Thinking of Texas today.

The size of that headline is giving me anxiety but I can’t figure out why it’s doing it so you’re stuck with it. Try not to stress.
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  • I went to Kohl’s looking for shoes (nope…couldn’t find any) but I happened upon a dress shirt I thought Sean would really like. He is incredibly choosy about dress shirts (that check is too big, that check is too loud, that color is too bright, that pattern is weird) so I grabbed it and checked out. The lady that checked me out (she didn’t REALLY check me out) was shocked I made it out of Kohl’s with just one thing and only spending $34. Practice and priorities. I am very good and just not buying things I really don’t need. Also…I don’t have trouble with Kohl’s. Hell, I don’t even have one of their credit cards they try to desperately to get me to have. That’s just how good I am…
  • I know a lot of people have trouble staying in budget with Target and I’ll say this is more of a struggle than Kohl’s. Can you get out of Target without spending $100? Most of the time but it does require laser focus... I got out today under $45. Where I have real trouble is the bookstore. I go for one thing..ONE THING…a card.  I don’t need a book. I have a WALL of books. I have a library in my living room. And what do I do? I can’t resist the pull of a pretty new book oh my gosh they are so lovely… and… I know you’re shocked…I bought a new book. Bet you saw THAT coming.
  • My ridiculous dog has a skin infection on top of an infection. It was misdiagnosed (it’s just really really hard to diagnose) for like…a year. Everything we tried failed. so we saw a specialist. It’s taken 8 weeks of antibiotics and then we HOPE it doesn’t come back. Meanwhile the world’s smartest dog won’t take his medicine. He has figured out every way not to take his medicine. So far, this is what we’ve tried…(I give you the list only to demonstrate how desperate we have been…and I’m positive this list is incomplete)
    peanut butter (he hates it)
    bread
    chicken
    ice cream
    yogurt
    pill pockets (duh) and he’s taken those for years but now…nope
    tripe…yeah. we went there (got a little ptsd from that one)
    canned beef dog food
    hot dogs
    special dog tater tots made with liver and beef and whatnot
    cat treats…yeah that worked really well actually
    velveeta cheese (he loved that)
    hamburger/rice/peas mixed together. Note: he doesn’t like peas. Picks them right out and eats around them.
    His all time favorite? he loves Tostitos so Sean sandwiched the pills inside two tostitos and stuck them there with honey. Yeah, that worked the longest. He loves it. Don’t worry, it’s just enough honey to make them stick and he likes it so much. Go figure how weird that is. Even that was shortlived. We finally were down to one week and in desperation Sean just started opening his mouth and shoving the pills in. It was a little rough at first, then it got easier, now it’s back to hard.  It takes Sean six or seven tries before that second pill will get in there.
    I would do it but no. Dogs smell fear.
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    So Sean continues forward with his mission and he has four doses left. Four incredibly painful doses left. And Malachi looks at us like…so…where’s my steak?
    Dude, you coulda HAD steak. Your loss.
    All this for a dog who never in his life had people food until this infection.  It’s like giving medicine to a two year old.
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    this is Sean’s daily conversation with the dog.
    He doesn’t answer.
  • Pause typing: Must have horrible itching allergy attack for an hour. Hey, can you stop what you’re doing for an hour and itch like a maniac? It’s kind of torture. #Thankyouceliac
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  • It’s going to be 93* today. I have a hard time complaining about the heat when Houston is under so much water and so much suffering is happening. My friend is, thankfully, still doing okay though she has four year old twins so she may be losing her mind if that counts.
    Probably not.
    The devastation of Texas right now is unbelievable and heartbreaking. I force my poor husband to listen while I read the stories I just can’t help but share because, I don’t know…somehow saying it out loud makes it more real? Less surreal? Let’s someone else share my selfish grief (how is this affecting me?) and then somehow the pain doesn’t cut through as much? I don’t know but he’s amazing and even though it’s hard for him he listens. I was given an overdose of empathy when God dosed it out and that makes me cry at commercials. I can’t read an article out loud without crying. I tear up at photos as I share them with Sean. I am, clearly, a crying mess.
    For the second time since Tropical Storm Harvey made landfall, a dog named Otis has found its way into the internet's heart. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images source
    “Of all the videos and photos coming out of Tropical Storm Harvey, one heart-wrenching image of a Texas man clutching his dog in abject sadness is indicative of the tragedy befalling the Lone Star State.”~sourceAny donation would be helpful. Remember the animals, too. I can’t imagine having to leave my pets. I honestly don’t know if I could.
    Here is a GREAT list of places to donate and they all take online donations. Seriously…$10 makes a difference. If everyone donated that, can you imagine how much money they’d collect?
  • I’m off to get stuff done. I’m doing HIIT today so I can feel my ARMS again. Strength is wear it’s at Baby.
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    Run on…

Just keep climbing.

