First Race Sign Up for 2015 – Beef O Brady’s St. Patricks Day Bash

I just registered for St. Patty’s Day Dash & Bash 5k using Race Roster. Join me in this event by registering here – https://raceroster.com/3880?aff=4LEAJ

I am feeling good at this point.  This will be my first race for 2015.  Although I’ll only be racing myself it still feels good to get back on the fitness kick.

How did I come to the decision to participate in this run.  Well, I went out this morning and did my normal 5K.

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This is pretty average for me.  But I have found in the past that I am more motivated and inspired to go out and workout if I have a goal.  So entering events is my motivation.

I searched for an event in my area and this one wasn’t too close, as far as the date and it is right here in the quaint town I live in, which is perfect.

The event will be March 14th and starts at 8am.  They claim it is a flat and fast 5K loop.  I’ll be the judge of that.  :)  Participants will get a race bib that has a chip in it for timing.  I like timed events because I’m always in competition with myself.

The swag is a Tec shirts, green beer and a medal.  I’m always down for beer.  I love beer.

There is also a free run for the kids.  So this is definitely a family event.

If you live in this area and want more info here it is Saint Patty’s Day Dash and Bash

How do you feel about race events? 

FD252 – Happy Easter..& Washington With Love

easter Bunny

 

I don’t know who the original author of this was, but I had to post it.  It is so funny.

HAPPY EASTER EVERYBODY!

The only way to see the city is the Metro.
The only way to see the city is the Metro with your best friend of course.

Actually, that picture pretty much depicts me and my buddy Tammy.  Tammy is the one with the butt chomped off & I’m the one with the brains chopped off.  Tammy hates to sit, but we have had to sit a lot on the metro.  She likes to be on the go, I guess cause here ass hurts when she sits too much. I don’t know.  I do know I don’t have to do any thinking when I’m with her, because she’s very bossy, so I do what I’m told.  :) (Wow, that was a long run on sentence wasn’t it?)

Today will be my last day here in DC, but I’m already planning to come back.  We saw a lot of stuff.

We saw a lot of stuff.
We saw a lot of stuff.

Thank goodness I took Miguel with me.  That’s what I named his coat that he let me use.  I packed up my coats in my haste to flee Afghanistan, thinking I was going straight back to sunny Florida.  That worked out well, didn’t it? I also only packed 3 T-Shirts and 2 pair of jeans.  My new boss Tammy said I had to buy some cloths.  I’m just going to ignore her and keep wearing my clothes over again.  After all they don’t stink and I didn’t spill anything on them.  :)

Any who, the main event for yesterday was Madame Trussaus  & the Holicost Museum.  We had a ton of fun taking pictures with the wax figures.  The Holicost exhibit was sad, but a good must see if you head to Washington DC.

By  the time we got to Arlington Cemetery it was too late.  They were closed.  It was OK.  The weather was great, the sights were superb and the company was the best.  I could not have had a better tour guide.

Have food will travel. Tammy took be to some great places to eat.  Gordon Biersch was our choice for lunch.  I will say the food had potential to be great, but the service sucked and the food was cold.  OH well, There was ice cream and pizza later.  Can’t say I didn’t eat well.

So enjoy the pics for yesterday.

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Today I will be winding down and getting ready for the next leg of my journey to the house.

You Tong Kissing with Will Smith Lizzy :) :) :)

Off to Atlanta I Goooooo…………………….

 

 

FD251- Zippy Doo Da….1st Stop Washington DC & DCLofty Review

DC Lofty Review coming up…..But first…

DC Lofty Review
This is the coat that I borough so I would not freeze to death.

Some would say home is where you hang your hat and that has been true for many years for me.  While working overseas, I was able to go on some fantastic trips and meet some amazing people.  Now I’m back in the Good Ole USA.  I love being a US citizen.  The US is the best country to live in.  I mean no disrespect to any other countries.  That is just where my heart is.

I started my journey away from that harsh country where people are still pulling wagons and the poor people are still struggling to have some sybolence on an economy a couple of days ago.  I wish the best for them.  I have made some good life long friends, but I can’t say that I will really miss this place.

