My Friday Favorites

November 9, 2012

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NYCRunningMama is doing an awesome Race for Recovery Virtual Race for those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Favorite things about today!!!

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I just got my PLANE ITINERARY in my email.  This means that I am officially going to Utah for two full weeks of mom/sister/cousin/dad/brothers/sister-in-laws/utah bf’s/nieces/nephew time.  I leave a week from Monday get excited for family and Cafe Rio overload on the blog.

Anyone know that my middle name is Nicole?


Lizzie had an extra In-Styler (remember how mine broke because I like to throw things on the floor) so she sent it to me and it is PURPLE.  

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She also sent those adorable onsies and Brooke is already the little fashion diva in her striped outfit.  Another favorite about today is that Brooke loves holding my hand and I love holding hands so just FYI I am typing this with one hand because my other hand is too busy holding a sleeping babies hand.

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I bought this ice cream flavor for billy because I thought he would love it since it is football themed and manly and included little chocolate footballs but I tried some and I am banning him from even trying it because I want it all to myself.  

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I get to go run outside tomorrow morning because Billy will be home.  I did 10 miles on the treadmill this morning at an average pace of 8:09 and could not stop thinking about how awesome it is going to feel to run on an actual road and not my patio:)


PS it was so cold on my run this morning I had to wear sleeves.  (I am trying to convince my parents to move here by saying stuff like that while it is currently snowing at their house)  


Do you have a middle name?  What is it?  Any other people with Nicole as a middle name?

What are your favorite things about today?

Are you going ‘home’ for Thanksgiving?  

kim@hungryhealthygirl November 9, 2012 at 1:05 pm

My sister’s middle name is Nicole, too! My middle name is Michelle. I know you’re so excited to see your family and I’m excited for you!


Hollie November 9, 2012 at 1:15 pm

My middle name is Michelle too! Twinnies! ;)


Holly November 9, 2012 at 1:42 pm

So is mine!


Holly November 9, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Mine is Michelle too :)


Andrea November 9, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Same! But mine is spelled Mychelle!


Julie nicole November 9, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Haha my middle name is nicole and my sisters middle name is michelle!!


mischa November 11, 2012 at 2:36 pm

my middle name is nicole too… and my sister’s name is michelle… too funny!


Tiffany November 9, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Yay for you going to Utah! Does Billy get to go with you guys for part of it at least? I have lots of friends who are lawyer wives who fly home for around a month in the summer and a month at the holidays – their hubs join them for a small part of that vacation.

My mom lives 1 hour south of us so we’ll go down to her house for Thanksgiving which is nice. My husband parents will be visiting from Germany 1.5 weeks after thanksgiving so that will be good for him too to get to see them sometime “around” the holidays – and for his birthday!

Favorite things about today:
#1 Spending an hour at the running store trying on shoes with my hubby
#2 We are going to the climbing wall tonight – I haven’t been in FOREVER and am really looking forward to getting back into it! I’ll be really upset if I break something because my second half marathon is coming up in 4 weeks and this one is FLAT so I’m so excited about that lol. (First race ever = super hilly half marathon, what was I thinking?!)


Leslie November 9, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Is this how you get your hair to look so shiny and perfect? Where the heck do I get one of these inStylers?? Also, I’m pretty sure Brooke is the most adorable combination of you and Billy!


Irene November 9, 2012 at 1:23 pm

I was wondering the same thing! I’ve been so curious about those instyler things…anyone else have one and like it or not like it?


Angela November 9, 2012 at 1:53 pm

I have an inStyler and LOVE it!!! I have seen them at Walmart before.


Carol November 10, 2012 at 4:22 am

I’ve been curious about them too. Thinking of one for Christmas. I’d love a review!


