I had a plan.

My big plan was to do three posts this week.

As you can see…so far I’m totally on track with that. As long as it’s Wednesday. I mean, it’s Wednesday, right?

I know, it’s Thursday and I’m already off.
We had a funeral at church yesterday and we started the day with pretty much everything going wrong. The church seemed to be out of coffee, the cookie person didn’t bring the cookies. People arrived earlier than you can imagine was possible, someone arrived four hours late…missing the entire thing. The organist dropped her music in the middle of a quiet moment (totally unlike her) and our priest couldn’t find his carefully arranged sermon and had to wing it (also unlike him) only to find it right in front of him afterward. I mean. It was that day.

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Is Mercury in Retrograde? Are the planets out of whack? Is there a full moon?

What the hell?

I did a  lot of moving quickly trying to cover bases and making it look like we had it all under control. Coffee showed up. Cookies showed up. The service went fine and as those of us that have lost someone knows, we don’t really notice those things anyway. It just felt like an off day.

I’ve been working on these fires for weeks and they don’t seem to be getting any smaller. So I’ve been making a very concerted effort to leave work at a reasonable hour each day so I have time to get a workout done. It’s a management thing. I’m only on day two. I’m supposed to get off at 2:30 so making sure to leave by 4:30 at the latest is my big effort.

yeah….I know. I could try harder. But the damn fires.

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I ran Tuesday morning and purposely took Wednesday off thinking I’d run every other day. That’s okay because it turned out  completely out of whack anyway.

Sean flies out today to Virginia to pick up MY BOY (waves to MT).  It’s his boy, too,  but I’m claiming him. Once he moves back here there’ll be plenty of opportunity for him to not be my favorite anymore.   We’re up and out early for the airport. The bonus? That means I have time to run later today! I don’t have to make dinner. I don’t have to feel guilty about staying up late (yep. all the time)…I just have to run and get my work done!

Me either, Rob

I haven’t had a serious strength training/incline/work my ass off kind of work out in weeks and I totally miss it. I’m hoping I can do the basics* for the week until Thanksgiving and then maybe after that I can start a real routine that won’t be so on the fly.

Nothing like starting a job at an Episcopal church right smack during the holidays. #Advent #Evensong #somanybulletins 

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The basics*

an easy run
some push ups (usually around 40)
squats please…usually 40 to 60
Give me a plank. Please remind me I have abs somewhere

The thing I’m neglecting more than anything is eating. I have got to remember to eat. I’m snacking more than anything. Fruit on the run. A piece of chicken if I get a chance but usually I just forget. Hopefully I can grab a protein bar if I remember.

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yum.

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Run on…

Sweet List <3

1.  a new haircut! Thank you Princess Anna! @annaloze I love her.

2. November is here. I’ve never been so happy for November. #longestyearever #flewby

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3. MT gets home THIS WEEK.  I’m so glad he’s happy. I love him happy.

4. My computer font has been totally screwed up for two weeks and it’s been impossible to see anything clearly on the screen. It’s been like looking at a really really bad photocopy.

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 I finally figured it out today, or my computer figured it out for me and notified me of a glitch. Was it waiting for something in particular? What happened today that said ~this is the day we’re going to let her off the hook. Today she gets her regular font back. I mean, it’s been fun but the torture should stop now.  I would like to know for the next time it decides to do this.
5. I think (I think…) I am mostly caught up at work. Which means I am not going into the week behind. I’ve been working behind for weeks and weeks and for someone who likes to be ahead of the game on everything, this is causing me to lose sleep.  I finally feel somewhat even. I have a huge pile of work to do but if I dive in headfirst I might get it done quick. Who knew churches had so much to do.
6.  Sean and I went hiking today and it was the best way to spend a Sunday. I just turned off my phone (okay, I didn’t really but I put it on low power and put it away in the backpack) and enjoyed the gorgeous day outside.  You would think with everyone in my family being tucked away neatly in their homes I would not be so paranoid about being reached but I just am. So until I’m not…I keep the phone on. Meanwhile, here is me killing time while Sean is Ingressing. A four mile hike for a quick two minute Ingress moment? Totally worth it. Plus he made me laugh the whole time so I’m all in for that kind of day. #Ingress #hikingcolorado #excusesexcuses 

