Lately

Oh, hello there. It’s been *looks at watch* a month since I’ve posted. I was on my long run this morning with Brad and he reminded me that I have not blogged in awhile and I got excited that one person missed me so here I am. Brad couldn’t believe that I haven’t blogged about my new Garmin Forerunner 225, so here it is in all its glory.

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I didn’t need a new Garmin but Michelle texted me that it was on super sale on the Amazon app and my “purchase” finger got itchy. So far, I love it! I wish the back light button was on top instead of the left, but it’s a huge improvement from the POS Forerunner 405 that I’ve been using for years.

While I’ve been away, I’ve been stressing out about Christmas shopping and finishing up my semester of school. Christmas shopping has been exceptionally hard this year. I have no idea what to buy for anyone. I can’t wait until I’m old enough where people will believe me when I tell them that I didn’t buy anything because I forgot Christmas was in December.

This semester has been exceptionally easy and I’m completely convinced that my instructor has not read anything that I’ve turned in. I literally got 100% on all three of my major assignments. Two of those were group assignments. For the first group assignment, every group received a 100% (you can see the high/low scores in Webcourses). I don’t know how that’s even possible, but my friend told me not to look a gift 100% in the mouth, so I guess I won’t.

Besides all the usual working, schooling, training for a half in January, and generally being busy, we have managed to get super Christmasy this year. We bought a new tree and it can change colors!

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I had a white tree growing up and hubs and I have had a white tree for over 8 years now, so in an effort to stop being so racist against trees, we got green one too.

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Never enough trees.

I’ve been pretty bad at taking pictures this year, so that’s what I want to work on next year. Hubs and I have so few new pictures together so I’m going to change that…starting last weekend. It’s a selfie, but it’s a start. It was also on “Winter’s Day,” aka, the one cool day in Orlando. (We have jackets on!)

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That’s all for now. I hope everyone has a happy holiday and stays safe!

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Trip to the Vet

Poor little princess Pants had a trip to the vet last weekend. This was her second trip ever (the first one was to get spade), and I’m not sure she cared for it. She also *hates* being in her carrier, so that wasn’t helping anything.

For the past couple weeks, Pants has been drinking a lot more water than usual. This can be a sign of bad things, which I learned years ago when my guinea pig did the same thing. So hubs and I took her in to the vet just to be sure she’s OK because SHE CAN NEVER DIE. I cannot even handle the thought of her not being around.

Besides all the water drinking, she’s been otherwise OK. She’s eating normally, playing, and generally happy. So the vet thought it could be bladder stones. Enter x-rays.

*As cute on the inside as she is on the outside*

Her bladder looked fine. The vet said there is a 1% chance there could be stones there that she’s not seeing. Also, her kidneys didn’t show any inflammation. Also good. The x-ray did show a poop ready to make a grand exit.

The x-rays were clean, so the next logical problem is either a UTI or kidney disease. Because the UTI is easier to treat, she’s on antibiotics for the next two weeks. If she doesn’t improve, we’ll take her back for blood work and a urinalysis but she already seems to be back to normal so I’m hoping the UTI was her issue.

I give her medicine with a syringe twice a day. Watching a bunny eat from a syringe is just adorable. Also, she’s so good at taking it (unlike Hammy, R.I.P Hammy). I think she gets excited for her medicine too, probably because it tastes like tutti frutti and she’s a fatty.

*Tipping the scales, or in this case, the basket*

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Crap from My Phone

It’s time for another edition of crap from my phone. A lot of this stuff makes it to Instagram, so it may be a repeat for some of you.

1. Let’s dial it back to October. I had a great Halloween this year. Just, so good. It’s started at work on the 30th where Michelle, Kate, and I decided on a group costume.

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This costume taught me that there are people out there that have no idea what we’re dressed up as. Reactions at work ranged from, “What are you?” to “Do you think that’s appropriate for work?” And the answer to that is yes. Yes we do.

2. On Halloween day, hubs wanted to go to Spooky Empire to bring a birthday gift to a friend that was running a booth there. Spooky Empire is a big convention for horror fans (a.k.a., me) and they have celebrity guests each year. AndOMGfangirlalert!

