Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Easy stomach . . . easy . . .

Oooo, today did NOT start well. Several times during the night, I woke up and thought "I'm going to be sick." But then I would go back to sleep. Not sure exactly what was going on. There's a stomach bug that's been going around and I thought I had managed to stay away from it. Who knows? Anyway, I was walking delicately this morning. Never did get sick - thank God - but it was ginger ale and saltines for breakfast for me!

Hud is feeling really tired today - he actually had work to do today instead of just training. But he's still so glad to be back at work instead of sitting at home.

Sparky's birthday is Friday and our anniversary is Saturday, so lots of celebrating going on this weekend! Hope my tummy troubles are over!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Oh, What a Beautiful Morning!

What a great day today!

You can almost feel fall in the air - I know, I know . . . we still have to get through August. But I remain ever hopeful that low humidity days are in the future!

Another really good run this morning! My right foot was twinging a little bit - like plantar fasciitis wanted to kick in or something. But I kept running and after about 10 minutes, my heel stretched itself out and everything was fine.

Hud had another good day at work - just glad to be back there and earning a paycheck. Even if he's sitting around, doing online training in front of a computer. We're calling him Scooter or Scutaro now, since he's still going around on his knee scooter. His job is stretched out over four very large buildings, so he's really moving a lot faster now than he ever has!

Got the rehearsal dinner invitations for Gina and Sparky sent to the printer today - their big day is getting closer! I was really happy with how pretty they look and they have Gina's colors - purple and orange. I found dinner napkins and cocktail napkins in her colors on Saturday, so it's all starting to come together.

Of course, the ol' credit card is taking a pretty good hit for this dinner, but . . . might as well enjoy it!

Monday, July 29, 2013

I'm Back!

Great run this morning! It felt as though I hadn't missed a single step . . . as though I finally got back the running form I had lost. I was beginning to think it was never going to get there!

Hud and I had a good Sunday. Started the day with a little bit of a pity-party for Lyda Ann. If I tried to explain, it would get into too much TMI, but suffice it to say I spent the morning on the couch with a cup of tea with honey and felt sorry for myself. Hud finally roused me around noon and suggested we go out for a movie. We went to see RED 2 and it was great!! 

I can shoot a gun, but Helen Mirren kicks ass! I know it's just a movie, but she is amazing in it!

The pups decided yesterday afternoon that Hud looked like a soft touch for a snack and they wouldn't leave him alone in the kitchen!

Hud has Pepper and Comet's undivided attention

Rocket tries the pitiful look

They were pretty funny!

Hud had a great day at work today - just so glad to be back. He took his knee scooter, rather than his crutches, so his new name is Scooter, but he'll take it. 

Here's hoping for another great run tomorrow!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

I Overslept!

Not sure exactly what happened, but when I woke up this morning I had slept right through the “get up in time to run” time and it was already “ get up and get ready for volunteer gig” time. Tomorrow was going to be my rest day for this week, but I guess today was, by default.

I guess it will be running Sunday.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Friday at Last!

Friday has arrived at last!

Took long enough to get here, didn't it? And this weather has been perfect - highs in the low 80s, low humidity. If summer was always like this, I would really like summer. As it is, not so much.

Well, let's get right to it - this morning's treadmill work:

I'm hoping tomorrow morning will be just as nice as this morning and I may try taking it outside again. I'll give the weather report a check and see.

Not much to report from work today - just another day in the salt mines. 

I'm working on a project for a wedding gift for Sparky and Gina, so I'd better get to it. Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Let's go to Day Care!

Fun day today!

Started with a good run on the treadmill. Got it done and felt pretty good about it.

I just realized how bad this picture is - it doesn't show the mileage, it shows the laps! Oh for goodness sake!! I guess you can tell I wasn't paying attention this morning! Crazy!

Fortunately, I managed to wake up for the rest of the day (at least I think I did) and participated in a tour of some of the child care centers in the county where I work. My company has a Foundation that has contributed funds to help improve the outdoor play areas at 10 child care centers in our county, so this was our opportunity to see the work that has been done with the money.

