Hey friends! Happy fall to ya :D The weather this past weekend was nothing short of amazing. I was supposed to go camping on Saturday with one of my besties but apparently the temperature was supposed to get down into the forties with winds of up to 25 MPH where our site was. Not exactly ideal for tent camping so we scrapped it and savored the beautiful weather in the capital district! With the day free on Saturday, I slept in (glorious) and got a decent amount of thank you cards out of the way. My goal is to get them out before the six month mark so I better get on it! For my married friends- I may have asked before but I need reassurance, haha- how long did it take you to get your wedding thank you cards out?
Saturday evening my friend Kristin and I headed to downtown Saratoga and had dinner at one of my favorite restaurants. I seriously love this place and have been going there for my birthday every year since it opened ten years ago. This past Saturday, however, I was almost in tears. Dramatic, yes. I was upset! Kristin and I ordered a wonderful appetizer platter and then I ordered a small dish of pasta with vodka sauce (carb loading for my run on Sunday, you see). On the menu the dish came with prosciutto. I stopped eating pork for ethical reasons over a year ago so I asked the waitress if I could get it without the prosciutto and then told her I don’t eat pork. She told me of course I could and Kristin and I continued our conversation. The waitress presented me with the dish and it looked great- maybe like there were sliced onions in it or something. I took a bite and those sliced onions were pork! Ughhhhhh. I told the waitress and she brought me another dish but I don’t know, I was put off. If a customer tells you that you don’t eat certain meat, you pay attention, right? The best part was I got the bill and she charged me for both dishes. I got one of them taken off the bill and we left. The whole experience just left a really bad taste in my mouth. Has something like this ever happened to you? Assuming that the waitress made an honest mistake (she likely did), she handled it really poorly. So yeah, there goes my streak of no pork. See ya.
Sunday I awakened bright and early for the eight miler that my training plan called for. I wore my new bondi band and it stayed put the entire run. My breathing again was spot on for this run but I didn’t have a lot of energy. I really think my body prefers to run in the evenings. However, most races are in the morning so I just need to deal with it! The first four miles were slow-going, but after fueling with a chocolate mint gu (YUM!) I was able to finish strong. I tried out a new pair of running socks that I am really happy with-
A thicker version of my typical balega socks! My local running store was having a sale so I purchased a few pairs last week. One of the employees told me that the thicker socks are better on longer runs and I drank the kool-aid and bought some. My feet felt fantastic afterwards! With my thinner balegas I had been developing a callus on the ball of my foot (running is hot) but with this run there was none of that. Sold!
Now onto some organization. I’ve said in the past that I’m a magazine junkie. I love them despite the redundancy and opposing messages, although it is annoying to have an article on healthy living next to an advertisement for diet pills. Moving along. When I go through a magazine I always dog ear the pages of recipes or workouts that I like and want to refer back to. Usually I rip out the pages and they go into the junk drawer, never to see the light of day again. Not anymore!
Last week I was perusing one of my favorite blogs when one of her posts immediately piqued my interest. Workout binder? Organizing magazine articles? Caroline had the brilliant idea of creating a workout binder- a binder with all of her favorite exercises/recipes and the like – by purchasing page protectors and slipping the magazine pages in them. How have I not thought of this? Practical and genius. I literally went right to CVS and purchased a binder and page protectors. I got home and began to tackle my piles of magazines:
This is just small portion of what I actually have. Yes, it’s bad. Anyway. I went through the magazines, ripping out those pages that I deemed dog-ear worthy.
At first it looked like a big pile of ripped out magazine pages but then I started seeing a pattern. Ohh, this can go in the appetizer section, this can go in the dessert section and so on and so on. Eventually, it started to look like this:
Dude, I’d totally forgotten about that spread on all of the things you can do with frozen edamame (which I love)! This style of organization is also fantastic since I print out a lot of delicious recipes from cooking sites and other bloggers. Now I can have them in one spot in a cohesive manner! Who knew I could find so many appetizer, breakfast, soup, sandwich, lunch, dinner, dessert and exercise ideas in one handy binder?!? A very big shout out and thank you to Caroline for the inspiration :) Are you a magazine junkie like me? If so, how do you organize recipes and exercises that you like?
Have a wonderful Tuesday friends!