Monday, February 28, 2011
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Other things on his list of active activities include but are not limited to:
- Team Roping Champion, he won a horse trailer in '93
Friday, February 25, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Our yard is an odd one. It has three levels, each one supported by railroad cross ties. Today is the perfect day for the kids to play in the yard. All was grand until I spotted both kids on level 3 headed toward the woods. They weren't going very far very fast so I trotted out to apprehend them. Both of the kids love jumping off the cross ties into our arms. I jokingly say to my husband "I'm gonna jump! Get ready to catch me!" to which he replies "Do it! Close your eyes, trust fall!". He was serious. Just jumping would be ok. It really isn't very high. But he requested that I close my eyes, hold my arms out... and just fall. I'll be honest. I really didn't like the idea and I really didn't think he could hold me. Not that I'm really that heavy, but I'm not a 3 yr old either. I got the feeling that he was going to be offended if I didn't do it and that this little trust fall was about more than just a fun jump from level 2. So I took a deep breath, braced myself and went for it.
The moral of the story: It doesn't matter if he successfully catches my fall. It only matters that he tried and we went down together.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
- It was the tenth grade. The fifty members of my sophomore class were divided into three groups of quiet, pencils ready, TAAS test takers. It's a state assessment test. A good friend of mine, Elaine, was sitting directly in front of me. I had barely been able to sign my name to the testing packet when it happened. It was loud, very loud, and it was shocking especially to me. I never even saw it coming. Elaine's head snapped toward me, her eyes wide open like somebody had stomped on her cat. I immediately went into damage control. What is the first thing to take the fall for a fart noise? That's right, your shoe. But Elaine wasn't buying it. Mostly because I was wearing a pair of Old Navy foam flops. When I saw that that excuse wasn't going to fly, I actually tried to turn the fart back on to her. "Was that you?" I asked desperately. She didn't even dignify it with answer. The look on her face was enough to finally break me. I accepted responsibility for what I had done and we spent the next 10 to 15 minutes unable to suppress our inappropriate, test interrupting laughter.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
So, short story long, I was so busy feeling sorry for myself that wasn't even in the mood to run. But I figured with all the things out of my control, this four mile run was at least something that was 100% up to me. And a great run it was! 10 minute miles with no walking on a 60 degree evening.
After I got back, I felt far less irritable and I got some news about the job. The house is still an issue for haz-mat, but that's ok.
Sorry for such a dull "Where I've Been", but... well, I haven't been anywhere lately. How about I add a fun picture? Well, I don't have any saved to this computer and I couldn't download one from facebook...so... too bad.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
- After mashing the gas pedal, the car would then decide when it wanted to speed up.
- Putting the car in "Park". This is an unnecessary step in a stick.
- The car was constantly locking it's doors without my knowledge.
- What is my left foot supposed to do?!?! I nearly threw myself through the windshield several times.
- The car also decided when to turn off the radio. There is a secret combination of key, ignition, and door position.
- Daytime running lights. WTF?! My lights aren't really on?!
- I down shift to pass a truck before my lane ends.
- Roll into the drive way, kill the car. That's it. No "Park". (However, you should NEVER forget the e brake. See below for why.)
- I lock the doors!
- An occupied left foot.
- I turn the radio off. Or I turn the car off... whatever.
- Only two types of lights. On, and Off. (and high beams)
- I land on my mid foot every time
- Pinky toes are now separated from the #4's. Usually they are bent up underneath the #4's causing #4's to lose circulation and go numb.
- My feet don't slide off the edges of the traditional shoes platform. My feet always slide toward the outside edge of my shoe.
