so we had a blizzard

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

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

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

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

No art though.

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

I still love her.

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

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I really do read.

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

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

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

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

Well…it all gave out.

Stool went flying.

I went flying.

phone went flying (I was talking to Catherine)

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

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

Ya’ll know what I mean by that.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Michelle and I are toying with a race.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So this year is totally looking better.

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

ice baby ice.

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

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

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

Treadmill it is.

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

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Run on…

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

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

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

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

I give up. Mom jeans it is.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So no.

Just yoga today.

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hiking Colorado.

Michelle and I met for hiking on Sunday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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post birthday/Christmas debriefing.

How’d you guys do? Did the celebratory events of the holiday season overwhelm you and leave you exhausted and unconscious on the couch at the end of the weekend or are you excitedly anticipating the upcoming festivities of the New Year?

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Yeah…exhausted here.

The weather turned which always makes my head implode so I drugged up and went to bed late Monday (otherwise known as Christmas) because there was so much baking, presents, eating, and laughing). I woke up in the night for a few more drugs and ended up sleeping in until…

are you ready??…
10:20 am. 

yup.

That’s like…lunch time.

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I felt like I slept in until Wednesday. I know. I was shocked, too. It’s not important except for the shock value so let’s recap the weekend, shall we?

Last week, did I mention this?, the lights went out on half my tree. My semi cheerful mood prevailed (I was determined to be positive throughout the season of insanity. My other mood is tears. I really didn’t want tears). I bought new lights and before I could put them on the tree, more lights went out.
Somewhere during that week the elastic that held my Christmas bear topper broke and he fell off the top. I tried hard to not look at that as a metaphor for my holidays.
Now the tree looked like a sad version of a candy cane.  Lights, no lights, lights, no lights, all stripe, no top. I sighed and started the process, quickly figuring out I’d have to undecorate a bit in order to do this -replace the lights- task. I’d say a half hour into it I furiously grabbed a laundry basket and took all the decorations off the tree. 

Naked tree for Christmas?

Yes, thank you. It’ll be fine. It’ll just be fine.  Things were going to get done.

At midnight on Christmas Eve I grocery shopped online and arranged it so I could pick them up that afternoon and be one less body in the store. #clicklist for the win.   I thought…

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I know…he’s gorgeous, right? I know. That smile is brilliant.

I went to Morning Prayer at 9,  theboy’s birthday party at noon, off to pick up the groceries at 3:30, back to the church to fix the computer for evening services and then home. At this point we figured out they had shorted us some bags at the store and guess what….

…the stores were all now closed.
I totally understand the need for everyone to be home with their own families on Christmas. I’ve worked enough retail that I fully support this. Except they shorted me my entire Christmas dinner and dessert supplies. Things were not looking good for the holiday. I decided not to worry and just keep powering through.

I searched on Pinterest for an alternate gluten free dessert I could come up with that used ingredients I already had and figured I’d have to make a different main dish. I could be creative and gluten free. Sure I could.
Between dessert, wrapping presents, straightening the house and cleaning bathrooms…(laundry, I obsess), and of course…”undecorating”, and of course my own lack of all things sleepy, I went to bed at 4:30 am Christmas morning.
When I woke up I looked stunning and ready to face the day! It was 8:30 and I had four hours of ROCKIN’ sleep.   I stayed in bed hoping for more that didn’t come and finally crawled out to prepare for the day. I got dressed and went to the computer….searching “stores open on Christmas”.

I’ve never been so happy to see Safeway.

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If you work at Safeway, THANK YOU. The store was packed with grateful people shopping. Some of them were just…shopping because they don’t celebrate and it was just Monday to them and some people, like me, needed a few things for dinner. There were a few people that were sick and grateful for the pharmaceuticals to ease their misery. Everyone looked happy including the employees so I hope they weren’t too miserable. In a perfect world no one would have to work on a holiday but I appreciate the store that stays open for those of us having imperfect holidays.

Dinner prepared, decorations mostly working, the house smells great (Scentsy Christmas cinnamon) and I am still awake. It’s progress!
Alex and Megan got there a little late but we did have a great time anyway. We totally missed MT, he’s out of town visiting a friend. I think, especially with theboy, we have to get things going earlier and we’ll practice that next year. We keep learning and we’ve always been kind of “we’ll work with what we’ve got” kind of people but with everyone and their schedules I think we just have to start setting a real schedule and going by it.

