Friday, February 27, 2015

Updated Bucket List

Friday Five is a free topic day, so I'll share my bucket list.  Ever since my injury, I've overhauled the races I want to do some day, and they're all 10k's.  The 10k is mounting a comeback in popularity, and why not?  6.2 miles is a good distance to test yourself, and I find that more fun than a 5k.  For whatever reason, miles 2-3 in a 5k take forever.  Am I the only one who feels that way?

1) Bolder Boulder - the Bolder Boulder is just a 10k, and is held on Memorial Day every year.  I discovered the start line is one block away from my parents' apartment building, so I could walk to the start line.  I'm looking at this as a race in 2016 if I can keep building.

the Flat Irons - running joke in the family
2) Marine Corp 10k - I really like the course map for the 10k.  There is no way (I think) that my body would let me build for a marathon, and I'm fine with that.  If there's one thing I've learned since 2013, it's what my body can and cannot do.  A marathon may just be too much.

3) Coronado 10k - held over Valentine's Day, the Coronado 10k is on Coronado island off San Diego.  When the weather is so up and down during February in Dallas, what could be better than a SoCal race?

4) Star Wars 10k - currently only at Disneyland, I was very envious of the Stormtrooper medal Disney made for the 10k.  How many people can say they have a medal with a Stormtrooper on it?  I know there's hop for a Star Wars race weekend at Disney World, but I'll take the Disneyland race.  I've done 3 races at Disney World and am ready for one at Disneyland.

5) Capitol Statesman 10k - held in Austin every April, it starts by going across the Congress Ave. bridge (don't wake the bats!) and finishes adjacent to the start line.  Plus driving down to Austin will give me an excuse to stop at the Czech Stop in West.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

the Right Footwear

Correct footwear is always important.  When we go to the LRS to get shoes, they fit us so our feet are given the correct support they need.  There is no standard shoe because everyone's feet is different and every person is different.  Arch support and biomechanics are just the tip of the iceberg when we need new shoes.

I've discovered the same should be said about non-running shoes.  I don't know how some women can wear stilettos, but I'm not one of them.  Before my knee issues, I couldn't wear them because I have weak ankles from spraining them so much playing soccer.  Now, if I wear anything above a kitten heal, I feel it in my knee.  I don't know if it's the ITBS or a different spot, but it limits the kind of shoes I can wear at work.  Plus I hate heals so this gives me a good excuse.

Sunday I finally came to terms that I needed to get rid of my UGGs.  Either they weren't providing the support my knee needs, or I've used all the support they had in the 7 years I've had them.  Believe me, it hurt when I got rid of them.  Those shoes are so warm and it can get plenty cold here.  But this weekend proved to me I couldn't wear them anymore.  15 minutes in them and after I got home and was doing stuff in the kitchen, I felt a tweak in my knee.  I've been feeling that tweak whenever I wore them in the past few months, and it was time to face facts.  So long, UGGs :(

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Bookworm Wednesday: Wine Country Mysteries

Sometimes I want mysteries that are fun.  Sometimes I read books that have a lot to them and other times, I love mysteries that are surrounded by fun material.  Ellen Crosby's Wine Country Mysteries is one of those.  It's not the wine country I think we automatically think of.  Her books are set in Virginia wine country, and each book has a little bit of history for that area.  Like Thomas Jefferson tried to get a wine industry off and running in Virginia.  Fun facts!

As usual with series, this post will have the first book's summary.  I always base things off the first book and after I've read it, go from there.  Is it enough to keep me interested in the other books?  Do I like the characters, setting, writing style?

the Merlot Murders

A phone call at two-thirty in the morning is never good news.  Lucie Montgomery's semi-estranged brother, Eli, calls her in France to tell her their father, Leland, has been killed in a hunting accident on the family's five hundred-acre Virginia vineyard just as the fall harvest is about to begin.  By the time he calls, Eli has already made funeral arrangements with what Lucie argues is indecent haste.

It's an emotional trip home - first since an automobile accident two years ago, which left Lucie disabled and dependent on a cane.  Her family's once elegant home and winery are now shabby and run-down, thanks to her father's penchant for fringy business deals.  Eli, also cash-strapped and desperate to support his new wife's extravagant lifestyle, has already convinced their rebellious younger sister, Mia, to sell the debt-ridden estate and reap the profits from the valuable land it sits on, overruling Lucie's protests.