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It made. my. day to meet Matthew Lillard. He signed my copy of Serial Mom and talked to us for a bit. He was so nice and genuine. He talked to all his fans and didn’t rush them. We waited in line to meet him and he has this rule that children can skip to the front of the line, so we got to watch him play with a 6 month old baby in a Scooby costume. My ovaries hurt from watching that. I need a baby every Halloween so I can dress it up and give it to Matthew Lillard to play with.

3. I feel weird posting pics of other people’s kids that I don’t know, but this family was posing for all sorts of pics so I guess it’s ok. I could not get over that kid dressed as Chucky. I mean, he (or she?) was creepily playing the part and looked so good.

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Seriously, how do I get a kid for Halloween only?

4.  Later Halloween night, hubs and I went to our friend Ursula’s party. We didn’t know anyone at the party but had a great time meeting and talking to new people. I also met my new boyfriend at the party. His name is Buddah.

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That piggie was so sweet. I want him so bad and now I have piggie fever. (Similar to baby fever, but for guinea pigs.)

5. My co-worker went on vacation. She told us if she didn’t come back for any reason, that we could all have the decorations on her desk. (??) Preparing for the worst, I guess. So we decided to assume she wouldn’t be back and took everything out of her cube and put up cobwebs and a vacant sign.

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She got back and literally did not care that all her stuff was gone. She even made a comment that she liked the minimalist look, which basically ruined all my fun. Some of her decorations are still at other people’s desks three weeks later and my awesome joke was killed dead.

6. And lastly, if you want new pants (in a larger size), I highly recommend this.

I don’t even know what to do with that stuff beyond putting it on a spoon and then into my mouth. I mean, doing that is working out fine, but I’m sure there’s some carb out there that I haven’t discovered yet that can act as a cookie butter shovel to my mouth hole. This stuff is so good that I’m breaking up with Nutella later tonight.

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Sunday Bunday

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a Sunday Bunday. Usually I plaster Pants all over Instagram but don’t seem to give her much blog love, so blog love she shall have.

Last week, Trix cereal was doing this contest to find the real Trix rabbit. The winner gets their rabbit on boxes of Trix sold in their hometown. It’s time Pants starts earning her keep around here, so it was photo shoot time. The idea was to either get a picture of her doing something cute next to the box, or cut the Trix rabbit out of the box and have her stick her head through it and look adorable. In both options, she should sit still long enough for me to take pictures. She didn’t cooperate for any of them because she’s the worst.

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This one was close. We would have used this one (and photoshopped out the parsley) if it wasn’t blurry.

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This one was close too but had the wrong lighting and she looks super bitchy.

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Eventually, we had to pick her up and try to get a picture that way. She didn’t appreciate that either. This is the one we submitted.

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I hope the criteria to win is a rabbit that looks depressed and defeated because I think we nailed it.

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Delightful Weekend

I’ve taken the last two weeks off running and I have to say, I don’t miss it. At all. Actually, I’m tired of exercise in general (including crossfit) and have been forcing myself to exercise twice a week, down from my normal voluntary five days a week. I have three more races coming up in January, March, and April and I’m not even excited about them. You know what I’m excited about? Beach drinking and generally not moving.

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That’s what I did last weekend and it was quite delightful. A few friends, hubs, and I took advantage of the fact that we have another friend with a dad that owns a condo on New Smyrna Beach. So we went to said condo and hung out for the weekend. This is the second time we’ve been there and this time we made it a point to go on the beach instead of just looking at it from maximum safe distance (a.k.a, the patio with a drink in our hand). Hubs, Jen, and Frank were the first to take the beach plunge.

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#proof

New Smyrna is about an hour from Orlando. An hour is a long time to go without eating, so we were all starving when we got there. We stopped at this super cute restaurant called Norwood’s Treehouse.

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Not my picture.

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The bottom floor is an upscale restaurant (we were way under dressed for that) but the top floor was much more casual for our shorts and flip flops. They had really great food and I just love sitting outside, so it was perfect for that. I had a bacon cheeseburger that I didn’t take a picture of because you would just see that I left my fries and bun on the plate because I’m doing a stupid low carb diet to lose the weight I gained over the summer. Hashtag Lindseys. Eating low carb has seriously dropped my fun factor by half. I do not enjoy watching other people enjoy bread and dessert. Thankfully my no carb friends, rum and vodka, have been a big help with that.

