Back from the beach

We had a good trip home from the beach Friday. We had finally come into Alabama and what did we see? A brown cow? No. A black cow? No. A white cow? No. A hot pink cow? Why, yes! 🙂

Standing by the road no less. So I screamed, “Turn around and go back!!!”. We found a quaint little roadside eating establishment. We ordered ice cream, but they also had cupcakes and sweets and I think lunch items. I was in such a hurry to get back outside and make friends with the hot pink cow that I didn’t really pay attention! 🙂

Here is the facebook page for this super cool place if you want to look it up. Just in case you are traveling through God’s country one day. 🙂

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sweet-Ps-Eats-and-Treats/181925398530936

We took some pictures of Sweet P! She was so sweet. 🙂

Taylor and Sweet P.

Sweet P, my daughter, and myself.

Isn’t this place beautiful? Oh, how I wish my house looked like that! 🙂

Post coming later about my 5k trail run with my brother this weekend. You will NOT want to miss this!!!

 

Flat is good

Flat is good. Well, maybe not in everything. 🙂

Flat tummies are good. Flat sodas are not. But today I found something flat that is VERY GOOD! Roads!

Here at Panama City Beach, FL (where we are on vacation) the roads are flat and NOT hilly!!! So good!

I ran for 60 minutes which might equal 7 or 8 or 12 miles for a lot of runners. For me-about 5! Through “flat” cute neighborhoods. Loved it!

I also started (one more time) HIIT-High Intensity Interval Training. I did this for 12 minutes. Sprint, walk, jog, walk and then repeat. It was pretty fun and went by really fast. Not sure how much REAL sprinting I was doing toward the end. 🙂 I’ve heard that this 1. Burns calories/fat more than just steady training. 2. Will maybe hopefully help to increase my speed in running?

Anyway, I’m going to give it a shot. I downloaded a HIIT app to my phone so that it counted down each interval for me. Nice.

Needless to say, I was a tad bit sweaty after all this. But felt so good!

I would show you a picture of what I looked like, but my phone is NOT cooperating with me inside this condo this week.

Then I vegged by the pool the rest of the day before we went to eat at Breakers and then walked around Pier Park.

Here are some pictures of me, my daughter, and my mom after we got back from supper. We decided to play around with the camera a little.

 I have no idea what my mom is looking at. Sorta scary isn’t it???? 🙂

Does my mom look like a grinning hyena or what? I promise we had not been drinking! 🙂

We all got the giggles-I guess from looking at the camera that we had situated inside the microwave to take our picture. Do you know how stupid you feel smiling for a camera with nobody behind it???? 🙂

We leave tomorrow to head back home. Sad face. But as much fun as we have had and as relaxing as it has been, I miss home. My house, my husband, my stepson, my dogs, my life. 🙂

Flat is good

Flat is good. Well, maybe not in everything. 🙂

Flat tummies are good. Flat sodas are not. But today I found something flat that is VERY GOOD! Roads!

Here at Panama City Beach, FL (where we are on vacation) the roads are flat and NOT hilly!!! So good!

I ran for 60 minutes which might equal 7 or 8 or 12 miles for a lot of runners. For me-about 5! Through “flat” cute neighborhoods. Loved it!

I also started (one more time) HIIT-High Intensity Interval Training. I did this for 12 minutes. Sprint, walk, jog, walk and then repeat. It was pretty fun and went by really fast. Not sure how much REAL sprinting I was doing toward the end. 🙂 I’ve heard that this 1. Burns calories/fat more than just steady training. 2. Will maybe hopefully help to increase my speed in running?

Anyway, I’m going to give it a shot. I downloaded a HIIT app to my phone so that it counted down each interval for me. Nice.

Needless to say, I was a tad bit sweaty after all this. But felt so good!

I would show you a picture of what I looked like, but my phone is NOT cooperating with me inside this condo this week.

Then I vegged by the pool the rest of the day before we went to eat at Breakers and then walked around Pier Park.

