Good evening bloggies!

I headed out to the mall after this morning’s post and came home with some goodies! Two new nail polishes – Status Symbol, a bright pink by Essie, and We’ll Always Have Paris, a rich plum by OPI. Love them! Status Symbol is drying on my nails right now. I love deep, dark shades for winter and fall, but I also like switching them out with bright, cheery colors for warmth!

I also got these beauties:

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Hello, lover.

I’ve been wanting boots like these for a year. $100 from $190. Thank you, Steve Madden.

I came home to more goodies!

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Need a closer look?

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PB2!! I took the plunge and ordered the sample pack of PB2 and Chocolate PB2. I’m so excited to try these out – there will definitely be a full review involved as well!
Breakfast held me over for a surprisingly long time – 5 hours, including shopping cardio! However, I was verging on becoming a hunger monster when I got home and quickly assembled the first thing I could think of:
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Healthy tuna salad in a Joseph’s pita with half a sliced Fuji

I mixed a can of tuna with a few tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt, a large squirt of deli mustard, diced celery, pepper, and paprika and threw half the mixture in my pita. Before the gym, I had a snack:
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Key Lime Pie Larabar

I ate half before my workout and half after. This is one of the bars I received from Larabar for commenting on their blog during the holidays. Not sure I would have bought this flavor on my own, but I’m glad they did!
Key Lime Pie Larabar Opinion
Taste: So good! Sweet, tangy, and citrusy. I was “mmming” out loud the whole time. Not a strong lime flavor, but it’s definitely there. I’ve never had key lime pie so I can’t compare it to the real thing. 5/5.
Texture: Moist, chewy, nutty. 5/5.
Fill Factor: Held me through a 5 mile run and until dinner! 5/5.
Ingredients: “Dates, cashews, almonds, unsweetened coconut, lime juice concentrate.” I feel like lime juice concentrate should be higher up, since it’s the flavor so 4/5.
Nutrition: On the high end, calorie-wise, with 220 per bar. 10g of fat (3.5g saturated, 0g trans fat, 1.5g polyunsaturated, 4.5g monounsaturated, no cholesterol or sodium, 330mg of potassium, 31g of carbs (4g of fiber and 24g of sugar), and 4g of protein. 4/5.
Overall: Loved it! I’ll definitely be buying this flavor!
5/5.

At the gym, I ran 5 miles in 47:13 doing this routine:
  • Mile 0-0.5: 6.0mph
  • Mile 0.5-1: 6.2mph
  • Mile 1-1.5: 6.1mph
  • Mile 1.5-2: 6.3mph
  • Mile 2-2.5: 6.2mph
  • Mile 2.5-3: 6.4mph
  • Mile 3-3.5: 6.3mph
  • Mile 3.5-4: 6.5mph
  • Mile 4-4.5: 6.4mph
  • Mile 4.5-5: 6.6mph

So every half mile, I added .2mph and then subtracted .1mph on the next half mile. I also threw some inclines in there randomly, for giggles.

Today’s gym session led me to today’s Tuesday Top 5 – The Top 5 Weird Things I Saw at the Gym – today, because obviously there are new phenomena every single visit. Except there were only 3 today, so bear with me.

The Top 3 Weird Things I Saw at the Gym (in no particular order of strangeness)

  1. This was more of a smell. COLOGNE. Strong, strong cologne. Seriously – so unnecessary and radiating from the elliptical across the aisle (?) from me and legit making it hard to breathe. Stop. Thanks.
  2. Jean leggings. Capri jean leggings. With painted on stitched pockets and seams. Now, I am an advocate of the “jegging” – comfortable, with the illusion of effort. I wish I had invented them myself. However, these were not stylish, good looking, or passable for actual jeans.
  3. A man with shoulders as wide as he was long. Boys, this is not a good look. “Gorilla” is not a good look. This is not attractive. It is unnatural. We, as humans, evolved from this look. Let’s keep on evolving.

If I was able to add two more things, not from today, I would add in the man who sings to himself on the treadmill – yes, sir, others can hear you, even if you have headphones in – and the man who was angrily rapping at the elliptical, 8 Mile style last week.

Dinna:

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Spaghetti squash with onion, peas and brussels sprouts and a multigrain english muffin with garlic salt


I mixed a plain Laughing Cow wedge into the marinara sauce, heated in the microwave before topping. We were out of parm and I love peas in pink sauce with pasta. Obviously, it didn’t taste the same, but I’d eat it again! Sooo many peas overflowing onto my plate. I love peas!

