Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

I am still undecided whether or not I want to do the 10K Fowl Fun Run in a week and a half.  I still haven't run 6 miles, but I did run 5.5 this last weekend, so I think I could do 6.  But I decided after my last (and first) 5K that I didn't like races much.  Lots of nerves and not much reward.  I didn't even get a medal.  (And I still have never seen the pictures from the race even though there was a photographer there.)  =(  But maybe this one would be different?  I don't know.  I have until next Thursday to sign up . . . This race gives out beanie hats instead of tshirts, that would be cool, even though I really like the tshirts. 

I don't really have a babysitter, although a friend told me he would watch Maddox for me.  No one would go to the race with me, Chris works, so I would have to do it all alone, and I hate doing new things alone.  However, I have tried to get out of my comfort zone more and more, and this would definitely put me out there.   . . . I just don't know . . .

What is everyone doing for Halloween tonight?  We are not going trick or treating, Maddox is too young and Damian is too old.  I have some cool decoration ideas that I'm going to be doing tonight that I found on pinterest. 

I'm combining this one with the one to the right ---->


For the last one, you put glow sticks in the toilet paper rolls and put them in bushes so it looks like eyes are glowing out at you.  I cut the holes out last night, and let me tell you, it is not easy to cut holes in toilet paper rolls.  My holes look nothing like that picture.  I wonder if they used an exacto knife or something.  I just went to the website this was pinned from and the glowstick idea must have been a different pinner, because the original site has Christmas lights in the toilet paper rolls with red cellophane covering the eye holes.  I guess I'll see what my glowstick eyes look like tonight . . .

I've already made the ghosts and hung them, I tested the glowsticks one night and it wasn't that impressive, but I'm still going to swap balloons again tonight just to make it cooler for trick or treaters. =)  We live on a busy street so we actually don't have a lot of trick or treaters, but people driving by will be able to see my decorations (I hope).

I have been thinking I'd go run today, but I'm a bit sore.  5 1/2 miles on Saturday and then 5 miles Monday, my body isn't used to running so far and then I did Zumba yesterday evening . . . I just feel like today may be a rest day.  I like not making a schedule to run, I like taking rest days when I feel I need it and not on a "set" day.  I read a lot of blogs about people having a schedule planned out, but I am just not that type of person. 

I was kinda going to use today as my extra calorie day, but I usually like to run on extra calorie day.  But I think I'll do it anyway.  I want some candy and have been really, really good so far. =)

I hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A long weekend

Wicked on Thursday was fantastic.  Immediately after leaving I wanted to see it again.  I was blown away by how great it was.  I may have to travel to Seattle more often for plays.  I go a couple times a year to the local community college plays, they are put on by companies in the area, not the college.  But Wicked was a whole other level.  I am still thinking about it and singing the songs from it.  It was fantastic.  =)

He is so grown up. =(
Thursday we were going to carve pumpkins, but we ended up with a bunch of people at our house.  Just some friends that stopped by, and we watched a movie.  So we pushed our pumpkin carving to Friday, and then we remembered that Damian was going with a friend to a trampoline place.  So Saturday I put my foot down and said, we are carving pumpkins. 

My pumpkin =)
Chris's pumpkin

Damian's pumpkin

After carving pumpkins we watched Paranormal Activity 3.  I like the movies, but I refuse to watch them in the theater because they scare the crap out of me.  =)  After the movie I stayed up way too late and ended up talking to an acquaintance on Facebook.  He was talking about getting together, so I invited him over for dinner the next day.  I don't know what I was thinking, I barely know him, but he seemed like he was fishing, and that he may be a little lonely, so I invited him.  (I have a bleeding heart).  I told Chris the next day and he was okay with it, not thrilled, but okay.

So Sunday we had another guest over for dinner.  I had the idea to set him up with a friend of mine and invited her to dinner as well, but she wasn't feeling good so ended up not coming.  Which is probably for the best, she just broke up with her boyfriend.

Yesterday my babysitter said her son was sick so she couldn't watch Maddox, so I stayed home and read a book all day.  It was actually a very relaxing day and I kinda needed it after my weekend.  =)

I went for a 5.58 mile run on Saturday.  I was super excited that I had gone that far.  That is my farthest route yet.  I did my old trail route that is 2 miles long.  I start in the middle (that is where my street is) and go one way for a mile and turn around and go to the other end of the trail and then turn around and go back to my street, making it 4 miles.  When I was still running 3-4 miles a day sometimes I would run only half way down one side, making it 3 miles, so I know where the half mile mark is on one side.  Saturday I decided to do the whole 4 miles and then go back down to the half mile mark and back, making it 5 miles.  However, I ran to the trail from my house, which is just under a half mile and then ran part of the way back to the house, making it 5 and a half miles.  (Is that too confusing??) 

