i went on a mini vacay

So I went on a mini vacation. It was no babymoon (wink wink husband), but it was still enjoyed nonetheless.

My mom is off work this and next week and decided to do a mini trip to Pennsylvania with my brother and sister. Naturally, I invited myself. I think I said something along the lines of, ‘and I can come too. Right?!’

My mom wanted to take my siblings to Hersheypark and also so we could check out what Hershey is all about. It was actually a pretty awesome place. Not only is a guided tour of how Hershey chocolate is made right beside the park, but it’s free admission to the tour!

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We did the little tour first and then walked on over to the park.

Unlucky for me, I’m pregnant and got to miss out on the sweet roller coasters. I love my future child, but I was seriously upset that I couldn’t be inline with my fam, riding it with them. So I took pics instead and enjoyed the free wifi (did you catch me on instagram?!)

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Sky rush was the first ride my fam went on and I believe the newest roller coaster to the park. It was so hot while I waited for them in the shade, so I don’t know how they managed while directly in the sun, surrounded by other people. The things we do for a thrill :P.

It rained halfway through the day and cooled everything off. Only bummer was a lot of the rides were shut down due to lightening, so we caught an indoor show while some of the raining and ride shutdown was going on. Everybody loves a little tap dance number to protect you from the rain! Please note that I’m being serious – I used to dance when I was younger, although tap wasn’t my strong suit!!

Little sister pose action going on while we stall to leave the stadium and into the rain.

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My fam got a few more roller coasters in once the rain passed and kinda got lucky with the line up for this one (I call it the death roller coaster).

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They were just reopening the ride when we were walking by so my mom and brother got in line and were on the third car! My sis was the smart one and hung out with me!

I promise I’ll only show you one more pic from the park. I’m so nice to my family and take pics of them on rides. I pretty much turned them into celebs. Here’s my mom and brother, again, riding on another coaster. This one was perfect for a photo shot. And don’t mind my goof ball brother – his faces are priceless.

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They loved this one so much that they did it twice. The second time they went on, my sis and I left to do a car ride (ie: my thrill ride for the day).

I actually take that back. I got to partake in one really awesome and somewhat competitive ride where you have to shoot at targets while in a moving car. We decided to do this one twice because:
a) who doesn’t love shooting at targets?!
b) what better way to escape the rain than to shoot at targets inside!!

Let’s just say I kicked some butt. I even kicked my own butt the second time. I had to take a picture of my score to prove that pregnant ladies can still have fun at amusement parks.

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Was a great day and had fun with the fam!!

We did some shopping the next day and I’ll post about that part of it in another post so I don’t go on with this post forever!!

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I’m actually posting from my phone right now (so if there’s a mess up with the pics you know why!!) because we’re right smack dab in the middle of moving. So although all of our ‘big’ stuff is at the new place (ie: where I am right now), all of our small stuff is still at the other place (ie: the majority of my kitchen). We currently don’t have Internet at the new place, so the best I can do is write from my phone!! Obviously I’ll be on it ASAP to get the internet and probably getting my food from the old place would be a good idea too 😉

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Today was suppose to be my baby update day, but I haven’t even done belly pictures yet. So look for that one tomorrow, but if not, then Sunday for sure!

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are you a roller coaster person??

I already have locked down my sister as a sitter next summer so we can take turns doing roller coasters. That’s clearly how much I miss them!!!

pregnancy brain is my sixth sense

No, I don’t see dead people. Sorry, young Mischa Barton.

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I know that normally ‘pregnancy brain’ works in the opposite fashion of actually helping you out, but mine is pretty darn fantastic at being my sidekick…at least for now.

You’re probably wondering how a pregnancy brain can even function as a sixth sense, so let me tell you: it helps me with things I otherwise thought I wouldn’t have been able to do. What I mean by this is, I think it actually knows that I’ll need to do something or have something in the future. So, I’ll prep myself for said thing, forget completely about it, then be amazed when past-me actually helped future-me out.

Example of this: Making pancakes after my 10 mile run.

Yesterday, I ran at mom’s house, then decided I wanted to make banana bread pancakes (side note: if you’ve seriously never made these, you have to now – I think I’ve linked up to this recipe so many times, just saaaayin’!) because I saw she had bananas rotting. So naturally, I stole her rotten bananas, quickly looked up the recipe to see what else I would need to steal from her house in order to make the pancakes (because we’re moving, I’ve packed a bunch of stuff and already moved over a lot from our kitchen) and stole those items, too! I thought I just needed brown sugar and nutmeg, but once home, I realized I needed baking powder, as well. So, I showered, cursed at myself for not just getting the 2 teaspoons I needed while at my mom’s and then texted my mom to see if she could run some over ASAP.

The reason I didn’t just get it while I was at my mom’s house is because I had kind of forgotten that the baking soda and powder were part of the spice cupboard, and of course I packed up everything from the spice cupboard and had already taken it over the new place. BUT, when I went into the other very bare cupboard to grab the cinnamon, I noticed that the baking soda AND powder were actually in there!

