Thursday, January 31, 2013

Family pictures

Over Christmas time we had family pictures taken.  All of us, spouses and kids included, were at my parent's house for the first time in a long, long time.  I don't know if it has been 5 years, maybe 8, maybe longer, I don't remember.  Anyway, we were all together and my sisters and I decided we were going to get pictures done professionally since we were all together.

One of my cousins' (she's a 2nd cousin) went to school with me when we were young.  Well, she is living in the same area as my parents again and she is doing photography as a part-time, side business, so I asked her if she would be willing to go to my parent's house and take our pictures.  She did and I just got them back yesterday.  They are fabulous!  I can't believe how good they turned out.  There's no way I would have guessed that she wasn't really a "professional" photographer.  =)  So of course, I'm going to share them with you. =)

The whole family

Just us original 6. Tami, Nancy, Mom, Daddy, Barbara, me

My family.  =)

The 4 sisters

I LOVE this picture.  Nancy and Tami were
planning on covering Barbara's face, so I decided
to get them too.
I succeeded!
Chris and I went to Sears before Christmas and got family pictures taken there.  I think I love these more.  It's much more personalized.  =)  The barn in the background is my parent's barn, and the truck the four of us girls are on is my Dad's truck.  This isn't even half of the pictures we got, but they are all really, really great.  And the total for the pictures was . . . $75.  That is awesome!   I may have to go through her every year. =)

So yesterday I ran 5 miles . . . well, I decided I was going to run 45 min, no matter what, I'm running about a 9 min/mile, so I figured 45 min would equal 5 miles.  I set the treadmill to 6.7mph, which is closer to a 8:55 min/mile, but I decided to run 45 min anyway.  Well, because I had to stop the treadmill a couple times 45 min equaled 5.02 miles.  (The time it takes to get up to speed shaves a couple seconds off the 8:55 min/mile time.) 

I also bought a new kettle bell, one that is 15 lbs, instead of the 8lb one I was using.  While I was using the 15lb one, I could definitely tell the difference in the weight and expected to be super sore today.  However, I am not sore at all today.  Makes me think maybe I didn't work hard enough.  =)

Today I'm going to do zumba.

I calculated my miles ran in January, and I ran 91.34 miles total in January.  That is more miles in one month than I have ever ran.  I was wishing I had done it differently so that I could have 9 extra miles and say I ran 100 miles in January.  I have been debating on whether or not I want to go for 100 miles in February or not.  2 things wrong with that though, 1) February is a short month, and 2) I'm going to Disneyland on the 27th.  I know that's only 2 days of Feb, but 2 days of a short month make it very hard.  I calculatedc that I would have to run 5 miles four days a week, and then two 6 mile runs and two 7 mile runs and I would make 104 miles.  Problem is, I don't know if I want to commit to 5 miles every day. 

I guess we'll see how I feel on Sunday.  =)

*27 days till Disneyland!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Workout buddy

Sunday I ran 4.4 miles (or so) outside.  I did one of my new favorite runs, along the Skagit river.  I was just approaching 2 miles and was going to turn around when I ran into (not literally) an ex-client of mine.  I really connected with this person while I was working with him, I liked him a lot.  However, when he was finished with the program he "fell off the wagon" and really went downhill.  One night I got a message from him on facebook telling me how attractive I was and how he really "liked" me.  It kinda creeped me out, and I tried to avoid him for awhile.  Anyway, that was over a year ago and I've seen him here and there and talked to him, and I'm not so creeped out by him anymore. 

Well, on Sunday when I saw him I didn't quite know what to do.  I was in my running clothes, and not my loose running clothes, there was no where for me to hide, so I had to stop and say hello.  I am over my creepy feelings about him now and like talking to him again, but I am not comfortable in my tight running pants talking to anyone.  Running is one thing, talking  . . . ugh.  Thankfully we kept it short and I turned around and went home. 
Here I am in my running clothes
So my virtual workout buddy . . . have I explained what I mean by virtual workout buddy? Let me digress a minute, I am using "virtual workout buddy" meaning that I am working out with a friend (see this post) but not in the same town, she lives about 30 min north of me and we just talk about what we are going to do, and then what we did do through Facebook.  I have really, really enjoyed doing it with her, even though it's only been 2 days I am seriously sore!

Anyway . . . my virtual workout buddy, April, said that epsom salt baths have become her new best friend.  I have never used epsom salt, so I decided that I would go buy some and try it out.  It is amazing.  I didn't feel 100%, but definitely 75% better afterwards.  =) 

Monday I got a message from April saying she was up to 150 crunches and 5 planks.  Ugh!!  What happened to the easy days of only running 4 miles and being done??  Well, I did her 150 crunches but only did 2 planks.  I did do 50 pushups and the kettle bell workout from Sunday.  My 4 miles on the treadmill was hard.  I was not wanting to do it at all.  I seriously had to tune out, and even then I was only tuning out for .07th of a mile and then I'd realize that I didn't go the mile I thought I had, but actually only a short time. 

Luckily, we had some exciting action on my street that I got to watch unfold for a little while.  A police car (1) stopped a few houses down and then another (police car 2) pulled off onto a cross street.  Then police car 1 pulled forward and I thought was gone, but a few min later was shining a spot light on our house and driving slowly and shining it on everyone's house, I expected it to shine it's spotlight on me in the carport, but it didn't.  Police car 1 suddenly was focusing on a house across the street from me and police car 2 came back.  A few min later a policeman was chasing a guy across the lawn of the house and then another policeman was going after him.  Chris came outside for a smoke (he smokes, I do not) and turned off my audiobook and I stopped the treadmill for a min to hear what was going on, which was just some yelling "help!" by the guy being chased, and the policemen yelling "stop."  Anyway, they restrained him and Chris went inside.  However, a few min later 2 medic ambulances pull up and the guy is loaded into one of them and they drove off. 
My very limited camera view of the action on my street.
I have looked at the Skagt Valley paper online to see if there was any mention of what happened, but there wasn't.  (I miss getting the paper, but I only read it about once a week, so then it piled up in my house.  I realize that I could just get the Sunday paper, but I think what would be the purpose of that, sometimes I want to read it in the middle of the week.) 

Have I mentioned that we have had issues on our street before?  We've had at least 2 drug busts directly across the street from our house, and 2 shootings a couple blocks up from our house in the 5 years we have lived here.
Anyway, I finished my run and limped my way inside.  It was after my run that I decided to go buy some epsom salts and take a bath.  I love baths, I would take one at least weekly, if not more, however, my hot water tank does not hold enough hot water to fill our bathtub.  In order for me to take a bath, I have to boil some water, then pour it into the tub.  Then boil more water to have someone else pour into the tub about halfway through my bath.  It's kinda a pain in the butt.  Anyway, I grabbed my wine and my book and enjoyed my first bath in probably a year and a half.  Afterwards I was still sore, but I felt a little better.  Yesterday my back wasn't so sore, but my shoulders and legs were, today I'm doing much better.

April sent me a message yesterday saying she ran early in the morning and did some weight training, she's going to take today off.  I took yesterday off, so am going to run this evening and do the crunches, pushups, and kettle bell again.  I'm debating on whether I want to run 5 miles or just 4, I'm leaning toward 5.  Tomorrow is zumba and then this weekend I want to run 7 miles.  That will be my longest run to date but I thought last week's 6 miler went really well, so I think I could do another mile . . . or I may just die.  =)

*29 days till Disneyland!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Damn Girl!

