24 March 2014

i did something.

this weekend was filled with fun and new things to me.

mom came in town friday and we got the weekend festivities started off right!
making friends with our favorite waitress.

then saturday moms and i went to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. i have never been and this weekend the weather was just beautiful for it. and they have an orchid house. sign me up.

i will gladly take any of those orchids. or tulips. or dandelions. i love springtime.

also on saturday i decided to do something. something that is basic runner blasphemy. i decided to cheat on my shoes of choice. my reasoning being that i need a durable shoe that doesn't break my budget. and since my budget is in the realm of zero dollars, mizunos are getting quite expensive. i love them and they will always be my first true love, but i decide to change it up.

here are my brand new shiny brooks.
i can't wait to actually get some road time on them and see how they are. but for almost less than over half the price of mizunos i hope they work out (i hope that sentence makes sense...)

i have heard great things about them from fellow runner friends and was intrigued by the price point and the quality of the shoe. also DSW has them on sale. Brooks Cadence please be nice to me so that i can continue to purchase you...and or go and purchase all of you from DSW. fingers crossed

14 March 2014

friday. Friday. FRIDAY. FRIIIIIDAY.

it's friday and i have cried twice.

you know those days that just start off on the wrong foot and keep getting wronger? well that was today.

it all started innocently enough. last night i drove up to the shop as i was supposed to make a couple of deliveries for the now defunct wood company. well i got here and there was no heat. because the propane tank was empty. the one i just had filled in october and we have been here a total of maybe 10 times since then. fail. epic fail.

i found all the blankets i could. if you think i am joking i am not. i had two down comforters, a target blanket, a blanket my mom made, and a quilt. ALL the blankets.

i woke up this lovely friday morning and it was 48 degrees in the apartment. weeeeee freezing.

i tried to get everything done and i failed. failed miserably. and then i cried. ugly ugly girl cried. big ole crocodile tears.
similar. maybe not quite so ugly.

darwin talked me off my ledge and he was right, at the end of the day it's not worth getting hurt if i can't get everything done. the wood company will still be here monday and i can reassess then to get everything accomplished. risking driving a truck and trailer when i am upset isn't a good idea and it isn't safe. so i cancelled today.

i cancelled an entire day.

i got everything prepped, that i could, for delivery next week.

i did some laundry.

i took apart this beautiful bookshelf so that i can put it at my house.
i am going to make quinoa fried rice for dinner. and hopefully it will look like this:
i've watched Fast and Furious no less than 4 times in under 24 hours. and am currently going for a record in how many times i can watch it.

i also scored Oiselle distance shorts for $20 with shipping. #winning

all in all cancelling this friday hasn't been so terrible. once i got the tears subsided i calmed down considerably.

i can be really hard on myself and i then in turn set unrealistic expectations. i am slowly learning that is a terrible way to live my life (--->SLOW LEARNER<---). i am taking the rest of the day to find the calm and hopefully keep some of it.

12 March 2014

all the things pt. 2

things i currently love:
this print i ordered from etsy:
oiselle and their new spring line.

patio weather.
 this fun picture i found on tumblr to help get my gallery wall going.

things i currently miss:
this sweet face.
 this guy.
lacing up these.

things i currently dislike:
i am not even sure if i dislike it; i think i may love it .
not running.
but with the likes outnumbering the dislikes i would say we are doing mighty fine.

11 March 2014

springtime is in the air

what to do when you are on a running hiatus.

firstly try not to eat all the foods. i fail at this some days. because foods are delicious and i love them. and also because i am poor.

lately when i go to the grocery store (the bane of my existence) i just buy a lot of fruit and veggies. oh and yogurt. the amount of yogurt in my fridge is comical. i attempt the outside rule. only buy things that are on the outer edges of the grocery store. sometimes i fail and sometimes i win. although is it really failing when you get ice cream for a dollar?

secondly i am still working out. no running though. i am trying to let my ankle heal thoroughly before i really try that out. this weekend is supposed to be another pretty weekend so i am going to maybe tentatively mark a day to go for a run.

this working out thing. two workouts that i like. one is easy and i do it twice a day most days.

