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I’ve gotten several requests over the last few months about what I eat daily (And by that I mean maybe 3 in 2 months).  As a self proclaimed walmart foodie shopper I can’t say I’m that thrilling of an eater but I did go out of my way to remember to take photos.  By going out of my way I I wrote on my hand: take some photos.  I knew breakfast wouldn’t be an issue but remember to take photos for lunch and dinner?  That’s a whole different ball game.  I’m really scatter brained throughout the day so if I don’t write something down, I don’t remember.

My hand writing is so lovely!

My hand writing is so lovely!

Lately I have been eating a lot of pancakes again.  I went through a phase a while back (around 3 years ago) where I ate pancakes for breakfast nearly every day.  They were fast, easy to make and simple.  In fact about two years ago, I posted a new pancake recipe on my blog every week. I got sick of them, moved on to eggs for a while, then bagels and now I’m back to pancakes.  It will probably change again  I normally just add ¾ cup of flour, an egg, baking powder and if I’m feeling cocoa powder then cocoa powder too.  I used to post a lot of recipes about it but then realized that was not my style and some recipes were weird.  So I stopped doing that…

Breakfast 6:00 am

Some pancakes

Some pancakes

Then I went to the gym for about an hour, did some elliptical as well as lifted weights.  I showered and headed to work.

Coffee: 9 am.  I stopped at Wawa and got my coffee.  Since you’ve never seen a photo of coffee, here you go!  20 ounces is the following: 16 ounces coffee and 4 ounces cream.  I think I like my cream with a few tablespoons of coffee.  I also had a cliff bar.  They were on sale at the grocery last week so they are my “bar of choice” this week.

Coffee and cliff bar.  Mint was okay, not my favorite but not the worst.

Coffee and cliff bar. Mint was okay, not my favorite but not the worst.

12 Lunch It was craving a roast beef sandwich and the deli makes really good wraps.  It was exactly what I was craving.  I really wanted roast beef.

roastbeefsandwich1

Then I continued to work and I continue to stare at people’s feet.  I truly enjoy working so normally it goes by pretty quickly.  There wasn’t too much of interest this particular day.  Many new runners came in for a first pair of shoes, a few people wanted a pair a new pair of their favorite styles.

By 5:00 pm I grabbed a cliff bar.  I have been enjoying them lately and I needed something to hold me over.  I don’t normally get home until between 7:30-9 (depending on our closing hours) so I couldn’t wait that long between lunch and dinner.

This one  was better.

This one was better.

Then at 7pm it was time to head home.  So I drove back home and was exhausted.

7:30pm I decided to make some boring dinner.  I normally just decide on the way home what I want to eat.  Depending on my day (was it a stressful day at work…am I just lazy to cook?).  It all depends on what  I’m craving.  Since T has been gone, I don’t have to worry about judgement about what I eat for dinner (kidding, he doesn’t judge).  I ended up having some left over salmon that I made the other day so I just had a salmon salad.  It took me about 5 minutes to reheat.  So I get home at 7:33 and I’m eating by 7:38.  That is pretty much that.

Salmon Salad

 

After I’m done eating (and while I’m eating) I tend to just watch TV, catch up on news, blogs, current events and whatever else I feel like.  I pretty much give myself until 9pm to just relax and do whatever.  Around 9, I like to turn off my internet and just relax.  Whether that is just watching some TV or whether that is just going to bed.  I’ve noticed I sleep a lot better when I turn off technology and I sleep with my cell in another room.

I guess this turned into a day in my life and what I like to eat.  I can see why food bloggers are always so busy and have no free time.  This post took forever to do and it was a real pain to remember to take photos of my food.  It’s a lot harder then blogging about running.

Questions for you:

What is a day in the life like for you?

What did you eat today?  What are some good lunch suggestions?  (Or am I the only lazy person who enjoys the classic peanut butter and jelly).

 

Fall into Being Busy

I’m glad other people can relate to being boring and adult (IE: yesterday’s post). I feel like September is one of the most busy times of the year.  For students, you are getting back into the nitty gritty of class and courses.  For offices there is something about fall that screams “new and fresh start”.  For businesses like a running store, we are in fall marathon mode as well as cross country mode.  We are also busy.  It seems like most people are busy the month of September.

That means less people are on the internet.  I can see a reflection of that, not only with myself but with my blog stats as well.  Maybe I’m just getting more boring or something?  Or something like that anyways.  Blog stats aren’t something that I’m really concerned about but I always notice certain trends.  One being that I tend to get more page views in the summer and less in the fall.  YAY for people existing in real life and not worrying about my blog.