7.  Tea of a Kind. Now…here’s the glitch. I bought the Pomegranate Acai White Tea and it’s so delicious. I loved it. The other flavor said it had caffeine right on the bottle and this one didn’t so I figured I was probably good. I can’t see caffeine anywhere on the bottle and I can’t find caffeine information anywhere. White Tea generally has quite a bit of caffeine so I’m not sure what’s up there. I only drank a little of it to make sure I don’t invite a migraine but the answer is still a mystery. If you can have caffeine though…this stuff is delicious.


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8.  Shalane Flanagan. I mean Seriously. She just inspires you to get your ass out the door and run. Between watching her win the NYCM and the postcard perfect weather of Colorado in November I am dying to be running pretty much all the time.

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9. The Manitou Incline is tentatively scheduled to open Dec 1st. Which means I have to get back to doing my incline work. My legs are definitely not in incline shape. Michelle’s totally are. And a great thank you to the hard workers who haul themselves up those stairs every day to work on the incline.  It is an incredible workout and it’s cold and wet and just a huge undertaking. Those of us that love the incline and Colorado’s great outdoors appreciate your efforts.

10. I went to TJ Maxx because I have no work pants. I found a few pair that I think will work really well (I’ll be honest, I didn’t try them all on) but I  happened upon the greatest t-shirt ever (when I was looking through t-shirts so I didn’t really “happen” on it), I mean I was looking in the t-shirt section.  For $6.99 my life has been made better. I want to go back and buy six more. Long, soft, fits well, good grey color. I just love it. Good quality t-shirts are hard to find! No, I didn’t really need a t-shirt but … that’s not the point.

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That is probably very true.
But I got a t-shirt that changed my life and no I want six more. #idontexaggerate #ifonlyjeansfitthatway

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Run on…

The day the walls came tumbling down

My big plan was to work out right after work today. I slept pretty terrible last night and instead wandered the halls like a ghost searching aimlessly for the other side.

I toyed with going first thing this morning and the air suited my mood. It was cloudy and frosty and the perfect kind of morning but I figured my unrest would contribute to a rough run. So I would wait until after work. The weather was supposed to continue and it would be good.

Then this happened.

I was underneath that.

I am totally fine. I was able to back out pretty quick as it was falling so my leg is bruised and after the adrenaline that had me shaking for about twenty minutes passed I realized I think it hit my head and my back hurts. As the day progressed my back hurt a little more but none of it was ~whoa you should SO go be checked out~. It was more…this is going to be a little achy later.

I’m definitely watching it and if it gets worse I’ll go in (That was for my mom).

They were VERY nice at work. Beyond nice. Asked me 427 times if I was okay. Insisted I get checked out. Checked on me multiple times a day. Really great.

The cabinet was ridiculously overfilled and apparently it wasn’t anchored into the wall.

PSA for the day. Use anchors.

Also, I got a papercut.

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Roll your eyes if you must but that sucker HURT.

They pulled out the whole office hutch contraption and replaced it with a floor file cabinet (gotta love churches. Someone is always donating furniture. We have rooms full of options downstairs. Anyone need a piano? We have three extra…). I got to organize the whole top drawer of that! It was pretty divine.

It took me two hours to clean up the mess and most of it I wasn’t cleaning, I was shoving stuff in a different drawer or a box until today. Some of it I did manage to organize and that was the best hour of my day.

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Since I was thisclose to running this morning I’m hoping to get it done tomorrow morning. Sean said, “in the snow?”

He’s just a little ray of sunshine now isn’t he? Way to rain on my parade.
Kinda literally.

