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Pre-Thanksgiving Catch Up (Injury Update, Fun with Friends, and Yums)

As I hope you will be spending the next group of dates cramming delicious foods into your mouths while surrounded by the people you love most in the world, I am coming at you with an early catch up crammed with lots of other updates and recaps!

Remember when I said that this wasn’t going to become a blog all about my pregnancy? Well, when you are only posting 1-2 times a week, you are going to get pregnancy updates! But also some injury updates for you (even though those also come with some baby flavoring).

Let’s start with the weekend. Alex did work, and I continued my cooking! Four major recipes in four days (to keep it fun and manageable). I made:

I made all in the slow cooker, though I did get tired of waiting with the Caldo Verde and transfered it to the stove top, but you can totally do it in the crockpot/slowcooker. 

 

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After I was finished, the fridge looked like this!

And that cottage cheese carton isn’t cottage cheese 😀 I would say that we are ready for the Yoshter to make her appearance, at least with regards to food.

We also spent some serious time in the nursery this weekend. We raised the mattress in the crib so that I won’t have to reach so far, unpacked all of the clothes that we have and the new gifts from our registry, and started to take stock of the things that we still need. 

We finished off the day with an early trip to Tarascas, and I got my new favorite dish: their chicken nachos.

 

GUYS THESE ARE PERFECTION. Huge chunks of tender chicken, pico de gallo, guac, and their chips, which are the best. 

We closed out the night with Hidden Figures and some ice cream! #suchagreatday

Sunday was chill but great. I had meet ups in Logan Square with a bunch of influencers that Landon Lacey Jewelry is working with, and then Alex made the best decision ever and got us Frances Deli take away. YOU GUYS WE HAVE A SERIOUS ISSUE.

3RD TIME IN 7 DAYS FOR ME…

We were so full that we just had an ad hoc dinner, lol!

Oh, and I dug in with a little show called Mindhunter, which I finished Monday morning. IT IS EXCELLENT and I highly recommend it (but that is definitely not UVA that they go to!). Watch it and then read the Karen Vail series, and you will be in criminal profiling and psychology heaven. 😀

Monday was a fantastic day in several unexpected ways. Ridley’s beloved walker got her schedule akimbo because of the holiday, and so I had to take Ridley out. Because I had my 6 week doctor’s appointment the next day, I decided to walk (carefully, and not far!), plus the poor dog had to go out! I had some tightness in my hips, but the discomfort was bilateral (both sides). I had to do it again a few hours later (Ridley was having a moment), but, again, I was super careful and conservative. 

Guys, it felt so good to be outside without the encumberance of crutches. It was a gorgeous morning, and though I was moving gingerly, I was just so esctatic. 

 

That afternoon was spent surrounded by new and old girlfriends as Landon and I had a business call, and then two visits with blogger/influencers that we are doing special pieces for. It was “work,” but really? It was just hanging out with the girls, talking jewelry and sharing stories and having fun. It was also amazing to see Landon doing her thing creatively and just having an amazing time–I think we both realized how much we want to make days like that the norm, rather than the exception!

Allllright, let’s get to the doctor’s appointment.

The good news is that I am off the crutches full time. The bad news is, the women’s bone specialist is being really cautious about my treatment. She wants me basically getting back to household chores (cough, already doing that, on a light basis) and going up the block over the next 4 weeks. I understand her caution, but I also know that I have NO inclination to be back in the situation that I’ve been in or the last 6 weeks. So yes, I am going to proceed with GREAT caution, though probably not as much as she would like. 

My decision to be a bit more active than not was actually reinforced during physical therapy (there was an opening later that day that I snapped up). I explained my plan (not going farther than a block or two at a time, crutching if I get sore, etc), and she agreed that as long as I use good judgment and err on the side of caution (thus why I am taking my crutches with me to SC, though I am not planning on using them a ton), She thinks I will do well!

Fingers crossed. And don’t worry, I promise I will be careful and good. I am getting to the point in my pregnancy that I was going to pull back, anyway, so I am aok with this. But I have to have movement, I need to start taking care of some things around my life, and I want to enjoy the end of my pregnancy at least a little bit.

There go my feet!

Today, I am actually doing something super fun and awesome: recording Diz Runs with Suz Part 2! It is crazy that it has been 1 1/2+ years since I was on his podcast, and since I no longer am part of the coaching mastermind group, we just have missed each other. We are overdue for a chat, and, as Denny said, we might as well record it! I can’t wait to catch up with him and also talk about the changes in my life and my perspective towards running and the role of running in my life. Also, that little marathon question…. stay tuned!

I am PUMPED about our trip to Palmetto Bluff. My brother is picking us up from the airport, and Mom is meeting us at the barn so I can see my buddy Brian (who we’ve had since I was 13!) before we drive the rest of the way out to PB. Then it is LEMMMMMEEEERRRRTIME. Plus some Babymoon time for Alex and I. So we will get about 2 hours of babymoon time, lol. Julie and I are trying to set up a time to meet, and Saturday afternoon, one of my old running buddies is going to take maternity pictures for Alex and me!

OH and the baby shower now has a venue, thanks, again, to Landon. She is my guardian angel right now 😀 I owe her many, many bottles of wine 😀

 Alright, I’m off, mostly because Ridley wants a cuddle, and I can’t say no to her. 

