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Oh Hai There San Diego

Lots going on over in these parts (that I might be able to talk about at some point later). Basically, life and work have been kicking my butt. So what’s a girl to do but go visit her mommy and big brother in San Diego. I arrived yesterday.

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The flight was interesting. Usually I’m a super anti-social flyer. I say nothing to the people next to me  unless I need them to move to go to the bathroom.  This time, I made super friends with the dude next to me, talked about TV and SNL for half the flight, started drinking with him, and now he’s my Facebook friend.

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I got a text from my brother as soon as I landed. He thinks he’s funny.

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While I was waiting for my luggage, I took a picture of this. At the time, I wasn’t sure if it was the drinks or if I was actually seeing someone with a suitcase inside a shopping bag. Nope. Not the drinks.

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My brother picked me up, gave me a tour of his new house, and then we picked up my mom and went to dinner at Bushfire Kitchen (kinda like Chipotle without the burritos) where I proceeded to drink.

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Can you see him reaching for my beer in the picture above? Is nothing sacred anymore?

After dinner, we hung out for a bit, watched an episode of Archer, and I was in bed by 10 pm. I woke up at 6:45 am, went for a hilly ass 3.5 mile run by 7:15, and was back shortly after 8 am.

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I left my Garmin at home so I’m going old school with Runkeeper while I’m here. Here’s a panoramic of one of the views from my run. Not too shabby.

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It’s all fun and games running down a hill until you have to run back up it. After running on a treadmill for the past month, my legs were not a fan. Oh and I guess I should mention that I’m running again. I went to the doctor about my hip, had some x-rays, and they found nothing. It’s still only 85% better but I guess since 85% allows me to run, I’m ok with it.

Anyway, I’m on a short vacation and I’ve already done more before 8 am than I do on most non-vacation days. I think this time change has turned me into a morning person overnight. It has also turned me into a thief because I used some unsuspecting person’s ironically named wifi (slynet) to write this post.

 

 

 

 

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I Make Bad Decisions

So I did one of those things that I almost immediately regretted. My blog is self-hosted and it kept going down every.freakin.day. I kept submitting tickets to my web host to fix it. During one of those “fixes,” they deleted all of my plug-ins which needed yet another ticket to restore them. After two weeks, I got to the point where I didn’t want to deal with them anymore, so in my fit of internal rage, I canceled my ad network (because you have to be self-hosted to have one of those) and cancelled my web host and went back to plain ole free WordPress. Only, when I went back to regular WordPress, my blog looked like it did three years ago before I became self-hosted.

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If you remember that banner, I am sorry.

So, I had to fix everything to look mostly like it did before which wasn’t terribly annoying. That is, until I didn’t get the refund from my web host that I thought I would. So I basically paid for a year of service and used one month of it.

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I decided that I should just be happy with my old, free, mediocre blog. That’s when I noticed that my media storage is at 93%, which reminded me of why I became self-hosted to begin with. So then I deleted a bunch of old posts and images to get a whole 1% of media storage back.

So what I’m saying is, I make bad decisions that I can’t take back and at some point my blog isn’t going to let me upload pictures anymore, so I hope no one likes those. Also, if you have an e-mail subscription, it may not work and who knows if this post will even post correctly. Happy Friday!

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As Pearl Jam once said, I'm Still Alive

*tap, tap* Is this thing on?  *clears throat*

So it only took four weeks, but I’m running again! I’m not running fast and I’m not running far, but I’m running without pain up to a whopping two miles at a time. Well, I’m running without pain during the run. After, my hip is usually sore and tight. So I sucked it up and made an orthopedic doctor’s appointment for next week. I wrote ophthalmologist at first. Well, whatever. It’s an “O” doctor. I’m sure they all take care of the same thing. Maybe it’s nothing. Maybe it’s Maybelline. I’ll let you guys know after my appointment.

Anyway, this means I won’t be running my back-up race on Sunday because I enjoy staying uninjured. I don’t even want to talk about the cool front that just happens to be coming through this weekend because it makes me even more stabby that I’m missing the race. Let’s talk about things that don’t make me stabby. Here’s what’s been happening lately while I haven’t been running.

