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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Marriage Advice.

When your husband asks what is for dinner suggest going to his favorite burger joint using your b-day visa gift card.


He will think you are being completely selfless because you never want to go there.

Do not let him know that you suggested going to In-N-Out because you were really craving french fries and copious amounts of ketchup.

He will love you forever.  Even if you embarrass him by pretending your veggie burger is a mouth that is talking to him with a British accent.


Earlier in the day I did have my recommended amount of veggies for the next few days in a non fried form.


The table next to us doubted that I would be able to tackle this.  They underestimated my fiber consumption talent.   That is a 12 inch plate and probably 6 inches high along with breadsticks.  Heaven.  I am very talented at fitting on the maximum amount of salad onto those to get my money's worth.

Megan and I decided we will be putting in a salad bar that replicates Pizza Factory's in our future homes.  Can you imagine having a beautifully stocked salad bar at your hands every day?


After many hours of being productive and catching up on Modern Family and The Office followed by eating french fries and burgers we went over to the CUTEST Kayla and Trent's house.

This is when the party started. I am telling you, things got a little crazy with our mugs of water and Jenga playing.


Kayla and Trent: Thank you for letting Billy and I win.  You were trying to lose right:)


This game actually really stresses me out, I refuse to knock that tower over.


I am writing this post way past my bedtime and I am not even sure what I am writing anymore so I think it is time to curl into bed.

P.S. My SHINS are sore......does anyone else get sore shins from doing downhill training?


What are your FAVORITE salad bar toppings?

-I LOVE cottage cheese, grapes, edamame, peas, banana peppers, broccoli and gold fish crackers.

Are you competitive when it comes to board games?

-It causes problems in my relationships.  I don't know if my sister will ever get over the Scrabble Incident of 2007.

What is your Weekend Night Bedtime?

-AHHHH it is 12:08 a.m.... just call me a party machine.


At February 19, 2011 at 9:02 AM , Anonymous Amanda (Eating Up) said...

Jenga stresses me out too! Ahh so much! Same with Don't Break the Ice.

At February 19, 2011 at 9:05 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVE EVERYTHING from the salad bar. well apart from meat or dairy!.. beans, veggies PILE EM ON. oh and hummus OBVI
WAIT WAIT WAIT.. does In N Out do veggie burgers?!!?!!?!?!?!?!?

At February 19, 2011 at 9:07 AM , Anonymous Holley @ Smart Snacking said...

That salad looks amazing! I probably would have ended up with half of it on the table if I tried to eat it!

At February 19, 2011 at 9:08 AM , Anonymous carin said...

i am the same way...i HATE playing board games because i'm competitive so it turns into not a very fun time.

At February 19, 2011 at 9:09 AM , Anonymous Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) said...

HA that pic of you with the hamburger mouth is pure GENIUS!! Love it:)

I've always been SO competitive at board games! It's heriditary- my brother used to cry when he lost. I still do.

Btw, I used to get shin pains for that by the way, and my physio dude said I was overstriding going down, and I needed to take smaller steps. Dunno if that helps at all!

Have a great weekend your GORGEOUS girlie!!

At February 19, 2011 at 9:09 AM , Blogger Kristin said...

PLEASEEEEE take note of the boy in the background of the 1st picture of your husband. Food coma?

At February 19, 2011 at 9:09 AM , Anonymous Michelle (The Runner's Plate) said...

Looks like a super fun day!

I *always* pile a million different things on my salad plate at the salad bar!

My weekend bed time is usually between 10-11 p.m. Sad, but true!

At February 19, 2011 at 9:11 AM , Blogger Caroline said...

Never played jenga! I know I know
Going on the to do list

Downhill is the ONE thing that will give me shins pain
And I am thinking of doing SF half marathon the second part. They offer 2 and the marathon there pretty cool.

Weekend bedtime: 11 maybe including reading!!!
Unless Keith Urban is playing in town then I go really crazy!

At February 19, 2011 at 9:15 AM , Blogger Ashley said...

