Hey guys! Happy Wednesday! I have finally had a chance to sit down and get you caught up on what I’ve been doing. It’s been a really busy week. I had the best weekend! We went on a little trip and it was a nice and much needed break. But, I’ve been playing catch up since we got back and literally have had no time to do anything else! It was worth it! But, before we get to that, let’s go all the way back to last Monday and get you all caught up. This is going to be a long recap! more “Circuits, Treadmills, & A Vacation”
Hi Everyone! Welcome to part 2 of my vacation recap series. If you missed part one, you can see it here. I left off on Wednesday, so we’ll pick up on Thursday. The first couple of days were pretty low key, but once we were rested up from traveling, we picked it up! It wasn’t until I started writing this that I realized how much we actually did on Thursday. So, Thursday will have a post all to itself! I’ll pick up here on Thursday morning where I finally got to run internationally! more “Bahamas Vacation II”
Hi Everyone! Welcome to this week’s edition of the Friday Five. I’m linking up with Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, Cynthia from You Signed Up For What?!, and Mar from Mar on the Run!. Today we’re talking favorites! Since it’s summer, I thought I would change things up a bit and talk about my five favorite beaches and the resorts that were on them! If you follow me, you probably already know how much I like to travel. If not, that’s okay because I’m going to give you a peek into my favorite vacations. more “Favorite Beaches”
Hi everyone! I’ve been a little MIA this last week and haven’t had time to post much. But things are calming down, so I’m back! We took a little road trip this weekend, and it was a lot of fun! Grab a cup of coffee and let’s get to it! more “Weekend Adventures: Running, Shopping, & Eating”
Hey Everyone! I have been MIA the last few days (unless you follow me on snapchat: runandlivehappy) because we have been out of town. I have done so much this last week, that I am going to have to break it up into a couple of posts. I also want to update you on my week 11 marathon training, even though there’s not much to report. Oops! more “Weekly Recap and Marathon Training”
Hello! How was everyone’s weekend? Mine was really, really busy! So, this is going to be a long post, because I have so much to share!
Friday, I got to dress up for work. I was a Rockford Peach from the movie A League of Their Own. I love this costume and have wanted to be this for the last three years! So, I was really excited to get to wear it this year!
It rained all day Friday!! So now, this is what I have to drive on, since they still aren’t working to fix my road!
Jeremy took my car Friday afternoon to get new tires on it. He’s really good at making sure everything is always working right. While he was gone, I packed up all of our stuff. I had three bags! One for my running stuff, one with my costume, and one for the rest of our things! We looked like we were going somewhere for a week instead of just one night.
When Jeremy got back Friday afternoon, we loaded the car and headed to Norman. We decided to go stay with our cousins so that way we would already be there for the race Saturday morning. It was raining really hard, so it took us a little longer to get there. We ran by Pizza Shuttle and grabbed some dinner. Jeremy got a pizza and wings, and I had spaghetti. It doesn’t look very good, but it was delicious!
I always eat pasta the night before a race. We took our dinner over to our cousin’s house to eat. I was greeted with this cuteness!
Then, we all settled in to watch a movie. I had a good snuggle buddy!
We watched San Andreas. I really like The Rock, but this movie is pretty cheesy! (But I liked it) It has a good storyline, but the special effects are awful and some of the events are completely ridiculous, and totally unrealistic. We were all in bed by 10. I was so tired, I went straight to sleep. I was actually surprised I made it through the movie without falling asleep.
We had an extremely busy day Saturday! We got up that morning and went to the race. You can read all about it here. When we left the race, we headed to a wrestling tournament. Jeremy’s cousin, C was wrestling and we made it just in time to watch his first match. He won 10-0!!
When he was done with his first match, I headed back to their house to shower. While I was waiting to be picked up to go to C’s football game, I tried to use the foam roller on my leg, but the puppies weren’t having it! They laid and rolled all over me!
Jeremy and his aunt and uncle picked me up and we ran to Taco Casa for lunch.
I was starving by this time! I had a crispy taco and a soft taco. I ended up just eating the inside of the soft taco and not the tortilla. I also had a few bites of Jeremy’s chilada. It was like an enchilada, except it was made with a flour tortilla. I just didn’t like their flour tortillas very much. Then we shared some cinnamon chips, and they were delicious!
After lunch we went to the football game. It was freezing!! The wind was frigid and it was blowing right in our face. It was colder than it had been that morning. We all huddled together under blankets while we watched the game.
When the game was over, I rode back to the house with our cousin M. She just got her driver’s license and got a sweet Jeep!! Our cousins were having a Halloween party, so we helped her mom with all the prep. M made green jello and put it in a brain mold. I was in charge of the tortilla soup.
