Ch-ch-ch-changes

A lot has happened in the past few months!

  
New baby, new puppy, and now a new home!

 
(Like my obnoxious Instagram art? I texted this to Hulk and I think he threw up in his mouth a little.) 

Fortunately my family is a little crazy, and we like taking a lot on at once. Even Squish seems to roll with the punches.

 
It’s a baby cage!

We’re moving this weekend, and it’s been really hard to get everything I want to do done and balance it all out. I’m hoping once we get to the next New Normal I can make time to blog again, but until then I’ll just have to be satisfied with sporadic posts and Instagram check-ins (@emilyrocksroad of you don’t follow me yet!) to stay with it.

Above all, I’m doing my best to take care of myself first, so I’m capable of taking care of all the other creatures I’m responsible for. And if that means downing a huge plate of barbecue, well, I will do what I have to do.

  
I just like that picture and was trying to figure out a good way to stick it in this post. Oh, all the randoms.

But seriously, my last Whole30 taught me that as long as I am taking good care of myself with good food, just the right amount of exercise, and sufficient sleep, I can take on quite a bit.

So I’m off to hit up the work day, then pack All The Things for the move this weekend. While most Americans will be barbecuing and enjoying the official Memorial Day summer kick-off, I’ll be hauling furniture and anxiously awaiting the Comcast guy to hook up our internet.

And I need coffee. So go make it a great day!

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The Life-Changing Magic of Clean All the Things

This morning was another great run.

 
I have just 4 workouts left in my Couch to 5k program, and one strength workout left in my Spitfire plan. I’m hoping to knock it all off and have a few “unplanned” workouts before we move over Memorial Weekend.

  

Oh yeah, the move. The plan is to sign papers today. Then we will officially be homeowners. Ahh! We are so pumped to finally have a little breathing room. Despite how much stuff I get rid of, a two bedroom apartment is just is too small for four humans and a dog. 

Speaking of too much stuff, I did pick up “The Life-Changing Magic of Tyding Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kendo after hearing good things about it. 

 
I thought I would start reading it last Saturday night when I went to bed. Nothing like a book on organizing to put one to sleep, right? Well, I polished off the entire book by 11:30, and was so jazzed and inspired to CLEAN ALL THE THINGS that I got to work on my closet and by 2:30 am had five trash bags of clothes and accessories destined for Goodwill. I told my neighbor about the book too, and now he has a small pile of stuff gleaned from his place thats’s probably sufficient to furnish another apartment. This book is good and I would totally recommend it if you feel like your place is too cluttered but you don’t know what to do about it.

Okay, now that I’m thinking about decluttering again I want to get back to work. Go make it a great day!

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Meet Olive

In the latest of our “bad decisions make good stories” adventures, we adopted a puppy last week. Meet Olive!

  
Olive is a three month old lab mix we stumbled upon at the local shelter. Our last dog Duke was adopted when he was full grown and already trained, so this is a bit of a new world for us.

  
Whatever. Squish is just over the moon with having a puppy. He’s already declared her as “my best friend.” 

  
It is absolutely worth everything to see those two play together. Squish gets to exercise his bossy side with her, and I think Olive sees him as another giant, hairless puppy to play with.

  
Anyway, new baby, new house, and now a new dog. I hope Olive’s cool with new owners that are just a bit nuts.

  
“Nah, we’re cool. All I need is pets and noms.”

Make it a furry day!

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Le Weekend

i can’t believe it’s Monday already. That’s what happens when you actually have plans over the weekend, I suppose. It was still a blast, and I will most likely be paying for it for the next few days *cough* allthebeer.

Saturday started out innocent enough. While Hulk was out running errands, Squish and I had a lovely weekend breakfast involving Nutella.

  
Then we went to SF Oysterfest in Golden Gate Park. I had way more oysters and beer than what was probably recommended for my age group.

  
Sunday morning started off with more brunch and more Nutella. Hulk’s mom was visiting, so we had a nice Mother’s Day brunch at La Boulange then took Squish to the playground so he could burn off some Nutella. When we were cold and wanted to go home we were met with only minor protests.

  
Later we went and checked out the house we’ve almost bought. Two more weeks! 

Then we went home to lay around and eat leftovers.

  
  

After all that, I still managed to get my run in this morning. 

  
Woo-hoo! I finally broke 3 miles! 

