Travel: Salvador, Brazil

I travelled to Salvador, the state of Bahia in Brazil last week for work. It was my second trip to Brazil but first time in Bahia.

I was super excited for this trip because I haven’t traveled for work since July last year. So it was nice to travel and have sometime alone. I think all moms feel the same way no matter how much we love our kids.

One mini incident was that my checked luggage didn’t arrive with me. I was supposed to take the luggage out at Sao Paolo, but the united agent told me that it was checked all the way to Bahia. So I didn’t have my luggage for a day. Fortunately I was prepared for it and had all the pumping equipment with me. Lesson learned, have all the necessities in carry-on.

We stayed at Mercure Rio Vermello hotel, with a small beach. This is the view from the gym when I logged my runs.

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the hotel was just okay. The room was small and basic. The food was average but the view was amazing.

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I always have egg omelets, fruits and toasts with butter for breakfast.

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but tried local food as well: this is a coconut tapioca porridge

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a tapioca flour pancake. I had ham and cheese as filling.

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then cheese bread.

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It was a privilege to work by the infinity pool. Such a relaxing view.

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Local food is mainly seafood. So I had plenty of them. this one is a seafood stew cooked with bread.

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on the last day of work, I went to explore the city with colleagues and we had some snacks by the beach

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we had coquettes, one with meat and one with salted bacalao.

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then we had street food for dinner

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this is acaraje, a dish made from peeled beans formed into a ball and then deep-fried in palm oil. Super rich dish.

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and a tapioca pancake

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I had one with cheese, sun dried tomato  and basil. Super super tasty! I loved it, will definitely try to make it soon.

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My flight was scheduled for 4:30pm, so I went to explore the old town called pelourinho. It was the city’s center during the Portuguese colonial period and was named for the whipping post in its central plaza where African slaves received punishment for various infractions, as well as for disciplinary purposes.

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then it was time to go back home. I missed the girls so much.

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Lizzy had fever for 3 days. Tony was super worried because I was not there to tell him what to do. And seeing Lizzy down was heart breaking to him. But fortunately she didn’t seem too bothered as she continued to eat and sleep well, and the fever went away by itself.

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Tony was in charge of giving Lizzy bottle in the early morning (6am) and take Sofia to school.

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but he did so well. I’m so proud of him.

Once I was back Saturday morning, I spent the day unpacking, catching up with the family and in the evening, we took Sofia to a Halloween party at a community center.

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Sofia had fun and came back with a lot of candies.

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on Sunday it was Pumpkin caving time! As usual Tony was in charge.

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Sofia helped to take out the seeds

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and Lizzy was in charge of being CUTE 😀

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we had the idea of putting her in a pumpkin for a long time! We couldn’t find a big enough one to fit her in, so we did some carving and voila!

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and the final product

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final product, thanks to Tony

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it was a busy week. Traveling is always tiring but it was a good getaway for me. It made me realize even more how lucky I am to have the family I have, to have a supportive husband, a helping mom and two lovely girls.

I love my life!


Life: first race with Tony

It took me 10 days to write this post, a living proof of how busy I have been. On 9/17, Tony, Sarah and I run the Clarendon down hill 5k. First time running with my favorite people!!! It was so much fun. But first let’s see what else have been happening lately

Lizzy is as cute as always!!! 🙂

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We leave the house around 7:45am. If I want to run, shower and change, then it means no time to have breakfast at home. So I’ve been having oatmeal in the office, in peace, slowly, without rushing. Love oatmeal in a jar

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specially when there’s plenty of PB in the bottom

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I went to a seminar about how to connect with your kids. Quite interesting.

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with Lizzy I only need to connect through touching and milking … heheh….

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on Saturday 9/17, Tony and I went alone to the race. It was his first time ever running a race. I was super excited… maybe even more than him. So happy he’s sharing my passion for running.

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and what a great way to hang out with my good friend Sarah. We’ll be running/racing buddies for many years to come.

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I didn’t plan to run fast because I was still recovering from the half. But the route was all down hill, so I just went with what my body felt like. And I went fast! I finished with 24’15”, that’s almost 2 mins down from my PR. Wooo!!!

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That weekend Sofia had two birthday parties. One at Little Gym

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in which kids had organized activities and free play

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then the next day we went to her favorite playground for another of her friend’s party

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oh… someone turned 5 months on 9/18!

