Friday Free-For-All – 03/22/19


Friday Free-For-All

I’ve got a cold. I haven’t gotten dressed or worked out or really even left the house since Monday. It’s no fun. Last week was such a great week running and workout wise, and I’m sad not to be able to continue the momentum. Not to mention the fact that momming while sick is exponentially more difficult. I’m tired and cranky and low on patience, but doing the best I can.

I thought spring was coming, but it’s snowing this morning. Ugh. We’ve been in winter mode with snow on the ground since mid-November, so this winter has felt extra long. I don’t even care if it gets warm, I just want the snow and ice to go away so I can run on the rail trail and escape the treadmill.

We did our taxes this week. Thanks to the child tax credit, buying a house, and a significant drop in our income, we will be getting a pretty sizable return. Which, thank goodness, because due to several issues, we will need every dime of that and then some to make it through the summer while Ben isn’t getting paid. We’ve been crunching numbers and running scenarios all week, and we think we can make it through without either of us having to work this summer, but it will be tight.

I’ve been on a reading kick lately. I’m currently in the middle of two regular books, plus one audiobook that I listen to while running or knitting. If I had to hazard I guess, I’d say I’ve already read/listened to at least 20 books this year. Thanks to the Kindle app on my phone, and the Libby app through my library, I have access to thousands of ebooks and audiobooks. I can just pull up my book on my phone while nursing Vera, while waiting for appointments, or while eating lunch. Looking at the tiny, glowing screen hurts my eyes a bit sometimes, so I should probably start using my regular Kindle. But yay reading!

I got my first Ebates check this week. With money so tight, I’m constantly looking for ways to make a few extra bucks. With Ebates, you get cash back for online purchases you were going to make anyway. Just start your shopping trip through Ebates, buy as usual, and you accumulate cash back. There’s also a browser plugin that will automatically alert you to cash back deals when you navigate to a participating retailer. I assume they are somehow buying or selling info about my shopping habits, but free money is free money. If you’d like to join Ebates and start earning cash back, you can use my referral code. If you spend $25 or more on your first Ebates shopping trip, we both earn a bonus!

What’s the last book you read? Do you like audiobooks?

Manic Monday Training Recap – 03/18/19

Manic Monday

What Was Planned vs What Happened

Monday 03/11/19: 3 mile run | 3 mile run
It feels good to regularly be running three miles again. What was once my bare minimum mileage is now a decent challenge.

Tuesday 03/12/19: Yoga | 45 minutes yoga
Penelope and I did Yoga With Adriene’s “Yoga For Strength and Focus” video, which was quite nice. Of course, doing yoga with a crawling baby is a whole new ball game, but we made it work.

Wednesday 03/13/19: 3 mile run | 3 mile run
I didn’t really feel like it, but I’m trying SO HARD to be consistent and get back to running regularly. I ended up doing it, and I’m glad I did.

Thursday 03/14/19: Strength | Rest
I was tired and had a bunch of errands to run, so a workout didn’t happen.

Friday 03/15/19: 3 mile run | 3 mile run + stretching + rolling
Another three miles! I’m getting tired of treadmill runs, but treadmill runs are better than no runs.

Saturday 03/16/19: 4 mile run | Rest
My right hip was bothering me a bit, so I decided to rest.

Sunday 03/17/19: Rest | 4 miles
I wasn’t planning to run, but I ended up in a really crappy mood Sunday evening, so I escaped to the treadmill after putting Vera to bed, and ended up feeling a lot better for it.

Weekly Mileage: 13

Total 2019 Mileage: 85.75

Well, this is the highest mileage week I’ve had since before I got pregnant, and Sunday’s run was my longest run since before I got pregnant. It feels SO GOOD to be getting back to “normal.” I still have work to do, but I’m excited to do it.

Are you a morning runner or an evening runner?

Friday Free-For-All – 03/15/19

Friday Free-For-All

Our Friday is off to a rough start. First, Vera woke up at 4:20 and was fussing. I was trying to let her settle herself back to sleep, but than an ENORMOUS crack of thunder scared the poor babe half to death. Upon visiting her in her room, I realized she had a very dirty diaper, hence the crying. So I changed her and fed her and did something we haven’t done in months: I brought her back to bed with me. And get this: we slept in until 8:30! That never happens! So now our schedule for the day is totally out of whack.

