Behold! My Dining Table!

November 29, 2012

So apparently I need to post these blog posts on my personal Facebook profile instead of AHSOM’s FB page to get you people to read? I had the highest amount of views yesterday that I’ve had in a long time. (The most since this post, my most popular post ever.)

What the eff, you guys! Like AHSOM’s FB page damn it!

Pretty please? πŸ˜€

Anyway, first things first. Yesterday’s run.

It was….meh. I did 4 miles. Technically yesterday called for 5 according to my plan. But since I had to jump ahead to week 4 when really I feel like I’m at week 1 (which would have called for 3), I figured 4 miles was a good compromise.

Oh who the hell am I kidding? I cut my run short because my legs were sore from Shoddy Lifting Tuesday.

2 sets of 8 squats made me so sore that every step felt like burning knives cutting into my legs.

There. I said it.

Go ahead and judge β€” I deserve it.

And now, let’s move on to what you’ve all really come here for. A picture of my Glorious Dining Table.

Actually, most of you have already seen it on my personal FB page, but I’m going to show it to you again. Without further delay:

(Confession: I was going to write “without further ado”, but I didn’t know if I was supposed to spell it “ado” or “adieu”, and instead of trying to figure it out, I decided to just use a different word.)

Anyway, behold:

Another angle:

I really love the look of it. I think it pulls the room together perfectly.

However, I gotta say– the table is a little scratched up, I suspect from the shipping process.

I was fully prepared for some damage, since I read the reviews on And I figured for the price of the table, we were going to get what we paid for.

There are lots of little scratches on it, and a few larger chips. (I colored them in with a sharpie.) The worst damage is the long crack that runs down one side of the table.

All of the damage isn’t really noticeable from afar, and not even that bad up close. Not bad enough for me to go through the hassle of returning it.

And since it’s just me and Joe, it’s not like it’s going to get a ton of use and abuse. So, it’s fine to keep. I will, however, be calling to see about some sort of discount for the damage.

So, that’s my dining story. All in all, I’m happy with it, and so happy to finally have a place to sit if we have more than two people eating. YAY!

Now, if I can just get a certain someone to move this bookcase…


Happy Thursday πŸ™‚


Long Weekend Recap

November 26, 2012

It was, without a doubt, a perfect weekend.

We went down to my parents house for Thanksgiving early Thursday, came back Friday, and then the rest of the weekend was the perfect mix of laziness/umm…not-laziness (?)

First things first, all I wanted (read: needed) to do on Saturday was go for a nice long run.

Last week kind of sucked (for lack of a better word) in the exercise department. We ran a 5 mile road race last Sunday, and I managed 5 miles on Tuesday, but that was it. Nary a dumbbell to be found.

So Saturday, I decided to put lifting on hold (again) in favor or a 6.33 mile run on the treadmill.

Yes. 6.33. I like exact numbers. πŸ™‚

And I felt awesome! It was a nice surprise considering my past couple runs haven’t been my best.

Today starts my half marathon training (gasp!), so my mileage is actually going to go down for the next couple of weeks. At leastΒ  it’ll give me a chance to start pumping some iron again.

I’m flabby, you guys.

On the bright side, my 3 mile run today will hopefully fly by, since I’ve gotten used to the longer distances. We’ll see!

Anywho, the rest of the weekend consisted of a trip to Home Depot for screws and spray paint for a long overdue project.

The screws were to put together a little table my mom gave me that was missing its hardware package.

Even after asking for help, I still managed to get all the wrong screws. I didn’t realize this until I got home, and since I was way too lazy to go back out, I assembled the table with the random screws I could scrounge up at home. It looks pretty good, as long as you don’t look too close. See?

Ohhhh, festive!

This photo makes my walls look very, very bland. Which they kind of are, but this little table actually looks pretty cute where it is. You’ll all have to come over to see it in person πŸ˜‰

Some more Christmas decorations:

And the weekend was rounded out with some of this:

All hail egg nog season!

That’s Hood Golden Egg Nog, to be exact. My boyfriend is an egg nog snob and will not drink anything else. True story.

Anyway, I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! Happy Moan-day!

Up and Running

October 31, 2012

Batten down the hatches! Hunker down! Button up!