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I almost forgot to take pic that day, so by the time we took it, it was her bed time already, so she didn’t give us a smile. But… she’s lovely nonetheless, especially when all she wants to do is turn/turn/turn.

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Time tracking day 7

4:15 awake and couldn’t fall back into sleep 

5:25 got up. Pump 

6:00 8 oz out. Went to nurse Lizzy 

6:15 oatmeal and small cup of decaf 

6:45 out the door for long run 

8:15 back home after 8 easy miles. Felt strong 

8:20 prepared Sofia to go to swim class 

8:30 shower / compression socks 

8:45 breakfast (breads with guacamole and eggs)

9:00 nursed Lizzy 

9:15 put ingredients into the bread machine to make buns for parents 

9:20 organized the house a bit post party 

10:10 Sofia was back 

10:20 went out to do groceries 

12:00 back home. Made lunch (another quinoa salad with Japanese sweet potato)

1:15 nursed Lizzy 

1:45 napped

2:30 got up. Had some cereal and mixed nuts 

3:00 change/ make up for the photo session 

3:15 changed Lizzy and Sofia with grandmas help 

3:30 out the door 

4:00 arrived Costco. I went to buy with Sofia while Tony got gas 

4:25 heading to the photo session place 

5:00 photo session 

5:49 way to home. Lizzy was quite annoyed by then since she didn’t nap since 1:15 

6:15 bath Lizzy, nursed her

6:45 dinner (sautéed zucchini with broccoli with olive preserve, water melon)

7:20 rest a bit while Tony took Sofia to buy cake for tomorrow‘s party at class 

7:30 took off makeup / put Pj

7:45 ate kabocha 

8:00 Lizzy woke up screaming, nursed her again 

8:20 read a book with Sofia, song, kiss and hug 

8:40 chocolate milk in bed 

9:10 transferred Lizzy to bed 

9:20 time with Tony 

10:00 zzzz

Time tracking day 6

5:45 got up 

5:50 water, pump 

6:10 nursed Lizzy 

6:20 pumped  

6:30 put 8 oz of milk into bags and freezer 

6:35 MUTU 1 and core 1

7:20 played was Lizzy and Tony on bed 

7:45 prepared breakfast for the family 

8:00 breakfast together

8:45 started organizing the house and preparing for the party

9:00 take Sofia to buy paper plates and cups, balloon and nail polish for her 

10:00 back home and painted her bail 

10:40 rest. Was feeling tired from the day before

11:00 nursed Lizzy and played with her while had apple and cereal 

11:30 made empanadas with mom


12:20 lunch time . Empanadas and sweet potato for the family and another salad for me.

1:15 nap for all 

2:15 got up 

2:20 hungry again so I ate a corn and chocolate milk 

2:40 nursed Lizzy 

2:50 set up the table, drinks, last minute arrangements 

3:30 change and put on some makeup

4:00 party!!!

6:30 cleaning and eating. I was starving 

7:00 nursed Lizzy and put her to sleep 

7:30 gift unwrapping 

8:45 sing song to Sofia 

9:00 still hungry so I had kabocha 

9:30 in bed, exhausted and excited how well the party went 

10:00 zzzz

Time tracking day 4

2:50 up and checked Lizzy. She was again awake eating her finger. Back to sleep 

3:00 back to sleep

5:25 got up

5:30 water, pumped while having cereal and coffee 

5:55 done with pumping (8 oz) and went to nurse Lizzy. She was awake all this time but didn’t make any noise 

6:20 changed cloth

6:25 elliptical for 45 min

7:10 prepared breakfast for Sofia and Tony. Finished packing lunch for Tony and breakfast for me (oatmeal with Pb)

7:20 change/ make up / had half muffin 

7:40 out the door 

8:20 drop Sofia at the daycare while Tony parked the car 

8:35 met tony and way to see podiatrist for him 

9:30 finished the appt. goodbye kiss and walked to office 

9:50 oatmeal and coffee ricotta cheese 

10:30 pump 6.5 oz while working 

1:00 lunch meeting with A friend who got caught up in a meeting so I got a lame salad and ate at desk

2:00 work

2:30 pump 6 oz

3:30 hungry again, had oatmeal with PB

4:30 went to get ice because I forgot the ice pack. Got a cereal bar too

5:30 left office 

5:45 picked up Sofia with tony. Terrible traffic

6:45 home finally. I was starving!!!! I asked tony to do bath alone with Lizzy because I needed food!!! I had rice with sautéed cabbage and tilapia cooked with soy sauce 

7:00 nurses Lizzy 

7:15 pack lunch for tony for next day. 

