With this whole new job thing, running went sadly by the wayside last week. I had to work both Saturday and Sunday, so today was my first opportunity to get through a long run and I was definitely dreading it. From my house, to the lake, around and back is just over 13 miles. The first couple were spent negotiating with myself (just 10 miles… okay, maybe 8…) but then I resigned myself and actually kind of enjoyed it. OH, but guess what? I got hit by a cyclist. White Rock Lake is notorious for aggressive cyclists but I’d never had an issue before. Well today I heard an “On your left!” so I moved over… and then got smacked in the shoulder by what I can only assume was an elbow. What the hell?? There’s an entire lane for passing, dude. So I sputtered a few choice phrases at his spandex-ed behind (ew) and he whizzed off without even a wave. NICE.

Lunch was an Amy’s Tamale Pie along with leftover Sweet Potato Soup- even better the second day!



Then it was off to class. This was our last session before next week’s national ServSafe exam… we took a practice quiz and the questions seemed easy enough, but we’ll see.

For dinner we met my parents at a neighborhood pizza place, Picasso’s. I had a pear and gorgonzola salad with vidalia dressing:


And then Mom and I split a pizza with artichoke hearts, spinach and mushrooms:


So very exciting- I got this great Superior Scribbler blog award from Heather at HangryPants.


I’m so honored! I’ve never gotten a blog award before, so yea!! Thanks, Heather :) Here are the rules:

1. Post the award on your blog
2. Link to me for giving it to you
3. Link the originating post here
4. Pass it on to five deserving people
5. Post these rules for your recipients.

So five deserving people, eh? That’s hard! Okay, here goes:

*Sammie at Running With a Recipe- Sammie actually manages to come up with clever meals to post 3 TIMES a day (I get great ideas from her) while keeping up with the cutest kid ever AND fitting in workouts to boot.

*Shannon at Tri to Cook- This girl is quite the chef! Her meals always look pretty much amazing (hello, she made her own eggplant gnocchi) and constantly blow me away.

*Jenn at EatingBender- Jenn is absolutely adorable. She’s a journalism student who balances school, activities and food blogging, and is so darn cute and upbeat that you can’t help but love her. Plus her dad is a really good cook- it’s so fun to see what he comes up with on her visits home.

*RunJen at The Perfect Balance- This is another cool mommy who manages to be quite the kick-ass runner while raising a SUPER cute little girl. I’m so blown away by these women who can balance the career, kids, running, etc… I can only hope that some day I can do this half as well!

*Rose at On A Lobster Placemat- I know that Heather already awarded Rose, but I don’t care. She rocks. Rose is an amazing writer and I can’t think of anyone who deserves a “Superior Scribbler” award more. Her daily oatmeal creations crack me up and I’m (not so) secretly jealous of her creativity.

Finally- Thanks to Jenn (of Eating Bender) and my parents for their donations!!!! My dad asked for a “shout out” (his words, not mine) on the blog, so here it is… and for those of you who have yet to check it out:


We’re up to $250 and there’s still almost a month to go :)


I saw several bloggers do this a few weeks ago and thought it was a great idea:

Based on the blog stats, I know there are lots of lurkers out there who might be reading but don’t comment… just post a comment with your name and where you’re from (or anything else interesting you might want to share). I want to get to know you guys!!

Here- I’ll start:

My name is HEATHER and I’m from DALLAS, TX. See? Easy, right? Now… GO

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0 Responses to ON YOUR LEFT

  1. gammypie says:

    My name is Katy and I’m from Dallas, TX.

  2. Sammie says:

    Thanks for the Award girlfriend!!!
    My Name is Samantha but most people call me Sammie and I am from Bellingham, MA.
    Someday I will make it to Dallas so we can hangout – or run :)
    Great job on the 13 miler – way to push yourself. Sorry you were almost flattened – what was up with that guy.

  3. ttfn300 says:

    Shannon, blogging from Boston, MA :) That pizza is making me hungry!! *aw shucks* thanks for the award!

  4. Melissa S. says:

    ew, what a jerk that cyclist. they’re crazy here too. i feel into a riverbed with one when i was 16 after i got hit. it was not pretty. ambulances and all.

    and i’m melissa…San Diego, CA; soon to be Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area, FL. :)

  5. eatingbender says:

    Congratulations, Superior Scribbler!! You totally deserve this award :) You’ve got a way with words.

