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marshmallows. not just for camping.

This is the five year anniversary of the Aurora Shooting. We don’t generally make a fuss over anniversaries but this was very close to home figuratively and literally. Love to all the families and first responders.  ❤

  • We had dinner with Amy, Wayde and their son Kevin last night and seriously they are the cutest family ever. My very first impression was that Amy has really REALLY great legs. Where can I get some of those?  I know, you’re thinking…weird much?   Well they parked in a parking lot on a higher level than we did and I’m naturally shorter anyway so my eye level was sort of her legs as she walked toward me and then came down to my level parking lot.

    So really not THAT weird. Still kind of weird but whatever. I can appreciate hot. Kevin is the GREATEST kid, seriously smart, incredibly polite and a sense of humor and joy he just clearly carries with him. They are a beautiful family and I appreciated every moment with them. We stayed for like…two hours at dinner and it was so much fun. We shared stories of our insane life and their life in Kansas is the polar opposite of ours. Wayde told us all about the no traffic light town they live in but the train that comes through takes 45 minutes and cuts the town completely in half hitting every street so if you miss it and get stopped by the train…you’re screwed. I totally want to live there just so I can call Sean and say, “I’m on the wrong side of the tracks”. Best moment ever. He said he has it timed quite well and knows when it’s coming through so an occasional 85mph moment will happen to get him across so he can get to work on time.

    I scoff at him and his occasional 85mph moments. Sean does 85 as a regular speed and sometimes he’s not even on the road. I have to remind him..this is the shoulder SEAN THIS IS THE SHOULDER.
    Not stressful at all to drive with him. His confidence will be the death of me. Also, his skill. The man has skills.
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  • I have been on the phone now for twenty minutes while someone tries to find my medical records from my surgery in February. My health reimbursement people denied $1000 claim and I have to figure out why, how and get a receipt for it but really there was so much I live in confusion land. Sean will confirm that for you. Meanwhile, the fact that they can’t find me is shocking, my surgery was like…$85,000. You’d think that would put me up in a higher status and I’d get some attention. How long is too long to be on hold before you snap? Well, that was it, 25 minutes. After that the person came on and announced she has no record of me in the hospital whatsoever and maybe if I call the main hospital and ask for pre registration. I’m in menu hell. Tried it…got lost in the circle of hell again. It’s SO WRONG> I waited and moved on. I’ve got to figure this out.
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  • I get a monthly scrip of migraine medication that helps with those migraines that squeak through after the Botox. They aren’t incredibly common but they are common enough that I need medication for them. My doctor gave me a “coupon” for them which made the ~incredibly-expensive-out-of-the-realm-of-reasonable a very reasonable $20. It’s been incredibly helpful. Today they called me to ask if I needed a refill. I’ve turned down the refill before because I didn’t need it and in hindsight should not have. Today I said I’d take it and she said the coupon was expired. There’s another coupon that takes care of 60% of the scrip leaving a co-pay of $492. Would I like that on my visa? Some days I just don’t have it in me. Just.no. In case you’re wondering…I skipped the refill. I have an appt in a few weeks. I’ll ask for another coupon.
    $492. Pfft. I’ll just suffer through it. I’m from MT. That’s a half a car.
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  • I’ve been craving roasted marshmallows since we went camping. I know you’re thinking “but you had roasted marshmallows when you went camping”. Well, yes I did. But I tend to have long term cravings that last a ridiculously extended amount of time. If I want a cheeseburger I want one every day for a week. So I’ve been wanting more roasted marshmallows and today I wanted something sweet. Yes, I roasted my marshmallows over a candle today. I KNOW> It was TOTALLY delicious. You can take three things away from this.
    1. this is clearly not a healthy eating blog… hahha. I will tell you I’ve been eating super healthy for the last week and feeling pretty good but still one needs to have treats.
    2. My mother always told me to work with what you’ve got.
    3. It totally crossed my mind that if I dropped the marshmallow, set the kitchen on fire and burned the house down I would absolutely make the national news as the woman who burned her house down roasting marshmallows over a candle in her kitchen. I’m okay with that because I’m a good time.
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    I got a HIIT workout done yesterday and it was a good strong workout that felt great. My body thanked me for doing something other than hiking or running. It’s just so blessed hot here at like…96* and none of us want to exercise at all. My gym on the base doesn’t air condition or if it does it’s the bare minimum to keep us from passing out. I should really join 24 hour fitness.
    It was hot. I just did the HIIT workout. I did the following…
    jumping jacks
    push ups
    planks
    dead lifts
    lunges
    squats
    bicep curls
    lateral raises
    Shoulder press

    today I would love to run but it’ll have to be later. It was hot at 6am. It was 72* at 6:20 in the morning and that is my very short window to walk the dog. So I have a short window to run tonight. I do not love the heat. You probably already figured that out. How do people run in this?
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Run on… 

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even celebrities get it.

