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I’m Obsessed (Weekend Recap)

I’m obsessed. Simple. Easy. To the point. Just what am I obsessed with?

Let’s start with something I literally can’t get enough of: Ridley in a coat, and now, Ridley in her coat and booties. And yes, I did get her a coat that looks like a horse blanket. I almost got her one made by the same company that made the blankets that we used for the horses, but it didn’t fit. She likes her blanket–when she isn’t in it, she shakes herself trying to get warm! This is the blanket that we got her.

I can’t handle it. The blop blop blop as she goes down our hall is just too much. She is so good when I am putting them on her–I would have assumed she would be a wiggle worm to the max, but she is like, “Oh, ok.” The first few times, I was nervous about cinching them too tight, but now I’ve figured it out, and the booties stay on just fine and she hardly even walks funny. I was honestly super excited to take a video of her walking like a goon, but then she didn’t, so there you go. Her doggie coat is a necessity now that it is super cold here, and the booties are a must because of the snow and salt (when we take her for walks, they keep her feet warm and protected). If you are wondering, we got her these.

Speaking of, even though I am not really a cold weather person, the snow really is beautiful. It is powdery, light, and just that perfect snow that comes down in just the right amount. We are supposed to have one more storm pass through (with about the same amount of snow). What I am not obsessed with? The fact that it is supposed to be -3 degrees on Wednesday night and 7 during the day Thursday. I’m going to pretend it isn’t going to happen for the time being.

Wait until you see the jackets!

Keeping me warm outside and happy and moving in the gym are my new pieces from Spyder. I honestly can’t get enough of them. I’ve tried nearly every piece out now, with just a few more to go, and I’m in LOVE. Like I said last week, rarely do you get a collection of things and think, “Ok, I like and can use every piece here.” I am excited about each and every piece they sent me, and I can’t wait to share them with you! And while I know that product reviews are hit or miss with you all, I think it will be worth your while to check it out–runners and fitness kids alike!

Is it odd that it took me until the coldest and snowiest nights that we have had since… well, a LONG time to spur my craving for Yogurtland? I KNOW! I haven’t been there in ages! Alex and I went to Basil Leaf on Friday night and then to a Thai place that isn’t worth mentioning on Saturday night, and I got Yogurtland after both. Totally full, but I just needed it. I got pumpkin whip and cookies and cream. And all the toppings, as I like to (including Samoas, yaasssss). Hey, it is all for Yoshi, right? πŸ˜€

Alex's sausage and pepper rigatoni from Basil Leaf

Alex’s sausage and pepper rigatoni from Basil Leaf

Because the earnest work for Yoshi is forthcoming, I put on my big girl pants on Friday and went out for my long run outside (in some of my new Spyder gear!). It was #worthit. Cold, but peaceful, and I have a feeling that it might be my last outdoor long run for a while (especially with the oncoming temps). I’m just trying to enjoy my runs, regardless of their length. Enjoy my sunrises, my city views, and then I’ll regroup when it is time to stop.

But that happens on the other side of the holidays, which we finally finished decorating for this weekend when Alex hung up our ceiling lights! We never took them down after our first Christmas in our old place here because the lighting was the best that we had and they always made us feel festive, irregardless of the season. Having them up here means that we are really settled, I think! 

Ok, so there is no great segue for this last point, but I watched the entirety of The Crown this weekend, and Alex got involved with Stranger Things. He’s obsessed and claims it is the best show he’s seen in a long time. We’ll see. He is also now obsessed with peanut butter oatmeal (seriously? WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN) and Baileys and decaf (it is our Christmas/winter thing). 

From dogs in booties to @Spyderactive, Suz is #obsessed with these parts of her winter weekend!… Click To Tweet

Alright, I think that is most of the news that is fit to print. Now excuse me while I go grab a beer and light a spruce candle. Drive carefully, stay warm, and have a great week!

What is something that you were #obsessed with this weekend?

Did you get snow? How much? Are you good at driving in snow? 

Thank you to Katie for Marvelous Monday and Heather for Friday Favorites!

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  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    OMG the pup looks adorable. Too cute! I’m surprised Ridley didn’t fuss.
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    December 12, 2016 at 5:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      She’s a champion. Total champion.

      December 14, 2016 at 1:18 pm
  • Reply Carla

    I’m up obsessed with you. I’m so grateful that you’re on my team. Sometimes – – all the time πŸ™‚ – – for me that’s all it takes to keep me moving forward.

    It was cold cold here this weekend for Austin. In the 20s when I took the dog out Saturday morning. He’s up obsessed with his new skull and cross bones sweater πŸ™‚

    December 12, 2016 at 5:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am so obsessed with you. We are going to have so much fun working together. You are going to be the best challenge.