Water play area

All the centers were bright and fun, with so many cool areas for the kids to play - made me wish I could go there everyday and hang out, instead of being stuck inside an office. Playgrounds didn't look like this when I was growing up, nor when Sparky and Jet were, either.

Painting on plexiglass sheets - hose off with water

I was also amazed at the innovative and creative things the child care center workers are doing with really inexpensive items.

These are the water catchers for the bottom of clay pots, turned upside down and painted for an in-the-ground game of Twister. How cool is that?

 A used tire on a fence becomes an herb garden that the children can plant and taste - and the plants are protected while "play time" goes on around them.

It was a great day to be outdoors and lots of fun to see how creatively the grant money has been spent!

On the good news front, Hud got cleared to go back to work on Monday! It will be light duty and he still can't put any weight on his foot for another four weeks, but he will be going to work - and he's so happy! He's already been over to his HR department to make sure his paperwork is all in order for him to come back. I've never seen anyone so anxious to get back to work in my life. I would have enjoyed being at home all this time, but Hud isn't like that. This enforced rest has been driving him (and in turn, me) crazy!

Tomorrow is Friday - hope you've had a great week!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

And We're Running . . .

Another good morning on the treadmill! I really appreciate all of you that are keeping up with me here, every day. It's truly making me get out of bed when that alarm goes off - instead of turning back over and catching another hour of sleep. And - as much as it pains me to admit it - it makes for a much better start to the day!
Wait . . . did I really say that?

Hud goes back to the doctor tomorrow. He broke his heel in May and then had to have surgery on it in June. He was told four weeks ago that it would be 8 - 10 weeks before he could put any pressure on his heel and before he could go back to work. He thinks he is going to tell the doctor, tomorrow, that he HAS to go back to work immediately because he can't stand it anymore. I have a sneaking suspicion that he will be at home another four weeks.

I guess we'll see tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Break Time!

I have to admit it . . . it was nice to sleep in a little bit this morning. J Although I did hear, from a friend who was up and walking bright and early, that I missed a beautiful sunrise on one horizon while an almost full moon was setting on the opposite horizon. That would have been something to see! But I was only able to sleep in about 30 minutes and then it was up and at ‘em . . . and out the door to work!

Still looking at races for this fall . . . I’ve found some fun ones for December and November, but not much for October. Anyone have any suggestions? Keeping in mind, 5K is my distance and the fewer hills on the course, the better.

Since the Braves are collapsing here in the bottom of the 6th inning, as I’m putting this online, I’ll just go on to bed and get a good night’s sleep so I’ll be fresh and ready to jump on the treadmill in the morning.

Monday, July 22, 2013

I'm Walking Into Spiderwebs

Sorry . . . I've got that song in my brain. What is it you're supposed to do to get a song out of your head? Is it share it with all your blog friends? Well, here you go!

Can you tell what I was watching while I was on the treadmill this morning? It's still with me.

But yes, another successful morning of running! I can't say it was easy - but it was done!

I was also back online, looking at 5K races for this fall. The very first race I ran in last year was the Matt Gfeller Doughnut Run to prevent and treat youth sports head injuries. Since the very first grant I ever wrote, in my current job, was for a Concussion Prevention Program for High School Athletes, I thought that was appropriate. And, of course, I'll always run for a doughnut!! Last year's race was around the middle of October. This year, it won't be held until November 16th. Sign me up!

Tomorrow will be a day of rest from my running program. I have an early morning meeting at work, so I have to be there at 7:30 - that means leaving the house between 6:45 and 7:00. I'll get up at 5:00 and run, but not any earlier than that - sorry. Stop back by, though, and we'll discuss the Royal Baby's name - surely we'll know by then!!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Sunday Morning - Taking it Easy

How’s the weather where you are? We’re about to get hit with a thunderstorm – it looks like one is converging from the north and one from the west – and Rocket is about to jump out of his skin. He doesn’t like storms on his best day, and this one really has him going. 

Rocket panting - wanting someone to take him away!

