Wednesday, November 25, 2009


'Twas the days before Christmas
And all through the house
Lay scraps of ribbon and an
Unironed blouse.
"Company's coming!"
I say with a shout,
"Pick up the clutter,
Take the newspapers out!"
Yet all of my wishes
Are met with rolled eyes.
"Relax, Mom, it's family,"
My teenagers sigh.
And so I resolve
To just do what I can,
Not strive for perfection
From my lovable clan.
Remember that Christmas
Is not just a day.
It's the feeling of warmth
That our hearts give away.
No one will remember
Those musical elves,
Or notice the mismatched
Books on the shelves.
What they will think of
On this holiday,
Is the love that was shown
In your very own way.
So keep that in mind
As you turn off the lights
Happiest Holidays to all
And to all a good night!
--- Lissa Coffey

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Ten On Tuesday

Yes, it has been so long since I blogged, I figured I'd throw in 2 today. I've also never done the Ten On Tuesday before, but I like this one.

10 Things I Wish I Knew How to Do (not in any particular order...)

1. Play piano
2. Speak italian
3. Sew
4. Play the guitar
5. Drive manual transmission (disclaimer: I can ride a motorcycle, I hear its similar, I've just never tried)
6. Sing
7. Sign language
8. Read/write music
9. Draw really well
10. I can't think of a 10th, so I'll say cut hair, but I'm starting that in January :)

We Are The Champions....

This is Brian's third year playing football..first year, the team made it to the playoffs and lost. Second year, made it to the superbowl and lost. This year, we took it all the way!

That's right folks, a perfect 12-0 season. It was amazing, the boys were excited, I lost my voice..its all good!

Sunday, October 25, 2009


I'm sure you know by now that Brian plays football. This year, he's in the featherweight class. Today was the last regular season game, and they won. That's right, a 9-0 season! Rock on..

Now, they're playoff bound. Not sure on time/date yet, but I'm SO excited! Yeah, it's a long season, but we've had a great year (actually, he's had three great years. Every year he's played). This is our first undefeated season, so it's crazy exciting to have it go on longer. Be sure to check back for updates!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

I've Got Plans...

As a self-admitted control freak, I love, love, LOVE when things work out the way I want!

As I've mentioned before, the big 4-0 happens in February 2010. Exactly 4 months from today (no, that I had no control over). I'm planning a big 4-0 year. Not in the way of travel or anything like that, just in big ways for me personally.

I've mentioned marathons to be run, and I'm going to run the Green Bay marathon in May 2010. I'm also hoping to do either Milwaukee or Chicago in October. Yep, two. Why the hell not??

My other big thing is going back to school. I've wanted to go back for cosmetology for many years. I've gone to several schools in the area, trying to figure out which was best for me. Today, I found it. The schedule works, the tuition all just feels, well, right. Classes begin on January 12th. Yahoo!

So, bring on 4-0. I'm ready. For my marathons, school and whatever else happens to sound good!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


Hello Strangers! Yeah, it's been awhile. I'm a busy gal.

I wanted to wish all the runners in the Chicago Marathon this Sunday good luck. The weather seems to be cooperating this year, and for that, you all must be thrilled! The run can be a bitch, but trust me, crossing the finish line is totally worth it.

I'll admit to marathon envy this year. It's been a perfect season for training, and as mentioned, is shaping up to be a great marathon Sunday. Figures. I'll be cheering you on. Have fun, enjoy it - even the painful parts!

On a similar note, I picked up my brand, spankin' new orthotics today. This means I have no excuse... I suppose I could use the "I need new running shoes" one, but even that is weak. The shoes I have are just fine. Soooo...I need to get out there again. CONSISTENTLY get out there again. There are marathons to be run in 2010!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Happy October!

It has been awhile since I blogged, hasn't it? Yikes...

Things have been busy. My adorable pup, Bruno, has been all over with me. He's doing SO well. The change in him since he came to live with us has been AMAZING!! He's so sweet. I've signed up to be a volunteer at the shelter where he came from. The orientation meeting is next week. I'm very excited about this opportunity!

I've also been spending a lot of time with Julee and Sofie, who is just the cutest thing EVER. Then there's football and Brian, that's where I've been. I'll get back to into the groove soon!

I do want to give a shout to the Chicago Marathoners. The race is in 10 days and it seems the weather will cooperate this year (of course, because I'm not running). Good luck to all of you, and I will admit, I do have serious marathon envy!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Welcome Home, Bruno!

As you may know, we lost our dog, Marshall, at the end of June. I said I'd never get another dog. Guess what???

We got another dog! His name is Bruno, and he's from the Save-A-Pet shelter near our house. He is 2, 2 1/2 yrs old and has been at the shelter since June 2008. He came from Texas, where a woman ran a small shelter out of her house. One day, she decided to leave the dogs and her husband. Somehow, Bruno ended up in Grayslake, IL at Save-A-Pet.

He's very shy, likely because he never really bonded with anyone. However, the shelter staff and volunteers who have spent time with him all say he is very sweet and once he gets to know you, he's like velcro and won't leave your side!

Our first night was tough. He spent most of the evening in the dining room alone. When bedtime rolled around, I laid on the floor near him and talked to him for awhile. Around midnight, he woke up and was walking around, so we went outside for a walk. We came back and both of us fell asleep. I heard him get up overnight and found him laying in the corner of the family room this morning. Eventually, he came out and we went in the backyard, he ate a little of his food and he's been right by me ever since. Gotta love progress...

So, he's warming up to the house and people around him. Steps were something new, but he's doing quite well with those too! I'm just happy to have him and help him come out of his shell and have a wonderful life!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


Where have I been?? Hanging out at the hospital because my sister had her baby and its a GIRL!! Sofie Eleanor, 7 lbs, 9 ozs, 19 1/2 inches long was born on Sunday, September 13th.

SOOO EXCITED!!!! I love my son to death, but girl stuff is so fun!

Juj was a drugs. It was absolutely amazing! So, congrats to Julee and John!

Friday, September 11, 2009

God Bless America

I can't believe it's been EIGHT years.

I'm sure we all can remember exactly where we were and exactly how we felt that day. I was at work. Like many, at first we all thought it was some bizarre accident. I remember when the television was set up, and an office full of people stood in complete horror in front of it, watching the events of that day unfold. The office eventually closed for the day, we all headed home, speechless, to continue to watch...

