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It’s super dreary here today, and it’s got us cooped up inside. Near all the snacks and diet drinks (both of which I’m trying foolishly to limit my consumption of in this brand-spankin’-new year).

So, I thought I would burden you all with some ramblings.

I’ve been thinking about the holidays as I get the final bits and pieces of the decor that took over this house for over a month down.

(Full disclosure: our tree is still in the living room, and it still has lights on it- decorations are off, but the lights are on. Big plan is to take it to the curb tonight. We’ll just say that I wanted to keep it up through Epiphany. Ok?)

I wanted to share with you something that I coveted all year and then received from my wonderful mother for Christmas:

lauren wallet from zappos

*photo is taken right off of zappos.com*

It’s the “Lauren” wallet from Hobo International. Except, mine is blue. I guess they are sold out of the blue- so sorry for you! My family doesn’t understand my love for it. When I get it out of my purse I ooh and ahh over it. Every time. I snap it open and closed with care. I show anyone who cares all of it’s compartments, it’s lovely interior print, the strong magnetic close and it’s pocket that is large enough for your iPhone. Because, you see, it can be in your purse or it can BE YOUR PURSE! It is so delightful. If I had sponsors or extra cash, I would give one away to you, my loyal reader(s). But alas. You can just covet mine. And I will try diligently to write more, and more interesting, posts to try to get someone to donate something. Maybe if I had focus.

Wait. What?


So, other than spending time showing off my wallet and taking down Christmas, I managed to run last week. And apparently going full-on on the treadmill at plus-eight pounds isn’t so good for your knees. Or, at least it’s not good for my right one. So, I have been limping around and hobbling up stairs for the past 5 days. But, at least I tried.

Then I took up knitting.

But that’s a whole OTHER story. And I don’t have that much to write about these days, so I’ll save it.

Oh, and I also managed to catch a nasty head cold. From my husband. And who says he never gives me anything…

(If you were here, I could ask my child to do the buh-duh-chink on the drums so that you could share in my headache love for music produced on loud instruments by small children.)

So, anyway the bad thing that we’ve got going on now is the ever-on-the-horizon addiction to:

afrin addiction

*pop on over and order yours at drugstore.com if you’d like*

Afrin. It’s my last resort. I don’t use it unless I have had a few bad nights of sleep due to inability to breathe OR if I feel like I am choking/suffocating just trying to drink a glass of wine water, which is what was happening on Saturday night.

So, I use the Afrin. And it works miracles.

But then I need it again. And it felt SO GOOD the first time that I can’t NOT use it.

And then I sleep better, so I vow that I will try not to use it the next day. But YOU KNOW that it seems to wear off faster, and by lunch time I can’t breathe.

Slippery slope.

Now I will have to decide when to go into withdrawal.

I think it’s not today. I really like NOT being a mouth breather.


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I am currently creating a brand new playlist for my 10K in the morning.

You heard me. My 10K.

Now, I know that I am well into the training for my 2nd half marathon, but it doesn’t really feel like it. And having said that, I am anxious about this race tomorrow. Mostly because last year I ran the 5K version of this same race, and I am pretty sure that it kicked my booty. Okay, I know it did.

Here is what I keep telling myself:

  1. Last week I ran 7 miles. It was rough, but I did it.
  2. In March I ran 13.1 miles.
  3. And I plan on doing it again in November.
  4. Races are fun.
  5. I *probably* won’t pee on myself. (probably not. 99% sure)
  6. As long as I finish, it’s a success. (I am not sure I feel that way anymore, I secretly have a goal time and that’s probably what is stressing me out)
  7. It will be more fun than just a plain-old long run, which I was going to have to do anyway.

Don’t I sound like a runner? I feel a little off with the running thing, but maybe tomorrow will get me back on track. I will tell you all about it, either way.