 

Stopped by home to get leggings for phys therapy. This is what I find. #lemmerzoo #dariddles #savasana

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Happy happy Thanksgiving, my friends! Even if you aren’t American, I hope you take some time over the next few days to give thanks and express your gratitude for the loved ones in your life and your many many blessings. Life is always going to throw us curveballs, but that is why we are part of a team. I love this holiday!

And chocolate 😀

Talk to you all later!

xoxox Suz

Is anyone else obsessing about brunch right now?

Staying at home or traveling for the holiday?

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21 Comments

  • Reply Emily

    Your fridge looks amazing! Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

    November 22, 2017 at 6:13 am
  • Reply Deborah Brooks

    Nice job on the meal prep! Hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving. We are hosting 🙂

    November 22, 2017 at 6:31 am
  • Reply Rae

    Holy Moses, those nachos are next level! Nachos are one of my all-time favorite foods, and I frequently order them as my entree even though they’re technically an appetizer. Any excuse for guac, am I right?

    Glad to hear that there is some progress on the injury front, and I know that you are super in tune with your body and will be careful. Enjoy your trip!

    November 22, 2017 at 7:30 am
  • Reply Gretchen

    I’m happy you got some good news! Hoping you continue to feel better but be careful! Always thankful for you and your friendship 🙂 have a great holiday!

    November 22, 2017 at 7:44 am
  • Reply Sara Larsen

    Yay so glad you can start moving more! Hope you have a great thanksgiving!!

    November 22, 2017 at 7:46 am
  • Reply Sarah Dudek

    Isn’t it fun and a little crazy to see your body change with pregnancy and also how it makes your mindset change? I really enjoyed it both times around. I now know that at around 32-34 weeks my body says, “Hey, let’s have this thing!” and I just need to slow it WAY the heck down. I’m so used to being on the go and pushing through everything. But when pregnant it is just time to chill it down a little bit and enjoy.

    November 22, 2017 at 7:54 am
  • Reply Cora

    Look at that FRIDGE! That is a bleepin’ masterpiece. Can I come over and just pretend my fridge is as organized and full of yummies as yours?

    That feeling of being ecstatic just walking outside…. ah I was so happy to hear this. The little things, after you’ve been away from them, are priceless. Be careful, but also enjoy <3. Happy Thanksgiving to you and the whole gang, Suz!! Enjoy that time around the table with family <3

    November 22, 2017 at 8:06 am
  • Reply Maureen

    The meal prep looks amazing! Have a wonderful time in PB. Happy Thanksgiving!

    November 22, 2017 at 8:13 am
  • Reply Emily Swanson

    Wow your meal prep looks so organized! That is some meal prep goals right there; right now I’m thankful for God’s sustenance of that little sweet Yoshi inside of you. And I’m also grateful to see that you’re enjoying so many different things like chicken nachos, cuddles with Ridley, and I bet tomorrow’s celebration will be lovely.

    November 22, 2017 at 8:59 am
  • Reply Lex

    I think i am going to have to recreate those nachos, they look fabulous! Good job on filling up the fridge! And yay for being able to walk sans crutches! That must feel so good.
    Happy thanksgiving <3

    November 22, 2017 at 11:43 am
  • Reply Laura

    Hooray for being off of crutches! Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

    November 22, 2017 at 12:23 pm
  • Reply Katie

    I’ve heard that Mindhunter is really good but I haven’t checked it out yet. Maybe I’ll have to do that this weekend!

    November 22, 2017 at 12:24 pm
  • Reply Megan

    Glad you’re finally off the crutches. Have fun in SC!

    November 22, 2017 at 6:02 pm
  • Reply GiGi Eats

    PUMPED YOU ARE OFF THOSE DAMN CRUTCHES!!! That’s something to be thankful for – that’s for damn sure!

    November 22, 2017 at 7:50 pm
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    Your dog is just priceless! I am so glad that you have her in your life, and on your couch!
    See you tomorrow YAY!

    November 22, 2017 at 8:22 pm
  • Reply Ellen

    YAY for no more crutches! Your nachos look insane and I’m sure your Thanksgiving food will be fab. And I need to make your French onion soup. Enjoy PB! 🙂

    November 23, 2017 at 12:23 am
  • Reply Neil

    Wow! Your fridge looks like my freezer, packed with yummy foods!

    Loving all the slow cooker meals, I’ve just managed to acquire a slow cooker and am slowly making my way through some recipes. Great news you are off the crutches full time. Make sure you take it easy as per those doctors orders. And happy Thanksgiving!

    November 23, 2017 at 6:44 am
  • Reply lindsay Cotter

    so glad you are doing better. Nice job on the meal prep! <3 sending love and yoshi hugs!

    November 23, 2017 at 8:32 am
  • Reply Lacey Balliet

    Happy Thanksgiving Suz! Those nachos look amazing that you had. I remember enjoying listening to that podcast that you were featured on. Please share when you will be on again and I will download it.

    November 24, 2017 at 8:33 am
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Ummm, Yoshi is going to be a total foodie because check out all of that delicious food

    I hope you guys had a lovely Thanksgiving!

    November 25, 2017 at 2:24 am
  • Reply Julie Running in a Skirt

    I’m so catching up here! So glad you ditched the sticks!!!!
    I’m so bummed we could not make it work to see each other. Who would have thought two places that look so close on the map were so far away.
    Going to see how your weekend went now.

    November 28, 2017 at 7:21 am
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