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Today’s post is brought to you by the number 4 and the letters WTF…

Catherine thought that up so she gets the credit. When you read this, you’ll understand…

While we were in Virginia Sean got an email confirming his purchase on Amazon. He couldn’t remember what he purchased so he stopped to open the email…we were at Arlington I think so it took a minute to focus. He reads…he pauses…he thinks…
I’m like…what? What did you order?
He said, “um…a balloon…apparently. Maybe in my sleep? Somehow I accidentally ordered something from Amazon. Something totally random”.
So a few days ago we check the mail and there’s a package. What’s inside, you ask? ~clearly desperate with curiosity…

A giant number 4 mylar balloon.
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Yes that’s right. Sean accidentally ordered a giant number 4 mylar balloon.
Why? How? And really, he’s going to accidentally order something and it can’t be jewelry?
So many questions. Like…what the hell, Dude? How do you do that?
In case you’re wondering…we have no answers. None.
Also, in case you’re wondering, it cost $5.99
I will be donating this random #4.  And possibly taking away his amazon privileges.
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  • I have a list of about 40 things I need to get done and I can’t seem to focus on any of them. For someone who is attempting to make a living being an organizer this is a painful realization. I have to make the list, focus on each task and get each one done. Damn it’s hard when my brain is off like this. Exercise is even harder but all the more important. It’s like drinking water to cleanse the toxins out. I need to do it. Sean and I have so much going on right now it’s overwhelming to both of us. Thank God we are mad for each other.
  • Instagram account #youdidnotsleepthere is a favorite. The owner of the account just calls out all the people that take those amazing rockstar photos that show people sleeping on ledges over deep canyons, tents over steep edges…you get the idea. Really really unbelievable photos where you say to yourself…holy cow how did they DO that? She regrams them and says #youdidnotsleepthere-you photoshopped that sucker and we know it. And is there some reason you have to instagram the MOST unbelievable photo? What is that about? She has a lot of sarcasm and also a bit of politics. I love her. 
  •  I’m always forgetting what generation I am. I mean it doesn’t really affect my life but it comes up occasionally so I like to keep up with things.  I looked it up and this article is very clear and includes a chart! Pictures always help. 😉 See-my sisters are a few years older than I am and it actually puts them in a different generation, that’s part of my confusion. Strange, I know. My sisters are Baby Boomers. But I was born four years later than my middle sister which puts me in Generation X, this doesn’t appear to be a generation anyone actually wants to be in, what a surprise, but I can’t help that. Strangely enough my parents just miss Baby Boomer generation by just a few years. They ended up in the previous Greatest Generation. My children are Millennials, though MT just barely squeezes in by a few years.
  • 59 Percent of Millennials Raised in a Church Have Dropped Out—And They’re Trying to Tell Us Why
    I don’t think it’s just Millennials. I think there’s a lot of people that were raised in church and struggle to find their way. 

  • I need to head out and climb the incline today. It’s finally not going to be 95*. Today is supposed to be like…88* or something and that’s so much better I’ll take it. Plus I’ve had an overall ~I feel awful~ for weeks. I felt like I had the flu after camping. Allergies taking over, pretty sure. I’ve slept for two straight days. I’m ready to incline, run and totally lift something. My poor arms. MY POOR ARMS. I need to find my muscles.
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  • I’ve been dress shopping for the wedding online but I really would like to try it in real life a little just to get an idea of how things fit.  Have I mentioned I don’t love shopping unless it’s for shoes or bags? Yeah…I don’t love shopping. I’m shaped weird.
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The rabbit hole of projects.

I’m working on a project for Alex and Megan’s wedding. Megan asked for photos of Alex ages 1-13. It’s harder than it sounds. Now I’m going through old photos and I’m sucked down the rabbit hole. So many photos  and oh the lessons I’ve learned.

I used to make multiple copies so I could send them to parents, scrapbook, etc. And when we lived overseas it was easier and cheaper to just get a copy of everything rather than just get a few (this was years ago…my kids were little and now I have a grandson, you do the math but don’t share because it’ll just hurt my delicate feelings). This has resulted in a RIDICULOUS amount of too many of just…everything.

