September 25, 2015

Friday night bullets

I haven't done bullets in a while, and I love reading/writing bullet posts! This weekend is a super busy one, so here goes:

  • Our cross country team had their first meet on Wednesday. All the kids finished and had fun! 

  • It was Eli's first cross country meet, and he did awesome! He was really nervous, but he ran about a 12:30 pace, and did his best. I let him wear my Garmin, but he forgot to start it for a while, and then he forgot to stop it ;)
  • I ran a little at cross country practice yesterday, and it went well. I just did a slow jog with the kids for about 2/3 of a mile, so I could check their running form. I think next week, I'll incorporate a couple of short runs for exercise. I'm kind of excited to do it!
  • Speaking of running, I haven't missed it nearly as much over the last six weeks as I did the whole first half of the year. I think that's because I finally really started to enjoy bike riding, and finding ways to stay active without sticking to a rigid schedule. Before, I was so focused on what I couldn't do that I didn't even want to think about what I could do (that totally sounds like a line in a commercial or something).
  • Yesterday, I helped my friend Andrea move across town. I've been seeing her quite a bit lately, and it feels good. We are very much alike in a lot of ways, and she is one of my most trustworthy and honest friends. 
  • I'm having a hard time getting hooked on another book. I've started several in the past week, but they haven't really held my interest long enough to want to finish them. A lot of the newer books that were recommended to me are on hold at the library
  • Likewise, I'm not watching anything on Netflix right now, either. I need a new series! (Well, I really don't *need* a new series to suck me in, but I kind of wish I had a go-to favorite show that I could watch in the evenings.
  • Yesterday, I got a fun package (a "blogger box") in the mail from Shape magazine (and Brooks, the shoe company). I'm still amazed at all the doors this blog has opened for me! I've gotten introduced to some really great companies. This was in the box from Shape and Brooks:
  • When I saw the Brooks Ghost shoes in the box, I thought there was no way they'd fit, because I have wide feet. But they fit perfectly, and I really like them (I LOVE the color)! I wore them to cross country practice yesterday, and they felt great. I still love my Altras, of course, but one of the things I learned from Golden (founder of Altra) is that it's good to have different shoes to rotate so that your feet don't get used to the same ones.
  • Today, Jerry and I did a lot of yard work (well, mostly Jerry did it... I just kind of got in the way when I tried to help). After building the garage last fall, our yard looks terrible. We have piles of dirt that has to be spread out, bare patches with no grass, a TON of weeds, and broken up concrete from the driveway that has to be disposed of. 
  • Jerry got creative with the concrete, and built a really big fire pit! I was very impressed.
  • My job was to spray all the weeds with a weed killer. A tough job, but one of us had to do it ;)
  • We really need to paint or stain our porches and deck, but that is a huge project. It may have to wait until spring.
  • Today, I booked a boudoir photo session (insert "shocked" emoji here) for October 9th. I'm so nervous, but it's something I've been wanting to do since my early 20's. I've always thought I'm not thin enough or my skin isn't clear enough, or whatever... but I'm not getting any younger, and I'm feeling pretty good about my body right now, so I might as well just do it. Eek! 
  • Tomorrow, the boys have a baseball game in the morning, and then a cross country meet in the afternoon. It's a busy day for them!
Anyone want to sum up your week/plans this weekend with a single bullet? :)


  1. Hi Katie! Did you finish One Tree Hill? Other shows I like are Revenge (series just ended tho), Shameless (sho time), Pretty Little Liars (abc family) just to name a few. You've inspired me- jumping on the wagon to losing weight and being healthy (even tho I'm scared of having loose skin but I think having that is better than how I am feeling currently being over weight) Any tips to help tighten up skin during the weight loss process? Any tips or words of encouragement is greatly appreciated!

    1. Yes, I finished One Tree Hill, and I LOVED it!! Shameless is probably my very favorite show ever ;)
      Loose skin is definitely much easier to live with than excess weight. I have a lot of loose skin on my arms and thighs, and while it's uncomfortable, it's not nearly as bad as I felt when I was obese. I really don't think there is any way to prevent loose skin--it just depends on how overweight you were, how long you were overweight, your age, genetics, etc. Best wishes on your weight loss!

  2. Try "Call the Midwife" on Netflix. I'm hooked!

    1. I haven't heard of that one... I'll definitely check it out!

    2. I'm watching Call the Midwife too and it's amazing, but keep the tissues handy :)

    3. I totally agree with Call the Midwife! I love PBS! I also like Dig that is on the USA network.

      Your looking fabulous! Good for you on the photo shoot!

  3. *Hockey ;)

    Can't wait to hear about your photo shoot!!!

  4. We've been hooked on Criminal Minds on Netflix lately...have you watched those? Really great show!

  5. Couple of series that I absolutely loved.... The Tudors and 24.

    1. I agree with 24! That is my go-to for the treadmill!

  6. Good on you for just doing the boudoir shoot!

  7. Ive always wanted to do a boudoir shoot! Working to be a smaller me then plan to do it. Would love to hear your thoughts on your experience. :) - Tiffany

  8. What book did you just finish? I am always looking for a good one.

    The fire pit looks awesome...I could see a lot of fun times around it in the future!! ;-)

  9. Have you watched Scandal? I'm not really into politics, but that show is freaking AWESOME!! Also, I'm so excited for you to do a boudoir photo shoot! I've always wanted to do one, too...but I've still got a minimum of 30 more lbs to lose first. (I'm down 70 for the year so far) We recently connected on Instagram....I'm Themuse414 on there. ;) I love the fire pit, tell Jerry he did awesome!

    As for things I did this weekend....

    I signed up for the Northern Utah Winter Race Circuit. I'm excited and freaking scared to death all at the same time. The winter race circuit is 5 races - a 5k, 10K, 10 miler, half marathon and then a 30K. It is to help runners prepare for the Ogden Marathon. (I also signed up for the Ogden Half Marathon) it looks like from Feb to May of next year, I will be running A LOT. I'm terrified of the 30k, but if I do all 5 races I get a nice sparkley medal....and I love medals! ;)

    What else did I do? I cleaned. Yuck. It needed to be done.

  10. oh my! I've been thinking about doing a boudior shoot after my weight loss journey is done...and hopefully a skin removal process as well. I find through they years of reading your blog that I think we're a bit alike, so I will be excited to hear about your experience with it! :D

  11. Way to go on the boudoir shoot! Can't wait to hear how it goes. My week can be summed up pretty easily 😄
    •Walking and hanging with my toddler

    I agree with everyone on Call The Midwife it's fantastic. I've binged watched so many shows on Netflix it's hard to keep track hhaha

  12. A great show to watch is How To Get Away With Murder. Omg so good.

  13. Justified....Loved that show when it was on. I like Homeland..these are older series but I enjoyed Dexter and Six Feet Under (Michael C Hall fan). Those are dark...moody shows...if you want fun...Modern Family, The Middle and Big Bang Theory are good for a laugh. Ellen Renee


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