Do any of you watch the Biggest Loser?  I watch it, and last week a lady went home that I really liked.  Anyway, in her exit interview she said "America the next time you see me I'll be that damn girl.  You know the one that is walking down the street and the construction workers yell out 'Damn Girl!'"  I just think that is hilarious, I laughed so hard.  =) 

The reason I am bringing that up is because . . . well, my brain works in funny ways.  My back is super, super sore from yesterday's workout and as I was sitting here starting to write this I moved and thought "damn! that hurts."  Then I was thinking of a title for this post and thought "Damn Girl!" which made me think of the Biggest Loser thing.  =)  Soooo . . . I'm going to be a that "Damn Girl!"  haha

Seriously, though, my back is so sore.  I can barely move. 

Just now I got a message from the girl I did the virtual workout with yesterday asking if I was up for more punishment crunches today.  She upped it to 150 crunches and 5 planks.  She's seriously trying to kill me.  =)  I can't workout at the same time as her today though, I have to work, so I'll do it after work, but I'm really enjoying the workout buddy.  Even if it is long distance. 

Well, it is Monday and for once I'm getting my Friend Makin' Monday post up on Monday.  =)  I'm on a roll this week, 2 posts over the weekend and FMM on time.  =)


Now it’s that time…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!

Getting To Know Each Other
1. What is your favorite color? I'm not sure.  I go in phases. Sometimes I'm really into pink, then I'll switch to purple, then it's blue.   I have a lot of purple clothes right now, but I often wish I had more pink.  I don't know. =)

2. Share one or more of your talents.  I don't know that I have any talents.  I'm a good listener, I procrastinate with the best of them . . . I think I'm a good Mom.  =)

3. If you were spending the day getting to know someone new, where would you want to go? Maybe somewhere to have coffee or lunch.  Maybe go for a walk.

4. What is your favorite meal?  I used to say steak and mashed potatoes, but not so much anymore, then it was Chinese food, but again, not so much . . . Don't get me wrong, I still love both.  I'm thinking some sort of shell fish, lobster, crab, shrimp . . . yum!

5.  Do you prefer to text or talk?  Texting, it gives me time to think.  =)

6. Share something about yourself that might surprise someone that you’re getting to know. Honestly, I don't know.  Everyone that reads this knows I love to run, but I guess someone that isn't privy to this blog may not know that.  And I don't think I have a "runner's body" so that may be a surprise.   . . . Actually, my natural hair color would surprise most people.  Right now it is black, but naturally it is a dirty blonde color. 

This is still not natural, but closer than what my hair is now.
(I loved this hair cut) =)
7. Do you color your hair? Yes…see above.  =)

8. Do you wear glasses or contacts?  Nope, I don't have vision problems . . . yet, I'm expecting them though, my dad got glasses in his 30's so I keep waiting for my eyesight to fail.

9. What is your favorite breakfast food?  I eat oatmeal almost every morning.

10. Would your friends say that you’re sarcastic?  Some, I used to be much more, but I think I've toned it down quite a bit.

11. Do you prefer salty or sweet?  both =)  Depends on what I'm eating.

12. What is the first thing you notice about the opposite sex?  smile and eyes. Good lips and good eyes are important.  =)

13. What is the last movie you watched?  I watched part of Green Mile last night.  I watched all of Stepford Wives yesterday.  =)

14.  Are you religious?  I believe in God, and am definitely a Christian, but I don't like the word "religious"  It brings up way too many controversial things.  I am a follower of Christ.  =)

15. Are you a neat freak, a slob, or somewhere in between? I am a bit of a slob.  I wish I wasn't, I like my house to be clean, I just don't like cleaning it.  I'm no where near the level of hoarder, and for the most part my house is comfortably messy, so I guess I'm in between.

16. Share something from your bucket list that you hope to do someday.  Go to Italy. 

17. Are you a risk taker, or do you prefer to play it safe?  I play it safe. 

18. Have you ever worn braces?  nope =)

19. Would you rather spend an evening at a theater or at a club?  The theater, I love the theater.  =) 

20. If you could have three wishes, what would one of them be?  It's so shallow, but honestly, I could use some more money.  I want to stay at home with my kids, I want a nicer house, I want a bigger car, I want to travel . . . and all of that needs money.

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

*30 days until Disneyland!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Role model? scary thought

Surprise! not only did I post on Saturday, but here's a Sunday post as well.  =)  Don't worry, I'm sure it won't become a habit.  I just had something to say today.  =)

I went to the dentist a couple weeks ago.  The dental assistant there commented on how good I look from the running I am doing.  Well, earlier this week (I guess it was last week since today is Sunday) she friended me on Facebook and asked me if I had any advice for her because she wanted to start running.  So I very eloquently told her what I got me started and kept me going in the early days.  It was a pretty long message I sent to her on FB and then didn't hear anything at all back from her until yesterday. 
I felt a little foolish, like maybe I said too much and she was just looking for a "good job!" and "you can do it!" or something like that.  Anyway, yesterday she told me she fast walked the "5k challenge" and asked me about a soreness in her foot.  I wasn't sure what she was talking about, so I said good job! and told her how important good shoes are.  I asked her if she did the C25K plan (I had suggested it in my first message even though I've never done it).  Then I thought maybe she was talking about Katie's virtual 5k, so I asked if that was it. She responded and said that was it and then started talking to me via FB messenger. 

Then today she sends me a message saying she's about to go do another 3.1 miles, I was just getting off my butt to go run my 4 miles, so I told her I would run "with" her.  She asked me what I did for an ab workout and I told her that I'm not really doing anything right now.  As I'm headed out she tells me if I do 100 crunches, she'll do 100 crunches, so I agreed.  So, today after my 4.39 mile run, I did crunches, pushups and I broke out my neglected kettle bell and did the workout that I was doing pretty regularly in the late summer/early fall until I hurt my hip.  

While looking at that one today, I found this new one.  I think I'll try that next.  =)  I forgot how much I enjoyed the kettle bell.  However, I think I need to get a heavier one.  The one I have is only an 8lb one.  This other workout has multiple different sizes, and the 8lbs was a little light.
Anyway, I don't know how I feel about this person asking me for advice about running.  I just do it because I enjoy it. Everything I know about it has come from reading other's blogs.  I don't want to give her bad advice . . . but it is very flattering. 
I actually really enjoyed the idea of running with someone else even though we weren't together.  And then doing the crunches because she told me she would do them too, I think that is pretty cool.  I'd like to continue having a "virtual" workout buddy.  I've never had any type of workout buddy, so even a virtual one is welcome to me.  =)

I have another friend, someone I've known since I was about 3 years old, who talks about wanting a walking/running buddy but she lives near The Dalles, OR and it's hard to get together to go for a "wog" when it's 3+ hour drive.  Anyway, later this week I'm going to talk to her about doing a virtual workout together this weekend. 

Speaking of this friend . . . I posted my blog post yesterday on Runs for Cookies' FB page (she said to do that to let her know how your 5K went), anyway, I forgot that this friend also likes Runs for Cookies on FB and she saw my blog post and commented on it.  No one *no one* in my real life knows I have a blog. . . Well, Chris knows, but he has never read it.  So it was pretty humbling to have someone I actually know read what I wrote.  She said she enjoyed it, but it does make me worry that others will find out.  I don't write deeply personal stuff, but I don't think I really want people who I actually know to judge me or think I'm weird.  =)

*31 days till Disneyland!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Runs for Cookies 5K and 6 miler

A virtual 5K feels a lot like a regular 3.1 mile run.  =)  Yesterday was a nice day outside here.  Not too cold and not raining, in fact the sun came out.  Unfortunately, I really wanted to do my 5K on the treadmill because I wanted to go faster than normal and, like I said the other day, I am not good at pacing myself and can't see my phone while I run to adjust my speed.  So I set up my audiobook (Mockingjay, the last Hunger Games book) and set my treadmill to 7.2mph with an incline of 1.  At least my treadmill is in my carport so I could act like I was enjoying a run outside.  =) 

Chris came home when I had about a mile left and took a picture of me. 
 It's not an attractive picture, but oh well.  =)  I did realize that 7.2mph was not too hard.  I think I could have upped it to at least 7.4.  I was able to talk the whole 3 miles and didn't feel horribly out of breath or anything at the end.  I kinda wish I had pushed myself harder on it, but I finished in 25:51, so that's good.  =)

After my run
Today I went for my 6 mile run.  As soon as I left my house I was regretting my decision to do 6 miles outside.  It was raining and windy.  Very windy.  That first mile is always the worst, I always hate the first mile.  It doesn't help that almost every route I take from my house the first mile has an uphill road.  Anyway, the wind was against me as I was running up the hill from my house and I seriously thought about turning around and doing the run on the treadmill.  Then I thought that I didn't have to do 6 miles, I could make it a short run instead.  I didn't, I just kept going. 

