Thursday, May 28, 2015

Spartan in a month!

So, as of yesterday, the Spartan is a month out. Am I ready? I am not. At all. Fortunately, it is a Super Spartan (10Kish distance) rather than what we did last year (Spartan Beast - half marathon distance). Still, I need to be training. So, here I am making some goals!

Starting today, May 28th, 2015, until the morning of the Spartan (June 27th, 2015), I need to do at least 30 burpees every day. In addition to that, I need to try and rock climb or run on most days. I think this is an entirely manageable goal - but I might need to reminders to get myself to stick with it! Plus, on the days Brandon has soccer at one of the nearer locations, I could maybe even run to meet him there! Some tentative schedule ideas:

May 28th (Thursday): 30 Burpees, Quick Run?
May 29th (Friday): 30 Burpees, Rock Climbing (with Brandon?)
May 30th (Saturday): 30 Burpees, Run? Rock Climb? (Grant's Bachelor Party!)
May 31st (Sunday): 30 Burpees, Walk (Mom and Dad's Anniversary!)
June 1st (Monday): 30 Burpees, Run (Brandon Soccer)
June 2nd (Tuesday): 30 Burpees, Run?
June 3rd (Wednesday): 30 Burpees, Run (Brandon Soccer)
June 4th (Thursday): 30 Burpees, Rock Climb?
June 5th (Friday): 30 Burpees, Rock Climbing with Brandon
June 6th (Saturday): 30 Burpees (Grant and Lauren get married!)
June 7th (Sunday): 30 Burpees, Walk
June 8th (Monday): 30 Burpees, Run (Brandon Soccer)
June 9th (Tuesday): 30 Burpees, Rock Climb?
June 10th (Wednesday): 30 Burpees, Run (Brandon Soccer)
June 11th (Thursday): 30 Burpees, Rock Climb?
June 12th (Friday): 30 Burpees, Rock Climbing (with Brandon?)
June 13th (Saturday): 30 Burpees (Housewarming/Open House!)
June 14th (Sunday): 30 Burpees, Walk
June 15th (Monday): 30 Burpees, Run (Brandon Soccer)
June 16th (Tuesday): 30 Burpees, Rock Climb?
June 17th (Wednesday): 30 Burpees, Run (Brandon Soccer)
June 18th (Thursday): 30 Burpees, Rock Climb?
June 19th (Friday): 30 Burpees, Rock Climbing with Brandon
June 20th (Saturday): 30 Burpees, Run? Rock Climb?
June 21st (Sunday): 30 Burpees, Walk
June 22nd (Monday): 30 Burpees, Run (Brandon Soccer)
June 23rd (Tuesday): 30 Burpees (Coworker's Reception!)
June 24th (Wednesday): 30 Burpees, Run (Brandon Soccer)
June 25th (Thursday): 30 Burpees, Rock Climbing?
June 26th (Friday): 30 Burpees, Quick Run?
June 27th (Saturday): SUPER SPARTAN!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

It's official!




Here we are after the wedding rush! I'll share more as I get more time to write, but suffice it to say that the last several weeks have been fantastic. The wedding day in Logan and the wedding day in Huntsville were both perfect - no complaints. And the honeymoon in Cancun in the middle was lots of fun - though very busy! We've had pretty much no time to relax, and now we're back to work. I'm greatly looking forward to doing nothing specific this weekend. :)

We're thrilled to be married, though it still seems a little surreal!

The Mama('s Day)!

(posted a little late!)

As I've mentioned a few times recently, the timing of Mother's Day this year is particularly special to me, as it is the Sunday preceding Brandon and my marriage, our marriage (grammatical quandaries are circulating in my head on the correct phrasing for that last bit).

Since even before Brandon and I were engaged, my mother has helped to make all of what is about to be for our wedding days happen. Clothing, invitations, decorations, food, music, photography - you name it. An extraordinary amount of work, particularly as I'm all the way out here in Utah and can do little physical preparation for everything in Alabama. (Shout out to Shauna and Lisa as well who have helped SO much with everything for our Logan Dinner! You're amazing and I love you both!)