  • So…Mandy Moore from This is Us has Celiac disease. This could be big. OR…it could totally screw us. Depends on how she handles it. Either way it definitely draws attention to the disease. Jennifer Esposito is nothing to sneeze at but This is Us is currently one of the biggest shows out there so Mandy Moore is a big name to have.
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  • My friend, Amy, and her husband and son are coming to town today. They’ve been touring Colorado on vacation and I’m super excited to get to hang with her while she’s here. We’re supposed to run together on Wednesday and I hope she likes running at ridiculously early hours of the morning or late at night because Girl it’s supposed to be 96* and I don’t run in that heat so it’s either in the morning dark or in the evening dark. Meanwhile, we’re going to dinner tonight at Beau Jo’s because Beau Jo’s is TOTALLY Colorado and also I can eat gluten free there. It’ll be fun to meet her.
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  • I sit at the counter next to the sliding glass door to type on the computer. The door is open most of the day leaving the possibility for anyone to come in. Including 8 legged creatures. And they do come in. Every few weeks I’ll find a visitor on the counter or on the wall next to me. You’d think I’d move. Sometimes I sit at my desk, it depends on my mood. Tonight, it was midnight and I was sitting at the counter and there on the wall next to me was a spider just climbing up the wall. I decided I would be a grown up. I would take care of it. I  get my notebook and I stand up so I can get a better angle and it FALLS OFF THE WALL AND IS NOW ANYWHERE IT’S ANYONE’S GUESS WHERE IT IS PANIC PANIC AND I SCREAM BECAUSE….
    well, because that’s what I do when I am startled by a spider. It’s super helpful. Sean slowly comes downstairs. I describe the offender. He finds it on the floor and takes care of it with my notebook and heads back to bed. I ask him if he laughs when he hears the scream or rolls his eyes. He said he just sighs.
    Life  with me. Poor guy.
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  • I think I’m overmedicated for my thyroid. It’s just a guess but my eye is twitching and the last time that happened it was my thyroid. I’m pretty over it. Between that and the Celiac exhaustion I just want to close my eyes and sleep for three days. I’m self adjusting to see if it helps.
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  • We Put 6 Top Leggings Brands To The Test—Here’s The Verdict
    I really appreciate someone else doing the work on this. I’m not a fan of leggings (I know!) but occasionally they make a really cute outfit. I 99.9% of the time would never wear them to Target as part of my ~just finished my workout and needed to make a quick stop~ outfit. It’s happened but it’s not my favorite. I agree with her entire assessment so I’ll be scoping out Athleta for a nice pair, to include shorts. Athleta sells my favorite shorts I bought earlier this year and sticker shock sent me returning them. I’m totally sorry I did because the shorts I bought instead at Ann Taylor (usually a favorite store) are truly terrible. Less than half the cost, I hate them completely and never ever wear them. I should have paid the gasp price and bought the pair I would wear every day.

Things I have to have in a pair of leggings:
1. no shine
2. enough thickness to not see through but not too thick
3. enough spandex to grip and hold so the leggings feel like they are actually doing something.

  • This Map Shows How Much People Spend On Wedding Gifts In Each State
    Obviously this is an average, the article makes it clear you can start at a much lower amount and there are many factors to be considered in the gift giving. And of course the real point is your presence at the day of. That’s the most important thing. 
  • It’s 94* today and I don’t want to play anymore.  I want fall. I’m going to HIIT>
    There's no better feeling than finishing a really brutal workout. That feeling when you've gone through a truly hard and brutal workout. That's probably the BEST feeling in the world! www.gymquotes.co
    Run on…

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There was a near death in the family. It was a close call..

My iPod wouldn’t power up…It was devastating really.

I changed my clothes and grabbed my ipod to head to the incline (finally!) but on the way out the door I thought…ooh…there’s a podcast update. So I plugged it in to get the update and nothing happened.

Radio silence indeed.

The darn thing worked perfectly yesterday morning when I walked the dog but by the afternoon it had committed iPod suicide.  I headed out to do the incline but by the time I was nearly there it was dark and I don’t know if the trail is lit so I just turned around and came home. So frustrated and dejected.