I started out going on my regular 5 mile run but changed it halfway through to make it a 6 mile run.  I actually really liked the route I went.  It went down a really steep hill and was more gradual going uphill back home, and I got to run along the Skagit River, which is always nice.  =)  The fourth mile I was really dying.  I don't really know why, it was flat and the wind was to my back, but I really felt tired.  Mile 5 wasn't too bad, until I was almost home.  So the last quarter mile I cranked up "California Girls" and lipsync-ed my way up the hill.  =)  When I did the Fowl Fun Run 10K I didn't know how far I'd gone or how much farther I had to go because I didn't know the route. I think that was much harder for me.  Knowing where I was and how far home was made me feel like I could finish easily.  

 I wanted to run the 6 miles at a 10min/mile pace, but obviously that didn't happen.

*32 days to Disneyland!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Short and sweet

Well, maybe not sweet, but definitely short.  =)

I'm looking forward to my run today.  I'm doing Katie's virtual 5K and I'm kinda excited to push myself.  I'm going to leave my treadmill at an incline of 1 and then run at a 7.2mph pace, I may bump that up to a 7.4 half way through, I'll see how I feel.  I can't print off the bib she made for it, which I wouldn't wear, but it might be cool to have.  Oh well . . . Does a PR count if it is a virtual 5K? 

Tomorrow I'm going to run 6 miles.  I was thinking of doing it on the treadmill because then I can pace myself.  But if I run 6 miles on the treadmill, that means I won't run outside, and Saturdays are good days to run outside and get some hill work in.  I will have to figure out my route online to make it 6 miles, because I have never run that far other than the 10K I did.  That was a nice route, but not really doable for me. 

Sadly, I have nothing to talk about today.  =)  I didn't run yesterday, instead we went grocery shopping.  I've talked the virtual 5K to death the last couple days.  I am looking forward to the weekend, just because I like not working.  I have no plans though for the weekend.  I may try to catch the movie I missed last week.  But the movie I really wanted to see, Life after 40 (or something like that), is not in the theaters anymore.  =(

yes, I do work in a storage room. . .
I added some pink to my hair last weekend.  I really like it.  It took 4 times to get the pink a decent color, and after washing it once, the pink is already fading on the ends and at the roots.  I find it strange that the roots are fading, my hair dresser said that would be where it was most effective because that doesn't have any of the black color in it.  (She's been lightening sections of my hair for the last few months for the very purpose of putting a color in it, she doesn't do the weird colors though.) 

Anyway, that's all I have today.  I will *try* to update you on the 5K and the 6 miles tomorrow.  I do have to get on to record my time on Katie's blog, so we'll see.  =)

*33 days till Disneyland!!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Thank you for reading!

Lately I have had more comments on my posts than I have in the (almost) year I have been blogging.  I used to reply to the comments, but after commenting on other's blogs and then not seeing or getting a notice saying someone had replied to mine, I thought maybe it was silly to respond to comments.  Maybe it's not, but if you are like me, you don't always remember to go back and look at every blog you commented on to see if the author responded, or you don't remember which post you commented on, so you can't find your original comment . . . Anyway, I stopped replying to comments on my posts. 

I feel bad about that, as if I'm being rude or ignoring the people that take time to read my ramblings and then actually comment on them.  So . . . to those that comment, thank you!   I appreciate every single comment I get.  There have been times where I felt no one was reading at all.  =)  And to those that don't comment, but still read my thoughts, thank you as well.  I don't comment very often on other's blogs, but I read every single person I follow. (Even though I get way, way behind sometimes.)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

My not quite runiversary post

Feb 26th is my one year runiversary. So I was thinking of doing something special.  I thought about trying to run 12 miles, one mile for each month, but I'm in the contemplation stage of running 6 miles regularly, so 12 is a little lofty for a month away.  Then I thought maybe I could do 12K . . . that's 7.456. . .  miles, much more doable in a month.  Then I realized Feb 26th is the day before we leave for Disneyland.  And I will have to work.  So, maybe I will do it on Sunday the 24th.  Afterall, my first attempt at jogging, which looked a lot more like a walk, was on Sunday.

Thinking about that first "run" is very interesting to me.  Chris had just gotten his metal detector and wanted to go to a park to use it, I wanted to go for a walk.  So we loaded up the jogging stroller and we went to a park that is about 2 miles from my house.  There is a trail in that park, and I had never walked it before so I decided to check it out.  The trail wasn't long, or very interesting, just went through a hilly wooded area, and I had the jogging stroller, so it was kinda difficult to maneuver.  After that I decided to "jog" home but I ran into my old pastor and her family so I talked to them for a little bit.  It was the first time I used my mapmyfitness app on my phone and I forgot to pause it while I talked to her. 

Anyway, I started jogging home, and right away I realized the jogging stroller, which we got when Damian was a baby and then I never used (so it is 14 years old now) was pulling to one side.  How annoying.  Anyway, I felt good afterward but from then on I have avoided, as much as possible, using the jogging stroller.  I was so scared of quitting running that I didn't want to take any days off at all.  I had to force myself to take at least one day off a week, so for most of the month of March I went for a run 6 days a week.  I remember feeling panicky if I didn't run, worried that one day off would make me not go the next day.  I don't really remember when that feeling went away, but in April I finally started taking 2 days off a week. 

Even though I was running (wogging) 6 days a week in March, I still was only going 1.5 to 2 miles a day, so my weekly mileage averaged 11.75 miles, then that last week of March I started running 3 miles a day and did 2 days of 4 miles.

My first 4 miles. =)  That makes me smile.  I had forgotten about that route.  For whatever reason, I decided to try to run straight up a hill for a mile, and it was about the 3rd mile, not even close to the beginning of the run.  It was the 3rd Sunday of March and it took me 54 min.  (Last night 4 miles took me 35.27 min.)  The next Sunday I decided to do the same route and I was so happy when I shaved off 10 min.  =)  You can read about it in my first ever blog post, which is rather funny for me to read now.  I also think my second post is kinda funny and it talked a little about my obsession with running every day. 

Anyway, I'm done with the jog (pun intended) down memory lane.  =)

This is from Jan 7, 2012.  My kids look so young =)
D is 13 and Maddox was only 7 months old.
Katie is hosting a virtual 5K for her birthday.  She is turning 31 on Friday, so 3.1 miles fits perfectly with that.  =)  Anyway, I'm pretty sure I joined it, so I'm going to be running "only" 3.1 miles on Friday.  I'm thinking of doing them at a harder pace than normal on my treadmill.  I'm not consistent when I run outside, and I don't have a Garmin or anything like that to keep me to a pace.  I use the mapmyfitness app on my phone to track my distance and over all min/miles, but it's attached to my upper arm, so I can't really look at it easily to see how fast I'm going. 