I also made corn muffins to go with the chili.
And, I made gluten free honey corn muffins.
They also had hot dogs, all the stuff for frito chili pies, and tons of different chips and popcorn.
There was also pumpkin spice salsa and pumpkin seed chips. It was definitely an interesting flavor, something that would probably be an acquired taste. I didn’t think the salsa tasted like pumpkin. It was more like nutmeg. It was odd.
The guests brought the desserts, and there were tons of caramel apples, chocolate apples, and some cute Halloween cookies. Jeremy tried the cookies and said they were like pure sugar!
While we were getting everything set up, I tried some of M’s Advocare Spark. I was already worn out from waking up so early, so I knew I would need some energy. I was not a huge fan of the flavor. I think I could get used to it, and it did give a lot of energy, but I think I like the Herbalife Lift Off better. I may try the Spark again when I run out of Lift Offs.
Around 6, people started showing up. C’s football team and their parents and siblings came. After they ate, they all headed out to trick or treat. Once they left, we ate dinner. I had a hot dog and some apple slices with caramel.
Jeremy and I stayed to hand out candy. We never have trick or treaters at our house so I was really eager to see all of them! We actually handed out cheese balls and popcorn.
The kids were thrilled about the popcorn! There was a constant flow of trick or treaters for a couple of hours.
The little kids were absolutely adorable! There was one little girl, probably around 2 years old, that was dressed as a Cabbage Patch kid. She was definitely the cutest one I saw all night! I wish I would have taken her picture. This little princess was really cute too!
We also had 3 grown women come to the door. No costumes, no kids. I could not believe it!! I kept looking for their kids, I thought maybe they had babies in strollers, but there weren’t any. I’m pretty sure that when you are over 40, you are too old to go trick or treating. Jeremy figured up that we had over 300 kids come to the door! We had a blast handing out treats!
After the treats were gone, we hung around and talked for awhile. I love getting to hang out with our cousins. We are all so busy, so we don’t get to do it as often as we would like.
Sunday we rested.
We forgot to set our clocks back, so we got up earlier than we had planned to. But that’s okay, because we got a lot done. When I got up, my body felt so tired and my legs were a little sore. Once we got up, we went grocery shopping, unpacked from the weekend, and did a ton of laundry!
Since it was November 1st, that meant that the Pile on the Miles Challenge started!
I hope you all joined me. If you haven’t yet, it’s not too late. You can join here. The point of this challenge is to get you active during the holiday season. My goal for this month is to walk or run for at least 30 minutes every day. I went for a 30 minute walk to kick off the challenge! After that, we went hunting.
We saw one little buck, a doe and a baby.
I don’t know what the deal is because always before there’s at least 10 does that come in to eat every night. This year we have hardly seen any!
After hunting, we went home and finally rested while we watched the Royals win the World Series!
What did you do this weekend?
Like I said before, while we were in California we visited a few places and did the touristy stuff! One afternoon, we went to Hollywood. We walked up and down Hollywood Blvd. We had both been there before, but never together, so we enjoyed doing this with each other. We found Steven Spielberg’s star. I was there when he received it years ago and got to watch him accept it. It was cool to see it again.
We walked around for several hours watching the street entertainers and going in the shops looking for souvenirs. I really can’t believe some of those entertainers actually make money! We watched a group of guys make over $100 and all they did was do a flip over a couple of people! We did see a really good one though. It was a Harlem Globe Trotter and he was Awesome!
We strolled through the shopping area next to the Chinese Theater and looked at the Hollywood Sign!
After walking around Hollywood, we went to Rodeo Drive and around Beverly Hills. I love California! (I think it’s all the palm trees!) I wish we would have had more time to spend down there.
The next morning, we got up and went for a drive. The hubby didn’t really tell me where we were going except to the beach. We got on the Malibu Canyon road, and I loved it! I couldn’t talk him into stopping to take pictures. He didn’t like driving on the side of a mountain, but I thought it was pretty cool.
After we got off of it, we got on the Pacific Coast Highway. After seeing this, I really wish I could live there. To drive next to the ocean everyday would be awesome! We saw so many surfers and paddle boarders. I also really liked that several of the beaches that we passed had running trails on them. I’m in love! I would love to wake up every day and be able to see the ocean. Being at the ocean just makes me really happy!
We ended up at the Santa Monica Pier. I had never been there before and the hubby was really excited to take me. Honestly I had never even heard of it before. It was incredible!
