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Week in Review: Recovery

What a great week! I mean, there were ups and downs as there always are, but man, I just really felt whole this week. I felt balanced. I feel balanced and it feels so good. I mean, sometimes I love drinking too much red wine, hooping and dancing and staying up too late and then running too much, acting like an idiot, shit like that. We all need to get it out of our systems from time to time. But then it’s important for our internal pendulum to swing back from asshole and settle down into the middle for some recovery time. Otherwise, we uhh… we suck.

I’ll have you know that it’s Sunday afternoon right now and I’m typing this out alone, in our house, with nobody here. This concept is so sacred and rare that I dare not speak too much about it. It’s like how God wouldn’t let Moses see him directly or his eyes would burn or something. I need my eyes. Andrew is feeling a lot better, and I feel like he knows that I need some time alone to get my wits about me after the rough week we had last week. I take care of him, and he takes care of me. We’re a good team. Here is this week’s Week in Review care of my good friend Meghan from Clean Eats Fast Feets!

On Monday I got up early, drove Jake to work and then ran 11 miles on the treadmill. I cleaned the house, packed lunches for school and then picked up Katie from Jason’s. She and I spent the day reading books, and then we all went to bed early. HELL YEAH.


I woke up at 5:45 on Tuesday morning for fun. Because I like getting up early now. The alone time that I score during those dark coffee-drenched moments are everything, and I would sacrifice a little extra sleep and a decent poo for that anytime. I had my coffee and a KitKat for breakfast and then hopped onto the treadmill for a run. The rest of the day was so busy that when I took notes, I abbreviated all the words and now I can’t even read it. But here’s a photo of the lunch that Callum pretty much made himself:

I have no idea what I did on Wednesday.

Andrew, Callum and I went into Fort Langley on Thursday and got some lunch at my favourite place on earth (Wendel’s), and then I came home and did all the same shit that I did on Tuesday and Wednesday that’s too boring to type out. But I do know that I left the house wearing my Birkenstocks with my socks. Most people would turn around and go back home to change, but I am not most people.

Grandma and Grandpa Slane watched Callum for me for a couple of hours on Friday! It was heavenly! I got SUCH a great sleep that night, and I ran on the treadmill while Callum was with his grandparents so it worked out well. I brought Katie to dance in the evening and then drove her out to her cousin’s for a sleepover. Those girls are HILARIOUS. I can’t stop laughing at the video they made. I wish I could show you guys. I ate chocolates out of a tin we got for Christmas but I couldn’t find the legend so I decided to just give each chocolate a taste test. I didn’t stop until I tried every single one, and I didn’t get sick. Elevators give me diarrhea, but I can eat a hornet covered in hot sauce and be just fine; my stomach is like steel.

Then, Saturday was my 39th birthday! It was the best birthday I have had in a long time. I got up at 5:45 to drive Jake to work and he bought me a coffee. I was just so happy to see him on my birthday, to see him healthy, and happy. Because two years ago on my birthday, he was not in a good place, so just seeing Jake that morning made my birthday so great. Then I came home, had some coffee, snuggled Callum and then met Lora for an 8 mile run outside! It was so cold but I was so thankful to not be stuck on the treadmill again!

I came home, had a hot shower and climbed under the heated blanket on our bed to warm up. For Christmas Andrew bought me a gift card for the spa so I made the appointment for my birthday! I went and got a 75 minute relaxation massage. IT WAS EVERYTHING. Then I came home and my sister and her daughter brought over a lasagna and a bottle of wine! And Gretchen emailed me a Starbucks card, which was so sweet and made me feel so loved. Then grandma Slane came over to babysit and Andrew and I headed into Vancouver to have dinner at the Irish Pub we always go to on the water. The food was incredible as usual. I got a Ceasar, of course, on top of all the wine I drank beforehand.

I hate what I was wearing that night. I’m always cold, so I end up looking like a granny during the winter. UGH. Dammit.

I got up again on Sunday to drive Jake to work and then did an easy 6 miler on the treadmill. I finished all that before anyone was even awake! It was wonderful. Then Andrew took Ethan and Callum to run some errands while I did some strength stuff and worked on my book a bit more. I ended up doing my regular 100 pushups, 200 squats, a bunch of donkey kicks and fire hydrants, and a 4 minute plank. It was a little bit awesome.