This morning’s run was much better than yesterday’s – that’s for sure! For starters, I didn’t have a dog plastered to my leg or trying to run between my feet. That made a world of difference! Then, I finally broke out my new running shoes! I’ve had these shoes for several weeks now but have just never taken the time to put my insoles in them and get them ready to go for “in the morning.” And let’s face it, when I’m trying to get ready in the morning, I really don’t have time. So, this morning I finally took them out of the box and got them ready to go – and loved them! There’s just something about new shoes that makes your run even better.

Here are my new ones and my old ones, that will now be retired to walking shoes.

The tag on my right shoe is from It’s a service you can subscribe to or purchase that will store your emergency contact information and give you one of these tags to have on your shoe or wear on your wrist or around your neck. Then, if you ever have a medical emergency during a race or while you’re training, emergency responders have access to all your information right there. Even though Hud and I were running races together, we don’t run at the same pace, so we decided this was a good idea, in case one of us fell out or got hurt during a race.

Here are my results from today’s running:

I’ve been looking for some races this fall to get signed up for so I can start looking at my running as training. I found one on September 14  - a 5K and 10K supporting Flurry’s Hope, a horse rescue organization, in Madison, NC. All the info is on and the entry fee for the 5K is $25. My questions are: will it be cool enough on September 14 and will I be able to run a race on the 14th with Sparky’s wedding coming up on the 21st?

Decisions, decisions . . . . 

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Running With the Devil

Devil-dog, ahem, Raleigh really lived up to her name last night. She was on fire as soon as Hud and I were ready to go to bed. She was up - whining, running around the house, just acting like a nut! And the later it got, the more energy she seemed to get! We finally got her to sleep in the laundry room and we were able to sleep a couple of hours. Talk about a horrible night!!

I got up with Raleigh around 6:00 this morning and decided to take her out for a run to try and burn some of that excess energy off. Here's what I learned this morning:

1.  She probably thinks her name is now "Dammit Dog" because that's what she heard herself called most during our outing. She seemed to want to run plastered to my leg or between my feet - it was a miracle that I didn't meet the pavement with my face a couple of times.

2. There is a reason I haven't chosen any 5K races to run during the summer - it's TOO DARN HOT AND HUMID!! Even though it was early when we were out this morning - before the sun came up - the air was so heavy with humidity, it was almost hard to breathe. I'm sticking to my treadmill until the weather breaks!

3. I was able to get my Garmin working this morning - and I think there might even be a way to link it to the computer and download the results. I might be amazed if I actually read the directions and learned what I can do with it! In the meantime, here is a snapshot of my results for the day.

You can see my distance was 2.63 miles and the time was 38:38. Really, really bad for that distance!! We walked and ran and walked and ran - as much as I could stand in the heat. But I got it done!

I finally got Hud's phone to communicate with my computer so you can see a picture of my running buddy - this is from our walk last night:

Lyda Ann and Raleigh

Fortunately, Sparky has taken Raleigh back home, so hopefully we'll all get a good night's sleep tonight. I'll be back on the treadmill tomorrow, thankful for the a/c!!

Friday, July 19, 2013

It's Gotta Get Easier . . . Doesn't It?

Yes, I really believed running was going to be MUCH easier this morning. I just knew I had knocked the rust off and was going to coast right back into my former pace and form.

Uh, no. Not so much. Not even a riveting season premier of Project Runway could take my mind of how much this was KILLING ME!! Why, oh why, did I ever let myself get out of the habit of running? Why did I think I could just jump right back into it - like nothing? Where do I get such stupid ideas?

Oh well, here's today's visual evidence:

You can see I went a little bit farther - and for a longer amount of time - than yesterday.

Somehow Hud and I have found ourselves sitting for our "grand-dog" Raleigh tonight - the worst behaved dog on the face of the earth. I've been trying to get a picture of the devil dog on here for you, but for some reason Hud's phone (where the picture is located) and my computer aren't speaking at the moment. If anything changes, I'll update. Anyway, Raleigh's a young, energetic Lab who has to spend all day cooped up in the house while her "parents" work. The bottom line is - she doesn't get enough exercise, and that makes her CRAZY!!! Since she's going to be with us tomorrow morning - and I'm still not clear on how Hud got talked into THAT - I'm thinking that I'll take her out for a run when I get up. Let's see if I can run out some of that energy. AND let's see if I can finally figure out the Garmin watch I got for my birthday . . . that I have yet to use. 