I remember feeling completely helpless and vulnerable, and left wondering what the hell the world would be like for my then 1 yr old son.

I've never forgotten that feeling, and never will, regardless of what day it is. However, on 9/11, when the news is covering remembrance ceremonies, I still cry. I always will.

Please continue to pray for and support our the men and women of the US Military, as well as the men and women across the county serving as police and fire personnel.

We will never forget.....

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Just an Observation..

This week on the news in Chicago there was a story about a woman who staged a nursing sit-in after being chastised for nursing her baby in public. Over 30 nursing mothers showed up to show their support.

I nursed for about 5 months, and honestly, hated every minute of it, but completely support any woman who chooses to - or not to - nurse their child. I was never comfortable nursing in public, but for those that are - and for those that I've seen do it, they're usually discreet about it and try to cover up so their stuff isn't hanging out.

A few times this past week, I was out running at a local forest preserve area. There are 2 older men walking the path in shorts and no shirts. Complete with their large guts hanging out all over the place for the world to see. Sure, it was slightly warm this week. Then wear a tank top, boys.

Do you see where I'm going with this??

So, someone actually complained about a mother nursing her child, said that it was inappropriate and she should do it elsewhere, like a bathroom. However, two overweight old guys walking shirtless is okay? Blech...

Thursday, September 3, 2009


After reading the post by Kristina, I've been thinking a lot about what was said. Specifically, "There are three types of people in this world. There are the people who live fearlessly and eagerly do scary things like BASE jumping. There are the people who live cautiously and rarely do anything bolder than driving somewhere new without Mapquest. And then there are the cautious people drawn to scary things, the people who are anxious and guarded about most everything but sign up for stuff that feels crazy anyway."

Kristina goes on to say, "Sometimes, we have to do things are really hard, all by ourselves." That I completely agree with.

I wouldn't say I'm anxious or guarded with most everything, but I do fall into the third category (actually, I'd prefer to be in the first example, but being responsible for an almost 9 year old takes me out of the running for that one). If you would have asked me 10 years ago if I'd run 2 marathons, I would have laughed. But, alas, I did (okay, 1.75. I trained like hell for Chicago 2007, and got out there. They canceled it on me, but that's another story.)

But, I do think that sometimes we do have to do things that are really hard, and do them alone. Pushing oneself to new heights takes willpower and guts. It's been a unique year for me..being unemployed and taking on an entirely new role at home, and trying to figure out what to do with my life and how to do it. I've learned a lot about myself since January, but also think I have more to learn.

I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. Sure, it's been hard, and I've dealt with it alone - mostly in my own head, because all the changes have required me to think differently. I fully intend to keep pushing ahead, doing scary things and challenging myself. I don't know what fate has in store for me, and that's okay - I know what I'd like it to have in store, and I will continue to work toward that. But you know what they say about life happening while you're busy making plans...

Whatever it is will happen exactly when its supposed to. In the meantime, you'll find me pondering the great mysteries of the universe and clearing my head while running my ass off.

Now, go take a look at Kristina's blog. She's amazing!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Random Thoughts

I received this via email the other day from my's hilarious. Long, but worth the read. Enjoy..

Random Thoughts of the Day

More often than not, when someone is telling me a story all I can think
about is that I can't wait for them to finish so that I can tell my own
story that's not only better, but also more directly involves me.

Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize
you're wrong.

I don't understand the purpose of the line, "I don't need to drink to
have fun." Great, no one does. But why start a fire with flint and
sticks when they've invented the lighter?

Have you ever been walking down the street and realized that you're
going in the complete opposite direction of where you are supposed to be
going? But instead of just turning a 180 and walking back in the
direction from which you came, you have to first do something like check
your watch or phone or make a grand arm gesture and mutter to yourself
to ensure that no one in the surrounding area thinks you're crazy by
randomly switching directions on the sidewalk.

I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was

The letters T and G are very close to each other on a keyboard. This
recently became all too apparent to me and consequently I will never be
ending a work email with the phrase "Regards" again.

Do you remember when you were a kid, playing Nintendo and it wouldn't
work? You take the cartridge out, blow in it and that would magically
fix the problem. Every kid in America did that, but how did we all know
how to fix the problem? There was no internet or message boards or
FAQ's. We just figured it out. Today's kids are soft.

There is a great need for sarcasm font.

Sometimes, I'll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and
suddenly realize I had no idea what the f ** was going on when I first
saw it.

I think everyone has a movie that they love so much, it actually becomes
stressful to watch it with other people. I'll end up wasting 90 minutes
shiftily glancing around to confirm that everyone's laughing at the
right parts, then making sure I laugh just a little bit harder (and a
millisecond earlier) to prove that I'm still the only one who really,
really gets it.

The other night I hit a new low at an open bar. I had already hopped on
highway blackout when, inevitably I had to find a bathroom. Eventually I
decided it was probably on the other side of the bar so I tried to walk
over there, but ran into a guy coming the other way. We played that,
Both go left, Both go right game to no avail, so I finally put out my
hand to guide myself past and that's is when I realized, yup, that's a
mirror I just tried to walk through. And the guy on the other side is
me. Even cats can re cognize their own image.

How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand than
take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.

I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your
computer history if you die.

The only time I look forward to a red light is when I'm trying to finish
a text.

A recent study has shown that playing beer pong contributes to the
spread of mono and the flu. Yeah, if you suck at it.

Was learning cursive really necessary?

Lol has gone from meaning, "laugh out loud" to "I have nothing else to

I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

Answering the same letter three times or more in a row on a Scantron
test is absolutely petrifying.

My brother's Municipal League baseball team is named the Stepdads.
Seeing as none of the guys on the team are actual stepdads, I inquired
about the name. He explained, "Cuz we beat you, and you hate us."
Classy, bro.

Whenever someone says "I'm not book smart, but I'm street smart", all I
hear is "I'm not real smart, but I'm imaginary smart".

How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and
smile because you still didn't hear what they said?

I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars teams up to
prevent a dick from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers!

Every time I have to spell a word over the phone using 'as in' examples,
I will undoubtedly draw a blank and sound like a complete idiot. Today I
had to spell my boss's last name to an attorney and said "Yes that's G
as in...(10 second lapse)..ummm...Goonies"

What would happen if I hired two private investigators to follow each

While driving yesterday I saw a banana peel in the road and
instinctively swerved to avoid it...thanks Mario Kart.

MapQuest really needs to start their directions on #5. Pretty sure I
know how to get out of my neighborhood.

Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the
person died.

I find it hard to believe there are actually people who get in the
shower first and THEN turn on the water.

Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty,
and you can wear them forever.

I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

Bad decisions make good stories

Whenever I'm Facebook stalking someone and I find out that their profile
is public I feel like a kid on Christmas morning who just got the Red
Ryder BB gun that I always wanted. 546 pictures? Don't mind if I do!

Is it just me or do high school girls get sluttier & sluttier every

If Carmen San Diego and Waldo ever got together, their offspring would
probably just be completely invisible.

Why is it that during an ice-breaker, when the whole room has to go
around and say their name and where they are from, I get so incredibly
nervous? Like I know my name, I know where I'm from, this shouldn't be a

You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work
when you've made up your mind that you just aren't doing anything
productive for the rest of the day.

Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after DVDs? I don't want
to have to restart my collection.

There's no worse feeling than that millisecond you're sure you are going
to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.

I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if
I want to save any changes to my ten page research paper that I swear I
did not make any changes to.

"Do not machine wash or tumble dry" means I will never wash this ever.

I hate being the one with the remote in a room full of people watching
TV. There's so much pressure. 'I love this show, but will they judge me
if I keep it on? I bet everyone is wishing we weren't watching this.
It's only a matter of time before they all get up and leave the room.
Will we still be friends after this?'

While watching the Olympics, I find myself cheering equally for China
and USA . No, I am not of Chinese descent, but I am fairly certain that
when Chinese athletes don't win, they are executed.

I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? Damnit!),
but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to
voicemail. What'd you do after I didn't answer? Drop the phone and run

I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing
anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.

When I meet a new girl, I'm terrified of mentioning something she hasn't
already told me but that I have learned from some light internet

I like all of the music in my iTunes, except when it's on shuffle, then
I like about one in every fifteen songs in my iTunes.

Why is a school zone 20 mph? That seems like the optimal cruising speed
for pedophiles...

As a driver I hate pedestrians, and as a pedestrian I hate drivers, but
no matter what the mode of transportation, I always hate cyclists.

Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not
know what time it is.

It should probably be called Unplanned Parenthood.

I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to
answer when they call.

I think that if, years down the road when I'm trying to have a kid, I
find out that I'm sterile, most of my disappointment will stem from the
fact that I was not aware of my condition in college.

Even if I knew your social security number, I wouldn't know what do to
with it.

Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys
in a pocket, hitting the G-spot, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey -
but I'd bet my ass everyone can find and push the Snooze button from 3
feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time every time...

My 4-year old son asked me in the car the other day "Dad what would
happen if you ran over a ninja?" How the hell do I respond to that?

It really pisses me off when I want to read a story on and the
link takes me to a video instead of text.

I wonder if cops ever get pissed off at the fact that everyone they
drive behind obeys the speed limit.

I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or
Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lites than Kay.

The other night I ordered takeout, and when I looked in the bag, saw
they had included four sets of plastic silverware. In other words,
someone at the restaurant packed my order, took a second to think about
it, and then estimate d that there must be at least four people eating
to require such a large amount of food. Too bad I was eating by myself.
There's nothing like being made to feel like a fat bastard before

Friday, August 28, 2009


B will be 9 in less than a month. He came home from school today to tell me that he is 56 inches tall - his teacher measured all the kids in class for some math graph thing. So, I ask him if that was with shoes on. Yes, he says...

So, I remeasure him at home, sans shoes. He was just a smidge over 55.5 inches tall. For those of you who don't know me, I am exactly 5 feet tall, or 60 inches. Which means my not-quite-nine year old is only 4 inches shorter than me.

I always knew there would come a day he would be taller than me. Heck, everyone is. I just didn't think it would happen so soon.

I had an aunt or something who was only 5 feet tall. She stood on a chair to yell at her over 6 foot tall boys. Guess that's where I'm headed too!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Guess what I finally did this week? Yes, worked out and ran. Actually, I started last week, but managed to continue into this week. Twenty-one days to make it a habit, and I'm working on it.

It isn't easy, I'd really rather sit around and drink coffee, but that isn't going to get me into kick-ass shape. And I really do want to run another marathon next year. Why? Because I'll be 40 in February. I'd much rather hit 40 head-on, knocking it on its ass.

So, look out, 40, here I come!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


School starts a week from today. I'm still waiting for summer to actually get here.

I shouldn't complain, really. In my opinion, this summer was perfect. I hate hot weather. 70's and low 80's are fine by me. The few days we had in the 90's were okay, but they were also plenty for this girl.

Still, I can't believe next Wednesday we'll be in the back-to-school grind again. Summer flew by, but we had fun - sleeping late and days at the was ideal.

So, we now move onto me dragging B out of be so he doesn't miss the bus (it's 10:30 now and he's still sleeping. Lord help me..), third grade homework, football games and autumn. Autumn is my favorite season, and by this time of year, I'm done with summer and ready for jeans, sweaters, the smell of burning leaves and cool days. And, because I think I'm one of the few people who actually likes winter, I am also looking forward to snow (check back in February, when I'll be done with winter!).

Time marches on, friends...enjoy!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

You Go Girl!

While the C-5 was turning over its engines, a female crewman gave the G.I.s on board the usual information regarding seat belts, emergency exits, etc.

Finally, she said, "Now sit back and enjoy your trip while your captain, Judith Campbell, and crew take you safely to Afghanistan."

An old MSgt. sitting in the eighth row thought to himself, "Did I hear her right? Is the captain a woman?"

When the attendant came by he said, "Did I understand you right? Is the captain a woman?" "Yes!" said the attendant, "In fact, this entire crew is female."

"My God," he said, "I wish I had two double scotch and sodas. I don't know what to think with only women up there in the cockpit."

"That's another thing, Sergeant," said the crew member, "We no longer call it The Cockpit. It's The Box Office."

Quote of the day:

Whatever you give a woman, she will make greater. If you give her sperm, she'll give you a baby. If you give her a house, she'll give you a home. If you give her groceries, she'll give you a meal. If you give her a smile, she'll give you her heart. She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her. So, if you give her any crap, be ready to receive a ton of shit.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Number Four...

This is my new tattoo (#4), in memory of my sweet Marshall! I can't lie, I love tattoos. This likely will not be the last one..

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Life Lessons

I recently came across this, and thought it was worth passing on...

Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland ,
"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me.
It is the most-requested column I've ever written."
My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and
family will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey
is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God
never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood... But the second one is
up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for
an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't
save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will
this matter?'

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did
or didn't do.

35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's,we'd
grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come.

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

Thursday, July 23, 2009


If you are watching So You Think You Can Dance this season, you saw this last night. If you do not, you have to watch it now.. it is simply amazing. (Turn the volume up on your computer!)

This is the write up from YouTube:
This piece was choreographed for these two dancers by Tyce Diorio and debuted on So You Think You Can Dance Tuesday, July 22, 2009. This is a powerful piece. It touches on the fight against cancer. The choreography was marvelous. I agree with Nigel Lithgoe when he says he wouldn't be surprised if Tyce wins an Emmy for this piece. It's a must see!

Monday, July 20, 2009

It's Time for Some FOOTBALL!!!

Well, is that time of year again. Time for B's football to begin. We picked up his equipment yesterday, and today was the first day of mini camp. Mini camp is alledgedly optional, but just about everyone shows up.

My little (he's not that little, he's an 88 lb third grader, and 4'8" tall) athlete has moved up to the featherweight division this year, which is very exciting because almost all of his team from last year moved up as well. He came off the field tonite announcing "THAT was AWESOME". This year will be interesting. B's first year, they went 10-2. Last year, we had a great season and were in the championship game, but lost (that is another whole story...). Keep your fingers crossed that we have another stellar year!

I wasn't always a football fan. Up until 2001, I wanted nothing to do with it. However, that year, 3 things happened:

1. I was the mother of an almost 1 yr old boy. I figured the odds of him liking football were good.

2. The Bears were in the playoffs that year. It's very easy to jump on the bandwagon when your home team is winning.

3. Brian Urlacher. 'Nuff said...

There began my obsession with football. Since then, I've become one the THEM. You know the type, the fan who watches tv all day Sunday, screaming at the refs when things don't go her way - factor in that I'm a complete control freak, and it's not a pretty picture. If you would have told Dave 13 years ago that I'd be spewing football stats, he would have never believed it. It's true...

So, it begins again. Football practice 5 nights a week until school begins, then down to 3; socializing with the parents; NFL training camp updates on the news; half the weekend spent at games, the other half spent in front of the television; college ball and eventually, screaming my head off at B's games or at the television... is a beautiful thing!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Hello Friends!

Yep, it's been a week. A busy week, you know, hanging at the pool. But, not to fear, Friday Fill-Ins is here...

1. ROASTED RED PEPPER HUMMUS and WHOLE WHEAT PITAS make a quick and easy dinner.

2. DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY is the book I'm reading right now.


4. #3 was obvious.

5. They say if you tell your dreams THEY WON'T COME TRUE.

6. I'D LIKE to think it over.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to BLOGGING, WATCHING WHAT NOT TO WEAR, tomorrow my plans include ????? and Sunday, I have to TAKE B TO FOOTBALL EQUIPMENT PICKUP!

Friday, July 10, 2009

I'm Baaaaackk....

Sorry for the delay, folks. We were in Ludington, Michigan for vacation. After the whole Marshall situation, it was time to get the hell outta Dodge.

Ludington was very nice. It's a small beach town on the east coast of Lake Michigan. My goal was to lay on the beach and enhance the savage tan I have going this summer. And that is exactly what I did, so yahoo for me!

Two of the days were on the cool side, so on one, we did the sand dunes ride, which was alot of fun. The second, went to the beach, left the beach, played mini golf and go-karts, and went back to the beach. You'll see how that turned out in the pics below.

So, my dear blogging friends, I'm back. More to come, but in the meantime, enjoy some pictures from the getaway...

This would be cooler day #2. You're diggin' the getup, aren't you? I was asking Brian for the 8000th time to give me the camera...

The sun on Lake Michigan

Sand Dunes in Silver Lake, Michigan

It's really a shame he's so shy and reserved....


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

RIP, Marshall....

Last night, we had to put our sweet dog to sleep. Marshall was almost 13 years old, and had a fantastic life. Last fall, he was diagnosed with kidney failure, but was doing okay. He also had hip issues, and had a difficult time getting up the stairs. He suffered a seizure last night, and couldn't come out of it. He had one other seizure back in 2005, but recovered just fine from that.

During the seizure last night, his eyes were rapidly moving back and forth and his breathing was shallow and rapid. Those symptoms scared me, because he didn't experience that the first time. We took him to the emergency vet around 10:30 pm. The vet said based on his age, and eye movement, he likely had a brain lesion or tumor. They could keep him, run some tests and try to treat him with medication. However, in a 13 year old dog who already had kidney failure, it was really a quality of life issue. We agreed.

It was sad and horrible, we cried, but it was the best decision for him. It was much easier to make the decision in that situation, versus having to make the decision just because he was old. Even during sedation, his eyes hadn't stopped their rapid movement, and his breathing remained labored.

The staff at the emergency vet was amazing. He was on a blanket, his head on a little pillow. It was peaceful, yet incredibly sad.

So, to've brought such joy to our lives. You were funny, crazy at times, ate things you shouldn't at times and had your own unique personality. You ruined my carpet, but it got me the hardwood floor I wanted. You tolerated your younger and more active cousins, and they loved you too. You tolerated an infant who grew into an active 8 year old who also loved you. Rest in peace, baby. We will miss you, my wonderful, sweet puppy...

Me and Marshall, 1996, a few weeks after we brought him home. We were both babies!

Marshall hanging out in the chair

Brian and Marshall sleeping

Marshall, April 2009

Sunday, June 28, 2009

More Stuff....

A clarification about the toenail polish.... I'm all for funky colors, especially in the summer. Those of you who can pull off funky colors know who you are. And, those who cannot, you know who you are too. That said, Jen, no need to change yours. You can totally pull it off!!!

Really, if there's even a doubt in your mind, don't. Just remember...pedicures are your friend. Chipped polish just looks bad. Maybe I just have spent way too much time noticing, but hey, that's me..

Another observation - I'm reading the Arts & Entertainment section of the paper this morning. The cover is Johnny Depp (gag me, I can't stand him. He's pulled a Madonna and thinks he's all British now. Whatever. We all remember 21 Jump Street.) So, inside, there's a big article on Michael Jackson. On page 9, there's a short article on Farrah. Really? Now, I liked Michael. We all did. I was an 80's girl. Thriller was huge..I loved Beat It and all that and I understand how iconic he was, and how he is our generations "Elvis".

