Ticks Suck. Pun Intended.


Photo montage of food from the past few days!

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my Aunt J bought me this nifty pineapple corer thingy. It's quite fun, and makes quick work of slicing up a pineapple.

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Pineapple, banana, and spinach smoothie!

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I had some farmer's market produce that I wasn't going to use before going bad, so I sliced them all up on the mandolin and dehydrated them! Tomatoes (I LOVE sundried tomatoes – they're great at thickening soups and marinara), yellow squash, and zucchini chips.

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Oatmeal with blueberries, banana, and cinnamon from Happy Herbivore


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pumpkin chili from Happy Herbivore – holy awsome. D loved it, so it's a keeper

watermelon, banana, pineapple, kale smoothie
steamed edamame snack

Watermelon, grape, strawberry, spinach smoothie

yes, another Happy Herbivore recipe! I love her Creamy Dijon sauce – and served it up over some quinoa elbow noodes, green beans, tomatoes, and peas.


I've done two outdoor runs in the past few days, and two yoga sessions. Thursday night was a really rough one – extremely stressed out and with a surplus of bad energy. Even though I'm still working my mileage back up, all I wanted to do was run – run off my energy, run away from my stress, and get some clear thoughts rolling in my head. I went 5 miles, and it ended up being a great run for a few reasons. First, right after I left my house, I ran into a friend of mine who lives down the street – and we ended up making plans for Saturday evening to come down with the kids and swim. I also ran outside further than I had since the 10K a few months ago. AND…it helped me feel better too. So yay!

It did have one downside though. As I was in my final mile, I felt this awful stining….on my boob. Yet again, a tick fell out of a tree and decided I'd be dinner. Ticks suck.

This morning I went for another run. Only 3 miles, but it still felt great and I was happy to lace up and get outside.

One yoga session was at the Y, and the other at home. I miss the hot yoga studio classes, but I'll live 🙂


It's been a busy few days. M and A ended up coming with R and I to Busch Gardens on Wednesday night. We had a really fun time, and I'm glad all my kids were there with me.

so it was Harry Potter's birthday on Wednesday. In honor, we watched all 8 movies in the three days preceding, and then my kids went to the Ministry of Magic via these phone booths in England at Busch Gardens (you must be a Harry Potter fan to get this one, sorry).

Thusday was hectic at work, and Friday I had off. After a morning appointment, D, R, and I went to a local farm, picked up some groceries, and hung out with the farm animals for a bit. R made friends with goats, sheep, and cows. It was really awesome, and I had no idea until recently that this farm is just a few miles from us.

Afterwards, D took M up to Water Country to meet some of his friends from camp for a day of waterpark fun, and R and I hit up Busch Gardens solo. D spent the day wandering around Williamsburg taking pictures, and then picked M up at WC and met up with R and I at BG for a couple hours of walking around and fireworks. Again, a totally great time.

Saturday I ran some errands, did yoga, and then we all went to DD's house to swim, watch movies, and hang out. His sister and family were visiting from WV, and we all had a very nice time.

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Today I took A shopping for college stuff. Towels, sheets, matress pads, trash bins, generic school supplies, storage bins, etc. It started sinking in that she's leaving in 13 days. Sigh…


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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.

4 thoughts on “Ticks Suck. Pun Intended.

    1. Thanks! Me too. It really felt like I’d end up a puddle of tense and hysterical goo on the floor if I didn’t get out. It’s frustrating that I need to build up base mileage from scratch, but grateful that I’m feeling well enough to start running again!

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