Quick Post-Christmas Check-In

Hi friends! I kind of disappeared there for a minute. It wasn’t intentional, but between holiday festivities and a bunch of time off work, I just didn’t feel like blogging.

I ended up with seven whole days off from work, which was an absolute treat. I got to spend some time with my family and Ben’s, relax, and just enjoy the holiday season. And the best part is, this is a short week, with another long holiday weekend coming up, woohoo!

I’m hoping to get back on the proverbial wagon as far as workouts go, but I know that motivation is way low this time of year, and it’s supposed to be in the single digits or colder all week, so my motivation is even lower!

Anyway, I hope you all had a Merry Christmas, and that this week is short and painless! I’ll try to check back in on Friday with my usual Friday Free-For-All post. I’ve got lots to update you on!

Friday Free-For-All – 12/01/17

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Thanks for all your kind thoughts about Harley. She was truly a special pup, and will be missed.

We are officially under contract on our house! Things are far from certain, and the situation is still fairly complex, but we are absolutely delighted to have taken a concrete step in the right direction. Next comes all the inspection BS, hiring a lawyer, making sure financing is good etc. If all goes well, we will close in mid-January. Keep your fingers crossed!

My sister in law Emily comes home from Prague tomorrow! She is bringing her boyfriend, Jirka, and they will be home for almost the entire month of December, which the whole family is excited about. Tomorrow is also my father in law’s birthday, AND we’re seeing a show, so it’s big doings around here!

Christmas music season is in full swing for me. I know some people (like Ben) can’t stomach it until basically the week of Christmas, but I’m obsessed. We have a local radio station that plays Christmas music non-stop from Thanksgiving until Christmas, and you can bet I’ve been tuned in constantly.

I have a new snack obsession. Plain Greek yogurt with Honey Nut Chex. I know it sounds weird, but trust me, it’s delicious. You get a nice crunch and sweetness from the Chex, almost like granola. But I’m not a super huge fan of granola, whereas I could eat cereal for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Plus, you’re getting a good mix of protein and carbs. Give it a try! I’m sure you’ll thank me later 😉

How do you feel about Christmas music?

Friday Free-For-All – 12/23/16

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I AM SO READY FOR A LONG WEEKEND. I have to work today (Ben has the day off and I’m very jealous), but then I have Monday off for Christmas, so I’m basically living for 4:30 pm. I’m very much looking forward to relaxing with my family, watching Christmas movies, sipping eggnog, and NOT being at work for three days. And then I only have to work three days next week, and only four days the week after that, so basically I don’t work a full week for the next two weeks. Score!

Christmas music has gotten me through this week. I just haven’t been feeling work at all lately, but jamming out to Christmas tunes has at least kept my mood up enough that I can perform my basic job functions. In fact, I’ve actually been pretty productive this week in preparation for year-end and quarter-end madness. I’m just trying to square everything away today so I don’t have any work anxiety this weekend.

My sister-in-law Emily is home from Prague. It’s been really fun having here here. She’s been living in the Czech Republic for almost two years now, so I don’t get to see her very much. We’ve been spending lots of quality time together playing video games, cooking, and eating. My other SIL Leah is arriving on Saturday, at which point I will be in Quechee with my folks, but she’s staying through New Year’s, so I’ll still get to spend some time with her as well. I’m anticipating some marathon games of Settlers of Catan once we’re all in the house 🙂

I started a Bullet Journal in September and it’s pretty magical. I’m not going to try to explain what a Bullet Journal is because there are so many descriptions, videos, blog posts, and general rave reviews already out there. I’m just saying, it’s been great for me. Part planner, part journal, part to-do list, part art project, it’s working for me the way other planners never have, because it’s 100% customize-able to my needs and preferences. If you like paper planners but have never found the “perfect” one, go Google Bullet Journal and prepare to fall down the rabbit hole.

Did you/do you have to work today? Are you ready for Christmas?


Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, dear readers! I’m feeling very lucky to be at home with my parents, my sisters, and my dog, and to have a bit of a break from work.

I hope Santa brought you everything on your wish list, and that you are relaxing with your loved ones, or doing whatever brings you joy.

Christmas 2015


Friday Free-For-All -12/18/15

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I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens last night. I won’t give any spoilers, but I will say that I was one happy nerd. I’m dying because all I want to do today is talk about it and I don’t have anyone to talk about it with. I can’t wait to watch it again.

ONE WEEK ‘TIL CHRISTMAS! I have Christmas Eve AND Christmas day off, and I can’t wait to sit in front of the fireplace at my parents’ house, rocking PJs and sipping spiked eggnog.