So – what should I do with my PB2????
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Good afternoon bloggies! I wasn’t actually hungry after posting last night and thought it might help me sleep if I wasn’t digesting a snack. I don’t know if that’s why, but I actually slept restfully though the night! I’m going to try to stop snacking after dinner for the next few nights to see if it helps me sleep better.

I found the new Chobani flavors at Stew Leonard’s the other day and bought two of each! I used the raspberry in today’s breakfast:

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Raspberry Chobani and Kashi Heart to Heart

Sooo good! Also had a coffee with skim and Truvia :0)

My friend Emily IMed me and asked me to meet her at the gym. My hamstrings are still a little sore and after my bad run yesterday, I just wanted to take it easy – luckily, so did she. I did 2 miles on the treadmill in 19:30:

  • Mile 0-0.5: 6mph, incline 1
  • Mile 0.5-1: 6.1mph, incline 1
  • Mile 1-1.3: 6.1mph, incline 2
  • Mile 1.3-1.5: 6.1mph, incline 1
  • Mile 1.5: 6.2mph, incline 1
  • Mile 1.6: 6.3mph, incline 1
  • Mile 1.7: 6.4mph, incline 1
  • Mile 1.8: 6.5mph, incline 1
  • Mile 1.9: 6.6mph, incline 1

I headed over to the elliptical and watched The Biggest Loser: Families while I ellipticalled up and down a mountain on level 7 for half an hour and finished up with 10 minutes on the stair mill. I did on a minute on level 3, alternated minutes on levels 4 and 5, and finished with a minute on level 3. I also stretched my hamstrings out a lot and they feel so good :0)

Lunch was essentially a snack plate:

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3 egg whites with salt, pepper, and Frank’s in a Joseph’s WW tortilla with a plain LC wedge and salsa + carrots and garlic hummus + half a Granny Smith with cinn

Yum! Off to shower and clean my room! What are you up to today?

Good evening bloggies! First of all – I’m trying out a new layout and a new picture size. I think the default ratio on ecto is a tad too big. Also, I am LOVING getting all of your comments – keep them coming! I also respond to each one, so go back and check if you wrote me a note on my last post!

Where did we leave off? Dinner, last night .. turned out to be super boring. Mah b.

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Buffalo Crackwrap, steamed brocc with parm, steamed carrots and brussels with S&P

I got expectedly snackalicious:
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Plain Chobsies with frozen blueberries

It turned into a giant purple mess of antioxidant-y goodness – loves it!
Today. Ohhhh, today. Well, I haven’t been sleeping that well at home this break, which is incredibly unusual for me, as I always sleep the best at home, in the sense of restfulness and not waking up. Every single night this break, I have woken up around 3:30. Sometimes I can toss and turn and fall back asleep, sometimes I’m in and out until about 5:30 when I actually fall asleep again. But this morning, I could not get back to sleep. I turned my TV on for white noise. I flipped channels. I read blogs. At 6ish, I finally got up and did the 20 minute free podcast of Morning Flow #1 from YogaDownload.Com – ahhhh. I’m pretty sure I’ve finally fallen in love with yoga, to the point where I crave doing it, all thanks to that one-hour class and Heather.
I made coffee, watched some TV, read some more blogs, tried to nap, gave up, ate breakfast:
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Fuji, pom, MultiGrain Cheerios with warm skim

I thought about going to the gym. I continued the TV, blog, and nap attempt cycle a few times. I made lunch.
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Tuna salad in a Joseph’s wrap with some granny covered in cinn

Santa’s not going away anytime soon. Well, until I’m back at school a week from today. Blech.
I dressed myself for a Target and gym trip, felt snacky, popped a cookie:
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Peanut Butter Cookie Larabar

and immediately felt too full. Fail.
I bought some socks, a new pair of sweet royal blue running shorts, and the new pina colada Orbit flavor at Tarjay, and still super full, headed to the gym where I had a hideous run. Hideous. I won’t dwell on the worst run I’ve had in at least two months, but I finished 4 miles in 37:37 and walked another 20 or so minutes. My hamstrings are gloriously sore (but not too too bad) from yesterday’s amazing yoga. The run and walk made them feel fab but they’re still pretty tight – in a good way. I love sore muscles!
I snacked on some very friendly clementines while I made din:
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They’re only a couple weeks late. Dinna:
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Baked sweet potato rounds with s, p, and chili powder + hummus and spring mix on fluffy whole wheat

