5 Things on My Mind

Let’s jump right into it.

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1. Last Night was the Perfect Evening (for my calves to get super tight).

I was really looking forward to my run all day. My office was freezing and I just knew the warm air and sun on my skin would feel amazing.



But my body rebelled. My calves were so tight I wondered if I had broken them somehow.

The last two nights I’ve gotten pretty bad sleep. I wonder if the tightness has anything to do with that. I know it doesn’t exactly make sense, but being tired can affect you in weird ways.

Hopefully today’s run goes a lot smoother!

I’m sure it will! #PositiveThinking

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3. That Mindy Finale Tho! 


I don’t want to spoil anything if you didn’t watch it yet but HAVE MERCY that was a good finale! If this show gets cancelled before next season … I can’t even think about it.

The scene with Danny in the kitchen with his ma was on point. Chris Messina is a damn good actor. He should win an Emmy for that scene.

4. I’ve Been Accidentally Conditioning My Hair with Shampoo. 

Yes, you read that correctly! Oy!

Over the weekend I bought what I thought was a new bottle of hair conditioner.

Yesterday I was thinking that my hair was feeling kind of dry and straw like. When I looked to see what the ingredients were in the conditioner I realized that it was shampoo. So, I’ve been double shampooing my hair for a couple of days!

Did I mention that life has been a little hectic lately?! 🙂

5. V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N.

The upside is that in just a couple more weeks Adam and I will be taking a nice little cruise through the Caribbean.


I cannot wait.

Neither of us have taken time off from work since January, and a few days of kicking back and relaxing are just what the doctor ordered.

I am counting down the days!

Have you ever double shampoo’d your hair? Or used body wash as shampoo by accident? I’ve nearly done that several times. I’m 99% asleep when I take my morning shower!


  1. Heather

    I only wash my hair a couple times a week, but I still shower everyday because, you know, running. So many times I poured shampoo into my hand, looked down at it and thought, “What am I doing? I don’t need this.”
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  2. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    I had a dream about Mindy Kaling last night. She was in a different TV show and was dressed like a drag queen. And now you post about her. Eerie.

    That is so cool you are taking a cruise! I have never taken one but would like to. Especially so I can see someplace tropical. Although we are going to San Diego this summer, does that count as tropical?
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  3. Lizzy

    omg, thank you for not posting any spoilers. I’m saving Mindy for when I’m home next week because Wes is also a big fan (love that guy!). Now I am dying to see it and find out what you thought was so good!

    It sounds like you seriously need that vacation! I’ve never double-shampooed. My usual too-tired move is to not rinse the conditioner out. I have pretty dry hair, so at first it’s like “wow, my hair is so soft today!” and then after like an hour it’s “wow, how is my hair so greasy? I just washed it… oh”.
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  4. Hanna

    Have fun on your cruise!! I’m so jealous. You deserve it though!

    I once accidentally bought two conditioners instead of a shampoo and a conditioner, but luckily I realized it before I used both of them. My hair would have been super greasy!

    My too-tired move is that a couple times I’ve accidentally put shampoo instead of body wash into the loofa. Whoops!
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  5. Richard

    Sorry to say I have never double shampoo’d lol.

    Ah vacation down in the carribean will be fantastic. What islands are you visiting?
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  6. Kim

    The shampoo thing made me laugh – funny how we just do things out of habit in the mornings!!
    Do you drink enough water? Dehydration might be part of your calf pain. Hope today’s run is better!!!
    And, so awesome that you will be cruising the Caribbean soon!!
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  7. Susan

    You are going to have an amazing time on your cruise! Enjoy it.
    I have not ever used shampoo as conditioner but when I wash my hair I also wash my face w/ the shampoo. Probably not the best thing in the world, but what are ya gonna do?

