Time for a few Thursday Things.  A few noteworthy items of the week are:

1. I was hit by a parked car while I was running just a few days after we got home from Aruba.

San Diego street

Allow me to explain how this (painful) fluke happened.

I was nearing the end of my run, I was in The Zone, I was tired, I was running fast, I was going down a hill, and was on the sidewalk and I was not thinking about much of anything other than I was almost home and I was going to get dinner started, and then it happened.

Bam.

A person inside a parked car that I was running by opened his car door to get out at the exact moment as I was running past it.  I didn’t see him sitting in his dark parked car just waiting to exit his vehicle at the moment I was running, but I don’t make a habit of gazing into parked cars that I am running past because I run past hundreds which line the city streets on any given run, either.

I took the impact of his car door on the underside of my forearm on the ulna bone because my arms were pumping up and down.  The skin broke and it was bleeding and I had a golf-ball sized welt and although the swelling has slowly been going down, it throbs when I move my arm.

And the other place of impact was the top of my thigh.  Black and blue and welted with a bruise the size of an egg.  Not pretty.

2.  I made these to console myself.

Pretzel Peanut Caramel Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Truffles

Pretzel Peanut Caramel Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Truffles

3. Chocolate heals all wounds.  Or that’s what I’ve been telling myself.

Four squares of Trader Joe's poundplus chocolate

4. Can you believe Valentine’s Day is only 5 weeks away?

That’s exciting to me because I plan to bake with lots of pink sprinkles.  I already have a few tricks up my sleeve.

5. A Whoopie Pie Pan

Whoopie Pie Pan

I’ve seen lots of people baking cookies in them with fabulous results.  Like a deep dish cookie of sorts and with different enough results than just using a muffin pan.

I’ve tried that and those are fun, too.

Cookies in whoopie pie pan
Deep dish cookie

6. I love my donut pans

Mini doughnut and regular doughnut pans

…Maybe I need a whoopie pie pan, too, and can show that some love with some new creations.

$12 bucks at BB & B with a coupon.  Cheap thrills baby.

I had one in my hand the last time I was at BB & B and then set it down thinking I could live without it.  How foolish I was.

Ice cream sandwich and whoopie pie pans

7. NuNaturals Stevia Giveaway is open one more day

8. I am really looking forward to the weekend.

9. The weather has been in the 80s here in January, which is very unseasonably warm, even for San Diego.

Palm trees and sky

But it’s been fabulous and I think people have spring fever.  The parks are crowded, people are out in full force running, walking, and seem to be just be outside soaking up the great weather.

I know I have been.

Pink and White flowers in nature

10. These Fiesta Pie Plates

Teal fiesta pie plate

Don’t they just make you wanna bake?  They do for me.  Cute dishes are my weakness.

Questions:

Have you ever experienced any injuries or accidents?

I took a terrible fall last spring.  Hopefully these flukey running calamities all behind me and so 2011.

How’s the weather been in your neck of the woods?

Have you seen any things lately that have you excited?   What are your things?

The weekend is close.  TGIF a day early!

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