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Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer

7 Oct

Good morning!

I was so hungry when I woke up this morning after last night’s 6.2 mile run.  I think Bruce is getting a kick out how much I’m eating as my mileage continues to increase!  I decided to go with a classic PB toast and black coffee for breakfast.

Delicious.

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Onto one of my favorite subjects … Vera Bradley!

I absolutely love Vera Bradley purses, bags and accessories. They are high quality and versatile and I read somewhere that the company itself treats their employees extremely well.  They are also extremely committed to the fight against Breast Cancer.  They have their own foundation (The Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer) and are constantly raising awareness and funds.

I love buying something and knowing that not only am I getting a great product, but that I’m also contributing to something bigger.  That being said …

THIS Saturday, 25% of the net proceeds from Vera Bradley purchases made online or at Vera Bradley stores will be donated directly to the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer.  Click here to find out more information!

Also – every year Vera Bradley come out with a breast cancer awareness pattern.  They just came out with this year’s and I LOVE it.

The pattern is called Twirly Birds Pink.  Click here to check out the pattern in all of your favorite Vera Bradley bags and purses.

I cannot wait for Saturday!  We don’t have room in our budget for much right now, but every little bit counts.

What about you – are you taking part in Foundation Day?

Have a great day!

On WADT, Breast Cancer Awareness & Half Marathon Training 10/5/10

6 Oct

Hello there!  How was your Wear a Dress Tuesday?  Mine was fabulous!  I took a mini internet break this afternoon to get some work-related things done and it felt SO good to knock some stuff off my to-do list.  Oo-rah!

At the beginning of the month I decided that I would add a little bit of pink to all of my Wear a Dress Tuesday outfits for the month of October.  It was 50-something degrees when I woke up this morning, so I decided that today would be a perfect day to pull a pink pashmina!

I got this pashmina in Italy when I was cruising up and down the Eastern Mediterranean with my parents in 2007.  Sadly, that was the last time I’ve used my passport – longest I’ve gone without international travel in a long time. 😦 I paired it with a pink bracelet and pair of earrings, both from the Kohls clearance racks, ha!

Cold enough for leggings!  I love fall!

Every time I looked down today I thought about all of the wonderful saints who are enjoying life in Heaven, completely free of such an awful disease.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.
– Psalm 23:6

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I had three miles on my half marathon training schedule for today and I headed out after work for my own personal 5K!  It was a little bit warmer than it was yesterday, but wowee the wind was still a force to be reckoned with.

In the end, I did a 5K (3.1 miles) in 32:16, averaging a 10:24 mile pace.  I was definitely happy with that!  I’m still building up my endurance and figuring out how to eat so that my body feels its best during my runs.  Any suggestions?

I’m off – how is it after 10:00 already?  Oh my …

Goodnight!

A Cold Run – Half Marathon Training 10/4/10

5 Oct

Good Morning and HAPPY WEAR A DRESS TUESDAY!  I am officially declaring it FALL in Georgia and pulling out something warm and cozy today.  Unfortunately for all of us fall-lovers, the forecast in Atlanta is only getting warmer as the week goes on 😦 – so I am going to milk these cooler temps while I’ve got them.

Speaking of cooler temps … it was 60 degrees with downright balmy wind when I headed out for my run yesterday.  My face was completely windblown when I got home – but I loved it!  I am definitely a cold weather runner.  Actually, I think I am just a cold weather person in general.

Bruce put 3-4 miles on my training schedule today, but I really wanted hit 4.  After it took me a day and a half to recover from my 7 mile run on Saturday, I realized just how important it is to continue to build my endurance.   The run itself was awesome – I didn’t really fuel well before (I mixed some granola into peanut butter which sat like a sharp rock in my stomach – I need to get myself some more Clif Bars!) but I pushed through and am so glad that I did.

I ran 4.00 miles in 44:16, averaging a 11:03 pace.  I LOVE COLD WEATHER RUNNING!

I’m off to start my day!  Happy Wear a Dress Tuesday!  (Send pics if you’ve got ’em – sarahelizabethweaver[at]gmail[dot]com)

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Did you know that the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month organization has an entire shop full of products you can buy that support breast cancer education?

Also – according to NBCAM, the Georgia Aquarium will be lit in pink for the entire month of October!  Bruce and I are going to need to take a drive to investigate sometime soon …

Food, Music and More Breasts

2 Oct

Don’t you like my titles these days?  It’s almost like all creativity has been sucked from my fingers.

I hope you all are having a wonderful Saturday!  Psalm 118:24 – This is the day that the Lord has made!

Now that’s my kind of weather!  I was going to get up early for a run this morning, but then I realized that fall has officially fallen and I no longer have to plan my runs around the heat and humidity!  I’m sure you are getting tired of hearing me say it, but I LOVE FALL!  We had our slider door open last night and I fell asleep to the sound of crickets chirping and leaves rustling – it was like the sound of angels singing.

