Nothing Better Than A Man In The Kitchen

I had my first of what will become my-new-normal 10 plus hour day today.  It was busy, mentally exhausting, overwhelming, and very excited all at the same time.

My brains a bit fried but my a tummy full of delicious eats prepared by my oh-so-thoughtful husband turned that fatigue right around.

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I came home after he just began prepping the food, but he made sure I relaxed and just watched the magic happen in the kitchen tonight.


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We had a delicious mix of kielbasa and cherry tomatoes warmed over the stove top

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On top of a fresh salad and a side of GF toast.   The mix of cooked grub and fresh goodies was the perfect balance to satisfy my taste buds inside and out!

The food was pretty spectacular, but there was something so nice about being so well taken care of after a long day.  A meal prepared with love by someone else really does taste that much better, huh?


I knew I was going to have a long day, so I prepared beforehand with an extremely early wake up call and a short run to start off my day.


Two.five-ish miles in the dark and chilly morning.  I am normally a morning person, but man on MAN the fresh morning air was such a treat.  The run felt shockingly good {thank you taper} and it allowed me to be relaxed and focused about the rest of busy work day I had ahead of me.

And Just Because

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She’s freaking adorable.  That is all ❤

What was the last meal you had made totally for you?

Tea and Cookies

I’ve got a lovely new little evening ritual that I am LOVING.

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I am really focusing on hydrating and balancing what I eat this week, and one way I’ve been doing that is an evening glass or two of tea.

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…and cookies of course, but that’s besides the point.

My most recent obsession is the Sleigh Ride Tea {from last year, upps.  still good}.  It’s kept my little tummy and heart happy through 2 or 3 {or 6} episodes of Parenthood with the family each night.  I think I like this new little ritual – who needs wine, right?

{well, who needs wine until Saturday}….

Anybody else loving tea lately or have any good flavors they recommend me try?

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Afternoon Stroll

Of course there was more to my evening than just tea and cookies!   After my run I sat and finally let myself catch up on some of your blogs while I enjoyed a carrot smoothie in the great outdoors.

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Once the afternoon started getting away from us, Gusman and I had a nice little 2 mile walk to move the little legs.  All six of em 🙂

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Snacked the afternoon away with some more carrots and salsa, because I didn’t get enough in the smoothie.

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Followed by a tuna burger, grilled onions and toast + greens

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Plus a side of sweet potatoes grilled with oil and maple syrup.  Holy delish — try it now.

Alright — so after a super wordy afternoon post, I’ve given you a picture heavy post.  Hope you don’t mind and have a GREAT Tuesday

Some Real Talk

Let’s start with the business side of things, shall we?


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My amazing new employer has a “policy” that understands and believes employees should not be at at the office just for the sake of being at the office.  And because of this, my work day was a jam packed 745 – about 12:30, when I was released.  Awesome.   I know that things will get busy, and I will be full of 10 hour days, but having such a flexible mentality has already made me want to be that much more productive with my time.

I digress.  Because I was off so early, I was able to tackle a mid afternoon run well before I had planned.

I’ve been in a bit of a Sloan’s Lake run-rut lately, so I decided to switch up my route this afternoon and do a bit of a lap mentality ending on a hill.   I knew I didn’t want the distance to be too long, thanks to taper week, but still wanted to get the most out of the run.

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I ended up with about 3.55 miles of flowered side walks that were obviously starting to reach their last blooms.  A real reminder that Labor Day is in fact this weekend, and the Summer really is wrapping up.  Talk about “real talk.”

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{And because I’m psycho, of course I G-mapped that baby.  I had to know exactly how far I ran}.

Once again, I was fueled and paced by the wonderful Ms. Britney Spears through the entire run.   What can I say, her songs are freaking catchy.  I know the construction workers around my neighborhood loved my upper body dance moves as I ran {More real talk, don’t judge}.

Let’s Talk About This Relay

So — while I’ve briefly mentioned it on multiple occasions here on the ol’ blog, I haven’t gone into too much detail about the relay that I am running this weekend with my hubby and some of my best friends from back home {shout out Zoe :)}


The six of us will be running the St Louis KT82 trail relay race that runs from Creve Coeur Park to Hermann, Missouri.  Hence the name, 82 miles on the Katy trails of St Louis.


You guys let’s be honest, running does not come easy to me.  Especially since moving here to the high elevation of Colorado.  Do I love it, abso-freakin-lutely — but it isn’t easy and I get pretty serious anxiety around races.  Add the whole element of something TOTALLY new for me, and you get a recipe for freaked out Ashley.

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{do I looked freaked out, or just pissed?}

Between buying our first home and completely changing jobs, this Summer has come and gone without much of a warning, which means training has also come and gone.

In June, Zach and I were running 8-10 mile long runs on the reg.  Somewhere along the interviews and house visits, those long runs became 5-6.

And now, I’m facing a race this weekend that involves me running three 4 + mile legs in a day.  Yup, scary.

But today I’m switching my tone

Do I know this race is going to be tough as hell?  Yes.  But have I ever had an experience like t his in my life where I am going to be able to spend an entire day laughing it up and doing what I love with five of my closest friends?   NO.  And that makes this whole experience awesome, no matter the outcome.

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Reality is, Zach and I have been busy but we HAVE trained. And trained hard.  What I need to do now is respect the taper {which is killing me} and trust that this race is going to be a blast.  And that the mix of runners like myself and the speedy runners like my hubby on the team, we help so that we won’t have a problem hitting the 1030 pace limit.

And that, my friends, is my real talk for the afternoon.  And now it’s time to enjoy my carrot smoothie and do some reading.

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Ever run a relay? 

Do you get race or running anxiety?