Archive | January, 2012

Silly Me…

31 Jan

Swish Swish Shish….

Nope.  More like…

THUNK THUNK THUNK!

That’s my elliptical machine for you.

At 7pm, I did 70 minutes on the elliptical.  It should have been a crime because Michigan was strangely warm for this time of year.  It was 53 and sunny and I chose to be inside.

I ended up taking Brucee to a 3:20pm movie.  We saw Underworld.  Loved it!  Come on.  You had to expect that.  I love everything I see.

I do love vampire crap.  I do.  I do.  Not so much Twilight vampires though.  Twilight is too thirteen year old for me.  That’s just my opinion.  I did like the books in that series though.  I know I’m not consistent with my opinions.  So it is.

I took Brucee to the movies because he’s sad that his candy and popcorn days are over for the next 2 to 4 years.  He gets braces tomorrow morning.  Poor little bugger.

What the heck and I going to do for the hour and 1/2 or so that it takes to put those suckers on him?  Marshalls?  Ulta?  Target? Maybe…

CONFESSION… I’m a reality TV junky.  Tonight I watched Dance Moms.

Do You Really Want To Know?

30 Jan

I sometimes hesitate to post because I know I’m being boring.

I’m blogging about the same thing everyday.  Yawn…

What did I wear?.

Did I run?

If so, what was my pace?

What stupid ass thing did I do that day?

How did I irritate Mick (husband)?

How did I irritate the kiddies?

Same ole stuff….  So, I end up skipping my post and my mom gets after me.  She’s funny like that.

Anyways, let’s get on with it, shall we?  I wore a new top from Charlotte Russe.

I don’t like Charlotte Russe but I gave the store a walkthru on Saturday (with my 20-year-old) and found this special shirt made for a teeny bopper.  Perfect for me, right?  I’m kind of a teeny bopper… And, it’s a summer shirt but, “WHO CARES?!”, I say.  I don’t.  Actually, I do.  Mentally, I think it makes it okay when I call myself out on stuff.  That’s just how I work.

After picking up the boys from homeschooling…. at the neighbors….  No, they go to the public school.  So, I was saying..  After picking the skiddies up from school, I put on tons of clothing to the point that I looked like the little brother from The Christmas Story and went for a run.

I ran 10 miles exactly (average mile/minute of 9:07).  Yay me!!  I did little circles at the base of my driveway because I got to 9.89 and couldn’t stop because I wanted to round it up to ten. The temp was 32 degrees (felt like 24).  Slush and ice were everywhere.  I went slow because I didn’t want to fall on my ass.  See now, I had a chapstick in my back pocket and if I fell on it, that’d hurt like a whammer-jammer-no-thank-you-maamer.

No, I'm not constipated...

Came home and whipped up some stuffed shells for dinner.  We didn’t get to eat them til 9:30.  Monday’s are busy due to the boys’ late soccer practices.

Oh and my house still stinks.  I didn’t sweep up the flea powder.  The flea powder bottle said to leave it for 24 hours.  I’m leaving it on for 42 1/4 hours just to be safe.  It’s probably cancerous but I can’t stand the thought of a flea infested house.  Gives me the frickin’ goosebumps.

YOU ASKED ABOUT MARIE?  Oh, you didn’t.  Marie, a coworker, had her first of three sessions for a tattoo that takes up a large part of her torso.  I hate my stomach so I can’t imagine putting a tattoo there because it’d just draw unwanted attention.  Marie’s young and tiny so I approve.  Why am I mentioning my coworker?  Well, she said she put pictures of it on Pinterest.  I’m not part of Pinterest so today I requested an invite.  Just what I need…. Another distraction from doing the things I should be doing.  Aye yigh yigh….

WHAT EXCITING THING AM I DOING TOMORROW?  Brucee, poor little guy, is getting his braces on Wednesday morning.  I think I’m going to take him to the movies tomorrow so he can eat popcorn and candy.  Once the braces are on, he won’t be able to do that anymore.  I’m not paying for repairs on those suckers.

