Hi there! I'm Paula and I live in Orlando. I like to run and watch too much TV. I'm a lover of cupcakes and hater of chia seeds, even though I've never tried them. I eat peanut butter out of the jar and think Aaron Paul is my boyfriend.
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1. I’m gonna call it. The weather in Texas is better than the weather in Florida.
You hear that, Cely? I thought the weather was perfect during the three weeks I was there. I had to wear a jacket at least three of the days and then layed out in the sun after that to a clear, sunny sky with a cool breeze. I mean, Texas has indecisive weather and gets three months of total suck during the summer that is way worse than Florida, but then it’s over. The cold fronts from the West actually get to you and then you suck it all up and leave Florida in perpetual summer for 10 months of the year. You are rude, Texas. Learn to share those cold fronts.
2. I checked out my Daily Mile and realized there’s not much to do in Killeen.
I’m on a running break for the most part and still managed 84 miles in three weeks. Most of those miles were walking (so I could read books – I’ll tell you about those later) but still, that’s a lot of miles. I don’t think I ever hit 40 miles in a week during marathon training. I mean, I still gained 3.5 lbs during that three weeks. The will to eat crap 24/7 in Texas is a strong force that my inner buffet-lovin’ fat girl just can’t fight.
3. I registered for my first race of next season.
I’m running the Celebration Half Marathon. It’s super cheap ($50), about a half hour away from home, and brand new. This year, I’m really looking forward to running some new races. I’m getting tired of repeating the same ones year after year. So, no full marathons for me yet, though my next (and maybe last) full is going to be Chicago next year. I still have to consult with my personal marathon therapist about that decision.
4. Speaking of running, I got that fast mile I’ve been working on up to a 7:47 pace last night! It was hard, but I didn’t feel like I was going to die afterwards. I think working on a fast mile has really helped my HIIT runs. This week, and for the first time since February, I was able to do an entire HIIT run without walking and I was back up to my 7:30 interval time. (I had to drop to a 8:00 and 8:30 pace.) So nice to get some speed back!
5. I watched The Office finale last night.
Soooo good. I loved it. Even hubs agreed and said he was happy to see a series finale that didn’t suck for once. It was cute to see what a difference even a crappy office job made in all their lives. I know some people hate The Office, but I’m totally gonna miss it. I loved it with and without Steve Carrell and I’m seriously going to miss everything about Jim.
Oh, and lastly, if you want to read Michelle’s sweet birth story, check it out here. It comes chalk-full of adorable pics of baby Evan and things said about her uterus and vagina that I will never be able to un-read.
Have a good weekend everyone.
I made it back from TX in one piece. I’m so happy to be back home with my family. And DVR. And pantry. You don’t know what you got until 24-hour access to your pantry is gone. I even came back to a clean (and dusted) house with clean floors. What the what? You have no idea how excited that makes me.
I could get used to this going away and coming back thing.
While I was away, Ms. Fancy Pants decided she likes to drink out of a bowl instead of her sippy bottle.
Such a diva. I suppose she’s going to want her lettuce wrapped in bacon next.
I’m probably going to start a weekly (or more like, when I remember) post about her because it was bound to happen at some point. I can’t keep adorable, begging bunny pictures like this to myself.
Anyway, I always make it a point to play the lottery when I’m on travel because it seems like people from out of state always win the Florida lottery and piss me off, so I wanna be the jerk that wins from out of state too. But unfortunately, that didn’t happen and now I need to go to work.
Before I go, I want to say Happy (belated) Mother’s Day to all you mothers out there (especially mine) and a special Happy Mother’s Day to my favorite running mama Michelle. She had her baby yesterday. <3 Go check out her new 9lb chunky monkey that she had sans drugs. Not by choice, of course. Cuz she loves drugs.
Only one more day left in Killeen. I’m so ready to go home. Three weeks is a long time to be away and now I’m really appreciating my two week work trips. Never thought those words would come out of my mouth. Or in this case, be typed.
I’m pretty sure I’ve done a city-wide tour of fast food and chain restaurants since I’ve been here. It’s ridiculous. I don’t even want to talk about how I migrated from Whataburger to Sonic. Did you know Sonic has 25 flavors of milkshakes? I mean, that’s just a dare waiting to happen.
