Treadmill Time

I finally joined a gym! It’s very conveniently located near my apartment and work. And while I don’t love running on the treadmill, it is nice to have the option sometimes. Particularly in the early morning, or when it is really rainy. In general, I don’t mind running in a light rain, which is usually all Seattle has to offer, but when it’s really raining cats and dogs it is nice to hit the treadmill. This time of year, I usually run in the dark (since it gets dark at about 5 pm), and running in the dark in the evening isn’t scary, but running in the dark at 5 am certainly is – not quite sure why, maybe because there are so few other people out? And those that are out seem a little nutty?

I’ve been too sleepy this week to get up and go to the gym before work, but I’ve taken advantage of the treadmill a few times in the evening. The whole thing is like a game to hurry up from work to make sure I get a GOOD treadmill – one with a TV. Then I can watch the Pioneer Woman butter her family.



Anyway, I’ve run 19.5 miles this week, 86 this month. Likely not going to hit my goal of 130 for the month of November, due to vacation at the beginning of the month and this stupid injury (and due to some laziness too, let’s be serious). But my goal will be to do better than October, when I ran 116 miles. If I can get to 120 I will be pleased as punch.

And I’m going to start December out right with a half marathon on the 1st!


Eating Pizza, Drinking Beer

What else are you supposed to do on the weekend?


Homemade pizza is the best. I think I’m going to have it for dinner again today but with pepperoni and black olives on it.


Beer is pretty good too, and the label on this guy is so pretty.

Other than eat and drink, I didn’t do too much this weekend. 4 slow miles on Saturday and 11 slightly faster ones on Sunday. And a physical therapy appointment. She gave me a lot of core exercises so here’s hoping my six pack dream becomes a reality. Maybe pizza two nights in a row will help with that.

Happy Monday!


Thursday updates

Well hi!

No blogging for quite a while, I suppose because I don’t have much to say. Either that or my life is a whirlwind and I’m too busy to chronicle all my adventures. You can guess which you think applies.

I’ve been trying to do a lot of running lately, but unfortunately have a back injury that is making it hard to get the mileage I want. I’m seeing physical therapists to try to get it sorted out, but am kind of stuck at half marathon mileage right now, even though I’d like to move up to marathon training. Though I did manage a 20 miler this fall.

Since I do most my running at night (the sun sets before 5 this time of year, hooray), I don’t worry too much about my rad fashion.


Pretty stylin’

What else is new? I love my job (metadata!) and I eat a lot of vegetables still.


My cat is still the CUTEST.


Looks positively heaven sent, doesn’t he?

Oh! I went to Florida for my Grandma’s birthday this month. It was super fun.



Now I have a tan and good thing since Seattle basically won’t see the light of day until July.

Well I’m just killing time before dressing up in some awesome reflective gear and attempting a run. Not sure how far I’ll make it, but since I spent over an hour on the elliptical this morning at the gym and 8 hours today staring at spreadsheets and MARC records in a cubicle I think I need to try to get outside. There’s still a glimmer of light out there!

Happy Thursday!

New Shoes

I bough a pair of high heeled wooden clog sandals. It was meant to be – I’d had a stressful day, they were $100 off on Zappos, and they only had my (very common) size left. I absolutely had to buy them.

Here they are propped on my desk at work as I scroll through an (endless!) spreadsheet on a Friday afternoon:


Don’t my plants look healthy? Sometimes my coworker waters them for me.

And here are the new shoes in my favorite photo spot, the bright orange bathroom at my office:


I needed a break from my spreadsheets. What better than a surreptitious photo shoot in the bathroom to break up the monotony? My hair kind of looks like it belongs on Fraggle Rock.

Happy Friday! Any fun plans this weekend?


When I Woke Up This Morning

You were on my mind!

I automatically fill that in any time anyone starts a sentence with “when I woke up this morning…”

Anyway, when I woke up this morning I was tired and didn’t wash my hair. It’s a little helmet-y today. Amazing how it can be both frizzy and greasy at the same time. Lovely!

Here are some better looking days:


The weather has been WONDERFUL here so a few weeks ago we took a trip to the zoo. It was pretty cool. Red pandas are cute. Hippos are scary. Parents of small children are scarier than the children themselves. I got unreasonably irritated at a woman in the reptile/amphibian house because she kept telling her daughter the snakes were slimy and those tiny frogs were just cute little babies. False! Read the informative plaques! I was, however, completely won over by a bespectacled 10 year old boy educating his dad on the difference between coral and king snakes.


Seattle does a nice job with the flowers. Poppies are so floppy. It rained the day after I took this and these basically disintegrated.

My birthday was this week. I’m 29. 29 is fine so far. My friends and coworkers wished me happy birthday. Chris took me out to dinner.


Happy Friday!


I tried these on this weekend while C was dealing with his problematic new glasses at the eye doctor – he looks very handsome in them, but apparently can’t see out of them. Kind of a problem, though they didn’t bother him in Hawaii when all he had to look at was the beautiful beach. Now that he is back at work they are causing problems for staring at computer screens. The solution is clearly to spend more time in Hawaii staring at the beach.

I’m ready.


Too bad they are $600. I’d have to wear them everywhere to get enough use out of them. Sitting in my cube, flopped on the floor in hot yoga, picking out overpriced vegetables at PCC, perched on various bar stools in the neighborhood. I think that sounds justifiable.

Weekend Potpourri

Potpourri is a fun thing to say. And it makes me think of Jeopardy.

This past weekend was pretty uneventful, but pretty fun. Lots of movie watching.

Friday night we made vegetable pasta. It was pretty good, a little boring but very vegetable-y. I like food like that, a little bland.


The weather was nice and sunny all week last week and got cold and cloudy on the weekend. Oh well. Seattle behaving as expected.


Saturday afternoon we went to see Oblivion at Cinerama. It was fun! The movie was kind of dumb, but it looked really cool and sometimes that’s all you really want. I love Saturday afternoon movie days. Especially because we usually get a doughnut before the show.


After the movie we did a little shopping. Here’s the dude couch at Anthropologie:


Then we headed home for an early dinner at the new restaurant in the neighborhood, the Sixgill. The food was really good and I had a cider that was very nice also. Then we went home and watched Iron Man. But I fell asleep.

Sunday I made mini fritattas with the leftover vegetables from Friday’s dinner. They were good! But I’d use goat cheese rather than pepper jack next time. Pepper jack was just what I had on hand.


The rest of Sunday was pretty lazy, ending with beers and nachos.