Thursday, May 16, 2013

What's been Pinteresting lately?

I'm kind of a fad girl, and so when I first found Pinterest, I was all about it, but then I fell off the wagon.  I've jumped back on lately and I've found some good stuff!

First, my latest smoothie recipe...

greencitrusrazzledazzle: 1 large bunch/bag of organic baby spinach (stems and all), 4 peeled whole oranges, 1 cup of raspberries, 1/2 cup of ice, 2 bananas and about 1/3 cup of fruit juice (mango puree is awesome) or water... I used strawberries instead of raspberries and orange juice
It was good, and filling.  I'd give it a thumbs up.  PS... what has happened to the embed feature on Pinterest.  I feel like I'm going to have to quit using pics, because I don't know how to link and give someone credit.  But here's the pinterest link..

Then, my not-so-healthy find.  I've just discovered the amazing deliciousness of Nutella.  I know, not sure how on earth I missed that train, but holy smokes, it's incredible, so when I saw this picture and label, I knew I had to give it a try...

Nutella-Stuffed Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt

Amazing!!  They were so good, rave reviews from the family.  The recipe is here.

So, that's my cooking world lately.  I'm thinking tonight I'm going to go back to a favorite pinterest recipe of mine I reviewed in this post.  Love that chicken recipe.

Have a great Thursday!! 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Running Update

I've been running, and it's fun. 

Several things have happened in my world of running in the past few months.

First off, I enlisted the help of Running Start to speed up!  Jane set me up a schedule to start some serious speed work.  Let me just say, I had never done the speed work stuff.  Whoa nelly, that is NOT easy.  But it's kind of a fun hard, it's also a kind of "I think I might die" hard, but I like it, and I'm seeing results. 

A few weeks ago I did a 5K, hoping to improve on my PR.  Um, not so much, but completely my fault.  I didn't have my watch and I started out like a wild woman, 90 to nothing.  Needless to say, I couldn't hold that pace, and people started passing me.  Note to self, don't start out at a 6:30 pace when you run 10 minute miles.  Looking forward to the next one and pacing myself a bit better.  It was a fun day, with fun friends (who, let me brag, ALL placed in their age groups), followed by a delicious breakfast, great Saturday morning in my opinion.

At the end of April, I did the country music half marathon in Nashville, TN.  This was my second half.  The fun part, I knocked over 13 minutes off my last time and set a new PR (thank you speed work!).  The not so fun part, it rained the WHOLE time.  I mean non-stop.  The actual run in the rain, not so bad.  The beginning and the end, of just standing and freezing in the rain, not fun at all.  But, I do think the rain encouraged me to run and little harder and and little faster.

Then two weekends ago, I did my first relay.  It was really fun, and at the end of the day, I still had friends.  You see, I first read about this relay on this great blog.  I thought it sounded like so much fun, 5 friends and 53 miles, supporting a great cause, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  I kept it in the back of my mind all year, and early this year, I looked it up.  Several of my favorite girls from high school run, so I had this vision of us bonding, enjoying each other, pictures, running.  I just can't tell you how much fun we were having in my visions, so I send an email about it... crickets, I hear nothing back from any of them.  So, one by one, I begin calling them.  And it went like this, 3 phone calls in a row...
Me: Did you see my email on the relay? I didn't hear anything back.
Friend:  That wasn't a joke?
Me: No
Friend: Are you crazy?
Me:  No, it will be fun!
Friend:  What part of 53 miles is fun?
But eventually, after much prodding, all 3 said yes.  I added to the group a friend from work who loves relays, and we had our team!  I had commitments from the team members and just needed to fill out the paperwork.  I was having so much trouble with a name.  In the meantime, a very close friend of mine's father passed away.  His father had had Type 1 diabetes, so in tribute to his dad, who was also a runner, our team name was born, Ronnie's Road Runners. 
Race day, we were at the school ready to go.  And it was raining.  And it rained 50 of the 53 miles on us!  Running a relay is so very different, and I know there are things we could have done better (like the van not getting lost trying to find the next checkpoint), and we probably could have been a little faster (we finished middle of the pack of the all female teams, darn tutus beat us), but overall it was so much fun.  Great to hang out with old friends I don't see enough, great to want to push yourself for your team, great to jump back out in the rain for another leg, great that my mom let us borrow her van with heated seats!  I can't thank my friends enough for being willing to join me in this adventure.  Looking forward to next year!
Our team's donation page is still open if you want to donate.  A goal for next year is to do a better job fundraising!  Ronnie's Road Runners

Monday, May 13, 2013

The Best Compliment

So, I think I've finally realized what I want to be when I grow up...
drum roll please...
a good friend. 
 Dorky, right, but true.
 I want to be kind of friend that makes an impact,
the kind that keeps your secrets,
 the kind that gives advice that is loving, wise, and seasoned with salt,
the kind that encourages when you are down, and helps pick you up,
the kind that loves well,
the kind that speaks truth in love. 
That's what I want to be.
And I know I can only do it with God's help. 
 I know that without God, there is no wisdom, only worldly opinion,
 and there is no truth with love, only judgement. 

So today, when I sent a discouraged friend a message,
and I received the following reply,
 it made my day,
my week,
maybe my month.
  "Thank you so much.  You have no idea how much I need that. The Lord sends you things when you no doubt need them most." 

You see, what greater compliment can I receive than to know the Lord used me to encourage today?  I say this not with any pride in my heart about anything I did,
but with thankful heart that God allowed me the opportunity to give a friend a boost today,
 that He gave me the words that this person needed to hear.

Today also reignited a passion to be studying God's word regularly. 
I want to be wise,
I want to speak truth,
and the only way to do that is to be knowledgeable in the things and ways of God. 

So here's to great friends, those that change our lives for the better!