A little of this.

Ok, a lot of that. White peach mimosas are hard to say no to.

A lot of this.

That was the same day as the white peach mimosas. In a related story, I was in bed by 8:00 pm.

A lot of this.

That’s my work desk, in which I never seem to leave lately. Life is all work – school – delicious alcohol these days. In that order.

Some of this.

I have been going back and forth on buying those tickets for a month now. Hubs and I love John Mulaney but there are $30 in Ticketmaster fees on top of the $25 ticket price so I kept putting off buying them. Turns out, I’m a student and I get them for free. What the what? It’s like my tuition is paying for itself! Now I just need to body check some people in line to make sure I get in since admission isn’t guaranteed with free tickets.

Hubs made friends with his arch nemesis – the feline.

He is deathly allergic to cats and cats dunt curr.

I changed my hair. Don’t ask me what color because it looks different in every picture I take.

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This is the start my hair-dyeing downward spiral. I’ll keep dyeing it until it’s almost black, then I’ll start lightening it until I look exactly like that before picture. #circleofhairlife

And that’s about it. Not a lot of excitement in these parts. I’ve have been reading a lot. When I can’t run, I walk and read on the treadmill. So I’ll have another book post coming up for my three book fans.

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That Race Thing and Books

If you haven’t already guessed from the lack of a race review post, I didn’t run Best Damn Race on Saturday. My mind was so ready for it. My hip was not. Instead, I drank many adult beverages the night before and watched Big Hero 6 with hubs, so all was not lost. My hip feels better little by little but I don’t think I’m ready to run yet. So who knows if my backup race (the Tomoka Half) will happen, but I hope it does.

In the meantime, I finished a few more books:

The Martian by Andy Weir

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Here’s a Goodreads link to the summary.

I mentioned this one in my last book post but I had only just started it. Basically, it’s about a guy who is abandoned on Mars and needs to figure out how to survive for four years (without enough food or water) until he can be rescued.

I liked the book but I didn’t love it. It was interesting and had a lot of great humor. However, there’s a lot of “this is exactly how I fixed this” and “this is how I rigged this” and “this is how I grew this” and “this is how I created this.” While some of that was really interesting, I found some of it boring and unnecessary. Then toward the end, when the main character is making this giant modification to this space probe, the detailed description wasn’t there. It was strange. Also, I never felt like the main character wasn’t going to be rescued. I think that took away from some of the “gripping survival thriller” that this book is supposed to be because every time he got into some dangerous situation, I thought, eh…he’ll make it. With all that said, I would still recommend it and it will definitely make a great movie. I’m really looking forward to seeing it in November.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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Here’s the Goodreads link to the summary.

This book is about a girl that pokes her nose where it doesn’t belong and gets involved in a murder case. It’s a super fast read and really interesting. I think I read this in three days, which is light-speed for me. My only complaint is that the main character, Rachel, is so *insanely* pathetic that she really got on my nerves for half of the book. I just wanted to shake her by the shoulders and tell her to get her shit together. If you liked Gone Girl, you’ll like this. In fact, I think I liked this one better than Gone Girl. It keeps you guessing and I think the end wrapped up well.

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

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Here’s the Goodreads link to the summary.

This one is about a guy that keeps living the same life over and over (and keeps his memories from each life). He finds out that the end of the world is coming faster than it should and tries to stop it over his many lifetimes.

At first, I thought the book shifted between really interesting to giving too much, unnecessary information. As I continued to read, I didn’t mind it so much anymore. Maybe the problem resolved itself or maybe I was more forgiving, I’m not sure. The book is funny and interesting and different. This is one of those unforgettable books because it’s unlike anything I’ve ever read. I’d recommend this one too. It’s worth reading if just for the unique concept. I just added the authors new book “Touch” to my to-read list, which sounds like another weird/unique story.

Next on my list: the new Veronica Mars book. Smile

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BDR is now TBD

Well, my hip pain is back and I think I found the culprit.

