Four Realizations + A Race

by Holly on August 15, 2010

in breakfast,eating out,French,running,snacks

This weekend, I’ve come to four realizations.

First, the month of August is halfway over.

Honestly, I kind of forgot it even began.

Second, I’ve officially been working at my job one year.

Does this also officially make me a grown-up?

Third, my littlest sister moves to college in Colorado on Wednesday.

She also just texted me it is going to 95 degrees on move-in day. It’s a good thing I’m getting a free vacation from Mama + Daddy Everythingtarian out of this.

Fourth, I’m crazy.

I’ve decided to run the Chicago 1/2 Marathon in approximately 27 days, 8 hours and 6 minutes.

Yeah, about that…one of my BFFs Megan registered for the race but can’t run it anymore. She offered her registration to me. I want to visit her in Chicago. I said yes. This decision is still sinking in. More reflection on this spontaneous act of athleticism to come.

Meanwhile, in the midst of all this realizing, I’ve been obsessed with eating LIFE cereal + raisins.

I don’t know what it is about the combination, but it tastes so good.

I’ve also been obsessed with carrot fries.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut carrots lengthwise into 4″ strips. Coat lightly with coconut oil (canola would work as well). Add a generous sprinkle of salt. Roast for 15 minutes. Turn the carrots over. Roast another 15 minutes. Devour.

This morning, I had the fortune of going to brunch at some place I’ve been dying to go to for ages…


I walked in the door, and before I knew it, my friend Curtis placed a Bellini in my hand.

I graciously accepted.

Champagne + peach nectar at 10:00am? Yes, please.

We patiently waited almost 1/2 hour for a table outside.

Trust me, it was worth it.

The weather was 80 degrees, sunny and completely devoid of humidity.

I celebrated with coffee (and a splash of skim milk).

Although if that’s the case, I technically celebrate every morning.

I took one look at the menu and knew exactly what I wanted: Buckwheat Belgian Waffles.

Served with cinnamon-orange butter, fresh fruit and maple syrup, twas’ perfection.

I realize now I am out of realizations and attempts at witty commentary. I realize this is very unlike me but also realize my bed is calling my name with its sweet nothings and realizations of a long night’s sleep.

I just had a realization that last paragraph made no sense.

Realization realized.


lo August 15, 2010 at 9:52 pm

omg chicago in 27 days? yeah! when is it exactly? WE ARE MEETING UP :) and i am crazy worries! I signed up for the CHicago City Chase on Saturday…think Fear Factor, meets Amazing Race, meets 6 hours running all over Chicago with clues and crazy dares.


Christine August 15, 2010 at 9:57 pm

1. August 1st feels like yesterday.
2. This officially makes you a real person. I, of course, am no such thing, as I just graduated from college, am moving BACK in with my parents, and am going to culinary school (see #4).
3. Having younger siblings grow up is possibly even weirder than growing up yourself. I’d hate to know what it feels like to be a parent in that kind of situation.
4. I am crazy; I am going to school to learn how to cook. After 4 years in college and a very good degree, I am choosing to plunge deep into the depths of debt so that I can get a job that pays, at best, $12/hour.

Rock on with the bellini, though :)

Crunchy Granola Gal August 15, 2010 at 10:03 pm

so long as you’ve realized your realizations may be no more than life-altering revelations, you can consider your dreams realized.

who’s not making sense now?! oh shizzle. on that, goodnight!

Madeline - Greens and Jeans August 15, 2010 at 10:19 pm

Hellz to the yes! I’m all about impromptu races that you aren’t prepared for!

Christina August 15, 2010 at 10:21 pm

cant believe august i half way over either! not going to lie though– in two weeks time, Ill be ready for the beautiful fall weather! those buckwheat waffles look AMAZING!! and i think that although spontaneous, the 1/2 in chicago will be amazing!!! you can definitely do it- running is very much a mental game!!! good luck!

Amy B @ Second City Randomness August 15, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Oh you can totally rock out that half marathon! I have a wedding that weekend, otherwise I would have signed up for it- I heard it’s a really good one!

Mama Pea August 16, 2010 at 12:07 am

Sweet dreams (and sweet training?), baby doll.

Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) August 16, 2010 at 12:45 am

This is no new realization, but I realized long ago that every time I go to your blog and see a fresh post- my little bloggie heart skips a beat. I love your witty commentaries, themed posts, and delicious eats.

PS: You’re amazing for taking on that half-mary! Rock it!

Lynn @ The Actors Diet August 16, 2010 at 1:09 am

mmm buckwheat waffles – you don’t see those everyday at a restaurant! and carrot fries – so simple and gorgeous!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) August 16, 2010 at 1:18 am

“Champagne + peach nectar at 10:00am?”–girl, i was drinking moet nectar at 3am last nite with a splash of pineapple which would have been about 5am your time. our peach champagne drinking was nearly timezone coordinated. next time, we need to consult by chat or text or something LOL

congrats on the chicago half!!! I used to live on the race route and omg you will have a ball!! just get out there and run it, no training needed. that’s always how i like to approach races. save all that time you’d be spending on training runs…and just go out instead :)

Jessica @ How Sweet It Is August 16, 2010 at 5:32 am

I’ve been at my job one year too – but I don’t want to be a grownup!

