Thursdays are now for Thinking Out Loud!

Hello, hello!


So, you’re probably wondering what the heck I’m talking about.

Pssh, like that’s anything new. I often wonder what the heck I’m talking about, too!

Well, this time, it’s your lucky day! I’ll tell you. 🙂

I’ve decided to join in the fun and link up with Amanda’s blog over at Running With Spoons! Here’s what Thinking Out Loud is all about – uh, thinking out loud (duh) without looking like the crazy person wandering the grocery store talking to herself!

Unless, of course, that’s where you do some serious thinking out loud and then, well, you’re on your own. #crazypersonalert

1. Printed/patterned socks

I love printed/patterned socks. I probably shouldn’t. They certainly aren’t fashionable (but, remember when they WERE?!) and I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing a pair out in public. But, for some reason, I held on to some. I mean, really, it’s cold (um, hello, unless you live in Hawaii, Miami, or Mexico, you’re probably freezing right now) and we have wood floors. And, I don’t want to put on running socks when I change out of my work/workout gear because those are only for RUNNING and I certainly don’t want to put on boring work appropriate socks and just lounge in them so……

Is it bad that I’m wearing my Christmas socks and it’s not Christmas anymore?


2. Homework

Hoooo boy. It’s been a minute since I’ve had homework.


I may have bitten off a little more than I can chew, too. I’m presently registered for 2 classes and, once my Consortium Agreement is approved, will be registering for another class at a different university (the class I need isn’t offered online at Eastern Michigan). So, I’ll be taking 9 credits.


And still working full time.

Pray for me.

3. Pinterest boards

So, we have an entry way in our house. I mean, everyone pretty much has an entry way but our little foyer is its own little room. We have a Cape Cod and the front door is pushed out a little. Yes, I know that’s a terrible description. Here’s a picture…


see what I mean? Yes? Good. (isn’t my house CUTE?!)

Anywho, we open the front door and we’re in the foyer with a nook and a coat closet and then, there’s another door (glass paned) to get into the house.

*side note – we don’t call this room the foyer. it’s the ‘forbidden room.’ as in, forbidden and off limits to the animals. makes answering the door a much calmer situation without the cats trying to escape or the dogs being nosy. 🙂  it’s also a very cold little room. probably because we keep the inner door closed all the time so it never gets any heat from the house. cold and forbidden.

Well, we want to “warm” it up a little with some paint in the nook and maybe a bench, umbrella stand, some hooks, and a mirror.


But, the closest I’ve gotten to making something happen is taping paint chips to the wall (been there for a couple of months now. still no paint.) and filling up a pinterest board with ideas. I really like that one. Can someone come help me make it reality?

4. Sunsets


I’ll tell you what. I am very very well aware of the fact that I should not be taking pictures while I’m driving but, come on, how could I not?! We have some absolutely gorgeous sunsets over the river. *love* So, there. Now you know. If I share a picture of a sunset (or even a sunrise over the shipyard) and there’s water involved, there’s a 99% chance I took it while I was driving. Please don’t tell on me.

Talk to me: Your turn! Tell me something random. 🙂

– jennifer

Thursday Things


I thought about lumping this post into Thursday Thoughts but it’s so random that Things seemed more appropriate. 🙂

Well, I might as well kick it off with my new look.


As I said in my Weekly Workout Recap post, my left foot started to hurt during Thursday’s WOD – rope climbs and running.

At first I thought it was a cramp. Then, I realized it was a little more than a cramp but I thought it was more musculature than bone/foot structure because I didn’t have any swelling, redness, or hot spots.

So, I wore sturdy shoes (read: boots and my running shoes) and went about my business.

Probably didn’t help that I spent a lot of time on my feet. I’m a smart girl but sometimes…….

So, as the weekend progressed, the swelling started and the redness started and my foot was stiff and sore.

I have not been to the doctor yet because I’m pretty that’s it’s the same story as the last time, just in a different foot.

And, conveniently enough, I had a walking boot handy! Yippee. *sarcasm

So, I’m treating myself. 4-6 weeks in the boot and then, we’ll see when I start back to the running.

