Thursday, May 30, 2013

What's Up for Summer

Good morning campers! I am linking up today with Holly and Trista to talk about a few things I'm doing/want to do this summer.

First up we have my 39th birthday in a mere 8 days. The very last year of my 30's. My 30's have been pretty good to me although I absolutely hated being in my early 30's. Now that I am older and wiser (and thinner) the 40's aren't looking too bad.

As a birthday present to myself, I am planning on getting a new tattoo. I'll keep the deets a surprise for now, but rest assured I'll be posting it on IG.

We are heading down to Joplin in a couple weeks to visit with Jason's family. I also will be meeting up with Darci for a fun nighttime 5K.

Later in June (such a good month), I'll be heading to the Lou to meet up with Holly, Mel, Kimmy, Marcy and Ashley. To say I'm excited is the understatement of the year. It is going to be the best weekend EVAH!

That's about it as far as planned activities for the summer. I really want to take a vacation with the girls, but where and when is still undecided. I also want to travel down to Dallas this summer to visit with my family, but also maybe meet up with NerkyMeg. Girl cracks me up.

I'd like to get some more races under my belt and begin my official half marathon training (didn't you just run one?) so I can improve my time and endurance.

Other than that, it will be lots of lazy weekends at the pool with my girls which are always the best kind.

What are your plans for the summer?

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Playing Catch-up

I have been a terrible blogger lately. My blogging mojo just jumped out the window last week. Sorry about that y'all. Let's play a little catch-up, shall we?

The pain that I was having as a result of running/walking 13.1 miles is pretty much gone. My hips hurt really badly the first few days so I just kept stretching them out. I haven't worn heels at all because I was getting shooting pain along the outside of my left foot, but that hasn't bothered me in a week. I was also having some ankle pain on my right foot so I pretty much have not run at all in a week and a half. I'm ready to get back into it, though. I am signed up to run the Starry Night 5K with Darci, so I am ready to get my run back on!

I had planned on starting the 300/30 Ab Challenge that Holly is hosting, but kind of got derailed on that one. On Thursday, I went back to the dermatologist because she wanted to remove some additional tissue around the mole that came back with abnormal cells. I was thinking it was going to be a simple procedure similar to the mole removal. WRONG. She cut out a half dollar size of skin and tissue and I have two layers of stitches. Ouch. I was also given strict instructions not to do strenuous exercise that could possibly pull out the sutures. (The area is on the left side of my back, just under my shoulder blade.) I'm supposed to play softball next weekend, so that will be interesting.

Surgery aside, I did have a really great holiday weekend. We had all the girls and we drove across Missouri to visit my parents' house. They live in a rural area about an hour north of St. Louis. Their house is out in the country and there is pretty much no cell service at all. I did have fun on Sunday walking around the yard trying to get a signal so I could respond to some text messages I was getting.

The girls always have a blast at their grandparents' house and I really enjoyed the visit. My step-mom was diagnosed with breast cancer last November, but it was caught really early so they didn't have to a mastectomy. She just finished up chemo and is currently doing radiation, but hasn't let it slow her down. That woman goes non-stop with housework and cooking and taking care of everyone, she makes me tired. I'm pretty sure I gained the usual 5 pounds with all the good food that they have too.

I did get to see one of my step-sisters who lives in Seattle, so we had a nice visit. My sister and brother-in-law who live in Chicago also came down for the weekend, so it was a full house but that always makes it more fun, in my opinion. My little nephew ended up getting sick, though and they had a fun little trip to the ER on Monday morning to discover that it was just a virus. Poor little guy, he seemed to be feeling a little better when we had to leave. He was a little overwhelmed at first with all the girls (he's 14 months old), but they had a lot of fun playing with him.

We had a great visit, but it is always nice to come back home and sleep in your own bed. No surprise, but I did not want to get up and come to work today. That seems to be every day, though. Still on the hunt for that dream job.

Anyone else travel for the holiday weekend? Get in some family time?

Monday, May 20, 2013

My First Half Marathon Recap

Just call me Nervous Nelly over here because all I did for three days last week was worry and fret about the half marathon I agreed to run on Saturday. I was trying to think positively and release the negative energy, but it was all replaced by nervous energy. Friday night, I tried to go to bed early but that ended up being a waste of time since I couldn't sleep. I think I finally drifted off around midnight with my alarm going off at 4:45AM.

