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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Rise and shine! Time for a run with my baby! Green lakes here we come! ‍♀️‍♀️

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I suppose we needed the moisture. Isn’t that what they say?

I bought new jeans and I was so excited by how comfortable they are I immediately headed out for a second pair. They’re a lovely straight leg, size eight, but the problem is they have enough stretch that a second person can share the jeans with me after about 15 minutes.  I’m not kidding when I say holy wow there’s a lot of stretch in these jeans. A ridiculous amount.  My logical self said, “self…buy the size 6’s.”. I looked it up and it looks like they have 3% Elastane. What is Elastane? Whatever it is it’s very stretchy.  So I logically bought the size 6’s but don’t worry. My brain wasn’t in any way allowing myself to actually THINK I wear a size 6. Pretty dead on a size 10 still. Stupid sizing.

Well. The size 6’s? yeah…they … kind of fit  but… not. They fit  but did not then stretch out to be magic size 8’s. They just fit. So they kind of feel tight. Uncomfortably tight. I wore them an entire day…still tight.

In case you’re wondering, yep. Same style. Just in the 6’s. So frustrating. The 8’s?…SO BIG.

I give up. Mom jeans it is.

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Sometimes I write small notes to keep track of  interesting little facts (i.e. things that happen to me that aren’t actually interesting but I don’t have a life so you get to hear about them anyway) that I might want to tell you about later. I found this written down on a slip of paper…”I had to use scissors to open my juice”. I have no idea what this means. I don’t drink juice. Why would I use scissors to open the mythological juice that I don’t drink? Is this a Celiac thing? I really have no idea at all. But it was apparently worth noting…

It’s been two days. I still have no clue. The puzzle hater in me hopes I figure it out soon.

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I’ve started every morning with yoga for a half an hour and this is especially good for my head and shoulder. Not dandruff, just headaches and shoulder aches. I sleep stupid. But oh the yoga stretches feel SO GOOD.

I need to expand my yogaing. There’s a term for that but I’m not looking it up. I have a pretty basic routine that keeps me very busy for 30 minutes but I’d like to add some different moves without actually getting into crow post. I don’t really have any interest in crow post.  I will straight up hurt myself doing that. Can’t you see me totally tipping forward? Me, too. Thanksthough…

You want yoga as well? :p
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I ran yesterday for a quick two miles and it was divine…DIVINE. This was on the heels of my yoga so my day was pretty freaking great. I haven’t been sleeping and I’ve had some things on my mind so I really needed to get out and get running.

Today I headed right out of work while I was still light out so I could get another run in and it RAINED.

I will run in snow but rain in 40 degrees is just not even funny,

So no.

Just yoga today.

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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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is racing a dying trend?

or is it, you know…slowing down?
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And what contributes to the slow down?
I took a good look at this and came up with the following conclusions simply from my own experiences and also my Facebook feed which no longer is flooded with racing results.  In no particular order:

1. Running #alltheraces leads to over training and that leads to injuries. Better to wisely choose a few beloved races and train for those with happy results than hit as many as you can and end up injured  with a DNF.

2. The cost of races has soared and it’s smarter to pick and choose. One little 10k can be $65 (gasp), the cost of a marathon can be unbelievable.

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3. Running friends are often virtual and not IRL leading to destination races. When you factor in the cost of the travel involved, the rooms, food, etc…it becomes fairly prohibitive (money, time, training) to realistically run every race you really have your heart set on. Choose wisely, Friend.

4. There is a 5k every weekend but the half marathon appears to be the new baby. It gives you the most bang for your buck. The excitement of distance without the cost of the marathon. A happy medium. A compromise.  Perhaps narrowing the field is what’s happening?

5.  Burn out. Too much running and eventually it became just too much running. Orange Theory has never looked so great.

6. Everyone else was doing it.  Then you figured out it wasn’t your style. Maybe it’s boring (who really wants to run 18 mile training runs?) or it’s hard (it really is) or it’s just not really giving you back what you thought it would.  I personally have a hard time believing this one as I think running is the answer for everyone (sarcasm font) but there’s always the possibility someone doesn’t connect with running.

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7. Ultras have led to trail running and eventually to hiking. People reached for the stars with marathons and once they got there they said…but wait…there’s the more. The ultimate. the highest mountain. Training for an ultra took them off the streets and onto the trails and the love of trail running became a reality. Hiking was a natural fit from there and really once you’re there it’s hard to go back. I like both…I’m a city runner who loves hiking. The best of both worlds.

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8. People started running to lose weight and when that didn’t happen well…
and so it goes. 
When you get into those longer distances you really aren’t going to lose weight, you may actually gain weight. Extra calories consumed (you may not need as many as you think), building muscle from training,  storing glycogen, there are several reasons for the weight gain and it’s more common than not.  Not having all the information, it can be frustrating to not get the results you thought you would get so…you stop.