On the eve of the funeral, Lucie's godfather, Ftiz, a partner in the family business, tells her Leland's death was no accident.  Whoever killed him was motivated by the potential sale of the vineyard.  It is the last conversation she will have with Fitz.  Now the lone holdout preventing the vineyard sale, Lucie realizes she's next in line for another "accident."  With her greedy brother, hell-raising sister, and a seemingly cut-rate vintner hired by Leland just before he died, all suspects are disturbingly close to home.  Unsure whom she can trust, Lucie must uncover the truth about the deaths of her father and godfather - and oversee a successful harvest to save the vineyard she loves.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Snow Day with Allie

Yesterday was an ice day.  It looks like snow out there but it's ice, and we didn't get above 30 yesterday, let alone 32.  No melting happened so I'm home again.  I give y'all a day in the life of Allie during a snow day.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Monday Musings 2/23

It's all about the weekend, linking up with Running N Reading, but today I have an ice day.  I've lined up movies and books (and yoga) for today.

This weekend was all about food.  It really was a great food weekend.  I made Goolash on Friday, which is pretty easy to make.  It's GREAT comfort food and I needed comfort food after last week.

Sautee one small onion in vegetable oil
Add one pound ground beef and brown
Once meat is browned, add 3/4 of a block of cheddar cheese, diced
Melt the cheese, then add 1 can diced or petite diced tomatoes
While the meat mixture is cooking, boil a box of preferred pasta
Combine pasta and meat mixture in casserole dish, crumble saltines over mixture and add sliced cheddar cheese on top of saltines
Bake at 400* for 15-20 minutes, when cheese is golden and bubbly

Saturday was absolutely fun.  A friend's parents came up from Austin and her mom showed a bunch of us how to make tamales.  Confession, I'd never had a tamale before Saturday, and what's better than homemade tamales?  Nothing that I could see.  We made pork, chicken, and fruit tamales since there was still masa left lever.  I basically ate all afternoon so didn't need much dinner.  I brought quite a bit home so it was lunch Sunday as well.

Start of the chicken tamales.  We made 14 dozen pork tamales

Sunday: bike and strength training

Monday: yoga

Tuesday: 2.5 miles, intervals

Wednesday: HIIT core

Thursday: yoga

Friday: rest


Friday, February 20, 2015

Songs for Cabin Fever

I keep thinking of my friends up in the northeast.  I fled Boston in part to get away from the snow.  It ices in Dallas though, and when things don't melt, we get more "snow days".  I get cabin fever pretty easily, and knowing I can't go outside is B-A-D.

My tried and true way to deal with cabin fever is to pour a huge glass of wine (or your drink of choice) and listen to tropical music.  These are the my favorite (all from Jimmy Buffett)

1) One Particular Harbor

2) Boat Drinks

3) Margaritaville

4) King of Somewhere Hot

5) I Will Play for Gumbo

So when you're outside running, looking like this:

think of the tropics :-)

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

TBT: Princess Half Marathon

This weekend is the Princess Half Marathon weekend at Disney World, so I thought I'd write up a TBT post.  If y'all want to read the recap, it's here.  The Princess 2012 was my first half, and training and everything else was an experiment.  I hadn't run past 5 miles in one go in my life, and here I was tackling 13.1.  I haven't done Princess again, but the weekend is still special to me.

I don't know if I would've chosen any other half as my first.  I chose it mainly because it fit with my schedule and I had plenty of time to train for it.  I trained for 9 months.  Yes, maybe too much time, but since I had never done miles 5-13.1, I wanted to build slowly.  I also had to deal with a nagging injury for 7 of those months.  Yeah, not cool.  I pulled my hip flexor playing soccer that March and couldn't find the right strengthening exercise, and I tried everything.  I didn't find the right exercise until the day after Thanksgiving.

My parents and their friends had done many Disney races, so I wasn't going into the race with a trial by fire mindset.  I took all the advice I could get.  I did a 10k to submit a time for my corral placement.  I built very slowly over those 9 months.  I strength trained.  I got better shoes from my LRS now that I was building beyond a 5k.  I stuck with the same breakfast, same running gear, had a great playlist, and I had experimented with fuel.  Gels were a big no-no and I was using Honey Stinger chews.  I had those separated into small ziplock bags and crammed them into the pockets I had in my running shorts.

