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    Two things:
Our girls dozed together on the bed last night for an extended amount of time. HOORAY. We’ve been working so hard on this, on their relationship with each other and with us. Andy was already draped over Steve’s foot when Edward jumped up there. Andy started growling low. Steve petted and reassured her. I petted and reassured her. She still growled on and off for a bit, but stayed put. Edward plopped down on the end of the bed and stared at Andy for a good 10 minutes before turning to the side like you see in the photo. And there they stayed for almost an hour. Big step forward - and there are still plenty of periodic steps backward, but nights like this help me stay helpful for the long-term outlook.
They might have stayed like this even longer, but out of nowhere, we heard our front door come open. We bolted up out of bed; Andy skedaddled. When I say we heard it, I mean we have this alarm system that tells us when a door opens - so we hear a double high beep noise followed by a female British voice saying “front door” (yes, I know, that’s hilarious, but so useful!). We totally freaked out. In no less than a few seconds, Steve was up and creeping around the door with gun in hand, ready to go. I must admit I found it impressive how coolly and efficiently he responded. It’s good to know that’s how he would actually respond. Anyway, thankfully, it was nothing. Some of you may remember an incident last year when we had high winds, I left the front door unlocked and not shut tightly enough, it blew open, Andy got out… same thing. Door wasn’t secured, winds were high. Thank goodness that’s all it was. Damn adrenaline had us awake for a little too long after that. Oy. We need to make it a habit to check all the doors before bed, without fail. It should be part of our routine - and will be.

    Two things:

    1. Our girls dozed together on the bed last night for an extended amount of time. HOORAY. We’ve been working so hard on this, on their relationship with each other and with us. Andy was already draped over Steve’s foot when Edward jumped up there. Andy started growling low. Steve petted and reassured her. I petted and reassured her. She still growled on and off for a bit, but stayed put. Edward plopped down on the end of the bed and stared at Andy for a good 10 minutes before turning to the side like you see in the photo. And there they stayed for almost an hour. Big step forward - and there are still plenty of periodic steps backward, but nights like this help me stay helpful for the long-term outlook.
    2. They might have stayed like this even longer, but out of nowhere, we heard our front door come open. We bolted up out of bed; Andy skedaddled. When I say we heard it, I mean we have this alarm system that tells us when a door opens - so we hear a double high beep noise followed by a female British voice saying “front door” (yes, I know, that’s hilarious, but so useful!). We totally freaked out. In no less than a few seconds, Steve was up and creeping around the door with gun in hand, ready to go. I must admit I found it impressive how coolly and efficiently he responded. It’s good to know that’s how he would actually respond. Anyway, thankfully, it was nothing. Some of you may remember an incident last year when we had high winds, I left the front door unlocked and not shut tightly enough, it blew open, Andy got out… same thing. Door wasn’t secured, winds were high. Thank goodness that’s all it was. Damn adrenaline had us awake for a little too long after that. Oy. We need to make it a habit to check all the doors before bed, without fail. It should be part of our routine - and will be.

    (Source: happyhealthycook)

     
  2. 08:31

    Notes: 43

    Tags: merunningwalkingsky

    Another gorgeous morning leaving the house. Texas skies will never get old. And the run this morning? YES. From my Garmin Connect share:

    4 miles almost as fast as Friday’s, but in much more difficult weather. Eff yeah. I felt strong today and it showed; I never once faltered or flagged in pacing us. We killed it.

    KILLED IT, I TELL YA. I felt great out there today, even with the hot air feeling like it weighed a ton. Damn awesome.

    And now, I have drum and bass blasting in my ears and a ton of work to do and my shopping list to finalize for this afternoon and posts I want to write. Let’s see how much I can get done! 

    (Source: happyhealthycook)

     
  3. 19:20 23rd Jul 2014

    Notes: 34

    Tags: edward

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    Super affectionate purr monster Edward. Lovehersomuch.

    Super affectionate purr monster Edward. Lovehersomuch.

     
  4. 18:32

    Notes: 25

    Tags: my food

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    Dinnertime happy time. Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry. *Dives into bowl*

    Dinnertime happy time. Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry. *Dives into bowl*

     
  5. 14:05

    Notes: 13

    Tags: malloryrunsthis

    Do you leave really early in the morning? I haven’t caught the sunrise this summer because it’s so early!

    I do! Steve and I get up at 5 (come fall, to get in training mileage, we will have to get up even earlier some days), run/walk, and then I get ready and leave, sometime between 6:30 and 7:00. It varies. Today I left at 6:45 on the dot and caught that beautiful sky.

