Mister Arm Update

Tuesday we were in Logan and had a follow-up on Ben's arm.  It's been close to 14 months since the accident.  The xrays show the bone graft is at 75%, so that's really, really good news!

In another 6-12 months Dr. King will re-evaluate.  The hardware may or may not come out, but that surgery probably wouldn't happen until 2013 after the arm is completely healed.  Dr. King says we will wait to determine all that.

Pretty much it all sums up to...we're blessed.  Ben has a near full functioning arm/hand, and I have a husband. And the most wonderful one at that.

And Christmas was beyond awesome.  Each year it somehow is better and better.  I'm officially depressed it is over and I miss Christmas music all day long!!  Thank goodness for family, pictures, memories...and my new awesome pink Garmin which I'll be going on my first run this afternoon with.  Wahoo!

100 Mile Challenge - Complete!

This made me laugh!
I completed the 100 miles from Thanksgiving to Christmas challenge!

Here are my splits.  I'm proud that I made the time to do it.  A suuuuper good feeling!!
I finished 124/502.  I posted this pic (below) to show that somebody ran 470 miles in time I ran 100.  Intense.
Time to get fitted for new running shoes and some more attire (anti-chafe body glide?).  I sure love shoe shopping, but not for running shoes- you run that risk of having to buy ugly ones!!, and lately I've chafed and bled in places I never have before (hello bra and waistband areas).  It's hard to find the perfect attire and pair of shoes, and I have been developing some ankle pain in my current ones.  I think we'll go to Roadrunner Sports after our race next week.  The last one of the year!!!

But now it is officially Christmas time.  And 4 days until Christmas Day!!
Merry Christmas!

Race Day - Jingle Bell Run

The Jingle Bell Run was Saturday morning in Glendale.  Ben and I were both feeling pretty pumped about this one (we love stuff like this).  I bought some bells and a Santa hat/beanie for our holiday festive-ness.  I read we had to beat Santa to be entered into the raffle.  Santa was pretty hilarious running in his suit and beard.  I don't think he could see very well with it bouncing up in his eyes.
I like to run distance, but I'm not very quick.  Recently I decided to work on pushing my pace and start focusing on setting some time PRs instead of distance, especially if I'm going to be doing more racing this upcoming year.  The fun thing about this is I have PR'd each race as I push myself a little harder.  The Garmin has been a huge contributor to me beating my times.  We'll see how long until I plateau.  The next race is New Year's Eve, a Resolution Run.

Here are the bells on my ankles.  They gave us little bells to safety pin around, but the bells I ordered from Amazon were suuuper awesomer.  And the tee shirt designs were suweet.

Ben shaved 19 seconds off his Turkey Trot time and came in with a 20:55 with a 6:40 average pace (geez mister!!).  Not too shabby for somebody whom hated running until last year.
I shaved 2 minutes 11 seconds off my Turkey Trot, and 41 seconds off my latest PR.  I came in at 25:29 with an 8:13 average pace.
I came out of the shoot too quickly (oooof course) with a sub 7 minute, and the last 1/2 mile I definitely paid for it.  But it was lots of fun, especially after.  It's so fun to cross with my hub there cheering me on.  And one of my favorite things about races are all the people cheering you on, even if they don't know you.  People are great.
People are also amazing.  I was beat by like a 70 year old!  If that's not motivation for the next race, I don't know what is.  70 years old, seriously?  A-mazing.

Our picture in the AZ Central (we're so famous lol), and a slide show of a few other pictures:  http://www.azcentral.com/commphotos/azcentral/21053/11/ 

ONE WEEK to Christmas.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!  
(+ my dad...this is my mom's card)
Jolie comes up with something cute every year.

9 days to Christmas.

13+ days to CHRISTMAS

Cutest girls on the planet (perhaps I'm biased).  They were happy these candy canes weren't "hot."  They were at a baby sitters during the white elephant party, but it was nice when they came back home.  I talk as if they are mine.  lol  But you know what I mean.  And Elly is starting to get her teeth back in.