I wanted to just cross that finish line, but I didn't stop for any pictures.  I didn't have a camera with me, and I would've been too antsy to wait in line.  I figured I'd do what I did after Mickey's 5k in 2010 and take pictures with the characters after the race.  Like Marie :)

2010 W&D weekend
I wasn't a sweaty mess either.

Unfortunately I didn't have time to hit the parks after the race.  Lunch was late and I wasn't moving the fastest.  OK, Grandma Moses could've out-walked me after my muscles got tight.  Holy crap!  My flight was leaving that evening too, which wasn't great either.  More sitting when I needed to be stretching.  Needless to say the next day my muscles felt worse.  At least I took the day off from work.  My advice for newbies would be if you can, schedule your flight for at least the next day.  Walk around after your first half to try to keep those muscles as loose as possible.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Bookworm Wednesday: All Creatures Great and Small

Monday and Tuesday was Westminster, which I watch every year, and to continue the celebration of animals, today's post will be about James Herriot.  James Herriot was Alf Wight, who was a country vet in Yorkshire starting in 1940.  The stories are real, with animals and clients Herriot worked with during his country vet days.  Some will make you laugh and some will make you cry (seriously, you will need tissues!).  They are great books, and I highly recommend them for all animal lovers. 

These books inspired me as a kid, and until middle school, I wanted to be a vet.  7th grade hit and after dissecting everything, including a fresh cow's heart, I almost broke down when I told my parents I didn't want to be a vet anymore :( I still read these books but needless to say, I'm not a vet.

All Creatures Great and Small
All Things Bright and Beautiful
All Things Wise and Wonderful
The Lord God Made Them All

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


Thursday I saw a great tweet that I think deserves promotion and discussion:

I have to confess, the #LikeAGirl commercial didn't resonate with me.  I'm 30 years old and haven't considered myself a girl for years.  It's great they are trying to promote boosting girls' self esteem, I just think there's a better way to empower females than to insult them at first.  The first time I saw the #LikeAGirl commercial, I changed the channel not even halfway through.  I didn't want to watch or hear the insults and I'm sure a lot of people didn't either.  Even after online discussions and reading the commercial description, I didn't go back to watch it in full.

There's a much better way to show strong females:

These are the type of commercials I like to see.  I know they're advertising women's athletic apparel, but showing is much better than talking.  You see how fit these women are and the hard work it takes to get there.  This is what motivates me.  I'll never be a professional athlete, but I can put in as much effort as I can and be the strongest I can be.

I love Sally Bergesen's tweet.  That's what resonated with me.  I may have been a girl, but when I was on the soccer field, I was a soccer player.  I was an athlete, and I never used "girl" soccer player or "girl" athlete to describe myself.  #LikeAGirl had potential, but #LikeAWoman sounds so much stronger to me.  #LikeAWoman can give girls something to strive for and look up to.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Monday Musings 2/16

Weekend recap with Reading N Running.

The weekend fun started Thursday night when I went to see Kingsman with some friends.  These are 2 friends who survived watching Foxcatcher with me and we agreed: there's more fun and action in the first 30 seconds of Kingsman than all of Foxcatcher.  Even before the opening credits we knew it was going to be a much better movie.  If y'all are looking for something fun, I recommend this movie.  I don't need Fifty Shades when I can watch Colin Firth instead.

Saturday I did 2 miles and decided to build my stamina, time wise.  I've been doing 3/1 intervals but decided to go with 4/1.  It was a challenge but I felt good when I was done.  I think I could've done more than 2 miles, but I've learned to stop when I feel I can still run more.

I also had some fun shopping.  I got a gift card for my birthday and with it I've bought a pair of new running capris that hit just below the knee, a new sports bra, new running top, and finally yesterday I bought some new running socks.  I really need new running socks since I've had many of my current ones since 2010.  yeah, it's time, and I'm looking to switch to some thinner socks, and I got a 3-pack of Asics.


Sunday: HIIT

Monday: PT

Tuesday: 1.75 miles

Wednesday: yoga

Thursday: Bike 30 minutes

Friday: rest

Saturday: 2 miles

Friday, February 13, 2015

5 Valentine's Day Movies

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I watch fun movies around Valentine's Day because I'm not a fan of Valentine's Day.  I don't think people should have to do something special just because it's Feb. 14.  It feels like an obligation and no fun at all.

