Monday, December 24, 2012

Catching up


For the first time since starting my blog, I forgot about it.  Even when I don't post, I always think about "needing" to post.  This weekend was so incredibly busy for me, it didn't even cross my mind. 

Friday Chris and I did some last min shopping, and then Saturday I had to go back to get the things we forgot.  I did start a new tradition this year (well, I've started several) but this year Damian, Maddox and I (Chris had to work) went to Walmart and bought 2 $25 gift cards.  Then we went to the toy section and wandered around people watching.  I wanted to find someone that looked like they didn't have a lot of money, and had at least one kid.  It's hard to know if someone has money or not, people don't exactly dress up to go shopping at Walmart.  Anyway, I saw one young mother with a baby, and she looked like she was having a very bad day (red eyes) so I gave her one of my gift cards.  The second one was harder.  D and I thought about giving a card to a Walmart employee.  They are often grumpy and rude, but then I would be too if I worked at Walmart, and they only get minimum wage and have horrible hours and have to deal with extremely rude Walmart customers and never get thanked.  Anyway, I didn't really know if an employee would accept a card from a shopper so I decided to find another shopper.  I gave my second card to 2 females that looked young that had 4 kids between them.  Anyway, I thought it was fun and next year I plan to do it again, maybe I'll be a bit better organized about my picking out people.  I kinda felt creepy wandering around the toy department for 20 min not even looking at the toys. =)

My dad gave me a lot of Christmas money and then Chris and I received a larger check from his grandparents.  So I used that money to buy a treadmill.  I haven't set it up yet.  It's a lot bigger than I was thinking in my head and honestly, I don't know where I'm going to put it.  We have room in our bedroom, but a friend of ours is moving in with us for a couple months (she's young, she lived with us 2 years ago for a year and she has to get out of her apt soon) and she is going to be taking over Maddox's room.  Which means Maddox will be sleeping in a playpen in our room so there's no room for the treadmill now.  =/  (I'm not really happy about it, but I'm not going to let her live on the street.)  Now I don't know where to put the treadmill.  I thought it would fit in our living room, but no way, it's way too big. . . ugh.  I now have a very expensive box behind my couch.  =(

So, Saturday after Walmart and getting the treadmill I made fudge and pies.  Then I made more fudge . . .  Yesterday I made more fudge, peanut brittle, Christmas cookies, and a cheeseball.  Then we had to decorate the cookies and wrap some presents.  We decided to watch the Seahawks game while decorating the cookies and wrap presents.  )We had to record the game because we were busy while it was actually on.)  Anyway, we started the Seahawks game late, and I started drinking early . . . so the presents didn't get wrapped.  We wrapped a couple, which I barely remember, but mostly we have all the presents to wrap tonight.  I usually try to wrap them earlier so I can put them under the tree, but with Maddox we can't do that this year.

Today I'm at work and then going home to make Christmas Eve dinner.  We have some friends coming over for dinner and presents.  Tomorrow is going to be kinda chill.  Just our family opening presents in the morning.  In the evening we're going to Chris's Mom's house to borrow her all-wheel drive SUV, so we'll probably do presents there.  (She has never invited us over, nor accepted an invite from us, for any holiday, ever, so this is very unusual.  Last year we got our Christmas presents in February when we went in for dentist appts-she works at a dentist office where we get free dental.)

Wednesday we are driving to eastern WA to spend one day with Chris's Dad, then Thursday going to my parents' house.  My sister, who lives in N. Carolina, is already there with her husband and one yr old son.  I haven't met her son at all, so I'm really excited about seeing her and her son. 

So . . . all this means this will probably be my one and only post this week.  I don't know if I will have time or the desire to get online and post anything.  And I can't post anything through the app on my phone. 

However, it is Friend Makin' Monday, so I will get on with it.  =)

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Fill in the Blanks
1. I want to...Go home, I'm over work.  =)

2.  I’ve never…been out of the country. =(

3. I believe… I can run 10 miles in 2013 (at once, not for the whole year) =)

4. My mind often wonders…If I will ever weigh less than 160 =/

5. Last night I dreamed that…I don't remember my dream last night, but I had a crazy dream on Friday night.  I died.  =(

6. This morning for breakfast I ate…two sugar cookies (very bad, I know)

7. My love life is…going well.  I'm happy

8. I enjoy…a glass of wine

9. When I was a child I used to…write a lot of short stories

10. When I’m in the kitchen I…eat
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11. My favorite exercise is...running

12. When I travel I…pack too much!

13. My friends would tell you that I am…thoughtful, considerate, empathetic

14.  If I had to eat at a fast food restaurant today I would choose…DQ

15. My favorite…time of year is right now.  =)

16. My home is…small and in need of a lot of repairs

17. I read…many, many books. 

18. The last movie I saw was… Joyful Noise with Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton, it was good.  =)

19. Music makes me feel…peaceful

20. All I want for Christmas is…to see my family, which I'm going to.

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I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

FMM ~ Twelve in '12

I was unable to go for a run yesterday, which I knew would happen.  Today I'm going to go during my lunch.  If I don't, I may not be able to go later, and then that will be 4 days of no running.  I did get out my old Just Dance 3 and did that for about 45 min, but it's not nearly as good of a workout as running or zumba class.  I barely broke a sweat (barely). 

I got some Christmas money from my Dad, and our family got some from Chris's grandparents, that I get a small portion of, so I am going to buy a treadmill.  Then, on days like yesterday, I can just jump on that and get a run in even though it's dark.  I almost went running after Damian's game.  We got home at 6:30, and I've run that late before, however, that was in the summer and it wasn't dark.  I almost went, but then psyched myself out and ended up not going.  I really wish I had a running partner that I could go with.  I would have ran yesterday if I had someone go with me.  I have pepper spray and a reflector vest and can run on busy roads, it just scares me.  Oh well, this time next year I will have a treadmill.  =) 

I can't wait for it to start getting lighter in the evenings.  Not only is Dec 21 the end of the world ; ) it's also the shortest day of the year.  So next week the days will start getting lighter.  Of course, that won't happen suddenly, but at least I'll know that in a few months I'll be able to run in the evenings again.  =)

Does it seem like there are more runners and running pictures and sayings then there used to be??  Maybe I just notice them now because I am running, but I notice it everywhere.  There was even a commercial for match.com yesterday and the lady on it said she runs marathons.  I see it everywhere . . .