I took my last trip to the Kabul airport and I can say see ya suckers to that damn crazy ass security.  I only had a couple of hours in Dubai so I  stayed in the airport until my last flight.  I was actually in Dubai for 7 days last week, but didn’t blog because the internet connection at my hotel was horrible.

DCLofty Review……

I wanted to stop and see some friends on my way home.  Of course since I’m unemployed I wanted to do that on the cheap. So I decided to stay at a Hostel & I would like to give DCLofty review which is where I stayed.  What is a hostel you say?

hos·tel

/ˈhästl/

Noun
An establishment that provides cheap food and lodging for a specific group of people, such as students, workers, or travelers.
Synonyms
inn – dormitory

That definition courtesy of Google Search.  Cheap is just what I was looking for.  I booked my room on Booking.com which I love to use.  BTW you can view a DCLofty review or two there.  I have never stayed in one, but I have lived in a varied amount of different living conditions over the years.  So I know how to slum if I had to, which I didn’t.  The name of the place is DCLofty in downtown Washington DC.

I actually was able to take a bus and the metro to get there.  The desk clerk gave me very good directions to get there. Even with my big bag which I named Steve after a good friend, I was able to get there with no issues.  Once I got there I was a bit worried.  The place look a little worn, but still not to bad at all. At that time I did not know what type of DCLofty Review I was going to write.

DCLofty Review
Leave Shoes at Door

You are asked to take your shoes off at the door, but they will give you slippers for a small fee of $1 if you stay for more than 3 nights.  The first room I was put in was an 8 man coed room.  But a bed in an all female room became available and so I was moved.  This room was better and there was only 4 beds.  The bathroom was also right off of this room which was nice. DCLofty Review looking good at this point.

As you can see from the pictures the facilities were not bad at all.  In short:

  • You get a clean, comfortable bed
  • Your towels & soap is provided if you need it.
  • You can lock up your own valuables but you need to have your own lock. I got mine from a store up the street for a mere 3 bucks.
  • The entrance to all rooms have chipher locks and there are no guest allowed in rooms. The entrance to the building is also chipher locked.
  • The water pressure is good and warm, not hot. Not an issue for 2 nights.
  • It would be great to pack light, which I didn’t because this was not my original destination. You may need to go up or down narrow, long stairways.
  • There is a kitchen with clean dishes for use.
  • Coffee and snacks are provided in the kitchen.
  • There is free wifi and it works great in the rooms.
  • There is a common area where you can use 1 of 3 computers provided if you choose.  Or you can lounge in and do nothing in the sitting area.
  • It was warm and I didn’t spot any bugs or critters.
  • Oh my stay cost me a whopping $89 for 2 1/2 days.  It would have been cheaper, but I need some place to stay until my buddy picked me up on the last day.  You can beat that with a stick.
  • The only con was they have 2 buildings that you can only access from outside.  One building has the kitchen and the other has the other common areas.  I just hung out in the kitchen with my computer.
  • Staff was extremely friendly.

All in all it is a great place to stay if you don’t mind meeting people and saving money. My first Hostel experience was fantastic and I would do it again. End of DCLofty review.  :) BTW I did some bad reviews for this property and didn’t understand why.  Really this is not suppose to be a 4 star hotel.  You do get what you pay for.

My 1st full day in Washington DC…..

DCLofty Review
This is one of my favoritist persons in the world, TK

I pretty much did nothing, but relax for most of the day.  I had the room to myself most of the day.  Then my friend TK & hubby came and scooped me up.  We went to Washington DC Harbor for Dinner and a walk around.  We chatted up a storm and enjoy each others company.  I have know TK since I was 18 years old.  She is one of my buddies from my first duty station when I was in the US Army stationed in Frankfurt Germany.  See is so awesome and still looks the same. I love here dearly.

Here are some more photos of the day for your enjoyment.. :)

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I will end here, but will be back soon.

Your Marching on the Capital Lizzy :)

DCLofty Review & Washington DC Questions:

Have you ever stayed in a hostel before?