I'm running comfortably at a 6.7 mph on my treadmill, which equals about a 8.53 min/mile.  I have been increasing the mph to a 7 on my last mile, which is about a 8.34 min/mile.  So I was thinking of running the entire 3.1 miles at a 7 or a little higher.  Maybe I'll run a little faster today or tomorrow to see how I feel about it. 

After re-reading this, it is probably a better runiversary post than some random post in January, but since I'm not very good at planning what I write, I'm going to go ahead and post it.  =)  I'll try to think of something brilliant for my runiversary post.  =)

*35 days till Disneyland =)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Workouts and church

Maddox is still sleeping in our room (where else would he go?) and I am not sleeping well.  He whimpers quite a lot in the middle of the night and I always hear him and wake up.  =/ 
Just because Maddox is so darn cute when he's sleeping.
This weekend I did not run outside more than once.  =/  I thought about the 3 day weekend and thought about running outside all three days, which was totally do-able.  However, I didn't.  Saturday I was just plain lazy and didn't want to do anything.  I had already run 5 days last week and had been planning on not running at all on Saturday because, first we were going to be in eastern WA with at least 2 feet of snow and then second because I was going to be going to Bainbridge Island for a gymnastics meet with my Mom.  Well, both things fell through and I could have run, but decided not to.  Instead I went for a walk with Heather.

When I got out the jogging stroller to take Maddox I was locking it into place and somehow I caught the skin of my thumb in the locking mechanism.  Not really realizing what I did, I pulled my hand away and then saw the very disgusting looking skin in the locking mechanism.  I looked at my hand and saw that I tore away a good quarter inch of skin, and had pulled some of the skin away (but was still attached) all the way into the pad of my thumb.  It didn't hurt much at first, but it was bleeding pretty bad.  I bandaged it up and we went for a walk anyway.  =)
This was taken today and really doesn't look very bad, but it
sure does hurt a lot now.
Sunday I went to a new church and I have mixed feelings about it.  I'll talk about all that in a min, but first I'll finish up my workout schedule for the weekend.  After church I went for a 5 mile run outside and even though it was a little windy, it felt great.  I combined a couple different routes and really enjoyed it, I can even see how I can expand it and make it into a 6 mile run.  Then on Monday I was lazy again all day.  Damian stayed at a friend's house and didn't come home till 3, so I didn't go for a run.  Instead I went to zumba, which I think was the first time in 2 or 3 weeks.  Next weekend I think I'm going to try for a 6 mile run.  I was reading some plans on how to train for a half-marathon and it doesn't really increase your weekday runs, just your long run.  It's just adding one mile a week with a few tapers here and there.  I think I may try it, even though the half I want to do isn't till September I think.  =)

Anyway, I know my blog is not about church, but this has been pretty heavy on my mind this weekend, so I think it will help to write it down.  =) 

I grew up in the Nazarene church, I even went to a Nazarene college (Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho), I've never really been to any other church.  I believe there are lots of good churches and denominations, I just have always stuck with the familiar. Anyway, I loved the pastor at the Nazarene church here in Mt. Vernon, but she left about a year and a half ago and I really haven't felt the connection with the church since she left.  I realize that pastors are not what makes a church, but they do set the tone of the church. . . Anyway, the new pastor is very nice, but I find him rather dry.  Plus, my church is very small and has no youth group at all.  Damian is 14 and I really, really want him to be active in a good youth group. 

Well, some friends of ours told me about their church and said that it has a really great youth group.  I decided to check it out and see if both D and I liked it.  Unfortunately, D slept in and didn't go to youth group so he ended up just going to the service with me.  It was a very big church.  And my friends were right, the youth program looks amazing.  The pastor's sermon was nice, but nothing that really caught my attention.  Nothing really stood out as wonderful and that I should go there.  In fact, I felt like I was cheating on my church.  I am not a big fan of big churches, I feel you get lost in them.  You can go to a big church for years and years and still not know anyone and no one knows you.

When I first started going to the Nazarene church in Mt. Vernon I went very, very sporadically, but the greeter at the door remembered my name, even after not going for a couple months and a hair color change.  I was extremely impressed with that.  I started going regularly and even joined the church.  Damian got baptized there, and Maddox got dedicated there.  And then the pastor left and I felt churchless.  I have not been going hardly at all since she left a year and a half ago.  In fact, I think I could count on one hand the number of times I've been.  It seems every time I go there are less and less young people there.  And the last time I went there were no more teens and no one my age at all. 

Well, I've really felt a pull to find a church.  D has gone to youth group functions with one of his friends and really likes it, so I have thought about going to that church, but it is really big and I haven't gone. Then our friends invited us to their church so I thought I'd try it out.  It's easier to go to a new place if you know someone.  But again, I just didn't feel that it was "right."  So I really don't know what to do.  I really want D to have a good time in a youth group (my youth group in high school was a lot of fun, and I went to a small church).  I just wish the Nazarene church had a good youth pastor that would build up the youth group. 

Any and all ideas on this topic would be very helpful for me.  Thanks!

*36 days till Disneyland!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

In pursuit of bling

I forgot to mention yesterday that I opted out of the Hood to Coast (HTC) Relay in August.  As soon as I told the captain I couldn't do it, I was sad and kinda wished I could take it back.  However, one of the reasons I am not going to do it is because of the cost.  It's only $341, which seems small compared to the $2000 Katie said she spent on the Florida Ragnar Relay she just did.  (The $341 is just for the registration, rooms and vans, that's not including travel - gas - and food.) The money is due for the HTC by tomorrow.  We are going to Disneyland Feb. 27 and the rest of that payment is due on Jan. 28th, so I just can't swing both costs right now.

The second reason I'm not going to do it is because I am scared of being in a van with a bunch of strangers.  I'm not scared for my safety, I am just not comfortable being around people I don't know.  I realize that it would probably be okay, and everything would work out.  In fact, one of my childhood friends is planning on driving the van I was going to be in, but still.  It scares me. 

The last reason I backed out is because I just don't know about the runs.  I think know I could do it but I haven't run farther than 6 miles, ever.  And that was a very, very flat 10K. 

Speaking of running farther . . . I was looking at the race schedule at Skagit Runners and found this half- marathon.  You know what sold me on it?? There's a medal.  =)  I have done 3 races and still have no medal.  I'm after the bling!!  =)

I guess I should start looking at training programs for a half-marathon, and maybe find another 10K to do . . .

I was not really happy with my run last evening.  I had a hair appt right after work, and Chris gets upset when I'm gone for the entire day, do my hair (zumba, anything) and then run right away, leaving him with Maddox for the entire day and evening.  And I agree, I don't like it when he does the same on my days off (he metal detects).  So I decided to run after Maddox went to bed.  Problem is, I had been thinking I wanted to run 5 or 5.5 miles.  But I just didn't want to run that far (read that long) at 8:30pm.  So I decided I would increase the incline and only run 3 miles.  Well, at mile 2 I decided I would put the incline back to 1 and run faster for a mile starting at 2 1/2 miles (running 3 1/2).  Then I decided if I was going to run 3 1/2 miles, I might as well run 4 . . . =)  So at mile 2 I decreased the incline (to catch my breath) and then at mile 3 I increased the speed and ran the last mile at a 7.  I know that 6.7 speed is 8.58 min/mile but am not completely sure what a 7 is.  (I know this because my Dad's treadmill shows both the mph and the min/mile and while I was there at Christmas I played around between a 6 and 7 mph to find a 9 min/mile.)  Anyway, the whole run just felt harder and longer than normal. 

Damian's got another basketball game tonight, which means if I run, it will be another late evening run.  I really don't enjoy doing it so late, but again I feel like I have no excuse not to.  I'm looking forward to basketball season being over so I can go back to zumba.  =)  Next week is Damian's last game, but then he starts wrestling . . . I love that he's so active, but it does keep my house really, really busy. 