My next project is to sort and recycle.

That is totally going to reduce the amount of photos I have. Then I can scan them into my computer and in a perfect world if I don’t scrap it…I can toss it.

Also…digital scrapping is totally up my alley. I have a LOT of photos. I’m not a fan but I’ve done it before and I’m thinking…I need to do this.

Actually, I’m excited to dive in.
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I woke up on Sunday and immediately spent the day eating vanilla ice cream and Tostitos. One of those two things I don’t like.

If you know me, can you tell me which one?

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Sunday was  only 80*. ONLY 80*!

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

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update: turns out Sunday was like…87* Stupid weatherman. (not really. They have a hard job)
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I put a free ad on Craigstlist to get rid of some tiles and vinyl flooring. Just leftover pieces. Good Lord this was an experience. I got inundated with like…30 emails in a few hours…and then nobody would respond! People…that’s how it works.
You answer the ad.
I respond to YOU.
Then you come and get the tile.
Come ON.
Nothin’.
So I reposted it and trying again. Also…I’m getting a lot of this: I say “please email me, thanks!” and they say, “I’ll totally come get your tile! Call me!”
No. No I won’t call you. You need to work the email system. Thank you.

Also…take all the flooring or none of it. That’s the rule.

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I just ate a banana (not my favorite) with an individual packet of Justin’s vanilla almond butter (oh my gosh that’s delicious, I’ve never had the vanilla before…it’s killer good) and as I finished the packet I noticed the expiration date was early 2016. If I die…well…just yuck. And how sad to go out eating. Man…that is not how I want to go out. Eating.
Bleah.
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If you don’t hear from me after Monday…maybe shoot out a message alert. Someone look for the body.
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Shaughnessy and Adam came over for dinner on Saturday and we ended up discussing all the amazing shows available to watch. There is no time…NO TIME. I would have to give up all life and spend 24 hours a day and then even still…I wouldn’t be able to see it all.

I love television.

Also, I love books.

There’s just no time.
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It’s Monday so I’m fixing Sean a quick lunch before he heads out the door. I, in my glutened ” brain fog” state of mind (that lasts far too long in my opinion) bought an apple pie for a family barbecue this weekend. He enjoyed it two days in a row. This morning he flipped the box and read the soy on it.

I poisoned him.

He’s been so sick.

I’m the meanest person ever and I feel really bad. I am really REALLY careful with labels so he just trusted me. It totally backfired on him. So wrong.
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I am going out right now for a VERY hot run (I really want to run and I just can never seem to get out the door when it’s still cool out so…I’m heading out when it’s hot. The run will suck. It will be walking, I’m sure. But it must be done if I’ll ever plan on running again. Also, I have a nagging little pain in my right leg (very minor and very nagging) from the incline last week. I really want to stretch it out after my run.

Then I’m going to HIIT when I get home. I’ve lost track of any sense of muscles or abs or freakin’ anything really.

Sister Catherine and her husband, Keith are flying through town tonight so I’m going to pick up groceries for company and hopefully not randomly decide to paint a room.
Ah…if you don’t read me normally, you have no idea what that means but it doesn’t mean I have to spruce up my house for company.  It means once I start one thing I can’t be stopped. And it’s usually the wrong thing. Welcome to my messed up brain.
Not every run is a good run. Show up Anyway.