Anyway, all the out and backs can get a little boring, but it's mostly a flat run and I know exactly how far everything is, so none of the guess work of how far I've gone happens.  It's funny that I say it's mostly a flat run, there is a gradual incline for about a quarter to half mile and when I was doing it everyday I cursed the slight uphill.  I hated it.  Since I've been doing much steeper hills, it didn't bother me as much.  However, I tend to run a little fast when it's flat(ish) and there was a pretty strong wind going uphill, so I was still very winded when I got done with the uphill. 

Yesterday I "only" went 5 miles and today I plan to go to Zumba.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Today I am going to see Wicked!  I am so excited!  This is one of my birthday presents and I can't wait.  =)  I'm taking tomorrow off because we likely won't get home until after midnight. 

Yesterday I went to Zumba instead of running.  I love Zumba, but I hate looking at my MapMyFitness calendar and seeing the multiple days of no running.  I didn't run on Monday (just lazy), then Zumba yesterday and today I'm going to Seattle and won't have time to run.  That's three days in a row.  =(  I did exercise yesterday, so technically it will only be 2 days off, but still.  When I don't run I feel like I didn't exercise. 

Yesterday after work I decided to take a little "me" time.  I went to Starbucks and got a white chocolate caramel nonfat mocha (I counted the calories in my daily log and I was still under my calories yesterday - yay me!).  It seriously was the best hour I've had in a long time.  I just sat in a corner and read a book.  I haven't been able to do that in FOREVER.  Well, I can tell you how long . . .exactly 16 months and 4 days.  =) 

I'm trying to be super good on my eating this week.  I know I was down a pound last week, but I feel like I'm stuck in the 160's and can't get out.  I really want to see 15- consistently.  I remember when 170 was my "stuck" number, now it's 163.  Although, happily, (knock on wood) I have been under 163 for 3 weeks consistently.  161.2 has been my "go to" number for the last few weeks.  I have seen 159 a couple times, but it's usually after a run (when my lowest numbers usually are) and the next morning it's right back up to 161.  I was excited last Friday when my morning number was 160.2.  My after run number was 159.6 or something.  But the next day the number was back in the 160's.  I have been fluctuating between 161 and 160 all week.  I'm not expecting to have lost anything this week.

Several NSV's . . .
I noticed yesterday that the jacket I bought last fall that was a little snug, is very loose on me. 

I am wearing a shirt that last spring I decided I needed to stop wearing because it was not very flattering on me (all the lumps and bumps).  =) 

Did I tell you that I found a sweater that I bought a couple years ago that was too tight.  I bought it because I LOVED it and I was going to the gym faithfully so my sister and my Mom convinced me to buy it.  Well, I put it on a few days ago and it fits.  It is still a tad snug, but it is not unflattering.  The only problem is, it is wool.  Wool is very, very itchy on me.  And it is long sleeved, so I don't know if I will ever be able to wear it.  I really do love it though.  I was thinking of trying to wear it tonight over the shirt I am wearing right now (which is long sleeved). 

I can almost always tell the general direction of the scale when I get up in the morning.  This morning I was feeling "skinny" and the scale said 161.2.  Monday I was not feeling skinny and the scale said 163.  I know that is only a few lbs, but there's just something about the way I feel that I can tell.  I don't know if it's a bloated feeling or what, but it's very interesting to me.  =)

My bra size has shrunk.  I don't know if that is a NSV or not.  I had a love/hate relationship with my bra size a year ago.  When I was younger I was a 34B, and I liked being on the small side.  I gained weight and went to a 36C (probably should have gone up at some point, but didn't want to say I was that big), and then I had Maddox and last year I was up to 36D and probably should have been up to at least 38D.  I am back down to a 36B, and I don't think I like the "B" part.  I think if I could be a 34C, that would be perfect.  After being a 36D so recently, the 36B feels really, really small.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

FMM ~ Winning the Lottery

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: All the Weigh so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

Winning the Lottery
What’s the first thing you would do for yourself if you won 100 million dollars?  Note: this question is specifically for you…what would you do for fun after the family and the bills and the obvious stuff was taken care of?

I would buy many, many shoes.  Boots, shoes . . .

 I would also go to Macy's (or somewhere similar) and hire a personal shopper and buy an entire new wardrobe (one with lots and lots of sweaters).

 I would get myself a big Dodge Ram. 

I would take my entire family on a cruise to a very warm beach. 

And I would do a lot (A LOT) of traveling. 

I suppose it would be easier to win the lottery if I played it often, but it’s fun to dream anyway. 

Now it’s your turn to answer this week’s question!  Don’t forget to go to Kenlie's blog and link up in the comments!

Monday, October 22, 2012


I ate well today, I really did. I even had the best salad for dinner. I was full after eating it. But then Chris made himself cheese dip to go with tortilla cops and didn't want it all. So what did I do? I ate chips and dip. I wasn't hungry Andi didn't even think the dip was very good. Ugh. Why?

Now I feel bloated. Yuck.

