Friday Faves+I May Have A New Addiction

Hooray for Friday and Fourth of July weekend!!!  Brandon has a half day at work today and we’re both off Monday, so I’m super excited for a long weekend.  We’re hoping to hang out with some friends and get out of the city for a bit, since DC can get a little cray on the Fourth (as I’m sure you can imagine).  

Let’s hop into some things I’m loving!

1. Overnight Oats.  You guys know I love me some protein oatmeal; however, hot oatmeal is not my jam when it’s 80 degrees out.  Enter: overnight oats!  I love this breakfast, especially in the summer.  Coming back from a hot run to a cold, already prepped breakfast is amazing.  

2. Deb’s Cooking.  I know I’ve shared my love for my momma’s cooking on the blog before, but they just left to go back to Florida yesterday morning (sad face), so I feel compelled to share again what a fabulous cook she is.  It was so nice coming home from work (before summer break started) and not having to worry about making dinner, because Deb already had a fabulous menu planned.  I was super spoiled this time since she made one of my favorite things, soft shell crabs, not once but twice for me! Yum yum.


Just looked at those fried pans of deliciousness!

3. Reuniting with Friends!  Brandon and I went to a Nats baseball game Tuesday evening with a pretty awesome group of people.  I met some pretty amazing ladies during my friend Marisa’s bachelorette last summer in Savannah, and I got to see their beautiful faces again!  One of the girls lives overseas, so it was especially fun to see her.


Oh also–the place we pregamed at beforehand had half bottles of wine!  And mini champagne cans!! I was super happy, as you can imagine.  No Bud Light for me thanks (barf).

4. Summer Cooking. One of the many nice things about my summer schedule is that since I’m usually home earlier and have Friday’s off, I’m able to cook some nice dinners for Brandon and I.  Normally I’m scrambling once I get home when school is in session and rely on my Crockpot or easy dinners, but I like being able to cook nice meals.  Tuesday, I made roasted salmon and asparagus, alongside quinoa with cherries, feta, red onion, parsley and scallions.


So good!  I keep reminding Brandon that if I worked less I’d have more time to make him delicious meals ūüôā

5.  The Perfect Avocado.  I just realized 99.9% of this post so far is food related and I ain’t mad about it.  But earlier this week, I sliced open an avocado and it was glorious.


Look how perfectly ripe it is!!  This never happens for me, and I was way too excited about it.  Please tell me I’m not the only one who gets giddy over a perfect avocado.

Now moving on to my new addiction!  You guys know I’ve been easing back into my runs, and running will always be my #1 love when it comes to fitness.  But, Wednesday morning I tried a Pure Barre platform class with Courtney (who is a Pure Barre fanatic), and I think I’m hooked.  It was hard, but I loved the energy.  And it focuses on toning your core/glutes/legs which is perfect for runners!  There’s a studio four blocks from my house, and I’m already signed up for a Tuesday morning class next week.  I can’t wait to see the long term benefits!

And there you have it!  Hope you guys have a great weekend!

What are your Fourth of July plans?

Any other Pure Barre addicts out there?! Have you noticed the long-term benefits?

Favorite summer breakfast?

Thoughts On Making A Murderer

*Spoiler alert: If you haven’t watched Making a Murderer, this post contains spoilers! ¬†So read at your own risk!

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Oh. My. Dear. Lord. ¬†I have¬†so¬†many thoughts racing through my mind after finishing MAM. ¬†I’ve been trying to sort them out in order to type up this post, but I apologize if it’s a bit all over the place. ¬†I’m still trying to wrap my mind around it.

I also want to say that the thoughts I have about this show are entirely my own. ¬†I completely acknowledge I’ve only seen and heard one side of the story, and I know there’s always two sides to consider.

