Monday, April 30, 2012

Fitness 2012: Week 17 (April 22 - April 28)

Sunday April 22: Glass City 1/2 Marathon. Read my race report here!

Monday April 23: Rest. Can.Barely.Move.

Tuesday April 24: Rest. Still recovering from very sore muscles.

Wednesday April 25: 30 minutes on the elliptical - surprisingly very little muscle soreness!

Thursday April 26: Feeling much more normal in terms of soreness.  Rested today anyway.

Friday April 27: Rest.

Saturday April 28: Rest

Miles for the week: 13.18
Miles for April: 34.16
Miles for 2012: 146.18 
Friday, April 28

Matt stained the small wood trim (which we call "reducer" or "Transition pieces") that goes over where the white tile meets the wood-look strips.  I worked on picking up the kitchen and doing some laundry.

Saturday April 29

For some wacky reason, Jameson woke up crying at 5:35, and wouldn't go back to sleep on his own.  (My suspicion: still not over his ear infection!)  I ended up giving him a bottle and got him to go back to sleep.  I fell asleep again at 6, and Hendrix woke me up at 7:15. 

I took a shower (and dressed in my super-cool-to-wear GCM Marathon tech shirt) and headed to Bowling Green to get the camper title put into our name, and get plates for it.  I spent the majority of my life in Indiana, and therefore still have real fears of going into the BMV.  But I must say, the Ohio BMV is one of the very best things (as necessities go) about living in this state!  It was a less-than-20-minute and completely painless experience.  Only bad thing was that it cost just over $100, but hey, we're now "legal eagle" on our camper.

So after I got home, I baked cookies and we had a delicious and nutritious (please tell me you can sense sarcasm) lunch of chicken nuggets and mac 'n' cheese. 
(Not sure how to rotate images in this new blogger format, so you get to look at me sideways, just for fun, in my cool GCM shirt.)

(Nestle Tollhouse Original Recipe, except with peanut butter chips instead of chocolate.  Mmm.)

Then, Jameson went down for a nap, and the babysitter, Lexi, arrived.  Matt and I headed out to go car shopping!  We had seen a 2009 Ford Escape online that was within our budget, and had low mileage.  We ended up looking at that vehicle and also a Suzuki something or other.  The Suzuki had 3rd row seating, which was cool, but it totally looked like a mini-van to me, so that kind of turned me off from the beginning.  Plus, once we test-drove it, we discovered that a small section of the dash looked like it had been melted, and the passenger side mirror was damaged. 

Long story short, we purchased the 09 Escape and are really excited!  We are going to get a hitch installed in the next week or so, and we'll be 100% ready to go camping!  Ohmygoodness I absolutely cannot wait to take my family camping!  We are tentatively planning our first trip of the year for May 19th.  Woo hoo!

(I wasn't originally sure about everything being black, but it's really grown on me.  I think he looks like a ninja!)

(The fleet!)

Sunday April 29

I played the keyboard with the worship team for both services on Sunday, so I left the house at 6:35 am and got back around 1 pm.  Whoa.  Long morning.  I snuck out during Sunday school (ok, I didn't sneak out, I just left) and went to Panera.  I had a bagel and hot chocolate (I'm SO not a coffee drinker) and messed around on the internet for a little bit. 

After church, when I got home, Jameson was napping, I had a quick sandwich and started on laundry.  Jamers woke up, and we decided to go to Home Depot for rugs for the living room.  Plus, we kind of just wanted an excuse to drive the new Escape!  :)  We did end up getting a couple rugs though.  They definitely add a feeling of warmth and comfort to our living space.

Sunday evening, I did more laundry, prepared lunches, did more laundry, and then sacked out! 

(My sweet Jamers, in all his toothy glory!)

(Mmmmm.  Blue slushy.  Mmmmm.  Oh yeah, you can get a little glimpse of the living room rug here too.  Blue slushy.  Mmmmm.)

Thankfully, this week is only a 4-day work-week for me.  I'm going on a short road trip with my mom this weekend to visit her mom (Gigi - or GG - which is the abbreviation for great-grandma, which my niece Rylee lovingly decided to call her when she was a toddler).  I'm super excited for the weekend with her, but I'm also feeling pretty guilty, because it's been a long time since we've spent time with my dad's parents, and I REALLY want to go see them as well.  I'm hoping for Thanksgiving to go see the Phillips family.