YES I KNOW IT”S JUST AN IPOD

Ugh. This day.

When I got home I spent some time googling and I resurrected that sucker and it SPRANG to life!
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At which point I carefully set its broken self aside so I wouldn’t break it further and waited for Sean to come home.  Somehow he manages to not screw up computerie things. I don’t trust myself to not to that. He can never die.
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You’ll be happy to know there were no dead or injured bunnies brought to me yesterday. We won’t talk about today.

I walked Malachi (I try to walk him every morning) and when I got home from the park there was Skosh sitting in the middle of the street totally scoping out all the bunnies that were running around the neighborhood. You could tell he was trying to decide…which one? They all look so yummy…

Damn cat.

I gave him a good lecture and told him NO BUNNIES> If he knows what’s good for him…

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I messaged a few friends to ask about a hair person. Alex’s wedding is coming up and I need someone to do a hair updo for me. One of my friends came back with a name and said she’s supposed to be really good. So call her and tell her a client of so and so referred you.

Yeah, that won’t be confusing at all.

but I did just that and an hour and a half later we were fast friends. Turns out she’s Celiac, Hypothyroid/Hashimotos, too. We’re everywhere. I haven’t figured out if she can do hair yet. We burned her phone up and she couldn’t send photos. Hopefully we’ll figure that out. Meanwhile, I have a new friend. Can’t beat that.

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One of my beautiful friends who is single and living the good life was recently photographed in this GORGEOUS dress from Local Color Truck . This week she’s in Puerto Vallarta but last week she was on the French Riviera. I kind of hate her but I love her to much to really hate her so I love her. Anyway, check out this website, the clothes are gorgeous and it’s “An American Made Boutique”. A lovely concept all the way around.
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There is a dent in my forehead. I slept on my watch last night and when I woke up this morning there it was…this dark red deep dent in my forehead. I seriously slept HARD.

So I washed my face and did an ice cold morning scrub. Nothing.
Moisturizer…wait ten minutes
Argon oil…seriously I have ridiculously dry skin….wait ten minutes
sunscreen/base…don’t leave home without it…wait ten minutes
NOTHING HELPED
I’ve now been up for seven hours and I still have a dent in my forehead. I’ve permanently disfigured myself and the sleep wasn’t even that great.
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I am running today because I just really need to. Michelle and I are taking a trail adventure tomorrow. I need to be moving.

I’m going to HIIT both days, too, so I can get some strength in.
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Run on…

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#savethebunnies – anybody want a cat? He’s SUPER friendly.

Don’t worry. I’m keeping him. I just need therapy. 
I started the day at 4am
when I woke up with a bad dream. Kind of normal for me so I laid there processing. As I hung out thinking about going back to sleep it occurred to me I wasn’t being disturbed by a four legged cat who insisted on having breakfast.

Where was Skosh?

Skosh has missed us recently so we’ve been keeping an eye on him.

I got up and scoured the house only to come to the realization he must have escaped last night and I locked him out! I immediately panicked and opened the door to call him. Nothing.

Then I couldn’t go back to bed. I sat on the deck with a couch pillow and a throw just waiting to see if he’d show up. Usually if he’s out all night (it’s rare, not unheard of but rare) he’s waiting at the door like…what the hell…you totally locked me out! This morning he wasn’t doing that. He was just not there.

Malachi and I sat on the deck together waiting until finally one of the times I called him brought him running.

What a relief to hear his little bell…. It was so sweet, that sound! As he came running around the corner full speed so full of excitement he…

…well…he dropped the bunny he had in his mouth so he could come in the house and eat the breakfast I actually buy him.

I completely freaked. Damn cat. All love and concern completely gone. Now I had zero love.
The bunny appeared to still be alive and completely terrified.
At this point I needed Happy or Hungry to draw  cartoon of this morning because that’s really the only way to do it justice.
Malachi is on one side of the deck. I’ve closed Skosh inside the house. I’m holding Malachi off the bunny with the couch pillow as I try and call Sean on the phone to come help me rescue the bunny while trying to make sure the bunny is okay. This required some yoga.  I can’t open the door because Skosh wants to come back out and eat the bunny. Sean is sleeping.  I finally open the door and hold Skosh off with the couch pillow while threatening Malachi who is weighing his options and I yell at Sean to please wake up…come to the deck and bring a towel and I’m really sorry I’m waking him up at 5:30am like this.