I have found a great white t shirt. 
I bet you thought I was going to say whale.
no. t shirt. What would I do with a whale?
I have a hard time with t shirts. They’re either too short or too long.
Too cardboardy (it’s a word) stiff or they’re that super silky material that’s supposed to be great but instead it hugs every curve and I have to say not all of my curves need to be hugged. Really, lovely of you to think of me but…please don’t. Just hug the important ones and uh….leave the others alone. Thanks.

So I picked up this little number and it seems to be quite perfect. It’s just right for a little soft but not too slicky. It’s long but not too long. The “V” is deep but not too deep. I love it. I bought it in white, black and a funky gray color. They were on sale for $5. A great price and I am always looking for a white t shirt I can wear with everything. #basicwhitetee #tshirtsandjeans 

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Yesterday I was supposed to go to Castle rock for a good solid incline climb but one thing after another stalled me and then BAM when I wasn’t looking I got a migraine superfast and I ended up in bed at like…one o’clock in the afternoon. Nothing like throwing up and sleeping the afternoon away in a drugged out stupor. Good times.

I woke up feeling a bit better and attempted to get a run in later but I thought I’d take it easy so I took Malachi for a walk. The pouring rain broke us up and I mean POURING RAIN. You know…TORRENTIAL RAINS TOTALLY SOAKED US.
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this was us only without the umbrella and I was in short workout clothes.
My poor dog. He doesn’t like to get wet nor does he like to run. It was an experience. I called Sean and he met us at the nearest road and gave us a ride home but trust me. The damage was well done.
I did get push ups and squats done so there’s that. Mini strength training… yay me.
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I went to Castle rock tonight instead but I got there pretty late so I really only had time to get four climbs in before it was too dark to see anything but the snakes and they were really tree roots. There were a lot of people there for a soccer game so I was fine and willing to stay that long but by the time I was done the people had dwindled and I was desperately lonely for companionship and also I didn’t want to get mugged so I left. I know the last time I did the incline I only did three times and I didn’t hurt the next day so I really wanted to get five climbs this time. The goal is always to not be able to walk properly the next day and that was just not happening. What a let down. I had to settle for four. Some people run the incline and that is my dream. That would be pretty kick ass. There’s also a good chance I would fall straight off and hurt myself but still, I’d die feelin’ pretty badass.

Michelle wants to climb Manitou next week and I will freely admit to being very nervous about that. I wish I was much stronger and ready to do it again but I guess the best way to get stronger is keep climbing. #justkeepswimming
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I cleaned out our yard shed so I could sell it and I posted it on Craigslist. I got a text tonight from someone telling me they didn’t want to buy it but they appreciated the giggle. ha. That’s what I’m going to do for a living. Write smartass Craigslist ads. #entertainingthemasses
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Tomorrow I’m just going to do a run when I get the chance, probably in the evening. I’m volunteering for a race so that’ll take most of my day and in the evening someone is coming to look at the shed (wish me luck there…). I mean, it went together pretty easily but does it come apart that easily? Only trying will tell.
I love dancing. I hope someday to take a hip-hop dance class. Today, I was not looking forward to my workout. I decided to run on an incline, which I never do. But, I found myself doing my five minute walk warm-up and dancing and in a much better mood. Dancing on the treadmill is a lot of fun. You should try it. Low settings though. ;) 1.5 points for my hardest workout to date.
Run on…

Officer I swear I already paid for this. And if I was going to steal something…

I asked Sean to pick me up a cheap spatula (the little $3.49 kind, they’re my favorite) because he was running to Walmart. He came home with one, but I don’t love it. I decide to return it and I ask for the receipt. He absentmindedly hands me a receipt to Walmart to include a few other things and I tuck the spatula in a reusable bag that I put things I have to return in. I’m set to go.