Nom. My favorite sweet potato parts were the burnt ones! They taste like toasted marshmallows. I need to remember to slice much thinner slices for the crunchy, fry-like texture. Actually, I might do a batch super thin, like some of mine were, so that they’re like chips! Honestly couldn’t tell the difference. Oh sweet potato, you are the perfect food.
Congrats to all the Disney marathoners! Meghann, Caitlin, Ashley, the twins, Megan, and everyone else did AMAZING! My friend Jess, who I’ve known since kindergarten and ran (she ran, I walked) cross country with in high school finished in 3:37.48 – she is obviously beyond awesome and qualified for Boston!!!!!!!! I’m so proud of her! AND it’s her birthday! She celebrated by running a marathon. I went shopping and ate a lot of Japanese and had cake. It’s cool.
I really want to make an inspiration/goal board a la Gina for 2010. I have a few ideas of what to put on it, but it definitely needs to be fuller :0) Did you make an inspiration board? What is or would be on it?

I’m feeling snacky!

Pomelo!

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Related to the grapefruit, this guy tasted like a super mild and extra sweet version of a pink grapefruit – yum! That super thick rind does NOT want to peel off and reminds me of cotton candy or insulation in its texture.

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Looks like lungs!

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I chopped some up and paired it with plain Chobani and pomegranate arils …

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And then covered the mess in MultiGrain Cheerios!

Pre-gym, I had half a PB cookie Larabar – one of my favorite flavors!

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At el jimnasio, I ran a 5k:
  • Mile 0-0.75: 6.4mph, incline 1
  • Mile 075-1: 6.4mph, incline 2
  • Mile 1-1.5: 6.5mph, incline 1
  • Mile 1.5-2: 6.5mph, incline 2
  • Mile 2-2.25: 6.6mph, incline 1
  • Mile 2.25-2.5: 6.6mph, incline 2
  • Mile 2.5-2.75: 6.6mph, incline 1
  • Mile 2.75-3: 6.6mph, incline 2
  • Mile 3-3.1: 7mph, incline 1

Finished in about 28:40, with a 9:14 minute per mile average. I jumped over to the elliptical for 15 minutes on mountain setting, level 7 and finished with 15 minutes on the stair mill, rolling hills level 5. It was a really good workout! Not too hard and not too easy – juuuuust right!

Lunch was quickly assembled as soon as I got home:

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Joseph’s pita with LC Garlic & Herb wedge, black beans, avocado, salsa, and Frank’s + more pomelo

AKA Tex-Mex-Mess. It could have used something else .. or a better job mixing it up? Next time … I also snacked on an unpictured apple mid-afternoon.

Dinner was SO GOOD and the perfect amount of food!

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La cena perfecta consisted of:

  • Half a can of tuna with celery, plain Chobani, and deli mustard with romaine on a Joseph’s tortilla
  • Sweet potato half moons roasted in the oven, with salt, pepper, and organic ketchup
  • Overly roasted brussels with s&p

I honestly wasn’t hungry the rest of the night. I snacked on a piece or two of pomelo with some seltzer because I was thirsty and it sounded good (which it was), but I didn’t need my usual 4th meal. Yay filling food!

Last night I watched Reservation Road a la Netflix, with some of my favorites – Joaquin Phoenix, Jennifer Connely, Mark Ruffalo, and Elle Fanning, Dakota’s little sister. She looks just like her! I honestly thought it was Dakota until I IMDB’ed it. I didn’t know it when I started watching, but they filmed part of the movie in Connecticut! They even shot at my FAVORITE breakfast/brunch place – The Olde Bluebird Inn in Easton. I was seriously so excited when I recognized it. They also shot at Lake Compounce, an amusement park I’ve been to multiple times, including with my campers the past few years – so cool!

Brekkie:

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Egg whites with broccoli, reduced fat cheddar and Frank’s + Thomas’ Light MultiGrain english muffin

Have a great day!

First of all, thanks to Michelle over at Snacks&Field for tagging me in the Happy 101 Award!

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10 things that make me happy:
1. Food!

