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Lucky me got called to go into jury duty today. I had the summons all week and they pick the last day of the week. It was my first time ever getting summoned so I had no idea what to expect going in today. I had to report at 8:45am was welcomed by a line down the entire block waiting to get in through the security check. Luckily it was quick and I was inside with a few minutes to spare.

I have appointments next week so I was nervous I’d get called in. Luckily the judged liked my excuse and excused from a trial that would have been two weeks long. Pheww. Crisis averted.

Good news is I met two of my goals this week – I woke up and did an early morning run and I did two strength trainings this week. Woo hoo! On that note I’m going to start my weekend and share some of my favorite pinterest finds this week. I really am obsessed with pinterest. Do they have a support group for that yet? I think I need it.

Make The House Smell AMAZING!




Fill Up the Freezer STAT!




Should Start this ASAP.




Workout of the Week




Enjoy your weekend! I’ll be sweating it out in spin tomorrow or maybe a little P90x tomorrow and a long run on Sunday.


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Running Streak

For the next few weeks this will be me everyday.

I decided to participate in the Runners World Summer Streak 2012. I failed a little and started two days late. But I like to think it’s better late than never right? Basically I will be running at least a mile every day until the 4th of July. You can do more than a mile but have to do at least one mile. I’m training for a 10K and have a few 5ks lined up so I think it will be a good for me to just get out there and run every day. I’m on day 6 today. Here goes nothing.

Running has been such a good thing for me the past few months because it provides me some alone time with my thoughts. It’s also let me zone out and just listen to music which I’ve needed. It’s provided me an outlet that I didn’t think existed. I like to keep this blog light hearted  but sometimes life just gets in the way.

Sunday marked 3 months – 3 whole months. For those who have been reader’s since the beginning of this blog you know the past few months have been tough for me after the unexpected death of my dad. I still don’t think I’ve come to terms with the finality of it at all. There are still days I expect to see a missed call or voice mail from him asking why I haven’t called him in a few days. Some days are definitely easier than others but its never left my mind in these three months.

Every day my mind is plagued with what ifs, happy memories, sad memories and everything in between. I find myself thinking about this reality of not seeing him again and all the things he’ll never get to experience. He’ll never get to walk me down the isle, meet future grandchildren, or ever see his favorite team play. I’ll never get to get him his sports themed gifts again and his fishing poles will sit in the garage untouched for who knows how long. I suppose these thoughts are normal and a part of the healing process but let me tell you they suck.

I can’t believe it’s already been 3 months – 90 (give or take) days. That seems like so long ago but I still remember it like yesterday. Many people have told me the pain never goes away and you just kind of learn to live with that pain and try to move on. I didn’t believe them at first but I see truth in their words. I take each day as it comes and if I need to cry I cry. If I need to laugh I laugh. I’m being selfish with my time and energy and who I choose and where I choose to spend it. I’m not wasting time anymore. Life is what you make it and I intend to make each day important in its own way.

On Sunday – 3 month since he passed I ran a 5k faster than I had previously and never walked. It was tough and something I didn’t think I could do months ago. I like to think he was looking over me cheering me on. I’ll have a re-cap tomorrow.

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I know I slacked on updates this week. But I do have a good excuse. My mother and brother were in town all the way through Wednesday morning. My brother is in the Navy and I don’t get to see him very often. His ship came in as a surprise visit for the Golden Gate Bridge 75th anniversary weekend.He didn’t get in till Sunday so me and my mom got a little quality time. We went shopping where I was able to score two new pairs of shorts for $15 a piece which will be perfect for my cruise in September.We also celebrated her birthday which was Thursday. I made her a cake and ate WAY too much of it. I think I went into a sugar coma at one point.

When my brother got here we had dinner, saw a Giants game, he and a friend went to Alcatraz and got to meet my brother’s best friends new baby. He’s only 5 weeks old and adorable.