Run on…

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Birthday Week…

We returned theboy to his parents on Saturday after he stayed with us for three days and then came home rest because I’ve been Celiac ill  for two weeks and oh my gosh the ITCHING>
I mean, I’ve done a million other things, too, but oh does my stomach hate me. It just does. I finally yesterday took some more Glutenease and a heavier dose of probiotics and some prayer to see if that helped. And I slept. I’ve also definitely started restricting the FODMAPS foods which is new for me but I figure why not…better safe than sorry. Fortunately I don’t eat a lot of those anyway so it’s not much of a cut back but a few of them are definite summer foods. They are off the list just in case they are contributing to my misery. Summer fun only!
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Sunday morning we got up early to go on a birthday hike with Shaughnessy and theboy. It was a GORGEOUS day for being out and we picked Bear Creek Trail at Lair o’ the Bear Park. 
When it’s that fabulous of a day you can bet you aren’t going to be alone but when we got there Morrison was PACKED with some random event we weren’t expecting. Cars were everywhere. It was crazy busy. People milling about, no parking available.What the hell? And then we saw them…the runners…

It was the Revel Rockies Marathon/Half Marathon!!!

If you can’t be IN a marathon the next best thing is to WATCH one!

We were beyond excited. Shaughnessy rolled her window down and waved and I yelled in my head because otherwise  would have scared everyone from the wrong side of the truck. It was the end of the race so it was VERY inspiring.

Shaughnessy and I both wanted to be there (she’s run the half before and said it was a really fun race). It looked SO beautiful. And we both wanted to go straight home and sign up for a race.
Running Humor #22: I am never running again. Oh, look, a race! - Nemo:

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Bear crosses through Colorado race, stunning runners

The runners were running the Garden of the Gods 10k and the bear needed to cross the road…~there’s an obvious joke there but you know that’s so not my style~ he politely waited for an opening and took his chance. Only in Colorado.
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photos from yesterday~ because I forced them all to let me take photos.

They.were.thrilled.
(well…theboy will always pose and loves selfies and loves to pose and loves to put his “I’m cool” fingers in my face…smart little thing)
  

      


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This is the start of my birthday week! I love my birthday week. Shaughnessy and Adam gave me these vintage Pyrex bowls for my birthday/thank you gift for watching theboy and even though I told them no gifts she does know I have a weakness for pretty bowls. I also have no cupboard space so I acquire something, something has to go. It wasn’t too difficult of a decision this time but I see issues in the future due to my aforementioned weakness. These bowls are gorgeous. And I love pink.

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it’s going to be 90* today (so unfriendly) so I’m going to try and run later tonight. Plus, oh the Celiac makes me exhausted. So I’m going to lift this morning, and I have many many errands to run. I’m going to run down to Castle Rock and do the incline (yay). Yes, even in the heat. Because we keep the work going even when it’s hard.And we encourage even when it’s hard.

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I’ve been married longer than a lot of you have even been alive.

Thirty one YEARS, Baby.

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Yes, it’s my annual ~holy cow it’s my anniversary again and I LOVE THIS DAY~post. Sorry you have to put up with it.

Not that it’s a contest or anything but if it is..we’re winning.
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Being married is every day life. It’s not hopping off to Mexico or taking cruises. It’s working and paying the bills and putting up with good moods and bad moods and vet appointments and everything that comes with life.

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But we’ve taken a few vacations and I have to tell you if you asked me what my favorite moments with my husband are they would not be in San Francisco (although that was a great trip) and they wouldn’t be in NYC (although damn, that was a great weekend, too)…they’d be the moments when we’re hanging out in the kitchen watching television and eating take out and laughing and talking about our day. Or when we’re sitting in his office just hanging out…

I can’t say he’s changed my life, instead I have to say he is my life. He’s all I’ve ever known. I’ve lived with him longer than anyone else and he was the best decision I ever made. When he asked me to marry him four days after meeting me (at the age of 19) I know everyone was nervous and thought we were both unhinged. He will probably tell you I was the only impulse decision he ever made and after that he started REALLY thinking things over because damn that one bit him. But I just laugh it off because I am charming and delightful and he is as lucky to have me as I am to have him. He doesn’t say that but I read his mind.

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I never ever get tired of him. I am absolutely certain I’m a high maintenance pain in the ass even though I try SO hard not to be. He is the kindest, most thoughtful person to live with.  I’m always his first thought in everything he does. He’s not perfect. He gets lost in thought and stops listening. He’s got adult ADHD pretty bad so he’s very focused or...squirrel. He’s forgotten more holidays than he’s remembered and when he does remember them it’s usually the day of. But the things he does every single day remind me that he loves me. I am incredibly lucky and I know this. There hasn’t been a single day I have doubted making this choice.
   

