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Happy Easter!


photo credit to Mom

Happy Easter! May your day be filled with love, family, sunshine and…

tulips! Have a good one! 🙂 

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It’s A New Year

It’s 2012, friends! How was everyone’s nights? Marcus and I stayed in after my race. We watched 100 episodes of Friday Night Lights, and we hung out with Bill.

My race went really well. It was only four miles, but for some reason I was still nervous. I guess I’ll always be nervous before races.

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Marcus and I hung out at Panera before the race started to stay warm. Once the sun went down, it got pretty cold. After hanging out for a while, I walked to the start and lined up.

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The race started and ended very quickly. We ran in the dark which was pretty fun. I wish I would have worn light up accessories. Next year! The course was surprisingly challenging. There were lots of gradual hills that really got me. But it was fun. I was happy to see the finish line, worked up a good sweat, got my legs moving and ending 2011 on a good note. It was weird to spend 40 minutes running as opposed to multiple hours. But I liked it!

I think I prefer longer distances because I have a lot of endurance, but not a lot of speed. But I would definitely like to throw some shorter races into the mix into 2012. It was a fun way to change it up and I’m glad I ran it!

After the race, Marcus and I went to a nearby restaurant for supper. We had fun talking about our past new years’ together and also getting excited about our future plans.

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It was the perfect way to end 2011, and start 2012. And if that wasn’t enough, one of my best friends got engaged at midnight!

That means I’ll be in three weddings in 2012, including my own. I am SO excited for her and her fiance and can’t wait to get all of the celebrations started! 2012 has been so awesome already and it’s barely started.

I still have one more day off. I am going to enjoy it to the fullest…gym, cooking and relaxing with my little family! 🙂

Have a fab one!!

With A Bang

This year, instead of spending New Year’s looking like this…

or this…

or this…

I will be spending it at home with my mane and cat. Sound lame? Lemme explain.

2012 will be dominated by two things – weddings and running. I plan on running at least 4 half marathons, a few other road races and one full marathon. So I thought why not end 2011 with a bang and well, run.

So I signed up for a night race tomorrow. The Fairfax Four Miler. Now, four miles isn’t exactly a half marathon, but it’s something. I’m itching to race again, to line up with other runners, pin a race number on my shirt and heck, break in my new kicks. I’m itching to run.

And in staying with the low-key theme, Marcus and I will be grabbing dinner then going home for chill night with Bill. Now in true Taylor form, I’m sure I will have some red wine and snacks throughout the night. It is a celebration after all. But I am really looking forward to a night run in the cold, a good meal and (let’s face it) not being wicked hungover the next day.

Now I’m not saying that I’m hanging up my New Year’s Eve partying shoes for good. Come on, you know me better than that. We’re just changing it up a little.

I have two races in the books for early 2012 and 2-3 more that I want to run before the summer. Basically, I just want to run and train as much as possible because when that marathon rolls around in October, I want to be ready.

So that’s our plan. Hopefully 2012 brings success and fun times. I know I’m looking forward to it!

What are you doing for New Year’s?

Whatever you do, stay safe and have fun! See you next year! 🙂

Christmas Roundup

Christmas is officially over and I’m back at work. Total bummer. I always enjoy the days leading up to Christmas more than the actual day. Once the day comes, it’s all kind of sad because it means it’s almost all over. But what a good day it was!

Marcus and I opened up our presents on Christmas Eve afternoon. Obviously, we still have that child-like excitement when it comes to gifts. We just couldn’t wait.

My big present to Marcus was an iPad 2. I’ve had it on layaway since October. I took every ounce of control I had to keep this gift a secret. He was so happy with it. I am too. We’ve both been playing with it non-stop.

His big present to me were my personalized Nike Frees. I needed new ones for my 2012 races. And he went a step further and designed and personalized them! How awesome are these babies?!

