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2016.003: The One Where Sam Rediscovers Newk’s

Hey friends! I hope you have had a wonderful Sunday. It’s been a good one here. I’m going to continue linking up with HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap. I’ve enjoyed discovering new blogs and becoming more involved in the running blogger community!


Rebecca and I got our second run of the #runlovechallenge in this morning. Follow along on Instagram if you are interested! Tomorrow morning we will get our first official “challenge” from Oiselle, so that’ll be interesting to see. We ran 12 miles with our regular Sunday crew this morning, so now we are 32 miles into our 214 mile goal (to meet by 02/14).

It was nice to run the regular route and see everyone after the holidays and of course, hang out at Coffee Loft for a little bit afterwards.

We started a new series at church this morning called Know Fear.


The Bible speaks of fear in a twofold way, as something we should do (fear God) and something we should not do (fear man). In this series we are studying how to distinguish the two and learning about out what it means to fear God.

Matthew 10:28 says, “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”

A reverent fear of God leads us to respect and trust His plan for us.

I am really looking forward to this series. Fear is a huge struggle for me. I have suffered from PTSD and I know what it is like to have your life literally crippled by fear. There is no doubt that fear is one of the enemy’s most powerful weapons that he uses against us. Worry, anxiety and fear can overwhelm us in a shadow of darkness, controlling our every move and decision, but …

God is greater. He gives us the power to live courageously, boldly, fearlessly in this life, when many things that surround us would tell us to be afraid.

Lots of good stuff! I’m excited for the rest of this series.

After church, Daniel and I went to the mall to do a little bit of post-Christmas shopping. I had some gift cards that I wanted to use and he needed some new jeans. We went in Coastal Outfitters and saw this amusing little display …


TigerWear is 25% off, but TuskWear is still full price. We thought this was hilarious. Roll Tide.

While we were at the mall, we discovered something truly amazing! We have a NEWK’S! Apparently it just opened two weeks ago. When I was in grad school, I’m pretty sure I ate at Newk’s at least 3 or 4 days a week. It is still one of my faves! A lunch date was in order.


Don’t even get me started on those cups. I love their cups, especially the red ones! I had a pretty impressive collection of those cups going at one point. They are the perfect size and they are so sturdy. I told Daniel all about my cup collection over lunch and now for whatever reason, I am telling you about it now as well. I was also a fan of the teal straw today, such an interesting contrast with the red cup. Don’t you think? It’s the little things in life. Moving on …

Today I got the new to me Ahi Tuna Salad and let me tell you what, it was so. good. It has seared, sushi-grade Ahi tun, carrots, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, radishes and wonton stips with a house-made ginger-wasabi dressing. Because one picture just wasn’t enough …


Daniel got the Pesto Chicken Sandwich and it was so. good. too. It had red and yellow peppers, goat cheese, and a basil, garlic pesto sauce. He also had a side Caesar, but I cannot officially speak to the goodness of it, as I didn’t taste it. He seemed pleased with it though, so I am going to assume it was  so. good. as well. Unfortunately, he didn’t take a picture of his lunch (such a weirdo) so I can’t show you. Bummer.

Daniel worked this morning and wasn’t able to run, so he was wanting to run when we got home. I biked with him. It felt really good out! I may or may not have been way overdressed, but I didn’t get very hot so I’m gonna count this one as wardrobe victory.


That’s pretty much it for today. I’m going to leave you with this beautiful picture of the sunset at the Fairhope pier. Photo cred on this one goes to my mom.


Good night friends! See you tomorrow!

14 thoughts on “2016.003: The One Where Sam Rediscovers Newk’s”

  1. The series on fear sounds very interesting! We recently got a Newks but I haven’t tried it. In fact, I’d never heard of it before it came. I will definitely go on your recommendation. That is a beautiful sunset picture. I love the Spanish moss in your bike photo too. One of my favorite half marathons is First Light in Mobile (which I will miss this year due to Disney) but I always think of it when I see Spanish moss. Of course the Bama shirt is not on sale…Roll Tide. Thanks for linking with us Sam! I’m happy you are finding new connections!


  2. The series sounds like something I’d enjoy. Fear can be a crippling thing in our souls if we allow the wrong kind to overtake us. That salad looks my kinda yum! Beautiful photos 🙂


  3. We don’t have a Newks here but Jackson does and we’ve been several times. They have the best soups too! I love the little bread stick you get too, they are good! Your salad does look good, I’ve only tried tuna like that once but I did like it! I never have money for all the great bargains you find right after Christmas. I did get some money this year and thought, “Yea, I can hit the sales and double my money” but then my fitbit broke so that’s what I’ll be spending it on. Boo! Thank you for linking this week too! 🙂


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