I had forgotten that I actually kept those two behind in case I needed them. Obviously my pregnancy brain knew I’d want to make something uber delicious (aka: pancakes) in the near future and decided to hold back the baking powder.

I quickly texted my mom and told her that I out-smarted myself! So, pancakes were made!

The crazy thing is, why didn’t I remember not packing the baking powder?! AND, when I was at my mom’s looking right at it, deciding what else I needed for the recipe, I decided that I didn’t need to bring it home with me…what does this all mean?!

This is why I believe my pregnancy brain is my true sixth sense; because I obviously had the sense of not needing it from my mom’s house for some reason.

If my brain stays like this throughout pregnancy, then I can’t lose! Especially when it comes to devouring delicious pancakes.

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Another side note…

I don’t know how you could ever:

1) not like these pancakes;

2) not enjoy pancakes, in general;

3) not just want to eat pancakes for the rest of eternity.

I clearly love pancakes.

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What was YOUR pregnancy brain like when you were pregnant/what’s it like while pregnant/if you’re not pregnant, do you believe the whole pregnancy brain concept?!

In my 22 weeks post I said that my memory actually improved with being pregnant, so I don’t know how I feel about the whole thing still!

When moving, would you rather do it all in one day or take small things over gradually (if you had the option) like I’m doing?!

What I like most about being able to take small things over bits at a time is that fact that our place is now getting emptier and emptier – as a visual person, this really helps me out! BUT, from the other point of view, obviously moving all at once is better for your sanity, so you’re not left wondering if you’ve already moved something over and decided what to keep in case you need it still!!


pregnancy running goals

I originally didn’t really have plans to set running goals while pregnant. While I was taking my summer courses, they were obviously my focus and running was just a bonus if I could squeeze it in on the side.

But, now that I’m done those courses, I think about how I was training for a half marathon last summer, and how setting running goals made me feel really good.

I kind of get mad when people act like I have to set myself back now that I’m pregnant, but in reality, I’m actually doing that to myself with running while pregnant. If I don’t allow myself to setback in other areas, then why not the same for running?

I was a runner before I was pregnant, so my body knows that it can do it while pregnant, as well. And, this was the inspiration for wanting to set my pregnancy running goals. (Ok…maybe Janae had a bit to do with it, as well!)

It’s funny because they’re actually pretty similar to my running goals from before I was pregnant – aim to run 20 miles a week over 3-4 days.

I already have two amazing accomplishments from setting these running goals within the first week of really focussing on them.

First, I ran 20 miles this week! I did a 4 miler on Tuesday, a 6 miler on Thursday, which leads me to the next amazing accomplishment…

Second, I ran a 10 miler today, which marks my first 10 miler while pregnant!

I was pretty set on running 10 miles today, and I’m just so happy that it actually happened. I’m pretty stubborn, so reaching that 20 mile marker for the week was something I was not really willing to let slide.

I know all weeks won’t be 20 milers, but just having that number as guidance each week will give me more of a push to get running, especially on the days when I start coming up with excuses!

I actually ended up running 10 and then walking an additional mile.

I actually don’t think I’ve ever really walked a mile after running either, so that’s gotta count as another accomplishment this week, too! I really enjoyed walking the mile after; it allowed me to really cool down and get my body temp back to normal. I think I’ll definitely be doing that again!

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I wanted to keep my running goals pretty basic, so that way if I don’t reach them, then it’s no hard feelings. Which is why I think I’ll be fine if one week I somehow ran 25 miles and the next it was only 5. I always want to keep running enjoyable, which is the number one reason I started doing it in the first place – because it makes me happy! NOT because of the number of miles I achieve! But let’s be honest, 20 miles for the first week did feel pretty nice 😉

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If you’re a runner, how many miles do you like to try and run a week? OR if you don’t go by miles, how many days a week do you like to fit running into your routine?

During summer courses, my typical was 1-2 days a week, but now that I’m out, I’m finding a pattern of between 2 and 4.

What running shoe are you loving right now?!

I absolutely love New Balance running shoes, and I’m currently on the hunt for a new running shoe. I’m not opposed to trying another brand, but right now I really want to get the NB Minimus. Thoughts??

baby: 22 weeks

How far along? 22 weeks!

Baby’s size? A spaghetti squash.

Total weight gain/loss: —-  <—this does not mean I have not gained anything lol but simply that I don’t really care/know/pay attention to

Maternity clothes? Still none. I love lulus.

Stretch marks? None, but I want to get some good cream juuuust in case!

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Sleep: Sleeping fine. In all honesty, we actually slept in the spare bedroom last night (it has the same bed as our room) because our A/C actually comes from the ceiling down, and where our bed is in our room, the AC blasts me in the face at night, whereas in the spare it doesn’t. The husband was like ‘ugh’ at first when I said I wanted to sleep in the spare room…but he secretly loved it 😉 And I slept like a baby.

