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Sunny Valley

Saturday started with two lazy hours of scrapbooking in our pajamas. We just got our wedding picture prints a week ago, so now it was time to sort through all of them and choose the best ones for the album. I used this time to digest breakfast before my run and consume more unreasonable amounts of Teen Mom on Netflix.

Then, I headed out for an 8-mile run. Last one before the half marathon next week. The weather was glorious, like last week.


This was my favorite spot – maybe half a mile left, all downhill, and an amazing view of Happy Valley and the Central PA mountains.

When I got back, I sat outside our door for 50 minutes, stretching and talking to a friend on the phone, because I forgot my key and Dave was at the grocery store.

When he got back, I was starving, so I made sweet potato pancakes.


Just really mushy sweet potatoes and 3 eggs.


Fried in coconut oil.


Topped with Earth Balance and maple syrup.

Definitely hit the spot.

Soon after, my friend/coworker and her husband drove in from Lewisburg and we showed them around State College before heading to a dinner meeting for the Knuetes freelancing project we’re working on together.


Stopping on at Saint’s Cafe downtown.


Beers and appetizers at Duffy’s Tavern in Boalsburg. First time sitting outside!


I got the crab-stuffed buttoned mushrooms and they were freaking amazing.


Enjoying the semi-warm and sunny day.


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Carbs > Laundry

I went for a six-mile run after work. After last weekend’s tease of 60-degree weather, temps have dropped back down into the 30s. Combine that with a nasty wind and you got yourself less than ideal weather to be outside, much less to run in.

My approach: switch into running clothes asap after getting home to not even let myself think about skipping the run or making some pathetic attempts to do it on the treadmill. When I got outside and going, the wind was definitely a concern, but it was crisp and sunny, which helped.

Also, is it just me or does intense wind during runs cause nose running? I’ve noticed this the past couple of times, so yesterday, I carried a tissue with me. It was a little silly to be blowing my nose every mile or so, but it helped me breathe.

At the end of the run, as I was getting ready to enjoy the last .7 miles or so downhill, I was rewarded by a spectacular view over the Allegheny mountains right after the sun dropped behind them. There was an orange lining and the sky was completely blue.

Since it was Thursday, it was also girl’s night, which I had lamely flaked out on in order to do my run. But when I got home, I thought to myself: why not go unshowered and in sweats? After all, this is America and a college town. Also, my alternative would have been folding laundry until Dave got home from class.

So, in a less than wise moment of decision-making, I skipped stretching and headed to Champs, where the other four ladies had already finished their dinner.

I ordered a beer and the perogie appetizer and they stuck around, happy to catch me up on the conversation.


There is no better feeling that eating something as blatantly awful as this, knowing I just earned it (at least that’s what I like to believe). Plus, they do say beer is the best replenisher.

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