{Virtual} Coffee Date

It’s Monday morning – let’s have a {virtual} coffee date.  Grab a (big) cup of your favorite morning beverage and let’s get to it.
If we were on a coffee date, I’d tell you…
… I am loving the 100 Happy Days Challenge.  I feel like my outlook on life is turning to an even more positive direction and I am focusing on all the little things that do actually make me happy.  If you want to join in on the fun, click here!  All you do is take a picture each day of something that makes you happy and use the hashtag #100happydays on the social media platform of your choice.
… I am starting to get the running bug again.  I have been gradually increasing my distance to get a solid base so that I can possibly train for a half marathon in the summer.  I am a completely different person now than I was a few years ago when I trained for marathons all the time, but I think I’ll get back there again.   At least it’s a start!  There is no better feeling than a runner’s high I tell ya… it truly is addicting.
This is my first half marathon in 2006!
… Speaking of not feeling like the person I used to be, I really resonated with Steph’s post on this.  There are lots of days I look in the mirror and really don’t recognize myself since becoming a mom.  I am ecstatic to be Aiden’s mom – don’t mistake that for one second, but I really feel like I’ve let myself go in a way I didn’t think I would.  Sure, I’ve been exercising and trying to maintain and healthy weight, but I can probably count the number of times I’ve done my hair since having him.  I wear yoga pants and ratty t-shirs more days than I’d like to admit.  I feel like I just kinda throw myself together most days to look presentable at the very most.  This is something I really feel like I need to work on.  I feel so much better  about myself when I put on makeup, do my hair and put on nicer clothes.
This is Easter - one occasion I got ready for!
This is Easter – one occasion I got ready for!
…  I also feel like I need to take more time to myself.  I haven’t spent more than 6 hours away from Aiden in 14 months and I think some alone time focused on myself would do the soul some good!  I see other moms that have less than one year olds going on weekend trips and such and wonder how in the world…  
… I did decided to go to work, however.  It’s not a fulltime thing by any means.  I am working at Belly Up Spa as an acupuncturist Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons when David gets off work.  I’ve been doing it for 2 weeks now, but haven’t had a ton of patients yet because we are working on building up the business side of things.  I was a little apprehensive on how I would feel going there, but I actually have loved my time there treating patients, usually pregnant mamas.  I think it’s a great thing for all of us!
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… David had a random idea on Saturday to try to bake a gluten, dairy, egg-free apple pie.  I have always been a little intimidated by pies, so I was apprehensive, but what the heck!?  We bought the Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free pie crust and went from there.  I’m going to post the recipe that we used this week, so stayed tune!  It turned out better than I could have imagined – even David said that it tasted as good as a gluten, dairy and egg laden pie!
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… On Wednesday is David and I’s 3rd anniversary!  I feel like 3 years flew by, but I also can’t imagine my life ever without him.  Today is our dating anniversary of 5 years too.  My how our lives have changed since we got married!  One more date for you, Aiden turned 14 months on Sunday – he is well on his way to being 1.5 years old, which is kinda the next milestone in my book.  He is acting more like a toddler everyday.  I’ll have an update on him tomorrow!  Days, months and years are flying by. 
I think that’s all I have for you today.
Moms – How do you take time for yourselves?
What’s something random you have going on?
Ever attempted to bake a pie?

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