But I also think Farrah deserves more. Yes, she was sick for a very long time so maybe her death was, I don't know, expected? But that doesn't diminish her impact on pop culture. How many of us girls played Charlies Angels as kids (I wasn't Jill, I was Kelly), and even I was impressed by the poster.

And what about Ed McMahon? It was a big week for the "death comes in 3's" concept. A sad week. They'll all be missed.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Feelin' Hot, Hot, Hot...

It's freakin' HOT. The last few days have been in the 90's. Crazy. However, this makes for good pool days, which is where we've been. Just a few observations...

* I'm all for funky nail polish, but if you're over the age of 16, you can't pull off blue toenail polish.

* However, if you're going to go barefoot or wear flip-flops, get a pedicure. I don't want to look at your nasty toes. Neither does anyone else.

* Please, please look in the mirror before you leave. All sides...I realize bodies at a pool come in all shapes and sizes, and I'm fine with that. There is an appropriate bathing suit for everyone. Take the time and find it.

* You're at a POOL. Don't bitch because you get splashed. If you don't want to get splashed, stay home.

Enjoy your summer..I'm sure I'll have additional observations as we frequent the pool more this summer!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Okay, okay...

I haven't blogged since Monday, I blew off Friday Fill-Ins, and I didn't run/workout this week. But...I was a very busy girl.

This past Saturday was the big grad party bash for Juj. For those of you who don't know me personally, I tend to get a bit crazed before a party. I'm a control freak and I know it, but the week before a bash..well, all bets are off. So, I was busy planning, making lists, cleaning, shopping and overall, driving everyone crazy. In addition to THAT craziness, I also decided this would be a great time to paint my bathroom. Doesn't everyone paint the bathroom 3 days before a big party? But, it turned out fab-u-lous! It's dark green and I used my boys' second grade pictures as artwork. I'd post a picture, but I didn't take any. I'd also post pictures of the grad party bash, but I didn't take any of that either. Trust me, it was a good time!

I'd like to give a shout out to those of you training for a fall marathon, more specifically, Chicago. It's going to be hot and humid this week, so be sure to hydrate and wear sunscreen. And, while I am still a tad jealous of those of you that actually signed up for the marathon this year, I sure do NOT miss training runs in this weather.

If it's your first marathon, hang in there. Trust me, it is SO worth it when you cross that finish line. If it is not your first, well, you know how much training can suck, and the long road that lies ahead (pun intended). But you have experienced the thrill, and know that after 4 grueling months, it really is exhilarating! Keep running, friends...

Monday, June 15, 2009

Thought For The Day....

I'm just passing this thought along....

Have you ever wondered if the one dollar bill in your wallet was ever in a stripper's butt crack?

If not, you're wondering now.

Have a nice day!!

Saturday, June 13, 2009


The Graduate!

Julee and Me!

Today my little sister graduated Magna Cum Laude from DePaul School of Nursing with her Masters! Congrats Juj...I love you!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Back by Popular Demand...'s Friday Fill-Ins...

1. I grew up thinking I KNEW IT ALL!

2. FACEBOOK was the last website I was at before coming here.

3. Why don't you GO AWAY?

4. RUNNING helps me relax.

5. Thanks for the MEMORIES.


7. And as for the weekend, Friday night I'm looking forward to I HAVE NO IDEA..., Saturday my plans include JULEE'S GRADUATION and Sunday, I have to GO TO B'S GAME!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

This One is for Jodes...

Okay, okay... I know, I haven't been around in a long time. A shout out to Jodes for pulling me out of my slump.

In an effort to get back into blogging, I've updated the look and title. I still can't get the crap off the top, and have spent way too much time trying to delete it, so it wins.

I figured I could continue to blog about whatever I have to say, hence the "world according to me" title. Someone recently asked me why I haven't blogged in awhile and I actually said I didn't have much to say. Now, if you know me, you KNOW that is not true. So, Friday Fill-Ins will be back, and who knows what, stay tuned.

I should address the running, or lack thereof, issue...I haven't done it much. I don't know why, I just haven't. I didn't sign up for the marathon this year, and was a little bummed when all the excitement began with the start of training season. It's fun to be caught up in all that. But, no fear, come August when I do NOT have 15+ miles ahead of me at 6 am, I'll be just fine with the decision. My goal for the summer is to get up and run before everyone else gets up. A lofty goal, yes. But a necessary one. Be sure to check back next week to see how THAT'S going...

I also must give a huge shout out to my little sister, Julee, who is graduating from DePaul with her Masters in Nursing this Saturday. After 2 years of insanity, she is finally done! So, congrats,'re my hero!!

Be sure to check back frequently, friends....thanks for staying with me!

Friday, May 15, 2009

It's FRIDAY......

1. If we had no winter , I'D BE SAD. I LIKE SNOW. JUST NOT FOR MONTHS ON END....

2. EIGHT YEAR OLD BOYS ARE a perpetual astonishment.

3. If I had my life to live over I WOULDN'T CHANGE A THING.

4. I HAVE WAY TOO MUCH TO DO inside of four and twenty hours.

5. If you've never been thrilled, YOU HAVEN'T LIVED.

6. To be interested in the changing seasons, YOU MUST EXPERIENCE THE CHANGING SEASONS.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to CLEANING (NOT!), tomorrow my plans include BASEBALL AND FRIENDS OVER and Sunday, I want to NOT GET UP AT 7AM FOR AN 8:00 BASEBALL GAME!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Here We Go Again....

Really? Now the Biggest Losers have to run a marathon?? Come on, already. Since you all know my opinion on this, I won't go into detail about WHY I think it's completely insane....but, GRRRRRRRR...this show just gets more ridiculous every time I watch it...

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Friday Fill-Ins!

Here we go....

1. The first rule of working in an office and getting along is DON'T WORK IN AN OFFICE!!!!

2. BAKED clams (yum).

3. When I think of carnivals I think of COTTON CANDY.

4. TULIPS are favorite spring flower.

5. Things on my desk include - I DON'T HAVE A DESK (SEE #1).

6. MUSIC makes me wanna SING!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to RELAXING AFTER THE ZOO FIELD TRIP, tomorrow my plans include B'S BASEBALL GAME and Sunday, I am going to TAKE B TO A BIRTHDAY PARTY.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

My OTHER Obsession..

Yes, while I love running and all that, my other total obsession is shoes. Call me Carrie Bradshaw, but I absolutely LOVE shoes...

