Running, Reading and Eating — What We’ve Been Up To Lately

If I had to sum up my life lately, it’d be as follows: running, working, eating, (somewhat) sleeping. And then do it all over again.

Yup, that’s pretty much what we’ve been up to lately. But in case you want to see some pictures, here you go:

I recently finished A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. It was so good! I have never read it before but it was our book club book for this week and I really, really liked it.

A coworker and friend took me out for a belated birthday lunch. I LOVE Lebanese food and this cauliflower was amazing.

We’ve been trying to get outside as much as possible. It was chilly on and off this past week, but we did get outside a few times.

Smiles with this girl ❤ She’s fighting a double ear infection but doing alright.

And this guy of course, too.

I also got to go to an amazing blogger tea party. Crystal from Eat*Drink*Cleveland hosted several bloggers last weekend for an AMAZING meal.

She also had this gorgeous tea. Look at that flower!

And she made us cauliflower soup in her Vitamix. I need the recipe; it was SO good!

And of course, there were treats. In addition to tiny tea sandwiches and deviled eggs, there were macarons. Mine was so so good.

What else have we been up to? This weekend we walked to Luna and enjoyed breakfast. FW is loving croissants.

B also made us pizza.

We hung out with Celia and Maura.

And went to the rainforest!

Oh, and of course I’ve been running! The weather has been hit or miss lately- cold and icy in the beginning of the week and then finally it cleared up yesterday and I got outside for a few miles.

And in other running news – my half marathon training starts this week! Today was supposed to be cross-training (or rest) and I actually took it pretty easy. We were supposed to go for a hike with the kids, but it ended up being really windy and rainy so we didn’t get to go. But tomorrow is 3 miles – here’s to hoping that the kids sleep well so I can actually get up and run!

Some questions for you:

  • Have you read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn?
  • Are you in a book club?
  • What does your training look like right now?

I’m linking up with the weekly wrap.

Brrr, Where Is Spring?

Okay, winter – I’m done with you. Really – I’m done and ready for warmer weather and less SNOW.

We had snow again this week – not so much – and even though we had a clear, mostly sunny weekend, it was still COLD. Like, 32 degrees high kind of cold. BRR! Still, it was a jam packed weekend with tons of stuff to do … but we bundled up, that’s for sure.

Thursday night, B and I went out! We went to see the comic, Gary Gulman, with one of my coworker/friends who is moving. We first grabbed sushi and mochi and then got to the show.

Gary Gulman is great. I’d seen him before and he did a few of my favorite sets, including this one:

Friday night, after I did a little shopping with some of my sisters-in-law, B and I ordered some pizza and spent the night in. I was pooped after our late night out Thursday, and the lack of sleep I’ve had lately. (Thank you third trimester and toddler!)

Saturday included some brunch at one of our favorite locales, Luna. FW enjoyed some scone and bites of eggs. I love their yogurt and granola.

Saturday we also went to our first Indians game of the season! Even though we are sharing season tickets and had plans to go to Sunday’s game, we had snagged club seats. B, FW and I went with B’s brother and our nephew.

Sunday was jam packed with stuff to do. As in, I left the house a little before 10 a.m. and didn’t get home until 9:30 p.m.!

We started off the day with a bridal shower for my friend Cuoghi.

Me and the beautiful bride-to-be.

After the bridal shower brunch, it was time for another Indians game! This one was a COLD one – even colder than the day before, not only because we were sitting in the shade, but because of the temps. They even announced that it was the coldest game ever played at the field in history!

Thank goodness we ended up with a walk-off home run to win, 3-1. 

We were bundled up. 

After the game, it was time to head over to B’s family’s house for Sunday dinner. We were celebrating his grandma’s 89th birthday! And we enjoyed some wedding cake samples from B’s sister, who is getting married this summer.

Not bad for a busy weekend? Not a lot of exercise or movement, but a lot going on!

Some questions for you:

  • Do you like baseball?
  • Have you ever planned a bridal shower?

I’m linking up with the weekly wraps!

This Post Is Mainly Food: One Sentence Per Photo

After looking through my photos from the weekend, I realized that it was nearly all food. Yup, all my photos from this weekend are food. With a side of Easter. So here we go- a food-centric post for Easter, one sentence per photo.

FW got to FaceTime with Uncle Greg while he was in the U.S. for a bit – of course while eating his dinner.

The 3 of us went out for some vegan food and I had a really good vegan gyro at Cleveland Vegan.