I had laid out all my things the night before so I got dressed and went downstairs to have some breakfast of oatmeal and coffee. The race started at 7:00AM and I knew it would take me a good 30 minutes to get there so I did pretty well and left the house a little after 6:00AM. I had already scouted out the location for my "practice run" so I knew right where I was going, which helped a lot. The last thing I needed was to get lost on the way to the race (which totally would have happened). One thing I did not plan on was the ridiculously long lines for the Porto potties. I should have just stopped off at a gas station. I stood in line for a good 20 minutes and then saw people lining up at the starting line. The horn went off and I had just gotten into the potty to pee. I started up all my apps: Pandora, Nike+ and Map My Run, then finished up and headed out. I only lost a couple minutes and we were being chip timed, so it was all good.

The course itself started in a business park and we ran around the block for the first couple of miles and then headed off to a running track for the remainder of the race. The course was relatively flat with the exception of miles 4-7. There were some wicked hills which were a lot easier going down the other way. I tried to keep a good pace going, but slowed down to walk the hills. I was trying to conserve some of my energy which I knew I would need for later in the race. I think I did run more than I walked, but I walked more than I would have liked.

I did break a cardinal rule of racing and tried something new during the race. They were offering both water and Gatorade/Powerade at all the water stations and I drank Gatorade and water at just about all of them. I also knew that I was going to need to refuel if I was going to run/walk for three hours so I brought along some GU that I had bought. I ate half of it at about mile 4 and the other half around mile 8. Fortunately, it didn't upset my stomach and it gave me the necessary energy I needed.

I got a few texts from Jason that really kept me going and totally made me cry. Since he wasn't there in person to cheer me on, he sent me texts along the way. The first twoI got around mile 8 and that is where I was really starting to struggle. I had never run that far before and it was taking a toll on me. His next one was around mile 10 and it is amazing how those encouraging words kept me on track. The last one came through right before my phone died during the last mile. Womp, womp. I guess running 3 apps continuously on your phone for 3 hours will drain the battery pretty quickly. Who knew?
The last couple of miles were so tough. I just wanted it all to be over. My legs hurt, my calves were on fire and my fingers were swelling up again. I kept going, though. Run a little, walk a little, run a little, walk a little. There was a girl a ways ahead of me and I just tried to keep pace with her and not fall back too far. Once I got close to the finish line I all out sprinted and finished strong. The timer read 3:12, but my official time was 3:10. So, I did not make it in under 3 hours like I wanted to. That is okay, though because I pushed myself harder than I ever have and accomplished something I never in a million years thought I could do.
Me and random guy I work with
Some lessons learned:
Don't wear cotton socks and underwear. My socks really started to rub towards the end of the race and I have a nice blister on the bottom of my right pinkie toe. Cotton underwear is okay, but I need to invest in some moisture wicking undies. Friction and sweat leads to a nasty case of crotch rot. I am not going commando, sorry.

Training is essential. Seems like a no brainer, but even short runs mixed in with extra strength training made such a difference for me. Now, I just need to build up my endurance so that I can run the whole thing.

All in all, it was the toughest thing I have ever done and that includes giving birth 5 times. It is such a mental game you play with yourself to push your body further and further. My hips are ridiculously sore and my left foot hurts, but I wouldn't take it back for anything. I am more excited than ever to run my next half in September.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Half training for Dummies

Thank you all so much for your kind words on my tribute post yesterday. Between Mother's Day and her birthday and yesterday, it has been a tough week. Also, since I didn't plan ahead and write the post at home, I was basically bawling at my desk. Nothing like a good ugly cry to get rid of all that pesky mascara.

Today is a new day, though and I am feeling much better. You may have noticed that I have not posted much about my workouts lately and the reason for that is because I haven't been doing them. I have gotten in a few runs here and there, but no strength training. I just got myself a case of the "I don't wannas" and let  it drag me down.

I thought this was appropriate
 Oh, and remember that half marathon that I agreed to run for Corporate Challenge? Yeah, that is on Saturday morning. In two days! I am freaking the fuck out, I tell you. What moron agrees to run a half marathon and then doesn't properly train? The would be this girl, right here.

