Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Are you ready for a giggle or two? Check out The Good Wife Guide published by Cider Mill Press Book Publishers of Kennebunkport, Maine. I have never seen anything so hilarious in my entire life. It's a, get this, board book that lists 19 rules for keeping a happy husband, and urges the reader to 'be all the wife he needs'.
Now, I did get these rules in a fwded e-mail and I thought the e-mail was cute--right before I deleted it without forwarding it. But the book...
Last night I tried some of the rules out on my husband. When he failed to respond, I chided myself (out loud) for being such a bad wife and resolved to study the rules right then and there. Plopping down on the sofa, I opened my new "study manual". My husband just looked at me like he usually does when strangeness overcomes my senses. After studying the cover for a moment, however, he busted out laughing.
Check out Cider Mills Press, while you're at it. Although the website Cider Mill Press isn't up yet, there is a prompt to email John, the founder, which I did and found him to be a completely decent human being. He'll send you the catalog as a PDF if you ask him. It's worth your time. Great titles. Great line of books. Excellent humor. Which we all need.
Sorry, Ladies. I'm trying to get the link to go straight to the book but can't seem to get it done. Maybe crumbs can enlighten me...
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
I'm not so computer brilliant to make the link "all cute"...sorry!
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
The key is getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.
THREE SIMPLE WAYS TO HEP YOU RECOGNIZE A STROKE ---
A bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:
S * Ask the individual to SMILE.
T * Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (like 'It is sunny out today') coherently.
R * Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
One new Sign of a Stroke to add to the above:
'Stick out Your Tongue' * Ask the person to 'stick' out her/his tongue. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other , that is also an indication of a stroke.
PLEASE SHARE THIS IMPORTANT MESSAGE!
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Get ready for some real girl dishing here and now!
I saw two posts today in an email e-newsletter that I felt I must share.
First up is Betty Beauty!
You may or may not not that most of us will GO GRAY —down there!
I'm not talking about the hair on your head, ladies.
down a little further.
Yep, even our va-jay-jay will get older and lose its youthful charm.
Betty Beauty to the rescue! You can dye your "betty" with shades like Black Betty (tee hee), Blonde Betty, Auburn Betty, and a bright pink "Fun Betty."
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Check out all the Rockin' shades at - only $19.99.
The Wind Breaker! aka Subtle Butt Filters!
My husband always laugh when I use the word "TOOT" instead of fart.
Maybe its a southern thing - little more lady-like.
Ever have one of those "Oh man, I shouldn't have eaten that just before my big meeting!" moments?
Or maybe you've clenching your cheeks (not the ones on your face) in the elevator for fear everyone will need a gas mask.
Rather than prevent the flatulence, why not filter it, with a "Subtle Butt" fart-filter.
Adhere a 3.25 x 3.25-inch patch of soft fabric that is impregnated with activated carbon to the inside of your underwear.
Subtle Butt filters the toot, and absorbs and neutralizes the odor.
If you're a bugle tooter you're out of luck - gotta tone down the sound yourself!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAMsMf6wgdE&feature=related"> - Enjoy!
Monday, February 25, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
I can take the cold, but the precipitation is keeping us in, so what to do? It turns out that my kids love doing aerobics tapes! I prefer STEP aerobics and still have the original STEP Reebok VHS tape circa about 1993. My daughter will choose “yoga” – actually Denise Austin – if given the choice. I am not sure how that miscommunication arose. So, anyway, we have these sets of tiny 1-pound dumbbells and the kids LOVE TO WORKOUT! Sometimes they tire of Kathy Smith’s background music so we mute the volume there and listen to They Might Be Giants ABCs while I follow the visual cues.
The kids pile on my back for push-ups at the end and everybody wins!
The main thing I will caution you about is that you have to keep a really careful eye on where the kids are at all times so you don’t accidentally kick anyone in the head.
Holy Crap - I've become a runner!
When did this happen? It literally snuck up on me.
I mean, I know I've been "in training" for several weeks now, but I don't think the realization that I may actually become a runner ever hit me til now.
See, I'm 5'2". I weigh one hundred-mumble-mumble. I would consider myself "athletic" as I've worked out fairly consistently over the years, but I don't have that lean, mean body most runners have. I really shouldn't be a runner. NOTHING about the way I look says "Runner", but - you know what...none of that matters.
