Learning to take days off.

by Elizabeth on September 12, 2013

Sorry for my absence yesterday! This week is a little busier than I anticipated as I get ready to head to Minnesota on Friday, getting involved at Noah’s school, and some other random stuff? a day off here and there never hurt anyone is what I’m learning ;-) Or in my case almost 3 weeks off!

So I did make a trip to see this little one. Charlotte looks EXACTLY like her mom’s baby pictures. It was awesome.

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Noah spotted this on our walk and got so excited he couldn’t talk or breathe even. Who wants to get him an early birthday gift?

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And who wants to get me an early birthday gift?

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Oh wait, I already got it for myself.

And a picture of Noah at school with his teacher because I like to show you pictures of him.

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I was on my own for dinner yesterday which gave me a chance to try a recipe I knew Joe might not like too much. Day 9 = Pumpkin soup for one!

Pumpkin soup


  • 1/2 can of pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup butternut squash
  • 1/4 cup sauteed onions and carrots
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbs sour cream


  • I sautéed my butternut squash and pumpkin in a pan while also sautéing the carrots and onions in a separate pan. The carrots and onions only took about 10 minutes so I then added them to the pan with the pumpkin mixture. I let it cook for 20 more minutes when I added in all of the spices and salt and pepper. I like my soup thick so I also added the sour cream when it finished cooking but if you like it thinner you could add some vegetable stock and water!

Have a great day! For everyone traveling to HLS I wish you safe travels!

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1 Ashley @ Eat Run Live Happy September 12, 2013 at 6:17 am

have fun! I wanted to go so bad! Next year for sure! I’m going to have to look for those caramel apple chocolates! Have you tried the smores? Amazing!


2 Karen @ Runner Girl Eats September 12, 2013 at 6:31 am

Those apple thingys look too good to be true. Also, those cheeks! What a cute baby :)
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3 Jojo @ RunFastEatLots September 12, 2013 at 7:17 am

Charlotte is adorable! Doesn’t she look like a Cabbage Patch doll in real life?
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4 Amanda @ .running with spoons. September 12, 2013 at 7:36 am

A day off is definitely necessary sometimes. I took one on Tuesday and it was marvelous :) See you soon at HLS!!!
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5 Michelle Kim September 12, 2013 at 8:30 am

Ooooh, the soup look yummy!
And yes, it’s great to take a rest day in the middle of the busy schedule :)


6 Amy @ Run Mom Run September 12, 2013 at 8:41 am

I love newborn babies! They are so fun to hold!
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7 Lisa September 12, 2013 at 8:54 am

Love that pumpkin soup for one! Looks tasty and perfect for fun.
And I definitely think that days off from blogging are so necessary every once in a while, being online so often can be a bit draining.
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8 Alyssa @ See This Girl Run September 12, 2013 at 9:58 am

Wish I could come hang out with you in Minnesota! Travel safe and I can’t wait to hear all about it!
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9 Alison @ The Fit Chronicles September 12, 2013 at 10:00 am

that soup sounds DELICIOUS, I have to make it now! :)
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10 Anissa Angelosante September 12, 2013 at 11:14 am

I took a day off on Sunday. It was my first day off in a long time. It was very nice! But it flew by!
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11 Katie @ running4cupcakes September 12, 2013 at 11:40 am

woo hooo- see ya tomorrow!! :)
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12 Kira @ cyclingthrough.com September 12, 2013 at 1:05 pm

I love how observant Noah is!! It reminds me of my mom saying she always thought my brother would be a brain surgeon because he was so good at picking the onions out of dinner. Have a blast this weekend! I look forward to reading all about it!
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13 Liz @ The Girl on Fire Now September 12, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Yum! The pumpkin soup looks amazing :)
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14 Nikki @ Will Run For Pizza September 12, 2013 at 10:52 pm

I feel ya on taking a day (or 50 off)! I’m struggling right now, but have NO choice due to ending up in surgery yesterday. But the “taking a day off” started last week because the issues associated with the surgery started last week…my back is killing me from being couch-bound and i’m antsy to hit the pavement – or the gym. When I saw my discharge papers yesterday and they just mentioned no lifting or straining, I thought, huh, nothing about RUNNING! ;) But I know it’s going to be a few weeks before I can get back at it – which really doesn’t make me happy because this is my favorite time of year to run! :( But i’m going to stop complaining and be thankful that I’m ok and just try to enjoy the downtime!
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