You Know You’re Loved When Someone Dumpster Dives For You


Naturally, this week was all about Thanksgiving. That's not to say I didn't eat the other five days (that would just be silly).

I had some of my typical dishes, like fresh juices, smoothies, and my BAS's. I also had pho (woo hoo!) and a spicy noodle soup when I went to pick A up from college on Wednesday.

Tofurkey day, of course, was the highlight. The main players was the Tofurkey, stuffing, mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, rolls, squash/sweet potato/corn chowder, roasted onions, maple/dijon glazed brussel sprouts, carrot cake, & pumpkin pie! Whew, I'm full just writing all that! I didn't get a table shot, but did get a few pics of the feast.

Oh, and it turns out the kittens love rolls. Strange little beasts.


Well, Shamrock training is in full effect! This week was 4 runs. Monday, Thurs, Fri, and today.

I should have run on Wed and off yesterday, but my schedule was a bit of a mess with going out of town to get A, so just swapped days around.

I was planning on going to yoga Monday evening, but when I packed my bag, I sort of didn't put all the required undergarments in the bag! I went home and ran a little longer than planned, and then did about 20 minutes of asanas afterwards.

Yesterday was fun, because I ran with R! We went to the gym and ran in side-by-side treadmills. As much as I dislike to dreadmill, it's fun watching R enjoy running so much on them. We were planning to swim some laps after our run, but she seems to have misplaced her goggles and swim cap! My guess is they're in a lost and found at her swim team location.

This morning was group run time! It was ridiculously cold, but I warmed up after a half mile or so. I was up at 530am, and am feeling rather accomplished for running so early! Though my post run pick makes me look angry, I'm really just chilly 🙂


Well, it's been a heck of a week! Monday I was in the office late, and then met up with D, R, and M at the mall. They had tickets to see the season premier of Dr. Who (it was being played in theaters around the world). We had dinner at the mall (pho for me!), and then we went our separate ways.

Tuesday I scrambled to get to a run club meeting. It was raining and rush hour, and I was 40 minutes late, but I got there for a quick meet and greet. Tuesday was also wait-all-day-for-the-late-plumber day. Of course “no later than noon” means 230pm in normal people time. I swear, it's worse than going to a doctor's office! I, of course, had back to back meetings from 1-430, so I was annoyed to say the least. At least we're in the clear – no leaks in or under the house – so the new insulation can go in next Friday! I also managed to get most of the laundry done, so there was a bonus to working from home and waiting on the dumb plumber! I had a fluffy helper (or not-so-helper).

Wednesday was a couple conference calls, a stop at Walgreens, 7-11, then off to get A. Weather was nasty, and so the drive home was tons of holiday traffic and sleet. Good times.

Funny though, is about half-way to getting A, I realized that I did not have my prescription in the van that I picked up at Walgreens. And THEN I remember I went to 7-11 after Walgreens….and my habit is to throw away any garbage in my car when I fill up the gas tank. I had junk mail, and apparently had my prescription package lying right on top. INTO THE TRASH IT WENT. I freaked out – called D – who left work, went to 7-11, and yes…retrieved my meds! That's love, I tell ya.

Thursday was Thanksgiving of course, and we spent a great day at home. We had planned to go to the movies, but opted to stay home and hang out instead.

Friday was the gym, then off for a family day in Williamsburg. The plan was to walk through the downtown area (which is beautiful and near Colonial Williamsburg – all cobblestone and locals shops) and then go to Christmas Town at Busch Gardens. We picked up teas/coffees to warm up, and started wandering through the shops. There was some holiday skits being acted out in the streets, musicians, and tons of people milling about. Unfortunately, about an hour after we got there, R got sick. Out of nowhere, she went from running next to me at the gym, to a headache, sore throat, ear ache, and stomach ache. We went home straight away.

While in WB though, I did see a couple funny hand towels! I seriously almost bought the first two for a friend of mine! (she knows who she is)….

Today was my running group, a trip to Whole Foods, and later today, shopping the local shops in Norfolk, then dinner with AC.

It's going to be hard to go back to work on Monday!


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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.

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