      

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Also, I was ridiculously unmotivated yesterday. I woke up exhausted (how the hell does THAT work?), felt uncomfortable in my own skin, felt uncomfortable in everything I wore and just couldn’t get the energy to work out. My head didn’t like me and I couldn’t think straight.
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I walked the dog and took a detour home so I ended up getting about three miles in but that’s the sum total.

Planks done, wall sits done and that’s that.

Today I’m going to run. Because I want to. I don’t know what else I’ll do but that for sure is getting done because that is my priority. It’s going to be like…80* and could that be more beautiful?

I love perfect days.

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Every day is the perfect day to be happy but today is especially…

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best laid plans.

A day that I thought would go different than it did. I planned, I scheduled and at the end of the day I thought…at last I run.

This day was so long. I drove to Colorado Springs and then all over Denver and didn’t get home until ridiculously late.  A day of driving, a day of talking, I’m spent. I’ve been “on” far too long.  Unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to turn off until 10:00pm and by then there was no heading out the door for a nice relaxing run. We were well into the  scary dark hours of the night by then.
Sean had gone out for a bike ride and I was jealous. He came in from his ride so happy I was seriously overcome with pure jealousy. Although I was also pretty damn happy for him because he loves to ride. But… I wanted to be out running. 

I just fixed him a burger and went to bed.

I’m just being sad because I missed my run, don’t listen to me. This is what happens after two many days of a missed workout.
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SPECIAL PROSECUTOR! CAN WE PLEASE GET A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR??

We keep hearing about Democratic senators belief we’re in a “constitutional crisis” and that the president is making dangerous decisions and needs to be fully investigated by independent special prosecutors. 

Could we MAYBE get a Republican on board? Are we so split that the Republicans refuse to admit the insanity the whole world can see? Can the Republicans, if they do agree with this please LOUDLY and from the rooftops proclaim it?? 

I mean come ON…
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I have a quick doctor appt today and then I’m going to figure out a workout because if I don’t get a little sweat on I’m going to have a little crying meltdown.

Short and sweet today, I’m running late. There’s a doctor out there that’s just waiting to put 30+ shots in my skull…

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Well it finally happened.

You’ll all be happy to know I got a new phone yesterday. My kids especially since they were fed up with my “brick”.
We went in to the store and the young woman that helped me could not really contain her amusement at the age of my old phone even though I told her it was an older model when I bought it because I specifically asked for the small size phone. I think she just assumed I don’t know any better.

She told me she used to like the small screens too, then she graduated up and now she will never go back…

Chick. I’m not just anybody here. I refuse to conform.
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You can imagine my non conforming joy that I now own an iphone.

I know, right? It was the only phone that was exactly the size of my old one. I had to at least try it.

Shut up, I told you we’re still adjusting. We both stopped multiple times yesterday and thought…huh…we have two weeks.

It’s a pretty big adjustment and Sean and I are already not loving it but I don’t love being told what to do and Android let’s you do what you want. They are SO from MT and Apple, well, they’re all~do it our way and there are no consequences it’s just do it our way~. They are clearly from  Congress.
The jury is out, we’ll see. Bright side…good photos! I’ll keep you posted. I know, you guys are all ~no one in the world is as stressed about a new phone as you are, what the hell?~
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Sean and I did the Castle Rock Incline yesterday. I did MUCH better than the last time. The last time, if you recall, I nearly died every three steps…gasping for air as I climbed pretty much thinking..”this is it! This is the big one!” ~name that really really REALLY old television show ….

Ugh…Redd Foxx…such a comedic talent.

So I got up the stairs without too much trouble from the lack of oxygen but my leg was definitely tweaked so I stopped multiple times to do preventative stretching and that seemed mostly successful. We walked some to warm up and cool down to keep loose (I’m a loose woman) but otherwise I that was it. I didn’t want to incline twice. Still babystepping it.