Here are my top thoughts after finishing MAM:

  1. I’m going to really put myself out there and say I am not convinced he’s guilty (although I don’t think I’m in the minority with this). ¬†There are way too many screwed up things that happened with that case–the fact that the Manitowoc cops were way too involved, the fact that they didn’t find the car key until the fifth day of the search, the fact that the vial of his blood had been tampered with‚ĶI could go on and on. ¬†It’s obviously easy for me to say how I think I’d react if I were a juror without actually being present for the trial; however, the fact that the majority of the jurors started out with a not guilty verdict and it changed to guilty baffles me. ¬†It makes me think they felt some sort of pressure to come back with a guilty verdict, even if they didn’t believe it in their hearts.
  2. I think the perception the public/society had about Steven Avery’s family and Teresa’s family may have had some negative influence. ¬†Let me explain–the Avery family is overall uneducated, frumpy, and did not come across or present well on camera. ¬†Teresa’s family, on the other hand, were always well dressed, educated, and articulate when speaking to the media, and I think that definitely played a part in the public’s perception of the case.
  3. The fact that the Manitowoc cops never¬†came out and said they mishandled Steven’s original case from the 1980’s blows my mind. ¬†Freaking DNA evidence proved he was not the offender, yet they still believed him to be guilty. ¬†And don’t get me started on the sketch they presented during the 1980’s case.
  4. If in fact Teresa was tied up in Steven’s bed, wouldn’t there be some shred of evidence? ¬†Her sweat, her hair, her¬†something? ¬†This baffles me.

Now, onto what¬†really¬†upset me most. ¬†Steven’s nephew, Brendan. ¬†As a school psychologist, the whole situation with Brendan upset me, angered me, just straight up¬†infuriated¬†me. ¬†Let me explain why:

  1. In one episode, a judge is flipping through what appears to be a psychological assessment that was done on Brendan, determining him to be a “slow learner.” ¬†You can see where it mentions his verbal IQ (which I believe was slightly below 70, which is considered to be Intellectually Disabled). ¬†Yet the judge¬†never¬†asked the psychologist who did the assessment to testify as to what those scores mean. ¬†He flipped through it and determined Brendan had no emotional condition that would affect his decision making skills. ¬†Is that a freaking joke? ¬†I feel like anyone with a half a brain listening to or interacting with this kid would be able to tell he is cognitively functioning well below that of your typical fourteen year old. ¬†So yes, while he may not have an emotional condition he likely has an intellectual one, which would definitely impact his functioning.
  2. I believe that Brendan did and said what he thought he was supposed to. ¬†I’ve assessed students who are cognitively functioning at or around the same level as him, and it’s not atypical for these kids to simply say what they think others want to hear. ¬†It’s also not difficult for someone who is functioning well below the expected age level to be coerced into doing or saying something. ¬†I feel like you can really see this during a recorded phone conversation between Brendan and his mom, where he asks her at the end about being able to watch Wrestlemania after he thinks he’s said what the cops wanted to hear about Steven. ¬†This kid really just doesn’t have a clue, and it’s not his fault.
  3. Brendan’s original lawyer needs to be punched in the throat. ¬†That guy pissed me off more than you can imagine. ¬†He clearly did not have Brendan’s best interests at heart and was only out for himself and the publicity. ¬†Shame on him.
  4. I really really really just don’t understand how he will not be granted a new trial. ¬†I don’t have a criminal justice background, but I just don’t get how after everything, this kid doesn’t get a second chance.

And there you have it. ¬†I’m sure this will produce a lot of discussion, and that’s okay! ¬†I’m sure I’ve forgotten some other points to mention as well. ¬†Overall, I thought this was a great and fascinating documentary–but again, I do realize I’ve only seen one side of the story.

Have you seen MAM?  Share your thoughts!

