Sometimes I have to be an adult

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I’m grumpy this morning.  Just set a cup of coffee down and slowly back away mmmkay.  Ha well I hope your Sunday is off to a better start.  What are your plans for the day?

Let’s talk about fun stuff like running.

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I went for a run yesterday.  It felt so good to be outside doing what I love.  I did a nice, relaxing 5K to the beach and back, but wish I could have logged a few more miles.  Maybe it’s a sign I might actually becoming an adult or something but I stopped before I pushed it too much.  2014-04-05 13.51.28

I finally put on my big girl panties and sent our taxes to the CPA before they are due.  Now I shall not do any grown up stuff for a good year or so.

Other responsible adult things I could live blissfully without:

  • Get gas.
  • Go to the bank.
  • Load/unload the dishwasher
  • Go to the pharmacy.
  • Dusting furniture.
  • Cleaning windows + mirrors.  I find a way to streak them every time.
  • Go to any home improvement + auto parts store.
  • Go to the DMV.  Let’s be real, no one really wants to go to that dungeon of death and sadness.
  • Refill or exchange the propane tanks for the grill.  I always think they are going to blow up my car. Ha!

Stuff I like to do:

  • Laundry.
  • Yard work.
  • Cleaning the floors.
  • Giving Bam a bath.
  • Anything that has to do with organizing. <-The Type A talking here.
  • Clean the bathroom.  I know, I am a weirdo.
  • Wash the cars.
  • Grocery shopping.
  • Shopping for cleaning supplies because this involves a trip to Target since that is the only place in the world that sells such things.

What on your love/hate chore list?


20 phrases that annoy runners

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Girlfriend is feeling back to normal.  Whatever that is.  All I know is I have a lot of making up to do with my running shoes and I have all next week to do so.

This staying at home thing got old like I thought it would so I did all of the laundry, washed the sheets <-there is nothing like slipping into clean sheets – nothing!  I did the dreaded dishes, gave Bam a bath which he enjoyed and watched The Heat.  I now have an even more offensive vocabulary and will never look at Tic Tac’s the same way again.

Anyway this whole sickness/not running thing got me thinking about annoying things non runners say to runners.  I’m pretty sure their intentions are good, but some people just don’t get us runners.  And they don’t have to, it’s not for them.  It’s for us.

So I made this list of 20 phrases that annoy runners.   

20 Phrases

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Numbers 1, 3, 4, 8, 11 & 18 are the most annoying to me. 

My thoughts about them are if you really wanted to run, you would find a way to make it happen.  Don’t depend on someone else to motivate you, do it for yourself.  Running buddies are awesome to have, but don’t depend on them. 

I do my best to stay injury free, but if I injure my knees, joints, eyelashes etc, at least I’m did it while doing something I love. 

Crazy people are everywhere.  Maybe I shouldn’t go to the grocery store or work.  Look, we have to be street smart, carry your cell phone and tell someone where you’ll be running and when to expect you back.  Worse case scenario, do not be a victim, fight back and make a lot of noise.

What is the most annoying thing a non runner said to you?

How did you respond?

Feel free to add your pet peeves to the list.


Spartan Race Giveaway

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Apparently I did catch some type of bug after all.  It’s nothing a couple Advil can’t fix but it’s still so weird.  I knew something was wrong when I turned down my usual afternoon coffee.  So I took it easy yesterday which if you know me, that’s a challenge in itself.

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It actually felt so good to do pretty much nothing and be completely okay with it.  Don’t you worry, Bam took really good care of me.

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You know what makes me feel better?  Giving away a free entry to torture yourself at any 2014 US Spartan Race!!

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Fun fact: one of the top searches to find SCB are mud runs + obstacle course races.  Well, if that’s what lead you to SCB, your dreams have come true!

I triple dog dare you to watch this video and not be inspired.  Go ahead, I’ll wait.

You’re back?

Okay tell me how awesomesauce you would feel crossing that finish line!  #beastmode fo sho!

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Additional entries if you share this post on social media, blog about it, write it in the sky or send me coffee.  Okay just kidding on the last one.  Be sure to pop back over and leave a comment telling me you did so.

This giveaway is for one entry for any 2014 US race.  You have until Tuesday to enter.  I’ll announce the winner on Wednesday morning’s post.