Some days drag on forever and others aren’t so bad. Minimal access to internet and my beloved phone for three weeks – not fun. Meeting a new friend – fun. Having the gold crown pop off my tooth on Wednesday – not so fun. Getting to see this little lady again – super fun.
I can’t come to Killeen without seeing her. <3
Speaking of days that are better than others, Monday night was one of those. Monday officially made the third week of this trip totally worth it. My co-worker, Ron, and I drove to Austin to see one of my favorite bands that no one’s heard of – IAMX. (By the way, Ron is one of the writers for this blog. Apparently it’s a big deal. So yeah, I know a superstar.) Anyway, the show was at a little venue on 6th street called The Parish.
IAMX is from England and they only have a handful of American tour dates – none of which were in Florida. I even posted about the bands I love that no one’s heard of back in 2011 and they were on the list. So I’ve been waiting for them to get their sweet asses to the states for a long time. When I found out I would be in Killeen when they were in Austin, I begged Ron to go with me, snapped up some tickets, and tried to forget the show was on a Monday night. (Who does that? Honestly.)
The show was amazing. They sound so good live. Though, I saw them back when they were called Sneaker Pimps, so I kinda new that. The whole show was really dark, so this is the best I could do for a picture.
I had such a fun time. I kept telling Ron how heavenly the lead singer’s voice is the whole concert and I think that only partially had to do with the drinks. Maybe. I’m sure he loved me professing my love for the lead singer all night. And being the DD. And taking me to Whataburger at 1:00am. Then there was the part where we still had to go to work the next morning. Actually, he might have gotten the short end of this stick.
So that’s what’s been happening in these parts. Now I’m looking forward to going home and getting back to Crossfit. I’ve kinda been slacking on that front because, well, Crossfit is hard and food is awesome. I’m going to miss wearing my eating pants.
I opened up Windows Live Writer to write a new blog post and couldn’t figure out for the life of me what the hell I’ve been doing the past two weeks in Texas. It’s becoming kind of a blur, so I turned to my cell phone pictures for a reminder…
1. I found heaven.
Heaven is actually located in H.E.B. It’s true. I’m so glad we don’t have this grocery store in Florida because I would be in trouble. My co-worker, Marisa, and I were oogling these cupcakes and giant strawberries for a good five minutes, passed them up (unprecedented), and went to check out only to find another cupcake station set up in the front. So we caved. Well played, H.E.B. Well played.
2. We bought two cupcakes (Oreo and white chocolate raspberry) and a red velvet strawberry that I’m sure will cause some life threatening illness later in life.
I don’t even want to know what was used to grow that thing but I’m fairly certain it wasn’t natural.
3. The Killeen Mall has a pet store with bunnies!
Look at that sweet bunny face! I just want to snuggle the crap out of him.
4. At my co-workers insistence, I tried Whataburger for the first time.
Now I need to make a public apology to Whataburger for dissing you all these years. I thought you were the ugly step-sister of Hardees. I laughed when your location closed in Orlando. But I was wrong, you are delicious.
I pretty much haven’t stopped talking about that burger since last week because I was so surprised it didn’t suck. When you order, you get a number to place on your table so they can bring the food out to you. When they bring the food, they offer an actual platter of different ketchups. A platter! So fanci I have to spell it with an i.
5. New favorite drink alert!
Texas has given me a gift and this is it. That’s Fireball and Angry Orchard cider. Amazing. Drinking two of those really fast not recommended, though.
6. I tried Freebirds for the first time.
Melissa told me to try Freebirds because it’s “10x better than Chipotle.” She was right. That place is delicious, although their service is 10x slower. My co-workers liked it as well but they weren’t sold on the better than Chipotle part. Although, I think some of their disappointment had to do with the fact that Freebird wasn’t playing on a continuous loop inside. (So hard to please, some people.)
7. I went to see Pain and Gain.
If you’re into watching two hours of bewbs and muscles (which I am, of course), this movie is for you. It’s based on a true story that I read about before seeing the movie and I didn’t know how it would be possible to make it into a dark comedy…but they did. I liked it but it’s probably hard to take if you’re a little squeamish, especially knowing it’s true. Sort of related, The Rock has really nice, white teeth.
