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I feel lame for not posting many recipes lately, but in addition to all the normal craziness, Stephen and I moved, so we’re still trying to get through the last few boxes. I’ve been cooking, just not posting. I’ll catch up one day!

So, I don’t want to be that annoying person who posts quizzes all the time, but I’ve got to keep people updated on Baby Lightning* somehow. 🙂

*This name came about in a very convoluted but fun way involving name tags and lightning bolts. Until we know if it’s a boy or girl, it will henceforth be known as Baby Lightning.

Stephen and Hannah distorted

How far along?  17 weeks, day 5
Total weight gain/loss?  As of 2 weeks ago, I had gained 4 lbs
Maternity clothes?  Maternity clothes are still way too big, but most of my pants have been too small for a while. I’m down to a pair of stretchy skinny jeans and some yoga pants.
Stretch marks? I haven’t done much stretching yet. 🙂
Sleep?  When I actually go to bed, I’ve been sleeping great! The only problem is getting to bed on time… which doesn’t happen often, so I haven’t exactly gotten a full night’s sleep in a while. 😦
Best moment last week? Baby-related? Nothing is really different between this week and last week.
Movement? Maybe? I’m still not sure yet.
Food cravings?  Nothing specific. I’ve been eating a lot of those little vine tomatoes, but that’s because they’re delicious and healthy. I just keep them on hand because I need to snack every now and then or I feel nauseous.
Gender? Don’t know yet
Labor signs? Haha no
What I miss: RUNNING. For a few months I couldn’t run because of ridiculous nausea, and now that I’ve been feeling a lot better, I don’t even get enough sleep as it is. I’m not going to cut that even shorter just to go running. The baby needs me to sleep! Hopefully I’ll get to start running again once the holiday craziness is over. 🙂
What I am looking forward to: Finding out if it’s a boy or girl later this month

So there you have it. A ridiculous filler post. If you pester me enough, I might get around to grabbing some cooking photos off my camera and posting a recipe.


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At the top of the Flatirons in Boulder, CO

I have come to a realization.

Dramatic pause.

If I only post recipes, I will rarely post. I cook almost every day, but I just don’t have the time to take pictures, type up the recipe, and format it for the blog as often as I would like. I would loooooove to post more frequently, but at the moment I’m just too busy to post more than once or twice a week. (But stay with me! I’ll still be posting lots of recipes! There will just be other things thrown in there too.)


From here on out, I will be posting about random other things besides just food, to add a little more “flavor.” I know. It’s lame. But I need to get back into the habit of posting more frequently.

Baby steps.

So here I am. We went to Colorado on vacation last week with my family.

After climbing a mountain in Colorado (no, seriously – we lost the trail, so then we just started going “up“- path or no path):

On top of one of the Flatirons

Me and my wonderful husband after horseback riding through the Rocky Mountains:

Stephen and I after horseback riding

So there you have it. A glimpse of me in the wilderness. Now it’s back to Texas humidity and triple-digit temperatures.

Stay tuned.

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I ♥ tea.

Tiramisu Treviso rooibos tea

"Tiramisu Treviso" rooibos tea

Azteca Fire herbal tea

"Azteca Fire" herbal tea

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Austin Capitol10k 2010

I love to run, and a lot of my friends have recently started running too. I think running is probably one of the most intimidating exercises to jump into if you’re not used to it, even for those who are in great shape. It’s a lot easier once you get the hang of it, though, so there are a few things you can do to make the transition easier.

If the thought of running more than a mile strikes fear into your heart, you just need to learn a few simple tricks (and some good, old-fashioned motivation).

Breathe through your nose

Training your breathing is an important part of increasing your distance when running. Your legs might hurt a little, but most people have to stop running because they simply can’t breathe anymore and end up gasping for air. Set goals for yourself. Run a quarter of a mile before opening your mouth to breath, and add a quarter every time you run.

Running with your mouth closed forces you to breathe through your nose, which regulates your breathing.  You can gasp in a lot of air very quickly through your mouth, but you also run out of air more quickly. Breathing through your nose spreads out the process, providing your muscles with a constant supply of oxygen. If you’re dealing with allergies and a runny nose, you might not want to breathe out your nose, but you can still inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth.

Breathing.com lists several reasons why you should breathe through your nose rather than your mouth:

  • Because the nose slows the breathing process, it allows the lungs more time to extract oxygen.
  • The nerves that regulate breathing are found in the nose. When you breathe through your mouth, you bypass these stimuli.
  • When you breathe through your mouth, your brain thinks you’re losing carbon dioxide and produces mucous to slow the breathing.
  • The nostrils filter the air going into the lungs, warming it in the process.

Wikipedia expands on this a little. It’s difficult at first, but once you get the rhythm, you can run much farther without running out of air.

Got rhythm?

On the topic of rhythm, another way to regulate your breathing in addition to breathing through your nose is by counting steps. For example, I inhale for three steps and exhale for three steps. I spread the breath out through the three-step period. Depending on your speed, you may choose to breathe every two or four steps. Once you find the perfect rhythm, you can go a lot longer.

Do you run? Do you have any special breathing tricks?

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This is an apple dumpling.

Homemade apple dumpling with raisin

This is an apple dumpling with character.

Apple dumpling face with raisins and ice cream ears

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