I've realized I don't have to have the "look" of a runner to be one. I've realized the fact that I consider myself a runner on the inside is what does matter as that is what keeps me going.
I'm literally AMAZED each week at my long runs that my body can do what I ask it to.
I ran 5 miles yesterday! I know for many of you that is not a long distance at all, but - for me - that is probably the longest I've ever run at one time. And it felt great! I finally realized that I can actually finish the 1/2 marathon. Now - I don't have any high aspirations of winning it, but at least I feel confident enough to cross the starting line and that is half the battle.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
and I actually LAUGH that Im quite honestly so excited.
I HEART YOU.
the scent is amazing (please to see above aforementioned laughter. honestly, People, I really dont give a hoot about soap) and AESTHETICALLY there is something I love about it.
clean looking (pun intended) and not obtrusive on the counter.
dont take my word for it:
go to the hand soap and run yer cursor over the containers & you'll see what I mean.
Friday, February 22, 2008
You can find the recipe here. Oh, and just a tip, because these cookies are so dang chocolaty, I used good ghirardelli chocolate for both the batter and the chunks.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
I'm just waiting for the thaw-- for that weather that MAKES you get out there. The weather where you feel sick inside that you did not get outside and run your heart out instead of oh well another workout canceled due to inclement weather. I'm in confession mode and have to admit that I've been doing 3 mile runs due to weather instead of 5 mile runs. This means I cross the railroad tracks and go to the 2nd pole and turn around instead of running all the way to the tank up on blocks and touch the sign post declaring Fort Knox is where you are. Yesterday I did the normal five and feel like I'm clean again. The guilt is gone. I'm headed to Texas in March for some real runs to feel completely human again and then it will be nice here. I ran more in Texas. It is a good thing we've changed directions and will be headed that way as we retire after 26 years.....
"Hey," I said, all non-chalant and cool. "Look what I have."
I showed her my CleanWell.
"Try it," I told her. "You won't get addicted." He-he-he.
"Oh, I have this. But I'll try that. I mean, if it isn't more expensive..."
I bit my lip and grabbed her antibacterial soap.
"Ah-ha!" I pointed out. "Denatured alcohol."
"Well," she admitted. "My hands are already starting to feel a little dry. Okay, I'll try it."
Loved the smell. To me it smells like my favorite popsicle, the orange kind with the vanilla ice cream inside...
And it didn't dry out her hands.
I should have given her a coupon. Next time I will.
The fact is, I like the packaging and I like the statement the handsoap makes next to the bathroom sink.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
- Underweight = <18.5
- Normal weight = 18.5-24.9
- Overweight = 25-29.9
- Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater
Which brings me to the point of my post. I train at a well known Fitness Center named after a major city in California. Walking out of my gym today, after what really felt like a break-though in my swim training, I was feeling great....until I saw a message on a dry erase board. I think the author might have fancied it to be inspirational, but I think otherwise.
Bravo, Gym Trainer for trying to gut my self-esteem, rather than aim to inspire. Bravo.
2008 Summer Goals:
Sign up today for your consultation with a trainer.
- New Swimsuit
- New Towel
- 16 % Body Fat
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
every time I start a post the famous Twain quote of:
Better to stay silent and be thought a slacking runner even if it IS due to illness, than to speak and remove all doubt.
pops into my mind for some reason
I always listen to the voices in my head.
And they think this is crazy. I have told no one of the true running craziness to come.
It all started when I decided to run the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run on April 6. (I have run it a few times before, including after having my first child in 2005 and 2006). From experience, I knew I had to register as soon as registration opened online – on December 12. This race closes fast, usually within a few days.
That day, I had a sick baby and a ton of editing work to do – all of which I dealt with in the morning. So I lost track of registering first thing. Online registration was closed by the time I got online at 1pm – within a few hours, not a few days. Mail-in was open, but I had little hope – though I filled out that form by hand and popped it in the mail.
In a fit of needing to do run something BIG, I registered for other races: The Wirefly National Half-Marathon on March 29 and the George Washington Parkway Classic 10 Miler on April 27.
And then I found out I did indeed get in to the Cherry Blossom. That is three 10+ mile races in a month.
And I intend to run them all. With what will be a four-year-old and a nine-month old in the house. At least my husband is supportive. But I don’t think he yet has the whole picture.
I do have the training under my belt: I can cover 10 miles these days with (some) ease, and I ran the Parks Half-Marathon in September (yes, with a three-month-old at home).