Super exciting story, right? A few days later I happen to be at Walmart (that’s random, I only go like twice a year) and I pull out the receipt, double checking to make sure the spatula is on it. Nope. I call Sean and he says…~oh…you know, I bought it at the grocery store and I don’t have the receipt anymore. Well…dammit. That doesn’t help me. Now I put it back in the reusable bag.  Which I keep with a bunch of other reusable bags. ~foreshadowing~

Last night I head to the grocery store (see where I’m going?) and I’m in the store…shoppin’ away and I go to move a bag out of the way and what the hell…there’s something in this bag…yes. That’s right. There’s a spatula in there. now I have to smuggle this spatula out of the store in my purse which doesn’t at all look like I’m stealing it without anyone seeing that I’m smuggling it out in my purse.

And really, if I was going to steal something it would SO not be a spatula.
I would totally go full on thievery…
I would go straight to the jewelry.
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I got home from the grocery store and it was the end of the world’s longest day. I spent 90% of the day either on the phone or wrapping up stuff on the computer. It was extremely productive and I feel really good about it but I didn’t get my run in and my butt feels it. I did get a walk in this morning but walking just never does it for me. I really need a good hard sweaty workout today. Fortunately I only need to spend about twenty minutes on the phone today and I’ll be good.

And I may or may not have bought marshmallows…
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I have a list of about 10 things we have to pay for before the wedding. I list things to help me budget for it. I crossed two things off and added seven. 
How does that work???
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It’s okay. I’m not panicking or anything because it’s all about the budgeting. I just don’t appreciate the ever growing list.

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I went to bed at 2:30 am and for some reason woke up at 6:20 so I got up and quick walked Malachi before it got hot and it was GORGEOUS with being overcast. The cool air, even though the weather said it was 71* it felt much cooler and I loved loved loved it.

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When I got home I thought I am taking this moment and weeding the front yard while I can. When I finished that, I cleaned out the back shed. This was all by 9am. I love cool days!
Then it was like…85* so…back inside. Phone calls to make. More grown up things to do.

But being productive is MY FAVORITE!
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I have seventeen things on my list today. Technically Sean is taking care of one of them. I can’t take care of another one so hopefully I can knock out fifteen things….
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Does Your Family’s Century-Old Pyrex Still Rule The Kitchen?
Mine does. I love my Pyrex. It’s not my family’s, but it’s old and I love it. 

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Friday Night Lights is the comfort food of television.
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I’m off to get things done. I’m running this afternoon when the rain comes!!
Thank you universe for the rain!!
Also I’m strength training right now because it’s the perfect time and it’s a little overcast….how lovely is that?
Hope you are surviving this summer better than I seem to be. ha.
Nunca dejes que tu éxito te llegue  a tu cabeza nunca deje que los fracasos llegan a tu corazón.

Run on…

A Sunday post because you missed me. I know you did.