Well, yesterday was Friend Makin' Monday.  The questions this time didn't really have a lot to do with me, but I thought I'd do it anyway.  So I'm sorry if my answers are so lame this time.  =)

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Twelve in 2012


1. What was your greatest personal accomplishment in 2012?  hmmmm . . . I don't know.  Running is probably the biggest accomplishment I have. 

2. What’s the best thing your did for your health?  I started running, seriously running.  I was running a little before I got pregnant in 2010, but not seriously.  This year I have really pushed myself to get better. 

3. Share one thing that caused a significant change in your life this year.  The biggest change in my life was born in 2011, but he continues to grow and grow which causes every year to be a new change.  =)

4. List a few things that you experienced for the first time at some point over the last twelve months.  
- I ran my first 5K.
- I ran my first 10K  
- I started Zumba.
- I saved enough money for my little family to be able go to Disneyland this coming Mar (I started saving last Jan or Feb)
- I started this blog

5. What was the coolest place you visited? I haven't been anywhere new this year.  I love, love going to San Juan Island and we did that (again) and we went to Seaside last Feb and I love that too.

6. If you could change one thing about the last year what would it be?  I can't think of anything. I still have not finished the blanket I started for Maddox while I was pregnant.  I should work on it . . .

7. What is the best meal you ate this year? I couldn't tell you. . .

8. Tell us about a new friend you made.  I don't really make friends very easily.  So I don't believe I made a new friend. 

9. What did you hope to accomplish this year that you did not?  Again, I can't think of anything.  Maybe talking my husband into one more kid?  =)
10. Share something you learned in 2012.  I learned that I can run 6 miles without dying.  =)  Now I just need to push it to 10 miles.

11. Share an odd and unexpected thing that you experienced this year.  I didn't have anything odd or unexpected . . . I live such a boring life. 

12. How do you think 2013 will differ from 2012?  I think it will be pretty much the same.  Maddox will continue to grow and amaze me with his feats of daring.  Damian gets bigger by the second and will continue on his sports. 
We are going to Disneyland at the end of Feb, beginning of March. 
I hope to lose some more weight, but who knows.  Even though I'm (still) at 160 the size 10 pants that I got a month or so ago that were snug, are no longer so snug, so that is good.  Maybe I'll be the skinniest 160 lb 5'4" woman out there.  =)

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Exercise streak . . . kaput

I'm currently reading a book titled "Getting Over It."  I like "girly" books that are just that, aimed towards females, usually have a romantic part in them, but are not smut . . . think "Confessions of a Shopaholic" or something along those lines.  Anyway, in this book the main character's father dies very unexpectedly.  This book has made me think a bit about my parents.  I am at an age where I think about my parents dying, they are getting older, 67 (I think), and my Dad's health is not very good.  He's been a farmer his entire life and my Mom is a terrible cook so there's lots and lots of processed, high sodium foods in their diets, and he's overweight and doesn't take care of himself (neither does my Mom).   Last year he had a minor heartattack and was told to lose weight, which he hasn't done. 

Anyway, my sisters and my Mom and I have talked about what would happen when my Dad dies.  What my Mom would do, where she would live, things like that.  But lately I've wondered "what would happen if my Mom were to be the one that died first."  It happens.  One person is the one in bad health, and then suddenly the spouse dies unexpectedly. 

It scares me to death to think of one of my parents dying, and yet they are not young anymore.  They will die eventually, most likely before I do.  My Dad's dad died in his early 50's of a heart attack.  My Mom's dad died in his mid-70's.  My Dad's mom died at 79 and my Mom's mom died in her early 80's.  These aren't necessarily young numbers (well, expect for my paternal Grandpa), but they are coming quicker than I expected.  Already my parents are close to being 70 and while I like to think of them as younger people, there are tell-tale signs that they are getting older. 

My Dad's hearing is horrible.  My Mom's coordination sucks.  In one email she can describe 5 (minor) incidents where she hurt herself.  She was an RN at a nursing home until this year, and she described a horrible incident where she got patients meds screwed up.  If it had been worse, someone could have died from my Mom's mistake.  (I'm thankful no one did, and that she retired, it was time.) 
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I totally gave up on my exercise streak.  I missed Thursday because of Damian's basketball game.  If I had thought about it, I would have run during my lunch break, but for some reason I thought I would have the opportunity between work and his game.  I completely forgot that I have to drive 40 min to the game which started at 5pm and I get off at 4 . . . Anyway, I was unsure I was going to run that day anyway. 

I did do 4.5 miles on Friday, but then on Saturday I was going to go to zumba before going to Lynnwood to see my sister.  Well, zumba was closed that day and I didn't run.  And then yesterday I was completely lazy.  By the time I decided I would go, my phone was almost dead, and I can't run without it.  It has my music (actually, right now I'm listening to an audiobook) and my app that tells me how far/how fast I go.  So already that's 2 days of no running (on a weekend, which is terrible).

Then today is another basketball game, which I will have to drive to (only 20 min this time) but I have court (for work) so I can't go during lunch.  Tomorrow is another basketball game, which is in Mt. Vernon, so I may be able to go right after work, but I'm thinking I probably won't.  I may be able to do a short run during lunch tomorrow though, so we'll see.  Wednesday is a hair appt, but I should have time afterwards to go . . .

Anyway I'm definitely going to have 3 days in a row of no exercise, with possibly 4 days.  =/

Our chair is old and broken, it flipped over when
Maddox crawled on it with Damian. =)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

I need a break

I am so ready for some time off.  Christmas can't come soon enough.  However, I'm only taking 4 days off, I wish it was more, and 3 of those days (plus the weekend) is at my family's house and that is going to be a whirlwind of activity.  I am definitely looking forward to seeing my family, especially my sister and her son, but I just need a break from life for a little bit.  ; )

Maybe to a tropical island . . .
Tonight is Damian's first basketball game.  I love basketball, but the thought of driving 40 min to see a middle school basketball game with a 18 month old in tow, just doesn't sound appealing to me.  I am also torn about getting a run in.  I was thinking that I would have time, but I don't get off work until 4 and then we have to drive, so then I was thinking I would do just 1 mile, but I don't really want to do that tonight either.  So my head keeps saying that I already blew my exercise streak on Sunday, what would it matter if I didn't go today?  But it looks so pretty on my calendar if I have something every day.  =(  I'm torn. . .