Chelsie @ Balance, Not Scale November 9, 2012 at 1:08 pm

My middle name is Josephine — I used to hate it, but I’ve come to love it. It’s very “me”! My Mom’s name is Nicole, so I think you’re in good company! ;)
How is your back holding up? I hope you’re not having any lingering pain!! Have fun on your run tomorrow!!
Best part of my day — finding out that I got my (dream) job that I interviewed for last week!! SO EXCITED!!
Have a great weekend! :D


Katie @ Peace Love & Oats November 9, 2012 at 1:09 pm

I’m so excited for you to go home, I can’t wait to read all about it! And um, I would definitely hide the ice cream and keep it all to myself if I were you… mini chocolate foot balls filled with caramel!? Yes, please! Also, I LOVE my middle name: Adele. I used to wish it was my first name, but now that the singer Adele is famous, that would be a little weird.


Hollie November 9, 2012 at 1:15 pm

I’m so excited you’ll get to your fam. I thought of you yesterday as I was eating my recovery pint of ice cream after my run. It’s been so cold up here too which is certainly not okay!


Candice November 9, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Get ready to run in the snow!! It hasn’t STOPPED all day..
And We ARE going running while your here. FYI


Christine @random runner ramblings November 9, 2012 at 1:18 pm

My middle name is Elizabeth, it is also my Mom’s and was my Grandma’s middle names. If I ever have a girl it will be her middle name too.

My favorite thing about today was that I ran in a free 5k fun run and somehow managed to set a PR even though I was just doing it for fun!

My parents are staying with my Dad’s family for Thanksgiving and they live about an hour from my house, so that is where I will be for the holiday.


Rachel November 9, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Hey Janae,

I linked your blog to my faves list on my blog– is that OK? Hope so– I just discovered your blog while middle-of-the-night internet surfing as I tried to get over jet lag with our recent move to England. You’re a real inspiration as I get back into regular running after plantar fasciitis. Anyway– if that link isn’t OK, let me know. Thanks for the posts– they are awesome!


Adrienne November 9, 2012 at 1:20 pm

My middle name is Eulily
Best part of my day:my oldest got a part in the school musical!
I host Thanksgiving


Shari November 9, 2012 at 1:20 pm

My middle name is Brooke – I’m in good company! ;)


shelly November 9, 2012 at 1:22 pm

My middle name is Catherine. I don’t like it though. Not sure why?


Renee November 9, 2012 at 1:23 pm

My middle name is Louise…not a huge fan, but what can you do.

My favorite thing about today is a friend dropping off food so I don’t have to cook tonight! That’s 3 nights this week that people have brought me food. Definitely one of the perks of having a baby.

We’re hosting Thanksgiving this year and it hit me that Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away and we’re doing Christmas with my family at the same time and we have one gift {out of a lot}. Eeeek! Must get busy.


Renee November 10, 2012 at 7:27 pm

I love Janae’s blog and have been reading forever, but this is actually my first comment–I just wanted to say we have the same first and middle names, too funny! I rarely meet anyone with either of my names, and have never met anyone with both :) I used to hate my middle name when I was younger but now I appreciate that it’s unique. It’s a family name on my mother’s side; she’s from Northern Ireland and Louise is a lot more popular in the UK. If I have a daughter that will be her middle name too!


Renee November 11, 2012 at 3:09 pm

How funny is that! I rarely even meet anyone named Renee! In fact Renee was supposed to be my middle name, but my parents couldn’t come up with a first name. Louise is a family name for me too.


Sarah November 9, 2012 at 1:25 pm

You have no idea how tempting that ice cream is. Super dangerous the day before a big race! I’d definitely be able to eat at least half the carton. Maybe closer to 7/8. Brooke’s onesie is so cute! Such a stylish baby!! Super excited that you’re going home for thanksgiving too. Nothing better than some quality time with the fam :)


Christina November 9, 2012 at 1:32 pm

my 12 year old son would be horrified to hear that when he falls asleep anywhere near me I always hold his hand.


Kristy November 9, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Ooh are you flying SWA?! I hope so! I work there :) Have so much fun with your fam and friends!!