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Those shoes have since been spit on, humiliated in public, and tossed in the fire.

I was wearing those when my hip pain first started. It was only a two mile run and because I didn’t know if I stepped wrong or it was the shoes, I stopped wearing them. Once my hip was better, I ran in my other shoes – the same model, just a different color. Everything was fine and I didn’t have any issues. A little over a week ago, I decided to run a short distance in the coral shoes to see how they felt. I ran three, extremely slow miles and felt good. I thought the pain was caused by my stepping wrong, which wasn’t out of the question because the tread looked fine and they have the lowest mileage of all my shoes.

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I decided to wear the coral shoes for my 10-miler last Saturday instead of putting extra miles on my black race shoes. The first six miles were fine. The last four were not. I basically had to be dragged back to my car.

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Since then, I’ve been back where I started. Last time, it took three weeks until I was able to run. I was two weeks from race day when the pain started again which means I’m not sure if I’m running Best Damn Race on Saturday. While it’s getting better (I only limp and notice pain sometimes instead of all the time), I’m not sure it’s getting better fast enough. I’m stretching, doing hip exercises, and taking ibuprofen but it just seems doubtful the race will happen.

Now I need new shoes that don’t hate my hip. I hate testing out new shoes because they never work out. But because I’m a glutton for punishment, I bought a new pair of Adidas Adios Boost to try.

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I’ll buy black laces for those. White is so meh. I wore them to Crossfit on Friday and they’re pretty comfortable. I’m not sure if they’re good for long distance running though. I’ll test them out when I’m feeling better and if they don’t work, I’ll exchange them for something else. (Story of my life.)

There’s a race at the end of March I’m considering running especially if I can’t run BDR. Although, I’m really disheartened because my speed training was going SO WELL. I don’t really want to be out for three weeks, do a little bit of training, and then half-ass a race. Or run a race that has the potential to be really hot because…FLORIDA. I guess I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it. In the meantime, feel free to diagnose my hip problem or tell me to stop whining.

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14.7 is the new 12

Last week was a big suck fest. Work and school were getting on my last nerves and besides enduring each never ending workday, I fit in three separate doctor’s appointments (no I’m not pregnant or dying), two runs, two Crossfit workouts, and a meeting with my school group. When I got into work on Tuesday, things were already at Suck Level 8, so I told my cube mate (we’ll call him “Cal”) that I didn’t know if I could make it through the week. He said, “well, the good news is that you made it to Wednesday.”

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Did I? Did I make it to Wednesday?

I was annoyed that his pep talk made me feel worse and he was annoyed that it wasn’t actually Wednesday. Then on Thursday afternoon, “Cal” went to fill in his timesheet for the day to find out he already filled out Thursday on Wednesday. So we were both a hot mess all week but at least we were a hot mess together.

That brings me to Saturday. I wasn’t looking forward to a 5:00am wake up after the week I had, but I do like running with Brad (my running husband) so we set out to do 12 miles. Somewhere around mile nine, we realized that we miscalculated our distance and we’re actually on track to run 14.5. It dawned on Brad that he would be home later than usual and the fear of his wife’s wrath propelled him from a 11:30 pace to a 9:30. I had a hard time keeping up. I have never seen motivation quite like it. When we had half a mile to go he asked, “do you want to simulate a race finish?”

No

A race finish on a training run? I didn’t even want the simulate the 9:30 pace he was making me run for the last four miles. We ended up with 14.7 miles at the end and that was after taking a slight shortcut.

After our runs, we usually chat for a few minutes but he was basically waving out the window while driving off by the time I looked up from my Garmin to say goodbye. It was pretty funny to see how panicked he was but then also sad because I would probably be dead for several hours before hubs noticed I wasn’t home.

And that is the story of how I ran negative splits on a training run.

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Dogs Hate Me

The good news is, my hip is back to normal! It’s so nice to run again (slowly) and get into and out of a car without pain. The bad news is, that leaves me with five weeks to train for my half instead of eight. Not ideal when I was hoping for a PR. I have a backup race in mind a few weeks after Best Damn Race just in case. Although, I’ll probably register for the backup even if I do PR because I feel like this race season has been devoid of races and I need some more in my life.

