Archive for November, 2009

I’m Planning

Yes, it’s Monday morning. The Monday morning after a four-day weekend.  The Monday morning after a nice and relatively relaxing weekend with my favorite friends and family.  And now it’s time to hit the ground running.

  1. I’m planning on somehow running 3 days this week.
  2. I’m planning on cutting my kids some slack with their school work.  (Shh, don’t tell!)
  3. I’m planning on going to Idaho this weekend to see Tiffany and pick up a half a cow from another friend.  (Can’t wait!!)
  4. I’m planning on taking pictures of T’s promotion ceremony where he pins on his 1st Lieutenant rank (which he technically received in October, but the military is rarely prompt when it comes to administrative tasks.)
  5. Have I mentioned that T has been secretly anticipating lots of overtime and bought me this yesterday?  So, I’m planning on learning how to use it this week.  (Yes, there is a bit of guilt here, but I’m loving the camera.)
  6. I’m planning on not killing kids on the drive to or from Idaho.
  7. I’m planning on keeping my attitude positive this week.

Does anyone else have any plans for the week?


Look what I did

Because I’ve been feeling really good and strong and motivated about my running since the Nike Women’s Marathon last month and the fact that I’ve been instigating over at The Sisterhood, I’ve decided to separate my regular blog from one that I will chronicle or journal about my running ups and downs.  I came up with a really awesomely cool name for it – Running In a Girls’ World. Really creative, huh?  This way, those of you who could care less about my exercise triumphs and not so good days.  (I won’t say failures because as long as you are doing and going, then you aren’t failing at exercising.)  My plan is to try and import just my running posts from here over there.  That way my Running blog will be complete.  If anyone has any pointers about how to do that in WordPress, I’ll be happy to take advice!

Black Friday

I have never gotten up at the crack of down for a deal.  Ever.  Until yesterday.  This year things have been tighter than normal and I knew if I was going to get Sass her present from Santa that I needed to get a good deal.  Not only did I break with tradition of sleeping in late on Black Friday, I went to my nemesis. The place I refuse to enter under normal circumstances – Wal-Mart.  I did get the deal.  And then I went to Starbucks and got coffee.  Because, OMG I needed coffee.  Then I went and picked up a friend and we headed to the malls.  We hit the Nike store, the Sanrio store (which we were disappointed wasn’t having any sales and who really needs a freakin’ Hello Kitty canvas bag for $27, but we did get some stocking stuffers), and Gap.  Then we headed to Build-a-Bear where we redeemed lots of coupons and got free stuffed moose.  We hit some more stores and found some more deals.  I didn’t spend that much overall.  I didn’t have a lot to spend, but I got what I wanted: a few deals and some time away from the house with adult conversation.  We got home about 1 p.m.  We had Sass’s little birthday celebration with family and friends yesterday evening.  T reheated some roast for tacos and they were delicious!  We ate cupcakes (red velvet with cream cheese frosting) and by evening’s end everyone was worn out.

After getting the kids to bed, T and I hit the hay ourselves.  Snuggled up in bed I decided to check the score on the Boise State/UNR game.  (There is a HUGE rivalry between the two schools.)  Even though we both grew up here and should be UNR Wolfpack fans, the fact that T graduated from Boise State and that Idaho holds a special place in our hearts, we ALWAYS root for the blue and orange.  Have I mentioned that we don’t have cable/satellite?  Well the game was being broadcast on ESPN2.  I thought I’d get a little update on the score and call it a night, but low and behold ESPN was broadcasting the game on the internet.  So there we sat, snuggled in bed under the cozy blankets watching Boise win the game 44-33.  They are undefeated this year, again.  They one more game against New Mexico State next week and then we find out if they get the bowl game they want.  I believe it’s the Fiesta Bowl again.  Anyone remember the amazing game in 2007 when they beat Oklahoma in overtime 43-42?  That was an amazing, nail-biting game.

So that was my Black Friday.  Today I’m running and hanging out with the kids.  T is brewing some Christmas beer this afternoon.  I’m going to enjoy the rest of the weekend and continue to be thankful for what I have in my life.  Family, friends, health, jobs, a roof over our heads, and food in the fridge.

Thank Goodness

Thank Goodness! Thursdays

I am so very thankful this Thanksgiving Day for my health that allowed me to run this morning in the cold November air.

I am thankful for my wonderful husband who only beat me by 2:30 minutes.  He is the driving force, my constant companion who is always there to support me in this life we lead.

I am thankful for my children. who remind me every day that life is short and fleeting and my heart aches to watch them grow up so fast and know that I must do right by them.

I am thankful for friends and family that are healthy and keep me healthy by making me laugh at life, at myself, at silly things, and who will always be there when I need them.

I am thankful for my life.

(Thanks, Lissa, for reminding me I needed to blog my thankfulness today.  I am truly thankful for your friendship!)

You Capture – Food


This week.  Let’s see here.  It has been a week filled with kids anxious and excited about the upcoming holidays and birthdays and the change in weather and amount of daylight.  It’s been filled with lots of deep breathing for me.  I will give my girls credit.  The past two days have been exponentially better.  But last Thursday?  Last Thursday was a day I’d had my fill of the whining and complaining and bickering and tattling and… I’ll stop there.  Do you know what made my day?


A nice, hot cup of peppermint mocha.  Mmm.  I savored the moment.  I inhaled the sweet aroma.  And for at least that moment, I didn’t think about what was next.  I just enjoyed.

(Check out what others took delicious pictures of here at Beth’s.)

So have you seen?

We are trying to start something big.  I am so excited about it too!  You’ll find the details over here.

I’m Planning

So I’m back to plan for this holiday week.  It will be a short week in regards to school and work.  Sweet Pea actually has the whole week off.  Hopefully she doesn’t get carried away with her button-pushing antics and drive me crazy! (And by button-pushing antics, I don’t mean buttons on electronic devices.  I mean the buttons she pushes on her sisters and myself.)

  1. I’m planning on not getting sucked into Twitter while I’m trying to work.  Sometimes that is VERY hard to do.
  2. I’m planning on running 3-4 times this week.  Today is a run day and then Thursday T and I are doing a 10K Turkey Trot.  I haven’t decided if I will run Wednesday or Saturday.  We’ll see.
  3. I’m planning on enjoying my turkey day feast. We will have the basic yummy stuff.  And we are celebrating with my family and friends.  Should be a good time.
  4. I’m planning on getting Sweet Pea into bed earlier. I think her button-pushing has a lot to do with not enough sleep.  Hopefully I can convince her that she needs to sleep – that’s the hard part.
  5. I’m planning on having some family and friends over for cupcakes to celebrate Sass’s 7th birthday.  Hopefully my last minute calls won’t be a problem with anyone.
  6. I’m planning on heading out to the mall for Black Friday with a friend.  Need to see if there is anything that needs to be bought that is extra cheap.  I am not looking forward to paying for Christmas this year.  Ugh.

So if you’re planning anything this week, let me know.