We are having some decidedly un-Christmas like weather and it’s bumming me out. This time last year we had a solid foot of snow on the ground. Today, it’s in the 50’s and raining. And the forecast for next week looks like more of the same. I can’t remember the last time we had a Green Christmas, and I kind of hate that it’s happening. I know that there are people in this country and all over the world who usually DON’T have snow for Christmas, but it’s just not normal for me.

Have you seen the new Star Wars movie yet? What did you think?? And remember, NO SPOILERS.



2015 Christmas Wishlist

I cannot believe that it’s already time to write this post. Christmas is NEXT WEEK, ya’ll! This year has been an absolute blur. I feel like just yesterday I was so excited about being cast in Legally Blonde, or Chess, and now all of a sudden it’s the Christmas season and once again, I’m woefully behind in my Christmas shopping.

But hey, it’s ok, it’ll get done. It always does. Maybe with a little more stress and spending a bit more than I’d like, but what can I say except, it’s Christmas, and we’re all in misery (name that movie!).

Anywho, just like last year, I wanted to take the time to put out my holiday wish list. Some of it’s running related, and some of it’s not. I also know that some of them will likely be under the Christmas tree on December 25, and some of them I’ll just have to suck it up and buy like the grown-ass woman I am. But a girl can dream, right?

The “Lauren” Clutch from Hobo


I have coveted one of these clutches for years, but always balked at the price tag. This year, I actually told my parents that this was the ONLY thing I wanted, and to please forgo all the tchtochkees and doodads and bath products I’ll never use, and just get me this one thing. I am hopeful that this will soon be mine.

The “Believe” Training Journal

I go through phases with journals. I’m usually really excited about them when I first get them and write every day, and then my excitement wanes, and I fall out of the habit for a while, and then a few months go by and I start up again with renewed vigor. I really want a personal documentation of the training I do for my first marathon, and while this blog is a great way to share with friends and family, I will want something more personal and private as well. This fits the bill.

Running Socks

I don’t have that many running socks, and truth be told, at least two pairs NEED to be thrown away. But because I don’t have many, I keep wearing them. Not good when I’m about to start marathon training. I’m not particular to any brand or style, but I definitely need something moisture-wicking and preferably with a bit of cushion for my blister-prone feet. I’ve heard great things about Bombas, Swiftwick, and Feetures, but never tried any of them.

“I Believe in the Blerch” Shirt


If you are at all familiar with the Oatmeal, you know who the Blerch is. If you don’t, click here and read about him. It’s brilliant.

“Cheers to Beer” Running Socks


Seriously, how cute are these socks? And if you know me at all, you know I love me an ice-cold beer after a tough run.

New Winter Boots

I have some that are ok, but they don’t come up really high, so if we get more than a few inches of snow, I get wet feet. I’d love to have some Sorrells, but they’re pretty spendy.

Starbucks Giftcards

I rarely go to Starbucks anymore because it’s just too expensive. But I LOVE all of their delicious seasonal drinks, and a giftcard for a few bucks would allow me to treat myself more than I’m usually willing to.

What’s the number one thing you’re hoping to find under your Christmas tree this year?


Friday Free-For-All – 12/11/15

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I feel like it’s been a while since we’ve had one of these… since before Thanksgiving? Wow. Time to get my ish together…

I decorated the office for Christmas this week and it’s making me SO HAPPY. I love coming in every morning and turning on the lights and smelling the balsam sachet on my desk. It’s really helping me get into the Christmas spirit, which, for the first time ever, I’m having a bit of trouble with. It might be the weather (no snow on the ground), or being stressed out about Mary Poppins auditions, or who knows, but I’m finally getting there.

My sister-in-law Emily is home from Prague for a whole month! She arrived on Wednesday, and Sunday is her birthday, so we’ll be doing dinner with the whole family. It will be great to see Emily and do fun things like watch movies and play video games together. I’m sure she’ll come into town and stay with us at least a few nights 🙂

I had a callback for the title role in Mary Poppins last night. It was very exciting to be asked to come in to sing and read some more. I think it went well, but casting a show is like putting together a puzzle, and at this point, I just have to hope that I fit the big picture. I won’t know until tomorrow afternoon!

The RW Holiday Run Streak is over for me. I made it two weeks, which I think is pretty damn good, but I’m done. I’ll talk more about it in a post next week, but for now I’ll just say that I’m not injured or anything like that, so don’t worry!

What’s the longest run streak you’ve ever done?

Are you feeling the Christmas spirit?