Weekend Recap and ABC Survey

Happy Tuesday :).

I had a busy Saturday (complete with gym, car maintenance, grocery shopping, home shopping, and a trip to see the parents). For most of last week, I debated running in a local 10K that I did in 2010 and 2011 and finally decided against it. I love 10Ks, but with more and more races coming to the area, I can afford to be picky. Let’s just say duplicate t-shirts three years in a row and starting the pet walk as I was finishing last year didn’t help…

Sunday, on the other hand, was very restful. I ran 3 miles and went to Sam’s Club with Clay- that’s it. I can be lazy when I want to…

Gotta love being tiny and taking goofy pictures with all the huge stuff in Sam's Club...

Apparently I *really* needed the rest because I ended up oversleeping Monday morning. Not sure what happened, but my alarm clock just didn’t go off! Maybe I turned it off in my sleep or something? I was over an hour late to work, but I ate lunch at my desk, stayed a little later, and made the time up. I’m glad I work at a company that understands because some places flip out if you’re late. As much as it messed up my daily routine and made me feel lazy, I’m chalking it up as my body’s way of telling me to slow down.

Clay had a crazy busy weekend with applying for programming jobs (if you’re in South Carolina and need a programmer, I know a great one!) and working at Rebel Pie Saturday night. Yep, that’s right- when we went out to eat last Saturday, he talked to the owner about working there and picked up a few hours Saturday night when Alan needed help. Let’s hope his search for a programming job goes this well.


My handsome husband made this!

I don’t have much else to say, so I’ll leave you with the ABC survey that’s been going around the blog world. Happy reading!

A is for age: I’m 26! I love it when people guess my age, because I get everything from 15 to 26. I look young in general, but it depends on what I’m wearing and where I am (I think I look younger with my hair back)

B is for breakfast today: I usually just do coffee, but on days when I have breakfast, it’s typically Greek yogurt. Except on race days or long run mornings, then it’s oatmeal.

C is for currently craving: Indian food… hoping one of my friends and I can go out for it this week.

D is for dinner tonight: Probably a veggie burger or something of the like. I bought some new portobello ones and am excited to try them.

E is for favorite type of exercise: Running, of course! Besides that… lifting weights. I also like CrossFit style workouts if I want to change it up.

F is for an irrational fear: I’m scared that if something ever happens to my job, I won’t be able to find another writing job. My first job out of college was very rough. I won’t go into details (obviously I wasn’t blogging here then), but I left emotionally beat up and it’s safe to say it will affect my working life for a long time. I was lucky to get my current job, but I’m apprehensive about ever leaving it due to the situations at my first job.

Love this little fellow!

G is for gross food: Obviously, I’m not a fan of meat; however, the only foods that really grossed me out were the bloody meats that I checked out when I worked at the grocery store in high school and my first year of college. I became a vegetarian in college… maybe there’s a correlation…

H is for hometown: Williamsburg County, South Carolina. Yup, I’m from the sticks.

I is for something important: My amazing and supportive family and friends.

J is for current favorite jam: I like the pop-rap music on the radio (i.e., the clean rap) and I added a bunch of it to my running playlist. I also just downloaded The Hives, Tick Tick Boom. It’s a pretty good song.

K is for kids: Hopefully in a few years- I think 30 is a good age. I’d love to have a furry kid too- I have an entire board on Pinterest where I pin pictures of cute animals :). I also have a board dedicated to ideas for my future kids.

L is for current location: Florence, SC. Or, if you want to get specific, my dining room table.

M is for the most recent way you spent money: I spent about $6 on Apple Cinnamon Chobani and bananas at Walmart. 9 AM on Sunday morning is the ideal time to go to Walmart…

N is for something you need: A vacation, preferably a cruise in the sunny Caribbean waters.

RC Freedom of the Seas

Royal Caribbean- Freedom of the Seas

O is for occupation: Technical Writer Dorkumentation Extraordinaire.

P is for pet peeve: When people say they’re going to do something and don’t intend to follow through. I really hate it when I can’t count on someone.

Q is for a quote: Oh, I love quotes. Here’s one of my faves.

So many people want to do more and be more but they can never quite figure out how to get there.

You can be like them, if you want. But I’m guessing you want more. So be more. Work harder, work longer, work smarter, and figure out how to find that extra gear. It’s not going to be easy. So what. Easy got you second (or third or fifth or tenth) place.

You want more then you go get more. Find that gear.

— CrossFit Lisbeth, Find That Gear.

R is for random fact about you: I always thought I was 5’0″, and I went to a new doctor two years ago who measured my height (for the first time since I was a kid), and they told me I was 4’11” and 3/4 of an inch. I still claim 5’0″…

Short Problem

S is for favorite healthy snack: Pretty much any kind of fruit, baby carrots with hummus, VitaTop muffins, Greek yogurt, egg whites mixed with spinach post-workout, peanut butter straight from the jar…

My favorites!

T is for favorite treat: Ice cream or frozen yogurt, but Sweet cupcakes are also ranking pretty high these days.

U is for something that makes you unique: Believe it or not, this was one of the harder questions to answer during this survey! But, one unique thing is that I coach cross country and track, but I never did those sports growing up. In fact, I was never on a sports team at all until after college, where I was on the company softball team for one season. I mostly took score but occasionally took walks… team sports just aren’t for me.

V is for favorite vegetable: Most all vegetables, but not a big mushroom fan.

W is for today’s workout: I haven’t worked out yet today, but yesterday’s was a 3.1 mile run with some post-run pull ups, tricep dips, and a few other strength machines at the gym.

X is for X-rays you’ve had: Teeth, chest, sinuses (pretty glad I outgrew my respiratory issues from when I was a kid).

