Random Thoughts Thursday XXXV

By , March 7, 2013 5:03 am
  • Steven figured out a schweet camera modification to get Data to look at the camera – with the high-end wadded up paper towel attachment. Ha ha ha. 


 Aww, Datums, you so cute!


  • I realized this week that our holiday wreath is still on the front door. FAIL!!! Or is it okay, since there is still snow on the ground?!



  • Daylight Savings Time begins this weekend! Are you looking forward to it? I’m a little nervous about how having extra light at the end of the day will affect my mood. I won’t mind it being darker again in the mornings, ha ha. 

Link Love
I’ve read so many great posts this week (click “continue reading” below)! I had to link up to a few! Have you read anything awesome this week that you gotta share?

  • Ready Set Feast “Why Marathon Training Wasn’t For Me.” Have you ever had someone act like you aren’t a runner because you don’t run a certain distance or pace? Well, while I hope not, I know a lot of us have! In this post, Kelsey very eloquently, yet still in her funny style, writes about why running long and following a training plan is NOT for her, and how she is STILL a runner. Huge applause on this post. 
  • Running the Windy City “Live to Work or Work to Live?” Linday’s post about why she is happy with where she is with her career now really resonated with me. I have an architectural degree and the work I do is not traditionally what people think of for architect majors. But, I have realized I don’t live to work, as Lindsay says. And I am okay with that!
  • Mile 26 and More “Belly Issues.” Heather talks about how she knows that a certain type of frosting gives her stomach issues, and is trying to figure out what other foods do as well. Do certain foods make your stomach go all out of whack? I know which ones do for me. And I don’t have allergies – my body’s just all “huh?!” when I eat them. This post was a good reminder to me to mostly eat the things that make me feel good!
  • From Ice Cream to Marathon “30 Day Vegan Challenge.” Katie’s decided to try a 30 day vegan challenge, and she writes about how some people will “say I’ll be tired and weak, I won’t be able to gain muscle, I won’t get enough protein, etc.” That sentence really struck a chord with me. A few years ago, I told someone I was vegan and they said “I could never be vegan, I workout too much.” My response to them was that I just ran a marathon. Yes, not everyone flourishes on a vegan diet! But don’t be so close-minded! Geesh!


49 Responses to “Random Thoughts Thursday XXXV”

  1. I still have neighbors with lights up. I think you’ve got until the snow goes away… lol.

    And speaking of daylight savings time! SO excited for more light in the early mornings… I’m that much closer to outdoor runs before work! YAY!

    • kilax says:

      Ha ha ha! I just noticed a house last night that still had lights up!

      Yay! Running outdoors before work is such a great way to start the day!

  2. Xaarlin says:

    Hmm maybe I need a wadded up paper towel attachment so CB will look at the camera. That photo of data is totes adorbs!

    Your sis’s wedding dress looks like clouds. Very hip and 20th century. Lol

    YAY daylight savings! I just about fell over when the ladies at fido to go told me last night. (I might just be able to run outside after work now!!!!!) I hope it’s positive for you.

    • kilax says:

      LOL re: Christina’s dress! Hee hee hee!

      Yay! I am happy longer days mean running after work! I have been doing am runs, but I did enjoy the long runs after work last year! 🙂

  3. Riyanti says:

    My tummy has been really sensitive this week. No allergies, just blah foods. People always seem to have some sort of reaction when I say I can’t have coffee or alcohol. Milk is being tricky these days but Lactaid helps. Bring on DLS and out with the wreath 🙂

  4. J says:

    Brian is very sensitive to some foods too – we have narrowed it down to pork (we think) its very weird. I keep trying to get him to go to the doctors to have tests done (or something) but he wont cause he hates the drs. Hes so stubborn.

  5. Anne says:

    My parents still have their Christmas lights up (and turned on every night), and my brother still has his tree up. So it’s actually weird in my family that I took all of our decorations down in January.

    Your sister’s dress looks so modest and covered up. Gosh, I hope it’s not a summer wedding!

    Thanks for the links! I’ve been meaning to check out Kelsey’s post all week, because I think I can relate. I mean I joke that I’m not really a runner, but it is a little harsh if other people tell me that. My family thinks it’s amazing that I run even a mile, because they don’t run, but I have a friend who definitely acts like I’m not a runner because I’m slow and don’t do marathons. She even went so far once as to say that she’d feel terrible if I beat her at a 5k. Sigh. I didn’t, but it would’ve been awesome if I had.

    • kilax says:

      We should train for a 5K to spite your friend. Because, I am sorry (not) but that is seriously bitchy.

      I am in the “if you work out AT ALL you are awesome” boat. Steven walked on the treadmill last night and seemed a bit bummed that was “all” he did, but I thought it was fantastic!

      OH noes! It is a summer wedding!

      • Anne says:

        It is kind of a good motivator to be all like eff-you, but she did say this moments before the first 5k I had ever really trained for. So as a result, I’m just not inviting her to run any races with me.

        And I’m totes in the same camp! I think doing ANYTHING is better than sitting on the couch, which is what I did for so, so long. When I started out, I was walking on a treadmill at a speed of 2 mph and a very low incline, and even that was challenging for me. So good for Steven for getting moving!

