Hi!

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was fairly quiet. Friday afternoon I went for a run. Just 3 easy miles. runningI’m trying to limit my running to just once per week and only a few easy miles while I try and get to the bottom of this hamstring/groin situation.running-in-rain

Spent some quality time with Mr. SOTSS and his girls…my nicknames for them are “K-Corn” and “J-Beans”. Oh and Saturday was apparently Squirrel Appreciation Day according to Facebook. Duncan celebrated.

Squirrel Appreciation Day

Squirrel Appreciation Day

Today it’s super windy (gusts expected to go as high as 60mph) and the rain is picking up as well so I tried to get the bulk of my 10,000 steps in earlier by walking briskly around the neighborhood for an hour. Most of it alone and about 20 minutes with the doodle.walkingwindyI’m already at 9,000 and I can easily get those remaining steps banged out just from doing my laundry. Bedroom on 3rd floor + laundry room on 1st floor = LOTS OF STAIRS! :) Plus I can always hop on my trampoline if Duncan is willing to share…trampoline

Oh, and I registered for the Cold Feat 10k, another local trail race. I’ve run it a few times before and I’m looking forward to it again this year.

This is from a few years back

This is from a few years back

I might have to serve jury duty the rest of this week. I have to call in later to find out.

Have you ever served jury duty??

Do you like trampolines? 

How was your weekend?

I’m getting ready to to clean out my home office and dump a lot of stuff. And since it’s Wednesday I decided “humpday dumpday” would be a cute post title. I also feel a little like humpty dumpty after eating so much this weekend.

I’m still dog-sitting for Casey but we brought the party to my house this week. I can’t tell you how happy I was to sleep in my own bed after 5 nights. Duncan is being a gracious guest and letting Casey sit in his favorite spot and play with his new toys. So proud of him.

it's Tangle Time

it’s tangle….i mean walk time

It's nap time

Everyone likes my bed

 

Gracious Duncan

Gracious Duncan

I’ve been sticking to my decision to skip out on running for the remainder of the year. But I just made plans to run with my friends on Saturday morning which is still technically 2016. Oh well, I’m giving myself a pass because it’s our run through the city to see the Rockefeller tree and department store windows. It’s tradition and I couldn’t miss it. Here’s my post from 2014 and 2015 which ended up being just Lisa and I. Today I walked a bit. Mr. SOTSS got me this new Garmin Vivofit for Christmas since mine broke at the beginning of October so I can get back to tracking my steps. img_8287Speaking of Christmas, it was very lovely. We got to spend time and exchange gifts with his girls on the eve and then we exchanged with each other on the day. I got some pretty gloves too from his dad’s wife.

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the hearts are touch sensitive so i can use my phone

Always my favorite present

Always my favorite present

I also just made a last minute decision to join a local group for a night hike in the woods. I’m off to get batteries for my headlamp. I’ve never hiked in the dark. And I think it’s supposed to be about 5 miles. This should be interesting. I’ll fill you in on how it went next post.

Hope you all had a lovely holiday (or non-holiday) weekend.

What’s new? Anyone feel like the last week of the year always feel so out of sorts? 

 

 

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 and HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!!!

Hope you had a good week. After Monday night’s run I took off 3 days from running although I did walk plenty. I even took a few walks without Duncan including one after work at that park by my office.

Changed in the car. This is now becoming my new life.

Changed in the car. This is now becoming my new life.

While I love running, there’s something so effortless about walking. Not to mention I can multi-task while walking. I replied to some emails, scrolled through Instagram, made a shopping list and talked on the phone.

Tonight however I was ready for a run and in keeping my streak going I ran along the tow path for the 4th time.

First skirt appearance this year.

First skirt appearance this year.

Each time is as awesome as the previous (although the honeysuckles are not really in full bloom anymore so the glorious aroma has faded—leSigh!) Oh and today I saw this little snake.

IMG_3870But I also saw these cute mini daisies.

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The tow path is mostly crushed red clay gravel/dirt and I took a lot of it home with me on my sneakers and my ankles…

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I tried to take a real action running shot but it was too blurry

I tried to take a real action running shot but it was too blurry

I ended up getting 6 miles in before heading home to silly puppy head doodle bug shmoopsie poo

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Nothing better than coming home to this boy

Nothing better than coming home to this boy

I’m trying to make a conscious decision each day to not waste the day worrying about the future. It’s so natural for me to worry about things that might happen years from now and it’s wasting my energy that could be spent right this minute. Today was a great day….I’m off to a great start!

Random: I’ve been driving so many highway miles lately that my Subaru is now getting a Marathon (+.2) Per Gallon. And you thought MPG stood for Miles Per Gallon. HA!

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I made it through the week without any cookies, cake, pastries, ice cream or chocolate. But I did allow myself some lemon flavored sucking candies each day as my “dessert” and tonight after my run I got an iced caramel latte.

So what does your weekend look like? Busy? Chill? Whatcha doin?