Hi peeps,

I’m home after spending 5 days with Mr. SOTSS and his girls down in Williamsburg, Virginia.

IMG_5152We got the “Bounce Ticket” to Busch Gardens, Water Country USA and Colonial Williamsburg. It was a super fun trip.

The highlights of the trip included:

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I’m still blaming the heat but I haven’t been feeling very “bloggy” lately. So here’s a bunch of randomness, and of course a bunch of Duncan photos.

  1. Having curly hair in the summer is such a drag. Between humidity, being in pools, sweating a ton….I really love my curls but wish they didn’t require so much work to control them.
    #thestruggleisreal

    #thestruggleisreal

    unless i braid it while wet...

    unless i braid it while wet…

  2. My favorite text conversations with Mr. SOTSS are usually in pictures….bitmoji-convo
  3. I have been loving getting 3-4 runs in per week and my knee has completely recovered thanks to my diligence with foam rolling and stretching.
    Monday

    Monday

    Wednesday

    Wednesday

    Today (Friday)

    Today (Friday)

    and I’ll get a 4th one in this weekend!

  4. Last weekend it was so ridiculously hot. We went to the movies to keep cool. It was the first time I didn’t bring a sweatshirt or jacket with me. Usually the A/C is just too much but it felt great.
    Jr. Mints for Mr. SOTSS and Reese's Pieces for me. Plus popcorn that we shared.

    Jr. Mints for Mr. SOTSS and Reese’s Pieces for me. Plus popcorn that we shared.

    Oh and Chester got a bath outside on the deck.

    Duncan was pretty happy to avoid the hose. He hates getting wet

    Duncan was pretty happy to avoid the hose. He hates getting wet

  5. But Duncan’s luck ran out and he went to the groomer yesterday.

    These before and after shots never get old. I love seeing how different he looks

    These before and after shots never get old. I love seeing how different he looks

  6. I’ve been loving our walks in the park. Early mornings are really the only time Duncan can enjoy himself because he isn’t fond of the heat.
    Cheese

    Cheese

    drizzly day gave us the park to ourselves

    drizzly day gave us the park to ourselves

    Me and my shadow or maybe that's my shadow and my shadow!

    Me and my shadow or maybe that’s my shadow and my shadow!

  7. Sometimes I think Duncan gets bored when I’m working at home. He just stares at me. IMG_5085

I’m enjoying a little more cuddle time with him today because tomorrow I’m going on a road trip with Mr. SOTSS and his girls. I can’t wait!

Last cuddles for a few days

Last cuddles for a few days

Have you had any good road trips lately?

Doing anything fun this weekend?

Do you use emojis a lot when texting?

Glistening….shvitzing…..sweating….whatever you want to call it I’ve been doing a whole lot of it lately.

glistening

glistening

This morning I went for a run at 8:30am.

IMG_5057I was up at 6:30 but when I looked at the weather it was basically going to be within a degree or two of each other for both time slots and really does it make a difference if it’s 83 or 85 degrees and 85% or 87% humidity? Not worth rushing out the door. So I had my coffee and toast and took my time futzing around the house for a while before finally getting out the door.

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let’s play around with the timer camera and procrastinate a few minutes longer before going running

gave myself the Aly Raisman bun for good luck

gave myself the Aly Raisman (as in All Around US Silver Medalist) bun for good luck

Interestingly I didn’t feel as affected as I did during yesterday’s run. Maybe it was the bun. 😉 Yesterday I had to take many walk breaks.

walk break central

walk break central

I took my handy dandy Amphipod handheld water bottle and while the water was warm in 10 seconds it was really great to be able to hydrate

I took my handy dandy Amphipod handheld water bottle and while the water was warm in 10 seconds it was really great to be able to hydrate

The intense heat and humidity has left the weather unstable and we’ve had some crazy storms leaving rainbows as the passed. I love rainbows!

Friday rainbow

Friday rainbow

Thursday rainbow

Thursday rainbow

But seriously! I am dreaming of brisk Autumn running…

Hey there

I’m taking a little coffee break and watching some Olympic volleyball and thought I’d fill you in on what’s been going on with me over the last few days.

Well, Duncan has been as lazy as lazy can be. I guess he’s just giving that expression “dog days of summer” true meaning. I can’t help but smile at him though. He’s got it so easy.

This dog!

This dog!

Lazy pose #1,267,468

Lazy pose #1,267,468

He's blocking the return key AND the delete key. This is a problem.

He’s blocking the return key AND the delete key. This is a problem.

Waiting for me to get out of bed.

Waiting for me to get out of bed.

Seriously!

Seriously!

Stairs for the mid-day nap

Stairs for the mid-day nap

I went for a run on Saturday. It was a very “blue” run.

Blue Vivofit, blue shirt, blue socks, blue sneakers and even a blue poop bag that was the "in case it rains and phone needs to be protected" bag.

Blue Vivofit, blue shirt, blue socks, blue sneakers and even a blue poop bag that was the “in case it rains and phone needs to be protected” bag.

In the evening I put on my photographer hat and shot a 50th wedding anniversary.

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Sunday I spent with my boyfriend’s family for a small get together to celebrate his youngest’s 11th birthday. The cake must have “shifted in flight” and ended up looking like an Alice In Wonderland cake being all lopsided but it sure did taste good and nobody cared about the presentation.

IMG_4935We all laughed and tried to rescue it from the box with multiple spatulas. I spent my obligatory time with the adults having adult conversation and then I snuck away to chew gum and practice blowing bubbles with Mr. SOTSS’ oldest daughter. She just learned this fine craft thanks to her dad’s fine instruction. We’re going to petition to have it become an olympic sport for the 2020 Olympics so we have 4 years to practice :)

I posted a slow-motion video of this bubble popping if you wanted to be blown away. OK being totally dramatic. It's not that exciting

I posted a slow-motion video of this bubble popping on Instagram if you wanted to be blown away. OK being totally dramatic. It’s not that exciting

She's getting better!

She’s getting better!

Hanging with the pooches

Hanging with the pooches

Yesterday I had to run an errand in the afternoon and found myself near the boardwalk so I took a quick 45 min walk and enjoyed the sunshine. Of course there I was walking toward the Verrazano Bridge and found myself feeling the pangs of the NYC Marathon.

IMG_4973I am not running it this year or next year. But there’s a part of me that wants to do the 9+1 next year so that I can qualify to run in 2018. We’ll see. I’m barely getting through my 4 mile runs these days.

Later on in the evening i took Duncan for a walk. We went to a park we haven’t been to in months. It was a nice change of pace for both of us :)

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This afternoon I struggled through 4 hot mid-afternoon miles.

Duncan has become addicted to licking the sweat off my legs this summer

Duncan has become addicted to licking the sweat off my legs this summer

Well, I better get back to work. I’d like to be wrapped up before primetime so I can watch the Olympics….women’s gymnastics!

Have you ever run the NYC Marathon? If not, do you want to?

Who’s ready for the fall weather? ME!!!!