I did attempt use that term loosely to go for a practice run at the course it is being held at. It did not go so well. First off, I managed to select the first day we had 90 degree weather and run at 2:00 in the afternoon. Then, I wasn't sure which trail it actually was because it was around a business park that had other walking trails. I actually stumbled upon it after about 2 miles. I did start off running and I had a bottle of water and a Gu (which I have never tried) to get me through. I don't know if it was the heat or what, but I just could not keep going and ended up walking a majority of the way. I did trek a little over 4 miles, but that is no where close to what I wanted to do. I started to get concerned because my hands started to swell and my fingers looked like Vienna Sausages, so I made it back to my car. My water was warm at this point so I stopped and got some Gatorade. Race prep fail.

 People, I have to finish this race in under 3 hours or I don't get any points whatsoever and it will have all been for naught. I don't want to fail in this. Why this is hitting me now instead of weeks ago is a mystery. I have been reading other blogger half marathon stories to try and prep, but if you have any other suggestions, I am all ears.

I did get up off my butt last night and did level 2 of the 30DS. Man, I was dripping sweat like a whore in church. It felt good though. Then, because I excel at doing things last minute, I busted out a half mile on the treadmill at a much faster pace than I'm used to. I also threw in some sprints for good measure. I realize that I can't squeeze weeks of training into a couple of days, I just don't want to get there Saturday morning and fail... again.

Anyone else have any crazy plans this weekend?

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

My Mother

I have composed this post in my head so many times, but actually getting it typed out proved to be much harder. Today's post is a tribute to my mother.
Marlene Rose, Senior Picture
My mom was the second of seven children and first daughter born to my grandparents. My grandfather was a minister and an insurance salesman and my grandmother was a homemaker. From all accounts, my mom and her siblings had a pretty happy childhood. She graduated from high school and then went to Graceland College. She met my dad one summer when he was working in Kansas City and they hit it off and got married.

They moved to Bowling Green, MO where my dad grew up and where he worked with my grandfather at his store, Woods Locker and Abattoir. It is now simply called Woods Smoked Meats. My parents had a lot of close friends that they hung around with and did the usual drinking and partying that you do in your 20's. Plus, it was the 70's so I think people had more fun back then. Everyone started having kids around the same time, so my siblings and I always had playmates around.

My parents' marriage fell apart when I was 11 years old and my mom moved herself and the 4 of us kids back to Kansas City. We lived with my grandparents for about 3 months until my mom was able to buy a house. Although she never really talked about it, I have a feeling that she was extremely unhappy during this time period. She had taken a huge risk and moved away from all of her friends and was on her own with four kids to take care of. My aunt Beth moved in with us to help and my mom started working nights and going back to school. She had never completed her degree so when she finally did, it was a huge accomplishment. She was able to start working days again and with a much higher salary.

I do not remember her ever dating anyone after the divorce. Apparently, we were her priority or she never met anyone she considered worth dating. I really don't know. My dad got married about a year later and is still married to my step-mom to this day. When I was about to start my senior year of college, my mom announced that she was getting married. I was floored as I didn't even know that she had been seeing someone. I had serious reservations about this man I had never met. It turns out that he was the best thing that could have happened to her, though. He was so good to her and it was obvious that he loved her very much.

Mom and John
 In April 2006, she discovered a lump in her breast that turned out to be cancer. I was devastated. My mom was the sweetest, most kind person ever and didn't deserve this. She had a mastectomy done and then started on chemotherapy. Even though she lost all of her hair and was sick from the chemo, she still maintained a positive attitude. One year later, she had a big birthday party at a local park. She was looking pretty good and we thought that she might have it beaten. Nope, she made an announcement that they had found cancer in her lymph nodes. Another blow.

Rachel and Mom
This time, she chose not to do chemo and instead chose a more homeopathic route. I'm not sure why she did this, but around Christmastime it was obvious that it was not working. Her left arm had started swelling up because she was starting to retain fluid in the tissue and the doctors could not drain it properly. After a couple more months, it became clear that it was only a matter of time.
Last Christmas with Elsa, the photobomber
My major regret is that I did not spend more time with her. I wish that I had made the time to go over to her house more often or just given her a call once in a while. That is lost time with her that I will never get back.

On her 58th birthday, we had a huge party at her house. She was bedridden at this point and chose to have a nurse come in daily rather than be in a hospital. All of her close friends and family were there and everyone was gathered around laughing and telling stories and she was the happiest I had seen her in while. The next day, she passed away quietly in her sleep.

Yesterday, she would have turned 63 years old. Today is the 5th anniversary of her death. They say that time heals all wounds, but to lose your mother at such a young age is a cut that runs deep. I don't know that I'll ever be fully healed. I still miss her every day.