  • My friend lost her brother last week and I am incredibly sad for her. While out of town for her brother’s funeral she found out her dog was hit by a car. I don’t know the circumstances but the love they had for that tiny little puppy, seriously…he was the cutest thing ever. My heart is just broken. She’s a kind loving sweet friend who cares for people so much. There’s no answer for why but this is a tough one to power through. I hurt for her. I wish I could help her and her family right now.  ❤
  • I have a friend who is diagnosed ADHD. Let me restate that. I have several friends who are actually diagnosed ADHD. I know I am ADHD and I know for SURE Sean is ADD. Apparently birds of a feather and all that…. but my friend swears by the meds she takes and says she feels like a normal person for the first time. She can think straight. She doesn’t feel stupid. She can make conscious thoughts and process them properly. I’m hoping I can straighten out my brain out so I can do the same thing. I’m making progress I think.
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  • Did I mention I’ve had a twitching eye? It did that years ago and we couldn’t figure out why, finally narrowing it down to the wrong thyroid medication. This time I thought I was overmedicated again but I think I figured it out by accident. I woke up this morning after having a fairly good nights sleep. I normally sleep about four to five hours and last night I got like…six hours. Great, right? Got dressed, hopped in the car and started driving to go for a run and started yawning. At this point I thought…I have got to be low on B12. What the hell? So I stopped to get B12 supplements. When you’re Celiac you’re always short on freaking everything. FunFact: you need your ID to buy B12 supplements. Anyway, I bought a spray so it would go straight to me and I also bought a pill. I immediately sprayed and checked it out…my eye stopped twitching. So I googled it and yep….it’s a thing. The things you learn. The sad thing is if I take too much I can get itchy. Just.what.I.need. The brain fog is also a symptom of B12 deficiency so let’s hope all this is helped soon from the b12 boost.
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  • I officially have a dress for the wedding thanksbetoGod. What’s it like to be normal sized? Yes, I need to have it tailored. That’s my next step. And for people who think I can relax now, I still need jewelry, a jacket, shoes, find a hair person…you get the gist. Are we having fun yet? LOL
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  • In May I took my measurements so I could have a baseline. I don’t weigh myself so I wanted to make sure I knew where I was starting. I felt very frustrated with my own progress so even though I exercised regularly I didn’t check my measurements every week to see how I was doing. Yesterday though I did check because I figured two months had passed and please tell me I’d made SOME progress. Also, my clothes were fitting better. ha. Odds were in my favor. Turns out yes, I’ve lost about two inches in my waste and ribcage which is about where I figured I had. My arms are the same (not friendly thanks but no thanks to the strength training) and my hips are the same) curse you children…(not really, I totally love you but damn you hips). And when I took my measurements I put them on a sticky note and I put them in code. Not purposely, I just wrote them down using the first letter. Seriously, it was pure laziness because (and this is not a lie, it’s my personality) I always believe I’ll totally remember what I was thinking when I did it so I wrote a “th”  down as 36″. Now…I have to tell you, I have no idea what “th” is except maybe I was measuring my thigh and if I was please don’t tell me it’s 36″. So….yeah. No clues where my brain was there. I got a good giggle out of it though.  And I went over all the rest and it all is accounted for. It’ll come to me at 3am probably. I’m relishing in the fact that at least I’ve lost the two inches.
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  • Friday I ran a quick 3.5 miles and it was pouring rain…this was the best run and I loved every minute of it. I came home dripping wet and excited to get up and run again. Saturday I got up ready to go run and do the incline but it failed miserably. Sean and I headed downtown to attempt and outing and IT failed miserably but we walked and walked and walked so I ended up calling that my workout. I’m aiming to Sunday. Today I’m hoping to get up early and try the incline again and then we’re attempting our outing again. I really need a run. It’s addictive. 
    Run your feelings.
    Run on…

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

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

Where was Skosh?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Also…dress and shoe shopping. Wish me luck.

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run on…

 

Let’s talk shorts.

Sean and I just got back from Virginia where we went to visit our sweet youngest kid, MT…a Marine who loves to be called a kid, while he’s at school. He got a “96” which is 96 hours off. He asked for “special lib” which is special liberty, so he wouldn’t have to hang out on base the entire time and we went and did our own thing.
How cute is he?

I have much to talk about but it’ll take me a bit and since I’m sitting in the airport.

Instead I’m going to share my “prep” for the trip which entertained me for sure, if only me.

Okay, I’m really only going to share my hunt for shorts.

I needed shorts. Nothing fits me, I’m shaped weird.

I have a short waist.
Truthfully I have no waist.
I have runner’s thighs (not elite runners…sadly). They are thick and always have been.
I have a bum.
Places I need work… (all of the above)
I need to whittle in that little waist…
those thighs could use some …fine tuning…
And the bum. Oh the bum. Well let’s not go there.

What I need:
I prefer a low rise but not too low and I can handle a mid rise but not too mid. (could I be any pickier?).  I have a scar smack across the middle of my stomach that looks like a centipede that is from an emergency appendectomy during my last pregnancy, at least one Marine ago.  But when pants rest on it, it’s very itchy and sore. So I prefer low rise. One of my sisters once told me she loved low rise, the lower the better because then she could get a smaller size! Good Lord the things you remember.