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Sean somehow found himself the sole purchaser of the probiotics and in the land of Celiac probiotics keep my stomach happy. Nearly the last week has been a little iffy because I haven’t had any. His stomach is happier on them, too, so I reminded him several times until last night I finally said…Dude…get the probiotics. Twenty seconds later he said it was done.

Amazon for the win. And what the hell, it took you twenty seconds?
Send me that link so I can do it next time. Geez Dude.
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Today’s workout is mileage. I’m going to do some strength training and about 3 miles. I know, still 3 miles? yep. I really really don’t want to push it. If things go as planned I’ll start moving up next week. I’m not letting myself get too excited in case it all comes crashing down…

Shut up…I totally don’t see the world half empty. I’m a genuinely positive soul always filled with joy and delight.
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Fine. But only when it comes to my workouts…it’s been a tough year, okay??
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If You Master Consistency:

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Mom’s cold, put on a sweater.

Don’t forget to stretch, it’s good for you and prevents injuries… such a mom thing…
If you’ve read my blog for any amount of time
you know I’ve always been plagued by Achilles Tendonitis (it’s all good, I’m currently fine). Occasionally it manifests itself in a new and different way, in my calf. I’ve been known to have to stop running and hobble home rather abruptly because of sudden and really unfriendly gripping pain in my calf. This is all connected…literally. I have ridiculously tight IT bands and always have and that’s what I’m feeling now. Even when I’m not running I am the least flexible person in the world.
It’s always been a bucket list item (who are we kidding, the term is there we’re just going to accept it now) to be able to do the splits, I think it may be my most unrealistic goal, right up there with climbing Everest to Base Camp (that actually got kicked off the list in the last few years…the abuse of money and politics make it way less fun). This doesn’t keep the goal from being there. Wouldn’t you love to be that flexible??  I would so love it. I think your body would have to feel so amazing to have those long loose strong muscles.
My body has never been fond of my short tight muscles and rebels at every turn. So I am on a mission to stretch stretch and stretch, foam roll and stretch some more. If that doesn’t keep me going, I swear I’ll go to PT. Something, for sure. I suppose my shoe style could be wrong after all these years… maybe if I get the chance I’ll pop in and get a gait analysis. I swap between two different shoes so I should maybe run in a different shoe tomorrow. That will help.
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The easiest thing to blow off if you’re a runner is stretching and the most important thing to do if you’re a runner is stretching.  Running shortens and tightens our muscles and we’re left hobbling around with no flexibility at all. The cross training and stretching, yoga, and foam rolling… it all works together to  help your muscles recover and remember what it’s like before you abused them in such a mean way.
The key is to remember our dynamic stretches are what’s important before a run and static stretches are for after.  You don’t want to mix these up because static stretching done cold can result in injury and that’s what we’re trying to avoid.
I do talk about stretching probably more often than the average bear
but I think people really blow it off and don’t do it…they just think they don’t need it. Getting into the habit of stretching, recognizing how important it is and that it’s just as important as the run itself will only benefit you in the long run and not doing it will undoubtedly harm eventually. No one is immune. Every runner I’ve known has been plagued by an injury (mild or severe) that could have been avoided had they just properly stretched. 
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So today I walked the dog
, stretched and foam rolled for a good half hour or so at least (felt like an hour so probably longer)…and did some stability ball work. Also, I had a wicked migraine so I threw up several times. That was fun. It works the abs pretty well and really kicks those muscles into high gear.
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Can someone please buy me this? I just want to live there in it’s charm and sweetness. You laugh now, but when I have a castle you’ll be sorry. You will not be invited to the ball.
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My workout today is supposed to be yoga/recovery but I’m going hiking with Michelle instead. I think I’ll do a little yoga anyway to give my legs a good stretch before I go and then for sure when I get back. Sean’s been helping me with an extra deep leg stretch in the mornings and at night.  My chiropractor showed me a stretch that helps and Sean works it with me. He’s a little mean and I occasionally have to remind him…hang on…that’s too far. Repressed issues much? But it’s incredibly helpful having a second person.
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Doesn’t this look like the greatest way to wake up? I do some of these already and it feels SO good in the morning. Everything snaps and crackles. It’s a lovely feeling. No really. It is.
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I found these on luschiouslifts.com ~ I also see she has a stability ball stretch workout so I am totally going to check that out. See the backbend up there? Not doin’ that. My head hurts too much with upside down things. Nope.
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Off to hike…
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I have a love/hate relationship with hiking this trail. Mostly love. Well…

