August 28, 2013

Greece: A small picture and video bomb

Well hello. Last night I got all the professional pictures from our Greece trip and am planning to do a few extensive (aka photo heavy) posts about each of three cities that we visited, but today the UToledo athletic department posted this fun youtube video.

I have watched the video numerous times and it is making me so anxious for basketball season... Who needs football, ha. That previous statement is quite funny as I actually much prefer football over basketball. I guess Coach Kemp and his profession is rubbing off on me.

My plan is to disperse a few Greece related posts over the remainder of this week and into next, but in the meantime, I can tease with a few of my favorites...

What do you think of the Toledo MBBs program?

Did you try the corn side dish yet?

Have you ever been to Greece? If so, where?


August 27, 2013

Keep Calm and Coach Basketball

Hope everyone's Tuesday went well... Mine was ok, not too eventful, which is making me ever more excited about starting my new job next Tuesday! Hallelujah!

I know all the focus in sports is football, but in my household the beginning of the school year also means that the basketball season is around the corner. Here at Toledo our season begins in November but the guys will begin some workouts within the next few weeks. My husband's stress levels increase insurmountably during the season (he is a competitor), so I decided to gift him a little reminder for him to showcase in his office.

Since I am currently only a domestic engineer, I have found myself visiting Coach Kemp's office frequently. I gifted him the framed reminder last night and I was delighted to see it showcased on his desk. I purchased the printable from an etsy shop, 4UPrintableDesigns. I highly recommend Caitlin as she was easy to work with and very quick. I had her send me the pdf and went to my local FedEx to have it printed on light card board for around $1. I also snagged the handsome wooden frame on sale from Michael's! In all, the whole gift was under $25, but the smile from the hubs is priceless!

 Earlier in the day I thought it was a smart idea to run around campus and the surrounding area for a 1 hour run around 2:00pm. Ok, here is the aftermath! 
Not so cute! (Yes, my shirt was completely drenched in sweat!) But I was so delighted to see kids departing from a few of the local private schools. I frequently run by an all-girl school and the girls look so adorable in their school uniforms. I also ran by a mother with her two grade-school level children in a different red plaid uniform. It made me squeal with delight as I am a by-product of private/parochial schools. Madison and Fargo did not have very many private schools so it was not often that I would see students wearing uniforms. Well, that is not the case here in Toledo. Seeing all these students made me reminisce about grade school which I enjoyed so much. 

On Sunday, I posted about my desires to spend more time in the kitchen whipping up healthy meals. Well, tonight I made a small feast that was not only delicious but very tastey. I must give all credit to Pinterest (Follow Me) for the side dish, roasted corn. Let me tell you, this corn is to die for and so simple that a 5-year-old could do it, I promise! 

Step 1: Spread frozen corn (not thawed) on baking sheet
Step 2: Sprinkle with extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper

Step 3: Broil for 5-10minutes 

OMG! When I tell you this corn is absolutely delicious. Like words cannot explain how good it is. I am not certain what happens in that oven, but that corn turns slightly spicey and buttery and salty all in one. I could have it every night as a side dish, no lie!

(Credit Information: The original source of the corn is actually for a BBQ Shrimp Minestrone posted at Bev Cooks)

And the main component of our dinner was Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wraps.

What meals have you made from Pinterest lately?

What makes you reminisce about your youth?


August 26, 2013

Working Woman

I am proud to announce that I obtained employment here in the Toledo area. I am even more ecstatic that this new job will allow me to work from home (insert happy dance now). I will have to do a little travel but that is ok with me. I am really looking forward to seeing my hubby on a more regular basis as we reside very close to the university. He will be able to come home for lunch on most days. I do not begin until September 3rd, so in the meantime I am filling my days, working out, running, and pinning home decoration and recipe ideas. Really thinking I will need to up my culinary skills..

Follow me on Pinterest to see what I am pinning!

One more thing: I am so disappointed with myself for watching the MTV VMA's last night. The only real performance was Justin Timberlake... What has the world come to? Yikes.


August 25, 2013

Did you return from Greece?

Hi folks... It's been awhile, to say the least. After two weeks in Greece (updates will commence once we get the semi-professional pictures from the athletic department) and then not having internet most defintely spoiled any blogging on my end. And, as we speak guess where this lucky gal is?

Posted on My Instagram

Welcome to Coach Kemp's office! We now have internet but not yet cable. Since the MTV VMA's are being broadcasted plus the fact that my husband is a workaholic made it pretty easy for me to agree to a night spent at this office. He has a pretty nice flat screen tv so I am not complaining!

I have been toying with the idea to run a few half marathons this fall. I had huge desires to run the Madison Half Marathon this past May, I even registered for the event, but was unable to run the event! (If you remember, Coach Kemp got a new gig and this little lady was not driving 8 hours plus solo for a half marathon; guess I am not that committed)  I had run the Madison half twice in the past so I thought it would be a fun one to do since my last race was October 2011.

Well, there are two half marathons slated in Ohio during the same weekend: Findlay Red, White & Blue as well as the Cleveland Rock 'N' Roll. This time around I am prepared for the fact that Coach Kemp may be busy (recruiting season begins Sept 9th!) so am planning a race that is close to home (i.e., Findlay verse Cleveland).

There are six weeks until these races so I might as well pump out some good training the next few weeks. I have been running the last 8 weeks or so. I was really proud as I did get a few runs with this scenery, jealous?!?

Loutraki, Greece

Below you will find my planned runs for August 26 - September 1. Next Monday, I will update all my readers on my progress and Week 2's plan!

5 miles
1 hr
5 miles
45 min tempo
5 m pace
1.5 hr