And that is all.

Well, I still need to finish putting together my Whole30 wrap up. That’s on the bucket list for this week. And we got a dog on Wednesday, so I need to give you the proper introduction to her when I get the chance. So, I guess that’s all for now.

Go make it a great Monday!

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Land of Lysol

Weeeell, this has been a fun week. Sunday night Squish started throwing up all over the place. One by one we were all taken out by the rogue Stomach Bug of 2015 (calling it this gives me hope that there will only be 1 this year). Hulk was the last to succumb to the minor inconvenience yesterday, so let’s just say I’m glad for the weekend, so I can get caught up on all the laundry. We have nary a clean towel in the place.

Squish did get really good about using The Bucket.

  
Just. Stay. There.

Before the Land of Lysol started,  I was off to a really good week. I’m so close at actually running a 5k.

 

Just about a half mile to tack on, and I’m there!

I also spent a lot of time with Squish since he was an invalid. He started getting major cabin fever last night, so I took him to the roof to ride his bike around and get some “fresh” air (as if city air is fresh, haha. I can’t wait for East Bay for that reason).

  
He hardly fits that scoot bike anymore, he’s so huge. Hmm, that might be another thing we tack on to the “Stuff for the New House” list.

And I got to enjoy the sun set while he tore around.

  
There was a blimp. Still can’t beat the view from the roof.

Buttercup also had her five month birthday anniversary! She’s getting to be such a big girl. It seems like just yesterday I was freaking out about going in for an induction, and she was just a tiny newborn.

  
Not so tiny now. Feed me.

That’s it for this camp. Go make it a great day!

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Morning Runs and a Whole30 Update

Good Morning! We have been a bit busy getting things geared up for our new home purchase,  so things have been a bit busier than usual as you can imagine. The good news is that we don’t have to go look at open houses this weekend! Yay! I have no idea what we’re going to do. Probably sit around at home and enjoy these last few weeks in our apartment.

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And chew on things. All the chewing.

I got a good gym workout in yesterday, and a beautiful Couch-to-5k run in this morning.

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I love running along the Embarcadero in South Beach. It’s super quiet in the morning, and has some beautiful views of the bay.

I’m still chugging along with the Whole30, I’m now on Day 20. Although, I should now probably call it a Whole15 and another Whole15. When we found out about our accepted offer on the house Monday, we may have celebrated with a really nice bottle of wine we had been saving for a special occasion, and I may have decided that it was a “worth it” and had a glass or two. I picked up the program again the next day, but that was certainly not with the program rules. However, how many times do you get to celebrate finding your dream home? I’m going to keep plugging away at it, because I feel so amazing eating this way. I forgot how awesome it is!

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So far on the Whole30, I’ve had a lot of health things improve. I definitely sleep better and have more energy than I did before. I’m starting to get through those 3:00 lulls in the afternoon, and just plow right through them. I can tell my digestion is better. That’s one of those things for me that I didn’t think anything was wrong and that all systems were normal, but I guess there’s always room for improvement. My clothes are fitting better too, and I’m finding myself reaching less for my baggy “mom” jeans and starting to break out my old work pants that I couldn’t even button before. Hulk said I’ve been looking like I’m losing weight, and the other day one of my coworkers complimented me on my avocado-slicing skills. So things have been good!

That’s all I have for now. Make it a great weekend!

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News!

I went all MIA yesterday, and for a good reason.

We have an accepted offer on a house!

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We found an amazing house in the East Bay with gorgeous views in a quiet neighborhood down the street from some of the best schools in the area. It’s perfect for us. There’s a lemon tree by the front porch. I think that’s a requirement for all homes for sale in California to have at least one citrus available. If not, it should be. Anyway, if all goes well we’ll close at the beginning of May, and our lease is up at the end of May. We have a lot of planning to do, but sometime in May we will be making the migration from SF to the ‘burbs.

Time to go over-think move planning and freak out that I don’t know where to get moving boxes for free anymore now that I don’t work at a warehouse.

AHH, it’s happening!!

Go make it a GREAT day!

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Runch

Hooray! It’s Friday! I hope it’s “Friday” for you, too.

I’ve had a couple of nice runs this week. We had a bit of a scheduling snafu on Tuesday, so I wasn’t able to run in the morning like I’ve been doing. Instead, I brought my gear to work and ran over lunch. Is this called a “Runch”?