 

The Great Kid Debate

Hi guys! ¬†I’m finally feeling well enough to blog, YAY! ¬†I missed everyone! ¬†Let’s back up a bit–I went in last Thursday to get my three wisdom teeth removed, and it’s been a bit of a slow (but getting better!) recovery. ¬†Funny story: the surgeon told me I could bring my iPod to listen to music, and I guess I was so doped up on the anesthesia/laughing gas that I was singing, dancing, and apparently posing while they were yanking teeth out of my mouth. ¬†I definitely don’t remember doing that, but I do remember hearing Randy Houser’s ‘Going Out With my Boots On’ song and moving my tootsies to the beat. ¬†Too funny! ¬†If you follow me on the IG (bubblyrunner), you saw my hella sexy post-op pic:

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Feel free to print that pic out and frame it if you want. ¬†I won’t be mad. ¬†I haven’t been able to run/do any serious exercising since my surgery, but I can start on Thursday and I can’t wait! ¬†I’m sure my runs will be slow, but I’m hoping I’ll get back into the groove quickly.

Anyways! ¬†I wanted to write about a topic that (I think) a lot of people can identify with: the great kid debate. ¬†To have or not have kids. ¬†Brandon and I are going on 32 (30’s are the new 20’s people!) and we are 99.99% certain we are not having children.

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And I feel like that should be okay. ¬†But I can tell from some people’s reactions that they think this is the worst thing in the world. ¬†Like, how on earth will Brandon and I ever live fulfilling lives without kids?

So, these are mine/our main reasons we have elected not to have children:

1. Jobs. ¬†Brandon has the opportunity to travel to some amazing places for his job, and I am lucky enough to be able to accompany him (when I can). ¬†I’ve been able to go to Costa Rica, London, and Hawaii with him! ¬†Neither of us want him to give that up, and I know myself well enough to know that if we did have a child, I would become resentful of him being away for a week/weeks at a time.

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2. Family History. ¬†Brandon’s parents are still married, but mine are divorced. ¬†They divorced when I was 7, but the effects of it lasted for a few years after, especially when my mom remarried and my dad began dating again. ¬†It was a really difficult adjustment for me, and while I understand it more as I’ve gotten older and am happy my parents are happy, I don’t ever want to potentially put a child through something like that (this does¬†not¬†mean I fear Brandon and I would ever get divorced because I don’t).

3. ¬†Selfishness. ¬†I have no problem admitting that Brandon and I would rather spend money on traveling/ourselves. ¬†I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. ¬†We like going where we want when we want. What I think¬†would¬†be wrong is for us to pretend we don’t feel that way, have children, and then become resentful.

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4. ¬†Financial Preferences. ¬†Brandon and I are in a much better place financially than we were in our 20’s; however, we do have some financially related reasons for not having children. ¬†One being we live in the city and love it so much, and we do not want to move to the suburbs because the schools are better and give up our city life. ¬†A second is college finances–I was lucky enough to not have to worry about student loans, and while I didn’t realize how truly great that was at the time, I do now. ¬†I wouldn’t want our child to worry about student loans after school, and at this point I don’t think we would be able to provide that.

5. ¬†Nothing is Missing. ¬†At the end of the day, Brandon and I don’t feel like there is a void in our lives. ¬†We’re perfectly happy with the two of us and our fur-child. ¬†We made a plan to not discuss the potential for having kids until we hit 30, and we have revisited the topic each year to be sure we are both on the same page.

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However, I do want to note that I have several close friends who have kids and I¬†love¬†them. ¬†They’re adorable, fun to play with, and have great personalities. ¬†My friends are amazing parents and I love seeing them happy. ¬†But at the end of the day, we’re content with our decision to not have children. ¬†This may change (you never know), but for now we’ll just borrow our friends kids ūüôā

Hope you all are having a wonderful week!

Do you have children?  If so, how did you know you wanted/were ready for them?

Did your parents relationship affect your decision to have/not have children?

Liebster Award

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I can’t even tell you how excited I was to be nominated for this. ¬†I’ve never heard of the Liebster Award before, and for those of you who (like me) don’t know either, it’s an award passed around the blogging community as a way to support, promote, and connect new bloggers. ¬†Thank you so so much¬†Margaret¬†for nominating me!

Here are the rules:

  1. Post the award to your blog.
  2. Answer the questions that you were given from the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate a few new bloggers you’ve discovered.
  4. Create 10 new questions for the nominees.
  5. Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog.