50 squats
50 sumo squats
50 crunches
10 v crunches
10 pushups if i am feeling crazy 

i split it up so that i am not doing 50 of anything at one time because woof. i also add 10 seconds of baby pulses (that's what i call it) at then end of each set.

this is a v cruch:
 i do them a little differently, but effectively the same move.

this is what i feel like afterwards:

the second work out is one that i found from GoldfishKiss. if you ever want to read a blog about someone who does some really amazing things and someone that if i could be friends with her and or have her life i wouldn't bat an eye and would absolutely jump at the chance, go read hers. anyways...

she posted this workout that she found on the pinterest. the deck of cards workout. basically you assign each suit a specific move. then you correspond the number of the card for that suit to the number of what you do. face cards are ten and the ace is eleven.

depending on what you pick i sometimes add 10 for it to be a little more affective. like squats because those are easy. burpees however, nope i will gladly take the card value.

you will be sweaty and gross, but feel super accomplished.

thirdly the sunshine.

it's becoming springtime around these parts and who can say no to being outside? not me. i love the sun. anyway i can get it. preferably with a body of water around, but i'll take spring weather any time because the winter sucks.

06 March 2014

politcally incorrect and very unkosher.

if this is what adulthood looks like then i don't want to be a part of it. attttallll
let me preface all of that with for the past two or three months i have had what i call african baby tummy (AfBT). which is terribly politically incorrect, insensitive and not kosher. but i don't have a better way to describe it. i am not trying to take anything away from those poor little babies or say that my first world problem relates to them in anyway shape or form.

my stomach seems to always be in a constant state of unrest. and some weeks it's manageable and some weeks it's AfBT status.  it feels like there is constant pressure in my stomach and well if your a runner then you know when you can't go, the world is ending.

pooping was covered extensively during Ragnar and i can vouch that not being able to go is sunshine and roses the most nerve wracking thing while running. i would rate it higher than the i think i am under trained for this race, i don't have enough fuel or the person smells like homeless liquor bottles have been inhabiting their pores.

as a runner you find a steady balance of diet and you don't stray. especially not during race week.

about two months ago my stomach decided it just didn't want to function at full capacity or ya know at all. so that was fun. i chalked it up to a bad weekend of poor food choices. i cleaned up my act and went back to the basics and tried for the most part to maintain a balance diet.

it seemed to work for a few weeks and then it would just not work. christmas was miserable. i spent a lot of time in bed laying on my left side because every other position wasn't working.

about two weeks ago i noticed that my stomach hurt worse after i ate. like clockwork. and it was about as fun as it sounds. and then i had the i feel like there are razor blades in my stomach (or as my phone autocorrected: razor ladies - got to watch out for them...)

which in actuality should have been a clue to me to maybe make a doctor's appointment with my newly acquire health insurance plan. but alas, i did not. i just ate bland foods. well that didn't work and enough bullying from darwin i finally called the doctor and went to see someone about the AfBT.

with much trepidation and some serious nerves i put my big girl pants on i went to my doctor's appoint. and thus enter the picture from the beginning. she told me that my bowels sounded good. which made me giggle, because all i could think is a gurgling noise and the noise your tummy makes when you are hungry. also, i am 6 so it was really funny.

then i got a tetanus because ya know #yolo (<-- i am sorry...or am i). which jesus pete my arm feels like i got ninja chopped.

AND then i got bloodwork done. just to rule out anything. i got the results back for those yesterday and because i am a doctor who knows what the hell i am talking about, my levels were all just fine and dandy. 

so bottom line. my diet is fine. my veggie and fruit intake is fine. i clearly get enough calcium. i exercise.

which leads to taking miralax like i am 112. basically i am a six year old trapped in a 27 year old body with the stomach of a 112 year old. weeeeeeeeee

if i am not better in a week, i get to go to a gi doctor. which bum bum bum i don't want to do.

welcome to my life.

**also, all i can think of this the rugrats episode where chuckie swallows a watermelon seed and angelica tell him a watermelon is going to grow in his tummy and then tommy and the gang go inside chuckie's tummy.