Ben chases them around and around.  The couch is base, and somehow so am I.  :)  After awhile, Ben gets exhausted.  He last longer than me though!!
They had their family pictures taken this morning, but I think this one depicts them ever so perfectly...all climbing around.
We had a visit from Santa...though he was a little skinnier this year.  I don't know what Nate asked for, but I forgot to ask for something at all.  I was busy diggin' the man in costume.

Pinterest continues to provide recipes for 4+ meals each week (mostly chicken because we eat a tonnnn of it).  One recipe was Coconut Chicken Curry.  Pinterest is the best invention.  I read online a friend was going to hold a "Pintervention" for his wife.  haha

Source:  melskitchencafe.com via Christy on Pinterest


  • 2 lbs boneless/skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch chunks or strips
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1-1/2 T vegetable or canola oil (we substituted EVO)
  • 2 T curry powder
  • 1-1/2 t paprika (substitute cayenne pepper if you like the heat)
  • 1/2 onion, thinly sliced (we used 1 onion)
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 medium red potatoes, cut into chunks (we substituted sweet potatoes)
  • 1 (14 oz) can coconut milk, light or regular
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can stewed tomatoes, Italian style
  • 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 3 T sugar
  • Hot cooked Jasmine rice or brown rice (we substituted cauliflower rice)


  • Season chicken pieces w/salt/pepper.  Heat oil, curry powder, and paprika in a large skillet over medium-low heat for two minutes, until fragrant (but don't let burn).  
  • Turn the heat up to medium and stir in onions and garlic and cook 7-9 minutes more or until onions are very clear.  
  • Add chicken, tossing lightly to coat with curry oil  and cook for 7-10 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink and is cooked through or nearly cooked through (it will continue to simmer in the next step).  
  • Add potatoes, coconut milk, tomatoes, tomato sauce, and sugar into the pan, and stir to combine.  Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 30-40 minutes.  The sauce thickens slightly upon standing, but is great served piping hot (and a bit thinner), too.  
  • Serve with Jasmine rice (or your favorite rice) and garnish with cilantro, if desired.
As found here.

I never have good presentation (hello paper plates half the time), but it is delicious.  Next time we'll add more curry powder.

We made Smores Cookie Bars twice this weekend (once for the party).  Delicious!

  • 1/2 C butter
  • 1/4 C brown sugar
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1-1/3 C all purpose flour
  • 3/4 C graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 king sized milk chocolate bars
  • 1-1/2 C marshmallow cream/fluff and NOT melted marshmallows


  • Preheat oven to 350 F.  Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.
  • In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars until light.  Beat in egg and vanilla.  In a small bowl, whisk together flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt.  Add to butter mixture and mix at a low speed until combine.
  • Divide dough in half and press half of dough into an even layer on the bottom of the prepared pan.  Place chocolate bars over dough, 2 king sized Hershey's bars should fit perfeectly side by side, but break the chocolate to get it to fit in a single layer no more than 1/4 inch thick.  Spread chocolate with marshmallow cream/fluff.  Place remaining dough in a single layer on top of the fluff (most easily achieved by flattening the dough into small shingles and laying them together).  (We rolled it out and cut strips to lay out.)
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, until lightly browned.  Cool completely before cutting into bars.  (Or don't because you can't wait that long.)
As found here.

My one picture.  =)
The Arizona Super Spartan is in less than two months and we're getting pretty psyched.  The team, Team Nemesis, has about ten on it so far, and hopefully it continues to grow.  I would like to see more girls join in.

Ben and I did a Spartan WOD on Saturday.  A little south/east from here, there's a looping trail with pull-up bars.  It's perfect.  After the WOD I'm left with 36+ miles to meet my Christmas goal.

13 days to Christmas!  9 to Christmas break.  5 to the Jingle Bell Run.  Wahoo!  I think Ben should wear his Santa suit.