Happy Monday =)

I know someone, she's my babysitter and I would say she's my friend, that is in a very verbally and mentally abusive relationship.  I finally talked her into going to the domestic violence place (DVSAS - Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services) to get some help.  When she came to my house today to watch Maddox I asked her how it went and she said she was really disappointed.  She said the lady asked a lot of questions and went over the same stuff her and I did.  She went away feeling worse, not better. 

I hate knowing that someone I care about is in an abusive relationship, and I hate it even more that she tried to get help and had a bad experience.  If a person in that situation has a bad experience, then of course they are not going to want to go back.  Verbal and mental abuse is harder for people to accept and say that they are being abused.  When you get hit, you can say "I was hit, and that is abused," but when you are constantly degraded and told you are worthless, you begin to believe that.  It gets in your head.  You don't feel like you are being abused because it's just words.  But it is abuse.  It is horrible.

I talked to someone at my work and was told the name of a person at the DVSAS who was helpful to someone else.  So I told my babysitter to go back and ask for that person.  She also wants counseling, so I am trying to get her into my work (it's a place for mental health counseling - mental health includes depression). 

Anyway, I found my 5 mile run. =) I am super excited about it.  And it still incorporates my favorite part of my run, the cemetary.  Saturday I ran exactly 5 miles.  And I ran 9min/miles for 5 miles.  =)  That is awesome!  This route is much flatter than my go-to 4 miler route, and I believe the steep hills I was doing has really affected my speed when I run on flatter ground.  Yesterday I was going to run 5 1/2 miles (I figured that out too) but then we went to Goodwill and Michael's.  I had almost decided not to run.  At about 4:45pm I decided to just put my running clothes on and go.  At the part where I turn to go to my house in my "normal" run I can also go straight and add a little bit more to make it 5 1/2 miles, or go even farther to do 6 miles, I looked at my clock and noticed it was late and I still had to make dinner.  So I decided to go home instead of doing 5 1/2 miles.  Maybe tonight . . . maybe not.  =) 

When you pass a runner, while running, they smile at you.  Every once in a while I've had a person say "Good job, keep going" and I always wonder if they say that because I look like a beginner runner?  I've been running faithfully for almost 7 months now (including forced time off due to my hurt leg) and I still feel like a beginner in some ways.  But in others, I don't. 

I've posted this before, but it is good to say again.

Yesterday I was thinking about my first 4 mile run while I was running.  My shins were killing me and I decided to go uphill for an entire mile, towards the end of the run, which I still hate doing.  (Get the hill over with at the beginning, and then enjoy the downhill.)  =)  I did the same run a week later and did better, but still remember walking up most of that hill..  Thinking about that hill still has me doubt myself.  I don't know if I could do it.  It was a gradual hill that turns into a steep hill.  The whole hill is almost an entire mile.  One day I'm going to have to tackle it and see if I can do it, but not yet. 

On a good note, yesterday I did not stop to walk.  Yes, I still stop to walk a little on almost every run. No, I do not feel guilty about it.  Well, maybe a little.  Yesterday I knew I could do it, and I did.  I always stop and walk a few times, and one place in particular.  Yesterday I decided I was going to run to a certain spot farther than I normally do.  Then I got to that spot and thought "I can go farther" and I did.  And then I quit thinking about it and just did it.  I love it when I do that.  =)

This week I am going to go see Wicked in Seattle.  I am super excited about it.  =)  I am taking Thursday off because we have to go Wednesday night so that Chris can go too.  I have wanted to see Wicked for 6 years or so.  And I LOVE Seattle.  I worked there for 2 1/2 years, and I loved walking in Seattle, and the atmosphere.  I never thought I would say this, but I think inside I am a city-girl at heart.  I grew up on a farm, and I love the country, but there was just something about working in Seattle that I loved.  I thought that if it hadn't been for Damian I would have loved to have gotten a small apartment in downtown and just enjoyed living in the city.  However, Seattle schools are horrible, and I don't really want to raise my kids there.  Anyway, I am super excited to spend an evening in Seattle.  =)

I will have to do FMM later or tomorrow.  Time to work.  =)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Pumpkin fun

I had the craziest dream the other night.  I dreamed that I was in a school and there was a marathon.  They had already ran one (like there's normally more than one in a row), and I didn't participate.  Well, I decided I wanted to do it too so I started out.  The marathon route was inside the school down some stairs, up some stairs and in a big loop, and you had to do that over and over.  Well, after I started a really big black guy started running with me.  He had ran in the first marathon and wanted to encourage me.  I kept thinking about how badly I was going to hurt the next day because I didn't train for it, and I was doing all those stairs.  I stopped several times to rest and the guy would stop with me, I felt guilty because the guy had a really good time when he did it the first time and my time was going to be terrible.  Anyway, I woke up before I finished the marathon.  It was the night after I ran on the treadmill so maybe it was my brain saying that running on a treadmill is like running a big loop a million times.  =)  Or maybe because that same day I was thinking about running a half marathon . . . whatever it was, it was kind of a crazy dream.  =)

I have very, very vivid dreams.  I will often wake up and have to take a few min to remember that it was just a dream.  I don't always remember them for very long, but usually when I do remember them it takes a long time to forget.  It was really bad when I was pregnant with Maddox.  I was having 2 or 3 dreams a night that I was remembering. 