Here are some pictures of me, my daughter, and my mom after we got back from supper. We decided to play around with the camera a little.

 I have no idea what my mom is looking at. Sorta scary isn’t it???? 🙂

Does my mom look like a grinning hyena or what? I promise we had not been drinking! 🙂

We all got the giggles-I guess from looking at the camera that we had situated inside the microwave to take our picture. Do you know how stupid you feel smiling for a camera with nobody behind it???? 🙂

We leave tomorrow to head back home. Sad face. But as much fun as we have had and as relaxing as it has been, I miss home. My house, my husband, my stepson, my dogs, my life. 🙂

Treadmill boredomitis

Boredomitis. Is that a word? If it’s not then I just made it up, and it FITS!! I.hate.treadmills. 🙂

Booooring!! I could only crank out 2 loooong miles on the treadmill at the condo before I had to get off due to being BORED OUT OF MY MIND!! I really appreciate the great outdoors that God made. And I will appreciate the outdoors EVERY TIME I’M ABLE TO RUN OUTDOORS FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE! 🙂

I started out at 4mph, then bumped it up to about 5.5. Then (just to go ahead and get it over with) I bumped it up to 6.5. Scary! This is what I kept envisioning!

I finally got off after 2 miles and got on the stationary bike and did 6.69 miles WHILE READING!! FUN!!! 🙂

Did a little bit of strength training:

Squats-2 sets of 15

Bicep curls-2 sets of 15

Tricep thingies-2 sets of 15

Had a healthy day of eating while at the beach.

Breakfast-Oatmeal and yogurt

Lunch-Turkey Wrap

Supper-Grilled shrimp, salad, and cheese grits (well, “almost” a healthy day of eating) 🙂

It was another super relaxing day at the beach! Night!

Treadmill boredomitis

Boredomitis. Is that a word? If it’s not then I just made it up, and it FITS!! I.hate.treadmills. 🙂

Booooring!! I could only crank out 2 loooong miles on the treadmill at the condo before I had to get off due to being BORED OUT OF MY MIND!! I really appreciate the great outdoors that God made. And I will appreciate the outdoors EVERY TIME I’M ABLE TO RUN OUTDOORS FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE! 🙂

I started out at 4mph, then bumped it up to about 5.5. Then (just to go ahead and get it over with) I bumped it up to 6.5. Scary! This is what I kept envisioning!

I finally got off after 2 miles and got on the stationary bike and did 6.69 miles WHILE READING!! FUN!!! 🙂

Did a little bit of strength training:

Squats-2 sets of 15

Bicep curls-2 sets of 15

Tricep thingies-2 sets of 15

Had a healthy day of eating while at the beach.

Breakfast-Oatmeal and yogurt

Lunch-Turkey Wrap

Supper-Grilled shrimp, salad, and cheese grits (well, “almost” a healthy day of eating) 🙂

It was another super relaxing day at the beach! Night!

2nd day of vacation

I didn’t run today, but I DID hop on the stationary bike in the fitness center where we are staying. Gulp! I only did 7 miles and at a slow pace, but I think it was more strength training than cardio! My quads will be thanking me later. 🙂

I ate HEALTHY all day until supper time!

Breakfast consisted of oatmeal, yogurt, and a banana.

Lunch was a leftover salad, some carrots, and an apple.

Afternoon snack was an apple.

See? I did good didn’t I? 🙂

And then came supper…… at Dusty’s Oyster Bar…..

Fried clam strips, grilled shrimp and scallops, hushpuppies, french fries, grouper, baked oysters, fried oysters!!!! And 2 diet cokes! 🙂

We layed out in the sun today for a total of 1 1/2 hours! I think it was 71 degrees, but the wind was WHIPPING!! Hopefully it will be warmer tomorrow. Praying anyway! 🙂

4 days until my 5k trail run with my brother!