Product Survey

This is a "product survey."  I did it like a year ago and never got around to finishing it.  Most of the stuff is still accurate.  Moving to a small Arizona town hasn't introduced me to many new things (scorpions).  :)

Face wash/cleanser:
Clean and Clear Oil-free Blackhead Eraser/Exfoliater + wash cloth

Face moisturizer:
Clean & Clear

Spot treatment:
10% Benzoyl Peroxide (I purchased a lifetime supply back when Grocery Outlet existed.)
Anything oil free.
The best overnight face tanner is the Neutrogena Sun Fresh (it's like Mystic for the face in lotion form!!).  I love the Banana Boat Summer Color for my legs.

They were both cheap from Walmart but harder to find these days.  I bought a bunch of them on Ebay to stock up.



Home Remedy, and what is it used for? 
I'm really not very creative.

Tinted moisturizer:
I don't use any.
Concealer for blemishes:

Concealer for under eyes:
I don't really get bags under my eyes.  But if I have use it, then it's BE.
I love Urban Decay Baked Bronzer in Gilded or Two Faced Sun Bunny Light.

I don't wear a lot.  Usually Sephora brand.

Bare Escentuals Clear Radiance or their mineral veil, the one with a dewy finish.

I think I buy a new brand each month.  When I find one I like, it dries out too fast.  Annoying.

Urban Decay 24/7 in Zero and Dime, MAC Superslick Liquid (doesn't come off).  I alternate with drug store brands.  As long as I have shadow primer (including on my lower lashline), they work lovely.

I wear everything.  My "go to" brand is Urban Decay probably because of their cute-ness and palettes.  I collect UD, MAC, Two Faced, Lorac, Bare Escentuals, Sephora, Make Forever, Stila, and whatever else I can get my hands and wallet on.

Best invention ever...Urban Decay or Too Faced.  Without them my eyeshadow creases in just over an hour.  With them sometimes it lasts 24 hours.  Sometimes I'll sleep with it on the night before an early race, and wake up made up.  (I also sleep on my back because of neck problems, and don't roll around on my face.)

Face primer:
Benefit and Two Faced.  Love.

My favorite is the cheap and recently reinvented NYC Liquid Lipshine in Prospect Pink, or Maybelline's Lip Polish in Nude Flash.  I can't keep track of them for the life of me.  I also wore Urban Decay's Biker Chick on my wedding, but it's pretty discontinued...of course.  

MAC favorites:  Saint Germain, Myth, Honeylove (matte), Cyber
And Tarte- Lively (super hot pink)
I still have not officially tried out red.  Just pinks.

Whatever is in Ben's pocket.

Product for scrunching hair:
I haven't scrunched my hair forever since it's been short.

Product for straightening/curling hair:
Thermal Setting Spray:  Biolage

Leave in conditioner:
LOVE this.  Used it a ton when my hair was long.

Paul Mitchel daily, Nexxus daily, Neutrogena deep conditioner, etc.
Want to try out Bumble and Bumble next.  Tis what my stylist uses on me.

Deep conditioning mask:
The Last Call smells delicious.  I always want a taste.

Hairstyle for summer:
I think for AZ summers I have to have my hair long enough for a tiny pony because of the heat.

Hairstyle for everyday:
By 3pm my hair is in a ponytail ready for my run or a gym class (wherein it is usually drenched after).  Weekends I try to wear it down.  If you're local, come to Local Edge Fitness.  That is my plug.  =)

Hair accessory:
All of them!!  I love them.  Headbands, flowers, so forth!!

Any other random product/makeup to rave about:
Aveda's hair potion keeps your hair from falling flat at the roots.  Big Sexy makes a cheaper version.  Or there's a spray version my hair lady uses on me.

Aveda's Control Paste doesn't make your hair greasy like the rest.  My hair doesn't need anymore oil in it!!  Fine hair + oil = disaster.

Furterer dry shampoo...my favorite from Sephora.

TRESemme has a cheap $4 dry shampoo called "Freshstart" that can be found at Wal-Mart.  It has a slight baby powderish smell, but it still is way cheaper.

I swear by Big Sexy root pump and recently Bumble and Bumble thickening:

Tadah.  That was fun.

And another plug for our tree.  I put on candy canes and added presents and am so happy about it I took another picture.  It is cute.

Have a lovely weekend.
The end.