Wednesday Bullets


Hello from a week that is picking up speed like a boulder rolling down a hill! I am eyeballs deep in STUFF, not to mention completely unable to shampoo my hair comfortably thanks to a couple of beastly workouts already this week, so I only have time for some bullets. But I am overflowing with things to say though so there was no way I couldn’t post, so you’ll have to forgive this mess of jumbled thoughts with absolutely no rhyme or reason.

*Through a mix of mistakes on my part and internet shadiness I purchased a FAKE CLARISONIC from Amazon of all places. WHAT? No one is more pissed than I am, let me tell you. I have jumped through about 900 hoops and it looks like I will get some of my money back but I am waiting for the whole situation to resolve itself before I blog about it. It’s coming though because I have A LOT to say. In the meantime though, if you are not buying DIRECTLY FROM CLARISONIC: Caveat Emptor. It’s not worth the $15 you are saving. Trust me. It’s a $100 face brush: pay the extra cash to ensure yours is legit.

*I think my friends at CrossFit Estes Park kicked off their Whole 30 yesterday – HOORAY! Good luck to all of you. I think of you every time single time I do burpees in a wod at my gym (and lately that’s like EVERYDAY.) When I’m huffing and puffing and hating every inch of that movement, I say to myself “At least I’m not a mile above sea level!” haha Just kidding. Sort of. You guys are rockstars, best of luck on the Whole 30!

*The other day A’Dell talked me into making a super exciting impulse purchase online (well, really she didn’t have to twist my arm that hard, but still.) Anyway, it’s a STEAM MOP! I had planned to buy a Shark at Costco because it was on coupon, but she told me all sorts of horror stories (that aligned with many of the reviews I had read online) and so I ended up going with this one. (Which was cheaper that the discount one at Costco anyway) And I’m over the moon about it. Now she has convinced me I want dryer balls! Next thing you know I’m going to be impulse buying Metamucil and inviting my knitting circle over for dinner at 3pm. My 20 year old self is horrified. Thank god I’m now 34 and DON’T CARE WHAT ANYONE THINKS ABOUT MY SMALL BORING STEAM MOPPED LIFE!!! :)

get out what you put in

*So I’ve been forced to take my own advice lately. Man, isn’t that a pisser. :) Mostly in relation to not focusing on where you think you *should* be fitness-wise, and man is that such a tough pill to swallow. Recently our CrossFit box posted its 2012 wrap up video and it reminded me that I am significantly less fit than I was a year ago. (Speaking of, I wrote this on my facebook wall the other day, but it’s worth repeating – if your gym experience is not full of laughs and good times — IT CAN BE!) Anyway, I mean, it’s not dire, but the truth is you DO get out what you put in, and I put more cookies in my mouth than workouts towards the end of the year, and them’s the facts. And those facts have consequences which mean I can no longer snatch a 100lb bar over my head with ease. Lame. Just knowing that I have to WORK to get back to a place I was a year ago is frustrating. But also? It’s life. Things meander and it’s not always a straight line from A to B so I’m just humbling myself, starting back at square one and busting my ass. I know I’ll get back there, but in the meantime: GRUMBLEGRUMBLEGRUMBLE.

ARCFit 2012 – Large from American River CrossFit on Vimeo.

*Garrett and I went to the library after the gym the other night like we do just about every week (See above re: I don’t care what anyone thinks about my library and steam mop filled life! :)) and I had a stack of books to donate so I gave them to him and asked him if he would pass them on to the librarian. Only as I passed them did I realize it was a stack containing 50 Shades of Grey and other such sundry romance type novels. I wish I could have seen the librarians face.

*Speaking of the library, I picked up the Carly Rae Jepson cd at the library, and I understand that 2012 killed everyone’s love for Call Me Maybe (well, not mine, because my love was fierce) but you guys it is SUCH A GOOD CHEESY POP CD. Like, literally every song. Even the duet she does with that guy who is clearly just a Postal Service rip-off. Pop Goldmine, I tell you! And if you need some of that in your life I highly recommend it without shame.