FW didn’t really like his vegan chocolate chip pancakes. 

I baked – this lemon blueberry cake/bread is reallllly good.

Saturday was brunch with the girls – courtesy of my friend Cuoghi, whose fiancé is a chef – so naturally we started with some donuts. 

And three different kinds of deviled eggs. 

And then two salads (because obviously we need our greens and beets). 

I ordered the French toast – I definitely enjoyed it. 

The steak and eggs was the winning dish, though, which makes sense since we were at steak house. 

Shrimp and grits and pulled pork was pretty good too.

We spent the afternoon chair shopping for the new baby’s room.

And since it was nice out, we spent some time outside!

After a nap, it was time to color eggs with Grandma.

We also played with her dancing bunny and got excited for Easter!

FW and B were twins for the day (wearing the same clothes), in case you couldn’t tell.

Easter Sunday meant finding Easter eggs in the house!

Followed by church, and then a loooooooong brunch with B’s family – we got home at 5:45!

But weren’t just eating, we were posing for photos, too.

And petting dogs.

And even took a short walk to the lake when we were done.

It was seasonably cold for Easter (especially after being 50s on Saturday!), but still great to be outside. And now – on to April!!!

Some questions for you:

  • If you celebrate Easter, do you do an Easter egg hunt?
  • Do you have any recliners or comfy reclining/rocking chair recommendations?
  • Was it warm this weekend near you? It was 50s on Saturday! And then down to 30s on Sunday 😦 

I’m linking up with the weekly wraps!

Chinese New Year, Doughnuts, Grandparents, Oh My!

This was definitely one of those weekends that felt like 3 weekends in one. We did quite a bit of fun things, that it felt like we packed a few different weekends in – which was fine with me!

We started off Friday night with a Chinese New Year dinner. One of our friends had organized a dinner to celebrate the Year of the Dog at a local Chinese restaurant and it was great. She ordered a bunch of things off the menu for us and it was so much fun to try out some new dishes!

I loved the sweet dish that ended the meal – it was like candied sweet potato!

The dinner was next to an Asian bakery, so we did have to stop off and get a pastry after dinner – we opted for the coconut tart. Even FW liked it.

Saturday morning started off with a family run! B pushed FW in the stroller, while I tried to keep up with them. Running is getting pretty hard for me these days, but I was glad we were able to get out as a family and go for a run.

After our run, we had plans to have some brunch with Dave and his two kids. FW is friends with Celia and used to go to the same school as her before we moved, so he was super excited to see her.

B made us some amazing avocado toasts.

And Dave brought over local doughnuts from near his house – Jack Frost! Look at all that frosting.

And the kids all played for a while. They all get along, which is great.

That afternoon, since it was still so nice out, B, FW and I went for a walk. We walked to a nearby coffee shop and chocolatier. FW (and I) like their chocolate if you can’t tell!

And later in the afternoon, my parents got into town. They were in town for two nights – FW loves spending time with them. And I’m so lucky to have them visit.

We had to keep up our weekly streak and got pizza for dinner.

Sunday morning started with brunch! We walked to a nearby diner-ish type place for food.

My mom and I spit two entrees – eggs Benedict and lemon ricotta pancakes. Their lemon ricotta pancakes are the best.

We went for another walk in the afternoon and FW took a nap.

We also got in some FaceTime with my brother, who lives in Berlin .

Sunday night included the usual- dinner with B’s family. FW enjoyed some time with his cousins.

It was a pretty good weekend, but as usual, not enough time with my parents. I’m hoping that when baby #2 is born, they’ll be able to spend more than a day with us and we can enjoy some warm weather activities!

Some questions for you:

  • Do you like chocolate cake?
  • Did you get in some good outdoor time this weekend?

I’m linking up with the weekly wraps!

When Your Birthday is on a Tuesday – You Celebrate all Weekend!

It’s not every weekend that you can look back and think, wow that was fun. Luckily for me, this was one of those weekends. My birthday is Tuesday so we decided to spend some time on Saturday to celebrate. The celebration included pretty much all of my favorite things – good food, some relaxation and a run.

But first, Friday night included some takeout. Chipotle actually! FW was actually wearing his taco shirt, so it was pretty appropriate as he ate his quesadilla (one of the few foods he enjoys on occasion).

Saturday morning started with a group run! I haven’t run in a group in forever, but it was the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon kickoff training run, and as an ambassador, I knew I had to be there and see some of my fellow ambassadors. 