But…what I really wanted to tell you about is this:

My biggest little boy and I took a little field trip to the bookstore on the day before he started school. We actually set out for the toy store NEXT TO the book store (for a new lunch box) and ended up at the bookstore. We are both book nerds. In a wonderful way.

I haven’t been to a book store with just Hobbes in a long time. We both looked at everything. It was awesome. Then he played with the train table (he’s not THAT big, yet) and I wandered and dreamed about what it would be like to be able to buy all these wonderful books.

Here are some that I thought were particularly fabulous, kid-section-wise:

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And some oldie-but-goodies:


And, please, just humor me:


…oh yes, she did! and she does!! 🙂

Enjoy this first night of your weekend!

Look for a race recap tomorrow! And we still haven’t seen how school started…have we? Plus, I have a little boy who doesn’t like story time, but really LOVES playgrounds!


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Not completely.


So, it’s the end of this week-long focus activity and whatnot.

I was totally on track until yesterday at…well…about 2:30 p.m.

So, up until then I had kept on track. I have some word documents that are (well) documenting some goals.

I have met my mileage goal for running this week. I even completed my long run (7 miles) yesterday morning.

Before I continue, let me tell you that my 7 mile run was not easy. I felt wrecked, wrecked, WRECKED by mile 5. I honestly think that it’s because I skipped my rest day in lieu of a a little “speedwork”/short run on Friday. My body doesn’t like to move too fast. My hips told me that when I got to mile 6 yesterday. But I did have some sort of awesome negative split at mile 3-4. I believe it was around a 9 minute mile, if not a little less. Absolutely shocking.

But then my hips yelled at me. Loudly. But I continued. I finished. And then we went into full-on tailgate mode. And as much fun as it is, it totally ruined my focusing mojo.

So, in honor of this holiday weekend, I am extending my week-of-focus through tomorrow. Then I will greet you, all shiney and new, and focused.

And maybe I won’t feel so tired and generally cranky towards the world. Like I do now.

Thank you college football. Thank you Blue Moon. Thank you tiny child awakened suddenly at 2 a.m. And thank you 5 hours of sleep.

The end.

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time to focus…

Happy Monday, y’all!

I was noticing…this is going to be my 111th post. This little bloggie is about 9 months old. And I was thinking…(insert explosive noises, or whatever)…I need to focus. I would say RE-focus, but I’m not sure that it’s ever really been all that focused around here.

I started out trying to document my half-marathon training while entertaining you with stories about the boys. But I also wanted to tell you all about what I was eating. And what I was watching on t.v. And what I was reading. And I wanted to make sure that you KNEW that was what I was telling you about. Basically, I wanted to tell you all about all of my life. All the time. Including pictures. And it was overwhelming to me.

But I still want to share these things with you, but in a more…well…FOCUSED way. Or maybe I’ll just FEEL more organized.

So, there will be some changes. Nothing major. Maybe even nothing that you’ll actually notice. But hopefully the changes will make me able to share the things I want to share- and the things that I think you will enjoy- on a more regular basis.

I’ve started a list. I’m making some goals, both long-and-short-term. I have FINALLY downloaded Windows Live Writer– and I want to say- where have YOU been all my life?

This week I plan on sharing some of my “focus” ideas with you…maybe you’re trying to figure some things out, too!

As for today….



Have I ever told you about how much my baby LOVES Toy Story?


Well- he does. Sooooo much!


And…have I ever told you how much my boys love to “attack” me when I come up the stairs. Obviously, with kaleidoscopes and bucket-helmets.

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Lastly…have I ever told you how much I love my water cup? It’s a tervis tumbler. It has a bumblebee on it. And a beautiful green straw. And a top that it…look closely…CRACKED. This makes me very sad. Very, very sad. It was a stroller incident. Apparently this cup doesn’t actually fit in my stroller’s cup holder. Sad.

Don’t you hate it when you break things? Have you done it lately? It’s just irritating!

Look forward to a report on the beer festival tomorrow, along with ROUND TWO of mission: focus.

Have a great Monday!

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