He also made sure to get me lots of running gear to match, all Under Armour. I am going to be one bright runner this season! 🙂

After Christmas movies and a relaxing night, we woke up Christmas morning and headed to my parents house. Over there, we had breakfast and MORE presents.

We had a ton of fun going around and opening up our gifts one by one. I think everyone was happy with what they got, but more than that we had some quality some together.

After a few hours over there, we had to switch gears and get ready for Christmas number two!

At Marcus’ mom’s house we had Christmas dinner with his whole family. Lots of people, lots of food, lots of fun. Marcus has a big family, so it’s always great to get together and just laugh and play games. It’s one of my favorite things about the holidays.

After all the food, presents, and excitement, I turned in early and slept in late. Every attempt I made at working out was halted by the idea of more sleep and more time to relax. Initially, I felt guilty but I figured one day of extreme laziness wouldn’t kill me. Marcus’ nephews spent the night and all four of us spent pretty much the whole day watching movies, eating and napping.

It was definitely a day of recharging and relaxing, which was much needed. But I have to admit, I was really happy to drink a protein shake this morning, pack a big salad for lunch and plan for a run today. Being back in the routine feels good!

And more than anything, I am just so happy and blessed to have such a wonderful family (x2) and fiance. I don’t know what I did to deserve these amazing people in my life, but I’m sure glad I have them. ❤

Have a fab one! 🙂

Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas, friends! I hope your day was filled with presents, cats (or dogs, birds, fish), family and tons of food. Thanks for reading. I love you all! ❤

Holidaze

Holidazed…that’s how I’m feeling right now. Looks like someone has been living up their four day weekend. And that someone is me. Sorry for the blogging hiatus. I’ve been busy completely immersing myself in the holiday spirit to do much computering.

Friday night, the fam and I hit up DC for some lights, tree and togetherness. The tree was gorgy. The weather was great. And there wasn’t a huge crowd. All good things.

After family time, it was friend time. We reminisced about the high school days. We danced on chairs. We took shots of tequila.

Holidayzed is right.

There’s nothing better than being with the people you love during the Christmas season.

Oh yeah, Marcus and I have already opened our gifts to each other. Pics to come later. But he loves his iPad and I love my personalized Delish World kicks.

Have a wonderful and happy Christmas Eve. ❤

A Couple That Bakes Together

A couple that bakes together, stays together…or something like that.  Last night, Marcus and I were on a mission to fill the house with (even more) Christmas cheer and bake cookies. We have never baked anything together, ever. Why this seemed like a good idea? I do not know.

I chose an “easy” recipe – classic Nestle Toll House chocolate chip cookies.

I’ve made these a few times in my adult years, and my mom has made them countless times during my childhood. It was an easy enough task – simple ingredients, a few minutes of stirring, 10 minutes of baking and BOOM cookie perfection.

These were the cookies of our dreams. Our actual cookies were more of a nightmare.

So we got to work. I attempted to take part but just ended up telling Marcus what to do because let’s face it, I like telling people what to do. When it came time to add the eggs, we missed one very import step.

See it? “Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.” Yeaaaa. That didn’t happen. But we figured it wouldn’t matter. It all ends up in the same bowl anyways, right?

Once the dough was all mixed, Marcus added little drops to the cookie sheet and we sat in the kitchen with anticipation, ready to grab the milk…

This was the result of our amazing baking experiment – not pretty, chewy, warm, chocolatey cookies. No – flat, cookie pancakes with crispy burnt edges.

Best bakers ever, right here. So we did what anyone would do. We grabbed the milk and forks and ate our cookie pancakes straight from the pan. They may have been flat, but they tasted good.

I have no idea if the eggs caused our demise or something else. But let’s just say that we are pretty hopeless as a baking team. Oh well. You win some. You lose some.

And to stay with the theme of total holiday disasters, we ended the night by watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Because if anyone can make you feel better, it’s Clark Griswold and his hot mess of a Christmas.

Have a fab one! 🙂