B and FW came too and he pushed FW in the Bob for the hilly course.  Unfortunately, FW ended up crying literally the entire run. So, we decided to cut it short and ended up running about a 5k (the group ran 4 miles) and stopped when we got back o the course start.

This picture accurately displays how we both felt after the crying run.

We spent the afternoon cuddling, hanging out and reading plenty of books. And taking a few selfies.

We had some plans to go out to celebrate my birthday that afternoon, and B had arranged secretly for babysitters not only during the day, but also for the night. Meaning, we spent the night in a hotel – it was our first night that the both of us spent away from FW since he had been born!

We started the afternoon with a movie. We were originally going to go to the Cavs game, but didn’t get tickets in time, and it turned out not to be the best game, so I’m pretty happy we went to the movies. I really enjoyed The Post.

After the movie, it was time for dinner. We ate at Parkers, and had a really good meal. Our appetizer was pretty amazing-  we had the grilled octopus, which I highly recommend.

I had the lamb shank for my appetizer. I love lamb and hardly ever get it (or make it), so it was a nice treat.

We opted to go on a walk for dessert and hit up Corbo’s, which has a new bakery in Playhouse Square. I had some tiramisu gelato. B and I also shared some cookies.

Then, it was time for the surprise – the night in the hotel! The Kimpton has some pretty nice hotel rooms with fun decor.  We still went to bed pretty early (10:30 p.m.), but I somehow managed to sleep to 8:45 a.m.! I haven’t had that much sleep since before FW was born – it was pretty amazing and unexpected. 

We finished our date with FW with brunch. B and I did what I love to do most – split sweet and savory. We split the crab cakes eggs benedict and pancakes.

We then went to pick up FW, who was at his grandparents house and spent the afternoon together. It was fun to reunite with him after spending the time away!

The afternoon was low key. It included some books (FW’s new favorite is the Pout Pout Fish, thanks to our friends Joey and Lulu!), some playing and some cleaning.

And Sunday dinner at B’s parents’ house included birthday celebrations! My nephew and I both have January birthdays so we celebrated with ice cream cake – my favorite (I give B the chocolate and take his vanilla).

Some questions for you:

  • Do you like chocolate ice cream?
  • What do you do if your birthday is in the middle of the week?

I’m linking up with the weekly wraps!

WIAW: Rhubarb Crisp and Ice Cream

Happy What I Ate Wednesday party people! Hopefully you’re enjoying a great week and it’s feeling more and more like summer where you are (if you’re in one of those places that’s lucky enough to enjoy seasons and in North America … BIG if I know). It’s finally feeling warm again here and it’s only fitting that on this WIAW I had a rhubarb crisp dessert with ice cream. Because that just SCREAMS summer, doesn’t it?

Yes, I had other food too. The day started with a smoothie slash smoothie bowl.

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And a snack- a cut up apple.20160519_135402

Lunch was breakfast! Or brunch I suppose? Egg whites, lentils, spinach and a veggie burger. VERY satisfying.

But I also had some toast and a peach. We had no more nectarines and I really wanted something juicy. 20160519_131642

Some Swedish Fish for a snack! When was the last time you had these bad boys? It had been YEARS and someone brought them in for a meeting we had in the office. They were so good!20160519_134935

For dinner, I had plans to go out with a coworker who was celebrating her 20th anniversary at our office. We were also celebrating my future bebe 🙂

We went to Spice, one of my favorite local places. I had an amazing goal cheese tomato salad, flat brea and we split this rhubarb crisp. With ice cream. 20160519_183520 20160519_190556 20160519_194758

I got home around 8 and normally would have gotten ready for bed, but had to play catch up with some work things. I was up until around midnight, so it called for a midnight snack – some homemade granola!

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Don’t worry – I ate it before midnight so it still counts as my Thursday, right? And that was my What I Ate Wednesday eats.

 

Some questions for you:

  • Is it still called brunch if you already had breakfast? Or is it just breakfast for lunch then?
  • When was the last time you had Swedish Fish?

WIAW: A Meatless Monday

I’m not a vegetarian. In fact, for the first month or so I was pregnant, I couldn’t STAND vegetables. I lived on carbs and meat. Thankfully, that phase is over and I’m back to eating veggies – so much so, that I’m still incorporating the occasional Meatless Monday into my lifestyle. So these eats are courtesy of my Meatless Monday. Enjoy my What I Ate Wednesday!

