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Friday, June 6, 2014

7 Quick Takes: The what's been happening around here edition.

It's Friday so let's do Seven Quick Takes!

1.  Dan has been out of town yet again this week.  He also left the Sunday before Memorial Day (yes, his long weekend wasn't even as long as a normal weekend!) and was gone that week as well.  But he's home tomorrow so there is much rejoicing.

2.  Today is the last day of school and I must say I'm a bit sad.  I am blaming it all on a nice mixture of hormones, grief and nostalgia.    But the kids are so excited to be finished with what has been a very long school year and I'm looking forward to having them around all summer.

3.  And speaking of summer, I went bathing suit shopping.  Postpartum bathing suit shopping is even more horrible than regular post-winter bathing suit shopping.  I tweeted that I wished I could suck in my thighs.  But large thighs withstanding, I was able to find two bathing suits that are wearable. Now I can at least I can work on getting a bit of a tan.  I've always operated under the assumption that tan fat looks better than pale fat!

4.  I took Sarah for a haircut this week.  She requested layers but I had to say no to that.  She doesn't understand that layers have to be dealt with on a daily basis and until she's old enough to deal with them herself, no layers! So when she asked for about 4 inches to be removed, I let her go for it.  A good mom blogger would have a nice before and after shot of her hair.  All I have is this...

5.  After reading the post where I mentioned getting back to running, quite a few people told me that would walk with me if I wanted the company.  I've thought a lot about their kind offers but have decided that it's best to go it alone. 

Now that school is over, I will be running bright and early while my husband and kids are still sleeping.  And one of my favorite things to do while running is to pray.  It's a nice way to keep my mind off the fact that I'm running!  Plus, I wouldn't be much company anyway - I'm not one of these people that can run and talk at the same time. 

6.  And speaking of running, I'm up to 1.5 miles.  My goal for next week is 2 miles each run.

Proof that I really am as slow as I'm telling you!  1.5 miles in 24 minutes.  That puts me at more than 16 minutes per mile.  YIKES! 

7.  And this leads me to food.  Because what good is exercise without a healthy diet?  I've been eating a lot of  Black Bean Salsa. My complicated recipe? A can of black beans, a can of corn, and a can of Rotel.  Throw all of that in a bowl and add some light Italian dressing and voila, the perfect lunch, or if your husband is out of town, the perfect lunch AND dinner.  I've also been eating a lot of rice and a lot of salads. 

And to calm my raging sweet tooth:

Plain Greek yogurt with honey drizzled on top.  (Although this looks more like a ladle than a drizzle!)

And now, you're all caught up with what's been going on around here!  For more Quick Takes, head over to Jen's place.


Billie Jo said...

Lacing up running shoes means you are way ahead of me, sweet friend. No wait, actually owning a pair of running shoes means you are Way ahead of me. : )

Agree with the no layers rule.
Layers equal regret.

Have a nice weekend. Yay for hubby to be home!

Amelia Bentrup said...

Good for you for running!!! I'm impressed. And, now I want to know what swimsuit you bought.

And, now I know why I could never have layered hair...I could never keep up with it.

Greek yogurt..mmm. I just started making my own and it's super easy and super, super, super yummy!

Elise said...

You go, Beth! I really would like to get back into some sort of exercise routine, too. And Greek yogurt w/ honey is delicious. I like mine w/ a ladle's worth of honey, too! ;) Have a great weekend!

Suburban Correspondent said...

I agree on the tan fat being better than white fat business. And layers don't have to be difficult. Just buy some Garnier hair-scrunching gel, glop it on her wet hair, and scrunch. Works awesomely. People actually stop me in public and compliment my hair. Me! And it only took me half a century to figure this out.

Mari said...

Good for you for running!
I think tan fat looks better too, but I just seem to burn and freckle.
I hope this good mom blogger shows some after pictures of Sarah soon!

Busy Bee Suz said...

I also think tan fat is better than white. I love my self tanners…..and I loathe bathing suit shopping/trying on. It never gets easier.
I hope you share a pic of Sarah's new summer 'do soon!
Your dessert looks awesome.

Lena said...

Swimsuit shopping - - - well, I order from a catalog usually. But I hear you. And why are suits so expensive when they require less fabric?

I laughed at the picture of the hair.

Kelli said...

Good for you...I used to enjoy running but now I have a hard time even finding time to walk. Maybe in the fall when the kids are back in school...;)