So, hopefully this work-week goes by pretty quickly.  I have to pack, and think it through to make sure I take everything I need.  Matt is supposed to go on his annual week-long golf trip this weekend, but we got word from his mom today that his dad isn't doing well right now (he has a brain tumor), so Matt is debating on just spending his vacation with his dad.  It's kind of tough and emotional for him right now. 

I hope everyone has a blessed week!

The Journey to Healthier Eating: Week 1

Don't you just love my official-sounding title for this post? Me too.

I was originally going to go into stupid amounts of detail regarding what I ate this week.  Yeah, decided against that.  I want people to keep reading my blog.  The sheer amount of boredom that would come from reading exactly what I ate last week would be enough to drive people away, I'm sure.

So I'll just say, I didn't do that great, but I think I did better than I was doing before.  I cheated a few times and had sweets.  We got BDubs on Saturday evening and it was most delicious! 

I brought several small snacks/mini-meals to work last week for food.  I stayed surprisingly satisfied by eating 150-200 calories every couple hours. 

Some of the stuff I ate last week:
hard boiled egg
string cheese
cheese and crackers
cottage cheese

I'm going to keep at it, and see what continues to happen to my weight and body.   Stay tuned for future updates. :)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

My Life ... In Pictures

Monday 4/16: Flower

Tuesday 4/17: Something you don't like --- whiteout on my fingers!

Wednesday 4/18: Hair --- one blond, one brown, both adorable.

Thursday 4/19: Orange

Friday 4/20: Something you drew

Monday, April 23, 2012

Race Recap: Glass City 1/2 Marathon

Remember how I was feeling about a week and 1/2 ago? I had this plan in place to run 5, walk 2, run 3, walk 2, run the last mile. Well......I kind of blew that out of the water! :oD Ok, let me start from the beginning - that's usually best, right?

Saturday night, I obsessively laid out everything I'd need. I forgot my Garmin the very first race I ever participated in, so from that point on, I have always obsessed. :)

I went to bed around 8:30 pm, but of course, my nerves didn't allow me to fall asleep until around 9:30. That still gave me a good night's rest though.

I got up at 4:20 on Sunday morning, which turned out to be earlier than necessary, but I didn't mind because it gave me time to wake up (and get even more nervous) and didn't force me to feel rushed. I got all my stuff together, ate a waffle with peanut butter and syrup and a glass of OJ, then had time to watch an episode of I Love Lucy while waiting on the other girls to pick me up.

We got to the race around 6:30, for a start time of 7. It was very chilly - around 38 degrees. It was not fun to just stand in, but I think it was perfect all morning long for running. We stood in a ridiculously long line for the porta-johns, then headed over to the start line. After a few announcements and thank you's, we were off!

Being that there were over 6,000 runners, it took us around 3 minutes to get where we were standing (with the 10:00 m/m pacers) to the actual timing mats. Once we got there, we started running. Maureen and Jenny took off ahead of me, which was fine. I was bound and determined NOT to overdo it and burn out 1/2 way through. I was using my iPhone for music, and was unsure of how long the battery would last with music playing, so decided not to use music for the first 5 miles or so.

I settled in at a 10:15 pace for the first few miles, and it felt good. I LOVE the sound of hundred of feet hitting the ground around you. I've never done drugs, but it's gotta be better than that! I just listened to the footfalls around me, and people's conversations. I wish I could have stopped and hugged every spectator out there, shouting encouraging words. People like me, with only about 50% confidence NEED that encouragement, and I ate up every ounce of it! I was smiling at people, thanking people, and really enjoying myself.

I made sure to get water at every stop, whether I felt like I needed it or not. I enjoyed the people who were also trying to keep the atmosphere light and fun. The guy at the aid station at mile 3 was shouting, "Hydrate or die!" That made me laugh out loud. :) I saw a police officer at mile 3.5 who looked eerily like a mix of my sophomore economics teacher, and my junior high health/PE teacher. I giggled about that for a good mile.