8. I made a new friend. Say Hi to Megan.
Megan lives in Killeen and asked me if I wanted to get together when she read that I would be here for three weeks. So of course I took her up on that offer. I was extremely happy to find out that she wasn’t a crazed lunatic and she didn’t want to harvest my kidneys.
We had dinner at Texas Land and Cattle where she witnessed first hand my immense capacity for ingesting food. Then we hit up a frozen yogurt place and closed.it.down. That’s right. We know how to party in Killeen on a Friday night.
By the way, Megan lost 150lbs when she was 16 by exercising, eating better, and not eliminating anything specific from her diet. She’s kept it off for TWELVE years. Inspiring? I think so.
I ran the Fredericksburg Wildflower 10k on Saturday. I haven’t been running much since February and it was really humid, so I was super surprised that I PRed by a minute. Oh that’s right. I didn’t PR because I ran over a quarter mile in the wrong direction instead. But I’ll tell you about that later.
First, I want to tell you about the shenanigans that occurred after the race and through Sunday. To say I’ve been eating badly would be putting it mildly. Just when I was so full that I couldn’t possibly eat another bite, I did. My stomach is currently in a full-on revolt with my body and I never want to see a piece of clothing with a button or zipper again.
1. German Reuben, German potato salad, and red cabbage from Winslow’s Restaurant in Fredericksburg
I noticed yesterday that Winslow’s was completely slammed on Urban Spoon but I thought everything was really good. Maybe I just have taste buds with low standards.
2. Peach cobbler
More like peach pie. Or piebbler. (new dessert!) I was annoyed that it didn’t come with ice cream. Who serves piebbler without ice cream? Of course, I ordered some and it was almost the same price as the pie. I’ll spare you the ice cream picture, just know that I was full and didn’t need it.
3. Ombre cake from The Pink Pig
This is vanilla cake with vanilla frosting and a fancy name. I ate it about an hour after the piebbler. With my fingers. In the car. The frosting wasn’t even good. I still ate it all. Bad frosting is better than no frosting.
4. Pink pig frosted cookie
I ate that cookie shortly after the cake. I still wasn’t hungry and I may have been slipping into a diabetic coma. It was a disappointing cookie. We were told that we had to check The Pink Pig out and I wasn’t really impressed. I still ate it all. No cookie left behind.
5. Gummy pigs
I wanted to die at this point. My teeth felt like little pieces of sugary chalk but I still had to try them.
6. Bacon cheeseburger from Reunion Grille in Austin
It doesn’t look like much but that was a great burger. I really did consider getting a salad for a good 10 minutes, so I think that counts for something.
7. Bloody Mary bar at Z’Tejas
A BLOODY MARY BAR. What won’t these kids think of next? The Bloody Marys were four bucks each and had Grey Goose vodka. Pretty much heaven.
8. Tableside guacamole with tortilla chips
This guacamole was amazing. I made yummy noises while I was eating it was so good. I ate about 75% of it and was so full afterwards that I didn’t even want the meal I ordered. But I’m sure you know where this is going…
9. Barbacoa beef breakfast enchiladas
I only ate the enchilada part because they messed up my egg order. I don’t do eggs over easy. Runny yolks gross me out. The part that I did eat was amazing.
10. Fresh baked apple muffin with butter
So good. I don’t even like butter that much but somehow it made it’s way all over that muffin. I really buttered my muffin. < — couldn’t help it
I drink almost anything. Alcohol is delicious.
I think I’ve forgotten what it’s like to feel hungry. I have been uncomfortably full for 48 hours now. Texas might be killing me.
Week one in Texas is almost over. It’s gone by really fast but at the same time really slow, which makes no sense. I spend all day in a computer lab, with no windows, talking with ten other people. I usually spend my lunch break with my co-workers as well. There’s nothing wrong with my job, it’s just that I’m not usually social for that many hours straight. It’s exhausting.
By the time I get back to the hotel, it’s like I’ve used up all my nice. I have a certain amount of nice that I like to spread throughout the day, but I’m forced to use it all from 8 – 5. I feel bad that my poor co-workers have to deal with me after hours. So after work, I try my best to avoid all people for the rest of the night and therefore end up spending hours in the gym. It is the only thing that brings the sanity back. I’m in the gym for so long that I’ve managed to get in over 10k steps on my pedometer three days in a row.
