I’m engaged.

September 16th, 2014 | Posted by Erica House in Life - (80 Comments)

The title is pretty self-explanatory!

I’m thrilled, excited, and I still feel surprised every time I look down and see a ring on my finger.

Travis proposed Sunday night while we were at my house. He had planned to propose at the coffee shop where we had our first date (at 10 a.m. on a Saturday.) He had his friend come into town (from 2.5 hours away!) to camp out across the street and take photos. Well, of course I had no idea so the ONLY plans I made for us all weekend were 10 a.m. on Saturday!

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Thankfully, he didn’t want to carry the ring around for another week so he took a knee in the middle of my living room Sunday. It was perfect. Honestly I wish I could have video-tapped it as it was all such a blur I can hardly remember what he said to me!

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He even called my Dad last week to let him know his intentions before proposing to me. Dad called him old school. Travis picked this ring out himself. Kid’s got great taste.

2014-09-14 17.49.16-1We have talked about marriage & starting a family from the beginning (I think we planned our lives out together on our second date) and we both want a simple ceremony. I can’t fathom taking a year to plan a wedding, or investing a small fortune in it, so we are hoping to get married November 8th since he already had family coming into town to watch him run the marathon with me November 9th. Yes, instead of a honeymoon we are just running a race together! I’m keeping my fingers crossed my ideal location is available, we won’t have anyone in the ceremony but us, and I doubt we will have more than 12 people in attendance. As a kid I never dreamed about my wedding day, but I always dreamed about my future ‘one.’

2014-09-14 21.05.52The best way I can describe how I’m feeling is cliche, but I’m ridiculously excited to move onto the next chapter of my life. I’ve loved being single for the last few years, traveling, and teaching. I’m ready for a new adventure.

In the end most people regret spending too much time working, and not enough time just enjoying life with loved ones. I have no idea what the rest of my life will bring but I’m grateful to know I will always have someone by my side.

Travis darling – we’re in for a hell of a ride.


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One the biggest fails I make regularly as an endurance runner living in Florida is not hydrating enough. I feel like I can drink water all day and still not be ready for long runs in 90 degree temperature. Unfortunately, the truth is that I really don’t drink all day like I should. The only way I remember to drink is by carrying around a reusable water bottle with me at all times. Occasionally, I’ll even bring along a recyclable water bottle if I know I’m going to need more than the 20 ounces I can store in my thermos.


Last weekend Travis and I stopped by Walmart and I picked up a case of Zephyrhills water. It’s funny how everyone has their ‘favorite’ water brand and I can’t stand the taste of almost anything else besides Zephyrhills! I’ve been meaning to stock up on some water at home for a while since we are still in the midst of Hurricane season and I need to make sure Mr. Salem and I are well hydrated!

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Some symptoms of dehydration include:

  • Dry, sticky mouth
  • Sleepiness or tiredness — children are likely to be less active than usual
  • Thirst
  • Decreased urine output
  • No wet diapers for three hours for infants
  • Few or no tears when crying
  • Dry skin
  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

Real talk – how many of those do you have on a regular basis? I have quite a few, and I strongly suspect they would be made better by drinking a bit more water every day. I started to take #HealthyHydration more seriously last year when I started to read research showing that even a 5% reduction in ideal hydration levels lead to increased anxiety in people. I have enough to be anxious about in my life. I don’t need something as simple as water making it worse!

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So how much should you be drinking? Aim for 1/2 of your body weight (in pounds) in ounces. So, a 140 lb woman should drink 70 ounces of water a day. Also, remember that if you wait until you feel thirsty to drink then you are already dehydrated!

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As nice as it is to have the grab-and-go bottles I really wish Walmart carried the 5 Gallon Water Bottle. It would be much easier to stockpile for emergencies, and it’s BPA free, refillable (saves $$!) and recyclable when done.

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Friday morning I had one of the ‘best’ runs I’ve had in a while. I was able to run for over 3 miles without stopping and I kept a pace similar to my ‘every day pace’ before the Hanson marathon plan + summer heat totally burned me out. 2014-09-12 06.53.10I probably spent 7 hours Friday afternoon/night playing computer games in a vegetative state on the couch. I’m finding that with teaching 5 classes Monday-Thursday I spend the first day of my 3 day weekends (and I know I am SO lucky to have Fridays off!) zoning out and trying to recharge. Travis came into town late Friday night so we maybe made it about an hour before we both passed out.

Saturday morning we headed out for a 6 mile run. It didn’t go as well as Friday’s. We overslept (actually I just turned the alarm off which never happens) so we got going later and it was hotter than usual. The highlight of the run was me out-running this bird. Joker didn’t stand a chance.
2014-09-13 07.43.01After our run we headed over to the Pensacola Museum of Art to look around for a bit before running errands. My favorite exhibit by far was this collection of bunny sketches! I love whimsical art.
2014-09-13 10.09.26-1After a few pit-stops we made our way to Jason’s Deli for lunch and I was so famished I didn’t take the requisite lunch photo. #BloggerFail. We didn’t do much the rest of the day. I’m SO over the summer weather and it’s just making me blah about doing anything outside. I want to hike, I want to go on walks after dinner again, and I miss reading at the park for hours on end. I tried not to dwell on everything else I’d rather be doing and drowned my sorrows by eating almost an entire box of kraft macaroni and cheese. I don’t think I’ve had it in years and I was just craving childhood comfort food. It hit the spot.
2014-09-13 21.13.24-2Sunday morning (and Saturday actually) we were supposed to run 10 miles. I ended up turning the alarm off again and sleeping in until 7:30. We usually wake up at 5:15 on the weekends to run so 7:30 felt ridiculously late. We ate breakfast, and went straight back to bed and I put on Sabrina. Life was perfect.

Despite the fact that I want to stay in denial that the weekend is almost over I’m trying to get a jump start on the week ahead by doing some blog work & school work now (I’m writing this Sunday!) I still need to food prep something, although I have no idea what I want. I currently have the AC set to just under 70 and a cinnamon pumpkin candle burning and I may watch a Christmas movie tonight. I don’t care if it’s 90 degress outside – at casa Erica it’s officially Fall.