Monthly Archives: November 2012


People are posting wish lists and wants all over the internet. First of all, I say why limit it to the holidays?? I want things year round!! Don’t feel pressured to give me gifts because the calendar tells you it’s time – feel free to shop whenever the urge hits you!!

It may be difficult to believe but I don’t only want running gear. Sure it’s on the top of the list, but the list is long…

Yeah baby!!

Yeah baby!!  Kindle Fire HD 8.9″  Since I didn’t get it for my birthday it’s still top on my list

As a hairdresser, I’m in the beauty industry so I love all things sparkly.  I’d be thrilled with some of the makeup I use all wrapped up in a pretty bag, some protein powder or vitamins from Complete Nutrition or my Dermalogica product.  Things I use every day and cost money.  Gift certificates are one of my favorite things – it’s 2 gifts.  First you get to open it and see what it is, second you get to go spend it.  LOVE!!!  Daniela Corte is a favorite designer if you need a hint.  Deka is another great place and I still want a bag from Fitmark to stash my computer, crap for the salon and workout gear.  Endless possibilities.

BodyRock Sport Maya Yoganista Collection sport bra, Show 'Em Who's Boss Cargo Leggings and Ruby Gloves.  Ready for anything stretching and a quick workout circuit!!

BodyRock Sport Maya Yoganista Collection sport bra, Show ‘Em Who’s Boss Cargo Leggings and Ruby Gloves. Ready for anything stretching and a quick workout circuit!!

For running my #1 request would be a gift certificate to BodyRock Sport.  No big surprise there!!  Second would probably be a gift certificate at Reno Running Company.  Sure, they have my stats on file there so you could just grab and go which would be absolutely fine, but again – it’s fun to get to shop.  So either way I’m thankful.  Oiselle is another company I adore – best running shorts ever!!!  Sure you could get me the Polar GPS watch I want for a low $450 if you’re so inclined but it’s fine to keep it simple.  Etsy has so many artists listed with running jewelry and ornaments that it would be impossible not to find something fitting.

So, go!!  Shop!!  Don’t hesitate!!  Get your running buddy’s sizes and preferences and shop year round!!!

Thursday Run

Didn’t happen…. Yes, I know. I feel like a total slacker. It was 47* and 27 mph winds when I was supposed to leave tonight. So, nice temperature but the wind has been exhausting the last couple of days. I slept horribly last night. Woke up at 2:30 am completely stressed because I bought a kennel off Craigslist last night for the new dog I’m planning on picking up Monday morning (got a screaming deal too!!). Yes, I decided. No Kindle Fire HD 8.9″…… So, it’s time to start a new puppy training which I love and I also feel that happy nervousness – I’m counting down the days now – and I couldn’t sleep.  Silly, really, but that knowledge didn’t help me fall back to sleep.  My mother in law is here visiting, all the kids found out about the dog, blah, blah, blah….  I looked at the clock and realized I had to get ready to go and completely hit a wall.  So, not only did I not do my run (which I always feel badly about because I know if I get out there, it’s always worth it) I ate pizza.  Not that I”m anti-pizza mind you but I don’t eat it often and I don’t usually miss a run.

This didn’t happen tonight

Good news??  Tomorrow is another day.  My training isn’t nearly shot and I will persevere.  Training is about pushing yourself but not beating yourself up.

Make A Freaking Decision!!!

My birthday is coming up December 15th.  I know, you all have your pen and paper out ready to write down my wish list and get out there and shop.  Thank you, but that’s not what this is about.  Usually this is how my bday goes down…..  I figure out what I want, I purchase it, I give it to my older daughter, she calls in all the kids, they get to see it, they all wrap it, I open it and act surprised.  This is a good system.  It puts no pressure on Chris or the kids to figure out what I want.  I SO dislike when women complain about how their partner just “doesn’t get them” and always screws up the holidays.  Seriously?  I don’t “get” what Chris wants, we are adults the last I checked and why would I want to set my husband up for certain failure???  So what if he doesn’t know??  He has a general idea just like I do for him.  He’s a wakeboard freak but in no way do I feel competent to make a purchase for him.  I’d have to ask him.  IN addition wish lists  often change.  What I want today might be superseded by something else tomorrow.  Maybe I got a screaming deal on Ebay and already purchased it or maybe an opportunity presented itself like when I got my bike trainer that changed the priority order?  I’m female after all.  You never know when the winds of change will blow.

At any rate, my birthday.  42 in case you were wondering.  How that happened, I’ll never know but when my 12 year old said that telling people I”m 28 for the 14th time actually sounds older than 42, I listened….  So I am actually turning 42.  Yikes!

I’ve wanted a Kindle Fire HD for a while.  I love, love, love my old kindle.  Upgrading isn’t necessary, but the HD Fire has web capability so maybe I wouldn’t have to take my laptop with me everywhere.  If I could blog, email, Facebook, etc.. on it it would reduce my load and streamline things for me PLUS I’d be able to continue my voracious reading habit.  Naturally, I want the 8.9″  So Chris asked if this is what I want for my bday.  Why yes, yes it is!!

Yeah baby!!

On a side note, I’ve been wanting to get a new dog.  Puppy actually, although the thought of another young one makes me sigh and brace myself for the work.  Our 3 dogs are 11 and no longer running companions.  Their health isn’t bad yet, but they’re definitely going downhill.  I’d like to get a new dog now so she’s very socialized and my dogs good behaviors are there to reinforce.  My kids are all older now and (so they say) are ready to pitch in.  We’ve been presented with 3 dogs in the last 6 months and it just hasn’t been right for one reason or another.  But now….

Uh, yeah, she’s cute!! The dog isn’t bad either!! HAHAHA!!

Some friends of Bri’s found this girl wandering the streets.  She came to the house, met the dogs (not the kids!!) and spent some time with us.  She’s at the shelter now so if she has owners they have 5 days to claim her.  She’ll also get shots, microchip and hopefully is old enough to get fixed.  On Monday we can pick her up or decide to allow someone else to adopt her.  BUT (here’s the catch) to get a new dog, the kennel, leash, etc …  I don’t get the kindle.  It’s one of the other.  Crap.



A blog I follow – Another Mother Runner – did an article on what a mother runner looks like. Part 2 came out today and I’m in it!! Yes, I’m wearing BodyRock Sport bra and Running Skirts skirt. The picture was taken after the Running With The Bears half marathon this past August. I finished 14th overall, 4th female and 1st in my age division.

This picture has been all over the internet lately. It’s awe inspiring!!!

One of my favorite things about running is that there is no “running body”.  At any start line you may be able to pick out the elite runners and the runners who will struggle, but the vast percentage of runners you can’t gauge.  That means anyone can be a runner – there are no stipulations.  How fantastic is that??!!  So get out there and get your run on!!!

What a mother runner looks like. 7 pregnancies, hysterectomy, 41 years old.

Gypsy Heart

I’ve lived in so many places and traveled so much that you’d think I’m part gypsy. With the exception of Canada, I’ve never been outside of the USA and although I feel fortunate to have seen a lot, there’s still so much to see!!  I’ve always thought it would be nice to have a home that I love and use it as a base to travel from.  Lack of money, a spouse and kids interrupted that dream from being realized but it still lurks in the depths of my mind.  I have a list of places I’d like to visit but honestly, I’d probably pick up and go nearly anywhere.  Running makes traveling a more rich and unique experience because it enables you to see the country side from an uncommon vantage point.  One more reason to travel!!

I still have the same limitations on my travel dreams as I have for nearly 20 years but that hasn’t deterred my vision of seeing far off places.  In my mind, I’m already gone….  Here’s to success!!