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These are all really valid reasons and this is a totally unscientific post. I didn’t poll anyone and I just did a little reading but mostly I took information from friends I know virtually and it’s all observations I’ve made over the last year. That’s really about all the validity I have for it.

I see friends running races but not as many. I see friends running trail races. I see friends running lower mileage. I have a friend doing a half ironman and another doing a 100 mile trail race. So some people just keep right on going and some are like…you know..I think I’m good.

Priorities.

Money going other places.

Trends.

what do you think?

I’ve noticed I’m pretty tired. I’m not lacking energy but I want to sleep. I get off early today (4!) so I’m going to run. Then I’m going to sleep.

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Run on.

#allthingsrunning
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Run on.

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…

being overwhelmed.

This post really is about being overwhelmed in every sense of the word, with generosity and with self tasking.

My big plan yesterday was to head to the office and finish my blog and hit publish! so it would go on out to you guys and all would be well. Wednesday blog DONE.

But then I got to work and within two minutes I had 12 people  in my office and that’s not an exaggeration. I was swamped for five hours. It was crazy here. And, you know, no offense because I love you guys but I totally forgot! Right out of my head.

We needed to do an outreach program for December and we chose the simple idea of the giving tree. So you take a tag and get a gift AND a sweater or sweatshirt for the person the tag and return it to the church by a certain date. I threw this sucker together pretty quick so there are some holes in the program but the gist is there. Several people commented they didn’t think we had  real local need for it. Well within two hours I had 42 names on the list.

42.

So we had to have a quick meeting about ~do we cap it or don’t we cap it and if we don’t do we then steal the items because holy cow that’s a lot and we don’t have that many people at our church~.

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Our priest stepped up and said he just hates to turn away kids so we’ll try and cap it at 100.  That’s a lot of kids. *gasp* That’s awesome. He said, “we’ll find it somewhere. This is a very giving and generous congregation. I’ve always been impressed by that. They’ll step up”.  So my worries flew away and I started making more tags.

I made a lot of tags yesterday.

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I finally started to decorate my tree last night. This tree is like an old lady that no longer stands quite upright due to her age and things just…aren’t where they used to be.  She’s got branches that stand out in awkward places and holes  where there used to be branches. She’s… unfortunate. I used to be sentimental about her,  now I just want a new tree. Smaller, simpler, cleaner.

I carefully checked all my lights (which were brand new last year and packed with baby tenderness to aid in their survival) and they all worked. I began the process of stringing them on the tree- which is similar to  me trying to untangle my headphones-and plugged them in again only to find two of them didn’t work. That also frequently happens with my headphones. It could be because I’m cheap but it’s probably because I’m horribly abusive to my headphones and shove them into my bag with little care to what happens to them.  The lights, though, were given such love I took it as a personal affront and was offended.

I nearly cried. It was 10:30 pm, Sean was sleeping. MT was kissing me goodnight and I had worked a full day, run to the vet with the dog, arranged in 17 text messages to pick something up via Craigslist, made dinner, done the dishes for the 47,682nd time of my life, done more work, and they are in bed and here I am fighting with this tree and these lights.

The whole world seems to be able to do this as a family event. Togetherness, bonding time, hot cocoa, sparkling lights, candles and cinnamon. I’m pretty sure SOMETHING that isn’t gluten free and soy free and is totally not good for you must be baking in the oven, too, right? And I’m doing it at ten o’clock at night by myself and the damn things DON’T WORK.

I straightened them a little, threw some beads on and went to bed. It was midnight and I had to be at work an hour early to be here in case the phone guy shows up within his window of opportunity.

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My office was 61* when I got here today. I immediately bumped it up to 70* and as of now it’s 65*. That was three hours ago. I bumped it twice more in that time so now it’s set at 72* but it’s not exactly warming fast. I may die here. If I die here please come find my cold frozen body.

I’m currently wearing two sweaters, and I have one on my lap and I’m wearing my hair back with a binder clip…

Sometimes you have to get creative…

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Yesterday, my day of getting all things done, also known as every day   #myworkoutwas

I ran a quick two miles (it’s not much in mileage but it’s sometimes all I need to fuel my soul) and did a half hour of desperately needed yoga.  I also did some pushups because I NEED my muscles back. My poor sad arms. I mean, I’ve never really had MUSCLES per se

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#goals #morelikedreams 

But I know I’ve seen a muscle there before. Once or twice occasionally. Lately though…nothin’. So I have to step it up.

It’s a bad habit I have of concentrating on one thing and losing focus on the other. I tend to have very strong legs and I can’t lift the milk.