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This past weekend Sean did a Goruck event.  This was twelve hard hours overnight (it started at 9pm!) and  15 intense miles that include hiking in the dark with headlamps. Only he lost his headlamp so he used the light of the moon and stood between other people and their headlamps. He did an amazing job and I’m ridiculously proud of him. He was keeping me posted through the night with an occasional text to let me know he was okay and I will admit I was so grateful for each one. This is a crazy event. He came home that night  exhausted and spent. The next morning he got up and went back to spend the day bike riding. The guy is a machine.

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So we’ll just take yesterday’s #myworkoutis and we’ll swap it over to today.

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Run on…

Sweet List!!

1. We are having a true and real -right down to my soul- autumn and it’s exactly what we all ordered. We are definitely dealing with cooler days but the leaves, the mostly warm weather and the occasional cool weather, the sunshine…we could not have asked for a better season.
2. I love my new job. It’s challenging and I don’t have a freaking clue what I’m doing but I’m figuring it out. Most important, I’ve been given the space to do it. My   biggest issue is I only have 20 hours and it’s a full time job. I think after I figure it out it’ll be closer to the 20 hours. For now, I’m there a LOT. 
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. You know how I brag about my husband a ridiculous amount of the time? I mean, he’s such a slacker. The computer has needed way more than my capabilities.  I’d like to add I know husbands and wives are there for each other but this guy gets a hangout message that says, “I need help” and one sentence later he says, “I’m on my way”.  He knows I don’t ask him to leave his job and come help me if I’m not in trouble but my head was very bad and I couldn’t think, I couldn’t see very well and I was having trouble just focusing on the task that had to be done. I know very well how lucky I am and I don’t ever forget it. And yes, every Sweet List will have Sean on it so you’ll have to get over that. ❤
4. Winter boots!! Pretty shoes! Ugh. So many wonderful footwear opportunities I avoid going onto the websites or I would be totally poor. Okay, not really but I would want to be. I would want #alltheshoes
5. I love being back at work because I love wearing grown up clothes. I don’t have to dress up. People wear jeans to work. But I like dressing up. My friend mentioned to me that, like her, I probably preferred dressing up because it just felt right since it’s church. But after thinking about it…no I don’t think that’s it at all.  I don’t think God requires us to dress up. God accepts us the way we are…jeans and all.  The people at church are actual people. They laugh, they cry, they curse and they wear sweats and jeans. The downside to dressing up is that Sean doesn’t even flinch when I show up in a cute skirt and gorgeous heels. It’s just Tuesday for him. Dude…good legs. Come on! Nothin’. Good thing he’s cute.

“No one is young after forty, but one can be irresistible at any age”
― Coco Chanel

6. I have a brand new daughter in law! I know, it’s been three weeks but hey…it’s been a Sweet List hiatus. I’ve been busy.



7. This is what happens when you reply to spam email
A really great short and quick Ted Talk by James Veitch (who I am probably randomly related to in a really really far off way).
8. Seeing all of my kids happy. Pretty freakin’ awesome.


9.  The Halloween party to end all Halloween parties. Candy and treats, costumes and scary things…and magic! All with the cutest little kids ever. We didn’t get many trick-or-treaters tonight so I’m glad we had the party so we could see the all the kids. That was totally the best part.  #Halloweencuteness #tinyscarycuteness

     

10.  I woke up today and I’m not going to die. You think I’m making light but when these migraines are this bad you definitely just hate everything about life. This was just the worst I’ve had in a very long time. I considered urgent care for a “migraine cocktail” as my neurologist calls it but I thought the bill might make my headache worse so I took a drug I’d been holding off of and went to bed. I do still have it this morning but my Botox is today (the reason my migraine got this bad probably….it wears off as I get closer to my appointment) so we’ll decide at my appointment if I should reschedule and get treated for the migraine or power through the 30+ shots. Either way, it went from a “12” yesterday to an 8 today and that’s workable. #Icandothat #poweringthrough

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I’m ending at ten because it’s late and I want to get this posted! But if I quick come up with three more I’ll add those.

Oh wait!

