Five Things Friday: just five things I’m thinking about or things that made my week, or things that I otherwise feel like sharing.
This week, my mind has been preoccupied with a family situation back home (don’t worry, everyone is fine, it’s just a frustrating emotional situation). It’s been particularly hard on my mom, and while my sister does an amazing job trying to juggle the first full week back at school (she’s a teacher), some teenager problems, and supporting my mom, I just wish I was closer and could help out more. How do you guys handle situations where you are too far away to really do anything other than be available to listen?
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I baked my Greek yogurt-lemon-zucchini bread last weekend. I had extra zucchini and that’s always a good excuse to bake. I will have to get more lemon extract though. I was out and it really makes a difference when you use lemon extract in baking – so much more lemon flavor! Take note!
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I am happy to report that I am all caught up on my Feedly. You’ve probably received a comment galore from me sometime during this week. I basically tried to “catch up” whenever I had a free minute. I really wanted to be up-to-date with everything ( aka caught up on your lives!) before I start bombarding you with my summer recaps, which I have still to write. (Keep in mind, they’re mostly for me, so don’t feel bad skipping one (or more) here and there, if it’s too much. I just know I need to get this onto digital paper soon).
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I came across this running tank (probably an Instagram-sponsored ad – LOL) and I am super-intrigued because wait for it … it has pockets! Anything with pockets is great in my book! I realized that running belts are great, but I much prefer clothing that already comes with pockets (that are big enough to hold my phone, key, and/or snack). I have a koala clip, but as much as I want to love it, if I am honest, it doesn’t really work for me to run with something between my shoulder blades. I have tried to wear it inside the back of my pants above my tailbone, but that only works when I am wearing tights/cycling shorts that keep it in place. So, a tank top with pockets seems like a genius idea. Have you seen this and/or ordered from Constantia Gear before?
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Earlier this week, I got a sweet surprise in the mail. Remember the Power Zone Pack Ireland Map Race that I told you about the other day? Well, our team #streakersarmypubcrawl virtually reached Galway on August, 10 as the 5th team out of 118.
We were all stoked, but we didn’t pull this off without a lot of work. The weekend before, one of our team leads had pledged to ride 100 miles over the weekend (to keep spirits high and everyone motivated), and the second team lead had jumped in and said that she would send everyone a prize that would match the 100 miles. Well, quite a few people felt compelled to step up their game, including me, and earlier this week I received a package with beautifully wrapped and delicious homebaked cookies. I really didn’t expect to actually receive a prize, I thought it was all just a way to motivate the team, and I would have tried for the 100 miles regardless of a reward, but I thought it was really sweet that she actually followed through. It’s so fun to be part of a community of like-minded people, most of which you’ve never met in person, who care about each other (but I shouldn’t be surprised because that’s the same with our own little blogosphere here, amirite?)
Have a great weekend! Any plans?