How Bam became apart of our family

This post was sponsored by Bayer K9 Advantix II. All opinions are mine.

This guy!!

I am not sure if I ever told you guys how Bam became a member of our family. A couple years ago we lost our Jack Russell, Bo to cancer. I loved the energy & loyalty of the breed and knew I most definitely wanted another JR. So we waited a couple months to find the perfect dog, and one day Mike saw Bam on a Jack Russell rescue website. We drove out to meet him, and before we knew it, dude was in our backseat smiling on the way home with us. Funny how fast that happens, uh?

We go on so many adventures, he needs a North Face jacket. ;) Our buddy brings me so much joy my heart can’t even handle it. Last weekend when we were working on the reclaimed wood wall {say that 3 times fast, ha), Bam went to play with his buddies for the day. When we got home from dropping him off and running errands, our house felt so empty. I never want to come home and feel that again. It was so weird not to see Bam grab the nearest toy, running around the house like a wild man happy to see us. We didn’t miss the butt chewing though. Ha!

It’s funny how Bam is so tiny, yet wherever we go he picks the biggest dog around and becomes best friends with it. He’s like hi my name is Bam, it used to be Jack but you can call me whatever you want. I’m your new friend. Wanna dig for gophers? Wanna go to the dog park? Wanna chase squirrels? Wanna run in the mud? Ooh a butterfly…

That’s how I imagine his brain works.

Bam makes me so incredibly happy, I am always looking for ways to keep him happy and healthy.

And he does the same for me.

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Why I can’t be a food blogger

Car Week, please never end!

Okay that’s a lie. I am really enjoying it, but also convinced it’s the busiest tourist week of the year. My usual less than 10 minute drive to Trader Joe’s is now at least double and I would pay a premium for a parking spot if someone leaving, were to sell theirs.

There are places to escape the madness and chill out. We took our usual post lunch drive to Laguna Seca Raceway where a lot of the transport trailers for the high end cars are being stored.

Fact: My dad owned and drove a sprint car back in the day. Which is probably where I get my love of fast cars from.

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Then Mike spied this.

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This reminds me of The Jetsons.

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This is Mike’s nightmare. That boy despises wicker. 

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Since I’ve been bumming around car shows all week, I finally decided to do something productive, so I went pool running. 30 minutes is my mental limit so I sat down and checked my phone while waiting to dry off a bit. Of course Mike + Heather randomly walked by and question my ‘workout’. Hah!

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On the way home, I saw black smoke coming from Fisherman’s Wharf. Being one who loves to be a looky loo, I stopped by and snapped a couple pics. Turns out the boats are jealous of car week.

All jokes aside, I hope everyone was okay.

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And this is why I can never be a food blogger. I called this dinner because I’m classy like that.

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Any fun plans for the weekend?

Tell me something random about your folks.

Any food bloggers out there? Clearly, I need your help.


Acting like a real runner, car week + farmers market

Wow, I am acting like a real runner these days. I like it.

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I did 2 minute intervals with 1 minute of walking for a total of 30 minutes along the beach path in the new Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2’s.

It was a gorgeous day be outside and cured my headache. Stoked about that!

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Then I came home and slammed some lemon-lime Nuun. I almost forgot how refreshing this stuff is. Oh my gosh I missed it.

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It’s car week, so I headed to Carmel By The Sea to check out the classic cars. I can see it now, Bam and I cruising to the beach for an afternoon of fun with Bams head hanging out the window, ears flapping in the wind, super dog style picking up chicks. Dude has swag you know. Winking smile

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Mike we need an upgrade. Just sayin’

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And now I am totally convinced I was born in the wrong generation.

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There were lots of Porsches, Ferraris and other sporty cars, but not one Rolls Royce which is what I was hoping to see. Bummer.

Then in the evening, I met up with Mike + Heather at the farmers market. It’s been so long since I’ve gone, but something I really enjoy. Traffic was crazy, so next time I’ll ride my bike since they have bike-sitters. How cool!

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It was fun watching M + H make friends with the local farmers, scoring samples which is way better than Costco and coming up with ideas on how to use their fresh produce.

Has anyone ever seen heirloom broccoli? It looks perfect to add to a stir fry.

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My loot.

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I secretly get Mike to eat more fresh produce by washing it and leaving the bowl at eye level well within the man scan range. Then I hide the ice cream under frozen veggies, because lets be real, it’s too much work for hommie to move things around. Clearly I am winning in life. Or not.

