TOL And Chocolate Chip Day


Just about my entire post deleted itself upon publishing this morning. Be thankful you weren’t here when I realized this horrendous occurrence for then I had to calm down, suck it up and rewrite all of the words I  struggled to replicate.


Parenting thoughts:

I have a ten-year-old son. I am soon to be a 36-years-old.

Yes, I realize I am stating the obvious but sometimes I forget my baby is headed to middle school in the fall instead of Gymboree where he used to find fascination in running on top of the moving parachute while the rest of the kids sat on it for the ride.

They totally loved us at Gymboree, can you imagine?

So, now that I have acknowledged the age of my son and the soon to be age of myself, I am questioning the length of my jean shorts. At what point do I need to graduate to mom shorts?

I asked my son if my shorts were too short and he told me that how I wear mine is how all the girls where them and I am fine.

All the girls? The girls he knows ARE TEN.

This can’t be good for my image. Although between me and you, I am a bit honored that he counted me as one of the girls.

Speaking of my son, did I ever tell you how smart he is? I don’t like to brag, but he is like really intelligent.

However, I looked over his essay the other day and noticed he drew a smiley face Emoji at the conclusion of a sentence.

I informed him that the English Language does not include Emojis and they are for text purposes only.

I hate to say it, but, this whole text generation? What is our world coming to?

Running Thoughts:

How come us runners sometimes say, ” I couldn’t wait to finish that run” or “I am so happy those miles are finished.”

If you stop to think about those phrases, it almost sounds like we hate running and that really isn’t the case at all.

Perhaps we couldn’t wait to complete our run for the endorphin high produced or for the sense of accomplishment we achieve by pushing ourselves through tough miles, up a hill or to hit a specific pace.

Or maybe we can’t wait to finish because then we get to eat and everything just tastes that much better after fully exhausting ourselves.

On a similar topic, sometimes people use a poor choice of words. A friend of mine referred to my running/workout routine as strict, regimented and even included the words will power.

I associate such terms with negative situations, things you don’t want to do but push yourself to do anyway. If you know me, you know I rarely do anything I don’t want to do.

I mean, had the judge not ordered me to divorce court by stating a warrant would be out for my arrest should I not attend I never would have appeared and I probably wouldn’t have gone through labor had I been able to pass the childbirthing part off to someone else which I really tried to figure out how to do while breathing between contractions on the way to the hospital.

So yeah, I never really do anything I don’t want to do. In fact, my mother used to write me notes to get out of many a situation.

Don’t want to play gym today? Note. Don’t feel like swimming in camp? Note. Don’t want to go to school today? Note.

I always wanted a note to get out of going to work but realized that might affect getting a paycheck.

I love running. It is what I do. It is an involuntary bodily process that just goes without speaking, is part of my routine and just…well…is.

Food Thoughts:

Talk to me about maple syrup.


I would never buy the sugar free stuff and don’t want to buy the light stuff due to the high fructose corn syrup but the real syrup is super duper high in sugar not to mention pricey.

maple syrup

This whole picking a maple syrup thing is a completely overwhelming task which is almost leading me in the direction of the light syrup but the thought of the HFCS upsets me which then makes me question my insanity for getting worked up for an ingredient that most of America consumes without thinking.

Just tell me which to buy and I won’t say another word.

Oh, and before I go, Happy National Chocolate Chip Day.

chocolate chip hershey bar blondies

I had a bunch of extra Hershey’s Miniatures yesterday so the natural thing to do was to bake Chocolate Chip Blondies with a layer of Hershey Bars in the center.


Who wants the Mr. Goodbars though? Peanut butter inside chocolate, yes but actual nuts inside chocolate, no. Just no.

Be sure to check out what everyone else is thinking about today!


Bloggers – Ever have your post publish yet be missing just about the entire thing!!!???!!!!

Favorite Hershey’s Miniature?

How do you feel about your workout routine?

Ever have your mom write you a note to excuse you from something?




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  1. says

    Real maple syrup is the only way to go. I realize I’m Canadian and that might make my opinion a little biased… but it really is better. And it’s all natural sugar, like in fruit, so it’s not so bad 🙂 And true story: I’ve caught myself writing lol in my sentences on a few occasions when I was doing homework for school. Talk about a fail…
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  2. says

    Send me the Mr. Goodbars. Please and thank you. And I hadn’t ever made the connection that kids will try to write with emojis. There’s a ton of other things that they do that previously didn’t exist (like abbrev-ing everything. Totes) but I forgot about the emojis.
    I totally agree with you–we run because we find joy in it, and joy in struggle when it happens. I read something yesterday that encouraged us to categorize every run as a win or a loss–which I totally don’t agree with. Every run is a win, unless we are stupid about it and get hurt due to our own hubris. But a loss? That makes it a punishment-we have enough in our lives taking care of that, thank you. And that is also why so many are overweight and inactive–they see working out and the PRIVILEGE of running and working out as a punishment.
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  3. says

    I totally had my mom write me a couple notes back in school to just take a day off haha. Even though I was a kid I still believe in a skip day, sometimes it is just necessary!
    I love my morning workouts and I wouldn’t trade them for anything!
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  4. says

    I would absolutely hit the fan if that happened to me – i already do that now when a comment deletes itself so I can’t imagine an entire post doing that to me… I would die. 🙂 And those bars, when you posted them on IG, I was so jealous at how good they looked! YUM to the max!!!
    Emojis are def only for texting, haha, but I must say – this next generation will definitely be scaring us with what they do. So many things I have been taught in my life have already flown out the window and are ‘old’. Ugh…

  5. Frank says

    I won’t bore you with the details of my recent tech challenges; thought they might be due to Mercury in Retrograde, but I don’t think that will happen til June. Thankfully nothing as time sensitive as your blog post.

    Definitely jean shorts 🙂

    Maple syrup is like liquid gold. I mostly live off gifts of the stuff. When I buy it, I buy locally produced.

    Special Dark.

    I love all my workouts – before, during and after, long and short, slow and fast – though less routine these days, having experimented with some new ones. Going back to the tried and true “Run Less, Run Faster” program for a July goal race.

    In college, my nickname was “always an excuse Lombardo”. Before that , I may have had some help from Mom . . . .

  6. says

    You gotta do the real maple syrup and preferably Canadian! I judge people who eat the fake stuff. That’s considered treason in Canada…

    Also I was watching a show yesterday and I commented on how short the girl’s skirts were. Curt was like “you used to wear skirts like that” and I’m only 24….what is happening!?
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  7. says

    Those brownies look so good – I could probably demolish the entire batch right now!!
    Nope – my mom never once wrote me a note to get out of things (she has serious issues). There are times I let my boys skip out on something – a field trip they are dreading, or other silly things!!!
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