I recently came across an online shop, It was started by Kim Kardashian, and is a monthly shoe club. To sign up, go to, answer a few questions about your style, and within a few days, you will be sent a group of 5 pairs to choose from. You can pick one pair, for $39, and they will be sent directly to you. If you do not like any, you can pass that month and pay nothing, or call and have another group of 5 pairs picked for you. This is the pair I chose:

They came today, via FedEx, and they are GORGEOUS!! They fit perfectly, the quality is amazing and they came with a bag to store them in, in the shoebox. And really, $39 for a great pair of shoes?? I'm so in!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Friday Fill-Ins!

I am certain you've all missed this, so here it is....

1. Apparently there's some sort of KARMA, AND ITS GOING MY WAY!

2. THANK GOODNESS ITS A sunny day.

3. 2009 ROCKS so far.

4. 3 MILES TODAY that was it.


6. I am not obsessed with FACEBOOK; I am not!

7. And as for the weekend, Friday night I'm looking forward to the nice weather and hanging out with B, Saturday my plans include breakin' out the motorcycle and Sunday, I want to run and ride again, weather permitting!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Good Luck Boston Runners!

Today is the Boston Marathon, so good luck to all the runners out there this morning! I am watching it on the computer. Amazing..go Kara Goucher! Let's bring first place back to the Americans this year! Next year, I'll be in Boston supporting my friend Michele, who had to defer for this year, and Kristina, who WILL be there in 2010 (go Kristina!!!).

One would think watching this would allow me to get off my butt and actually do something more physical than typing...not so much at the moment. It's cold and rainy here in Northern Illinois, which makes sitting here, drinking coffee, much more appealing than running outside. However...I will get a run in today, only with a new twist....

I've changed my focus...while structure and having a race to train for does work for me, I need to take a step back. I need to run because it's good for me, because it relaxes me and gives me peace and just for the pleasure of running again. This means no Garmin, no worrying about time or pace or any of that.

I am signed up for a half on June 7th. I don't know if this will actually happen, and if it does not, that's okay. There will be plenty of time for more races, plenty of time to obsess over pace and time. For now, I'll be out there, happily moving along, just because...

Monday, April 6, 2009


Anyone happen to catch the Oprah show today?? It was on the good, bad and ugly of motherhood. She had on two women - Trisha Ashworth and Amy Noble, who wrote the book "I'd Trade my Husband for a Housekeeper", Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm and In The Motherhood) and various Skyping mothers giving up their dirty little secrets. It was hilarious.

One of the mothers gave her advice on discipline...always let your kids think you're just a little crazy. That way, they never know exactly when you're going to snap. I love this...and practice it on a regular basis.

While doing research for their first book "I Was Really a Good Mom Before I Had Kids", Trisha and Amy noticed how there was a common theme among mothers overwhelming motherhood is and how most felt that they didn't have permission to admit how hard it was. And, that most mothers really wanted to open up, but it took some time. During their interviews, the mothers would open up, after an average of 22 minutes. Additionally, mothers demanded too much of themselves and have unrealistic expectations - that they have set for themselves.

All the mothers agreed that it's okay to admit that they can't - or won't - do it all, and that admission does not make them failures.

The stories were hysterical and helps you realize that you're not alone in your craziness. Whether you're a working mom, a stay at home mom, a work from home mom, or whatever....we need to realize what we do not need is criticism, but support. All of us make the decisions appropriate for our situation. Let's not judge, let's just be there for each other!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Friday, Friday, FRIDAY!

1. Angel or not, I will survive.

2. ????? any way you want me.

3. As my mother used to say, you're full of beans.

4. I eat after I'm done working out or doing something strenuous.

5. Even in the most crowded of rooms I feel right at home.

6. Bad weather during spring break (!) is a day fraught with peril.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to watching Friday Night Lights, tomorrow my plans include my brother in laws hockey game and dinner with the family and Sunday, I want to NOT have to shovel (yes, again this weekend)!

Sunday, March 29, 2009


It snowed last night. Not just a little, like, 6 inches. Are you kidding? Yes, the trees looked beautiful with the heavy, wet snow stuck to them, but enough already. I can wait until next winter for that....

We've gotten snow in northern Illinois in March before, but come on....the good news is that I did not sign up for the 8K Shamrock Shuffle, which took place today. Hats off to the runners who hit the streets of Chicago this morning in the snow, and 30 mph wind.

The other good news is I have run. Well, last Sunday....3 miles in just under 30 minutes, so that's very good. I've done weights this week, but no running. Why? Because my knee hurts. Not when I run, or walk, but when it bends, like when I sit. Taking the week off has helped and it feels much better.

So, I'll be back in the running game tomorrow. On the stupid treadmill. Send the spring karma my way, I'm going to need it!

Friday, March 27, 2009


Today's quotes came from the first sentence in 6 of the blog author's favorite books...the italics are my we go!

1. "In a hole in the ground there lived evil."

2. "Life isn't easy, but that ain't no matter."

3. "After dark the rain began to fall again, remember that the sun will shine again....."

4. "Release yourself from the hold of the Spanish galleon."

5. "There was a hand in the darkness, and one in the cookie jar."

6. "Accidents ambush the unsuspecting, so be prepared."

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to Portillo's chocolate cake, tomorrow my plans include returning B's library books and Sunday, I want to NOT have to shovel!

Friday, March 20, 2009


1. Why do we have to pay taxes?

2. Working out and eating better are now habits.

3. I have to believe!

4. I had never heard the phrase "_____" and it _____. (okay, I got nothing for this one..sorry!)

5. I updated my blog, the way I always do.

6. How was I to know I'd run TWO marathons.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to pizza, tomorrow my plans include taking the car in and Sunday, I want to workout and hang with Brian!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Biggest Loser

On this weeks episode, the contestants were sent home for a week to spend time with their families. After being home for what appeared to be 30 seconds, each received a tin of sugar cookies. In the message DVD included, they were told they would be running a half marathon. For each cookie eaten, they could add 5 minutes to any other contestant's time....all for the $10K prize. (as a side note, only ONE contestant ate a cookie in an effort to sabotage another contestant's time, thus adding 5 minutes to her time, and causing her to lose the $10K prize. Nice...)

All seemed shocked that they had to run a half. I was too. I realize they have been working out for awhile, but had they done enough for a half marathon? It appeared each contestant had a coach or someone familiar with running alongside them during the half. And, to their credit, most of the contestants finished, the top 2 in around 2:24/2:25.

