week 30: hello august + hello hurricane

I think the title just about sums it up, right?

It’s August, and we are currently under a tropical storm warning for TS Isaisas. This storm keeps teetering between its current strength and a hurricane, so we moved some of the lighter outdoor items up against the house and are planning for a few days inside because of rain.

Honestly, this storm is the most normal thing to happen to Florida this year.

Sunday – 4.18 miles, walking

Sunday was a disappointing day. I walked with Mr PugRunner, but from there, everyone was just grouchy.

Of course, I got in meal prep.

We ended up going for a late lunch/early dinner to a rooftop patio, and that kind of got everyone back on track. I’ve learned that I’m happiest when other people cook for me.

Monday – 3.9 miles, walking

On Monday, I looked forward to some quiet time. Little man was still sore from his test and he wanted a few chill days. Fine by me.

I walked.

For dinner, I made cauliflower nachos, which is exactly what it sounds like. It was not real nachos.

Tuesday – 3 miles, running + 1.87 miles, walking

Tuesday runs make me happy, especially with a nice cool down walk.

In the evening, little man had his Board of Review at Scouts and moved up to the rank of Second Class. He will receive his insignia and merit badges at a later date, but we are so proud of him and his commitment.

Wednesday – 3.84 miles, walking

Another Wednesday, another long walk. The humidity has been unbearable.

We had some leftovers for dinner and then little man had his friend and her mom come over for movie night. He has asked to start watching horror movies and we decided to let them see the original “Alien.” Of course, all the lights had to be out, but the kids didn’t seem too put out by the story. Meanwhile, I jumped every time the damn alien moved and had a hard time getting to sleep. Kids, these days.

Thursday – 3 miles, running + 2.57 miles, walking

Thursday’s run was even better!

Mr PugRunner, on the other hand, tripped and banged his head on his walk. He was fine but opted to work from home. We also opted to move our planned date night from evening to lunch because of the threat of rain.

Patio dining is a fortunate option here, and we were thrilled that all staff wore masks and tables were well spaced.

We both had smoked salmon BLTs and I had a few cocktails. Because it was a date.

That evening, Mr PugRunner took little man and some of his friends down the street to help an elderly neighbor clean up some weeds in her flower beds. This neighbor is going through a bit of a rough patch, so the kids will help out with yard work when they can. I’m so proud of them.

Friday –  3.71 miles, walking


After getting some work done, little man and I headed off to a pool date.

And then he had some time with some friends, which we all needed. I took the opportunity to run errands.

Saturday – 3.5 miles, running + 1.27 miles, walking

The boys left at the crack of dawn for a private fishing charter. Little man and his buddy have loved fishing in the neighborhood, but this was going to be the real thing. I did not get back to sleep after they left at 5:30AM, so got up and worked myself into a “long run”: 3.5 miles. It felt good.

I worked on making some shirts for the upcoming Shark Week. My Cricut is fast becoming my favorite toy.

Gratuitous Luna picture. Guys. Isn’t she the sweetest little monster ever?

The boys had a banner day on the water, and came away with a huge haul of flounder, redfish, and black drum!

The charter captain cleaned and filleted their catch, and that evening, little man and his friend cooked it all up for fish tacos. They made one platter of blackened fish and another with a butter garlic finish. Both were epic and we enjoyed outside in our driveways.


I felt a bit better this week. Closing out July with about 123 miles really helped improve my mood. It was great not having the stress of little man’s black belt test hanging over us, and it was also nice for him to take a break and not have to rush around anywhere.

I think I’ve just committed to a Wellness Challenge for August. Why not?

We’ve got a new menu up for the week. I tried to mix up some of the proteins a bit, so we will see if this works any better.

I am linking up with the Weekly Rundown, with Confessions of A Mother Runner and Running on the Fly! Check them out!

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28 Responses to week 30: hello august + hello hurricane

  1. Jessie says:

    What a fun week! you’re raising a good kid, helping out with the neighbor 🙂 Cauliflower nachos – yum! I’ve only done two patio meals so far, but I should probably get in more because once the weather gets cold, I won’t be eating out anymore…

  2. Kim G says:

    Another busy week for you – great job with all of your workouts and congrats on ended July with 123 miles!!

    The cauliflower nachos look really good! I never would have though to do that so you just gave me a new idea – thanks! Also those fish dishes are so cute!

  3. Wendy says:

    Freshly caught fish–I would love that!!! How fun. You’re so creative with your presentation!

