Friday, July 29, 2011

Follow Friday, TGIF, & Book Blogger Hop

Happy Friday!
It's time for me to link-up with some of my favorite hops of the week!

Follow Friday hosted by Parajunkee

Today's Q:
Let's step away from books for a second and get personal. What T-Shirt Slogan best describes you?


I'd run for any food ... and a beer ... not just post-race food

TGIF at GReads!

Today's Q:
Character Envy: If you could be one character from a book, who would you choose & why?

hmmm...this is a good one. I would have to pick Saba from Blood Red Road. All the crappy situations she's thrown into trying to rescue her beloved twin brother -- she's able to handle them like a true warrior/heroine and I admire her for that. I would've given up right from the start.


Book Blogger Hop hosted by Crazy-for-Books

Today's Q:
Highlight one book you have recieved this week (for review, from the library, purchased at the store, etc.) that you can't wait to dig into!


From As a kid, Jacob formed a special bond with his grandfather over his bizarre tales and photos of levitating girls and invisible boys. Now at 16, he is reeling from the old man's unexpected death. Then Jacob is given a mysterious letter that propels him on a journey to the remote Welsh island where his grandfather grew up. There, he finds the children from the photographs--alive and well--despite the islanders’ assertion that all were killed decades ago. As Jacob begins to unravel more about his grandfather’s childhood, he suspects he is being trailed by a monster only he can see. A haunting and out-of-the-ordinary read, debut author Ransom Rigg’s first-person narration is convincing and absorbing, and every detail he draws our eye to is deftly woven into an unforgettable whole. Interspersed with photos throughout, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a truly atmospheric novel with plot twists, turns, and surprises that will delight readers of any age.

I can't wait to get into this book. I went looking for it as soon as I read about it - and my local bookstore was all sold out! Which I took as a good sign. As soon as I finish my current read...this book is next up in my TBR pile.

Have you read it? What do you think?


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Stuff I WISH I Could Make ...

...but I'm too lazy too.

I don't cook. It's not that I don't know HOW to cook -- it's just that I'm too lazy to cook. Takes too much effort with the mixing and the chopping and the measuring and the this and the that - egh. I'm a TASTER, not a cooker. I think in the past two years I have made MAYBE ten things - besides a poptart and frozen pizza. Good thing for me - my roommate (aka my mom) cooks dinner a lot of the time so I'm surviving JUUUUSSST fine.

BUT if I did decide to cook -- here are the things I wish I could make:

Bacon Wrapped Chicken

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Tortilla Soup

Brownie Berry Pie

Ultimate Mac & Cheese

Garlic Shrimp Pasta

Spicy Tomato Mac & Cheese

There are more things out there I'd like to make...I'm just too lazy to look up the recipe to blog about them right now :)

Do you have any good recipes you can direct me to ... not that I'll ever use it ... :) JK ... sorta.


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday & How Pinteresting

Wednesday? Already? Thank goodness!

It's time to link-up with Jamie @ This Kind Of Love for What I'm Loving Wednesday AND Michelle @ The Vintage Apple for Oh, How Pinteresting.

This Wednesday I'm Loving:

I'm Loving my Garmin Forerunner 405. So far, it has been worth every penny! 

I'm Loving Fisher's Caramel Popcorn 
I got a bucket (all for myself {insert evil laugh here}) from Ocean City this weekend - this popcorn is sooooo fracking good! 

I'm Loving sour patch kids, fruit punch powerade, Roy Roger's fried chicken, and smart water

I'm Loving the  purse I blogged about here about last Wednesday. It finally came in the mail and it's SOOO cute! 

I'm Loving these patterns:

Oh, How Pinteresting! 

I do love this site! You can follow me (or some of my boards) here.

Here are my favorite Pins so far this week:
What are you LOVING & PINNING this week?


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Running Ramblings - Race Updates


As many of you probably already know I have signed myself up to run the Balitmore Marathon on October 15th ... and I'm SCARED.

Yesterday I posted about my 16 mile run {which if you missed it you can read it allll about it here} which I'm super proud about -- BUT in reality I'll have to do that 16 mile run again AND add 10.2 miles to it. 16 was tough...26.2 is going to be tougher!

I have 80 something days to prepare myself for the race. I'll be really disappointed in myself if I don't do the race ... or if I do the race and suck at it.  I know...I know I should be proud of myself just by showing up on race and doing the race and finishing it -- but my brain doesn't work like that. I have to run it, run it hard AND get a time I can live with.

I'm already not running as much as I should be. I know it. I should be running 3-5 times a week, but I'm lucky if I get in two times and I'm not in as good of shape as I would like to be ... so I really need to kick it into gear before it's too late for me.  I've been debating with myself about doing a couple half marathons between now and my full marathon race date - so I finally bite the bullet and have decided on doing Riley's Rumble Half Marathon and The Parks Half-Marathon.