What are your current favorite farmers market finds?

Mini squash. I like to slice them, put a little S+P and grill them.

Be honest, do you hide food?


Random thoughts + I signed up for a race!

  • I’ve been feeling out of sorts lately, now going on day 3 with a tension headache (self diagnosis) which has me feeling blah, tired and severely lacking concentration which is why this post is all in bullet points, littered with typos. And longest run on sentences in the history of ever.
  • After I hit publish, I am going for a run to catch some fresh air and hopefully snap out of this funk.


  • I got to talk to my grandma last night which is always so nice. I ‘see’ her every day on Facebook, {yes my 86 year old grandma is on FB!} but nothing beats a phone call to hear about stuff going on back home. Oh and she still has her tomato plants, in case y’all were wondering. Winking smile


  • I’m having an athletic identity crisis. I love pool running, running on land and cycling so much I don’t even know what I am anymore. Runner? Cyclist? How about both! So I did a very logical thing and signed up for the Mermaid Duathlon in Capitola!

The perfect little beach town plus the race ends on the beach just steps away from a free ice bath in the ocean right after crossing the finish line.

Yes, this is part of the run course!


New things for 2014:

  • New bike course: predominantly flat, more roads with bike lanes, one gradual climb that brings participants into the coastal redwoods. I, SCB promise not to get lost this time.
  • Sprint Tri & Du will do one loop, Mighty Mermaid will do two loops.
  • Price increases on September 1st.

Anyone want to race (I am using the r word with a great deal of caution) with me or meet up for coffee after? If so, use coupon code SKINNYCHICK10 for 10% off entry fee and shoot me an email skinnychickblog @ gmail dot com.

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  • It’s Concourse d’Elegance week and I can already tell it is going to be one of my new favorite weeks of the year. Love me some fast cars and freedom. This is my new car for going to Starbucks and Trader Joe’s. I just can’t find the trunk.

What is your next race? What distance is it?

Any tri or du friends out there? Please leave your best training/race day tips.

What’s your favorite week out of the year? Why?


Does pool running really work?

If you’ve been following this dumb ole blog for awhile, then you probably know I took up pool running while working through a running injury.

Last week I completed physical therapy. Wahoo! I’m still doing 30 minutes of run/walking, slowly increasing the amount of time I run. The game plan is to get to a point where there is zero pain, which I am so close to. Then increase the running time. The mind-body connection in pretty darn amazing.

Under the advice of my doctor, this self proclaimed ‘not a swimmer’ took up pool running when I was on crutches and couldn’t even walk. Well, later I found out I could walk the entire time, I just didn’t know it. But that’s another story.

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I am forever thankful for my doctors advice, because it got me through a tough time by giving me something I COULD do. I never thought I would really like it, but turns out, I love it. In fact, I incorporate it into my workouts now that I am off the injured list.

I thought it would be fun to do a post about my experience since pool running seems to be a trending topic lately. Here are a few common questions I get about pool running and injuries:

How deep does the pool need to be?

I’d say as long as your feet don’t touch the bottom, you’re fine.

Where do you pool run?

My local gym because we live along the coast where year round temps are 50-60’s. The gym has an Olympic size heated pool and sun deck to lay out after. Only thing missing is a hawt dude with a nice glass of chard after. Ha!

What belt do you use? 

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I just use this free one my gym provides. I haven’t tried any other brand because I’m a cheap-o so I don’t have an opinion on anything else. I also tried pool running without a belt which expectedly is more difficult, but my doc advised me to run with it to help keep proper form.

Do you think it helped you overcome the injury?

Absolutely! 100%. Not only did it help with the mental part of dealing with the injury and gave me something I could do, my physical therapist was constantly amazed at my progress. He would give me different exercises to do, then increase the difficulty. I’d nail it and he would shake his head and say ‘I did not expect you to be this advanced in your recovery.’ The only thing I’ve been doing is pool running so it has to be that.

Did it help keep your cardio fitness?

I can’t give an honest answer one this one. I took up PR after about a month and a half of being in the boot and on my road bike. Since I wasn’t running for awhile before, I don’t have anything to compare it to.

How long do you pool run?

I shoot for at least 30 minutes. If I’m with a friend we do 40-45 minutes.

Is it boring?

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It can be, but I highly recommend going with a friend or getting a waterproof iPod. While the iPod is still on my wish list, going with a friend is so much fun which makes time fly. Plus we can still chat while working out. Score! 