My gift giving skills were definitely off this year but I’m not worrying about it.  Everyone has an off year, right? I keep telling myself that. They were great with me, I got awesome gifts and I loved everything. I had so much fun I almost regret that we decided to draw names next year… 😀

The arctic showed up to Denver and I learned that my love of the number 13 does not extend to the temperature. It’s so freakin’ cold. I’ve been doing yoga. My body feels it when I do yoga and also when I don’t do it. I think part of it is the cold, part of it is the change in temperature and part of it is sleep changes. I’m very stiff and sore and I need lots of stretching in the morning. My head feels so much better after I get up and do some yoga. Morning migraines are very common if you suffer from migraines at all and learning when to medicate and when not to is pretty key.

the weekend is coming. The first. The beginning. The new year.

What are you thinking about? How are you feeling? I have a list (which I normally do not do) that I am working on with someone else because life is flying by and we have to #getitdone while we can.

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Two days before Christmas!

So how is your Christmas going?

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

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

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

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

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

Stupid iPad.

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

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

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

Um. I can’t.

He said again, “just lick it!”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

puzzles aren’t always fun

I bet you’re all thinking…where has she been?

Sleeping. I’ve been sleeping.

Mostly. I slept in on Thursday.
I slept in on Friday.
I slept in on Saturday.
I slept in on Sunday.
Do I feel better?

Kinda? I’ve been really off and crashing and I am not sure if it’s because I somehow ingested gluten or if it’s because I’m just really tired. It has all the symptoms of gluten and it’s lasting that long. It’s been weeks. But I haven’t been eating much these last weeks so who knows.

I’m feeling the need for real food right now so I’m going on a “real food kick”.  Pretty sure that means more groceries and probably meal planning.

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I’m responsible for my own time card and I’m pretty sure I’m the only employee that’s not on salary. Figuring out the paydays is like Algebra.

You think I’m kidding, I gave the calendar to my husband – who is the smartest person I know- and he looked at it for a half an hour. We figured it out finally and at the end he said, “that was such a cool puzzle!”

That is now my life. Why am I bringing that up? Because I did my time card wrong and I got shorted five hours. Only I didn’t. Because I did it wrong because I don’t freaking understand the calendar. I need time card 101 apparently.

My payroll person said she didn’t get it on time anyway so she just paid me for 40 hours. It’s not a big deal and after looking at the calendar it’s probably right but it’s sucking away my mental energy to figure out my time card. What is fun about that?

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What a great story about Jeff Goldblum. Entertaining as all hell and presentation is kind of awesome, too.

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I kind of feel like I’m getting caught up. I know I said that last week but this week is the insanity week so if I can  get caught up I might finally have a handle on this place.

As soon as I do that I get a situation like what happened this morning.

Yesterday we had someone come in to the church looking for help. We can’t help everyone, we just don’t have the money. But this girl needed just a little hand and our priest agreed to get her a motel room for the night. He tried everything with this motel and nothing worked. Finally he ended up faxing over all kinds of personal information in an attempt to get the room secured and, tired and frustrated, left church with all of us in tow and confident we were set.

Today I arrived at church to find the girl at the door. The room had been refused because there had been no authorization from him or some other such nonsense.  I got on the phone and asked what the situation was and they couldn’t tell me.  Nobody knew anything. It was like the Twilight Zone of  motel information. Also, no one has any idea where the fax with my bosses info is. Because it’s not their information so it’s not that important. They want the information faxed again  (no and no),  the girl who handled it was out until Wednesday. An hour and a half later, I’m still waiting, the girl is still waiting, no one has any answers and I called them back for the third time. The woman on the phone said, “are you aware this girl caused damage the last time she stayed here? She’s not welcome on the premises again!” and she was pretty short about it.

um. what? could we have our three hours of time and our fax paperwork back?

And she passed me off to someone and said I was “upset” translation…  rude. I had been really nice. Just because you’re definitive in what you need (my bosses really important paperwork) does not make you rude. And my being rude to you is not my biggest problem anyway.

I finally said, “this has been incredibly disappointing service.  We’ve been talking to you guys for two days, faxed over incredibly personal information and no one told us this. We’re a PARISH. How could we possibly know what happened at your hotel? And why wouldn’t you tell us that on the first day?”