But am I crazy?
You might hurt your back . . .
Monday, February 18, 2008
10 pm: Double check that: bib number is pinned on shirt; chip is tied onto shoes. Gather socks, shorts, hat, watch, sports bra, mini water bottle, gu & Cliff Shots, diaper rash cream, baby powder, towel, dry clothes, and hair rubber band. Make sure coffee pot is loaded & ready.
10:30 pm: force self to try to sleep
10:40 pm: jump out of bed to print directions to parking lot/start line
10:50 pm: back in bed...for good this time.
10:55 pm: SET ALARM!!!!!
2:45 am: Finally doze off...
3:30 am: Roll out of bed, start coffee brewing, put on clothes.
3:55 am: Sit outside waiting for running buddy to pick you up.
4:55 am: Arrive to race area and pull into the parking spot the bar hoppers just abandoned.
5:15 am: Jump into one of the open, fresh port-a-lets.
5:20 am: Attached necessities to body (gu & shots, water bottle, diaper cream) and bag check the rest.
5:25 am: Stand 8 minutes in line for the port-a-lets and go in the one that has the wet roll of toilet paper.
5:40 am: Run into friends and talk shop about the last race you guys were at.
5:45 am: Try to figure out what the announcer is saying and realize a police officer is yelling at you to get out of the street because the wheelchairs are starting.
5:50 am: Find your spot in the half mile long corral, eventually discover you're near the back.
5:59 am: Realize you REALLY need to pee
6:00 am : Gun goes off! The race is on!
...to be continued...
Friday, February 15, 2008
(The freebie I mean. I do adore the site but wouldnt post here to bore you with that :) the freebie? I "made" the company not send it to me to mail out as I would keep it...mine is wearing out!)
swing on by and throw your name (comment :)) in the hat to win.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
But duty (aka out of town FAMILY) calls (me, well, OUT OF TOWN) so Im wishing her luck here.
wanna out yourself so we can all chime in?
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
I need some help. I definately don't like dry wines AT ALL. I can only choke the stuff down if it is sweeter and fruity. Don't gag, but last night I tried a Shiraz......with Splenda in it. I could only get 1/2 a glass down which is 1/2 glass more than if it didn't have Splenda.
All suggestions appreciated!!
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
I love the scents ( I got the orange/vanilla),
I love it has no alcohol,
I LOVE the antibacterial hand spray which is soooo much better than the goopy gels!
As a RN, I was so sick of the goopy, antibacterial gels that really took a toll on my hands.
I love the way CleanWell uses essential oils and I think it is great how they took a personal family need and turned it into this product.
I love they use aloe and anti-oxidant ingredients too!!
I can't wait to try the the Ginger Bergamot!! I plan to switch all my handsoaps at home to CleanWell!
Signing off.....gonna go wash my hands again!!
A few months ago, I found some iFriends (to coin a phrase), for my solo running days. While searching for free stuff on iTunes, I stumbled upon a podcast called the Extra Mile. It's a bunch of runners from all over the globe that submit stories & running updates, recorded while they are running. Some are advanced, some brand new, but all have that slightly stecato speech that you get when you converse on the trail. I love it. And it trips me out when I hear a car coming, then look around to find an empty street followed by the runner announcing "Hold on, I've got to cross this intersection." Most of the episodes run around 60 minutes (pardon the pun), so I can stretch a 45 workout into an hour with less mental resistance. They accept submission from practically anyone, so if I ever figure out how to carry a recorder in my bra, you might hear my voice one day...and we can advance from being e-friends to iFriends.
- Water: some for everyone since the kids will never share when you want them to.
- House keys
- Cell phone for emergencies.
- Road ID because I never remember to put my ID back in my wallet afterwards.
- Hand pump
- Spare inner tube* or patch kit
- Tire levers
- Extra diaper and wipes, if applicable
- Optional: accessories for the weather such as blankets, snacks, etc.
*Small stroller wheels are usually 12”, medium are 16” and large are 20”. Your stroller tires and your older child’s bike tires might be the same size.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Same thing with running...I couldn't wait. She resisted. But this weekend she signed up for next year's 7th grade classes and guess what? She signed up for Cross Country!!!
"I wonder how much running stuff you're going to get me, Mom."