This post + giveaway was sponsored by Spartan Race.  All opinions are all mine babe.


The story of a crappy run

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I am currently watching The Heat for the 5th time this week.  It’s On Demand and somehow this technology inept chick figured out how to find it.  I only have until May 31st to watch it another 600 times.  Clearly Bam is thrilled about it.  And yes, we have a kitchen table, but always use old skool trays while watching tv.  It’s a good thing we never claimed to be classy.


Yesterday the rain cleared + the sun came out which made for perfect running conditions.  Although running in the rain would have been fun too.  So hit up the trail for a nice, easy, relaxing run.

About a mile in I went from feeling great to feeling awful.  My legs were amazing, but overall I just felt really off.  Almost like I was coming down with something.  I pushed through it and this view helped take my mind off feeling so crappy.


Seeing a cruise ship in the bay was really cool.  I don’t think they come here very often, but it’s cool to see.

4 miles later I was very happy to be home.  I grabbed a huge glass of water and sat down until I started to feel better.  After a shower, a fresh set of pj’s and a bowl of hot soup I was feeling much better.  That run was so weird.


I was still feeling a little off, but not terrible so I took the afternoon easy and roamed around outside because I am solar powered. 

Downtown Monterey is gorgeous.  So is the Starbucks.  Fun tip: if you have the new Starbucks iPhone app update, just open it and shake your phone to pay.  Then tell the Barista to shut up and take my money.  Winking smile


My car is in the shop right now, so I couldn’t play the whole trophy wife thing, so I did little exploring on foot and saw this.  Mind.Blown.


#calineedsnofreakingfilter #ever


It’s crazy how the color of the ocean changes every day.  It was a deep royal blue with some turquoise closer to shore.  And that is one lucky bird.


Tell me about your last crappy run.  We all have ‘em.

What are your favorite apps? 

A Beautiful Mess, Pic Collage, IG + Starbucks, but I’d love to add a few more.



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That 2 letter word can be powerful.  It can also be freeing and empowering.  Well unless it was said to a marriage proposal or something pretty important, in which case I recommend you run far, far away.

Look, we tend to reluctantly agree to do things we really don’t want to or have the time for.

I don’t consider myself a “yes” person or people pleaser, but sometimes I find myself committing to something I really don’t want to do.  Before I even realize what’s going on, I’ve already said yes.

A while back I was offered a promotion.  More hours, working uber cool events, more scrilla.  I mean, who doesn’t need a couple extra duckets?  Bill Gate’s and the like, you are not allowed to comment on this.

Without really thinking it through, I said yes.

The more I thought about it, the more it didn’t make sense.  I’d miss out on more time with my favorite dude, have to work nights and we all know after 8pm this grandma has to bust out toothpicks to hold up her eyelids up.  Plus I’d be inside and large crowds are not really my thing.  I’m much happier being outside with the boys.

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So I graciously declined and have been insanely happy with my decision ever since.  There were no hard feelings and I think I even earned a little more respect from my boss.  I know my strengths, I know what I’m good at, I know my priorities, I know I am right where I need to be.  And I know that position was not a good fit for me or my family.  And that’s 100% okay.

The point of the story is to encourage you to say no a little more often.  Don’t commit to something big without thinking it through or out of obligation or “feelings.”  Screw feelings, do what is best for you and your family.  Period.

Saying no will free up more time to:

  • Spend with your family
  • Take care of errands
  • Get ahead on another project
  • Go to lunch with a friend or your other half
  • Take the pup for a nice long walk
  • Hit up the grocery store
  • Get a pedicure
  • Run
  • Drink coffee
  • Do nothing at all

It’s YOUR time, you get to choose how it’s spent and what it’s worth.  Do not feel bad or guilty about it.  If others are offended with your decisions, that’s their problem.  Not yours.

I think you will feel so empowered by that two letter word, you might want to use it more often.  And you should.

Feel free to share your thoughts on this.

What are some things you need to start saying no to?


Bam thinks he’s all that + funny search terms used to find SCB

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Yesterday Bam + I had to be out of the house for 2 hours.  A storm was heading our way, so naturally we went to the beach.