Again, thank you so much Margaret.  I aspire to have a running shoe collection like yours and be as speedy as you one day!

Here are my answers!

1. What inspired you to start a blog?¬†I think it was a combination of a few things. ¬†One, Brandon travels quite a bit for work and I wanted a creative outlet to keep me busy while he’s gone. ¬†Two, I love reading other blogs and get so much inspiration from them, and that led me to want to start my own. ¬†My hope is that people who are looking to get into running will be inspired by mine, since I’m not a naturally fast runner¬†at all. ¬†If I can run half marathons, anyone can!

2. When did you start running?¬†I started running off and on after college, but I didn’t start consistently¬†running until around 4ish years ago. ¬†Running is just so freeing for me. ¬†Whatever is bothering me or stressing me out, I feel like it just melts away when I run.

3. What is something that you have always been good at?¬†I think I’ve always been a good listener and good at making people laugh. ¬†Even in high school I was always the ones my friends came to for advice or just to vent. ¬†It’s the psychologist in me!

4. Name 5 things that bring you joy.  Snuggling with Rusty, having a snow day with Brandon and being able to snuggle on the sofa and watch the snow fall outside, seeing my students get really excited/proud about an accomplishment, running, and baking during Christmas with my momma while listening to Christmas carols.

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5. If you had to completely change the direction of your blog and couldn’t talk about running or anything health related, what would you write about? ¬†That’s tough! I would probably write about things related to my job/the mental health field. ¬†Or politics. ¬†That would bring on some drama!

6. What is something that most of your followers don’t know about you? ¬†I think I tend to come across as sarcastic and super outgoing in my writing, and I am both of those to a certain extent, but I’m actually quite sensitive and prefer to only be around a small, close group of friends rather than a big group. ¬†I hate having all eyes on me!

7. What’s the hardest thing for you to write about?¬†I actually choose not to write about anything difficult or personal. ¬†I don’t go into details about my job, relationships, personal beliefs, etc. I’m sure a time will come where I will write about and share some of those things, but I’m a very protective person by nature, so I would pick and choose what to write about wisely.

8. What’s the strangest or most¬†embarrassing¬†phase you’ve ever gone through?¬†Oh Mylanta. ¬†I would say fourth grade through seventh grade were the most embarrassing years of my life. ¬†I had a pretty sweet bowl cut, glasses, and braces. ¬†No I will NOT post pictures of myself during those years so don’t even ask! ¬†I almost cried when my step-mom showed Brandon pictures of me during that phase.

9. What is the most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done?¬†I’m not a spontaneous person by nature, I’d much rather have a plan! I think hiking in Glacier National Park was pretty spontaneous for me, especially since I’m afraid of heights, hate the thought of peeing in the woods, and am not a fan of bugs. ¬†But I had the best time, and now we want to go to Yellowstone! ¬†I want to see a grizzly bear! ¬†From a safe distance, obvi.

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FYI hiking attire is not fashion forward.

10. How would you describe your personal style?¬†I’m not trendy, that’s for sure! ¬†I guess my style is mostly classic/preppy–I like to have timeless pieces that I can wear with anything (i.e. a great pair of boots, a nice watch, dark skinny jeans, etc.) but mix those with some fun pieces too, like leopard flats or a funky jacket. ¬†However, if I dress up I’d say my style is probably more edgier than daytime wear, since I lean towards shorter dresses with fun cut outs and high heels! ¬†Hayyyyyyy!

Here’s a good idea of what I like to wear during the day:

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Leggings, a not-too-loose top, flats, and accessories with a pop of color are always a good choice.

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Dark skinny jeans with boots are a go to!  Disregard the creepy corn dude staring at me.

