Good morning afternoon!  I had a GREAT night’s sleep in my own bed that is not the width of crib.  I woke up a little before 10!  I can’t remember the last time I slept in that late – maybe the beginning of summer.  I debated putting off my planned long (5 miles) til later, but knew it would only get harder to go as the day went on.  However, I was also starving.  Lara to the rescue:

I had half of my PB & J Larabar.  I can’t express how good this was.  EXACTLY like a pb & j sandwich.  New favorite flavor, hands down.  Really.  GO BUY ONE.  I should have bought more than one.  Whole Foods IS on my way back to school Sunday … No but seriously – it was amazing.  Perfectly peanut buttery.  The dried cherries were a great “jelly.”  I normally only like strawberry or raspberry jelly, but I love dried cherries – this was a great flavor combo.

I set off to run the trail that I started running (again) on.  It’s such a gorgeous day here – sun shining, leaves changing color, a light breeze, perfectly cool.  It’s the perfect fall day.  I knew the trail would be beautiful and it was.  I didn’t have my camera but I think I might take my dogs back for a walk later so I’ll snap some then.  The trail is about 2.65 miles each way, and I ran the whole thing – 5.3!  It was great.  I was thrilled to see that I had run it in 48:14!!!  When I run at school, there are a lot of hills – and the mountain I live on.  All those hills make me so much stronger and faster on flat trails, but I never get to see that because at school it’s all hills, all the time.

I knew what I wanted for breakfast when I got home – oatmeal with apple and Justin’s Maple Almond Butter.  I opened up the cabinet and found oatmeal and this:



PA291036Oh, look, just a perfect serving left.

PA291045PA291049Awesome nutrish stats and a short, stellar, easily recognizable ingredients list.

In Kool-Aid man voice – OH YES.  I love you, oatmeal, but I had to cheat.  I even made them on the stove!


They looked amazing!  The canister called for just water so I didn’t use any milk.  I was worried they wouldn’t be thick enough, but they definitely were!

1/2 cup multigrain cereal, 1 cup water, dash salt + 1/2 big apple + 1 tablespoon Justin’s Maple Almond Butter

Don’t be jealous.  But … be jealous.  They were awesome.  The multigrain cereal was definitely different than oatmeal, but great in its own way.  It had a chewy texture and a great natural, nutty flavor.  I would probably do 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of milk next time for a creamier texture.

PA291061Apple = spoon

Great new combo for me!  I also had my usual coffee.

While snooping through the fam’s cabinets to see what we have on hand, I found treasure!


TJ's Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix


Pumpkin Chocolate


Pacific Tuscan White Bean and Creamy Butternut Squash Soups

Mom, why have you been holding out on me?  A care package can’t be that hard to compile!  I was assured that we will be seeing the pumpkin pancakes/waffles.  Hopefully we can put that waffle maker I got my stepdad for Christmas a couple years ago to use!  I see soup in my lunch future … perhaps a tasting?  I love being home.

I can’t believe it’s already 1:30!  Up for today:

  • Run
  • Laundry (in progress)
  • Catch up on Google Reader
  • Put dinner in the oven for my mom
  • Mall/Target?
  • Study for tests
  • Write paper

Hmm well at least one thing is crossed off.  Currently I’m wearing gray on gray, watching A Baby Story in my bed surrounded by at least 12 pillows, and calling for my dogs to come snuggle.  Hope you’re as relaxed as I am!