*I want to give you two non-recipe Whole 30 recipes that I’ve enjoyed over the last week. Recipe one involves a banana. I was jonesing for a little something fun this weekend because this bottle of wine was staring at me menacingly and I need a delineation between the workweek and the weekend. So I took a banana, sliced it and fried it in a pan in some ghee. Then I sprinkled cinnamon on it. Then I threw its caramelized goodness into a bowl, plopped a scoop of sunbutter on it, and sprinkled on some coconut flakes that had been dry toasted, salted and sprinkled with cinnamon. IT WAS THE BOMB.
Caramelized banana with a dollop of sunbutter & cinnamon toasted coconut. #whole30 #hwisc

*Recipe two I made on Sunday when I was doing food prep because I was hungry but didn’t want to cook stuff to eat right then. I threw a bag of pre-chopped trader joe’s kale on a pan, tossed with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder and brewer’s yeast and baked at 400 for 20 minutes. In the meantime I browned up some crumbled chorizo in a pan. when the kale was done I had put too much on the pan for all of it to get crispy so I tossed the still soggy kale in the pan with my chorizo and mixed it together. Then I threw it all in a bowl and topped it with my crispy kale. Then I died and went to heaven. I will do this again, just on purpose this time.
Snack while I'm doing my Sunday prep: chorizo with crispy, garlicky kale #whole30 #hwisc


WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEW! I think that’s everything! What’s new with you???

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38 comments to Wednesday Bullets

  • Caity @ Moi Contre La Vie
    January 9, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Sean’s sister was RAVING about steam mops this weekend. I think I may need to take the plunge!

    • Holly
      January 9, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      It’s just makes it so convenient and easy to mop your floors and this makes my little OCD brain happy!!!!

  • Juliann
    January 9, 2013 at 9:07 am

    As a librarian I have to say, I’m surprised you weren’t given a recommendation for additional erotica and/or romance titles. Very little shocks us and we love the opportunity to suggest other books. We’re feistier than ya think.

    Also, steam mop review please. I’ve been toying with the idea of getting one. White tile kitchen floor + dog = too much mopping for my taste. But I haven’t heard of one that works really well.

    • Holly
      January 9, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      Oh, I wasn’t saying I wanted to see their faces based on the books alone, mostly based on the fact that I made GARRETT turn in the books for donation. The thought of him being like – “Hi I’m a 30 something dude just dropping off a big ol’ stack of erotica here…” made me chuckle. hahahahahahaa It still does. I mean, I’m sure they see weirder stuff, but I was just tickled. Next up I think I’ll make Garrett buy me tampons! lol

      Our librarians (and librarians in general) are ALWAYS cool. (Also it my secret/not-so-secret fantasy to BE a librarian. JEALOUS) I’ll definitely do a review of the steam mop. I borrowed my mom’s and it was such a game changer. I’m so dang excited to have it!

  • Katie Salinas
    January 9, 2013 at 9:09 am

    So question: where have you found sunbutter than doesn’t have cane sugar added? I admit I haven’t hit up Whole Foods yet so if that is the answer, I will make the trek!

    • Holly
      January 9, 2013 at 12:17 pm

      Yes, they sell two kinds at Whole Foods but one tastes awful! (the glass jar with the green lid)

      The good and compliant one just says “Sunbutter” with a blue background and sunflower on the front and organic underneath it and has a green lid. (There are like 4 types by that brand.) Also it’s a plastic jar, not glass. Hope that helps.

  • AndreAnna
    January 9, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Holy crap that kale thing sounds yummy!

    • Holly
      January 9, 2013 at 12:15 pm

      So good and so easy! Definitely try it. Now that I’m not really eating cheese I find that adding chorizo sort of makes everything better.

  • Jesabes
    January 9, 2013 at 9:55 am

    I’m now really glad I bought my Clarisonic FROM Clarisonic! (Black Friday Deal right on their website! It was $20 off!) It’s awful you got a fake from Amazon, though. I hope whatever seller it was has been banned!