She had the best laugh and she loved corny jokes. She loved the color pink. She was an amazing seamstress and made a lot of my clothes when I was growing up. She was ridiculously kind and always taught us to be nice and respectful of others. She instilled values in us that I hope I have been able to pass down to my own kids. She was such a strong woman and although she went through a lot of tough times, she never seemed to complain. My worst fear was not my mom being mad at me, but for being disappointed in me. I can only hope that wherever she is now, she is proud of me and my sisters and brother.

After her funeral - don't know how we were able to smile

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Car Tag on the Interstate

Today, I am linking up with Holly, Chrissy and Lindsey to share my favorite birthday story. Ironically, today is also my mother's birthday. She would have been 63 years old today. Happy Birthday Mom.


When I was growing up, my mom always did birthdays up big. However, the one and only time I ever had a surprise party was for my 18th birthday. My friends and I had just graduated from high school so my mom thought it would be a great idea to have a big party. My birthday is June 7, just in case you wanted to get your shopping done early.

My sister, Rachel and I had been staying at my dad's house for a few days and planned on driving back home the day of my birthday. My parents lived on opposite sides of Missouri so the 4 hour drive on I-70 was always a treat. We left on time and were enjoying the gorgeous sunny day when I started playing a little game of car tag with another car. Said car just happened to have two cute guys in it. We played this for a while until somehow we pulled off in Columbia and met in a park. (I'm still not even sure how it happened and oh my God, how naive were we?) We were just kind of talking and walking around a park and Rachel was getting super nervous. She, of course, knew all about the party and was freaking out that we were wasting so much time. Side note: this was before everyone had a cell phone so she had no way of contacting our Mom without raising suspicion.

She finally convinced me to leave, we weren't really into the guys that much anyway, and the rest of the trip proceeded without a hitch. I was extremely surprised when I walked into the party (two hours late) and so grateful that all my friends had not left. We had such a fun time and ended up having a huge water fight in the yard. I don't even remember any of the gifts that I got, just that it meant so much to me to have my friends and family there together laughing and having a good time.

Join the linkup! What is your favorite birthday story?

Monday, May 13, 2013

Yo Shorty, it's your birthday

My head is kind of all over the place so I'm going to try and rein it in to get through a coherent blog post. Thursday night, I drove to Topeka to watch Paige's band concert (she's now playing the clarinet). It is an hour drive and I was 10 minutes late (for a 30 minute concert), but the look on her face when she saw me in the audience made it all worth it. She just lit up and was so happy to see me. Cue mom tears.

This kid is the shit
Friday was my baby girl's 3rd birthday. I did have plans to do this whole post on her birth story, but life got in the way and I didn't get it done. Womp, womp. We bought a big cake at Costco and took it to daycare for everyone to share and celebrate with her. I figured there would be about half of it left by the end of the day. Nope. They demolished that sucker and we brought home like 4 pieces. At least it was enjoyed, which was the whole point.

Her "princess" outfit
Saturday, I drove back to Topeka to watch Paige's last soccer game. Their game from the previous week had been cancelled due to bad weather. They ended up winning 3-2 and finished their season undefeated. I think this is the last year that they will all play together since some of the kids will be moving to a new age group next year. They have played together for three years so it was a little bittersweet.

We stopped at the grocery store on the way home to pick up some cake mix for cupcakes and a few other items like beer. After we got home, we just relaxed for a little while and then Jason fired up the grill for some burgers and steaks and I made the cupcakes. Hannah had picked out Lemon cake and they turned out really well. We didn't really have a huge party since I am the worst planner ever so it was nice to just have a quiet fun night with the girls. They all snacked on chips and veggies while the grill was going and then enjoyed the cupcakes afterwards.

Emmeline had fun opening her gifts and she has more coming from Jason's family. She loved the box of dress-up clothes that we got her and the little pop-up playhouse from my sister. We didn't go super crazy with the gifts and she was happy with everything she got.

Sunday, I just lazed in bed for a while watching Amazing Race. Emmeline rolled all over me for a while until her sisters got up and distracted her. She is not the type of child that will go in her room and play by herself for hours on end unfortunately. She loves to have lots of people around her to play with. Once lazy time was over, we got dressed and headed over to our favorite nature trail to get some exercise. Elsa threw a fit and didn't want to go so I left her at home by herself because I would rather enjoy myself instead of dealing with an hour of whining about why she didn't want to be there. We walked for 2.5 miles in just over an hour over the course and it was a good workout. Emmeline was trying to run to catch up with her sisters at one point and tripped over a tree root and fell on some rocks. She pretty much had to be carried the rest of the way after that. We took turns carrying her because adding 35 pounds to your hike is no joke.