7:20 ate corn, then 2 slices of bread with laughing cow, ricotta cheese and some Aduki bean. I don’t know why I was so hungry! Maybe is the breast feeding, maybe the lame salad.

8:20 read a book with Sofia, kiss and hug and told her she was my life.

8:30 transferred Lizzy to bed and nurse new minutes 

9:00 in bed with chocolate milk and runners magazine 

9:25 zzzzz

Time tracking day 5

5:20 got up, water, pump

5:50 Lizzy was making noise so I went to nurse her 

6:05 continued to pump, coffee, cereal 

6:30 out the door for easy run

7:20 back home / prepared breakfast for Sofia 

7:25 shower 

7:30 prepared breakfast for Tony and me. I had two slices of Ezekiel with two fried eggs and laughing cow 

7:45 nursed Lizzy 

7:55 out the door 

8:30 dropped Sofia and Tony 

9:00 arrived shoppers, got things for tomorro’s birthday party 

9:40 arrived trade joes for more 

10:10 whole food for kids juices 

10:25 home and started the preparation. Made biscottis, Aduki cake, mini cheesecake, apple pie, magic cake 

11:45 nursed Lizzy and continued the baking 

1:30 lunch (greens, cherry tomato, quinoa, chickpea, guacamole, roasted pepper, heart of palm, dressed in Balsamic) soo good and filling 

2:45 nurses Lizzy 

3:00 head to Hmart for buy fruits and eggs

3:45 back home and started baking the cake 

5:30 Tony texted me that metro is in delay, he might not arrive the daycare on time. So I was on my way to daycare

6:15 Tony arrived on time so I waited close to office and they walked to me

6:30 heading home 

6:55 arrived home and dinner. I was starving so I asked Tony to bath Lizzy alone while I ate. I had chicken soup with black fungus, vermicelli, and sautéed cabbages 

7:30 nursed Lizzy 

7:45 cake assembly 

8:00 ate a corn and some fiber cereal 

8:40 sing song to Sofia.

8:50 transferred Lizzy to bed. 

9:00 on bed with chocolate milk and exhausted!!!!   But glad that I did everything planned 

10:00 zzzz

Time tracking Day 3


3:00 checked Lizzy, she was up and crying a bit but fell asked by 3:20

3:45 back to sleep 

5:30 up and prepared to pump

5:45 Lizzy was up so I went to nurse her

5:55 continued to pump while had coffee 

6:25 8 oz milk done, freeze. Pack lunch for Tony and change  running outfit 

6:35 put squash into the oven. Out for a run – hill work 

7:20 back home. Took squash out of oven. Prepared breakfast for Tony. Packed breakfast for me (oatmeal with PB) and snack (baked delicata squash)

7:25 shower/change cloth

7:35 nursed Lizzy 

7:45 left the house. Did make up on the road.

8:30 dropped Tony at metro, arrived daycare, say goodbye to Sofia, walked to office. No phone on the way but focused on smiling and observed other morning commuter. So much variety of expressions.

9:00 arrived office. Heat oatmeal. Chatted with a colleague while my stomach was grueling for food 

9:30 breakfast finally 

10:00 work

11:00 pump while working (6oz)


12:30 lunch with a friend 

1:30 back to office. Coffee. 

2:00 dentist 

4:00 back to office and pumped 5 oz

5:00 heading to pick up Sofia.

5:35 pick up Tony on the way

5:55 arrived home 

6:00 dinner (porridge, sautéed romaine lettuce and green bean)

6:20 bath/nurse Lizzy 

6:50 pack lunch for Tony tomorrow 

7:00 ate two corns. Dinner left me hungry.

7:30 lie on the coach with tooth pain and headache. Took 2 ibuprofen. Had some cereal and chocolate milk.