So I needed shorts. I’m stuck somewhere between an 8 and a 10 because of the no waist and the bum thing. It’s quite sad. So I shop and I shop and I shop (oh my Lord the stores I went to) and I even tried clothes ON. I never do that. I buy things, bring them home, if they don’t fit I return them. Unfortunately I’m having such a devil of a time I would have lived at the store. So I started trying them on.
I shopped at:
Goodwill (success! Two pair!)
TJMaxx (so much love…my perfect shorts)
JCP
Dillards
Target
Ross
ARC Thrift store
A couple other thrift stores…
Old Navy
Nordstrom Rack
And probably a few other random stores I can’t remember.

So here’s the deal…as you can see I had great success at the thrift store and at TJMaxx. At TJMaxx I found a pair of American Eagle shorts that were so freakin’ comfortable I could hardly stand it they felt like pajamas. I was on a mission. Off I went to two more stores to find them but no…I had bought the only pair in existence. So I dove in and headed to American Eagle…the teeny bopper store. The store for children. The store for young people who wear no clothes. The store that sells a “sweater” that is in fact…a tiny halter top type thing.
I walked in the door and was immediately assaulted by someone asking if they could help me and I showed them my shorts and said I must have more. She pointed to the display in front of me and said these were the same shorts. I bought two pair immediately.
When I got home, however, I discovered they were totally NOT the same shorts.
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Not gonna lie, I was sad.
So I hopped online and found what I was looking for.
Now at this point I only have about five days before we’re leaving for our trip and I’m getting pretty nervous. So I ponder my choices and sweat about it for a while (overnight-truth be told) and finally bite the bullet and hit the “overnight” button which is in fact…$20 extra. I had free shipping so it just made it $20. I KNOW> JUST.
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I gasped, too. I’ve NEVER spent that on shipping before but I was pretty worried.
l bought them on Sunday which would deliver them to me on Tuesday. I used a card I used to have attached to PayPal but just the week before it had been hacked. Since I’m constantly online I had caught it very quickly and they had cancelled the transactions and issued me a new card. This is important later.

Tuesday came and went. Wednesday it crosses my mind…huh…where’s my shorts?
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I hop online to chat with them and I get Aric. Aric says “yes!” He sees my order! It absolutely will be delivered in ONE BUSINESS DAY! As soon as the payment is verified.
Um….what Aric?
As soon as we have processed and verified the payment we will “totally ship your items to you in one business day!”
Seriously…what Aric? What does that mean? He just kept repeating it. I finally asked for a supervisor which he would NOT GIVE ME> Because he wanted to see my HEAD EXPLODE with frustration.
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l started screen shotting his conversation and then I TOLD him I was screen shotting his conversation and I INSISTED on speaking to a supervisor and also I got on the phone to the customer service people who were really REALLY nice.

I got Matt. I told Aric and the supervisor he had finally produced that I was done with them and had moved on. I told Matt what had happened and that~ Dude..I need my shorts. He laughed and said, “let’s find them!”
He immediately figured out that my new card had not been verified on PayPal yet so they weren’t shipping the items because they thought the payment was hinky.  I gave him a different payment. Thanked him profusely. Asked him why they didn’t CALL ME. He said yep…they should have. That was totally the problem. Also, he said Aric had attitude and that was not okay. He was REALLY sorry and took half the cost off (free shorts!) And gave me free overnight shipping!

Matt does customer service right. We like Matt.
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Also, I had a lovely chat with him and know most of his life story.  (Hey Matt!)

This turned out to be a really good experience and I am glad I did it. Yes, I have American Eagle shorts but I love them so who cares. I have three pair. One pair of white (I love them) one pair of black (I love them) and one pair of khaki and they’re not bad. They go with everything but they aren’t the most flattering color on me so I’ll wear them but they won’t be my first choice. But they fit great and that is definitely the most important thing.
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We had the best time in Virginia with MT so tomorrow I’ll tell you guys all about it.
Meanwhile I’ll d a HIIT workout today or some strength because it’s been days without strength and I long to remember what muscles are again.
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Run on…

Seek Ye First… there’s the lesson

My day started yesterday with my house flooding.

It ended with my water heating dying.

Everything in between was just as amazing including a spider (no, he wasn’t small) actually crawling across my keyboard.

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I was going to go for a run but insanity (life) intervened and I had to wait until evening. Evening came and it became one thing after another and then when my sanity was actually at risk the winds were 17mph.

I decided I better not.