And here’s how I jazz it up for a night out:

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I nominate the following bloggers:

Lisa @ Running Out of Wine

Jessica @ Fit Talker

Lauren @ goallthemiles

Rachael @ Catch me if you can

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My questions for the nominees:

  1. What is the one food you would never give up?
  2. Describe your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment.
  3. If you were running a race, would you rather run without music or without a Garmin?
  4. What are your biggest pet peeves?
  5. What’s your favorite childhood memory?
  6. Where was your best vacation spot and/or a destination on your bucket list?
  7. What was your biggest fashion faux pas?
  8. If you could hang out with any celebrity for a day, who would it be?
  9. Would you rather change the past or be able to see into the future?
  10. What is the best piece of advice you’ve given or received?

I can’t wait to read everyone’s answers and learn more about them! ¬†Happy Wednesday ūüôā

A to Z Survey

Happy hump day!

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I decided to post an A to Z survey after reading it on¬†Jen’s blog¬†last week. ¬†Let me know if you decide to do it so I can check out your answers!

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A- Age: 31.  It took me a second to think about it.

B- Biggest Fear:¬†Probably spiders. ¬†Or not being able to solve someone I care about problems if they’re upset.

C- Current Time: 9:20 a.m.

D- Drink You Last Had:¬†Coffee. ¬†I’m sure everyone at work is happy since I would be a complete monster without my morning cup o’Joe.

E- Easiest Person To Talk To: My BFF AKA my Little Bear.

F- Favorite Song:¬†Currently I would have to say Justin Bieber’s ‘What Do You Mean.’ ¬†However, I’m a big fan of some old school Blackstreet, Montel Jordan, N’Sync, BSB….the list could go on!

G- Grossest Memory:¬†That’s a tough one, I don’t get grossed out easily. ¬†I did have the world’s nastiest bloody nose when I was a kid and used to wake up to blood stained pillows. ¬†Is that TMI?

H- Hometown: Washington, D.C.

I- In Love With: Brandon and our fur-child, Rusty!

J- Jealous Of: People who don’t have to work! I keep reminding Brandon that I could accompany him on all of his travels if I didn’t have to worry about a job!

K: Kindest Person You Know:¬†That’s tough because almost everyone close to me is kind (hence why we are close). ¬†Of course I’d have to say Brandon, followed by my Little Bear.

L- Longest Relationship: Brandon and I have been together for 11 years!

M- Middle Name: Leigh.

N- Number of Siblings: None! I’m an only child (and so is Brandon!). ¬†However, I was¬†not¬†a stereotypical bratty only child so let’s set the record straight on that!

O- One Wish: To live with no regrets.

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P- Person You Spoke To on the Phone Last: Either my momma or Little Bear–they’re pretty much the only people I talk to regularly on the phone, and Brandon too (when he’s traveling).

Q- Question You‚Äôre Always Asked: Why are you so awesome? Kidding! My students always ask why I’m so tall!

R- Reason to Smile: My parents are in D.C.!

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S- Song You Last Sang: The Justin Bieber song–it was on the radio on my way to work.

T- Time You Woke Up: A little before 6:00.

U- Unique Talent: I’m fluent in American Sign Language. ¬†That’s the only talent I can think of. ¬†Oh wait, I’m also phenomenal at movie quotes/impressions.

V- Vacation Destination: Brandon and I are going to Cabo at the end of March for a belated anniversary trip!

W- Worst Habit: Probably being over-analytical (that’s what happens when you’re a psychologist). ¬†I also know Brandon would add that my worst habit is leaving my shedding hair in the bathroom sink/shower ha!

X- X-Rays You’ve Had: I had to get my arm X-Rayed when I was 7 after I fell on ice and broke it.  I got to rock a pretty sweet hot pink cast and my friends signed it!

Y- Your Favorite Food: If you know me at all, you know I can’t pick just one thing because I love food¬†way¬†too much. ¬†So let’s see if I can narrow down my top choices: Oreos, Mexican food, Middle Eastern food, pizza, mac n cheese, hush puppies, fried chicken, fruit….I’m all over the place!

Z- Zodiac Sign: Taurus.

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I hope you guys had fun reading my answers!  Remember, let me know if you decide to do it so I can read your answers on your blog!