As I was approaching mile 5, I was feeling remarkably strong. I struggled with whether or not I should stick to my walking plan, or push ahead since I was feeling so good, and risk burning out at mile 8 or 9. I decided to go ahead and keep running. I ran to 6.6 miles, and then walked to 7.1. During that walk, I ate my Gu gel. I chose vanilla bean flavor. The flavor wasn't bad, but the texture made me gag a bit. I managed to get it down.

I ran again from 7.1 to 8 miles, where I stopped quickly for a potty break, then got right back going. This part of the race took us through Wildwood Metropark, then back towards University of Toledo on the University Parks bike trail. I ran from 8 to 9.5. I was starting to get tired at this point, but still happy. I walked from 9.5 to 10, and ate 3 Clif Shot Bloks. This is my new favorite energy supplement. They tasted awesome, like berry flavored fruit snacks, and they didn't leave my mouth with a dry, gummed up feeling like the Gu gel did. While I was walking this 1/2 mile stretch, I could feel my upper quad tightening up. I tried to stretch it as I walked, and just worked hard on staying positive.

At 10 miles, I amped myself up, and took off running again. This was the home stretch.! My body was hurting now, and that darn upper quad was pretty tight, but I tried my best to ignore it and just push. Again, LOVED the support from spectators. I got to mile 12, and slowed down to eat the rest of the shot bloks (still running), and a gentleman was smiling, telling me "you only have about a mile left, stay strong, you've got this." A perfect stranger! I almost cried! Despite the pain I was feeling, I felt awesome mentally at this point. I smiled, gave him a sincere thanks, and kept going.

This last mile brought us off the University Parks bike trail, and back through campus. I rounded the last big curve and could see the football stadium. The end was in sight! That last 1/2 mile or so seriously felt like about 4 miles, I swear! I really don't know how I did it, but I just kept pushing. We wound through campus and came up on the Glass Bowl (UT's football stadium). I was passing people who had already finished. They were wearing their medals, covered up in their "space blankets," and holding their finisher mugs. Ok, encouragement. The last 0.1 miles was inside the stadium, and the change from asphalt to astro-turf threw me a bit. It was actually more difficult for me to run on the softer ground. But, I was a matter of yards from that finish line. People were cheering, finishers were all around me. Gosh darnit, I was THERE. I crossed the line and looked up, said thank you to the Lord, and felt AMAZING!!!

I was given my medal and space blanket. I found Maureen and Jenny, high-fived them, and we took a few pictures. Then, we headed to the party tent, got our mugs, and were going to get a beer, but the line was ridiculous, so we passed on the beer, got some pizza (which did NOT hit the spot for me) and apples, and chatted about our experiences for a few minutes.

I had forgotten to stop my Garmin when I crossed the finish line, so wasn't sure about my exact time. I logged onto Facebook from my phone, where my splits had been posted, and saw my GCM Official time was 2:17:03. I was in utter disbelief. The longest run I had ever been on at this point was 9 miles, and that was a good 2 months ago. I had blown my "safe" plan out of the water and just pushed. I was worried that I wouldn't finish under 3 hours, and here I was with a finish time of 2:17:03. WOW!!!

I'm still kind of in disbelief, but feel so darn proud. No joke, other than the birth of my beautiful boys, this was one of the proudest moments of my life. I feel like I can accomplish anything, and look forward to what the future holds.

Here are a few pictures I took after the race. ***WARNING*** There are a few really gross pics of my feet. If you have a weak stomach, you may wanna scroll really fast, or get out of this post now. HA!

My bib.

Me, all sweaty and make-up-less, right before my post race shower.

My "sleeve." Maureen had the great idea to wear tube socks instead of long sleeves so that they'd be easier to ditch when you got hot. What a useful concept! This will be my new cool-weather race tactic!

The less-nasty blisters on my left foot. You can actually barely seen them in this picture.

The mother of all blisters. This was painful before it popped. After was worse.

What running does to your toenails. I wish this thing would just fall off already, but it's barely hanging on, and looks like it's going to hang on for a while. Awkward.

Left foot blisters, after popped. YOUCH.