Turns out our front screen door has a hole in it and Skosh escaped that way. It’s getting repaired today. Meanwhile, Sean drove off to work with the bunny wrapped in a towel so he could take it to the greenbelt at the park and it would have a better chance.

I love him so much. I cannot tell you how much I love him.  Nothing warms your heart as much as seeing a grown man wrap a tiny bunny in a towel and drive off in an attempt to save it. I’ve heard too many grown men tell me they’re nasty rodents and just shoot ’em. I’ll keep mine. He’s got the best heart. Meanwhile…
I have a cat available if anyone wants him…
Nicest cat EVER. Sweet. Loveable. Gets along great with other animals…
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#savethebunnies  #unfriendly #thatdamncat
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Since it was GORGEOUS out it was the perfect running day. The perfect workout day. The perfect ~must go to the incline day~ which means it totally did not get done in any way at all. 

I know. You guys are all really disappointed in me. But in fact I got SO MUCH DONE yesterday I feel incredibly accomplished. I kicked some serious ass. AND…at the end of the day I ended up talking to a friend/business associate and she was also the perfect person to rejuvenate my spirit. I’ve been feeling very deflated lately and I have so much to do I really needed a pick me up.

God totally read that and sent her straight to me.
I have so much to do in the next three months   and I feel like time is totally FLYING by. So I’m trying not to panic too much and I’m going to try again today to get to the incline. I don’t feel too bad about missing it because hauling my bag out from camping really killed my back and it still hurts like a son of a gun so resting another day won’t kill me. I’ll bet money it’ll hurt another couple of days.

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I get it. It was one small bag. But it wasn’t a backpack. It was a stupid little duffel which was totally the wrong kind of bag to carry and I had to carry it quite a ways in the wrong position. It was awkward. It was uncomfortable. I am now paying for it.
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This morning:
Incline
run
planks
strength

I know, it sounds like a lot but that’s my goal

Also…dress and shoe shopping. Wish me luck.

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run on…

 

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Dreams and mountains. I want mountains.

I just finished S-Town. I know, I’m totally behind the crowd. I listened to part of it when it first came out and then I got distracted by something else (squirrel!) and held off on restarting it. I think it happened when I got my new phone. I was listening on my old phone and I don’t listen on phones because they don’t like me. So I ended up subscribing on my ipod and listened that way and ohhhh it was so good. It was just so really good. I was worried it would be awful and terrible and I’d grow to dislike the John (the person it was about) but in fact, I only grew to love him more. And I like that there seemed to be some answers. I like answers.

I don’t enjoy puzzles that don’t come together.

Lord give me a mystery podcast that solves the mystery…
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I have edited this because it was poorly written before and really easy to be misunderstood.
I ran into an old friend at the grocery store.  Old friend…there’s an odd term.
It was good to see her if only so I could realize we have moved on and don’t miss her  anymore and we don’t need her. I know that sounds harsh but she was a very close friend that  we entrusted with our kid, and she wasn’t there. There’s a point when you realize some people just really don’t deserve family space in your life.
I put my sunglasses on and turned away. It was easier that way for both of us. 
This was a growing experience, this friendship. We all have growing pains with friendships but this one was definitely one of those “toxic relationships” and one day it just becomes…okay to walk away from and frankly it’s better for you if you do. It was, in fact, a relief. Forgiveness is one thing, which we did. She was quickly forgiven. But time pointed out she was not going to change and that was just not going to work for us. 
She recognized my voice when I got up to the front and I was speaking to the clerk and she turned and made a point to say hello.  Then she turned and left before I even had a chance to look back from the clerk. She was just gone. Would I have spoken to her? I would have given her a polite hello and that is all. I don’t feel the need to catch up.
I was okay with her leaving. I hope she works on herself. I mean none of us is perfect but you can’t screw with my kid. It wasn’t a minor thing. He struggled for a while on that one. He counted her as a dear close friend. It was not something we took lightly.
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I died laughing when I found this since I had forgotten this quote and I live in black…how convenient! Again, harsh, mostly I just liked the gif. Flashed me back. 
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On Saturday morning, Alex Honnold made history by climbing El Capitan without ropes. He just…climbed it. You know…like we would climb…well there actually is no comparison because we’re not Spider-man. No magic powers here. how CRAZY is this guy?
I love him. (it’s okay Baby…I still love you more.)