It’s Boston Marathon Day! And if your job lets you then it’s ~watch the marathon and wish you were running it while also witnessing Meb’s FINAL BOSTON RUN!~ I mean…damn. He’s so good. I could watch him run anytime and I am sad to see him retire.
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My job ~self employed and run your own business Heyyy~ does not let me watch the marathon because NBC won’t let me. I don’t pay for that channel. Bastards. Yes. I’m bitter.
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On Easter Sunday we went hiking. The kids all went their separate directions so we chose to head to the mountains. Sean, as usual, picked a hike and then read the description to me so I could decide yay or nay. Well this was a day I wasn’t paying a great deal of attention so I just said…SURE. I’ll totally do five miles on a trail that some people rate moderate and some people rate difficult and it has a 2200ft elevation climb that starts at like…8000ft.

That sounds FUN.

Not moving for three months means I”m completely out of shape. I got a pedicure right before my surgery on February 2nd and my feet are still baby soft. It’s so wrong. Every step my poor toes just protested with pre-blister.

This trail was unbelievable. Technically it was four trails. We started on Gregory Canyon, then Ranger, then EM Greenman trail, then finally Saddlerock. 

It was definitely work.
It was technical. Which means there’s going to be rocks and obstacles, sometimes steep elevation and possibly scrambling or using your hands.
Yep, yep and yep. We did it all yesterday. Definitely technical. My knees are a little achy today but otherwise I’m pretty good. Sean is going down stairs funny. Ha. I was really careful to stretch a lot yesterday.

We could have taken any number of combinations of the trails to get us back to the bottom. We chose the most difficult I think which also happened to be the shortest. The trail that got us to the bottom was the one with the ladder. We were met by someone coming up and he saw us reading the map and immediately asked if he could help us. Well, no. We’re just reading the map. I did ask him how technical and steep the trail was and he “suggested” we really would be better off taking the “easier” trail down. This one was a bit more difficult.

Officially my first ladder…on a trail.

We were royally insulted and determined to prove our hiking prowess and pushed on. The bottom half of the hike was no harder than the first half which isn’t to say it was an escalator or anything. But we did it and we survived and I LOVE technical hikes. They take forever (like four hours for five miles plus at least a half hour at the top to look at the view) but still…it takes time.

A milder section of the trail…my terrible camera. Don’t worry, replacing it this week!


This was at the top…

It was amazing and crazy and seriously a lot of work. I need a little more time to built up my fitness to tackle this kind of trail. I spent a lot of time gasping and stopping. Sean, meanwhile, was his usual self and marched on with no issues like he does this every weekend. I was fully marathon trained and he had no time to run or workout or anything and we headed out to hike the Appalachian Trail for a week thinking..I’m going to totally fly past him.

No. That did not happen. I had to stop and gasp consistently as he flew up the inclines and I watched him. It was so rude.
Yesterday was a total flashback. Jerk. He is so freaking awesome. He hiked really really reeaaallly slow just so I could keep up with him. It was sweet. And annoying.
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Sean took amazing photos but he forgets to share them with me so they are just for his own self I guess.

I don’t feel comfortable taking my really good camera while scrambling and such so I just take my phone and we keep it in the pack.
Getting a new phone is pretty damn important. I’m over these bad photos. I think they’re getting worse!
Michelle said she’d do the trail with me but who knows when that’s going to happen.

