Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What I Ate {and did!} Wednesday!

Happy hump day! 
It has been a busy day and I am ready to lay down and relax!
Started the day with an awesome interval workout.
Little bit of weights, little bit of legs and a little bit of cardio.
It was kind of a short night (just 4 hours of sleep) so the workout felt good; woke me up and got me going!
It has been cold and snowing all day.
So hot oatmeal with a bit of protein powder and frozen blueberries hit the spot.
I love fresh frozen blueberries, how they get kind of warm on the outside but are still cold inside.
Haha...that's probably weird.
So yup...
Back to the winter wonderland around here.
Sure seems like we had a super short summer.
I am not sure how much we ended up getting but the stuff is all over the place and had to put the Jeep in 4WD to get up the driveway.
Boo! Bring back the sunshine! Haha!
One great thing about cold weather?
Soup season!
Hmm...soup season is kind of year round for me but now it is extra yummy.
This is the I-Need-Groceries-In-A-Desperate-Kind-Of-Way soup.
Chicken stock, ground turkey, organic canned tomatoes, cilantro, salsa verde, corn, green peas and gluten free noodles. Ha! Random, right?
But it is so good and spicy!
Mmm...leftovers will be even better!
Speaking of leftovers...
My Mom has one rose bush that completely refused to give up it's late blossoms of fall.
Now this beauty sits topped with snow. So pretty.
The rest of the day has been schoolwork, a little laundry and staying warm.
And well, popcorn and Dasani Sparkling Lime Water
It's what's for dinner!
Wait, that's nutritionally sensible, right?
Fiber and no fuss.
Works for me!

Good night!
Oh, hey...
What's the weather like in your neck of the woods?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Oops! Missing in action and a little photo dump.

Oh my
Has it really been since last week that I posted?
 I can't really make any excuses but mostly, I am still just wiped out from my week in Chicago.
The weekend was a mix of relaxing and tackling lots of little projects.
I think it is safe to say that my boy missed me while I was gone...
If he could crawl in my lap, I am sure he would!
Love this guy ♥

I did take the time to get out for a run on Saturday.
Boy oh boy, those days of treadmill running kind of caught up with me; it wasn't the easiest run but still felt great to be out in the brisk weather. (It was 32F)
All smiles!
I am pretty good with that pace. Man, I really wanted to make this my "fast" year; certainly been humbling but that's ok, it has been a year of change!

And well, somethings never change...
Yep, my favorite fuzzy bunch sure missed me.
Came back from my run and here they were. I am surprised I caught them with their mouths closed because they were yelling at me to hurry up.
Didn't take too much convincing; this was waiting for me...
Yummy! Kabocha!
Got the squash all cut up and put in the oven before I headed out.
The house smelled so good!
A hot shower, some comfy clothes and a little post-run kabocha with a side of protein 'dip' - Perfect!

I guess that's where the fun stuff ended because part 2 of the weekend involved breaking out the winter running gear...Boo!
I think I may have a glove hoarding problem.
We jumped right on in to winter; it is currently 17 degrees and we are under a winter advisory with a possible 4" of snow by Tuesday morning. Umm...
I am not ready for all that but my running clothes are ready and waiting!
Speaking of waiting...
This one decided to oversee the drawer reorganization. Her main task was to be sure and inspect each drawer as it was emptied, always helpful.
Yep, I'd say it was a pretty good weekend.
A little rest and a decent amount of items of my 'to-do' list.
I even started my Christmas shopping, how about that?!
Marvelous, simply Mah-velous!
Have a great evening!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Farewell Chicago!

Such a long and amazing week!
The Christmas lights were up at the convention center and the temperatures had dipped by the last night here. It is amazing how something that I had truly dreaded turned in to be one of the best experiences of my life.
In a way it compares to boot camp and flight attendant training; all have been times that a group of strangers are plopped into the same 'unknown'. It is a bit like rolling the dice because you never know what you are going to get.
I have lucked out with the experiences I have had and have found my self with great people.
Thee group dynamics have a lot to do with the success of a group situation and I would not trade this amazing group of grad students for anything!
Making friends and learning so much about myself.
This is one great lady right here, miss you Kristel!
While at residency, I had the distinct honor of being initiated into the Chi Upsilon Chi chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, the international honor society for counselors (Counseling Society International).
It was all great until they announced me as Michael...
Really?! Ugh!
They really aren't spelled that much alike!
Oh well, made it memorable.
And here we are..
Team Malpensa
All of the conference rooms at our hotel were named after airports around the world and we were in Malpensa which is actually in Italy. Team of 13(+1) - I am positive I have never laughed so much in my life. Somehow I made it through the week without crying (it was touch and go a few times!)
I may go so far as to say that it was a life changing experience.
Let's just say that my legs spent a great deal of 'up the wall' time.
Yoga, e'ry where!
Yeah, these legs aren't used to dress shoes and a minimum of 10 flights of stairs a day in said dress shoes. #tiredlegs

With that, it is time to head back a few hour west and see what fabulous things await me at home.
I miss my honey and my kiddo!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Long day and a short run

Happy Hump Day!
I hope you are having a great week so far.
Temps are dropping everywhere; you ready for these cold weather runs?
I had a nice warm three mile run on the hotel treadmill.  Fun stuff! 
My week in Chicago kind of peaked today; super long day. 
I have today, my time here has been fantastic! 
I have known about this residency since the day I started the mental health counseling program and I have been dreading it!
6 days away from home and 8 hours a day, well about 7.5 hours a day in a conference room with 12 other learners and an instructor; no tables, just us and the chairs. I never imagined I would end up with most amazing group of people from all over the US.
I don't remember the last time I laughed so hard in my life! 
My sides hurt and it is a great feeling! 
The intensity of the week has been eased by the comic relief. A once in a lifetime experience, for sure!
Today was, by far, the longest day we've had but I have learned so much. I've learned about counseling and more importantly,  I have learned about myself. Awesome!
I must admit, even the treadmill felt great!
30 minutes, 3 miles
Not fast but not too shabby!
My knee is pretty irritated from sitting all day but the new brace seems to be helping quite a bit.
I will be so glad to be running whenever, wherever, with no knee nonsense or IT band madness!
Maybe a half marathon will be possible next year after all!