Life Updates

20 Apr

I woke up this morning and for the first time all week, I felt normal.  Renewed.  A calming feeling like everything was going to be okay in the world.  I know that catching the people responsible for the horrific events of Monday (and the further lives lost during the events leading to their capture) doesn’t erase the tragedy, or undo the damage caused by these men.  But something about watching the community in Watertown gather together and applaud the police force and everyone else involved in the capture helped open my eyes to the more beautiful side of humanity.

With that said, I am feeling more ready to carry on with life as usual with a slightly smaller side of guilt.  So I present to you: a brief overview of the events which have made me smile over the past week or so.

Running With New Friends!
I knew Hollie was planning on running a 5k at the park where I frequently do long runs, so I asked if she’d want to meet up for some miles after the race.  She accepted, and we awkwardly transitioned from internet strangers to real life people talking to each other in real life.  We hung out while she collected her award (for winning 2nd place OVERALL because she’s a rockstar), then set off for 10 miles through the park.  We didn’t even take a picture, which should make you question whether or not this actually occurred because if two bloggers meet and don’t document it in photos, DID IT EVER REALLY HAPPEN?!?!  Ahem.  Anyway, I had a really great time and the miles flew by so I’m hoping there will be other fun running adventures in the future.

This Burger.

I am getting hungry just looking at this.

I am getting hungry just looking at this.

Handmade patties on a sourdough bun with spicy pickles, sharp cheddar, and bacon on top?  Don’t mind if I do. (They were not both for me … I swear.)

Winning Things!
I’m not particularly lucky in life.  The last contest I won was a coloring contest in the local newspaper when I was 6.  (Not to diminish that experience because let me tell you … winning $50 when you are 6 produces a euphoria I have yet to be able to recreate.)  So when this tweet came through on Friday night, I literally jumped up and down.



I know Oiselle takes a fair amount of criticism for being all over the blog world, and that partnering with bloggers in general seems to be something that ruffles the feathers of some.  I don’t want to step into those politics.  I just want to be excited about winning something from a company that I personally think is awesome.

This Nail Polish.

Essie's Madison Ave-hue

Essie’s Madison Ave-hue

A fun color that is still office appropriate and makes me think of spring? Yes please.

The Best Pizza Ever.



To be fair, I say this about every homemade pizza we make.  But this one was a real standout, with a perfectly crispy crust, black olives, mushrooms, fancy pepperoni, and some fancy pants parmesan sprinkled on top.

What have we learned from this post?  Apparently, I’m very food-motivated.  Oh, and to be running related for a moment, I will say that I threw down 30 miles last week and am on track for 40 this week, and I think I am turning a corner with my hip.  So let’s keep this positivity train rolling, because after last week, I don’t think I can take anymore doom and gloom.


5 Responses to “Life Updates”

  1. HollieisFueledByLOLZ April 20, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

    First, I had such an awesome time running with you and I certainly hope there is more adventure before I leave and perhaps we could get dinner or something afterwords if you’d like? That would be a lot of fun and since you know the best foods, I like to eat and anything is better then Oswego…you get to choose! (we can even take photos so it really happened…also glad I could just tell you the plan without asking if you wanted to first LOL).

    Congrats on winning, I really like that brand a lot actually as well. I didn’t even know there was a lot of controversy surrounding them. Either way I’m jealous!

    • upstaterunner April 21, 2013 at 9:59 am #

      Yes, definitely! Food and running. Kind of my favorite things, you know? We shall make it happen.

      And thanks! I was definitely excited. Oiselle is A+ in my book.

  2. Anonymous April 22, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    Running with Hollie is always fun 🙂

    Congrats on winning Oiselle stuff!!! That’s so exciting, hey free stuff!

    • Laura April 22, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

      I don’t know why it didn’t take my email or anything the first time, no need to be an “anonymous” creeper! ha

      • upstaterunner April 22, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

        Ha! Your comment is pretty funny imagining it being from anon. But yes, running with Hollie rocks and thanks!! Who doesn’t love free stuff?!

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