Anybody else feeling pretty gobsmacked by Daylight Saving Time? I’m loving having more daylight hours, but losing that hour of sleep sucked. Thankfully, Vera’s schedule hasn’t been too disrupted. We actually used DST to our advantage. For a while we’ve been meaning to shift Vera’s bedtime a bit later so it didn’t interfere with our dinner time. So basically, DST accomplished that for us. We put her to bed at what would have been her normal time, but what is now an hour later. Woot!

Our run of bad car luck continues. Ben caught a rock to the windshield of his truck the other day, and now it has a nice big crack. OK, Universe, we’ve had enough car trouble lately, can you PLEASE lay off?!

If you are looking for the ultimate chocolate chip cookie recipe, I have one. The “Consummate Chocolate Chip Cookie, Revisited” from Smitten Kitchen is hands down the best chocolate chip cookie I’ve ever made. Big, dense, crispy outside and moist inside. Yum, yum, YUM! I’ve made the recipe once a week for the last three weeks because the cookies just keep disappearing somehow, I don’t understand it…

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Do you bake regularly? What’s your favorite recipe?

 

Manic Monday Training Recap – 03/11/19

Manic Monday

What Was Planned vs What Happened

Monday 03/04/19: 3 mile run | Rest
I was completely exhausted after my sixteen hour, three show day on Sunday, so I took a total rest day.

Tuesday 03/05/19: Yoga | Legs + Core
My yoga buddy had a rough night and was not up to a workout, so I did 3 x 10 goblet squats, lunges (each side), and deadlifts, plus some weighted glute bridges and plank variations. Short and sweet.

Wednesday 03/06/19: 3 mile run | Hip strength
My running buddy cancelled on me last-minute, and since I had already spent Vera’s long morning nap cleaning, I never got a chance to run. But I did manage to squeeze in my hip strength routine while playing on the floor with Vera.

Thursday 03/07/19: Strength | Booty + Core
I did a couple of Tone it Up videos during Vera’s morning nap, which got me surprisingly sweaty.

Friday 03/08/19: 3 mile run | 3 mile run
That was the farthest I’ve run in MONTHS, and it felt challenging, but good.

Saturday 03/08/19: 3 mile run | Rest
We had a really rough night with a teething baby, so come Saturday, I didn’t feel like running. I stayed in my PJs most of the day and just rested.

Sunday 03/10/19: Rest | Yard Work
I didn’t feel like running, but I did some serious pruning of our gigantic lilac, and dragged the resulting branches across the yard to our fire pit.

Weekly Mileage: 3

Total 2019 Mileage: 72.75

So, not the best week running-wise, but I’m proud that I got a few strength workouts in even when I was feeling worn out. I’m also feeling inspired by the extra daylight thanks to Daylight Savings Time, and I’m hopeful that spring will come soon and I can GET OUTSIDE for some runs. I can’t wait to load Vera into the jogging stroller and get both of us some much-needed Vitamin D.

Manic Monday Training Recap – 03/04/19

Manic Monday

What Was Planned vs What Happened

Monday 02/25/19: 2.25 mile run | 2.25 mile run
I warmed up for a mile, then increased the pace every quarter of a mile after that for a nice progression.

Tuesday 02/26/19: Yoga | Rest
We had Ben’s Grammie over in the morning, so I couldn’t do my usual Tuesday yoga date with Penelope, and then the rest of the day just kind of got away from me.

Wednesday 02/27/19: 1.5 mile run | 1.25 mile run + hip strength + stretching
I accidentally cut this run short. I honestly got to 1.25 miles and just had it in my head that that’s what I was supposed to do and I was done. I didn’t realize until hours later that I hadn’t quite made my mileage.

Thursday 02/28/19: Strength | Upper Body + Planks
I dusted off my dumbbells and did a short upper body circuit, plus some plank variations. Wow is my upper body strength shot! Ten pound dumbbells felt super heavy.

