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I Have a Husband?

Though you could have fooled me, apparently, I have a husband…. a weekend filled with the hubs, Running, cooking, and eating!

Joining Katie and Erin for the weekend link ups

Gorgeous sunrise run on the lakefront trail in Chicago!

Things you need to know:

  • Also, don’t forget about the Feetures Giveaway! More great things coming at you this week as well 😀
  • I re-posted my recipe for my Holiday Cranberry Cupcakes this weekend–with the special filling that you don’t want to miss, and that you can even eat as part of Thanksgiving dinner itself! (Just make a huge batch!)
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Friday morning, I expected it to be cold and rainy, but we got a stay of execution on that until a bit later. So I was fortunate enough to get in one last shorts and sleeveless run of the year! Later, we had some big rains and then the temps plummeted. The sunset was gorgeous, but it gave off that weird yellow light, which always freaks me out… 

Friday night was the first time since Tuesday of the preceding week that I had dinner with him! Since he came home from Boston on Tuesday, I had seen him for a total of 3 hours! We went to Windsor, a favorite from our former neighborhood. 

Battered cod fish and chips at The Windsor in Streeterville Chicago is one of the best fish and chips dishes I've ever had! @suzlyfe

Old picture of the Fish and Chips that we always share.

Seriously, some of the best fish and chips that you can find. And the Wrightwood salad is HUGE and freaking amazing. Lighting was super low, so no picture, but it is filled with amazing things.


Another previous excursion of ours to Windsor. Roasted chicken, toasted I wok almonds, craisins, avocado, corn, cornbread croutons, red peppers and a vinaigrette.

It was lovely to have a chance to spend time with him, even though we had some more serious topics to discuss. But the service was excellent (they had a big party and our server got a little behind, but the manager and he were both very apologetic and gave us one of our drinks on the house. As a former server, I totally appreciate and respect this!).

I also want to say that I put on my big girl pants on Friday and picked up around the house, did laundry, and dealt with some other things. I am aiming between now and the end of the year to really get my organization on. Would you all be interested in how I’m going to go about it?

Saturday–Brrr, it’s Cold in Here!

I woke up Saturday to temps in the 30s and flurries. It was a cutback week for Team Challenge, so I bundled up, ran down to meet and run with the team. It was great seeing some of my former trainees there! Of course, it was freezing, but we got a quick catch up before jetting off, lol. 

My Favorite Microwave Baked Oatmeal! So easy, high in protein and fiber, and perfect for a post run breakfast.

Then I put my food where my mouth is and had some of my microwave baked oatmeal! I am NOT joking, I have this recipe on a regular basis! I used up the last of my Farmer Direct Oats with it, though… super duper sad face.

These pumpkin blueberry protein muffins are delicious, low in sugar and high in protein and fiber! A perfect healthy recipe for any time of day!

I’ve seen many blueberry recipes around the blog world of late, so I bought some blueberries to bake with. I made pumpkin blueberry protein muffins! Of course, my original plan had been to also incorporate a brown banana in there… but you know me, I TOTALLY forgot. Even though it was actually right in front of me the whole time! #facepalm #totalSuzmove

For dinner that night, we were feeling gluttonous, so we headed to Tarascas and got our margarita on. 

Tarascas Large Margarita

I’m not kidding. 32 oz of deliciousness. Alex branched out and got a new entree, which is basically a savory steak and bacon and tomato mixture that you put into tortillas. Quite tasty, but (and you honestly have no clue from this picture) holy cripes, it was HUGE. Like, maybe 2 cups worth of the mixture, not including the rice!

Beef, bacon and tomato dish from Tarascas Mexican Grill!

We ended the meal with a Corona Light for me and coffee and Kahlua for Alex. And we left full, tipsy, and very happy indeed!


Ridley woke me up pretty early, and then she was CRAZY until Alex took her out for a romp. She didn’t get her normal play time in Friday or Saturday afternoon, so I think she was just storing it up, lol. Luckily, this was the result of her play time.Tired puppy!

I met my friend Don for coffee that afternoon, did a little more work, and then fixed Alex and I dinner (and ate 3 of my muffins). Then it was time for puppy cuddles and watching The Imitation Game. Such an incredible movie, fantastic story, and Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance is just spellbinding. also heartbreaking.

This quote from the Imitation Game has always resonated with me: Sometimes it's the people no one can imagine anything of that do the things that no one can imagine. More inspiration at

It is going to be an exceedingly short week (two days), before we head for Thanksgiving festivities! Going to try to fit in as many clients and puppy snuggle time as I can!

What is your favorite Benedict Cumberbatch role?

Did winter arrive for you as well?