Another thrilling day in my life.  Hold on.  It could get crazy tomorrow.

What a minute.   Should I just make shit up?

Fleas!!!

29 Jan

Snow today.  Only three inches but it seemed like more since it was coming down all day.

Met with my mom and Grandma for their weekly breakfast.  I looked like a dork like I typically do on a Sunday morning.  I usually get lucky and I don’t see anyone I know but of course, I see an ex-boyfriend.  I was like 4 foot away from him before he turned around and looked me right in the eye and said, “hi”.   I died right there (not really).

I’m usually good about seeing someone I know and then avoiding them but there was no way out this time.  He saw me and he saw me in my men’s navy blue Russell sweatpants, men’s Hane’s t-shirt and the dorkiest of snow boots any girl could own from Meijer (I love these boots even if they’re dorky).

Why should I care?  I shouldn’t.  I just do.

Who Girl came home this weekend.  We shopped.  We ate.  I didn’t spend much but I really enjoyed hanging out with her.  I’m moody but she puts up with me.  It’s hard to believe she’s going to be a Senior in college this fall.  She’s doing so well.  Too bad she’ll have another 4-5 years after this next year once she enters a pharmacy program.

For fun, Who put a bunch of these knuckle rings on.  They were on sale.  Can you imagine why?  I wouldn’t wear one, let alone all four.

Mad Eagle in East Lansing. I love this store...

I did get her the headband she’s wearing above.

Sooooo.  I follow people on Twitter posting their runs.  Reading about their runs is incentive which helps fire me up to run myself but nothing was getting me out the door today.  It was so cold and windy and the ground was super slippery (icy and covered with fresh snow).   My left butt cheek near my tailbone hurts so I thought falling on the ice would be super bad.

At 7:30pm, I finally got on my vintage elliptical machine.  Sixty-five minutes done.  I’ve used it twice and I can’t break it.  It’s going to take some time.  Momma wants a new one (or a slightly used one).

Earlier today, Who came to me with my little chi chi, Bella in hand.  She said she saw a black bug on her.  It was fast and she couldn’t get it.  Instantly I felt like my whole body was covered with cooties.  FLEAS!!! Major goosebumps.

I have a golden retriever, a chihuahua and 4 cats.  Oh, things got expensive.  I ran to Meijer and got the good flea medicine.  I used to buy the $12 stuff (because I’m cheap) but the vet’s assistant told me to never buy the cheap stuff (Sergeant’s/Hartz) because she said they’re very poisonous and they aren’t always effective.  The bet’s assistant said she’s seen an animal (cat or dog I forgot which) die from the owner using the cheap stuff on the animal.

So,  I bought Frontline Plus (3 pack) for my dogs $50 and Advantage II (4 pack) for the cats $55.  I also bought the $7 powder for the cat tree and for sprinkling the cats’ favorite sleeping areas.

We’ve never had fleas in all the years we’ve had pets so this is shocking to me.  I say fleas because even though I’ve only seen one, I have to assume there’s many, many more.

Great.  More to angst about.

I posted the pic below yesterday on Twitter but it’ so disturbing, I have to post again.   When I first saw it, I just stared at it in amazement.

Somebody! Anybody! Please find out who she is and give her $$$ to pull those implants out. Is she 35 or 65?!

Sore Tummy? No, Sore Gut…

26 Jan

I must secretly like to have anxiety.  I seek it out enough.

I’ve always said that I don’t like organized races.  I did my first half in Sept 2011 and my first full in Oct 2011.  I was freaked out for both from the time I signed up for them to the moment I crossed the finish line.  I feel like I did my best for both of them.  I really can’t see myself doing any better on my next 1/2 or full (this upsets me too).

I should just run for fun and stop signing up for races.  Too late.