Right foot blisters after popped. Bigger YOUCH.

As awesome as this race went, it felt VERY good to cross it off the calendar!

What's next? While walking back to the car, Maureen asked me if I was going to sign up for Columbus, which her and Jenny are running in October.! There's no doubt in my mind, I definitely want to run another 1/2 someday. But not now. Matt and I have been talking about this summer for about the last two years, and how much fun we're going to have. The last three summers haven't been un-fun, but not as good as this one is going to be. In 2009, I was pregnant. in 2010, Hendrix was 6-9 months old, and in 2011, Jameson was a colicky newborn. This year, Hendrix is 2 and 1/2, Jameson will be 1, and we can just do things and have fun. And that's exactly what I plan on doing with my 2012 summer.

I don't want to spend my Saturdays and Sundays getting up at the butt crack of dawn to go on my long runs. I don't want to obsess over how many miles I did or didn't run in a particular week. I want to run because it feels good, and concentrate on doing more cross training. I don't want to go on a 3, 4, or 5 mile run, and feel like it's inadequate. I will most definitely continue to eat right and exercise. But for the next few months, I can be found in and around northwest Ohio, enjoying my family, and enjoying life. :o)

Weekend Recap (4/20 - 4/22)

Whoa, this weekend was a busy one! I kind of feel like I didn't have a weekend. Hopefully this week will be somewhat restful...

Friday April 20:
After the boys were in bed, Matt and I went out to the garage and painted the trim for the walls. We put on two coats, then I went to bed. Busy next couple days!

Saturday April 21:
Maureen and Jenny picked me up around 10, and we headed to University of Toledo to the race expo and packet pick-up. We got our shirts and bibs, and then walked around the expo a bit. How cool are these elliptical bikes??

I got home around 1 pm, and I spend the afternoon playing with the boys while Matt worked on putting up the trim in the living room. It's really starting to come together, I promise! I hope to be able to post "finished" pics after this weekend! I made chicken pasta alfredo for dinner. Very tasty. Love any excuse to load up on carbs! :) After dinner, I gave the boys a bath, and got them to bed. I was in bed myself around 8:30 for the big day Sunday.

Sunday April 22:

RACE DAY! AHH! You can read my race recap here.

After I got home, I took a long hot shower (which turned out to be slightly agonizing on my feet where the blisters had popped). After the shower, we warmed up left over pasta from Saturday night. Jameson went down for his nap, and I laid on the couch and dozed for an hour or so. It was far from being a real nap, because Matt was working on the trim and Hendrix was constantly on and off the couch, but it was better than nothing! Around 4 pm, Matt left for Lima, Ohio because he had an awards banquet for his work. He ended up staying the night in Lima due to having a meeting there at 8 on Monday, and it didn't seem economical to drive 1.5 hours home, just to drive back early the next morning. After he left, the boys and I headed to WalMart to pick up some healthy food for me for the week (check out my new healthy-eating plan!). We picked up some Mexican takeout while we were in town, as a last hurrah for me, and also as a reward for me finishing the race, then headed home. We played, I got the pipsqueaks to bed, then I prepared for Monday morning (bottles, clothes, lunches, locate car keys, etc), then headed to bed myself. I got a full 8 hours of sleep, which felt wonderful!

The plan for this week is to finalize and finish putting our living area back together, then do some serious relaxation!

Hope everyone has a super week!

Friday, April 20, 2012

An experiement....

So I always give people a lot of crap when they say things like "I'm going to start Diet XYZ on Monday!" or "I'm going to start working out after New Year's!" It seriously drives me crazy. If you want changes in your life, start today. Start right now.

But.....I'm totally being one of the people right now. I have a legit reason though, I swear!

I've been training for this race (which - it turns out - I'm completely un-trained for), and in doing so, have been eating basically whatever I want for the last 3-4 months. I've always been hungry, and haven't really worried about it, because I knew I'd burn the calories back off.

I'm going to continue running and working out after this race, but it's going to be less intense for a while (my main goal this summer is to enjoy myself, spend time with my boys, and eat up every minute of warmth and sunshine I can), and the LAST thing I want to see is a few extra pounds added to the scale.