Jessica R November 9, 2012 at 1:41 pm

My middle name is Nicole! I haven’t been with my parents and sisters on Thanksgiving in 7 or 8 years now. Wow. Typing that made me kind of sad. We are going to my in laws this year. I’m assuming that much at least. I look forward to having children and a house and hosting some day. I love holidays and cooking. We hosted Easter last year and it was great!


Lizzie November 9, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Little Brookie is SO fashion forward in her striped onesie… she must know stripes are all the rage! ;-)


Brenna November 9, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Hi janae. I’ve been reading your blog for a while and decided to comment. I just wanted to say that I look forward to reading your posts every day and you have really helped me to overcome a running/exercise addiction and start trying to live a more balanced life with foods that I love
Ps Brooke is soo adorable!!!!


RochelleT November 9, 2012 at 1:55 pm

My middle name is Marie. I was never a huge fan of it until I got a little older. My 9 year old daughter’s name is Nicole. She was going to be Kaitlyn Nicole, but settled on Nicole Elaine (which is my step-mom’s middle name), and then my second daugther is Allison Marie.


Nicole J November 9, 2012 at 1:56 pm

I always went by Nicole and its my middle name. When I got married I dropped my first name and now I’m Nicole Jacobs!! I think it’s too funny that we have almost the same name :)


cassi November 9, 2012 at 1:58 pm

my middle name is nicole–hollah! the weather in SJ has been caaarazy this year. it was like figgin hot last week, now it’s freezing. i’m excited, though, bring on three months of rain! soooo much better than the utah snow i grew up with! it’s a good winter when you can still go to the beach!


Megan D November 9, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Whatever Cassi. I am in Utah and therefore you miss it because you miss me :) Are you guys coming back for the holidays at all this year since your parentals are goner? But seriously, I need to come visit you, my aunt/cousins and HRG come February or somethin when I am rrrreally sick of this weather.

(my comment, errr novel, was right below yours so I saw it when I posted)


cassi November 18, 2012 at 6:52 am

you know i totally miss you..and red mango :) we’re staying here for the holidays ya know cuz i’m 7/8 mnths pregnant and the rentals are gone, so little to no motivation here lol! and you NEED to come visit us like it’s your job..tell that to Ross–that’ll convince him. your aunt is seriously the fanciest/most stylish lady. her clothes are always so cute….reminds me of someone :) february works for me–so now i’m planning on it–get your keister out here.


Megan D November 9, 2012 at 2:10 pm

No middle name here. Everyone else in my family has one though…soooo not sure what that is all about. I am adament that all my children have one as a result.

I am so jealous that you are still running outside. Have so much fun tomorrow. I am planning on doing my run on the treadmill. I was hoping for at least 10, but my cold has moved into my chest and it feels tight so I think I will have to play it by ear. I only run outside when it is cold if I have someone else there to make me do it. We better still go for a run when you are here!

This will be the first Thanksgiving without my family :( But I am sure the Caribbean will help take my sadness away.

Not loving the snow today. But I did love that it made my kids want to snuggle extra in our bed this morning. Anna is TERRIFIED of the wind, so I tried to make the morning fun by watching a movie with them & making hot cocoa (with milk and real chocolate and butterscotch – you should be proud). Plus I like to use my kids as an excuse to do things I love doing, but don’t seem appropriate at my age, and then saying ‘it was for the kids’

Could Brooke get any cuter? I submit that she can not!


Claire November 9, 2012 at 2:11 pm

I am so jealous that you get to go home? I haven’t been home in four months and. Now my boss has told me I cannot have time off at Christmas! So I will not see them then either :( I have also been injured for weeks..any advice for runners knee? Brooke is beautiful btw!:)


Jean November 9, 2012 at 2:14 pm

At least your treadmill has a nice view! Mine is in a windowless basement facing a wall with nothing to rest a computer on…


Ashley @ Life's a Shih Tzu November 9, 2012 at 2:15 pm

I love how cute your baby is! She always makes me smile.