But to limit all that my mother has done to one major event in my life only (our wedding!) would be far too simplistic. She is an incredible woman. And I mean that in every positive facet of what the word incredible can mean. She amazes me. Her intellect, perspective, scope, optimism, creativity, and humor are awe inspiring to me. This is a woman that not only has the capacity to really think outside the box (I am not as good at doing this, though I've gleaned much from her!), but to do so in a way which creates wonder and beauty. Our minds function very differently, and having had her as my mother has helped me to expand my own perspectives, farther outside the box that I unconsciously draw for myself.


I love watching her adventures, love watching what she chooses to pursue. Growing up I think we often limit our parents to somewhat one dimensional people. One of the best things about now being an adult daughter to my parents is that I am more fully able to see them as varied multi-faceted individuals. Yes, you see more of everything, but I think the net balance swings widely in a much more colorful spectrum rather than the blacks and whites of before.

I love my mom. She brings so much to my life. If I can give her back even an inkling of the love I've felt from her, I'll be doing well.




Happy Mother's Day!

Random Recipes

I've been combing through a lot of stuff, so I'm sure there will be more posts similar to this as a declutter. Today I grabbed a handful of random papers that were in the cookbook I own but rarely use (thanks a lot - pinterest!). So, here we go:

Recipe for fake blood:
-1/2 cup water
-1 tablespoon cocoa powder
-3 to 4 tablespoons corn syrup
-1/2 to 1 teaspoon red food coloring
-2 drops yellow or green food coloring

Why do I have a recipe for fake blood? Because we used it on our Zombie costumes when we were getting ready to go to Toronto for Thrill the World. Good times. :)

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
-1 cup canned pumpkin
-1 cup white sugar
-1/2 cup vegetable oil
-1 egg
-2 cups all purpose flour
-2 teaspoons baking powder
-2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1 teaspoon milk
-1 tablespoon vanilla extract
-2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Combine pumpkin, sugar, vegetable oil, and egg. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, and salt. Dissolve the baking soda in the milk and stir in. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and mix well. Add vanilla, chocolate chips, and nuts. Drop by rounded spoonful on teh greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for approximately 10 minutes or until lightly brown and firm.

I can't tell you the number of times we made these cookies (or something close to it) in college. It was a lot. (This recipe was printed out three times...)

Chicken and Broccoli Casserole
-2 10 ounce packages of frozen broccoli
-2 cups cooked chicken (3 breasts+)
-2 cans cream of chicken soup
-1 cup mayo
-1 teaspoon lemon juice
-1 teaspoon yellow curry powder (or less)
-1/2 cup sharp cheese shredded (or more)
-2 tablespoons melted butter
-1 cup stuffing mix/bread crumbs

Bake at 350 degrees F for 40-45 minutes

Chicken and Broccoli Casserole remains one of my favorite dishes from growing up. I've kept meaning to look it up and make it, but it has stayed hidden in the cook book for too long.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Less Than A Week!

It's incredible how quickly the time is passing! And yet here we are, only a handful of days away from our wedding!

It's Thursday morning, so we're looking at approximately six twenty-four hour period left. Six days. Whoa. Good thing we're mostly ready at this point!




There's still a short list of items that need to be done (mostly for Alabama), but none of them are big things. Honestly, the weight of most of what still needs to be done (and honestly - most of what has already been done) has fallen on my mom. Which makes this Sunday particularly appropriate and poignant to me. I have so much to be grateful for.

In the midst of wedding planning I have also successfully moved all of my belongings to our new home in Riverton. I wouldn't say that I've fully moved in yet (that can't really happen until Brandon is fully there as well), but there's progress. :) We still need to decide where to put furniture (particularly the book cases so I can unpack my books!) and what furniture we'll need to purchase (I think we'll need a another couch or two). But even so, there is progress.

Job hunting awaits our return from all of this!