Across all of social media, I’ve seen more and more people indicate they are busy.  Too busy for this, too busy for that…and you know what?  That is completely fine.  We all go through periods of having a busy schedule versus having a less busy schedule.  It makes life interesting (kind of like that hill right in the middle of a run).

Like I’ve always stressed in my own personal life and blog space, it’s important to look at your big picture.  A novel isn’t written with one chapter and neither is your life. It’s important to realize that these times come and go.  For instance on Tuesday, I had a day off of work.  I thought I would really enjoy my day off. By 1 pm, I had already cleaned everything that needed to be cleaned.  I had gone for my workout and caught up on all my TV (while cleaning).  I had read some blogs.  I found myself at a loss of what to do.  Normally on my days off I try and make plans but most people were busy so it didn’t work out that way.  Personally I like to have something to look forward to daily whether it’s hanging out or treating myself to something.

I had finished everything I needed (and wanted) to do and it was now 2pm.  I honestly had no idea what to do.  Somehow I just zoned out and relaxed until going to bed.  I talked to a few friends.  I wondered what on Earth I would do on Wednesday I had two whole days off in a row.  After being so busy for the last two weeks, I didn’t know where to begin with a couple of days off.  I decided to work on some paintings and just relax.  Both I did

Then on Wednesday I woke up and got a call asking if I could come to work. It was something to do to fill my time.  I had gotten everything I wanted to do (For me right now I have come to the conclusion that back to back days off aren’t the best for me when I don’t make plans).  I need to have something to look forward in.  I do better with a little bit of structure and get bored sitting online after an hour (that’s really pushing it).

So with that I found myself even more busy this week than I originally planned.  That isn’t a bad thing or a good thing.  It’s just a change in schedule thing.  It leaves me with more free time and more things to do next day off.  Maybe I’ll even get some blog posts in.

My point is, September appears to be a busy month for everyone.  There isn’t a need to stress about it and life will eventually level itself out.  There is no need to stress about an individual day, month or year.

Question for you: What are you up to this September? 

The Boring Real Life

It’s not a secret that I’ve been working a lot more than usual lately.  I’ve said that a lot.  My work is anywhere is from 30 minutes-1 hour from my house.  Working more days gives me less time to blog and less things to talk about via blogging.  With a 40 hour work week, I’m also driving between 5-10 hours a week.  That means I’m outside of my house (work related) around 45-50 hours weekly.  That doesn’t count time hanging out with friends.  

I haven’t been blogging any less (nor do I really want to stop blogging) but I often times find myself with less things to say.  I mean I could talk about waking up, working out, driving to work, coming home, playing around on the internet and then going to bed.  Lather, rinse, repeat.  That doesn’t seem that exciting to me, nor does posting my daily eats.  Sorry that’s not my blog flow. I guess if posting about my daily food intake and food payed my bills I might be more inclined.  Changing my blog to create more content seems like a lose for me and a snooze for readers.  That’s my humble opinion though and if you like posting your daily food intake, good for you.  I digress.

On my (work) off days, I’ve found I like to hang out with friends and relax.  I don’t like spend more then an hour or two blogging.  So I don’t like to spend all my free time blogging.  I really enjoy blogging but I don’t live to blog.

I’m not sure exactly what I’m saying, I guess more or less that while I’m having a social life and exist outside the internet, it’s not life riveting or things I feel are necessary “blog worthy”.

Do you really care what kind of food I ate today?  (Only if it’s a diner).

Do you care my favorite color is yellow?  Not really.

So anyways what have I been up to outside of boring, adult things?

Last week I got to hang out with a good friend Melissa.  It was a really good time and really nice to catch up.  Melissa has been a huge support system for me and our help and advice is untradeable.  It seems like so long ago and it was only last week.

 

Say "Smile so we exist in real life"...no...really.

Say “Smile so we exist in real life”…no…really.

I also got to hang out with Danielle and Amelia who led me into the city.  (PS: Danielle just PRed in her 5k on a hard, hilly course in the middle of marathon training..).  Last Tuesday, I started a pretty rigorous schedule where I went to NYC and then drove straight to work Wednesday in South Jersey that morning.  I worked from Wednesday to Monday (around 50 hours).  Outside of meeting Kate Grace, I didn’t talk a lot about my time in NYC.  I really surprised myself with how much fun I had.  We walked around NY, tried a cool foodie truck (my first foodie truck ever!) and then headed to the Brass Monkey to meet some Oiselle teammates.  While I was nervous to physically go into the city, I had a lot of fun.