      December 14, 2016 at 1:17 pm
  • Reply Heather @Lunging Through Life

    Stranger Things was so good! I’m obsessed with Annabelle in her snowpants, boots, and coat, haha. I can’t get enough of her in it! We didn’t get much snow but I’d love a snow storm πŸ™‚
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    December 12, 2016 at 5:47 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We’ll send it your way. Would you like the cold temps as well? It’s going to be single digits and negatives…

      December 14, 2016 at 1:17 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    We got lots of rain last night and this morning, and if it was snow we would have a big mess. I think at this point I may prefer snow to rain, as long as I don’t have to go anywhere!
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    December 12, 2016 at 5:47 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      This is true. Cold rain is the worst. The absolute worst.

      December 14, 2016 at 1:16 pm
  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    Can’t get over Ridley in her coat. My silly cold weather dog would totally be like WTF (and my dad will not let us put her in clothes).
    I’m watching The Crown over break! So excited.
    And this weekend I’ve been obsessed with KeVita apple cider tonics and eating Halo Top in my toasty room.
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    December 12, 2016 at 5:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMG I just (like JUST) drank the Elderberry tonic. It was awesome!

      December 14, 2016 at 1:15 pm
  • Reply Allie

    Ridley is too much in that outfit!!! I’m waiting patiently to get a dog for my boys for their birthday in April but that just makes me want one NOW so I can dress him πŸ™‚
    And Spyder?? OMG I have not worn their stuff since snowboarding in college. I had no clue they made running gear and I’m overly intrigued!!! Especially since we have snow and freezing temps here too. Let it begin!
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    December 12, 2016 at 5:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      ahhahahaha I’m hoping that spyder comes out with a doggy line πŸ˜€

      December 14, 2016 at 1:15 pm
  • Reply Sara @ Oats & Rows

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    December 12, 2016 at 6:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      πŸ˜€ She is my fave

      December 14, 2016 at 1:14 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    She is pretty adorable in that coat!! We got very cold temps but no snow. If it’s going to be that cold it should just snow right? I’ve not tried the Spyder gear but looks great and warm.
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    December 12, 2016 at 6:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yeah, I totally agree–if it is that cold, snow, dammit!

      December 14, 2016 at 1:13 pm
  • Reply Ellie

    This weekend I was obsessed with reading a new book from Stephanie Meyer (yes, the Twilight author). No shame, the book is pretty good. Your dog is cuter than anything I’ve seen this weekend! What size is he? Can we share booties?
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    December 12, 2016 at 7:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahaha her booties are nicer than mine! And we know that she is way more adorable than me. No shame in your reading game. Read what you love!

      December 14, 2016 at 1:12 pm
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Believe it or not, I was so grateful for the snow yesterday! Normally, I like to run in the fresh snow, but since that’s not an option right now–waiting for that pain to go away in my foot–I strapped on my XC skis and hit the trails. It was truly like food for the soul. As I struggle with this new diagnosis, it felt good to get out of the house and move.
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    December 12, 2016 at 7:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      My mom always cross country skiied, and I wish that I had learned. I think that some real but lower impact, quite, and freeing exercise for you was just what you needed.

      December 14, 2016 at 1:11 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    So adorable!!! It finally got cold here, but not that cold and no snow yet! Ridley is soooo adorable!
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    December 12, 2016 at 7:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      She wants to come play with Makena!

      December 14, 2016 at 1:08 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    We had a couple inches of snow and it was so strange for here! I loved it in the first snow sort of way. It melted.
    My mom visited and got Charlie a pink fleece blanket with llamas wearing scarves as the pattern. I am obsessed with it and so is Charlie.
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    December 12, 2016 at 7:29 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Um, I want that.

      December 14, 2016 at 1:07 pm
  • Reply Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate

    haha LOVE the coat so much…adorable! And I am not a cold weather person either but I also embraced the snow yesterday because it was so pretty!
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    December 12, 2016 at 7:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yesterday definitely WAS gorgeous. SO GORGEOUS!

      December 14, 2016 at 1:07 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Did we get snow? Oh jut a little! I’m learning to be a better snowy driver. I think I have no choice. Love those puppy boots. That ice is brutal on their paws!
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    December 12, 2016 at 7:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahaha I’m glad that you were ok this weekend. Please drive safely!

      December 14, 2016 at 1:06 pm
  • Reply Anna @ Piper's Run

    I love Ridley’s jacket! We never got a jacket or booties for our dog. As a sled dog, they don’t need them…winter was her thing! This winter will be different without her, that’s for sure!