That salad looks delish!

Basically, I came by to share this youtube video with you - it's the 2009 Versus Underdog commercial, and I am watching it repeatedly before I head out on my 20 miler.

It gives me goosebumps -

At February 19, 2011 at 9:16 AM , Blogger Krista said...

Holy cow that is a massive salad!

At February 19, 2011 at 9:19 AM , Blogger Kathie said...

hahaha!! i stress over jenga too. salad bars are AWESOME!!!!!

At February 19, 2011 at 9:21 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm... when am I NOT craving french fries and ketchup? Or really I should say ketchup. Because that's pretty much my main food group :)

I'm quietly competitive when it comes to board games. I'll be really tense and stealth but if someone confronts me (aka, the brothers think they're better than the sisters) it gets ugly. Really, really fast...

At February 19, 2011 at 9:22 AM , Anonymous lee said...

I usually go to bed around midnight on the weekends.

At February 19, 2011 at 9:24 AM , Blogger Maria said...

I love things like raisins, pecans, seeds, and some nice dressing to top a salad :) And I love the salad to be full of grated carrots, beetroot, lettuce, cucumb,er peppers, maybe some kidney beans mmmmm.

At February 19, 2011 at 9:24 AM , Blogger Kerrie T. said...

A salad bar in my home?! That would be ah-mazing*.

(*Unless it's like the one I happened across at the $5 buffet in Pascagoula, Mississippi, at which I believe they didn't really understand that because it was iceberg lettuce it did not need to be frozen. Also, as my husband wisely said later on: "Don't go to a $5 buffet expecting a $10 buffet." So true.)

At February 19, 2011 at 9:26 AM , Anonymous Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn said...

Hahahaha wait girl I love you, we are salad twins, you should see the hugh jass salads that I make in my house! When my relatives and friends come over they see it and don't understand how such a small little girl could devour such a giant fibrous bowl of goodness but I do:)

Slash you and Billy are hilar, I cannot wait to meet my future husband who better be as hilarious and the Billster and play Jenga with me! Bee tee dubs I am a beasty at games, we would be the dynamic duo if we were on a team!

And yessss my shins are so sore from my run with the padre yesterday!! Too many down hills in the wind, it was up my nose sideways basically:(

At February 19, 2011 at 9:27 AM , Blogger Rose said...

How do you eat salad that tall without getting it allllllllllllllll over the table?

At February 19, 2011 at 9:43 AM , Blogger ~Mrs. Guru~ said...

Your pictures are so cute! That salad looks good!

At February 19, 2011 at 9:43 AM , Blogger Jill said...

That's an awesome salad, be still my heart! I'd love salad bar in my house, totally love one, totally. Yep, love it!! :)

I wish I would go to bed at 10 as I get up at 5, but it rarely works out that way.

Happy Weekend!

At February 19, 2011 at 9:43 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ugh, I am horribly competitive when I play board games.

You aren't alone on the sore shins. When I had my shin splints I was told to avoid running downhill. No fun.

At February 19, 2011 at 9:52 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My fave salad bar items are chick peas, broccoli, snap peas, and sunflower seeds!

I am terribly competitive at board games, and so is the hubby, so when we play together it sometimes doesn't end well :-)

At February 19, 2011 at 9:55 AM , Blogger Siobhan @sio 'n the run said...

I get SO stressed out with Jenga!! I'm usually told, "Siobhan, can you please just hurry up and pick any piece to take out!"
I think I'm too competitive when it comes to games.

At February 19, 2011 at 9:57 AM , Blogger Lisa {} said...

I HEART IN-N-OUT!! i definitely don't get a veggie burger though...but, they don't have them here in the midwest, so it's a huge treat when we actually get to go to one.

a salad bar in our house? yes, please! how fun would that be?! can't say i've ever had goldfish on my salad...pretty sure my kiddos would think that was a good idea!! : ) my salad bar faves are garbanzo beans, celery, red grapes, walnuts and crumbled feta--yum--with homemade greek dressing.

i'm not all that competitive with the board games. maybe that's why i don't feel that compelled to race...(this may be an "a-ha moment" for me)

this blogging thing has got me up till all hours of the night...