Best moment this week:  Getting 2 decent runs in (on the treadmill, unfortunately, because of the heat). Also, my mom felt the baby kick for the first time!

Miss Anything? Secretly…a flat stomach. Bathing suits aren’t my strong suit right now – no pun intended 😛

Movement: Yesterday there was basically no movement (or maybe I was the one moving too much), but it was quite active today!

Food cravings: BLTs? But only because I had the brilliant idea to try making them at home and it turned out fricken fantastic, so now I want more – does that count as a craving if it’s self-induced?!

I should also mention that the ‘B’ actually stands for tempeh bacon – I did not convert back to eating meat.

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Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope! But I did kinda feel a little ‘off’ this morning. Luckily it went away quickly though!

Gender: Guesses?!? Because I have absolutely no clue at this point in time.

Labor Signs: No…dear god, no.

Symptoms: I wanna say mild pregnancy brain for some things, but then for majority of things I have a rockstar memory – like better than before! I think I’m the weirdest pregnant lady. Ever.

Belly Button in or out? It’s borderline and it will definitely be an outtie by the time we’re through with this. I discovered this past week (after answering this question for the very first time last week), that this question made me aware of how odd my belly button really is.

Wedding rings on or off? They should and could be on, but sometimes my ring finger gets so dry, so they’ve been off since Monday.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Pretty happy!

Looking forward to: Still looking forward to moving (we’re a few steps closer to being there!), as per usual, more running and BLTs.

how to be productive and welcome bland cooking

As soon as I finished my intense summer courses, I immediately thought I would go into full-on do nothing mode (but, don’t tempt me because there’s still the option of this happening). But in reality, I actually got straight to packing so we can move!

Despite my first weak attempt at packing, I decided that if I just did it, I’d feel so much better. And since I’m not much of a help picking up boxes after they’re packed, I figured the least I could do was jam everything in them. Hey – it’s the easier part, too! 😉

The thing that actually got me to start packing? Making a ‘to do’ list.

I don’t know why, but as soon as I have a list, I’m fine to do those things I would have whined about before. The great news is that the only things on that list that didn’t get a check mark beside it (and yes, I need those boxes there to ‘tick’ them off as I go!) were the ‘start packing clothes’ and ‘respond to 2 posts.’ Luckily the ‘respond to 2 posts’ isn’t even packing related, so I pretty much dominated that packing list!

I guess once you get going at something, you can accomplish more than you maybe thought you would have. I think I packed over 6 boxes in total! I have the empty cupboards to prove it!

This is clearly all you need to last a week (and a bit) until you move, right?

I don’t know why I chose for cinnamon, vanilla and sugar to hang around, but for some reason at the time of packing it seemed logical (the PB is a given for why it was held back). In all fairness, keeping the sugar was a stellar idea, as my sister and I used it last night to make a simple syrup for homemade lemonade. I knew my baby brain was good for something!

My kitchen in a nutshell box designed to hold bananas (getting boxes from grocery store rocks!)

 You would think that I’m trying to starve us by the amount of food you actually see on the surface of these boxes, but I promise the rest underneath is nonfood.

 It was actually hard to move my stand mixer before I actually would move with it. I’m trying to get over my attachment issues early, so that way when my child starts kindergarten, I won’t even have the time to stop the car, they’ll just have to roll out. 😛

I was seriously so in the moving zone, that when I was clearing out the kitchen, I didn’t just stop at the ‘stuff not used recently’ part (refer to ‘to do’ list); I cleared out all the essentials, including every.single.spice.I.own.

You can tell where the curry powder used to sit – notice the yellow blob on the very bottom shelf?

It probably wasn’t my most brilliant idea to remove all the spices from our house before we stop cooking in it, but I couldn’t justify not packing them all up. I feel the need for clearings vs. keeping a few things back in case I might use them (minus the cinnamon, sugar, vanilla, and PB – those are clearly very different circumstances), because I never ended up using the things I hold back, anyways! So for now, it’s all S&P and whatever ‘spices’ I have in my fridge – ketchup and mustard anyone?! Bland cooking is the new flavourful cooking.

I didn’t get any packing done yesterday because I need to go to the new place, unpack those boxes, and then bring the emptied boxes back to our place to reuse, but I think I accomplished a lot 2 days ago! That’s for sure! And we’ll see if I take a trip over to the new place today to unload those boxes so I can bring them back.

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I have a new baby post coming tomorrow!!

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What helps you get things done that need to be done?

I seriously live for that ‘to do’ list – even if I write it and don’t even refer to it the whole day. Just the fact of writing the things down gets me into action.

What is one spice you couldn’t live without? (besides S&P)

I don’t even think I have an answer to this one! Maybe garlic or onion powder just because they’re such essentials, too!