Last Sunday morning I ran my first half marathon - The Cowtown Half
Marathon. I trained for months and it was insane! At times it was so
much fun and at times it was so very hard. I loved all the signs that
people posted and held up along the way.
There were signs saying, "Should have pooped when you could have!" and "We love you with or without your toenails!" There were way more that were hilarious, but I can't remember them all sadly. There were so many amazing people and bands cheering us on, giving us water, and helping out. It was so amazing to be a part of this.
I am so thankful that my
toenails didn't fall off, although my big toes hurt which is weird. I
loved all the music/bands too. It was so motivating! I would say that
the first 8 miles are fun, up to 10 miles was good, mile 11 was hard,
and the last 2 miles were... rough. I sprinted the final .1 mile at the
end. I was so excited that I managed to run the entire time, that was
the goal! (I have tried to run the half marathon before, but did not train well
enough the first time so C and I ended up walking part of it.) After it was over I ate a bagel and went kaput on the floor of
the convention center haha. The husb gingerly helped me up (after a
woman checked to make sure I hadn't passed out or was sick - there were
no chairs or any places to sit down though, so I just used the floor to
lay down!), fed me some chocolate ice cream, and took me home.
I am now in recovery. I walked 3 miles Monday, several miles on Wednesday and have done a lot of stretching. I have even been practicing karate in my living room.Today I woke up and.... no soreness! Whoop! I am excited about the possibility of another Half in October and the Cowtown again next year!
So it's been a while... but you'll have to forgive me because my weeks have just been crazy and sometimes you just need to spend time with your baby or your husband or you friends instead of your computer. I have been trying to be a little more unplugged lately, less available by phone or computer while RB is awake.
Last Sunday morning I ran my first half marathon - The Cowtown Half Marathon. I trained for months and it was insane! At times it was so much fun and at times it was so very hard. I loved all the signs that people posted and held up along the way. I am so thankful that my toenails didn't fall off, although my big toes hurt which is weird. I loved all the music/bands too. It was so motivating! I would say that the first 8 miles are fun, up to 10 miles was good, mile 11 was hard, and the last 2 miles were... rough. I sprinted the final .1 mile at the end. I was so excited that I managed to run the entire time, that was the goal! After it was over I ate a bagel and went kaput on the floor of the convention center haha. The husb gingerly helped me up (after a woman checked to make sure I hadn't passed out or was sick - there were no chairs or any places to sit down though, so I just used the floor to lay down!), fed me some chocolate ice cream, and took me home.
I am now in recovery. I walked 3 miles today and have done a lot of stretching. Let's hope that I continue to recover well.
The tiny evil dog.. turns out there are two of them and they are together now. They both chased me today but got distracted running after some children. Because it's evil. They're evil.
Baby girl can make this adorable clicking sound with her mouth now. She is back to hating bath time, ugh.
I am linking up with a good friend about movies everyone should see. She chose three movies (White Christmas, Father of the Bride, and That Thing You Do). So, if she got to choose 3 movies, I think I should get to choose more than one as well! So without further ado....
Best Chick-Flick Movie:
An Affair to Remember - This is by far the most amazing chick flick of all time. Not only is it wildly romantic, create the perfect amount of tension, and is unpredictable, but it's referenced in so many other chick flicks that it is sort of a founding father. If you haven't seen it, you ought.
Best Action Movie:
Now here I felt really conflicted. My husband is a lucky man because I love a good action movie. I really debated between Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Dark Knight, Casino Royale, Die Hard, any superhero movie, Harry Potter 7 and Goldfinger (Sean Connery as Bond is.. yes). I ultimately chose what I did because it's awesome and it's a classic. Classic! Professor meets adventurer also sounds just like who I want to be.
Best Powerful Movie:
I actually just recently saw this movie and it was just incredible. Tim and Morgan Freeman just do an amazing job together. It has some tough scenes, but it is worth it to watch the whole thing. So good. So so good.