2. My sorority sisters, especially my little! I don’t know what I’d do without her!

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Yes, my little is taller than I am. We see the irony.

3. TRAVELING!

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Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy – Tower of Pisa, Pisa, Italy – Miami, FL at my sorority’s national covention

4. “Twilight” and making fun of it
5. Fall
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6. Puppies/dogs
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7. Funfetti cake/cupcakes

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8. The endorphins/feeling of accomplishment and general awesomeness after a run (especially a PDR!)
9. Nail polish. Serious addict. And snob – I only really buy OPI and Essie. And can identify most colors by name on sight.
10. New blog friends :0)
Speaking of, I have to tag 10 other blogs. Most of the ones I read have already been tagged, so here are 10 blogs that always make me happy :0)   Another One Bites the Crust; These Beautiful Feet; Peanut Butter and Jenny; Snackface; Skinny Runner; Vegan Love; Be Fit. Be Full. ; Yes, I Want Cake; RhodeyGirl Tests; The Hungry Yogini.
Just another lazy day occupied with only the food and the gym. I think I’m actually starting to get bored?!?! Maybe looking forward to getting back to school …

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Pomegranate Chobani with Kashi Heart to Heart

I was meeting my friend at the gym at 1:30 so I had a super light lunch/snack around 12:30:
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Leftover roasted veggies

Yes, I eat on my floor on my yoga mat a lot. It’s fine. I also threw a few salted roasted almonds in my mouth on my way out the door to the gym.
I got there a few minutes before my friend and ran .38m waiting for her. We moved to other treadmills since someone snagged the one next to me just as she was walking in. We did 5 miles in 46:50. I played with the incline a little and speed a bunch as usual.
  • Mile 0-1: 6.2mph, incline 1
  • Mile 1-1.5: 6.3mph, incline 2
  • Mile 1.5-2: 6.3mph, incline 1
  • Mile 2-3: 6.4mph, incline 2
  • Mile 3-3.75: 6.5mph, incline 1
  • Mile 3.75-4: 6.6mph, incline 2
  • Mile 4-4.5: 6.7, incline 1
  • Mile 4.5-4.75: 6.8mph, incline 1
  • Mile 4.75-4.9: 7mph, incline 1
  • Mile 4.91: 7.1mph, incline 1
  • Mile 4.92: 7.2mph, incline 1
  • Mile 4.93: 7.3mph, incline 1
  • Mile 4.94: 7.4mph, incline 1
  • Mile 4.95: 7.5mph, incline 1
  • Mile 4.96: 7.6mph, incline 1
  • Mile 4.97: 7.7mph, incline 1
  • Mile 4.98-5: 7.8mph, incline 1

I was DRIPPING after this workout, but felt SO GOOD. I heart running.

Snacky-poos:

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Cortland with cinnamon
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Carrots and sriracha

Dins:
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Steamed brussels and carrots with S&P, steamed zucchini with oregano, BBQ tofu

Yeah, I don’t know why that would be enough food either. It was quickly supplemented.
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Multi-grain english muffin with a Laughing Cow French Onion wedge

Why is bread and cheese so simple but so perfect? My mom picked up Thomas’s Smarter Start Light Multi-Grain english muffins. They’re not whole wheat, but they’re so doughy and delicious and only 100 calories! It’s love.
I added a “Workouts” page to the blog so that I have something to easily and quickly track what I do/don’t do everyday. I think I’m also going to make a page with my grocery staples – what do you think? I also have a serving of tofu I haven’t done anything with yet – any suggestions? I like buying tofu but it’s hard for me to figure out how to cook it once I buy it.
Snacktime! Happy blogging!

If when I ever start racing, I know what my pre-race dinner will be – a bento box with teriyaki shrimp and scallops and brown rice. Maybe minus the shiraz and carrot cake.

I seriously had such a great run at the gym. I planned for 4, but I felt so great I decided I’d go for 6 and cool down until I had been running for 60 minutes. I finished the 6 miles in 55:27, but by the time 60:00 rolled around, I was at 6.48 miles so I decided to just speed up again and get to 7 – a new PDR for me! I ran it in 64:50, averaging about a 9:15 minute mile.

