what is your limit?

It snowed this weekend and it was BITTER cold. Like…not friendly and seriously cold.

I ended up just doing some yoga which always helps my legs anyway and was way friendlier than going outside. I toyed with running on the treadmill but again, I have this whole…houseful of people (i.e. Sean and MT so…two) and everyone agrees the atmosphere is way different when people are in the house. Even if they leave you alone. So I just did yoga. I don’t know the difference. Don’t ask me to explain…although I do yoga in my bedroom with the door closed and the treadmill is in the family room and that’s just right out there so…there’s that.

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I was REALLY excited to run after church because the Colorado sun was OUT (you can sing that…sing and shout it) it was so dang pretty. But apparently the clean sidewalks I witnessed all the way home were just mean teasers because Sean took Malachi to the park and he said all the sidewalks in that direction were totally covered.

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I had a mean ass migraine from days of rotten sleep that finally caught up with me so I went to bed. I had the kind of day you really don’t want to think about so I thought…this is the perfect time to go to bed. Thirty minutes or three hours. Let’s see what your body needs.

Three hours it is.

Even after that my body was still exhausted…

Another hour? Okay!

So I slept another hour. No shame here….

Pretty happy about all of that.

I’m up late but it’s quiet. I get to work in the quiet (my favorite), focus a little and maybe be productive. Something that has not happened all week. So frustrating.

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This morning the weather says the high today is 24*.

I don’t even want to talk about that.

Treadmill it is.

I have four miles on the schedule. There’s a schedule I haven’t bothered to share with you guys yet. It’s in my head. I’ll do it. I swear.

Bright side…migraines gone.

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I tried to buy a used (brand new…BRAND NEW) refrigerator on Craigslist and the logistics of getting two of my three family members together to meet and load it and bring it to my house while maintaining a cheerful demeanor even discussing the possibility (we haven’t even gotten to actually doing it yet) was so overwhelming it was a lesson I should have learned years ago. -Do we have straps? How about a ramp? We need a ramp. Maybe we should rent a truck. (We own, between the three of us, THREE trucks) We should use MY truck. But you’re working late? Well why can’t you wait for me??-  Cheerful being the key word. I mean, they’ll do it but by the time they’re done I will be in tears.  and they will most definitely be tired and grouchy.  It’s fun.

I decided I do in fact have a limit and my limit is it’s worth the money to pay someone else to just bring the damn thing to my door. Yes, I am getting the fridge for less than half the cost. Yes, it’s brand new. Yes, it’s a friggin’ steal. But is it worth the hassle? Is it worth putting out two or three of my family? They don’t have time. They’re all overworked like I am. Asking people to do things for me is wrong and I shouldn’t be doing it.  I’m way late in learning this lesson. I’ve even been told and I still didn’t get it. Truth be told, I just forgot. But I have remembered and I get it now. I’m needy. I grew up in a time of “help your neighbor/help your family” because that’s how you got things done. Especially when you’re trying to save money, right? And I’ve never had any qualms asking for help when I don’t know how to do something. My reasoning being…I’m more than willing to help someone else out and I have. But this generation just goes to the computer and youtubes it. Do it yourself. DIY.

I’m there. I’m good. I get it. Took me long enough, right?

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I’m cancelling the refrigerator guy this morning and I’m stopping at the refrigerator store this afternoon to buy it new. To me, this was a difficult and slightly embarrassing lesson to learn and one that was overdue. Sort of like…hey, people don’t really use email anymore. They really only use text. You should step it up. So I’ll use text. For the record..I do text but man, long text conversations are just not my thing.  Just no. I don’t have time for that.

On the bright side, I’ll probably get a new fridge in the next week (I’ll keep you posted). I know you’re excited. Fun fact. Your refrigerator has a lifespan of 14 years. I’ve had mine for 21. Also fun…I hate spending that kind of money so I may get to the store and say…nope. And leave until I’m more comfortable…LOL

Been a long weekend.

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Run on…

Revel it is…

We decided…about five minutes after posting my last blog post….to run the Revel Half Marathon.

