Yesterday, I watched a really interesting episode of The Dr. Oz Show called “Dr. Oz’s Super Market Survival Guide.” It was all about learning how to save time and money while taking the guesswork out of what to buy at the grocery store. I’m semi-obsessed with meal planning and saving money at the grocery store, so I was totally into it. What I liked most about the episode was the three experts (a nutritionist, a…

Look what came in the mail this afternoon: our new personalized Christmas stockings! Hooray! How adorable are these?!? On Cyber Monday, these Christmas stockings were on sale at Pottery Barn with free shipping, so I bit the bullet and purchased them. (FYI: I just checked and they’re still on sale!) Mal and Murphy have matching stockings since they’re both boys and love the color green, but Murphy’s is pug-size. How cute is that? What’s your…

Last night, I realized that I’m not going to see Murphy for almost an entire week once I leave for California on Wednesday morning, so I planned some quality time together into our day today. Murphy and I took “a ride in the car to the park” this morning. (This dog pretty much loses his sh*t when he hears those three words in the same sentence. Typically, he runs around in circles and barks until…

You can thank Mal for that fantastic blog post title. He sang “The First Cut is the Deepest” as he started to carve our pumpkin, and then he said: “Hey, that would make a great post title.” So, there you have it: The First Cut Is The Deepest. Thanks, Mal! Murphy was hungry at 7:15 this morning, so instead of sleeping in, I got out of bed, fed him, and then took him on a…

When I was in Oregon earlier this week, I set out for a 10-mile run on Sunday morning. I created a 5-mile loop (which I planned to do twice) around Mal’s grandma’s neighborhood, grabbed by Garmin, and hit the pavement. I looked forward to a nice, long run outside in ”˜warm’ weather without snow covering the ground. The first couple of miles of my run were really tough, but I just figured my body wasn’t quite…

Meet my new internet girlfriends: Julie, Melissa, and Di! It was so nice to finally meet these ladies in person after getting to know each of them online. It sort of felt like internet dating! Tonight, the four of us met for dinner and drinks at Kiku Yama. For dinner, I ordered two rolls: Vegetable Tempura. And Spicy Tuna Maki. I enjoyed both of the rolls– fresh, tasty, delicious. The Vegetable Tempura rolls were massive,…

I have a confession: I REALLY like step aerobics. Ok, I don’t like it as much as Body Pump or running, but it’s a close third when it comes to my favorite workouts. After breakfast, I headed to the gym to try a new Step & Strength class. The first 40 minutes was devoted to step and the remaining 20 minutes to strength training and core work. It was a fast-paced class with a super…

Murphy seems to be adjusting quite well to his new home. Well, he sure has made himself comfortable! The first couple of days after we moved, Murphy acted a little weird, but probably because we weren’t paying much attention to him. We were too busy unpacking and organizing our lives! Here’s something that you might not know about pugs: they are attention whores. If Mal and I don’t pay attention to Murphy, he finds something…

Up and at ’em!! As soon as I woke up, the thought of 16 miles popped into my head. (I’m missing my team run on Saturday, so I decided to do it on my own today.) I immediately got out of bed, walked the pug, and made my usual pre-run breakfast: Sandwich Thins with peanut butter and banana slices. While I let my food digest (about 30 minutes), I got everything together for my run….

Today has been full of packing… and more packing. I woke up bright and early with my husband, ate breakfast with him, and then got right down to business packing boxes. I made a serious dent, but I still have a lot to do. At least I’m making progress! 😀 After breakfast, I went to Body Pump, which was my first workout since Saturday’s 12-mile run. All of a sudden my marathon motivation is starting…

After breakfast, the house got really quiet. I had my nose buried in my laptop, so I didn’t notice right away. But, eventually, the silence made me curious– mostly because my husband and pug are rarely quiet for long. With in a few seconds, I discovered this: An extension cord that went from our second floor apartment. All the way downstairs. And out the front door. It eventually led me to this scene: At least…

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