Monthly Archives: February 2014

Chili Weekend

Hey everyone! I’m back! I just woke up from my Sunday afternoon catnap and realized I hadn’t written since Wednesday. Oops! But all is well. Busy lives just never seem to get less busy. 🙂

The end of my week was filled with work and Jazzercise. I was just anxious for the weekend to arrive! Nick and I had plans to attend the Sertoma Chili Cookoff at the Expo center in downtown Springfield on Saturday afternoon! I couldn’t wait for lots of chili in my tummy!

I woke up bright and early on Saturday morning to get in my last long run before the marathon next weekend. 10 miles flew by, and I was headed off to sub a 9:30 Jazzercise class before I knew it. I taught to a full room of 13 ladies with tons of energy, and it felt great! Maybe the 50 degree temps and sunshine had something to do with it?

Anyways, between the run and class I had carved a nice big calorie deficit just waiting to be filled with chili. After a shower, Nick and I headed downtown to let the chili tasting begin!


Mmmm, chili. 🙂 We tasted about 10 different kinds before Nick threw in the towel. I had room for a few more bites! It was a crazy environment though. And we didn’t hang out too much longer.

People everywhere!! We could barely make it from one side of the expo center to the other because of the Huge crowd. It was intense. But we still had a great time seeing friends and sampling chili from local restaurants and businesses. My favorite was from Dublin’s Pass – a local Irish pub. They didn’t win, but I definitely went back for several extra samples from their booth!

Overall, it was a good time! The only down side? Dealing with chili overload today. Our stomachs were not happy with us this morning!

After the cookoff, we went by Ultramax (a local running store) to grab some last minute supplies for next weekend. By the time we were done shopping, we were ready for some real food! It was 4 pm and I hadn’t had a real meal yet for the day. So we stopped by a fresh and healthy Asian restaurant called Koriya. I got the crispy shrimp bowl in the picture and it was delish!

It was full of rice, veggies, and tempura shrimp. I loved it! This restaurant is on the opposite side of town from us, so I’m not sure how often we’ll go back. But I think it’s worth the trip. They have an awesome menu with lots of healthy options!

Tonight I’m just trying to get a rough list together of everything I want to pack for next weekend. The Little Rock marathon is one week from today! By this time in the evening, we should be arriving home. 🙂 I’m so excited!!!!

Have a great evening everyone. Enjoy the last few hours of your weekend, and I’ll talk to you later!

Mac’s Groom Day

Hey there! Hope your day has been going great. I always love Wednesdays. I do a ‘sorta long’ run on Wednesday mornings which jump starts my mood.

IMG_3345It’s also trash day, which means my house looks extra clean after all the trash has been taken out! And it’s the day the grocery ads come out for the week….I know I’m a nerd, but I love looking at the ads for my local stores. 🙂  Today was made even better by some deliveries that finally made it to my house!


New Rykas, anyone? haha I decided to splurge on my Jazzercise shoes since I’ve been investing so much time and money on running stuff lately. I found these Ryka Hypnotics on sale and had to have them. This is just a preview though. I didn’t even have time at lunch to try them on!

And last but not least, today was slightly out of the ordinary because Mac had an appointment to be groomed this morning at 8 a.m. So that meant he got to leave with momma today!


He loves riding in the car, but always tends to get a little finicky once he realizes that something is up. He obviously knows it isn’t common practice to leave for work with me, so the car ride over to his groomer was filled with panicked/excited whines. And since we were running early, I tried to get some ‘before’ shots of him in the car. He couldn’t sit still…

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Crazy boy! But when I picked him up during my lunch break, the groomer gave him a great report and said he behaved like a complete gentleman. 🙂


He is so fluffy and pretty! Mac was also beyond happy to be home, so he decided to rub his face all over everything in celebration.

And now he’s so happy to have mommy and daddy home tonight to give him all the attention he thinks he deserves. 🙂

IMG_3355I do love my baby boy!

Tonight we are just relaxing and getting some house organizing done. It’s amazing how cluttered my house can get between the weekend and Wednesday night.

We’re expecting lots of rain and thunderstorms overnight tonight and into tomorrow. I love me some rainy sleeping weather! So I’ve already made up my mind that running must happen tomorrow in the gym. Sigh…oh well. I’ll get some speed intervals in to help pass the time on the dreadmill.

Have a great evening! Nighty night!


Little Chewbacca

Happy Tuesday!! It’s been a busy, busy day around here, so I haven’t had much time to check in before I head off to teach Jazzercise all night. SOOOO I thought I would share some adorableness that I call Mac, aka Chewbacca.

IMG_3338He’s REALLY furry right now. Like out of control fuzzy. But not to fear, we’re going to the groomer tomorrow morning!

IMG_3335He’s so excited. He hid under my clothes in the closet this morning to show me how ecstatic he is about going to the doggie spa. 🙂

IMG_3340 IMG_3343It was like some weird, creepy horror movie scene. I couldn’t find him, so I started slowing pulling my clothes apart to find him. ha!

So we’ve been calling him Chewie the last couple days since he basically looks like the son of Chewbacca. I’m still trying to decide how short to get his hair cut. I think it’s still too cold for his summer puppy cut. But a good trim up all over is definitely necessary at this point!

Next on my to-do list after his groom? Getting my own hair cut. I have split ends on top of split ends. It’s a problem.

Well I hope you have a wonderful evening. I’ll be spending it with my Jazzer ladies – can’t wait! See ya later!