So, I've got the Garmin charging, to be ready to go in the morning. I'd love to think it will be nice and cool in the morning for an outdoor run . . . somehow, I don't think so.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Checkin' In and Getting Up

I did it!!

I dragged myself out of bed - bright and early this morning - and made myself run this morning, just like I planned.

It would have been so easy to turn over and go back to sleep this morning . . . for some reason, I didn't sleep very well last night. It's been so hot outside and our a/c has had a problem keeping up. So when that alarm went off, I thought "I have a presentation at work today. I probably need to make sure I'm well-rested."

But no - I knew I had made this stupid deal to be here and be accountable. So, I got on up and got moving.

You can see from the distance numbers - over there in the upper right hand corner - that I hit just above two miles this morning.

For some reason, I expected to go right back to the pace and ease of running that I had two months ago when I was running nearly every day. What was I thinking about? This was TOUGH! I had to cut the pace back, but I got it done in the time I had available!

So, what's next? Tomorrow - two miles again. And, looking at that list from Runner's World, it looks as though I should choose some races and go ahead and sign up for them. Of course, that's exactly what got me running in the first place  - signing up for races! . . . don't know why I couldn't figure that out for myself. So if you know of any 5K races in North Carolina you think I would enjoy, let me know about them. I'm especially looking for races in the October/November/December 2013 time frame.

On a sad note, 

I just saw on their Facebook page where Schoep, the sweet dog whose image was captured in this picture that has been all over the internet, died yesterday - just a few weeks after his 20th birthday. Yes, his 20th birthday! I know that I shouldn't be sad for a dog who had a nice, long life like that, but it still was a blue note for the day. 

Stay cool out there - it's been another hot one around here! I'll be back on the treadmill tomorrow!!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Ready, Set . . . Go!

So, how many times have I said it? How many times have I told myself “I’m getting up in the morning and running”? How many times have I set the alarm to get up, only to turn it off and go back to sleep for an extra hour of snoozing?

Well, let’s see . . . my last 5K race was in May – May 11th as a matter of fact – and here we are more than two months later. It’s probably been that long since I seriously ran and “trained.” And if I’m going to call myself a runner – shouldn’t I actually run?

Today, I saw this list by Calvin Hennick and published in Runner’s World –  “101 Kicks in the Butt” to give you motivation to run. The number one tip on the list is to create a blog and post your daily mileage. I’ve already got the blog . . . I was making a half-hearted attempt to post my daily mileage . . . so now, what’s going to be the difference?

I’m asking people to hold me accountable. That’s it!! I’m going to announce on a daily basis what my goal for the next day’s run is – and I’m asking everyone who is reading my blog to hold me accountable to that goal. I don’t want to have to explain to anyone why I slept in or slacked off . . . so I’m hoping this will do the trick!!

Here we go . . . my goal for tomorrow is to run two miles before work. I know – it doesn’t sound like much for you distance runners, but it’s a big start for 5K girl here. Wish me luck – cheer me on . . . and hold me to it. I need your help!!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Celebrity Sighting!

So, how is your day going so far? Hud and I had a GREAT time Tuesday night, watching Bull Durham on the big screen . . . even though someone in my office thought that was the name of a band we were going to see. No . . . I won't even dignify that with a comment.

But here's the even more exciting part - I had my very first celebrity sighting!! Well, as close to a celebrity as I'm ever going to get, that's for sure!! If you take a look at the right-hand side of my blog, you will note that one of the blogs I follow and read on a daily basis is "Bye Bye Pie" by the wonderful and talented June Gardens. I think she is hilarious. And she lives in the area, which is even better! Well, when Hud and I were leaving the theatre last night, who did we see but June - herself
It's June! Photo from Bye Bye Pie web site - go read it!

And her friend Ned!!

Ned!! - photo from Bye Bye Pie web site - I'm not kidding - go read it!!

