Tuesday Catch-Up

So, I originally wrote this post on Sunday, but my computer crashed and I lost all of it. I stayed mad for a couple of days, but I’m posting now :)

Dear readers, I have missed you! The last couple of months have been absolutely insane. I just wanted to take a minute to play catch-up on what’s been going on with me (leave me what’s been going on with you in the comments!) and get back to the meatier, themed posts later. So here’s what’s been keeping me too busy to blog:

1. Work
The fall is crazy at work. One of the nice things about working at a university is that a lot of the time, summers are quieter, but as soon as the students get back at the end of August, things really pick back up. It can be exhausting, but it’s also fun to see the campus buzz back to life after a long summer off for the students.

2. School
This semester, I have a 16-week class, and I just finished an 8-week class, which was extremely fast-paced and writing-intensive. But guess what?! I got 100% in that class! Woo hoo! And now it’s over, but my other class is getting busy, too, with two major projects and a paper standing between me and the end of the semester in December.

3. Family
Baby I’s terrible twos aren’t really terrible, but they do require a lot of work. Two year olds are crazy adorable, but they are also crazy messy, inquisitive, and they need your undivided attention at all times. There is definitely never a dull moment with her around! A also has been doing great with his barber shop, but he also works 6 days a week, so we only get Sundays together as a family. That’s pretty difficult, but things could be so much worse. We are very, very fortunate and blessed. I’m trying to enjoy every moment we have as a family right now.

4. Training
My half-marathon is now less than 3 weeks away, and you guys, I have bad news. I tried for a long run (13 miles) on Sunday, and I only made it 3, because the outside of my left knee was killing me. This was the first time that ever happened. It still kind of hurts two days later, and I’m getting really nervous about what this is going to mean for the race. I have been training for six months now, and I am bound and determined to finish that race, even if it means I’m the last one across the finish line.

That’s the gist of it. I hope that life begins to stabilize soon and I can blog regularly again.

Readers: what’s the best book you’ve read this year? Runners: Any advice for knee problems? 

Running Update: Two More Months!

Hi, readers! Two things:

1 – today marks just two more months until the half-marathon! Several friend have asked how I’m feeling about it, and I tell them that, at this point, I’m confident that I will finish, but I’m not confident that I won’t be dead last. But, you know what? I think I’d be okay with that at this point. Training and running has done so much for me, it’s just not even about race day anymore, though I know it will be the icing on the cake; a great accomplishment and a fun day.

2 – I totally accidentally hit “publish” on this post earlier, even though it was still in draft stage. I don’t know if y’all got emails for it, or what, but sorry.

Okay, now for the running update! Here are all my training runs since my last update post. As per usual, I’ve begun the numbering where I left off, in case you’re following along.

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Running Update: Pain in the Keister

Hello, friends! I just finished an exhausting summer semester of school, but I’ve still been running and training for my half marathon in November. Between those things, work, and taking care of A and Baby I, I haven’t had a whole lot of time to blog, but I’m hoping to change that during my few precious days off before fall semester begins.

Anyway, I am still loving running. Sometimes it is difficult to get myself out of bed in the morning and get going, but I’m always happy I went running. One thing has been a literal pain-in-the-butt lately, though: Sciatica.

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Book Review: My Irish Table

Screen shot 2014-07-21 at 4.53.24 PMOkay, you guys should know by now that I have a deep, intense love for cookbooks and for food. I also have Celtic roots. What better way to combine the two than with a cookbook by an Irish chef?

This book is about so much more than the recipes. In fact, my very favorite part of the book was the first section. It contains Armstrong’s (the chef’s) backstory and some really interesting little tidbits – Julia Child included, y’all. The photography is also beautiful. And maybe this is only me, because I’m a writer working with print publications, but the quality of the printed book is really, really high. I would definitely buy this book in print over an ebook. It’s just gorgeous to look at.

The recipes themselves are super interesting. I didn’t have a very good concept of what Irish food was (you know, outside of the potatoes). I feel much more educated now. There are some really, really delectable-looking recipes for special occasions, such as Easter and Christmas. However, I need to say that the majority of the recipes are quite complicated. Definitely not an everyday cookbook, but I think that once the holidays roll around again, I’ll be whipping up something from My Irish Table.

I selected a brussels sprouts recipe to try. It was amazing and delicious, because, duh, bacon. My photo doesn’t do it justice, but here it is anyway:

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Anyone out there an Irish cook? What sorts of food do you make for your everyday fare?

Note: I received My Irish Table from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. If you’re a blogger, check them out!