Emily has a waterproof iPod and loves it, so that’s another option you might look into.

Will you continue to PR after healing?

Yes! I really enjoy it a lot. Plus with the new exercises my PT has me doing, pool running and cycling, I never feel bored. I also love stepping out of the pool feeling so good and refreshed. 

Have you tired pool running or do you want to?

If so, share your tips.


Guest post: Redneck Chandelier

1st, just wanna say thanks for all the comments from yesterdays post. 2nd, if my neighbors are reading this, there is no domestic violence, no wild party, no murder being committed. Don’t call the cops. It’s football season, that’s me screaming at the tv. Sorry.

Ok, that’s out of the way, let’s get to the next part of of the project, the lights.

This was the inspiration at the same Starbucks from yesterdays post:

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I like mine better. Yup I’m that good!


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These are what we got for mounting the lights. $5 a pair.

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I did the same rust trick as I did on the screws in yesterdays post, but just on the caps.

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We had 7 planks left over from the wall. I screwed them to the ceiling, just kinda anywhere. Before that, I had my unpaid help stain all the ends and sides.

Damn, I look good from that angle! {J here, nice wedgie, at least your shorts aren’t pulled up to your nipples…yet}

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Then, I drilled 1” holes through everything.

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Placed the wire and the connector in. I put a knot in them so I wouldn’t pull all the wire through when I wire it in.

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Attached all the sockets.

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I went up in the attic and wired everything, my photographer didn’t follow up there because she can’t handle confined spaces. She was absolutely worthless during this time, so she and Bam went and laid in the sun in the backyard. Besides, I was not a real pleasure to be around because I was hot, cramped, and I kept cursing every time I hit my head on something up there. She did occasionally flip the circuit breaker off and on when I asked her nicely. All the time rubbing the giant knot on the back of my head.

I had all of these, all 40 watts. I don’t want bright lights, I have 7 so that is like one 280 watt bulb all the way up.

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From the bottom.

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Everything is on a dimmer switch.

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You can find everything you here see at I got the connectors at Home Depot.

The final cost for all the lumber for the wall from yesterday and the lights, screws, chemicals, stain, wire, sockets, lights, dimmer switch, bulbs, everything.

About $500, and a weekend.

These will be here for a long time.


Guest post: How to make new wood look reclaimed

Hey all, this is Mike. I wanted to name this post “how to beat your wood with a nut sack” but J just told me that nobody will ever search that term. I just looked at her and said, wanna bet? They will probably search that exact term, and they will be very disappointed with this post!

So, I’m not a terribly handy guy. I would NEVER be able to be a finish carpenter or an artist, because I can’t, not tear stuff up. (Yup that’s a double negative, deal with it, grammar Nazi’s!) This is a short tutorial on what Jacqueline and I did with our entry wall and a light project over our dining room table. 

This is what we saw at Starbucks and I just knew I could do it.

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I also looked at this.

First thing, we don’t have a big house, so doing this project didn’t really cost all that much.  I looked for wood that I could mold into looking “reclaimed”.  Places like the ‘bucks can buy the whole barn, put it in a warehouse and send a little of it here and there when they build/remodel the stores. I gotta make my own.

We looked at several options and settled on this.

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These are soft wood door jams and the cost is about $6 each. They are glued and have a lot of character.  We put them in the spare BR because if I put them in the back yard, Bam would pee on them. It’s his yard and if he can’t eat it or screw it, it’s gonna get peed on. Just ask my BBQ.

We had to do a little prep work before we got started but it was fun. 1st I needed rusty screws to make it look old. At the beginning of the project I was going to rent a finishing nail gun and a compressor, but this saved so much more money. I think it added to the final look too. A couple of boxes of screws at about $14

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You will need this, $5 for the whole bottle. You wont even use 1/4.

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And this $2

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Put the screws in the acid 30-45 seconds

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Then into the peroxide 2-3 minutes. Caution, it gets real hot and there are fumes, so go outside and use rubber gloves, or don’t, whatever….

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Here is the finished product.

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Now, on to the nut sack-wood beating. Drop it all over the planks, to kinda scar them up all over.

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Then really tear it up with what ever you want. Whatever you do, you cant screw this part up at all. Here are a few pictures.

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Then have you unpaid help get to staining. She used the same stain for the entire project, but on some boards she brushed it with water first to do a lighter tone or just the stain for darker pieces. Again, you really can’t screw it up.

