Royalty.

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Yes, I was a bit wrapped up in the majesty of the Royal Wedding.  It was beautiful.  I woke at 6 to catch a glimpse of the action and Kate looked just gorgeous.  Anyway, I tried my best to re-create the royal biscuit wedding cake that William personally requested (from me, of course lol).  I brought it to work for a little fun today. It is DELISH!  How did you celebrate the Royal Wedding?!

UPDATED:  What a goofball I am!  One of my favorite bloggers, Caitlin (and of course I trust her with all things British ’cause of her Husb hehe) reminded me to post the recipe!  So, I used the following recipe from DailyCandy.  (Link to recipe HERE)

chocolate crunch cake!

Prince William’s Chocolate Crunch Cake
Serves eight

Ingredients

For the cake
1 box graham crackers
¼ c. raisins
¼ c. nuts, chopped
5 oz. dark chocolate
5 oz. milk chocolate
1 stick butter, room temp.
1 14-oz. can condensed milk

For the topping
5 oz. dark chocolate
1 tsp. milk

1. In a large metal bowl, crumble graham crackers into bite-size pieces. Add raisins and nuts.

2. In a saucepan, melt chocolates, butter, and milk. Stir frequently so chocolate doesn’t burn.

3. Add melted mixture to crackers and stir until dispersed.

4. Line an 11-by-7-inch pan with waxed paper. Pour mixture into pan; spread evenly. Refrigerate for 2 hours.

5. For the topping, combine ingredients in a saucepan; stir until melted.

6. Remove cake from fridge and cover with topping. Cut into squares and serve.

The only modifications I made was doubling the recipe for double deliciousness and I did not use wax paper, I instead sprayed the pan with PAM spray and it was just fine!  OK, now go to it!  Enjoy!

Revising Goals

It was as hot as here (JAMAICA, MON!) but without the gorgeous scenery

The several walking breaks I had to take due to my not-yet-at-full-capacity lungs lead to an un-stellar time

Well, hellooooo there!  So, I am sitting here at the computer facing the reality that sometimes goals need to be revised.  No biggie. But here is what lead to my “revisions…”  Basically, I have decided to go ahead and run Broad Street on Sunday as planned, but instead of my anticipated finish of sub 1:30 (10 miles at ~9 min each) I am hoping for a sub 1:40.  Yes, this is a lot slower than I otheriwse would have liked to finish (10 minute miles) but given my current situation, I have decided that reframing my thoughts surrounding Broad Street is not only super healthy for me but realistic and will make the event more fun for me.  Yesterday I tried a run out again, and while I ran an uber rolling hills course (Norristown Farm Park) my four miler was less than ideal for several reasons (see above)…

Anyway, I ended up a sweaty mess as you can see, and headed home for some of this:

COMPRESSION!

 

Chill-axin while watching the FLYERS! (GO FLYERS!) Excuse the pic of my THUTT as Skinny Runner would say, but I had to show off my new Jamaica shorts!

Homemade pizza…AND….

Hanging out with the pups (here is Addie, my lil’ Ragga Muffin- hehe see her shirt!)…So, my question is:  Do you revise your goals or do you just plug forward and conquer?  I find that running, like most other things (and like life) is SO mental that revising goals can be VERY healthy for me!  Thoughts?  Toodles!

AMATEUR!

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Oh boy…yesterday’s “first day back” run was a total poop show.  Really.  I made some serious amateur mistakes and am seriously worried for Sunday’s Broad Street Run.  Here are some of things that were working against me yesterday:

1.  It was 89 degrees.  Really.  When I got out of my car, that was the temp.  It was no joke.  Sweat was dripping and my face was red purple.  Cute.

2. I started out SUPER fast and had a 7:30 first mile.  Who me?!  I NEVER run a 7:30 anything!  What an amateur decision!  I haven’t done that silly stuff since my first months of running.  This mistake produced some MAJOR positive splits.  Never good.

3.  Lungs are kinda still barking.  Even though I finished my quick 5-day course of antibiotic, I am still feeling a bit heavy in the chest.  I think the bronchitis left a bit of a lingering cold (of which I kindly passed to the Husband as a pre-annicersary gift hehe sorry, babe) that is still affecting my cardiovascular system.  Please pass soon, please?

4.  First day back.  Looking at my training schedule, I hadn’t run or done ANY sort of cardio for a WEEK.  The last run I completed was an easy 3-miler a week prior and a 5-miler the day before that.  This meant that I REALLY felt my 7-miler yesterday. REALLY felt it.  Walking breaks were a must.  But, as Caitlin says (happy b-day to her btw), there is NOTHING wrong with walking breaks!

Anyway, to pump myself up, I tried to find some pictures from Broad Street last year.  You can find my recap here.