- No knee pain. (But I didn't have any knee pain running in the Free's either)
When we were in high school Shanon had an awesome (not awesome, hilarious!) Pontiac sunbird. One fateful day, she pulled into work at Old America as usual. Being a manual transmission, she left the car in gear and fulfilled the call of duty within the craft giant. At some point whilst ringing up patriotic wreaths, she noticed her car to be missing. Of course! I'm sure there were tons of people who were after the bird. Wrong. The sunbird was in the ditch at the edge of the Old America parking lot. About a 12' ditch that was overlooked by the main "drag" back in those days. Shanon was a bit embarrassed. She wanted to consider it a final resting place and just hitch a ride home. What's amazing is that it rolled through a parking lot full of cars and managed to not hit anything. And so lives the legend of the Sunbird.
I found this picture online, but I think this is what hers looked like.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Didn't run, but did this instead
Made hearts out of waffels, paper and grapes
For Hubs and fam, as they slept in late
I'll get a run in, in the evening I suppose
But before that I'll need to run through Trader Joe's
This poem isn't going quite the way I'd like
Kids keep whining and picking fights
what the heck happened to my poetry knack
My poetry mojo is under attack
See! Terrible! Keeps getting worse!
This whole thing is crap, every single verse.
This poem is over, I'm giving up
I'm sure you loved it, if you like things that suck
Roses are red, violets are blue
I hope when I run, I don't step in dog doo.
I challenge you to to add to this poem. Let's see whatcha got.
Friday, February 11, 2011
This week I have two confessions. 1st, on Thursday, I ate an entire medium pizza by myself. Will power? I wouldn't know what that is.
2nd, I confess that I am now a part of the barefoot revolution. Revolution might be a bit dramatic, but you have to admit that it is a growing culture. I purchased my Vibram Sprints at Sun & Ski Sports last night. I know, I know, most people think that the minimalist shoe is just a recent trend that will soon fade out, but the Nike Free's have really changed my running style for the better. I no longer land on my heel which has eliminated the knee pain that would always plague me after long runs. So why not take it a little further? I won't say that it comes at no cost. Whatever the muscles are below my calf and all around ankles are continually sore. I never used these muscles with my previous heel strike.
Anyway, my first run in Vibrams was short, but it went really well. It didn't feel that much different from the Free's. It takes me a little while to put these shoes on, but I'm getting better at it every time. The Vibrams won't be going on any long runs for a while, but I feel that they have a bright future with me.
What do you have to confess this week?
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Does it get weirder as they get older? I know I'm not alone in this sort of thing. Jo Koy's son colored his "ting ting" green with a permanent marker.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
I first spotted the signs pointing the way to Loretta's Ranch on our very first trip down I40 when were moving to Charlotte. Unfortunately our 26' Pensky truck with car hauler kept us from visiting that first time. But I made a mental note and knew that the next time we were on that highway, I would have to stop in and get 1 or 8 souvenir coffee mugs. My family and I have actually been there three times now. Anytime we are headed to or from Dallas we make Loretta's our lunch stop. It's kind of like Graceland for me.
This is a re-creation of Loretta's childhood home in Butcher Holler Kentucky that was used in the movie. Also, these pics were taken a long time ago. About 2 or 3 months after my son was born and just as I had started running.
This is just one of, I think, three shops on the premises. They have a gift shop with lots of Loretta stuff and then two other shops with western wear.
I'm not really sure what this is for, but it's in the courtyard where there is also a little BBQ stand and a nice view of the river and mill. If you want you can pay for a tour. It takes you all over the ranch, and even inside the mansion that she lived in on the hill. She now resides in another house back behind the mansion. She was slaughtering some chickens, suddenly there was a crowd of onlookers, a chicken got loose, a fan passed out... anyway, she felt that she needed more privacy and built another house behind the mansion. It's all in her book.I like visiting the ranch even more now, since I read her book. Her family runs the ranch and back when Doo (Doo Little Lynn) was still alive, he would go around visiting and getting drunk with the campers.