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It was nice to change up the scenery a bit.

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I’m halfway through my Couch-to-5k plan, so that’s exciting.

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Yesterday I ran 20 minutes straight. Not super impressive, but it’s the most I’ve probably ran in one shot in over a year.

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I’m sooooo close to actually running a 5k distance! 2.4 miles covered yesterday.

I’m on Day 13 of Whole30 and it’s actually been really amazing. The biggest improvement is my energy and sleep so far. Before, I would be a wreck when I got home from work with no energy to do anything but crawl into bed. And I would wake up (baby or not) in the middle of the night wide awake. Now when I get home I’m still pretty energetic, with my fatigue setting in around 8 or 9pm. I’ve been getting up at 5:30 in the morning to work out, and I know that’s too early for me. Next week I’m going to experiment with working out in the evening now that I have the energy to do it, so I’ll be able to sleep in more and get some extra rest. Well, sleep in as much as the kids let me :)

That’s all for now. Go make it a great day!

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A Get-To-Know-Me Survey (aka I Like Talking About Myself)

Hello, and good morning!

A couple weeks ago Ashley at A Lady Goes West posted this fun little survey and invited folks to answer the survey questions too. I love talking about myself, so I am totally game. So here are some things about me.

1. What’s your whole name?

Emily Catherine Farnham

2. Are you named after anyone?

My middle name comes from my Great Grandma Kate. It’s a family name that’s shared by my aunt, a couple cousins, and now Buttercup (her full name is Mercedes Catherine)!

3. Do you have any siblings?

Yup, I’m the oldest of three with a sister (Amanda) and a brother.

4. Where did you grow up?

I was born in Minnesota, and grew up in Omaha, Nebraska.

5. What activities did you do in high school?

I was a dance/band nerd hybrid with strong academic competition inclinations.  Along with being on the dance team (the “Elkanettes”), marching band (flag line), and concert band (very pathetic bass clarinet) I competed in Destination Imagination (formerly Odyssey of the Mind), Academic Decathlon (we went to nationals my senior year!) and that one time in Quiz Bowl that we don’t talk about.

6. Where did you go to college?

I went to University of Nebraska-Lincoln. You are required to have a brief understanding of college football and understand the implications of shouting, “Go Big Red!” as a prerequisite.

7. What activities did you do in college?

More marching band! I was on the UNL color guard for two years, and got to go to the Rose Bowl for the National Championships in 2001. You know, the one where Florida State completely annihilated Nebraska. Good times. College is also when I got into cycling and was on the UNL Cycling Team for several years, where I won the 2006 Nebraska State Cycling Championship in Women’s Cat. 4. Because I was the only cat. 4 woman racer to show up that day. Women’s racing at Nebraska got a bit better after I left. I think there are at least 3 racers now.

8. What did you study in college?

I have my B.S. in Industrial Management and Systems Engineering. Which is basically a degree in business with a lot of math and engineering classes so you can say, “I’m an engineer.”

9. What was your first job out of college?

I found a gig as a design engineer for a solar power equipment distribution company. I assisted the contractors buying equipment from us with their solar system designs for residential and commercial installations. To my knowledge, none of the systems I designed caught fire or blew up.

10. What kind of music do you like?

Right now I’m really addicted to the “Pompeii” station on Pandora. Apparently I like a lot of mid-2000s emo rock. I once read some Buzzfeed article about “What Emo Lyrics Mean” or something and every song I was like, “Ooh, that’s a good one! Ooh, I like that one too!” I never realized I was Emo until that moment. I also like Pitbull for workouts, “Fireball” is currently my keep-hitting-repeat song of choice. And Matisyaho to turn around a bad day.

11. What’s one hobby that you’d like to take up?

I wish I could sing, but I’m tone-deaf (see “pathetic base clarinetist” in Question#5).

12. What did you think you wanted to be when you grew up?

I was always really drawn to science-y fields. I wanted to be an entomologist because I thought bugs were cool and I was that kid turning rocks up all over the backyard. Then I saw that scene in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” where they’re stuck in that room full of bugs and that was the end of that career. I also wanted to be an astronaut until I found out NASA has a height limit (I’m 5’0”). Then I wanted to be a chemical engineer, but my first chem lab in college had me going, nope nope nope.