I've been thinking about Christmas break at my parents' house and running.  It's going to be cold there, probably colder than it is here.  There probably won't be snow, they don't usually have snow on Christmas.  There is the treadmill but it is horrible.  I saw something about a treadmill being called a hamster wheel, and that really is what it is.  You don't go anywhere.

This weekend I got almost completely caught up on my blog reading, but then my busy, busy Monday and Tuesday I got behind again.  So yesterday I was reading some of them and I came across this post from Adam.
I have seen this picture everywhere and thought it was funny.  Well, it turns out that the guy that took the picture didn't even know it was everywhere.  When he found out he made it a point to track down the guy he took the picture of and do an interview with him.  It was a very, very interesting read.  You can find it here.  =)

Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

FMM ~ Christmas Questions

I started this yesterday, but my days, especially Monday and Tuesdays, are so busy that I didn't get a chance to finish it.

I have been doing my exercise streak (rather than run streak) fairly well.  I did skip Sunday.  I thought about it all day, but I really just needed a break.  I don't feel very guilty about it, I did need a rest day.  However, I know I will be disappointed in myself later if I can keep the rest of the streak going strong.  Last week I ran for 1 mile on 2 different days.  I ran as hard as I could both times.  The first time I ran across a street and had to stand and wait for the light so my app said I ran a 8:45/min mile.  The second time I really wanted to see how fast I could do one mile without stopping so I started after the light and that one was around a 7:40/min mile.   I definitely couldn't go longer than one mile at that pace, but that is pretty darn good for me.  =)  In fact, one mile felt almost impossible, but I pushed myself and got it done.  I just kept thinking "it's only 9 min, you can run fast for 9 min."  Of course, 9/min miles are what I do when I go for 4-5 mile runs, so I knew that it would actually be shorter. 

Anyway, I missed Friend Makin' Monday again but I really like them, so I will continue to do them late.  =)


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 Christmas Questions
1. How will you celebrate the holidays this year?  I'm celebrating Christmas Eve with some friends, then my husband and kids on Christmas day.  The day after Christmas we're going to eastern WA to celebrate with my family.  My sister, who lives in N. Carolina, is going to be here with her husband and 15 month old son, who I've never met, so that will be really awesome.  It will be the first Christmas that all 4 of us sisters will be at my parents house for Christmas since Tami moved to N. Carolina 10+ years ago. 

2. What’s the weather currently like where you live? Rainy . . . and about 40*  I hope it snows soon, but we don't have a lot of snow until January or February usually.

3. Do you decorate your home for the holidays? If so, share a picture please!  Yes, I love to decorate my house.  Unfortunately, we don't have a ton of decorations, but I put up what we do have.  I don't have a picture other than the one of our elf on the shelf, Frederick.  This was his first night in our house.  =)
4. What is your favorite Christmas movie?  I love all Christmas movies.  =)  My all time favorite are the kids shows, Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph, Frosty.  But I also love the old movies, Miracle on 34th Street, Holdiay Inn, White Christmas, the Bishop's Wife . . . and of course, A Christmas Story.  I've never been a huge fan of Elf, but it's okay.  =)
 
5. What is your favorite Christmas songs?  I love so many!  Baby, It’s Cold Outside, Santa Baby, What Child is This, Joy to the World (especially Faith Hill's version) . . . all of them, really.

6. Do you have an advent calendar?  I do.  I made one about 10 years ago.  It was my first ever cross stitch project.  I love it.  I never completely finished it because I didn't quite know what I wanted to do, and still don't.  But it goes up every year.  =)


The picture is, obviously, a few days old.  =)  The yellow space on the bottom, according to the directions, is supposed to say "Santa's Workshop."  However, I decided I would rather put my last name there, but I haven't done it yet.

7. Do you prefer color lights or white lights?  I think white is so elegant, but the colorful ones are my favorite.  My husband loves blue lights, so we have a lot of blue lights outside (which is his domain) but I do put a foot down to blue icicle lights.  Icicles are white . . . :-)  But we have a few colored nets outside, and our tree is colored lights.  I used to have only white lights on the tree, but I missed the colorful trees of my youth, so I changed to colored ones a few years ago.

8. What is your favorite food to eat over the holidays?  Peppermint!!!  I LOVE peppermint.  Sadly, I can't find peppermint ice cream anywhere.  I also like fudge and peanut brittle, which I make because no one I know makes it.  :-)

9. Do you display a live tree, or do you prefer fake trees?  A live tree.  I love live trees, but hate the mess.  Once I said I would never get a fake one, but I actually found myself considering it this year.  I'm not there yet, but I can see why people go with fake trees.  Besides, if we got a fake tree I wouldn't me able to do the tree farm that has become one of my favorite traditions.

10. What would you need to make your holiday perfect this year?  My family.  That's it.  I want my family to be around me and happy. =)

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Santa picture and a Christmas tree

I had really good intentions to try to catch up on my blog reading this weekend.  I am sooooo far behind.  I got behind at Thanksgiving and then I've been pretty busy since then and haven't read as much as I usually do.  When I have a few moments lately, I've been trying to write something so I haven't read as much as I'd like to.  In all the people that I follow, they are still on Thanksgiving.  =)

Anyway, at Frickin' Fabulous at 40 Linda posted this article about pledging to run at least 1 mile every day after Thanksgiving through the first of the year.  I really like the idea, so I have decided to do it.  Since I didn't read the article until last Friday, I (obviously) was unable to start until then.  And then I modified it to fit me, and decided that I would do some sort of exercise every day, instead of just running.  I like to do zumba, but I don't feel like I have enough time to go for a mile run and go to zumba, so if I'm doing zumba I'm not going to run.  However, on my rest days, I will run the 1 mile. 

It definitely motivated me to go to zumba Saturday morning.  It was supposed to be super windy here Saturday and as you all know, I hate the wind, so I decided to go to zumba instead, especially since I missed it on Tuesday.  Zumba starts at 9am on Saturday, and I am usually still drinking coffee and starting my day at that time (I'm usually awake at 7, just slower to get my day going on the weekend).  Anyway, the thought of a horrible run in the wind really made me get out the door at 8:50 (zumba is really close).  Man, Saturday is the day everyone does zumba!  It was really crowded, 10 min to get there, get checked in, and reserve my back row spot was not enough time. 