But the best part is I got to be a mock puppy parent this weekend. My brother wanted to see his dog so my mom brought him with her. Let me tell you this I really wanted a dog for the past year but after a weekend I’m rethinking it and may have decided to wait. But then again if I see one I want I’ll probably change my mind again. He’s a silly dog and for some reason doesn’t like using the bathroom when he’s on a leash. Well living in an apartment with no yard in SF was not going to be too friendly to his bowels if he decided he didn’t want to go outside. After nearly 24 hours we finally got him to go on the leash and he was fine after that. He also loves chewing on things (thankfully just bones) and was going to town on this bone crazy style. My mom says she sometimes has to take his bones away at night because he’ll chew and lick them ALL night keeping her up. The joys of being a dog owner.

Now to the pictures from the weekend.

He wanted some of my oatmeal.

My Mom’s birthday cake. Purple is her favorite color so I incorporated that.

Flowers Darren surprised me with.

My family are HUGE Giants fan so this was mandatory. I am the black sheep being an A’s fan.

Blurry because he wouldn’t stop moving. We dressed him up for his dad coming in and Memorial day. He actually didn’t chew it or try to get it off.

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Working Girl

I’m starting my weekend off the best way possible for a Friday. I’m working from home – woo hoo! Sitting in bed with a warm mug of coffee watching the news in your PJs is pretty much the best way to work EVER. I wish I could work like this everyday. I mentioned last week that things were changing at work. There was a re-organization in our department and my job has completely changed. In all honesty I’m not sure what my new job (and title) even is yet.

I’m usually pretty good with change but this year has been a tough one and this change put me at my wits end. I’ve since calmed down and am kind of just going with the flow. But not knowing what you will be doing going forward is testing my nerves. I like being in control of things and this year I definitely haven’t had control over anything that has happened and it sucks.

Running has been one of the bright spots the past few weeks. When I’m sad, angry, irritated, happy or whatever emotion I go run and it allows me to clear my head and calm down. This weekend should also bring me some relaxation. My mom and brother will be in town and we’re going to a Giants game, and hanging out. We’re also celebrating my mom’s birthday. Be on the look out next week for the cake I made her.

But before the week is over here are my favorite Pinterest finds of the week. Have a great (LONG) weekend!


Rug Obsession – I want it!



Make Your Bathroom Look Like a Crime Scene



Why Don’t I Own This?

Source: wanelo.com via Carolina on Pinterest



Can I Be Lying Here Please?

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Sorry for such a late post. I feel like every Friday I say it’s been a crazy week but I assure you this week was one of the craziest. There were some big changes at work and I’m still not 100% sure what’s going on. I’ve been stressed a lot about that. I’m usually pretty good with change but this one has thrown me for a loop and frustrated me beyond belief. I’m going to play it by ear and take it one day at a time.

So with my scattered brain this week I forgot to publish my recipe for yesterday so I’m going to hold it till next week since I don’t generally update on the weekend. But instead for your viewing pleasure I have some tasty looking recipes I found on pinterest that are definitely going to be on my plate sometime soon. Enjoy and have a fantastic weekend!

Seafood Dying to Try Dish



Pre-portioned Dessert of Choice

Holy Turkey Burger of Yum



I’ll Take a Ride on This Boat Dish



Green Dish of Envy

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Another busy weekend has passed. I failed and didn’t cook a thing. I failed on working out both Saturday and Sunday. But I did get my car his much needed smog check. Does anyone else wait till the absolute last minute before registration is due to get the required smog check? I was a little proactive this time I gave myself a week and a half cushion. The last time I think I gave myself like less than 24 hours. I’m procrastination’s bff.

If you’re reading mom – you should stop. Another thing I may have slacked on is finding a good Mother’s day gift. I’m a terrible daughter. I had an idea of what I wanted and couldn’t find it anywhere. Since my mom’s birthday and Mother’s Day are so close I decided to send something lame small for Mother’s day and get her a great birthday gift. Plus, she’ll be down visiting me for her birthday so I don’t have to send anything. The money I save in shipping I can make up for in gift buying. I can’t tell you what it is because she reads sometimes. But she’ll like it – or else. đŸ™‚

Front of the card.

