Friday, January 31, 2014

High Five for Friday

Hey there, Friday friends..  

This week went by super fast and I can't believe that it is already the end of January. Seriously, can we just hit pause for a moment?!

Trey has been gone every weekend in the last month except for one, and that was only because he was sick.  He left again this weekend to go on a guy trip.  Apparently when you are a teenager the last place you want to be is home.  I remember those days.. I miss him!

Monday night we went out for fajita fave!!

I have a new little nephew named Bentley.  I haven't met him in person yet, but when I do finally meet him I have already decided that he is just small enough to fit in my purse, so I'll dog nap him and bring him home with me.  Clearly, I have it all planned out.

I treated myself to to a little retail therapy this week and hit up Pier 1's clearance sale.  I went to see if they still had the amber musk candles on sale, and they did, so I bought the last two left on the shelf.  Unfortunately, they are being discontinued along with a few other scents.  That is the luck I have, as soon as I find something I like.. it goes away.  While I was there I picked up this adorable candle holder that was also on clearance..I found a place for it on my bathroom counter..I have yet to light the candle, and it still fills my bedroom and bathroom with its scent.

Last year I did 13 races and this year I want to change it up a bit and challenge myself more.  Decrease the amount of races, but increase the distance..In 2013 my hardest race was my best race..and my worst race was just..I have no must have been a really off day for me, and that's ok.  It was so bad I didn't tell anyone about it.  I don't expect every race to make me feel amazing..the important thing for me is to start, finish and recognize how I can improve and then actually make the changes that need to be made.  

So far in 2014 I am stepping out of my comfort zone a little at a time..pushing myself harder, longer runs, more hills, more trails..I finally found a happy medium between my yoga practices and my running schedule - and that helps a whole lot because I was all over the place with both and was pretty unhappy about it..I felt very unorganized and unaccomplished.  Now I have my set yoga days and my set running days.  I hooked up with some girls from the Clarksville Running Club and we set a few early mornings a week to get together and do some group runs. I am currently training for my first half that I will do in the Fall, and maybe..(maaaybe) a mini tri.  Trey really wants to do it and keeps trying to talk me into it.  I think I would love it..I am really excited about it..but I'm just as terrified about it as I am excited about it..I just need to convince myself that it's not the worst idea I've had and then get over that fear of really stepping way out of my comfort zone.  

This was my last race of 2013 in New Orleans with my cousins on the Miller side of the fam. 
 (I still really want to steal Tim's snowflake leggings..)

I can never ever get enough of my sunset runs.  My last sunset run I was a little scared because it was one of my long runs, so it was completely dark and I was still about a mile out and I know there was a man behind me somewhere.. I turned my flashlight on..on my phone ..not real sure why?  Maybe so the scary axe murderer could have an easier time finding me? I kept thinking to myself..."please.. legs faster.." and "omg, I've seen this movie before and it doesn't end well.." 

I took my ear phones out so I would be able to hear if anyone was coming after me..In case you didn't know..if it's dark..and you cannot see anything..a squirrel in the forest sounds pretty much the same as a human running through the leaves to try and attack you..not that I really know what that sounds like, but I can imagine...add the entire squirrel family and it is for real loud and scary..Apparently dusk is the gathering hour for squirrel families, either that or they like to scare girls that shouldn't be running in the woods alone at night.  It seriously gets pretty creepy out there, but I am always good at shooting someone a text before I run telling them where I am and if they don't hear from me by a certain time to call the good guys to come find me because I've been abducted.

Love these "c" initial stamped earrings made by Amy Cornwell.  She is so talented and makes some really fun and unique jewelry.  She is offering 10% off with code valentine10 until February 4.

I ordered my next book from Amazon this week - don't you just love that they have the fastest shipping, ever!!?..I finished reading Losing Hope the other night..I cried my eyes out.  It was the perfect ending and I will miss the characters.  I'm giving myself time to get over that book before I begin my new one..It's been a few months since I have read a dystopian so I'm pretty pumped!

Have you read Unwind?