41 days till Disneyland!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Pictures!! =)

I got it!!  I finally went to the help forum to see what I could find about not being able to add pictures.  It appears as if there are a lot of people with the same issue (no upload button on the upload page).  Someone suggested to go in HTML mode and upload the pictures that way and then click back to the Compose mode to edit the pictures.  =)  Yay!!  The above picture I thought was super, super cute and I've been trying to upload it forever.  =) Heather was looking at pictures on my computer and Maddox climbed up and was staring at the computer with her.  I just find it really funny.

In other news . . . I did it.  I bought a foam roller yesterday.
After we got home and ate dinner I decided to try it out and see what the fuss was all about.  Man, I will tell you . . . it hurt!  My right hip has been bothering me for a while now, so I spent a lot of time on my right side (I really don't know what muscles or anything I am rolling, by the way).  I didn't just do my hip area (which hurt) but mostly spent a lot of time on my right outer thigh (which really, really hurt).  I thought maybe I was doing it wrong, so I did the same areas on my left side and it didn't hurt nearly as bad.  Since my hip "pain" is not constant, and I don't even notice it every day, just every so often, I can't tell you if it's better today or not.  It pretty much feels the same as it did yesterday (before rolling).  I guess time will tell, hopefully it will completely quit hurting. 

I also rolled out my calves.  Remember in July when I hurt my leg after I came back from camping (if you don't remember you can read about it in this very long post, it's the last long paragraph of the post).  Well, my calf still bothers me sometimes so I decided to roll it as well.  It didn't hurt that much, but more than my right calf, so who knows.  Maybe if I roll regularly both problem areas will get better and stop bothering me.

I did take yesterday as a rest day like I planned.  But I was sitting on the couch at about 7:30pm and I felt like the laziest blob.  I think having the treadmill is really great, it takes away all excuses for me to go run, but it kinda messes with my head a little.  Because I have no excuses (darkness, cold, wind, rain, etc) I think that I should run every day.  Saturday, Sunday, and Monday my body was screaming at me to take a rest day, but yesterday I felt fine.  I didn't have any soreness in the back of my thighs, I didn't feel tired at all so I kinda forgot why I needed a rest day.  However, I really do believe rest days are good for you, so I rested.  I'm not resting today. 

I was supposed to go to eastern WA this weekend, but after much miscommunication and lack of communication it got canceled.  Every year we do a "family vacation."  It includes my parents and all of my sisters and their families (except Tami who lives in N. Carolina and can't afford it).  We go on President's Day weekend in Feb because winter is cheaper than summer and my dad is a farmer, so winter is his down time.  We usually go to Oregon, or somewhere on the WA coast, but this year we decided to go to Disneyland as our trip.  However, one of my sisters (Barbara) can't afford to go, so only one sister (Nancy) and her husband, my parents, and my family are going to go.  We felt bad about Barbara not being able to go so we decided to do our family vacation Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend and go to my (extended) family's house in eastern WA because it would be cheapest and we didn't want to spend a lot of money right before going to Disneyland.

Anyway, yesterday my Mom called and said my dad went to Barbara's house to chat with her about the weekend.  The story that was told to Nancy and I was that Barbara "forgot" about the trip and made an appt to get her car fixed so she wasn't going to go.  After many phone calls (and a very funny text from my Mom, her first ever to me - seriously, it looked as if she couldn't speak English), but for some reason none to Barbara, we decided to cancel the trip because we were only going for Barbara.

Well, later that evening I got a text from Barbara asking about the trip being canceled.  I said yes, we were told she couldn't go.  I then called her to actually talk to her (which should have happened much, much earlier in the day).  It turns out that my Dad went to her house and Barbara was napping with her daughter.  Barbara said my Dad asked her what her plans were for the weekend and Barbara said she needed to get her car fixed.  My Dad told her she could use one of their cars and then left soon after.  So Barbara started thinking that she could actually go this weekend because she wouldn't have to worry about her car.  My Dad went home and told my Mom that Barbara forgot and made a car appt and that is when everyone started blaming Barbara for "canceling" the trip.  

After talking to both my sisters, we decided to keep it canceled.  Barbara and my Mom had a huge argument right after we all left at Christmas time, and they haven't talked since.  Barbara was very, very hurt by some of the things my Mom said, so she said that she's not really ready to spend an entire weekend in her presence but was going to do it anyway because Nancy and I would be there.  I am bummed that the trip is canceled because they have about 2 feet of snow (I love snow) and I really do like going to the lake.  But I'm also relieved because I didn't want to travel so far right after going to eastern WA for Christmas and right before going to Disneyland.  
Chris, Cathy, Scott, Kaylee, Tami, Damian, & Matthew on the
Lake in 2011.  Both Tami and I were pregnant, I was about 4 months
and Tami was about one month.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

FMM ~ Whoopsidaisies!

Whoopsidaisies is a quote from Notting Hill.  If you haven't seen it, you really should!!

This weekend I did what I said I was going to do.  =)  I ran both Saturday and Sunday outside, not on the treadmill.  Since I came back from my parents' after Christmas and ran one day outside and felt like it was really hard, I have been kinda dreading it.  This weekend it wasn't that bad.  I even did the horrible hill route that I used to do daily and barely struggled.  For some reason going back up the hill on the way home is steeper than going the other way at the beginning of the run.  (This isn't just my perception because it's the end of the run vs. the beginning of the run, it really is steeper, probably because the hill is shorter on one side than the other.)  Anyway, I usually avoid that side of the hill, instead, turning off on a side road and going a different way.  Saturday I decided to go down the steep side of the hill . . . which means I have to go back up it eventually. As I was approaching the hill on the way back I decided to attempt to run it all the way up, even if I was running at a crawl.  I have never ran up the steep side before.  I got about halfway and some lady in her car stops me and asks for directions.  I was annoyed, but relieved.  It gave me a brief respite and I finished going up the hill.  I did walk for half a block on the way down though. 

Yesterday I did 4.5 miles on the treadmill.  That makes 7 days in a row of running.  I have definitely felt it in my legs, especially the back of my thighs.  I think that I am going to go look at foam rollers today.  I haven't felt the need for one until this week, but I think it would be nice to have one handy.  Today my legs aren't hurting as much, but I lowered the incline to a 1 on the treadmill, so I'm wondering if that has a lot to do with it. 

I think today is going to be a rest day.  I don't really feel the need to take rest days, but with my legs hurting so badly I have been planning on it for the last few days.  With the treadmill it's been so easy to just go jump on it in the evenings.  I can get on it after Maddox goes to bed and I don't have to worry about Chris being mad at me for sticking him with Maddox so often.  I even feel a little guilty that I'm not going to run today, and since my legs don't hurt as much, I have been thinking maybe I would after all.

We do need to go grocery shopping today though.  We are completely out of toilet paper, and have even run out of baby wipes.  Those are two very, very important items that are needed.  =) 

Well, yesterday was Friend Makin' Monday and again I missed it, but that's okay cuz I'm doing it today.  =)

Well, on Friday I was able to get a couple pictures on here, but today I am not.  It's very, very frustrating.

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Interesting Things

1. What is the last movie you saw in a theater?  I am not sure what I saw in the theater last.  I don't go very often because tickets are ridiculously expensive.  I watch a lot of movies on the TV though. 

2. How old were you when you had your first kiss? I was 13 years old.  Looking back I can't believe I was so young.  I was doing things at 14 that no 14 year old should be doing, and now I have a 14 year old . . .