Tuesday I ran a little over 4 miles.  It was so windy.  I keep thinking that it is not an excuse, but it really is.  I hate running in the wind.  However, Monday proved to me that I hate running on the treadmill even more.  Maybe it would be different if it was a newer treadmill, but I have hated running on my parents' nicer one too.  I had a gym membership about 4 years ago and I loved going to the gym.  I would run on the treadmill and didn't think anything of it.  Now that I've had a taste of running outside, I don't think I want to go back to exclusive treadmill running. 

This Christmas time I'm I will be going to my parents' house for a week and I don't know if I will want to run outside there.  While there isn't always snow, it is usually colder there.  They have their treadmill, so I may just have to suck it up and run every day on the treadmill.  I guess we'll see how that goes once I get there.  :-)

Yesterday we went to the pumpkin patch to get pumpkins (why else?). =)  Before moving to Mount Vernon, I had never been to a pumpkin patch.  I used to get a pumpkin or two from the store for Damian and myself and then we'd do very generic faces.  Once we moved up here, I saw a pumpkin patch very close to town and we went there the first year.  We've gone back every year since, and now I can't understand why other people even bother going to the store.  Pumpkin patches are so much fun.  It has definitely become a family tradition and I seriously love that Maddox will grow up going every year.  =)  The one that we go to has a growth chart . . . I don't know what else to call it . . . where the kids stand next to it and it tells you how tall you are.  When we first started going I did not take pictures of D.  He was 10 and I thought since we didn't start when he was little there was no point.  Now I'm wishing we had done it anyway.  We took one of Maddox at the chart last year and this year.  And I took one with D this year, which might have been the first year.  =( 

I will leave you with pictures from the pumpkin patch. =)

                                                               I am not sucking in my stomach at all.
                                                                  Amazing. =)

I love my family.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

FMM ~ Quick and Random

Once again I'm a day late on my Friend Makin' Monday post, but yesterday's post got a little long, so I didn't want to attach this too it as well. 

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: All the Weigh so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!
I love her new Friend Makin' Monday picture =)

Quick and Random

1. Choose three songs that would be on the soundtrack of your life.  This is the worst question for me.  I like to listen to music, but it is not my "thing" . . . so I don't have 3 songs.  I guess one of the songs would be "This is Not Where I Belong" by Building 429 (it's a Christian song, and I really, really love it, I think I want it played at my funeral, however, when I'm dead I will be where I belong).

2. Share the details of one project that you’re currently working on.  I have been cross-stitching a blanket for Maddox since before he was born (he's 16 months).  However, I haven't worked on it for about 16 months.  =)

3. If you could learn to do one thing overnight what would it be? I’d learn to speak Spanish. It would be really, really helpful in my job choices.

4. If you could be a fictional character which one would you be?  Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany's . . . seriously, who wouldn't want to be her??

5. What’s your favorite thing about the month of October?  My birthday, duh!  Actually, I would have to say the feel of the fall air, the bright colors on the trees. However, the Northwest has a lot of evergreens, which I don't like, but there are still other types of trees. =)

6. Share one TV show that you’re embarrassed to admit you watch.  I admit freely that I watch all the Real Housewives of . . . shows on Bravo.  They are stupid and silly, but I watch them and love them.  I have also just discovered Big Rich Texas on the Style network, and I love that almost more than the Real Housewives.

7. Name one friend that you’re thankful to have in your life today.  My sister, I love her to death.  She is my best friend and the one that always gives me the most sound advice.

8. What was the most relaxing part of your weekend? I did a lot of nothing this weekend.  Like I said yesterday I did go to Coach outlet and Goodwill, but mostly I sat around in my yoga pants and did nothing.  =)

9. Do you like to dance?  I love, LOVE, love to dance.  However, Chris does not, so lately the only dancing I do is Zumba.  =/

10.  Share one thing that you’re looking forward to before the end of the year.  My sister from North Carolina is coming for Christmas.  She had a baby about 3 months after I had Maddox and I haven't met him yet.  So I'm super excited to meet my newest nephew.  =)

Now it’s your turn to answer this week’s questions!  Take a moment to answer the questions on your own blog, and don’t forget to go to Kenlie's blog and link up in the comments!