There was so much to look at. The beach was big and beautiful. The pier was full of people, and there were all kinds of little stores and carts to shop at. I really loved that they had a food cart with only fresh fruit! The amusement park was so cool! I don’t like rides, but I loved that it was on the ocean. We had a lot of fun walking down the midway and looking at all of the games. While we were walking around there, we realized that the kids from Brazil who were in town for the Special Olympics were there. We really enjoyed watching some of them play games and ride the rides. They had so much joy and were so and excited about everything and it was adorable.
After leaving the pier, we drove back down the Pacific Coast Highway and stopped in Malibu. This was another place that I had never been. We actually went down to the beach and walked in the water. It was so cold!! I don’t know how people were in there in their swimsuits. We walked all along the beach and took a ton of pictures. We had to get back in time for lunch, so we didn’t stay too long.
On our way back to the airport, we went by Venice Beach. This was my favorite beach of the whole vacation! The beach was big and had white sand. The mountains in the distance made the views so picturesque. I also loved watching all of the sailboats. When we left, we drove by Marina Del Ray. I was shocked at how many sailboats were there.
Overall it was an amazing trip! I was so sad to leave, and I can’t wait until I can go back!
I thought I would share the second part of our vacation this summer. After leaving Jamaica, we flew to LA to visit my mother in law. We actually had a 5 hour layover in Dallas. So, we went to Denny’s and then tried to nap in the airport, but it was FREEZING!!
Our flight left at 5 am and we tried to sleep on the way there, but it was a full flight and not very quiet. It was also FREEZING! So, we were still going purely on caffeine by the time we landed! We got to LA early and picked up our rental car, and then got on the road. She lives in Simi Valley, which is about 45 minutes away from LA.
We hadn’t told her we were coming and she was so surprised and happy to see us. Our first day there, we spent hanging out at her condo with her but we went back to our hotel early to get some sleep. We hadn’t had a shower or much sleep since the morning before. The next day we got up and went and took her to breakfast. We ate at the First Street Café. It was home cooking and was really good. I had scrambled eggs with a biscuit and roasted potatoes. The biscuits were made from scratch and were amazing! I could’ve eaten a ton of them!
After breakfast, we went driving around so that the hubby could show me where he lived when he was little. He showed me his school, where he played baseball, and the places where he hung out. I loved seeing this part of his childhood that I have only ever heard about. It was really sweet to see how excited he was to share it with me. That had to be my favorite part of this whole trip!
We spent the next couple of days spending some quality time with my mother in law. We ate at several different restaurants. One of them was Toppers Pizza. Hands down, this was some of the best pizza that I have ever had. It wasn’t too greasy, and there was the perfect amount of sauce on it. We had a salad bar and a pepperoni pizza. The salad bar was fresh and it had a decent selection of toppings. The only thing I didn’t like about it was that you could only make one trip. Overall, I really enjoyed Toppers.
Another restaurant we ate at was Don Cucos Mexican Restaurant. I was not impressed with this one. First of all, it was so dark in there, that it was really hard to even read the menu. We ordered the Chili con queso for an appetizer and it was good. It was very cheesy and delicious, but it was also really greasy. I could put it on a tortilla and have a stream of grease run off back into the bowl. We also ordered mixed fajitas for one to share. The portion size was tiny, even for one person. The meat was cut into bigger pieces, but there still wasn’t much compared to other Mexican restaurants we have eaten at. The fajitas were tasty, and came with a lot of peppers and onions. It was enough food for the both of us, but it was extremely pricey!! I was amazed at how much our tiny portions of food cost. So, while I did like the food, the atmosphere and the prices really turned me off of Don Cucos.
The final place we ate was at Coco’s. It is supposed to be home cooking and they also had a bakery. I ordered the turkey and avocado croissant. It was really good, and the turkey was fresh. I got a ton of turkey on my sandwich. My husband ordered a burger, and he didn’t really like it much. Their French fries were really good though. They were hot and crispy. We also shared a piece of apple pie. It was amazing!! You could tell it was fresh and homemade! I wish we could have eaten here again.
We also ate a couple of fast food chains that we don’t have in Oklahoma. We ate at In and Out burger, and I loved it! I don’t eat burgers very much, so this was a really good treat!
We also tried Weinerschnitzel. This was one of the hubby’s favorite places to eat as a kid, and he still loved it. I didn’t really like it very much. But I just ordered a plain hot dog. It wasn’t anything special.
We did visit a couple of places on our trip, but I will save those for the next post.
I hope everyone had a great weekend!
This is my final post over our Jamaica trip. But, we extended our vacation and went to Los Angeles. I will post about that trip in my next posts.
But first, I want to share our excursion experience in Ocho Rios with you.
If you are ever in Jamaica, I would highly recommend that you go to Dunn’s River Falls. That place is incredible! We went there a few years ago, and we thought about going back. But, we decided that we wanted to do something we had never done. Hubby has always wanted to go ziplining. I have no idea why, because he is scared of heights. I on the other hand, am TERRIFIED of heights. But, this is what we decided to do.
