Throwing lead down range + “the best Birthday I’ve had in years”

We woke up to rain yesterday. Not sure why I didn’t expect that even after reading it was on the way. Being a blonde is so hard sometimes.

Mike has been working a lot more than usual, so it was nice to finally have some time off and a free day to play. We have been talking about going to the gun range for awhile now, so I woke up and excitedly told him that’s what I wanted to do. You know the boy was stoked!

I have a Smith + Wesson .38 revolver Mike picked out for me because the boy said “I’m not mechanical enough for a Glock.” Ha! Guess what my new life goal is now?


It was one of our friends Birthday and the rain cancelled their outdoor plans, so I invited them along. Turns out, everyone had a fantastic time throwing lead down range!

Mike has several other “mechanical” {pun totally intended} pieces we got to fire, including his beloved Beretta 9mm he’s had for forever. The man can’t miss a target with it.

I choose this evil bunny to target practice with, while they chose a wild, evil turkey.

Um, yah he gone.


After we headed out to celebrate our friends Birthday at Cannery Row Brewing. It’s one of those places that every time we drive by, Mike always says he wants to go check it out, so this was a perfect choice on our buddies part.

The food was amazing – the boys loved the pork chops and we got to watch the Bruins game to cheer them on for Emily. Girlfriend is a big time Bruins fan.

Since this going out to dinner thing is a rare occasion, and lets be real, I actually did my hair, it had to be documented.

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Okay well, we tried. I guess growing up is still not a high priority for us yet. Or ever.


After we invited everyone over for after dinner drinks, Scotch for the boys, wine for the girls and watched 2 episodes of Lillyhammer. Oh my gosh it’s a great show!

While Bam enjoyed the extra love + snuggles. He thinks he is human, I am sure of it.

As they were heading home, our buddy said “this was the best Birthday I’ve had in years!” My heart is so full. It makes me SO happy to see him happy. <3

How do you spend a rainy day?

What show are you currently watching?

Any fun plans for today? 


Thought I might die

No blog post yesterday because I woke up with another migraine. Actually I went to bed with it, got woken up by an earthquake, realized I felt better, then woke up at 4am in so much pain I told Mike my eyes were gonna explode. His response: cool!

Ha I love that man.

My doctor is also a close friend of ours, so he got this text…

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If you have never had a migraine, you are one lucky duck. I can not function with one. It’s like a headache on steroids with a pretty gnarly lack of concentration/brain fog. Walking takes a lot of effort and concentration.

A couple injections later I was starting to feel a little better. It took several hours even with the drugs to feel somewhat normal. I figured lunch would help so I went to Chipotle since the boy wasn’t there to veto it. Sometimes his life decisions are just sad.

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I was feeling better little by little and spent the afternoon buzzing around the house. The plumbing is finally fixed so I was able to get the kitchen back together. Not that I plan on learning how to cook anytime soon, but at least it’s clean.

I worked the other day and was blown away by this Pebble Beach sunset, post rain. I had to stop on my way in to snap a couple pics to share with you.


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It blows my mind they pay me to come here. It’s quite humbling.

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In other, far more uplifting news here are a couple inspirational things that caught my eye from social media.

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Is there a restaurant you love, but your significant other/friends/family do not?

Any fun plans for the weekend?

Fill me in on your Thanksgiving plans.

We are going to my favorite person on the planets house. Can’t freaking wait!


Random trip to San Francisco + have I not learned anything?

Welp, we kinda sorta randomly ended up in the Bay Area. I haven’t been back since we moved over 16 months ago. It’s crazy to think it’s only an hour away, but feels so much different than the Monterey area. Traffic has a lot to do with that statement. And theres no Pebble Beach there.

We stopped in for lunch at our favorite Mediterranean restaurant in downtown Burlingame just like old times. It was a quick trip so we didn’t wander too much after lunch, just to Starbucks for some iced coffee for the road. Coffee is a necessity.

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While we were walking I couldn’t stop blabbing about the Lululemon store since I remembered there was one there. (We don’t have one in the Monterey area.) Mike pointed across the street and said hey J, look at that!

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I looked and walked right by my beloved Lulu. Fine, I’ll just pop in on our way back to the car, I thought. With Starbucks in hand, Mike led the way back to the car a different way without me even realizing it. What a punk!

I am more disappointed in my poor life decision to actually listen to that boy. After 11 years with him, have I not learned anything?

