July 19, 2013

Sock sale and the low-down on gluten-free Joe Joe's

We're home again. Insert a huge sigh of relief. Even though we saw a million amazing things on our 3,000+-mile trip and had a blast, it always feels wonderful to snuggle up to your own pillow and sit on your own toilet seat. There are a bum-load of pictures for me to sort through for my final posts of the trip, but until I have time to update on the finale of The Great Road Trip of 2013, I wanted to fill you in on some of the little happenings.

1. Check out Laced Up With Lipstick today, where you can find a little Yo Momma bio. On top of featuring other runners, she posts great reviews and hosts kick-a giveaways that you will want to check out. 

2. So I found these open bottles of balsamic vinegar and wine at a Kentucky thrift store this week. Because I felt like surely these weren't actually open, I closely inspected them. Yup, open. I don't drink, so I'm not 100% sure that purchasing already opened wine is unacceptable. But I wouldn't purchase any other opened bottle of fluid meant to be ingested at the thrift store, so I'm pretty darn sure that I wouldn't purchase either of these, especially not for $5. Whose idea was this? 

3. Pro Compression is having a super summer sale, 40% off of everything plus free shipping in the US. All you need is to enter the coupon code JULY at checkout. The code expires August 4, 2013. 

I love these retro socks

And the trainer lows are some of my favorite everyday socks. I've had them for over a year, and they've held up fabulously to the wear and tear of marathon training! And I do not take it easy on socks.

4. We stopped at the Nashville Trader Joe's on our way through this week, and I was so excited to discover gluten free Joe Joe's. While I was on vacation, I pretty much gave up on any version of clean eating, and during the last week of the trip, I gave into all possible sugar interests. Ice cream by the gallon, yes. Fresh apple turnovers from the Mennonites, absolutely. Homemade biscuits with homemade jam and butter for breakfast, I think I will. 

So I felt like these cookies could at least help me cut out gluten while I was on my way to cutting out sugar. The first ingredient in these cookies is cane sugar, so you would expect them to be amazing.

No, cardboard dipped in sugar would have been just as good. They were just not very tasty, plus the pack came with a lot fewer cookies than the regular Joe Joe's. Instead of three rows, there were two. Try again, Trader Joe's. This one isn't cutting it. Sadly, because I really had my hopes up. 

5. With only one run in the past two weeks, my legs are feeling fresh and ready to go. What was the first thing I did when I got home from my massive road trip (other than use my very own toilet)? Hit the gym with my training buddies. I am so, so happy to be back! And I think my legs appreciated the break.

Is there any open container of fluid that you would purchase at a thrift store? Definitely nothing that I have to ingest. I have purchased cleaners at estate sales when I lived in Florida, the hub of estate sales. 

Which running socks do you own that have held up the longest?

Do you have any gluten-free favorites? Turns out that my favorites are just foods that are naturally gluten free, like a pound of chocolate!


  1. LOL, I would not purchase opened bottles of anything either...and $5??? CRazy!! I love pro compression socks, the low trainers are my favorite too!

  2. Loved your feature on Laced up with Lipstick!

    I love my ProCompression socks, but am also a HUGE fan of Swiftwick socks. I was given a pair once, registered on their site, and was send a motherload of free socks a few weeks afterwards. Apparently when you register for their site you are entered for a monthly drawing for a ton of free socks. It was pretty awesome, considering these socks aren't cheap and they are AMAZING quality.

  3. Welcome home! As a granddaughter to an auctioneer people buy open bottles for the bottle itself, I have also seen people buy trash can contents. :) I'm still looking for my favorite compression sock.

  4. Yeah, not a fan of g-f subs either. I would rather eat fruit than carboard cookies!

  5. OMG, opened bottles for sale at a thrift store? I most definitely would not buy that! I can't believe they're even allowed to sell it!!!

  6. Yuck....a road trip sounds awesome

  7. Strange to have liquid in the bottles. I could understand selling the bottles--but dump the liquid out first!

  8. I am a super sock snob. For compression I love ProCompression but for everyday running I only want to run in Balega hidden comfort socks. I have three pairs that I have had for almost three years and besides being a very questionable shade of white- they are still in great shape. I also have some in a bright blue color and now they come in neon....now that I think of it I might need some new socks....
    Welcome home!
    Random fun fact- I am moving to Columbus, Georgia (about two and a half hours from Birmingham) this fall sooooooo am thinking maybe we could get together for pizza again....or running of a race...or running of a race and then pizza!

  9. I would NEVER buy any open liquid at a thift store. UGH...just the idea. And I'm far from particularly hygienic!!!! Heaven knows what could be in there!!

    I've not got any compression socks. I'm unconvinced about them even though everyone else seems very convinced. Also, my legs are so short and stumpy that they would make me look like I have tree trunks for legs. So I'm probably more vain than unconvinced :)

  10. Open anything at a thrift store seems like a bad idea but that's just me! I'm a big fan of Wrightsocks and won't race in anything but those socks. I've never had a blister wearing them and I honestly don't even feel like I'm wearing socks when I have them on.

  11. i just bought those pro compression socks. I like their socks and swiftwick. I used to wear zensah a lot, but Pro Compression always has such good deals. And no way on the liquids-would never buy anything opened at a thrift shop!


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