Full disclosure we have totally been known to ditch a race or change our minds based on the weather, our training, wild ass plans to head out of town, etc. Neither of us has registered yet but we both have the weekend off and I have wanted to run the race for a few years.  She’s talking herself into it.

We’re mixing up our training with hiking so yeah…it’s totally under control.

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This morning I had 47 things to do and 12 minutes to do them and I’m making time for me. So I dressed to run and headed towards the door only to be met with…

Um…no..Dude. This MY run. We’re going to go LATER. Right now I have to run by myself. I only have a half an hour. Just enough for a quickie. I don’t have time…

he was persistent. Did i ever tell you I’m a sucker for those pretty little puppy eyes?

Ugh.

Guilt.

PUPPY GUILT.

I WOULD leave him but then when I’m running I think…what if I don’t take him and something happens. He’s twelve years old. This may have been his last day to run  and I blew him off! Worst puppy mom EVER.

I get it. I may have slightly been conned by the cuteness but …

Malachi and I had a nice run this morning.

I had a very short time to do it so we cut it short and just ran about a mile. He not happy about the shortcut so he walked the second half in protest resulting in a 40 minute- half hour walk. Damn puppy.

It’s supposed to be pretty gorgeous so I’m going to run when I get off work.

Here’s a dilemma. You have two choices…
1. you have so much work you  work a little overtime every day for four days so you can have your day off Friday

OR
2. You leave work on time every day and come in on your off Friday…

What would YOU do?

I chose option B…I’m still trying to decide if it was the better option but I”m so tired of working late I just wanted to go home.

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we’ll see how it goes tomorrow…dentist day, running day, work day. Gonna be a long day.

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#myworkoutwas

Monday I ran 3.5 miles and walked the dog. It was cold.
twenty pushups
twenty squats

Tuesday I just ran 2.5 miles because I was pretty sure I had the flu.
#thankyouCeliac
twenty pushups

Wednesday I didn’t have any time so I was a slacker. Does it count that I’m certain I got in 10,000 steps running all over the church and up and down the stairs? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

Today I started the day with the puppy. We’ll see about the rest of the day but I’m pretty set on running after work…#savemyself

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I’m running. you?

Michelle decided she wanted to run the Revel Half marathon. I had already decided on a half marathon because I figure I’ve been out of the race game long enough I need to not jump in with both feet, head first, and maybe let’s do an ultra!!!

In case you haven’t learned, I tend to OVER do. I’m teaching myself to not do that.

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So half marathon it is. Now we have to decide…Revel, Steamboat, Slacker (I LOVE Slacker) or Georgetown to Idaho Springs. 

I have run three of these and I love two of them. I’ve never run Revel. She ran Revel and did not enjoy it. So the dilemma.

The conundrum.

WHAT TO DO.

She says Revel but I think she says that because she thinks that’s the one I want to do but I only want to do Revel if it’s the marathon. Otherwise I’m just not invested. I’ll run anything.

Plus if we do Steamboat we get to go out of town…somewhere gorgeous. And she’ll go camping but I’m so not going camping.

I’m still tweaking my training. I generally like to run A LOT but my time is limited and my body is angry so I’m going to say running is 3 to 4 days a week at the most and the other days will be cross training with yoga and strength. I’ll get more detailed with it in the days to come.

For now I’m happy to have a semi plan. Revel and Steamboat are both on June 3rd so the training doesn’t change. I mean, I should probably register (ha!) but other than that I’m okay to move forward. And now that I’ve said that, anyone that knows me pretty much knows that guarantees something will happen so I won’t get to run it but I obliviously move forward anyway. Because positive action Baby.

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#myworkoutwas I ran 3.5 miles this morning and my lungs are very unhappy with me. I’ve been coughing all morning. Spring? Cold air? Too early? Who the hell knows but I sound like a good time and I also sound like I’ve had a good time…with several packs of cigarettes.

Hopefully it passes.