I assure you, Bam had a very convincing story…he said the ocean is already wet and that I can wear a hoodie.  Smart man.  He even didn’t mind being taken away from chasing birds for a photo opp this time.

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It was windy but not cold, so we roamed up and down the beach.  Bam made some new friends.

He loves a good chase and will always find the biggest dog around to be friends with.  The small dogs follow him around, but he’s like whatever.  Someone thinks their all that and a bag of chips or something.

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I can’t believe how beautiful it is here even when it’s cloudy + stormy.

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In an effort to calm Bam down {ha! calm + Jack Russell is an oxymoron} before heading to the car, we sat in the sand and watched the waves come in.  He had to get the best view by standing on top of me.  Knucklehead.  It’s a good thing I love his scruffy little paws.

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Until next time…

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I stopped at Trader Joe’s for some grocery shopping on the way home.  It was a nice, relaxing way to start my day off.


Every now and then I notice some oddly funny search terms used to find SCB.  I made up a list of the funniest ones I could find and thought I would offer you a dose of free entertainment. 

Here we go…

finally” i am sure slipping into fresh, clean sheets is right up there”

alessandra ambrosio feet

ikea steals

cow teapots australia

gangsta style workout clothes

nutrilite roc2o mix of 8 grams of carbs per 8 ounces

fart in face while sleeping

how people are so freakin skinny and no pimples

mud run hairstyles

pooped my pants blog

butt selfies

pooping on gm diet

weird girly things

running topless

Let’s go ahead and file these terms under #stufficantmakeup

If you have a blog, feel free to share your funny search terms.

Dog owners, tell me a funny story about your furry friend.

Would you mind being caught in a storm at the beach?

Only if there were lightening, but other than that I wouldn’t mind at all.  I think Bam would feel the same since he’s pretty carefree.


And they call this work?!?

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This picture!!  No filter, no alterations, just 100% pure freaking real life.

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I absolutely love my job.  I get to meet people from all over the world who are always in a fantastic mood even when it’s pouring down rain and I get to help make their golf experience very memorable.  It helps that I have a cart full of beer + snacks.  I remind them to watch out for the birds.  Those punks are vicious.  They steal whole bags of food, keys anything they can get their beaks around.  The other day, one of the caddies told me that a bird stole a whole wallet. Yup, I can see people calling their credit card company, trying to explain that if you see a large purchase of bulk birdseed, it’s not yours.  Somewhere there is this large cache of keys, wallets, and the hair rubber bands covered in bird poop. That makes me laugh. I warn everyone, but some just don’t listen.

I came home to a nice dinner with a side of Bam butt.  Mike marinated chicken in salt, pepper, onion + garlic powder, Cajun and Vermouth.  It sounded weird, but totally worked.

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Then I made history-I actually sat down and watched a whole movie without crashing.  We watched The Heat with Sandra Bullock + Melissa McCarthy-I freaking love them both!


The entire movie was so entertaining, and I laughed so hard there were tears streaming down my face.  Melissa McCarthy is an awesome actress.  I bet the movie set was a blast to be on.

Then Mike made me laugh when he mentioned Sandra Bullock was in The Blindside right before this movie, talk about opposite roles! I looked up how old she is and was like, um………….49 years old?!? Man, she’s hawt!

Bam has the sense of humor of a house plant – this is all he did the entire movie.  I thought Jack Russell’s had more personality?  Whatev.

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Something to think about…

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Tell me about your job.

What did you have for dinner last night?

Last good movie you saw?


Virtual coffee date: things I’m digging right now

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  • Today is my Friday.  I am a nerdy excited to bust out my planner and plan next week.  My days shall be filled with running, coffee + becoming professional beach bums with Bam.
  • I ran for the 3rd day in a row yesterday because I felt like it.  I took it easy and enjoyed the calm before the storm.  Then it poured the rest of the day and that was really nice.

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  • Mike should quit his job and be my personal chef.  He’s been making dinner this week and I have loved everything.  There are no recipes because he wings it and nothing ever tastes the same exact way twice.
  • I’m in LOVE with the dermalogica oil free matte sunscreen.  I have an oily mug and most sunscreens only add to it or make it worse, but this one actually helps prevent grease face.
  • Y’all know I am solar powered and spend a lot of time outside.  The solar defense {on left} is also really good and smells like tea tree, and because it has SPF 50 I wear it on days I plan on being outside all day.  Also I wear it under makeup in case you are wondering.  The only downside, like most high quality products, it’s a bit on the pricey side, but a little goes a long way.