    More often than not, we see the sky slowly coming to life on our run, and more often than not, we see it brilliantly shimmering over the water on our smaller lake near our playground area and it’s beauuuutiful. I’m determined to get a picture of it before summer is over, probably on one of our Sunday morning walks.

     
  6. 13:33

    Notes: 33

    Tags: runningwalkingsky

    Walk, run, walk some more. I tried for faster during the run portion and this was a strong pace under the weather conditions and at my current fitness level. It was good, hard work. Straightforward run again at a moderate pace tomorrow.

    I also caught a painting in the sky as I pulled out of my subdivision. Beautiful.

    (Source: happyhealthycook)

     
  7. 12:32

    Notes: 45

    Tags: personalmehusband

    Tagged by thatsminethankyou to do the six photos that make you feel strong and beautiful thing or whatever this has morphed into. I am cheating a bit by mostly stealing the version I did on Facebook last week when I was tagged by my friend Jessica (@brunhilda77):

    1. September 2010: I didn’t feel my most physically beautiful in this photo - I was near my heaviest weight here, around 205, 210 - but I was six weeks sober, happier than I’d been in years, and feeling incredibly proud that as out of shape as I was, wheezing and in pain, I made it up the mountain in Big Sur that day.
    2. May 2011: My last birthday in California, a dinner party I threw at home, me and my five best gals. Almost a year sober and feeling at peace and confident with myself. And I felt like I finally knew what friendship was. I smiled like that all night.
    3. April 2013: At the finish line of my first sub-2:00 Half Marathon. A very genuine, spontaneous, lucky-to-be-captured moment of happiness and accomplishment.
    4. August 2013: First day at the range with my brand new bow. I took to archery immediately and it made me feel both athletic and in my element in a way that surprised me.
    5. May 2014: At Steve’s little cousin’s quinceanera, goofing around taking selfies. Pure joy.
    6. June 2014: I love being able to hike all day with Steve. I never feel stronger or more beautiful than when I am outdoors, walking, sweating, climbing, working.

    Tagging: karikeepsrunning, abitofsilliness, thehomecookrunner

     
  8. 19:31 22nd Jul 2014

    Notes: 39

    Tags: my food

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    This has to be one of my favorite dishes I’ve ever created. Certainly not tired of it yet. Seasoned, seared and skillet braised pork shoulder, quinoa, spicy black beans, served with scallions, corn chips and, tonight, my coworker’s fresh canned salsa.
We are quite content, to say the least.

    This has to be one of my favorite dishes I’ve ever created. Certainly not tired of it yet. Seasoned, seared and skillet braised pork shoulder, quinoa, spicy black beans, served with scallions, corn chips and, tonight, my coworker’s fresh canned salsa.

    We are quite content, to say the least.

     
  9. 11:02

    Notes: 25

    Tags: missmarisol

    missmarisol replied to your post: 5 Random Facts About Me

    Do you have sources where you learned how to cook or did you just teach yourself by following recipes?

    A little of both. My main resources were:

    • allrecipes.com
    • How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman
    • FOOD BLOGS. These were my biggest source of learning and advice, particularly once I found some real friends among them and could privately message with them at any time to ask for help/mentoring. 

    As I advanced a few years, I started watching a lot of old Molto Mario with Mario Batali and Fast Food My Way with Jacques Pepin. I credit both those guys for teaching me my intermediate skill set, and encouraging me to go forth and cook with more instinct and joy, once that skill set allowed me to do so.

    But mostly it was just my own persistence and diligence. So much trial and error. Honestly, I was TERRIBLE for a while. *Laughing* I really was. Those first few years saw many more failures and/or very mediocre meals than they did successes and deliciousness, but I kept on trying and eventually got better. Isn’t that the way with everything?

    And I always tell people, if I could learn to cook, in my 30’s, with so little foundation that I didn’t even know how to cut up an onion, then anyone else can, too. It just takes practice!

     
  10. 10:31

    Notes: 40

    Tags: mewalkingrunningmy food

    FIVE MILES! From my Garmin Connect share:

    We ran 5 miles! We did it! First time for a run that long since February. Recovering our endurance this slowly and steadily, no hurry, has been so awesome, so perfect, and I am especially proud of today’s mileage increase in this horrendous heat and air quality. Yay!

    This was good. Strong. Relatively easy, even. I suppose that’s what happens when I actually give myself time and patience… and rest days. ;)

    And obviously baked oatmeal Wednesday had to become baked oatmeal Tuesday because it’s my favorite and I deserved my favorite today. Yes.

    Back to work. Busy busy.

    (Source: happyhealthycook)