She said, “I wasn’t there the first day, it took some digging to find it, obviously!”

I’m not sure why she continues to think I’m in her head but I’m really not. None of this is obvious to me.

I was rather dumbstruck and said…please have your manager call me tomorrow when she gets in. Thank you.

I was really polite. And then I was stern because COME ON>

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It was very frustrating. I am left with no information, no magic fax and a girl with no hotel room. She was nice about it.

That was my morning.

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I have 472 other things to do and am just now getting to them. My goal today is to finish a task and leave relatively on time. I’m three hours behind now. Schedule is totally working!

My payroll manager came in right in the middle of it and told me about the time sheet mishap and I thought…what about this says talk to me about this now. And also, I don’t care. I work 50 hours a week and i get paid for less than half that. Just give me a paycheck. It’s fine. I finally did say to her that it was fine, I didn’t care.

She seemed surprised but I said I just have too much to do to care. I’m too busy.  I did not tell a lie.

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#myworkoutwas

I concentrated on some yoga all weekend because my muscles have become non-existent. I did a little yoga this morning and after work I’m going to go for a quick run.

Climate change has kept all the snow from Denver and I do miss the moisture. #dryandcracked describes my skin but it makes for good running because oh the lovely temperatures. It is a high of 77* today. It’s actually depressing. It’s depressing.

I was supposed to go hiking with Michelle (withdrawal!) but she had a family situation come up and couldn’t go leaving us both going through hiking withdrawal. I miss the incline.  Meanwhile…

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too many grocery stores.

The beginning of the week at work is crunch time. So I stayed late to try and get stuff done but my head is at maximum pain level right now (Botox on Wednesday) so I left and went to get groceries.
The refrigerator is glowing with it’s emptiness.

So I stopped at the commissary, the military grocery store we have access to due to Sean’s 20 year service in the Air Force.
I love our military benefits and am immensely grateful for them. Sean was 10 years active duty and 10 years reserve duty so we only have partial benefits but they are still a lot of benefits and we use them.  The commissary, though, is not my favorite.  I always end up leaving with a long list I couldn’t get because they’re out. It’s beyond frustrating because who has time to run to different stores? This is the time that people are ordering and having groceries delivered and I’m running to multiple stores. It’s quite ridiculous. They carry 10 different kinds of beans but they’re out of 8 kinds. they carry 4 different kinds of frozen potatoes we can eat but they’re out of 3 versions.  By the time I leave all the options I’ve come up with for dinner are out and my head is done. I buy Sean a pizza and decide to go to the other store tomorrow.

Every time I feel guilty for not utilizing enough of my military benefits that are so good for us I’m going to remember this because what it saves me in money it loses me in time.

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My request for video help yesterday came through in droves and now I have people lining up to help me!

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Yeah…that didn’t happen.

It was a longshot. So hopefully today or tomorrow I can start the studying and figure out if I have any idea what I’m doing. My favorite child (MT, remember? He reminds me every time he talks to me that he’s my favorite) has mentioned he might know someone and if he really does he might actually be my favorite.
It’s a revolving door.
I told theboy that his mom was my favorite and he burst into tears. He’s used to being the favorite. Gonna be a sad day when anyone else has a baby. I’ve definitely set myself up there, haven’t I?

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I’m thinking I’m going to do the Revel Half marathon in Evergreen Colorado. It’s June 2nd. Andrea was looking for a race then and I steered her to this one and it’s one we’ve been looking at for a long time. Shaughnessy ran it a few years ago and loved it. I missed running races so much that I’d like to say I’m aiming for that. I always struggle with goal races out loud because I get injured, I have a family emergency, I have to have surgery, really there’s a number of things that happen but I figure what the hell. I can at least think about it and in my head keep it there. It’s popular so I’m going to keep a close eye on it. Kat and Kristen want to do a race, too so we are looking at one we can destination to so I may do that. Too many options. We were looking at one in California but I don’t know if we still are…I’ll be honest…that one looks amazing but it requires camping. hahahhaha. I’m going to have to think about that one. CAMPING.
Before a race. Hmm
Thoughts? Has anyone else done this before?
It might not be so bad. I’d have to travel with my camping gear.  That sounds like a good time.

