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Back in Action

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I have finally started to get my groove back and it feels great.

It’s been a while since I posted and I have been terrible about taking photos, but I’ll play along anyway.

The Boss and I have been taking Lola on lots of walks.


We found a small creek near our walking trail and we have been taking her down there and letting her play around. She still isn’t very sure about it.

Speaking of The Boss, we picked up her 7th grade schedule this week. She is so excited about starting back to school. I am not excited, but it does make me happy to see her so happy. I’ve been making a list of all of the things that I want to do while she is in school to keep myself busy.

Things like getting my state plates up on the wall finally!

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I finished all of the templates and decided where I want them all to go. All that’s left now is to buy all the plate hangers and start getting those babies up on the wall. And then of course, I need to find the 13 that I am still missing. I guess I need to go antique shopping again soon!

I got a secret letter in the mail this week.


There was no return address and it wasn’t signed but it has made my entire week. Someone knew that I needed a pick me up and they took the time to send this to me. The craziest thing is, I could think of so many people I know who would do something like this. That says a lot about the people I choose to spend my time with, doesn’t it?

I’ve been hitting up the gym daily and my poor body is hating it and loving it at the same time. I am so sore! I curse every time I have to walk up the stairs. I am also doing the 30 day squat challenge with my friend S. She is far ahead of me, but I didn’t want to wait until next month to do it, so I just jumped in on the 10th of the month.


My bum is so sore.

Oh! I finally went running again!  Wednesday morning I slogged through four very humid and hot miles, but I did it. It felt great to get back out there and I think I want to push on through to 5 on Saturday.

When I got home, I collapsed on the kitchen floor and caught a great picture of Lola giving me kisses and checking on me.

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Yesterday was probably the best day I have had in a long time.

I spent hours at the pool with S and our girls. We just about finished off two bottles of Sangria between us and then we went for ice cream. I swear my abs hurt so much from laughing yesterday.

Last night, I went out with our friends T & A to play trivia and eat wings.

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A has to be the messiest wing eater ever.

The best part of the night was when Mr. Challenge ended up joining us. We didn’t win, but we weren’t last place, and it was so much fun. I can’t wait to do that again.

Today was leg day at the gym and yes, I still came home and did my squats. I may need to call someone for help to get off of the toilet later.

Thanks for sticking around while I was absent.

Do you ever play trivia at bars?

Have you done a 30 day challenge?  Do you have a favorite kind of challenge? I think next month we are doing planks which scares the bejeezes out of me. 


Farewell to Summer

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Wow, it has been one wild and crazy summer.

Did you miss me?

It was nice to take a break from blogging but I’m excited to pick things back up. I did absolutely no running at all these past two months. Not even once and I don’t feel guilty. I needed the break.

So, now, I can share some of my favorite memories from this summer.

Our first trip was to Anaheim California for Vidcon. Yes, the giant YouTube convention. This trip was all about The Boss.


Mr. Challenge treated us to first class airfare which was so cool! The weather in California is amazing, no wonder everyone wants to live there.


Most days, The Boss took off with her friends so we were able to hang back and have some fun. We walked to Downtown Disney several times.


I had the absolute privilege of meeting Jen from Red Hair and Running Shoes! We bonded over Mexican food, ‘natch.

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Then we terrorized the Lego store pointing out all of the boobs, butts and poop, like the mature women we are.

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We couldn’t leave California without a trip to Disneyland. I was so excited to ride the Cars ride.


I am such a goober, but luckily my family tolerates me.


But alas, California had to come to an end and then we had a two day turn around before we headed to Kansas!

We stayed in a Bed & Breakfast and the decor was straight out of 1986. I am surprised that they actually had wifi.


But, we actually had an amazing time. My entire extended family was there and I did get to see people that I haven’t seen in years. My cousin’s husband even taught us how to play horseshoes!

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Yes, I did get that ringer!! WHAT?!?! I quit playing just after I rubbed that in my sister’s face.

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We saw the most amazing fireworks show I have ever seen. We were so close that we had ash and debris falling all over us. It was flat out amazeballs.

The next day we went into Atchison and I got to catch up with my homegirl Amelia Earhart.


P.S. she was standing on a box, she is not that much taller than me.

On our way back, we stumbled upon some old restored steam engines that we got to play on and around and there was even a tiny replica that I got to ride around in.


I’m telling you, Kansas knows how to party.

Next up was Utah! This was the trip that I was the most excited about.

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Seriously, I think I belong somewhere there are mountains.

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Our favorite part was Zion National Park. I need to go back again to explore even more.



Can you even? I can’t imagine waking up everyday and being able to see that outside my window.


The Boss and I had to get some filming done so we found a playground and took about a million pictures. I told her that this was my friend Sam the seal, we like to go clubbing together….yep…still just as funny.