Speaking of running, you may know that we have an interesting relationship. Besides the random injuries and faceplants into the sidewalk, I’ve also run by someone holding another person an gunpoint and been bitten by a dog. Basically, all signs point to me quitting running for life. Now I’m so paranoid when I run that I carry pepper spray in my hand because surely it will come in handy some day when someone wants to jam me into their trunk.

That brings me to Saturday. I was not jammed into a trunk, don’t get too excited. I went for an eight mile run in the afternoon (don’t ever go away 68 degree, breezy afternoons). I brought my pepper spray with me but since I was already carrying a water bottle, I kept it in my SPIbelt. On my way back to the house, I  noticed a dog ahead of me on the sidewalk off its leash. It was a smaller dog but because of my dog history, I crossed to the other side so I wouldn’t be near him (her?). For those visual learners…

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I was completely alone on the street and didn’t see his owner anywhere. At one point, I lost sight of him so I figured he had gone home. But no. No, no. Once I turned left (still avoiding the dog side of the street), the dog started barking and running after me, literally at my heels. Another dog (also off its leash) came out of nowhere and joined him. So now I have two little pissed off dogs running after me. I tried to ignore them and kept running but after about 1/10th of a mile when they didn’t back off, I stopped, faced them, and shouted “No!” to see if that would have any effect.

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I started running again and so did they. At this point, I’m thinking, “I can’t believe I’m going to get bitten by a dog…AGAIN.” I was freaking out a little so I did the only thing that came to mind: I stopped, turned around, and threw the rest of my water in their faces. The water actually stopped the joined-out-of-nowhere dog. He ran off into the street and was almost hit by a car that slammed on the breaks in time. But the other one, he wasn’t so happy.

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Hey! It was spring water. Not like I threw tap water in his face. Anyway, I start running again but after about a five second delay, he started barking and running at my heels again. At this point, I’m contemplating my next move. I thought, “holy shit, I’m going to have to kick this dog.” Before you animal lovers get all crazy, this dog was a threat and I will straight-up kick a dog before I let one bite me again. I literally do everything I can to avoid dogs when I’m out in public. Unless it’s a friend’s dog that I know, I keep maximum safe distance. Since being bitten, they scare the shit out of me. So I decided this was going to happen. I’m going to kick a dog and I’m going to feel like shit afterwards but I won’t walk home bleeding with rabies. I stopped, turned around again, shouted something to the effect of “What the fuck dog??”, waited for him to get closer to make my move, and then…he just stopped. It was almost like he knew because he backed off. I’m not sure where he went because I was outta there, but it was probably to do something dangerous and cool to impress his dog friends.

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This isn’t the only time I’ve been chased by a dog but it’s the only time when I really thought I was in danger. I’ve had dogs off leashes chase me with their owners standing there doing nothing. I just hate asshole dog owners with no respect. When I got home, I realized I had pepper spray with me, which I probably would have used if it was in my hand. And of course now, I will never keep it in my SPIbelt again. When I told hubs that I was almost bitten by a dog he said, “again?”

So yeah. Dogs hate me.

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All the reading and none of the running

Well, my hip still hurts.

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I ran three miles on Sunday. The first mile was ok but I felt a little pain during the second two. After the run was over, my hip was hurting the rest of the night. I’m worried I won’t be able to run my race (Best Damn Race Orlando) at the end of February. I don’t care so much about a DNS than I do that it’s the end of February and just about the end of race season. So if I can’t run it, then I’m most likely waiting until October when race season starts again (and the temperature is lower than the pits of hell). Right now, I should be speed training and that’s not happening.

Anyway, I’ve been spending an obscene amount of time reading to soak up all that used-to-be-running time. Now that school just started again, I’m sure that will slow down, but here’s what I’ve read in the past six weeks.

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

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Here’s a Goodreads link to the summary.