Last week was another blur.  Thursday we went to Lynnwood for family pictures.  Like I said on Wednesday (I didn't realize I haven't posted since last Wednesday) we had a groupon for pictures.  A few weeks ago I made the appt at JC Penney, where I thought the groupon was for.  Well, Thursday I decided I should print it out and luckily noticed the groupon was actually for Sears, not Penney's.  Unfortunately, we didn't have an appt at Sears.  I seriously didn't know what to do.  I called my sister in a panic (we were supposed to have dinner with them after pictures).  She said to call Sears and see if they have any appts.  Luckily we were able to get in at 7pm.  So we just rearranged all our plans and did pictures last. 

We went to do Santa pictures with Maddox at the mall in Lynnwood because we now had lots of time before pictures and dinner.  I expected to have to wait in line for awhile, but was hoping since it was a week day and before 5, the line wouldn't be too horrible.  To my immense surprise, there was no line at all.  I have never been to that Santa without at least a 2 hour line.  Thinking back though, I always went on Saturday.  Now I know, I need to go on the week day!
We wandered around the mall a little, and ended up buying a stuffed Mickey Mouse for Maddox.  Since we are going to Disneyland in March, we really want him to know, at the very least, Mickey so that it is a little exciting for him.  =)

Anyway, we had dinner with my sister and her husband and then went back to the mall to get our family pictures done.  Last year we went to Walmart and, while the girl was very nice, I was a little disappointed in the professionalism of the photos.  So I thought going to Sears would be better, since they are twice as expensive there.  However, she really rushed us through.  Several of the pictures I'm really unhappy with how I look.  I guess I just expected the photographer to make sure hair and clothes and everything looked good . . . she didn't.  =/  We got very nice pictures, but I was hoping for a little "more."  I guess I need to go to a freelance type photographer, maybe they will be more personable. 

After Chris and I got back together we started collecting icicle ornaments for each year we've been together.  We even went back and bought them for all the years before (including years we weren't together because we were always off and on anyway).  But the specific icicles we get are only in a store in Lynnwood.  We started doing it as a couple, but because I am the only one to go to Lynnwood regularly, the task has fallen on me to get them.  We've even had my sister get a couple when I couldn't make it down there.  This year, I decided that since Chris and I were going to be in Lynnwood together, we were going to get our icicle together, like we are supposed to.  So, after pictures we had to go to Wight's (the store) and get the icicle.  I have also been getting an ornament for every year for Damian and I started with Maddox last year, so we wandered around looking ornaments for them.  D had the idea to get a nutcracker with Maddox every year, so he started that too.  Needless to say, we spent a lot of money.  =)

Yesterday, Chris got off early so we went to get a Christmas tree.  We go to a place where you cut your own.  We spent forever looking for a nice tree.  He finally find a beautiful 8 foot tree.  However, our living room isn't that tall, so we cut some of it off.  Well we got home and I thought we still needed to cut more . . . now we have a tree that is shorter than Chris.  =(  I am so annoyed about it.  Every time I look at the tree it makes me even more mad. 



 
We propped it up on cinder blocks to make it a little taller, but it still pisses me off.  Anyway, we got out the lights.  Unfortunately, none of the lights worked, so now we have a tiny tree sitting on cinder blocks with no lights.  Fortunately, Maddox wanted to help and decorated the tree with his socks.  =)


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Pictures

I was so annoyed yesterday.  I wanted to go to zumba.  Chris knew I wanted to go to zumba.  Damian started basketball, he gets out of basketball at 5pm and is supposed to start gymnastics at 5pm, however, there is about 15 min of travel time between the two.  Zumba starts at 5:30pm.  I told Chris I would have to go to drop off D with him at gymnastics so he could get me to zumba on time, but then he didn't wait for me to get ready.  He didn't get home until 5:40, zumba closes the doors at 5:30 and there was no way I could have gotten there.  So instead I ate chinese food, which is yummy, but very high in calories.

I don't know if any one looks at my scale page, but I haven't updated it for awhile.  I guess I should.  I have stayed (very, very annoyingly) at the exact same weight.  160.  I did have a little gain this last Friday from all the Thanksgiving food, but I'm not worried about it.  However, I really should update the page.  I haven't "fallen off the wagon"  I am still running and doing zumba.  I think my eating has gotten worse, a little, but I am still counting calories, even when I'm over. 

Today we are going grocery shopping after I get off work.  We started this once a week shopping trip a month or so ago, and it is very nice.  We were going to the store almost every day, and now we only go once a week.  It's very nice.  I need to look at our bank statements and compare if we are actually saving money.  We spend more all at once, but I'm hoping we spend less monthly.  Anyway, shopping tonight means I don't have time to go running this evening. . . so I went during my lunch break.  4 miles in 37 min.  And it was good timing too, because I just went out and it has started raining.  It was perfect.  =)

Tomorrow we are going to Lynnwood to get our family pictures done.  I'm not too happy about having to go to Lynnwood, but oh well.  My sister has a Groupon account and she got a coupon for JCPenney portraits and gave it to us.  There is a JCPenney at the mall up here, but I didn't realize there isn't a portrait studio in that one.  The closest one is in Lynnwood, which is 45 min south of me.  Oh well, maybe we'll go see Santa and we're definitely having dinner with my sister, who lives in Lynnwood. 

This is the same Santa that all of Damian's Santa pictures are with (I'm sorry for the white baby face, I don't know the baby, I found the picture online and didn't want to use some random baby without permission).  He is at the Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood (we lived there for 6 years before moving to Mt. Vernon) and even after we moved I still took D down there, because I wanted all his pictures to be with the same Santa.  So now I am wondering if I should continue to take Maddox to the same Santa or go to one closer (in Mt. Vernon).  I love the idea of going to the same guy every year, and both D's and Maddox's Santa pictures would be the same, but I hate trying to find time to go to Lynnwood every year just for Santa pictures.  We didn't go last year, D is too old and didn't want to, and Maddox was only 6 months old, so it wasn't a big deal to me.  I guess I'll have to talk to Chris about it and see what he says. =)  He's not going to care, and is going to say to just go to one closer.  Maybe I'll ask my sister.  ; )

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

When do you run?