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Run on…

 

Barr Lake hiking (okay not really hiking more like a really really long walk)

Saturday morning I met Michelle at her house so we could venture on out to Barr Lake for our “hike without a hike”. Saturday’s hike was just walking the entire way around Barr lake, which is 9 miles.

We met at 8am and drove over there in one car because it’s a state park so there’s an entry fee. After years of not having cash, I make carrying it a priority. Only Saturday I found myself cashless and I felt like that person that always “forgets their wallet” when they go out to lunch. I can’t believe she puts up with me.

It was cold. Like seriously, People…it was cold. I don’t remember the temp but I think the high was like 50* or thereabouts so you can imagine at 8am it was probably like 28*? I was totally invested in running because I would warm up faster but Michelle was anti running. I think she knew we had nine miles to go and we needed to conserve out energy. She probably wasn’t really dressed for it, now that I think about it.  My legs get weary of walking and I need to try different muscles occasionally. Also..cold.

Michelle had two reasons to want to do the hike. She’s always wanted to walk the entire length of it but with two little boys it’s a bit too far. It’s kind of nice to check that box and say you did it. The second reason is the eagles.
Per the Colorado Parks & Wildlife website:

In 1977, this area was recognized as a valuable wildlife habitat and Barr Lake became a state park. Half of the lake was set aside as a wildlife refuge.
A pair of Bald Eagles has been observed in the refuge every year since 1986. Since that time, they have survived storms, the loss of a nesting tree, and even the disappearance of the male. After 3 years of failed attempts to raise young, the Bald Eagle pair was finally successful in 1989. As of 2005, the Barr Lake
eagle have produced 32 young. Twenty-nine of these survived to fledge. 

An eagle nest may be added to and reused for as long as 20 years, or a pair may use another nest site. With continued protection of their habitat, we can look forward to the presence of these birds and their young for many years to
come.

The best viewing of the eagles’ nest is from the Gazebo, only a 1.3-mile walk south of the Nature Center into the wildlife refuge. The nest is approximately a quarter mile from the Gazebo and is easily seen with binoculars. The
Nature Center loans binoculars and features a display about eagles. The Nature Center is open Wednesday-Sunday. Call 303-659-6005 for specific
hours.

A few tips for eagle viewing:
• Bring binoculars or a spotting
scope for viewing the nest.
• Viewing is usually best during the
morning or evening hours, especially
on warm days when heat
waves can interfere with your
ability to see.
• The eagles are sensitive to
human activity. Please stay on
designated trails in the wildlife
refuge. Pets are not permitted

Unfortunately, we did not see eagles. The boardwalks, though, were gorgeous. I am a lover of boardwalks and will walk any and all I come across. That includes bridges, too. I love the whole experience of it.

At one point the trail goes right next to train tracks. Like…thisclose…
I love trains and had no problem with that. It was cool. I also promised Michelle I would not hop the train like I have always wanted to do and it’s on my bucket list of -things that are completely unreasonable but wouldn’t it be cool if you weren’t going to like…die or go to jail or something?-

The website shows you the amazing boardwalks and the gazebo.

We had a great time and my quads are like…whaat??

It felt amazing.

Sunday I had a pretty important meeting at work so I dealt with that and came home to sleep. I haven’t been sleeping well (I know, right? Worse than usual) and I think it’s a new Celiac thing. So I ended up spending about an hour last night doing yoga. I felt the stretch and strength was in order after the walk.

I’m getting out of work a little early today so I am hoping a short run this afternoon is in order. I’m aiming for 3-4 miles…I could really use it.

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I straight up laughed out loud at this because that is my life. People be fast…I am slow.

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so we had a blizzard

I started Friday with 30 minutes of yoga and then a two mile run.

I met Miss Andrea and we spent the day together just getting in trouble. We went to lunch at Etai’s where I missed Miss Michelle because that’s our place to meet (::swoon::) and I’m pretty sure they glutened the hell out of me. Note to self, stop ordering what I order when I’m there. Stick with simple. They have amazing reviews so I’m clearly doing something wrong.

