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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A Rest Day and Some Pre-Easter Revelry

Today I took a rest day. Four days in a row of getting about six hours of baby-induced interrupted sleep then getting up with the alarm at 5:30 a.m. were not doing me any favors. I passed the kids off to Hulk for bedtime and crashed early last night, “sleeping in” until 6:30 this morning. I feel so much better with the extra sleep, and I’m sure my legs will thank me on my run tomorrow.

Yesterday was gym day for my Spitfire Athlete strength training program. I headed to the fancy Equinox gym for squats, bench, and deadlift. Awkward no-I’m-not-taking-a-picture gym pic time.

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I like how my bedhead is making my bangs flip out. I didn’t even try to fix it, it was too rad.

On the family front, the grandparents sent the kids some Easter goodies, so we had a little plastic egg party. Buttercup is a little confused around her first Easter.

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Squish tried to be a good brother and help her out. And for some reason they’re both in their St. Patrick’s Day shirts. I didn’t plan this, I’m not that crafty of a blogger mom.

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“Mercedes needs more eggs.”

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the new baby rocker! Remember how I went to the StitchFix launch a few weeks ago? Well, I won a 4Moms rockaroo infant rocker* in the raffle! It’s so pretty.

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The fabric is really soft and velvety, and the rocking mechanism is really quiet. It’s a front-and-back rocking motion as opposed to the side-to-side motion of her current baby swing, so it’s a good variation for baby placement options in the apartment. Plus, the little stuffed toys on the mobile are easy to pull out, so when Buttercup gets big enough to grab them she can easily pull it out to chew on play with it. Normally she goes after the attached toys to her mobiles and jumper chair and cries when she finds they are firmly attached. If you’re expecting, I would definitely recommend this for your registry.

That’s all for today. I’m just taking it easy, still eating my super awesome Whole30 food (on day 6!), and living the dream.

Now go make it a great day!

*No affiliate links in this post, just for info only. I’m not that cool.

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Quick Update in Between Pranks

Hello, and happy April Fools’ Day! Did you get pranked? I did, and I sort of expect more. I’m not a pranker but I’m a great prankee. I’m full of good ideas, but lack execution.

Anyway, this will be a quick one because I have, like five minutes on the train until my stop.

I went for another run this morning.

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Almost halfway to doing a full 5k! Doing my internal happy dance about this.

Yesterday I started a Spitfire Athlete training program on my app. I’m doing the beginning strength training for beginners because, duh, I’ve been consistently away from the weight room long enough that I feel like a beginner. but I’m pumped to start pumping the iron again. Lift heavy things.

Whole30 is actually rocking this time! I’m taking it one meal at a time, and the morning workouts are keeping me super committed to waking up early enough for food prep. Of course, I’m only getting about 6 hours of interruped sleep now and totally crashed for a  2 1/2 hour nap after work yesterday. Once I get my food/workout routine down I’ll start digging into what I can do about more sleep. It’s hard fitting 30 hours into a 24 hour day :)

That’s all I have time for today, make it a great day!

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What Mondays are About

Woot! It’s Monday! Happy Monday to you!

  

Why am I so pumped for a Monday? It could be the awesome C25K run I did this morning. Hooray for urban running!

  

It could also be that I started a Whole30 yesterday, and not only did I manage to get through yesterday and pack my food for work today, but I also finally made mayo that I didn’t f*** up!

 

Not exactly a Pinterest-worthy photo, but I leave those to the bloggers that are, like, professional and stuff.

Anyway, I am embarking on another Whole30 mostly to see if I can finally get through another one! Since my first one back in January 2013 (good lord, where does the time go?!?) I haven’t been able to stick one out. Might have something to do with job changes, babies, and all that pesky life stuff 😉. 

But my friend Katie wanted to start one with me in January, but I started for like two days then bailed. I just wasn’t prepared and committed. She approached me again last week saying, dude, we really need to do this, then Amber at Busy, Bold, Blessed was like hey, I’m starting one Monday you should join, and so now I have enough peer pressure to make bad decisions, I mean, wise health choices.

Anyway, I’m going to chronicle my daily eats on Twitter rather than blast all of my social media channels with tons of pictures of hard boiled eggs and my favorite ground beef hash. If you don’t care, don’t follow me on Twitter. Your welcome. (And if you care, follow me @emilyrocksroad !)

Anyway, I’m feeling super stoked about the day, the next 30 days, and life in general. Because that’s what Mondays should be about!

Go make it a great day!

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All the Running

I am so glad I’ve found my motivation to run again!

  

I’m going to post Bay Bridge in the Sunrise pics every time, until we move. You have been forewarned.

I’m still plugging along with my Couch to 5k (which I abbreviate to C25k because I think it sounds cool). I haven’t been the most consistent (my first run was in early February, and I’ve just started Week 4) but so far I’m still feeling good. I have found that since my pregnancy I’m finally at that age where stuff just breaks and I have all sorts of mysterious twinges and pains at random. Just more evidence that I need to take time out for self care, making sure that I stretch and foam roll often.

  

Today I think I did more than 2.21 miles, it looks like my GPS didn’t pick me up when I started my run. But I felt good, so I’m not going to complain too much. My goal is to be able to comfortably run a 3 mile loop a few times a week so I’m not too concerned with pace or time. Just getting ‘er done.

In food news, I keep dabbling in starting a Whole30 but never really making through a full day of clean eating. Something always comes up that nudges me off plan. But I figure if I’m shooting for 100% but I’m really doing 80%, that’s good enough for now. As long as I stay away from the sugar, I’m feeling pretty good. And any eating plan that includes ceviche is good enough for me!

  

Mmm, raw fish. #alltherawfish

Off to go make magic happen. Make it a great day!

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