I think I have decided that I need to run on my lunch break.  By the time I get home most days it's after 4pm (which is actually early compared to 5pm) but it's getting dark by 4:30 or earlier and I just am not sure yet about running in the dark.  What do other people do?  I don't know, I don't know any other runners.  =(  Anyway, before I got pregnant I was running (with a lot of walking) during my lunch break.  I was only going 2 miles, so I will have to figure out a couple routes that are longer.  That also means that I am going to be coming back to work really sweaty and gross, with no where to take a shower.  But I can sponge off in the bathroom . . .

Yesterday I had every intention of going for a run after I got home from work.  However, Damian started basketball yesterday so I had no one to watch Maddox.  I thought about taking Maddox with me (jogging stroller and all) but then I got home and he wasn't feeling very well.  He's had a runny nose and a small fever in the evenings since Friday.  I got home yesterday and he wouldn't let me put him down.  I decided it was probably a bad idea to take him out in the cold.  Then I remembered that I didn't really have time anyway because I had to pick up D at 5.  =/  Plus, I really, really didn't want to run in the dark. 

It's interesting because before it started getting dark so early, it was pretty common to see several people out running after work, but I didn't see one person yesterday.  When do they go run?  Do they give it up in the winter?  I can't imagine a runner being seasonal.  Maybe they do the same thing that I am thinking of and go during their lunch. . .

I decided to run during lunchtime yesterday evening.  I even packed my bag to be ready to take to work and then I was thinking about it, and realized that if I don't go to zumba tonight then I won't be able to go at all this week.  Tuesday and Thursday are the only days it's offered at 5:30 and Thursday we are going to get family pictures done.  Then I was looking at the weather for the rest of the week and today is supposed to be the last sunny day for the foreseeable future, so then I've been thinking maybe I should have brought my bag after all. . .


Well, yesterday was Friend Makin' Monday and I didn't post it.  So here it is, a day late, again.  =)

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Dear Santa: List at least ten things that you may or may not need that you’d love to find under your tree this year!
 1. A Kindle Fire

2. a new ring

3. shoes =)

You know what's special about the red soles?  Everyone knows that means they are Louboutin's, even people that don't really know shoes.  =)

4. towels, seriously, mine are only good for a rag bin.  =)


5. new sheets.  I only have one set for my bed and it's very annoying.

6. a book shelf

7. eye lash extensions.  Seriously, I think that sounds really, really awesome. =)

8.  back massager, simple =)

9.  new nose ring

10.  A new car . . . ; )

11. a wine rack


Now it’s your turn to answer this week’s question! Try to come up with at least ten things that you love, but feel free to share as many as you’d like! Don’t forget to come back and link up in the comments!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Thanksgiving weekend

My Thanksgiving went really well.  We ended up with 10 people (including my family of 4 and 2 babies) at my house.  We have never had that many people over at the same time before, especially for dinner, so it was an adventure.  =)  We almost ended up with 11, but that person (who was a last min addition) backed out even more last min.  So that was fine.  We did a lot of cooking and cleaning.  Our house is rather small and our dining room is attached to the living room so we moved the table into the living room in front of the couch and were able to fit everyone around it.  We even had a little extra space.  =)  Anyway, the whole dinner and everything went really well.  I did discover that if we are going to do this type of dinner often, we need some serving bowls and platters.  =)  And some pie things .




Last week at work was kinda crazy and I had very little time at my desk. One of my clients just had a baby, she had to have an emergency c-section and isn't allowed to drive, but because of the program she is in she has a lot of appts that she is not excused from.  She was excused for one week, but is expected to attend most of them.  We (my coworker and I) have tried to cut down on as many appts as we can, but because the program is so strict she still has to go to some.  Anyway, because she can't drive I have been playing taxi for her.  I feel badly because I know what she's going through, but I don't make the rules and I am trying to help her as much as I can.  Anyway, I put 150 miles on my car in 2 days. =/ Thankfully, it was really only this week, and it shouldn't be a recurring thing.

Chris worked Friday, but he got Saturday off so that we can go to his mom's house.  This is the first time that we have ever been invited to his mom's house for any type of holiday.  We have invited her to our house, but she never comes and Chris quit inviting her all together.  One of his brother's is in the Army and is being sent to California this Saturday, so Chris's mom decided to get her boys together before he left.  His other brother has a 3 year old boy, who he has full custody of.  I was the only significant other there, but at least Maddox had someone to play with.  =)  I think Chris had a good time.  I got a little bored because but overall it was a good day.
Chris and his brothers
My Mom gave me my Grandma's antique table awhile ago.  We've only extended it once or twice since having it and only for about 1 leaf or maybe 2.  Thanksgiving day since we had more people here than we've ever had before, we pulled it out farther.  Chris was pulling and pulling and suddenly something fell out of the bottom.  We were scare at first that we broke something and then looked down and noticed it had legs on the ends that come down when it gets pulled out so far.  =)  We looked and sure enough, there were legs on the other side too.  =)  We just laughed because we've had the table for 4 or so years now and never knew there were legs there.  =)  We only put 3 leaves in it, we think there's at least one more, but we couldn't find it, and if I remember right, it was warped when we got it.  I think, if we had more leaves, we could extend it quite far.  I really love the table, and I love it even more now that I know about the legs.  It is a really nice table but is kinda worn. I wish I could afford to have it restored, I would be afraid to do it myself and not have it done professionally.  I wish we had chairs.  =)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

FMM ~ Thanksgiving edition


Tomorrow is Thanksgiving!  I'm looking forward to it.  I really enjoy family time, even if it is with friends that feel like family and not my actual family.  I love my family, my parents and my sisters and their families, so I really do miss them when I can't see them at Thanksgiving, but since moving to western WA I have not been to my parents' house more than once.  Once was PLENTY!  The traffic over the mountains to get to my parents' house is HORRID!  And that is putting it nicely.  So, I see them at Christmas time and we are happy with that.  =)

However, last year, for the first time, Chris's dad's family invited us to spend Thanksgiving at his house, and that is in eastern WA too.  So I think we are now going over the mountains at the busiest travel time of the year to see his family every other year. 