I'm not afraid of numbers, so let me shoot some at ya! After I had Jameson, I weighed 151 lbs. For the last 2-3 months, I've been hovering right at 136-137 lbs. Honestly, I think that's a happy weight, considering I'm staring my 30's in the face, and I've had two children. However, I'd love to drop a few more pounds, and that's what I'm going to try to do in the next few months.

I'm not going on any specific diet - I refuse to do that! (My theory is that if the diet has a name, and there are specific rules involved - it's destined to FAIL.) I'm going to be making healthier food choices, and try (and probably fail many times) to substitute sugary sweets with fruit. I'm going to continue drinking crazy amounts of water, and try to eat 5-6 snacks throughout the day, instead of 3 larger meals. Basically, lifestyle change - as it is with any successful "I-lost-weight-and-kept-it-off" story. I'm going to see if this healthy eating and exercising can get me down to 130 pounds.

I know very well that it's going to be challenging. I do love me some sweets! I find myself munching on sweets all day during work, whether it be candy, or a baked good, donut, whatever. The biggest time of day that I want sweets is right after dinner. But come on, my husband works in the produce industry. Get ready to be bring home lots of healthy goodies for me, honey!

To make this a realistic goal, here's my plan.

1) Focus on healthy eating and be diligently food conscious Monday - Friday.

2) On the weekends, still be very mindful of what's going into my body, but allow for small "cheats," so that I don't get burned out immediately.

3) Get in at least 30 minutes of exercise at least four times a week, whether its elliptical, running, weights, pilates, whatever.

4) Drink at least 64 ounces of water a day. 75-80 is better.

5) Keep my eye on the prize. Think about how good it will feel to put on something sleek and sexy, and look amazing in it, despite getting older and being the mom of two under the age of 3.

Sounds so simple, right? Sheesh, I wish I didn't love food so much! I'm kind of starting this in moderation today, but I've got to continue to fuel for the race on Sunday. I'm allowing myself a big indulgence on Sunday evening, kind of as a reward for finishing the race, and the boys and I (daddy's going out of town for work) are going to get Mexican takeout for dinner. I'll be purchasing a variety of fruit this weekend, and starting this change on Monday, in full force.

I don't really expect to make it to 130 lbs, but I can try, right? How fun would it be if I made it? Let the experiment begin!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Fitness 2012: Week 15 (April 8 - April 14)

Sunday April 8: 5.10 miles, pace somewhere around 9:50
(It always takes me so long to upload my runs from my Garmin, so I never know my exact pace!)

Monday April 9: Rest

Tuesday April 10: Rest

Wednesday April 11: Rest

Thursday April 12: Rest

Friday April 13: Rest

Saturday April 14: Rest

Miles for the week: 5.10
Miles for April: 11.05
Miles for 2012: 129.02

Some athlete I am, huh? Some training I'm getting in before my first ever 1/2 Marathon. Lord, just let me survive this thing........

Monday, April 16, 2012

Weekend Recap (4/13 - 4/15)

One word to describe this weekend: exhausting!!!

So, we've been living in pretty much chaos since Tuesday, when we moved all of the living room furniture into the kitchen and dining room in preparation for getting the floors redone on Wednesday. Turns out, the installers said they couldn't install the laminate floor we had ordered because our house is old and the floor had too many hills, valleys, and slopes. They recommended having our hardwood sanded down and re-finished.

Thursday, 4/12:
We had a floor re-finisher come to look at and give us an estimate on sanding down and re-finishing the floor. I wasn't there, but Matt told me he walked in, Matt told him what we wanted, and he said, "No way, there's lead paint on your floor, and I can't touch it without facing a $30,000 fine." Well there goes that idea. Then, he suggested a nail-down hardwood floor that comes un-finished, so we could choose the color of stain we want. Sounded great! Only, it would cost just under $3,000. Matt texted me all of this information, and I sat on it while at work on Thursday, crunching numbers, and seeing if this was feasible. We had both had our hearts pretty set on hard flooring, not carpet. I got on the Lumber Liquidators website, and started looking around at flooring options, and stumbled upon vinyl wood planks. It's basically a peel-and-stick vinyl plank with a wood look to it. It's highly water resistant, very durable, and much, much cheaper. When I got home Thursday evening, I talked to Matt about it, he was in favor of the idea, and we ran with it. He went to Home Depot and ordered all of the stuff to be delivered Saturday morning, when the truck came to pick up the laminate flooring we had, but could no longer use. With a plan in place, we sacked out.

