Monday, January 19, 2015

What a great Monday!

Well that might be a little bit of an exaggeration. I survived the drive home from CT to NH in the rain/freezing rain yesterday with a little praying to keep me safe as I watched other cars spin around in front of me or see them on the side of the road getting loaded onto a flat-bed. There was one car that spun around and stopped in the lane that I was traveling in. Thankfully I was driving slowly and there were not many cars around so I was able to come almost to a complete stop and go around him. Luckily he had not hit anything and was able to keep driving. There were many parts of the road that were closed down throughout the day due to accidents. I truly believed that God was looking after me and my children as we made our way home on those roads yesterday. So there was no surprise when my driveway was glare ice when I got home. I immediately called Wally, who is out of town, to call the guys that sand to see if they could come today. I was happy to see them coming up the driveway at 7:45. Typically I am leaving the house at 7:30, I am glad that I was running late today.

Work was non-eventful. Which is good. Busy, which makes the day go by faster. Came home. 5:30 made dinner. Played a little with the kids. Tubby at 7 pm. Story time and in bed by 7:45. Whew...

8:00 pm - My pastor's wife, Hayley, had planned to come over to start my Daily in the Word Discipleship program. I am super excited to dig a little deeper into the Bible and get a little more understanding of it. The program is designed to meet one on one for about 1 hour and go through planned lessons. Well, she was here for easily 2 hours and we only got through one section of the first lesson; there are two sections. My husband has previously gone through this program and had a similar experience. It took a long time.

10:30 - I made myself another cup of coffee; half decaf half regular, and started listening to my assignments for my Young Living Essential Oils bootcamp. Not anything really new, but some good information. It was mostly about the Essential rewards program and the benefits of participating to get points to redeem for YL products, flat rate shipping, and other rewards.

Now it is bedtime, going to make sure the wood stove is full to keep up warm through the night and do it all over again tomorrow.

Monday, January 12, 2015

First Week of the New Year

So the first full week of the New Year is officially over and we are still working on keeping those resolutions.

1) 52 week/26 bi-weekly savings plan. I printed up both and since I get paid bi-weekly I thought for my own budget that one would work better for me.

2) Speed up my running. I have been working out 3-5 days a week, depending on how I feel. My son gave me his cold so I am feeling a little run down and skipped my workout yesterday. I am hoping to get on the treadmill this evening. Last week I tried some Yasso 800's on the treadmill. I actually enjoyed this workout because it gave me something to do instead of just staring that the TV.

3) Organizing - I have cleaned out A LOT of clothes from my dresser and closet. I have a couple of bags in the back of my car to donate.  I have also cleaned off the countertops and kept them from collecting clutter (so far). This especially makes me really happy.

4) Photography - well nothing new to report here.

5) Essential Oil business - This week I have started a bootcamp called Operation Silver. It is a daily bootcamp that you listen to speakers, read, and set goals. They give you support and materials to help you grow your business.

6) Blogging - Well... I am here now. I am planning on getting onto a schedule of blogging, whether it be daily or every other day. I honestly don't know how others are able to put out blog posts multiple times a day and have another job and/or children. So honestly, in order to keep myself sane and to be able to spend quality time with my family, my goal is to blog every other day.

That being said, I am off to listen to a webinar on Everyday essential oils!! I love learning more about these oils and hope to give my own class soon.

~ K

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Saturday decluttering and cooking Split Pea Soup

Good Evening everybody. Today was a day that I worked on some of my new years resolutions. I worked on our upstairs desk, putting papers away, and filing them. Cleaned the sheets on the guest bed in that same room. I however did not touch any of the toys in that room. The guest bedroom serves as a playroom and office as well so it has A LOT of stuff in there.

After I went through the papers on the desk I moved on to our desk that is downstairs. This seems to be a dumping ground for our mail, magazines, kids pictures, and barn plans. I don't have a picture of that desk but it is getting cleaner. I have also de-cluttered a full trash bag of clothes and pjs that I just don't wear any more. Every year I get a pair of pjs, so i figured that I should go through my drawers and get rid of the ones that I don't wear or just don't love. The rest of my clothes was a little harder to get rid of stuff. I always feel as though I might want that shirt, pants, or sweatshirt later. So that will be another time. I have been searching pinterest for ideas to help with pairing things down. 