        • kilax says:

          Sigh. Sigh. Sigh. Sigh. I once had someone tell me (after I dropped weight and looked good) that they didn’t want me to be skinnier than them. Why are some women so competitive?!

          • Anne says:

            Seriously? What a horrible thing to say! And I’m pretty sure I’ve heard some version of that come out of my friend’s mouth (along with “Oh, now that you’re thinner, take some of my fat clothes!”).

            This is why I like having positive, supportive people like you in my life 🙂

  6. Kandi says:

    Awww, Data!
    I’m so excited that your sister found a dress!
    I’m somewhat looking forward to the time change. I like having more light in the evening hours.
    I, without a doubt, work to live and I’m ok with that.
    A vegan challenge sounds interesting to me but I think I’d want to start with a vegetarian challenge first and then work my way up. I’d probably inadvertantly screw up because I’d have to think a lot more about what I’m eating. Eggs and dairy would be the trickiest things I think.

  7. ChezJulie says:

    Aw, Data, you such a cutie!

    When I hear that it’s DST, I just get mad about losing an hour of sleep that night!

  8. kelsey says:

    THANK YOU for the love babygirl!! XOXO!

    I seriously BUSTED out laughing at that picture of your sister. Her wedding dress is GORG!

  9. Kim says:

    LOL I cracked up at the sneak peek of the wedding dress 🙂 And I lurve the cute kitty photo!!!

  10. Thanks for the shout out! 🙂 Love your response to the person who said who said they couldn’t be vegan because they workout too much! I am SO looking forward to spring. Winter, snow and cold weather gives me the blues. Give me green grass, flowers, warmer temps, birds singing- and I’m in heaven!

  11. Maggie says:

    I noticed this morning that we still have a wreath on the front door. But, since I live with my parents, home decor decisions are up to my mom.

    Also I loved those posts from Kelsey and Lindsay.


  12. haha I love your sneak peak of your sisters dress. It looks beautiful!

    I’ve had people harass me for ages about how I should train for a half marathon, and for whatever reason, it’s hard for them to grasp why I’m just not interested (and now with my knee, that was obviously the right choice). I don’t get why people think it’s so necessary to run a half marathon, or any race at all, just to prove that you’re a runner.

  13. Steph says:

    It’s ok, my wreath is up too…and it’s really not wintery here =) Great shares!

  14. Data is so adorable! Sonic loves playing with anything made out of foil or plastic wrap so we usually use those to catch his attention!

    Thanks for the shout out :). I’m glad you could relate to my post!

  15. Its funny that you mention about the wreath. I just realized we still have our snowman/christmas welcome mats outside. Oops! You’re not alone!

    I love that pic of Data!

  16. Pete B says:

    It’s a “winter wreath” and you still have 2 weeks until the “spring wreath” needs to replace it. 🙂

  17. Senior citizen dates is looking mighty fine. That paper towel thing is genius.

    To get Napoleon to pose with my medals, I shamelessly bribe him with treats. It works so well that you would think that little fluffy butt earned those medals himself.

  18. bobbi says:

    Um, I noticed the wreath a while ago (ducks head)…I was totally going to make fun of you (and thereby alert you to its presence) but I forgot as soon as I walked in the door. BAD FRIEND!

  19. Michele says:

    I’m looking forward to daylight saving time! I love getting home from work and it still be light out! I can fit in a late run, and not be in the dark. ‘Cause I’m skeerd of the dark!!!

    And cute cat. I’m not typically a cat person, but Data is a cutie!!!

    Umm, and Kim, honey, it’s March. Lets take the holiday wreath down, ummK?

  20. Erin says:

    I think the wreath is a sign you need to use that door more often…I mean, it has red on it so you could have said it was a Valentine’s Day wreath but I don’t think it will fly for St. Patrick’s Day.

    I can’t eat dried fruit or nuts before a run. That is just bad news bears.

  21. Marcia says:

    Pretty Data!
    Our neighbor always keeps their tree up til St. Patty’s Day so youre in good company with the holiday decor!

  22. Pam says:

    Awwwww that picture of Data is soooooo cuuuuuute.

    I’m totally stoked about the time change this weekend. Right now it’s barely daylight when I go to work with only a few minutes left of daylight left when I get off. This girl HAS TO HAVE SUNSHINE to be anything less than miserable!

  23. Meghan says:

    I think the wreath looks fabulous! And OMG, Data is adorable. Seriously, between you and my sister-in-law, I really want a cat.

  24. robyn says:

    lol- we are still on daylight saving and I can’t wait for it to go on the 7th of April so it will be lighter in the mornings!!! I guess you just Can’t please all of the people all of the time:) Our Xmas bells were still up so I guess the wreath is ok but time to come down now, in time for Easter….

  25. Cute pic of your cat – Steven is so clever:) I don’t mind the time change, but it does take our family a couple of days to adjust.

  26. I love that you are always linking to great blog articles (especially when they are mine 🙂 )!!! But for real, it is such a good way to connect people and make them aware of article they otherwise might not know about!

    • kilax says:

      Thank you for giving me that feedback! I have been reading a lot of good (smaller) blogs lately and think I might have to do another link up!

  27. martymankins says:

    Nice trick to get a great shot of Data.

    I loathe Daylight Saving. We need to do away with it nationwide, not just in Arizona and Hawaii.

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