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Pre-run, I had half a Cashew Cookie Larabar that my mom put in my Christmas stocking. Definitely not my favorite flavor – I’ll post a full review when I finish the other half. I’m sure the dates and cashews (the only 2 ingredients – why I love Larabar) helped keep my energy level up as well! Honestly, I felt so good I could have gone for 8, but I my knees were starting to feel the pounding and I knew I needed more fuel for a run that long.

Post-run, I really was not hungry at all (normally my stomach is growling after a workout), but after I showered I made a snack plate to refuel.

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Baby carrots, broccoli, sugar snap peas, and hummus x3 – plain, garlic, and plain with hot sauce

I got a little hungry again a couple hours later, so I heated up a small dinner of leftovers:

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Curried chickpeas and sweet potato rounds with organic ketchup

While I reheated the sweet potato rounds in the oven to crisp them up, I sauteed a tiny bit more onion and spinach to add to the chickpeas, and microwaved some frozen peas to add to the mix. When the onion and spinach were fully cooked, I threw the leftovers and the peas into the skillet to heat up and mix in. The peas were definitely a great addition!

4 hours later and I’m still uncomfortably full from that small meal. Running does such weird things to my appetite – 3 or 4 miles will leave me starving, but 7 miles and no appetite? My huge dinner and dessert from last night is probably contributing, but still! I guess my metabolism was just having a quirky day!

Sad, quick, and poorly-lit pictures are due to my camera’s quickly dying battery and my complete cluelessness as to where the charger is.

Have a great night!

Good afternoon!

Yesterday afternoon I snacked on some carrots with hummus and sriracha:

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Which was an awesome combo but gave me a stomachache for a few hours 😦 Sriracha, why have you forsaken me?

My mom was roasting a chicken for dinner and we stopped at the grocery store and on the way from my grandma’s. I was craving green beans, so I picked up a 5 pound bag. Oh well, I’m sure I’ll get through it!

Dinner was yummy! And not something that has been repeated 24723894 times in the past month:

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Black beans, roasted chicken with pepper, corn, and fresh green beans.

Due to the snow/ice and my horrible driving skills, the gym did not happen yesterday. I did end up doing some core yoga from a YogaDownload.com podcast. Um – it was not easy but I obviously didn’t try hard enough because my abs aren’t even sore today.
One of my goals for this break is to actually get strength training in. I’ve done yoga the past three days, which is definitely counts for me! I also really want to be able to get into a balanced Airplane pose without having one hand on my dresser/falling over and dying. Also, not on a rock in the ocean. But whatever. After yoga-ing, I snacked on some grapes that I grabbed at the grocery store – that were $12!!! And SO not worth it. But we won’t tell my mom that.
This morning I woke up and debated breakfast and when to go to the gym. Nothing sounded super appealing, and I decided I’d rather get the gym over with for the day. So I had half of this bar of greatness:

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Clif Iced Gingerbread Bar

Plus coffee with skim, TrueVia, and cinnamon before heading to the gym. I did 5 miles (painfully boring) in 46:28, averaging a 9:17 minute mile. Here’s what I did:
  • Mile 0-1: 6.2 mph
  • Mile 1-2: 6.3 mph
  • Mile 2-2.5: 6.4 mph
  • Mile 2.5-3: 6.5 mph
  • Mile 3-4: 6.6 mph
  • Mile 4-5: 6.7 mph

Simple, but effective! I had to take a quick walk & water break around mile 3.75 and then really just wanted to get it done. I wish I could have run outside but its so icy and I highly doubt the trail is super safe to run on. It is melting a lot out though, so maybe tomorrow!

I cooled down for 10 minutes, walking 3 mph at a 5.0% incline, and ate the other half of the Clif bar on the way out of the gym.

Clif Iced Gingerbread Bar
Taste:
Really good! Not the strongest gingerbread taste, but still really close. Loved the icing and the fact that it was drizzled, not coated – it was vanilla-y.  4/5.
Texture:
Chewy, soft, and nutty like a normal Clif. 5/5.
Fill Factor:
Gave me energy for my first 5-miler in a while, although the run itself could have been better. Other half held me over after the gym til now – about 1.5 hours.  5/5.
Ingredients:
Very long list, but nothing too scary – and 70% organic! Plus lotssss of vitamins and minerals! 22g of sugar in the whole bar – a lot – but good for pre- and post-run fuel. 4/5.

Comments: Great seasonal flavor! Definitely would buy it again.

Off to make a great lunch I’ve been planning since last night. Normal.