Friday 4/13:
Matt got up at 6:30 to call the guy who was driving the truck that was supposed to come and pick up our laminate flooring, to make sure he could swing by Home Depot and pick up what Matt had ordered Thursday evening. Ray said he wouldn't pick it up without seeing proof that it had been paid for, and also that he couldn't guarantee a morning delivery. Long story short, Matt ended up just going to Home Depot, renting a truck, and bringing the stuff home himself. He was back home by 8:30 AM. We unloaded the truck, despite a very fussy Jameson, and then Matt went back to Bowling Green to return the truck. He got back around 10-ish, I think. He started laying out the luan underlayment in preparation for the flooring. We broke for lunch around noon, then Jamers woke up from his morning nap. We had promised the boys we would take them to the zoo on Friday, so after we got Jameson fed and changed, we headed out to the zoo. We got there around 1:30, and stayed for a couple hours, like we usually do. Then, on the way home, grabbed some Wendy's. When we got home, I played with the boys upstairs, and Matt continued laying out, cutting, and screwing down the underlayment. Boys went to bed around 8 and, and then I mudded the cracks and screwholes in the floor. Bedtime.

Saturday, April 15th:
I got up, ran to Angie's house (the boys' babysitter) to borrow her truck so that we could go to Clyde, OH and pick up the camper we bought - yay! That whole process ended up taking, like, almost 5 hours, but we got the camper, and got it home, and learned that we aren't very good at backing up a trailer. Ha! When we got home, we started sanding the floor where we had mudded last night. Turns out, the sanding blocks we had purchased were not even beginning to TOUCH this cement-hard mud. When we mudded the kitchen floor, it was much softer, but the Home Depot guy apparently sold Matt a different kind of mud this time, and it was literally like cement. So, Matt had to run to Home Depot AGAIN and get very tough sandpaper for his electric sander. While he was gone, Jamers napped, and Hendrix and I worked on getting the big chunks of mud off with a chisel. Then, Matt went over it with the sander, and about an hour later, it was done and ready for the vinyl flooring! We started laying the vinyl around 5 pm. We, of course, took small breaks for eating, bathroom breaks, bathing the boys, and putting them to bed....but we laid that floor until 2 am. Our knees were red and raw, our hands and forearms were stiff from cutting and pushing, and our backs ached so bad from bending over. But, darnit, we had a floor in our living room again! Cue: crashing out in bed.

Sunday, April 15th:
So, I had agreed (last Monday, mind you, before everything went crazy) to play the keyboard for both church services on Sunday. Then all hell broke loose in my home when Floor Plans A, B, and C fell through. As guilty as I felt about it, I texted the appropriate parties on Saturday evening and told them I wasn't going to be able to play. I had just laid flooring for 9 hours, and gotten to sleep at 2 am. Hendrix woke us up at 7 am. Our house was still in a state of complete chaos. Seriously, spending 6 hours at church for both services would have been absolutely *detrimental* to what we accomplished on Sunday. As bad as I felt, staying home was 100% the right decision for us. So, Hendrix got us up, and we started almost immediately moving furniture back into the living room, as painful as that was with our sore bodies!! I think I did 6 loads of laundry on Sunday, and we got the kitchen functional, though it still has a piano and a toilet-in-a-box in it. Then, since I've been trying for months to do deep cleaning, I tore into the back dining room/office area. I emptied and re-organized the desk and shelves. I still need to sweep and vacuum back there, but we once again have a functional dining table. Woo! I took the boys outside to play for a little bit, just because they deserved it, and enjoyed the breeze and warm weather. While we were outside, Matt hung the TV mount. After we got back inside, I helped him hang the TV on the wall. WE.LOVE.IT!!! Running on only 5 hours of sleep, we didn't stop moving all day, trying to get our lives put back together. We still have such a long way to go, but it's so much better than it was on Thursday evening. Sigh.

