Red Feet

True life amused me a lot.  HA, I’m glad each of you guys could be besties with me.   

Today I just woke up for the hell of it at 6:15am.  No I didn’t have a reason and I didn’t even want too, but my body was wide awake ready to rise.  So why lie in bed when I could be productive…I guess.

It gave me plenty of things to do for two and a half hours before class at 9 though…like have a delicious waffle.

 I need to dedicate a large chunk of today’s blog to a beautiful and delicious waffle I had today. 

An apple cinnamon waffle!

There are also apples baked in but I cut up a large apple for maximum toppage

I had been craving apples all week but the ones at the supermarket were blechworthy.

Oh yes and I had time to get ready and be a real girl.  It’s so warm out so I must stop wearing leggings and wear my favorite clothes haLeggings are hot and uncomfortable and I decided anything I haven’t worn in the last three months is being donated.  Yes after beginning to pack-I still think I have too much crap.

I couldn’t quite capture photos of my face and my outfit at the same time, it was blurring up or I just have no skillz.

So here is my outfit.

Tie front khaki skirt BCBG.  Black ruffle zip tank BCBG.  Hot pink top underneath AF.

Don't ask...beacuse quite frankly I don't know.

And here is my face.  Oh look nothing has changed since my photoshoot yesterday so hopefully you still remember who I am.  I always thought if I switched my picture one day…would people even notice.  Maybe I already have….

But this is really me I swear...this time.
This would have been such a great photo...but a man riding a unicycle crashed in my quad. I wish I was joking.


If you aren’t a dailymile friend of mine, I will relive my running to you today.  This might be a little graphic for you. I got two huge blisters about two years ago (no really I don’t think they will ever leave…) and they finally popped and started bleeding today in the middle of my run.  I have never been in so much pain while running.  EVER.  In fact, I was basically balling my eyes out at mile seven and had to stop.  I swore to myself to finish my miles later after taping and bandaiding up and changing shoes and socks of course.  Anywho-a few hours later I finished and felt awesome.  I don’t have a problem not running for stress fractures/muscle problems/ect…blisters is another issue in itself.


Well blogging besties.  I’m off to my athletic awards banquet.  I’m not sure who to sit with cross country or swim team…save the drama fo yoo mama. 

And then…well you know what Wednesdays at 9pm are.  😉


Questions for you:

1.       What is your favorite outfit? 

This is in my top five.  Perhaps tomorrow for you guys I’ll wear another in my top five.  Colored leggings is another in my top five.

2.       What is your opinion of running with open sores on your feet?  Do you do it?  Have you ever cried during a run?  Are you an emotional Emma like me? (Um this is like one of those 10 part questions that I hate on essay tests…). 


Triple Tangent True Life Tuesday

I thought I would amuse you with fun facts via the beginning of my week. 

Numero uno.  I have had a printer in my room all year long and have not used it once.  Yesterday night I was not in the mood to walk all the way to the library (about 15 minutes away..yes lazy moment)so I figured out why my printer wasn’t working (I had to realign the ink cartridges) and printed in my room.  Yes, that is the first time all year long I have printed from my printer in my room.

True life:  I’m addicted to gas station coffee and will go broke one day buying it and all it’s grimeyness.  I could live off of gas station coffee.  And yes I like it better than Starbucks. 

Recycled photo coffee love.

True life fact number 3: My 50 page paper is donezo.  Done done done.  So it is acceptable to have a photoshoot with it. 

What it all means..who knows..


I changed my mind, here are my true life noms of the day. 

Breakfast was my favorite waffle.

with greek yogurt to dip obviously.

True life: Not one single person outside the blogging world understand the deliciousness and savory combination of this waffle.  Not many in the blogging world probably do either.  😉

Lunch was a “hugh ass” roast beef wrap.

top to bottom banana and red peppers, chedder cheese, roast beef, lettuce, tomato

True life: I have never been asked if I wanted to ketchup in my wrap.  I have a new bff worker.

Dinner numero uno was a delicious salmon quiche with a sushi salad.

True life: I have had a salmon quiche once a day for the last 4 days.  My campus makes the most random delicious things.  Who thinks of that?

Now that I have overused the phrase true life, I believe I am done now. 