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  • I’d also tell you that since I’m not a real blogger, I don’t like smoothies.  At all.  They taste good, but are just too heavy for me.  I do love fresh squeezed juice.  My current favorite is orange-carrot.  It’s perfectly sweet without feeling like I’m drinking a bag of juiced Skittles.  Though, that kinda does sound fun.

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  • Bam is a little upset he hasn’t made an appearance on his blog lately.  Yes, I call this dumb ole blog his, I just write it because he doesn’t have thumbs.

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  • If only Skinny Runner was still around to post this on her crappy race pictures roundup.  I have no idea what I’m doing here.  Plus I’m still running after crossing the finish line.  Weirdo.


scsphotoworks Congratulations JACQUELINE   She.Is.Beautiful 5K 10K  Santa Cruz

Your turn, tell me what you’d talk about if we were having coffee!


Thankful things Sunday came a day early

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I took the new Mizuno Wave Sayonara’s for a spin.  After running in my newly beloved Hitogami’s I could feel a difference in weight & support.  I’ll be doing a full review after I put some more miles on them, but so far they are firmer and a stability shoe compared to the Wave Rider.

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I had to show them the beach for the first time and ate some hills for second breakfast.  I think they were impressed.  Winking smile

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The other day I had the pleasure of speaking to a man who was using a walker on his way to see the doctor.  He had to stop to catch his breath so I chatted with him before I got the door.  He told me he has congestive heart failure & has a tough time walking. 

I’m proud of him for not giving up.  I also wish I could thank him for reminding me to be thankful for the ability to run.

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I also want to thank my cowboy for supporting my crazy running adventures.  I’ll never be an elite athlete or run Boston, but I have a genuine love for torturing myself and this man is my biggest fan. 

Sometimes be believes in me more than I do myself.  I am so thankful for this dude.

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He pushes me to be better, speaks the truth even when I wish he’d keep his trap shut, teaches me how to defend myself, get’s up early to drive me to races then waits at the finish line to be my photographer & cheer me on. The boy doesn’t put up with my crap, comes back with something even more offensive than I said, which is always entertaining and loves coffee as much as I do. Still can’t believe I get to do this life thing with him. Yeah cowboy, you’re stuck with me. Good luck with that.

So for those who build us runners up, cheer us on, wake up at the butt crack of dawn to wait hours for us to cross the finish line and be our personal paparazzi, take care of the kiddos, tell us when we actually need to go for a run, never doubt our abilities or dreams even when they are a bit crazy, and everyone else who believes + supports the sport we love…

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Who is your biggest fan?

What are you thankful for today?


Sometimes you have to climb rocks

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Yesterday was the day of purple.  It’s funny because I usually gravitate to pink – typical chick, right?  I blame the new watch, I’m digging it so hard I want to plan my outfits around it.  Major run nerd alert.

I hit up the trail for a 4 mile run while the sun was hiding after the rain and it was perfect running weather. 

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I don’t know why, but I was expecting it to be a gloomy, rainy day, but it turned out to be really nice so I dropped the top, grabbed a cup of coffee and went for a drive.  Maybe the beach does have seasons after all?

And I really need to run on that trail!

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Sometimes you just have to pull over and climb some rocks.

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Then I saw the waves crashing because it’s one of my new favorite things, and had to get a closer look.  Grandma would crap her pants if she saw how close I got.  Winking smile

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Then I decided I wanted to climb some more.


The views were even more incredible that I imagined.

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No filter on any of the pics because #calineedsnofreakingfilter

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This is one of my favorites – it looks like the water is dancing in the sunshine.

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Also I’d like to note that I made an edible dinner last night.  Yup, I sure did.  It was taco soup + Mike loved it.  I hope he doesn’t get used to having a good meal because I only have a handful of recipes I can pull off.  

Something I’ve been thinking about…

I’d rather hear the truth than be ignored. – SCB

What are your thoughts on SELF Magazine making fun of a brain cancer survivor rocking a tutu?