Back in Action & My Big News

I am happy to report that I am back in all the running action since I last talked to you. It took a solid 6 days after my minor toe surgery before I could get on a running shoe on and head out for 4 miles. Granted it was a little painful and slow but I did not care, because the endorphins were greater.

The first day I ran was also my 1 week check up back with the podiatrist. She said it was more inflamed than she would like and said I was doing more “than most” would do with this type of thing. BUT she knows I ran a marathon so she also said I guess you “aren’t most.” I told her a week was all I could do. She called me in some antibiotics just to take on my trip to Phoenix in case of emergency or something went South and it got infected. Luckily none of that happened and it is getting better every day! Okay so enough about the toe! Let’s get back to normal life, because I have lots to tell you!

Last weekend, Steve took me on an unplanned trip to watch the Royals play Toronto in the series. We had so much fun!

IMG_8234Before the game we stopped for lunch at this super cute little restaurant and I had an amazing Quinoa bowl!

IMG_8228The Royals were down 3 until we had a stellar 6th inning and scored 5 points which ended up ultimately winning the game!

IMG_8237We had not so stellar sushi after the game followed by another snack as we bar hopped around. We turned in early and I found this cute little coffee shop for breakfast the next morning. I managed to make it the entire baseball game sitting on the end of the row mind you without getting my toe stepped on then out of nowhere this grown woman came barging through the door of the coffee shop basically running me over and stepping on my toe. I am sure she thought I was dramatic but she had no idea how bad it hurt! Anyway, I am over it….maybe!

the filling stationI had to get home to pack for my trip to Phoenix but not before enjoying some BBQ at Arthur Bryants. We cannot go to KC without having BBQ. It just would not be right! This is also the one occasion I allow myself to have diet coke. I mean why not I am eating fries too! #livealittle

bbq abI was off work on Monday so my Mom came up to spend the day with me before I flew out on Tuesday! We had lunch at our favorite spot, Table Mesa! My BBQ chicken salad did not disappoint, and I guess I didn’t get enough BBQ Sunday.

table mesaSo like I have mentioned a few times now I have some big news to share. No I am not pregnant and no I am not getting married, BUT I did get a new job! If you recall I had to make a last minute change to my Portland plans and fly to California the day after the marathon. That was to interview with Ghirardelli Chocolate Company based in San Leandro, California (right outside of San Francisco!) Spoiler alert, I got the job. Don’t worry I am not moving to California…yet anyway! I will be based in our office here in Arkansas! I was sad to leave all the great friends I have made at L’Oreal but this was a position I really wanted to progress my career. My new boss actually use to work with my at L’Oreal and recruited me to Ghirardelli! I couldn’t be more excited and the culture and people are just fantastic. I love the new office and as long as I can manage not to eat ALL the chocolate I think this is going to be a great adventure! They sent this to my house after I accepted the job!

IMG_8221My travels to Arizona this week were for the National Sales Meeting. It was a great time to come on board and meet everyone I will be working with at the corporate office and other field teams. The team building event was at a ranch in Scottsdale, AZ and they surprised us with these hats! Another perk of this job is I will be working with my very best friend of 12+ years and traveling together is going to be fun! We work really well together!

hats with natWhen we arrived at the ranch we were greeted by this guy passing out beers!

donkeyWhen the sun went down the views were amazing.

sunset in PhoenixI felt perfectly safe running outside while In Scottsdale. I always say the best way to explore any city is to run it!


IMG_8263After a busy few days I was ready to get home and see Steve. Today is his birthday so I was ready to get the birthday weekend started. 2nd best way to see a city is from the sky….am i right?

IMG_8269Thats enough overloading of information for one post! I’ll be back tomorrow to tell you about the birthday weekend and other random bits of information you could live your whole life without knowing!

Cheers, SS


Have you been to Phoenix or Scottsdale Arizona?

What is the best way to see a city? biking is a good option that Steve and I love to do too!


  1. Yay! It’s official! Congrats, congrats! :) The job sounds fantastic and I mean, donkeys with beer? Can you hire me?! 😉 There are a few occasions when I MUST have a Diet Coke, one of them being at the movie theater with a big ol’ tub of popcorn. Like you said, you gotta live a little!
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  2. My grandma lives in Scottsdale and I LOVE it there! It’s so beautiful. There’s one park there that’s called “The Wash” or something – and it’s like 30 solid miles of just trail. It’s pretty awesome!

    And congrats on the new job!! That’s so awesome!!
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    • Sweet & Sweaty says:

      Thanks Caitlin! I am really excited for the new adventure. And that trail sounds awesome! Wish I had talked to you before!! Not that I had any extra time to venture too far anyway! Thanks for the insight. I will keep that in mind for next time!

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