I’m not sure the belt would have helped

By , October 21, 2016 4:46 am

I usually wear a waist belt with this shirt. Yesterday I was feeling lazy and didn’t.

Someone asked me if I was pregnant.

“No? Oh, your shirt is just billowy.”

“You don’t want kids? That’s okay.”


The conversation didn’t make me mad, as this person has no filter. It didn’t make me feel bad about how I look. And it didn’t make me regret my clothing choices.

It just made me roll my eyes. You don’t ask people that.

Random Thoughts Thursday 113

By , October 20, 2016 7:05 am
  • I banged my elbow so hard on a towel rack Saturday that my arm became tingly and I lost feeling in my fingers for a few minutes. Ouch. That is one tender bruise. Steven asked me what I was doing (dancing? karate chopping?) that I hit it so hard – you know, just putting my towel back on the rack. Such a klutz.
  • This opinion article from The New York Times, “The Art of Making (and Not Making) Plans” (pdf here), exactly mirrors my approach to making social plans – mindfully, and not too many. I know my limits and I do NOT function well being busy every. single. night/day (applause to you who thrive on that kind of schedule!). Since I know my limits, I only have to cancel if it’s an emergency or I am sick, which is what the article is bringing up – maybe people would cancel less if they didn’t over commit and actually thought about whether the thing was something they actually wanted to do in the first place (don’t just go because FOMO!).
  • I’m digging that new song “Starboy” by The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk (love me some Daft Punk!). When Steven and I first heard it, we thought he was saying “I’m in love with a cyborg” instead of “I’m a motherf*ckin’ starboy.” Ha. So when Luca was here, we taught him that those were the lyrics (the cyborg ones!!!), and I hope he’s still singing it that way when he hears it, ha! Anyway, Steven and I do NOT love that during the lyric “Star Trek groove in that Wrath of Khan,” The Weeknd pronounces “wrath” wrong (like it’s spelled “rayth”). Grating.
  • Our pond is back, so these guys are back! I’ve lost a bit of interest, since we have cats hanging out now (now we’re trying out the name Geordi for the black cat). Sorry, guys (I still feed them, ha).

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  • Our pumpkin collection has GROWN!


  • I am getting closer and closer with the baby blanket. Maybe I will finish it this weekend? Ha (I don’t really sit around and knit on the weekends so I am not sure why I think that).


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Some will chase

By , October 19, 2016 7:19 am

I got to run in a neighborhood this morning, which is a treat for me because:

  • Halloween decorations!!!
  • Sidewalks!
  • A park with a clean bathroom!
  • It’s close to Starbucks and I can go there after my run


I forgot how early kids get on the bus. Our old townhome had a school route bus stop right in front of it, and I was surprised how early the kids were out, especially when it was so dark in the mornings. Ah, such is life. Get em used to it now, ha.

Today when I was running I could see a man waiting with his son for the bus on the sidewalk ahead of me. I could also see they had a small dog with them. I had a feeling the man didn’t have very good control over his dog, so I ran into the street to go around them. The dog barked and jumped when I ran by so I was happy I gave him some space.

Then I quickly forgot about it as I kept running down the sidewalk. Except, I could still hear the dog barking. “Geesh!” I thought, “that small dog has a loud bark!”

No, he’s not that loud. He’s chasing me down the sidewalk, with his owner chasing him. Gah! I am happy the dog was loud enough I could hear him, so he didn’t jump on me from behind, or trip me!

I stopped, the dog ran up to me, then slowed down to sniff me. He was harmless. I grabbed his leash and handed it back to his owner, when he caught up. The owner thanked me, I told him “you’re welcome,” and was on my way again.

I’m grateful the dog just wanted to sniff me. And I hope that the owner has a better grip the next time he takes him out – the dog wasn’t even that big!!!

On second thought…

By , October 18, 2016 6:14 pm

Maybe I should answer that random number that shows up on my phone. I just sent Christina’s baby shower invites, and put my phone and email address for people to RSVP. I forgot that some people still like to call!

So we shall find out… is this a political call? A call resulting from my mortgage company selling my phone number to everyone? Or some pleasant person trying to RSVP?! Ha!

No photo to go with that (you’ve already seen the invite!) so here’s a picture of Callie photobombing a selfie in a very ladylike way. Oh, Callie.


Work has been kicking my arse for about a week, and I’m exhausted. So late-day, mindless fluff posts it is!

No scheming this year

By , October 17, 2016 8:51 pm

Today is my dad’s 60th birthday! Happy Birthday Daddio!


That pic is from the last time I saw him – the bike jersey was a “thank you for helping us with house work” present, and after opening it, he said I better not get him a birthday gift. I listened! He just got a card.