We also got to go see the Hoover Dam.


I can’t tell you how many dam jokes were flying that day. Mr. Challenge had me in stitches.


And there you have it.

The summer of The Nuthouse.

Now, maybe it’s time to get to work. I do have a race coming up!

Linking up today with my girl Kels!




Before I Go

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I want to catch you guys up on the happenings here.

No, I still haven’t made it out for a run. I have been feeling better, but not up to pulling on the running shoes.  Don’t worry, I will have to soon. I have another half coming up in October, so I have to start training in July.


Our sweet friend A brought over fresh eggs, homemade salsa and jams! There isn’t anything quite like fresh foods.

I finally got the curtains up!


It’s kind of hard to take photos downstairs right now because it’s so bright!

if I ever get the living room cleaned up long enough to take pictures I will post some before and afters. It really is a huge change and I’m in love with it.

These have been making the rounds on Instagram.

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Have you seen them yet? I will admit that they are pretty good, but I prefer the good old peanut butter Oreos.

Speaking of Instagram, I have decided that I am not taking my laptop on vacation.

I won’t be posting anything here for a while. I will try to get a California recap done when I get back, before I leave for Kansas, but I make no promises. If you want to follow me on Instagram, I will do a little Insta-blogging there.

My username is Welcomenuts

I am also beyond excited to get to meet one of my longtime bloggy friends, Jen from Red Hair and Running Shoes. Two redheads meeting up? Be ready!

So, bye for now, come say hello over on Instagram and I’ll catch you on the flip side!


Phone Dump

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I’m starting to come back to the land of the living. Yesterday was the first day that I started to actually feel happy again and it was wonderful.

I wanted to do a little phone dump to catch you up on what’s been happening at The Nuthouse.

My birthday happened. It’s always fun to be depressed on your birthday.



The Boss surprised me with some of my favorite candles. They smell so good and she knows me well enough to pick out candles that smell good enough to eat.

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Midget Wrestler got me the cutest sandals (which I am breaking in today) and an awesome hip belt to wear whenever I decide to start running again.


I spent a few afternoons by the pool, trying to soak up some Vitamin D. I think it helped, actually. I’m not a huge pool person, but I did feel better after each time.


Dr. McHottie is not looking as hot these days since every single time I go to see him, he finds something else that needs work in my mouth. I found this picture on my phone because The Boss finished her appointment early and then sat with me, obviously sneaking pictures.

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I went on a mini road trip with Midget Wrestler yesterday and we passed these giant fields of sunflowers along the highway.

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So, of course, we had to stop and take pictures.

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MW has a way of making me feel better and I came back home last night smiling.


I almost bought this hat for The Boss, but I wouldn’t want her title to go to her head….get it?

Attack of the bad puns.

I’m a little overwhelmed here and I haven’t been working out other than getting in the pool for a bit. We leave for our first trip in just a few days and it seems like my to do list keeps getting bigger.

Thanks for sticking with me! 

I think that if I get back to blogging, maybe I will get back to running, since this is supposed to be a running blog and all. 


Depression Era

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I’ve talked about the fact that I deal with depression on the blog before, so it should come as no surprise that when I disappear for a while, it’s because I am struggling.

I started taking some 5htp this past weekend and that is helping to finally pull me out of my funk. It takes a few days, but it does help me. I even went for a run this morning!

Dragging yourself out of bed is hard enough when you are depressed so I am giving myself major props for making it to the gym on Monday as well.

Friday night, I spent the evening micromanaging a different family.


Yes, every once in a while, I drag out the Sims to play again.  There’s something about it that I find relaxing.

I slept a lot this weekend, including a three hour nap on Saturday. That’s when you know I am bad off, I never take naps.

Monday morning it was storming here, so I made myself go to the gym. I told myself all I had to do was 15 minutes and then if I still felt like leaving, I could.


I stayed a little longer than that and this is when I first started getting out of the funk.

Monday night, we were supposed to have family over for my birthday, but my poor mother in law was admitted into the hospital in Dallas, so we went and had Mexican food in her honor. Ha!


My favorite goofballs. Notice the empty basket of chips in front of me…sigh.

Yesterday we went to visit my MIL in the hospital.

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She’s in good shape and there is a rumor that she may get to go home tomorrow. She’s just mad because she wanted to visit us and didn’t get to leave her doctor’s appointment.

Mr. Challenge and I had lunch at the hospital and I thought it was a little strange that they had a Chick-fil-a inside the cafeteria.

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I mean, I still ate there, but does that seem strange to you? A fast food place in a heart hospital? Good for business, maybe?