Breakfast was my usual these days – overnight oats. Topped with some cinnamon and about half a banana.

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And followed by an apple for a mid-morning snack.

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Lunch was breakfast! Or I guess brunch? Egg whites, a veggie burger, some avocado and sautéed spinach. SO good. I used to eat this for breakfast daily but lately have been feeling more of the oats or fruit and yogurt for breakfast, so it was nice to have this for lunch.

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Lots of fruit for snacks. A cut up nectarine and cutie. Followed by a pear later on in the afternoon.20160516_130228

For dinner, I made some baked spaghetti squash and topped it with some homemade tomato sauce, ricotta cheese, parmesan, spinach and arugula. Here’s the ugly pic (includes a little hunk of bread too).20160516_191513

And here’s a less ugly pic – well it was a Snapchat but you get the idea.Yes, I posted it to my story so if you happen to follow me you saw me making this.Screenshot_20160516-191429

And of course some dessert! I made some coconut flour peanut butter banana bread on Sunday and it was SO good for my after dinner treat. With some warm almond milk. 20160516_180509

And that sums up my day of eats from yesterday. Now, some questions for you:

  • Do you like almond milk? Ever have it warmed up?
  • What’s your go-to breakfast?

Weekend Update: CLE Marathon Weekend

Whew that weekend flew by. A few days of running, working, meeting up with my old race friends and some semi-cruddy weather made the weekend go by pretty fast. I’ll be putting together a full race recap, but in the meantime, here is my weekend – one sentence per photo style.

Friday afternoon, hitting up the Race Expo with Cari!

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I picked up some new Sparkly Soul headbands.

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Friday night was the VIP Ambassador Race Reception, so B and I got a little dressed up and hung out with fellow Cleveland Marathon Race Ambassadors!

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A little carbo loading before the race.

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Saturday morning was the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon 5k.

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Followed by a little work event.

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And another trip to the Expo!

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Then to the movies.

Sunday morning we woke up to COLD and SNOW!

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Not typical May running weather (and colder than our December weather) but we made it to the start just as the race began.Screenshot_20160515-134232

Oh and it was SNOWING during the run – can you see the flakes on my jacket?

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B snapped a few photos of during the run – easy to spot me in the bright yellow jacket.20160515_081049

I felt good when we finished!

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Partially thanks some great fans cheering us on.

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Three medals, two races for completing the Challenge Series!

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After warming up, a post-run brunch of egg whites and pancakes was in order.

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Spent the afternoon being semi-productive and working, shopping at Target, doing laundry and watching movies (ok I watched part of The Duff – I suck at watching TV for more than an hour at a time).

And a little banana bread baking!

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We had the ultimate comfort food dinner at B’s parents house – spaghetti and meatballs!

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And that about sums up my weekend, one-sentence-per-photo style.

Some questions for you:

  • When was the last time you ran a race?
  • Sweet or savory for brunch? I’m usually a savory-all-the-way bruncher, but while being pregnant I have to have both! I never would’ve ordered pancakes 35 or so weeks ago 🙂

I’m linking up today with ErinKatie and the weekly wraps.

AND PS – Happy Anniversary to my MOM and DAD! ❤ So excited to see them this weekend 🙂

 

 

 

More Coffee Shops and Easter!

Some blogkeeping: Stay tuned TOMORROW when I’ll be featuring a giveaway for free race entry to the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon! Because I’m this week’s Ambassador of the Week! (okay, I can’t completely wait until tomorrow – see the bottom of this post for how to enter early)

Easter came early this year! B and I celebrated with his family this year, which meant a big boozy brunch. But I’m getting ahead of myself. In addition to Easter, the weekend also included some more coffee shop hopping, runs and nice walks.

Friday night was super low key – just what I needed. Even though I had only stayed out late once, the week had tired me out. B and I caught up on old episodes of Veep and my meatless Friday dinner included plain yogurt, fruit and some peanut butter. Definitely hit the spot.

Saturday I was up early for a run, followed by work. I only had time for a short run, but I’m so glad B and I made it outside – it was seasonably cold in the morning, but it was my fastest run all week.

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After that, I spent most of the day at a few coffee shops catching up on work. We alternated between decaf lattes and smoothies.

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Saturday night, B and I prepped for Easter. This year, we were bringing additional drinks, and we B made some cocktails called The Long Faced Dove and The Great Gatsby. I’m obviously not drinking right now, but they sure looked pretty!

