A Busy Two A Day

::I apologize this was supposed to go up hours ago::


First off: Thank you all so much for your love on my 5 Year Anniversary post yesterday afternoon.

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It really has been an amazing 5 years with this boy and I wouldn’t change it for the world :).

Zach and I are planning on celebrating tonight (It’s also our 6 month wedding anniversary tomorrow), but because we had thought he’d be out of town this week, we were out of food last night as well.

What does that mean?

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Denver Brew Co and Yatzhee night!

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Of course, I killed it.  Thanks to some lucky last minute yatzhees, but Zach kept himself in the running through out our mini tournament.

We brought Masterpiece deli with us again last night. . . but unfortunately the lighting was terrible so I passed on taking a picture.



While that is a professional picture (obviously), know that this is one of the best sandwiches you can find in Denver.  Without a doubt.

A perfect way for the two of us to enjoy each other’s company and reasonably priced good food for our 5 year 🙂


My day wasn’t all beer and good food though 🙂 Wouldn’t that be nice. . .

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Yesterday was the first two-a-day I attempted since Europe and getting sick.  And I’d say it went pretty darn well.  I started the day off with a 3.5 mile treadmill run.

Workout of the Morning: 3.5 mile speed work

  • 800 warm up
  • 800 speed
  • 400 cool down
  • repeat times 4 minute the 800 warm up

I’m starting to get spoiled with my runs outdoors lately — so mentally this was a tough run.  BUT, the speed work definitely does spice up any treadmill run.

I then of course had my normal 9-5’er. . . nothing spectacular there.  BUT — the hubby and I did manage to get outdoors for a second, and HILLY run before our beer and sandwich night.

I took a bunch of pictures, but unfortunately right now I cannot find my camera cord (We didn’t take my phone this time, took a real camera.  Upps).  I’m hoping it’s at work and I’ll be able to edit this post soon with fun running pictures :).

Workout of the PM: 3 mile hill run

It was 3 miles of trails and hills that left us both exhausted but confident that Spring and Summer training are around the corner!

This Morning

Following my recent norm, this morning (my late morning) started off with a nice 2 + mile walk with the Gusman to shake out my legs.

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About 2.14 miles into the hills of the Highlands were the perfect way to stretch out my legs for my rest day.  I’m also planning a short walk and NTC app stretch routine during my lunch.  I’d say that’s a pretty successful rest day, yes?

Feeling good on this Thursday, and hope you all are, too!  It’s a beautiful day here in Denver so all my locals, hope you’re able to get out and enjoy it a little bit!

Question of the Morning:  What’s the weather like where you are?   Is it beautiful?  Crappy?

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All Is Right In The World Again

That’s right folks.

It’s pizza night in the Jara household.  All is right again.


Nothing like a little football and pizza to make me feel like all is normal in our little world again.

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And while I may not be footballs BIGGEST fan, I couldn’t be happier or more comfortable with my night than I am right now.

Perfect way to celebrate 2 months of married life, right?

Ok I swear, I’m done mentioning month wedding anniversaries, I promise.


I’ll try at least ;).

On tonight’s pizza


  • seared poblano peppers
  • chopped purple peppers
  • chopped garlic
  • sauteed spinach 
  • garlic
  • bacon (and apparently Zach used the bacon to grease the veggies…he would
  • mozzarella cheese
  • frozen pizza dough

Question of the Evening:  What’s something that makes you feel at home?

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Introducing. . . And My Favorite Halloween

Nobody guessed what my errand was this morning.  I’m such a sneaky one!

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This morning I had to go to the Colorado Department of Revenue to get my new Colorado license.

Can I tell you all a secret?  I’ve still had my Illinois license up to this point.  I didn’t want to change it when we moved here, just to have to do it again when I changed my name, so I played a risky game and waited.  Let’s keep this between you and I, because I am sure I can get in trouble.  But needless to say, upps.

I got to the DMV about 845 this morning and was done by 915.  Fairly easy, minus a few issues with my finger prints and photo (I have bad finger prints, I’ve been told this for YEARS when I get background checks done for work.  Apparently I have shallow grooves.  Thanks Mom and Dad ;))

While the DMV was quick and easy, there was one issue that I noticed AFTER the fact that has me a wee bit concerned.

When I changed my name with Social Security earlier in the week, I changed it to Ashley Abbett Jara.   Keeping my maiden name as my middle name.

I used my Birth certificate as ID this morning at the DMV, which shows Ashley Nichole Abbett.  Well I guess the lady who was processing my paperwork use THAT and not my paperwork from Social Security, because sure enough my Temp ID (In Colorado you get a paper temp ID right away, and then your ID is sent in the mail within 30 days), it says Ashley Nichole Jara.

Now I know there are plenty of people who have multiple middle names, so I am not making a huge deal out of this…but I am curious if anyone else has experience with this.  So, legally, I will be Ashley Abbett Jara, but my ID states my previous/other “middle” name, Nichole.   Will there be a time where this becomes an issue?

Zach and I spoke about it this morning and ultimately figured it wouldn’t be a huge issue, but plan to make sure my passport specifically says Ashley Abbett Jara when I change it after our honeymoon.   But I am curious if you all have any thoughts on the matter…

Favorite Halloween Memory

I’m not dressing up for Halloween this year unfortunately (but I have LOVED seeing everyone’s pictures!), but I wanted to try and get into the spirit so I started thinking back on previous Halloweens and my favorite moments from them.

I would have to say my favorite Halloween is probably Zach and I’s first one together.



True Blood was HUGE at the time, so we dressed up as Sookie and Bill, the two main characters of the show.  We’d only been together about 6 months at the time, but I remember LOVING having someone that I could do a couples costume with!  I had never done a couples costume before, or a homemade costume for that matter, so I had a blast with this one.  Not to mention, I had a pretty great time as a new girlfriend pointing to my costumes better half all night ;).

For my costume, I just bought a plain white tee, a small thing of green fabric, and fabric paint and glue.  I wore a pair of black shorts and sneakers I already owned, then just put my hair in a curly side ponytail, similar to Sookies.  Easy, cheap, and comfortable!


Question of the Afternoon:  What’s your favorite Halloween memory?  Ever done a couple costume?


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