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  • Reply Carla

    Yes yes yesssss to any and all rambles about how you’re getting organized. I was so organized when I moved into this house two years ago and now I am a hot mess in all facets of my world
    Carla recently posted…What do you want to be thanked for?My Profile

    November 21, 2016 at 5:07 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think it is going to be more mental organization, but hopefully that will lead to larger organization!

      November 21, 2016 at 2:23 pm
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    Puppy is getting so big!
    Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious recently posted…40 Healthy Thanksgiving RecipesMy Profile

    November 21, 2016 at 5:17 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      SO BIG! She’s got quite a belly right now

      November 21, 2016 at 2:22 pm
  • Reply Annmarie

    I have been dying to make those blueberry pumpkin muffins too- YUM!
    Annmarie recently posted…Easy Gluten Free Thanksgiving AppetizersMy Profile

    November 21, 2016 at 5:20 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      ooo which ones did you see?

      November 21, 2016 at 2:22 pm
  • Reply Allie

    OMG I need that oatmeal and the pumpkin blueberry muffins in my mouth NOW!!! So delicious.
    And, I have the opposite husband issue – mine is always here…as in, he works from home…mostly in the kitchen. It’s insanity. He does travel a few times a month but it’s a much needed break 🙂 for both of us – LOL!!
    Allie recently posted…The Rundown – Two WeeksMy Profile

    November 21, 2016 at 5:25 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahaha, I also understand that. But for me, that happens after he’s been gone for a while, and then it is because he is home for like 3 hours a day… but it feels way more than that!

      November 21, 2016 at 2:22 pm
  • Reply Alicia @Bridges Through Life

    Thankfully I drove back to Philly on Saturday before the snow arrived to upstate NY. I am glad I have my winter tires on my car though as Thursday is looking like a mix of rain and snow for my drive back to upstate NY. Glad you got to spend some time with your husband finally. Those eats all look good.
    Alicia @Bridges Through Life recently posted…Sickly, NY plates, Friendsgiving: MIMM#96My Profile

    November 21, 2016 at 5:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I just remember your tire saga of last year, lol

      November 21, 2016 at 2:20 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    Glad you got to spend time with Alex this weekend! It definitely got much colder here on Saturday. This wind has just been out of control!
    Lisa @ Mile by Mile recently posted…I Didn’t Run a Marathon This WeekendMy Profile

    November 21, 2016 at 6:01 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It isn’t so bad here, but I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop…

      November 21, 2016 at 2:18 pm
  • Reply Gretchen

    We got beautiful snow here! It’s definitely starting to feel like winter 🙂 I can relate to not having a husband around…with Dan in grad school I feel like I never see him. Then next year he’s starting a new job where he travels 25% of the year so it’ll get even worse! Gah
    Gretchen recently posted…Veg Feast 2016My Profile

    November 21, 2016 at 6:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ooooo yeah, that will be a departure. But you will figure it out. I wrote a post about absentee spouses a while back on another blog–might be a good read for you

      November 21, 2016 at 2:16 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    It got cold here this weekend too. Soooo windy.
    Glad you got Alex back! So nice to have a relaxing date to reset and relax.
    Julie @ Running in a Skirt recently posted…Getting Ready for Thanksgiving Craziness – Weekend Photo DumpMy Profile

    November 21, 2016 at 7:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We definitely needed it. And now we get to go to SC and get thrown into the relative den

      November 21, 2016 at 2:15 pm
  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    We had some flurries yesterday and today is definitely cold…im not quite ready yet. I dont dream of a white thanksgiving…
    Heather @ Polyglot Jot recently posted…Weekend BrunchMy Profile

    November 21, 2016 at 7:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Gah me neither. Wait for Christmas!

      November 21, 2016 at 2:14 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    Glad you got some quality time with Alex! My favorite Benedict Cumberbatch movie is Dr Strange.
    Laura @ This Runner’s Recipes recently posted…California International Marathon Training Week 16My Profile

    November 21, 2016 at 7:08 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    As a Doctor’s daughter and the wife of someone who travels all the time for work, I totally get it. You do really get used it though and learn to just take advantage of the time you do have together. Have a great thanksgiving week!
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    November 21, 2016 at 7:24 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You know I know it!

      November 21, 2016 at 2:13 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Muffins are always a great addition. I don’t make them because they don’t last long and that is no one’s fault but my own.
    Sarah recently posted…Topsy Turvy Weekend WeatherMy Profile

    November 21, 2016 at 7:29 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I had three of of them last night. I made them on Saturday and the non frozen ones are gone.

      November 21, 2016 at 2:13 pm
  • Reply kat

    My husband has left for 3 weeks at a time, only coming home friday night to leave sunday again. He is going to end up doing that soon after Thanksgiving as well which is a bummer – but it also means I get free reign of the kitchen! 😉
    kat recently posted…Vegan Cinnamon Roll CakeMy Profile

    November 21, 2016 at 7:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Tell him to get his but back! Good thing you have your fam around.