If you came to Washington DC, what would be your must see thing?

FD250 – I Luv My Mexicans..Really I do

Yes that’s right I love my Mexicans.  But huh?……

You know hand sanitizer really takes on that lava lamp effect if you hold pretty lights behind it.  Well I think I was high on the fact that I was on my way home.  I rally don’t plan on looking back.  It really was time for me to move on.  I just was not able to do my best with the resources I had, which makes me sad.  OH well…On to the Mexicans.

Mexican
Miguel & Mr Fruit Man

I’m really gonna miss this Mexican.  Miguel don’t worry, I coming to your house when you quit too.  :)  Miguel is one of my besties that is for sure and boy do I have a lot of friends like that.  I am so blessed.  I didn’t get pictures of everyone, but I tried. I learn some spanish from Miguel which I have been dying to learn.  I’m going to miss eavesdropping on him and his wife.  They always spoke spanish so you know I was really trying to learn then.  :)  Love ya Miguel.   I’m so nosey.  :)

Mexican
Violent Mexican

Now that there is how the Mexicans really roll.  Angel offered to help me open some boxes of cookies that Teresa from “Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen” sent.  Those cookies went so fast.  Loved them T.  Check out her blog, she is an amazing cook.

Let me tell you, you can’t beat  Corona.  I love them.  Viva Mexico!

 

Mexican
You can beat Mexican food.

Can you say I Luv, Luv, Luv Mexican food.  I think I almost look mexican now.  OK, maybe not.  OH Well……

I would love to be with my kids on a beach somewhere.
I would love to be with my kids on a beach somewhere.

As a matter fact my first real vacation was in Mexico with my children. That’s enough with Mexican rant.

Peace Out Y’all!

Your Lurvly Lizzy :)

Mexican Luv Questions:

Is anybody else crazy about Mexican life?

 

FD 249 – Panties are So Overrated!

Made Ya Look! Ha Ha…No panties here, but there is a story.

Panties
Ha, Ha!

Ok, if any of you are watching me on Facebook you will see that the time has finally come.  I have resigned my position here in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Yeah for me! :)  This job was just getting too crazy.   I was expected to make wine from scratch, using one foot to squish 2 grapes and make a whole bottle, all that while chewing bubble gum, patting my head and jumping up and down.  Sounds like the definition of chaos doesn’t it.   On a positive note I will say that I have met a ton of great people and will miss them dearly.

It has been seriously quite on LizForADay, because my work was killing me.  I could not bear to look at my computer screen in the evening when I got off.  I know once I finally get out of here my mind will be free.  I just want to go, but my flight doesn’t leave until tomorrow.  That’s a bummer.

My boss really expects me to keep working after I told him I quit.  What a crock of shit. (Sorry for the foul language)  I will wash my mouth out with soap later.  That is only if the ingredients are all natural of course.  You really are trapped here until they let you out.

Any who, back to the Panties thing.  When I packed all my stuff, I made a conscious decision to not take any old underwear or socks with me.  So basically as I wear them, I am tossing them.  That may sound strange, but who whats to start the next chapter in their lives like that, basically with ragged stuff.  Not me! The people who will be in danger is the garbage pickers.  :)  Ha!  Even I had to laugh at that.  :)

Consider that a travel tip! Don’t say you never got anything out of reading my crazy post. :)

Tonight I will be having diner with some of my work family as a final farewell.  I wish I could go up to the posers and tell them not to pretend with me and begone. Those are the folks that say they really hate to see you leave, but are secretly sharpening the knives to take you out when you go down a dark alley.  Dark alley, because the are cowards and they don’t want anyone to see them.  (Sorry for the Rant)  Unfortunately, my mom taught me to be nice and when I talk about my work family I’m not talking about them.  Those Dirty Dogs!  (Sorry…..Let it go Lizzy….Let it Go!)

So I’m off to have a little adventure before heading home and I will let you all know how things turn out.

Panties
Night, Night Time

Your Lurvly and Fantabulous Lizzy :)

Tonight TV Show “Once Upon A Time” [otw_is sidebar=otw-sidebar-6]

Panties questions:

Seriously does throwing away underwear after you wear them sound crazy when you are traveling? :) You know my answer.  