Friday 03/01/19: 2.25 mile run | 2.25 mile run + hip strength + stretching
I woke up not wanting to run at all, but after breakfast and some coffee, I changed my mind and got it done.

Saturday 03/02/19: 2.75 mile run | Rest
I was already tired, and I knew Sunday was going to be a long day, so I decided to just take it easy.

Sunday 03/03/19: Rest | Active Rest
With three performances of the Disney show I’m in, this definitely was not a rest day in the typical sense, but I didn’t work out at all.

Weekly Mileage: 5.75

Total 2019 Mileage: 69.75

Considering how busy this week was, and how tired I’m feeling, I’m very pleased with what I accomplished. Now that my show is over, I’m hoping to get back to running long on the weekends. I still hope to run at least a 5k in May, and I may or may not be splitting the marathon with a friend of a friend (more on this later), so it’s time to get my rear in gear.

Any Disney lovers out there? What’s your favorite song? Mine will always be “Part of Your World.”

 

Manic Monday Training Recap – 02/25/19

Manic Monday

What Was Planned vs What Happened

Monday 02/11/19: 2 mile run | 2 mile run + stretching
I decided to do a few hill repeats on this run, since I’ve been doing nothing but flat treadmill runs for months. It was a new challenge, and felt great.

Tuesday 02/12/19: Yoga | Yoga
Penelope came over and we did Yoga With Adriene’s videos for Hips and Lower Back and Neck, Shoulders, and Upper Back. It was a lovely full-body stretch.

Wednesday 02/13/19: 1.5 mile run | 1.5 mile run + hip strength + stretching
I wasn’t feeling this run AT ALL, but I got it done.

Thursday 02/14/19: Strength | Rest
I was feeling super worn out and like I might be coming down with something, so I rested.

Friday 02/15/19: 2 mile run | Rest
I still wasn’t feeling it, so I rested again.

Saturday 02/16/19: 2.5 mile run | Rest
Yup, more of the same.

Sunday 02/17/19: Rest | Rest
Nailed it, haha!

Weekly Mileage: 3.5 miles

Total 2019 Mileage: 64

As you can see, this wasn’t a great week for working out, but I have been feeling so incredibly worn down, I know I needed the rest. Between being a new mom, rehearsals for my show, and trying to get back to regular exercise, I think I’ve been overdoing it a bit lately. While I don’t regret being in this show, I definitely think it was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back.

Luckily, the show is this coming Sunday, and after that I can just focus on momming and exercise for a while. I don’t think I’ll be auditioning for another show any time soon. The travel and the staying up late are just too much right now. I need to focus on taking care of myself first; there will be plenty of opportunities to do theatre when I’m not so freaking tired.

When is the last time you took a nice long break from working out?

Friday Free-For-All – 02/22/19

Friday Free-For-All

Our electric bill was $0 this month. How can this be, you ask? Well, we get our electricity through a co-op. Last year when we joined, we paid a buy-in fee. I’d completely forgotten that after our first year of membership, the buy-in amount is applied back to our account. We actually currently have a small credit on our account, which is cool. Yes, technically, we already paid, but it’s nice to have a little extra cushion in this month’s budget.

Ben is on break next week. Yaaaaay! We’re both feeling pretty overtired and stressed out, so it will be nice to have some family time. While we had hoped to take a little trip, we don’t have the money to do it. We’re aiming for maybe take a little day trip instead, and also work on projects around the house. Oh, and LOTS of naps and Vera snuggles.

Car troubles continue. We got a new tired for the Civic at a great price, thanks to a good relationship with our auto mechanic. He got a used wheel (with an extra TPMS sensor!), and a new tire at cost, and the labor to get it on the car was a whopping $13. But then the day after we got the Civic back, it appears the starter motor has given up the ghost. So we are still operating with only one baby-friendly car. When it rains, it pours, right?

I think Vera is about to cut her first tooth! We’ve been waiting for a while, and although she’s been drooling and chewing on her hands for months, I think I’m just now finally seeing a little white rectangle about to bust through on the bottom right. So exciting!

How many cars does your family have? Have you had any car trouble lately?