Was I bummed?
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Was I messaging someone about the best kind of drink to have?

Hell I was sitting in the parking lot of the liquor store discussing the benefits of Rum and Coke with my brother in law via email. I can always count on his dark sense of humor to make me laugh. And also to guide me to the best alcohol. When I told him I was looking for alcohol, knowing me so well you would expect him to say …don’t do it …it’s not good for you. Instead he said, “I like Rum.” And we went from there.  I didn’t end up caving though because I didn’t have the emotional energy to google what was gluten free and what wasn’t.
In all fairness the liquor store parking lot was the same parking lot as the grocery store but I was still thinkin’ about it. I can’t be bothered to drink. It’s too damn much work and not nearly as much fun as people talk about.

I think I handle most stress pretty well. I know right now you’re thinking…sure you do.
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I’m a ~power through it~ kind of person. I may rant later but what are husbands and girlfriends for? I can usually laugh it off, make a joke here or there. Be practical and say this is what we do and we just have to get through it.

 

I have a lot going on. I carry a lot of emotion, spirituality and intelligence all bundled up in one hot passionate mess.

When I think about how much I have going on and how I’m handling it I want to think I should grow the hell up and what’s my problem. And the other part of me says I’ve just snapped. I handled it and I handled it and I handled it and now I’m just done and rather than scream at the world and tell people exactly what I’m thinking, I choose to have a complete meltdown and process it.

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” ~Luke 6:38 NIV

(side note: my post has now been written twice and disappeared twice. Heavy sigh. Moving forward)

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I took Skosh to the vet this morning where our wonderful doctor said, “he’s the picture of health! He looks WONDERFUL!” It was pretty great news. And then I gave him $200. ( I had to pick up meds for the dog, too, sadly)

On the way to the vet though, the cat was crazy ass on speed stressed and all over the place.  For lack of anything to do for him (he doesn’t like the cat carrier after last year’s injury that had him at the vet every 3 days for a month) I started singing the first song that came to me. It was a hymn my dad used to sing called Seek Ye First. Here is a random person singing it.

I sang it very quietly and he laid down and practically fell asleep. Also, hey God, are you trying to tell me something?
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I did some strength training this morning. I’ll do more tonight and then I’ll run. Hopefully the wind goes home and doesn’t come back to stay. I don’t want it.
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After a day like yesterday running doesn’t always help. We like to think all of our problems are fixed by a good run.
Venting.
Ranting.
Telling someone your problems and getting a lot of advice you really didn’t want and definitely didn’t ask for…that doesn’t help for sure.

What helps is time with real actual problem solving.  Talking to someone who makes a real honest legitimate effort to listen to you, to not judge you and to not offer unsolicited, mean spirited advice to you. Whether that is through a strong sane calm friend or therapy.    And I think learning to work within your emotional and spiritual limitations recognizing we all  have limitations. The point where we finally say we’re done and we aren’t going to not take care of ourselves anymore.
I believe there has to be a way to be a kind, generous person and also take care of yourself. To give and give lovingly with an unselfish heart.

Sometimes life is heavy. My usually joyful heart (ridiculously happy actually) is a little heavy right now. In a day or two I’ll be better. I get to see MT #thekidnotthestate

Remember…#bejoyful #bekind 

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At the beep the time will be…