Monday, October 15, 2012


So much I thought of to write about the last few days.  Of course, now that I am sitting here writing, I can't remember much of it.  This is what I get for ignoring my blog for a weekend.  =( 

For my birthday I got a gift card to Coach because I wanted a wallet.  I asked for a wallet because I didn't think we could afford a purse.  Anyway, Chris got me a $100 gift card because the lady at the store said the wallets there range from $50-130.  Anyway, on Saturday I asked a friend to go with me to look at the wallets.  I had been sitting at home all day doing nothing, wearing yoga pants and an ugly tshirt.  I was going to just go like that, but my friend was coming from work and I knew she would look nice so I decided to actually get dressed and do some makeup.  I'm so glad I did.  Going into the Coach store, even if it's an outlet store, was very intimidating.  All the people in the store with their Coach purses, looking at Coach purses.  There was one guy walking around with his wife carrying 4 purses.  Right after leaving Coach we went to Goodwill to look for a sweater or two for me.  As we were driving there I realized the ironicness of the whole situation.  We went (literally) from Coach to Goodwill, it made me laugh.  =)
It's beautiful. =)

When I first started running it was technically winter.  It was the end of Feb and it was cold.  This area doesn't get extremely cold, and we only get snow once or twice a year (although, a little more the last few years).  Anyway, I complained a lot on here about the wind and how much I hated the wind.  Guess what I forgot about over the summer?  The wind and how windy the fall can be around here.  We have had a very dry, and warm fall, but Saturday the rains came back (boo!) and it became windy!  I hate the wind.  I decided to skip my run on Saturday because it was so windy.  However, I noticed in the evening that the wind had died down quite a bit.  So Sunday it was really, really windy in the morning, but I thought it'll be okay because the day before the wind died down.  Well, I think the weather was worse Sunday because it didn't die down much.  I ended up going for a run in the wind.  ugh!  I think I'm going to have to get used to this, obviously it is much more windy here than I thought.  I complained about it in the spring, and now I'm complaining about it in the fall.  =/

In other news, I think I'm going to run a half marathon.  I talked about how crazy running 13.1 miles was here, but I think I've decided to be a little crazy.  I'm not ready for full-blown crazy (a full marathon) but half crazy sounds interesting . . . Now I just need to figure out where and when . . . and actually sign up for it.  I haven't ran for 6 miles straight, I've only ever ran for 5 full miles once, and 4.91 miles (on accident) once. 

Yesterday I was trying to avoid the wind as much as possible, so I ran a new variation on an old route, but it didn't even take me to 4.5 miles.  I was hoping it would be longer.  The biggest problem with where I live is the hills.  Everywhere I go there's a hill that I will have to climb.  Either I'm going down at the beginning or going up at the beginning.  I have discovered I prefer to do my uphill first so I don't have to go uphill exhausted. 

Today I decided to ask a friend to run on his treadmill because of the heavy rain and wind.  He is an avid thrift store junkie and bought this treadmill for $30.  It works, but it is seriously horrible.  He also has an elliptical machine, so after 30 min of going no where on the treadmill, seriously only 2 miles, I decided to switch.  I think the elliptical was worse.  I remember the elliptical from the gym as being much easier than running on a treadmill, however that was not the case today.  I was completely soaked with sweat when I got done.  I might as well have run in the rain.

My job is having a decorating contest for their cubicles.  Like I've said before, my cubicle is in a storage area, but it opens up into a hallway right outside the bathrooms.  So I decided to decorate the doorway.  Every single person will (has) see it because everyone uses the bathroom.  I love it.  I think it turned out great.  I got it off of Pinterest.  =)

Thursday, October 11, 2012


There are some days at my job that are harder than others.  My ultimate goal for my life would be to work with kids again, but for now I am working with mentally ill people that commit a crime as a direct result of their illness.  It's called Mental Health Court, which is a growing thing in the USA.  It is a 2 year intensive program (most of the participants are engaged in some sort of therapy - groups/individual - every day of the week).  If they can complete the program then their charges are dropped.  They are required to get a UA (urine analysis to check for drugs) randomly twice (at least) a week, they have to go to court every other week, and by the end of the program they should have some sort of job/volunteer job or be in school.  It is a really good program and most people who do it and graduate have said that what they learned in the program has helped them tremendously.  If they are non-compliant or commit another crime then often they get terminated and they are found guilty of the charges that they had to get them into the program and have to serve their time in prison (or jail if it's under a year).

Anyway, on Monday I had an extremely tough day.  One of my clients will likely be terminated from the program.  We've had several people terminated, it happens. This particular person, though, affected me strongly.  He is in his early 20's and really has not had a chance in his life.  When I came back from maternity leave last year he had entered the program and immediately gotten into trouble with the court.  They team was ready to terminate him back then.  For whatever reason I really liked him and saw a lot of potential in him.  I think that my co-worker and I worked extremely hard to keep in going in the program.  Well, last week was his last straw and this Monday a termination hearing was filed in court.  It hit me hard.  I was extremely upset, and have felt like we failed him somehow.  Everyone has told me that we did what we could, even carrying him sometimes, but I don't really want to hear that.  I just know that a good kid is going to end up in prison because of bad decisions that stem from how he was raised.

It just brings home to me the importance parents are in a person's life.  How you are raised does affect you.  What I teach (or don't teach) my kids (good and bad) will definitely hurt or help them as adults.  Don't get me wrong, adults definitely have choices.  They can choose to do one thing over another.  I can choose to rob a convienent store, or I can choose to get a job so that I have money to buy a candy bar from the convienent store. 