    Thank you so much for passing it along to me! Your kind comments about me and my blog (and Papa Bender, who will be so happy to know that he got a shout out haha) just made my morning. And that means my whole day will be better – because of you!! Awesome.

    $250 is a great place to be with a month to go – yay!

    My name is Jenn and I’m in Chicago, IL :)

  6. SallyAnn says:

    Hi Heather!
    My name is SallyAnn and I am in northern PA. I am finally delurking because I love, love, love your blog. Checking it seriously makes my morning better. I think you are incredibly funny and the pictures of Chloe could not be cuter. :) Thanks for creating such a wonderful blog.

  7. Susan says:

    My name is Susan and I’m from Coppell, TX and I have so enjoyed reading your blog. I knew you had all that in you and more. Way to move forward and grow.

  8. Aimee says:

    My name is Aimee and I’m in Pittsburgh, PA.

  9. Mary Anne says:

    Hey Heather!! It’s Mary Anne and I am a reader of your blog! Great job with it! And I am in Saint Louis.

  10. Rose says:

    Wow – I received the same award from my two favorite Heathers :) Thanks!! You are too nice. This definitely cheered me up after feeling terrible over the past several days.

    I will be sure to pass this award on to some special people!

    Thanks again!

  11. Jess says:

    My name is Jess. I’m temporarily in Charlottesville, Va for school, but I’m really from Pittsburgh, Pa. You can pick where I’m from. Although as I recall you and brian DO love some Arch’s…..

  12. Brian says:

    I’m Brian, and I’m from Knoxville, TN. Take that Dallas!

  13. runjen says:

    Awww, thank you so much for my award!! I feel so honored! You are awesome!

  14. heatherwlu says:

    This is so exciting! All of these new people AND friends that I had no idea kept up with the blog (hi, Mary Anne!). You guys should make appearances more often :)

  15. Erin says:

    Hi lovah! I’m Erin and I’m a Portland native living in the bustling metropolis that is Lubbock!
    That pizza looks off the hizzle!
    So glad you caught the Ron Burgundy reference. ;)

  16. Katy says:

    Hi I’m Katy and I’m from Christchurch, New Zealand. Love your blog, very entertaining and cute pug pics!

  17. Patty Barteau says:

    I’m Patty Barteau and I live in Dallas, TX. I have known Heather since she was 11. (You can do the math.) She has babysat for my boys (now 15 and 10). They both had important functions at her wedding to Brian. We have had MANY great experiences with her and her family. In fact, we ALL are family.
    You can ask her about a few things.
    a) Complete the sentence, “I love you sweetheart……….”
    b) The explosive diaper from my oldest.
    c) Our animal tragedies. Nevermind, too sad.
    d) My youngest sons surprise toast at her graduation party.
    The truth is, I’ve loved reading her blog. I’m not surprised at her talent for writing. She’s always been so bright. My pride in her is huge. Keep it up HeatherBies!!!!

  18. Katerina says:

    Next time try and take that guy down! Stupid bikers.

    I’m Katerina from Vancouver BC and I am an aggressive runner :)

  19. teenageveghead says:

    i have always wanted to try that amy’s meal but i can’t find it anywhere. looks really good!

  20. Hangry Pants says:

    Yay for blog awards, my totally 80s Heather buddy. :D Although, I always found Tiffany and Kim more 80s.

    Anyway, my name is Heather and I am reading from North Kingstown, R.I.

  21. lauren says:

    hey – I am lauren from Baltimore, MD. Just found your blog and am loving it so far.

  22. Marie says:

    Hi i’m Marie and I live in N.Hollywood, CA. Me and heather went to HS together! I dont know how i randomly stumbled on to daily reading, but here I am and I love love love IT!!!

  23. bcgirl says:

    Crap, I can’t believe I missed out on this yesterday. Bikers are crazy; they’ll run you down here as well.

    -Hayley from Vancouver, BC.

  24. mallory says:

    Heather!!! I miss you :)

    Mallory-Austin, Texas

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