I Learned A Hard Lesson Today

I managed to run an 82 mile relay race this weekend and my feet came out — well surprisingly well.  No major blisters and no noticeable pain.  WIN!

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Then I decided to go on a little walk today during a break that I had in my work schedule.

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And managed to TOTALLY screw up my feet.

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Yes my friends.  Even if your runners feet are beast enough to tackle a relay, they are likely not beast enough to tackle a long hilly walk in heels.

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After 3 slow miles around my new work-hood, I am not walking barefoot and sporting 5 different bandaids.  I kid you not.  How does that even happen?  Two major pinky toe blisters, two ankle blisters, and one big toe blister.  Brilliant Ash.  I guess it’s a good thing I wasn’t planning on running until well later into the week, right?

Ahh well. . . you win some {like running a relay} and you lose some {like I will be losing these heels}.

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My mangled feet didn’t stop me from enjoying a nice {warm} little bike ride with the hubby post work to catch up on our first days back in the office.

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8 and a half miles of hills and lake riding, the perfect way to wrap up a Monday Tuesday and work up an appetite.

Labor Day

Now that the real business for the day is done, let’s backtrack to my Labor Day Activities.


I could lie to you all and make us sound a lot cooler than we are, but I like you guys.  So I wont.  Needless to say Zach and I had an epic Parenthood marathon broken up only by a mile long walk with the Gusman, prepping dinner, and catching up with a few friends.  Yup — that’s how we spent our Labor Day.  And I wouldn’t change a thing.

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A large green salad to share, with chicken for me, steak for Z, and grilled veggies to share.  At least we celebrated the holiday appropriately in one sense.

How was your Labor Day Weekend?  What did you do?

Bride and Groom Gifts and How I Spent My Labor Day

I hope you all have had a great holiday and enjoyed lots and lots of Labor Day barbecue.


We didn’t have any of the good stuff today in our house, but we still enjoyed our holiday.

I spent the morning catching up on the blog-o-world (I missed you all so much 🙂 while enjoying my favorite weekend breakfast.


coffee and a pb bagel. . . you all know I had more than one half.  Puleeez don’t worry about me.

Zach and I then took our boy to get caught up on vaccinations at the good ol’ VCA.

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It’s wild, Gus has had some awful experiences at the vet (or at least left us traumatized) but still LOVES going each and every time.

We are planning on boarding our boy for a few days during the wedding weekend.  This is the first time we’ve ever had to do this (besides medical boarding), so we weren’t really sure what was involved.

We found out last weekend during our travels that in order to board him, he’d need to come in and get updated shots.  We immediately made an appointment for today to get him in as quick as possible.

Thank god we have a great vet.  It turns out that due to Gusman’s illness, he should not get vaccines since they could potentially trigger another outbreak.   So, medical boarding it is for boy for the weekend.

It’s kind of a bummer that he won’t get to play with new fur friends, but they LOVE Gus in medical boarding, and we know they’ll take special care of our boy :).

After the vet visit, Zach and I had a special trip to make.

Bride and Groom Gifts


We stopped at Nordstom this afternoon to pick out wedding day-of gifts for each other 🙂

It was fun!  We first set out on our own to find a couple things we really liked.  Then met back up and discussed options with the other person.  Once we chatted about our front runners, we once again separated to pick out the final winner for each other.  We want to leave some surprise for the big day 🙂

We ran and got a redbox after our little shopping field trip then headed home for a few more cinderella duties

  • vacuum
  • laundry
  • getting rid of boxes
  • unloading our new favorite items:

Our new wedding everyday china!

It’s beautiful and I could not be more excited about it.  Zach and I spent some time this afternoon boxing up and washing our new dishes, but even that couldn’t contain my excitement about the new goods.


Out new set includes:

  • large plates
  • medium plates
  • deep bowls
  • coffee cups

I love the white and pristine look of the set and could not wait to start photographing all my grub on it!

And what else but our favorite homemade dinner for the new sets premier use:


Homemade pizza!

Tonight’s pizza included:

  • one golden beat, steamed
  • fresh cherry tomatoes from the garden
  • fresh garden basil
  • 2 garden peppers
  • Mozzarella and parmesan cheese

I was starving because since my PB bagel, today’s eats have been pretty embarrassing.


Trail mix with extra chocolate and a few skittles thrown in, then little cherry sours from the vet (hello, I only got 4 for 25 cents.  CHEAP).

At least I also grabbed a kombucha to help reset the digestive tract after a weekend of drinks and not-so-healthy grub at times.


Needless to say, the pizza hit the spot and Zach and I enjoyed our first meal on the new wedding china!

Baking Bug

A day of relaxing and once again having access to my kitchen left me itching with the baking bug.


Stock picture, real pictures to come with recipe!

Small batch of chocolate cookies to the rescue 🙂

These are much more like your mother’s cookies than my standard, but you know I still healthified them 🙂  I’ll be back tomorrow with the recipe!

Other posts on deck for this week before the craziness:

  1. Final recap of New York, includingi my favorite spots, working out on vacation, and highlights
  2. Review of GONE GIRL (yup, finished it)
  3. FInal wedding thoughts

Enjoy the last bit of your labor day everyone!

Question of the night:  What was the highlight of your Labor Day?

Bride and Groom gifts for me 🙂  And pizza, OF COURSE!