I met my ex early yesterday afternoon because I received a ticket to go see Jillian Michaels speak as an early Mother's Day gift. She did not disappoint, either. It was a 3 hour show with intermission, but it was highly entertaining and informative. Nothing she talked about was earth shattering news or completely new information, but she relayed it in a very relate able way. I refrained from buying any of the merchandise because $40 for a tank top is way out of my price range.

My phone takes crappy pictures
Today is my oldest baby's birthday. Hannah is 17 years old today and it just blows my mind. I talked it over with her and she said that instead of a gift she'd rather just have a day out with me and we could go shopping and get manis and pedis. I think it sounds like a great day, now we just have to plan it.

Happy Belated Mother's Day to all my fellow blogger moms out there! How was your weekend?

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Yet another Finish the Sentence linkup


Once again, I am linking up with Holly and Jake for the Finish the Sentence game. I kind of lucked out here, because I am kind of out of blogging material so this it perfect timing.

Unlike my sibling(s) (that I love very much).... I have multiple children. My sister Angie just had her first baby last year, but my other sister and brother are still single and childless. Slackers. I had my first 4 before I turned 30.
My best friend says... that I'm weird, but let's face it. He is a tall drink of not normal himself.
People call me... Manda Panda. It is a nickname that has stuck around since childhood. Actually only my aunt and cousin call me that anymore, but I secretly squee with glee with Jason says it. I absolutely despise the nickname/endearment Boo. Gag.
I most often dream... about all the things I'm going to do and buy when I win the lottery. I have the best imagination ever.
The best part of my day... is late evening after Emmeline has gone to bed and I can just relax. On weekends that I have the girls though, I love sitting around with them and just listening to them chatter.
I really don't understand... Haters and people that are mean just to be mean. Why waste your energy on that?
I get really annoyed... at myself for not working out. That bottle of wine is not going to run my half for me.
There's nothing like a... good round of sexytime to make me happy.
Lately, I can't get enough... sleep. I am always tired anymore and this goddammed cold has taken up residence in my nostrils again. You know that snot man on the Mucinex commercials? Pretty sure his whole family has moved in, uninvited. Assholes.
One thing I am NOT is... a clean freak. Holly desperately wants to come over and clean my house. I can see it in her eyes.
I spent too much money on... food last month. I need to be better about planning meals instead of coming up with them on the fly and then stopping by the grocery store for one or two things. Dinner planning stresses me out.
I want to learn.... well, relearn French. Can you believe I actually majored in French in college and have lost most of it. Student loans well spent, I say.
If I ever met Kimmy, we would... stay up all night braiding each other's hair and laughing at everything. It will happen, oh yes.
I can't stop... this feeling anymore. I've forgotten what I started fight for. It's time to bring this ship into the shore and throw away the oars forever. (If you are now singing that in your head, you're welcome.)
Never have I ever... wanted to be a man. I am extremely happy as a woman.
Reese Witherspoon... is awesome. Who hasn't gotten drunk and said stupid shit? Girlfriend is fine by me.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

My PSA for the month

Time is a bitch. It always seems like there is never enough time in the day to get all you want accomplished. If you are motivated, then you make the time for stuff like workouts and food prep if you are into that, but do you make the time for other aspects of your well-being?

I'm talking about going to the doctor. Those regular checkups that can be such a pain in the butt to schedule. If one of our kids is sick, you can bet your ass that we on on the phone to the pediatrician or heading over to Urgent Care. If we are sick, it seems that we, as Supermom, are more likely to try and tough it out. "Oh, I've had a cold for 5 weeks, maybe I'll go to CVS to get some antibiotics".

This past year, I have learned a lot about getting healthy and losing weight. I am not perfect by any stretch of the imagination (we won't talk about the cupcake I had for breakfast yesterday), but I am a work in progress. As part of my healthy goals, I have also tried to get in to see all my doctors. I do not have a primary care physician (a fact that earns me a scowl by nurses every time) but it is currently on my list right alongside a new dentist. I have not been to see the dentist in several years. However, I have seen my eye doctor. That one never gets missed since I have the worst eyesight ever. I also saw my gyno for my yearly check-up, or "Well Woman" visit as they are now called. I was rather perturbed, however that she did not mention my weight loss at all. I mean c'mon, the numbers are right in front of you. I think a 30 pound weight loss deserves something. I digress.