Alex Honnold Scales El Capitan Without Ropes, And The Climbing World Reels

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Chris Bombadier-Adventures of a Hemophiliac is the story of this amazing kid my son actually went to high school with and he just reached the summit of Mt Everest on May 22nd…being the first hemophiliac to do so. I am in awe of his achievements.
I love him. (It’s okay Baby…I still love you more….it would be creepy if I loved these guys in THAT way….they are way too young) I just think these guys are so AMAZING.

Also….Everest. sigh. And Chris posted these incredible photos that made me want to weep. I wish I was kidding. I am not. I was beyond happy and envious to see these photos. One of them was a 360* from the summit of MT Everest. I mean…can you even? CAN YOU EVEN?
Ridiculously jealous.
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I just threw out four miles and it was SO FUN!!!

I did get lost.

In my own neighborhood.

The neighborhood I have lived in for twenty years.

A true testament for the need for GPS

Which I used and still…I was confused. I am in fact, a lost cause.

Still…SO MUCH FUN!!

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Damn I love running so freaking much. I just really really really love it. So much.
I don’t love the first mile. Just to let you know that not everything about running is awesome.  But the rest…yeah. It was a lovely experience. Pure freaking joy.
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I have a week of theboy coming up so I want to make sure I get my running in. LOTS to get done before we start Babe Camp.

Tomorrow I’m going to run and we’ll see what I find the time to do for a little extra..HIIT or maybe the incline or maybe nothin’ at all….hopefully something!
It's a good day to have a great workout. #goforit:

Run on…

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Covfefe. Also known as I get to say what I want.

Really, can you start any kind of a conversation today without at least COMMENTING on #covfefe??
Our president is a complete idiot. I get to say that. If he gets to, I get to. I can’t wait to take to Twitter and hashtags my ass off. Maybe I’ll wait until I’m asleep and then do it. WHO DOES THAT?
TAKE HIS PHONE AWAY.
Also…

Paris agreement. 
#covfefe
Taking birth control out of the ACA…
He’s on a roll. I mean. He’s ON A ROLL> How much joy can I suck out of the news TODAY? And before 9am? Pretty good. He’s good. What can I say.
I just really really don’t like him and getting through this next 3.5 years pleaseGodnotsevenmore PLEASE don’t let us be THAT stupid. 
I’ve been reading Twitter after his idiotic #covfefe midnight tweet and that alone gives me joy today. Thank God for Twitter!.
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I walked about seven miles yesterday. You’d think I’d be all HOLY COW.  I walked SEVEN MILES yesterday.

Eat ALLTHEFOOD!!! Be WILD…You’re AMAZING!

No.

I really felt the need for a run. It was just really hot so during the day it doesn’t happen for sure and in the evening my super high maintenance kid called me from Virginia.  #shoutouttoMT

I ended up skipping a run and walking the dog instead. It was so beautiful, it was the perfect night for an evening run.
I didn’t though.I didn’t run. I slacked instead.
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I walked with my friend in the morning morning, we’re trying to get her started on a workout regimen and a good walking routine is the best way to start. She had a baby a year ago and having a baby is so overwhelming, it’s really all about the baby for the first year, right? I mean unless you’re a celebrity and have a personal trainer and a nanny. She’s feeling kind of out of control and schlumpy.

Raise your hand if you HAVEN’T felt out of control and schlumpy.
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Is there a day we don’t feel like this? Tell me your magic secret!

We’re going to work on it with her. It’s a work in progress. It usually ends up being an extra workout for me and that’s a bonus because my body has a natural love of movement. The downside is the baby. She’s freakin’ darling but that child doesn’t do anything until 10am so that’s when we walk. That is a chunk in the middle of the day. We might have to tweak that. Between the heat and my schedule, I don’t see that always coming together.

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Hibernation mode is going strong. ::sarcasm::  I’m being inundated. I’m starting to wonder if I made the effort and started throwing invitations out there, maybe people would purposely ignore me. Maybe it works like opposite day? Hm.

Maybe.

I am considering this possibility.

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I’ve been making up my schedule as I go along for a few days so I think I’ll look at it and let you know.

Hey…I’m right on schedule. Today I am supposed to do a HIIT. I can do that. I was supposed to run yesterday but I walked more than double the distance. Does that count as running? I feel like that’s a math problem waiting to happen.

I’m also painting. Painting, walking, HIIT and maybe I’ll finish up the last of the garage. I’m feelin’ itchy to do a project.

Anybody else doing anything exciting? Am I missing out?