"There's this girl, she carries, like, this bag, this big bag with all these logos, and it's full of stuff. She carries it everywhere. Am I going to have to carry one of those bags and like put it in my locker?"
"I hear the coach is mean."
Me: "I'll take care of the coach."
Her: "I don't like it when you do that."
Ah, a wonderful journey has begun.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
We were able to test out a pair pre-launch and they are definitely Classy Mommy Approved! This brand new and much anticipated line of "Tredz" shoes- is basically an "Outdoor" Robeez. Every Mom loves Robeez and now we can all love them longer as Robeez Tredz offers a durable sole for outdoor wear for little walkers. Robeez Tredz also still has a lightweight flexible sole to support healthy food development. 22 new fashionable designs with 3 sizes available - ranging from 12-24 months. I will be all over this stylish pair of Robeez Tredz for baby Kyle once he is old enough to wear them!
Saturday, February 09, 2008
I started off my series of taste-tests when a friend of mine brought over her two children (ages 5 & almost 2) to play with my two girls (5-year-old twins). I put out the chips in individually labeled containers (did I mention I'm anal?) and all of us dove in. BY FAR - the Black Bean Dip flavor won out for all us. In fact, the 1 year old kept chips in each hand the whole time they were here. A close second was the Salsa Picante flavor.
The second taste-test involved my husband and my parents who were in town visiting. Now, my dad is a Ruffles man. He's not into any sort of "health" food and would be just fine never putting anything named "healthy" in his mouth (love ya Dad, but you know I'm right). I truly didn't think he would like any of the chips, because - even though they are good - they are not Ruffles (thank goodness). He actually liked the "Original" flavored ones the best. If nothing else came out of this whole "review" process, at least my Dad now knows some healthy things can actually taste good.
So, after a few more taste-tests involving additional friends and random people off the street (just kidding about that last part), we determined we really like these chips. The most popular flavors were the Black Bean Dip and Original, and we've been on the hunt for them in our local stores ever since.
people who are willing to take their time to ponder what she wrote and offer their (asked for) .02
me? I didnt have anything too useful to add to what's already been said but DAMN it made me feel...happy? touched? hopeful for humanity? :) (Im not sure how to phrase it) just being part of a site like this where women work to SUPPORT other women.
every day I witness the other side.
I see women trying to make other women feel WORSE about themselves simply so that they (uh, woman number one :) I think Ive gotten muddled here) feel better about themselves.
I LOVE how we're all helpful supportive and encouraging here.
now Im off to chase my daughter around our yard and DEEM IT A RUN.
hope you are all having good weekends as well.
Friday, February 08, 2008
Chances are this person you describe is unhappy herself and is drawn to you in an effort to feed off of your positive energy. If this is the case, she deserves your utmost sympathy. My advice is to repeat what she says with a positive spin.
Ex. "The world is coming to an end."
Response. "I feel so fortunate to enjoy life now, while I can."
Also, breathing. Deep breaths, through the nose and into your abdomen, not your chest. Don't flinch and don't give her the power to affect you. This also applies to the very real possibility that she is truly just a mean person and enjoys the power of affecting people. It's hard to accept that some people are just plain old mean, I know. Just don't give her the power. Remember, breathe.
Now's also a good time for a mantra. For years, mine was: And this too shall pass.
You, my friend, are a long distance runner. Nobody's more powerful than that.
Thursday, February 07, 2008
If someone makes you miserable every time you talk to them, and sucks the positive energy right out of your day, should you still talk to them?
What if you are related?
Do you need to offer up an explanation if they don't hear you anyway?
Do you continue to discuss issues with someone, when the person does what she wants to anyway?
Does a time come when you need to write someone off, even if you are related?
If so, how do you do so without guilt?
You've come to the right place. I am the absolute queen of making my own rules.
First of all, don't let other people make your rules. Just because someone has acted one way does not mean that a standard of behavior has been established. You have to then establish the more appropriate standard. I wouldn't suggest ignoring them, but do talk above them, use big words. They scare little people away.
If you are related--this one hurts. But stand your ground. Stand it, stand it, stand it. If you know you are right then that's all there is to it. You don't need to convince anybody of it. Your actions will speak for themselves.
The little guy just woke up. I'll continue this tomorrow.
Move over, Carolyn Hax!!
Here's my question:
- If someone makes you miserable every time you talk to them, and sucks the positive energy right out of your day, should you still talk to them?
- What if you are related?