FD248 – Daily Prompt | Places… Post Excerpts & Life Excerpts…Anywhere but Here!

Post Excerpts
I would love to be eating fresh fruit from Thailand.

I have been on the hunt to make a change to the landing/home page.  I wanted it to have post excerpts of each post and not show the whole post.  I also wanted it to show an image as well.  I love posting pictures on LizForADay.  I also love going to blogs that post lots of personal pictures.  It simply adds fantastic personality.

I ran across the code that promised to give me what I desired in a home page.  Yeah Post Excerpts! :) I know it does not take much to make me happy.  Unfortunately I didn’t write down the site that I got the code from.  I always like to give credit, where credit is due.  I’m afraid I have failed this time….BUT I did want to pass that code on if anyone wants to do the same.

All you need to do is to put the post excerpts code in the functions.php of your theme and voila you’re done.  The code will be at the very end of the post if you want it.

Post Excerpts
I would love to be with my kids on a beach somewhere.

OK I guess you’re asking yourself, what the heck do your pictures have to do with updating your home page.  EXCERPTS silly!  :)  I am having flash back of places I would love to be instead of here.  So I decided to post some excerpts from some fantastic places that I have been.

Post Excerpts
Yoga’s Mom in Bali. I love meeting great people.

By the way I gave the lady in the picture the sarong and she commence to wearing it everyday.  She was so sweet.  Sometimes going places is all about the people you meet.

Post Excerpts
My daughter & I driving a boat.

Sometimes it is about the things you get to do.  I was very happy.  It was 9 am, I was in Mexico, on my families very first vacation and I already had about 3 Mexican beers.  Can you say that is definitely a place that I would love to be?

Post Excerpts
Me in Venice at San Paulo Square. I would love to be riding on a gondola right now.

I’ve been blessed enough to have gone to some fantastic places and taken some incredible pictures.  When I look at the pictures I feel like I am back in those places.  I love sharing those moments.  You would kill me if I posted every picture I took.

Post Excerpts
Yeap that is me and a Shark. I think the shark was drugged.

You know I would love to be somewhere else doing crazy things.  And nope I’m not that crazy…ok maybe a little.  I wish I as an adrenaline junkie, but I’m not really.  I do however love to sightsee.  That is my favorite thing to do when I go somewhere.

Post Excerpts
I would love to be speculating over the ruins.

Looking back at the past always makes me contemplate about my modern life.  I just feel so  blessed when I go to places like that.  Oh I was in Athens in the above picture.  I was also loving day dreaming about what it must of been like during the days when this old city was thriving.

Post Excerpts
I would love to be at Victoria falls checking out the sites.

There is something majestic about natural wonders.  I was loving life on my grand vacation to Victoria Falls in Africa.  Not many Americans get to see this site.  I feel so houdy toudy sometimes.  :)

Post Excerpts
I would love to be on the beach during the sunset.

Yeap that’s me on the beach at Boracay Island in the Philippines.  Who wouldn’t want to see a site like that.  I didn’t know God made the sky so many different beautiful colors.  I did not Photoshop the photo, I promise. :)

Post Excerpts
I would love to be viewing the amazing country side of Cape Town from the top of Table Top Mountain in South Africa.

Believe it or not the pictures go on and on, but I will spare you from my crazy world of picture taking.

The point of this post……and there is always a point…..is , well, there is no point.  :)  I just wanted to share a way for you to incorporate excerpts in your blog and give you a view of some memorable excerpts from my life.  I hope you enjoyed.

I’m sure you will agree that the life excerpts are much more interesting than the post excerpts.

Your Blessed & Sharing Lizzy :)

Post Excerpts & Life Excerpts questions:

 What is a favorite excerpt you would like to share?

Are you a crazy picture taker like me?

TV Show for tonight Star Trek Voyager [otw_is sidebar=otw-sidebar-13]

Oh almost forgot, this post was inspired by http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/03/02/daily-prompt-places/

You can see some other post inspired by The Daily Post.