If we chat in real life, you’ll know if I agree with you I’m all about saying true life instead of yes.  So for instance if you asked me if I was having breakfast today,  I’d be like duh true life.


Ugh, I don’t really want to talk about working out too much the last couple of days but I will anyways.  Yesterday, I woke up and had some pain in my hip flexors.  For those of you who weren’t my besties freshman year, I sprained my hip flexors backpacking.  I could barely walk for a solid month and was the only person under the age of 80 that had managed that.  Anywho, I just opted for some cross training yesterday. I would rather not run one day now, then not race my last half of the season in a couple weeks.

Today, however, I ran and my hip felt a lot better. 


PS: Don’t forget to enter my swell cookbook giveaway.


Question for you:

  1. 1.       Do you hate packing or unpacking more?

Packing all my stuff up from school has made me realize I have a ton of crap.  Just saying.

  1. 2.       What are your true lifes?

Student Cookbook Giveaway

So remember last week, when I talked about eating healthy in college and all that good jazz?  Well I have a giveaway for you. 

These two cookbooks are for anyone who is either:

  1. Living on their own and like the simple recipes (oh hi that’s me)
  2. College students that only have access to a microwave and minifridge (that was me last year)
  3. People who like to know full nutritional value (wait….also me)
  4. Any and all of my food loving twinnies. 

I’m sure there are more people that fit into these categories…

The first book is a complete cookbook of things you can cook in the microwave.  No really it has everything from dip to two-tone rum fudge.

The second is a student cookbook and has great recipes for healthy foods that aren’t on campus.

Anywho-to enter:

Tell what the most exotic thing you have ever cooked in your microwave is.

Additional entries:

  1.    Subscribe to my blog
  2.   Or add me to your blogroll
  3. Or even link back to this post on your blog.
  4. Follow me at (lolzthatswimrun) on twitter and tweet about the giveaway.  (If you ever need to find me anywhere…90% of my screen names are lolzthatswim…go figure I wanted to throw you off here…).

Winner will be announced on Sundays blog.

I got it from my mama…

Happy Mothers Day to all the moms out there (and to my mom of course). 

I searched for close to 30 minutes and this is the only photo of mother and I that I could find...from nearly 4 years ago. Prom Senior Year of High School

I hope at least one person remembers this song…my mom kinda hates when I sing this too her.  I don’t blame her, she normally thinks the cats are fighting when I start to sing let alone a song such as this.  Another song that is always on my playlist.


I agree with everyone about coupons and I think that if they had coupons for produce I would be all over it.  For real!

Actually one time Krogar had a spent 15 and get 5 off in the produce department.  I easily made use of that.


Workout Stats of the week:

Miles: 41

Swimming: 10000 yards (roughly 2.5 hours)

Arctrainer: 2:45 minutes (YAY for less Arc)

Like I posted yesterday, I could have easily made the Arctrainer into 4 hours but I decided to take Friday off from that which allowed me to have a good amount of quality miles this week.  Actually-all my miles felt excellent.

Goals for next week:

Miles: Between 40-45

Swimming: 10000 yards

Arctrainer: 2 hours

No races or anything next weekend (there is a 10k I could do but I’m feeling like just doing my own workouts next week and resting until my half marathon in 2 weeks).


Oh yes and unlike 90% my college blogging bffs, I’m not out of school.

I have two weeks left.  Next week is hell week in which I have presentations (I have three), papers (just 2) due.  I’ll still be here though because god knows I can’t stare at math for 24 hours a day weekly.   I also find running and swimming free my mind.  I must be outdoors.

For lack of better pictures...this is still my mood about school.


Question for you:

  1. When you lived with your moom (or if you still do) did you find you got her nerves plenty?

Between my singing, dancing, and shinagons it’s no wonder my parents enrolled me in sports to get me away from the house.

  1. Brag about your workouts.  Did you race?  Have an awesomesauce zumba class.  Please tell me.  🙂

Calculus and Food.

Happy Saturday Blogging BFFS!

I got a few questions about my 50 page paper so I thought I would give you a “light” overview of it.  It’s basically a culmination of all my education classes together, presetudent teaching information.  I have to provide worksheets I’ve created, my interests in math, my career at college, anything and everything about math and education.  Basically why I want to be a math teacher.

But wait!

I don’t want to be a math teacher.