My middle is nicole and its pretty much the coolest middle name ever =)
I am leaving a week from monday to go to florida for thanksgiving…I havent been back there in almost a year and i am ecstatic to see my aunts/uncles/mom/brother/sister/BFFFS etc.

So far today has been the best day all week because i found out my BFFFFFF who lives in michigan will be in florida visiting her family for thanksgiving too…and she is bringing her incredibly adorable baby Eva. BEST.NEWS.EVER!!!! I also put up christmas decorations…never too early!


Grecia November 9, 2012 at 2:24 pm

My favorite thing about today has been my great run, it felt awesome! Plus, the weather is also making me smile: mild and sunny, gotta love cali weather =)


Nicole@TheKidlessKronicles November 9, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Nicole is a good name!
Favorite thing about today? I think there is frozen yogurt in my future. And maybe wine.
AZ is home now. We are going to NC to see inlaws/friends for Thanksgiving.

The Kidless Kronicles


Allyson November 9, 2012 at 3:19 pm

My middle name is Linda – it is my mom’s name. She was mad my dad wouldn’t let her name me after her grandmother (Florence – THANK YOU DAD), so she insisted that my middle name be her name.

I am totally digging the whole snowing-all-day thing that we have had here in SLC today.

I am not going anywhere for Thanksgiving. Going to sleep in, go for a run, watch awesome reality tv, and maybe eat obscene amounts of chocolate. Sounds about right, no?


Sarah November 9, 2012 at 3:21 pm

My middle name is Sundae. Really.

My favorite thing about today is that it’s Friday.

I’m staying here for Thanksgiving, but my Mom is coming home!!

Are you bringing Brooke with you??


TorontoRunner November 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm

I LOVE your middle name!! :)


Breanna November 9, 2012 at 3:32 pm

My middle name is Elizabeth. I have the longest name ever, it takes up 2 lines on my drivers license. Thanks mom and dad! LOL! I always joke that I can’t wait to get married so I can have a shorter name.

My favorite thing about today is I got to see a good friend of mine who is MOVING AWAY FROM ME in a week :( We have been friends for years and I am so sad but so thankful for the time we were able to spend together.


Amanda November 9, 2012 at 3:45 pm

My daughter Michaela’s middle name is Nicole! Mine is Jean. The only thing I like about my middle name is that my cousin/soul mate/best friend in the whole world is 4 months younger and her middle name is Jean also!


TorontoRunner November 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm

There is absolutely nothing like family – I’m so happy for you that you can go home!! Enjoy it all!

I actually don’t have a middle name. Hmph!


Karen @ Runner Girl Eats November 9, 2012 at 4:02 pm

I made all of my family agree to come to me this year so I am super pumped to cook and hang out with everyone. I don’t know what a touchdown sundae is but I want one ASAP.


Rachelle November 9, 2012 at 4:07 pm

So happy you get to see your family for thanksgiving! My family lives nearby, but I have to work thanksgiving this year. :(

My middle name is Dianne after my grandma. My favorite thing about today is getting home from work to see my husband! :)


Tess November 9, 2012 at 4:16 pm

When my son was born he would go right to sleep when he held my hand. So we did that until he was a year old. I was so nervous he would be a difficult transition. On his first birthday we put him in his crib without the hand holding and he went straight to sleep. I think the hand holding was so reassuring and safe for him, he knew we would always be there. You should always do it.


Tess November 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm

And you people are amateurs. I was named after two grandmothers. Teresa Fern.


Annette@FitnessPerks November 9, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Going home for T-day too!! SO excited. YAY family.

I had Cafe Rio last night. SO delicious!


mary @ minutespermile November 9, 2012 at 4:57 pm

That ice cream looks bomb. Please tell me the footballs have peanut butter too.