We went to Goodwill looking for a simple piece of art for my church and I left with a great chair…

My dad had a desk chair similar to this and I just loved it. This one spins like a top and rolls beautifully. I love it. Best find ever. The guy gave me $5 off of it so I got it for $15. Such a deal.

No art though.

Saturday I was supposed to march with Andrea (last minute plans because I really wanted to march but I didn’t want to go alone) but she is leaving town again and has a million things to do so she bailed at the last minute. And by the last minute- I mean an hour and a half after we should have been there- she said, “sorry!”

I still love her.

I  imposed on Shaughnessy for a computer problem I’ve been working on for my job and she was going to do it after the march but theboy got sick so we did it Saturday instead. I have been purposely not asking her for help  but I found myself truly stuck with this and after reading many pages of code I just drew a blank. I asked Sean and he is so busy at work he looked at it and couldn’t get his brain to transition over to what I was doing from what he was looking at so he said he’d have to work on it later…translation “when he gets time” and I really have a deadline on this. So I went to Shaughnessy. It took her five minutes and of course once she showed me the sentence that walked her through it I realized I had missed the three easy steps and gone straight to hey…do it the hard way.  After days of reading instructions it’s possible I just blanked because there was no excuse. The first part had been so easy. I was disappointed.  I really didn’t want to ask for help. Doing it myself is much more satisfying and you don’t put anyone else out and you don’t feel like an idiot.

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I really do read.

I am of an era where neighbors ask for a cup of sugar and friends come over and share too much. I welcomed this life, mostly, and felt like the world was my friend. I have never been afraid or ashamed to ask for help and once watched my husband bring a pressed wood desk the size of a closet up three flights of stairs by himself because God forbid asking for help (I was very pregnant). This seemed very asinine to me. He could have seriously hurt  himself but his feelings were more important than the physical pain he would incur from pulling and pushing this box. I don’t get it. Because of this mentality, I am more than happy to help other people and offer my assistance whether they want it or not.

I once watched a young mom struggle to carry two very unhappy, wiggling and cumbersome children into a school program. It was dark and cold and a very long walk into the school. They insisted on being carried. She was alone. I offered to help her and she said no but she was definitely struggling, having so much trouble. I offered again…and felt bad so I offered a third time. One of my family members made the joke that I was the boy scout helping the little old lady cross the street only she didn’t want to be across the street. I’m just that helpful. It was so embarrassing, my cheeks flooded and I still remember it and think of it often. I’m generous to a fault and it’s embarrassing. People don’t find it kind, they find it annoying.

I don’t think I can undo this person. But I can tweak it a little. I am always a work in progress.

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Sunday I worked on the computer in my own little house. We had a blizzard so church was cancelled.   I put some new curtains up  and as I was hanging the middle section I popped up on the stool between the wall and the table (about a 3 ft space) and felt my leg give out beneath me. It was tired from  the day before and it was tired from climbing the stool. Also, I was wearing slippers. Yeah, that might have been the root cause.

Well…it all gave out.

Stool went flying.

I went flying.

phone went flying (I was talking to Catherine)

I hit stool, table, wall, floor (porcelain tile floor)…you name it. I have the bruises to prove it. It was bad.

I actually thought as I went flying…”legs!”

Ya’ll know what I mean by that.

Sean came tearing downstairs probably expecting blood and unconscious wife…it sounded that bad. It was a small little space for that much activity. Fortunately I make a lot of noise but I’m a survivor.

I have bruises on my legs, my back, my hip…I’m walking carefully today.

I skipped yoga this morning but I’ll do it later. SO MUCH SNOW

I’m whining….there really wasn’t that much. Like 7″..

The gist is my garage door moved extra slow this morning…that should tell you how I’m moving. It was so cold even my garage didn’t want to open.

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hey. don’t look now but we might actually do something. or we might not.

Michelle and I are toying with a race.

I know. She said she was over running but she changed her mind and women have that prerogative, remember? So we’re thinkin’ about it.

Maybe a half. Maybe a full. Maybe we’ll run around the block and maybe we’ll just go hiking. Honest to God we’ve discussed all four in the last week.

