturday night, so I tried to be fancy and stuff.

healthy dinner

Well hello there, beautiful.

dark chocolate mousse

Woke up this morning like this, but no one else at work was down for “pajama day”.


sleep in

Well, I have to go make a ridiculously awesome tiny train track now. I’m getting pretty good at it, but I’m not trying to brag or anything. Anyway, I hope y’all are having an equally rockin’ Monday night! ;)