Train selfie

Train selfie

Foodie truck: A goat cheese wrap thing and glass noodle salad.   It was really good.

Foodie truck: A goat cheese wrap thing and glass noodle salad. It was really good.

Then I worked, worked, and worked.  I am glad I did and I enjoyed each day but it was tiresome for sure.  Those days consisted of work, sleep, work sleep (and two workouts I believe).

I’m now reaping the rewards of just relaxing and getting my house straightened up.  I was going to plan more events with friends but found I just needed some time to just relax.

I think as a blogger, there is an unseen pressure that “my life is so exciting, therefore I blog”.  That certainly isn’t the case and I have several weeks of being “boring” or just lather, rinse, repeating.

I wish I could post more exciting life moments but I don’t have any.  My biggest life update is that I’m just continuing living my life. 

I created an anonymous question box so if you have any idea’s or questions feel free to ask below.  

 

Questions for you:

What are you up to this week?

Any big plans this weekend? 

It’s RnR Philly so I’ll probably be watching and cheering with that.  Since my work is partnering with Brooks we have a lot of cool things going on.  Let me know if you’ll be there!

Lessons College Never Taught Me…

It’s hard for me to believe that college is starting soon again.  It seemed like just yesterday that my friends were done with the semester and coming home for the summer.  Now people are going back to college or even starting their freshman year!  I remember each trip my parents took with me to college.  Each 700 mile drive was unique in some sort of weird and awkward way.

I learned a lot about myself during college (both mentally and physically).  The most important lesson I learned however,had nothing to do with courses.  I learned about myself as a person.

I’ve written about my definition of success and happiness several times.  I’ve also written about struggling post college several times.  When I was in college, I thought one I graduated, I would easily get a job in my field, work and then I would be successful.  I did my college time and now the reward (a job) would flock to me.  It’s partially true that I interned then worked in my field at SUNY Oswego.  I loved it and truly enjoyed my time there in the public health field. I learned even more about myself, my field (public health) as well as my personal relationship with Tim.

In the late spring of 2013, I had an important decision to make.  A decision college doesn’t really prepare you for.

Do I move and get out of Upstate NY? 

I was dating at the time, and a long distance relationship won’t work forever.  He was finishing his training so it made sense for me to move down there.  Being in the military, Tim will never have flexibility to move where he wants.  It was either I move or we continue having a long distance relationship.

I chose to move.  In the fall of 2013 I moved and found myself unemployed with no job leads.  People asked me all summer my job plans and I said I have no idea, live off savings and find one.

Being unemployed came just one year after spending four years trudging through gail force -30 degree winds to class.  It came six months after digging my car out of snow banks for work.

I stayed unemployed from September until around March.  During that time we found out we were moving to New Jersey.  We had one of the roughest winters on the east coast and southern states weren’t prepared to plow (I felt like I never left upstate!)  I hit the job market at the worst time since businesses weren’t hiring.  The last thing they wanted (or needed) to do was hire for their closed business.  I ate away at about 75% of my savings that I saved the previous year working.   College never taught me about budgeting or savings…but I thank my parents often that they did.

I applied for jobs everywhere and in every field.  Quite frankly living in Del Rio Texas, a job was not going to happen.  I lived there six weeks but almost a year later (read: last Tuesday) I finally found a job in my field that I remotely qualified for.  (After getting dozens of emails to be road kill collector…I don’t know why I’m still on public health job list…or why collecting road kill requires a public health degree…).  I would have most definitely had to do something outside my college degree if I had lived there…which is fine but not anything college prepared me for.

So when we moved to NJ, I was more than happy..  So many opportunities that aren’t road kill collectors!  I probably applied to close to 30 jobs.  (I filled out about 100 job applications).  I applied for multiple public health jobs, running store jobs, even a substitute teacher (as I spent 3 years with a double math/education major).  I was bored being at home and financially it wasn’t going to work out well if I was going to stay unemployed for another year.

As good as my first year out of college was (job wise), my second year was as bad. That was something I was not prepared for.  The only thing that would have really prepared me would be living through this situation.