We’re not traveling, we’re just looking at the Revel or Steamboat. I ran Steamboat as a marathon and hated it with all the passion I have in me but it could be a one off and if I gave it another try it might not be terrible. I will pretty much do anything for Michelle so this is anything.

I really want to run Revel but she ran the half already and didn’t love the downhill of it. We both are trying to decide on our options so we’re giving ourselves the next week to run ponder and message each other about the pros and cons and see if we want to even plan or just keep going with the status quo which consists of #allthehiking whenever we possibly can.

I will most certainly run a race this year and I have wanted to do the Revel for several years so it’s really a matter of deciding on the half or the full and if I even have the time. We all know time is a big factor in my life.

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Having MT home is great. We love having him around us because we know it’s short term. He always has plans and of course someday he’ll leave us and it’s good to have him hanging out as long as he can.
He’s not a morning person, this should be noted. I like to give him his space.  Sometimes he’s not an after work person either. I like to give him his space then, too.
Working out is critical for him so he makes sure to do it nearly every day. I have to harass him to take a rest day. But he’s not the most cheerful about it as he’s heading out into the cold… you may see a pattern here.

I joke with Sean that I love him 97% of the time.
I don’t think it’s a safe bet to play with percentages…that guy is a little moody. On the bright side, it’s progress when he admits it and says things like, “I’m not a morning person, okay?”

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It is MUCH harder to stay gluten free and I absolutely feel like I’ve taken in the nasty little disaster multiple times. I’m achy and sore and headachy and have other delightful symptoms you do not  need to hear about but your imaginations can work overtime because CELIAC. Something is just going to have to change but I haven’t figured it out yet.

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Meanwhile, it was 3 degrees this morning and to celebrate we froze the kitchen pipe.

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On the bright side my “on this day” status on Facebook show’s last years’ status was the following:

This morning the dog carefully walked to the corner of the room, went behind the rocker and threw up.
The cat thought about it, waited ten minutes, and joined him in solidarity.
I toyed with it and offered but Sean said no.

So this year is totally looking better.

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yesterday I thought about running outside. For about 2.3 minutes when I ran outside. Then instead of continuing down the street I gracefully turned and went around the block like I totally planned it the whole time. 

ice baby ice.

I don’t want to die…I will die if I run on the ice. Anyone that knows me knows this. I can’t walk across the room. I went to HomeGoods the other day to return something and while i was there I thought..huh..I’ll look at curtains for the kitchen. So I head over there and they seem to have a few extra items in their “get rid of” area. Two  curtain rods with  clearance stickers were resting against each other and one failed the other causing a mass casualty. One slid into my leg in slow motion.

No worries, right? It weighs like 1.5 pounds. Oh my gosh. It hurt SO BAD> I nearly asked for a restroom so I could investigate because it hurt SO BAD>

I ended up leaving and when I got home discovered a little cut on my leg and a nasty bruise. That was a week ago. The cut is gone, the bruise is there. My life.  This box was so light it’s embarrassing to tell this story except to say that’s the reason I don’t run on ice. That and those darn hiking accidents.

Treadmill it is.

Three miles on the treadmill and 30 minutes of MUCH needed yoga.
Today it’s very cold so I suspect the same but maybe…maybe if I escape work fast enough the sun will melt the ice (thank you Colorado) and I can run outside just a bit. We’ll see.

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hiking Colorado.

Michelle and I met for hiking on Sunday.

Michelle and I have been hiking together for years. Each season of my life has favorite things about it.  Moments you can look back on or even just reminders that flash you to something you truly loved. This is it for me, in this this time and place.  These miles we put on the hills and mountains of Colorado are some of my favorites. This is our escape and our time to just be us. There’s no pretense, I don’t ever feel judged or pressured. I never have to watch what I say and I always feel appreciated. I can only hope and assume she feels the same because it’s our escape and I look forward to it every moment we plan.

This week we did South Table Mountain. Remember last week we did North Table Mountain. So we figured…better do the other side, right? I have so much happening and so little time, sleep, even focus sometimes, that she’ll send me a link and say, “how about we do this?” and I just say sure.