They have cabins and campsites at the ranch, Loretta performs here regularly, and they hold a large motocross event every year. I broke two of my mugs so the next time I head to Texas I'll be stopping in for a replacement.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Also, the necklace that I've been wearing has a little brass charm and a little copper charm. These little charms seem to always find there way around my ear buds and since I clip my nano to my collar, the charms were also hitting the screen and changing the songs. Then, as I started mile 3, I could hear my right ear bud crackling and felt the charms bouncing around on that side. Then I caught a wiff of something burning. That's when I decided to cut the run off at two miles. I also decided that I would no longer wear my new necklace while on a run. I still don't know what was burning. The ear bud still works fine, my bandanna doesn't show any discoloration, and as far as I know my hair is all there.
Monday, February 7, 2011
What gets you moving?
Friday, February 4, 2011
On the flip side, yesterday was a really good one. We found out that Nationwide is indeed on our side. It will only cost $100, they are coming today to pick the car up and they have already provided us with a rental car. Another good thing to happen yesterday was that my daughter popped my yoga ball with a thumb tack. Why is this a good thing? My other one was at least 6 years old and I had been wanting a new one anyway. The popping of the old ball conveniently coincided with the arrival of a cash containing birthday card from my mom. So voila! A new yoga ball for me! It has drawings of different core exercises around the middle. I'm particularly proud of this move that I have perfected. You start in the plank position and then roll up to kind of a down dog position. It makes my entire core really sore (another rhyme!).
My long run yesterday wasn't the greatest. Half way in, my stomach was telling me that it didn't want to be there. Maybe it was the french press full of coffee that I drank all by myself, or maybe it was the Chinese take out from the night before. Either way, there was a lot of walking.
How was your week?
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
We started out on hwy 421 headed toward Boone from Statesville. That's where we picked up the Blue Ridge Pkwy and we headed to Linville. Parts of the Pkwy have been closed due to dangerous road conditions, as is usual this time of year. The picture in top left corner of this blog is the most beautiful, most advertised, and most closed section of the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was warm, and I was hopeful that this section would be open today, but it wasn't. Oh well. We made a photo op of that same piece of roadway, but from the bottom side.
Grandfather Mountain costs $30 dollars to get in to. I'm not a fan of things I have to pay for, but this place does have some great things to offer. The views were some of the most amazing that I've seen in that area.
Another bit of bang for your buck is the CD tour that you are given upon entry to the park. As you drive forward they tell you where to start your disc. It was cool.
We made our way up the mountain through hairpin turns, past cliff side views. We had one objective. Mile High Suspension Bridge. When we finally reached the top, and to say that it was windy was an understatement. The wind was insane! They clock the winds on the bridge (the one that we were about to walk across) every hour and today they clocked at 57 mph. We intended to take the kids with us on the bridge, but after we went across the parking lot we decided to go one at a time while one person stayed in the gift shop with the kids.
In the above picture I'm showing the bridge who's boss. It was awesome. It's high, super windy, cold... it could have more swingy and unstable, but it was still really cool.
Two cool "Did you knows?" about Grandfather Mountain-
- Many car commercials have been filmed on the hairpin turns leading to the top of the mountain.
- One of the turns is named after Forest Gump. You know the running scene when people first begin to fallow forest? Well, that 's Grandfather Mountain.
- The mountain facilities run on solar power and re distribute the excess back out into the grid.
All in all, it was a great day.
My husband had suggested getting a sitter and going out tonight, but I wasn't in the mood to pay $40+ just to have a few beers. Instead we are headed to the mountains, because I LOVE MOUNTAINS! The last time that we went to Grandfather Mountain (just outside of Boone, NC) with the in laws, it was closed. It's a beautiful day today so we're giving it another try. I hear there is an awesome suspension bridge to walk across. I am also taking my running clothes with me. It's on my list to run through the mountains. I think it will be therapeutic.
Also! I have the best husband in the world! My birthday present from him was being entered into the Chicago marathon. Registration opened yesterday and he secretly signed me up. He even had to get into my email, forward all the registration confirmations to his email and then delete them from my inbox. He turns 30 next month. I need to start working on something great for him.
I'll re-post later with some pics from grandfather mountain!