Category: Sonic

Thursday Things {01-23-2013}

1. Last week, I made the most fabulous and easiest dinner ever, chicken and dumplings. The recipe was actually sent to me by a friend and it came highly recommended so I figured it would be pretty tasty but I was still completely blown away.

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Go make this now.

2. I finally got a pair of boots, just in time for the second round of crazy snow and cold weather. I honestly don’t know how I made it through the first polar vortex without a pair but I will tell you my feetsies were always cold and wet. I actually had a pair of boots that somehow got lost in my move last winter so I was looking for a similar pair to replace them and I could not find boots in my size that I liked anywhere. So frustrating. I ended up buying a pair of rain boots and convincing myself to layer up on socks. It’s working so far.


3. Last Sunday, Ian and I wanted to go out to a nice dinner to celebrate a few things including not having to work on Monday. We hadn’t been to Avec in a while and we know some of the waitstaff there so we decided to give it another go. We split a bunch of food like paella, a brussels sprout panzanella, a cauliflower polenta dish, and then these bacon wrapped chorizo stuffed dates.

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I’d honestly forgotten how good the food (AND wine) is at Avec. Props to any restaurant that serves each dish with a mini loaf of delicious crusty bread.

4. When I was on the treadmill last week (…actually, when wasn’t I running on the treadmill?) I started thinking about cross training and how I’d love to be able to fit 10-20 minutes of strength in almost every day. I originally thought of e-mailing a few people to ask for advice/plans but then I realized that I could actually figure it all out myself. Enter, the 30 Day Shred. I’ve attempted the shred before (I was in the middle of it when I started this blog many moons ago) but I’ve never completed it. So now I’m challenging myself to do so. I won’t be able to do it for 30 days straight unless I want to get up earlier on Wednesdays than I already do (and 4:15 is waaay too early already) but I’m going to do my best to complete 30 days of the workouts. The entire warm up, work out, and cool down takes less than 20 minutes so it’s completely doable and I’m hopeful that the habit of strength training will stick after I complete the 30 days.

5. Sonic got a new laser pointer for Christmas with a mouse shaped laser and he looooves it. It’s so much fun to watch him chase around a mini mouse or stalk it on the wall. I love that my cat (he’s almost 3) still likes to play like a kitten.

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That’s all I have for ya, Happy Thursday!

How do you fit strength training in?

Five Things Friday {08-09-2013}

1. The old blog has gone through a few changes this week. I’m not in love with it yet but I hope a few more tweaks will do the trick. I wanted something clean and simple but I can’t settle on a background color. I went through about 30 different colors testing them out so my apologies if you stumbled on my page while I was playing around!


I’m also planning on changing around the blog content a bit. I’ve gone from posting multiple times a day, to once a day, to aiming for three posts a week (M, W, F), and I’m still not sure which I prefer. I miss documenting more of the day-to-day running-related stuff so I may go back to posting more frequently but we shall see. I ask for a little patience as I figure out a routine that fits me best.

2. I’m going on vacation! I’m heading to my mom’s in Michigan tomorrow (Megabus FTW) and spending a few days in my old stomping grounds. We’re heading up north mid-week to visit a few of our favorite places and then next weekend Ian is joining us (he couldn’t take a week off work sadly). I’m pretty excited to get out of the city a bit, visit with family, and relax. I foresee lots of run-exploring and frequent naps!

So. much. wind. in. Petoskey.

3. A few months ago, I read Matt Fitzgerald’s Racing Weight: How to Get Lean for Peak Performance.


I didn’t love a few of the stories of elites who seemed to walk a fine line between discipline and disordered eating but I learned a lot about the components of a healthy endurance athlete’s diet. Want to know the secret? Carbs on carbs on carbs. It was super refreshing to read a book published recently that wasn’t carb-shaming! Since I’m trying all sort of new things this training cycle, I decided to give his method of eating a shot and I have to say that it’s been fairly successful for me. I have more energy, feel better during my workouts, and don’t feel any heavier .. in fact, I actually feel a bit leaner (I do not own a scale so I have no way of knowing if I weigh more or less but my guess is I’m at the same weight). Moral of this story blog rant: carbs are not evil!

4. I’m officially on team Orange is the New Black but I don’t think watching That 70′s Show will ever be the same again.

5. Sonic is due for his annual vet appointment so while trying to schedule online, I decided to update his Pet Portal (yes, my vet has pet portals). I started going through kitten photos and OMG, I forgot how tiny he was!

