Posted by Lauren

Remember Nicole’s recent post, Nine Awesome Things? Well I’m a copycat and I’m doing the same thing. Other things I copied Nicole with in life: wearing makeup (yes my younger sister wore makeup before I did), listening to good music (she shares, I listen)… the list goes on.


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I have NO idea why I haven’t mentioned it yet… but I’m running Ragnar So Cal with 11 other folks (most of them bloggers) next Friday! I was invited by Ragnar to join the Ragnar Swagnar team and blog about my experience. Can you believe it? Dream come true. Luckily, I have one relay under my belt, so I’m fully aware of the lack of sleep, late night runs, and funky van smell about to come LOL

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Ragnar’s So Cal relay breaks down like this:

  1. 200 miles to cover by 12 people, running 3 legs each (or 6 people if you’re intense)
  2. start line in gorgeous Huntington Beach
  3. 3 beach exchange points!
  4. finish line in beautiful San Diego
  5. I’m runner #4 (in van #1)

2. Short and Sweet Runs

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I am still adjusting to my new work schedule and my workouts are suffering. The temporary solution? Run Less. Run Faster. Around lunchtime on Friday I went for a speedy 2 mile run because something is better than nothing! Mile 1 in 7:22 and Mile 2 in 7:05 :) wassup speed?

3. 8 Star Challenge

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Starbucks gold card member benefits include a free drink after 12 visits. They sent out an 8 star challenge invite and you better believe I signed up. Free coffee in my hands 30% sooner? Yup.

4. Wednesday night’s homemade dinner!

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In a surprising turn of events, I actually had a homemade meal at my house on Wednesday. I’m so guilty of going out for dinner, but I was determined to make food after Wednesday’s Girls on the Run lesson. I made banana cornbread and spicy veggies with curry garbanzo beans. Kyle came over and helped cook the fish! After dinner we went for a walk since the weather was so nice. Perfect evening!

5. Only the most famous donuts ever…!

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Thursday morning our office had a great surprise – Voodoo Doughnuts!!!! The group managing our PPC and landing page campaigns is based in Portland and they brought these glorious donuts to our office for our first face-to-face meeting. (Officially love them!) 80% of the food I ate on Thursday falls into the “donut” food group… heh heh.

6. Sean’s birthday BBQ

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I mentioned that after the Rock n Roll race last weekend I went to my friend Sean’s house for his birthday BBQ (he is wearing the “Praise the Lard” shirt lol). I have some good photos of the food that I really need to upload from my fancy camera. I want to show off the two desserts I brought – a pistachio orange torte with honey glaze and a red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting! The real star of the show was the barbecue though….

7. Story Time

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Best part of Sunday’s BBQ was huddling up for story time with Sean. I won’t go into specifics, but it reminded me so much of being in college. I miss SLO.

8. Discovered Orinda?

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On our way up to Tahoe last night, Kyle was in charge of finding us food. He told me to pull off the freeway as we passed through Orinda (near Walnut Creek). I’ve never been to this little town before, but their theater square area is so cute and has tons of restaurants! We picked a nice Mexican spot, Barbacoa, for dinner. I went for a glass of sangria and taco plate. The food was pretty good, but the service was only alright.

9. Recycling!!!!

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Before heading to Squaw this morning, we stopped at Safeway to recycle 2 months of plastic, bottles, and cans. Our cabin is now $46 richer and 15 trash bags lighter.

Question: tell us something awesome going on with you!



5 Responses to Nine (more) Awesome Things

  1. Sugar Coated Sisters says:

    Holy cow! $46?? Maybe I’ll need to start collecting bottles/cans at home this summer for some extra cashhhmonay.

    Your 2-miler has me tired even though it was less than 15 minutes. You are so speedy sis!

  2. Jane says:

    Is your green bracelet in the picture above a fuel band or a regular bracelet? Either way I love it! Where’s it from?

    • Sugar Coated Sisters says:

      It’s a Up band from Jawbone. Both Nicole and I have them and we are big fans! Tracks sleep, steps, and food stuff if you program it that way…. lots of fun colors and longer battery life because it doesn’t sync thru wifi

  3. Sherri Dozeman says:

    Lauren, love reading your blogs, especially when you mention Kyle and post some pics of him. That’s a mom for you.

  4. I heard of Voodoo Donuts :) Kind of like our Psycho :) whenever I go to Portland I want to check the place out.

    I’ll be cheering for you for Ragnar :) I’ve heard so much about it and it sounds like a a fun, tiring time. That’s so cool you are running the So. Cal run.
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