I’m doing better today. I was able to go for a run this morning, but it was already 8:30 a.m. and about a billion degrees. I got 3.5 miles done, but it wasn’t pretty.

Yes, I’m still painting, but all of the walls are finished, now I am just spray painting some smaller items. I promise that I will take photos soon and maybe I will get a resolution wrap up done this week.

I’ll just see how it goes for now.

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Later taters, thanks for sticking around! 


Keeping it Real

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Yesterday was National Running Day and I didn’t run. Nope.

I haven’t been out since Monday. Not to run and not to the gym.

Most of you know that I have taken on the task to paint my living room, dining area and kitchen. This task has grown into a monster of epic proportions.

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You can kind of see the blue in this picture, but what really steals the show is the state of the house. It’s a wreck. I have piles of stuff everywhere.

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There is no usable space in my kitchen, dining room or living room and it’s making me nuts.

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Everything is spread out everywhere.

My goal was to have all of this finished by this weekend, but that is currently looking doubtful unless I get my hands on some cases of Red Bull. However, then, my lines will be all shaky, so even that won’t help.

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I’m really good at painting walls now, but spray painting is a new skill and there seems to be a steep learning curve.

I have so much more to do and I will admit that I am exhausted. My arms ache. I broke my hand a few years ago and it didn’t heal right so my hand hurts if I have to use pressure for any period of time…like using paint brushes, rollers or spray paint cans. I feel like my right hand will never stop hurting again.

I would probably feel better if I could make myself go out for a run or hit the gym, but I am so focused on trying to finish this beast. It’s all I can do to drag myself out of bed at the late hour of 6:30 a.m. There is no chance of me getting up before that right now.

So, I ask that you bear with me for a bit. I will try to get the Resolution Wrap up done soon. 

I am reading your blogs, but I rarely take the time to stop and type out a reply. I know, bad bloggy friend. 

I can’t wait to see the finished result, but I underestimated how much time and effort this was going to take.  I blame all of those years watching HGTV. They made it look so easy.

Summer Running and The Secret Blogger Club Link up

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This is a total loser post because I really have nothing new to say.


So, instead, I pose a question to all of you.

I want you to shower me with advice.

This summer I will be traveling a lot. As in, more than I have ever traveled before. From the end of June to the end of July it is one trip after another. Some for all of us, some for only a couple of us.

And I have never run in a place that isn’t close to home.

I always have the best of intentions, but they never seem to pan out.

Now, I am faced with the realization that if I don’t run on vacation, I may lose an entire month. That’s not going to be good if I am chasing that 2:30 half marathon.

So, I ask you.

Do I run in an unfamiliar city like Los Angelas? The back country of Kansas? The desert of Utah?

I know that I will be exhausted with all the travel, so maybe I focus on cross training and run when I can?

I am really stressing out about this, so help a girl out.

I am linking up with my smexy blonde counterpart Kels over at The Blonder Side of Life and all of you lovelies that join our club!


Adventures With Midget Wrestler

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I took another quick road trip with MW on Wednesday.


She’s really good about reminding me to take pictures for the blog.

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If my clothes were made of candy, I would be really happy all the time. But I admit that I would probably be under dressed most of the time as well.

Kind of like this chick that we saw in the mall.

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I haven’t seen someone walking around the mall in just a bikini since Vegas.

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On our way back home we had to stop at the Czech Stop in Waco.


Why is quite obvious.


We are very happy with our finds.

Dinner included a margarita which should be mandatory on Wednesdays.

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My California Vacation Guide came in the mail yesterday. Only a few more weeks until I make my way to the West Coast for the first time ever!

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You will notice that this post is devoid of any mention of exercise. I have been feeling really tired and thought that after my race, maybe I should take some time off.  Not a lot, but I feel like my body really wants sleep right now so I am trying to oblige.

I am falling in love with counting my macros and the iifym lifestyle. Especially when I have carbs left at night and I get to eat a big bowl of frozen Greek yogurt just before bed.

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This is the best stuff. I swear.

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The best part? I can eat a giant bowl of ice cream before bed and actually wake up weighing less!!

Are you a Froyo fan? I like the regular stuff, but this Greek kind is wonderfully tart. 

Be honest, have you been to the mall in your bikini? If so, I probably took a picture of you. 


My 10K Redemption Run

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Whew! I really needed to knock that last 10K off my mind. Do you remember that one? The worst race ever?

Thank goodness this one went a little better.

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Why yes, I did finally break down and get a running skirt. It’s too damn hot to wear my capris and my shorts from last year give me a lovely front wedgie thanks to my thunder thighs. I broke the cardinal race day rule and wore the skirt for the first time that day.  I was a little nervous, but it all turned out fine and I was able to stay a lot cooler than I would have been in capris.