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The commissary has very limited specialty ice cream. I noticed they had my soy ice cream but only chocolate flavors. So I grabbed this:

This is a big fat nope. 
Just…no.
Anyone ever had ice milk?
That’s what it tasted like. Flavored ice milk. I took two bites and it was …hard to take the second bite. So bad. And if anyone is asking, I didn’t buy it for the big fat “35 calories” on the front. They just don’t offer a whole lot there that’s gluten free, especially in a small container. So I tried it. And salted caramel is a decent flavor. But…again…
nope. I do not recommend this.
But I really REALLY wanted ice cream tonight. When my head is this bad I really want comfort food. Easy comfort food so I tried.
I ended up having scrambled eggs and sausage.
Breakfast food is pretty good!
Not as easy as opening a container but still pretty good.
Not as pretty as those fancy blogs that post their food all the time and they look like …well whatever. They look delicious and fabulous.
But damn I love scrambled eggs.
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#myworkoutwas
Dude. I went to bed. My head was bad.
I may just stick with yoga again today just to relax and breathe in preparation for Wednesday. It’s really hard to get Botox with a migraine already.

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Run on…

vanilla midgees and mini salsas. One of these makes me really really happy.

On Sunday we went to dinner with the kids for Shaughnessy’s birthday. They are not kids. They are grown adults. But they will always be kids. My picture is very sideways and I tried to steal Adam’s picture but he only puts it on Instagram. You can’t take it from Instagram. Sorry. Just accept that she was beautiful and let’s move on.

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I went to Target the other day and when I left I was approached for cash. It happens. I think I’ve talked about this before. I give cash because I don’t want to pass any judgement on who is lying and who isn’t so I just figure it’s up to my Higher Power to judge. I’m just going to trust and give if I have it.

At Target, though, it is a different story.
Some information on our Target…the police officers I used to work for told me it’s a pretty dangerous area of Aurora and not to go there in the evening at all. The high number of apartments across the street make it a very high drug deal area which make it a very high crime area. Weirdly, you wouldn’t know this by visiting it. It seems like a nice area. So I just go at other times of the day. But there are ALWAYS people asking for money. ALWAYS. I’m usually on the lookout and careful but sometimes there’s just no avoiding people. I’ve been approached by the same person with the same “my car broke down and needs gas” story multiple times in multiple weeks and by more than one person. I’ve been approached in the dark by men in the parking lot (it gets dark early! Sometimes I’m just getting off work).  I just don’t love the whole situation.

So yesterday I was approached by a guy who very gruffly says, “don’t kill me but… (um…what?) I’m trying to get bus fare. I’m a veteran!”
Then he pulls out his military ID to PROVE it to me.
Dude. That’s just wrong.
It felt wrong, anyway.
So I told him he didn’t need to tell me he was a veteran and he certainly didn’t need to prove it to me. Everybody needs help sometime. And I gave him a couple dollars.
He got quite mad and confronted me and said, “what am I supposed to say then? What do I say??” as he moved slightly towards me.
I took a step back from him. I told him that him that telling me he needed help and was having a hard time was enough for me and I’d still give him something because everybody has troubles.
I think that being a veteran definitely plays a factor in giving. There are far too many of our veterans that are on the streets. Mental illness, PTSD, and the constant struggle with unemployment feeds all of this and causes family issues that are impossible to manage leading to veterans with no other real answers but to go to the streets.
Sean and I talked about it for a while because I was debriefing from the situation.  We’ve both given money to the vet on the corner carrying the cardboard sign that clearly says “out of work vet” or the guy wearing the veteran hat so why is this different? We finally recognized the issue in front of us was his pushing so hard to make sure I knew he was a veteran. He was pushing the issue so hard it became offensive.  To the extent that he pulled out his card to prove it. It was very uncomfortable.
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I know, right?
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Can anyone tell me why you would need these??

You can see the regular size jars next to them…they’re tiny little jars of salsa
taaahhhny little jars of salsa.
Why would anyone need tiny little jars of salsa? I need gallon jars of salsa. I would go through this jar of salsa in one sitting.

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I haven’t done anything but work and sleep in the last week. I feel like I haven’t done anything but work and sleep since the wedding except a little yoga to make my leg feel better. I mean I probably have but not much. I am in 100% exhausted mode 100% of the time. My right leg has been bothering me quite a bit. It already was, then the great hike of October did not help so I’ve been kind of limping a little- favoring that side.