My kitty cat is getting so old..He turns 18 this year - which is 88 in cat years.  He's pretty pitiful and I have been saying for a few years now that I feel it will be his last year.  He continues to prove me wrong.. Every time I mention it to my Mom, she's like "how long have you been saying that now?" Yeah, he has definitely used his fair share of nine lives..maybe he borrowed some from the neighbor cat..  One of my girlfriends teases me saying I run a convalescent home for senior animals - sorta true if you think about it..  Anyway, lately Sebastian has not been bathing himself like a cat normally would, so I gave him his first ever  - and hopefully my last ever - cat bath.  It actually did not go as horrible as I thought it was much simpler than a dog bath.  He didn't even move.  

Perhaps he was in shock.

A little while after the bath I saw him in the living room sitting in the spot where the sun ray meets the floor..He was shaking like a leaf.  Bless his heart.  I immediately picked him up and wrapped him in a towel, holding him for a few.  I went into my bedroom and turned on my heater.  He wanted nothing to do with it and took off to hide.  A while later I walked back in my room and found him nuzzled up by the heater. Sweet baby.  His Mommy made him take a bath and then left him to shiver.  He feels much better now.

Other than that it's been pretty low key around here this week.  I took a few quizzes out of sheer boredom and according to the results I should be an astronaut, and if I were a dog I would be a mutt.  Awesome. 

I really should get out more.

Hope your weekend is super cool..thanks for stopping by!


Friday, January 17, 2014

French Onion Soup - Crock Pot Recipe

Ahhh, yes..if I have a love for any soup it is most def French Onion Soup.  I found this recipe from how sweet it is blog and made very few changes.  It was near perfect already! 

I love it so much that I feel like behaving like a child and blowing bubbles on the rim of the bowl..You know, like you did when you were a toddler your milk, and your Mom fussed at you?  I will blow bubbles in a hot steamy bowl of FO soup any day of the week.  Not really, I do have manners, I promise..but now you understand my ridiculous level of fondness for this soup and my absurd urge to motorboat it. 

But, in all seriousness..something covered with a slice of bread, smothered with ooey gooey, melted/crispy on the edges, nothing short of amazing.

*bonus, bonus* is also involved.

You know that country song..

God is great, beer is good, bread is better??
Oh, wait..I guess that's not exactly how it goes..


4 medium sweet onions - thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves - minced (I used 6)
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons flour
8 ounces beer (I used Newcastle brown ale - see picture above)
64 oz beef stock
2 tablespoons fresh thyme (I used more)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
french bread
Gruyere cheese - sliced

Serves 8-10

Turn your crock pot on high while you slice your onions.  

Bless your's ok to cry.  It happens. Nothing but a thing.

Add onions, garlic, brown sugar, butter, salt and balsamic vinegar to the pot.

Stir together until well combined.

Cover and let cook for 60 minutes.

Stir occasionally, until onions are slightly caramelized and a little brown on the edges.  

Now add in flour, stir and let sit for 5 minutes.  

Add beer, beef stock, thyme and pepper.  

Turn the heat to low and cook for 6-8 hours.

Before serving, slice bread.  

Fill soup bowl to the top, cover with the bread and a slice of cheese.

Set under the broiler for a few minutes, or until the cheese is golden brown and bubbling.
Please be careful because it will be extremely hot!!

Love at first bite


Friday, January 10, 2014

High Five for Friday

Two things occurred to me this week...

1.  I have become one of those women that you see in the grocery store wearing her workout clothes..

I vividly recall having a conversation several years ago with Brittney about all the women that shop in full on workout gear.  Mind you, this was a conversation before either of us set goals to be physically active on a regular basis.  So we were curious.. "do they really workout, or do they just shop in their "active" wear?

Now that I am one of those people I can answer that question, and my answer is - both.  

I recently read an article about women and how they feel in the clothes they was specifically geared toward crossfitters, but I totally got it.  The author discussed how she no longer felt comfortable or confident in her normal clothes, but went on to say that she felt like a <expletive> champion in a tank top and compression shorts.  I can relate..My body is by no means perfect. I accepted that years ago when I became a Mother. I def know I don't have the body of a crossfitter, but I have watched my body morph into this new body over the last year and a half - and I'm proud of it. I actually dig it. Losing 5 pounds, much less 60 pounds is a drastic change..and no easy feat. I love the way I look in my running pants...I like my slimmer legs...and I really like my new  "running" butt...especially mostly from the side..As I'm walking from my bathroom to the closet, my head is slightly turned towards the mirror watching the chick with the new body walk by, annd then again on the way back through. Don't even pretend you don't do the same thing.  Seeing myself now, and remembering me then, is a constant reminder to never stop..that I am awesome..this is my one and only body..and this is my NEW body.