My first mammogram has been taken care of. Not as bad as I had been led to believe so I'll be looking forward to having my boobies squished while I stand in weird poses every year. I also got myself into the dermatologist to have all my moles looked at. Never mind the fact that I drove myself crazy for a week thinking that I had cancer, it all turned out okay in the end. I do have to go back to have some extra tissue removed from one of the moles due to abnormal cells, but it is just a precautionary measure so that these cells do not turn into cancer in the future.

The reason for this little PSA is twofold; my cold has returned so I'm looking to find a primary care physician that I can go to on a regular basis so I don't have to go to the Minute Clinic and an incident that happened this past week.

Jason's mom is the sweetest woman you could ever meet. She is so giving and will do anything for anyone. That said, she fell victim to the Supermom syndrome. She developed a boil on her chin a little over a week ago which quickly turned into an abscess. However, while she was trying to self-diagnose herself on Web MD, it proceeded to get worse and become extremely painful. After being told to go to the Dr. multiple times by Jason and his brother, she finally went to the ER and it turns out she has a MRSA infection. This nasty infection just happens to be resistant to most antibiotics and had she waited much longer to come in, she most likely could have died. I am so glad that they were able to catch it in time in order to treat it properly, but I am so mad that she waited so long to get it checked out. I've already lost one mother and I don't want to lose another.

So, please heed my public service announcement. Get your boobies checked out. Go pee in a cup and have your vag scraped. Have any unusual looking moles examined. Get your teeth cleaned (I need to take my own advice here). We spend so much time trying to look good on the outside that sometimes we forget that the inside needs some help too.

Have you made your regular doctor visits yet this year?

Monday, May 6, 2013

Another 5K in the books

 In the sport of running, I continue to disappoint myself. The Corporate Challenge 5K was Saturday morning at 7:30AM and of course it was 40 degrees and wet outside. It wasn't really raining, but it was misting. I got up with lots of time and had a good breakfast of oatmeal and a protein bar and got my stretching in. As soon as I left, I realized I had forgotten my gloves so I turned around to get them. No way I was going to run without something on my hands. I ended up getting there with a few minutes to spare and walked to the starting line and got in around the 13 minute mile marker. There were actually a ton of people there and since participation points count sometimes as much as placing, there were people of all skill levels.

Pink pants for the PR
Once the timer went off and we all got going, I was feeling pretty good. However, the first half of the race was all on a steady incline which made for a difficult start. If you are familiar with Kansas City, the race was on Ward Parkway between Wornall and 75th Street. I really, really wanted to run the entire thing but I got to the first mile, I had to start walking. I just felt really tired. The 2nd mile I alternated running and walking but when I got to the third mile, I ran the whole way. It helped that it was all downhill, but I was feeling good and wanted to try and finish under 40 minutes. When I saw the finish line, I kicked it into gear and sprinted into the end. My official time was 41:10.
During that second mile while I was walking, I got really down on myself. I was like, "How can I call myself a runner if I can't even run a full 5K? I'm such a fraud". It was very hard to keep motivated especially when an older gentleman wearing Dockers passed me. Seriously, he was wearing khaki slacks. All the volunteers on the side of the road were so encouraging though, and I had my music going and my Nike+ app was behaving so that all kept me on track. I didn't do as well as I wanted to, but I did PR and I can only get better, right?

And because I was feeling way too confident Friday night (and it was the last night to get the lowest price) I went ahead and signed up for the Fort4Fitness half marathon in September. I'm stoked to be able to meet all the wonderful women that will be there, but I am super nervous about running an actual half marathon. Not to mention the one that I'm supposed to run in two weeks time. I'm pretty sure that I'm in denial about it. That one is going to suck donkey balls. As long as I can finish in under 3 hours though, I'm golden.

After I got back home from my race, I found out that the girls' soccer games had been cancelled due to the weather so I would not have to drive to Topeka to pick them up (so excited about that). We just met in Lawrence as usual and then when we got back home, I crashed big time. One minute I was laying on the bed with Elsa looking at something on my phone, the next minute she had swiped my phone to play with it and I was snoozing away.

