Posts made in November 14th, 2011

thanksgiving recipe roundup


Posted on Nov 14, 2011 in Food

Thanksgiving is only 10 days away, and I’d say if you haven’t planned your menu, it is high time you get on it. Of course, there will always be the standard traditional recipes that Thanksgiving just wouldn’t be the same without, but sometimes it is fun to branch out a bit on this most quintessential of fall holidays.

I’ve pulled together all of my Thanksgiving appropriate dishes in one place just in case you missed ‘em before:

What are you making for Thanksgiving this year?

I’ve been tasked with making cranberry sauce, two pumpkin pies and a pan of my cornbread and sausage dressing.

monday motivation + weekly goals


Posted on Nov 14, 2011 in Motivation

Monday Motivation

I have been struggling a lot with the decision to sign up for another half marathon or not. On one hand, after a decently steady and successful training for my first (and only) half, I had a terrible race thanks to a whole bunch of reasons and I want a rematch with the distance. I want to feel proud when I cross that finish line instead of just thankful that it’s over. But then again, part of me is struggling to figure out if I even actually like running. Is vindication enough reason to suffer through three or more months of training? Am I bad person if I never want to run again? Does it make me quitter? Am I keeping up with this simply because I don’t want to appear as a failure? Will I regret it if I never run another race? Will I miss it?

I don’t know how I feel about it. And I have no idea where I’ll end up with it comes to another half. But I do know that my feelings toward running are different from a lot of folks in my circle. And sometimes that makes me feel wrong or abnormal. The truth is, I may just march to different drummer (in more ways than just my chosen fitness activity) and that is okay. It doesn’t make me wrong, it just makes me different.

Weekly Goals

Walk 30 miles. Lofty goal, eh? I don’t think it is out of reach. I did almost 23 miles last week and I even skipped walking a few days. I think people forget how amazing and simple walking is. Is it enough to put you in the best shape of your life? No, but it’s enough to keep you happy and healthy. And for now, I’m really enjoying it.
Read two books. Now that we’ve completely cancelled our TV service (and can only get 3-4 local channels with an antenna), I find myself at a loss for what to do when my work is over for the day. For the past few days, I’ve just putzed around on the internet until bedtime. Not okay. I’m on a computer all day long, so I should take this newly found free time and apply it to something I love to do—read!

What are your goals for this week?