1) Some Like It Hot - starring Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe.  Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis have to cross-dress and escape Chicago in an all-female band because they witnessed the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.

2) When Harry Met Sally - Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan.  A classic!  I know this is still a recent film, but it's a classic.  Who can quote from it?  I can.  "I'll have what she's having."

3) Roman Holiday - Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn.  Audrey Hepburn plays a princess who is fed up with her cosseted and dictated lifestyle, escapes her guardians and experiences Rome.  The movie was shot in Rome, so the scenes aren't from backdrops made in Hollywood.  They're the real deal.

4) the Princess Bride - you didn't think I'd make this list and not have this movie ;-)

5) My Big Fat Greek Wedding - Nia Vardalos and John Corbett.  So I've never planned a wedding, but I know those who have.  After hearing the stress, planning, food, etc, I think this movie nails it.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Building Slow

Now that I'm over unpacking (OK, there are still a couple boxes I haven't touched) I'm back to working out.  I did 2.25 miles before I moved and felt great.  I did have to take a step back, and believe me, I got frustrated.  This building slow thing has never been for me.  I've always been the "go go GO!" person.  I want to do a 5k NOW, I wanted to be able to start planning races NOW, but I realized something on Tuesday that makes me feel better about building slowly.

My stamina sucks.

Yes I'm on the treadmill a lot, so I can play with different speeds.  Let me tell y'all, upping my speed by just two clicks and I'm spent after a mile.  Where has my stamina gone?  I think I left it in Eugene in 2013, because I haven't found it yet.  I know, I know, I couldn't run for a year and a half, and that does take it's toll.  But when I moved to Dallas and decided to get back into shape, it wasn't this difficult.  At least I don't remember it being this difficult.

So as much as I want to do a 5k, I'm not ready, either knee-wise or stamina-wise.  I still need to take it slow and if I can build a good base, I can keep going.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Bookworm Wednesday: As You Wish

I've made it no secret that the Princess Bride is my favorite movie.  I might be obsessed with it, but I can go a while between viewings.  It's such a fun movie with a little bit of everything.  "Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles..."  Last winter-ish I read that Cary Elwes (Westley) was publishing a memoir about the making of the movie.  I knew right then and there that I needed that memoir.  Anybody who's a fan of the movie should read this.  It's stories about not only the making of the movie, but stories about the cast members like Andre the Giant.  His voice isn't the only one in the memoir either.  There are thoughts from the other actors, director, producer, writer.  Once I finished reading it, I popped in the DVD.

From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

The Princess Bride has been a family favorite for close to three decades. Ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the top 100 Greatest Love Stories and by the Writers Guild of America as one of the top 100 screenplays of all time, The Princess Bride will continue to resonate with audiences for years to come.

Cary Elwes was inspired to share his memories and give fans an unprecedented look into the creation of the film while participating in the twenty-fifth anniversary cast reunion. In As You Wish he has created an enchanting experience; in addition to never-before seen photos and interviews with his fellow cast mates, there are plenty of set secrets and backstage stories.

With a foreword by Rob Reiner and a limited edition original poster by acclaimed artist Shepard Fairey, As You Wish is a must-have for all fans of this beloved film.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

So about February...

I meant for February to be a healthy month.  I really did.  December is holidays and January is my birthday month.  Throw in moving this year and the last week in my old place I had microwave dinners or pizza.  When you need to pack up the kitchen, there's not a whole lot of cooking going on.  February was supposed to be the month I got "healthy" again.  If I eat junk, my running suffers.  Junk in, junk out.  Now that I have my kitchen unpacked, I can cook again.

Then this happened:

The Thin Mints are in the freezer and I'm making my way through the Savannah Smiles.  I took the boxes home Friday and I'm already through one full box of the Smiles.  So, not healthy?