    We are getting a snow storm right now – probably what you guys just had. Expecting 15-20cm – yikes! Hope I get home before the roads get ugly.
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    December 12, 2016 at 8:14 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Be careful! Ridley is just so small that I worry about her. Also, not a sled dog. And I wanted to get her a jacket.

      December 14, 2016 at 1:06 pm
  • Reply Cora

    I was GOING to call you crazy, but then you said pumpkin whip and cookies&cream and yeah, you’d be crazy NOT to get yourself some. Ridley is gorgeous. The obsession is valid.
    Stranger things was pretty good…. I wouldn’t say I was obsessed but its the only show I’ve plowed through in a single week like… ever. So…
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    December 12, 2016 at 8:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      πŸ˜€ You need to watch Medici: Masters of Florence. You would LOVE

      December 14, 2016 at 1:03 pm
  • Reply Patricia @Sweet and Strong

    I was reminded how much I am obsessed with and love peppermint when I made some peppermint mocha cupcakes and white chocolate peppermint crunch puppy chow. Needless to say I’m on a sugar high. lol. And I always crave froyo when it’s freezing out too! I wish it didn’t have to involve getting in the car and they could bring it to me πŸ˜‰
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    December 12, 2016 at 8:24 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I would HOSE that puppy chow. NOT EVEN A QUESTION

      December 14, 2016 at 1:03 pm
  • Reply Kelli @ Hungry Hobby

    It’s like you live in a different world, I think the last time I saw snow in person I was 12. This weekend I finished Christmas decorations, baked three batches of cookies, went a Christmas party and ran a 5K. My favorite part? The Bailys my friend brought after the 5K bahahahahaha
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    December 12, 2016 at 8:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahahaha COME AND VISIT ME

      December 14, 2016 at 1:01 pm
  • Reply Gretchen

    I’m so glad you got to run outside! I also did my long run outside this week and it took me about half of the time just to feel warm.

    December 12, 2016 at 9:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      After that run outside? I’m staying indoors πŸ˜€

      December 14, 2016 at 1:00 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    OMG, there is too much cuteness there…I don’t blame you. I am obsessed with binge watching Friday night lights on Netflix after my kids are in bed, LOL. I hate snow, unless I am looking out the window at it. THEN, it’s pretty.
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    December 12, 2016 at 9:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We are so of the same mind πŸ˜€

      December 14, 2016 at 1:00 pm
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    Ridley in boots…….!
    It’s all I can say!…..otherwise, I’m laughing but I’m also very proud that you are protecting her feet!

    Our dogs have lived with cold weather, but not Chicago winter weather and never with the road salt to contend with. Galen, as well as Champ, Lily and Peach loves to swim in the winter lake water, but as Labs, were bred for severe cold water. Their undercoats and seriously furry webbed feet provided what they needed……but we did not have road salt to deal with. We did have very wet labs running around the house sharing their cold lake water with us!
    Cinder had a wonderful (horse blanket) purple coat that we ordered it when we ordered the horses’ really heavy turnout coats so long ago.
    This weekend I, too, decorated and put lights up and candles. It was cold and very dreary which is perfect for an indoor weekend.

    December 12, 2016 at 9:30 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Perfect decorating weekend πŸ˜€ I can’t wait to see it!

      December 14, 2016 at 1:00 pm
  • Reply Emily

    It’s amazing how God makes even snow, though it’s cold, so beautiful and magical and delightful. I love running in falling snow. And Ridley in her coat. Wow, that makes me smile.
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    December 12, 2016 at 9:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Watching her in her boots and coat playing in the snow was so much fun! Such a source of joy!

      December 14, 2016 at 12:59 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    We totally got massive snow over the weekend and because we don’t often get snow, our city is terrible at snow removal and management so our roads are frigging suicidal. Now it’s supposed to get super sunny and FREEEEEZING so everything is going to turn to rock solid ice. Ugh. I’m grumpy about it.
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    December 12, 2016 at 9:44 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank goodness for a city that is used to snow. Otherwise, I would be PISSED

      December 14, 2016 at 12:58 pm
  • Reply Sarah @ BucketListTummy

    I am sorta jealous of your snow! Like I want 1-2 good snowfalls here and then I’ll be good. I love that you bought booties for Ridley – genius! And pumpkin whip and cookies and cream would totally be my choice too.
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    December 12, 2016 at 10:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      This is why we are friends. Come over and play in it!

      December 14, 2016 at 12:57 pm
  • Reply Jo @ Living MInt Green

    HAHAHA omg her doggy blanket kills me. I want a human version for myself!
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    December 12, 2016 at 10:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I totally do as well!

