It’s been forever since I wrote about random stuff going on!  It seems like all of my recent musings have been about training, healthy recipes, race or trail run recaps, and of course Wednesday Word.  So outside of those things what have I been up to lately?  If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen some of these pictures already…..

A couple of weeks ago, Bill and I had lunch with our friend Betty, and got to meet Sassy for the first time!  Isn’t she a beauty?


Betty prepared us a vegan lunch.  She made black bean/sweet potato quesadillas, kale salad, fruit salad, bulgur, and corn.  It was delicious!


Later that afternoon we headed to our running friend Beth‘s house to spend some time on the boat with her and her husband.  We started with this, and ended up later in the evening enjoying asparagus soup, chicken and veggie kabobs, and a salad!


While on the boat, Bill snapped this picture of us and the beautiful clouds with our GoPro. (Note: Affiliate link here and below – see lower right column for more information)


My bleeding hearts have been gorgeous this spring.


As have been our rhododendrons…



My buddy Erin surprised me with this little Scrabble gift in celebration of my new Wednesday Word linkup I host.  Actually, Erin is the genius behind the Scrabble picture I use for my button.  While on a run last fall, I told her about my idea to start a new linkup and explained how it would work, and she immediately came up with the Scrabble idea!  Thank you, Erin!


Last week I saw this tweet, and it made me so happy!  I’ll share Courtney‘s article soon.


On Friday I hosted a little get together for my MRTT friends to help them set up their training plans for their fall marathons.  I gave everyone an empty spreadsheet and helped them fill in the blanks for their next 20-26 weeks of running.  It was so fun!  Margaritas and marathoning – two of my favorite things!


And then this happened on Saturday!!!  Meet Stella, my new next-door-neighbor puppy!  She’s a nine-week-old yellow lab and has already stolen my heart.


I needed to use up my Runner Points and a gift card so I stopped by Potomac River Running Store on the way to the wellness center on Monday to stock up on a few things. I love my well-worn Brooks Glycerin 12’s so I got a new pair of them before the 13’s come out.  My water belt has been annoying me recently, so I’m going to give the hand-held Nathan hydration bottle a try.  I’m a big fan of Honey Stinger chews, but I’ve never tried their waffles.  I bought two to give them a try.  I’ll keep you posted on what I think of both the water bottle and waffles.


Totally randomly while looking for a blueberry yogurt parfait at Wegman’s, I found this mint chip milk instead.  Since mint chocolate chip ice cream is my favorite, I decided to give this a try.  Let’s just say that it was amazing, and I wish that the Holsteins on our farm produced green milk.


And finally, who knew I’d like cherry ice cream.  Believe it or not, this was a first for me and I initially told Bill that it would be all his since I was sure I wouldn’t like it…  Um, wrong!  Cherry Garcia isn’t your typical cherry ice cream.


And there you have it – my mostly non-running happenings from the last couple of weeks.


  • Questions:
  • What have you been up to lately?
  • What is your favorite ice cream?
  • Do you have a pet?  If so, what?