Preparing for the Half

This weekend marks my first half-marathon, and I’m more than excited. First of all, I’m so happy to finally see and catch up with this girl. And this girl. Such beauties with even more beautiful hearts (Oh, I’m also thankful to see West, but he’s not running with us, so I’m not counting him. Sorry, West.). But in preparation for the 13.1 mile showdown, I’m taking it easy this week. Because it’s been absolutely b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l outside, I’ve been taking walks every single day. Walk Photo I also busted out my old Power Yoga video with Denise Austin. Denise definitely keeps it real.
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The Power of the Pumpkin

Just a few pumpkins. (Image from http://www.aftonapple.com/pumpkins.htm) Is it just me, or is the pumpkin spice flavor taking over the world this fall? Everywhere I look, at every grocery store I shop, and every blog I read, pumpkin is taking over. I love pumpkin, so I’m obviously taking advantage of it’s presence.  But I also wonder if every company has seen what Starbucks has done with pumpkin and are now following down the same path. Or has it been like this every year, and I’m just now catching on? Seriously, I’ve found pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin pie Pop Tarts, pumpkin chocolate bark,
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Let’s Be Honest – Hibernation

It’s October 9, and I already want to hibernate under the covers all day long. Hence, I didn’t post yesterday. Hence, it’s after 5 p.m. and I still haven’t posted today. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not just being lazy around here. I ran five miles today, watched some kids, went to a bible study, did some laundry, but all I want to do, and mostly what my heart thinks about, is crawl under the covers with a good book. Our house is less than 65 degrees. I can’t see the point in turning on the heat in October, but
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New Beginnings

It’s almost officially Fall (Eeeee!!!) and while Spring is typically considered the season of new beginnings, I’d like to nominate Fall to replace Spring. The beginning of the school year just makes everything feel new. Last night I found myself making a new meal I found on Pinterest, Spinach-Artichoke Baked Pasta, to go over to our friends’ new home for the beginning of our new small group. It was pretty delicious and less than $10 to make. Spinach-Artichoke Baked Pasta I met some new people (no pic – I didn’t want to be the creepy girl taking pictures of the
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Asheville, Stomach Bugs, and Many Pictures

A nasty bug kept me away from the computer for most the week last week. I battled and grappled with it for a few days, and it went on to attack E. Of course, he kicked it’s butt in a mere 12 hours. He also started praying to Jesus in the bathroom after his first episode, so I think he was cured faster for his faith. He asked great questions including, “Is there really a bug in my stomach right now,” “Does the thermometer read how much bug is left in my body” (E, I wish this was true. If
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What has Starbucks done to us?

Oh baby. The Pumpkin Spice Latte is back. And the Salted Caramel Mocha, and pretty soon I’m going to see Gingerbread, Peppermint, Egg Nog, etc.  ‘Tis the season…for Starbucks. Many of you have already had at least one fall drink (and I don’t mean Pumpkin Ale). I’ll admit it. I’ve had one Pumpkin Spice Latte. I wanted to get a Venti, but I resisted on account of no one needs that much milk in their stomach at once. If I didn’t feel like a sell-out, I would pin this Starbucks ad on my “Fall” board on my Pinterest. However, I’m much
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Parties, Parties.

While I was there for less then 24-hours, my time in the small hometown, Florence, was well spent this past weekend. I got to have dinner with my parents and my in-laws (they get along well, so that’s never a problem). Then I had a cake-making party with this one. Sifting Taiter I was so excited to see my lovely Taiter and make cakes with her until the middle of the night. We literally finished everything around midnight and then chatted until I fell asleep on the couch around 1 a.m. I’m an old woman. Saturday was so joyful as
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A Game Night with Friends

Last Saturday we celebrated Clemson’s first game by hanging out with some of Tyler’s fellow Clemson Graphics Alumni. It was great fun all around. We had yum-o food: including these puff pie wonders (filled with avocado, cream cheese, and some spice) from the recipe here. I discovered Trader Joe’s White Bean and Basil hummus (amazing!). David and Kristin made quesadillas and the infamous Mexican Layer Dip. To top it all off we had Banana Pudding, which apparently rivaled one of David’s favorite Clemson restaurants.  Tyler and David each provided their beer of choice for the night. David is devoted to
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