  1. places – BUBONICBOON
  2. Daily Prompt: Places ~ Napa Valley & Wine Country | I Am an Afterschool Special
  3. Daily Prompt: Places Tranquility | Lines by Linda
  4. A Convergence of Energies | Miss Pelican’s Perch
  5. The Isolated College Town | Liquid Matthew’s Development Blog
  6. DAILY PROMPT: BORACAY | aapatawaran
  7. Daily prompt – Places | Joe’s Musings
  8. Daily Prompt: Places « Mama Bear Musings
  9. None.. | ayimas
  10. Peace & Love on the Streets of San Francisco | Through the Peacock’s Eyes
  11. DP: Places | Life of Me and Mine

 

function my_excerpts($content = false) {
        // If is the home page, an archive, or search results
	if(is_front_page() || is_archive() || is_search()) :
		global $post;
		$content = $post->post_excerpt;

	// If an excerpt is set in the Optional Excerpt box
		if($content) :
			$content = apply_filters('the_excerpt', $content);

	// If no excerpt is set
		else :
			$content = $post->post_content;
			$excerpt_length = 55;
			$words = explode(' ', $content, $excerpt_length + 1);
			if(count($words) > $excerpt_length) :
				array_pop($words);
				array_push($words, '...');
				$content = implode(' ', $words);
			endif;
			$content = '

‘ . $content . ‘

';

		endif;
	endif;

// Make sure to return the content
	return $content;

}

add_filter('the_content', 'my_excerpts');

FD247 – Is a Recharge in Order? 8 Ways…Wednesday Rewind

Wednesday Rewind, Recharge

Recharge  is the word for today and it is Wednesday Rewind day in Liz’s world.  Last year I was just getting to know my new work family and getting adjusted to my new job then.  One complete year later I am still employed with the same company and loving those very same people.

Wednesday Rewind, Recharge
Air Travel is a personal energy drainer.

Although I had just gotten to Afghanistan, I had to travel from Florida to Indiana (Stayed for a week), then on to Qatar (stayed for a week), next stop Dubai (two day layover thanks to closed airport in Kabul) & finally last stop, Kabul Green Village.

That’s a lot of traveling and a tremendous amount of jet lag.  Not to mention that I had to get right to work.  So it didn’t take long for me to realize I needed a mental break to ease into things.

Now I am use to working extremely long hours with no days off.  The job that I am on requires that all employees take one full day off.  Even on those days I find myself wanting to go to work.  I made a conscious decision not to.  I am going to use that time to recharge. (Unfortunately, I have to work on my day off this week) That has not happen in a year, so I guess I will live….maybe….I don’t know….we will see.

Fridays are my recharge day.  What can you do to recharge?  Well here are some things I do to recharge:

  • Listen to some good music (LOUD).  I must admit, I love loud music.
  • Sleep in.  For me that is maybe an extra hour.
  • Really give your hair some care.  I do my own hair and it is pretty low maintenance because it is natural.
  • Drag yourself to the gym for a half hour or so of torture.   You could just go for a nice leisurely walk.
  • Have lunch with some friends and engage in some thought provoking conversations.  I make it a point to leave work at work when it comes to meals.
  • I use my time to organize my quarters or rearrange the few pieces of furniture that I have.
  • Watch some good TV shows.  I love watching decorating shows.  It is so inspiring.
  • Take the time to pamper yourself.  I love taking long baths and polishing my nails.  Remember I am a lotus blossom.  
Wednesday Rewind, Recharge
I love taking Baths. They are so relaxing.

You could even use Wednesday Rewind to use as a recharge day in the middle of a hectic week.  Any who that is just a few things I do to recharge.  What do you do?  This is what works for me, you can try it, it just might work for you.

Love, Peace and Hair Grease
Your Lotus Blossom and Lurvly Lizzy :)

Recharge on Wednesday Rewind Questions?

How do you recharge?

What are your favorite ways to fuel your energy?

FD246 – Where in the World is Lizzy? & Civilization V

Civilization V
Contemplating Blogging.