    Also, dryer balls are awesome. Love mine. I got them on Etsy from this shop HereWeGoAJen recommended and I think they’re cheaper than what A’Dell got on Amazon. Though I got the 10-pack and that may be why. 10 is a good number of them, especially since the cat tries to steal them and one is missing right now.

  • Roberts
    January 9, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Tell me about it re: working to get back to where you were a year ago. This is my 3rd year “distance” running and every year I feel like I’ve had to start from scratch and take half a year to get back to where I was the previous year. That was the impetus for the 600 mile thing. I dont want to lose it after this year.

    • Holly
      January 9, 2013 at 12:14 pm

      I know! It’s the pits. I really find fitness goals like that helpful just to keep you accountable (or to keep you conscious when you are tempted to slack.) I’m excited to hear all about your running this year! It’s fun to have friends who are pushing themselves too. Also thanks for the comprehensive Relay email. I am not even at a point to start contemplating the details yet, but I’m so happy to have it. We are meeting with our team on Friday night at the Bonn Lair (womp womp that we aren’t drinking!) but I should have more strategy and organization ideas from there. Also Lesley and I are going to run together some this year. Might be fun if the 4 of us (I’m including Garrett even though he has no idea – ha!) ran a race together beforehand. Keep us all accountable!

  • Samantha
    January 9, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Oh my gosh, I love my steam mop with a love that is truly ridiculous! My husband is a pastor, and the parsonage we’re in right now has ancient linoleum – steam is the only thing that makes it look like a herd of elephants haven’t gone slip’n’sliding in my kitchen. I’m constantly amazed how black the pads get even with using it several times a week!

    • Holly
      January 9, 2013 at 12:11 pm

      Oh it’s such a game changer. Especially since we recently got a dog, it’s just so nice to be able to do a thorough cleaning whenever I want. I’m a giant dork, I realize, but I am a happy dork with the right tools and a floor you could eat off of!

  • Erin
    January 9, 2013 at 10:20 am

    So how did you know your Clarisonic was a fake? (I got one for Christmas that I wishlisted on Amazon and I hope mine is the real thing!)

  • Samaki
    January 9, 2013 at 10:37 am

    I agree that dryer balls work. I actually only have a handful, but I can really tell a difference in drying time with towels. Now I want a steam mop!

  • K
    January 9, 2013 at 10:49 am

    I tell you what, I kind of love “Call Me Maybe.” We have had many a dance party to that at home.

  • Cami Sebern
    January 9, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Hi friend,

    Burpees at a mile high aren’t so bad…hahahaha. Thanks for the shout out for our Estes Park Whole 30. We have some members who are doing a repeat and some first timers so we will all learn new things about our bodies together. This blog made me laugh today so thank you, you and your wisdom are so much fun!!

  • A'Dell
    January 9, 2013 at 11:03 am

    It’s kind of ridiculous how good domestic tools make us so happy. BUT THEY DO!

  • sizzle
    January 9, 2013 at 11:14 am

    I saw your picture of the banana thing on Instagram and was like YUM! But that kale chorizo thing is definitely winning and I’m going to have to make it.

  • Rachel @ painfreekitchen
    January 9, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Eek! I didn’t realize you could get a fake Clarisonic from Amazon but somehow I’m not surprised at all. I bought mine from Amazon so I’m a tiny bit worried now….will keep my eyes open for your post about it to make sure. Although it’s worked perfectly and the legit brushheads I bought directly from Clarisonic fit so maybe I’m good.

    Also I’m listening to Carly Rae Jepson cd right now because of you. Call Me Maybe is just so damn catchy and I needed something to keep me peppy today working from home.

  • Susannah
    January 9, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    I hear you about the fitness that was. I have had plantar fasciitis since the end of last Oct. No walking, no hiking, now no snowshoeing. It stinks! And before that and after that was way too much sugar consumption. So weight gain and feeling like a flabby blob. But, I’m on day 9 of my Whole30 and it’s going really well. I envy you your kale from TJ. there’s no Trader Joe’s in the state of Vermont! I love a fast veggie option – chorizo kale sounds and looks great.
    Off to check out the steam mop..

