Child proof salad.

June 19, 2011

Pretty funny joke Carls Jr.  Make it so I can’t get into my veggies while my husband laughs at me giving myself a plastic-paper cut.

I bet I could fit a nickel into that crater of wrinkle on my forehead.

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As you know from my latest training post, my bladder literally almost exploded on our way to Cali.  We have to combine food/potty/gas all into one stop because we are stubborn like that and want to get to our destination ASAP.  We stopped at the State Line just outside of Vegas and our choices were between Mickey D’s, Taco Bell and Carls Junior.

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I refuse to eat fries and sit in the car all day long and feel the grease permeate onto my already unshowered hair and face and so I got the side salad with a teryaki turkey burger on a wheat bun (aka carmel food coloring mixed into the normal white bun dough…so healthy:)  It was pretty good for fast food and of course Billy got his onion ring/beef/bacon fix all in one burger.

PS thanks for the one cucumber….I am sure that meets my vegetables for the day.

A few hours later of sleeping (drooling, gross but true), watching chopped and playing would your rather with Bill it was time to whip out dessert.

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FYI J stands for Janae (and sometimes starburst Jelly beans) and it isn’t backwards but my computer always flips pictures.

Billy always drives the whole way (10 hours and yes I am a drivers ed teacher that HATES to drive) and so the driving part is when the vacation starts for me.  Treats, tv, music, snoozing….sounds good to me.

This is what we left this morning….

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And 10 hours later……..

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My in-laws waiting in the front yard for us for who knows how many hours!

It is going to be a rough 7 weeks.


If you could name one chunk of time in your life (college, first year of marriage, first job etc) that was your absolute favorite what would it be?!?!

-I have a feeling it is going to be NOW!!

Do you ever eat at fast food restaurants?  Do you try to make ‘healthier’ choices or do you just order whatever because you rarely eat there?

-I try to get some vegetables in and choose something that isn’t going to instantaneously clog up my arteries but you know I go for the fries and milkshake at 2 a.m. every now and then when I really want them!

Jenn June 19, 2011 at 7:33 pm

so jealous that you get to spend 7 weeks in CALI!!! its my dreammm and in two years I plan to drive there (across the whole country because I’m from NJ) and then spend 2 weeks there doing tons of cali things, so far I’ve only ever been to SanFran! also, what a pathetic salad! It shouldn’t even be allowed to be called that!


Janae June 19, 2011 at 11:00 pm

DRIVE ACROSS THE COUNTRY!?!? That would be AWESOME!! Oh, I LOVE SanFran….I am trying to convince Billy to take a train ride up there with me:)


Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn June 19, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Hahahaha wait I love you. Do you buy chopped on iTunes?! Also I hate that the macbook cameras flip everythanggg! I want one of those necklaces, PRONTO


Janae June 19, 2011 at 10:57 pm

Yes, get it on itunes….SO SO FUN!!


Dianna June 20, 2011 at 8:12 am

There is a way to set your photo booth to automatically flip your picture the right way after it’s taken. You just go to edit and click Auto Flip New Photos. :)


Nicole @ Of Cookies and Carrots June 19, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Ahh so jealous you’re in SoCal! :) I’ll be in SD in august you shoudl orchestrate a froyo expedition or something ;)

your inlaws are freaking adorable byt he way! Hope you have the best vacation ever :)


kara t. June 19, 2011 at 8:05 pm

I agree with now! Life only continues to get better!!!

I never eat fast food. The last time I ate at a fast food restaurant was last year sometime. But the next time will be In N Out in Vegas next month, and I will order whatever my mouth desires :)


Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health June 19, 2011 at 8:22 pm

7 weeks in Cali? Ahh so jealous. That is awesome. Thus far, I think undergrad has been my favorite time in my life…I miss all of my friends though! And I try not to eat fast food unless it’s necessary- I hate feeling like the grease is just going to pop up on my face in the form of a zit the next day :)

P.s. I want one of those necklaces! It’s super cute!


chelsey @ clean eating chelsey June 19, 2011 at 8:30 pm

I love that your inlaws are wiating for you – how cute is that?!?!?


Sabrina June 19, 2011 at 8:33 pm

I eat fast food few and far between. I always feel gross!!

Enjoy these 7 weeks! Can’t wait to hear about your adventures!