Little Sonic

What are your weekend plans?

Weekend Things {06-17-2013}

1. Sorry things were a little bit sponsor heavy on the blog last week. I had two posts waiting in queue and unfortunately was asked to post both in a row. The Malibu sweepstakes is still open but I did want to announce the winner of the FrogFuel pack…Mike Dalton! I will be e-mailing you to figure out the deets.

2. Spring is a hectic time to work in academia. I feel like every important deadline happens to fall between May and the end of June. I really felt it this past week and even with going in early most mornings, I still had to stay late on Friday… boo. By the time I got home, I had no desire to do anything but lounge on the couch and hang out with my boys.

fridayngihtA lot of this type of playing happened. Sonic gets to play and I get to sit on the couch. Win-win for both us.

3. I woke up early on Saturday and headed out for a solo 3-mile run before Ian and I left Chicago to drive to the Run for Boston 5k. Unfortunately, about three-quarters of the way there, Ian had car trouble and we had to call for a tow.

carbrokedownIt was raining, so we hung out in the car for a few hours while we waited for the tow truck to head our way. As luck would have it, after waiting five-ish hours, we found out the tow truck had decided not to come and we had to wait for another one. Thankfully, one of Ian’s friends had taken pity on us and picked us up to grab lunch but we were all pretty stir crazy after waiting around at a Shell gas station all day.

carbrokedown1Look! Ian got a new watch!

carbrokedown2Eventually the tow truck came and we were able to get a ride home. Whew!

4. Fortunately, we weren’t stranded in the middle of nowhere and I was able to find a Target within walking distance. Hello, cheap new work shoes!

shoesI did feel much better about the stranded situation after spending money on myself and yes I do have absurdly large feet for my height.

5. We made it back to Chicago with just enough time to shower, change, and head out to The Vic to see The Tenderloins, the comedy troupe behind Impractical Jokers (if you haven’t watched the tv show, you need to ASAP because it’s absolutely hilarious). The show was really funny although a little bit short which worked out perfectly because Ian and I had plans to grab Taco Joint for dinner!

margaritaMargaritas were much needed after the day we had. I tried the chile mango and Ian had the guava and while both were tasty, we agreed the chile mango was the better choice.

tacosWe split an order of rojo guacamole and then I had two tacos, the camaron (grilled chile and garlic spiked shrimp, garnished with avocado salsa and crispy flash fried spinach) and the cochinita (Yucatan style pulled pork garnished with picked red onions and spicy habanero salsa). Taco craving satisfied.

6. On Sunday, after an early longer run, Ian and I headed out to run our errands. We grabbed Starbucks, went to Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, and even visited the animals at the Anti-Cruelty Society. Ian was craving a sub for lunch so we stopped into an Italian bakery and deli near our apartment where I found the world’s largest cannoli.

cannoliGet in my belly!

7.  I also started a new book that I bought at the Printer’s Row Lit Fest, The Beautiful and Damned, and happened to find this written on one of the pages.

bookIsn’t that amazing? There are also notes and underlined passages throughout the book. I can’t wait to figure out what or why certain parts of the book were noted.

8. In Sonic news, he now believes that our kitchen rug is a large bed for him. He used to sleep in one of his beds (yes, plural) placed throughout our apartment but recently he’s started laying on the rug. He also refuses to move when we’re in the kitchen…

bubsTerritorial much?

9. I’m working on a post about the training plan I’m using for the Chicago Marathon including why I chose it, how I’m adapting it, etc but I thought I’d ask you guys if you had any specific questions that you’d like me to address. If you do, let me know if the comments!

Obviously, my weekend was kind of lame (outside of my control…) so what did you guys do over the past two days?

Weekend Things {Memorial Day}

1. Sorry for disappearing last week. I had a few posts due for random things (including a guest post for the Run for Boston 5k) that totally ate up my blogging time. I’m hoping to get back into a blogging groove this week though…. starting with weekend things!

2. My office closed early on Friday afternoon so I was really happy to get home before 6 pm. I was not happy to see that Sonic had climbed back up into the ceiling while we were gone though.

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Fortunately, he was able to get himself down but it seems that getting up there is his new thing. Ian and I are brainstorming ways to prevent him from climbing into the ceiling without having to do too much construction to our apartment (i.e. nailing up a board to block him). Any ideas?