I know I need to do more than that but I just haven’t had loads of time. After speaking to other parish administrators it’s a common problem during Advent.
Also, women, because we do it all. I don’t think this  issue is as prevalent in our culture as it was when I was younger and just getting married or even my mom when she was younger since I know my kids share the routine work with their spouses.  I also know I prefer certain tasks to be mine-not because I don’t trust they’ll do it right but because I just enjoy doing them-  and they step back to let me handle those responsibilities the way I like to.  it’s really nice to be able to have someone else take care of a few tasks rather than wait until I reach my maximum stress level and then step in to vacuum. Yet if Sean does laundry or cleans a bathroom, why do I feel suddenly guilty that I didn’t get to it?  What will they eat if I die? Seems like #goals is the theme of my post.

In my next life I’ll have a chef. Or I’ll be a chef. Or I’ll marry a chef.

i don’t know, having an IT guy is pretty handy. Maybe I’ll just have an affair with a chef. It might be more beneficial to marry the chef and sleep with the IT guy. Tough call.

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There’s the answer.

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Brain fog is my excuse for all my mistakes. It’s mostly true.

Brain fog is my second most unfriendly symptom after getting glutened and yep, I’ve got it good.

A small sampling of how I’m doing with brain fog:
I was making a smoothie and I took the spinach out of the fridge to add to my mix only to realize I’d lost the smoothie. I looked all over for it and finally found it in the refrigerator.  I’d put an open Magic Bullet Smoothie half made in the fridge. Just..sittin’ there.

I was at work and went in to use the restroom. When I washed my hands I cheerfully dried them, tossed my keys in the trash and happily walked out of the restroom with the paper towel in my hand.  Yep. I had to go back in and dig through the trash for my keys. Yep. I then had to bathe in disinfectant while singing “gross gross GROSS”.

Yesterday I went to wash my hands (see how clean I am?) and after I shook them out I cheerfully reached for the lotion. And if you’re wondering, lotion does not dry your hands like a towel does not does it work effectively when mixed with water so what I got was a wet lotiony mix of yuck and I had to start again. #themeoftheday

Forgetting how to spell things is an occasional pop up, but not really important in the grand scheme thanks to auto correct.  Fortunately, knock on wood, nothing important gets left behind. I just do dumb “autopilot” things when I have it. I may never leave the house otherwise.

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In case you are following the saga of the missing leggings (I know, a riveting story but really, who loses PANTS?) They had fallen into a basket I keep in my bedroom for things like slippers, running shoes when I’m in a hurry and possibly a stuffy or two but I’m not admitting anything in print. Leggings found. My life can now move forward.

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I’m positive I’m not the only one who goes through spurts at work where you’re just swamped and life is all about work and nothing else for a period of time, right? People keep telling me to go home when I’m supposed to, don’t work those extra hours, stop working so hard-they can’t possibly expect you to get all that done, and so on. Including the people I work for. Go home. You are working too hard.

But I think they all expect the bulletin on Sunday.
And the Advent program for the special Evensong on Sunday.
And the Prayers of the People to be printed so the guy reading it has something to be read….on Sunday.
And the monthly newsletter so people know what their schedule is…for Sunday.

I mean if anything could be put off, I put it off. But some things just had to be done. Since I started the job in negative mode I had to catch up to get to current and I think…(I think!)…I’m there now. This week. Finally. If I didn’t just jinx myself.

It was a long, busy, exhausting month and I am totally grateful it’s done because I haven’t seen my husband in a month. And he’s cute. I like him.

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How disappointing was Angela Lansbury and her comments about sexual assault. Angela…we love you…what the hell? #heartbroken
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The tax bill. I feel like everyone is shouting “just wait until 2018” and I’m thinking 2018 is really just too late. The damage is done now. The damage is being done every single day and we can’t seem to stop the tide. I don’t even have the energy anymore to be mad.

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The things that people shout about and say, “he’s a madman! He’s out of control! Can you believe our leader said  that?”

Yep. I can. Because he was saying crazy things a year ago before he got elected. He’s always been crazy.

Three more years.

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Sean and I went to see Wonder last night. I’ll be honest, I only halfway wanted to see it. Everyone says how great it was, they sobbed the whole way through it, it was so great but sad and wonderful and so many tears! I wasn’t up to the tears. But apparently I have a cold dead heart because I got a little teary at the end and that’s it.

Still a really good movie. Good, clean and nobody got shot or blown up. I recommend.

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#myworkoutwas
Michelle and I connected on Saturday to go hiking in Castle Rock. We did the incline one time and then hiked about three miles. It was a gorgeous day and an easy time outside. Some hills but nothing serious because we’re both coming back from no hiking and no exercise and no muscles at all and what is wrong with us? Taking it easy was on the schedule and it was perfect.

Sunday I ran the dog for two miles and then cleaned my house top to bottom. It was quite terrible and needed floors and dusting and laundry and whatnot and then I put up my tree.  I had well over my steps at the end of the day.

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Run on…