In the end I ran the 2nd lowest total yearly mileage since I started regularly running in 2010. I can chalk up 2010 to a low mileage due to moving from the midwest to SD and also for a very crazy work year. This year’s (2018) low mileage total can be chalked up to a lack of motivation and lack of races. I only ran one organized race this year, which was a half marathon early in the year (link here).
2018 Total miles: 542
Total runs: 142 (Avg 2.8 runs/week)
My total number of runs was only a little less than last year but the main difference was the distances per run especially the latter half of the year. I am proud to have managed to do regular runs (albeit on a treadmill) during our cruise in 2018. Continue reading “2018 Year-end running summary”
Ever since I started baking, I focused moreso on bread and didn’t really do much dessert type baking. I wanted to make some chocolate chip cookies for work so looked up some recipes online. I found a few and then picked one. I am not exactly sure where I got it from now (oops!). I also wanted to try making puffier cookies vs the really thin flat ones. In the end I think they turned out pretty good. It’s a really easy recipe too.
- 1 cup room temperature butter (preferably pull it out in the morning and make cookies later that evening)
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 large eggs
- 3 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 2 cups chocolate chips (or whatever chips you like…peanut butter, butterscotch, etc)
- Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt
- Cream the butter with the two types of sugar
- Beat eggs and vanilla into the butter/sugar mixture
- Mix dry ingredients with butter/sugar mix.
- Add chocolate chips and incorporate
Continue reading “Chocolate chip cookies!!”
Our last port of call was Bergen, which is also located on the west coast of Norway. This is the second largest city in the country. The forecast for this day called for intermittent rain. For the most part during our entire trip, we had mostly decent days of minimal rain. Luckily our dock was a short walk to the city center (I counted at least 3 or 4 other cruise ships in port the same time that we were there).
Continue reading “Cruise – Day 13 (Bergen, Norway)”
Day 11 of the cruise was a sea day. Not too much exciting stuff happened on the boat…mostly just relaxing and eating and exercising.
Our cruise had 2 stops in Norway. I didn’t realize how narrow the country actually is. It’s kind of interesting though that it has such an extensive coastline heading toward the north pole. Since we were cruising, the two stop were both port cities. Our first stop of Ålesund is on the mid-western coast of the nation. This city is known for its German art nouveau architecture. I didn’t realize there were different types of art nouveau. Many of the sights again required driving of some sort but we decided to just hoof it on foot and explore the small town.
Upon arrival it was overcast and started to rain when we disembarked. Luckily the rain was intermittent throughout the day so much of it was just gloomy and gray (I actually like this kind of weather).
Continue reading “Cruise – Day 12 (Ålesund, Norway)”
I ran out of steam with my previous posting and took a long break from any new posts. Hopefully I can get back on track and finish our trip, which now was over 3 months ago. Here’s hoping!
I’m starting to sound like a broken record but we again decided to rent a car for our last port in Akureyri. Akureyri is at the base of Eyjafjörður Fjord in northern Iceland. Luckily I was able to make a car reservation from my phone before we left Ísafjörður. The water was fairly active on the way to Akureyri but turned foggy upon arrival in port.
They do like their hatchbacks in Iceland (and Europe). Here’s our little Kia that we used to traipse around the countryside.
The town of Akureyri was actually a decent size but again most of the sights recommended required a decent drive outta town. We did end up having some time to explore Akureyri after we returned from our road trip. Continue reading “Cruise – Day 10 (Akureyri, Iceland)”