    • Holly
      January 9, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      Convenient kale is overrated because they leave the woody stem in, so don’t be too jealous :) Plus, everytime I go into Trader Joe’s I have to resist buying and eating an entire jar of cookie butter and who even NEEDS THAT KIND OF STRESS. Consider yourself lucky, see? :)

  • Emily
    January 9, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Can you use the steam mop on hardwood? If so, I think that may be JUST thing I need… along with the Carly Rae Jepson CD. Work and life have been so hectic for me the past week, I think I need that kind of pop-induced happiness in my life right now!

    Plus, it’s kind of hilarious to hear my 4-year old daughter singing along (because she loves it, too). She definitely takes “the boys all chase me” line very literally, which is fine by me!!

    Re: Clairsonic – check out They run 20% of specials all the time and sometimes include Clairsonics in the deals. That’s where I got mine and it is legit! Plus, if you have a CapitalOne card you get crazy bonus miles for purchases from that site.

    • Holly
      January 9, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      You CAN use it on hardwood and it is AWESOME. OHMAHGAWD my excitement is kind of ridiculous. It’s super convenient and it makes thins soooooo pretty!

  • Mariah B
    January 9, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Love your post, Holly!

    Here’s my Wednesday run-down, which I just posted on FB, but I’m not “friends” with you on there. 😉

    I’m so thankful today for victories!

    I power-cleaned 105# for the first time today since last July. At that time, it was a PR, and I only did it once. Today I cleaned it 6 times.

    Even cooler, when I started my deadlifting program 6 weeks ago, I was worried about cleaning just the 45# bar, due to my shoulder/upper trap injuries. Any upper body work would send me straight to migraine city.

    A million thanks to Dr. Alex from Valley Spine & Sport, who has been working with ART, other manual methods, and corrective exercises to fix all my injuries and issues. (Hah! Maybe not all.) Plus, I’ve not had a migraine or serious headache in almost a month, and after a car accident last June, it was a multi-weekly, sometimes daily, occurrence.

    And the icing on the cake? Thanks to the Whole 30 program, I have better mental clarity than I’ve had in months, am eating more than I ever have, and am the leanest I’ve been since probably last May. Score for being strong on Day 9!

    So much for the Wednesday mid-week blah’s! :)

    • Holly
      January 9, 2013 at 3:12 pm

      Isn’t the mental clarity the best? That is exactly how I feel! And kudos on the big accomplishments, physically too! Such great news. You must feel AWESOME!

  • Emily
    January 9, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Also, thank you for sharing your CrossFit round-up video. I just want back and watched it. I loved the pic of you flipping the bird whilst bear-crawling! But, really, it was so inspiring. My husband and I used to CrossFit back in 2010 and then I got injured and immediately thereafter my husband had some medical issues… and we had to stop. I am yearning to go back and that video just really pulled at my heartstrings.

  • ~t
    January 9, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    The frequent posting that you’be been doing? Totally awesome! Especially the whole 30 goodies. You rock!

    • Holly
      January 10, 2013 at 9:12 am

      Oh yay! Glad you like it. It’s been so fun. Any specific Whole 30 goodies you would like, let me know!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed
    January 10, 2013 at 10:27 am

    I’m feeling you on getting back to where you used to be. We play vball at our church and it’s pretty serious. I’ve played casual backyard vball throughout my life and I’m athletic enough that I can pick up almost any sport and be fairly legit, but the people I’m playing with play in leagues, etc! I was getting a lot better as the weeks progressed, but then we took a few weeks (months?) off because of lack of attendance. Last night was my first night back and only 6 of us showed up (and I was the only girl of course) so I was busting my butt and it was NOT good. I know I can play better, so I’m excited to improve, but I was so frustrated last night. And now I wrote a book… the end :)

  • Lisa K.
    January 10, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Thanks for the steam mop hint. I checked it out and I’m interested in it. Hope your soreness goes away!





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