Stream of Consciousness

My Funny Valentine : So Very Blessed

This is one of my favorite faces in the world. He was my funny Valentine. He actually was not thrilled with the idea of putting a plastic flower in his mouth (thanks again for the flower, Lizzie!), but it was Valentine’s Day and he did it because he loves me. And he knows I’m persistent…

Read More »

Half Marathon Training – Week 9

Half Marathon Training - Week 9 : So Very Blessed

In week 9, I tried to exhaust all of my options to resolve the pesky knee pain that I’ve been having. I was already foam rolling, stretching, and icing. I’ve read just about every article I can find on this issue and I’ve watched a million and a half YouTube videos of runners, physical therapists,…

Read More »

6 Ways Running Heals Heartache

6 Ways Running Heals Heartache : So Very Blessed

It seems that there are two camps when it comes to Valentine’s Day, the I-hate-this-commercialized-holiday-and-I-will-tell-people-I-love-them-whenever-I-dang-well-feel-like-it camp and the I-love-this-holiday-and-I-will-tell-the-world-I-love-them-and-eat-all-the-conversational-hearts camp. It doesn’t seem like there’s much in between. I happen to lean more toward the camp proclaiming love to the world. I think it’s sweet to have a dedicated day to tell people how much…

Read More »

Crispy Chicken Salad Recipe & A Foster Farms Giveaway

Crispy Chicken Salad Recipe : So Very Blessed

I’m a texture person when it comes to food. I can’t stand soggy cereal, to the point where I prefer to have separate bowls of cereal and milk and dip it in a spoonful at a time to retain maximum crunchiness. I like oatmeal, but only when it’s baked to a firmer texture, instead of…

Read More »

Half Marathon Training – Week 8

Half Marathon Training - Week 8 : So Very Blessed

I completely skipped writing the post on week 7 of my “training,” because it would have consisted entirely of, “I kept my knee elevated and iced, foam rolled every chance I got, and did some yoga.” But I did get my first outfit from fabletics, which made me very happy. My friend, George, and I both…

Read More »

Barbecue Chicken Quinoa Bites Recipe

Barbecue Chicken Quinoa Bites Recipe : So Very Blessed

While most people were watching the Superbowl yesterday, I was watching the movie, “Chef.” I’m not much of a sports fan, though I do love the foods that tend to accompany sporting events. A friend had just told me that “Chef” was on Netflix, so of course I immediately added it to my queue. It…

Read More »

The Moment I Felt Like A Real Runner

The Moment I Felt Like A Real Runner : So Very Blessed

Since I’ve been running for a few years now, I have encountered quite a few other runners in various settings and one of the most common things I hear is, “Oh, I’m not a real runner.” And, admittedly, I felt exactly the same way for a very long time. Heck, I can’t even count the…

Read More »

Half Marathon Training – Week 6

Half Marathon Training - Week 6 : So Very Blessed

Otherwise known as the week disaster struck. It started innocently enough. After week 5’s long run, my knee was a little bit sore, so I rested it and iced it and everything seemed copacetic. After a texting session with my best friend/running guru, I decided that my next run needed to be on a non-paved…

Read More »