3. Share the coolest thing that you’ve done so far in 2013. hmmm, I haven't done anything yet this year.  =)

4. What kind of cell phone do you use? Do you love it? I have a Android Bionic.  I'm not in love with it.  I haven't really found a phone that I love.  The worst part about my phone is that the battery life sucks.  It sucks more than most smartphones.  Which I was told about when I got it, but I didn't care, I wanted it.  I've been thinking about trying the iPhone . . . but I have an aversion to anything iRelated. 

5. How many times do you plan to workout this week? 5 days, however that may change.  I'm supposed to go to eastern WA this weekend and I'm not sure if I will get a work out in while I'm there.

6. What is your favorite movie from the 80′s? I have to pick one??  hmmmmm . . . maybe Dirty Dancing or Girls Just Want to Have Fun . . . really, I don't think I could pick one, those are just 2 out of a ton.

7. If you could choose one character from a TV show or a movie to fall head over heels for you, who would it be? I don't know.  I watch tons and tons of TV and movies, but I have never been the type to get a crush on a character or even actor.  I think my biggest "crush" would be Julia Roberts, but I have never thought about even meeting her. . .  Actually, I really, really love William Thacker (Hugh Grant) in Notting Hill. 

8. If you could eat one food everyday for the rest of your life without gaining any weight as a result, what would you choose? chinese food.  I love Chinese food.  I would probably get sick of it though. 

9. What is your favorite flower? I loved roses forever.  However, they are kinda boring.  =)  So I guess I now love calla lilies, and daffodils.  (Daffodils were the first flower ever given to me . . . they came from Chris, who stole them from a garden when we were about 15.) =)  Really any flower is awesome.  =)

10. Did you watch the Golden Globes last night?  No, I never watch any awards shows. 

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

I'm so sorry for the lack of pictures.  If anyone knows how to fix it, let me know!!

Friday, January 11, 2013

It's Friday!

I hate bully's in the office.  It's not outright pushing you around, it's snide remarks and just plain being rude just because they are mad/sad/angry whatever.  Or maybe I did something on accident that was done wrong, so now they are going to be rude or make some sort of veiled, passive-aggressive statement.  It just pisses me off.  And then I come back to my desk and stew about it.  Of course, once I have thought about it a min I think of some retort I could have said back. 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Gross nastiness

Today promises to be a long day.

Last night about 7:30 Chris said he wasn't feeling well and was going to take a shower and go to bed.  He took a shower and then threw up and then went to bed.  I walked into our room at 10pm to see him sitting up in bed puking into a garbage can.  =(  Then about 1am, Damian walked into my room and said he just threw up.  =(  Maddox has some nasty diarrhea stuff going on . . . and then this morning when I woke up, I had a text from Heather, who stayed with her boyfriend last night, that she was up all night throwing up.  Somehow, I have not been touched by this nastiness, but I feel it's only a matter of time.  And it's extremely gross nastiness. 

I am pretty sure that my sickness on Monday was not whatever it is that everyone else has.  I know that I drank rotten creamer in my coffee, I saw it.  It was nasty.  I've had several people say that maybe my sickness Monday was actually whatever the rest of my household has, but I'm doubtful.  I may never know for sure though. 

I did not get much sleep last night.  Damian woke me twice and Chris woke me at least two times as well, I'm thinking maybe 3 times.  So I'm extremely tired today.  =/  I was kinda grateful to be going to work.  Get out of my house of nasties and into the fairly safer environment of working. =)  I felt a little guilty about leaving Chris when he's sick with two sick kids, but if the tables were turned and I was the sick one and he had to work, he would have gone to work, so that helps me to feel a little better about it.

Before all the sickness happened yesterday, Chris made dinner (which now that I think about it, is probably a bad omen for me).  He made his "mock" enchiladas, which are very good, but loaded with fat and grease.  I was going to run 4 miles on my treadmill but then somehow a breaker got flipped and my workout was lost.  I had been looking at the mileage on the treadmill right before that, so I know I went at least 1.90 miles, anyway, I flipped the breaker and got back on, and thought that I'll start over, only this time I'll do 3 miles. This way I'll work off whatever greasy goodness Chris was cooking up.  Somehow restarting the machine tricked my mind a little and I was able to do it without much difficulty.  I ended up doing 3.10, so I could say I did 5 miles, plus my 2 min of warm up time before actually running.  =)  I felt really good about it.

I want to run 4 miles the rest of the week, which will put me at working out 5 days this week.  I really don't like taking my days off in a row, especially at the beginning of the week, but I was lazy Sunday and then sick Monday and really couldn't run.  So I'll just suck it up and do it.  =)

Well, I still cannot add pictures.  I have no idea how to fix this problem.  I am going to have to look at the help options or something.  I'll tell you what's wrong, in case someone else has encountered this problem and knows how to fix it.
There's the "button" at the top that you click to add pictures, well, when I hit it it takes me to the pop-up window, but the button that says "browse" is gone.  I have no clue how to get it back or even why it disappeared.  Anyone out there know how to fix this??

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Food poisoning

For some reason I can no longer add pictures to my blog on this computer.  I really like having pictures on here, so I guess I will have to start writing my blog at work, and then remember to add the pictures when I get home and then post it.  I just need to be diligent about it.  Pictures make it so much nicer.  =)

Anyway, yesterday I went to work as normal, taking my coffee from home.  I was drinking my coffee and thought it tasted a little "off" but I have been sick, so I figured it was just my taste buds.  Well, I decided after about a third of the mug that I couldn't drink it anymore, it just didn't taste right.  Then right before lunch I started feeling queasy.  I couldn't even eat lunch, I had 2 pieces of toast and I barely kept that down. 

As part of my job I go to court every other Monday, and yesterday was a "court Monday."  So I couldn't call in sick at lunch time, I decided to tough it out and go to court.  I went back to work and saw my mostly undrunk (is that a word) coffee mug and decided to empty it out.  When I dumped it out, there were chunks in the bottom of the cup.  Ugh!  It was so gross and the smell was horrific!  I almost lost my lunch then. 

I don't know what was the culprit, I add 2 tblsp creamer (one is nothing) and 2 tblsp almond milk to my coffee.  (I prefer 4 tblsp creamer, but that's 240 calories in one cup of coffee!)  Anyway, one of those two things must have been bad when I added it.  I know there wasn't any chunks when I put it in the mug, so the only thing I can think of is that when I added it to the hot coffee it curdled.  Yuck!!

Anyway, I ended up going home early.  I couldn't handle being at court.  Luckily, I am one of 3, so my co-workers was able to take over, but it does suck missing it.  I laid down for awhile and felt better not moving.  I still couldn't eat dinner, and went to bed at 8pm.  However, I didn't fall asleep right away and about 9pm I was starving so I got up and had a small snack.  I felt much better after that and went right to sleep. 

Then at about 12:30 Chris came in with Maddox who had thrown up all over his bed.  He wanted me to hold Maddox for a few min while he cleaned out the crib.  Poor guy!  There is this really horrible 24 hour flu-thing going around here.  I've heard several people saying that there's a lot of throwing up and diarrhea for about a day and then it goes away.  I was so dreading Maddox having it.  =/

Then this morning as I was in that space before you're fully awake but not really asleep anymore, I was thinking about how I felt.  I really felt terrible, and was thinking maybe it wasn't food poisoning, but was actually the horrible flu-thing.  I decided I would get up and move around a little and see how I felt.  Luckily, once I was fully awake and moving I felt completely fine.  I was still worried about Maddox though.

When he woke up I went in and got him.  It looked like he might have been sick (a tiny bit) again, because there was something on the pillow and blanket Chris gave him.  I pulled that out and then put all his bed stuff from last night and this morning in the washing machine.  He did his normal morning fussing until I got him some milk and he could sit with me and then he acted completely fine.  I have no idea why he threw up last night, but he wasn't sick this morning, thankfully.