Missy June 19, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Oh M THANK YOU for the belly laugh. The parents waiting? For “who knows how long”?
Oh, man. Out loud. My dog got scared.

PS- NEVER be ashamed of drool sleep. That’s the best kind!!!


Christina @ The Athletarian June 19, 2011 at 8:38 pm

I want those slippers your in-laws are wearing. Both pairs.

I also want to go to Cali and sit on your in-laws grass right now. Meet ya there.


Cait's a Runnerchick June 19, 2011 at 8:53 pm

ya, i certainly agree that u are strapping in for one of the best chunks of ur life…have a blast girl and enjoy Cali!!

also, i have to just beg u to continue posting the BEST pictures ever, u always crack me up whether u’re making a fast food pick-up or doing the seatbelt dance, u’re awesome. :) oh, OR u’re flashing pretzel gang signs. lol


Janae June 19, 2011 at 10:57 pm

You made my day!! I am SO happy you enjoy my ridiculous pictures:) YOU ARE THE BEST!


Samantha June 19, 2011 at 9:05 pm

I drool all the time during road trips. haha.

Sounds like you’re about to have an awesome 7 weeks!!


Dorry June 19, 2011 at 9:28 pm

So excited for y’all, and a little bit jealous of 7 weeks in California!! I’m laying in bed and now I’m craving jelly beans! :)


RunEatRepeat June 19, 2011 at 9:36 pm

I forgot you were coming out! Hit me up so we can meet and talk UBS :)


Janae June 19, 2011 at 10:56 pm

GIRL!! WE NEED TO GO TO YOGURTLAND!!! I am in Mission Viejo…that is close to you right?!?! Let me know when you are free…my schedule is WIDE OPEN!


emma June 19, 2011 at 9:42 pm

hahaa! i’m so glad you let billy do all the driving…..i do the same with phil. blummin hate driving!!!


Rachel @ The Perseverance Diaries June 19, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Haha I hate when fast food salads only include one tomato or one cucumber and then a pile of shredded, sad iceberg lettuce :( At least you had good dessert to make up for it!


Lindie June 19, 2011 at 10:26 pm

I hate driving on road trips too!! I have to catch up on all my magazine reading while my husband drives!!

The chunk of my life is now! I have a great husband, a darling daughter, a sweet dog and a beautiful home! I am truly blessed!

I don’t really eat a fast food places unless it is Chick fill-a! That place is the only place I will order Chicken Nuggets! Oh and I am a sucker for $1 drinks at McDonalds!!

7 Weeks in Cali= Pure Jealousy! Have fun!!


Janae June 19, 2011 at 10:55 pm

GIRL!! We will have to meet up when you are in Cali!!! Chick-fil-a is GOOD and I LOVE the $1 lemonade at Mcdonalds!


Lindie June 19, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Yes Yes Yes!! Lets meet up FOR SURE!! I would LOVE it!! I will let you know when we are there and see what your schedule is like!! Can’t wait!!


Julia June 19, 2011 at 11:07 pm

ahhhh! So i hardly ever crave fastfood…but when I do…I go all out. Last night after Ragnar I was CRAVING fries. They were delicious! haha! Have so much fun…I need to talk to Rachelle and see if she was being serious about a roadtrip because I am not sure I can handle 7 entire weeks without you!


Amy N. June 19, 2011 at 11:09 pm

When I’m at a restaurant I usually substitute one of the starchy sides for a veggie of some sort (veggies at restaurants often leave much to be desired) but when it comes to craving a big juicy burger, I want the real deal!

Have fun on your trip! I hope you have beautiful weather, great runs, and fun times!


Rene June 19, 2011 at 11:14 pm

In N Out just opened in Texas and there’s one about a mile from my house. Does getting a double double animal style couny as healthy, you know because of all the clacium from the double cheese?
My favorite time of life is now. It just keeps getting better and better :)


gadabout June 19, 2011 at 11:19 pm

oh my gosh i want some jelly beans nowwwwww.

i did the triceps workout you shared last week- my arms and ABS (???) are STILL killing me. so thank you i guess! :)

and i am 100% jealous of you 10 hour drive. that seems terribly short to me. in august i am driving from south carolina to newfoundland and it is LITERALLY a 50 hour drive!!! google maps says: 2 days, 2 hours. noooooooooooooooooo


Michelle (The Runner's Plate) June 19, 2011 at 11:25 pm

I love that your in-laws were waiting out front for you–that’s awesome!