I can choose to sit around and eat on my coach and gain more weight, or I can choose to go run, eat healthy meals and live an active life.  But it is so much easier for an adult to make that choice if they started at a young age with their parents.  I heard that most active, fit adults did some sort of exercising outside of school and organized sports as a child.  I have no idea where I heard that, I'm pretty sure I read it somewhere, but from what I remember being in organized sports isn't enough to keep you active as an adult. I played basketball, volleyball, tennis, and was a cheerleader in high school, but when I got home we ate dinner (at a table) and then watched TV in the evening.  On weekends we were left to do whatever we wanted, usually that was inside even though we lived on a farm, and I don't remember ever seeing my Mom do any type of exercising.  My Dad played basketball with me a few times and he would race me, but never consistently, and not after I got into high school.

I hope that I am a good example to my kids.  Damian does every sport he can (basketball, wrestling, gymnastics, baseball, and he used to play soccer), and would do more if he had more time in the day and we had more money in the bank account.  But he never exercises outside of his sports.  We force him to go wog with us sometimes.  We have started playing tennis once a week, which we all love, but it's going to get cold soon and too dark to play after work.  We will just need to start it up again in the spring.  
I always post pictures of Maddox, so here is one of D. 
I can't believe how big he is now.
 This post took a strange turn.  I didn't intend to go this direction with it, but I just followed my train of thought.  (And sometimes that is a crazy ride!) =)

Maddox has started getting very upset when I leave the house.  It's very hard for me because he hangs onto my legs and starts crying.  He used to barely acknowledge that I was leaving and when he did he would wave "bye bye" and run to the window to wave more.  

Maddox loves the dog kennel.

And wearing bowls as hats. =)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

FMM ~ Inside your home

Do you remember Thursday when I said (and I quote) "The first part of my run is a very steep uphill, but in the middle of the steepest part there is a stoplight that I always have to stop for. Yesterday, for the first time, I actually felt like I could have kept going without the little break.?" Yeah . . . so on Thursday after work I went for my normal run, and guess what? the light that is always red when I get to it was green, I was dying, actually.  Not like Wednesday at all.  I didn't stop, however.  And then Friday came, and I went for the same run (well, actually I was aiming to go a little longer and ended up going almost 5 miles) and the same stupid stoplight that is always red, was green . . . again.  Rinse and repeat on Sunday.  I should never have opened my big mouth on Thursday.

So Friday's run . . . I ended up going 4.91 miles.  I was aiming to go about 4.5, and honestly, I don't know what I was thinking because I already added some time on my runs and on Wednesday that particular run was 4.66, so if you add a little bit of mileage to 4.66 you come out with more than 4.5. =)  Anyway, when I got home and saw that I had gone almost 5 miles I was surprised and realized that was why I was so exhausted. 

Yesterday we played tennis and I decided to run home from the park.  I do not have a reflector vest (I really need to get one) but I did buy some pepper spray a while ago.  I took the pepper spray, which was a little annoying to hold, but it does fit in my hand well, and put on the lightest colored shirt I own (well, I couldn't find the white one, so it was light blue).  I thought the run would be about 2 miles and after I started I felt like I was going fast.  Thinking about the route in my head I realized I would have no uphill (very unusual for me since I live in a very hilly area) and in fact would have mostly downhills.  So I decided to push myself and run fast the whole way.  Chris said he was going to stop and get cigarettes, so in my head I was racing them.  I got home, and of course I didn't beat them (they had even stopped at Damian's friends house to get his iPod that he dropped), but I ran a 9 min/mile. 8:59 min/mile to be exact.  The run was only 1.68 miles but I was dripping sweat by the time I got home.  I would like to do that every time we play tennis.  Maybe some day I can get down to an 8 min/mile.  =)
I love his morning hair. =)
I don't have a picture today, so I'll give you one of Maddox from this morning.  =)  He makes this face often.

Yesterday was Friend Makin' Monday and I didn't post.  I started this post and only got through the first paragraph before having to do something productive (work). 

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: All the Weigh so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

Inside Your Home

1. Do you live in an apartment/condo, townhouse or house?  House
2. What is your home’s coolest feature? The backyard.  It's extremely overgrown, but it has so much potential.  It's HUGE.

3.  Do you enjoy DIY projects?  If so, what are you working on now?  I do, but I'm not always great at finishing them.  We bought our house as a DIY, and we haven't done a whole lot to it after the first year.  I cross stitch and haven't finished the blanket I started for Maddox 2 years ago.

4. When using the dishwasher do you use powder detergent or liquid?  Powder, only because it's cheaper.  I always use Cascade and actually prefer liquid, but powder is cheaper . . . 

5. Do you have a TV in your bedroom?  Yes, I wish it was bigger =)

6.  Is your range gas or electric?  Electric.  

7.  How often do you sweep/mop/vacuum? I hate sweeping, vacuuming and mopping so I avoid it.  It's all supposed to be done once a week, but often sometimes I make Damian do it. 

