Only I can Take a Week Off Work and Still Work 9 Hr Days!


Lunch on Saturday was really the highlight meal of the past few days…and the only one worth going into detail over!

I went to Pasha’s with LC. It’s our go-to place and whenever we get together, we tend to go there. She’s one of the few people I can have a 4 hr lunch with and it feels like 15 minutes. Over too soon.

I had red wine (Malbec has been my fav for a couple years now) and..admittedly…a pomegranate margarita. Or two 🙂

I also had my very favorite kale and beet salad and their maiden cake, which is a red lentil cake with a vegan aioli. Oh, and we may have gotten their homemade hummus app too. I think I could eat here every day and be happy.


Speaking of LC…she’s been accepted to a yoga teacher training program. I told her I’m a totally willing guinea pig and expect free lessons. Yay!

I went for a few runs this weekend, and today I finally bought new running shoes! It totally felt like Christmas when I walked out of the running shop with them.

I’ve been wearing Brooks Ravenna’s for 3 years now. Since the Shamrock half in 2009 where I had blisters so big they had their own orbit (I was wearing Asics). I ran the Chicago Marathon in Ravenna’s…with no blisters nor lost toenails. The thought of changing shoes has me scared to bits.

However…since Valentine’s day when D bought me a Nike+ GPS sport watch, I’ve wanted to wear Nike shoes to use the pod that comes with it. I bought the adapter for my shoe laces…and they come untied after a mile or so. So I walked into my favorite running store, announced my devotion to the Brooks Ravenna…and asked them to fit me in the Nike equivalent. They did. After 20 min of having my gait filmed, reviewed, and running in a few pairs just to be sure. And I left with purple shoes (my favorite color) and hope that’s a sign of awesome runs to come. I’ll let you know.

Oh, and I’ve signed up for a Crossfit class for the Saturday after next. Should be interesting.


Good news is that R has shown no more signs of belly issues. We took it easy on Friday and Saturday, but she’s been just fine.

Sunday was supposed to be a family Busch Gardens trip. Unfortunately D hurt his back very badly, so our day changed. He stayed home and A went to her friends house (and cooked them Easter dinner! Turns out her friends’ family never eats home cooked meals). So I took M and his friend (who spent all weekend at our house…K’s a really nice kid) and R to BG. M and K did their thing while my little monkey and I did ours. We went on tons of rides, hung out with horses, and climbed around in a Survivor-esque obstacle course. Fun times.

This week I’m home, but working. Been busy as can be too, with 6-10 hr days so far…and it’s just Tuesday. But also peppered with Dr appts, vet appts, and all sorts of things that are a pain during a normal work week. We’re going to DC for the weekend though, and I’m very much looking forward to that!




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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

2 thoughts on “Only I can Take a Week Off Work and Still Work 9 Hr Days!

    1. He hurt his back in the Navy a long time ago, and now it’ll happen for no reason other than he picked up one of the kids wrong or slept funky.

      And regarding the lentil cake…I’m just adding it to my list of why you need to visit me 🙂

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