For the Kitchen!

Now that the closing date for Adam and my new townhouse is just around the corner I’ve become obsessed with collecting decorating ideas!

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I went into Pottery Barn over the weekend and marveled at how beautiful everything is – and also how they want $70 for a simple candle.¬†ūüėĪ

While I may pick and chose a few items from PB and Williams-Sonoma, most of the stuff I buy will be from places where items are great quality but slightly less money.

One thing I’m pretty sure I’ll be buying from WS is this beautiful white marble cutting board with¬†copper monogram. It’s $39 which I actually think is reasonably priced, I was expecting it to be $99!

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I would have bought it over the weekend but it’s really heavy and that would be just one more thing I need to pack and move.

I did buy a white marble spoon rest from Amazon last week and I picked up a cute set of measuring spoons at a store called Francesca’s in the Galleria Mall:

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If you don’t have a Francesca’s near you, they have a cute website with a lot of inventory.

You can actually pick up a set of the measuring spoons here.¬†This isn’t sponsored and I have no affiliation with Francesca’s I just think these spoons are so cute :).

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While I was just on the site looking for the spoons I came across these measuring cups I didn’t see in store … omg.

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Yeah, I’m gonna be needing those!

What stores do you like to shop in for home goods?
Do you go all out and decorate for Halloween/Thanksgiving/etc?

Tracking My Heart Rate

Guess what? Today is Day One of Miami Marathon training!¬†Of course since it’s a Monday it’s also a rest day. Always great to kick things off nice and easy ūüėä.

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Yesterday I had a fun weight lifting session. My Garmin has decided to start uploading data to Garmin Connect again so I am able to finally share heart rate lifting data. Since I wanted to see what my heart rate is when working different parts of the body I had a nice workout mix.

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This workout took me 35 minutes in total and included:

  • Chest Press, 5 x 7¬†@ 40lbs
  • Assisted Pull-Ups, 4 x 10 (I was going to for 5 x 10 but¬†pull ups are HARD even the assisted kind!)
  • Lat Pull-Downs,¬†5 x 7 @ 65lbs
  • Bent Over Rows, 5 x 7 @ 20lbs
  • Shoulder Press, 5 x 7 @ 30lbs
  • Dumbbell Squats, 5 x 10 @ 50lbs
  • Leg Press, warmup + 3 x 10 @ 215lbs

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I expected pull ups and squats to be the exercises that spiked my heart rate the most, but I was really surprised to see how high my heart rate got on those bent over rows.

I generally don’t think of¬†20lb rows as an exercise that’s particularly tough for me. I wonder if that was just an anomaly for yesterday? I’ll have to wear my heart rate monitor for a future lifting session and see if it happens again!

My stretching routine after this type of workout lasts about 15 minutes (not including the hip stretches I do every night). I love that I can now stretch while watching football in the gym!

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And that’s a wrap on that workout!

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If you’ve ever wondered why I look surprised and caught off guard in half of my selfies it’s because I usually am!

Even though I sometimes hold a camera and vlog out in public, when it comes to taking selfies in front of strangers¬†I always feel super self conscious.¬†If anyone is around I’ll snap the pic as fast as I can and then scuttle away.¬†This process just doesn’t give me time to smile, fix my hair and try to look like I know what I’m doing when it comes to blogging!¬†ūüėĀūüôÉ

Vlogging feels totally different than taking selfies. When I’m talking to the camera I assume people know I’m working on some kind of project. When I’m taking sweaty selfies I’m sure people are judging me! haha

Do you ever feel weird taking selfies out in public?
How did your weekend workouts go?
Anyone race this weekend?!?!? 

Adam and I Drew Each Other with Our Eyes Closed

Only one more work day to go!

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Cecil is always very concerned about when I’ll get home from work … because that’s when he gets his (dental) treats :).

Yesterday at work I came across an online typing test and I had to give it a try because I haven’t taken a typing test since I was in high school. I believe my junior (or maybe senior year) I took a typing class! haha

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I type 113 words per minute with 100% accuracy. My old typing teacher would be very happy with that! The average is 74 words per minute with 95% accuracy, although the world record is something like 260 words per minute!

You can take the test yourself HERE!

Yesterday on SnapChat a game came up to draw your best friend with your eyes closed. Adam and I were totally up for this challenge!