At least all the gym time means I’ve been working on that one fast mile:
- Tuesday’s mile: 9:05 pace
- Wednesday’s mile: 8:57 pace
- Thursday’s mile: 8:49 pace
Besides all the miles I’m putting in on the treadmill, I usually spend at least 40 minutes on the bike so I can read. I also did a pretty good ab workout last night that I’ll share with you guys later since I haven’t posted a workout in awhile.
So that’s my life right now.
Thank goodness today is Friday. I’m already mentally done for the week. Plus I’m really looking forward to this weekend. I have a 10k tomorrow morning with a friend and then more fun planned tomorrow night. Should be a good time and it might even make me nice again. No promises, though.
Reader Caitlin emailed me this link to some super cute Keep Running Boston t-shirts for sale.
They come in a lot of colors and all the proceeds support the One Fund Boston relief efforts, so if you want to support a good cause, make sure to check it out.
Oh hey there. Just thought I’d drop in really quickly to say hi.
I made it to Texas in one piece. Before I left, I had one last lunch with hubs at Joe’s Crab Shack. I ordered a steampot of crab and shrimp, so the waiter put a bib on me which entertained hubs enough to take a picture.
It’s been non-stop ridiculousness since I arrived in Austin. It started with packing four people and seven pieces of luggage into a Camry. I mean, we really had to get all Tetris on the trunk to fit everything which turned the car into a sweet low-rider. All we needed were some neon lights under the car to complete the look.
My home for the next three weeks is a hotel room that is totally messing with my feng shui. I didn’t even know I had feng shui. When you walk in, everything is on the left.
Who would do that? Left is no good.
Besides working, I’ve also been trying to get settled. I’m not a fan of relying on other people to get things done but that’s what happens when you have four people and one car. We made a trip to the grocery store once we got to Killeen. One hundred dollars later…
That should keep me from eating out for every meal and returning to Florida in a mu-mu, which might happen anyway because I bought these.
I bought those…yesterday. Bad idea. Bad, bad idea. Why you gotta be so delicious, cookies?
I packed one pair of pants and a few light cardigans (because it’s Texas and a million degrees out). The rest of my work clothes are dresses like this.
It’s going to be 40 degrees today, so I had to buy a damn jacket last night. In Texas. In April. I can’t wait to wear that jacket again never. WTF Texas? You are ridiculous. But you have good wings, so I’ll forgive you.
1. I bought a pedometer.
They say (who are they?) that you’re supposed to take 10,000 steps a day. I didn’t think that sounded like a big deal at first, but hot damn, that is a lot of steps. I average about 2,500 steps a day just walking around work and the house (no exercise). I’ve been wearing this thing for a week and I’ve gotten over 10k once – the day I ran five freakin’ miles. Even the days I ran three miles, I didn’t get 10k. WTF? Ten thousand steps is approximately six miles. Who walks that much on a normal basis? I really need to get out of my desk job.
Usually I don’t put the pedometer on until I leave the house in the morning to allow for a margin of error, but that’s not more than a few hundred steps that I’m not counting. So now, I feel like a lazy piece of poo because of a $20 piece of plastic. Now I’m obsessed with taking more steps. Instead of standing in front of the microwave while I heat up my lunch, I walk in circles around the kitchen at work like an idiot. Or I’ll walk to the bathroom even though I don’t have to go. You will not win, pedometer!
Now, I just need to figure out a way to wear it so I don’t look like a 1990′s drug dealer.
2. It’s time to make a goal.
I’m going to Texas for three weeks, which means three weeks without Crossfit. *sniff* I’ll still do Crossfit-type workouts in the hotel room but I’m limited to what exercises I can do. Plus, my motivation to work out in a small room is non-existent when I can can lay on the bed and practice eating cookies instead.
So I thought I would make a running goal. I’m going to run at least one mile every day. Or I should say, most days because every day sounds hard. I guess running that much is a goal in itself, but I also want to see how fast I can get that one mile. I’ll start with a baseline (which will probably be around a 9 minute mile) and see what I can work up to. It would be cool if I could do a full mile somewhere in the seven minute range but that sounds fast and hard. And that’s what she said.