In December 2011, I signed up for the Traverse City marathon which happens in May 2012.  I felt the pressure that it’d sell out and felt like I had to.  Dumb.  Whenever I tell someone that I signed up, they all reply the same, “whoa, that’s a hilly one”.  When they can see they’ve freaked me out, they quickly come back with, “but I heard it’s a really pretty run”.

I DON’T CARE ABOUT PRETTY… 

So let’s see, I have four months to agonize about a run a don’t want to do.  I can’t imagine the training which should include at least 2-20 milers between now and then.  I can easily train with the occasional 13 and 15 milers but if I make myself feel that I’m required to do the big runs, I’m going to hate myself.

So anyways, I angst about the end of May once or twice a day.  So stupid.

To date, the most fun I’ve ever had during an organized race was the Whoville 5k.   I did it with my husband and three kids.  It was cold and icy but I had a blast.  We all did.

Earlier today, I got to wear my new Nine West platform booties.

It was NOT supposed to rain today.  It rained today.  SUcKsssss.  No run for Shelly.  I just wasn’t in the mood to run in crap.

About 6pm I was about to start freaking out because my stomach hurt so bad.

Flu?

Nope.

Just gas.

It’s all good.  I’m totally fine now.  No contagions radiating from me.  Everyone who came into contact with me today is going to be a-okay.

Chow!

Nighty-night….

Sneaky…

25 Jan

“That’s enough!”, I told myself.  I hadn’t run outside since Friday the 20th.  I didn’t have a good reason why either.

I got my ass out there and ran this morning.

It was 28 degrees which I thought was going to be warm.  I’m not sure why I thought that because it was anything but.

There are two things you wouldn’t know it by looking at the above picture. I’ll explain.  I was fortunate enough to be born with only two boobs vs three, I have a nice gap between them.  Normally, I’ll sneak cash, candy, kleenex, or credit cards in there but today, I snuck pepper spray.  Also, my grey shirt is my pajama shirt for the previous night.  Can you say recycle?  I’m just full of good ideas, aren’t I?

So, here’s the good news.  At 9:42am, I ran 12.54 miles with an average mile/minute of 8:27.  I don’t care if I feel super sore right now, it was a good run and I’m so glad I didn’t give up and call Mick to pick me up early midrun.  I really wanted to call him to, believe me.

I froze out there this morning, especially my ass cheeks.  I should have worn a hat and more clothing overall.  Shoulda, coulda, shoulda, coulda but I make a lot of mistakes so I didn’t.  No redo’s.

After work ended at 8pm, I had the munchies.  I stopped at the grocery store and picked up an assortment of stuff I didn’t need.  I got some Kashi Autumn Wheat cereal, a prepared black bean/corn salsa salad and Twizzlers.

Bedtime!!

So Scummy…

24 Jan

NEW BOOT ALERT….

Boots by Born. Love this shade of green and the double zippers.

Left work today with a flat tire.  I struggle with knowing what to do in these instances.  I pulled out of the parking lot thinking I could make it Mick’s preferred place for tire repair/replacement but as soon as I hit the road, I could hear my tire going thunk-thunk-thunk.   I knew I’d ruin something if I went too much farther.

I drove to the first car dealership I could find…Dodge (I have a Ford).  Plus, I farted right before I got there.  I’m not sure what the hell I was thinking.  I pulled up to the service door and the guy held up a finger to wait for him.  He came out and saw the problem.  He told me to walk up front to the waiting area and he proceeded to get in my freshly fart-soaked car.  Nice, Shelly.  I was dying.   So embarrassed.

After 10-15 minutes he came out and said I was all set.   NO CHARGE.  I must not of ruined the interior of the my car like I thought because if it stunk, I’m sure he would have charged my scummy ass.   I’m such a lady.

Another cold day in Michigan.  It wasn’t colder than most but I’m struggling to put on the layers and get outside to run.

Around dinnertime, Mick showed up with my old E7 Nordic Track Elliptical machine.  I broke it about 8 years ago.  I used that sucker daily for a whole year.  I loved it.  It’s now outdated ontop of being broken.  He “fixed” it.  He explained all that he did to fix it but it went in one ear and out the other.