After lunch, we stopped at the grocery store for food and drinks for the weekend. I came up with the quite possibly the best idea I’ve ever had: make Jamie cook brats for us.

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I have never liked sauerkraut in my life but I liked it last weekend and those were probably the best brats I’ve ever had. I think it was probably a mistake for Jamie to make these because now I’m going to demand them all the time. If you have the opportunity, find a friend and make them cook for you. You won’t regret it.

The rest of the weekend consisted of sleeping, beaching, boogie boarding, pooling, and leisuring.

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That’s the Brat Queen.

Before we left town on Sunday, we almost went back to the Treehouse for dinner but ending up trying a restaurant that Jamie had heard good things about called The Garlic instead. And man, I’m glad we did. The place was amazing minus the weird old dude that told us a dirty Santa Claus joke on the way in. The restaurant was built around trees, so it was partially indoors and partially outdoors. It was just the cutest, most quaint atmosphere I’ve ever seen in a restaurant.

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I spy Jamie and hubs walking toward me in the pic above.

I feel like none of the pictures that I took really does the place justice. We sat in the outdoor area but indoors was amazing too. The place just had so much detail and personality. And yes, a lot of garlic hanging on the walls. You would be safe from the vampire invasion there.

Anyway, the food. Hubs channeled his inner fat kid and ordered the 16 oz filet mignon meatball.

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It was delicious, but it tasted like a regular meatball. Not that that’s a problem. I guess I just expected a different flavor.  I got the wood-fired salmon (it was boring, just like my low carb diet) but then ended up eating off everyone else’s plate because everything was just so delicious. Jamie, Jen, and hubs ordered dessert and when you eat off of other people’s plates, there are no carbs. So I tried Jen’s flourless chocolate cake, hub’s lava cake, and Jamie’s tiramisu. All of them were incredible. I must go back.

So long story short, it was a good weekend. And if you’re in the area, go to The Garlic and thank me later.

 

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Lighthouse Loop Half Marathon

Let’s just get this out there: This race sucked for me and it kinda turned me off to running. It was half my fault and half mother nature’s fault, but still. It sucked.

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So let’s talk about the day before the race. Around noon, I had my normal pre-race lunch of a cheeseburger and fries. Then I topped that off with a pumpkin pie Blizzard from Dairy Queen (omg, please eat one of those now. So good.). It was a meal that happiness was made of and it was all delicious and filling.

So. very. filling.

By 9:00pm that night, I still wasn’t hungry so I didn’t eat dinner. That wasn’t my best move. Usually I have a light/healthy dinner the night before a race but this time, I didn’t eat anything for probably 10 hours.

To add to that mistake, in an effort to not poop my pants during the race, I drank magnesium citrate the day before. I drank it before the Chicago Marathon too and it worked out fine, but I think the combination of the magnesium citrate and no dinner left me with no energy. I felt fine leading up to the race, but about a mile in, I knew the next 12 miles would be a shit show. (But not literally, thankfully.)

Now let’s place blame on things other than me. The weather was a hot and humid 70 degrees at the start. It was terrible racing weather but it could have been worse. I was really thankful that it was overcast the entire time.

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The course had a ton of steady inclines and very little decline. Mile 12 was a giant, horrible bridge.

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All of these things together made for a really miserable race. I walked a lot and even stopped for a few pictures, which I never do. (As opposed to taking pictures on the run and hoping they aren’t blurry at the end.)

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The race namesake at Ponce Inlet. That was mile 6.

I finished in 2:27:32, my third worst time behind my first half and one I ran with Michelle when she was seven months pregnant.

The after party was great. They had four different kinds of beer and a buffet style breakfast with omelets, sausage, grits, fruit, etc. We got a choice of a sleeveless or sleeved shirts in our race packets and the medal was cute. I was really impressed since I don’t think I paid more than $55 to register, so I have to give props to Final Mile for knowing how to organize a race.

Overall, I just didn’t care for the course. Most of it was along the ocean that I couldn’t see because it was blocked by buildings. The parts I could see were beautiful and it wasn’t the worst course I’ve run, but not one that I’m dying to run again.