- Do you need to offer up an explanation if they don't hear you anyway?
- Do you continue to discuss issues with someone, when the person does what she wants to anyway?
- Does a time come when you need to write someone off, even if you are related?
- If so, how do you do so without guilt?
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
I only did a few laps around so it wasn't a long run by any means, but it was good for the brain. Good for the soul. It was just a nice relaxing run. For the first time in a very long time, I wasn't looking at the clock or the mileage or thinking about the half marathon. I just decided to run for the fun of it and stop whenever I felt like it and most importantly, not to stress about how little miles I had run. I've been spending so much time beating myself up over the mileage. I know I've got to log those miles in order to be prepared for May but sometimes, it seems to do more harm than good to constantly say to yourself "I can't believe you only ran 7 miles today! You'll never be ready!!" Seriously. Chill out woman and try to remind yourself that you started running because you enjoy it!
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
The watch has played an integral part in me going from a Nervous Inexperienced Neophyte to a Confident Apprentice Spouting Off Random Running Statistics. On my early morning Running Checklist, my Polar running computer is number two (shoes being first). I could go on and on about how and why I like it...
But I'm going to use this post to lament that the Polar company neglected to allocate enough resources to customer service. That's the only explanation I can come up with on why, when I was forced to send it to New York in order to change a battery**, it took them nearly two weeks to acknowledge that they had even received my package. USPS told me it arrived 3 days after I sent it and who signed for it.
And after e-chatting with their Online Help , I learned that I'm apparently utterly ancient because I can't type out a real time conversation when I'm upset, but I didn't find out anything about my repair status.
Nearly two weeks after inquiring, I received a form e-letter promising to look into my case. I'm still waiting and wondering. I'm still trying to find out anything! Will I get it back for the next big race in 2 weeks? I wonder what it will cost (They insisted on authorizing a $75 charge and say that it will cost less than that, but there is no clear pricing). And how can they strong arm me into mailing it off 10 states away for a simple repair?
I love what my Polar watch has done for my running, but I could do without the run around.
**I'm insanely furious about there only being a handful of "authorized dealers" to change a friggin' battery, but that's beside the point.
Monday, February 04, 2008
Without his older sister to distract and entertain him, however, I have come to recall the power of SINGING!
Some examples that my 2-year-old is particularly fond of right now:
“Bumpity, bump, bump. Bumpity, bump, bump. Look at (fill in child(ren)’s name(s) here) go! Bumpity, bump, bump. Bumpity, bump, bump. Over the rocky road!”
“Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great FAAAALLLL (tip stroller back). All the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again!”
“Old MacDonald” – using an animal for every letter of the alphabet or every animal he can find in his animal crackers, if applicable.
And of course, all the old stand-bys like “ABC” or “I’m a Little Teapot” (you can tip them over for that one too) or any other song that could continue indefinitely…
- What are your favorite songs to sing with your kids?
"Can I go? Can I go??"
He would have told me no had it not been for my mother, elbow deep in dinner preparation, who made it clear that I should be allowed to tag along.
And I ran. With my father.
I don't know if he slowed down for me, but I always managed to keep up through the golf course and across the base.
I'd caught the bug. I was a runner.
Tell me about your first time...
Saturday, February 02, 2008
now that Im a transplanted texan we STILL throw a yearly shindig to celebrate it.
here's to the groundhog and to all of US!
happy spring is around the corner day!
perhaps make these as I did: http://familyfun.go.com/recipes/family/cake/cake_grndhog_0203/
edited for pics:
Friday, February 01, 2008
Today I sat in the rocker nursing my 13 month old and spent some time contemplating her beautiful baby feet and toes. They were just perfect. They fit in the palm of my hand and each tiny toe is perfectly formed. I looked at them for a while and caressed them, tickled them, kissed them and was in awe.
The thoughts took me to my size 10 maybe 10 1/2 not so beautiful feet/toes. I've always had big feet - at least the same size as my husband and definitely wider. Insults of all insults these flappers even got bigger with each baby. Size 9 seems petite to me these days. The thing is. I love these feet despite their very unfeminine girth. They have gotten me far. They've done 26.2 twice without complaining. They love to walk, they really love to run and they do not ask much. I'm alawys amazed that my husband never makes fun of them. They really are pretty ugly, but maybe because I love them so much they do not offer themselves up to ridicule. Lace them up and away we go........