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Remember we only get one body. Everybody gets their own unique version and yeah…some are dealt far different cards. Everyone has a story and we don’t know anyone’s story. But we have to love our body because we only get the one. Take care of it, fuel it correctly, treat it correctly, rest it and appreciate it. Recognize it for it’s worth. You get out of it what you put into it. It gives back. It will.
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Run on…

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This day.

Memorial Day. Too many thoughts. People we’ve lost. Experiences we’ve had. This is always an emotionally charged weekend we try to fill with with races and barbecues and friends and family. It reminds us there is joy with the pain.

We don’t forget though. We really don’t forget.

Sunday I went for a run telling myself I will eventually have my fitness back and I really believe that.

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Okay, depending on the time of day, I really believe that.

The first half of my run I really believed it. The run was incredible, the air was beautiful and I felt amazing. The second half of my run was pretty rough and there may or may not have been tears.

Yesterday we did the Bolder Boulder which we do every year and this year we were determined not to because I was pretty unprepared to run six miles and we had put off registering so long that now the cost was the price of a small car. Admittedly it’s a Kia but whatever. But we pulled the trigger because we’ve done it so many years we can’t imagine not doing it. Also, what else would we do on this day? We figured we’d run as much as we could and we’d walk as much as we could. Sean bikes a LOT but not so much running so there would be a lot of walking. This year would be a rough BB.

It’s fair to note that I haven’t slept well all week so I have been tracking on little to no sleep and that didn’t help and then waking up yesterday I thought I’d totally be okay only to have my stomach say…

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It pretty much stayed that grumpy all day but especially unhappy during the six miles so we were VERY careful during the run. Sean was pretty great to stop and walk whenever I needed to. I walked every hill (there’s a lot of hills in the BB) because you have to work harder on the hills and my stomach didn’t need that effort thankyouverymuch. So we just babied it. This strategy seemed to work.
I’ve never had a problem with Celiac and running really. This was a learning curve I could do without.

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Alex was supposed to come over for a barbecue, he had invited about 8 million friends and Sean thought…well hey…we have a lot of people coming over I’ll just invite a few more. So he invited a friend and his family, too. We ran straight from the BB to the grocery store, he went one way and I went the other and $200 later (we picked up a few other things but yeah…that’s a lot of people and don’t forget the cupcakes)…we had a lot of food. Standing in the checkout I get a call from Alex that they aren’t coming.

So…what do you do when you have $200 worth of food and no one is coming? You count your blessings that your grocery shopping is done for the week and you put stuff in the freezer for the next barbecue because probably 25% of it I can’t eat. #gluten

We did have the one family come over and they were lovely…I was able to pawn off one package of cupcakes on them. God only knows what I’ll do with the other.
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You know that whole…I think I’ll go hike the PCT and get away from the world thing?

I’ve been in hibernation mode for a while. You know how you get to that point where you just want hide in your house? I’ve been there for awhile. I’m liking it. It’s a good place to be for me. I might name it.

I’m totally there. That’s where my head is. That’s what I want to be doing. I don’t want to talk to people. I just want to be in my own head. And no, I’m not depressed…just don’t feel like talking to the world.

And pretty over the world sharing all of their thoughts with me.

Today I am walking with a friend and I am doing a HIIT. I think I have yoga on the schedule but I feel the need to raise my heart rate and sweat it out.

I may even head down to the incline and do that. I could use the stretch.

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#dragonslayer
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My favorite things about Michelle.

This was just a lovely quiet weekend by myself for the most part. We had lunch with Shaughnessy and Adam on Saturday, we get to see them far more than we get to see Alex and Megan. Different parts of town  you know. On Sunday Sean went back to his planned event that took all of his day and I went hiking with Miss Michelle on what had to be the most beautiful hike we’ve ever been on.

The trailhead was Apex but the eventual trail was Enchanted Forest Trail and it was not kidding.
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We felt like we were in a Disney movie it was so magical. At any moment little birds would fly out and sing to us as they put ribbons in our hair. It was so beautiful I lost count of how many times I stopped to say that and finally I just stopped so I could proclaim I felt like I was having a spiritual experience from this hike. It counts, so far, as my favorite and that’s saying something…I’ve hiked a lot. Michelle took a million photos and was generous enough to share one with me.

I know, right? She shared one.

I’ve got to get a new phone….I digress
Here is the photo…LOOK at this! 

I know, you’re thinking…huh…that does not look Disney magical. Well it’s a HEART.