Of course, Hud was hobbling along on his crutches, so we were WAY behind them leaving the theatre and I was too embarrassed to scream out "June, I'm one of your biggest fans!!" or anything remotely like a 13-year-old girl . . . so Hud and I just calmly walked to the car and drove home.

Once again, Hud had NOT taken his cell phone with him and mine remained in my purse on silent (as usual) so when we got home, there was a text from Sparky on Hud's phone and three missed calls on my phone. Turns out Gina had a really bad stomach virus and couldn't stop throwing up, so Sparky was taking her to the ER - but they needed someone to stay with Chipper. Oops. Bad grandparents!! We were out of commission - at the movies!! Fortunately, she's feeling better and I tried to make up for being gone by offering to go to the store and get saltines and ginger ale . . . but I guess it was too late. Sigh.

Here's hoping for better luck today!!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

I Believe in the Church of Baseball

After another rainy weekend, which was doing a number with my migraines (ow, ow, ow!!!) yesterday was another rainy Monday. If you live in the eastern part of the US, are you COMPLETELY OVER all this rain?!?! I’ve never seen weather like this before! My flowers are loving it – I should insert a photo here (and I’ll try to remember to do that later) – but I still look as though I’ve never seen the sun before, since my swimsuit has yet to make an appearance. That’s not a good sign for wedding photos in September.

Speaking of which, Hud and I went through a lot of the old videos and pictures from when the kids were little over the weekend. We’re putting together a video for Sparky and Gina at the rehearsal dinner of the two of them as they were growing up. Gina’s parents are getting her pictures and video to me. So Hud and I spent hours going through our old stuff. Wow – you forget how little they used to be . . . sniff, sniff. Yes, I’ll admit it – had to get out the tissues a couple of times. I think I’m going to be a wreck at this wedding!! And if I don’t get back to running on a daily basis and get my eating back on track, I will be even more of a wreck at this wedding!! I have two months and two weeks to get myself together. NOW IS THE TIME.

I’ve been online like a fiend, trying to get Freddie Freeman, the Braves first baseman voted to the National League All Star Team. You can vote online at as often as you like, so I’ve been at work – working on a project, voting ten times. Reading a report, voting ten times. Then at home . . . folding clothes, voting ten times. Make the bed, voting ten times. I’m determined to send more than one Braves player to the All Star Game!! They are at the top of the National League East standings and they only have one player going to the game – what’s up with that?!?!
#VoteFreddie on Twitter!

I’m so excited for tonight – at the historic movie theatre downtown, they are playing my very favorite movie of all time – Bull Durham!! I can’t wait!! Hud and I are supposed to be on an austerity program now . . . working to pay off our bills so we can get our house ready to put on the market. But I said we HAVE to go see this movie.

Now, to just get through the day, vote for Freddie and get to the movies!!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Let's Be Friends

Once again, we're taking a page from our friends at "All the Weigh" blog and participating in Friend Making Monday. Want to join in the fun? Just post these questions to your blog and answer them - then link back to this blog and All the Weigh. That way, we get to see each other's answers and get to know each other a little bit better.

Easy Answers

1.  Are you a planner, or do you prefer to see where the moment takes you?  I like to consider myself spontaneous, but in the back of my mind, I’m always planning “what’s next.” People may think I’m flying by the seat of my pants, but I’ve had these plans in my mind for weeks/months.

2.  How often do you blog?  I’ve tried to be a daily blogger, at least Monday – Friday, but I’m not always successful with that. I’m trying to choose a schedule and stick to it.

3.  Do you color your hair?  Yes.  As nature is adding her own natural highlights (read: gray), I’m continually adding my own to blend in. But if you ask me about them, I’ll tell you it’s all natural.

4. If you had to choose between running or riding a bike, which one would you choose?  I like them both equally.

5.  Have you ever traveled outside of your home country?  Just to Canada – I’d love to travel much more – anyone looking to finance that kind of travel?

6.  Do you like weddings?  Yes and No…as the mother of the groom to an up-coming wedding, I can attest to how stressful and expensive they are.

7.  What is your favorite guilty pleasure on TV?  It used to be the Osbornes on MTV, but now . . . I watch a lot of Braves baseball, Burn Notice, Necessary Roughness, Suits and Graceland but nothing I feel guilty about sharing.