Do you own Birkenstocks? 

I use them as slippers around the house.

If you got a gift card for the spa, what would you get?

Are you back into the routine of life after the holidays?




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  • Meredith @ cookie chrunicles January 9, 2017, 9:22 am

    Happy birthday again!! I’m glad you had an awesome one and the massage is just everything! I love a good massage, such a perfect birthday gift.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 9, 2017, 5:48 pm

      It’s tough because I hate spending money, especially on things that “disappear” like food and massages, but MAN OH MAN I needed it. Maybe I sound spoiled, or whatever. I just know that I loved every second of it and didn’t take it for granted one bit.

  • Jamie@TheMomGene January 9, 2017, 10:26 am

    I love everything about this. The exercise, the food, the rest, the BALANCE. This is what life should feel like despite the fact that it usually doesn’t. But the key is to remember it will swing back around again! And yes I own Birkenstocks…what fool doesn’t?

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 9, 2017, 5:46 pm

      Yup. I’m trying not to brace myself for the inevitable storm that follows the calm, because whoever has the most fear going into a hard tackle is the one that gets ambulanced out.

  • Ana January 9, 2017, 10:28 am

    Happy Belated Birthday!! You had a pretty awesome day!!

    In the winter I always look like a homeless person with the oversized hoodies, raggedy scarves and oversized coats.

    I do not own Birkenstocks, but they look comfy.

    I have been back on my routine, but still want to smash my alarm clock every morning when it goes off.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 9, 2017, 5:45 pm

      You described the winter wardrobe SO WELL! Right on point. Birkenstocks are lifesavers for the feetsies. Grab a pair and you’ll know what I mean.

  • Susie @ SuzLyfe January 9, 2017, 10:55 am

    Gretch is the bestest, after you and me, of course 😀
    Balance. Oh, so illusive. Especially after a week filled with reminders of how unbalanced life can be.
    Don’t worry about being a granny/looking like a granny. I’ve been grandma status for years. And I’m still in my 20s. Now I just need glasses and a cane to shake at people.
    Happy Birthday again, love!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 9, 2017, 5:44 pm

      I can’t believe you are only 20-something, and you are SO well-written, and SO wise. Susie, you are something special, and I’m not just saying that. I hope you believe me. I’m really excited to see what you’ve got in store for the next 60+ years of your life!

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets January 9, 2017, 11:46 am

    I want a massage so badly right now. It sounds like EVERYTHING.

    Also, I’m happy to hear you’re feeling good. It’s probably all those veggies you’re eating now. 🙂 I’m sure the chocolates don’t hurt either. Speaking of which, I could go for some chocolate and a coffee or chocolate flavored coffee. Basically, I really just need some caffeine and sugar. 🙂

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 9, 2017, 5:43 pm

      I’ve been doing the veggie thing a la smoothie style lately, just because the farts from the big bowl of broccoli and hot sauce were putting a damper on our evening shenanigans. I almost need to schedule sex during the day, where it’s carbs only from 6-11, a shag over the lunch break and then non-stop fruit and veg until bedtime.

  • Amy Lauren January 9, 2017, 1:28 pm

    I’m definitely back in the routine of life after the holidays, but I still need to take our Christmas tree down. I’ve been procrastinating big time because it depresses me but I will probably do it during tonight’s football game so I can watch the game at the same time (and hopefully not be depressed… go Alabama!). Looks like you had a wonderful birthday and hooray for coffee and chocolates, two of my favorite things!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 9, 2017, 5:39 pm

      There’s a football game tonight? Is it the Superbowl? I don’t even know. I don’t like football! I do like British football though. 😉
      Good luck taking down your tree. You’ll feel better once it’s gone and packed away. It’ll feel clean and lighter.

  • Megan @ Meg Go Run January 9, 2017, 2:42 pm

    I love the socks you have on with your birkenstocks! They remind me of my alpaca socks.

    Your birthday sounds absolutely wonderful. I’m glad it was a good day for you. I actually have never had a massage. Paul gets them from time to time, but let’s face it, he deserves them way more than me!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 9, 2017, 5:38 pm

      One time? I started to cry during a massage. I had no idea why and I felt so embarrassed but the lady said it’s normal, that my body was holding all this stress inside, trying to be tough, and then when I finally let my walls down to receive care, it all came spilling out. Thankfully it was just tears that spilled out. I imagine it could be worse.