This was on the trail in front of us…it’s hardly even real. A perfect heart in stone. The colors on the trail were the truest greens I’ve ever seen. It’s was covered and beautiful and magical.

Whatever just trust me.

So here are my favorite things about Michelle:

  1. She’s a real person with real issues. I know that I’m getting exactly what’s really happening and not the glossed over version you tell your mean neighbor. She puts it right out there and I can totally relate.  I can be totally and completely myself.
  2. She’s always willing to drive. I don’t mind driving (most people know this) though full disclosure I will totally map it even if I’m going around the block because I’m terrified of being lost. She also knows I’m afraid of spiders and being lost and continues to try to convince me to be afraid of snakes and lightening. Keep working on that, Michelle.
  3. She  gets the Celiac thing and is right on board with great places to eat and names them..which brings me to #4
  4. She makes decisions like a champ. Girl is a decision maker. ::swoon:: “Let’s meet at such and such on Tuesday at 11”. I love her. I would happily and cheerfully make at least two of those decisions or even HELP with those but she’s totally on it. Trails? She’s like…here are three trails…I’m like..yep. Let’s do that one…how’s 8? she says “see you then!” I love that. Decision maker. That is a girl after my own heart.
  5. She takes pictures! Now, I do harass her because she sends me ONE but if I asked her she’d send me all ten. And it is now on my list to go to the Verizon store to check out my phone options. ~MT has given me a virtually brand new phone that I can swap to but it’s a little bigger than I want so I’m resisting… I just really really need a good camera phone. This is killing me.~
  6. She is totally up for any and all adventures and if I ask her she’s all…yeah let’s go! At least once a week I can expect a message in my inbox to say “want to do THIS with me?” and it’ll include a link to a wild and crazy event that neither of us realistically should do but per our mantra...what the hell? 
  7. She loves the outdoors as much as I do and any chance to get outside she’ll do it.
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When I came home I walked the puppy who by then had given up all hope of anyone ever spending time with him again so when I came in the door he didn’t even lift his little head the poor guy.
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Miraculously, after that I still had energy so I went for a three mile run and that felt amazing in the cool evening air so by the time the evening was done I had put in about 12 miles. It felt really good and I didn’t feel like I had overdone it at all. It was like…21,000 steps or something crazy ass like that.
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On that note, the crazy note, Ria from MotivationalMompersonaltraining.com is on a streak of 128 days of step goals (since January 1st she has surpassed the previous days step goal, each day gets higher because that’s how Garmin works) and yesterday she ran a half marathon  and then walked across town eventually reaching 51,617 steps in a day. I wonder how many days she can keep this streak up?

Today I’m supposed to do yoga so I’ll probably do that but Sean took the day off so I may go to Castle Rock to do the incline.

Oh you caught that, too, huh? Sean took the day off.  Pretty sweet of him to take the day off to spend with me….
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Don’t get excited he did it for the game… LOL…he just finished early so it worked out. And right now? He’s at work..he got called in to do something. My life in a nutshell.

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Ah, it’s okay. I’m just pickin’ on him.
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yogadays.

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the cliche of life.

I first have to send love to my friend. She knows who she is. She lost her significant other two days ago and though they weren’t married they were as close as they could have been…living together, having a child together and being a family. He was young and she is broken. I am broken for her. His parents lost their son…such a loss.
I went to see her and I found myself flitting back and forth between practical mode ~looking absentmindedly for the hairbrush for the baby’s hair ~ and hugging her because that’s really all I want to do. I want to sit on the couch and hug her and let her cry as long as she wants to. The practical in me totally takes over and I don’t know how to turn it off. But the house filled up and she had things to do so I left because at that point I was just in the way. I’m good when no one else is there I think…

I hope she’s okay. She has a big job ahead of her but a lovely support system from what I saw today and of course, she knows I’m a message or a text away any time. My phone is always on. As long as she forgives me my verbal gaffes. I’m sure there are many.
I love you, Friend. Hope you’re okay today.
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I bought one of those stability balls and I got my workout in just blowing the damn thing up. I was exhausted and by the time I was done I didn’t have the energy to workout. I read the instructions (I know, right? Instructions? To blow up a ball? This should not require instructions…I was seriously doubting my ability to function as a human being if I needed help with this) and it told me it wouldn’t be fully inflated until tomorrow. I don’t know why. Today it would only partially inflate. Tomorrow it would inflate the rest of the way. This seems like a lot of work for a workout I’m not even sure I’ll like.
I had one of these before but I had kids at home then and I don’t workout with kids so I ended up donating it because I never used it. Trying again now. It’s supposed to be great for your abs. My abs need all the help they can get.
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The Gilmore chronicles
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you know some men retire...”~ Emily
yes, and some men tattoo their mother’s names on their biceps...” ~ Richard, Emily’s husband, a line I appreciate and smile at as I fondly think of my son…with “Mom” tattooed on his bicep. LOL (shout out to Alex Michael)

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I think it is really important to take a moment to recognize what you have. Appreciate it and thank the universe.