No, I don't always feel like a "beast" in my regular clothes (with the exception of a good pair of jeans..) I prefer to rock my running gear..and chances are if I'm not at work and have no where important to be I am more than likely going to sneak some extra form of exercise into my, now when I see a woman at the grocery I don't look at her and wonder what she did that day in her running tights and sneakers..I look at her and think "you go girl!!"

2.  I have taken my germ-a-phobe-ness to the extreme this week.  Every day on the news you hear that someone else has been taken too soon from the dreaded flu.  I am terrified of the flu.  I don't even know what it feels like and I pray so hard that I never find out..

I have not always been a germ-a-phobe.  I go into other peoples homes for a living and sometimes people don't clean up when they're expecting company..if you know what I mean.  I have seen some stuff, and I could tell you stories for days.  I will never forget the first time I freaked out and after leaving this particular (vacant) home I drove myself straight to the nearest store..washed my hands, bought hand sanitizer, sanitizer wipes..cleaned my door handle..and my steering wheel.  Ever since that day I have been a borderline chronic hand washer/sanitizer.  I know some germs are good, but I often run into bad germs.  

I just know it.  I can feel it...and it's disgusting.

I now keep a ridiculous amount of anti-bacterial hand soap in my linen closet. 

Hello, my name is Carrie, and I am a soap hoarder.

While in the Walgreen's drive thru this week I sat in line for about 5 minutes before I realized I was in the far lane and I would have to touch the little cylinder that everyone else has touched.  I have no idea how often they clean it, but I can only imagine - in my mind - that it is not nearly enough.  

I was not about to touch the flu capsule.  

No sir!

I backed my car up and went to the lane that did not require me to touch any random objects that may or may not have been contaminated in order to drop off a prescription.

School started back today and I cringed at the thought of all the germs from all the sick kids that didn't stay home.  Trey and I each had an Airborne tablet before bed.
You know..just to be safe.

I mentioned in a previous blog that I had a new found love for Mrs. Meyers cleaning products.  
I purchased this gift set in the lavender scent.

You get all of this for $26.99 and it is made with all natural ingredients.  No fumes burning your eyes and nose.  Just a heavenly scent that smells so good you won't want to stop cleaning.  I know how ridiculous that sounds, but trust me...I have been one mean cleaning machine.

Santa brought us a Keurig for Christmas.  While I am not a huge coffee drinker I did accidentally give myself the coffee jitters a few times just to try out some of the samples that came with it.  Two cups of coffee at bed time ...I don't suggest it.  Thank goodness AMC has been playing some good movies late at night to make my unfortunate coffee experimentation a little less boring..

Good thing I can watch Braveheart and Titanic and never get tired of either..oh, and recorded episodes of Family Feud..


My favorite k cups so far are the just about every tea I've been able to get my hands on  as well as the apple cider.  

I love this bamboo storage drawer, and if you don't have any type of storage for your cups I totally recommend it.  I bought mine from a shop on eBay for $29.95 with free shipping.  They still have a few left, so if you're looking for one click the link and get it before they're gone.

My 2014 monthly planner is from Letter C Design on Etsy.  I absolutely love it!  I have marked important dates with different colored washi tape.  I actually got the idea from a picture I saw in the Letter C Design shop.  For instance my turquoise tape is for appointments, the lime green is for birthdays/anniversaries and the pink is for vacations.. 

It will definitely help keep me on track for the new year ahead.

That's all for this week.  

Please stay healthy - wash your hands - get your flu shot, and if you don't feel well stay home unless you're going to the doctor and please for the love of Betsy if you feel bad for more than a day go to the doctor.  

Better safe than sorry.

I'll step down from my soapbox now..

Thanks for stopping by..