Feliz Cumpleaños and My Present to YOU Guys


Still tweaking Carrie’s voluminous oats tutorial. I’ve been experimenting with the power settings on my microwave and I think it has at least helped a little bit. Still nothing that I’d call particularly “voluminous’ though.

Typical pre-long run fare. With protein powder, almond extract, cinnamon, chia seeds, flaxseed, pumpkin, bloobs, and drippy almond butter.

Sorry that I’m not posting the rest of my eats for the day, but my boyfriend was in town and that’s where my focus was!

We did enjoy some mediocre Mediterranean take-home, though. At least it didn’t make me sick! However, I’m starting to think that all food that comes in bar form is now off-limits. Even my LUNA bar, which I used to be fine eating, left me feeling sub-par. Too bad a have kind of a large stash. So what’s a girl with a bar stash that she can’t eat to do?

Have a giveaway, of course!

That’s right, guys. I’m hosting a giveaway from my massive bar stash.

The prize pack includes:
– 2 Clif Bars (Maple Nut, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut)
– 2 Clif Builder’s Bars (Vanilla Almond, Cookies ‘N Cream)
– 1 Clif MOJO Bar (Peanut Butter Pretzel)
– 2 LUNA Protein Bars (Mint Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Peanut Butter)
– 3 LUNA Bars (Chocolate Dipped Coconut, Chocolate Raspberry, Vanilla Almond)
Possibly some more bars as well…

To Enter:

Mandatory: Leave a comment telling me which bar you are most excited about trying.

Extra Entries (leave a new comment for each entry):
1. Follow me on Twitter.
2. Mention my giveaway on your blog and link back to this entry (post the link to your post in your comment).
3. Tweet about this giveaway.

All entries must be in by 11:59pm EST on May 31, 2011!



Happy Birthday to me!

Thank-you for all of the birthday wishes via Facebook (UCR is not on Facebook yet, but I do have a regular page for myself), Twitter, text message, phone, mail, and in-person!

The day was fairly low-key. I was uber tired from going to a Rapture party last night and we didn’t get home until fairly late. It was definitely one of those night where everyone thought I was drunk because I was just so tired. Yes, apparently tired Ellen resembles drunk Ellen.

My mom walked in her 5K for Weight Watchers this morning. She finished in around 50 minutes, so she was pleased. I guess she celebrated by going to Day #2 of the Art Fair and buying some lawn ornaments made from screwdrivers, haha.

Another very chill day, filled with an ABC Family Harry Potter marathon, reading, and errands. After Lyle left to drive back home, I went to the health foods store to get gear for my blogger exchange. I’m legitimately jealous of the things that I bought for her, as they were things I probably wouldn’t normally try on my own, but that’s one of the things that I think make exchanges fun!

Then it was off to Kroger to pick up some of the more “normal” staples. F4L is good for more local and hard-to-find items, which is why I selected it for the exchange, but my Kroger has a decent enough selection to get my staple items and get me through the week if I don’t have anything special or specific in mind.

When I got home my daddy was waiting for me with my present: An Amazon Kindle 3G! No idea what I want to download first! Any suggestions?



Recovery run day. An easy 2 miles plus a little bit of core and upper-body work.

Man is it getting hot out. And early too! The past three days have been around 80 degrees in the heat of the day, so I’m waking up at 6am and it’s already in the 60s. Phew, so glad that I have a hand-held water bottle now! I have a feeling that it will be coming out of its packaging in the very near future to see some use.

No soreness from yesterday! I think that all the walking that I made myself do really is to thank for that, since I didn’t ice at all and I’ll be the first to admit that my refueling wasn’t great yesterday. Although it was a little hard to get my legs to want to move this morning; again, not too terrible.


What was YOUR favorite birthday?

What about your favorite birthday GIFT (receiving or giving)?


80 thoughts on “Feliz Cumpleaños and My Present to YOU Guys

  1. aw, happy birthday. cheers for harry potter too!

    for the generous giveaway: I’ve been trying to find choc-dipped coconut luna bars for awhile now! so that’d be the one I’m most excited about.

  2. Happy birthday!! Yours is so close to mine – May babies are blates the best 🙂
    Annnd I have tried most of them except maybe one of the Luna flavours… so that = excitement!

  3. Happy Birthday! You are so sweet to share it with us!

    Mmm the maple nut cliff bar looks good. I haven’t tried that flavor

  4. Happy Birthday, girlie! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! Nutrition bars are one of my favorite snacks. I am most excited about trying the Cookies N’ Cream Builders flavor for two reasons. 1 – I love how it is super high in protein! and 2 – Cookies N’ Cream is my favorite ice cream flavor! Mmmmm…I really hope I win. 😀

  5. I haven’t tried the chocolate raspberry Luna yet! I used to eat these all the time but since my recovery began I’ve been a bit scared to try bars. They NEED to get back into my life!

  6. HAAAAPY BIRTHDAY, awesome girl! An awesome giveaway you have here. I think I would like to try the Luna Protein bar in Mint Chocolate Chip because I love all things Mint CC and Luna is an amazing company!

  7. Maple nut clif bar- that sounds so good! I have never seen them in the stores here.

    The best gift I have given was to my boyfriend last year. We had only been together a short while (less than 2 months) but I got him a back protector (used for motorcycle riding.) He had mentioned that he was going to borrow one for when he did his track day…so I figured he might as well have his own. He was totally shocked when he opened it, saying, “I was going to buy one of these this week! How did you even know? You’re inside my head already.. this is weird..” It was excellent.

  8. Happy Birthday!!! I want a kindle so bad, they seem so convenient! Download “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett if you haven’t read that. I’m reading “unbearable lightness” by Portia de Rossi right now, but I’m not that far into it. It’s good so far!

    I can’t wait to try the mint chocolate luna protein bar. I think I may have had it before, but I’m not sure. I love that flavor combo!

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  10. I would LOVE to try any and all those bars ( can’t get any of them where I live- Boo!).
    But If I had to pick one , I’d go with the clif mojo- iv read great things about them.
    Fab giveaway, I am a bar addict!

  11. Happy birthday!! Hope you had an amazing party:)
    I´d love to try the White Chocolate Macadamia Nut bar, it sound delicious:)

  12. I am really excited to try the Peanut Butter Pretzel Clif Mojo Bar!
    (and not only because I have tried most of the others… :D)

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