We can’t always “appreciate every moment”. It’s incredibly unrealistic and I don’t like cleaning the toilet, talking to the car mechanic, having the flu and I really really don’t like pulling weeds…sorry Mom. Never have and I’m a little bitter about the memories. Bugs. But I am a HUGE lover of life and all the little things. I am the person that appreciates life for all those stupid little things that people make fun of me for.

  • I love the plant I haven’t killed yet that’s still sitting on my counter (Megan asked if it was real..she obviously knows me…LOL)
  • I love that my husband is ridiculously happy playing this game (he just left again tonight…he’s so happy…my husband is happy..he’s a very subdued introvert, that’s a big deal)
  • I love Netflix. What a brilliant idea Netflix was
  • I love strength training…I KNOW> can you BELIEVE IT???  Yep. That happened after my surgery kept me from it
  • I love great restaurants that are gluten free (so much)
  • Podcasts. joy.
  • I love running so SO much. I can’t wait until it’s not so much work. SOON. I’m holding my breath. Not really I would totally be dead.
    Can you imagine if I actually put real thought into this list? This took me like 4. 6 seconds.
  • The gist is…life gives us surprises every single day. kiss your family. 

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Today I did a half ass workout due to my day being out of whack. Friday is supposed to be a rest day so I’m swapping and doing Thursdays workout on Friday.

I’m going to run and I have a strength training workout that includes the stability ball. I know you’re shocked.

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Appreciating life all the time but we can’t close our eyes for one minute.

  • I feel like I had a “while you were sleeping” moment.  My phone died and while it was charging I ran a few errands. When I got my phone back we’d bombed Syria. What the hell? Now I’m clutching it to me like my Daddy’s Bible. Lord knows what will happen if I put it down.
  • I’m having an “I’m pretty over Trump” day week.
  • We picked up theboy from school today and to placate him because he couldn’t go to Babe’s house we took him to ice cream. He was happy and delightful and funny and smart and he worked on a computer game on Papa Sean’s phone while I took pictures of him and admired him because good heavens he really is nearly perfect. How did we get so lucky. #afterschoolicecreamspecial #hesallmine #sweetestboy
          
     
    They were learning games…pretty intense studying going on.
  • I was talking to my friend Dana today on the phone and we were discussing how my blood work had turned out after surgery. Without going into too many details (not important right now) she asked how I’m generally feeling and what if any symptoms I have and I had no problem telling her I feel really kind of amazing. Seriously I feel great (leg notwithstanding). I am incredibly happy it.
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  • Years ago Alex came home with a friend from the neighborhood and I knew immediately they’d be best friends. I marched my ass right on over to his mom’s house and insinuated myself into her life. I insisted we be best friends, she really had no choice. Here it is 18+ years later (I am really not sure how long it’s been)and she really is like my sister. She’s this amazing person who has seen more tragedy in her life than a person should have to and insists on being happy and loving life and this, People, is why I love her. She is that kind of person that finds joy in everything….the little things, the big things, the ridiculous things. I feel the same way and most of the time people just shake their head at me but Andrea appreciates my whacked out perspective. She appreciates and loves life and this is why I can talk to her in the car for fives hours. Life is ridiculously beautiful and she knows this, too. Please please PLEASE appreciate all the little things that make life beautiful.
  • Stephen Takes On Kendall Jenner’s ‘Attractive Lives Matter’ Pepsi Ad– I can’t seem to post the video, you’ll have to just follow the link. Sad day! It’s totally worth it anyway.
  • I went to Shaughnessy’s house the other day and after I left, Adam texted me and told me thank you for cleaning Theboy’s room. He said I absolutely didn’t have to do that. I told him it was no problem and not to worry about it. In relaying this story to my mom I told her he doesn’t understand, I have friends who leave their kitchens messy so I CAN clean them. I LIKE that. She said to tell him I’m Monica. That should help explain. I’m the person you WANT to have at a party….the clean up is my favorite part! I need to explain that to him.
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