This would be extremely useful for later if I did, but seeing as it is 50% (yes ½ of my entire grade in the class) I still need to do it because failing the class isn’t really my jive..

I chose to change my major so I’m not complaining.  Besides-it’s not awful, it’s not like I’m writing a 50 page proof.  Dear God help me now.

Oh wait (round 2)

I’m doing that too.  My homework for advanced calculus is one problem.  This is ½ of it. 

I forgot this class earned me the writing intensive gen ed credit. Not.

So yes-I have been terribly busy and not okay with it.
But enough complaining only one more week of classes.

But back to my last couple of days.  I have really been into my inner foodie by eating on campus and preparing decently photogenic meals….

Broccoli quiche and wheatberry salad

“Adirondack Salad”=Greens, cranberries, walnuts, goat cheese, chicken breast salad.

Fondue (is the greatest thing to ever go in my belly)

These are just the dipping noms
Wanna be bffs?

I made the greatest chocolate waffle this morning, or at least it was 10:00am and I don’t know the last time I have eaten past 8:00am so I think I was just starving.

Chocolate waffle+homemade strawberry jam

(Home made strawberry jam)
Enough strawberries to fit into your magic bullet/blender
1 tsp xanthium gum
¼ cup water
Sweetener if you are into that

I’m not savvy enough to stuff my own mushrooms so I bought them at the local supermarket.  I love stuffed mushrooms and all kinds of mushrooms actually.

Steak, stuffed mushrooms and spinach

Speaking of the supermarket, yesterday I went and saved 12 dollars on a 35 dollar purchase.  Seriously-I felt like an extreme couponer…minus I just looked for instore deals and had one coupon.  In fact, I got a giant package of bacon (for spinach bacon waffles) for 79 cents.

But they were out of kale.  ugh.

Yesterday, I decided that I was going to skip the Arctrainer. 

Don’t be too shocked!  I was just completely not in the mood at all.  I kept telling myself it was okay but it was kinda in the back of my mind.  Skipping a workout, my endurance is done, I’ll never run quickly again, blah blah blah.

But then this morning I ran.  7.3 miles at nearly a 7 minute pace.
So I’m not devastated anymore..not that I really was yesterday.

Take your rest days.  Your legs will love you for it.

PS: Get your Q’s in for my next FAQ post.  If you have any…I don’t have too many secrets.

Question for you:
Are you a big couponer?

Guest Post: Allison and Audiology

Before I give the blog over to Allison, I need to share some fun facts about her.  She is seriously awesome and the most supportive person in the world.  Actually if I could pin point the exact person who convinced to me to start a blog it would be her!  Seriously.  She is the and has listened to my rambles to close to a year now (holy moly does time fly!).  Anywho-as promised I’ll leave until tomorrow.  🙂


If I told you I was studying audiology, would you know what I was talking about? Most people don’t.

They might have an idea of what it is (“something with ears?”), but there’s a lot to it!

me at my white coat ceremony in August 2009

To be all technical, audiologists are the primary professionals who evaluate, diagnose, treat, and manage hearing loss and dizziness/balance disorders. In addition to prescribing and fitting hearing amplification, we can help with cochlear implant programs, monitor auditory nerve function, perform hearing rehabilitation training… and it doesn’t even end there!

Right now I’m in my second year of getting my doctorate of audiology and love it. I thought I wanted to study speech-language pathology, so switched my major to speech and hearing in my sophomore year of undergrad. When I took my first hearing science class, I was hooked. How our ears work is SO COOL – that blog can come another time 😉 I finished up my degree in speech and hearing science in 2009 and am halfway through my graduate program. There are 23 students in my class, which is huge for audiology, but it’s great. We have spent a lot of time in the classroom learning about things like anatomy, noise, counseling, hearing aids, and research, but now that we are getting into clinical settings it’s becoming a lot more fun to do what I’ll be doing for the rest of my life!

Our generation loves noise – we listen to music at concerts, through our mp3 players, on the radio… some people spend a lot of time mowing lawns or using other power tools, riding motorcycles, on the phone, using hair dryers… and these sounds can be dangerous.

Over half of the 36 million Americans with hearing loss are under age 65 – and a third of those people have it because of noise exposure. It could be you!