I discovered the Savannah Smiles last year and have found my new favorite Girl Scout cookie.  It used to be the Caramel Delites, but now the thought of eating even one of those seems like a huge task.  That is one dense cookie!  The Savannah Smiles are light, with powdered sugar (messy!) and a hint of lemon (yummy!).  I couldn't resist.  It's for a good cause.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Monday Musings 2/9

I gave myself some extra days to rest this week.  Moving can be exhausting, and I could feel it both mentally and physically, even on Monday.  But Monday was yoga so I did it in my PJs when I got home from work.  Yes, I changed right into my PJs when I got home, but I had leftovers for dinner, so no heavy cooking :-)

I finally ordered new shoes last week.  It's hard to tell if my Adrenaline 14's need to be replaced, but I'm going on the 8th month with them, and I started thinking it wouldn't hurt to rotate the 15's in.  I ordered the 15's online since most of the time I get the "boring" color combo at the running store.  When there's a fun color I want, the store doesn't have it.  This time I wanted the pink color (Brooks calls it raspberry) and to make sure I got those shoes, I went online.


Sunday: HIIT core

Monday: yoga

Tuesday: rest

Wednesday: rest

Thursday: 1.5 miles

Friday: rest

Saturday: 1.5 miles (new shoes!)

Friday, February 6, 2015

5 Favorite Olympics

Monday I mentioned how awful my friends and I found Foxcatcher.  I am far from a wrestling fan, but normally I can get into sport movies, especially when the Olympics are involved.  Foxcatcher is about USA wrestlers training for the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, which I do not remember since I was only 3 at the time.  That got me thinking about the Olympics I have watched and my favorite moments.

1996: Atlanta.  Most of the opening ceremony is a blur, but who can forget Muhammad Ali lighting the torch?

1996: Atlanta.  This was the first I really paid attention to competitions, but not many were shown on TV.  I do know the US women's soccer got gold too, but I didn't get a chance to watch any of those games.  I was able to watch track and field, where Michael Johnson won gold in the 200m and 400m, set the world record for the 200 m (19.32), and wore a pair of great, gold shoes.  

Source: Yahoo! Sports
1998: Nagano.  The first time I watched Olympic hockey.  I like the international rules better.  Less fighting, a bigger rink, and no two-line pass rule.  Thankfully the NHL did away with that rule but in 1998, that rule was still in play.  International hockey is a much more open game, much faster, and really fun to watch.

2008: Beijing.  Not related to any of the sports, but Google got in on the fun by having a new Google icon every day during the Olympics.  Each one featured one of the Chinese zodiac animals participating in a competition, and I would check every day to see what design it was.  It was fun, and even though I couldn't much since I was at work, Google kept me entertained.

My zodiac, the Rat
2012: London.  The marathon course.  This was the first summer Olympics I watched since I started long distance running, and since I've been to London a few times, it was so much fun to see the sites the runners passed.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Classic Movies

First, happy birthday Mom!!

So y'all read how much we hated Foxcatcher.  I know it's got a couple Oscar nominations, but these days, I don't base anything off Oscar noms.  There's a blatant formula to get a movie nominated, actor nominated and an actress nominated.  I don't even like the movies up for best pictures, except the Grand Budapest Hotel.  It's quirky, somewhat lighthearted, and different than the others.  I watched it a few months ago and didn't even have Oscar on the brain.

That got me thinking about the "classic" movies I enjoy watching.  TCM has kicked off its 31 days of Oscar, and I'll have my DVR fired up during this month.  Already they had the Lion in Winter with Peter O'Toole and Katherine Hepburn.  The supporting cast is great, but the stars are heavyweights of the cinema.  They steal every scene they're in, and when they're together in a scene, bam!

Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday were movie days, if y'all can't tell.  I stayed in Thursday through Saturday to relax after the move and to be with Allie as she adjusted.  When a 7-lb cat holds you hostage on the sofa, you stay put.  Saturday I went with one of my favorite classic movies, Father Goose, starring Cary Grant and Leslie Caron.  If y'all haven't seen this movie, I highly, highly recommend it.  Cary Grant even stated his character in that movie was the closet to his own personality.  It was won the Oscar for best screenplay.

From Amazon: Cary Grant stars in one of his funniest roles as a boozy beachcomber sitting out WWII in peace until the Allies recruit him to be a lookout on the South Pacific isle. During an enemy attack, he answers a distress call and discovers a beautiful French schoolmarm (Leslie Caron) and her seven girl students. And so begins a hilarious battle of the sexes between the messy American, the prim mademoiselle and seven mischievous little girls. 