Janae November 9, 2012 at 5:06 pm

They have caramel;)


Kristen @ notsodomesticated November 9, 2012 at 5:07 pm

We’re going back to Ohio for Thanksgiving, to spend the holiday with Brandon’s family. And we find out the sex of our baby that week! Eeek, can’t wait! :)


Cait the Arty Runnerchick November 9, 2012 at 5:26 pm

YAY for an outdoor run…and even MORE exciting that u’re set and ready to go visit utah!! two whole weeks will be awesome! :)

my middle name is Danielle, i’ve never really liked it, i always wanted something less generic…lol.


Kay November 9, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Omg yummm that ice cream looks so good! I am such a sucker for limited edition foods which also doesn’t help haha.


beth @ a latte inspiration November 9, 2012 at 6:05 pm

My middle name is Ann, not to exciting lol Ohmygosh when I saw that pic of Brooke I automatically thought how much she looks like you! :)


Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 9, 2012 at 6:08 pm

I actually don’t have a middle name. I always joke with my parents that they didn’t give me a middle name because they didn’t love me enough, but I’m definitely hoping that’s not the case :lol: And I’m super jealous that you’re still able to run/be outside… we’re kind of in the middle of a blizzard here so going outside is asking for lots of trouble.


Brooke @ sweats & sweets November 9, 2012 at 6:15 pm

My favorite thing today was getting a HUGE compliment from a client at Sephora right in front of my boss. It was a great moment because I got a lot of praise for some great customer service and then I was given a client and she was thrilled with her makeover and said I was an amazing makeup artist. My head blew up to the size of a blimp, and I’m not even one. But, I’m overjoyed with happiness that I can actually make someone’s day.


Anne November 9, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Is your shirt inside out???


Janae November 9, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Yep ha! I was too lazy to fix it.


Khushboo November 9, 2012 at 8:08 pm

The weather here had just cooled down enough to make running outside bearable…I can’t wait!!


Lindsay @ prettylittleparadise November 9, 2012 at 8:16 pm

my middle name is Nicole and I love it!!! It’s not a common middle name & I like that!


Ricole Runs November 9, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Too bad my middle name isn’t Janae!


natalie@ southern fit foodie November 9, 2012 at 9:21 pm

My middle name is Anne – of course it always spelled incorrectly! :)

I’m excited that you are getting to spend some time with your Utah peeps over the holidays! We are “home” but we do get together with Daniel’s family (he’s the youngest of 7, and 5 of his siblings have kids – it’s a huge family!) and also with my family.


Alaina November 10, 2012 at 6:38 am

Have a great time with your family for the holiday! A week from today my aunts, uncles, cousin from CA; aunt, uncle, cousins from ME & NY; grandmother, uncle, in-laws of all kinds are coming to my parents house for a whole family Thanksgiving. I am SO excited!! I love family. :-)

My given middle name is Rose. Although, when I got married, I changed my last name to my middle name, so now it’s Bliss.


Amber November 10, 2012 at 12:45 pm

My middle name is Nicole!


Erica @ Love the Leap November 10, 2012 at 3:17 pm

My middle name is Nicole too!

Just kidding. It’s really Jordan. lol I’m MOVING this weekend– so that’s what I’m looking forward to… well the end of it at least


Deb November 11, 2012 at 7:31 am

My idle name is Jo.
I can’t wait to see pictures of your family!
I bet Curly is so excited about seeing you and Brooke.
Family visits a the best! :-)


Deb November 11, 2012 at 7:32 am

*are* the best!
And I’m not holding anyone’s hand….LOL


Losing Lindy November 11, 2012 at 12:29 pm

My middle name is Lee, it is a family middle name, it goes all the way back to my Great, Great, Grandma and we were born on the same day, and the same first name as well. My Mom didn’t learn that until I was almost 2. V has the same middle name as his Dad and his Grandpa


Kari @ Running Ricig November 12, 2012 at 7:01 am

Love the onesies!

My middle name is Anne after my dad’s mom.


Katie November 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm

That picture of Brooke is so happy!!!! :) She’s a cutie! I loooove middle names, it’s usually one of the first things I ask someone. Mine is Michelle- it’s my mom’s name :)



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