      December 14, 2016 at 12:56 pm
  • Reply Laura @ Mommy Run Fast

    That little coat is adorable!! A friend was recommending stranger things but I’m not sure it’s a good fit for me… maybe I need to give it a try.
    So sorry about the bitter cold headed your way. It feels too early in the winter for these temps!
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    December 12, 2016 at 10:47 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMG seriously. What the balls, winter. I’m neutral on Stranger Things. Great music.

      December 14, 2016 at 12:55 pm
  • Reply Annmarie

    OMG. Ridley in that coat is everything! Way too cute! And love your Spyder gear, I need to get me some!
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    December 12, 2016 at 11:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      The Spyder gear is amazing. For both indoors and out!

      December 14, 2016 at 12:50 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ RunWiki

    Your sweet pup looks like a mini horse! My daughter would geek out if we could get a blanket for our dog like Ridley’s– it’s just not cold enough here!
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    December 12, 2016 at 12:54 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I tried several blankets that were made by Weatherbeeta, who made the blankets for our horses!

      December 14, 2016 at 12:49 pm
  • Reply Sarah @ Sweet Miles

    Bahahaha OMG the doggie blanket!!! I would be obsessed too! Absolutely adorable, friend!
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    December 12, 2016 at 1:20 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Isn’t she the cutest?

      December 14, 2016 at 12:48 pm
  • Reply kat

    Holy snow! I’m glad you’ve got your pup some booties. Sometimes I think my pup needs them and it doesnt even snow here! It just drops below freezing at night so in the morning when she goes potty she hops on the grass cause her feet are so cold! Poor thing lol
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    December 12, 2016 at 3:01 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahahhahahaha what an adorable wuss. I love that!

      December 14, 2016 at 12:48 pm
  • Reply Kimberly Hatting

    UGH…this cold weather bites (literally). I made Max a doggy sweater when we got him two years ago…and I might have to make him another one soon (after all, I have more than one winter jacket). πŸ˜‰
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    December 12, 2016 at 5:43 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMG I love that you made Max a sweater. Ridley wants one!

      December 14, 2016 at 12:47 pm
  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    I really dont like the cold and snow. We’ve had a little bit this past weekend but nothing major yet. This weekend there’s a bit of a storm coming πŸ™ Sad face!
    Also, I’m not lying when I tell you that I’m 100% sure your dog is the cutest dog ive seen in my life!! omg!!
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    December 12, 2016 at 8:13 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      πŸ˜€ I will take the snow if it gives me an excuse to put Ridley in a coat and her booties. But that is really the only reason.

      December 14, 2016 at 12:46 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    That’s it. My dogs are getting shoes! SO STINKING CUTEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
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    December 13, 2016 at 1:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      πŸ˜€ Take video because I am sure that it will be hilarious.

      December 14, 2016 at 12:45 pm
  • Reply Mar @ Mar on the Run

    I am absolutely obsessed with Ridley! I’ve thought many times about moving to Chicago but um… that white stuff and -3 always talk me out of it. No, thanks. Lol.
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    December 13, 2016 at 8:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Just come and visit me more. That is all that I ask.

      December 14, 2016 at 12:42 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    I’m obsessed with Ridley’s winter gear toooo! What a cutie. I wish we got to see a video of her walking all funny in them, but I’m glad she adjusted to them so well. Jea was having none of it! lol at “a Thai place that isn’t worth mentioning” BURN. And ooooh yas girl, Stranger Things is so good! I knew I had to watch it when it was recommended strongly by two people with completely opposite tastes. My logic was “well if it appeals to BOTH of them, it must be good!” And it was! Scary, which I don’t usually like, but it was so good that I didn’t care. Ha! And I’ve been hearing good things about The Crown, too, I’ll have to check that out… We just got our first dusting of snow this weekend! It didn’t last long, but it was soooo pretty πŸ™‚

    December 13, 2016 at 10:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You need to come here. Our snow is actually staying quite pretty! Ridley didn’t even give a whomp about her boots. Just like boom. ANd omg I was so upset about the Thai place. Ugh. I’m neutral on Stranger Things. I’m not totally into it, but I will watch it. The music is great, though!

      December 14, 2016 at 12:42 pm
  • Reply San

    Ridley in that coat – I can’t handle it <3

    I have to invest into some warmer running clothes. Although it doesn't get THAT cold here in Northern CA and we don't get snow, I thought I was ok with my fleece jacket, but NOPE.
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    December 19, 2016 at 12:49 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You need a wind layer! Or a Ridley coat πŸ˜€

      December 19, 2016 at 1:20 pm

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