Maybe mid-January?

Okay, before you fret, if it gets really bad or I don’t notice a difference in a week like I did the last time, I’m throwing in the towel and going to the doc.

Actually, I’m probably going to do that anyway because I’d like to have a bone density test.

My grandma shrunk quite a bit – I think 4 or 5 inches! – so I know osteoporosis is in the family. *sigh*

I guess it’s better for this to happen when it’s cold out than when it’s perfect running weather (like last time). #brightside


Max turned 11 on Tuesday!!

He’s such a mama’s dog. 🙂


Eliza seems to have found herself a new spot. She likes it because of the light – we usually leave the night light on and I guess it’s warm. 🙂 Would you believe she gets mad at me when I move her so I can cook?!

She’s cray.


I don’t know. Because the hat was there.

And no, I’m not a frosty b*tch.

Okay, seriously, that had to make you laugh. At least a little. Maybe? Please tell me you at least got the Frosty reference. *sigh*

Talk to me: What song is stuck in your head right now?

– jennifer

Thursday thoughts – a “day date” recap :)

Hello, hello!

In case you missed it, my birthday was Monday.

You’re welcome for the day off. 😉

Of course, that meant I got to do whatever I wanted all weekend long.

Hell, who am I kidding? That’s how it goes all the time. 😉

So, my sailor and I had a “day date” and we went antiquing!

No, I didn’t force him – don’t even give me that “poor guy” business.

It’s something we actually both enjoy doing.

Anyway, we went to some pretty fancy antique stores!



I can’t even imagine how much that mirror costs – or even WEIGHS! – and I think it’s a little odd that they hung it on the outside of the building but seeing the reflection of the trees was pretty cool.

There’s no way we could have afforded anything in that store, by the way. Seriously, like Beverly Hills prices. We’re used to those antique stores where you find random old stuff crammed into boxes, stuffed under tables, too much stuff to see in one trip, and you have to crawl around parts of the store just to see it all!



There was some really awesome stuff in this store but once I saw this, all I could think about was this…



Baby carriage, circa 1800s. Only about $2000. Sure, why not?

And then, we found our kind of store….



Complete with paper protectors and Ziggy Christmas cards!



Of course, we had to take a sustenance break. #omnomnom


cold stone creamery FTW!


Then, we hit the mother-lode!

I’ve been searching for a butter dish for a while now.

I’m not a fan of the ones you can find in stores now – they’re too predictable and boring – and our dish set was cobbled together from a discontinued set so I could never find one to go with it or even one that spoke to me.

I don’t want boring glass or white or normal. I want fun, classy, interesting!

And I found one!



And then I found another!!!



Now I have one for every day and one for fancy!

I’m so excited!!

By this time, it was dinner and we headed to the 80/20 Burger bar for dinner.

This place is near my CrossFit box (how I heard about it) and the menu looked pretty intriguing so I figured we needed to check it out.

We started with some house fries – garlic, rosemary, and parmesan.



They were decent but really, there was ZERO garlic and do you see any rosemary? Yeah, me neither.

For dinner, I ordered the “Heritage” – a bison burger with caramelized onions, thick cut bacon, and gruyere cheese. I got the herb lemon broccoli as a side to counter those fries. #balance



The most flavorful thing on the plate was the pickle.

I mean, it was good but it was boring.

I’m sorry, how do you make a fancy bacon cheeseburger BORING?!

And the broccoli was just steamed. Maybe a smidge of lemon but definitely no herb.

My sailor’s food was equally as boring.

It’s as if the chef was put on “seasoning restriction.”  So much so that he even had to remove the salty deliciousness from the bacon.

I’m not kidding!

How do you make bacon taste boring?!?!?!?!

But, even with that ending, we had a stellar day. I’m pretty sure we won’t be going back to that restaurant but I KNOW we’ll be heading back to some of those antique stores. There’s still so much more to see!

Talk to me: Do you like antiquing? Do you use a butter dish? Have you ever had a surprisingly boring burger?

– jennifer