Best Movie based on a book:
Did you have any doubt I would pick this? I want to let you know that I am specifying Harry Potter 7, Part 1. Part 2 was somewhat disappointing in the way they left out and changed a lot for someone as HP hardcore as me, but part 1 was incredible. I have loved this entire series and have seen each movie multiple times. The husb and I have even done a marathon once or twice.
So some days you just don't feel attractive, you know? Here I am in my pj's with my hair a mess from baby days so... let's just say it's not one of my finest outfits. I looked better earlier. I did my hair sort of and actually put some effort into my outfit. I have started following this blog called Everyday Mom which gives you some fashion tips on how to dress up your regular clothes. It has given me some confidence to get dressed every day. Like get dressed for real. Not just throw on a t-shirt.
See, I have not been feeling attractive lately. Do you ever feel that way? There are just bad days, bad weeks... bad months. I have been exercising and trying to eat healthy. I thought that might help. It has a little, but some days I still don't feel great.
I just want to be real with you. Real about who I am. Real about how I feel.
I am doing a lot of crying out to God about my self-esteem these days. Trying to give Him my self-esteem. It's so hard to tell your heart and your mind to agree on what the truth is.
Do you ever just read a blog entry and cry from thankful happiness? I just did.
Being a mommy and a wife is hard work, but I would not trade it for anything. Loving my husband the way I do, being happy where we are in what God has called us to be. Raising the kiddos that God gives us (or kiddo for the moment). So, I encourage you to go and read this blog to feel a sense of "yes" wash over you.
I'm obviously not really asleep here, but this is how I felt by the end of day.
Today was a weird day. I think I have said before that there is just something rough about Mondays. It's like my little girl already knows that the weekend is over and is also dreading the week. I think it's the lack of Daddy-time that makes her sad.
It was a craaazy busy weekend. I had a cake pick-up Friday afternoon for a Masquerade party (pictures to come) which was my first attempt at scrollwork. RB really loved watching me do it which was cute. We had a work thing on Friday night which was this incredible dinner (fancy clothes!). RB had a babysitter who was awesome. Some people did not expect him to be our sitter, but he was great! He'd even bought a sound machine app and another baby game (they touch the scream and it is colorful with fun sounds) app. Prepared? Yes. There is nothing sweeter to a mommy than someone who takes great, thoughtful care of her baby.
Then Saturday was class day for me 8-4pm, so it was a daddy-daughter day for the husb and RB. Great for them, sad for me. RB didn't nap well for her daddy, so she conked out but so did we. We also had to go to the grocery store in there somewhere... I held RB the whole time just for some love time. Sunday is always busy, but after church we had Middle School Bowl until 3:30 (RB missed a nap here) then I ran 9 miles then we went to a Super Bowl Party where RB decided that her bed away from home was not worth sleeping in, so she was late getting to bed. Needless to say, I was expecting her to be tired today.
She slept until 9am, woke up for 2.5hrs, slept for a couple hours, woke up for 2 hours, slept for 2.5hrs, woke up and then went to bed at 7:30pm. Looots of sleep today. She was also fussy and then... ran a fever. Argh! It broke just before bed, thank goodness. I think she is just teething but she was so hot that her little cheeks were pink! I thought maybe she'd gotten sunburned yesterday despite all my efforts, but I got her cooled down and the pink went away. I am praying that the Tylenol will give her a boost in breaking the fever and that it will not be back tomorrow.
She is sooo mobile. I cannot get her to sit still unless we read. No toys satisfy her for long. She spends most of her days exploring the house.
RB has been helping me get her dressed for a while but about a month ago, she figured out how to take her shirt off her head. So when I try to redress her, guess what happens...
I have gotten 2 more orders for Claire's Confections and I am so so excited!
The husb and I have planned at least 1 date per month for the whole year and I am so excited about it! Most of them are cheap and fun, right up my alley.
