The JL Weekly Round-Up

365 Project: Days 82-87

Six days of photos in this one. Everything from: 1) running with my Garmin 2) jigsaw puzzles 3) work meetings 4) mace & creeps 5) peeling kiwi fruit…and 6) Saturday morning cookies! I’m determined to get caught up on my life today. I hope you enjoy catching up with me. ๐Ÿ™‚


I LOVE data! Here’s some screen shots of the information I get from every one of my runs with my Garmin Forerunner 110 sport watch with GPS and heart rate monitor. It’s AMAZING! This was my first run with it, so I just did a 5k around the neighborhood. I didn’t push too hard, but was just trying to get a feel for using it for the first time.

When you plug it into your computer, it gives you a map of where ran, the distance, your pace, your heart rate at any given moment during the run (average, max, and percentage), calories burned, lap times (which I messed up by pressing buttons), elevation, and so much more. I love the ability to run reports and compare my runs too.

It’s been so fun to use this each day I run. It has been very motivational for me, and it’s helped me to know exactly what I need to work on. It removes all the guesswork. We measure the things we do in life and gather information so we can do what we do better and reach our goals. That’s what this does for me! I love it!

Day 82


Jon and Hannah put the final pieces of the puzzle together. They started a new one the following day. ๐Ÿ™‚

Day 83


Our Wednesday Small Groups Department meeting… Here we all are, crammed into Renee’s office. It’s cozy. We like it. This is where the magic happens… if we believed in magic, that is. You know what I mean! ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s where we do business, put our brains and hearts together for the good of the ministry and the people of LWCC, and where God never fails to remind me why he has knit our team together. I love my department so much!

L to R: Charlie Houle, Me, Renee Burt, John Stanton, Jim Ferdig. (Missing from photo: Justin Phad)

Day 84


Whenever I run outside, I carry mace with me. The mace I have is about 10 years old, and I don’t know if it loses its potency or goes bad, but I just felt like it was time to buy some new stuff. I didn’t buy this only because it’s pink, but because it has a hand/wrist strap. It doesn’t do me any good if it’s in my pocket! Another reason is because it’s the SABRE brand, and that’s the kind the NYPD uses. I guess that piece of their marketing worked on me.

On this particular day, I almost maced a creep in the face at the park. As he approached me, I knew something wasn’t right. I held my mace up, and I know he saw it. At the same time, Iย felt God supernaturally protecting me. I kept running, and got out of there just fine. I don’t live in fear when I go running, but being a woman, I always want to be wise when I’m out there. The next day, I got chased by a big, scary, barking German shepherd. I almost had to use my mace on him too. The day after that, I got cat calls from a bunch of teenage guys in a car. I’m going to try and look as ugly as possible from now on. All of this in three days!

SERIOUSLY, it’s a crazy world out there. I just believe it’s wisdom to equip yourself when you’re out there. I will never go running alone without being armed in some way. I thank God for the angels He has watching over us at all times and that I don’t ever have to be afraid. The Creator of the universe has my back.

Day 85


One of my favorite things to eat lately is kiwi fruit. I love it even more after America’s Test Kitchen taught me how to effectively, efficiently, and safely peel one. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to peel one with a vegetable peeler, but you could lose a finger doing it that way. Once the flesh is exposed, it is SO slippery. Maybe you all already know the best way of doing this, but for those who don’t, THIS is how it’s done:ย 

1 – Cut off both ends of the kiwi.

2 – Hold the kiwi firmly in your hand and take a spoon (one size larger than the standard size) and slip it between the flesh and the peel/skin.

3 – Then, working slowly (at least until you get the hang of it), slide the back of the spoon against the inside of the peel, turning all the way around until the fruit is released.

4 – And voilร !

5 – Then you cut it in slices or chunks, or however you like it, and EAT!

Knowing how to peel it makes for fast and easy prep. That way you have no problem eating two at a time. ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s what I do, and that’s why I buy them in a 4-pound package at Costco. Those crispy seeds are yum-a-licious!ย 

Go buy a kiwi and try peeling it this way, and tell me what you think!

Day 86


What better way is there to start a weekend than fresh-from-the-oven oatmeal chocolate chip cookies on a Saturday morning? Mmmmmm…ย 

Day 87



  1. Tim Foss
    Mar 1, 2012

    Wow…..the GPS device is cool. I am getting one. Seems that one could wear it all the time just to see how well the heart is holding up. Also, I have some Pepper Spray. I tried it out in my living room pointing it away from me as far as I could reach. Then it hit me (mildly but significantly). I left the room !


    Julie Reply:

    If you get one, Tim, let me know how you like it. Yikes about the pepper spray. I’ve thought about doing that too, but glad I thought twice. ๐Ÿ™‚


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