[There are many other things that can also cause hearing loss, including genetics, ear disease, some medications, and head trauma.]

These hair cells are in the cochlea (the organ of hearing in your inner ear) – if you are exposed to loud noise, they will bend and break and won’t work – leaving you with hearing loss. BAD NEWS!

So, here’s my soapbox moment: PROTECT YOUR HEARING!You only get ONE set of ears. It is possible to keep them in good shape by wearing appropriate foam earplugs, earmuffs, or custom hearing protection devices when listening to sounds louder than 85dB for a long period of time. When you can, turn down the volume on your TV, mp3 player, and radio. If you can’t protect yourself either of these ways, just walk away from the noise.

good foam earplugs
noise-cancelling headphones can work too!

**Hollie is back for a second to let you know my noise canceling headphones are the best thing to avoid screaming babies on the airplane since the invention of birth control. 


How do you know if sound is too loud?

If you have to shout to be heard, if the noise is painful or makes your ears ring, or if you have decreased or muffled hearing for several hours after exposure, you’ve probably damaged your ears.

Hearing aids can help people with hearing loss, but won’t ever restore normal hearing. Don’t let yourself get to the point that you need hearing aids if you can prevent it! Untreated hearing loss can affect your ability to understand speech and can negatively impact your social and emotional well-being!

If you have any questions at all, check out: or leave it in the comments below

Girl Was a Diva and Needed To be Sent Home.

Today was my last day observing in a classroom.  Now I have nothing to ramble away with on Thursdays.  Blech.    Except!

I do have more time to take multiple photos of myself.

Wearing my favorite outfit!
Working on my 50 page. Yes 50 page paper due next Thursday. (and exceeding my printing quota on campus).
Or mimicking my math class expressions. Pictures of me sleeping wouldn't be as um. interesting....

Well anyways-I know you were dying to see my face…but onto another face.  PS: I’m sorry for blowing up your twitter feed last night.  It was a big episode.

I tried to show the most divaesc picture of her.

Yes she has finally been voted off.

You are the weakest link.



Anywho back to today-Well first, ask me questions here and I’ll do another FAQ post.  You guys know I’m upfront and blunt and will answer 99% of questions.  But don’t ask why I’m extremely weird because god knows my parents haven’t figured that out in the last 20 years….


Notable Noms of the day:

Breakfast was raspberry pancakes. These pancakes turned out extremely well. Which is why I took a photo.

I actually had lunch at the school today and for obvious reasons, I couldn’t exactly whip out my camera.  It looked something like this though.  I wish my high school had those options all we had were chicken nuggets and French fries.  I would have gotten one of these wraps every day.

mushroom wrap. For a school lunch-I'm impressed.

Dinner (number 1) was just salmon and some cooked spinach.  Swimming at 7:30, I don’t want my belly to be too full so I had something light.  I’ll have dinner number 2 (god knows what I’ll forage in my house) after my swim sesh.

Fish skin is my favorite part. I peel it off and eat it last.

Hmm.  I feel like It doesn’t look like I ate a lot today so I’ll include my snacks.

One of my Snickers Marathon Bars in class yes pleasee
Grapes are my favorite snack ever.
yogurt and pumpkin is the snack.

I haven’t had ice cream in two days looking back so I’m feeling a milkshake for dinner number 2.  Always acceptable.


Workouts today included an hour running on the dreadmill.  It is seriously so cold and freezing rain does not help my situation.    I can run outside in the 15 degree temperature but not when there is freezing rain at 40.  I will much rather get my Tyra on. 

Tentatively, grandma Hollie plans to actual venture from my house past 7 pm and go swim laps during open swim. (With the screaming babies and god knows who else is there).. I want to get about 4000 yards in but you can check my daily mile to see if I actually made it there ha.


And Finally.

Tomorrows Friday which something I have been craving all week (more than usual).  I have an exciting revelation for all my college friends about another use for your race numbers.  Everyone else can judge me….

I'll use the number from this weekend...lucky 692

I think I looked so confused because I had been running for over an hour and a half and was rather uncoordinated to just stop running over a 1 foot line.


Question for you:

  1. 1.       Were your high school lunches good or bad?  Do you pack/bring your lunch now doing whatever it is that you do. 
  2. 2.       What are you doing this weekend!