Chris was not close to his dad's family at all.  He was raised mostly by his mom until he was about 8, when she pretty much abandoned him, and then by his maternal grandparents.  I met him when he moved to his dad's house at age 15, and they did not have a good relationship at all.  His step-mom wasn't the nicest person to him, and his half-brother and sister (who is handicapped) were treated favorably compared to him.  Anyway, his maternal grandparents have both died, his grandpa died about 10 years ago and his grandma only 3 years ago, and they were more like his parents than his actual parents were.  They were the glue that held his maternal family together, so when his grandma died, the rest of the family have kinda forgot Chris.  =/  I get very, very mad at his Mom very, very often.  She only lives 45 min away from us, but never comes to visit and never invites us to her house.  If my Mom lived that close I wouldn't be able to get her away from me and my family.  =) 

Anyway, since Chris's dad divorced his step-mom, his dad has become a much more mellow person.  He is much more likable now and I actually don't mind spending time with him.  I really, REALLY like his extended paternal family (much more than his maternal side) but Chris was never part of that family, so I think he is a little out of place there.  He has always longed for a close family, and since we have known each other since we were 15, he has adopted my family and gets that closeness from them.  I think his paternal family is the type of family that he longs for, but he just wasn't part of it growing up.  It is all very sad to me. 

Wow, that was a tangent.  =)
                                                                       

I did not go for a run yesterday.  It was windy and rainy again, so I went to my normal zumba class.  I went on Monday as well, and 2 days of zumba in a row has really made my shoulders sore.  I also feel my sides and arms a bit today.  =)  When I go to zumba I try really hard to be conscious of my muscles and I tighten my abs and try to do "strong arms" when it's called for.  I need to be better at tightening my butt muscles, especially during the squats, but I don't always think of it.  =) 

I don't know if I will get a run in today.  We need to do our weekly grocery shopping, which I'm not looking forward to.  We did all our Thanksgiving shopping last week and missed the crowds, but we still need to do our weekly shopping, so I know we're going to hit some horrible crowds.  *sigh* I really hate shopping during the holiday season.  =(

I missed Friend Makin' Monday on Monday and then didn't get back on last night to post it, so here it is today.  Sorry it's a little late.  =)

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Thanksgiving Edition

1. Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions?  If so, please share them.  Not really, however, I think we are now going to be going to Chris's dad's every other year.  Now we just do a dinner with friends that don't have family.

2. List at least three dishes that are on your family’s table every year. Turkey (of course), stuffing, mashed potatoes.  We've started making a cheese ball (yum!!) and I started making pies last year, so we have pecan pie, apple and pumpkin (yumm!!!)

3. Do you prefer pumpkin pie or pecan pie?  I think I like pecan better, but pumpkin is a necessity at Thanksgiving, with cool whip of course!

4. Will you watch football on Thanksgiving Day? Chris probably will insist on it.  I'm a Seahawks fan and don't watch a ton of other teams, although I do like Baltimore . . . but I don't know if they play.

5. Do you plan to exercise Thursday?  I'm thinking about it.  I guess it depends on who is at my house and how I feel.  I like to go for walks after I eat large meals, so I probably will at least do that.  =)

6. Do you prefer ham or turkey?  I like ham better, but turkey is a necessity for Thanksgiving.  I only really eat it 2 times a year, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  (I like deli turkey sandwiches throughout the year.)

7. Will you shop on Black Friday?  If so, where will you go first?  Absolutely not!  I actually am really disgusted with Black Friday.  I think it's ridiculous and I've heard so much about the "sales" that aren't really sales.  I have heard that stores start increasing their prices in October so that by the time Black Friday comes, the prices are pretty close to what they were in Sept.  I think it used to be good deals, but not anymore.

8. Do you take a nap on Thanksgiving? I don't really like naps, so I don't know if I will or not. 

9. Share one dish that probably won’t be on anyone else’s table.  Anyone's table??  I have no idea.  But on my table . . . cranberry sauce, it's disgusting.  =)

10. What are you thankful for today?  I’m so thankful for everything.  I have such a fabulous family, great friends, and a pretty great life, there is nothing in my life I'm not thankful for.  =) 

Now it’s your turn to post the questions on your blog!  Don’t forget to come back and link up in the comments!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Crazy Monday (after the fact)

*sigh*  I went right into old habits this weekend. . . I didn't post once.  =(  I thought about it a couple times, but didn't do it.  I didn't even run this weekend.  I don't know why.  I meant to.  On Saturday Damian had a friend over and almost as soon as they woke up they left the house.  It was raining and I didn't want to take Maddox in the stroller no, that's not an excuse and then when Damian got home I was in the "I'm lazy" mode.  Yesterday I meant to run, I really did.  I was going to run in the afternoon, and somehow time got away from me and before I knew it, it was dark outside.  (It gets dark so early!)  I baked pies for Thanksgiving instead.  I baked apple and pecan pies.

That seriously looks like the perfect apple pie.  =)
We are having a small storm here today, lots of rain and lots of wind, so I don't know what I'm going to do about running.  I took 2 days off, and then have Thanksgiving this week.  This may be a very low exercising week.  It's days like today when I really, really want a treadmill (even though I hate them so much).  I don't really have workout videos, but I could break out Just Dance, and play with that for awhile.  I just feel weird doing it in the living room (the only space to do it) with Chris and Damian around.  =/

I typed this up ^^ yesterday and then got really busy and didn't post it. 

I had to drive around a lot yesterday for work (seriously, I put 80 miles on my car) and it was pouring rain.  Not the little drizzle that is so common in western WA, but drenching, big drops, rain.  I was gearing myself up for running in it.  I was thinking about what route I was going to take, and what I was going to wear and started to actually look forward to it.

Well, for work I have to go to court every other week, so yesterday I was at court and when we came out, the rain had stopped and it was very, very windy.  I was so bummed.  I really, really do hate running in the wind.  So on my way home from work (I left at 4ish) I was thinking I'd call my friend and ask if I could use his crappy elliptical machine.  While I was leaving him a message, I realized that zumba started at 4:15 on Mondays and if I was really fast, I could make it.  So I did that instead.  =)

Monday's thankfulness:
"Today I am thankful I can go to zumba when it's rainy and windy instead of running. =)"

I also missed Friend Makin' Monday yesterday, so I will try to get on later and post FMM and my thankfulness for today.  =)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Disneyland!