3. Ian and I spent Friday night running errands and on Saturday, I headed out for a 6 mile run.


I used to run by the lake every morning but my new apartment is just shy of 3 miles from the lake and with coming back from an injury, I haven’t been running far enough to make it to the lake front. That changed twice this weekend though because I followed up my Saturday run with a nice 7 on Sunday.


4. Saturday was book club and I hosted this month. We discussed Stiff by Mary Roach, a book that a few of us really enjoyed, a few of us found creepy/boring/gross, and a few of us just didn’t have time to read. I actually really liked it, even though at first glance I thought it would be difficult to read. I think the authors humor and honesty really lightened up the subject matter and I learned a lot!

Like always the food was really tasty, the company was fabulous, and I really enjoyed seeing everyone!

5. After book club, a few people stayed around and we played Fruit Ninja on Ian’s Xbox Kinect.

You have no idea how much fun this game is until you try it plus it’s incredibly amusing to watch other people slice their hands through the air to hit the fruit!

6. On Sunday morning, Ian and I met up with Katie, Kelsey, Emily, Erin, and Erin’s husband, Jason, for some tacos and fun at the Maxwell Market. We walked around a bit first and I found a present for my mom:


She loves her toothpicks.

And then we got in line for some tacos! I was really hungry by this point and happily enjoyed two al pastor tacos with cilantro and onion and split a huge horchata with Ian that was bigger than my face.

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I was quite the happy camper afterwards.

7. Ian and I ran some errands and then relaxed at home before heading out for cuban food for dinner. On our way back from the restaurant, we decided we wanted to figure out how to get on to our roof (we have a deck with grills and seating up there). It did not disappoint!


8. The weather was kinda crappy in Chicago on Monday so besides heading out for a short run and then giving Sonic another bath (he got really dirty in the ceiling), Ian and I just relaxed. I read my book, he played his video game, and I even managed to prep a bunch of food for the week. We’re going out of town on Friday and I know work is going to be extra busy this week + PT so the less time I have to spend thinking about meals and cooking the smoother my week will go!

How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun for Memorial Day?

Four for Friday {03-01-2013}

Hey guys! Happy Friday and happy March 1st! Hopefully this means spring is right around the corner… I’m going to try to forget that it was snowing out on my morning run today :P. Anyway, this week was long and my brain is almost fried so let’s get to Friday things!

1. I love that pets have routines. Every morning when I wake up, Sonic gets up with me and keeps me company while I change and have a snack before working out. On most mornings, right when I’m about to leave, Sonic trots over to the “treat drawer” and I slip out the door while giving him a few treats. However, when I get back from working out, Sonic is usually nowhere to be seen. Why is that? He ALWAYS steals my spot in bed and when I walk in the bedroom he looks at me like, “sorry sucker, you wanted to get up early to work out”. The other morning, he had actually wedged himself under the sheets and was up near my pillow. Crazy kitty.


2. Ian surprised me this week and brought me home some Starbucks Dark Roast coffee. You have absolutely no idea how happy that made me! After I finished off my Blonde Roast and the two tins of TJs pumpkin roast, I’ve been drinking some old samples and a blend that tasted like burnt coffee. Yuck. The Dark Roast is a new to me fave so I’m super excited to enjoy a few cups today!


3. Last night, Ian and I had a pre-weekend date night and went out to dinner at DeColores, an upscale Mexican restaurant in Pilsen. Ian had actually been there before and enjoyed it, so when he saw the Groupon go on sale two weeks ago, he scooped it up right away.


To start, we split some made-to-order guacamole and fresh salsa with chips. I was debating between tacos and fajitas and ended up ordering the chicken fajitas with corn tortillas and a side of their famous mole sauce. Ian enjoyed their carne asada with chimmichurri sauce for dinner and then had a piece of famous Kristoffer’s tres leches caramel cake for dessert (I tried the caramel sauce- amazing!)

4. After dinner, Ian took me to City Winery to see Howie Day live. Neither of us are huge Howie Day fans but boy, was he awesome live. He had great openers and played a nice mix of new and old music. It was really fun! The venue was really cool too. All the musicians sounded fabulous, they had wine on tap, and we had assigned seats so we didn’t have to stand up for three hours. It was perfect :).


Have a great Friday!

What are you up to this weekend? I’m doing lots of the usual + book club!