As I mentioned earlier I recently got introduced and involved with Young Living essential oils. I am using them for pretty much anything I can think of. I have a jar of coconut oil with lemon, lavender, and peppermint oil for "allergy relief". I have been using that on the kids (back of the necks and down the spine) for runny nose and when Walter had a fever a few weeks ago. They seem to really like the oils. I have been using Thieves oil on our feet, to help boost immunity, as well as in the diffuser (pictured below). With all of the cleaning I have been doing and taking down christmas decorations it has been dusty and I have been sneezing. This helps!

Wally and I ran a 1 mile race on New Years Day. I ran it in 7:50. I think I probably could have been a little faster but oh well. After that mile I ran 2 more miles while Wally walked back to the start with the kids. In regards to running I have always focused on miles and not so much time. I think this year I will start trying to push myself and get faster. I will be focusing on shorter races 5K, 5 Mile, and 10 mile. I have signed up for a race series through Millennium Running, where you get a Series Jacket when you complete 26.2 miles in races. 

While I was registering for my races we were also cooking some Split Pea Soup with leftover hambone from Christmas dinner. I started soaking the dried split peas in 8 cups of water this morning and let them soak 6-8 hours. After I drained them, I put the hambone, 1 diced onion, 2 diced carrots, the peas, and 8 cups of water in a medium-large pot and brought it to a boil. I let it boil for about 1.5 hours, stirring occasionally so it didn't burn to the bottom. I served it with grilled cheese made with provolone cheese. yum.
Everyone enjoyed some pea soup. Even the kids. 

Now it is almost bedtime and I will be heading downstairs to hit the treadmill after putting the kids to sleep.

Hope you have a great rest of the weekend! Enjoy the snow, if you are getting some tonight. 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New Year's Eve Plans

What are your plans for New Years Eve? It was a common question asked while visiting with family. To be completely honest, I hadn't even thought about it. I don't work on wednesdays, so that is not a factor. Faelyn keeps asking to go ice skating, so that was a thought. But as far as adult time, dinner, or going out, I hadn't made any plans, and I don't think Wally thought twice about it either. We do typically go to Church service wednesday evening, that might keep us busy until 8ish. The other thing to consider now is the 2 young children.

What prompted this post was this post via email She has some good ideas...

I have already talked with you guys about my goals/resolutions for the new year. I will keep adding to the Bucket List. I like the idea of the Chinese Zodiac as well. I am not sure if I really believe in it but I do find it interesting.

L - Launch a 365 Day Project. I have tried and tried to do monthly ones and have not succeeded. But we will keep trying.

M - I think movies might be the only way that I stay awake until midnight. Wally and I both enjoy movies and I think something that has New Years Eve scenes might be an appropriate end to the year.

In addition to that I would like to make one of those money saving jars via pinterest. My plan is to use this for fun money and maybe a vacation.

I am also starting a discipleship program with my pastor's wife that my husband went through last year. We will meet weekly and have assignments to complete.

As well as learning about my Young Living essential oils and maybe trying to get that going into a business. We have started using the essential oils over the past 3-4 weeks of having them and love them. I will post more about it later, but if you are interested let me know and I will get your more information about what I use and how to get a wholesale membership.

So, all that and work and have 2 kids, 2 dogs, and keep the house clean.

What are your New Years Plans? Do you set goals or resolutions for yourself? How do you keep track of how you are doing?

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Thinking about the New Year and Resolutions

As I sit here and make a list of the things that still need to be done for Christmas, just 1 or 2 more gifts to get, I have been thinking about my goals for the new year. What do I want to accomplish? What are my goals and aspirations? There is tons going on in my life right now so I can chose any one thing and run with it.

My husband and I are starting a bison farm, so that is one thing that I would love to put more time into the marketing aspect. The majority of the project his has under control. The fence contractors started pounding posts into the ground this week. As well as plans for a new barn to house the tractor, hay, equipment, and eventually be the home of the farm stand.

Photography - I have a Nikon D3200 and have not explored the full potential of the camera. I am working on taking it out of auto mode and figuring out the other setting. Over the course of the next year I hope to have a better idea of what I am doing.

Running goals - I would love to just say "Run more". But that is just too vague. I am working on a list of races for the upcoming year. My biggest overall goal is a sub 2 hr half.

Organization - I need to find a way to organize papers and stuff on our desk and countertops. Both, Wally and I, keep everything, so the papers pile up quickly.

Other business - I have recently started using essential oils and am starting to love them. They have helped me get over a cold extremely quickly, help my kids sleep and stay healthy, and treating skin irritation behind Walter's knees. So there will be more on this especially as I start learning more and using them more.