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This time I realized I don’t even look at the map. I had no idea where we were. I just get on the road and drive. I map it, get in the car and go where it tells me. I know, you don’t have to say it.

So we end up climbing the castle of Castle Rock…something I’ve always wanted to do!

Last week at North Table Mtn, it was flat. Like FLAT. So we walked and walked and it was kind of awesome but this week I thought…South Table… I’ll wear my running shoes instead of my hiking shoes. They’re more comfortable and my muscles like it better so it’s a treat when I get to do that.

Well, let me tell you, not.so.much.

We climbed MT Everest in flip flops. I pretty much wondered if this is how I was going to go…sliding down the freakin’ hill to the road at the bottom. So embarrassing, I can’t even go in style on an actual mountain.

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There are a lot of different trail directions you can take and we don’t stress about it we just throw caution to the wind and say…let’s go this way! This way led to a trail that was VERY steep and all loose dirt with the loose rocks… and me in street running shoes.

I was sliding the whole time. I finally resorted to crawling which Michelle truly enjoyed but it was either that or die on the hill. Not literally on my knees but definitely all hands and feet on the ground at all times please God don’t let me slide down. l aimed for the side of the trail which had vegetation for me to cling to.

We took a different way down.  I most certainly would have died if I went down the same way. What an event.

The climb, though, was SO GREAT. I loved it. It was short and sweet so we extended it by grabbing some other trails and running some. Michelle is currently anti running (according to her she’s over running) so that part was less enjoyable for her but I forced her to because sometimes I just HAVE to run.

This isn’t a mountainous green trail. It’s more prairie but very interesting and climbing was involved. I enjoyed it. I got to climb, scramble, and run and it involved amazing views and a beautiful landmark. I’d do it again.

This does not have a restroom at the trailhead.
Dogs are allowed but they must be leashed.
The trail can be difficult to find and we learned to follow the directions to Golden Summit Rd rather than South Table Mountain because for real that just takes you to a road that doesn’t allow access and you’ll be left confused.

South Table Mountain Golden Hills Road Access
16741 Golden Hills Road
Golden, CO 80401

There is also another access point that we never came across but that address is here:

South Table Mountain Camp George West Trailhead
1219 Kilmer Street
Golden, CO 80401

Today my shin was hurting from something I did yesterday that involved that climb so I spent a good 30 minutes doing yoga. It usually helps my morning migraine, too.

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enter 2018.

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It’s a new year and what the heck are YOU looking forward to??

Sean and I have things we want to do and Michelle and I have things we want to do and Andrea and I have things we want to do and I’m telling you right now there’s just not enough time in the year.

I finally just created a calendar so I could try and keep track of all the plans I just don’t even have yet but my dreams are BIG Baby…BIG.

Well…big for us anyway…

I mean I’m still not going to climb Everest or run on the Great Wall but everything else is totally on the table.

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Michelle and I met early on Saturday for a hike. It was 10* according to Michelle’s car.

We had agreed the night before to NOT look at the temperature before we headed out but I accidentally looked and…well…it was cold. It was cold and foggy and incredibly beautiful in the early morning.

And worth it, right? Bundled up for the worst, we thought…three miles…maybe five…if we get “lost”…eight. She says you can’t get lost there but she clearly doesn’t know me.

We went to North Table Mountain in Golden.  There’s an incredible hill when you first start out that has an incline that could kill you if you take it too fast. Or if you just decide to climb it at all.  That sucker is intense. I went sllooooww.  Michelle’s plan was…warm us up quick. Worked like a charm, Baby.

After the hill from hell leveled out it really was just a flat trail for most of the rest of the adventure. It was flat, rocky prairie with moments of -am I on another planet? 

North Table took us to Mesa which eventually took us to Rim Rock trail and it’s very reminiscent of where I’m from in MT so we had to take that trail. It was really gorgeous with it’s unique landscape.