  • Remember when you were a kid and you could call for the time and temperature? No?  huh. Okay, well ask your mother. She’ll tell you when SHE was a kid you used to be able to call on the phone for the time and temperature. It was VERY popular and kids loved to do it because calling on the phone was cool and we didn’t have anytone else to call. They still have one that’s in use as a 24 hour clock that called UTC which is “Coordinated Universal Time” (randomly mixed up initials, right?) and it’s the same time as Greenwich Mean Time. They said they still get on average 2000 calls a day and people use it during daylight savings and to synchronize clocks and watches and for the calibration of stopwatches and timers.
  • This is a great article on what to do if you lose your passport.
    It’s not something we ever think would happen to us, and in the case of the person in the article I thought..yeah..I would never do THAT…but nevertheless accidents happen and situations happen and I like the tips to handle exactly what to do if it does come up. I appreciated the organization of it.
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  • 11 Expensive Habits That Are A Total Waste Of Money I’m not sure they’re all great money savers but some of them are definitely worth making a concerted effort on.
  • 100 things to do in the Centennial State- I though this was a great list of things to do for Colorado but you could totally tailor it for your state and what a fun way to get through a summer!
  •  What Happened Today at the 2017 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Reading about these amazing women and how hard they worked for this race was really inspiring and though this kind of article doesn’t usually make me want to run (it usually just makes me incredibly proud of them) this one totally made me want to run. I’ll never be a world champion but to continue to show championship running and inspiration with the issues they have reminds me to get off my ass and out the door. From Gabe Grunewald (whose name reminds me of Harry Potter so I just love her more and more) who is undergoing chemotherapy to Alysia Montaño who is five months pregnant (seriously…five months pregnant!). Unbelievable. These women are so inspiring you really can’t say ~but I’m really tired. Damn it’s been a long day. I’m not really up to a run today~.
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    Oh the irony…I specifically waited until this evening because I KNEW it would be a beautiful evening to run. And then I got so caught up in all I had to do and I was on a roll plus…my basement is trying to flood…so I didn’t run. and I really really wanted to! But no.
    I’m a little ashamed after that last awesome point.
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    To be fair..I’m stupid busy this week. I’ve been at the computer most of the day. Also doing laundry, doing the floors, and dealing with the ~I really want to flood~ basement.
    I ran Friday and Saturday for about 3.5 miles each and I loved both runs. I walked a bit with each but they were so great and I came home pretty much loving life. I did some strength training both days also so I no longer feel like a COMPLETE marshmallow but I still feel the need for lifting.
    This weather has been amazing and anytime the weather wants to stay down here in the 70’s I’m totally in thankyouverymuch. Tomorrow is going to be 84*. I won’t complain. It’s going to be in the mid 90’s in Virginia. I’m SUPER excited about that. I’ll add in that humidity and damn..life is good.
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    I think this is so true. Not just physical energy but emotional and spiritual energy, too.
    Just had a few thoughts this morning when I signed into my account and was  overwhelmed/stressed knowing how many msgs I have to reply to but then shortly followed with gratitude knowing that I am lucky to have you guys choosing ME as your stylist Surround yourself with people who push you towards greatness. Surround yourself with people who motivate you and lift your spirits. Surround yourself with positive people because THEY will make you feel good about yourself because they feel good about themselves. I solely believe that we run off our own energy and the people around us. "Most will say youre crazy to try. Find those who say youd be crazy not to." by thingsbytams
    Run on…

The next day.

Yesterday was Mother’s Day, obviously, and I heard from all three of my kids and that’s a win in any book  because I love them and they are all adorable.
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MT (thekidnotthestate) called first to say for Mother’s Day he was not going to ask me for money. After I laughed I asked, “why would you?”..MT never asks for money. When he went to VA he was supposed to start or “pick up” class right away. Instead there was a glitch so he has been hanging out for 8 months waiting for the next class cycle. He just picked up class this month. But the Marines think he graduated per his previous “pick up” date and is now a reservist and thus…no longer active duty. So no more pay for you, Sir. They did figure it out and started the process to fix it but meanwhile…it’s gonna be a light month. The wheels of the military grind slowly.
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I googled ~hurry up and wait gif~ and I got Cookie Monster. Not sure how I feel about that. #conflicted

Alex Michael came over and built me the most amazing table for my garage in a ridiculously short time…


That sucker is six feet long. He was going to make it eight feet but I ran out of garage.
Now…check out the quality of that photograph. This is the reason for the new phone. Pretty spectacular, right?
yep. Yes, now that you ask, that IS the only photo I got yesterday. I don’t ask the kids for pictures anymore and I totally forgot theboy. More on that later, I bet you could guess though…

In case you’re wondering, that splotch is paint from 1999 thereabouts. Yes I’m that old. Shut up. Just one of many. This garage tells stories…

Shaughnessy and Adam and theboy came over and brought me flowers (gorgeous flowers!) and hung around and chatted for a few hours and then they escaped to their own house. Sean had something to do very late last night out of town and I didn’t want him going alone, it was a long drive. So I went with him. Don’t worry, it wasn’t illegal. Probably.
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I’ve been battling a migraine for a week and I’m pretty over it (hence no photos…). Today is eat what I want. Do what I want. Sleep when I want. Usually this works itself out fairly quick I just have to shut out the world and take care of me so that’s what I’m doing.