"Today I'm thankful for Nancy. She has fabulously spearheaded the arrangements for our Disneyland trip at the end of Feb.  =)"

That's right . . . we're going to Disneyland in Feb.  One of my sister's and her husband, and my parents and my (immediate) family are all going.  My sister works for a government agency as a travel agent for all the scientists.  She went to travel agency school, but she isn't really a travel agent anymore. However, she knows more about it than the average joe.  So, she has been working with a AAA travel agent and is figuring out all the logistics of our trip.  Tomorrow we are all putting the deposit down for the trip, which makes it official.  =)  I'm so excited about it.
Today was zumba.  I took Damian again.  However, it was a different instructor today, and I wasn't thrilled about him.  It didn't seem like I got as good of a workout as I do with my other instructor.  I didn't notice the sweat until I was 45 min into the class, and I didn't drink very much water.  I usually drink an entire bottle of water and start sweating about 20 min into it. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Just another day

"Today I'm thankful for having almost all my Christmas shopping done. =)"  Actually, it's more like half my Christmas shopping, but I'm still super happy about it.  =)

Today I spent my entire morning in the DSHS office (welfare office) with a client.  That is definitely not a place I enjoy going, especially since it takes at least 2 hours (3 today) to get anything done there.  The only redeeming quality of it was that I got to hang out with a 7 day old baby at the same time.  =)  I love babies. 

After work we were planning on going to go Christmas shopping for Damian and Maddox and then grocery shopping, so I knew that I wouldn't have time to go run.  I decided that I would go for a run at lunch time.  I went for a "short" 3.79 mile run and then scarfed down lunch.  After that I took another client to pay bills and get his meds.  So I think I spent an entire 15 min in my office today.  =)  Even though I hate going to DSHS, at least it gets me out of the office.  =)

We went to a couple second hand baby stores and bought 2 presents for Maddox and then to an outdoors store and bought a couple for Damian.  Which puts us at maybe one more gift for each and we're done.  That just means I need to buy gifts for Chris and extended family.  =)

Anyway, that's all I have to share with you tonight.  Sorry it wasn't long.  =)  Have a great night.

Monday, November 12, 2012

FMM ~ What's in your fridge?

"Today I'm thankful for the men and women (past and present) that sacrifice(d) for the freedoms I enjoy."

Yesterday I got so involved in my post about the Fowl Fun Run, I forgot about the rest of my day. . . well, evening.  I went to a play with a friend of mine Saturday night.  We saw Footloose.  It was put on by a local theater guild (they are pretty good).  I thought Footloose, however, was a little disappointing.  The actress that played Rusty (Sarah Jessica Parker's part in the movie) was a much, much better actress than the one that played Ariel.  The actor that played Ren (Kevin Bacon) was a lot dorky looking and definitely not that "cool" guy that Ren should be.  

I loved the actor that played Chuck (Ariel's bad boy boyfriend), but he couldn't sing at all.  Funny thing is, I know that actor.  He goes to my church. =)  Ariel's parents were pretty good, but most of the rest of the cast were very amateurish.  I realize that it's just a local play, but I've seen several plays performed by this guild before and I felt this one was the least professional of them all.  Of course, it may have been because I just saw Wicked, and that was FANTASTIC.
Well, it's Monday . . . and that means Friend Makin' Monday.  =)

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What’s in Your Fridge?
1. List a few common items that can always be found in your fridge.  eggs, spinach, almond milk, milk, cheese (Chris loves cheese), apples, chicken, hamburger

2. What kind of milk do you drink? I don't drink much milk.  I'm mildly lactose intolerant, I prefer 1% and that is what I buy, although I have started buying whole milk for Maddox, and I always have almond milk now.  I use the almond milk for creamer substitute (half creamer, half almond milk) and for my green drink

3. Do you prefer fresh or frozen vegetables?  Never, ever, ever canned. . . that's my only rule about veggies.  I eat mostly frozen ones, but fresh are better. =)

4. What do you currently have to drink in the fridge? water, diet pepsi, all of the milks I mentioned above, beer (Chris's, I can't stand it)

5. How often do you clean out your refrigerator? Not nearly often enough.  There's almost always a science experiment in the back.  I know . . . gross.

6. What’s the healthiest thing in it right now? spinach, apples . . .

7. What’s the most unhealthy thing in it right now? ice cream in the freezer

8. What do you wish you had in it that you don’t have now? I'm not sure.  We need to go shopping, we need whole milk (for Maddox)  =)

9. How often do you shop for groceries? We used to go almost daily, but we started a new thing a few weeks ago.  We now only go once a week, with our list . . . it is actually a very good thing that we're doing.  I hated going every day.

10. What’s the weirdest thing in your fridge right now? Whatever science experiment growing in the back.  ; ) 

Bonus: If you could choose one thing to put in the fridge and make it calorie-free what would it be?  Definitely cheesecake. =)

Now it’s your turn! Don’t forget to answer the questions and come back to post a link in the comments section!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Fowl Fun Run 10K

"Today I am thankful for the families (wives, husbands, kids) that sacrifice their time with their loved one so that my family lives free. You are amazing people!"
 
So yesterday I ran the Fowl Fun Run.  Surprisingly I wasn't nervous at all.  The last run I did, the Have a Heart Run in May, I was really nervous.  I don't know if it was because it was my first race, or because I was going with my sister and she is a huge organizer and I'm not.  When I don't know what I'm doing and I'm with her, I get even more scattered and feel like I should know what I'm doing.  Anyway, once I decided I was going to do this run, I did a lot of self talk.  I decided I was going to get there early and look around.  Just hang out and see what was there.  I didn't do that at the Have a Heart Run.  I was there early, but didn't look around much, I was just nervous. 

I was kinda disappointed that there wasn't "more" there.  I don't know what I expected, but there wasn't anything going on beforehand.  It started at the Christian school here in Mt. Vernon, so I just sat in the gym and watched people.  I used the bathroom inside and was glad I did because there was quite a line for the port-a-potties.  There was no sign for the start, just the big inflatable "finish line", and I thought I had seen on their map that the start was in a different spot, so I wandered around a little looking for it, trying not to look like I was lost.  =)  Turns out the finish was the start.  lol! 

