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Today is a Special Day

First off, I would like to thank all of the servicemen and woman who serve and have served our country. I would like to thank you all from the bottom of my heart, you are all amazing people.

Today is even more special to me because it is my mama’s birthday!!


Now, you already know how amazing she is in taking Petrie in until Mike and my lease is up.

But words cannot even express how incredible she is as a mom, sister, friend, career woman, and the list goes on and on. Most importantly though, she has raised my brother and I to be the strong and successful individuals that we are today. She would do anything for us in the world, but she also taught us tough love.

As any family has, we’ve had our bumps in the road, but my mom has kept the three of us a tight-knit family through thick and thin. She is my best friend in the whole wide world and she deserves a long life of happiness for years to come. Happy birthday mama, I love you!

Moving on to today…

I got 8.5 hours of sleep last night and practically sprung out of bed this morning.  It think a good nights sleep was exactly what I needed to not feel sickly and run down.  Since I am obviously feeling better and have loads of energy, back to the gym routine it was for me.   7.2 miles in 67 minutes.  Whoohoo!

For breakfast this morning, I dug into the freezer for inspiration last night.  Guys, I love the freezer, and the freezer loves me.

Whenever we have leftovers that I won’t eat before they go bad, bread products, fruit, meats, etc., they all go in the freezer for future eating. 

Now I obviously didn’t find my Barney Butter in the freezer, but is the star of my breakfast.  How could Barney Butter not be the star of any meal that it is included in? 


But what I did dig up out of the freezer is a pumpkin bagel!


I love buying ‘last nights bagels’ from the local bagel shops such as Brueggers and Panera. However, they don’t have the added preservatives, so they go bad much, much quicker than store-bought bagels. So into the freezer of love they head for purposes like today.


So yes, I am having a bagel + Barney Butter for breakfast. And a banana to have with breakfast or as a mid-morning snack.


Lunch today will be bought. 🙂 Reasoning? Because my company has today off, but I am working. So if I am working, you best bet I will be treating myself to something good! (No worries, I get an extra vacation day for working today).

While I am out for lunch, I will also be sending Petrie, as well as one of my favorite bloggers and best bloggie friend, packages today. :mrgreen:

Does your work/school have today off? If so, what are you doing to enjoy your day off?


Food funk

Good morning!

I am so sad, WordPress totally ate my post I had started last night. 😦

So, unfortunetly, you won’t get to see the beautiful pictures I took of my breakfast this morning. Telling you about it will have to do!

But first, my workout. I took it easy at the gym yesterday morning by doing an easy 30 minutes on the stationary bike. So this morning, I was more than ready to hit the treadmill for a sweaty run. And that I did. 7 miles in 67 minutes.

Now, going back to my post on Monday, I told y’all I was going to start cutting back a bit on my workouts and their intensity. The only reason I ran 7 miles this morning is because I will be sleeping in tomorrow and giving my body a rest. Worth the long run this morning in my book.

To refuel, I put together a bagel sammie. My sammie included a pumpkin bagel, pumpkin cream cheese, pumpkin butter and banana. All heated up in the microwave. It was love at first bite, I felt like doing a little dance, but I restrained myself ;).

It was definitely spiced up from earlier this week when I just had a pumpkin bagel and pumpkin cream cheese. No hating on that combo either though, it still rocks.

This photo actually gives you a good idea of what my sammie looked like!


And on to my food rut…

Has anybody gone through a time where NOTHING sounds good? Where you have ample groceries and your cupboard and frige are stocked, but you can’t find one thing you want to pack for breakfast/lunch? Yep, this is what I am going through right now. Ugh.

I have been feeling this way for the past few days. I know, I know, life could be much worse, but it is just annoying. And I’m not sure what to do? Maybe try some new foods to spice up my eats? Suggestions?

Needless to say, I didn’t pack anything for lunch, because nothing sounded appetizing. I of course will eat, it will just be me going to get something at lunch.

Here’s where you come in. You can help me decide what to have for lunch. I may or may not have what the majority of you say, depending on how I feel in a few hours, but it is fun anyway, right? Lol.

Have a great hump day!

Got to jet

Hey guys.  I need to make this quick.  The Vikings and Packers are on in about 1 minute!

So last night when I got dressed I really wasn’t pulling a very good Julia Child.  So, I changed my costume to be called ‘a modern grandma/chef’.  Yea, I was definitely not completely digging my costume.  At least I dressed up!


Mike was a Twinkie with an identity crisis.  He’s had his Twinkie costume for a few years now and wanted to spice it up.  What a hottie ;). Haha.  Yes, he does have lipstick all over his face too.


Oh my god.  We look ridiculous.   My boyfriend is such a freespirit.  I love it.


Last night was a total blast.  It’s always a fun night when we hang out with Jodi and Luke.

This morning I woke up feeling great actually.  I was pacing myself nicely last night, which paid off this morning. :mrgreen:  I had a very strong urge to run.  I was going to take the day off, but hey, if you have the urge and you feel up to it, why not?  I ran 10 miles in 1 hour and 35 minutes.

