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Happy Wednesday!  Can you believe October is almost over?!  I certainly can’t.  I’m excited for the upcoming weekend, too.  I’m ready for it to be Friday.


Breakfast before dropping Henry off at preschool:




Toaster GF waffles with Pumpkin Pie Cream Cheese Dip


Speaking of time flying, you should see how fast the hours tick away when Henry is at school!  There’s always so much I want to do (including laying on the couch, hah) and never enough time.  My first errand of the morning was a trip to the grocery store.  Then I went to a prenatal appointment.

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Verdict:  everything is good and normal.  Baby is HEAD DOWN but legs are firmly in my side.  Maybe this kiddo will be a tall one?! 


Then, I got my vote on.  Very grateful that I was alone – the line was long and it took 30 minutes to vote. 

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Got my “I voted” sticker!!! <— so very motivating, right? 


Came home and had breakfast #2:


And now I’m chatting with you!  <3


The Thermostat Wars


I used to post funnily-serious-but-not-actually-serious debate topics on the blog all the time (there’s a round up list at the end of the post), but haven’t for a while.  Well, I finally thought of a good topic – the thermostat wars!


The Husband and I argue about very little.  But one major bone of contention in our marriage is the thermostat.  I swear, we’ve argued about the thermostat every fall and every spring for the last decade. 


I do not like a warm house.  I would rather be chilly and pull on fleece sweats and a hoodie than turn up the thermostat.  Especially at night – a warm bedroom at night is a killer.


The Husband hates the cold.  He wants to be able to walk around in minimal clothes and be toasty warm, even when it’s chilly outside.  He hates to be cold at night or to put on the ceiling fan.


So – as you can imagine, there’s a constant battle over the thermostat.  He puts it to HEAT, and I sneak downstairs and turn it back to COOL.  Or I coincide the HEAT setting but punch down the numbers… only to notice the next day that they’ve crept back up!  Hah.  It’s actually pretty comical.


Then, every year, we both start sending each other Internet articles to “back up” our claims (mine is that we save “soooo much mooooney” even by changing it a degree or two and his is that constantly forcing the heat to come on instead of just keeping it level burns up the cash).  We even enlisted the opinion of our HVAC guy – he said that it really just depends on the temperature in the house, the house itself, the temperature outside, etc.  And trust me – you can find articles supporting your “side” either way online, so I think unless you’re talking extremes either way, there’s no clear cut “right” answer. 


Do you feel strongly about the temperature, too? Are you involved in a thermostat war?  Who is winning? 


Other fun little controversies:


The Case of the Sexy Halloween Costume

The Only Child

Do Personal Records Ever Expire?

Women’s Only Races: No Men Allowed?

Who are the Hardest Working Athletes?

The Hand Sanitizer Debate

Do Dogs Belong in Bed?

Locker Room Nekkidness

The Shower Curtain Debate

The Grey Area: Are Marshmallows Vegetarian?

The Race Shirt Debate

The Great Stinky Workout Clothes Debate

The Bib Transfer/Race Bandit Debate

The Dog Poop Debate <— still my favorite, hah.


Pumpkin Party Recipe!

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pumpkin pie cream cheese dip

I did a little baking over the weekend… I was attempting to make my favorite cookie recipe of all time gluten-free BUT super simple (AKA without 5,000 strange and wacky ingredients that cost $15 each and can only be located at Whole Foods).  But unfortunately, I couldn’t make it work.  Maybe next weekend?


So, while I was “mourning” my cookies (you know, by eating the leftover batter out of the bowl), I decided to whip up this pumpkin dip.  I make this almost every year for a holiday party.  It’s pretty straightforward and truly delicious. 


The best part?  You pair it with green apples and gingersnaps.  Trust me – these two things taste amaaaaaaaaaaaaazing when dipped in this, well, dip.


Pumpkin Pie Cream Cheese Dip




  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature (makes it easier to combine)
  • 15 ounces canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 teaspoons DIY Pumpkin Spice or pre-made pumpkin spice
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon blackstrap molasses (not necessary but a good addition)




  • Using an electric mixer, combine all ingredients until lumps are gone.  This will take a while – about 15 minutes.
  • Chill for an hour or so before serving.


Also tastes epic on top of oatmeal.  I’m just sayin’…