I love my kids so much and I LOVED seeing them yesterday. However, the highlight of the day had to be realizing our neighbors had moved after ten years. They had two of the worst small dogs ever and they barked nonstop. I’ve had people over that love dogs WAY more than people and by the time they leave they are spent. Exhausted. Weary from the noise and considering canine murder (just kidding…mostly). We did try and deal with it and it was not as successful as we would like. I cannot tell you how bad the noise was. Barbecues, backyard events, anything we would want to do, those dogs barked the entire time. You could hear it with our doors closed or open. It was awful. We had one neighbor on our side, we’re thinking we’re going to take her a celebratory pie later. Party on.  I cannot explain to you the peace that is taking over my soul in the quiet of my life right now. It’s so silent we heard a bird. I nearly cried this morning just thinking about it. I am not exaggerating in the slightest. #itsthelittlethings #thiswasabigthing
I CAN'T HEAR YOU. I DEMAND COLBERT PICTURES LA LA LA

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Don’t talk to me right now…I’m busy dancing…
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Explore the world and love your family.  As Shaughnessy said yesterday, holidays should definitely be celebrated and with so much joy!

I’m running today. I’m also doing some strength and I’ll tell you what I did tomorrow when I figure it out. ha.

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Run on…

While you were sleeping…

Michelle and I were supposed to go hiking yesterday afternoon so before I did I made sure to start the morning with the yoga stretches from yesterday’s post to make sure my legs were completely ready to cooperate.

We chose Matthew/Winters Park which is, as you may remember, one of my favorite standbys to hike at. Just enough technical and just enough to distance. Not too busy but enough people I’m not going to get mugged and it’s just so pretty. 

Of course, I didn’t take the photo with my phone, Michelle did. Hers is a much better piece of equipment. Dammit. Next time…a selfie. Sorry. I swear we’re out there hiking together. I promise.

We got great mileage in, we worked out little butts off and avoided the rain and narrowly missed death by electrocution via lightening. p.s. Michelle is a tad bit afraid of this.
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Lunch was all the salad all the time. And I liked it.
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While I was home I got a surprise visit from this guy…

He looks pretty excited there, doesn’t he? He was way more excited. This photo is at least six months old.
He stuck around and visited with me and it was so good to see him! I mean I  know he was totally just using me because he stopped to get stuff but hey…as long as he’s there he has to talk to me because it’s in the mom rule book. You HAVE to talk to your mom when you stop at home.

Want to know what he told me? He said that last week when I was sleeping off a migraine in the middle of the week he came home and came upstairs INTO THE BEDROOM and I still slept. Me. The world’s lightest sleeper. And the puppy who barks at the flags that wave on the street and people that may be even THINKING about walking past the house. Nothing. Silence.

I was a little freaked out.
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Note to all of you: don’t google “that’s creepy gif”…nothing good will come of it.
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People.com just did a spread on They Woke Up Like This: Celebs’ Best Makeup-Free Selfies and seriously these women look so beautiful. Gwyneth Paltrow, though not really my favorite person, looks amazing. And let’s not even talk about Salma Hayek and Carrie Underwood (who I think is everyone’s idol…good Lord that girl is a rockstar ~her legs!~. Wait…I think she’s actually a country star but either way…she kicks ass and she looks amazing doing it). I swear, they are gorgeous.
I have taken to spending at least half my days makeup free except when I absolutely have to because my skin loves it so much….it thanks me for letting it breathe and I can totally see the difference on the days I go without. That and a good workout and I am pretty sure I take five years off.
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I’m in prime ~take care of my legs~ mode so I headed to the chiropractor to get an adjustment. That was interesting. And from there I came home and walked the slowest puppy in the world. What the hell?

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please note: this looks accurate…with occasional stops in between.
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I got 17000 steps in yesterday so that’s a lovely amount. Today I have….::consulting my workout plan:: 3 miles on the plan and some strength because I want to.
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It’s pouring rain/snowing so I’m not sure if that’ll be a treadmill run or what but there you go. Also, much organizing to be done because hey…That’s my job!
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"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." - C.S. Lewis:

Run on…