We did all of those things on Monday and came through Hurricane Sandy just fine. About the only thing I really did to prepare was to bring my pumpkins inside.

Hey– I didn’t want them to become “objects capable of becoming airborne and destructive!” (Phrase courtesy of my local news). So, in they came, safe and sound.

But I can’t believe the devastation down in New York and New Jersey. It’s just so sad.

We only lost power for about 3 hours on Monday, but our home Internet is still down. And since my office was closed the past two days, well…that’s why you haven’t heard from me.

But I’m back! I don’t have a ton to report (or really any pictures), but I wanted to get a post up so you guys don’t forget about me.


I gotta say, I’m pretty happy to be back at work. I was starting to go a little stir-crazy.

The weekend was kind of a bust for working out, and by 7:30 last night I was so antsy I thought I was going to go nuts. We headed to the gym around 7:45 (that’s a late workout for me!) and I knocked out about 6 miles on the treadmill.

I felt so much better afterwards.

So now, it’s back to business as usual around here. It feels good to be back on a normal schedule.

Oh, wait, I found a picture! Look at these adorable candy corn cookies I made:

I found the recipe on this website. And I gotta say– as much as I wanted to love these cookies ( I reallyyyyy wanted to love them), I just didn’t. The sugar cookie recipe was off.

It wasn’t sweet enough and reminded me more of a shortbread. And while there is nothing wrong with a good shortbread cookie, there is a time and a place for them and these cookies definitely weren’t it. These cookies needed to be sweet, and they just didn’t do it for me. Even my boyfriend wasn’t over the moon about them, and that’s saying something.

So, I won’t make them again. Too much effort for a so-so cookie.

But they were cute!

On that note, Happy Halloween! I’m hoping for some trick-or-treaters tonight. Growing up on an orchard, we never got any when I was a kid, so I get abnormally excited about them now that I’m an adult.

Wait, that sounded creepy. I’m not creepy. Just excited.

Sock Rebellion

October 18, 2012

Thank you so much for that hefty dose of utter and sheer boredom you gave me during my workout today, Mr. Treadmill. You shouldn’t have.

No, really. You shouldn’t have.

OK, guys. The good news is, I got my 5 miles in. The bad news is, I had to break it up into sprint intervals instead of a steady 5 straight miles.

Why you ask? Well, first of all, I was wearing my Pumas.

Which means I had to wear socks.

And I’ve decided wearing socks while you run should be illegal. Or at least not accepted in most places.

Does anyone else always get blisters every time they wear socks? I’ve tried a million kinds, and still, no dice. Socks are not my friend, friends. They were slip sliding all over the place, and I had to use my walking breaks to fix them.

I hereby declare a sock rebellion! Who’s with me?

Also, regarding my Pumas…they are about as flat-soled as you can get, and they still felt too bulky.

Yep. Plopped that puppy right on my desk.

I haven’t run in them since I got my Vibrams, and I can’t say I miss them at all.

Finally, there’s a reason it’s called the Dreadmill. It crushes your soul and takes no prisoners.

I got about 1 mile in before I wanted to rip my hair out. When this happens, instead of stopping, I always immediately switch to sprint intervals to break it up a bit. Lots of people have different workouts for this, but mine is usually the same:

Run 1 mile or until boredom sets in

Walk for .10

Sprint as fast as you can for .15 (so each walk/sprint rotation totals 1/4 of a mile)

Repeat until desired mileage is met.

I usually really bump up the speed as I get close to the end. I compare it to sprinting toward a finish line in a race.

And yes, I know that interval training is great, and some would say it’s even better for you than running 5 miles at the same pace. (I could hold my own in a conversation about steady state.)

But, I’m running a 10k on Sunday and I really, really want to do good. And building up my mileage until I can run straight through is what works for me.

Ugh. Listen to me complaining.

Wah, socks. Wah, treadmill. Wahhhhh 10k.

Sorry. Will you forgive me if I post a picture of my parent’s dog Wes the Corgi?

He says Hi.

How can you not smile when you see those ears?

At least now that my run is over, I can look forward to dinner! (And a well-deserved glass o’ wine!)

Catch ya later!