I had big plans to do chores and clean the rest of the day, but I managed only two things: a mimosa’ed lunch with hubs and then six straight episodes of Bates Motel, which I am now addicted to.

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Movies for Halloween

I love horror movies. Even though I get nightmares and wake up and think I see someone in my bedroom only to find out it’s the stuffed animal on my nightstand, I still watch them. So, I thought I’d share the best horror movies I’ve seen this year since it’s almost Halloween. So if horror movies are your thing, I definitely recommend checking these out.

The Final Girls

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I.loved.this.movie. It’s a dark comedy and it’s kind of like the Pleasantville of slasher films. Not only is it super funny but it actually gave me all the feels once or twice. I watched it with a bunch of friends (we all loved it) and I may have shed a couple tears in front of them like a giant baby. I also have a new girl crush on Taissa Farmiga to go along with my already existing girl crush on Malin Akerman.

It Follows

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Ok, so this movie has a weird premise. The “It” that follows is transferred from person to person sexually. Sounds really dumb, I know, but it was great. The movie takes place in some weird time frame that seems like present day but then has a really cool retro Halloween vibe with the music and atmosphere. It’s definitely a different take on a stalker horror movie. Until The Final Girls came along, this was the best horror movie I had seen in a couple years.

As Above So Below

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This one came out last year, but I just saw it so it makes the list. This movie got terrible reviews on Rotten Tomatoes (I live by Rotten Tomatoes) and I’m not sure why. It’s about a group of people that sneak into the catacombs in Paris to find some jewel and they get trapped. Hubs and I really liked it, as did our friend that we watched it with. Three people can’t be wrong, right? After going caving this summer and realizing I was in fact claustrophobic, this movie brought that issue right back to the forefront. I will have to be drugged to go into the catacombs in Paris. This is what I learned from this movie.

The Hallow

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This one is about a couple that moves into a new house out in the middle of nowhere and there’s something in the woods around them that wants their baby. It’s not original but it has some creepy moments and overall I really liked it.

If you love horror movies and have any to recommend to me, I would love to hear them! Bonus points if you can recommend one that I haven’t already seen.

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Race Season is Back

I have a race this weekend! My running wife and I will finally be together again.

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That was the Chicago Marathon last year, aka, the last time we raced together (the 10k in July doesn’t count). She’s been cheating on me a lot this year with her other running wives so this is my chance to win her back and show her what she’s missing.

This is the longest I’ve gone without racing since I started running. I had big plans for this race, namely a PR, which I was going to achieve by speed training and losing five pounds. Instead, I did none of that and gained 9 lbs. I never lost the “Lindsey’s” from vacation and then gained some additional “Jamie’s” after that. The extra pounds have been named Jamie because she introduced me to brunches with endless mimosas which I would not have known about otherwise.

Now my goals for the race have changed a bit. I plan to cross the finish line in an undetermined amount of time without pooping.

That’s about it. The weather has been amazing lately so I’m looking forward to it. So I hope you guys are all ready for some mediocre running.

Michelle and I are also registered for half marathons in January and March, and yesterday we registered for a 10-miler in April, so I’ll have a few more chances to PR this season if brunch doesn’t get to me first.

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Quick Weekend Trip

I’ve been meaning to blog lately but I’ve been busy and when I’m busy, two things take a backseat: blogging and personal hygiene. So please excuse me while I blog about outdated stuff.

A couple weekends ago, I flew out to Colorado to visit my niece.  She goes to college at the University of Colorado at Boulder, which goes by the initials CU. So confusing. Why?!

My brother bought a CU hat for my nephew and I thought it was “California University” for half the day.

It was family weekend at CU, so my brother, SIL, twinsie nephews, and I all flew into Denver. I  immediately noticed I had flown far enough to reach a different type of natural disaster.

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I will take a hurricane over a tornado any day.

I Uber’ed it to the hotel in Boulder and met up with my family. We chatted for a bit and then everyone but my brother and I went to bed early because they are lame. My brother and I went to the hotel bar because we both picked up the really-good-at-drinking gene in the family.