8.  What is your favorite place to shop for home furniture and accents?  I like Target and Fred Meyer, I don't really shop at either much, Fred Meyer is a little pricey and they are both in another town.  Funny that I say that, because the other town is pretty much an extension of my town, the only thing separating the two is the Skagit River.  All stores, except Walmart and grocery stores are in the other town, but Freddies and Target are the farthest away. =)  The other town has the mall, and Costco, Target, Freddies, the outlet mall the theater, the nicer restaurants . . . you get the idea, my town is more residential.

9.  Do you decorate for holidays?  I do.  I love everything holidays, but I have very little decorations for any holiday other than Christmas.

10.  If you could have HGTV come in and redo one room in your home which room would you choose?  The kitchen, it's horrible.

Now it’s your turn to answer this week’s questions!  Don’t forget to go to Kenlie's blog and link up in the comments.   

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Earn your downhill

Tuesday I went to zumba instead of running.  (I really, really enjoy zumba.)  I was standing in line when I saw a lady two people in front of me looking at me funny.  She looked kinda familiar so I stared back at her for a minute.  It finally dawned on me that I worked with her, so I smiled.  She continued to stare at me with a quizzical look so finally I said "Cathy."  She smiled and finally recognized me.  After we had both paid and were going to a spot, she said she had a block where she knew she knew me, but just didn't know how.  I have that same block all the time.  It's one of those things where you're so used to seeing someone in one particular spot that when you see them elsewhere you have no idea how you know them. 
I am not a very social person.  I don't do small talk well with people I don't know well.  And at work I am a little isolated from the rest of the people.  I (seriously) work in a storage room, there are 2 cubicles in the room, but they ran out of space in the main part of the building so they converted the storage room to cubicles.  I also work in a specific program that is not part of the main group of people, so I only work closely with one other person.  Needless to say, I don't mingle much with everyone else.  It takes me a long time to remember peoples names, because I don't talk to them much. I still have problems with one person that has worked here longer than my 2 1/2 years.  I think my co-workers sometimes forget about me, and probably don't remember my name either because we never talk.

Yesterday I went for a run.  It had been 3 days since I ran.  (Sounds like a confession.) =)  Sunday I "wogged" with Chris, but that isn't much of an exercise.  I went for 4.66 miles and enjoyed every minute of it.  The first part of my run is a very steep uphill, but in the middle of the steepest part there is a stoplight that I always have to stop for.  Yesterday, for the first time, I actually felt like I could have kept going without the little break.  Only once have I ever gotten to that stoplight and not had to stop for the light, of course I cursed the light at that time, but I did make it all the way to the top.

Whenever I go up a hill I always feel like I have to stop about the time I get to the very top.  However, a while ago I found a pin on Pinterest that said "earn your downhills."  Now I think about that every time I want to stop.  Downhill is easy, I need to earn it.  =)

Today is zumba, but I might run instead.  If I don't run today, then I'll only have 3 days of running.  I guess I could try to do both, but that is a lot of exercise for my poor old body.  (Remember, I'm turning old on Saturday.) 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


I think running stimulates my mind and I write better.  =)  I don't have much to write about today.  I took a rest day yesterday because I needed one.  I had one rest day last week, Monday.  The rest of the week I ran 4 days, "wogged" with Chris and did zumba one day and played tennis one day.  My body was screaming for a rest day. 

However, when I went to lunch the sun was shining, there were people out running, the air was crisp and warm.  I really wanted to go for a run.  When I got off work I seriously thought about it, but decided to rest.  I am happy I did because I was tired.  Now I can go into the rest of this week and work my tail off.  =) 

Yesterday my eating was terrible.  I decided to do my one min muffin with Nutella on top for breakfast, even though it's a higher calorie breakfast, 412 calories not counting coffee and creamer, add coffee and creamer and my breakfast was 510 calories.  (Compare that with today, oatmeal with brown sugar, syrup and almonds - 253 - with coffee and creamer only 351 calories.) Anyway, yesterday I thought, I'll eat less the rest of the day.  Instead, I went home at lunch and had two slices of pizza, and thought, I'll eat well at dinner.  Then, guess what Chris decided to cook?  He cooked his delicious breakfast burritos for dinner.  Ugh!  I thought, well, I'll only eat one . . . I ate two.  =(  So I went over my calories yesterday and didn't do any exercise at all. 

I thought I was doing so well with my calories.  I have logged all my food for a full week.  At the end of last week I was under my calories consistently.  Well, I looked at my log and I didn't actually do very well.  I was over my calories on 9/27 and 10/1.  2 times in a week.  It seems that it's always on days that Chris cooks.  Last week his meals he cooked weren't horrible, it was actually choices earlier in the day that did me in.  I ate a handful of potato chips on 9/27 that was 150 calories and a half of an Oreo cupcake with ice cream at dinner, I was 107 calories over.  Yesterday it was 2 slices of pizza, at 351 calories a slice! And then 2 breakfast burritos at 430 a burrito! ouch!! I was 512 calories over yesterday.  I would have been perfectly fine with one slice of pizza at lunch and one burrito at dinner.  Neither food is exactly healthy food, but going over that much really is unacceptable, and yet I keep doing it. 

