Saturday, July 5, 2014

bits & bobs

Just a few things:
+ I started running again.  I haven't run a step since my 10K in February 2013, and then a few weeks ago, I just...hopped on the treadmill.  I've spent the last 16 months being like, "I just don't enjoy running. I hate it.  I liked running my race and it was good that I did it, but I'm not a runner."  And then I started running, and what the eff, Brandilyn?  Am I loving running?  Well, ok, yes. I am.  Maybe I'm gearing up for a half marathon at the end of the summer, I JUST DON'T KNOW ANYMORE.  Anyways, this plan has been a game changer.  I've adapted it to speeds and running/walking ratios that feel good to me, but it was a most helpful jumping off point.

+ My mom has an uncanny ability to remember phone numbers--our childhood orthodontist, a neighbor from 10 years ago, she knows their numbers. I never though I had a brain for that kind of thing until the other day when I made cupcakes, Meg asked what was in them, and I rattled off the ingredients no problem!  I have a brain for memorizing recipes, and thank the baking heavens for that.
+ Speaking of uncanny abilities, Clark got David's incredible sense of direction.  When we drive around town, he knows exactly where we are--he points out every train track ("Nain!"), the Cocoa Bean ("gop-cayyke"), both parks in town ("Pock!"), the store that has a rack of Hot Wheels ("Cars! Mom!"), and of course, our house ("Marmen!" that's Carmen, because he knows she'll be waiting for us). Little backseat GPS.

+ We're cracking down on the budget over here. Big time. It's simultaneously no fun at all and a really great challenge.  The GoodBudget app has been so helpful--we make envelopes for each type of budget (groceries, gas, diapers, fun money, etc) and log each purchase. Kaboom responsible adulthood.

+ I took this picture of Carm and can't stop looking at it.  It's a framer.  I probably made Hailey admire it 4 or 5 times last weekend, she's just the prettiest pooch that ever lived.
Also, she's all dewey because we got these expensive tennis balls.  They're like $5 apiece. We used to get the cheap ones, but she'd chew through them and lose them and I was replacing them every 2 or 3 days.  So I found these bright tennis balls that she can't chew through, and they're fantastic...except for when she loses them in the grass.  Since they're so expensive, I make her dig around with me until we find them.  This beautifully lit morning was after a big rain, so she we got all wet while searching. Wow, great tennis ball story, Brandilyn.

+ Does anyone reading here live in Rexburg? This place called the Soda Vine just opened and I'm all over that place. They make fancy sodas, like my Dr. Pepper with coconut and fresh limes, plus they have these ridiculous sugar cookies (I guess they're the same as some place called Swig in UT?) that I have eaten a shameful number of. Shameful.


  1. I live in Provo now but went to school in Rexburg and I'm in Rexburg visiting this week. Provo has another soda place that sounds similar - Sodalicious. I think I've had more soda in the last month then I've had in the last year. Yikes! But it's so good!

  2. Thanks for sharing your budget app! I've been looking for one and this looks like a good match. Thanks!


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