I was in the very back of the pack when it started.  In fact, I didn't hear anything, people just started running.  I heard some people saying the same thing, that they hadn't heard anything either.  Why is it that every run I do, I hate the first part.  I feel like I won't be able to make it.  When I run everyday at home, I don't always have a destination in mind, or an exact route.  So I do a lot of thinking about where I'm going to go.  I know a lot of distances from my house now, and I have different variations on each route I normally take, so I think about where I'm going to go, how far I actually want to go and so on.  Well, I noticed during the race that I couldn't think of those things.  I had no idea where I was going, and I had to follow the marked run.  I think it made it harder on me mentally.  I did a lot of looking around at the houses and the farmland I was running through.  That is of the biggest things I love about running outside, looking at the world around me (I wish I could listen to the world, but I can't, I have to have music in my ear). 
It was quite difficult to take a pic while running. =)
The first mile went by really, really fast.  I was surprised that I was already at the 1 mile mark.  However, the miles after that were not as quick.  I think the second and third mile were the longest.  However, the 6th mile was the hardest.  I had only run 5.5 miles up to this point, and that was once 2 weeks ago.  (I totally meant to do 6 last weekend but forgot.)  At about mile 5 I was done.  My legs were heavy and I was just ready to be done, I just kept thinking that I had done 5 miles and could do just one more.

I passed a lot of people at first and then fell in between two different couples.  One couple was 20-something year old females, tall and very, very thin, and the other was a female and male couple.  I ended up passing both couples and stayed ahead of them for most of the race.  Towards the end the girl/guy couple passed me and took off.  Then right at the finish line the 2 girls passed me.  I was upset, because I was ahead of them for most of the race and then they pass me at the very end.  But I was too pooped to try to get back in front of them. 

My time was great.  =)  It was very flat.  Seriously after looking at the route on MapMyFitness, there wasn't even a small incline or decline anywhere, it was completely flat.  I've never had a completely flat run before.  My app on my phone said I ran 6.39 miles at 57.42 min.  However, I turned it on a little early at the start, and forgot to turn it off until I was getting the chip cut off my shoe.  

Afterwards, I went back in the gym to see what was happening in there.  There was a lot of food and "goodies" but I really, really didn't feel like eating right at that moment.  I decided to get some water and then walk around outside a little.  I felt like I could use a good stretch.  I didn't do a "good" stretch, but stretched a little and then thought about going back in and having some pie.  But once again, I was out of my comfort zone and didn't want to sit there alone eating my pie.  So instead I just went home.  Besides, I had promised Damian teriyaki for watching Maddox, so I decided that would be my treat instead.  =)

Here are my official results:


I was 7th out of my age range.  I think that's great.  =)  And see my chip time . . . 56.51 min.  =)  I am super happy with that.  Since I've never run a 10K before, I got a PR! =)  lol 

I did see Kristin while I was running (she's a fast runner). I'm sure she didn't see me, or at least recognize me and I'm really not outgoing enough to say "hi" to people I don't know well. 

I spent quite a bit of time looking at the times of other people, trying to see if I recognized anyone.  There was one name that I thought looked familiar, but I don't know how I know the name.  I also recognized a girl from my Zumba class while I was running, but again, I was not comfortable saying hi. 

After studying the results for a crazy amount of time, I noticed something . . .

Do you see it!?  Those two girls are the two that passed me right at the end.  And their chip time is more than my chip time by 6 seconds.  =)  They started ahead of me in the pack and even though they finished ahead of me, I caught up to them and finished right behind them.  =)  For some reason that made me super happy.  I beat them after all, even though they passed me right at the finish line (seriously, look at the gun time 0.7 seconds behind them) . . . and I'm more than 10 years older than them.  =)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Just a note

"Today I am thankful for the ability to run 6.2 miles in under an hour.  57 min to be exact. :-)"

I'll tell you all about the 10K I ran today later . . . and the rest of my day . . . later.  =)

Have a great night.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Frozen morning

"Today I am thankful for getting off early on Fridays. =)"

I did it, I signed up for the 10K tomorrow.  I'm not sure how excited I am.  In fact, I don't think I am at all.  I just feel nervous.  I guess one thing that is positive about not having my sister go is that I won't feel like I have to know what is going on.  I don't have to entertain her and be nervous at the same time.  We are good friends, but she is a HUGE planner, and I am not, so I always feel like when I don't know what I am doing, she is judging me.  I doubt she is, but I feel that way.

My last rose.  I love the frozen droplet of water on it. 
You can see it better on the first picture.
Today was the second day in a row that we had frost outside.  It is really cold this morning.  But it is a beautiful day and I can't wait to go run in it.  =)  While I was registering for the Fowl Fun Run yesterday, I also picked up a reflective vest to wear running.  With how early it gets dark now, I will be running in the dark in a week or two.  Yesterday I went immediately after getting home and was able to beat the dark by 15 min or so, but that is not going to happen very much anymore. 

Because of the darkness in the evening, and the lightness in the morning I have thought about getting up and running early in the morning.  It looks so nice (and cold) outside, but that would mean I would have to get up almost an hour earlier than I currently do . . . so I don't think that is going to happen.  Plus, an hour earlier than my current wake up time (6:20am) is dark, so what's the point?  =)  (See how easy it was to talk myself out of that crazy idea.)

Damian went with me again yesterday, but Chris was home so we didn't have to push the stroller.  Damian is a sprinter, I realize that he doesn't run very far with me, he only goes half a mile and turns around to make it a full mile, so he doesn't know that you have to save your energy if your going to go for a longer run.  I kept having to yell at him (he wears his headphones too loud) to slow down a little. 

I did the same 4.5 mile run I did the other day when D went with me.  I ran it a min faster this time, but still walked up half the steep hill.  I wish there weren't so many hills in this area.  Oh well, I guess they are just making me stronger.  =/

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Very short

This whole posting something everyday has really drained my brain.  ; )  I don't have much to say, and since I took yesterday off as a rest day, I don't have any running stories to tell either.  We went grocery shopping. Yay!

"Today I am thankful for really beautiful days and the anticipation of a run. =)"

It is a beautiful day outside.  Now if only I didn't have to work until almost dark (I hate the time change), run home, and hurriedly (is that a word??) throw on running clothes and run. . . Oh and I have a stop to make before I get home.  =/

I did talk to a coworker today about doing the 10K this weekend.  No one else I've talked to has said anything.  You want to know what her words of wisdom were?  "If you go I'll feel shameful because I don't do anything."  lol!  We were walking out of her office and talking about it when another couple coworkers walked by and asked what we were talking about.  So I told them I was thinking of doing a 10K this weekend but don't know if I want to.  He didn't even let me get my (lame) excuses out before he said I should do it. . . .So I guess that means I'm going to go sign up after work today.  =)

Anyway, tomorrow is Friday.  Yay!