    Stay safe and enjoy the week ahead.

  4. Shathiso says:

    I love how committed Little Man is. That’s such a quality attribute to have that so many adults lack! Well done on a solid mileage for July! You’re going from strength to strength x

  5. Laurie says:

    Wow! Good for your 2 fishermen! That fresh fish looks and sounds awesome. So do the cauliflower nachos, even though I do think they would not taste like “real” nachos.

    I guess the tropical storm and the isolation due to the pandemic would be a double whammy for you in Florida. Hope everyone is safe!

  6. Cari says:

    100% happier when someone else cooks. I was loving my instant pot earlier in quarantime, but now not as much. Still great, glad I got it — but I miss lunch out and ginormous salads.
    Glad Mr. Pug was OK and you two could still have a lovely date. Fresh caught fish is the best.

  7. Patio dining is an option here, too, but we haven’t done it. Just doesn’t seem the same, having to wear masks til the food gets there, yadda yadda. Takeout all the time isn’t the same, either.

    So sweet of the kids to help out an elderly neighbor! They have no idea how much that’s appreciated.

    Hope the Hurricane isn’t too intense.

  8. Hey, great miles! I’m very jealous of your fresh fish taco night. We saw Alien a few weeks ago and yes I jumped out of skin every time the alien came on, everyone else was as cool as cucumber.

  9. That is really cool and I bet fun for your guys to catch and then cook their own fish. Your son looks happy and sounds like he keeps achieving more milestones with his hobbies. Hope that hurricane does not cause too much trouble down there. We are expected to get some tropical storm rains here in Virginia as well.

  10. I would be a nervous wreck waiting for a hurricane to hit. I don’t like tornadoes (thankfully, we’ve never experienced one up close and personal), and have seen the extensive damage they can do in sporadic spots of their path.Congrats on more Scout achievements to your son 😉 I miss those days…

  11. That’s so cool that you can make shirts with your Cricut! I never thought about doing that. The copycat PF Chang Lettuce Cups sounds delicious. What recipe do you use?

  12. How fun that you have a cricut! My coworker has one and she has been making lots of great stuff.

    Why was everyone grouchy on Sunday?

    I don’t like fish but those dishes do look yummy.

  13. Liz Dexter says:

    Love your community effort for your neighbour and all your family activity and healthy eating! Don’t love the humidity. We had the UK’s 3rd hottest day here on Thursday – hottest day EVER. It hit over 100 in the south, and we had high temps and unpleasantness but of course nothing like yours!

    • runswithpugs says:

      I think one of the hardest parts of these lockdowns and quarantines has been not being able to help people. We just can’t close. For a while, we didn’t know if we could transmit things through cooking or delivering items. Helping always makes me feel better so I’m glad we can start doing that again.

      Stay cool!

  14. Chaitali says:

    That’s great that you all are helping out the neighbor! It also sounds like you had some good runs this week :). Fingers crossed that the hurricane doesn’t hit too hard.
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  15. Marcia says:

    My first job was working the candy/popcorn counter at a movie theater and Alien had just come out. I’d hear all the gross noises etc every time someone came out of the theater.
    Little Man has become quite the chef and good on you with all the meal prep. I enjoy cooking but it definitely gets old quickly!

    • runswithpugs says:

      I LOVE that he cooks. Love love love. He and his friend want to have a cooking competition, so I need to figure out how to work that.

      I didn’t see Alien in the theater. I probably would have cried LOL!

  16. Michelle D. says:

    I chuckled at your son and friend’s reaction to Alien. I get the same thing from my boys – the stuff that scares me barely phases them.

    Awesome job with your miles!

    Stay safe with that storm!

  17. Nice job with your miles this week and in July! Looks like they did great with the fishing!
    Hopefully the storm isn’t bad.

  18. Coco says:

    LOL on the hurricane being the most normal thing to happen to Florida. I hope it doesn’t do much damage. I had a grumpy Sunday yesterday, and then our power went out so I couldn’t do much to distract myself. At least that made me grateful for the simple pleasures of lights and a/c today.

    Congrats to your son!

    • runswithpugs says:

      And I shouldn’t have even said that – the storm lessened in intensity, churned off the coast, and actually created the most lovely day with a breeze and low humidity.

      Boo for no power!

  19. I finally have my cricut set up and I LOVE IT! I can’t stop putting my farm logo on everything. Literally everything. Even a leather belt!
    Hope the Mr is feeling okay after his tumble! That’s scary!

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