Weekend Recap

This weekend I went to Munford to celebrate the wedding of one of my childhood friends, Brian. It was a really nice, quick trip, but it was filled with a lot of family time and snuggles with my sweet little nephew.

I got to Munford on Friday afternoon and had a Chick Fil A lunch with my sister, brother, and sister in law. I left Knoxville in the middle of a nice rain storm, which I won’t lie, I was a little disappointed about. I had sort of been looking to a rainy day to just hang out inside and have a movie day with Nat, but oh well- rainy days always come back.

That night we went to the rehearsal dinner and a Memphis favorite- Central BBQ. I will be really honest here- I was the worst wedding guest when it came to this wedding. I forgot to RSVP until 2 weeks ago when my sister asked me if I was coming. I also went to the rehearsal dinner at the request of my family. Oh well, Brian didn’t seem to mind and, I guess, that is what matters. Anyway, Central BBQ is so yummy and one of my favorite things to eat there are their BBQ nachos. There is nothing quite like their nachos chips. Obviously on a buffet line, nachos are hard to find. I was really craving some of their chips so my sister convinced me to find our waitress and order a basket. I did not regret it at all and we ate our basket of chips with gusto.

Saturday was a very relaxing, chill day. Everyone sort of had their own thing to do in the early afternoon so I was able to run and just hang out (not that I don’t get enough of that during the summer).

I have to interject a funny little story about my Saturday afternoon run. Munford has many a back road and that is where I run when I am home. Well, I was a mile and a half into my run just thinking and running and not paying attention and all of the sudden I found myself with my feet not on the ground. Apparently there were quite a few large branches sticking out onto the road… I was supposed to miss them. I ended up tearing up my elbow a little bit and some road rash on my thighs. It was not my proudest moment. It took me a few minutes to shake it off and decide if I wanted to walk back to the house in shame or if I wanted to keep going. I, proudly, kept going and ended up getting four miles done. All in all- not too bad of a day.

After my exciting afternoon, we all got ready and headed to the wedding. It was a really sweet event and I am so excited for Brian and his bride Shelley. They are a perfect match.

As my sisters and I were sitting at  the table and Hannah started sharing pictures of Zeke with the others at our table. The older people get saying to us “It goes by so fast.” I couldn’t do anything except agree. Life has flown by. It feels like yesterday that Zeke was born and that was 4 months ago! It feels like yesterday Nat and I got married. We just celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary. I can’t believe how quickly time flies. I am trying very hard to remember to enjoy every moment and to love where I am at this point in my life. I have the tendency to wish my life away and I am really trying not to do that anymore.

Anyway- I hope everyone had a good weekend!

Monday Things


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I recognize Mid-week Things has sort of gone off the deep end. Wednesdays are probably the busiest day of my week and by the time I get home I am much too exhausted to blog. 

Nat has football on Monday nights so I have free time to blog and nap and run and do whatever else I feel like doing.

1) Today I did what I know I shouldn’t have done. I started watching Downton Abbey. I know I should spend my time grading papers or planning, but this afternoon I needed something to watch that Nat wouldn’t really care if I started getting into. Since we got rid of cable I haven’t been watching much TV in the afternoons, but every now and then I need something to watch. So Downton Abbey it is! 

2) I have quite a trouble maker puppy. Let me just list the things Avery has eaten or destroyed in the last two weeks: Home Alone and Brave DVDs, the garbage, the walls, the carpet, cotton balls, our football family picture from last year, wrapping paper, the bottom of a mattress, 2 books, socks, underwear, and some magnets.

Has anyone else had such a trouble maker puppy? We were trying to give her the benefit of the doubt and let her stay out of her kennel during the day, but it seems as if she isn’t old enough so back in the kennel she goes! 

3) I ran 10 miles in 3 days this week (Well, week as in Saturday until today) I can’t  tell you the last time I ran more than 4 miles in a week. I keep telling Nat I am going to get back in shape, and I have finally gotten myself together and decided to start running again. I am making small weekly goals to help myself get back in the swing of things before I set my sights on anything too large. My goal last week was to run 10 miles, which I did. This week I am hoping to run 12. 

4) I have a very serious addiction to home made chex mix. Now this is a blog post waiting to happen, but homemade Chex Mix is something serious in my family and when I make it, I can’t stop eating it. Well, I made it on Sunday and now it is all I eat. I really need to watch out because I am going to have high blood pressure or be incredibly bloated for a month.

5) And last, but certainly not least: I am going to be an AUNT. This is the most exciting news I’ve had in awhile. My sister is pregnant, and I am so thrilled. I can’t wait to meet this new blessing to our family. Nat is prepared for our bank account to hurt, because I won’t be able to stop myself from spoiling my little niece or nephew. Bring on March! 

May Goals

I know it is only 5 days into May, but the last three have been spent ill, so really I’m not that far behind.

Anyway, the other day I bought my dream pink shoes. Seriously, I have always wanted pink running shoes. These shoes are slightly obnoxious, but absolutely perfect. They have inspired a lot in me.

This month I have made a few goals to help keep me on track with running/eating healthy/life

Goal #1: Run 100 miles.

This goal may be adjusted. I have spent the first five days of May battling an intense cold/sinus infection war and have been slightly incapacitated. I would be really pleased if I reached 75 miles. I have spent this weekend in a cold-medicine haze, only coming out of it twice. I am on the up and up, and hopefully will be back on the road again tomorrow.

Goal #2: Run a 10k in under and hour

Nat and I have signed up for a 10k at the end of the month. Lately (well in April), I have picked up the pace in running and hopefully as I pick up the mileage, I will be able to complete the 6.2 miles in a little under 60 minutes. The finished my last 10k in around 54 minutes, and that was when I was in really good shape- so we will see.

Goal #3: Eat sweets only 2 times a week

I know this seems like a silly goal, but let me be honest, I LOVE DESSERT. I think I have sweet teeth instead of a sweet tooth. I just don’t have the metabolism I used to have and I know that sugar is not that great for your body all around. I’m hoping to substitue my sweet cravings with healthy sugars like fresh fruit. Nat loves dessert and could, and does, eat dessert at least once a day. I am going to have to develop some major self-control this month to reach this goal.

Goal #4: Cook dinner 3 out of 5 nights.

Nat and I eat out maybe once a week. We will occasionally eat out twice, but usually Thursdays are our night out. I, however, am a big advocate of hot dogs and fend for yourself nights when I am feeling lazy. The root of my goal is to waste less food. I want to cook the meals that I plan, so my groceries are eaten rather than thrown in the trash.

May is going to be a great month. School is almost out and I can almost feel the “freedom” of summer. What are some of your goals?

I need accountability, so please feel free to ask me how I’m doing. It is easy for me to let things fall to the wayside…