Riley's Rumble Half-Marathon - Sunday, August 7th


I've heard nothing but BAD things about this half marathon. Whenever someone talks about this half they have like a half-smirk on their face like they know some devilish secret about it. And look at the description of it on it's own website:

Riley's Rumble is the evil half that your mother warned you about. Don't be seduced by the lush bucolic countryside of rural Montgomery County. This race will challenge the best runners. If you want the 3 H's (hills, heat, and humidity), this is the race for you. It is a good workout if you're preparing for a fall marathon but Riley's may not be advisable for your first half marathon. As an alternative, consider volunteering for Riley's and then running Parks Half Marathon (our 'better half') which takes place in early autumn when temps are usually significantly cooler.

 The part about it being the EVIL HALF literally made me laugh. I've heard that this race is HOT and HILLY. I also keep hearing the Baltimore Marathon is quite hilly so this race would be good practice for me.

The Parks Half-Marathon - Sunday, September 11th


Now this race: I've heard good things about it. I had actually signed up for it last year but I didn't end up doing it because I didn't feel like I was in good enough shape for it.  But this year I WILL do it :). The website description is also much nice then the Riley's Rumble one:

The course is unique. Just outside Washington DC, Montgomery County is a community of nearly 900,000 citizens. While the race runs directly through the most populous area of Montgomery County, the vast majority of the course travels through preserved parkland along the Rock Creek Stream Valley. This unique course provides runners with a completely new experience for a major metropolitan marathon. The course features gently rolling hills to a net downhill finish.

Sounds good right? I think so. I have a goal of finising a Half-Marathon in UNDER 2 hours and 15 minutes (I've done two Half-Marathons before ... May 2, 2010: Frederick Half-Marathon and I finished in 2 hrs, 14 mins and 24 seconds and I ran the same race again this year on May 7, 2011 and finished in 2 hrs, 17 mins and 32 second -- I'd really like to CRUSH both those times...)

What about you - Are your a runner? Have you signed up for any good races this year? Have any tips and/or advice you can offer?

Let me know!


Monday, July 25, 2011

Weekend Running Re-Cap

Good Monday to Ya!

Did you have a good weekend? Are you sitting in front of your computer right now trying to avoid doing work, or running errands? Is your brain still mush from the weekend?

It's Monday - so I have lots to do: write bills, prospect for new clients, put together ads for this week's paper, proof ads ... etc. But before I get to that I was wondering if I could take a moment to boast. I accomplished something I've never done before yesterday and I'm SOO proud of myself.

I, Patricia, Ran 16 miles!

I have never ran more than 13.1 miles. So running 16 is a big accomplishment for me {granted...I'm training for a marathon so I will eventually have to get up to 26.2 miles}

This is the map from my run via my Garmin -- cool right?

Sunday's Run was quite nice. We started at the Capital Crescent Trail in Bethesda and ran to Union Station, via Haines Point.
This is what part of CCT looks like {via}

picture of Haines Point

The weather wasn't THAT bad. We meet early in the morning (6:30am) to try to avoid the pounding summer sun (especially since it's been 95+ degrees here lately).  I did have to consume a lot A LOT of water. I don't think I've EVER had that much water in one run...ever!

Around mile 7 a wonderful SAINT was out there (from another running club is what I deduced) with popcicles, water (COLD), pretzels, chips ... HEAVEN. I haven't seen that many people (including myself) enjoy a popcicle that early in the morning.

In Hains Point there were sprinklers just spitting out glorious water.  Some people were drinking it (not I) until they realized the water was coming directly from the Potomac River (gross!). I got pelted in the ear a lot of times because those dang sprinkers were shooting at head height. It was worth it though. By the end of the run I didn't know if I was soaking my clothes with water or sweat. I'm sure it was 80% one and 20% the other. You can guess which.

I like that on the run we get to past the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument and go through the DC Waterfront and along side the Potomac River. It's nice to take in the sites and take a moment to appreciate how pretty DC is.

The Runner's High and sense of accomplishment I felt when I finished.

My legs screaming at me!!! We stopped to take a couple walking water breaks and the straight DREAD of starting to run after a quick stop. PAIN! I won't mention the pain I felt in my toes. Those suckers were hurting too!

Sitting in Union Station SOAKED to the bone with sweat and water. I wont even mention the smell...but just imagine what you would smell like after running 16 miles.

Sitting on the Metro...SOAKED to the bone with sweat and water AND the AC was pumping. I was sitting there freezing and trying not to fall asleep.

Trying to walk around today is a B*&^%. I'm so sore. I will try to avoid walking, stairs and all movement in general!