7:55 personal care

8:10 read two books with Sofia and good night kiss and hug

8:30 transferred Lizzy to bed, nursed her a bit

8:35 zzzzzzzzzz

Time tracking day 2


3:00 woke up, realized that slept from 9:30pm until now without waking up! YAY! checked Lizzy on the monitor. She was awake looking at camera. So cute. She turned and fell asleep.

3:30 back to zzzz

5:45 got up, went downstairs, started pumping. Checked Lizzy, she started to stir.

5:50 went to nurse Lizzy

6:00 back to pumping while having cereal and coffee

6:30 changed and got ready for the run

6:35 run. Today was 4 miles easy.

7:20 back home. Prepared breakfast for Sofia and Tony. Finished packing lunches for me and Tony.

7:30 shower/change

7:35 nursed Lizzy

7:45 left the house. While Tony was driving, I did makeup.

8:30 dropped Sofia at the daycare and walk to the office.

9:00 breakfast time finally. Banana oatmeal with PB.

9:30 “work”

11:00 pumped 6 oz while looking at video and pics of Lizzy my mom sent me. Snacked brown rice cereal.

11:30 finished expense tracking, wrote yesterday’s post

12:30 went to the cafeteria to get a salad. I brought two eggs, beets and 1 delicate squash to complement. Browsed through pinterest to find the cake I’m gonna make for Sofia’s birthday


2:00 “work”

3:00 pumped 5.5 oz while reading about running

4:00 snack was an apple + 1/2 granola bar

5:00 checked with Tony about his leaving time

5:25 left office to meet with Tony at the metro station

5:35 walked to the daycare while catching up on our day

5:45 picked up Sofia. Way to home.

6:30 Lizzy was waiting us at the door step. So cute as usual. Since she was up since 5, we went to do bath/feeding with her first while Sofia started dinner with grand parents

7:00 dinner. I had bok choy with tofu, green beans and black fungus

7:30 had a steamed corn while checking blogs

7:40 strength workout

8:00 writing this post

8:15 night routine with Sofia. We read two books, sing a song and night night.

8:30 personal care (take off make up, brush teeth, change to Pj)

9:00 transferred Lizzy to bed and nursed her

9:15 chocolate milk, log workout. Tony came to bed and we chat.

9:50 zzzzzz



Time tracking Day 1

I got the idea of doing time tracking for 168 hours from Sarah. I know how my days go but I’m interested to learn how I spend my days in term of time spent at work, with my girls, with my husband, ME time and just life duties.

Day 1. Monday 9/19


5:45 woke up (another night of poor sleep, Lizzy woke up 4 times and I went to her twice).

5:50 go downstairs, drink water, eat high fiber cereal, coffee while pumping and check blogs

6:30 nurse Lizzy and change diaper

6:40 prepare breakfast for Sofia and Tony, pack breakfast for me and lunch for Tony

6:50 drive Tony to metro because he had an early dentist appt

7:00 back home, change/make up while having Lizzy on my bed

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I’ve became super fast doing my makeup, 5 min and I’m done

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7:30 nurse Lizzy one more time and ready to leave with Sofia

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Sofia gave her tons of kisses

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7:45-9:00 commute/drop Sofia to the daycare/walk to office

9:00 eat breakfast while checking emails/blogs

9:30 work

10:30 snack some almond milk with rice cereal

11:00 pump while working


12:30 eat lunch (soup + salad)

1:00 coffee with a friend

2:00 feeling really sleepy so just wonder around the internet

3:00 pump while trying hard to focus on work

5:00 went to buy something for my dad

5:20 leave office to pick up the car and Sofia. Tony was running late so we went without him

6:10 we arrived early so went to Tj’s to pick cereal, bread, cheese

6:20 pick up Tony at the metro station and went home

6:30 dinner

7:00 bath, nurse and put Lizzy to sleep in the swing

7:30 prepare next day breakfast for me (banana oatmeal), lunch for Tony (burrito bowl), lunch for me (beet and egg salad toppings and roasted delicata squash).

7:45 eat a corn checking blog

8:00 chat with Tony about our day while grandma started night routine with Sofia

8:30 sing a song to Sofia, kiss and hug and good night

8:50 made myself a cup of chocolate milk, check everything was ready for next day, kiss Tony and went upstairs

8:55 transfer Lizzy to the crib, put sleep sack and nurse her one more time

9:00 log in weekend running, read two articles from the book

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9:35 turn off the light and zzzz

pretty typical day for me. 🙂

Journal: busy day running around

5:10am woke up and once more surprised that Lizzy didn’t wake up last night. This girl really likes her sleep. It has been 4 days in a row that she doesn’t wake up to eat at night. Are we really into sleep-through-the-night mode? Finger crossed.