Lauren August 16, 2010 at 6:01 am

Yay!!! Awesome news about the 1/2 marathon! You are going to do your friend proud my dear! :)

Heather (Perspective Is Everything) August 16, 2010 at 6:21 am

LOVIN these cooler temps and lower dew points (weather nerd alert!)
MMmmmmm….buckwheat pancakes! :)

Katie August 16, 2010 at 6:39 am

Oh my girl! U know you will do great in the half marathon! No worries! Chicago is so amazing too, and nice your friend let you take her place in the race, and you will get to visit with her !

Hope you have a great day! xoxo

Andrea@WellnessNotes August 16, 2010 at 8:28 am

I can’t believe August is half over either. I’m dropping off the teenager at college on Wednesday, too!!! Makes me feel really, really, really old… Have fun dropping off your sister! Love that you signed up for another half. I had plans to sign up for a race this year, but it never happened…. Oh well. There is always next year I guess… :)

Kailey (SnackFace) August 16, 2010 at 8:48 am

Girrrrl you crazy and I like it. I would have you no other way.

Thank you for coming to my defense on the latest blog post. I don’t know what kind of people are that negative! (She/he then left another comment saying “it must be nice to care about nothing except yourself”. Hah.)

Oh Belgian wafffffles. I think I need some now! And some espresso in an IV.

I don’t like to think that summer is almost over. I might just have to move somewhere permanently warm… Come with?

Love you!!! xoxoxxo

Angharad August 16, 2010 at 9:19 am

Realize, girl. Realize.
I can’t believe you are running the chicago 1/2 marathon in 27 days. You are officially mental and awesome.
Love starting weekend mornings with bloody mary’s and bucks fizz. Yum. Those waffles look legiiiit. Email me back. Love you!xxx

Jess August 16, 2010 at 9:29 am

1/2 marathon?! EXCITING :D I hope you have a great time!! Those waffles look worth the wait!!
<3 jess

Kacy August 16, 2010 at 9:38 am

You’ll rock the half! And the weather should be great at that time in Chicago.

Annie August 16, 2010 at 9:44 am

Are you coming to Colorado this week? Is your sis is Boulder, Denver or Ft. Collins? I ask (not because I am a creepster) because I’m in Denver, but work in Ft. Collins. Any chance of a meet up?

Megan (Braise the Roof) August 16, 2010 at 11:46 am

Hooray! Do I smell a blogger meet up?? Or do I smell the sweaty 1/2 mary runners? Either way, I’m so glad you decided to run- you’ll be happy you did. :)

BroccoliHut August 16, 2010 at 11:58 am

Lovin those carrot fries. Best of luck on the move-in process with your sister. I know it can be stressful for everyone involved;)

Nell August 16, 2010 at 12:30 pm

I love your blog! You are hilarious – for real. And I’m in total agreement on the fun chub. Honestly, nobody probably notices but you, and if you aren’t enjoying good food with good people then you aren’t living! As long as you get back on track and doing what makes you feel your best, it’s all good.

Jenna August 16, 2010 at 12:54 pm

You are totally going to rock that half marathon! Hey, at least it is in Chicago, you will have scenic sites and you’ll just be able to go out and have fun.

Erica August 16, 2010 at 1:58 pm

ahhhhhhh! Brunch is my favorite meal out. I could eat it every day. Carrot fries also totally rock. I think I need to make some of that jam tonight. That is fabulous that you signed up for the race. whoop whoop. And one of Josh’s favorite cereals is Life- I just bought him a box because it was on sale ;) Hope you have a fantastic week. You’re welcome to come down to Charleston and join me on my staycation ;)

Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) August 16, 2010 at 2:25 pm

I had an AMAZING dinner at Sardine many years ago…such a cute place!
Congrats on the race, I was just thinking I should maybe sign up for a race to get my booty running again…

Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) August 16, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Hooray! I think signing up for a 1/2 marathon is a wonderful idea, especially since it will be FALL when you run it. Where has this year gone?? It’s nearly September already!! Although I suppose I’m ready for crisp weather, all things pumpkin, and sweaters….

Shelley August 16, 2010 at 4:07 pm

ooooh i’ve been to Sardine!!! I love that restaurant- love the location too :) that breakfast sounds amazing! love your decision about the 1/2 marathon- im sure you’ll rock it!

Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete August 16, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Yay! I don’t think you are crazy at all for signing up for that thing. You can do anything you put your mind to. :)

it is really all mental anyway, right? haha

But really, I think you will do fine! Get to running!

Beer and Burrito Body August 16, 2010 at 5:49 pm

It’s August?! :)

Katie August 17, 2010 at 12:59 pm

I’m so excited about your spontaneous 1/2 marathon! I had a friend in high school that used to spontaneously sign up for 1/2 marathons on the day before – I always admired that! So, I admire you, too. And yay for little sis coming to CO soon!!! I doubt it will be that hot, it’s cold here today. September is practically upon us.

Susan August 21, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Witty commentary is not needed when there are waffles involved. I believe those babies speak for themselves ;)

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