Girly Wednesday ~ xxix ~ Carrying 3 Women

Choosing one’s apparel for a race day is crucial…everything must be chosen for maximum function and comfort.  Even one’s accessories 🙂

This year at the Chicago Marathon, I ran with 3 rings on the middle finger of my right hand.  I love wearing rings that are meaningful.  I like buying rings with someone in mind with whom I can share the sentiment.  I also though, don’t like the way it feels to have rings on adjacent fingers on my hand…this proves to be quite limiting sometimes so I have learned the method of stacking rings.


The ring with the widest and most decorative band is my mother’s wedding band.  The silver, infinity loop ring I share with a dear and close sister friend (love you!).  The wrapped ring I bought from an artist in Huntsville with my mother in mind.  It looks really nice when paired with her wedding band and also just by itself.  I think she would like it 🙂

So, to the race I carried these strong women with me in spirit.  I think we had a pretty good run 🙂


a northern chicago wedding

Brett was the Best Man at the wedding of a college friend a few weekends ago.


I basically knew some of the male members of the bridal party at this event and one other person…


…who I elected as my date for most of the day of the wedding 🙂

In all seriousness though, the wedding was wonderful and it was such a great opportunity for me to get to know some of Brett’s close friends from his college days.  Brett, being the best man, was quite busy on Friday evening and most of Saturday so I was able to watch the beautiful event as a ‘fully supportive and ready to meet new people’ guest.  🙂





The way the couple added such wonderful, fall accents to the wedding was really outstanding.  Brett and I were so focused on our summer wedding that I never even considered darker browns and oranges to our decorating.  This fall themed event was really spectacularly put on 🙂



For the more wedding ceremony interested folks out there, each bridesmaid wore the same dress but in a different color.  Plus, the groomsmen each wore a boutonniere that matched their bridesmaid’s dress color.  So cute right?!  🙂  Brett gave such a great speech as the best man…people kept complimenting him about it later on in the evening and I think it took Brett a while to realize they were being serious and not teasing him 🙂  (Brett was a little nervous before hand)  🙂  Brett only did the ‘Data doing a comedy routine’ arms a little bit while giving the speech (any Star Trek fans out there know what I’m talking about?)  🙂

On each table was a small bag of caramel corn with a cute label stating the Bride and Groom’s names and the wedding date.  At the end of the night these bags were left everywhere….so I helped out in the cleaning a bit and made sure they didn’t go to waste  🙂


We ate a bag on the way home 🙂  Such a fun weekend with such fun people.  I am so glad that we were a part of it!  🙂  Congratulations to Steve and Laurie!

the secret to post long runs

Brett and I are asked fairly frequently how we go about doing those long runs.  I’ll give Brett most of the credit…I usually get us out the door but Brett definitely keeps us on the road 🙂  The key to a successful long run is the food 🙂  I guess the leg muscles are important too but fueling during and after the run is really crucial.  For a run over 12 miles, I know that I need to block off a lot of the rest of the day to stretch, shower, eat, and relax a little while my blood sugar levels return to normal.  This means having food ready for during the run and after 🙂  Cooking while really really hungry isn’t much fun 🙂


Brett and I learned during a run last season that snickers bars are a great during run snack.  They have the sugar, the fat, the protein, and they are easy to carry and eat while running.  Ever since then, Snickers bars are my favorite long run treat 🙂  I carried them on the marathon too!  And you just can’t beat a frozen pizza when you need a carb-y meal post run.  🙂

Any athletes out there with some other favorite during or after run meals/snacks?  We are always looking for suggestions!  🙂

wabashed Navy Bean soup

It is officially fall!  a.k.a. the season of soup 🙂

We took a mostly eaten rotisserie chicken, put the bird in a cast iron dutch oven, covered it with water, and turned on the medium heat


The bird and water were boiled for about an hour uncovered and about 2 hours covered.  The broth and the meat were then separated and the broth was used as the liquid in a Navy Bean soup mix


The soup mix was cooked as stated on the packaging (besides the fact that instead of water we used our great homemade chicken stock) and we added back the chicken meat and some extra veggies



Yum!  I have been officially assigned the challenge of making split pea soup from scratch…stay tuned 🙂