Unfortunately, my run-in with food poisoning meant that I didn't run yesterday.  Damian has a basketball game today and then we have to go grocery shopping, so that means that I may not have time to run today either.  =/  I really hate missing so many days, so I may just run when I get home, even if it is 9pm (which is probably will be).

I have now seen 157.-- on the scale 3 times.  Never on my official weigh-in day (which is still Friday, even though I haven't updated my Scale Obsession page in a really long time), but if 157 is true, then I have officially lost 20 lbs.  =)   That is really exciting for me, until I started thinking about how long it's been since I started trying to lose some weight.  It's been almost a year.  I started running at the end of February last year.  So in 11 months, I've lost 20lbs.  That is long time to lose so little.  =(  I get depressed when people don't notice the weight I've lost, I definitely see it, but no one else seems to notice it.  No wonder though,  I'm losing it so slowly, no one will ever notice.  =(  Sigh.  Oh well, at least it's coming off, even if it is slow.

I think I will go update my Scale Obsession page now.  =)

 . . . Came back this evening to post a picture, and I can't post a picture on my home computer either.  I don't know why.  =(

Monday, January 7, 2013

FMM~ Simple Questions

I told you that our friend Heather moved into our house last week.  Well, that means that she is sleeping in Maddox's room (where the spare bed is) and Maddox is in his playpen in our room.  I really, really hate that situation, but there isn't really another option.  Anyway, Thursday night Maddox started fussing around 10:30, right when I was drifting off to sleep.  I tried to ignore him, but he wouldn't stop (he was still sleeping, just fussing a little in his sleep).  When Heather got home from work at 11 and Gizmo (our dog) started barking in the living room, which woke Maddox up completely. He then started full-on crying and wouldn't settle down because he could see Chris and me in our bed.  So I got up with him and after he finally fell asleep (around midnight) I laid him down and slept on the couch.  I was soooo tired on Friday.

This is going to be a really long couple of months with Heather in our house.  =/

Then Friday night about 7:45 we got a call from Damian's gymnastics coach "reminding" us about the meet in the moring at 8am . . . at the University of Washington in Seattle (a 2hr drive)  Huh?!  I didn't know he had a meet in the morning. I was so unhappy.  That would mean that I would have to wake up earlier than I normally do for work and then spend the entire morning and part of the afternoon in Seattle.  I was not happy at all.  Thankfully my sister said she would go with me, and I was able to get ahold of my babysitter who said she would watch Maddox for me.

Heather stayed the night with her boyfriend Saturday night, so I was able to sleep (mostly) undisturbed.  However, Chris has the cold I gave everyone, so he is snoring very badly.  I couldn't get to sleep.  Finally about 12:45 I went and found the earplugs I used to use before I got pregnant (I quit when I got pregnant because I wasn't sleeping well anyway, and then I had a baby so couldn't afford to use them).  I slept soooo soundly with those earplugs in, it was so nice!  However, I didn't hear Chris's alarm go off in the morning . . . and neither did he . . . so I didn't wake him up like I normally do.  He got up at 7am.  He usually leaves at 6:30, but doesn't have to be to work until 7:30 (it's only a 15 min drive).  He was out the door in record time, but he woke Maddox up, even though Maddox was in his own room.  =/

I have only run outside once since setting up my treadmill, and before that I ran on my Dad's treadmill, so only one time in 2 weeks.  I am running, and I am running 4 miles, but I kinda feel like I'm cheating by running on the treadmill.  Today I will probably run on it again because I have court this afternoon at work and won't get home till it's dark.  I love that I can run even when it's dark or terribly windy, but, like I said,  I feel like I'm cheating. 

I am scared of the dark.  I have always been scared of the dark.  And running in the dark, by myself, makes me even more scared.  I have a reflector vest and I bought some pepper spray, but I'm still terrified.  I don't know if I will ever get over it.  =(

Anyway, it is Friend Makin' Monday.  =)

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Simple Questions
1. Outside my window I see…I am currently at work and there are no windows in my area.  At home I see the street and the house across from the street. . . and the mountains.  =)

2. My kitchen counters are…really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, like really, really, really, really, really, ugly orange, peeling, crappy, disgusting something or other.  Seriously really, really, really, really, really ugly.

3. Yesterday I drank…water, coffee and some wine =)

4. My cell phone is…a Bionic, and has really, really terrible battery life.  

5. My computer is…a basic laptop, nothing fancy

6. My favorite reality show is…This is the worst question, I watch tons of "reality" shows.  I like them all (which is why I watch them).  I like all the Real Housewives of . . . shows, Survivor, Biggest Loser, Big Rich Texas, Amazing Race, Big Brother, many, many....

7. My workouts are…my happy time. I love Zumba and I love running.

8. The last book I read is…I just finished a Meg Cabot book, she wrote The Princess Diaries, I've read several of her books (but not The Princess Diaries, and I really like her.

9. My week will be….pretty average.

10.  So far 2013 has been…pretty average. =)

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

Thursday, January 3, 2013

577 miles in 2012

I forgot to add yesterday that my weight has stayed the same this holiday season.  Last year I was breast feeding and lost all my baby weight really quickly and was down to 168 (high of 180 from pregnancy, 170 was before getting pregnant), but then the holidays came and I gained most of it back.  By Feb. I was 177.  This year I started the holiday season at 158.6 and ended it (well, today) at 159, not bad at all.  =)

I was looking at DailyMile yesterday and noticed that I ran 577 miles in 2012.  That is a long distance.  =)  I started Feb 27th 2012 and was running/walking about 2 miles and gradually moved to 3 miles full running.  Then I hurt my leg in July and completely quit running for about a month and a half.  It was a lot longer because I tried to push myself too hard a couple times and re-hurt it.  In fact, sometimes it is still tight, but I don't let it stop me, and it doesn't hurt to actually run, just tight sometimes in the morning.

After also looking at MapMyFitness, that says I have gone 642 miles.  However, that includes all my walks as well.  On DailyMile I didn't include any walks because I just want that to reflect my runs.  When I hurt my leg I was walking to work, and that is 2 miles, plus I did a lot of walking with Chris when it was warmer.  I'm not sure if DailyMile included the "wogs" I did with Chris or not.  I don't remember.
Also on DailyMile I saw that Melinda at Does This Scale Make me Look Fat had started a challenge, 1013 in 2013.  I thought about it and decided to join it.  I did 577 miles in 9 months, with 2 (or so) of those months being hurt.  Plus, I am now running about 4 miles a day, sometimes longer, very rarely less, so I think I can add another 436 miles (putting down on here makes me a little intimidated).  I do want to get up to running 5 miles daily with my longer runs being around 10 miles, so that would really up my yearly mileage. 

I got my treadmill set up last night when I got home.  I was so cold I couldn't screw in the screws because I had lost dexterity in my fingers.  It's actually not that cold out here, I think it was around 40*, but I sure felt cold.  It might have dropped down to 35* by the time we were done (Chris helped).  Anyway, by the time we were done I was so cold I decided not to run on it.  However, I got online and was looking at a friend's comment about how long he had exercised and how many calories he had burned and I decided to run.  While I was running I felt so good, I decided to go 4.5 miles instead of 3 or 4 like I planned.  I probably could have run farther, but I thought Chris would be annoyed with me since he had been with Maddox the entire day and I hadn't done anything except work. 

Well, I was trying to add a picture of my yearly stats from 2012 from mapmyfitness, but I can't get any pictures to upload.  I know that I like reading people's blogs better when there's a picture, but today you all may just have to go without.  =/

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

All that's gone on here . . .