I can’t remember the last time I ate at a fast food restaurant. If I had to eat there, I would try to pick out the healthiest option on the menu.


Jamie aka "Sometimes Healthy Girl" June 20, 2011 at 5:01 am

Your in-laws are adorable. I love that pic :-)

I’m enjoying this chapter of my life – living and working in NYC. It’s the biggest roller coaster I’ve ever experienced but I’m certainly learning a lot. I really enjoyed my previous chapter in Chicago where I had a dog and the man. It was the perfect balance of city/domestic life. BUT I’m glad I started this adventure :-) It’s been a ride and I love not knowing what’s up next!

I’m not a fan of fast food joints but if I do go, I choose healthier options like you :-) But fries are some of my fave foods. I’ll eat them anywhere.


Babs June 20, 2011 at 5:12 am

Having great in-laws is the best. I love the welcome home cheer they gave!!


Yolie @ Practising Wellness June 20, 2011 at 5:15 am

I would have to say NOW, including the last two years since I have been with the Kiwi…not to be lame, but he makes life even more awesome and special than it already was <3 have fun at the in-laws, they look proper coolio! :-) xyx


Erica June 20, 2011 at 5:45 am

There are different times and places that just “speak to our souls” I think this 7 weeks in CA will be this for you. Savor it!!!

With the whole FF thing, I can pretty much feel myself out hours in advance. Yesterday my hubs and I roadtripped I could tell it was not going to be a FF day for me. I packed a salad before we left. Funny thing is my hubs was actually kind of jealous of it even while enjoying his bacon double cheeseburger.

Enjoy you first day in CALIFORNIA!


kari @running ricig June 20, 2011 at 6:17 am

That picture of your inlaws is the greatest!

I WISH Mike would drive the whole way on road trips. Unfortunately, he’s only allowed to drive when it’s a long stretch of straight because he has a horrible sense of direction that even the GPS can’t cure.

I would say I’m pretty happy with my life now too :)


Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 20, 2011 at 7:12 am

I don’t think I’ve ever actually stopped at a Carl’s Junior but they are everywhere on our trip from NY to NC every year. Now that I know they at least have turkey burgers I might have to hit that up.
You’re lucky with a husband who wants to drive the whole way. Our roles are completely flipped here. Mine NEVER drives. And when he does it’s like he converts to an 80 yr old man driving a buick and is the slowest driver on the planet. Pure torture.


Andrea @ Onion in My Hair June 20, 2011 at 7:23 am

LOVE the pic of the in-laws!


janetha June 20, 2011 at 8:37 am

Your In Laws rule. Have a GREAT time, lady! xoxoxo


Brittany June 20, 2011 at 9:15 am

The child proof salad made me LOL! That’s how my Mondays feel haha


@ThisLittleLambe June 20, 2011 at 9:43 am

I think my time is NOW too! Me and the boy are about to move to Connecticut from Toronto and I am so excited for our new adventure.

I get stuck having to find healthy choices at fast food restos ALL THE TIME thanks to Mr. My-Metabolism-knows-no-limits aka Mr. I-Can-Eat-25-Burgers-in-one-sitting-and-not-gain-an-inch. My favourite healthy option is the McDonald’s Asian Chicken Salad. I almost died when I saw the edamame. YUM!


Rochelle June 20, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Girl – I’m so freaking jealous! We spent the weekend in St. George and it was heaven! I’m actually going to SoCal the first week of July – I can’t wait to do a run at sea level…it should be amazing – I hope!

Have lots of fun and we will be missing you here in Utah!!!


natalie (the sweets life) June 20, 2011 at 1:31 pm

your in-laws are the cutest! love that pic of them waiting for you!

hubbies are rock stars…ryan always drives the whole way on road trips too…while i sleep, read, and eat :)


Cara June 20, 2011 at 8:55 pm

I try try try to have the attitude that I’m always starting the bestest time of my life! :) Except when I try to use this mindset before finals week, I just kinda laugh really hard at my silly self.


Marie July 4, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Your in-laws are so cute! Love your blog & your pics always make me laugh. It is also necessary to show my husband as well! ;) You are beautiful, BTW!


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