11. Vanilla Midgees. 

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run on…

the real world.

I called my sister to check in and she had spent the day in the car running errands which we’ve all done and it’s no fun at all. Traffic and frustration, sitting down all day and just generally feeling like you’re getting nothing done but being in the car. It wasn’t a terrible day, she’ll live. It just wasn’t her favorite. I would have been near tears. I can’t stand being in the car all day. It makes me itchy to move. But the worst part was the first thing she said to me was…I’m sorry about your purple fingernails.

She said she was sorry I had purple fingernails.

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It definitely makes you feel thisbig (you have to put your fingers together really tiny to make that visual work…).

I don’t talk to her every day so I thought I would explain that I may have purple fingernails but that’s not my life. I mean…I have real life issues that I just don’t post about because people happy posts. They like happy stuff. I know. You’re thinking…are you kidding? You write about happy stuff?
Hey now. Watch that attitude.

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Here’s a quick look at the top things on my mind #rightthissecond because that’s how my head works. It’s never one thing. Remember, there’s an equal number of happy thing on my mind so it’s not just these things. These are just real life.
Yes, my son got married (pretty happy and exciting!) but this payday my budget is so freaking tight because I basically bought a car for that rehearsal dinner.
I love my 2005 Jeep Liberty so much I intend to drive it until it dies right there on the street. I needed an inspection for this year’s registration so I did a search to aid the passing of said inspection because I’m apparently leaking fluids that I can’t identify since I don’t see leaks and I assume I’m burning oil (going through oil and my last mechanic told me I had many leaks). That CAN’T pass, right? I put just the right amount of gas in (not too much, not too little, Goldilocks) and I drove on the interstate to get it nice and warmed up and I got the oil changed the day before and I swear to God above I prayed the whole time it was getting inspected because I can’t replace a car right now and I can’t pay to get it fixed. It passed.

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I started a new business nearly a year ago that is succeeding beautifully at failing. Because I am an overachiever and hey…we all have to be good at something. But damn it looks good while it’s doing it. But I love it so much I’m determined. I actually had a friend ask me the other day, “and what is that…other thing…you have…that…business thing…you have?? I don’t really know what it is…” And thus you have the crux of THAT problem. My business has a giant identity problem.

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I have a great new job that is part time and it is giving me some pretty awesome validation because they love and appreciate me there.  Moving on… my husband said (totally paraphrasing) ~it’s too bad. Any money you actually make will be gone to taxes so you may as well not. I mean, I know you like it so…I guess you can for that…you know…because you like it…”. Pretty sure there was a virtual pat on the head there but I can’t guarantee it. In case you’re wondering, yep. He’s still my favorite. Shocking, I know. He’s really nice and he’s cute and I get to brag about “my husband is sooo smart… ” I’m shallow like that.
I figured out a few weeks ago that my OCD is strong enough it overrides my need to run. I have to get things done or I can’t concentrate on even getting out the door. So my run goes to the wayside. Do I prefer that? Nope. I’d way rather run but it is what it is. So when I have a lot of balls in the air, I don’t find the time to get it done. On the rare occasion I’m able to push through it’s pretty amazing and I celebrate those times.
I’m helping plan a wedding with my  sister Catherine (who I love and adore over most anyone in the world) and her daughter “B”. I’m pretty sure I’m making my sister crazy totally by accident.   I was talking to her just today and said something about both B and I talking to the same person and that person doesn’t have time to answer both of us and Catherine said that person should have replied to both of us. Then the lightbulb. I should have courtesy copied B on the correspondence and from now on I will. I don’t think about that because B doesn’t love email but it’s really just courtesy (it’s built right into the name!) and I don’t know why that didn’t occur to me before now because that’s something I would do. Anyway, thinking smarter.  It’s innovation. Sister Catherine sounded irritated. Whatever, we’re moving on.