At February 19, 2011 at 10:00 AM , Blogger Laura said...

We don't have a lot of board games, but one night Steve and I were playing cards and it got so heated, he called me a "skank-beast". Is that even a word?! You better believe I called his Mom!! ;)

At February 19, 2011 at 10:01 AM , Blogger Britt Burns Kelly said...

I get crazy competitive during board games. My husband refuses to even buy scrabble after an incident where I was quite possibly the worse loser in history.

Amazing job yesterday in your 26.2 mile travels. Sounds like you are on are great track to hit your goal.

At February 19, 2011 at 10:04 AM , Blogger Angie said...

Oh In-n-out... I so wish we had one of those. I have been once and I loved the fries! That salad is awesome... I was laughing at the randomness of it...Don't you love how people stare at our big salads in awe...
My husband has to watch me when we play games because I could break something if I'm not winning... Have a great Saturday!

At February 19, 2011 at 10:11 AM , Blogger Emz said...

[fresh ones]?


At February 19, 2011 at 10:16 AM , Blogger Three Girls and a Dad! said...

That salad looks pretty awesome. You are a good wife. My husband loved when I was preggers because I craved Five Guys (fries!) all too often.

I can barely stay up until 10 PM on the WEEKEND these days ....and weeknights I go to bed embarrassingly early before 9 PM!

At February 19, 2011 at 10:18 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Favorite things to put on a salad:
Pineapple, sunflower seeds, beets, apples, and pickles.
I'm not super competitive when it comes to board games, but Jenga does stress me out!!! =D

At February 19, 2011 at 10:20 AM , Anonymous Gen said...

Favorite things to put on a salad:
Pineapple, sunflower seeds, beets, apples, and pickles.
I'm not super competitive when it comes to board games, but Jenga does stress me out!!! =D

At February 19, 2011 at 10:21 AM , Blogger Amanda@runninghood said...

Oh I would so kick your skinny little bum at Jenga Janae! You'd be going down! :) just kidding but yes, I'm a little competitive with board games and card games...of's a game and I want to win! ;)

At February 19, 2011 at 10:22 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is a beautiful looking salad! My favorites are crunchy seeds and cottage cheese.

At February 19, 2011 at 10:29 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dang that is a real! I love jenga but havent played in soo long!! I get really competitive at that one!

At February 19, 2011 at 10:43 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't played Jenga in years, but I understand the marriage advice. I always win at board games, but to make him feel better I will take him to In and Out. I call it a Win Win for me.

At February 19, 2011 at 11:16 AM , Blogger pseudoally said...

I love board games - I have 3 sisters and one of them and I get VERY competitive. Sadly, my husband really doesn't like them so I don't have anyone to play with on a regular basis.
Scattergories is my favorite game of all time!

Awesome job with the long run yesterday by the way!

At February 19, 2011 at 11:20 AM , Blogger Kate said...

I am completely competitive when it comes to board games. It actually may be unhealthy. If someone wants to quit before the game is over, I practically tie them down and put a sock in their mouth. The game must finish and I must win :)

Question: What on earth is that kid doing in that first picture??? (he is behind billy)

At February 19, 2011 at 11:23 AM , Blogger danielle said...

I love everything on a salad bar! Cucumbers are one of my favorites!! It would be awesome to have my very own salad bar!

At February 19, 2011 at 11:23 AM , Anonymous Hines57 said...

Don't hate me for saying this, but one of my favorite salad toppings is......olives!!! Haha I know they aren't your fave. I also love avacado and sugar snap peas.

At February 19, 2011 at 11:46 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a good wife! :) I love jenga...but I am ultra competitive when it comes to board games. When I was younger I always used to cheat because I HAD to win!! I've grown out of my cheating phase but still can be a sore loser if I lose.