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And this is what you get. Notice the screws?

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Finished wall.

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Tomorrow, the Redneck Chandelier.


Subliminal message

This girl!!

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You know the kind of people you meet, hang out a couple times and you already feel like they are family? Yes, that is Emily. She’s down to earth, uplifting and her happy place is the beach. I am convinced she is my long lost twin.

So I took her to all of the cool places around Pebble + Monterey in hopes she get’s my ‘move to Monterey’ subliminal messages. Not that I have ulterior motives or anything. Winking smile

Since Mike has great ideas, we went to Ikes for amazing sammiches. And a trip to Starbucks after. Duh!

Then we spent the afternoon climbing rocks and exploring tide pools. I was nice and didn’t poke that sea urchin with a stick.

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Then we sat on rocks, talked about life while taking in this view. We felt so thankful to be there.

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Then thought about how this bird doesn’t have a care in the world and the ability he has to poop on anyone he wants.

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Our last stop was pool running. Girlfriend is still nursing a stress fractured hip but is doing SO much better. I can’t wait to run on land with her when that day comes!

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Sadly she had to head home and I had to go to PT, but I have a feeling she’ll be back soon.

It was nice to chill with Bam after such a fun day. Dude made himself at home on my lap.

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I hope you are having a wonderful week as well!

Do you hang out with people around your age, or younger/older?

Emily + I both agree we gravitate to the older crowd. Thanks for making me feel normal girl.

Fill me in on the highlights of your summer.


Virtual coffee date

Good morning!! I hope your week is off to a great start.

I finally got a chance to catch up on things around the house. It feels so good slipping into clean sheets and waking up to a clean house with clean floors(!). OCD alert.

Anyway, if we were having coffee, here are some things I would tell you:

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  • I’m so so so excited this pretty little thing (on far right) is coming to visit today!! She’s going to be my pool running buddy which is awesome because at the beginning of summer we were both the walking {kinda} wounded. If you see two crazy blondes tearing up the streets of Monterey, you will know who they are.

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  • I would tell you how much running freaking hurts and I am humbled by slow progress. #turtlestatus #beatsagooseegg
  • I would ask you if there is such thing as too much reclaimed wood decor in the house and advise you to never go to Pinterest for ideas. It is the biggest, most awesome time suck in the history of ever.

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  • I would tell you how much I LOVE waking up to an email with the new Pro Compression sock of the month!! I think this design is a first for PC and I’m crossing my fingers it’s not the last. How cool would neon be in these socks!?

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Score your bad self a pair or two with coupon code COOL for 40% off + free US shipping on orders of $20 or more.

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  • And this is a huge reason why I love promoting them so much.

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  • I would tell you about my lazy girls cold orzo pasta I made last night. It’s basically where I throw a bunch of stuff in a bowl, mix it up and call it a meal that lasts 3ish days.
  • And that I have waited over 5 months to get my hair done. I actually had to look back on my IG to see how long it’s been and yup, pretty sure this is a new PR for me. I just don’t have it in me to sit still for the 3 hours it takes but I dig long hair. #firstworldproblems

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Your turn! What would you tell me if we were having coffee?


Banging wood, rusty screws, a sack full of nuts & bolts, & TWSS

This weekend…hummm there was no working out unless banging wood, making screws rusty, staining wood and making lot’s of highly inappropriate TWSS jokes counts.

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I lost count of how many trips we took to Home Depot. I think 6.  Even Bam was like, mom, again? When we pulled into the parking lot.

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Y’all know how much I love my husband, but working with him on this project was a true test to how strong our marriage is. I may have yelled if you don’t stop being a dick, I’m going to lay out on the beach for the rest of the day. Twice.

Then he took me to Starbucks and all was right in the world. I have to show you what we saw as we walked out to the car with our coffee in hand….

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Then we got back to work, where I was trusted with power tools. What is going on in this world?

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But when the reclaimed wood wall and redneck chandler were finished, it was magical.


They turned out even better than we envisioned.


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I just confirmed with Mike, guest post will be Thursday. He will talk about banging wood, and his sack full of nuts along with a bunch more pictures.

For now, I am going to work on getting this house in order, grocery shop and go for a run. I went all Templeton status (aka eat all the food) which was awesome, but I am looking forward to getting back to normal. Whatever that is.

Fill me in, what did you do over the weekend?

Last home improvement project?

What are you looking forward to this week?