I was a few chapters into this book and convinced myself that I wouldn’t like it but I ended up really liking it. It’s a super fast read and the movie comes out next week. (Julianne Moore just won a Golden Globe for her performance.) I’m a little apprehensive about seeing the movie because I’m a crier and the book was so sad but it also makes you really appreciate what you have. Alzheimers is a scary thing.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

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Here’s a Goodreads link to the summary.

I liked this one too. It took me awhile to get into it. For many chapters, I had no idea what was going on and I hated all the characters but that turned around just as I was about to made the decision to not finish it. In the book, you know someone was murdered but you don’t know who did it or who was murdered. You find out through a police report/storytelling of a close group of wives and husbands. There’s also a good message about domestic violence and it’s interesting to see inside the head of someone who is abused but can’t leave the relationship.

City of Thieves by David Benioff

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Here’s a Goodreads link to the summary.

First Cely loved this book. Then Lindsay loved it. So fine, fine, I’m a sheep. I was a little worried going into this one because I know very little about history and this takes place during the Nazis’ siege of Leningrad. It’s the story of two boys that have a chance at saving their life by finding a dozen (very rare) eggs for a Soviet colonel. I didn’t understand a lot of the historical/art references but that didn’t detract from how much I liked the book. It’s a coming-of-age story with a little bit of everything – it’s gut-wrenching and funny. The guy that wrote this is a co-creator of Game of Thrones and is married to Amanda Peet. You are welcome for that knowledge that may help you win a bar tab some day.

The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

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Here’s a Goodreads link to the summary.

I LOVED this book. It’s a different take on a zombie story and it’s just so good. Basically, the children that become zombies can still think, learn, talk, and have feelings even though they will eat your face off. So, it’s about scientists trying to find out why children (and in particular one girl) are partially immune so they can find a cure.

The Arcana Chronicles 1-3 by Kresley Cole (Poison Princess, Endless Knight, and Dead of Winter)

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Here’s a Goodreads link to the summary.

I am obsessed with this series. My friend, Cheyanne, recommended it but I didn’t want to read a book called Poison Princess because that sounded lame. A month passed and I decided to finally give it a shot and I got hooked in hard. I read all three of them in a week. It’s a young adult series, which I’ve been trying to stay away from recently. The third book just came out this month so now I must wait a torturous year for the next one. If you like love stories and teens/twenty-somethings with powers of the Tarot cards fighting each other to the death in a world that’s become a wasteland, then you’ll want to read this. And then tell me when you do so we can talk about it.

P.S. There’s a free 150 page preview of Poison Princess on Goodreads, so you have just run out of excuses.

The Martian by Andy Weir (I just accidentally typed “Weird” – I bet he got that a lot as a kid.)

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Here’s a Goodreads link to the summary.

I just started this one and so far I love the writing. It’s not unputdownable, but maybe that will change. So far it’s interesting. Also, the movie is coming out in November with Matt Damon, so I’ll be looking forward to that because he rarely screws movies up.

Next on my list: The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August; Veronica Mars (Book 2); and Golden Son (Red Rising #2). By the way, if you haven’t read Red Rising, you should probably do that too. Smile

What have you read lately?

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I'm Falling Apart

Happy New Year!

I survived. I hope you all did too. I’m not sad to see the money-suck that was 2014 go. The year began with me owing a shit-ton of money in taxes and ended with a $750 water bill for one of the month’s our rental property was vacant. Plus, all the crap in-between. I’ve never had a whole crap year before so I guess I’m doing ok if it’s just happening now. I know it can always be worse and I’m glad the new year is here.

My holidays were nice and low key. I did a lot of movie watching and spending time with friends. Plus, New Year’s Day is my absolute favorite holiday. Everything feels so fresh and I get to sit on the couch and watch the Twilight Zone marathon on SyFy all day.

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I look forward to that marathon all year long and it is part of why I love the holiday so much. And to the next person that tells me I can watch Twilight Zone whenever I want on Netflix, it’s not the same!