At February 19, 2011 at 11:48 AM , Blogger Caitlin said...

Weekend night bedtime is whenever I decide to fall asleep during whatever movie I'm watching =P. I adore cottage cheese, baby corn, beets and artichoke heart (for different kinds of salads!)
May no one ever again underestimate the appetite of a marathon runner... get 'em girl =).

At February 19, 2011 at 11:53 AM , Blogger Lindsay and James Cotter said...

I've dreamed of going to an in and out burger joint! Will you take me when I come visit? I'll buy!!
And you are my salad twin. Thats how i roll with my salads too. LOVE IT.
Happy Saturday!

At February 19, 2011 at 11:54 AM , Anonymous Brooke said...

Weekend nights usually end up still being a bit early (sigh) just because I'm catching up on the madness that is the weekdays.

Also, that girl behind your hubby at the burger joint looks like she's had a liiiittlee too much to eat.

At February 19, 2011 at 12:15 PM , Blogger Charissa Steyn said...

you are so silly ;)

and yes I am a fellow competitive board game player - my husband plays only for FUN, that is never the case for me! I play to WIN!! :)

At February 19, 2011 at 12:16 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to bed last night at 10:30p, I am a party animal! I love edamame and artichokes on my salads, yummy.

At February 19, 2011 at 12:28 PM , Anonymous Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl said...

My future house will have a stocked salad bar (with someone to cut all of the veggies for me too of course) as well as a Subway counter. Mmmm

I LOVE craisins, feta, and sunflower seeds on my salads :)

At February 19, 2011 at 12:28 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know I think you have an amazing heart, will soon become an Olympic marathoner and look like a supermodel, but I gotta be real with you here...I just don't know about that salad. Don't get me wrong - I too like gold fish crackers, edemame and grapes. But all together? I don't know if I could do it.

At February 19, 2011 at 12:36 PM , Blogger XLMIC said...

For such a young, newly-married person, you are a very quick study ;-) That is exellent marriage advice!

Even though I am very competitive at all games, I am a really good sport…and I can keep you laughing WHILE I mercilessly kick your behind!

At February 19, 2011 at 12:53 PM , Anonymous Paula @ Eat: Watch: Run said...

ha! What is going on with that kid in the background of the pic of Billy?

At February 19, 2011 at 1:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvorite thing in the world to put on salads is blue cheese. I love it and all of it's moldiness! Yummm. Also, I really like broccoli, cucumbers, tomatoes <3, and red onions :)

I've always been the worst at board games. I'm competitive, so this is a bad combination. Now, I just avoid them. Lol

My bedtime on weekends is about 12, I guess. My roommate is a noisy one, though. So I tend to not get much sleep. Plus, I'm a grandma and would rather not be hungover the next morning for my run so I don't really go out. Eh. It has its ups and downs.

PS. to your PS. I used to get shin splints when I ran around my house because there was one really steep downhill. I think downhills cause shin splints and I believe I read an article about it on runner's world, perhaps? But ever since, I always run on an incline or try to avoid steep downhills!

At February 19, 2011 at 1:16 PM , Blogger Chicago Cuisine Critique said...

I would totally be in heaven if there was a fresh salad bar stocked in my house. Yum! Hope you are enjoying your weekend! :)

At February 19, 2011 at 1:38 PM , Blogger Stefanie D. said...

The things we do for our Husbands. LOL. My husband has an unhealthy obsession with burger joints. We haven't jumped on the In-N-Out train just yet though...Five Guys Burgers is pretty good though. :)

My weeknight bedtime is actually earlier, because I seem to stay up much later during the week. Strange, I know.

Just so you know. I seriously admire you.

At February 19, 2011 at 1:45 PM , Blogger Katie said...

12:08? that's about 4 hours later than i can stay up! salad looks amazing!

At February 19, 2011 at 2:02 PM , Blogger TNTcoach Ken said...

What is this salad that you speak of???????? Can you BBQ it????

At February 19, 2011 at 2:18 PM , Blogger Jessica Joy Daly said...