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I have a pile of things I have to sell since the wedding. Formal gown, pretty awesome floral bouquets, table numbers…things like that.  Selling things is hit and miss. Sometimes you’re hot. Sometimes…things just don’t go. I suspect it’s going to be that way.  And until they sell they take over my living room as a constant reminder of what I have to get done and also because I have nowhere else to put them.
I can…without any thought whatsoever...throw out ten massive things that have to be repaired/replaced/renovated (I just needed another “r” word) and any one of them could go at any time. I predict Christmas.

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I JUST remembered I have to buy a plane ticket…I shoulda married a pilot. Or a mechanic. Yeah. A mechanic. ~as I say this I remember my amazing, kind, wonderful, thoughtful husband left his work today to come to mine (he makes like more than four times what I do so that’s money well spent) to do a quick computer thing and spent four hours there fixing the problem. Four hours. It was crazy. My IT guy is pretty awesome.
And if we’re rounding it to an easy 10 things…I hated my hair so much at the wedding. So much. And I’m pretty sure every picture of me will look really really bad. Like..I’m going to hate them. And everyone will say, “you hate all pictures of yourself.” No I don’t. I really like the one up here on the right. And the one in my about page. And I have some family pictures I like. And photos with Sean. I like some photos. But I won’t go into details because I just know I won’t like it. And I’m pretty sure I’ll get a big ol’ family photo for Christmas I’ll have to display and act like I love and if I never see it again I don’t care. Plus my husband’s step mom brought her camera to the wedding and people always think you’ll love all photos of your family without thinking if everyone likes the pictures. And sometimes they just don’t! Photos should be screened by the family before being reproduced and passed around to everyone which I think is really really rude or being posted and tagged in front of everyone. That’s happened to me before.  Be thoughtful. My generous tip of the day.  And no, I’m not just being paranoid, I’m saying this about everyone who had their picture taken that day because I know every person in my family and I know how they all feel about photos and it’s courtesy to think beyond yourself.
No Mom, I don’t need therapy.

So yeah…sometimes I just want to think about … geez don’t you hate it when you get your nails done and they’re PURPLE?  

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It just gives me something to laugh about, that’s all. Purple fingernails. 😎

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#myworkoutwas
I got my steps in (I know, you’re kind of unimpressed but again, I was at work for so long and we had no food we were starving so…that’s where it went. My time I mean).
60 squats
60 push ups

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I’m working on it, okay?
Run on…

How biased are you?