I haven't posted pictures of the floor (other than the sneak peak below) because we don't have the trim up, the entertainment center isn't finished, and the room is FAR from being decorated. I promise, as soon as it looks better in there, I'll post final pictures. :) In the mean time, here are a few from this weekend.

I had a little of this over the weekend to help me cope with the insanity! :o)

Looking west, into the room that previously housed the wood stove and hearth. Carpet and pad torn up, bare wood floor.

Looking east, into what was previously the family room/TV room. Carpet and pad torn up.

This is what the previous family room/TV room looked like when I got home on Thursday evening. We had put a large carpet remnant back in so that we had something to sit Jameson down on if needed. We had a pizza picnic on this giant carpet remnant two nights in a row. H and J - mommy's sorry for all this chaos.

Sweet Jamers cheesing for the camera, during our break to go to the zoo.

Hendrix at the zoo. Such a handsome man.

Luan, all laid out, not yet screwed down. Making progress!

Another view of the luan.

Sneak peak of the flooring.

My booty, after mudding the cracks and screwholes.

The luan, all mudded. Ready to sand tomorrow.

When I went to bed Saturday night. Well, Sunday morning, I suppose. I never see this time on my phone. Ouch. (My phone is set to military time. Yep, that's 2 AM.)

Another view of the luan - not sure why I decided to show you another view. It's exciting, I know. Ha!

The bookshelf/desk area. Before massive organization.


Are you tired yet, from reading this post? This week and upcoming weekend aren't really shaping up to be any more relaxing. Someday we can relax again. :) Stay tuned for final reveal pictures!!

My Life.... In Pictures (4/8 - 4/14)

Sunday, April 8th: Inside your wallet

I'm embarrassed to show you my wallet. This was my first attempt ever at making a wallet. I love the fabric, and totally want to make another one, just haven't had the time. Lots I need to do differently, obviously, but I have ideas. :)

Wednesday, April 11th: Where you ate breakfast

Yup, at my cubicle.

Thursday, April 12th: Stairs

Looking down into the back yard. Needs some beautification, I know....

Saturday, April 14th: How you feel today

This was the best I had at "performing" a mixture of exhaustion, excitement, extremely stiff and sore muscles, and exasperation. (See post to come about our weekend!)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

12 Days Out

Just over a week and a half until the Glass City Half Marathon.

Not sure how I'm feeling at this point! Honestly, a big (huge) part of me just wants it to be over. I'm disappointed that I'm not running 13 straight miles at this point, and I know I would be, had I not dealt with my knee injury and having to take a whole month off training, basically. At the same time, I'm proud of myself for what I've accomplished. 9 miles is my longest run ever, and I hope to top that someday, maybe even this summer or fall.

The main reason I want the race to be over already is because I went out for a 5-mile run on Sunday, and it felt puny and pathetic. Like it wasn't good enough, since I should be running 13 miles. I'm ready to not feel like I'm not pushing myself hard enough. I'm ready to be proud of myself for going out and running for 45-50 minutes straight. It's a great workout, and I want it to feel great.

I have a plan for race-survival. As long as my knee doesn't give me pain, I think I can stick to the plan:

Run 5
Walk 2
Run 3
Walk 2
Run 1

For as un-trained as I am, I'll be very happy with myself if I can run 9 of the 13 miles. If my knee starts hurting, the plan will go out the window, and I'll just hobble along as best as I can. But I'm trying to rest it as much as I can, and am hopeful that it behaves.

I'm nervous, excited, and anxious for it to be over. Hopefully these next 12 days go quickly. Wish me luck!

Monday, April 9, 2012

My Life in Pictures (4.1.12 - 4.7.12)

I heart Instagram. It's just fabulous. :) I didn't get all 7 days this week, but did pretty well.

Sunday 4/1: Your reflection

Kind of dark....oops.

Monday 4/2: Color

Pineapple, my salad,the file labels at work, and an obnoxiously colored border. How's that for color? :)

Tuesday 4/3: Mail

My inbox at work

Wednesday 4/4: Someone who makes you happy
No explanation needed. <3

Thursday 4/5: Tiny

Action figure.