I love salads. If I could, I would probably eat them for every meal. My favorite toppings are mushrooms, tomatoes, chickpeas, and broccoli!

I probably am NOT normal when it comes to board games. Tom KNOWS not to win against me, because I am so darn competitive!

Weekends I allow myself to relax with bed times ;) Friday and Saturday night it is usually around midnight!

At February 19, 2011 at 2:18 PM , Blogger Beth said...

That salad looks crazy awesome! And that is excellent marriage advice :)

At February 19, 2011 at 2:25 PM , Blogger Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

haha! Gold fish?!?! I think you and Megan are onto something: in home salad bars. I'd get rid of a pantry for that! I love all fresh veggies; sunflower seeds+cottage cheese and NO olives.

I stayed up past 10 p.m. last night! You and Billy are such a good-looking couple! Love your pics.

At February 19, 2011 at 2:39 PM , Blogger Trying To Heal said...

i have no patience for board games, they bore me after a while.

and my shins are sore after downhill days too, along with my butt. go figure.

At February 19, 2011 at 2:44 PM , Anonymous Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner said...

you're too funny!

12:08am? Party animal!! Last night I was in bed by 10:30... BUT I did have to wake up early today :)

At February 19, 2011 at 2:52 PM , Anonymous beachbody coaches said...

Having your own salad bar? That'd be neat! I love cheese, grapes, quinoa, and bacon strips. I usually stay up at around 10pm but I rise early in the morning. But when I have plenty of deadlines, I can stay up to 2am or even 4am.

At February 19, 2011 at 3:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am only competitive when the prize is chocolate bahaha.

My favorite salad bar topping is vinegar although olives and grapes come in a close second.

I took my boyfriend to a burger joint once and he was the happiest man alive and I got to pick restaurants for the next month.

At February 19, 2011 at 3:06 PM , Blogger Keri said...

HA my weekend bedtime is usually around 11! Love modern family :) Enjoy your long weekend!

At February 19, 2011 at 3:13 PM , Blogger ~Jessica~ said...

Downhill training is terrible for causing shin splints: I suffer from them a lot because I live on a fell so a lot of my training involves hill work ~ in fact there isn't anywhere flat for me to run! I can only recommend a LOT of icing.

What are your FAVORITE salad bar toppings?

Definitely avocado. Not guac, just plain old avo.

Are you competitive when it comes to board games?

Yes. I will stomp and cry when I am losing ;) I particularly hate it when it's an 'intelligent' game because I feel like a dumbass when I lose to my Dad.

What is your Weekend Night Bedtime?

Midnight. But I don't really sleep...more stare at the ceiling!


At February 19, 2011 at 3:21 PM , Anonymous Nicole @ Of Cookies & Carrots said...

Haha fab marriage advice! :) didn't know there was an in n out around there though!
i looove salad bars. i legit took a pictur eof hte one at my school once. they probably thought i was crazy. actually the lunch ladies apparently gossip about how much i eat at the salad bar because one of the checkout guys said someone had been musing about whether all the red peppers i eat hurt my stomach... they have no idea what we're capable of ;) heehee.

<3 n

At February 19, 2011 at 3:30 PM , Anonymous Maria said...

I want that massive salad!

At February 19, 2011 at 4:32 PM , Blogger RoseRunner said...

Downhill running usually kills my quads, not shins...was the canyon run downhill?

my boyfriend loves board games, and I am constantly turning down his pleas to play a game because I, too, get stressed and competitive. I would rather relax in front of the Bachelor, than get all stressed for no reason.

I used to love putting pepperoni on salads, but now that I'm a pescatarian, I like tempeh, mushrooms, edamame, olives (Sorry!!), and beets, among other things

At February 19, 2011 at 4:36 PM , Anonymous Dorry said...

They are opening an In-N-Out Burger in Dallas and my Billy is SO excited!! He drives by everyday to watch the progress as they build it. I'm not too competitive with games, but Billy is. So if we're on the same team, I have to take it up a notch. We stay up til midnight on the weekends, sometimes later - just depending on what's going on. Hope you're having a great weekend!

