Can’t believe I’m actually bringing this up

by Kim on June 12, 2013

Today is feeling like one of those odds and ends days, where I spew a bunch of unrelated, transition-less stories and hope you don’t immediately unfollow me.

–I forgot to tell you that the nice folks at The Color Run sent me one more coupon code to offer you. This is good for $5 off ANY color run in the country (here are the locations):

Color Run - Columbia, SC

In case anything weird happens to that image, the code is COLOR5OFF.

–The Food & Drink category on Pinterest is a serious treasure trove of goodies right now, now that it’s summer and everyone’s remembering that fresh fruits and veggies (and grills) exist.

I made these Parmesan Baked Tomatoes yesterday and they were gooood.

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You’re probably going to roll your eyes so hard when you read this, but my first thought when I took a bite was, “These taste EXACTLY like pizza!”

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It probably didn’t hurt that I was starving when I ate them. Don’t things taste so much better when you’re actually hungry?

Which is why, the next time I have a dinner party, I’m going to purposefully postpone the meal for several grueling hours, to the point where a dry chicken breast will taste like a medium rare filet mignon.

–I’ve been really, really considering joining the Under Armour What’s Beautiful campaign everyone’s been talking about, and I even started the sign-up process, but I got stuck when it came time to pick a goal. For whatever reason, I just can’t come up with one that I’m happy with.

What's Beautiful

It has to be the perfect mix of challenging, yet attainable. I’d prefer that it didn’t cost anything, or have anything to do with running (I’m more or less on a break from goal-oriented running right now). And it has to be something I’m excited about.

Yoga comes to mind, but I’m guessing that “Try to do yoga more and generally improve at it” isn’t a very solid goal. Dang.

Julie at Peanut Butter Fingers recently posted some fitness goal ideas, and one of them was to create a yoga challenge for yourself that’s based on completing X number of yoga classes in X time period. Well, that would be awesome if I belonged to a yoga studio…I thought crabbily…

And then I thought, hmmm…how about INTERNET YOGA??

So I’m planning to do a little exploration, and I’ll let you know what I come up with.

–If/when we move out of our current house, one of my requirements for our next house will be to have a window sill at this exact height:

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This kid spends countless hours driving cars along that thing. (Well, ok, countless minutes, but that’s hours in kid time.)

In a pinch, this chair works ok too:

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Notice the themed PJs. I think it’s funny how, once we parents realize our kids “like” something, we insist on hurling that thing at them in all possible contexts. Oh, he likes cars—he MUST have clothing with cars on it. He likes Mickey Mouse—he MUST own this Mickey book, this stuffed Mickey, this Mickey bib, and this Mickey sweatshirt.

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In reality, he’d be just as happy in a pillow case with arm and head holes. But why else do people have kids other than to dress them in cute things?? There must be more reasons…

–I don’t usually talk politics, either on this blog or in real life, but there’s a new initiative in our state that I’ve been mulling over for a few weeks, and it happens to involve nutrition, so it seems relevant here. (I still can’t believe I’m bringing this up, but here goes.)

Basically, the question on the table is whether it’s appropriate to limit the amount of junk food people can buy with food stamps.

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This image cracks me up because, really, what is she doing with all that?? And is that a plate of diced hot dogs on tomatoes?

On one hand, of course it’s great to encourage people to consume less junk, especially if complete strangers are paying for it. At first glance, it seems like a positive idea.

But is it ever anyone’s place to dictate what others can and can’t eat? People can recommend and encourage, of course, but is writing new laws really encouraging anything? Feels more like forcing, and people don’t generally respond well to change when they’re being strong-armed into it, regardless of whether it’s good for them.

Besides, who are we to judge? And if people have the right to pursue happiness, doesn’t ice cream count?

On the other hand, they’re probably not saying that food stamps wouldn’t be able to get you any junk food, just a limited amount. But still, is that too Big Brother-y?

This is why I don’t get into politics. Way to messy for my taste. But I really wish I could settle on a position on this one issue. What do you think?

Oh, and I have one final gem of information for you:

–I’m so proud of our nonexistent daughter, who’s recently been selected to participate in the National American Miss Wisconsin State Pageant!

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Now I understand why people are so protective of their daughters. Ours hasn’t even been conceived yet and they’re already knocking down the doors to get to her.

Have you made something summery and new-to-you from Pinterest lately?

I’ve tried a couple other goodies, too. I’m considering doing a whole post on it soon!

Are you doing the What’s Beautiful campaign? If so, what’s your goal?

Any advice on fitness goal setting?

What’s your take on the food stamp dilemma? Fair or unfair?

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Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome June 12, 2013 at 10:52 pm

I have that tomato recipe pinned but haven’t made it yet. Glad to hear it’s good! I’ll have to give it a try.
Congrats on your daughter getting accepted to the pageant! Hilarious!
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Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama June 12, 2013 at 1:14 pm

I cannot believe you got a pageant letter for your yet-to-be-conceived-much-less-born daughter! I better look online – my girls have probably already won pageants without my knowing!

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Katie @ running4cupcakes June 12, 2013 at 11:31 am

I have been trying to stay away from Pinterest because of my grocery challenge and trying to use up stuff that we have in the house.. . Pinterest always increases my grocery bill! ;) I agree that the debate on food stamps and healthy food is a tough one, I am glad I don’t have to make any of those decisions because I can see pros and cons to both sides. . . it brings up interesting discussions though. . . which is always good!

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Katie @ Live Half Full June 12, 2013 at 10:30 am

I made some crockpot enchiladas I found on Pinterest a few weeks ago that were AMAZING! We’re making them again tonight.
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Presley @ Run Pretty June 12, 2013 at 10:06 am

hahaha @ the pageant letter. That’s insane!!
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