Last night I walked Malachi for the first time in weeks and it felt so good to stretch out my legs and immediately I had progress. My body clearly was saying I need to keep moving.
#myworkoutwas
walking the dog. Yeah, that’s all. Just that.

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I’m not really injured…just need to rest my leg.

run on…

My favorite things about Michelle.

This was just a lovely quiet weekend by myself for the most part. We had lunch with Shaughnessy and Adam on Saturday, we get to see them far more than we get to see Alex and Megan. Different parts of town  you know. On Sunday Sean went back to his planned event that took all of his day and I went hiking with Miss Michelle on what had to be the most beautiful hike we’ve ever been on.

The trailhead was Apex but the eventual trail was Enchanted Forest Trail and it was not kidding.
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We felt like we were in a Disney movie it was so magical. At any moment little birds would fly out and sing to us as they put ribbons in our hair. It was so beautiful I lost count of how many times I stopped to say that and finally I just stopped so I could proclaim I felt like I was having a spiritual experience from this hike. It counts, so far, as my favorite and that’s saying something…I’ve hiked a lot. Michelle took a million photos and was generous enough to share one with me.

I know, right? She shared one.

I’ve got to get a new phone….I digress
Here is the photo…LOOK at this! 

I know, you’re thinking…huh…that does not look Disney magical. Well it’s a HEART.

This was on the trail in front of us…it’s hardly even real. A perfect heart in stone. The colors on the trail were the truest greens I’ve ever seen. It’s was covered and beautiful and magical.

Whatever just trust me.

So here are my favorite things about Michelle:

  1. She’s a real person with real issues. I know that I’m getting exactly what’s really happening and not the glossed over version you tell your mean neighbor. She puts it right out there and I can totally relate.  I can be totally and completely myself.
  2. She’s always willing to drive. I don’t mind driving (most people know this) though full disclosure I will totally map it even if I’m going around the block because I’m terrified of being lost. She also knows I’m afraid of spiders and being lost and continues to try to convince me to be afraid of snakes and lightening. Keep working on that, Michelle.
  3. She  gets the Celiac thing and is right on board with great places to eat and names them..which brings me to #4
  4. She makes decisions like a champ. Girl is a decision maker. ::swoon:: “Let’s meet at such and such on Tuesday at 11”. I love her. I would happily and cheerfully make at least two of those decisions or even HELP with those but she’s totally on it. Trails? She’s like…here are three trails…I’m like..yep. Let’s do that one…how’s 8? she says “see you then!” I love that. Decision maker. That is a girl after my own heart.
  5. She takes pictures! Now, I do harass her because she sends me ONE but if I asked her she’d send me all ten. And it is now on my list to go to the Verizon store to check out my phone options. ~MT has given me a virtually brand new phone that I can swap to but it’s a little bigger than I want so I’m resisting… I just really really need a good camera phone. This is killing me.~
  6. She is totally up for any and all adventures and if I ask her she’s all…yeah let’s go! At least once a week I can expect a message in my inbox to say “want to do THIS with me?” and it’ll include a link to a wild and crazy event that neither of us realistically should do but per our mantra...what the hell? 
  7. She loves the outdoors as much as I do and any chance to get outside she’ll do it.
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When I came home I walked the puppy who by then had given up all hope of anyone ever spending time with him again so when I came in the door he didn’t even lift his little head the poor guy.
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Miraculously, after that I still had energy so I went for a three mile run and that felt amazing in the cool evening air so by the time the evening was done I had put in about 12 miles. It felt really good and I didn’t feel like I had overdone it at all. It was like…21,000 steps or something crazy ass like that.
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On that note, the crazy note, Ria from MotivationalMompersonaltraining.com is on a streak of 128 days of step goals (since January 1st she has surpassed the previous days step goal, each day gets higher because that’s how Garmin works) and yesterday she ran a half marathon  and then walked across town eventually reaching 51,617 steps in a day. I wonder how many days she can keep this streak up?

Today I’m supposed to do yoga so I’ll probably do that but Sean took the day off so I may go to Castle Rock to do the incline.

Oh you caught that, too, huh? Sean took the day off.  Pretty sweet of him to take the day off to spend with me….
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Don’t get excited he did it for the game… LOL…he just finished early so it worked out. And right now? He’s at work..he got called in to do something. My life in a nutshell.

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Ah, it’s okay. I’m just pickin’ on him.
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yogadays.

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