Speaking of angels singing.  I am currently enjoying a late brunch while listening to the CD of my sweet friend Pema.  She is part of a group called Siren and the CD is called Vortex.  Oh and OH.MY.GOSH this music is incredible.  You can download the mp3s off of amazon here or buy the CD here.  Definitely check out the previews, especially of Bird Spitir & Amazing Grace – it will give you chills.

Black coffee and waffles for brunch!

Kari got me this mug in college.  It says, “You know you’ve had too much coffee when you don’t sweat, you percolate.”  HA!  If you can believe it, I’ve actually cut down on the amount of coffee I drink since college.

Yum.

So Bruce asked me last night if I was becoming a food blogger.  Honestly, I don’t really have an answer to that question.  I’ve never really been a fan of labeling bloggers – mommy bloggers, food bloggers, infertility bloggers, etc.  I think it puts definitive parameters on a person and the blog starts to define them, not the other way around.

During my first year of my master’s I was working in a homeless shelter as part of my contextual education.  My supervisor said something that really resonated with me.  He said that we shouldn’t call the residents of the shelter “homeless”, we should call them “people or persons living in homelessness”.  When you call them homeless you are defining them as something and now allowing them to move on.  When you describe a current situation they are living in or experiencing you allow them to change.

All that is to say – I am in a really good place in my life right now.  I am married to a wonderful man, I have a master’s degree and I have incredible family and friends (both those I know in real life and those I have met because of this blog).  Sometimes I can’t believe that I have all of this and I am only 25 years old!  I am insanely blessed.  For the first time in my life, I am not in school and I can actually do things like make a good breakfast and cook a balanced dinner.  Training for this half marathon has been fun and challenging and is making feeling so much stronger – both physically and mentally.  I don’t feel stressed all the time, caught up on deadlines and grades and program requirements.  Rather, I am marveling at all that is good in the world – and in this beautiful city that I am currently calling “home”.

So, yes – because of all of this, I’m finding myself in awe over the simple things that I’ve never had the opportunity to do before, like eating breakfast on the porch while listening to music.  And because 99.9% of the time I have a camera in my hand, I can’t help but take pictures.  In a way I could be moving over to the world of food blogging – and it wouldn’t be a bad thing, I love reading food bloggers!  They give me such great ideas about recipes, meals and healthy living.  But I think more so it also just shows where I am in my life right now.  I’m happy, I’m healthy and I’m on a quest to be stronger physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

And with that … let’s talk about breasts!

Bruce and I are kind of on a spending freeze these days (we have too much STUFF!), but that hasn’t stopped me from perusing all of the wonderful items out for sale that support breast cancer research.  Check out the Susan G. Komen online shop for all sorts of fun and functional (meaning you can use them in your everyday life, they won’t just gather dust) items.

My favorite is the Night Out Watch.

Also, if you’re not interested in ordering something, head over to your local Macy’s!  I actually saw this item on the fourth hour of the Today Show yesterday and headed over to their website to investigate.

Clinique Great Lips, Great Cause Keychain.  This is an actual key ring that you can use with Clinique lipsticks on it and a breast cancer pink ribbon.  The best part?  The $16 price tag – totally affordable! (Whereas the watch I’m drooling over is $60.) Check out Macy’s Breast Cancer Awareness site for more fun stuff to buy.

Okay, I’ve covered music, food (apparently my life) and breasts.  Anything else and I fear blogger will tell me I’ve rambled on too long and won’t let me publish!  I’m off – I’ve got 7 miles on my schedule!

Have a great day!

Breakfast and Breast Cancer

1 Oct

Happy OCTOBER!  Let’s start the month off right, okay?

Say it with me – “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.”  Do yourself a favor and give yourself some energy to get through the day, okay?

We are literally out of milk, bagels, bread, yogurt and all of my favorite oatmeal toppings so an omelette was on the menu with a little bit of cheddar cheese.  Topped with salt and pepper!

(Bruce would like me to tell you all that he is drinking coffee and eating a brownie.  Apparently the concept of good breakfast is lost on some people.)

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Okay, onto a serious note.

Today marks the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  This is still kind of a tough subject for me to talk about.  When I was up north a few weeks ago, my mom and sister and I went to visit Lynn at the cemetery and I just stood where she is buried and sobbed.  I hate that such a horrific disease took such a wonderful person from us.

But … rather than be angry, I am going to choose to remember the Lynn that I knew and loved.

The Lynn that showed up at my wedding after taking a red-eye in from the west coast the night before and practically jumped up and down as she asked to see our rings.  The Lynn who supported me in my path to ministry.  The Lynn who invited my family and me backstage at all of her shows.  The Lynn who showed a spirit of hospitality towards others that I strive for in my own life.

This is the Lynn that I will be honoring this month.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Who will you be honoring?