let there be lights

Hi friends 🙂 How’s the weekend going?

Thank you so much for your race tips and motivation yesterday. I especially loved the fact that I won’t remember how much it sucked to wake up early, I’ll remember how I feel when I cross the finish line. I woke up with pretty fresh legs -I think last night’s elliptical reading sesh helped- and most of the soreness has gone away. We’ll see what happens- I still have a few hours left to decide. Nothing like waiting til the last minute, eh?

Apparently Tucson is transitioning back to winter mode- I wore a jacket yesterday even though it was in the 70s. I think we like to pretend it’s cold -I’ve seen so many people in sweaters and boots lately- but in reality, we could all be wearing sundresses. Not complaining one bit 😉

Xmas lights

We finally got serious about our Christmas light situation over here so that we’ll match the rest of the houses on our street.

The Pilot, hard at work:

Pilot and lights

I’ve mentioned our neighbor “Steve” before on the blog, but he’s the same guy who let us use his water when we first moved in, offered us coconut waters (then I knew that moving here was destiny), lets us swim at his pool, and also serves as neighborhood watch. We’ve become good friends with his family and the other families on our street- we’re fortunate to be surrounded by wonderful neighbors. Anyway, the other day, we were walking with Liv in the stroller and the dogs (Pilot walking Bell, me carrying Caroline). Steve was outside with his kids, and joked with us about not having our house “lit up” yet. We said we had put the lights up, but needed more extension cords to actually plug them in. We’d pick some up this weekend. When we came back from our walk, Steve had connected all of our lights with extension cords and plugged them in for us- our house matches the others now 🙂

Some recent salad beasts:

Massaged kale, with avocado, cucumber, tomatoes:


(chicken sausage on the side, but no one wants to see a picture of that)

Homemade Caesar salads 


Caesar  1 of 1

and the randomly delicious combo of romaine, sweet potato, pom seeds and goat gouda.

Pom salad  1 of 1

This morning, I’m off from work. I had a friend cover so I wouldn’t teach 4 classes the day before, like my last half. I’ll back this afternoon for stretch, and tonight it’s our squadron Christmas party! 

Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend <3



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  1. Avery on December 8, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    I always think it so funny how bundled up you get! It’s about 35 degrees right now and I actually consider that quite warm in Minnesota this time of year!

    Everytime you show a salad with goat Gouda, I make a mental note to integrate Gouda into a meal soon! Why is cheese so delicious?

  2. Kaitlyn @ Keeping up with Kaitlyn on December 8, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    How nice of your neighbor!! Will we get to see a picture of all the lights on your house??

  3. Rachel Boller - Busy Mama on December 8, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Yummm!!!! Your salads look delish! I don’t know why I haven’t thought to add sweet potato before; good thing I have some on hand! Today’s going to include some salad experimentation! Good luck on your half!

  4. Jill on December 8, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    I have to roll my eyes at myself because I almost cried at your Steve story. That is so amazingly adorable. It’s so awesome to hear about people like that.

    • Angie on December 10, 2012 at 1:23 am

      I seriously love this “Steve” story too… makes me tear up a little. I love it so much. I’d LOVE to have a neighbor like that, how awesome!!

  5. Stephanie on December 8, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    I think I need a neighbor like Steve!

  6. Brittany on December 8, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    You are so fortunate to have a neighbor like that. My neighbors are crazy and would never do anything like that! Random question time. Do kids in Tuscon call adults in the neighbrhood by their first names or last names? I know that it, more often then not, depends on where you live. What are you going to teach Liv? Are you going to teach her to say sir and maam to adults? or have you not given it much thought due to the fact that Liv is so young?

  7. Jenny on December 8, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    I really like your yellow jacket! Is it lulu?
    Good luck on your half tomorrow! 😉

  8. Kim on December 8, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Yeah for great neighbors like Steve! I’ve never tried kale but the rest of that salad is some of my favorites!! Can you just eat the kale plain or do you have to do something to it?

  9. Amanda @ .running with spoons. on December 8, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Your neighbor sounds like a pretty awesome guy! My parents have a neighbor that will shovel their walk whenever he’s doing his, and it definitely makes me smile to hear that there are still people like that out there 🙂 My neighbors are sweet, but mostly keep to themselves.

  10. Tabi on December 8, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    ‘but no one wants to see that’ hahah

  11. Abby @ Change of Pace on December 8, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Your neighbourhood sounds amazing! Good luck if you decide to do the half tomorrow!

  12. Herbivore Triathlete on December 8, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    What an awesome neighbor!

    I can’t imagine 70 degree weather in December, it’s 52 here today, which is above average for this time of year!

  13. Dynamics on December 8, 2012 at 4:07 pm
  14. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles on December 8, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    I love it when neighbours are awesome. For years, my parents neighbour would blow out our driveway with his snowblower whenever he would do his – it was so nice!

  15. Sarah @ Yogi in Action on December 8, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    What an amazing neighbour! That’s fantastic. It makes me want to go outside and start making friends with everyone that lives on my block.

  16. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on December 8, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Oohh, that random combo salad sounds delish!

  17. sti @ little windmill yoga on December 8, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    adorable!! Is your Olivia going to be a kid yogini? Next Generation yoga is a great one if it’s in your town. You can even get your yoga on at the same time.

  18. Kristi on December 8, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Do the race tomorrow! My motto… I’d rather regret what I did rather than what I didn’t. You won’t regret it though. 😉

    You can do it!

  19. Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction on December 8, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Jealous that you guys can wear flip flops in December! Not fair, we are all bundled up here in Boston! Enjoy it!

  20. Stacy on December 9, 2012 at 12:20 am

    The curtsy lunges really really made me sore! great workout

  21. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on December 9, 2012 at 8:29 am

    That was so nice of Steve! You guys are lucky to have such great neighbours.

    And I’m jealous of how warm it is there – it’s been around 35 here lately and I hate it! I want summer back. 😛

  22. Danica @ It's Progression on December 9, 2012 at 10:16 am

    I was going to try out the “daaamn girl december workout” (still love that title haha) yesterday, but couldn’t figure out how to do the animal pushups?! :/

  23. Katie @ skinnyminniemoves on December 9, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Yummy salads! You guys sure are getting in the Christmas spirit!

  24. Julie on December 10, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    LOVED your neighbor story! Thanks for sharing.

  25. Bek @ Crave on December 12, 2012 at 2:32 am

    What a lovely neighbour! Yay for Christmas lights. My family has never been into the whole christmas light thing…but when I get my own place, it’s going to happen!

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