But, I still wonder if this sends the right message. 13.1 miles is still a long way. And for those who have never done distance running, shouldn't it have been approached with a bit more training? Even one of the contestants said "isn't a half marathon something you do when you're DONE with the Biggest Loser, not while you're still doing it?"

In the first running controversy, Dane gets voted off and decides to train with his wife for a marathon. We know how that all turned out. And now a half, just sprung upon them?

I like the Biggest Loser. I like that it sends the message of "eat right, work out and lose weight", albeit extreme for television.

But the running thing bugs me. In the world of running, haven't we all paid our dues during training for marathons or halfs or whatever the distance of choice? Twice now, the show seems to have trivialized the importance of proper training and preparation.

I just don't get it......

Monday, March 16, 2009

Nirvana? Not exactly.....

You know when you have one of those runs when you feel like you can go forever, everything feels good and natural? Well, today was NOT one of those runs...

If you've read my blog throughout the 2008 marathon training season, you'll remember the Phoebe Runs. Coined from the "Friends" episode where Phoebe runs all crazy with Rachel and Rachel is mortified. Today was a Phoebe Run. Nothing flowed, nothing felt natural, everything felt forced. I hate runs like that. Makes me want to hang up the 'ole Sauconys and call it a day.

Since I try to find something good in it, I did cover 3 miles in just under 33 minutes, which isn't bad all things considered. And yes, I always, always feel better after a run. Even a crappy one.

This 3 miler officially kicks of the half marathon training program for the half I'm running in June. There will be no full marathon this year, as I need a break from the insane time commitment. I will be in Chicago on marathon day, likely volunteering for the American Cancer Society. And I will run more marathons, just not this year.

So, stick around for the half marathon training fun, and let's hope for less Phoebe Runs and more kick-ass-I-can-do-anything runs..

Friday, March 13, 2009

Friday Fill-In!!

1. When I look to the left, I see the wall.

2. The family room is the room that has the best view in my home.

3. Let it work itself out.

4. Dirty deeds done dirt cheap!

5. Voting is a responsibility that all qualified citizens must share.

6. If you have any comments feel free to leave 'em!.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to hanging with B, tomorrow my plans include sleeping late and running and Sunday, I want to run outside!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Moving Right Along...

Yep, that's me. Walked almost 5 miles on Friday with my sister. It was a beautiful day. Took the entire weekend off, mostly because it rained the entire time and the thought of the treadmill was enough to make me stay far away. Today, I did 3 miles in 31:18. Yahoo..Not a bad pace. It was a good day to run - cloudy, cool and damp.

In case you're dying to know, my goal - at some point this year - is to run a 9:30/10:00 minute mile comfortably and consistently.

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Friday, March 6, 2009

It's Back! Friday Fill-Ins!

Here we go...

1. Holding the door was my last random act of kindness.

2. Another place, another time.

3. Follow your gut in matters of the heart.

4. Coffee, tea or more coffee!

5. ????? separate paths.

6. Our nice weather today reminds me that there is a new season on the way!!!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to hanging out, tomorrow my plans include a basketball award ceremony and Sunday, I want to sleep late.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

New Layout

As you can see, I have a new blog layout. However, if you look at the top of the page, there's all kinds of crap that showed up after I copied/pasted the new layout info. And I have no idea how to get rid of it. I've tried to copy/paste again, and said crap still shows up.

If you have any ideas, let me know..I love the layout, but can do without the goofy stuff on top!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Running and Not Running..

First, the running part, namely me! Yep, hit the treadmill twice, 2 miles each time. I'm easing back in, or getting away with as little as possible. Either way, I am actually running the entire time. Yahoo.

Now, the not running...this has been a big deal in the marathoning world. One of the contestants of Biggest Loser was voted off last week (he lost 100 lbs), and decided to run a marathon with his wife. At the end of the show, they are filmed crossing the finish line AND wearing the medals. With a 3:53 time. When I saw this, my first reaction was "how the hell does a guy who just lost 100 lbs and has not properly trained for a marathon finish in 3:53 and it took me 5:30???"

Then we find out its not true. According to the stories, they were driven 3 miles on the course and were disqualified. Neither the Biggest Loser guy or his wife are listed in the race results.

Now, I don't know how much say they had in how their finish was portrayed at the end of the Biggest Loser show last week, but come on....they knew they were driven, knew they were filmed crossing the finish AND with the medals.

26.2 is not a distance to you take on half-heartedly. Trust me. It's hard and it will kick your ass even if you do train properly.

One would like to think they'd come forward and apologize for the misrepresentation of the whole thing, but I don't think that has happened. Loser is right..

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


I signed up for the half and haven't run since. I do have a semi-valid excuse. I had to get my Advair refilled, you know, so I can breathe. I've now done that, and I officially have no excuses, except the crappy weather, but if you listen close enough, you can hear the treadmill calling my name.

I plan to ignore it today, but tomorrow is another day, friends..stick around!

I saw this in a recent issue of Runners Times..its BRILLIANT! They're hats/visors that hold up to SIX gels! Why didn't I think of this...

Friday, February 20, 2009

It's official...

I've signed up for a race. There is a half marathon in Chicago on June 7th, and I'm in. This means I need to run on a regular basis, but not the crazy marathon training miles (although, I haven't completely ruled out the Chicago Marathon this year again.)

And lucky me, I picked a weekend to get back in the groove that is supposed to include 6+ inches of snow. Enough already, I'm done with winter. The good news, is by mid-week, it's supposed to be near 40. Rain, but near 40. I'll take any progress we can get....

Friday, February 13, 2009

Friday Fill-Ins!

1. It seems like THINGS ARE LOOKING UP!

2. TURN THE LIGHTS OFF when you're done, please?


4. FUN is what I think of most when I think of you.

5. To me, Valentine's Day means THE DAY BEFORE MY BIRTHDAY!

6. FAITH gives me strength.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to A NICE RUN, tomorrow my plans include A BASKETBALL AND BIRTHDAY PARTY and Sunday, I want to CELEBRATE THE BIG 3-9!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


"Forbes Rates Chicago 3rd Most Miserable City"

Yep, that's the headline. The article goes on to cite reasons as sales tax, public corruption, the weather, the unemployment rate and the fact that it's been 100+ years since the Cubs won a world series.