At the end of the day we treated ourselves to an amazing burger and sweet potato fries at Shine in Boulder. I die when I eat those burgers. They are so good. Totally worth it.

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Takin’ it a little easy today after yesterday. I got zero sleep last night so I’m going to pick up groceries, make some appointments, run some errands and hopefully get a baby run in…if I’m up to it. As if I’m up to anything longer than a baby run!
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Here’s what we’re NOT going to talk about today because we’re taking a news break. We’re all reading about it so we don’t need it here.
North Korea
China
The White House Easter egg hunt (eyeroll)
Sean Spicer
United Airlines
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Nature of Love, Love of Nature

My favorite.
Run on…

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Warning…blood ahead.

So this was our weekend...
Friday MT, Allie and I went to Shaughnessy and Adam’s house for an impromptu dinner because MT’s days home were numbered. We thought we would make the most of our last couple of days together. I managed to get this:

So fabulous.
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Saturday we had a barbecue with everybody to celebrate Megan’s birthday party and mourn MT leaving. I’m pretty tired of him leaving to VA but I’m REALLY glad he pops in to visit. I joked with him about the $600 plane ticket but he knows I was only kidding because I would pay twice that to see him. I love Cheeseburgers. Have I mentioned I love cheeseburgers? Yeah. Also…cheesecake. SO GOOD>

No photos from that day. If there were no photos…did it happen?
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Sunday, no fun day. We all got up and took MT to the airport. Insert sadness here.

So…love to MT and we miss his cute face. (Shout out to Miss Allie, too…it’s hard to say goodbye. Sean and I have done it too many times)
We took Theboy home and headed to Golden to visit The Runner’s High which has to be the greatest running store. Total five stars…
They have a ton of great Colorado stuff (and let me tell you that’s hard to find) and they were incredibly nice. I went in search of some gifts for a friend and they did not disappoint. We left there and figured as long as we were in Golden….let’s go hiking! Sean had looked before and found a trail about 30 minutes away called Beaver Brook/Chavez Trail Loop.  I asked Sean four times and he kept getting it just one word off on the name. Five times a charm…Sorry Michelle…there’s your link.

It was really REALLY pretty. There were some drop offs. It had some kind of steep downhills and we only made it a little less than halfway before….
This happened…

I slipped on a down hill and when I fell my shin hit a rock that was basically sticking straight up and asking for me to fall on it and my leg twisted backward in a fun new way I am positive I will feel in the morning.  I know you’re thinking, “what is WRONG with her?”

I don’t know. I DON’T KNOW

Sean managed to stop the bleeding with pressure.   I sat for a minute to process what happened and then I stood up, announced that it hurt like hell  and we immediately turned back as we figured that was the shorter way out. Yep.

When we got home I got in the shower thinking…I should clean this cut…and instead I found half the skin off my leg and I discovered a small cavern on my shin.  By some fluke we found the greatest urgent care in the world called On point Urgent Care and they took care of us remarkably fast and totally appreciated my sarcasm and amazing sense of humor. That is, as you know, a prerequesite. Four stitches later, it’s amazing I can even walk really, and instructions to come back in five days to have them taken out I stood up and the whole bandage soaked itself in blood.  Back to the beginning… she re-bandaged it and then said no running…no exercise, ice your leg, elevate!! and all of this for ten days…

She got very mean. Stern. Bossy.

Fine.

Dammit.

Stupid leg.

Pause here to send love to Sean because he is so great at taking care of me. Seriously…he stepped right up and was awesome when I was bleeding on the trail (that sucker was crazy bleeding) and he was totally on it.  He put his hand on the wound to stop the bleeding and then he wisely thought to remind me to be careful heading back as I may fall again and something worse could happen and now he has blood on himself, evidence…that is never good. He was constantly thinking like that. Totally on with the whole situation. He was really calm when he realized I was perhaps going to bleed out on his kitchen floor if he didn’t drag my pathetic ass to the urgent care for stitches and afterwards he controlled himself and did not roll his eyes and say no when I begged and pleaded for him to make me a cheeseburger. That is true love. And…at no point did he say, “my GOD woman…is there no way for you to stay UPRIGHT?” (psst…I fell last week in the kitchen and have two giant bruises on my legs…even the urgent care people noticed and laughed).

