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5 things I did for me

Since becoming a mom, I always seem to find a way to put my priorities on the back burner…I’m sure a few mom’s out there can relate!  So the past several weeks I set out to make some time for myself.  If you need ideas of things to do- check out my happy list.  There’s 100 things that make me happy, maybe we have something in common.

1. Signed up for the Fox Cities half marathon.  Would have been a better idea if I was training.  Does a 4 mile run count as training?  That’s usually my style…not like I’m out to win a gold medal or anything. It did ignite a little fire under my butt to create a new running playlist because of it, and have managed to run a couple times in the past week.  Good things can happen to those who procrastinate!

2. took a day of vacation to scrapbook!  I am nearly caught up on my 2008 year in review book.  I have a start on Caleb’s album, but really the day was meant just for me to get out of the house and spend some time being creative.  I’ve decided I’m going to make a mess and pull a few things out this weekend to work on too!

3.  Open (and drank) the bottle of my FAVORITE honeymoon wine.  It’s a bottle of Barbara and seeing how I’m done Breastfeeding I treated myself (to the entire bottle ;).  Maybe I should have staggered the drinks?! After nearly a year-and-a-half without alcohol, the day after tends to cause your return to hit you like a truck.  I had a headache for 3-days.  Can’t say it wasn’t worth it…I savored every last drop.

4. Spent an afternoon redecorating for fall.  I always have these great ideas and usually it’s the day before Halloween and I’m just getting around to changing out the summer decorations.  This year I took the Friday before Labor Day to pack up summer (it was cold enough it no longer felt like summer) and display fall and Halloween throughout the house.  It feels refreshing to have a change in scenery.

5.  Had a girls night with my mom to go see the movie Eat Pray Love.  I was a big fan, but then again I was a big fan of the book. I loved Elizabeth Gilbert’s writing style- she seemed random and sarcastic. I think we’d get along well!  Either way a night with popcorn and mom at the movie theater adoring Julia Roberts was refreshing.

Nothing earth shattering, but it’s enough to take a deep breath from life.  In the plans are a date night with the husband and I in the near future- like a real date.


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Learning how to run again

Since this girl ran her 6th marathon last October in San Fran, She really hasn’t given the idea of running another race any thought.  ….Okay enough talking about myself in third person.

We finally were settling into our new house, life routines with a puppy have been established but the thought of working out with a quickly approaching wedding, wasn’t really a priority.  However connecting with a group of ladies (I really can’t say they are girls if they are well into womanhood can I) that I play volleyball with, also happen to run every morning and they meet just blocks from my house. 

Ooo, that could be a means of social interaction for me. I immediately accepted the invitation to run, without consulting my need for sleep.  Start time: 5:05 AM.  That was shock to my system.  However the first day I showed up we ran, we talk, and all of a sudden it was done…just like that. 

I couldn’t believe how the 3 mile stint just was done and over.  My attempts to run with the dog rarely lasted a mile before I was wanting to walk or ready to be done.  But this was like really running, with people, and it was GREAT! 

It has been just over 3 weeks now and I look forward to that 4:45 wake up Buzz (well not literally) but knowing there is a group of girls to run with makes everything so much less painful. 

I realize also that this weekend is my beloved Chicago Marathon.  I however will be frolicking in wedded bliss this weekend, hence no race…but I  truly have a bit of yearning to return and add on a few more miles.


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8 random things I need to get off my chest.

I realize that it’s been a while, and it will continue to be a while as I cannot dedicate hours of time updating my blog as I once committed myself to doing.  So here’s the top 8 things I’ll give you updates on.

1.  Finalizing the Wedding guest list was not my idea of a good time.  I’ve been slightly scolded, but not really, since our once “private” ceremony includes invitations to 139 people…oops.  I am happy to report that we were able to stay within budget and have narrowed the dinner guest list to 203 people.  200 was our target.  Yeah, us!