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I have a glucose test next week, so I decided to play it healthy for dinner. At least it was colorful, right?

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Sunday morning started early with a 5.25 mile run with B. It was a lot slower than Saturday, plus some hills. Still managed to squeak just under 10 min/miles so I was happy with that.

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And it was gorgeous out. Definitely overdressed, but we stopped for a few photos and I had to walk for a second on one hill, so it was okay.

After Easter Mass, it was time for Easter brunch with B’s family.

The feast included the aforementioned cocktails and mimosas, bloody marys and other cocktails plus:

  • Scrambled eggs
  • Toast
  • Sausage
  • French toast casserole
  • Pickled hard boiled eggs
  • Beet relish
  • Fruit
  • Sticky buns: with and without nuts
  • Pull-apart apricot bread
  • Pull-apart raspberry bread
  • Of course, Easter candy (including jelly beans!)

I was trying to keep my sugar and carb count relatively low because of some blood work I’m having done, so I stayed away from the breads/buns/toast. Again, another colorful plate!

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After brunch, we opted to take a walk since it was finally in the 60s and so sunny. We walked around the park where B’s aunt and uncle live and also got in some great views of downtown from the lake.

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And a photo opp for us. Lakewood Park has some great views!

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I managed to stay away from all the candy somehow – but we did leave with a goodie bag.

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And that was about it. How was your Easter?

Some questions for you:

  • Did you get out and enjoy some nice weather this weekend? Yes, and it was great!
  • What’s your favorite Easter candy? JELLY BEANS! And anything white chocolate 🙂
  • Are you going to enter the giveaway? see below how!

I’m linking up today with ErinKatie and the weekly wraps.

AND as I said, I’m starting my giveaway early!  I get to give away FREE entry into any of the race distances the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon is offering during race weekend. While the giveaway won’t officially launch until tomorrow’s post, you can earn an extra entry here. How? Follow me and the Cleveland Marathon Twitter (@koskim and @clevemarathon) and leave a comment saying you’ve done so! The giveaway runs through 12 p.m. ET, Friday, April 1 (no, not an April Fools trick!) and will be notified via email. Stay tuned tomorrow for 2 more ways to enter!

 

Weekend Update: So Long, January

Well, January is gone. And it was a great month. B and I spent a week in Mexico City. I celebrated my birthday. I did some runs. And now, February is here!

We had a great weekend to close out the month. I spent half the time in Columbus, celebrating a cousin-in-law and her upcoming baby, got in a few runs, enjoyed some seasonably warm weather and even relaxed. Not a bad first weekend back in the country!

Saturday morning started with a 4.78 mile run in Columbus. Actually ended up running TO a restaurant for brunch, which was awesome.

Farm in the background – skyline in the waaay background

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pretty straightforward run

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Post-run brunch! Eggs, toast and bacon. 20160130_111712

Then it was baby shower time. We showered Stephanie and her little peanut with lots of love and gifts! Can’t wait to meet the baby in March 🙂20160130_141942 20160130_124343

Saturday night we got back pretty late, so the evening included some fruit and TV watching. 20160130_203748

And by TV watching, I mean watching the Sebastian episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Which was awesome. I’m a big fan of Sebastian Maniscalco and his comedy (B got me hooked on the Pete and Sebastian podcast and we’ve now seen him a few times live).

Sunday morning included ANOTHER outdoor run. That’s right – two in one weekend (if you’re counting). This time it was mid 50s and I wore capris. On Jan. 31. See my new shoes?? I love them!

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Followed by brunch at Phuel. Oh yogurt parfait bowl – it has been too long! 20160131_123026

And then a free Starbucks. OF course I had to get a venti because it was a FREE reward! And yes, I’ll be drinking it for a few days because it is HUGE.20160131_142228

And then a little meal prep while catching up on some work.

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salads for this week!

Without our usual Sunday dinner plans, we opted for Italian. So Sunday afternoon included some sauce making. And meatball making. I can’t take credit – B actually made the meatballs. But I helped roll them!

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And some Mitchells, Arctic Zero and homemade cookies for dessert. Just as any Sunday should end!

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And that was it – my last weekend of January. How was yours?

Some questions for you:

  • What’s your favorite baby shower activity?
  • Was the weather warm where you live this weekend?
  • What’s something good you ate this weekend?

I’m linking up with Erin for my weekend snapshot post, Katie for MIMM and as usual, the weekly wraps.