Sure, all of that is true...the sales tax is ridiculously high and well, what can we say about the corruption in current Illinois government, but that isn't specific to Chicago lately. Yes, the University of Chicago medical center just announced layoffs, but isn't it a down economy everywhere?

But the rest?? Everyone in Chicago knows the Cubs haven't won a world series in 100+ years, and yeah, that stinks, but enough to be miserable? No...the fans still show up at the games and have a great time. Miserable? Have you seen fans at a Cubs game? There's no misery, alot of beer, yes, but no misery.

An the weather? Yes, it's cold in January. BUT WE ALL KNOW THAT. No one moves here for the winters. Sometimes, you get a glorious day like today, February 10th and almost 60 degrees.

Come on, Forbes, Chicago is an amazing city. We might not be happy all the time, but we love our city!!!

Friday, February 6, 2009


And time for Friday Fill-Ins..


2. Can you PLEASE BE QUIET in the morning?

3. The color RED makes me want to GET CRAZY!

4. I have a craving for PORTILLOS CHOCOLATE CAKE.

5. If my life had a pause button, I'd pause it NOWHERE. I LIKE FORWARD PROGRESS.

6. Eyes are the WINDOW TO THE SOUL.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to A FRIDAY NIGHT, tomorrow my plans include FOOTBALL REGISTRATION AND A PARTY and Sunday, I want to HAVE A GREAT DAY!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Need Motivation?

If so, check out the March 2009 issue of Runners World.

There is a story about Matt Long, a NY City firefighter who was hit by a bus while riding his bicycle. Prior to the accident, he ran the NY marathon, and completed a half Ironman triathalon.

His story is amazing. If you think you're having a bad day or have a lack of motivation, trust me, you've got nothing on this guy.

I won't give away the ending, but it will inspire you...

Friday Fill-In

Yes, on FRIDAY!

1. I'd really like FOR IT TO BE WARM right now.

2. F**K is the word you'd most often hear me say if I stubbed my toe.

3. Possession is ??????.

4. I DON'T REALLY CARE ABOUT Captain Jack Sparrow.

5. Marshmallows and fire go together like ME AND CHOCOLATE!


7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to HANGING OUT AT HOME, tomorrow my plans include XANADU WITH THE GIRLS, THEN OUT WITH MORE GIRLS and Sunday, I want to WATCH FOOTBALL!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


It's officially over. I ran on the treadmill today, 2 miles. This is both bad and good.

Bad because it has been forever and because 2 miles wasn't easy. But, good because I ran the entire 2 miles and that I actually did it. Add some weights at the end, and you've got yourself a workout!

I feel good, and now all I need to do it keep it up. This shouldn't be hard, I have all kinds of time these days!

So, count me back in the game. Running season, here I come!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Friday Fill-Ins

I know, its not Friday again. And I had plenty o'time yesterday. Oh well..


2. ALL KINDS OF changes, big and little.

3. During THE DAY, I WATCH MINDLESS TV (lately anyway!).

4. SINGLE DIGIT TEMPS AGAIN? are you kidding me???

5. Right now I'd like to be ANYWHERE WARM.

6. MY CHEESE GRATER is my favorite gadget.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to DINNER, tomorrow my plans include BRIAN'S BASKETBALL GAME and Sunday, I want to SLEEP LATE!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Friday Fill-In (Yes, I know its Sunday...)

But here it is anyway!

1. Enough with the COLD!!!!

2. LIFE causes me to be conflicted.

3. I've been craving WARMTH.

4. BRIAN makes me laugh.

5. I wish I could go to HAWAII next week.

6. "I NEED TO RUN" has been on my mind lately.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Friday Fill-In

Yes, I know it's Thursday, but it's almost 8:30 and I have a busy day tomorrow. Oh, and I'm filling in my answers in caps, because my Mom says she can't read the black lettering!

1. It's January; AND REALLY COLD.

2. PORTILLO'S CHOCOLATE CAKE is what I crave most right now.

3. Cork and wine go together like OIL AND WATER.

4. WATER is so nourishing.

5. Let us dare to HOPE FOR CHANGE!

6. I WANT TO PAINT my home.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to SEEING THE DANCING WITH THE STARS SHOW WITH MY MOM AND SISTER, tomorrow my plans include A BABY SHOWER FOR JEN AND WATCHING FOOTBALL and Sunday, I want to SLEEP IN!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009


There are 2 commercials on tv that are hilarious..

The first is Subway. It starts with music and a bunch of different people either sitting down with buttons popping off, or pants splitting when they bend over - you get the idea. It eventually moves to making changes for 2009, losing weight and using Subway to do it.

The second shows a guy in a drive-thru ordering a bunch of fast food. He gets up to the window and there is Dr. Ian Smith - who is heading up this 50 Million Pound Challenge. Dr. Smith is standing in the drive-thru window, arms crossed, and won't let the fast food worker give the guy his food. Subtle.

While both are funny as heck, they also send a very specific message to this country. Just the other night, there was another commerical on for McDonalds that ends with "most drive thrus open 24 hours". Sure, there are people out at all hours of the night that need to eat. But does McDonalds, or any other fast food place, really need to be open 24 hours?? They weren't open 24 hours when I was a kid and we all managed to make it through the night.

It's really no wonder this country is so unhealthy. We have fast food at our fingertips constantly.

I know, you're wondering "where IS she going with this"? Well, I'm going down the "make this your healthy year" road. Trust me, I'm not 100% healthy food girl, but make the change it for yourself - to be healthier, to feel better and to live longer. And, do it for all those who love you!

Now, go get an apple....

Monday, January 5, 2009


I recently came across this quote...

"Guts, strength, determination, courage, sacrifice, inspired, motivated, the heck with sugar and spice, that's what little girls are made of." --Bethany Hamilton, greatest female surfer of our time

To that, I say, AMEN SISTER!!!!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Friday Fill-In, on Saturday...

I picked this up on Confessions of a Marathon Mom's blog, and thought it would be fun. The bolded words are my fill-ins. For #7, keep in mind that it's a FRIDAY fill-in and today is Saturday!!!!

1. The world is at a turning point.

2. No more treats was the last thing I said - to the dog.

3. I wonder how this year is going to turn out.

4. Plan for the next step at the end of all things.

5. There's something to be said for fantastic blogging women!

6. On a beach is where I want to be.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to watching football, tomorrow my plans include packing up my recently purchased ebay items and Sunday, the eye doctor and more football!