Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Taco Tuesday!

Ok, not really...sorry :)

My last post wasn't a post as much as me inventing a reason to use a Kelly Clarkson song, so I actually apologize for that. I'm sure that you've all been gnawing away at your fingernails to see what I'm up to!

Fear not, gentle reader, the wait is over!

I've been in a weird funk recently and I'm not totally sure what's behind it. Maybe it's the fact that from 9am to noon every single weekday, I sit in an overchilled, windowless tutoring room and answer questions/hold hands/put out fires for my Thermo Babies. (At this point, my future possible careers as professor and/or mother are questionable.) Maybe it's the fact that it's currently only 72 degrees...and it's JULY 29. WHAT.

Or maybe, just maybe, it's because Nichole is trying to turn me into a speed demon with track workouts, therefore making my running recaps all ~*suPeR speCIaL*~ "Hey guys! Today I ran really fast around in a circle. Then I stopped and wheezed and yogged for a bit. THEN I RAN FAST AGAIN, but not as fast as Nichole thinks I can which makes me sad and feel like a failure :("

(j/k Nichole, I don't feel like a failure)

So basically this post is a mad grab bag of everything that's been bouncing around my head, dying to get out, but totally not worthy of an entire post (see: Kelly Clarkson songs).

I've watched The Lego Movie THREE times this month. THREE TIMES, YOU GUYS. Like, everything is awesome, but maybe...not quite...that awesome. It's totally turning into 4th grade lunch all over again, except this time around, I won't hate bologna+mustard+cheese on white for the rest of my terrestrial existence.

In other news (so, Important Adult Things), I got a raise at the running store! Yay! What am I planning on doing with my new-found wealth? Probably buy Blizzards at DQ more often. I've been craving Reese's PB Cup Pie Blizzards almost as much as I've been craving naps (which is a whole big bunch, because after you've spent 3 hours coddling sophomores and then running, or perhaps waking up at the buttcrack of dawn to run and THEN coddle, you just want mac & cheese for lunch and to sleep like Mannie until dinner).

I just finished reading "Rocket Girl" last night (reading for fun WHAT), the store of Mary Sherman Morgan, who was a pretty big part of the reason America was able to launch anything (monkey, satellite, bowling ball, etc.) up into space. It was a pretty interesting book and I think that anyone who's currently pursuing a science/engineering-y career would like it, space-y people more than the rest of you silly jokers.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Dear Running

'Cause we belong together now, yeah
Forever united here somehow, yeah
You got a piece of me
And honestly
My life (my life) would suck (would suck) without you

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Vote For Me!

I've submitted an entry to the December 2014 Runner's World cover contest!

Much like my Saucony Hurricane application, it was done as a 'hey that sounds fun' turned into 'hey I'll actually do this' idea. Unlike my Hurricane application, I'm hoping this one will be successful!

VOTE HERE FOR ME: http://covercontest.runnersworld.com/entry/377/

Monday, July 7, 2014

Stuff I'm Loving - July Edition

Today marks the first day of my new training cycle! Nichole is having me focus more on speed for the next month-month and a half. I'm equally nervous and excited. I never though I'd break 20:00 for a 5K and now my PR is a 19:43, so I have a faster-than-marathon-pace gear in there somewhere!

I took two weeks almost completely off of running after Grandma's. I was sick for the second week of that (boo!), so it was a much-needed break. No cross training, even! To say that I was lazy would not be untrue :)

So what's on my radar of Cool Stuff We Should All Have for July? Here we go!

Meijer Dark Chocolate Cocoa Dusted Almonds
Someone (I think it was Jenn) gave me a bag of these in my box o' awesome. They. Are. Delish. Almonds are pretty good for you until you cover them in chocolate x 2. They're also a super tasty car snack, so +1 for summer roadtrips! (Just don't leave them in there, lest they melt and make you sad...)

Lindt Chocolate Minis
Also in the box o' awesome! The bag is super cute (Nice to sweet you!) and these suckers are good. They're really rich, so you can honestly only eat one or two (at a time) before the sugar rush is overwhelming. I really like the caramel brownie ones!

Ulta nail polish - Boogie Nights
I visited my sister down at IU this weekend. She has a wee bit of a makeup/nail polish...issue...and I was given the chance to snatch up some of her unwanted extras. This polish is described as 'a glitter bomb' and I can't wait to try it out after my 4th of July manicure is gone. (Side note: my nails have been all glammed up since the Thursday before the marathon! I am a big fan of this whole 'being a girl' thing because nail polish is FUN!)
NyQuil Severe
Hey. I was sick. This stuff was awesome. I slept like a baby and my throat didn't hurt and my everything else wasn't achy and I wasn't alternately freezing/sweating to death. I almost never take stuff when I'm sick, but when sick gets between me and sleep, I pull out the big guns. This particular bottle promised to be 'Berry Flavor' but it still tasted like butt. Just...berry butt.

I'm heading down to Cincinnati at the end of the month for a bridal shower/bachelorette party for a good college friend. Cincinnati has an IKEA. I will be visiting it and buying a garlic press, and possibly pants-wearing broccoli or owl things. It's probably a very, very good thing that IKEA isn't closer...