Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Life lately

Isn't it funny how sometimes you just get a little carried away with life and your blog goes a month without an update?!

I've been super busy ever since we got back from Colorado... between baking orders for Sara's Sweets, training for the Columbus Half-marathon, and getting back into the swing of school. (We've already been back for 7 days... just 173 to go! Heh.)

Systems of equations, anyone?

School started last Tuesday, and we have had some pretty big changes. Instead of 95-minute blocks and semester classes, we now have 50-minute periods and classes that last all-year long. It's been a bit of an adjustment, but I like it so far. (Except for the whole four different preps at the same time. That's a lil' rough.) I've got several of the same students from last year, and they're a fun group.

We're also acclimating to the new Common Core standards which is loads of fun. (Or not.)

Some beautiful sugar cookies to lessen the blow of heading back to school... I mailed some to my BFF Talen and tried to surprise her, but she was unable to check her mail for a week. Cookie fairy FAIL!

Running has been going well - I've been meaning to get some sort of training recap together. I'm currently in week 6 of 13 for the Columbus Half. I'm getting in an average of 55 miles a week, with some crazy speed workouts. Just last week, I ran a 6-mile tempo with a 6:32 average, which is just insane to me. I can remember when running a 4-mile tempo at 7:00-pace was a miraculous feat. I am so, so excited for my fall races. (I'm also running a 10km + 15km this fall.)

I also ran a 5km the first weekend in August, and was the first female. I unfortunately did not get to take home that honkin' trophy, but I did take home a $25 Olive Garden gift card. Which was way better in my opinion. :)

Because I've been so busy, I've made a commitment to getting all my runs in before school. Which requires a 5:30am wake-up time. So far, I'm 7 for 7! It supposedly takes 21 days to make something a habit, so hopefully by the middle of September it will be second nature. It also probably helps that I've been going to bed at 9:45pm like a lil' old granny. 

On the foodie front, I've kept busy with my Rays blogging gig. (Check out recent recipes here.) I've even done a couple in-store demos, which is super fun. I could talk to people about food all day.

Sara's Sweets has also been a lot of fun. I just love baking cupcakes for people... everyone is always so happy when you give them cupcakes! 

My favorite Toffee Crunch... well one of my fav's.

And here's some exciting news on the cupcake front - I will be making cupcakes + desserts for a new restaurant opening here in the Bean Town! The Met will be a gathering place featuring wine, beer, spirits, and small plates. The owners are currently refurbishing an old building downtown, and it is so neat. I cannot wait for it to open.


Shooting this video was so much fun... when else do I get the chance to ramble on about cupcakes as much as I please? Love it. 

[Random side question: Any suggestions on what else to toast with the kitchen torch? Besides creme brulee. I'm at a loss!]

What else have we been doing? Just soaking up the last few weeks of summertime weather, with lots of trips to Pete's ice cream. We also had my favorite visitors last weekend, so much fun. :)

Sweet Maggie

Mom & I at the Dierks Bentley concert! Plus random dude in the background.

I hope to be back before another month passes by!


SbMac said...

If I lived closer I would be ordering those toffee cupcakes weekly!!!

Have Your Way said...

I have heard about the common core(I Live in Sandtown, graduated from Toledo) but havent looked at them yet. Are they way different than the standards before? O gosh, something new I need to learn :/

I now want a cupcake!! said...

Good luck with your classes and training! :) BTW, those cupcakes look amazing!

Catherine said...

Whoa! This is so awesome! Grocery store, restaurant, and catering jobs! Congratulations/good job on your little business!

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