Overall, the good outweighs the bad. And I'm proud of myself.
Thanks for letting my BOAST :)


MARATHON COUNTDOWN:  81 days away!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Friday Five - Favorites

JEEZ-LOUISE. Today is drrrraaaaagggggiiiiinnnnnngggggg.  I'm ready to be out of the office, be done with my afterwork errands and be home in bed! I have a few more minutes (37 to be exact) before I can high-tail it out of here. 

I've already did my traditional Friday Link-ups (see my post here) but I came across a new-to-me link up called Friday Five hosted by Kat @ Living Like The Kings  -- and seeing to how I'm trying to pass some time...OF COURSE I'm giving it a try!

The Theme is Favorites

Favorite cuisine: 
Tex-Mex. I love tacos, chimichangas, nachos, queso, margaritas, etc. 
Honestly - I have a major thing for TacoBell. No-No I'm being serious. I really love taco bell and a close runner up to Taco Bell is Chevy's. My two favorite places to chow down!

Favorite vacation: 
My favorite vacation is the one I took in 2005 and it was a cruise to Key West and Cozumel. I LOVED that vacation. I don't know if I loved it so much because I didn't have to spend any of my own money (my aunt paid for me to go with her family...I <3 my aunt!) or was all the fun excursions (we went snorkling in the BEAUTIFUL water in Cozumel) or all the FOOD that we had access too. I think it's all of the above. I would love to go on another cruise sometime soon.

Favorite hobby:
Depends on my mood and the day. I enjoy doing lots of reading (esp if I have a good book at hand) and I enjoy working on crochet projects. I'm currently working on a mini-granny project that -- on some days I can't wait to work on ... and on other days I don't even think about! Also TV Watching...does that count as a hobby - because it should. I spend a lot - A LOT of time in front of the BoobTube (thank goodness for DVR).

Favorite Holiday tradition:
All the family Holiday dinners. Everyone gathering to have homemade dinner and then lay around feeling more STUFFED than the turkey. I've been known to eat so much it literally hurts. Another Holiday Tradition I like is Christmas Eve where my Mom and I order Chinese food and watch Christmas movies (esp It's A Wonderful Life...that's her favorite). Good Times.

Favorite “the-baby’s-asleep-the-chores-are-done-now-what-shall-I-do” pastime
Ugh. Well I can't say that I have one - yet. I don't have any babies or children. In my spare time I do enjoy reading, watching tv, craftying and avoiding all work and thoughts of work (be it work-work and housework).

That's my Five...What are Yours?


TGIF & Book Blogger Hop

It's time for a couple of my favorite weekly link ups! The first is The Book Blogger Hop hosted by: Jennifer @ Crazy-for-Books

Today's Q:
What's the ONE GENRE that you wish you could get into, but just can't?

My Answer:
I wish I could get into more NON-FICTION books. Sometimes I really feel like I should be educating my mind with some FACTS and TRUE stories but I have a had time getting into them. I prefer imaginary worlds and characters.

Ginger @ GReads is asking today in her TGIF link-up: 

Bookshelf Tour: Where do you keep your books at home? Are they organized?

My Answer:

I keep my books in baskets & containers in my bedroom - and sadly they are not organized. They just end up where ever they will "fit" or wherever they end up where I toss them. One day I would like to have a wonderful book shelf (which I would either organize by the size of the book or in alphabetical order). Here's some of my favorite bookshelves that I day dream about having:  

Ok...i understand this may be a little MUCH for a house...but it's cute! 

This is very clean looking. I can tolerate this! 

This is nice looking too. I'd love to have this {3 photos via}

Happy Reading & Happy Hoping!


Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Simple Things

 Happy Friday's Eve! I'm linking up with Jesslyn Amber for my weekly list of all the Simple Things in Life that I'm appreciating this week. 

I have to admit...I'm having a hard time coming up with "simple" things I'm happy for this week -- is that bad? 

Ice Cold Powerade after a run

 All the websites out there that offer FREE crochet patterns

 Hot Summer Days

 Fans and A.C. (it's nearly 100 degrees outside...but nice and cool in the house)

 a Chef Salad at the HoneyBaked Ham shop -- YUMMMM

 Having a little extra $$$ to treat myself to some of this & some of that this past week 

 Crafting Time

 Having all 7 Harry Potter Movies on DVD & having someone to watch them with me

 Time for Reading

 Getting PAID to do some writing

All the YUMMY looking pictures of cupcakes & sweets on Pinterest

 Feeling of Accomplishment this week

Well...actually that wasn't THAT hard. This great link-up really allows you to sit and think about the small things in life that make you appreciate life.

What are the Simple Things that made your list this week?