Weekend Wrap Up : Nothing

Sep 15, 2014

You know how on about Wednesday the office chatter turns to 'what are you doing this weekend'?
My answer all week was a profound NOTHING.
And that's exactly what we did.
A lot of nothing, no plans, nothing set in stone, whatever we wanted-ness.
It was GLORIOUS.

Friday I unabashedly fell asleep on the couch until about 8:30, scrounged up some dinner and went to the neighbors for wine and sitting by the fire.
Perfection.

Saturday I had a great 10 mile run!
My long runs have been a little rough lately (hello humidity) and it felt so good to get a confident, nicely paced, not exhausted long run under my belt.
Later we took Floyd to a new (to us) dog park to meet some friends.
He did a lot of sitting, talking to humans, slobbering, wandering and a tiny bit of running.
We caught up with a few friends around town after that with a tuckered out hound dog.  No plan in mind, it was so nice to have the freedom to do whatever we wanted!
Saturday night we grilled out, had some nice wine and watched a movie.
Again, just about perfect!

Sunday was full of lazy Sunday stuff.
Coffee, reading, meal planning for the next month, errands, doors and windows open all day and Floyd and I snuck a nap in as well.

As much as I love a good routine and schedule, have nothing to do was awesome. 

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Pin to Present : Zucchini Noodles with Raw Tomato Sauce

Sep 11, 2014

We haven't had a legit pasta meal in AGES and Mister and I have both been craving some pasta dishes in our life.  But without the gluten, sugar and fat...sounds fun, right?

So to compensate this lack of real pasta, we have been making a TON meals with zucchini noodles lately.
All thanks to the Veggetti my aunt sent us!
Pad Thai has been at the top of our list, until earlier this week when I made a version of this noodle and tomato sauce recipe.   Speaking of Pad Thai, I think we have perfected our own version of peanut sauce so I will be sharing that soon as well!

But first, the noodle and tomato sauce recipe was SO good I am dying to share it and also participate in Anne's Pin to Present link up today! 

Zucchini Noodles with Raw Tomato Sauce
1lb ground turkey (or chicken)
1 bunch cherry tomatoes, quartered
olive oil
1/3 cup sun dried tomatoes
1 diced pepper
1/2 cup diced onions
2 zucchinis
1tbls minced garlic
parsley
salt and pepper

*Veggetti or spiralizer

1. Brown ground turkey (or chicken).  After the ground turkey is cooked, transfer to another bowl.
2.  Add peppers and onions in skillet to sofen
3.  After a few minutes, add quartered tomatoes, garlic, sun dried tomatoes to skillet
4.  While the veggies are cooking, spiral your zucchini and add it to the skillet
5.  Once the veggies and 'noodles' are soften, add ground turkey to skillet to warm back up and garnish with parsley
*add garlic and olive oil as needed
This was super filling and fresh thanks to all the goodies we were able to use from our CSA box!
I am happy to admit that Mister and I both had 2 bowls because it was SO good.
I was skeptical of zucchini noodles at first but I am a true believer now.  I barely even miss pasta theses days!   

Enjoy!

And for a tiny bit of horn tootin...Floyd and I were honored to be listed on Soapbox Cincinnati's top 9 female bloggers! Check it out here
P.s. don't tell Floyd he's not a female blogger...

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If you take a basset on a walk...

Sep 10, 2014

Once you get his leash out, he will dance around like this THE most exciting thing that has EVER happened to him.
He will then jump around so much that it's almost impossible to get his collar on his chunky neck.
Then he will bolt down the stairs and out the garage at warp (basset) speed.
Even though no steps have been taken, as you are closing the garage door he will begin to pant.
As you cross the driveway the pace will slow and the panting will gain.  
Crossing the street to the sidewalk will provide a slight uptick in his speed.
Then something will catch his nose and STOP.
And sniff.
And stop.
And sniff.
Once every blade of grass in those 3" has been sniffed, the walk will continue.  
With the pace of a snail, approximately .25 miles will be covered in 10 minutes.
Once the luscious, soft sod grass by the pool has been reached, the basset must. lay. down.
And lay down he will.
Don't think about trying to move the basset because he will throw all of his body weight down and become dead weight.
You may try tugging, dragging, bribing and none of these will work.
The basset will rise when he's ready.
When the master basset decides he's ready to go home, he will pop up and trot home happy as a lark to be done walking.
Once home the basset will immediately FLOP and proceed to lay for at least 10 minutes.
Walking less than .5 mile is incredibly strenuous, you know. 

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#manirons

Sep 8, 2014

Can I just say I love the new tradition of wedding hashtags?  Mister and I keep trying to think of one if we were getting married now and so far no dice.  So we are living vicariously through everyone else's.

Anyhow, this past weekend we had the fabulous honor of celebrating the wedding of our friends Laura and Bobby.  Laura is one of my bestest friends from college and Bobby is a GEM of a guy.  To say they are the perfect match is an understatement. 
We've been waiting all summer for this wedding and it was even more fun and beautiful than I could have imagined.  They got married in Chicago and seriously the weather could NOT have been more perfect.  
Here are a few snapshots of the beautiful weekend!

And this is the most precious...
Seriously. Such a beautiful weekend!
And quite possibly the best reception food we've ever had.  Mexican food and an ice cream truck...genius.

Congrats friends!

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Thoughts While Running {Non Race Version}

Sep 4, 2014

Running in this crazy humidity makes my mind wander to crazy places.
Such as...

'Why are miles 2-4 so absolutely miserable?'

'Wonder what Floyd is doing?'

'WHY is there a blister on the arch of my foot?'

as my black headband falls off and hits my arm 'WHAT was that? A bird? Ahhhh! Oh just my headband...hope no one saw me flail around like that'

'No seriously, this humidity is stealing my breath'

'Why don't other runners always wave when I pass them?'

'I've totally earned that ice cream thats going to hurt my stomach later'

'If only I could peruse the Nordstrom sale while running...'

'Seriously, I didn't know my body could produce this much sweat'

'WHY do my headphones keep cutting out? I NEED my old school Nelly to get through this run'
(p.s. I, obviously, need new headphones-if you guys have any favorites let me know!)

'Would it be weird if I jumped in the lake to cool off?'
Nothing to do with this post except it's the opposite of running.  

'I sure hope Mister made me a water bottle'

'What should we eat this week? Where are my Pinterest food boards when I need them?'

'Sarah, it isn't the end of the world if you have to walk a bit, especially in this heat! Get over it!'

And this one I actually said out loud...after my run on Saturday I felt a little loopy (needed food/water/laying down) and texted Mister
'I feel delusional'
to which he responded 
'do you mean delirious?'
Yep. Yep that's what I meant...told you I didn't feel right...

And that's just a sampling of what goes on in my brain.  It's a scary place.

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