I pumped 8 oz., had coffee and some cereal and hit the road for my morning run. I look forward to it everyday. Although the training plan calls for rest today, I still felt like running. So, I did 3 miles at very slow pace.

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7:30 am: when I came back all the family was up. Sofia dressed but haven’t started breakfast, Tony was up feeding Lizzy, mom getting ready for Sofia’s breakfast and me all sweaty mess.

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I took a shower, prepared breakfast for Tony and myself. I had another egg-cheese wrap.

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8:30am Tony, Sofia and I left the house. It was Tony’s second day at work. I was the designated driver for ms. Sofia and mr. Tony.

10am: I arrived home and had a white peach.

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I pumped again and went to Target. They’re running a huge promotion so we’re stalking up some diapers for Lizzy. It was our 3rd trip this week. Maybe we’ll go back again 1-2 times to get more.

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11:45am: Lizzy was just waking up from her morning nap. It is 3.5 hrs nap!!! Grandma fed her while I unpacked things.

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I also went to Teeters to get italian ice for Tony, and ArticZero for me. I’m trying to cut back on my kabocha consumption at night. Let’s see if the ice cream does the trick.

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Then I played with Lizzy for a while

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she’s such a happy baby. She smiles at me when I talk to her. Sometimes she even “speaks ” back.

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12:45pm Lizzy back to her swing for another nap. I pumped while I was preparing for my lunch. So efficient, right?

1:25pm lunch time.

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farmer’s lettuce from Teeters (really tastes like those from farmer’s market but half of the price), tomato, red onion (so sweet after soaking at water for 10 min), cucumber, roasted beet and pan fried tempeh. Dressed with olive oil, fig balsamic, lemon, mustard and salt.

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few squares of chocolate for dessert.

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2pm I was catching up with important pics and writing yesterday’s long catching up post.

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2:45pm Lizzy was up. I think it was because her room was too hot. It was 88F. Otherwise she’d take longer naps. I fed her first.

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then played

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took a lot pics to show Tony later

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put her back to nap at 3:45pm. Then I did the MUTU system intensive workout #1, core workout #2, and Tracy’s arm workout. I like listening youtube videos while I workout because I’ve done those many times and no need to focus on watching them.

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I also did few exercises my physical therapist gave me.

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4:40pm I had some pistachios before heading out the door.

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5:15pm arrived at Sofia’s daycare and she was cooking. This girl loves cooking, as her teacher says, kitchen is her favorite play area. I guess that’s because she just wants to be her mama. 🙂

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5:30pm Tony texted me that he arrived the station which is one block away from the daycare. So we went out to meet with them and drove back home together.

6pm: Dinner was almost ready when we arrived. Mom told me that Lizzy woke up right after I left, so just 45 min nap, again due to the heat. Fortunately she didn’t complain and was happily playing at the playmat when we arrived.

For dinner we had salmon head soup with tofu, scrambled eggs with tomato, sautéed kibosha and sautéed romaine lettuce.

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6:45pm Bath time. Although it was almost 2 hrs since Lizzy woke up from her last nap. She  was still content by then, even laughed at me when I undressed her.

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I fed her and put her to sleep (in the swing).

7:30pm Dessert time! For couple of months, I’ve been having big bowl of kabocha as dessert, but last night I had articzero. It was really good. Perfect for the summer. But to be honest, I missed my bowl of kabocha.

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then I laid on the coach reading my old blog. I read about my experience running my first half marathon. I still vividly remember how much I enjoyed the 2 months training and the final race.

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I had an idea. What about running another one? like… in 8 weeks? is it possible? should I do it? why not? what prevent me from not doing it? I’m already running 4-5 times a week. If I train like I did last time, I can definitely run another in September or October this year.

This idea kept my mind busy the whole evening…. and I’m still not decided, more yes than no. Maybe if I find someone to run with me, then I’ll do it? Let’s see.

9pm: pumped for the last time.

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had a cup of chamomile tea.

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in bed by 9:30pm.

Should I run or shouldn’t I run? that’s the question.