  • Who? Me? Biased?  A short video on bias in our everyday lives
  • Take the test: the Harvard Race Implicit Bias Test, a race test to indicate bias. It is clearly just a test and of course there are factors to consider, but still…interesting to take and consider the results. Take the test here…
  • We stayed near the airport in Canada and even though I couldn’t run there (my gosh, the traffic. So much traffic. and no time to drive to a fun place…next time) it wasn’t unusual to me.  It was a predominantly Asian neighborhood … more like suburb… and after working in the bank I worked in that was mostly an Asian bank it was very familiar. I was fortunate to grow up with parents that were very accepting of all ethnicities, cultures and lifestyles and religions. My mom grew up in San Francisco. Even though that was many years ago, she came from that city life to a city in Montana where there was an even new and different kind of culture and she just adapted.  I can’t imagine the awkwardness and difficulties tied with traveling with a parent or grandparent who might have a prejudice or bias. I’ve always been very grateful to my parents for making sure I knew everyone to be equal and to treat them as such. It was a real gift.
  • Turns out my keyboard on my iPad works fine, I’m just a distracted idiot. ::squirrel::  What was wrong with it? somehow the bluetooth got turned off… told you I’m an idiot. Why wouldn’t I check THAT?
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  • note to self: don’t tell your husband an interesting story while he’s trying to fix anything computer related. Or really anything. I mean, he’s pretty ADHD anyway so keeping his attention is pretty difficult. Short sentences, lots of interesting facts…big ending. It doesn’t help if the big ending comes when he’s trying to work on your computer because then he doesn’t even look at you, realize your talking or frankly remember he’s married.
  • Think this is amusing? The whole thing from start to finish was over in less than five minutes and he didn’t remember I was talking. Yes. I still love him. He’s pretty damn nice. And really really funny.
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    And after all of the computer stuff he had a yogurt and said, “yogurt…is awesome.” (no, yuck. But he LOVES it. so funny…)
  • I went through security in Canada and got pulled aside because I had the iPad. They checked the bag and I told the girl not to mind my offensively green running shoes. She said she liked them and we spent five minutes talking about running and why she can’t. I told her to go to a good sports doctor and not her regular doctor because he’ll just tell her not to run. Then I told her to go to a running store and get fitted for new shoes because that’s probably the reason her one knee hurts. She needs to strengthen some weakness somewhere on that side. I said there was always a slim possibility there’s something more serious going on but I’ve been running for 40 years, I’m 50 years old and she said, “no WAY!!” It was pretty hilarious. She thought that was crazy and exclaimed several times. I didn’t tell her that for a compliment because I always think I look my age at least but I told her that because I’ve been running a LONG TIME. If you take care of yourself you can keep going and we all know that’s my goal…I hope she does it. She seemed excited. I love to get people excited about running.
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  • I didn’t really mention it before but I had a low to mid grade migraine the whole time I was in Canada and it escalated when I got home. Traveling does that. Traveling, no sleep, etc. Last night I continued on the no sleep train and this morning I thought I’d just power through. I ran a ton of errands and when I got home I decided to go lie down before I start dinner. FOUR HOURS LATER… I woke up at 8pm. My sweet husband came home from work and let me sleep until I woke up by myself. Crazy I slept so long. I’m a pretty light sleeper and usually will nap for about twenty minutes. If I nap for a long time, it’s an hour. For me to sleep for four hours, I think my body had just had enough.
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    because of that…I didn’t run. But my headache is nearly gone and I feel more human than I have in days. So count this as my recovery day. I guess everyone gets one of those. Am I wide awake? Nope…I could easily sleep more.
  • I typed all of that last night and now it’s this morning and I slept in REALLY LATE. In all fairness I went to bed at 3am so sleeping in was mostly just getting sleep. Today I’m going to finish up some quick errands…go grocery shopping and for sure do a HIIT and run.
    I know you’re skeptical but man I want to run so much. I need a good stretch. The key is getting dinner done early so I can get out the door…
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    Run on…

Ten quick and dirty facts about Celiac. Also, you don’t see me….I’m not here.

I hope you guys aren’t too overwhelmed with “Celiac” information because I’m going to throw you a little more. We’re going to do Ten Facts of Celiac Disease.  Too much information can be overwhelming but a “ten facts” list is quick and dirty. Here we go…
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  • Celiac Disease is an inherited disease.
  • Celiac tends to remain dormant but can be triggered or “woken up” after childbirth, surgery or a traumatic event of some sort
  • You can test negative and still test positive at a later date
  • The average age to be diagnosed is 40-60 years old
  • Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease, not an allergy
  • Celiac is very connected to thyroid disorders. If you have a thyroid disorder you should be tested for Celiac. It’s a very simple blood test.
  • If you have Celiac you have a much higher risk of having another autoimmune disorder disorder (I have Raynaud’s also)
  • approximately 1% of the population has Celiac disease
  • It’s possible to have Celiac and be non-symptomatic.
  • Here is an infographic from Gluten Dude showing a long list of symptoms compiled from his many readers
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    Saturday I met Michelle at Red Rocks so we could run the stairs but when we got there they were having yoga on the rocks. Which sounds delightful but instead it was..nope…you don’t get to come in. So we did a little three mile hike instead. We were slightly winded but mostly because we were hot. No stairs…no real workout.

