Catching Up!

Hola! Long time, no see. Sorry I missed a handful of posts last week, but every night when I got home from work I was just totally exhausted. On top of that I caught a little cold at the end of the week and that knocked me down a peg too — but I’m back in business! 🙂 Let’s catch up!

1. Work is work. 

At the beginning of last week I told myself I would not work late more than two nights. When I told one of my colleagues this she laughed and said, “yeah, don’t we all say that at the beginning of the week?”

I am stress eating Ice Breakers like you wouldn’t believe. I pop one in my mouth about every 15 seconds and seem to go through a tin a day! Luckily they sell them at the convenience store right across from my office so I can get my fix. It’s honestly like having a smoking habit except it’s an addiction to minty fresh breath.

2. Adam and I booked our spring vacation! 

Adam’s work schedule has been pretty hectic too and we both are feeling a little burnt out. It’s become a tradition around here for us to take a cruise in the spring so that’s what we’re going to do! We’ll be going on Harmony of the Seas, Royal Caribbean’s new ship.

We always cruise with Royal because Adam works for them so we can usually get a good deal :).

I love cruising because we can leave from Port Everglades which is only about 15 minutes from our house, and once we get on the ship life becomes stress-free. There’s someone to cook us delicious food, make our bed and clean our bathroom. It’s about as relaxing as a vacation can be.

Royal ships also always have nice gyms and this ship offers spin class. I have been contemplating trying spin for a while, so I think I will finally give it a try on the cruise!

When we cruise we always forget to book our tickets for on-board entertainment before we leave and then all the good shows are “sold out” by the time we go to the ticket booth (tickets are free but they’re first come, first serve). Harmony is running a production of Grease and I will not miss that so I’ve already reserved our seats!

I can’t wait to see this!

3. I’m back to running after 1.5 weeks off!

With my work schedule being so jam packed, there hasn’t really been time for running. Okay, I know I can always make time for running, but I wouldn’t have enjoyed it if I did because I was already feeling so drained.

Over the weekend I finally got back to running after 1.5 weeks off and it felt simultaneously great and horrible. I’ve been fighting off a small cold the last couple of days and my breathing felt off. At the same time it felt so good to be out in the fresh air moving fresh legs!

This week I am not going to stay late at work more than two days and I’m going to make sure I run as much as possible. I can’t tell if it’s the small cold I have or a loss of fitness, but I definitely didn’t feel like the same person who ran a confidence boosting 10-miler just a couple of weeks ago. I’m going to need another one of those confidence boosting long runs again soon!

At Megan’s suggestion I started listening to the Missing Maura Murray podcast during my runs this weekend. Maura Murray is a college student that went missing back in 2004. No one has spotted her since.

The podcast looks at the mysterious events leading up to her disappearance. If you liked Serial you’ll probably like this one. There are 40+ episodes I think so there is plenty of long-run material here to listen to!

4. Adam and I are really into playing (board) games now. 

We’ve been playing Rummicube every night out on our new patio after years of not playing board games. Back in college we used to play Cranium with our friends all the time, but you really need a good amount of people to play. Since most nights it’s just Adam, Cecil and I we’ve been looking for good 2-player games.

We bought Scattergories over the weekend and now that’s added to our rotation. We’re definitely in the market for other 2-player games so if you have any suggestions please leave a comment below!

5. Cecil continues to be the best cat ever. 

I worked from home again last Friday since I wasn’t feeling well and didn’t want to spread my germs around the office. Cecil stuck by my side the whole day :).

I am in awe of stay-at-home moms because that job sounds like a nightmare to me, but a stay-at-home cat mom job? I could handle that!

Have you heard of the Maura Murray case?
Do you like cruising? What’s your favorite port?
Best thing about your weekend?



  1. March 20, 2017 / 5:03 am

    A cruise will be amazing! I havent been on one sine I was a kid and went with my parents. Glad you finally got to run this weekend. I hope you are feeling better and have a good week!

    • Kristina
      March 21, 2017 / 7:50 am

      Thanks Lisa! Cruising in the caribbean is so relaxing. Last year on our Mediterranean cruise we did a lot of activities and when we got home I felt like I needed a vacation from vacation 🙂 In the caribbean all we do is eat, sleep, swim and workout haha!

  2. March 20, 2017 / 5:39 am

    Suggestions for 2 player games: Monopoly Deal, Sequence, Rummy, and Casino!

    I am so glad you are enjoying the Maura Murray case! Warning: Some of the episodes are annoying and I skipped a couple that I was like, okay this tells me nothing. For example: There’s an ep in the mid 30s called U Mass Cabin. That was kind of worthless…

    • Kristina
      March 21, 2017 / 8:55 am

      Thank you! Great idea for Monopoly Deal. I haven’t played that before, but Adam keeps saying he wants to play Monopoly. I love Monopoly but it’s way too long of a game to do on a weeknight IMO. Monopoly Deal may be a good compromise!

      Thanks for the warning about U Mass Cabin!

      • March 24, 2017 / 6:08 pm

        YOU WILL LOVE MONOPOLY DEAL and so will Adam! Now, once you play it and get the hang of it, I will teach you the made up versions Paul and I play and our house rules. It’s SO FUN.

  3. March 20, 2017 / 9:25 am

    Oooh I may have to check out Missing Maura Murray! I love true crime and murder mystery type stuff.

    A cruise sounds awesome and you’ve definitely earned it! We went on one a couple years ago and it was so relaxing. Sometimes it’s nice to just sit back and be catered to for a while!

    • Kristina
      March 21, 2017 / 9:10 am

      Ohhh yes definitely give this podcast a try! When Adam and I bought our house and were spending hours painting, etc. we listened to a lot of podcasts together. If you’re going to be doing any house updates this podcast will give you plenty to think about!

  4. March 20, 2017 / 11:02 am

    I’ve never been to cruising but I’ve heard is incredibly fun! I think I might go to one in the future.

    • Kristina
      March 21, 2017 / 9:11 am

      Do it! It’s one of the best ways to travel and see a bunch of places affordably. You don’t get to explore as much as you would if you traveled by car/plane since you’re on the cruise’s time schedule, but it’s a great way to sample different areas!

  5. March 20, 2017 / 12:49 pm

    Working after work hours is exhausting!! How come you have to do more work after work?

    I hope you are feeling better!

    I Love Grease!! It would be so amazing to see it live!! Enjoy the show!!

    • Kristina
      March 21, 2017 / 9:12 am

      Things at my job have just been slammed lately so I have to work late. It’s not ideal but there are worst things in the world that’s for sure!

      Thanks, I’m soooo excited about Grease! I’ve loved that movie ever since I was a kid!

  6. March 20, 2017 / 2:06 pm

    Glad you’re back to running. I caught a cold too, doesn’t it suck and messes up all your plans.

    Never been on a cruise before. We have friends that race about them but we’ve never looked into it. Maybe someday.

    Best part of the weekend, family trip up north. Outdoors, fishing, great family time. Pretty much a perfect weekend, we didn’t want to come back lol

    • Kristina
      March 21, 2017 / 9:13 am

      Oh no, I hope you’re feeling 100% now!

      Cruising would be a fun family vacation. There is plenty for people of all ages to do!

      Hhaah I can believe that you didn’t want to come back, that weekend trip sounds perfect (minus fishing bc I don’t like fish haha).