Let’s see…where to begin.  I thought I would write a short post today, since I haven’t posted anything in about two weeks.  I just haven’t been in the mood, I don’t know why.  I have just been working by day and gaming by night with Miguel.  I have been missing yall though.  :)

Civilization V
I love civilization games.

We started playing the cool civilization game (which by the way is called Civilization V).  It is highly addictive and super time consuming, but incredibly fun.  The only time we have to play is after work, but we limit ourselves to only a couple of hours.  That way, we don’t loose too much beauty sleep.  I don’t need any beauty sleep, but Miguel does.  :)

Civilization V was actually the brain child of Sid Meyers.  I remember the first computer game that I played and was addicted to.  It was called Covert Action and it was made by……you guessed it Sid Meyers.  I love his work.

The premise of the game is basically to start a civilization, find ways for you people to thrive and kill the other guys if they step on your turf.  Who wouldn’t want to play a game like that.

Civilization V
That’s my crazy gaming family.

The game has some great graphics and like I said it is incredibly addictive.  I love all types of games.  I am a huge fan of board games also.  When I am home my house is the game house.  We play cards, board games, WII, you name it.

Even as a children, my brothers and I would spend most of our days off playing board games.  Those were the good ole days.  :) It is seriously a lot of fun.  I miss those crazy game nights and of course I miss my family.

Well I have to finish sweeping my floor and it is time to crash.  Maybe tomorrow I can get my writing back on track.

And

Civilization V
Miguel & Mr Fruit Man

I will blame Miguel for my none blogging. :)  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. We are the oldest kids in history.

CYA

Your Lurvly Gaming Lizzy :)

Civilization V questions?

Are you a gamer?

Do you prefer board games over computer games?

FD245 – Focus Friday, Reviewing Goals & Food Prep

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Back Looking, Forward Going

Focus Friday has entered the agenda for Liz. I love seeing all the snazy buttons and cool sayings on all the blogs I visit.  You know I have Soap Box Sunday and Wednesday Rewind and now, introducing Focus Friday.  I am sure I’m not the first one to come up with that one.  I can assure you that I did think it up myself.  I’m no theif.

Anyway.  I realize I’m the only one that can really read what is on the image.  It says “Back Looking, Forward Going, Focus Friday.”  I was attempting to be witty.  I hope it worked.  Anyway I thought since we are well into the year, this would be a good time to start taking a look at my goals.  I’ve been procrastination.  :(

Those goals being extremely short term weekly goals.  That works great for me.  I will be looking at my fitness goals and past and future week in general.  I always say you have to look at the past in order to know where you need to be.

Focus Friday
Click to Enlarge

So above is last weeks schedule and the projected next weeks schedule.  Having a schedule definitely takes the guess work out of what my plan is for that days workout.  You know I am a slow roller, so I have been changing my workouts very slowly.  I’m really not in any rush to kill myself.  I will leave that to the gun-ho fitness people.

So this week has been awesome.  I found a virtual race, which I will tell you about in a couple of days.  I got lots of fatty candy for valentines day, which I think I need to share, even though I said I wouldn’t.  I used my day off to do some serious cleaning and food prep for the week to come.  My room was a true Lizaster.  I’m still not completely finished.  Oh well. :)

I really love oat groats in the morning.  You should really try them if you haven’t tasted them yet.  You’ll never go back to regular oatmeal if you do.  I promise you.  I can cook a 1/2 cup dry and it will be enough for the whole week.  Now that is a cheap meal.

The black beans are for my quinoa & black bean burgers.  I already made the quinoa earlier today and I plan on adding some rice to it.  I swear my recipes are different every time I cook them.

Focus Friday
Peace Out!

OH I have something for you.  It is super beneficial to have a worksheet to plan out my workouts.  I made one that you can download.  You have my permission to be a better you tomorrow than you were today. :)

Training Worksheet Template PDF

Have a Great & Productive Weekend!

Your Forward Planning Lizzy :)

Focus Friday Question:

Do you plan your workouts in advance?

Do you plan you meals in advance?