  • Lisa @ Mile by Mile January 9, 2017, 4:32 pm

    You guys look so cute in that picture! I dont have Birkenstocks but I always used to borrow my roommate’s in college. Ive been thinking about getting a pair after all my foot issues. I still feel like the hardwood floor is so tough on my feet so maybe I need something more supportive than slippers!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 9, 2017, 5:37 pm


  • Gretchen January 9, 2017, 5:12 pm

    I’m so glad you had a good birthday! It sounds like you were treated like a princess, just like you should be 🙂 I’m glad that I could make you feel loved because you are the BEST. Always there for me and I appreciate you so much.

    BTW- you look banging so don’t even lie and say you look like a granny! Gorgeous! (and your hair…love it)

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 9, 2017, 5:37 pm

      I feel like I haven’t talked to you in a long time! We need to get back to sending each other trashy running songs. I kinda want to order that cookbook you posted about on Friday. I have it in my shopping cart on Amazon (among a myriad of other things, no doubt) so one of these days I’m just going to get drunk and order it.

      I know I don’t literally look like a granny, but I mean, like, I dress like one I guess in the winter, so much that I don’t really feel sexy when I go out. It’s hard to feel sexy when you’re wearing ling underwear under jeans. It feels like I’m wearing a unitard diaper.

  • Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home January 10, 2017, 4:18 am

    I”m glad you had such a fantastic birthday! I’d love the spa. I would get a facial and a pedicure. Those are my 2 favorite treatments.

    I have Birkies for summer, and yes, I love them. They did take some getting used to, tho..

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 10, 2017, 7:31 am

      I’ve never had a facial! They’d need one of those metal grinders for my foot callouses if I were to get a pedicure.

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes January 10, 2017, 10:34 am

    It sounds like you had an awesome birthday – happy birthday again! A massage sounds awesome, although strangers touching me for that long creeps me out. I’d probably get a hair cut because I love love love salon shampoos and head massages.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 10, 2017, 5:22 pm

      I never even thought about the strangers touching me thing. You know what I hate more? Strangers talking to me. My masseuse was great because she STFU the whole time. I’ve had ones that were chit chatty and I wanted to stand up and straight arm the whole massage table oils and blankets onto the floor.

  • Corry January 10, 2017, 3:08 pm

    I have those exact same Birkenstocks that I use for house slippers as well. My feet are so messed up, I have to have them on at all times. I have a few outside pairs too. One pair got stolen from the gym this summer, grrrrr!
    Who wants to take a pair of old sandals that are molded to someone else’s foot?? Or anyone’s used shoes for that matter? GROSS

    I’m back into routine, having everyone back to school and work and having some time to myself. My eating seems to want to stay in holiday mode though. End of November I gave up red wine and eating junk. Lost 11 lbs. I told myself I could eat whatever I wanted on Christmas day and then back to healthy eating. It’s now January 10th and sadly I’m still eating like its Christmas day. Maybe if I take my Christmas tree down……

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 10, 2017, 5:20 pm

      It’s weird that someone who likes Birkenstocks would steal them. Usually it’s the chill hippie earth loving let’s share our gum type people who wear Birkenstocks. It would be like someone stealing a Bible or something. Or maybe not quite. Ha ha.

      I LOLed at the Christmas tree thing you wrote. SO FUNNY. I can’t believe you lost 11 lb so fast. That’s seriously impressive. You’ll probably need the red wine to take down your tree, though. It helps.

  • molly rose January 10, 2017, 4:42 pm

    this post made me so happy to read– I think it was all the exclamation points?! that, and the fact I feel through your words that you had a genuinely great week last week 🙂

    I live in Florida, so whenever it’s “cold” here or I travel somewhere more north, I look like a complete granny — layered socks on layered socks

    Happy 39th beautiful!!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 10, 2017, 5:18 pm

      Crap. I hate it when I’m reading a piece of writing that has too many exclamation marks. I hope I didn’t put too many. Dammit.

      Florida would be so perfect right now. Andrew and I crawl under our heated blanket and fantasize about moving to Arizona.

      Thank you for the birthday wish, Molly! 🙂 xo

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