I found a thing on pinterest with "punny" sayings to put on candy and give to your significant other for the first 14 days leading to Valentine's Day. It has been really fun watching Cal open up his candy every morning even if it's just a little piece of happy.
Is my tip allowed to be about baking since my life pseudo-revolves around baking? The operative word here being pseudo. Well, I suppose since it is my tip, I can do what I want! Maniacal laugh. (The Muppets anyone?)
I am going to get to the exact tip in a minute, but here is just a bit of encouragement. You can do it.
A lot of people I meet don't bake, not because they cannot, but because they are scared to try and fail. I have good news for you - a lot of times when you fail, the result is still tasty. So focus at first on making it taste good and then on making it pretty (bonus tip: if the batter tastes good then the end product probably will too - gives you an excuse to eat your batter too).
My tip today is about egg whites. I want to tell you how to whip up some stiff egg whites to your satisfaction and delight. The good news is that a lot of this you can also use for whipping cream. They are quite similar, although whipping cream is a bit more forgiving.
BIG TIP: Lemon Juice
Here it is! Gasp! So the deal is that if there is any sort of fat on your beaters or your bowl, the whipped eggs whites just aren't going to happen. Put some lemon juice onto a paper town and wipe down all of your implements before you use them. This will ensure that you have the right base to begin your process.
1. When you divide the yolk from the white, it's okay to sacrifice a small bit of white to ensure that you do not get any yolk into the whites. If any yolk gets in it, you are done. You must start over, they will not beat up.
2. If the entire yolk falls into the eggs whites unbroken, you can fish it out. Carefully. If it breaks, well refer back to number 1.
3. Many people say that letting your whites come up to room temperature makes them whip better. They should still whip either way, but it is a bit faster if they are room temperature. I usually take them out of the fridge and let them sit for 30 minutes if I have the time. (This is a great reason to read through a recipe all the way through before starting it because you could do the egg whites first and then they would be warmer by the time you got to the beating part) Do Not microwave them to achieve a warmer temperature. They will cook.
4. Use a hand mixer with the two whisks to whip your egg whites. Julia Childs told me to do this and she is SO right. Maybe your big mixer is more awesome than mine, but my stand mixer often cannot get to the bottom to get all of the eggs whites whipped to the same consistency at the same time.
5. Turn the mixer up high. Put the mixer in the egg whites and gradually bring it up to its highest speed. If you try to beat these things at speed 1, you might as well do it by hand. Slow.
6. If you have been whipping the darn things for over 5 minutes with no change, they are dead. It might take a while (depending on how many egg whites you are whipping up) to get from soft peaks to stiff peaks, but getting to soft peaks is relatively easy.
7. Stages of whites - saucy -> bubbly/frothy --> realllly bubbly --> soft peaks (like melted whipped cream) --> stiff peaks (like actual whipped cream)
8. While you do not want to over-whip your egg whites (they will deflate), I have found a decently large margin of error. If you pull your beater out of the egg whites and the whites left on the beater do not wilt at all, it is a stiff peak. Or you can make a peak with the beater in the egg whites to test it. Another, in my opinion easier, test is to tilt the bowl over. If it starts to run out, it is not as stiff as it could be. This is not to say that it won't work before that point, but that is when you have it the stiffest spot. After that it will start looking like butter, in a bad way.
9. Your whisk should make lines in the egg whites when they are in the soft to stiff peak stage, and I always think it looks like delicious marshmallow cream. Ignore the urge to taste it.
10. A copper bowl works best, but let's be honest... no. So some people add a dash of cream of tarter or 1/8 tsp of lemon juice to the mixture (at the frothy stage) to make it fluffier. I do not find this necessary, but if you are nervous it doesn't hurt. Do not, however, use an aluminum or wooden bowl. Just don't.
11. If you have done this before and you are doing it a second time (or a first time really) in a situation where you add sugar, the stages will look different. The stiff peak stage will not be as stiff. Have no fear, this is normal and totally fine. Don't dump your bowl over to test it, just go for a non-wilting peak.