8.  Are you good at math?  Not at all. If you say “math,” my brain says, “whoa” and shuts down.

9.  What is the last movie you watched?  Hud and I went to see “The Heat” with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. Hilarious – I think it was funnier than “Bridesmaids.”

10.  Share five adjectives that your friends would use to describe you.  Generous, happy, enthusiastic, loud, funny

Bonus:  Did you celebrate Independence Day?  If so, what did you do?  Watched our town’s 4th of July parade, then prepared WAY too much food for the number of people who attended our barbeque. We’ll be eating watermelon for weeks.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Birthday USA!!

Happy 237th Birthday, USA!!

The ol' girl looks pretty good for this age, doesn't she?

I don't remember where I heard this, but I think it accurately describes the differences between British people and Americans. The British think 200 miles is a long way. Americans think 200 years is a long time.

Pepper and I wish you and yours a safe and happy Independence Day. And many, many more!!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Fun with Facebook

I had a great run yesterday morning and felt really good all day . . . until dinner, when a headache started around the edge of my eyes. It wasn't really bad, so I kept on with my life - as you do - but by the time I went to bed, it was a full-blown migraine. Ow!! And also, WTF!!! Things had really been going so well on the migraine front! I guess with all the storms we've had rolling in here every night, I should have expected this, but I was really annoyed.

So, I slept in this morning and still feel a little groggy, but much better.

But, I'm not going to dwell on that today - I have something much more fun to talk about . . .

You know what's fun about Facebook? Even if you're not "friends" with someone, you occasionally get updates on people you didn't even know you were interested in finding out about.

Case in point - when I was in high school . . . probably the summer before my junior year, a guy moved into the neighborhood where some of my friends lived. Was this guy cute? Oh, yes he was.

 I know, but it was 1979

Did I make a nuisance of myself, spending WAY too much time hanging outside his house, hoping to be noticed? Probably. In fact, let’s just say yes, I did. Did I work out some sort of scheme (that I have blissfully forgotten) that caused said cute guy to have to drive me home one evening? Yes, shamefully I did. And did any of this do me one bit of good? No, no it did not. Cute guy ignored me completely and totally. Even when he bagged my groceries while he worked at the local grocery store. However, he did start dating, and eventually married, one of the cute cashiers at said grocery store and, last I heard, they are still married.

And, of course, you know how much better MY life turned out. I went on to bigger and better things. Met Hud and am living the high life over here. So, it’s all good.

Well, on Facebook over the weekend someone, who was friends with the cute guy in high school, put up a picture of himself and a friend at an MLB game. I saw the picture and thought “Aw, I wish I could have been in Atlanta and seen Chipper Jones when his number was retired.” Then, I saw where someone (in the comments) asked who was with him in the photo and . . . it was the cute guy!! And let me just say – not so much anymore!!

What did Van Morrison say - My, how you have grown!

Yep, I think I got the prize there!! Isn’t it funny how things work out, just the way they’re supposed to? There was some song, years ago that said “I thank God for unanswered prayers.” I don’t believe that for a minute. I truly believe God answers ALL our prayers. And sometimes the answer is NO. Not yet. Not now. Not that one.

So, let's appreciate what we have . . . work for what we need (good health) . . . and enjoy this day!!

Monday, July 1, 2013

One More - Then Lyda Ann Gets Down to Business

Are you guys getting tired of my video links yet?

I'm sorry - but it's another crazy day today. Of course, I could get up a little earlier and devote more time to writing, but . . . yeah, that didn't happen.

But I DID get up bright and early and run this morning!! Aren't you proud of me? Pepper was shocked to see me hitting the ol' treadmill at the crack of dawn, but I got it done and even increased my pace!! Now, I know all you serious runners will fall over laughing, but I'm up to 5 mph on the treadmill. I have no idea how to calculate out pace and stuff like that, but since I started out at 3.5 a year ago, I'm pretty pleased with myself.

Okay - here's another video to get you up and at 'em. And if this doesn't motivate you, I don't know what will.

Watch - and then get out there!!