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Anyhoo we ended up going to San Francisco which was another random thing but fun. Kinda. I’ve said it before but I am really not a huge fan of The City. Please send all hate mail to

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The skyline really is so beautiful though.

Until you get a big fat welcome to traffic. But at least there is so much to see, it really doesn’t matter where you are, it’s rich in history, people watching and ornate buildings.

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Going over the Golden Gate Bridge was a lot of fun too. They don’t have people in the toll booths now, it’s all done online which felt so weird just driving through.

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Then we took Highway 1 from SF to Monterey and my mind was blown. We’ve done that drive before, but really it never get’s old. If you have ever thought about doing that drive, DO IT then feel free to send me love letters and coffee.

What was the last random thing you did?

Ever been to SF? Favorite thing you did or if you haven’t been there yet, what would you like to see or do?

Does your significant other distract you like Mike did to me?




How to handle a crisis…or not

I was going to tell you about pool running at 6am, cheating on Starbucks with Peets Coffee while killing an hour for TJ’s to open, but life happened last night. And that is FAR more entertaining so here ya go.

While cleaning up after dinner, {potato soup from the Skinny Taste cookbook in case you are wondering} I tuned on the garbage disposal. After turning it off, I heard a not so peaceful waterfall esq sound. I looked down to see water flooding out of the cabinet under the sink.

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Son of a nutcracker.

After standing in shock for like 4.4 seconds, and lets be real who wants to touch yucky, filthy sink water? You bust open the doors, knock cleaning products out of the way {oh the irony} and found the nearest yucky water catcher. The crockpot that I JUST freaking washed happened to work just fine.

Then pace around the house yelling son of a nutcracker along with other obscenities while dog enjoys a peaceful REM cycle on the nice, CLEAN comfy couch. Don’t expect sympathy, help or even a slight head elevation. No treats or dog park? Not gonna happen.

Towels that were just washed and put away? Sure, why not? Onto the floor they go to sop up the yucky, filthy sink water.

Call the husband, calmly + cheerfully say hi honey, how are you doing? Are you extremely busy? Okay not to stress you out, but the kitchen sink just leaked water all over the floor, under the stove + trash can. BUT don’t worry, it’s all under control.

Pull out phone, take picture, post it on social media, enjoy folks who can laugh with you over life. Then text BFF since you’ve done all you can and just thinking about the gazillion germs covering the kitchen, floors, etc is enough to make you want to drown your anxiety with a bottle of cheap wine or take a couple Xanax. Maybe both. At the same time.

Approximately 12 minutes later husband arrives. The scene does not look near as bad as wife made it out to be {does it ever?} because she cleaned it up faster than a murder who committed the crime. And lets face it, she is possibly a germaphobe.

Check on dog, find him chewing his butt. Typical.


Husband pulls out a flashlight because he ALWAYS has one in his pocket to examine + assess damage. Tightens some white pipe {technical term, keep up yo} turns on the water + disposal. Watches sink fill up on both sides, says don’t touch it I gotta go back to work.

10-4 rubber ducky.

Sit down and write a dumb blog post because the idea of taking a bubble bath and going to bed at 6:50 pm is sounding like one of the best ideas you’ve had in a looooong time.

Check Insta, find out you lost a follower over the REAL LIFE post, laugh your ass off and say good riddance, you humorless cotton headed ninny muggins.

Hours go by, decide to throw the white flag up and take a bubble bath and head to bed. As soon as you slip into comfy, warm bed husband comes home. Typical.

Pours entire container of Draino down sink, doesn’t work. Eats dinner while wife watches Christmas Vacation and goes to sleep.

Wake up, sink is empty, but not fixed.


Make a giant cup of coffee, sit in living room. The kitchen is dead to you.

Based on a true story.


Race face

Good Monday morning!! I hope you had a fantastic weekend. I sure did!

Yesterday I met up with Mike & Heather at the Big Sur finish line to cheer our fellow runners. If you are lacking motivation to run, just head on down to a race. If you leave still feeling unmotivated, you have prolly major problems.

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We had a great time cheering, and seeing the many race faces. Some were gigantic goofy smiles, some looked side to side to measure up their competition then turned on the jet engines. Others looked like they were about to lick a window, or digging deep and bringing it, others looked like someone just killed their dog, a few were doing the walk of pain.
It was both inspiring and entertaining.

After, we met up with the running bums, Sergio + Morgan. It’s been years in the making as Morgan works for SMACK! Media (pretty much the only PR company I work with + LOVE) chatting via social media and email but SO worth the wait to finally meet these two!

