A Little of This and That

Sorry my posting schedule has been sporadic over the last week and a half. Work has been very busy the last couple weeks and when I’m done with the day I just don’t want to sit at the computer anymore. This is especially true now that I’m working from home full time and sitting at my “blogging desk” all day!

The best perk I’ve discovered so far about working from home is using the time I used to sit in rush hour traffic to now cook breakfast. I like making oatmeal on the stove (in rice milk) vs. microwaving it, and having the extra time to do that is really nice. I don’t always add brown sugar but when I do my taste buds are happy :).

I’m also saving money because I would often forget to pre-set the coffee machine and would need to stop and buy coffee on my way in to the office. This became an especially expensive habit when my body decided it only liked Starbucks Americanos instead of cheap coffee from Dunkin Donuts or Einstein’s lol!

Now I make Starbucks Espresso roast at home and it’s all good. Although I’m thinking about buying a Nespresso. Anyone with a Nespresso please let me know what you think.

The only thing really holding me back are the use of the Nespresso pods. I threw away my Keurig about a year ago because I didn’t want to use the plastic k-cups anymore, and I didn’t think coffee tasted as good in the rubber cup.

One of my goals this year is to cut down on my use of plastic even more. Adam and I haven’t used plastic water bottles in the house in years, but I used to buy water bottles while I was out and about a lot. Now I take my Bkr glass bottle with me everywhere – mine is in the color Gloss but they have a lot of colors :).

Anyway, another benefit to working from home is getting to sit outside when the weather is nice. Yesterday it was in the mid-80s but next week we’re supposed to drop down to the mid-70s and I will be sitting outside with my flowers as much as possible!

I’m sorry if it’s annoying that I’m talking about working from home but I have been dreaming of this for a long time. Getting from any Point A to Point B in south Florida can take forever.

Cecil’s vet is 1.5 miles from my house and it took us over 15 minutes to get there yesterday. He was going for his checkup to make sure the iodine treatment worked to cure his hyperthyroidism.

Cecil handled the visit like a champ even though they had to draw blood again. The good news is even without the blood results we’re pretty sure it worked because he gained a pound over the last month! Gaining weight is a good sign. He was down to 10lbs before the treatment and now he’s at 11lbs. His normal weight is 12lbs so we’re getting there!

He came home with a little pink ace bandage which I thought was cute. It reminded me of when I got my surgery haha. Of course Cecil got his favorite treats as soon as we got home :). We need him to gain another pound!

After the vet I headed out for a run to de-clutter my mind from the day. I haven’t really been too stressed out over the last month, but yesterday was the exception. I forgot just how freaking good it feels to run when you’ve got a lot on your mind.

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My average pace was 13:56 which I am just accepting. I’ve had it in my head that in order to meet the “rules” of easing back into running I needed to do run/walk at 14:30 pace with my running intervals in the 12 min/mile range but I don’t think that’s exactly true. I think I just need to listen to my body, and if it’s comfortable going a bit faster then why hold back?

I have to be honest with myself about how I feel and I think I’ve been doing a pretty good job with that.

Should I get a Nespresso?
What’s your favorite coffee to make at home?



  1. February 28, 2018 / 5:56 am

    I’m so glad you are enjoying working from home and that it has enhanced your life! 🙂 I sometimes wish I could go outside when the weather is nice. I could take my kids outside but I probably wouldn’t be able to do the same lesson as I had planned for inside. Sometimes I take them out to play a music game.

    I want to get a reusable k-cup because I do like my keurig but not the waste. 🙁

    • Kristina
      February 28, 2018 / 8:22 pm

      Megan you are such a good teacher! I bet they love being able to go outside to play a music game. That sounds like fun!

      I heard that K-cups and nespresso pods are recyclable now!!!

      • March 1, 2018 / 8:54 am

        Omg that is good news! So I don’t have to feel guilty anymore?

  2. February 28, 2018 / 9:11 am

    I have an Aeropress coffee maker, which I love. It only makes a single cup of coffee at a time, which is perfect for me since I am the only coffee drinker in my house. Sounds like it would work well for you too. I think it is similar to french press, but much faster. Only takes a minute or two to make (plus time to heat the water, I use a tea kettle on the stove).

    You can use it with any coffee, it just needs to be a fine grind (espresso grind). If you buy your beans at Starbucks I believe they will grind them for you. And no excessive plastic packaging!

    • Kristina
      February 28, 2018 / 8:23 pm

      Ohh I will definitely have to look into the Aeropress! I just pulled their website up – thanks for the tipoff!

  3. February 28, 2018 / 10:39 am

    Your water bottle is so cute!! now I want one like that! I have a glass one, but it’s green.

    You are so right, running when stressed out does feel really good!

    We have a French press and an espresso machine. The French press is a favorite of mine, it doesn’t need filters and the coffee from it is delicious!

    • Kristina
      February 28, 2018 / 8:25 pm

      It is truly the prettiest water bottle I’ve ever seen. When a friend mentioned the brand to me and I went to their site I was hooked! A good tips is this website called Skin1.com carries Bkr bottles for less than the main site (or amazon). I ordered mine which is 16oz and got it for $25 I think when it’s normally $35!

  4. February 28, 2018 / 1:10 pm

    I think it’s fine to run faster or slower than prescribed when you’re not training for anything. Easy running is important, but I think as long as you are listening to your body and being safe, you should just do what feels good. Not having to worry about whether my pace is too fast or slow is my favorite part of just running for fun.

    • Kristina
      February 28, 2018 / 8:27 pm

      I was so worried about overtraining or getting an overuse injury that I just thought “okay it sound reasonable to do 14:30pace that’s what you MUST stick to.” But I mean now that I’ve had the surgery who knows what my easy pace is if I don’t allow my body to find it! Running was nearly impossible pre-surgery so using those paces to guide me now makes no sense, right?! Plus it does take the fun out of just running and letting go!