      November 21, 2016 at 2:12 pm
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    Today I have my last ride on Miss Bedouina before heading back to the States for the holidays, but I get to see Susie and Alex in person on Friday!!!
    In Cabo, it has been extreming hot (high 80’s during the days) so going back to Georgia will be quite a jolt.

    Eric and I watched Fargo season 2 yesterday. We’d watched 2 episodes on Saturday and we watched the whole rest of the season yesterday. Lazy day, in the air conditioning for me!!

    If you are getting your organization on- it will involve a number of neat piles, bags and boxes that are color-coded!
    Safe Travels to all!

    November 21, 2016 at 8:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think it will be more mental organization than anything, but that just means colored pens 😀

      November 21, 2016 at 2:11 pm
      • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

        and colored little post-it notes for your different colored lists!

        November 22, 2016 at 10:05 am
  • Reply Cora

    Yep winter is most definitely here. One day I was walking amidst fall leaves and carrying my winter jacket over my arm…. the next morning I’m sweeping snow off my doorstep and drawing snow pictures on cars. Ah well. I hope you get in at least a few more not-too-chilly runs and keep on with the comfort food!
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    November 21, 2016 at 8:43 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Comfort food, all day, every day. Luckily, I have chili and cornbread and muffins in my freezer!

      November 21, 2016 at 2:11 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    Yay! I’m so happy you and Alex got to be together this weekend! I’m excited for you guys down there for Thanksgiving too. It’s a way bigger deal in the States than in Canada but I love feeding off your energy! It’s time to haul out the Christmas decorations I think!
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    November 21, 2016 at 9:01 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Feed off the energy as you please! No xmas stuff for me until after, though.

      November 21, 2016 at 2:10 pm
  • Reply Sarah @ BucketListTummy

    I’ve been wanting to see Imitation game! Glad you got to spend some time with Alex – I’m ALL ABOUT THE BLUEBS. If you love blueberries and sweet potatoes, you have to try the bread recipe I posted!
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    November 21, 2016 at 9:21 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I actually consulted yours to see what you added! I meant to give you some credit!

      November 21, 2016 at 2:10 pm
  • Reply Emily

    Puppy snuggle time and clients sounds like an AMAZING week! So many gifts to be thankful for! <3 And that's wonderful that you got to spend so much time with Alex.

    November 21, 2016 at 9:40 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It really was a weekend to be thankful for!

      November 21, 2016 at 2:09 pm
  • Reply Kelli @ Hungry Hobby

    I hate that when I don’t see my hubby for days on end it sucks!!! Glad you guys finally got some time together !
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    November 21, 2016 at 10:30 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was so overdue. And now we are going to have to juggle family and still see each other this week!

      November 21, 2016 at 2:08 pm
  • Reply Mar @ Mar on the Run

    no snow here but if it’s gonna be this cold and windy I might as well see some of the white stuff! lol. I’m hungry now after reading this. I am a BIG fan of fish and chips, oh my yum!!! Glad you got some quality husband time and puppy snuggles 🙂
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    November 21, 2016 at 11:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      YES to fish and chips. Come visit and we’ll get some?

      November 21, 2016 at 2:08 pm
  • Reply Heather @Lunging Through Life

    We got snow and it was beautiful. I’m ready to get my organization game on. But, I can’t do t hat too much until the kitchen is done. Stuff is just everywhere. Ugh, it’s driving me nuts. YAYYYY for Alex being home!!!

    November 21, 2016 at 11:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I can’t wait until you have your kitchen back! Believe me, I understand the struggle.

      November 21, 2016 at 2:07 pm
  • Reply Divya @ Eat Teach Blog

    Winter has definitely arrived here and I’m freezing my butt off!
    Divya @ Eat Teach Blog recently posted…Weekend Snapshots: 11/21/16My Profile

    November 21, 2016 at 12:36 pm
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      November 21, 2016 at 2:06 pm
  • Reply Patricia @Sweet and Strong

    It was 70 some degrees here Saturday and then cold and windy on Sunday, come on mother nature. I was really enjoying the warmer Fall temps. And I’m so glad I’m not the only one that finds it hard to schedule a few hangouts in one weekend with my husband. So nice you got to spend some quality time together over delicious food.

    November 21, 2016 at 12:50 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I was loving fall, too! Why did it have to leave???

      November 21, 2016 at 2:04 pm
  • Reply Laura @ Mommy Run Fast

    Sounds like a great weekend- I’m jealous of all the meals out! Enjoy your short week- and happy Thanksgiving!
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    November 21, 2016 at 1:16 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Honestly, we just couldn’t even try to figure out what to make! And we are going out of town, so we don’t have many options…

      November 21, 2016 at 2:04 pm
  • Reply Lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    All your food you two had this weekend looks delicious(even if some were previous pics). Those muffins sound so tasty. I can’t wait till it snows there and you take Ridley out to play in it for the first time. That will be so cute!
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    November 21, 2016 at 4:24 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am so curious as to how she will react!!