Are you running Broad Street?!?  What race are you running soon if not?  And if you arent a runner, tell me something else! Anything!  Toodles!

Post-Vacay Detox

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So, it is VERY early Monday morning, pre-work, and I am sitting here contemplating the following…

1.  How the HECK work came so fast

2.  WHERE the heck my vacation went

3.  How I can get husband to steal me these SICK-butt earrings his Dad’s bestie made (PS:  this guy is GOOD- he made our wedding bands, my diamond earrings and is the best known diamond dude around-I can get you his info if you want)

4.  How I could make a semi-permanent home for myself atop this beautiful rock formations in a great friend’s yard in Armonk, NY (on the way back from picking up the pups in Pound Ridge, NY)

5.  How airlines like USAIR are still in business, after screwing us up not once but TWICE this vacation and robbing us of a whole night in Jamaica (which means a lot when you are only staying for THREE!).  But hey, it’s moot at this point,  no?

AND finally

6.  HOW AM I GOING TO RUN BROAD STREET 10-MILER ON SUNDAY when I literally have not run in weeks, recovering from bronchitis and the last run I did was a diddly-5-miler ten days ago where I stopped and started more than a Philly Subway and hacked up a lung the entire time…AWESOME.  But Lord knows I am paying an arm and a leg for that darn bib, and even though I have an even numbered bib and therefore know this race is already doomed (I totally agree with Tina’s view on bib numbers- GIMME AN ODD PLEASE!) I think I’ll still go for it as a training run even though the thought of my time being published in the paper the next day is making me physically ill.  OK, rant over.  I am still trying to figure out how I want to tackle this last week of training. Normally, this is supposed to be taper week, but I REALLY need to see if my lungs and legs are still working! Help!  What to do!?

“Yeah Mon” From Jamaica!

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Hi Friends!  We are currently in Jamaica!  See you soon!  Back on Sunday.  For now…

Sweet Scenes: This Year’s Birthday

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After last year I thought nothing could top a birthday like my 30th…except my 31st!  Boy do people know how to make a girl feel special. Thank you ALL for your kind, warm, thoughtful and much appreciated wishes!  Here was this year’s shenanigans in pics:

Our Lion-Girl and her Underbite

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Addie has an underbite.  It is hilarious…

Especially when her lip gets caught on her teeth jutting out.  Want another look? 

Thought you would. How funny is that?!??! I love her and love this about her.  She truly reminds us of a lion sometimes too, which also cracks us up.

Here are some more pic-ys of her at baseball this Sunday…

With "Grandpa Nate"

Can you spot the little chickadee in the background?!

OK, just to be fair, Oscar wanted to be included…

OK, so PLEASE share with  me your “hilarious” dog issues.  I LOVE Addie’s underbite- sooo cute and funny!  Do you?!

Barkin’ Ls

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So lately, my running game has been…well benched, pretty much, as in I’ve been riding the bench lately.  Basically, I’ve had this chest cold that is slowly making its way out of my body but is making it VERY difficult to run…Hence the title, BARKIN’ Ls.  The Ls refer to…LUNGS and LEGS.  So, yes, they have been barking lately.  I’ve decided to sideline my running game a bit until Saturday, when I HOPE (fingers crossed I’m feeling less chest-y hehe) my Husband and I will be running the second annual Gener8tion 8K for Students Run Philly Style.  We ran it last year when it was in Fairmount Park and it was  BLASTY! 

This year it is at the Naval Yard and I was REALLY looking forward to this, as any race is exciting, expecially an 8K (GREAT distance) and one I can run with Husband!  Anyway, we will have to see Sat night how the good ol’ lungs are doing.  But, on Monday I WAS able to take a nice lil’ jog by the river before my lungs started barking and I caught some GORGEOUS cherry blossoms!

Oh, and after, I picked up Oscar and hit up a new local bakery that is ADORABLE called Cake and the Beanstalk.  Not only were the goodies DELISH but the atmosphere was SO cute and the “barristas” were so friendly!  I can’t wait to return (with BOTH pups) to hang in the dining area and snap more photos.  For now, here are a few.

Oscar BEGGED and BEGGED to be let in- they let him in AND gave him a treat!

By the way, I had a blondie with Kit Kat in it! Yummmmm!  I got husband a piece of strawberry infused pound cake, and Shiya a brownie.  Oh, and for your daily dose of cuteness, here are my two furbabies in a pile, how I love them…

Making Asana “Awesoma”

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OMG seriously with the titles, right!?! Whatevs.  It is what it is :)  Anyway, I’ve been trying to do some asana (yoga physical practice) daily and thought a good way to do this was to sun salute for a few minutes a day.