13. What’s the biggest project on your to-do list right now?

Personally, doing this Whole30 and starting to get into running again. Health and well being is a full time gig, yo. For my family, it’s trying to buy a house in the Bay Area, but that’s mostly my husband’s project since he’s the one with the real estate license. I just contribute very helpful things like saying, “I want a white house.”

14. Do you have any irrational fears?

I’m always imagining horrible, completely-unrealistic-but-COULD-happen things happening to my kids. I think that’s a pretty normal part of parenting.

15. Have you ever traveled outside the country? If so, where and when?

In 2013 for a “babymoon” Hulk and I went to London. It was my first time outside the U.S. and I wanted to go to a country where I was somewhat confident I could speak the language. It was so awesome, an we want to go back.

16. When’s your next vacation and where are you going?

I really don’t know. I’ve been talking to my folks about bringing the kids to visit them in Wisconsin sometime this summer. We always talk about vacations, but before kids we would actually go, whereas now it takes a little more to coordinate even a day trip to Sonoma!

17. Do you speak any other languages?

Not really. I learned French in high school, but I would never consider myself fluent. Our babysitter is a native French speaker and has been teaching Squish some French, which is adorable.

18. What’s one talent that you wish you had?

A photographic memory. Especially since I’ve gone through baby brain. But I imagine that’s one of those things that sounds cool, but if you actually have a photographic memory, it might come with drawbacks that make it not so cool.

19. What’s something that you wish you did more of?

Travel! I love love love to travel. I’m looking forward to my next assignment at work, but I also want to travel more for fun. And not necessarily the big places, but also just places I’ve never been, just so I can check them out, from Boise, ID to Rio de Janeiro.

20. If you weren’t in your current job, what would you want to be doing?

Ooh, tough question. If it’s doing something different based on what I know now, it would be a software developer. I think it would be fun, and I’ve dabbled in some coding courses before, but I just don’t have the patience right now to pick up a new skill. If I didn’t know how awesome the job market for development was around here, I would probably be doing something in dance or theatre, like a choreographer or something. There’s both sides of the job scale for you!

Okay, your turn! Tell me something about you.

Go make it a great day!

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Easter Festivus and Equinox Love

We had a nice little Easter festivus over the weekend. Squish participated in his first egg hunt where he was an active egg hunter, and not just cluelessly following my prompts to the hidden eggs. Actually, by the time I realized he was up and got out of bed myself, he had found most of the eggs and already plowed through half of his chocolate bunny. I’m glad he’s so resourceful and self-sufficient.

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Buttercup was less hopeful, but she enjoyed the shiny colorfulness of the plastic eggs.

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And my paleo pancake Easter brunch earned a two-Squishy-thumbs up from the most discerning food critic at my table.

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In addition to managing Easter Bunny activites, I did get a couple of good workouts in. Saturday was Gym Rat Day, where I got my squat on. Then Sunday I braved the grey, rainy morning for a Couch-to-5k workout.

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Week 5, bitchez! I’m now 1 mile shy of completing a 5k.

Then in the afternoon I finally cashed in my birthday gift certificate to Kabuki Springs & Spa for a massage and soak in the baths. This is the best spa in SF, I swear. I had an amazing, relaxing Swedish massage that felt awesome on my post-run legs. Then I soaked in the bath house and steam room and drank copious amounts of cucumber-infused water. I headed home in a fog of post-spa bliss.

Meanwhile, my membership at Equinox is finally processed, so I’m a “real” member now! Woot. I tried to get a non-blurry picture of my pass, but it wasn’t happening this morning pre-coffee.

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I had submitted my application over a month ago, right before my last trip to Pittsburgh. Every time I’d go to the club hoping I was finally processed and in the system, I wasn’t. They were cool about it and let me work out anyway, but it was kind of annoying to give my whole story to the front desk person every time (I’m not trying to scam a free gym membership, really!) Finally I asked who I could talk to to get my status escalated, and Jamal hooked me up. Thank you, Jamal!

Speaking of Equinox, I. Love. This. Gym. It has so much stuff, my mind was blown my first day. I just wandered around for about 20 minutes, trying to soak it all in. Any workout you want to do, they probably have the gear for it. And it’s really clean, too, and they have Kiehl’s body products in the locker room. It’s starting to become my most favorite place in the world.

Time to go try and take over the world again. Go make it a great day!

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