I did NOT listen for his 50th birthday. He specifically said he did NOT want a surprise party, and my siblings and I schemed to plan him one (see 10/7 post here). We held it early, on his grandson’s birthday, and pretended it was for him, not my dad. Ha! My dad figured it out when he got to the parking lot because one of his friends with a very unique car had parked out front.

Now, ten years later, I totally get why he didn’t want a surprise party. But I don’t regret throwing him one! Party or not, I wish I could have seen him today!

Training Week 365

By , October 16, 2016 3:22 pm

Highlight of the Week: Swimming all freestyle at the pool / winning a 5K.


Monday | October 10, 2016: teaching strength class
Strength: plates and BOSUs, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good

Tuesday | October 11, 2016: 10 m ride + 7 m run
Indoor Ride Time: 39:15, Pace: 15.3 mph avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Loc: up Kilbourne and back, Temp: 72°/72°, Time: 1:10:04, Pace: 10:00 avg, Difficulty: easy until the last mile, Felt: good, minor stomach ish

Wednesday | October 12, 2016: 4 m run
Loc: Lakefront Trail, Temp: 69°/68°, Time: 38:52, Pace: 9:42 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Thursday | October 13, 2016: rest
Friday | October 14, 2016: teaching strength class + 1,218 yd swim + Cory’s Full Moon Run 5K
Strength: plates and BOSUs, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good, playful
Loc: FitNation, Moving Time: 30:00, Pace: 2:28 min/100 yd, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Loc: Zion, Temp: 62°/59°, Time: 23:53, Pace: 7:42 avg, Difficulty: medium, Felt: controllable, racing the right pace

Saturday | October 15, 2016: 5.9 m run + 5 m run
Loc: hood, Temp: 56°/57°, Time: 1:03:52, Pace: 10:49 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good to do a shakeout!
Loc: Lake Andrea, Temp: 66°/66°, Time: 51:53, Pace: 10:22 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good!

Sunday | October 16, 2016: 6 m run + 2,079 yd swim
Loc: hood, Temp: 67°/70°, Time: 1:03:51, Pace: 10:38 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: SUPER PISSY
Loc: FitNation, Moving Time: 53:56, Pace: 2:36 min/100 yd avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: great, calmed


  • My busy week last week left me really tired for this week! Hopefully I’ll be back at it on Monday!
  • I was able to do freestyle for my entire swim on Friday and Sunday, woot woot! I think swimming at least two times a week will allow me to continue improving.
  • That 5K left my legs TRASHED! Ouch! I am going to email my massage therapist while I’m thinking of it.
  • I was SO mad about how muggy it was during my Sunday run. It’s the freaking middle of October! I’m f*cking over it! And after I was so pissed at that, I saw that during the few minutes I was gone for my run, some a-hole dumped a television on the street by my house. Grr.
  • But my swim after the run calmed me. Swimming really forces me to focus and relax on what I am doing, which is why I love to do it (even though I am not that good and have no plans to do a triathlon).

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Cory’s Full Moon Run Race Report

By , October 15, 2016 7:47 am

I was dreading this race all week and regretted signing up for it in advance. I’m not in 5K racing shape, and had a stressful work week – all I wanted to do Friday night was be lazy at home. But! This is a “local” race for me now (and the last of the ZB Run Squad series for the year), so that made me still want to participate, AND, Anne and Terry were coming over after for dinner, so I knew that part would at least be fun if the race sucked! Ha!

I’ve only ever run these ZB Run Squad races on Friday nights in November or December. The races are always at 6:00 pm, and I’ve always had to wear a headlamp because it’s completely dark! Sunset was at 6:10 last night, but I was lazy and ran without my headlamp (despite bringing it), hoping I’d be able to see my way to the finish!

And there was indeed a full moon!


This year the race benefited Cory’s Project, a charity with the mission of assisting children and their families residing in the Pediatric Cancer Unit at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Cory lost his fight with blood cancer in July 2012 at the age of 16, and his mom was there last night, MCing the awards ceremony and running the race. She said his seven months of hospital bills were 2.5 million dollars (and she said thank heavens for insurance) and that they started the charity to help families with the financial burden of cancer. It was great to hear her speak and see her passion for the charity. Also, it seemed like A LOT of people were there specifically to support the charity, which was awesome! (Ha, random, but there was also a couple there from Pennsylvania running a 5K in every state – and this is the race they chose for Illinois! Neat!)

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On to the race! We had decent weather – around 62°F and 9 mph winds. I lined up in the front since the course is not chip timed, and all the way to the left since I know the tangents well (I ran a perfect 3.10 distance!).


I planned to run on that left edge for quite a bit until it was time to cross for the first turn. Also, I told Steven I would be on the left side if he wanted to get any pictures.