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So, I started with picking my FAVE song right now; The Band Perry’s If I Die Young, which happens to “flow” perfectly with sun salutations!  I LOVE the lyrics and the rhythm helps me connect movement to breath.

The Band Perry: If I Die Young Lyrics

If I die young bury me in satin
Lay me down on a bed of roses
Sink me in the river at dawn
Send me away with the words of a love song
uh oh uh oh

Lord make me a rainbow, I’ll shine down on my mother
She’ll know I’m safe with you when she stands under my colors, oh and
Life ain’t always what you think it ought to be, no
ain’t even grey, but she buries her baby

The sharp knife of a short life, well
I’ve had just enough time

If I die young bury me in satin
Lay me down on a bed of roses
Sink me in the river at dawn
Send me away with the words of a love song

The sharp knife of a short life, well
I’ve had just enough time

And I’ll be wearing white when I come into your kingdom
I’m as green as the ring on my little cold finger
I’ve never known the lovin’ of a man
But it sure felt nice when he was holding my hand
There’s a boy here in town says he’ll love me forever
Who would have thought forever could be severed by

The sharp knife of a short life, well
I’ve had just enough time

So put on your best boys and I’ll wear my pearls
What I never did is done

A penny for my thoughts, oh no I’ll sell them for a dollar
They’re worth so much more after I’m a goner
And maybe then you’ll hear the words I’ve been singin’
Funny when you’re dead how people start listenin’

If I die young bury me in satin
Lay me down on a bed of roses
Sink me in the river at dawn
Send me away with the words of a love song
oh oh

The ballad of a dove
Go with peace and love
Gather up your tears; keep them in your pocket
Save them for a time when you’re really gonna need them oh

The sharp knife of a short life, well
I’ve had just enough time

So put on your best boys and I’ll wear my pearls

PS:  I also like finishing up with a lil Taylor Swift “MEAN” (another recent fave of mine)

Mean lyrics
Songwriters: Swift, Taylor;
You, with your words like knives and swords and weapons that you use against me
You have knocked me off my feet again got me feeling like I’m nothing
You, with your voice like nails on a chalkboard, calling me out when I’m wounded
You, pickin’ on the weaker man

Well, you can take me down with just one single blow
But you don’t know what you don’t know

Someday I’ll be living in a big old city
And all you’re ever gonna be is mean
Someday I’ll be big enough so you can’t hit me
And all you’re ever gonna be is mean

Why you gotta be so mean?

You, with your switching sides and your walk-by lies and your humiliation
You, have pointed out my flaws again as if I don’t already see them
I’ll walk with my head down trying to block you out ’cause I’ll never impress you
I just wanna feel okay again

I’ll bet you got pushed around, somebody made you cold
But the cycle ends right now ’cause you can’t lead me down that road
And you don’t know what you don’t know

Someday I’ll be living in a big old city
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And all you’re ever gonna be is mean
Someday I’ll be big enough so you can’t hit me
And all you’re ever gonna be is mean

Why you gotta be so mean?

And I can see you years from now in a bar, talking over a football game
With that same big loud opinion but nobody’s listening
Washed up and ranting about the same old bitter things
Drunk and grumbling on about how I can’t sing

But all you are is mean
All you are is mean and a liar and pathetic and alone in life
And mean, and mean, and mean, and mean

But someday I’ll be living in a big old city
And all you’re ever gonna be is mean, yeah
Someday, I’ll be big enough so you can’t hit me
And all you’re ever gonna be is mean

Why you gotta be so mean?

Someday, I’ll be, living in a big old city
(Why you gotta be so mean?)
And all you’re ever gonna be is mean
(Why you gotta be so mean?)
Someday, I’ll be big enough so you can’t hit me
(Why you gotta be so mean?)
And all you’re ever gonna be is mean

Why you gotta be so mean?


So, what do you think about this?  Would this be a good way for you to fit in your “asana?” It almost feels like meditation to me because I can zone out and concentrate on connecting my movements to my breath.  OH By the way, OF COURSE this won’t replace my FAVORITE STUDIO…Shanti Yoga Shala; it just allows me to fit in a quick ten minuter ;)

Opening Day (for us)

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…again, a week late.  Sorry!  Life has certainly been getting in the way lately!   Anyway, we  were lucky enough to have TWO opening days baseball-style.

PHILLIES!!!!!!  We went to our phirst ;) game of the season.  Husb and I are huge phans ;)  and have a season ticket package!  We LOVE it and feel so lucky to be able to get this!  Anyway, the first game was awesome, and of course they won ;)  YAY!

The brand new HUGE gorgeous screen! SWOON!

Go Cliff Lee!

So, we also had opening dat for husband’s baseball team, the Colt 45′s.  They are part of the league GPMABL.  They are awesome!  Here are some pics!

Woot Woot!  What a wonderful first day all around!!!