      November 21, 2016 at 8:55 pm
  • Reply Alyssa

    ah that marg looks so good. margs and Mexican food is my fave! glad you had a good weekend love!
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    November 21, 2016 at 5:32 pm
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Ridley is so cute I can’t even stand it.
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    November 21, 2016 at 7:26 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Have you seen the picture of her in her coat yet??

      November 21, 2016 at 8:55 pm
  • Reply Brea

    I love that you’re baking. I’ll get into it a little now that Thanksgiving is a few days away. I’m making a cherry pie and sour cream pumpkin, too.

    Full disclosure: apart from Sherlock Holmes (I think that’s what my friend said he was in…), I haven’t seen anything that BC has done. Or, if I have then I wasn’t aware of it. I know he’s the ‘it’ guy right now, so I’m not sure why he’s off my radar.
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    November 21, 2016 at 9:41 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Have you seen the second Star Trek? I know you’re a SW girl, but the new ones (that one in particular) are pretty great. And sour cream pumpkin pie sounds delicious!

      November 22, 2016 at 2:27 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Oooh, I need to check out The Imitation Game! Benedict Cumberbatch is pretty much a genius!

    Ridley’s post play time situation looks a lot like what’s happening at our house right now. Two dogs FASSSST asleep for hours!
    Kristy from Southern In Law recently posted…Recipe: Healthy Caramel Apple Muffins (Gluten Free)My Profile

    November 21, 2016 at 9:41 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m about to try to recreate that pose. But I know it is going to be unsuccessful…

      November 22, 2016 at 2:26 pm
  • Reply Jen @ Chase the Red Grape

    I know I am super lucky that David comes home to me every night. But we made choices and decisions for it to be this way. It makes us both very happy 🙂
    Oh and Benedict IS Sherlock Holmes. The one and only! Ha!
    Jen @ Chase the Red Grape recently posted…How to prep your home for the holidays #5TTTMy Profile

    November 22, 2016 at 1:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I can’t wait until Alex isn’t such a social butterfly….

      November 22, 2016 at 2:25 pm
  • Reply

    Enjoy the thanksgiving festivities and give Ridley a hug from us!

    Our little furry friend (Begbie) is better now. Indeed he was trying to square up to a fox outside our living room window this morning whilst I was doing my Pilates routine. Nearly put me off, ha ha! 😀 recently posted…Chocolate Chip Banana Coconut PorridgeMy Profile

    November 22, 2016 at 2:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OH good, I’m so glad to hear that! I was really worried about him!!

      November 22, 2016 at 2:24 pm
  • Reply Marina @ Parental Journey

    I love your muffins – they look so tasty!
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    November 22, 2016 at 3:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! I’ll have the recipe out soon!

      November 22, 2016 at 2:23 pm
  • Reply lindsay Cotter

    winter is here.. it’s 60F. LOL! i know. sad. but still. p.s does pup need more snuggles? I’m available
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    November 22, 2016 at 7:21 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      She ALWAYS needs more snuggles. Right now she is chewing my shoe. I’m wearing it.

      November 22, 2016 at 2:16 pm
  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    Oooh I wanna watch The Imitation Game now! Yay for quality time! 😀
    And I think you know I relate to the demolishing of baked goods. I made cookies and brownies on Saturday, offered them up to my roommates, and they all thanked me profusely but NO ONE BUT ME HAS EATEN THEM. I only eat baked goods for like two days, but I eat 257291 in that time. I love baking and I need other people to eat the stuff I make.
    Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday recently posted…Double Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Power BitesMy Profile

    November 22, 2016 at 11:40 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Seriously. I only bake healthy things or things that I can foist off on others.

      November 22, 2016 at 2:07 pm
  • Reply Abby @BackatSquareZero

    We don’t really get winter.
    Our winter is your fall.
    But we do have like 8 months of summer to make up for it.
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    November 22, 2016 at 3:57 pm
  • Reply San

    If you wanna call morning fog and occasional rain storms winter then yes, winter has arrived here in Northern California. I think I need to go to the Sierras for my snow fix 🙂

    Happy thanksgiving!
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    November 22, 2016 at 7:39 pm
  • Reply Farrah

    Sounds like an awesome week! Microwave baked oatmeal is gonna be my winter breakfast staple since it’s too darn cold to have my summer breakfast smoothies! 😛

    I want winter to be put on hold. :[ It’s making my walks to work a lot less pleasant, hahaha.
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    November 23, 2016 at 8:00 pm
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