It makes me wonder when Oscars become so depressing.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Bookworm Wednesday: Mistress of Rome

Anybody fans of history but tired of all the English historical fiction on the market?  That's the way I felt when I came across Mistress of Rome.  I survived the over-saturation of the book market with any kind of English history, and I was ready for something new.  You can't really get any further than English history than ancient Rome.  I will warn readers, this is not really a cheery book.  If people weren't part of the rich or scholarly in Rome, life was rough, especially for slaves and gladiators.  This is the first of what turned into a series, and I look out for each one since each contains some great history of what Rome was like before its fall.

Thea is a slave girl from Judaea, passionate, musical, and guarded. Purchased as a toy for the spiteful heiress Lepida Pollia, Thea will become her mistress's rival for the love of Arius the Barbarian, Rome's newest and most savage gladiator. His love brings Thea the first happiness of her life-that is quickly ended when a jealous Lepida tears them apart.

As Lepida goes on to wreak havoc in the life of a new husband and his family, Thea remakes herself as a polished singer for Rome's aristocrats. Unwittingly, she attracts another admirer in the charismatic Emperor of Rome. But Domitian's games have a darker side, and Thea finds herself fighting for both soul and sanity. Many have tried to destroy the Emperor: a vengeful gladiator, an upright senator, a tormented soldier, a Vestal Virgin. But in the end, the life of the brilliant and paranoid Domitian lies in the hands of one woman: the Emperor's mistress.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Running to Disney

Tuesdays on the Run with AprilPatty, and Erika.

I like working out to Disney songs.  I run, lift weights, sing in the car...  I have more than one playlist on my iPod, and here is my running Disney list :-)

Let Me Be Good to You - The Great Mouse Detective
Prince Ali - Aladdin
Ev'rybody Wants to be a Cat - the Aristocats
Gaston - Beauty and the Beast
Touch the Sky - Brave
Pink Elephants on Parade - Dumbo
That's How You Know - Enchanted
One Last Hope - Hercules
Sanctuary (Score) - the Hunchback of Notre Dame
Real Gone - Cars
I Wan'na Be Like You - the Jungle Book
Burning Love - Lilo & Stitch
Circle of Life - the Lion King
Under the Sea - the Little Mermaid
I'll Make a Man Out of You - Mulan
Why Should I Worry? - Oliver and Co.
When We're Human - the Princess and the Frog
When Will My Life Begin - Tangled
Son of Man - Tarzan
Thomas O'Malley Cat - the Aristocats
the Mob Song - Beauty and the Beast
Learn Me Right - Brave
the Tiki Room - the Enchanted Tiki Room
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious - Mary Poppins
Kiss the Girl - the Little Mermaid
Collision of Worlds - Cars 2
Ever Ever After - Enchanted

Monday, February 2, 2015

Monday Musings 2/2

I'm back!  Let me tell y'all, moving is hard work.  I got some great cardio/stairmaster going the first day I moved my stuff over.  Not as much as the movers, but they moved the major stuff in one hour.  That's loading the truck and unloading, with flights of stairs going up to the new place.  I'm impressed.  I made it through with just a couple bruises so that's success.

I had to stop unpacking Wednesday because I could feel both IT bands getting a little tight.  4 runs of stuff over, climbing stairs and unpacking kept me busy.  I rolled and stretched, and they were OK the next day, but my calves and glutes really felt all that climbing.

The one aspect of the move I was so worried about did quite well.  She explored almost right away, and was exploring most of the night.  I'm so used to Allie sleeping up against me at night that I didn't sleep well, despite being exhausted.  She was still unsure about some things, like when TWC came to connect my internet and cable.  She didn't like it either when I was bringing my stuff in for the first few days, but she was enjoying the sunshine.  My apartment now faces west, so we get plenty of sun during the day.  Cats love sunbeams.


Did anyone see the Budweiser commercial with the lost puppy?  Once I was back online, I watched it on youtube.  I don't watch football anymore, but I can watch that commercial over and over.  I need tissues.

Lastly, my friends and I went to see Foxcatcher instead of watching the Super Bowl.  I'm pretty sure I would've enjoyed the football much more than that movie.  It was awful.  Of the 4 of us, every one of us thought it was awful and we want our time and money back.  It starts slow, and gets even slower.  Avoid this movie at all costs!


Sunday: upper body weight lifting

Monday: PT

Tuesday: rest

Wednesday: "stairmaster"

Thursday: some stairmaster, some rest

Friday: rest

Saturday: bike 4 miles

Weekend update with Running N Reading