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L to R Heather, Mike, knucklehead, Sergio + Morgan.

It’s really cool to meet folks you connect with online and they are exactly how you would picture + imagine. They are down to earth, genuine and super speedy. I think Sergio ran the half in 1:07, placing 7th (3rd American) and Morgan ran the half a strong 1:22 and placed 4th in her age group.

Of course we had to check out the post race digs. The Treadmill which is a super cool local running store, had what I lovingly referred to as a self torture tent. I saw these space looking compression leg things – a super scientific name for them I’m sure. I also spotted a bucket full of foam rollers and other self torture devices. The only thing missing was a red solo cup, right Heather? ;)

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Man, I can’t even explain how much I miss the race atmosphere. The running community really brings it leaving you with a full heart and the desire to throw down some serious miles.

I headed home to up Mike. We ate lunch then grabbed coffee because I couldn’t handle walking around with this number on my phone any longer.

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After we wandered around downtown and the Old Fishermans Wharf. We popped into a restaurant at the very end which was new to us for a drink. It turned out to be an awesome spot to people watch. Major points for super cool bartenders.

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It’s kinda fun being locals at a tourist spot. We met a lot of folks from all over the world and were able to direct them to some ‘must see’ points of interest like 17 Mile Drive and Carmel By The Sea.
Fun idea for you guys!!

I think it would awesome to poke fun at our race face pics. After all, if we can’t make fun of ourselves, who can?

Any takers? Send your race face pics, name blog/social media handle to skinnychickblog @ gmail .com and I’ll do a feature on the ole blog. Come on, the world wants to see your race mug!

How do you motivate yourself to run or workout when you are not feeling it?

Fill me in on your weekend!


I meet all of my friends on social media and I’m not sorry ’bout it

I usually take Sundays off from blogging, but one thing I love is you guys! Folks who read and support this dumb ole blog. Readers like Robin and Cathy.

Today is Cathy’s Birthday and she is planning to run 50 half marathons by her 50th Birthday next year. So far she has completed 38 and her dream is to run Bir Sur for #50. Wahoo!

Happy Birthday Cathy!!

When you come to Monterey I hope to meet you + Robin for a coffee date so we can be real life friends. Deal?

Since we are on the subject of readers {really you guys are a bunch of weirdos for reading this} I finally had the honor of meeting Marilyn for a trail run yesterday.  We have been social media friends for a couple months so it was really nice to finally meet her. She is in town to run the Big Sur half as I type this.

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Bam made sure to show her around our favorite trail. Knucklehead tried to lead us into the pond, but we didn’t fall for it. Punk.

Turns out we have a lot in common. She was born + raised in Monterey, loves running + coffee and has a Jack Russell, Chopper. Meeting Chopper is on my bucket list. He is the cutest little guy ever. Go see super cute pics of him + stalk Marilyn here.

After our trail run/hike we met up with Heather at Starbucks for iced coffee. She just smashed the Marine Corps marathon a couple weeks ago. Her love and dedication for running is incredibly inspiring.

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Why yes, I do in fact meet all of my friends on social media now. #iamokaywiththis

In other random news, some other friends gave this Bam Biere to Mike. How freaking cool is this!?

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Oh and Bam says hi. He’s giving me the evil eye because he is over our ‘bitches get stitches’ jokes.

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 Have you ever met friends on social media?

Any other November Birthdays this month?


Some things I’ve realized

Working out makes me a different person. That sounds kinda funny, but it’s like I’m a better version of myself.

I am often overly self sufficient. I rarely ask for help at home, work or whatever – I LOVE to multi task and work great under stress. But when I do, it’s like folks around me are happy to assist. It’s almost like they were waiting for me to ask. Ha!

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It’s not proper to start a sentence with “and” or “but.” But I’m gonna do it anyway. And the grammar nazis will just have to deal with it. #idowhatiwant

The older I get, the less I care what others think of me. Wish I realized this earlier in life because it’s a pretty dang awesome way of living. Also, see above.

Sometimes I wonder the purpose of writing this blog. Sounds kinda odd since I’ve been at it since 2009, but Mike + have been talking about the shelf life of blogging a little more often.


Old pic of Bamstagram because, well why not?

After making the switch from PC to Mac, I have realized it is a Type A’s dream come true! Sticky notes on your desktop or customizable color coded files anyone? #nerdalert

Share some things you have realized lately.


Great news!!