 

 

 

 

 

We did what we usually do…walked and talked and just enjoyed being outside. It suddenly didn’t feel as cold.

As we turned one of the last corners, knowing we were coming to the end our morning, a breeze lifted and a cloud of white fluff drifted across us like cherry blossoms in spring. So light across the air we turned around and looked in confusion at where this magic came from only to discover it came from thin air.

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It really was magic. Magic snow. It was my favorite moment of the day.

In the end we hiked nearly 6.5 miles and it was a beautiful way to end the year.

This trail was marked moderate to advanced but I only had issues with the first main hill. The rest was just flat. 
Dogs are allowed but they have to be leashed. 
This is a very popular mountain bike trail so expect traffic. 
There are restrooms at the trailhead and they are clean and heated. 

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you can’t leave dessert around and expect me not to eat it.

I made little individual chocolate cakes from an old family recipe for Christmas dessert. There are three or four left because I live with men. I realize that’s sexist but every woman I know appreciates the beauty of a tiny little individual dessert and those little guys would have disappeared within a day or two. Breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner….please, I don’t understand how four days later they are STILL THERE> I also made little cheesecakes and I ate a few but politely left some for Sean. Then yesterday I said…pfft…fool. I am eating one. You cannot just leave it there and expect it to not get eaten. It will go to waste.

It’s all kind of painful to watch. #allthedesserts #amateur
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About a month ago one of our employees brought in a camera they found in our parking lot and it took me until yesterday to say to myself…huh…I should put that SD card in my computer and see if I recognize anyone in the pictures. Don’t judge me too harshly. I haven’t had a lot of time this past month.

For some reason…my head was thinking it belonged to one of the 487,000 kids that troops through the parking lot after school. We had found it on a weekday and not on a weekend (thus…church). But of course, school kids probably would just use their smart phone, duh

I plugged that sucker in and BAM. I have a pretty good idea who it belongs to. It’s a really nice camera so I’m glad I took the time to do this and I wish I had figured it out a month ago.

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I talked to Catherine the other day and was having issues with my phone. I think it was being fine, the issues were probably user error. I’m sure you’re shocked. So she was telling me all about her phone love. ::sarcasm::

I’m walkin’ through Target and right out of the blue I hear her say…

“I mean, I had to teach the phone ‘pernicious’!”

shutthefrontdoor you did NOT. 

How many of you actually use the word “pernicious” in a text conversation? I’m just curious.

I told her she practically had to teach ME the word pernicious.

That’s an exaggeration. I know what it means. But talk about expecting a lot from your phone. Mine struggles with “that”. I need to up my phone standards big-time.

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When I type up my bulletins and newsletters for work they are seen by anywhere from 75 to 125 people. That’s a lot of people that will critique what I’ve done. The person I work with corrects commas and quotation marks all the time but seems to miss that the date is off or it’s the wrong Bible verse marked. Between the two of us we seem to catch each other’s misses.  I have the habit of moving on auto pilot so I don’t actually read it, I just cut and paste. Then when it’s done between the two of us we’ve finished it, checked it over and are confident it is right.

And I print it with that “this is an ‘A’ paper kind of attitude!

sigh.

I used to.

After church on Sunday I get back bulletins with pen marks on them … frequently in red… that show me all the mistakes.

Suddenly my ‘A’  feels like a B-.

Sends me straight back to the 9th grade when I had history with that teacher that used to look over my shoulder as I was writing the answer and then he’d stand up and say as loud as he seemed to be able to, “you’re Wrooong!” with a flourish.

Gee I loved him.

I mean in the grand scheme of things it doesn’t really matter except it does to my perfectionist self. When I go to church I can’t even look at the bulletin because I see all the mistakes. It’s so frustrating.

Two people looked it over carefully and declared it done!

I can never go to college.

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Yesterday I got a run in first thing in the morning (it was short, don’t get too excited) but after work I had the house to myself long enough to get some strength training in. That’s just not a bad thing at all!

I have to run to work this morning but I’m hoping to get a run in tonight because it felt so good and my runs are slloooow. I keep moving though because I need to.