My Christmas and New Year's was nice.  Like I said last week, we had friends over on Christmas Eve for dinner and Christmas day was kinda chill.  One of our friends that came over Christmas Eve ended up crashing on our couch and was there for Christmas morning.  I didn't care, he's (Kyle) a really nice guy and didn't have anywhere else to go.  He and his sister lived with us 2 years ago for a year, she was 17 and he was 22 (I think) and they were homeless.  His sister, Heather (she's the one that moved back in with us yesterday), moved in with us first and then a few months later she asked us if her brother could crash on our couch for a night or two and he ended up staying for a year.  They are very nice "kids" and we've sorta adopted them as part of our family.

They were worn out. =)
Anyway, Heather had to work Christmas morning and so they weren't going to see their Mom till that evening.  I think Kyle feels like we are more of his family than his Mom is sometimes so I didn't mind that he was there Christmas morning.  He played with Maddox and assembled the shoe rack Chris got me, so he was useful.  I did feel bad that he didn't have a gift to open, but he had opened his Christmas Eve because we didn't know he was going to stay.  He said he didn't care, but I still felt bad.

Kyle looks like some crazy homeless person here.  =)
That evening we went to Chris's Mom's house to get her SUV for our trip over the mountains to eastern WA.  We spent several hours there, and I started feeling really terrible.  I had a stuffed up nose and a headache.  By Wednesday morning, I had a full-on head cold.  It was awful.  We left for eastern WA and then had to stop for some Dayquil and tissues for the ride. 

We spent Wednesday night at Chris's Dad's house and then had Christmas dinner on Thursday.  Unfortunately, I didn't know we were going to be having Christmas dinner at his house and my sister was coming to pick me up for our sister's/girl night.  I was thankfully able to eat dinner and visit for a little bit before she got there.  Chris's sister was supposed to be there, she has cerebral palsy and is in a wheelchair, but before they left their car broke down (she lives in an assisted living house).  Anyway, we only ever see her at holiday time when we go over there, so Chris and I called into work and asked if we could take Monday off so we could see her on Sunday, rather than drive home. 

Thursday night I spent with my sisters.  We had a good time talking, Barbara, my oldest sister, told us about the ghosts in her house (where we were) so my other 2 sisters and I decided to not stay the night there afterall.  =) 

Saturday we did family pictures and then opened presents and had another Christmas dinner.  (Thankfully ham, I was completely done with turkey.)  My sister Tami and her family had come from N. Carolina and we finally met her son, who is 15 months old.  He is cute, but a complete Mama's boy.  He refuses to go to anyone at all if Tami is around.  I felt bad for her, because he would cry and refuse to let anyone else comfort him.  In fact, if he fell or anything, he would cry harder if someone other than Tami picked him up.  That would be very exhausting.

Damian drew this, it's my Dad's cattle brand made of wheat stalks.
Chris drew this, my Mom loves whales.

Maddox loved this giant bear he got from my Mom.
D and AJ, my nephew.  AJ loved D, but no one else. =)

And so did my Dad.

Tami was gone, so I got to hold AJ for a minute.

We visited with Chris's sister on Sunday and then came home on Monday.  We had to take Chris's Mom's SUV back to her Monday night, so we visited with her a little bit and then headed home.

We made last minute plans to go to a friend's house for New Year's Eve.  That was fun, we just hung out there, watched some TV, drank a little.  They have 4 kids, the 2 youngest being girls, who hung on me the entire time I was there.  We played a couple xbox games and watched the Space Needles fireworks. 

I ran 3 days while I was in eastern WA, all on my dad's treadmill.  I wanted to run in the snow, I thought that would be fun, but my parents have horrible hills, and I just didn't want to tackle them.  Friday I ran 4 miles, Sunday I ran 3 miles and then Monday before leaving I ran 4 miles.  It wasn't too bad.  My dad gave me a great idea for my treadmill.  He told me to put it in our carport.  Our carport is kinda silly, because it's not big enough for a car . . . anyway, we use it for storage, so I'll have to move stuff around and dig out a tarp to cover the treadmill, but it'll work for now.  It's only temporary, until Heather finds a permanent home.  =)

And that brings me to today . . . where I'm at work. =/

Friend Makin' Monday was a couple days ago, but I might as well add it to this already long post.  =)  You can continue reading, or quit now if you'd like.  =)

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!

1. Share one thing that you plan to do for yourself in 2013.  I want a passport.  My sister and I started (this year) going on a trip together and are going to continue doing it.  This year we are planning on going to Canada.  I've never been, and it would just be fun.  So I'm going to get myself a passport, and I'm going to save money to go on my trip.  We are also going to Disneyland the end of Feb, but after that I'm going to continue saving money so my family and I can go on another trip in a year or two.  I want to go to Hawaii, and after that a cruise (that's my husband's thing) and then Italy (see I NEED a passport). =) 

2. Share a good habit that you will continue doing into the new year. I plan on continuing to run, and hopefully more weight will come off, but I'm not real concerned about the weight.  I still weigh myself, but it's not my focus.  I love that my body is looking leaner, even if I'm stuck in the 160 range.

3. Do you make new year’s make resolutions? If so, do you typically stick to them? I don't make resolutions.  I don't believe in them.  I think it's a good thing to want to change something you don't like about yourself, but why start on Jan. 1st?  Why not start whenever you notice the thing you don't like?  I started running in Feb last year.  I went to church with my parents this last Sunday (nothing unusual there) and the pastor talked about resolutions vs. goals.  And I liked the thought of making goals that you can reach in order to change something about yourself, so I think I will make some goals . . . see #1 for one of them.  =)
4. Do you have any health goals for the new year? I want to run 10 miles at once.  I would also like to attempt a half marathon. 

5. Share one thing that you plan to do in January. I’m going to Deer Lake, WA on Martin Luther King Day.  My family (parents and sisters and their families) does an annual trip, usually in Feb.  This year we are going to Disneyland, but one of my sisters can't afford it, so we are still doing our trip, just moved it up a month.  My grandparents bought a "cabin" (it's a 2 story, 4 bedroom, 3 bath house) a long, long time ago, and now when we want to go on a cheap trip we go there for a weekend.

6. Do you have any travel plans for the coming year? If so, where are you most excited to go? I'm so, so, sooooo excited to go to Disneyland.  I went when I was 18, but it was part of a bigger trip and we only spent one day there.  Not only will we have a long weekend there, but I will also have my kids, and that will make it super fun.  =)  I am also going to Vancouver, BC sometime in the end of the summer with my sister.

7. What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? I spent it with some friends at their house.  It was pretty low key, but it was a lot of fun.  They have 4 kids, including 2 small girls, which hung on me the whole time we were there.  I drank a bit too much wine and had a glass of champagne at midnight.  Then went home with the most wonderful man in the world.  =)

8. What are your resolutions for 2013? My goals are to continue to save money for all the trips I want to take in the future.  =)  Also, I have gotten really bad at nagging Chris again, I've worked on this in the past and had gotten much better, but it's creeping back, so I need to work on that.  I am also going to work on running 10 miles and then maybe a half marathon (haven't decided on that yet). 

9. What are you looking forward to most over the next 12 months? Disneyland!  I'm so excited for that.  And even though I love the snow, I'm kinda ready for summer again.  We haven't even had snow at my house.  We did have snow at my parents house, so maybe I'm done?  Maybe not.  =)  I just like the thought of swimsuits and swimming.  =)

10. Share something unique that you hope to do in 2013. Haven't we answered this same question about 2 times before?  =)  Anyway . . . unique?  I don't know.  My life is anything but unique, it's very "normal" and I don't really do anything that other people don't do . . .

Now it’s your turn to answer this week’s questions!  Don’t forget to come back and link up in the comments, and say hi to someone new!  Happy New Year!!!!!!!