And blogging - I tend to keep coming back here. I feel as though I should change the name though. As the years go by the focus of the blog is changing. I still love baking and cooking and exercising/running but it isn't the primary focus of my life since having kids. Most of my pictures are of my kids and dogs. So even though the name of the blog is "i run so i can eat" there will be a family focus as well.

Every other year we are host Christmas at our house, so there will be a lot of cleaning and cooking at our home the next 5 days. I am excited to have a few days off after christmas and have lots of family time.

Hope you guys have a great rest of the weekend!

~ Katie

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Funny encounters while driving

Wednesday is a busy day in our household. I work outside of the home 4 days a week with wednesday off. We either stay home and play, go to music class, the park, or a friends house to play. This week we stayed home and played outside even though I had so much cleaning to do inside. It will get done eventually. Then Lunch and nap. After a short nap for the little one we went into Concord to pick up our CSA veggies.

Now I must say that these are some of the best veggies I've had. I also like that it introduces me to new vegetables; like delicate squash and parsnips. I have an abundance of garlic, potatoes, and onions to store for the winter. You can also buy in bulk to can/freeze/or do whatever you do with lots of extra. We also get at least one type of greens a week.

Back to the story - on my way to get the veggies I packed everyone up; 2 dogs and 2 kids. I got coffee  for me and a Chai for Wally. On my way down the hill sitting at a stop light holding my red cup, I looked over to my right. The guy in the car just kind of smiled at me and held up his cup as well. The 2 dogs were also sitting on the front seat looking out the window right at him. He just kept looking, which was a little weird, but whatever. At the next stop light I drove past a lady with bleach blond hair and smoking a cigarette. I look over at her as I was going past. When the light turned green she hurried past me and gave me a sneer. I am not sure what the sneer was for. Was it the 2 dogs in my front seat? did I make a funny face? or was is something completely unrelated. I have learned over the years that you can't judge a person and their comments they make because you don't know what else is going on in their life. Maybe they just had a fight with their spouse/friend, maybe they found out a loved on died, maybe she was just hungry. In any case, I just smile and keep going about my business.

Hope you guys have a great rest of the weekend. Tomorrow in another busy day on the farm. Literally. We are getting the area ready for a barn. YAY!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Hood to Coast 2014

I'm back. At least for tonight. It is 7:30 and both the kids are in bed early so I have some time to my self. I have about 3 different craft projects going that I should probably be working on but instead I am sitting here writing and watching Charlie St. Cloud. I know...i know... probably not a "great" movie but I don't have to think which is what I need right now.

So last weekend was the Hood to Coast Relay. It was an amazing experience. You are pretty much up for 36 hours (our team was slow) not including the travel across the country and back. Our team captain was a friend of mine. We had 2 people drop out the week of the race and had to get replacements. Our main goal was to just finish the race. We are not competitive runners so time was not a goal. We did finish in under 36 hours - well before the 9 pm cut off.

We had 3 legs reach to run. My first and third legs were about 6 miles with half of that uphill with 500 feet of elevation gain. The first run wasn't too bad, difficulty - yes, but I finished feeling good and keeping my pace. My second run was 11 o'clock at night and 8 miles - fairly flat with some mild up and down hills. It was a nice peaceful run. I was mostly by myself and occasionally got passed by faster runners. I could always see a pack of headlamps ahead of me. Amazingly you are running along a highway, in the dark, and not afraid of something happening. Beside a random guy running up to me about 1/2 mile in giving me his number. The third leg was by far the hardest run of the entire race. It was 3-3.5 miles uphill a mountain then 3 miles down. Luckily as my team van passed me they also passed off some much needed water. I finished somewhere around noon time, we went to pick up out last runner (in our van) then headed to the beach to wait for the 2nd van to finish. That last run was incredibly tough but all the support from other teams and runner (as they passed me) were encouraging.

Overall I am So glad I had the opportunity to do this. It was a great experience and I had a ton of fun with friends I haven't seen in years. However, I would probably NOT do this again.

I am glad that I was able to see Portland a little the day before. We got some lunch, went to the rose garden and did some shopping. The roses were in full bloom and beautiful. I forgot how nice they were. When we lived there I only went a couple of times, now I wish I had taken advantage of this and all the things Portland had to offer.

So now, I am trying to keep miles up for my next race, which is a half the end of September. Luckily it is local and hopefully my husband will be home to watch the children, otherwise my father will have his hands full, because Mom is running it with me.

I guess it is time to get back to all the things waiting for me here.