Inside. Ignore my sloppy handwriting at the bottom.

I did picked her up what I think is a pretty perfect card. I picked it up at Hallmark and it was destiny that it found me. It was perfect and pretty much something I would say to her. My mom liked it and her Sees candy. I got her the lollipops because I know she likes them and use to complain my dad would steal all the good flavors. Sounds just like him.

I hope everyone had a great weekend and either spent time with their moms or chatted with them on their special days. Stay tuned for some tasty recipes this week. Yum is coming your way.


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This week has been never ending I swear! But alas it has finally come to an end. I can’t believe it’s may already and the summer is just about here. Yay flip flops, dresses, beach and sun. I’m ready. My week has been pretty uneventful unless you count boring as eventful. I’ve been good with motivating myself to go to the gym and run. If all goes according to plan this weekend I will have successfully worked out 6 out of the 7 days this week. That hasn’t happened in what seems like forever.

Now that the weekend is here I plan on spending it using tickets I won from work to take Darren to a Giants game. I know I’m disgracing my Oakland Athletics fan status having gone to the Giants stadium not once but twice already this season. I swear I will be coming to Oakland soon. PROMISE.

Since this whole weekend has been an annoyance for the most part. Lets talk about some things that annoyed me this week so I can get them off my chest. I’m sorry if you have done or do any of these things on a regular basis this is not meant to offend anyone. It’s simply me rambling about things that really rubbed me the wrong way this week. Most weeks these things would simply be brushed off but in a week as long and tiring as this I can’t control my annoyance.

Machine Hogs

The people that stay on the cardio equipment at the gym for like 3 years while reading their magazine. Pretty sure it states a 30 minute time limit yo. I’m not a time keeper but when I’ve been trying to keep myself busy for 45 minutes so I can get a little elliptical loving in and I see the same 8 people still on there I’m irritated. If it’s not busy then sure stay on longer but when the gym is jam packed don’t be a hog. Sheesh.

Bus Riders

Not all bus riders are obnoxious but the vast majority in SF are. You have the old ladies who literally will demand you give up a seat even when there are plenty open or actually just push you out of the way. You have the people telling all their business on their cellphones so loud that I’m sure the entire city now knows you hooked up will John Doe and he has a tattoo of Tinkerbell on his butt. You also have the people that think everyone on the bus wants to A) hear their music through their headphones that are so loud I’m sure they can’t hear anymore anyways, B) share what they are listening to through their horrendous singing voices and C) those that decide screw the headphones I’ll just play my music on my phone for everyone to hear. That’s cool you like your music – more power to you. But honestly I don’t want to listen to your terrible music and I’m sure the lady with her toddler doesn’t want to hear about hoes and 40’s.

Baby on Board

Am I alone in my hatred of these dumb placards. I have come to the conclusion that anyone that posts these thinks it gives them the right to not follow any traffic laws whatsoever. They don’t have to go the speed limit, they can talk on their cell phone as much as they want, they don’t need to signal when they change lanes and pretty much do whatever they please simply because they have a baby on board. Jerks.


Pet Owners Who Give Up Their Pets

I don’t know how many times I saw stories or got told instances of people just giving up their pets. My mom’s old neighbors moved and simply let their cats without a second thought. Someone abandoned a dog because it was no longer a puppy and not as cute anymore. What is wrong with people. Pets are not accessories to play with until you get tired of them. Pets are companions and part of your family. They rely on you for care and comfort. Please don’t ever get a pet unless you know you are in it for the long haul.

I think that’s it for now. I’m done ranting. Glad I could get that off my chest. Now lets look at some cool stuff from Pinterest. Have a great weekend!


Recipe I Will Be Trying


Get in My Belly


OH NO of the Week

Source: thechive.com via Jon on Pinterest


Bathroom Envy


Wall of Awesome

Source: houzz.com via Melissa on Pinterest

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