August Tidbits – 2 (in September)

This is part two of my random things from August. If you missed part 1, you can find it HERE.

1. Earlier this month I got a bird feeder! Barry and I were at the local hardware shop and it caught my eye. Barry likes to indulge me, I think, and surprised me by agreeing to get one. We have it hung up in the tree outside our dining room window. I haven’t seen any birds on it, yet, but I’m keeping watch! Remember all the baby birds in my hanging baskets last summer?

bird feeder

2. I have a friend/coworker (she was a friend from college before she became a coworker) who is having a baby boy in October. Her baby shower is this weekend. One of the things I got her was this onesie. She’s also a fellow Hokie Alum, so I hope she likes it. Start em young, and raise em right!

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3. Remember when I was trying to decide what to do with my race bibs? Well for now they are staying on the wall. I finally decided to just add another column for my most recent race bibs (the one on the far left below).

race bibs

I have run eleven races so far this year (remember it’s race palooza! Where I run any and all races I want). So hanging this new column has created another conundrum – it’s full and I have plenty of races left in 2014. I kind of feel like I’m back where I started with this one 🙂

4. I still subscribe to StrideBox each month and this month there were two products I was really excited about. First was a new flavor of 2nd Surge energy gel: pina colada. Second was an energy wafer from Power Bar, a new product for them. I tried the new energy gel during a tempo run and ended up hating it, haha. It was too coconut-y for me.

2nd Surge Energy Gel

If you remember, I don’t like coconut. You may be wondering why I thought I might like the pina colada flavor. It’s because I’ve had other pina colada-flavored things that I did like. I guess the pineapple just has to outweigh the coconut flavor for me to like it. However, I loved the Power Bar wafer (and failed to take a picture before eating it).

It tasted a lot like a sugar wafer, with a berry filling. I would definitely eat this as a light pre-race snack. Now I just have to actually find them in a store in our area!

5. Check out this awesome view I had from the top of Draper Mountain one morning last week. We don’t get mountain peaks poking up through the clouds much on the East Coast.

Draper Mountain

The clouds kind of looked like an ocean, and my dad said they looked thick enough to walk on. It was really neat to see!

Do you enjoy going to baby showers? I think they’re fun, especially when it’s for someone’s first baby (like my coworker)
Do you have any ties to college teams?
Have you tried any new foods or running fuel lately?
I made green peppers stuffed with sausage the other night, and they were pretty good!

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  1. Baby showers, nah. Coconut, nah. New running fuel, nah. But I do like stuffed peppers!

    Been connected with the hokies since I started writing them checks for someones education. Glad my Alma mater, ODU, is getting more attention with their football program. Enjoying watching them make the move from FCS to FBS.

    But then maybe I just like the game.

    LUD.

    1. I wasn’t a huge fan of the stuffed peppers, but they were alright. I think I’d like them better made with mild sausage instead of hot.

  2. I’ve tried that Powerbar wafer at an expo. I liked it – I like sugar wafers, too. Great cloud pic!
    Tina@GottaRunNow recently posted…Your Race Recaps! 9/5My Profile

    1. Yea, I need to find some of those at the store! They’re yummy.

  3. I love our bird feeder. Summer seems to be the slowest time of year, though, so I’m sure the cooler weather will bring lots of birds to your feeder. The pictures of the bird nest in your hanging basket were BEAUTIFUL!! So pretty (and cute, once they hatched)!
    JoAnne recently posted…Hike to Sherando LakeMy Profile

    1. That’s good to hear! Hopefully we’ll see more birds this fall.

  4. I saw the onesie and thought there was going to be a pregnancy announcement! 😉 I love your bib display. I really wish I’d kept more of mine, but since I haven’t been, I just keep tossing them.
    jan recently posted…Clinton Half MarathonMy Profile

    1. Hahahaha not quite yet! Give me two years 🙂

  5. I love the VT onsie, and bet your friend did, too.

    What. A. Game. on Saturday night! I’m still floating on cloud nine!
    Debbie @ Deb Runs recently posted…Working On A Comeback (September 1 – 7)My Profile

    1. She did love it! Hopefully her baby will get to wear it for a football game or two this fall. I’m going to remember the Ohio State game and ignore the fact that the Hokies even played this past weekend. College football? No, it was Ragnar weekend!

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