    You know you didn’t get workout in when you are still sporting your hairdresser hair at the beginning AND the end of your workout…
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    (the following was typed before I left)
    So after coming home (pretty exhausted from several days of no sleep) I slept for two hours. I was so tired I was afraid I wouldn’t wake up until tomorrow…no joke it was a dead ass sleep…
    I hopped up and ran some errands and then Sean and I went to the incline so I could get some stairs in. My legs were SHAKING. Note to self…work out more often.
    Sean spent the day working his ass off riding his bike so he did the incline once and then sat and watched. I did way less than he did for the day so I did it three times. Who knows what I’ll get done this weekend. I need my exercise! Final decision, taking my running stuff. 
    Now I’m frantically trying to get stuff done before I have to be up in three hours to fly internationally….
    The last time I flew internationally it was overseas from Germany. That was a long time ago. I won’t get all sappy on you but I miss Germany.
    I hope I remember to take all the important stuff like…you know, my ID and stuff. underwear. toothbrush. YOU KNOW.
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    Remember... you don't have to run... you get to run!
    Run on….

Incline day!!!

It’s a HIGH of 80*…Yep. You read that right. 80* is the HIGH and THUNDERSTORMS> Praise be I am seriously going to live through this summer if the universe keeps sending these days to get me through it.
And because the weather is cooperating I am going to sleep as long as I can possibly allow myself (that’s not very long probably but I’ll give it a try) and then I’m going to the incline and get my hill workout ON! I’m so excited! I feel the need for an incline workout more than once a week but the lack of cooperation on the part of the damn weather dept. is sure frustrating.
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Having a blog involves an incredible amount of work. Yes, this drivel you read every day (sometimes? occasionally? when you have literally read everything but the cereal box and it’s Shredded Wheat so anything is better than that?)…is actual work for those of us who blog. Hard to believe.  Mostly it’s the writing…the daily content your brain must constantly regurgitate and hope people are somewhat entertained by it. I don’t always think it’s entertaining. Most of the time that damn story was really boring. I hear ya. I was bored, too.

To me the most fun frustrating part of blogging HAS to be when your platform gives you issues. Currently WordPress is making me approve every comment including my own. WHY, WORDPRESS, WHY??  Yes, we’ve looked at it multiple times. (well, I have). Sean has only looked at it once. He actually has a real job with real employers and they pay him actual real money. I only pay him in good sweet love and he’s not that impressed so he isn’t putting a lot of time into fixing the problem anymore. Now he’s like…~just approve the comment. It’s easier that way. I’ll look at it “later”~
I’ve heard of this mysterious “later” but I’ve never actually witnessed it.

It’s DRIVING ME CRAZY.

Every once in a while I make him laugh…give him a great meal…we have a super awesome totally fabulous day (otherwise known as we were not thinking about computers or stressful things at all)….and the subject comes up again and he’s all…”oh yeah, I meant to take a look at that again…”
Quick! Now’s your chance!
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This is the time to make sure he looks at it. Don’t let him get distracted. If he gets upstairs to his own computer, you’ve lost him. It’s the black hole of computer darkness up there and you won’t see him again until possibly next month.
Then you turn your back and …

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He stepped upstairs to “just get something” and his ADD kicked in and he was never seen again.
It’s too bad really. You liked him. He was cute and he made you laugh.
And thus you see my problem.
Facebook gives me LOADS of problems. I just deal with it and mutter under my breath sometimes but this one from WP  is really frustrating. I am dealing with it but…I kind of want to smack my head against the counter.
And don’t even think of telling me to reboot. 
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Okay, I really probably won’t, I’m not that violent. I mean, I don’t even road rage. I’ll pull over so you can pass me. But we have looked at the most obvious issues and we just don’t see the problem.  I could look deeper  but that would require someone with actual computer skills.
If only I knew someone with actual computer skills.
I always think in my next life I’ll marry a mechanic. But hey..this is a tough choice. Mechanic, computer specialist…

Who am I kidding. Mechanic for sure. Cars cost a freaking fortune to fix. Totally no contest.
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I just threw a quick 2.5 mile run out tonight at the park while Sean and Malachi were there so it’ll feel good to go to the incline and work a little harder tomorrow.
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Run on…

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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Ya think?
Run on…

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…