Here is Adam’s drawing of me:

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And here is my drawing of him:

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It looks like I gave Adam a strong unibrow but that was actually supposed to be his hair :). Wow, we are a good looking couple!

I hope you have a great Friday and have something fun planned for this weekend. Adam and I are going to meet with our new HOA president for an orientation. Every day we get closer to getting the keys to the townhouse! Yay!

Happy Friday!

What are you most excited about for the weekend?
Current favorite running song?

 

Tried Something New Running Last Night

Fall is officially here!

But it’s still as hot as ever. Sometimes when I am sitting in the a/c I forget it’s so warm out and I think about getting a hot chocolate during my lunch break at work. Then I remind myself that I live in South Florida!

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Yesterday I tried something new during my run.

I recently spoke with someone who runs around my pace. This person just finished her fifth marathon in 5h 53min and never hit the wall. I quizzed her all about her training since I want to run 5h 59min or better at Miami. She followed the Galloway method and actually did 30 sec run / 30 sec walk for the whole marathon.

The Hansons method doesn’t look favorably upon run/walk intervals so I mostly cut them out of my training over the summer. Some days it was so hot/humid that I used them because I was huffing and puffing even at my ridiculously easy pace, but mostly I phased them out.

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Prior to Hansons when I used run/walk intervals I would usually do 2 minutes run / 1 minute walk or 4 minutes run / 1 minute walk depending on what I was training for.

When I achieved my current half marathon PR at the Miami Half Marathon I used 2 minute run / 1 minute walk intervals so that’s definitely a formula that works well for me on longer runs. I have been thinking about re-introducing¬†run/walk intervals¬†into my training since the Hal Higdon plan allows for them.

Last night when I got to the beach I decided to try the 30/30 intervals that worked so well for the runner I spoke with the other day.

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I’m glad I tried it because now I know that I don’t like it. Thirty seconds just wasn’t long enough for me to feel like I got into any groove running. My average heart rate for the run was 155 so I guess the shorter intervals really helped me keep things easy, but it just didn’t feel¬†comfortable.

I was honestly pretty relieved when I was done.

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Perhaps one reason I wasn’t comfortable was because my calves were so tight. I don’t know if the shorter intervals had anything to do with it (probably not) but my calves¬†never loosened up. Story of my life! Hah!

When I got home I put on a pair of activewear socks from SKINS. These beautiful socks are actually on sale right now for only $25! Mine are in the Pomelo/Midnight color.

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I just love this color combination!

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I also love that Skins supports animals and kindly made a donation to my Team PAWS fundraiser to help save the lives of homeless cats and dogs :). My little shadow, Cecil, approves too!

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I’m going to switch back to 2 minute run / 1 minute walk intervals tonight and see how that feels. I think that’s what I will use for Miami Marathon training.

I like 4 minute run / 1 minute walk intervals and even 9 minute run / 1 minute walk intervals for shorter runs, but for the marathon I think I better go conservative … this time anyway. You never know what the future holds!

If you use run/walk intervals, what intervals do you prefer for longer distances?

What was the high temp for you yesterday?

What’s your favorite hot beverage to drink when the weather cools down?¬†I like a nice hot chocolate with whipped cream on top!

Story Time: Comically Bad Job Candidates

Once upon a time the company I work for decided to hire a new employee…¬†

We recently placed a job ad and the candidates coming in are very interesting!

To be fair, most of the applications are just fine. However, there have been a few that have been downright bad.

For example, one gentleman guy included a link to his personal Facebook account in his resume. All of his profile pictures are public and his most recent one involves him shirtless, flicking off the camera. Another one of his profile pictures included this meme:

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Cool, bro.

Another candidate had an okay resume. When I google’d her name to check if her LinkedIn profile matched her resume I found a link to her college “modeling portfolio.”¬†Let’s just say I now know what her nipples look like #NSFW.

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The pictures made me cringe. Truly, what has been seen cannot be unseen!

I really think the very best advice I could give college students today would be GOOGLE YOURSELF. I really don’t think this can be said enough!

Luckily most of the job candidates have had locked down social media profiles… except for Instagram. It seems like everyone leaves their Insta wide open, which¬†I personally like. My Instagram profile is public too. I think Instagram gives you a good idea of what someone’s personality is like without the complete oversharing aspect of Facebook. Then again, I have a blog where I share most details of my life, so what do I know? :).

Have you ever seen anything funny on a resume or job application?
Do you ever Google yourself?