He doesn’t want me to buy another one.

I went an hour on it.  Felt good.  It was loud though.   I had it in front of the big TV downstairs  with the volume all the way up.   My choice of placement really annoyed Mick.  He does not want it between the TV and the couch.

Tomorrow I work 4-8 pm so I’m so hoping to get a run outside.   We’ll see.

Treadmill 7.5 Miles….

23 Jan

I still Google Sherry Arnold’s name 3-4 times a day.  I’m obsessed.  I want there to be some good but I know her death is surrounded by evil.  It sickens me.  I can’t stay away.

Today started out warm.  All the snow melted over the night because of the unusually warm temperature and rain that happened throughout the night.  I thought, good, I’ll want to run outside since I thought the warmth would continue today.  Wrong…

I haven’t run outside since Friday because I’m so turned off by the cold.  The warm was short-lived.  The cold and strong, gusty winds rushed in by the afternoon.

I had to take Brucee to the orthodonist so by 3pm, I was not going outside.  Oh no.  What could that mean?

Proud of myself.  I got on the treadmill and ran 7.5 miles in one hour and nine minutes.  That’s the most I’ve ever run on the treadmill.

I decided (this weekend) I want an elliptical machine.  I had one years ago but after using it daily for about a year, the sucker broke on me.  It was by Nordic Track.  Nordic Track went out of business around the time my elliptical broke so that sucked.  They’re back in business but I’m not going near them.

I thought maybe it’d be cheaper to just join the gym but after looking at the gym closest to my home, I decided buying my own elliptical would be smarter than spending $40 a month.  I wouldn’t use the other stuff the gym has as I only want to use their elliptical….

I was at Dick’s Sporting Good’s looking at their ellipticals.  They ranged in price from $1000 to $1700.  I’m clueless on what to look for.  Who Girl said she’ll be a good judge.  She says she doesn’t like her apartment complex machines but she does like the ellipticals at her college’s gym.

Now I just need to talk Mick into it.  First of all, Mick doesn’t like to work hard for his $ and then have his good for nuthin’ wife waste it.  What?  That would be me.

Second, our workout room is full.  I’m not getting rid of the tanning bed because then I’d want to start tanning.

So, what this means is I need to talk Mick into letting me put my elliptical in the family room next to the big screen.  Yeah, right?  I’m just not thinking this is going to work out for me.

I NEED TO CROSS TRAIN PEOPLE.

I’m breaking.  I’m sore everywhere.  I do quickly recover when I get to the mall.  Weird?!

Speaking of the Mall…   I scored this weekend.

I will not shop at Forever 21 by myself but I will go to support my 20-year-old daughter when she’s shopping there.  I try to act like I’m waiting for her but she keeps holding things up saying, “do you like this?”  or “I could totally see this on you”.  She’s trouble.  Embarrassingly, I have to say that I love Forever 21.  Can you say super-duper cheap?  Love that.  I got these black and gold jeans that look more like they belong on an ugly chair than my body but I snatched those suckers up.  They were so comfortable too.

$30 -- that's crazy, right?

Looking back at this last weekend, I realized THIS WEEKEND SUCKED.  It sucked for many reasons.  It was a combination of many things.

Anyways, I feel much better today.  In hopes that it’ll help, I’ve been good about sitting in front of my light box at work for about three hours a day in the morning.  I just set it up right in front of my computer monitor.  It confuses people.  They think I’m tanning.

Free App I’m liking on my Iphone right now is “Word Jewels” (and I think I said previously how I love “Seven Little Words” — it’s my favorite)

Another thought…  I read a blog where the person was saying how lovely it is to run or hike on the trails.  She talked about all the lovely things she hears and sees including an occasional mountain lion roaring in the distance.  WTH!!  That seriously scares the shiitake mushrooms out of me…

In closing…. (yes, I know I’m stupidly dragging this post out)  The episode of The Office from January 19th was the best.  Super funny stuff.