 

 

 

The Cheat Book Review by Amy Koss

I got this book for $1 at our school book fair!! And it was actually a good book. You know sometimes when you get a bargain book, it turns out that there is a reason why it’s a bargain. 🙂

The Cheat by Amy Goldman Koss

Goodreads Summary:

Cheating on a geography midterm is only the beginning. It seemed simple enough&150they were given the answers from last year’s test and they used them. But Sarah and her friends got caught, and what was done without much thought leads to greater and greater consequences. Now they are facing punishment at school, tension at home, and no one is sure how or when it will end.

This book did switch back and forth between characters, but I was able to keep up. 🙂 The author wrote in a style that really made me feel what each kid was feeling in relation to the cheating incident as well as being able to get a glimpse into their lives. One of the girls in the story wrote poetry-and it was pretty good.

I think this book would be a good read for 5th graders and up. They will be able to relate to the emotions and feelings of the characters as well as the life issues that are dealt with throughout the book.

4 out of 5 stars

 

 

 

 

Running on vacation

1st day of vacation! Ahhhh….it feels so good! We are at Panama City Beach, Florida. And it is cold! 71 degrees this afternoon. 61 degrees at supper. So what I’m saying is this-I did NOT wear the cute little dress I bought when we went out to eat. The blue jeans were calling my name. And before you think that I was warm enough to eat supper with just my t-shirt on-think again. I took off my jacket JUST for the picture. 🙂

This is a 3 generation picture. Me on the left. My daughter (who is on a TIGHT leash right now!). My 65 year old mom. She doesn’t look 65 does she? She has lost 25 pounds recently and “says” she is going to start the Couch25k program so she can run with me! 🙂 My daughter said she’s going to start it, too! I sure hope so. I LOVE running partners!

Today is our 1st day at the beach. Got here a little after 4pm. Guess what the 1st thing was that I did????? You guessed it-I ran! 2.1 miles in 23 minutes. At St. Andrews State Park. While my mom and daughter sat in the car and read. 🙂 It felt sooooo good to run again!

And, shhhhh, don’t tell anyone, but on the way down here I told my daughter that I knew I was forgetting something REALLY important, but couldn’t remember what. Well, I guess my brain went on vacation a day early because I FORGOT MY RUNNING SHOES!! OMG!! My sweet daughter (who is on a TIGHT leash right now) was kind enough to let me borrow her running shoes. You know-the ones I bought her! 🙂 But if we are all going to run (walk) tomorrow, I’m not sure how we are going to fit 6 feet into 4 shoes!! 🙂

Might have to go shopping!

Here is a quick rundown of what we ate at supper at Sharkys tonight (and evidence that I need to run more than 2 miles each day we are down here!):

Baked oysters, Salad, Roll, Cod, Vegetables, Fried Dill Pickles-That’s what I had!

Taylor told me she had something to tell me right when the waitress brought her entree. These were her famous last words-“I’m full.”  You will be proud of me. I did NOT hit her. I merely told her that she would be enjoying her shrimp for lunch tomorrow. 🙂

We went to Walmart after supper to buy groceries for breakfast/lunch. Oatmeal, yogurt, fruit, cereal, turkey wrap ingredients. Healthy and yummy.

Now we are all 3 sitting in the living room of the condo WITH OUR EYES WIDE OPEN!! None of us are sleepy. At 11:35 pm! Guess we will be sleeping late tomorrow. 🙂

Good night!

CrissCross Review by Lynne Rae Perkins

I do not like to give bad reviews of books. But here it goes. I was so disappointed in this book. I began reading it thinking it was going to steal my heart. It did not. I felt like nothing really happened. I also had a hard time keeping up since it switched back and forth between characters. The one positive was that the author used beautiful and expressive language which I tend to like. However, I wouldn’t recommend it to my 6th graders or really anyone. I’m sorry. 🙂

 

Goodreads Summary:

This winner of the 2006 Newbery Medal is a poignant coming-of-age story about a young girl and her friends whose paths cross–and stories criss cross–over one summer. Illustrated throughout with photos and illustrations by the author.

 

2 out of 5 stars