So when I got a call that they would have room for me at a local running store, I jumped on it.  After 8 months of doing nothing, it was a nice change.  Now working there about 6 months, I can say I fully enjoy it.  While college taught me how to solve derivatives at the drop of a pin, it didn’t teach me that I was also growing as a human.  I was learning how to educate people in health awareness but I was also growing and needed to experience these lessons for myself.  I wish college taught me that it’s okay not to do anything in your major as long as you are successful financially, mentally and physically.  If you can say all of those things as well as you are happy with your life, then college has taught you well. 

I regret nothing about my education, my post college life and where I’m at right now.  I’m enjoying my life, financially stable and successful both mentally and physically.  None of those things are anything I took a college course for but at the same time needed college for.

Questions for you:

What is one thing you wish college had taught you?

What has been your favorite job? 

Life is Full of Lessons

When Tim and I moved in together, I thought our relationship would get easier.  I thought because we were living together it would be easier.  After being in a long distance relationship for over a year, I thought moving in together would be a lot easier than a distance relationship.  With any relationship, there are good times and bad times but I figured there would be a lot more good times.

While it is easier than long distance, it isn’t easy.  Anyone living with a significant other can tell you that.  Anyone living with a roommate can tell you that. 

When I moved to Texas, I wasn’t working.  Not only that but I didn’t have any friends down in Texas (except for Stephanie) and I didn’t have a lot to do with my day.  Running only takes up so much of your time.  Before I found out we were moving, I would apply for jobs but I still had lots of extra time.

Fast foward to the first few months of living in New Jersey.  Once again running only takes up so much time and while I did have a few more friends to hang out with, it didn’t take up all my time while Tim worked.  I could now finally start applying for jobs.  (It makes it a lot easier to apply for jobs when you know you’ll stay in an area for longer than a month…).  Long story short, even with all of those things I still found myself with a good amount of free time.

For a few months I applied for jobs, waited in limbo land and did my own thing.  Tim and I still had plenty of time together because once he got home (most nights) we could eat dinner and hang out.

In March I started working at a local running store.  To say that I enjoy my job is an understatement.  I’m happy to chat running with anyone that will listen and help runners of all ages.  It’s a lot of fun.  (It’s different from anything I’ve ever done but it is a lot of fun).

For the last few months as I ease into my job, I find myself working a lot of later hours and weekends.  Unlike a desk job, retail is open later and on weekends.  It’s fine by me as I can pack a lunch and dinner and be set for the day.  However, working Thursday-Sunday 10-7 is new found large dent in Tim and I’s relationship time.

When I’m off work, he is at work.  When he is off work (Saturday and Sunday), I am at work all day.  Having opposite schedules has been hard.  We have however, found a balance in managing our lives and relationships.  We both need personal time, we both need relationship time and we both love our jobs.

I think with anything life is learning process.  You never really know what you are getting into (with a job, moving in with a significant other, graduating college, high school…moving…whatever).  You might have an idea but you never fully know until you physically do something.  I enjoy reflecting on changes (both big and small) in my life and this is has been one of the best.  Sure there have plenty of adjustments, but there was when I went to high school, college and worked in Oswego.

Quite honestly I’m very happy with the direction my life is going.  Life is full of lessons to experience along the way and I’m just blogging them.

Questions for you:

How do you balance your life?

Do you live with someone? 

WG Week 4: When Will this week be Over?

This week stunk as far as training goes.  It feels like that has been a trend in marathon training for me.  I do well for a few days then something comes out and effects part or all of my weekly training.  Although it’s still very early into training, I’m hoping I can shake it and have weeks I’m 100% confident about.

This week I got sick on Tuesday evening and decided I needed to take both Wednesday and Thursday off.  I wasn’t feeling 100% by Saturday so ended up skipping the race and just running easy.   I really wanted to run the Scott Coffee Run but it didn’t seem worth it to me to run while not feeling the greatest.  I decided to look into a 10k at the end of the month instead.

So far 2 out of 4 weeks have not gone as planned.  It stinks but it’s something you have to accept with training.   I almost didn’t write this post but I always like to stay honest with myself and with readers.  Sometimes training is frustrating and not all sunshine and butterflies.

I also worked 10 hour days (with an hour commute).  That made for the week to feel neverending.  On Friday night though, someone appeared at the store with flowers.  He knew the week had been rough for me and it really made my night.

That being said I’m glad today is my last work shift of that period and that I was able to get so many hours before leaving for VA.  It was a tough to work that long at night (home at 9pm and leaving for work again by 9 am) but I won’t complain about getting a lot of hours.  I won’t complain about my job at all because I really enjoy it.

