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Posted by on Sep 22, 2016 in Sprinkles | 2 comments

Thursday Thoughts

“Thursday Thoughts” is starting to feel like a tradition around here. These posts always seem to spark interesting conversations and I love that so much so today I’m coming back at ya with a whole lot of randomness.

  1. I’ve been scrunching my hair a lot lately and I’m sort of loving it. I mean, I don’t really love how my hair looks scrunched (I look like a wild lion) but I love that I can do it in less than 10 minutes and avoid applying a lot of heat to my hair. The interesting part of this is that I didn’t have to travel back to 1999 to find a diffuser. I found one at Target a few weeks ago. For some reason I didn’t think I would be able to find a diffuser when I got the random thought of “Hey! I want to scrunch my hair again!” This is one of those situations where I just assumed because I stopped scrunching my hair in middle school, then everyone else must have stopped too, leading to all the hair care companies halting production of diffusers. Turns out, it doesn’t work like that.

    Why, yes. I am about to wipe her runny nose with my finger. #momlife

    Why, yes. I am about to wipe her runny nose with my finger. #momlife

  2. Dave has been making dinner some nights and it’s pretty much my favorite thing ever. He is such a gem of a man and even my mom randomly said the other night while we were chatting on the phone that Dave is always so helpful. He really is. He is always trying to find ways to make my life easier and I know people always use the phrase ‘better half’ but I feel like that term truly applies to Dave – he is my better half. But seriously – why is it that when someone else cooks dinner it taste 1 million times better than if I cooked it myself? Dave made this teriyaki chicken and veggies dish the other night and! It was SO good, but if I would have made it I would have been like, “Meh…what’s for dessert?”
  3. I forgot how hungry running makes me. “Ravenous” is probably a better term than “hungry.” After I complete a long run, I’m never that hungry that same day. In fact, I almost feel like my appetite is kind of squashed. But the next day…OH Lawd! That next day, it is on! I can’t get enough to eat. Dave & I are taking bets as to how much weight we gain training for this half marathon. Isn’t that crazy? We are running more and we are assuming we are going to gain weight…not lose weight. I sort of hate it. Can any of my other runner friends relate? Any other ravenous runners out there?
  4. I love brussels sprouts. I drizzle them in olive oil and sprinkle them with garlic salt and pepper and I put them in the oven for about 15 minutes and then sprinkle them with parmesan cheese before devouring them. It is one of my favorite veggies, but Dave cannot.stand the smell of brussels sprouts. He loathes it, so I never make them for dinner because it makes him gag. But I don’t want to part with my beloved sprouts, so sometimes I make them for lunch. But it never fails, as soon as Dave walks in the door he puts his bag down and says, “You made brussels sprouts.” (←read that in the most accusatory tone you can imagine. Total bad cop style.) Well, today I had some brussels sprouts on hand and that runner’s hunger hit me hard, so I caved and I made them and then I went on a cleaning rampage trying to cover the scent of my dirty deed. When Dave came home and couldn’t smell any brussels sprouts lingering in the air, I felt like I had gotten away with smoking in the house (no, I don’t smoke). And I’m sure that’s what it looked like if you were watching me. I was spraying febreeze, lighting candles, diffusing oils and mopping. I know – that’s a crap ton of work to go through for brussels sprouts, but I love them and I love Dave so I’m trying to make both relationships work.
  5. Tonight we took the kids and dogs for our evening walk and before we got started Dave & I agreed we were tired and we were going to keep the walk kind of short. Andi Rose overheard us and decided to hijack our plans. She threw her shoe out of the stroller when we weren’t looking (This happens all.the.freaking.time) and we were almost home when we realized it and the sun was already going down and her shoe was a clear jelly shoe. But she has so few shoes left that fit her, so we turned the whole crew around and went in search of this one shoe. It was basically as far from our house as it could have been and I think we ended up walking 5 miles and the kids went to bed an hour late. But we just had to laugh, because what else can you do? Andi Rose kept cracking up in the stroller and we were like, “This chick is totally laughing at us right now.”andi-rose
  6. Andi Rose also took one of my shoes out of my closet the other day and it has yet to be found. I miss it. She also rearranged all the shoes in Dave’s closet so the other night when we went to this super fancy event, Dave looked down and realized his shoes didn’t actually match…compliments of Andi Rose.
  7. I would say, “I’ll give you one guess who our favorite child is this week!” but Atlas is acting like a teenager (think 14 year old girl who just got her period for the first time) and having the most dramatic meltdowns ever when I tell him “No” this week. He lets out a scream that I’m sure can be heard a country mile away and he actually yells at me (no, I do not let him get away with it – discipline always follows). I have to hide my face sometimes though because I can’t help but laugh at his outbursts. And then after I disciplined him one day this week we were talking through it and he said, “I’m just sad because you drug my heart through the Alabama dirt.” I’m pretty sure we’ve been listening to too much country music in this house because that is most definitely a line from a Billy Currington song. We’ve never even been to Alabama.

Your turn! Where are my hungry runners at? Funniest thing your kids have said to you this week? Is there a food that you cannot stand the smell of?


  1. Hey Ashley – Happy Friday! So funny you mention that about running. I don’t run very much anymore (your body will hate you for it one day I’m afraid) but I used to and I was never that hungry the day of the longer run – but yes, the next day – ravenous!!! always!!!

    Dont have much else to contribute – my hubby doesn’t know where the kitchen is!!! And I have an adolescent daughter who DOES have raging hormones! And as much as I try and just can’t find the love for brussels sprouts. πŸ™

    But life is good just the same! Have a great weekend -Jessica
    I seem to recall your a Seminoles Fan? Lets cross our fingers we can beat USF!

    • Great memory, Jessica! We are Noles fans in this house! πŸ™‚
      And I think you’re with the majority in that you don’t love brussels sprouts! haha – I think it is the most hated on vegetable.

      Also, I think you’re right about running catching up to your body later. I still think I would love to run a marathon one day, but I go back and forth with wondering if that is just too much for my body. Not even just the wear and tear of my muscles and joints, but also being out in the sun for that long. I worry about increasing my chances of skin cancer because I don’t always wear sunscreen when I run and even if I start before the sun comes up, I always seem to finish with the sun beating down on me! But it is still one of my favorite forms of exercise – it’s just good therapy for me and I always seem to keep coming back for more! πŸ™‚

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