It was one of those runs where it wasn’t hard to keep going, but that the time just seemed like it was going by at a snail’s pace.  I made it though!

Pre-run I had a peanut butter banana Arnold’s Thin.


Never let’s me down.  Post run, a pumpkin bagel with rosemary ham, cheddar cheese, spinach, mayo and mustard. Sounds like an odd combo, but it was so good! I am still talking about how good it is with Mike.  I think he is getting sick of hearing about it. 🙂




I have been eating Halloween candy all day too.  The mini-packs are way too addicting.

I am starving already, so I’m off to make a snack and watch the game.

But first… surprise one from yesterday.

A Barney Butter t-shirt!!!!




I am totally wearing it around the house right now.  I am such a dork.  I will spare you my lovely Sunday look though.

Surprise #2, which you should all be interested in…


Is hidden in a box.  You’ll have to come back tonight for details.  Muahaha. 😉

Later gators!

I’m still alive!

Hey bloggies.  Have no fear, I am still here :).

It has been quite the whirlwind weekend in my world.

Friday night we had a sleepover at Mike’s parents house with Petrie.  She was SO excited to see us (of course more excited to see me, haha).  She fell asleep first on my lap and then on Mike’s when we were watching a movie.  So. adorable.

Yesterday we took Petrie to the vet and I am happy to say the vet said she was in perfect health.  She did so well around all of the other animals and people.  We got a real winner.

The rest of the day included: playing Bingo with our friends at the Uptown VFW (we are really cool like that!). It was actually surprisingly quite fun. Mike won one of the games :). Then we met up with my good friend who now lives in Miami and her boyfriend.  This turned into drinks and dinner, which turned into having people over to play Rock Band and have drinks at our place.

Unfortunately, I have no photos of Friday night or yesterday because we were out and about and my camera died :(.

Luckily, I wasn’t in rough shape this morning and was able to head to the gym.  It had been a few days since I got a nice sweaty workout in, so I was geared up mentally to get in a good one.  I started on the treadmill thinking I’d go for maybe 6 or 7 miles, but ended up doing 10 in just under 95 minutes. Probably a good thing with all of the candy, pizza, beer and takeout I’ve had in the fast few days. Yikes!

Before the gym I needed fuel so I had half an Arnold’s Thin with PB and jelly and a banana.




I’m off to bake my mom’s famous banana bread then we are off to Mike’s parents house to see Petrie and watch the Viking’s game.  We will be eating a ‘brunch’ there.

See you later! What are you up to this Sunday?

I did it!

What did I do you ask?  Keep on readin’.

Work was work today, nothing too special to report on that front. Other than the fact that I keep being tempted by candy, which I secretly don’t mind. 😆

I bring the temptation upon myself though; I keep a variety of treats on my desk for others to enjoy. My bosses’s boss came and brought my $5 yesterday to put towards my next candy run, lol. What a nice gesture, huh?

So yes, this afternoon I had some candy and the ‘butt of the bread’ from Panera which was leftover from a meeting this afternoon. I will never, ever pass on a butt of bread. One of my brothers good high school buddies pretty much lived at our house growing up and he had a love for the butts of bread as well. We would seriously brawl over the bread butts the second my mom would come home with a new loaf.  True story.

Dinner tonight was an easy classic.  Chicken and rice casserole with green beans.  I was good and followed the rule of 1/2 veggies, 1/4 grains and 1/4 protein.





Dipping sauces included ranch, ketchup and bbq sauce.  I know, random.  And probably gross to some.  But delicious to moi.

Dessert is up in the air, but you know me, and you know it will always be had in some shape or form.

So today I did something I thought I would never, in a million years, ever do.


Yup, you read that right, I, Jenna, registered for a HALF MARATHON!!!!! :mrgreen:  GAHHHHHHHHHHH!  This is a huge deal for me guys.

About a year and a half ago I could barely run 30 minutes.  During my senior year of college I took a conditioning class and worked my way up to those 30 minutes.  Right around a year ago I found Caitlin and Meghann’s blog and they both inspired me to try and push myself a little bit harder.  Long story short, I am now able to run 10 miles with ease (for the most part).  So why not go for the half, right?  The marathon on Sunday gave me that last push.  And yes, I am still contemplating a marathon…

My good friend Brian from work signed up with me today, we are totally going to rock it.

While it is a pretty long ways away, I am already giddy with excitement.  I am sure I will be scared as hell when it gets nearer and nearer, but right now, I am so happy.  And that my friends mean I made the right decision in signing up!

We are also trying to get Jonathan (birthday boy) to register as well.  Who, by the way, now knows about my blog after reading ‘’ on my form and then me having to explain the whole blog story… which he loves by the way :).

Ok, now that  I have written a short novel tonight, I will leave you with this questions.

Do you have any races/events/etc., that you are currently signed up for or training for?