I’ll just complain that my training stunk and I skipped a race that I wanted to do.  There will be more races though.

Long story short this week wasn’t exactly what I wanted for training.   I have 16 more weeks to get back into the groove so let’s hope at least 1 is productive.

Next Weeks Training:

I’m heading back to VA for my brother’s graduation.  I’m hoping to be back in the 70 miles per week and also do the CHKD 8k in Norfolk.  We will see what curve balls I’m thrown next week.  (knock on wood).

Questions for you:

What kind of curve balls have you had in your training?

What are your work hours?

Generally I’ll work 10-7 or 10-8.   I’ve worked all sorts of hours from 8:30-4:30, 12-8…

After College Changes…

I feel semi productive that I was able to write both posts and schedule them back to back.  I always get frustrated with cliff hangers on blogs that last for 2-3 weeks.  I know patience is a virtue but it is a virtue I am not blessed with.  My lack of patience is actually important with this post though.

Here is part 1 of my college growth.

My final semester of college I spent interning full time at a health office in Oswego.  Then I was hired there. (Spending close to another year in Upstate, NY).  Long story short I fully enjoyed my job at Oswego.  It had everything I learned from community health courses, great coworkers, it was what I wanted to be doing, close to Syracuse, Rochester..ect.  I made a lot of friends there.  I hated the cold and weather but that had nothing to do with my job.  There was obviously one large part of my life missing from Oswego and that was my long term boyfriend.  I would be lying if I didn’t say that was 95% I moved.

At the Walk to Save Lives Fall 2012

At the Walk to Save Lives Fall 2012

Until roughly May of 2013, I thought I had my life completely figured out.  After making the executive decision not to stay in Oswego I moved home with my parents for the summer while Tim finished up most of pilot training.

I planned to spend the summer either interning at a health center or working.  I ended up working two jobs to save money to move to Texas (neither having to do with my community health major in college!).  Last summer I felt as though my college career was again a waste.  I was working jobs I probably could have done without a college degree.  They were just that…jobs to pay bills.  I knew once the summer was over I would be moving down to Texas and finding a job similar to Oswego.

So I thought anyways.

Sadly the area I moved in Texas didn’t have those jobs available and I certainly didn’t know what I wanted if those weren’t options.  The closest community college was 2.5 hours away and it’s obvious I don’t even like five minutes of driving.

Oh texas...little did I know I would be here 6 weeks

Oh texas…little did I know I would be here 6 weeks

I knew two things about my community health degree and possible job choices.  I didn’t want to work in a hospital and I didn’t want to work with babies.

Past that I had absolutely no idea and it stressed me out.  (In fact it still stresses me out).  Here I am a year out of college and I couldn’t tell you my exact dream job.   Since my stay in Texas was short lived (6 weeks) it wasn’t feasible for me to find a temporary job let alone a full time job.  (Thank you working all summer).

While I lived in Texas I began to think about my future and my thoughts about pursuing a job when I moved to NJ.  What did I want to do?  Apply to a college and work on campus like Oswego?  Work at the Red Cross?  Work at a nursing home?  I had no idea…all of those jobs interested me.

Since this previous summer I have grown even more.  This past summer though I still worked, I had no idea what I wanted to do the rest of my life.  It worried me.  It frightened me.  It still frightens me.  Do I have to make an executive decision of my career choice right at this very moment?  No.  I have to find a job that I currently enjoy doing and pays bills.

It seems we are asked the “what do you want to be when you grow up” question since we can talk.  I’ve gone from marine biologist to zoologist, teacher to community health worker.  How do we ever know exactly what we are destined to do?  I have thought a lot about the definition of successful and happy.  What makes you successful?  Having a job from the major you chose in college?  Making enough money to pay the bills?  Being happy?

My personal opinion is that being successful comes from doing something you enjoy, not stressed and being financially stable.  Whether that takes you in a completely different route from where you originally started then it does.

Might as well be happy right?

Might as well be happy right?  Look a community health center that probably has a job I would like. I guess I’ll just stop the marathon now.

I wish college had prepared me for that.  I wish someone in college had said there is a chance even after four years of classes you won’t know what you want to do.  You still won’t have it figured out when we hand you (mail you) your diploma.  You will never have all the answers in your life. Do not stress about it and you will find the answer eventually.  

Spoiler: Incase you wondered now (and I owe a post about Jersey) but I am happier right now then I have ever have been.

Question for you: How do you define being successful? 

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