Anyway, I didn’t run at all in December. I can’t say I missed it. I would tell myself, “I’m going to run tomorrow” and when tomorrow came, I lost any interest. There is something to be said for sitting on the couch for extended periods of time. Now I know why 60% of America doesn’t do any type of fitness. Lazy is awesome. However, hubs and I did discuss our fitness goals and watch the Crossfit Games while eating an ice cream cake which was basically working out.

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On Sunday I ran for the first time in over a month. I’m finally over that flu for the most part, even though my cough likes to come back at 4:30 in the morning and keep me company for an hour. I have a race in less than two months so it’s time to get my butt in gear. I didn’t want to get too crazy for my first run so I ran three miles at the gym. My inner thighs and quads were sore for two days. That was a new one.

I don’t want to up my mileage too fast since I’ve been doing a lot of nothing on the exercise front. So on Tuesday, I decided to run two slow miles on my treadmill at home. When I had half a mile to go, my right hip started hurting a bit. By the time I got off the treadmill, I was limping. So now I have an old lady hip and running hates me. Perhaps this t-shirt that my mom got me for Christmas is a little foreshadowing.

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Not the best return to running. I’m hoping the hip pain will be gone by this weekend since I need to keep up that running thing if I want to PR that half marathon coming up.

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Things I'm Loving

Today, I’m a lover not a hater.

1. Remember that marathon that I was going to run but then couldn’t? Well, I was going to run dependent solely on if the weather was cold. Then I couldn’t run it because of the flu (which I am still getting over). So I am loving the hot, humid weather for marathon day.

Suck it, marathon! I can now rest happy that I’m not missing anything.  It’s nice to know, even if I didn’t get sick, I wouldn’t have run it anyway.

2. This stapler that I got from my friend, Cheyanne.

It is now my goal to have all bunny office supplies.

3. Speaking of Cheyanne, she came into work the other day with this horrific new picture for her desk that she happens to think is awesome.

Can you tell what that is? Because I thought it was a Godzilla claw reaching for a crown.

4.  Horror movies. I can’t get enough of them lately.

I found this article of the 19 Best Horror Movies of 2014 and I am making it my job to watch them. Well, not all of them because hubs and I are over the “found footage” horror movies and there’s a lot of those on the list.  We spent all of our long weekend, including Christmas Eve and Christmas, watching ALL THE HORROR MOVIES. I had previously only seen one on the list – Oculus – which I thought was going to be awful and it was surprisingly great. (If you like horror movies, watch it. It’s on Netflix now.) We’ve since seen four more on the list (Tusk, Housebound, The Taking of Deborah Logan, and The Babadook) and a few that weren’t (Big Ass Spiders, Grabbers, Jessabelle). The best so far: Housebound. It’s not really an all-out horror movie. It’s more like a comedy/mystery with some awesome characters. We also liked Tusk which was funny but mostly just disturbing and not just because Justin Long had a ridiculous mustache that I couldn’t stop staring at. In there somewhere, we also watched Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. Not sure how that got in there.

5. Christmas with friends.

We had lunch with the in-laws on Christmas and then headed over to our friend’s Ken and Jamie’s house for Christmas Two. It was a nice day filled with family, friends, good food (Jamie makes some killer stuffing), and an éclair cake which was lovingly referred to as the Calorie Wreath.

6. Reading.

Now that school is out and I haven’t been running at all (once this month which might be an all-time low), I have an insane amount of free time. I’ve read four books so far this month which is usually how many books I read in a year. I started a fifth book last night, so I’ll be done with that soon. I’ll probably do a book post soon because my fans requested it. (Ok, it was just my friend Melissa.)

7. I was deleting some old posts from my blog when I ran across this picture of my medal rack from one of my first posts.

Here’s my medal rack now.

It kinda gave me warm fuzzies to see all I’ve accomplished since starting this blog. It also makes me worry that that rack will rip a giant whole in the wall with the weight of those medals.

Anyway, that is what’s happening in these parts. I hope you all had a good whatever holiday you celebrate or don’t celebrate and spent time with family or avoided them, whichever one of those makes you happy.

Who out there is a horror movie fan? (I love them. I prefer comedies and horror movies because they are the only movies that don’t make me cry. I have a very low cry tolerance.)

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