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?

Hi folks!

It’s December 23rd….and that means one thing….DUNCAN’S BIRTHDAY! Yep, the doodle turned 7 today and we celebrated the same way we do each year. I force him to wear his party hat and then I give him a toy and treats.

Good boy!

Good boy!

He knows the drill and stays still like a champ long enough for me to snap a pic or 100 two.

IMG_9960

And after picture #97 we start to get this

Get this thing off!

Get this thing off!

Plus, he just went to the groomer so he looks and smells delicious for the holidays.

Perfect fuzzbucket

Perfect fuzzbucket

Well, I haven’t run a single mile this week. I am going to try and squeeze in a run tomorrow before I hit the road to visit my friend Susan for Christmas Eve.

And since this post is all about Duncan and nothing about running I’ll sign off by sharing my Christmas card…

2015-xmascard-alt-new

Thank you all for reading my little blog. I’m going to get started on a post highlighting my top 10 favorite memories of 2015 and hopefully get that up before the new year.

Happy and Merry Everything!

What are your plans for the holidays? Do you celebrate Xmas? Did you Celebrate Chanukah? Anyone celebrate anything else? 

New Year’s plans?

Happy Thursday!

I took today as a vacation day but ended up working from home. It’s ok. I’m happy to make money and without the 3 1/2 hours of commuting I was able to start addressing my holiday cards, take the doodle for a nice long walk, and go for a run at 3 in the afternoon!

It was 60 degrees out today—a lovely December surprise. And apparently we’re anticipating a potential record breaking 64 degress this weekend. I’m ok with it although I really do hope Winter arrives on time in a couple of weeks.

60 degrees in NYC on December 10th. Woo Hoo!

60 degrees in NYC on December 10th. Woo Hoo!

I dropped off some coats to a neighbor who is collecting them for a coat drive. Then I ran around the neighborhood.

Ran the first .1 miles to my neighbor to drop off these coats

Ran the first .1 miles to my neighbor to drop off these coats

God I love 3 milers. They're so non-committal. I can just enjoy the 30 minutes of running without worry.

God I love 3 milers. They’re so non-committal. I can just enjoy the 30 minutes of running without worry.

I always get a kick out of running through the neighborhood during the holidays to see what fun and/or bizarre decorations people have put up. This year most decorations actually made sense but I did see this pig. There was a similar flamingo in a santa hat but I was across the street so I couldn’t snap a good pic. Trust me, it was bizarre =)

Is it because some people eat ham on Christmas?

Is it because some people eat ham on Christmas?

Do you remember when I posted all about the bizarre holiday decorations in my neighborhood 2 years ago? Ironically it was almost 60 degrees that day too. And last year I was injured but walked my usual route and shared this post with you.

So my fridge has been pretty bare and I haven’t had the time (or desire) to go grocery shopping.

The Gatorade is left over from the weekend of the NYC Marathon and I can't go without my coffee creamer.

The Gatorade is left over from the weekend of the NYC Marathon and I can’t go without my coffee creamer.

So tonight I ordered in Chinese. I got enough to last me through the weekend. =)

IMG_9753

Duncan was annoyed that I didn’t share any with him but it’s not doggie-friendly and I don’t want him to get sick.

pouting on top of his crate

pouting on top of his crate

OK, well I’m headed over to Mr. SOTSS’s for a bit to hang. Catch ya later!

Any guess as to why a pig with a santa hat?
What’s the wildest holiday decoration you’ve ever seen?
What is your favorite holiday decoration to see?
I love a simple fresh wreath and white lights.

Hi there

Hope you all enjoyed your weekend. I feel like the weeks are flying by. The year is almost half over.
I’ve been keeping all my runs nice and short and it’s been wonderful. I even ran 3 consecutive days (Thursday thru Saturday) and was all excited about running last night for a 4th consecutive day but then the rain, thunder and lightening came and didn’t stop :( So I foam rolled and did some glute and hip strengthening instead.
But this morning I still had the bug to run only it was kinda late and I needed to get ready for work. It was cool and raining so I decided to give up the 20 min I would spend to do my hair which would only become frizz anyway and replaced it with a quick 2 miles. I knew the honeysuckles had just bloomed (I could smell them when I walked Duncan earlier) and I just had to grab one!
2 miles is better than none

2 miles is better than none

I was reminded this morning why I named my pup Duncan. Because he's the same color as my (Dunkin Donuts) coffee. I just changed the spelling. But I call him Dunkin Donuts all the time.

totally random: I was reminded this morning why I named my pup Duncan. Because he’s the same color as my (Dunkin Donuts) coffee. I just changed the spelling. But I call him Dunkin Donuts all the time.

Even Duncan loves a good sweet honeysuckle

Even Duncan loves a good sweet honeysuckle

I got rained on but the visor kept it out of my eyed

I got rained on but the visor kept it out of my eyes and it was so refreshing.

happiest honeysuckle admirer

happiest honeysuckle admirer

Yup, I ran just for the honeysuckles!
This Wednesday is National Running Day and I’m going to head to our local park in the evening for the festivities. They’ll be giving out some freebies and having an evening run hosted by our local running club. And I’m SURE I’ll be surrounded by honeysuckles! I can’t wait! I can smell them already.
What’s your favorite smelling flower?
Do you ever just run a mile or 2 when you’re pinched for time?