I was worried when I realized that this route was going to take me exactly where last year’s Plano Balloon Festival race was. That was a miserable hot day and I was not hydrated well enough. I set my worries aside and focused on my goals. My last official time for a 10K  was 1:24:59….I know, worst. race. ever.

All I needed to do was come in under 1:24 and I would be happy. I decided to shoot for a 1:19 and had my splits printed out and tucked inside my handheld water bottle. I was not coming into this race unprepared.

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I did not wear my Maleficent horns during the race, but I did see some people wearing theirs. I get way too hot to have anything on my head unless it is about 30 degrees outside.

I started the race with a friend from the running club, but she was having a rough time so I left her behind (with her blessing) at about mile 3. I was feeling great! I had my sights set on that 1:19.

Then, Mile 5 happened. It was that same damn stretch that took me down during the Balloon Festival Half. It’s probably only about a 1/2 to a 3/4 mile stretch, but it feels like forever. There is no shade and by this time it was almost 10 a.m. thanks to an 8:45 a.m. start time. It’s out in a field with no trees, no breeze and no water stop.  I slowed to a crawl at this point and just focused on making it back into the shade where I could hopefully make up some time.

I picked up the pace again after mile 5 but the heat had already taken its’ toll. I could see that a 1:19 was no longer in my grasp, but I dug deep, determined to still get a PR.

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I got it. My official time was 1:21:24 and I will take it. I took over three minutes off my time in some brutal humidity.

Saturday marks the official end of my racing schedule until fall. I don’t do races in Texas in summer. I am not built for it. The plan is to keep my base mileage up, get to hill work and speed work and start training in August for the next half where I am going full steam for that 2:30.

That bitch is mine. 2:30, I’m coming for you.

After the race, I spent a few hours at the pool reading and soaking up some sunshine on my deathly pale legs. Obligatory poolside photo…

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I told you they were pale!

Overall, I’m pleased with my time. I pushed hard for that. I haven’t been pushing myself, I’ve been kind of coasting since my last half in March. It felt good to accomplish that and I am ready to see what else I can do.

Thanks for all the words of encouragement! 

What was the last race you did? Did you hit your time goal?

What summer movie are you excited to see? Mr. Challenge and I went to see X-Men today and it was great! 

Perpetual Game of Catch Up

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I feel like that is what this poor blog is right now! So sorry for all the sporadic posting. I’m pretty sure that as soon as I get this routine down, The Boss will be out of school for the summer and then I will go back to my old routine.

This week has been all about the painting! I’ve got some before and after photos for you!

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Now remember, this is just the primer to cover up the yellow and the red. I am almost done, and I think that I will be able to finish the last three walls on Thursday of this week if all goes well.

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Then, hopefully, I will be able to start putting the actual color on the walls! Woohoo! It’s already looking so much brighter downstairs!

I know that a lot of you read Hungry Runner Girl and you have probably seen her talking about cottage cheese and grapes recently. I finally broke down and tried it this week.

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And, as usual, with all things food, she was totally point. That is the shizz. I eat it every day now.

We used a fortune teller booth in our video this week and I loved how it turned out. I used a globe from a light fixture and some old fabric I found! Isn’t it adorable?

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Proud mama moment! Both of my kiddos are killing it in school. Mr. Mister is taking a Maymester that is kicking his butt all over the place but he is doing so well!

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The Boss, that girl has put all of my worries to bed. She is working so hard and I could not be prouder.  I admire her perseverance so much, she is really thriving in school and is very happy.

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Yes, I still miss her, but it is easier when I see her so happy. She loves getting grades and getting that feedback. We never did grades at home, we just worked on something until she had mastered it and then moved on.

Friday was a good mail day! I got some new earrings from my Mom for Christmas. :) Yes, for Christmas. She had bought me a beautiful cocktail ring that didn’t fit so we talked and I had mentioned that it would be wonderful to have something that I could wear more often so she exchanged the ring for these earrings!

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I love them! They are real grown up jewelry but simple enough for me to wear every day.

I wore them that night when The Boss and I went to….the mall together! Surprise!

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Our mall has a new candy store Lolli and Pops and I finally went in. I think everyone on my gift list this year will get something from here! They have so much to choose from. I decided on some chocolate covered gummy bears (delish) and The Boss got some sort of baby pacifier tiny little candies.

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They also had some Japanese Oreo’s. I am kicking myself for not getting these that night, but I was seriously in love with those gummy bears. I promise I will get the Oreo’s next time and tell you all about it, because I love you and I know you want me to.

Yes, I had my race yesterday, but I will catch you up on that tomorrow because this post is already far too long. 

Favorite candy from the candy store? 

When is the last day of school where you are? The Boss gets out June 6th. 



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