2.  Deciding how to hang the curtains in the living room and make them look good was not the best idea I’ve had  at 11 PM last night.  At one point the fiance even offered to making them symetrical (i have issues).  Whoever thought that hanging curtains is “fun” surely was confused with hanging pictures. (I might note, we have displayed pictures in almost every room in the house).  Of the remaining 4 boxes left to unpack, two are the fancy bar glasses.   Currently we don’t have a bar, but the other glasses work just fine for drinks- trust me I’ve tried it.  The other 2 remaining packed boxes are wedding supplies, of which I keep adding items to.  This does not include the 47 boxes in the basement full of items needing to make someones day at our rummage sale, or they are one of 30 boxes of childrens’ books.  (At one point I was an elementary teacher and had a class library of my personal books.  I figured one day when I have 10 kids they will come in handy). 

3.  I have several girl’s nights/weekends coming up.  Tonight kicks off the festivities with a Pampered Chef party/aka pretend housewarming party only for girls who’d like to join me by polishing off a few bottles of wine, eating snacks while someone else cleans up the mess, and no boys or dogs are allowed.  Then comes this weekend which requires me to take off both Thursday and Friday to return to “my city” life in Chicago.  Meet up with old girlfriends have slumber parties and figure out a way not to max out the credit cards in 4 days.  Finally the Bachlorette party plans have been determined.  Being the low key and down to earth group that we are- will be spending 8 hours tubing, relaxining in the warm August rays. Only to return to our campsite- which does not require driving, having s’mores and visiting the on-site bar (who might be getting a band, DJ or better yet Karaoke) for 20 alcohol invested chicks with a sense of humor.  Sure to be a good time.  Please no males strippers!!! That is my plea.

4.  Little Baby Diesel has one messed up alarm clock going on in his head.  5:30 in the AM has never been momma’s favorite time to wake up.  I might reward you with treats for sitting and laying down from time to time, but when I’m napping or in bed, is not the time to lay on my face and beg for treats.  Note to Diesel- burying your nose in my crotch when “Aunt Flow” is visit is not kosher! 

5.  I love our house still.  I added a table runner and candles to the dining room table just before calling it a night last night.  I know it’s hard to believe, but my middle name is not Martha, but good guess. 

6.  When you get a notice from the IRS saying that you are getting $600 deposited into your account last week, I expected it to be there last week.  However, in the notice it also suggests that if it’s not there in 6 weeks that I should call.  Didn’t anybody teach them that it’s not nice to tease, especially when that money was spent 3 months ago!

7.  All-inclusive Honeymoon that we won to Costa Rica was going to cost us $1400 in airfare, tax and tips for 3 nights.  Upon some further investigation a 5 night all-inclusive trip to the Dominican Republic (High class resort in Punta Cana) will cost $1600 for both of us.  It was suggested to check back in mid-July for the super-saver sale.  Hmm.  Okay I’ll take more time in a exotic location.  I also looked into Napa Valley in the off season- not all inclusive $1000. per person.  I vote for tropical, alcohol infested getaway on the beaches. Thank you Fox World Travel- highly recommend!

8.  Dear Dodge Stratus, my lifeline of a car.  I realize you are getting old and in your earlier years I wasn’t the nicest owner and I made you work hard.  But in this time of need, I beg of you to turn off your check engine light.  I will continue to fill you with gas and I’ll try to do a better job making sure you have the oil when you need it.  It’s  dire moment of which this weekend will bring several hundred miles of pure joy.  Please assure me you’ll stay with me and get me home safely on Sunday. 

And just because this post is so random, I’ll mention that in my haste to get ready in time for the guy to look at our water and sewer hook up this morning at 6:45 AM (I never even used to be awake at that hour), I only put deodorant on my left pit, and I can totally tell, or should I say smell the difference. Oops.  I’ll make sure to get on that when I get home, seeing how the spare stick in the car melted.

Happy Monday everyone.  Smile, it’s not that bad. 

I have a $1 Large McDonald’s coke awaiting me.  I don’t know what it is about McDonald’s fountain coke, but that is 32 oz of the ultimate pleasure awaiting me….Life can be sweet at times!


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