I know it’s not exciting to read about someone who isn’t training right now or doing hills or intervals or running 7 minute miles (or ever has) but this is real life. Sometimes recovery takes time. Sometimes Celiac bites you in the ass and sometimes work takes priority for a little while. But eventually I always cycle back around because I’m always running. It’s who I am.

I’m still reviewing what I’d like to do for 2018. I know I never actually decided but that doesn’t mean I stopped looking it means I don’t know how to narrow it down. #alltheraces #allthedestinations #solittletime #denverlooksgood

I'll be back one day!

Run on…

Two days before Christmas!

So how is your Christmas going?

My Christmas tree lights went out. But only half of the tree so that should be fun to fix.

And a significant portion of my gifts are not showing up. My favorite is one I ordered for my husband which I’m certain will show up in a box labeled exactly what it is. But I ordered it quite a while ago and it’s been in Denver for most of this week. They sent me an email early this week saying, “it’ll be delivered by 8 o’clock tonight!”

That was like…Tuesday. Now it’s Saturday and they’re like…”delayed”. Delayed. Why? I don’t get it.

i’ve Ordered multiple things from Amazon that are just…not showing up. They were due here the 23rd or sooner and Amazon is sending me happy news that they’ll be here the the 26th! With a smiley face. Because somehow that’s happy news.
I am not getting upset because life has too much other stuff happening. Presents are presents and this is the holidays. This will just stretch the holidays out.

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My husband has given up trying to fix my iPad problems. Poor guy. I’ve worn him down. Most IT people are challenged by new and interesting computer issues but not my husband. He’s so confused by whatever the hell I throw at him he no longer cares. He’s all..yeah. I don’t know. Sorry.

Stupid iPad.

My sister Catherine (#sistercatherine) has been having thyroid problems (because why not) and in an effort to fix them herself (health insurance is not her friend) she started taking Kelp. The result is that her hair is ridiculously curly. It’s pretty curly. What the hell? Though no one in her own house noticed (she’s invisible to her family. Aren’t we all?) the rest of the world is like…”whoa! Great hair!” Thank you Kelp. However, she needs to have an accurate blood test so I made her go off of the kelp and the result is…less curly hair thus confirming our suspicion that it is in fact…the kelp. How CRAZY is that??

I pay a fortune to have hair that is…acceptable. And she takes kelp and gets great hair. #sojealous

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I went to the post office to mail a few cards to my waste disposal guys with their Christmas tips. Yes, I tip them because they work ridiculously hard and my life would be very difficult without them doing the great job they do. One of the envelopes came open and I went back to the window to ask the super nice guy for a piece of tape and he looked and me and said, “lick it!”

Um. I can’t.

He said again, “just lick it!”

Again…I can’t. I’m Celiac. There’s gluten in envelopes. I can’t.

It’s at this point he just handed me a glue stick and went back to his customers….kind of like…yeah. I don’t have time for THAT. I’m over you now.

Dude. #Celiacproblems  You think it’s hard for you? I had to ask you for tape to seal an envelope because there’s gluten in the damn thing. #mylife

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I’ve been doing yoga to get me through the week but today I went for a run after I finished yoga because I just needed to. And yes, I have 184 things to do but I just needed to get out on the streets. To be fair I waited until the temperature was over *30. Still, I was pretty excited to get out there.

My office is closed this week but I’m still working. I wonder if they’ll pay me? I’m so ready for Advent to be over. I did tell that to my priest and wondered if God would strike me down. He said when I least expect it so I think I need to look over my shoulder for awhile.  Once the madness passes I will have a  chance to actually get the rhythm of the office and then my blogging, work and my business can actually possibly be done. And most important, running. Right now I haven’t had time to sleep. It’s been crazy and I’ve missed blogging and running so very much.

#myworkoutwas
3 miles of a very slow run but I loved loved loved it.
30 minutes of yoga and my legs loved that, too
2 minute plank
20 push ups (my body forgot how to do push ups)

You can change run to any training session!! Still true. All of it.
Run on…