Saturday morning, we went out for breakfast at The Egg and I. It’s a chain breakfast restaurant, but none of us had been there before and we all really liked it. Run, do not walk to try their Pumpkin Pecan Waffle. It was so good that I instantly regretted the decision to share with everyone.

After breakfast, we toured my niece’s sorority which was surprisingly nice.

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I’m not sure why I had the idea that sororities are like run down tenements where girls have to bare-knuckle fight over the last piece of bread, but it was not like that at all. It was more like a small Gryffindor with spunky females that have fast metabolisms and can’t do any magic.

After the sorority tour, all of us but my SIL (bad knee) and nephew next to me in the pic above (broken foot) headed over to the Flatirons for some all uphill hiking.

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There is no filter on that picture.

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In the Flatirons, there is a climbing trail and a hiking trail. We ended up taking the climbing trail on accident and we only know this because we saw the signs on the way down. On our way up, we saw people coming down with full climbing gear, which in retrospect, was probably our first clue.

We reached the first flatiron in about 45 minutes.

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But then we made our way back down from there since we were ill-prepared for climbing.

Saturday night, we went to dinner at Zolo Southwestern Grill and then walked along Pearl Street for a bit. It was rainy so there weren’t a lot of people out, but I saw one woman standing on a park bench, with one arm to the sky, humming loudly to no one in particular. I have a feeling the people watching there is magnificent and I must go back.

I left Sunday morning. *sad face* The trip was really short but I had fun hanging out with the family, getting to see a little bit of Boulder, and wearing my one long-sleeved piece of clothing.

 

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Back to Running

So I mentioned that I was running again. I have a half marathon in three weeks and I’ve been training for about six weeks for it. I reunited with my running husband, Brad, and we’ve been running between 8-12 miles every Friday or Saturday depending on our schedules. I have to admit, it’s nice running on Friday before work. Sitting down for 8 hours is exactly what I want to do after running 12 miles, so it’s been working out nicely.

My runs have been slow but good. Well, mostly good. For five out of six of them, I’ve had poop during the run and there hasn’t always been a port-o-potty around if you know what I mean.

There was an “incident” at a government building behind a propane tank and then another behind some bushes with full floodlights on them. After the floodlight poop, Brad told me I need to up my game and poop in the street next. And then after that, I need to up my game even more and poop on the hood of a cop car. So our next run should be pretty interesting given my recent history and the fact that I’d hate to disappoint him.

If you’ve been reading for awhile, you probably know that I am a lover of the Camelbak. For shorter runs, I hold a water bottle (which I hate) mainly because there’s a lot less work to get out the door in the morning. But for everything else, I would use my regular Sports Authority-bought Camelbak.

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(From Gasparilla a million years ago)

Over a year ago, Camelbak asked me if I wanted to try out their marathon vest and like, duh, of course I did.

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(From the Chicago Marathon last year)

It’s not as pretty as my other Camelbak, but it has pockets in front to shove all my crap in, so I love it. I exclusively use the vest now. I usually have to throw it in the washing machine every other run and I keep the bladder in the freezer so it doesn’t get all nasty, but it’s so worth it.

Anyway, I’m telling you all this because I have not spoken to anyone from Camelbak in well over a year and have barely posted about running, so I was surprised when this arrived on my doorstep.

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That’s the CamelBak Eddy.

First Clif Bar and now Camelbak. Whatever I’m doing to receive all these surprise goodies, I need to know what it is so I can keep doing it.

Anyway, I took the water bottle to work and realized that was a terrible idea. You have to bite on the nozzle to get water and it makes slurping noises. There are already enough annoying people at work. I don’t need to be one of them. But man, I love it for a treadmill run. I can take a sip while running and not spill it all over my shirt. So if you’re a treadmill runner or don’t mind holding things on runs, this is a great water bottle that helps you not drool all over yourself. I saw them on sale at Target but they seem to be a little cheaper on Amazon.

So, thanks to Camelbak for the nice surprise.

Oh, and Camelbak did not ask me to post that.

I do what I want

I hope everyone has a great weekend! I’m going to Boulder, CO tomorrow for a couple days so that should be fun. I’ve never been there before so I hope there are a lot of boulders and the name doesn’t disappoint.

 

 

 

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