Random Thoughts Thursday 97

By , April 28, 2016 6:29 am
  • Grrr. I haven’t updated on the bathroom work in awhile because work was mostly on hold while we waited for custom order bullnose (rounded) trim tile to come in. The tile finally came in. And… it was wrong. So we aren’t using it – we’ll do a metal trim piece instead. All that waiting for NOTHING. Ugh. The contractor is working on it again, and I HOPE it will be finished today* – I have house guests that arrive tonight!!!


This tile photo is pre-grout, so it will look different finished

  • Lame. My work announced a steps contest yesterday, but only “walking” steps count. No running. Boooo!!! Ha.
  • Sigh. They also had an announcement where they called the Chase Corporate Challenge a “marathon,” then immediately, a “5K.” It’s actually a 3.5 mile race. So… neither of those. Ha ha. Yeah, that would only bother runners.
  • Odd. I ran on the Chicago Lakefront Path during lunch break yesterday. Every time I run it, I am surprised how few people make eye contact, nod, or say hello to people going the opposite way. It feels so odd to me not to!


  • Oops. It was windy during my run yesterday, so I ran in to the wind for the start, with the wind at my back on the return. I wonder if I am going to regret doing this on race day – I almost always try to run in to the wind first, but it’s not like you can control that at a race! Maybe I should have done more of a purposeful mix to work on mental training (believe me though, I had plenty of runs that were all windy, or where the wind shifted to in my face on the way back, or there was no way avoiding it on the way back, etc.).
  • Aww. Dad’s kitten pics are getting cuter and cuter!



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23 Responses to “Random Thoughts Thursday 97”

  1. bobbi says:

    Julia is completely smitten with the kittenz…as a matter of fact, she was JUST asking me if you’d posted any new pics when I was reading this post 🙂

  2. Karen says:

    Kittens are so flipping cute 🙂
    I hope you get the bathroom done. I love the color picks!

  3. Anne says:

    Why wouldn’t running steps count? How can they even tell?! We’re having a “wellbeing”challenge for the next 8 weeks – it includes steps, minutes of exercise, and weight loss. You can set goals for any or all of those things, so definitely more flexible than yours.

    That’s a little odd about the LFT, but I think I’m more likely to acknowledge other runners out here when I don’t see ANYONE for a majority of my run (and even at that, people don’t always wave back!) than I was while running in the city, because there were always more people out (so it was less of a novelty to see another runner, I guess?).

    • kilax says:

      They wouldn’t be able to tell – the contest is based off of the pedometers in our phones! They said running steps will count “later.” Whatevs 😉

      Are you participating in your work contest? You’ll kill it!

      Based on how you responded to people on the trail – yesterday would have been one of your days to say hi! I think I went by 10-15 people in 6 miles. And that is part of the reason I thought it was so odd – “there is hardly anyone out here, why no smile or nod?!”

      • Anne says:

        Ugh, so weird. But of course you guys would have so many technicalities. Why would it be simple and straightforward? 😉

        Not only am I participating, I’m a team captain! Our team’s unofficial name is “Slow and Unpopular.”

        Yeah, I was thinking about those crowded Saturday morning runs… you’re right, not a lot of people out there midday, especially when it’s not perfect weather. I’d just keep on waving anyway 🙂

  4. Rachel says:

    OMG, give me all those kittens right meow! I love the fuzzy kitten fur.

    Your work is super lame. Why would they care what are walking vs. running steps? A step is a step is a step. And I cringed at the 3.5 mile 5k marathon. W.T.FFFFFFFFFFFFFFF?

    So, the eye contact thing is funny. In Madison, hardly anyone makes eye contact or waves on the trails (Except Tuesday when a coworker and I crossed paths! Haaayyyyyy!!!!) but when I run on the trails in Janesville every single runner, walker and biker says hi or waves. It’s part of the reason I love the trails in Janesville!

    • kilax says:

      My dad said he’ll make deliveries! 🙂

      I am not sure why they care. But I rarely reach 10K steps walking unless I’m on vacay or it’s the weekend. That is the point, I suppose. LOL, do you have the 3.5 mile 5K marathon Chase Corporate Challenge in Madison?!

      I wonder if it’s a “big city” thing with the eye contact? I always say hello out here (in the boondocks, ha)!

  5. Lesley says:

    I can’t with all the kitten cuteness! I didn’t have Allie when she had her kittens, but the pictures her foster mom sent are just adorable. My baby is small, and she had 8 kittens in one go.

  6. Haha whenever I go home and run at my parents’, I have to remember that it’s expected of me to smile and say hello to other runners, because that’s not how it’s done in the city!

    AHHHHHHHHHH that last kitten picture!!!!! I am dead. What an adorable fluff ball!!

    • kilax says:

      LOL! I can totally see that! 🙂 (Reminds me of how I have to remember to drive less aggressively when I go to my hometown, cause they don’t drive like out here!)

      RIGHT?!!! 🙂

  7. Pete B says:

    A few weeks ago, I was running behind a guy on the LFT and he slowed down and introduced himself and we ran and chatted for a few miles. Those out-of-towners are so friendly on the trail! We “city folk” need to take a cue from them! 🙂

  8. Marcia says:

    Whaaaat? If running counted, then a runner would likely win and they can’t have that?? Hmmmm. Bummer to hear runners on the Lakefront are not so friendly. Up here I find them quite congenial.

    • kilax says:

      Yeah, maybe they will do two separate competitions.

      Oh yeah, in the suburbs everyone says hi! That is why it feels so odd to me!

  9. Shelley B says:

    That tile is just gorgeous! I would love to redo our second bathroom and make it all pretty like that…one of these days. 🙂

    Oh, non-runners. A marathon, a 5K – same difference. Whatevs.

    • kilax says:

      Thank you! I hope you get to redo yours someday SOON!

      Ha ha, right? Eh, if it gets people moving. It did make me laugh when I had a friend who ran 5Ks though and would tell people he did marathons… he really thought he was!

  10. Maggie says:

    After moving from the suburbs into Chicago, it was an adjustment to not say “hi” to every runner I passed. Oh well. Some days it would be impossible to say hi to all of them! But on the days where there aren’t many out, it would be nice to have the camaraderie.

    • kilax says:

      I don’t even need the camaraderie… it’s just weird to go by someone and pretend you don’t see them! It feels wrong to make eye contact or something. If I didn’t where I live, I’d feel so rude (well, I was feeling rude in the city, which is what prompted me to write this).

  11. Mica says:

    The bathroom looks so good! I hope they got it done in time….

    That totally sucks about the running steps not counting. I guess I see how they don’t want people who don’t walk at all to be discouraged, but at least make a separate category!!

    • kilax says:

      They did, actually! I was shocked!

      I think they will eventually but… eh. That means I am not going to participate until then!

      Thanks for taking the time to read all my posts! 🙂

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