Y is for yesterday’s highlight: I had a really amazing cappuccino on my way to work (yeah, there aren’t many highlights when you’re grown…)

Z is for your time zone: This is an interesting question I’ve never seen before, but Eastern!

Q1.) Do you set multiple alarms to avoid oversleeping? I did this (Tuesday) morning! It worked too- I was at work by 7 AM.

Q2.) Answer any of the questions above 🙂

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20 Responses to Weekend Recap and ABC Survey

  1. Shayna says:

    Lol, I love your pie chart of responses to you being a vegetarian. If only I could get a dollar any time someone asked “what about chicken?” I guess in some minds chicken isn’t a meat :-/ And I am down for Indian food ANY day!!!!!

  2. ladycoop says:

    I have a question for you…….I see you eat oatmeal on days you run….what time of day do you run? How long after a meal?

    Sunday night I waiting an hour and a half after I ate dinner. It wasn’t horrible but it wasn’t fun either. This am I woke up and headed out the door. yeah I didn’t even make it through my run, I had no energy. :/

    Also got any tips for this newbie runner? Doing the couch to 5 k program.

    Current Fave Jam- Somebody That I Used to Know by Goyte.

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Oh, I like that song too! I’ve been hearing it on the radio, will have to download it now that I know who sings it.

      For race day or a weekend run 4 miles or more, I usually eat about 2 hours before I plan to run. It’s always instant oatmeal. If I run after work or something, I sometimes have a little something in the afternoon as a snack but never very much- usually just whatever I had for lunch. I never eat within an hour of a run, otherwise you’re digesting during the run.

      And, instant oatmeal is pretty light anyway- maybe 160 calories or so. Guessing your dinner was more than that (I’d hope so), so maybe find another time to run or just run before you eat dinner. I run before breakfast sometimes if it’s only a few miles and I’m fine. I just run, shower, then eat.

  3. Kara says:

    I always set two alarms! The first one is always 30 minutes or so before I have to wake up…I cannot get right out of bed, I need to hit the snooze button a couple (or 5 or 6) times!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Haha my problem isn’t the snooze button- it’s that I just turn the clock OFF and sleep in! But yeah, I do set the alarms earlier than I really need to get up to add that extra time.

  4. Wow I totally never knew you were about 5 feet tall. I always thought you were super tall! I love these surveys for that very purpose of learning new things about bloggers!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Nope, I’m a tiny little thing :). I usually wear platform flip flops and I wear heels and stuff sometimes though, that definitely helps me not look as short. I also have a lot of friends who aren’t super tall either fortunately… but yeah, it gets me when people are like 5’5″ and say they’re short, nope not buyin’ it!

  5. I love your N- Need: A vacation! I so feel your pain! I am in need of a vacation too! I agree with your comment above too. I am only 5’2 and people who are 5’5 or so who say they are short do not know the half of it. haha

    • Amy Lauren says:

      So with you! Yeah, I think anything 5’3″ or less, you can say you’re short… above that, nah. But even then, seems like some people just have longer legs than others… and there are never pants to fit us! Even the short ones are designed for people 5’4″ or 5’5″!

  6. Rebecca says:

    Awww, yay! I want to do that survey sometime! I should’ve probably read your blog first before writing in mine today, eh? Haha. Well, I know it’s there for when I do get to participate. Love surveys!

    I think everyone’s been really tired lately. There’s been a lot of negativity at work lately, and I’ve been tense myself lately. Got really agitated today, actually, when a coworker was advising me how to wash dishes faster, and I took it the wrong way, thiniing that he was criticizing me. 😦 well, at least I know now. And I did apologize/thank him numerous times… because he did have some good ideas. 🙂

    But yeah, I’ve had a tendency to shut off my alarm and uhhh, wake up when it’s almost too late. To answer your question, I set alarms on my cell phone and mechanical alarm clock… can you tell that I’m prepared for power outages? 😉

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Haha, I use a cell alarm, so I guess I’m always prepared for power outages. But not if my phone died during hte night or something… hope things get better at your job with the negativity!

  7. Patty says:

    Oh my god that white chocolate pb looks incredible! And that pb and j cartoon is my jam! So cute, right up my alley!

    How’d you get into technical writing? I’ve been thinking about that. Totally not ‘dorkumentation’ and if it is, well I don’t ever want to be ‘cool’ 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      I love White chocolate PB. It’s one of my faves.

      I think I might actually write a separate blog on how I got into tech writing. I don’t think a lot of people know or understand what I do, so maybe a “day in the life of” post is in order… thanks for the idea/inspiration!

  8. Yes, please enlighten the world about what we do. At least on a blog you don’t have to watch people’s eyes glaze over like they do when you say “I write help manuals” in person. lol Great post, Amy. I love reading your blog.

  9. Now you have me craving Indian food! I haven’t had it in forever, in fact I haven’t had it since I became vegan-ish. I know there’s tons of veg-friendly options though so I need to have some soon!

    I think I should start claiming I’m 5’2! When I went to urgent care back in October, they measured me at 5’1 and a quarter of an inch, and I was thrilled that I grew a quarter of an inch haha. Then at the doctors a week ago, they said I was only 5’0 and 3/4, but I think I was slouching a little. But every quarter inch counts when you’re super short!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      What got me about the 1/4 inch was that it was the difference between “4 foot something” and FIVE FEET! That’s like the most important part of my height right there!

      As far as the shrinking goes, I wouldn’t try to claim I was 5’0″ if I wasn’t pretty darn close, but your height can actually vary 1/4 of an inch by things like posture, slouching, and even what time of the day it is (not sure about the last one, but I read it somewhere). Supposedly if you do yoga or pilates it improves your posture so I think if I’d been doing my yoga I would’ve had that 1/4 inch!

      I’m so excited about going out for Indian food! That buffet restaurant is so good and you get to try a little of everything!

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