At February 19, 2011 at 4:52 PM , Blogger Sara said...

OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!! I WISH WE HAD IN-N-OUT BURGER!!!!!!!! I LOVE THAT PLACE!! You are so lucky. ;) As you know, I love chickpeas on my salads most of all cucumbers oh, and peppers. I am in bed by 10:00 or 10:30 - which drives my husband nuts because he is a night owl. Sometimes on the weekends I might be up until 11:30 a.m. Gasp! I think you and I should be best friends! ;)

At February 19, 2011 at 4:55 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

In-N-out is a killer! YUM! I am seriously beyond competitive. It sometimes scares people..but a girls got to do what a girls got to do!!

At February 19, 2011 at 5:40 PM , Blogger MuncherCruncher said...

Ohhhh. I just want us to be back at Pizza Factory again. That was SO MUCH FUN. I loved every second of it! I'm so glad I got to see you for a bit today, and I hope the rest of your long weekend is awesome! Love you babe! xoxoxo

At February 19, 2011 at 6:42 PM , Blogger Betsy said...

I just want to know one thing. What is that kid doing in the background of the first picture of Billy? Ha

At February 19, 2011 at 7:14 PM , Blogger Alyssa said...

You are my hero - I always try to fit the maximum amount of salad but I could never get that much. A salad bar in my house sounds like a dream come true. My weekend bedtime is sadly close to my weekday its 9pm and I am struggling to keep my eyes open. Just call me grandma.

At February 19, 2011 at 7:32 PM , Anonymous chelsey @ clean eating chelsey said...

I can understand having sore shins from downhill training. Uphill or downhill, you're putting pressure on your shins. Sorry they hurt!

Everything I ate for dinner tonight had to be dipped in ketchup. It was oneof those mandatory things, and it was awesome.

At February 19, 2011 at 7:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

what an awesome salad! yum!

At February 19, 2011 at 7:42 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You and your loved ones are so funny. I wish my life was as entertaining as yours!

My favorite salad bar topping is cheese. Which I put on almost everything. I LOVE cheese.

I am not competitive in the least when it comes to board games. Except during "Clue" or "Scene It". I am ridiculously good at "Scene It".

I wish I could say that my weekend bedtime was late. However, because my weekday bedtime is usually 10 pm, on the weekends I usually fall asleep around 11.

At February 20, 2011 at 4:15 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My boyfriend is afraid to play board games with me because he knows he is going to have to be really nice about it later...we're both competitive but sadly I'm a sore loser. You know the kind the rubs it in your face when they win but acts like a pouty baby if they lose. When I was in CA I loved In-N-Out Burger, I visited about 4 years ago and I am literally wearing one of their t-shirts right, not even joking! I'm a vegetarian now though so is their veggie burger just lettuce and stuff?

At February 20, 2011 at 11:15 AM , Blogger Tara said...

I always load up salads with cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes and mushrooms!

My boyfriend and I are both crazy competitive when it comes to board games but always walk away holding hands and still loving each other!

My weekday bedtime is usually somewhere between 11-12. Sometimes it's later, it depends on what we're doing!

At February 20, 2011 at 12:44 PM , Blogger Nicole said...

I love games! Have you ever played things?!? Its SO fun!! I played it last night with all my maids in the wedding! :)

At February 21, 2011 at 11:53 AM , Blogger ShortSkirts said...

Oh man I love in-n-out burger, we don't have them in Washington though :(

At February 22, 2011 at 9:26 AM , Blogger Mallory said...

Mmm I love salad bars. I love cucumbers, cottage cheese, sunflower seeds, carrots. Mmm.

I am super competitive when it comes to board games, or any other type of game. My spouse calls me Monica (and you know what Monica I'm talking about!)

I try to go to bed for 10 on the week nights. I'd love to go to bed at 9 but that's when my spouse gets out of work sometimes so it doesn't work.


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