3. Reason #1 I will never be able to eat oats in a jar.
4. If you like me on Facebook or follow me on the Twitter, you may have seen me gush about this already but I just have to say it here too: the Color Me Rad race is awesome. All their race photos sell for $4.00 or less. I wish more races would take note.
Of course, I had to support them with those prices.
5. Get these. Eat them. Immediately.
6. I plastered this one all over FB and Twitter too, but I just can’t help but share the adorable again.
I’m gonna miss that girl.
Have a good weekend and I’ll talk to you again from Texas.
Besides the leisurely color run on Saturday, I haven’t been doing much running at all, nor have I felt like it. I think about running a lot, but when it comes to actually putting one foot in front of the other, that’s not happening. Total burnout going on over here.
I would say I average three sweet, non-consecutive miles a week. Some of those my Crossfit trainer makes me do, so don’t think they are even voluntary miles, and that’s only when I can’t talk him into letting me do the stair stepper or jump rope instead. So it makes total sense that I would sign up for the Fredericksburg Wildflower 10k.
When I heard the first 200 registrants were getting a free jar of jelly, I just couldn’t pass up the chance that I’d be one of those lucky 200.
I have big plans for me and that jar of jelly. Big plans.
The race is in two weeks so I thought I should probably run more than 2 consecutive miles at some point between now and then. That happened last night. It went pretty well, but man I felt like I was at the gym forever.
It also makes sense that I really want to run the Deckers Creek Trail Half Marathon with Melissa on June 1 too, right? I don’t want to do any of the training to prepare for it, but I’d really like to run that race. I like anything described as “downhill.” Then again, I also like anything described as “covered in frosting.” So until I can find a race that’s covered in frosting, I’ll settle for downhill.
In my head, I want to run so much but my heart hasn’t been in it. So I guess what I’m saying is, my goal for the 10k is to not do this.
Is it cool to talk about last weekend even though it’s Wednesday? I’m gonna go with yes. Yes it is. So, I was super productive last weekend! Not only did I finish my taxes and drop off a bunch of stuff to Goodwill, I got a little shopping done for my upcoming business trip. I’m determined not to be unprepared. I always bring things I think I need but don’t (fluffy bunny slippers) and then end up leaving things that I don’t think I need but do (nail clippers). So I’m taking steps to not be a terrible traveler.
1. First up, two new pairs of shoes from Target.
I don’t love either of those but I do love them more than walking around a military base all day in heels, which is all I have as far as work shoes. I’m thinking those should match any outfit I can come up with so hopefully I’ll only need to bring those, a pair of flip flops, and my sneakers. Also, let’s note that those are my first ever pair of ballet flats which I’ve avoided like the plague until now because 1) I don’t find them to be particularly cute or stylish like everyone else on the planet and 2) hubs hates ballet flats on women. (Aww, I’m such a husband pleaser.)
2. I bought a real book.
I was pretty sure once I met my Nook, I would never buy another book again. That is, until my last business trip when I was stuck in a room that didn’t allow electronics while everyone else went on half hour smoke breaks.
Michelle recommended Matched and whatever she recommends, I read. The girl’s got a 99% success rate with me. Matched is a trilogy, so I’m sure I’ll get sucked into it on my trip. As you can see, Pants already likes it as well.
3. A travel laundry bag.
I’m already excited that I won’t be putting my laundry into five Wal-Mart bags just to get it to the laundry room. Plus, I inevitably see a co-worker in the hotel hallway and have to talk to them while my faded, holey, 10-year-old underwear is hanging out of the bag. As I type this, I realize I could just bring a reusable grocery bag. Dammit.
5. Ok, this isn’t for travel. This is my outfit for Color Me Rad this weekend.
It’s not anything special and the tank top is a little sheer for my taste but I needed something white and this was what I could find on the cheap. It was only $8.00, so I’m surprised it’s not already falling apart. I’ll probably throw it away after the race anyway, unless it turns into some super sweet tie-dye tank.
What’s the one thing you never leave home without when you travel?