  8. Sam @ Grapefruit & Granola

    Ooooooh have fun on your vacation!! As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized how important it is to take time off of work so you can unplug and recharge. I bet you guys will have an amazing time! And I have never doubled up on Shampoo but I recently tried a new conditioner that left my hair feeling like straw. No bueno.
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  9. Cocomama

    I’ve conditioned my hair with hand lotion before, I think while traveling. My kiddo tries to get away with shampooing her hair with conditioner–I send her right back into the shower to do it all over again.

    I really wanted to get into this season of TMP, I just have too many shows to keep up with right now. Walking Dead ends next week so I’ll have more time after that. Ridiculous the amount of energy we spend on fictional characters, isn’t it?!
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  10. Maddie@Dixie Runs

    I really need to start watching The Mindy Project! I’ve heard great things. A cruise sounds AMAZING. I’m saving vacation days for a beach trip in June and my honeymoon later this year! Can’t wait to see pictures!!
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  11. Lauren @ Lauren Runs

    Yay for vacation coming up! I’m excited for you! I’m sorry about your tight calf. Have you tried sitting on a lacrosse or golf ball (with the ball under your calf, and maybe put your other leg on top) to help loosen it up? I have a little “friend” (a knot) that lives inside my left calf. I have to “knock on the door” regularly to get him to go away!
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  12. Kristen @ Glitter and Dust

    Cheers to tropical vacations. I can’t wait to head to Mexico in May. It seems so far away. 🙁 I have made similar mistakes with bath items. I have put soap on my body thinking it was lotion, toothpaste on my hairbrush, and body soap in my hair. Oh, those space cadet moments. 🙂 Hope your calves are starting to loosen up and feel better. Could be dehydration or low potassium?
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  13. Jenn @ Running on Lentils

    That first picture & the shampoo posing as conditioner cracked me up!

  14. Jennifer

    Ahhh can’t wait to catch up on Mindy. Hahah that sheep picture cracked me up! Sorry my line of thought is spatter today. Really nice you and Adam can go on a cruise, so convenient to have the ports close to you 🙂
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  15. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running

    It’s weird to see Mindy Kaling pregnant, even if it’s just for TV!

    I’ve used lotion as a leave-in conditioner. I’ve heard they have all the same ingredients and are basically the same!
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  16. Smitha @ FauxRunner

    I had to laugh at using shampoo as a conditioner. I’ve done that a lot too!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Looking forward to following your journey through Chicago.
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  17. Lily @ Lily Runs the World

    There’s no chance they’ll cancel the Mindy Project right?! I love Chris Messina too. That cruise will be amazing!
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  18. Liv @ Healthy Liv

    I love the Mindy Project SO much! I don’t want to watch the finale because then it’ll be over for too long….The pregnancy thing is such a major plot twist!
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  19. Karen

    The trip sounds awesome!!!
    I have done the shampoo thing before – I just read the bottle wrong and had two shampoos lol
    Please watch that extreme tightness! That’s how I ended up injured 🙁
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  20. Music for Miles

    I am obsessed with sheep. Love that cute fluffy thing jumping up in the air. I have definitely used shampoo as conditioner before, and it’s THE WORST because my hair gets really, really dry if I don’t condition it properly haha. so sorry that happened to you :p

    I’m obsessed with The Mindy Project. I was ecstatic when they finaaally got together on the plane and was pretty devastated when they broke up but then was happy again when they got back together Sleepless in Seattle style. it made me so happy. I didn’t get to watch last week’s episode because I was super busy, but I can’t wait to catch up on Hulu.

    Enjoy your vacation!!
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  21. Bae @ the Riley recap

    Haha aw man that shampoo thing is pretty funny, but I’ve definitely done things like that before!
    Ugh the random weird tightness is the worst :/ sometimes when I’m not sleeping well I will feel very tight too, and John will tell me that I was moving a lot and doing weird movements when I sleep. Maybe you are being really sleep active too??
    Caribbean will be so so fun! Can’t wait to see pics:)
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