So this guy in blue comes up behind me and decides he needs to be in the same spot as me – apparently he wanted to run the tangents too, and didn’t want to pass me on my right. I was thinking, “what the heck, dude?” And could tell he was annoyed with me. He ended up going on the grass to get around me.


I was annoyed that he just HAD to be between me and my photographer, ha!

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My “WTF?” face

I didn’t know this until I finished, but when he passed Steven and Terry he goes “Seriously?!” and they weren’t sure if he was talking to them – being annoyed they were taking photos – or to me, for being in his way (probably that). It was all very strange – in the progression of photos Steven took you can see him being unnecessarily aggressive to get around me. Chill out, dude.

So because the guys were thrown off by his “seriously?!” comment, they almost missed Anne! But she called out to them!


My watch said I was running 7:45s at the start, and I felt decent, and was hoping for an 8:00 average, so I stuck with it. I had picked out who I thought would win for women (a lady in pink – I thought maybe she was the one who beat me at my last ZB Run Squad race) and was surprised to overcome her in the first mile. “Oh, here you go Kim,” I thought to myself, “passing now, just to be overcome later!” Then I looked ahead and saw a little girl was in the lead for women and WAY ahead of me, and forgot about being first overall.

My first mile clocked in at 7:35, and I felt decent, like the pace was manageable. My second mile was 7:30 and I was surprised it wasn’t slower, ha! I accidentally had my watch in pace per mile mode, rather than overall pace, but it actually worked well (and is super easy to switch out during a run, but I liked focusing on one mile at a time)!

Then mile 3. That’s when the pain started. I encouraged two guys running around me to keep it up, so we could carry each other to the finish. I pumped my arms and told myself “You can do hard things!” And… there was my 8:00 mile, ha!


I ran a 7:27 pace for my last tenth and finished right behind one of the guys I was encouraging! My finish time was 23:53 and I was excited to be second woman overall and first in my age group!

Steven and Terry and I talked with a friend, Garett, and cheered Anne on to her finish, then went in for the awards ceremony. And it turns out, that little girl in front was banditing the race (Garett said her dad was pacing her on a bike and encouraging her to keep up with him… odd that they didn’t register), so, I was actually first overall, and Garett was first male overall! I wasn’t expecting that! I ran a slow-ish time, but it’s all about who shows up to race (and who is registered).


I was surprised when Anne didn’t place in her age group. We checked out her time afterward and realized they had someone else’s time listed as hers (because they had the same last name), and had her in a different age group. So then we compared her actual time to her age group and she was second in her age group! Woo hoo! I’m so happy we checked, and excited for Anne!


So, something I was dreading turned out to be pretty awesome, yay! (But man, running 5Ks is SO hard – my stomach was wrecked for the night!)

Not such a good guard cat

By , October 14, 2016 6:52 am

So much for Vader (placeholder for a better name) “guarding” the house. He slept while this opossum ate his food!


Completely slept through it.


Of course, putting cat food out is (duh) attracting other critters as well – two huge raccoons keep visiting, and now, this guy. Guess we should put away what the cats don’t eat when it gets dark. Or, stop being crazy cat people and not feed the cats at all.

Random Thoughts Thursday 112

By , October 13, 2016 6:15 am
  • In 2013, I was in Salt Lake City with my mom and we decided to visit the Salt Flats. We took a rental car there, and made a video of us driving on the flats to share with family and on the blog. Oh, and the rest of the internet, on YouTube. Buah ha ha, it was humorous to see someone took the time to write this comment on our video, just a few days ago! I apologize that me visiting the Salt Flats was so lame for you, random YouTube commenter! (What’s even funnier to me, is that my caption for the video was “Driving the crappy rental car on the Salt Flats on 4/21/13” – I didn’t imply I was breaking land-speed records, ha ha ha.)


  • Callie is such a flirt!

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  • I am getting close to finishing Christina’s baby blanket! I think I’ll finish the knitting part this weekend and start blocking it (I actually started over with this blanket and saved the first one to practice blocking on, so I’ll do that first).


  • I’m running a 5K tomorrow. When I signed up for it I was planning to run it for time, but I am not in shape for that, so it will be for fun. I hope to run around a 8:00 min average pace. We shall see!

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Oddly quiet

By , October 12, 2016 1:38 pm

There were hardly any runners on the Chicago Lakefront Trail today during lunch! It’s like they’re recovering from some big marathon or something, ha. (Or, didn’t want to run in the rain.)


Of the shockingly few runners I saw, I actually knew three of them from when I ran Ragnar in 2011! It’s fun to see people I know while running on the path and say hello – since otherwise, people tend not to acknowledge each other at all. It still feels so odd to me not to!

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