So, on Friday of our trip, we went to the Mystic Mountain.
When we got there it was beautiful! It was in the middle of the jungle.
I was already nervous about the zip lining, but when we got there we found out that we had to ride a chair lift 700 feet up a mountain. We got on it, and I started to panic a little! We were so high up, we were in the tops of the trees. The view of the ocean was gorgeous, but the ride was terrifying! The chair went pretty slow, and when it would reach each tower, it would start shaking. And, it started to rain on us. We were up so high, you couldn’t even see the ground! I do not ever want to do that again! (But I had to in order to get back down) The ride up the mountain took about 20 minutes. When we reached the top, I wanted to kiss the ground!
We got off and we to ride the bobsled. It was like a roller coaster, but you could control how fast or slow you went. The girl that strapped us in told us, “The faster you go, the safer you’ll be.” We rode with our cars hooked together because I’m a chicken. We went pretty fast, and it was really fun! It was a quick, and then we had to ride back up to where we started. This was just like a roller coaster going up a hill, but it went faster.
After the bobsled, we visited the hummingbird garden. Then we went and got strapped into our harnesses so we could do the zip lines.
We met our guides, and they were hilarious! They were really nice to me since they knew I was scared. They joked around with us, and kept calling me queenie. Hubby went first on the first line. I was impressed! I went next, and it was AWESOME! I loved every second of it! We went on four lines, and then we got to a platform where you had to drop straight down. The guides made me go first. I kept telling them I didn’t want to, but they said if I didn’t, I wouldn’t want to go at all. So, I went and they lowered me really slowly to the bottom. After I went, one of the ladies with us said she wanted to go because it didn’t look so bad. She got up there and they just dropped her to the bottom. I was so glad they didn’t do that with me. Then we got to walk across a really long rope bridge to the last line.
Once we went across that line we were half way down the mountain. They took our harnesses and we had to get on the chair lift to go the rest of the way down.
I had a blast, and I would love to do this again! I was really proud of us for facing our fears, and I loved that we did it together.
Have you ever faced a fear?
We did so much on our vacation, that I had to break it up into multiple posts. After hanging out at the beach and pool all day, we would head back to the room to get ready for the night.
We would go to dinner and then the nightly show. After the shows we would usually go back to the room and go to bed. The first night we ate at the southern food restaurant. This was my favorite for the whole week! We both ordered steak, and it was delicious. I also ordered the peach cobbler for dessert, which was scrumptious.
The next night, we ate Italian. It was excellent! I had the chicken parmesan. The chicken was thin and it wasn’t greasy. I really enjoyed it. We skipped dessert because they were having a chocolate party. We went up to the hillside to the party. It was set up around the pool and there were tons of tables covered with chocolate desserts. I am not a big chocolate eater, but I tried a few and they were good. They had models covered in chocolate. I don’t think I could do that. There was also a chocolate fountain with fruit to dip in it. We were supposed to wear white to the party, and the hubby ended up dropping some chocolate from the fountain on his shirt. Major fail! But, we were able to get it laundered and save it!
The next two nights we ate at the Japanese restaurant. Before dinner, we would go to the sushi bar for appetizers. Although the hubby doesn’t eat sushi, he was a good sport and would sit while I ate. Then, we would head over for Japanese. We really like the show cooking, and the waiters and chefs would serenade us with Shaggy songs! They were hilarious!
One of these nights we went up to the hillside to go to the Rabbit Hole. It was a really cool bar that had a lounge singer. She was awesome! We hung out here and listened to the music for a while.
The other night, we went to the steel drum band show. This was my favorite show of the week! The band was absolutely amazing!
Another night, we tried a gourmet restaurant and didn’t like it, so we ate at the snack bar later that night. It was ok. The hubby liked it because you could fix your own nachos. It was only open late at night, and I just didn’t like eating so much junk that late. So, it was good, but I just couldn’t eat very much.
The last night we were there, we ate at the seafood restaurant on the beach. I really enjoyed the fried calamari! We both ordered the ribeye, but it was not good. It wasn’t like steak that we are used to, and it was mostly fat. So, we really didn’t eat much. We also ordered a crème brulee, and it was good, but really really sweet! When we were finished, we went to the show. It was the staff talent show, and I was impressed with how talented they all were.
Overall, it was a great week! Give me a beach and some sun and I’m happy! I can’t wait to go back to Jamaica.
We also did an excursion while we were in Ocho Rios – I will share it in my next post.
Keep reading, we didn’t go straight home – we took a trip to LA! That’s coming up in the next posts