I bought some more cottage cheese on Sunday.  I had some a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it, so I thought that with a cucumber and some almonds would make a great lunch.  However, don't buy cottage cheese at Walmart, it's terrible.  I can't eat it, and Maddox won't either.  =(  I'm going to have to throw it away.  Today maybe I'll go to the store before I get home and buy some lettuce to make a salad for lunch.  =)  I'm already hungry thinking about it.  (Well, I guess it is almost noon, but I don't go to lunch until 1pm.)

Monday, October 1, 2012

FMM - All about me

Haha!  I kinda like the title.  Of course my blog is all about me.  It would be super weird if I blogged about someone else.  =)

I had a very uneventful weekend.  I posted on Saturday (yay!) so I won't talk about that day.  =)  Yesterday I cleaned house.  Chris got home from work early, so we went shopping (the worst day of the week to go to Costco!) and then we went for a 2 mile wog.  I thought about going for a short run afterwards, but I have been so beat lately, that I decided to call the 2 miles good enough.  I am planning on taking today off, but if Chris wants to go run again, I suppose I will.  =) 

Maddox loves stuffed animals.  I was a stuffed animal junkie.  And there has been this gigantic bear at Costco for a couple months that he adores.  I've wanted to buy it for a long time, but have resisted the urge.  Well, yesterday it was still there (only 2 or 3 left) and I decided I wanted it for him.  However, it's really, really huge and $30, so I compromised and bought a smaller animal.  A stuffed lion.  We're going to give it to him for Christmas.  I wish I could justify the bear, but it's sooooo big and we really don't have that big of a house. The lion is still bigger than he is, but at least it's not bigger than me.  =)

I have the cutest video of Maddox dancing and playing with some tennis balls.  I can't get it on here while I'm at work, but I'll try to upload it this evening (if I remember).  It's super cute.  =)

This coming weekend is my birthday.  My parents are coming over and taking us to see the King Tut exhibit.  I'm kinda excited about that.  For my birthday, Chris bought me tickets to see Wicked in Seattle.  I'm very excited about that.  It doesn't open until Oct 10th, and that was pretty much sold out, so we're not going until Oct 24th, but that is okay.  =)  I've wanted to see Wicked for a long, long time.  I read the book about 6 years ago and really liked it.


Friend Makin' Monday

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: All the Weigh so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

 Uniquely You

1) Do you prefer to talk or text? I prefer to text.  That way I can think of what I want to say before I say it.  I've never been much of a "talk on the phone" type of person.  It probably comes from growing up in the sticks and having a party line and being long distance from all my friends.

2) How often do you make your bed? Never.  I used to make it all the time, but then I quit.  =)  lol

3) What sounds do you hear right now? A fan.  That's it.  =)

4) List three things that you always carry with you.  Phone, purse and a book.
5) What are your favorite TV shows? Oh, my word, I watch too many shows.  Revolution is a new one I really like; Survivor; Amazing Race; all the Real Housewives (yes, I know they're stupid, yes, I know my IQ goes down every time I turn one on); Law and Order SVU; Gold Rush; Bering Sea Gold; Deadliest Catch; Hoarders; New Girl; Up All Night; Once Upon a Time; Grimm . . . I think that's most of them . . . it's crazy, I know.

6) Is there a hobby that you’d like to devote more time to? If so, what is it? I really like to cross stitch.  I was doing it a lot before I had Maddox and I haven't even touched it since he was born (15 months ago)

7) What is your favorite drink? I like water.  I drink a lot of water.  I have coffee and water in the morning and in the evening I drink wine, specifically Pinot Noir (not every night, but most nights I'll have one glass).   I also like margaritas and malibu and diet Pepsi.

8) Share a couple of cool facts about your family. My maternal Grandpa worked for the post office for . . .  I don't know how long.  My paternal Grandpa was a farmer, and my Dad and my Uncle inherited the farm and farmed together for at least 40 years, probably closer to 50 (they're slowly leasing out the farm so they can retire next year or the year after). Another really cool thing (I think) is that my paternal Grandma was very focused on the German aspect of our family.  She said she was full blood German, however, I learned as an adult that my ancestors immigrated to Russia and lived in a German colony in Russia for a long time.  They kept all the German traditions and spoke exclusively German, and didn't intermix with anyone other than other Germans.  So when my ancestors immigrated to America, they were actually Russians, not Germans.  But never in a million years would my Grandma have admitted to being Russian, she was full blooded German.  =)

9) List one thing that you will do for yourself today. I will take a rest day.  My body is screaming at me for rest.  I think listening to your body is very important, and while exercise is good, so are rest days.

10) Share something that you’re thankful for today. My family.  They are the greatest people in the world.

Now it’s your turn to answer this week’s questions!  Don’t forget to come back here and link up in the comments.