After I finally woke up from my coma, we decided to go out to dinner and we all went to Red Robin. It was pretty busy, but the wait didn't seem too long and all the girls were on their best behavior. It was really nice to have some quality family time with them all with no drama. After dinner, Jason and I dropped the girls off at home so we could do some birthday present shopping for Emmeline. Fortunately, we didn't have to spend too much time in Toys R Us and found something I think she'll love.

Noms at Red Robin

Sunday was a lazy day, we just lazed around and watched TV while the girls took turns on the iPad. Is anyone else's kids obsessed with Minecraft or is it just mine? I do not understand the appeal of this game, yet they are absolutely mesmerized. It was a short weekend, it seemed but I do love spending time with my girls. Loud as the house may be, it is always more fun when they're around.
So adorable
Could not get her to smile and show her teeth for anything
Paige was peering through the back of my headrest
Elsa enjoying the movie
How was your weekend? Fun activities? Crappy weather? Good naps?

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Remember that time when...

So, I'm super late in posting this today but I couldn't pass up a linkup with my girl, Kimmy.


Remember that time when...

I killed a mouse with a poisoned Cheeto? Yep, I was sitting downstairs by myself one night after everyone else had gone to bed. I was reading so it was super quiet and I notice a mouse run across the living room floor. I am not afraid of mice at all so I was like, "Hmm, now what should I do?" I knew we didn't have any rat/mouse poison and absolutely no traps so I pondered on what would a mouse like to eat. Cheetos came to mind so I took one from the bag and sprayed that bad boy with some household cleaner (not organic). I then laid it on a plate and set it on the living room floor. The next morning the Cheeto was gone and the mouse was dead. I win.

Remember that time when...

I drove myself crazy for a week because I was convinced I had cancer?  Last Thursday, I went for a routine check-up at the dermatologist's office and she found three moles that she did not like the looks of and ended up removing them. She said that she would have them analyzed and give me a call back within a week to let me know the results. Longest week of my life. I was pretty much convinced that I had melanoma and I was going to have to go through chemo and lose all my hair. That also explains my bad mood the past few days. However, I got a call back yesterday and all of the moles are benign. One of them has some unusual cells so she wants to go in and remove some more tissue, but otherwise everything is fine and I don't need to worry anymore that I have cancer. I just need to go in for annual checkups so they can keep an eye on my moles. I can't even tell you how relieved I am. I also had a good ugly cry yesterday which was pretty cathartic.

Winter weather is back to haunt me here in Missouri. I have a 5K on Saturday morning for Corporate Challenge and I'm going to PR that sucker, weather be damned! I'm also going to run the entire thing. I'm not going to try and run, I'm just going to run. It's all mental and I need to get out of my head and just do it.

Anyway, if you haven't linked up yet, what are you waiting for?

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Bad Mood

Happy May Day! I'm not even sure what the significance of May Day is, but it sounds good. Spring finally showed up here in KC and it will be sticking around just long enough for a good tease and then go back down into the 30's tonight. Awesome.

I woke up in the worst mood ever yesterday. I'm not even sure what the cause was, but as a result, everything irritated me. Needless to say, it was not the best day I've ever had. Also the reason for no post yesterday. I did want to do the Prom link up with Erin, but I don't know what happened to my prom picture. I'm sure it is buried in a box in the garage somewhere.

I did get to go play Dodgeball last night for Corporate Challenge, though and that was fun. I wish our team had done better. I also wish that I was as athletic as I trick myself into thinking I am. Nothing like throwing the ball directly into the hands of the other team. I might as well have lobbed it underhanded.

I seem to be hyper aware lately that I don't really have any IRL friends. I have work acquaintances and I have all my wonderful blogger friends, but no one that I can really call up and say "Let's go get a drink" or "let's go shopping". I miss that. All of my old college friends are basically Facebook friends and nothing more. Add in the fact that we only have one car and a 45 minute commute every day leaves me basically feeling like a loser hermit.

Speaking of my job, I'm pretty much over it. I have no desire to come in to work every day because I am so unhappy. I have posted for a couple other positions and one I am really interested in. It would be a definite challenge and a pay raise so please keep your fingers crossed for me.

Obviously my funky mood is still determined to linger around, so feel free to send me something to make me laugh. I find such joy and camaraderie with the ladies (and gentlemen) in the blogging world. My day just isn't complete until I've had the chance to read all my favorite blogs.