Chugging along: week in review

I feel like I dragged myself through most of this week. By which I mean, I took a stack of research papers home on Monday and then stayed home and read as much as possible rather than dragging myself to my office to do the same thing.

I got a haircut.

I only took one picture this week. It’s kvass, which is essentially fermented beet drink. It probably tastes as weird as it sounds, but I have a ton of beets, so why not? It looks pretty, if nothing else.

I prepared for winter by making lotion. See…most of the time I am an uncivilized human who doesn’t use lotion, but in Montana winters it’s absolutely necessary to keep the skin on my hands intact. Since most store bought lotion is useless for this purpose and the good stuff is absurdly expensive, I make my own. At its most basic, you need less than 15 minutes and only 4 ingredients (a cosmetic butter, emulsifying wax, glycerin, and a preservative) to make lotion. I made this cupuacu cardamom lotion yesterday (but with rosemary essential oil instead of lavender, because I’m allergic), and I also like this shealoe lotion. And apparently this post has turned into a pitch for making your own lotion. Moving on.

I actually ran a race this week! Over the past year or so I’ve somehow contracted the unfortunate habit of getting sick right before races that I registered for. So, since I was feeling “bleh” most of the week and only had 2 very short easy runs, I didn’t sign up for a Saturday 8K until Friday evening. And then I did not get sick, so there’s something to be said for last-minute decisions.

I met Elizabeth before the race. It turned out neither of us wanted to race all out, so we decided to run together and shoot for about 10 minute miles. We were right around that pace for most of the race…except the mile-ish where one of my feet kept falling asleep. Most of the race was on trails, which are usually kind to my feet, so I think it was just a random annoyance.

Finally, since I asked for advice in last week’s post, I made a decision in the coffee vs. apples dilemma and chose the apples. Most people actually voted for the coffee, and while I’m not a contrarian…well, at least not always…I realized I could buy the same coffee in the grocery store but not the same apples. We’ve already eaten about half the apples, so I’d say it was a good decision.


What’s your favorite type of lotion?

Have any remedies for sleepy feet?


Linking up with Meghan for week in review and HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for Weekly Wrap

13 Comment

  1. Karen says: Reply

    Even though I forgot to ‘vote’ last week, my vote would have been apples for the very same reason you chose apples. 🙂

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      They’re good apples 🙂

  2. I have extremely dry and sensitive skin (especially on my face), so I am always lotion-ing up. Currently, I’m in love with coconut oil and shea butter, as I’m trying to keep my suture scar thoroughly hydrated as it continues to heal (and hopefully fade). I use Cetaphil on my face.

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I have sensitive but oily skin – probably why I don’t like lotion much! Shea butter is one of my favorites.

  3. I don’t think I’ve ever tried fermented beets?! I do love beets though in salads
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Might have to try these beets on a salad!

  4. Congrats on the running race and not getting sick. I’ve been fighting the same cold for weeks now so you’re a step ahead of me.

    I love coffee but I’m glad you’re happy with your apple decision. And your lotion. It sounds kind of dreamy.
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Thank you – not sure I really had a hand in not getting sick but it feels like an accomplishment regardless.

  5. I’ve never heard of kvass. It is a great color of red, however. My feet will go to sleep in cold weather. I usually loosen my laces a little more than normal and don’t wear tight compression socks. My skin is so much drier in our winters when the humidity goes away but I haven’t attempted making my own lotion. Very interesting. Thanks for linking.

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I was wearing compression calf sleeves. Hmm.

  6. I’m ashamed to say some weeks during the summer I only took one picture during the week. Now the weekend was different! Making your own lotion sounds very neat! I have often wished I knew how to make soap, cause I spend a lot of money on the homemade type ones! Thanks for linking up! recently posted…Weekly Wrap 116 TailgatingMy Profile

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I hear making soap is simple, but I’m scared of the lye. My husband has made some a couple times.

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