Happy Friday!! We are a little extra excited because the Vet called yesterday with great news…the biopsy came back cancer free!!!!!

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I will have to get the exact name for the diagnosis when we get the stitches out, but she said it’s very rare to see this kind of thing on an older dog (Bam is almost 9). It’s common to see it on a dog 2 years old an under.

When I told my BFF R and Mike, they both said well that means Bam is getting younger. Here’s to Bam living forever!!

Thank you all so much for your prayers and positive thoughts. It worked!

In other news we woke up to rain yesterday, so naturally Bam & I went for a hike.

2014-11-13 10.31.36Bam is a convincing guy, he said we are washable and it would be so much fun. Dude knows what’s up.

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This pond/lake thing was so dry a couple weeks ago, it’s nice to see some water in it. Plus Bam did me a favor and didn’t run in it to chase the ducks.

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Some fun things going down:

If you’re running Rock ‘N Roll Las Vegas this weekend, swing by the Pro Compression booth and harass Kristin and Sarah for me. K, thanks!


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Mizuno just announced a historic exclusive partnership with Atlanta Track Club as the official footwear and apparel!! This is very exciting news for the running community.

So here’s a little about ATC. They are the 2nd largest running organization in the U.S.  On July 4th this year, they held the largest 10k in the world, almost 60,000 participants! Yah, that was not a typo.



Anyone running RNRLV?

Tell me some great news going on in your life!






Preparing for battle

Bam is back to normal no doubt. We found an off leash trail close to our house which is perfect since this dude refuses to walk on leash like a normal dog. Plus it’s a perfect entry level trail to run.

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Bam always has to lead the way. He even tried to get us to follow him into the pond so we could smell like pond scum just like him. Nice try buddy, nice try.

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I guess the next pic is prof I have brainwashed my friends and family.

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Em now has 2 pairs of Mizuno’s and now Mike has his first (of many muhahaha) pair. I am okay with this.

Bam and I ended up running a couple loops on the trail together. Mike snapped this picture and it makes me so incredibly happy! Running with my buddy is one of my favorite things ever.

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Since we are on the running shoe topic, I rocked the Wave Kazans which came out over the summer while I was injured. Clearly we are catching up.

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In other random news, does anyone else wander around Whole Foods when they have time to kill?


I am so guilty. Yesterday I had an hour before a work meeting and doing laundry/cleaning the house did not sound fun so this loner walked around Whole paycheck for a bit.

Has anyone tried these soups? If Mike were with me, I’m sure he’d refer to them as soup bags or something far more offensive and hilarious.

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I picked up a migraine wrap to prepare for battle and this KeVita Tangerine Em has me hooked on. Only thing is I didn’t accidentally drop it after drinking half and get a new one for free. ;)

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If you have some time to kill, how do you spend it?

Any migraine remedies? 

What are your favorite Whole Foods products?

KeVita, Slik soymilk vanilla creamer, their meat since I have somehow become a meat snob, Applegate Farms smoked turkey <-seriously the best and their house made jalapeno hummus.


I need your fashion advise + how we spent Veterans Day

I can’t remember the last time Mike and I had the same day off. It was a relaxing, low key day which was very much needed for the both of us.

Mike loves going to the Military Surplus store in Moss Landing. It’s not my favorite place ever, but the boy knows if he feeds me first odds are I’ll take one for the team.

I LOVE Panera, which scored him a couple extra points. Their Asian Chicken salad, except I sub turkey and add avocado since the chicken has rosemary on it and that tastes like butt cheese. Or at least what I would think it would taste like.

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After lunch we screwed around the surplus store, aka Mikes heaven on earth. He did find a belt for my revolver. We are looking forward to throwing some lead down range when we go home for Thanksgiving so it will come in handy.

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On our way home we stopped to check out the sea lions. It’s one of those things we always think about doing, but never do. They look so cute and innocent, but man those suckers are mean. Ha!

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Then we went to Costco and got a taste for what this holiday season will bring. Just getting out of the parking lot without murdering someone was an accomplishment.

Mike fired up the grill and smoked tri tip. We invited some friends over last minute. Bam made sure to guard the meat. Not that he had ulterior motives. Nope. Not at all.

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Yesterday I asked my Instagram friends if it’s cool to wear long compression socks with tights. What do you think? Remember I have like, negative zero sense of fashion.



What fashion trend do you wish would die forever?

Uggs with shorts/skirts.

When do you put up Christmas decorations?