Thursday Things

1. My church has a bake sale this Saturday, and since rather enjoy baking, I decided to contribute a little somethin’ somethin’ to the bake sale. Well, “a little somethin’ somethin'” turned into “Let’s see how much of my Pinterest board I can get through,” and…



I *might* have gone a little overboard. But hey! It’s all for a good cause! And, not gonna lie, it was kind of cool for the ego to run 14 miles and then come home and bake four different recipes in the space of two hours. (Pictured from top to bottom: almond meltaway cookies [made with vanilla instead of almond so as to make them nut-allergy friendly], flourless peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips, molasses bars, and no bake peanut butter marshmallow squares)

2. I’ve been taking the whole “you need lots of rest during marathon training!” thing pretty seriously lately, and MAN. Being in bed by 9:30 every night may make me feel kind of lame, but this consistently-being-rested stuff is amazing! I’m clocking close to nine hours of sleep per night right now andΒ I am loving it. I should definitely make this a permanent life change post-marathon.

3. So, ’twas my birthday yesterday, but despite the fact that I had life to celebrate, I also had a LOT of work to do. Work brought me to Google at one point, and I was so surprised to see the Doodle for the day was birthday themed!

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I clicked on it to see whose birthday Google was celebrating, and it turns out they were celebrating mine! Say what you will about privacy invasion, but I thought it was pretty cool that Google knew it was my birthday and customized my doodle accordingly.

I also discovered yesterday that the New York Times and I share a birthday, which, given my newspaper journalism history, was pretty exciting.

Have you ever baked for a bake sale? What’s your favorite thing to bake for that kind of occasion?
Ever had technology wish you a happy birthday?Β I’ve never seen this on Google before, so I think it might be newish?

20 thoughts on “Thursday Things

  1. Aww, google so smart! Happy belated! Hope you had a fab day!

    9:30 sounds like an AWESOME bedtime! And there are studies out there that say to get more sleep the week before the race so make sure you check those out and get to bed by 8:30! πŸ˜€

    • Thanks Kim! And yeah, I believe I read…oh goodness knows where I read it, since I tend to take everything the Internet tells me as gospel truth…that you should get an extra minute of sleep for every mile you plan to run in the week, so that’s what I’ve been aiming to do (with, admittedly, varied success, but you know. At least I’m trying!)

  2. Happy Birthday again! I can’t remember the last time I did a bake sale.. I do like to bring sugar based goods to pot lucks though! I ❀ cookies

    9 hours of sleep!?!!?!! I can't even think of that type of sleep. nice!

  3. Happy happy happy birthdayyyy!!! I sincerely hope you tried (multiple) of each dessert you baked! Slash I want to live near you so I can sample everything and eat all the desserts. I’m a hungry girl. I’d say sleeping that much is not a bad thing at all and it’s worth feeling a little bit like a grandma to feel well-rested for work. I miss sleeping that much now that I am commuting to DC most days. I’m averaging 6-7 hours a night now which is not enough at all for me. But anyways, I hope your birthday was awesome and google is a litle bit creepy but at least it makes you fel kind of special for your special day πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, dear! I did manage to taste test mostly everything…I mean, gotta do what you gotta do, right? I’d had to give something to the bake sale that was gross πŸ˜‰ And you’re schedule is nuts! I’m not surprised that’s what you’re clocking in the sleep department, but man, I would be one GROUCHY LADY if that were the case for me!

  4. Okay, hopefully third time is the charm. For some reason I can’t seem to post a comment!

    ANYWAY! I would like one of each of those desserts. I mean, it’s only fair that I eat your desserts to celebrate your birthday. That’s how it works, right?

    • Oh, girl, you know, I was about to be all, dude, I could totally make those marshmallow bars for you because they’re GF and everything, but then I remembered that they’re made with two cups of peanut butter, so I’m not entirely sure you’d be thrilled about them… 😦

  5. OMG your church is so lucky to have you! Look at all of that amazingness! That’s so cool! πŸ™‚

    and… HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUUU *sings*
    Even Google knew it was your birthday. So awesome! Although the privacy thing is kinda weird. Kinda creepy. But cool nonetheless! Who knew?

  6. Happy belated birthday!!!!! HOW does the internet (and Google) know all?!? So creepy yet so cool…

    I envy your 9 hours of sleep. That’s pretty much my minimum too but I rarely (i.e. never on weekdays) get that amount. And the worst part is that I completely know that I need those 9 hours to function properly, but come 10pm I’m almost never in bed. But good for you for reaching that 9pm bedtime! Tell me your secrets πŸ™‚ because there is quite simply no way that I would be able to fall asleep that early. Did it take a while to adjust?

    • Thank you!!

      Honestly, for me it’s just been a matter of making my sleep a non-negotiable. I know it takes me about an hour to get entirely ready for bed (between tidying things up, changing, getting things ready for the morning, etc.), and since it’s high on my priority list (and, let’s be honest, my late night BuzzFeed browsing is really not *that* important), I tell myself at 8:30 it’s time to start shutting things down. So that’s what I do! Normally I’m really bad about this, but I really want to stay healthy for the next few weeks and I know getting adequate sleep is a good way to do that, so it’s kind of been a matter of just getting my priorities in order (sleep > BuzzFeed, primarily. Haha). My body in general is just really, really worn down from all this marathon training, so it hasn’t been difficult to fall asleep earlier, though I do find that I tend to wake up around 5 a.m. when I don’t need to — although it’s nice to be able to look at the clock and still know I have another 90ish minutes to sleep!

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