Worst running/hiking injury?? 

Have you ever had stitches?  I’ve had stitches twice now. Once was in my finger. So random. But it’s true. A nail ripped my finger open. 

So…sending running and hiking love to everyone. And maybe some grace, too.

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Let’s take our hearts for a walk in the woods and listen to the magic whispers of old trees:
Run on…

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Here’s something interesting…

First of all…Happy March 13th. The 13th of the month is always the best day and I don’t recognize it enough for you guys but today…there you go.

This political nightmare is bringing so much chaos to the forefront of everybody’s life that the influx of information is like nothing we’ve ever seen before and more people than ever are learning about how policies and government works. The downside to this, however, is the lack of research. Sometimes when we’re gasping about some tragic thing the new administration has done, it’s actually something every new administration does. We’re just on the train of looking for evil and nothing they can do is right. We need to save our energy for real and critical issues.
Like Sean Spicer wearing his flag pin upside down…

It takes so little.

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Aurora’s Stanley Marketplace takes flight, with stores open and busy; here’s a look (photos)
We’ve been watching this building project from the whispers and we are SO PROUD of AURORA for the development of small business and quality business. I can’t wait to check it out and shop there. What an amazing endeavor and a beautiful example of what can be done with big empty space that is usually discarded, closed and left abandoned.

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Michelle and I headed over to Bear Creek Trail Park in Lakewood  on Saturday to try the route that is a possible upcoming what-the- hell-are-we-thinking ultra run for the fall. We walked and we walked and we walked. It was a lot of walking. Because I can’t run yet until this Wednesday when my doctor clears me! As you can see I’m not at all excited. Also, I am seriously out of shape. But look how pretty it is!!

We walked A LOT (eight miles!) and I was pretty certain we were hopelessly lost and would never ever EVER find our way out of the mass of trails that reminded me of suburbia but in fact, it is a large circle (of sorts) and it turns out to eventually take you back home to your vehicle. I had serious doubts and it took us a ridiculous amount of time but really it was only a few hours. I gave up hope and Michelle said “we just have to go into these woods and we’ll come out by the cars” and finally I said, “um, I think that’s what happened to Little Red Riding Hood so…no. Nothing good happens in the woods”.

She got a new name. I call her Red now. By the way, we NEVER magically came out of the woods and found the car. ::shakeshead::

Michelle recently started the Get Outside Colorado Kids blog because it’s beautiful in Colorado and we have so much hiking available to us it’s just a shame to not take advantage of it and also, kids don’t spend nearly enough time outside.  So she grabbed her kids and took off. Either that, or she’s trying to make her husband crazy by driving across town every day. One of those things.

You can find her blog here…: Get outside colorado kids
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he’s also on Facebook here: Get Outside Colorado Kids

You don’t have to have little kids to enjoy the blog because she reviews the trails on there and I like that for sure. Plus I went hiking with her and rumor has it I’m a grown up. Don’t tell.

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I missed this last week and it’s so good I feel I would be remiss in not sharing it and giving it the love it so deserves.

But I found it while watching this one:

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Sean and I went to Boulder yesterday so we could hike to our hearts content but the 22 mph winds that Michelle predicted with her magical weather app powers actually did, in fact, come true. She is magic. So we went to lunch at Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place. They are 100% gluten free and 99.999 percent soy free and they have a relaxed ~hang out and have a beer~ kind of atmosphere. Totally zen. I loved it. We’ve actually been there once before (you’d think we’d remember where it was…duh…13th street) and left with funky ~maybe it’s pretentious? vibes) but since then we’ve totally revisited our idea of that and decided no…this place is absolutely not that. Ha. No. And we love it. Live and learn and visit Shine.

And now I leave you with this last moment…

John Muir More:
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Run on…and be wild…

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