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Stay Positive — That’s What They Say…

9 Feb

I love Free People clothing.  I can’t afford it but I do love it.  I have a couple of pieces that I scored on the sale rack but I can dream of getting more, right?  Somebody’s being cruel by sending me FP catalogs on a regular basis.  I love looking at catalogs and dreaming of purchasing everything in them. 

But, the catalogs are bad to look at right before heading to work.  I tend to think that I can dress like the models in the catalog.  Their outfits are crazy and mis-matchey.  Love it!!  I end up hodge-podging an outfit of my own.  I’m sure a lot of people don’t “get me” but, you know, I am what I am. 

My father in law’s still in ICU.  Two things are keeping him there.  One, he’s on a dialysis machine that runs round the clock.  They say it’s not dialysis but it certainly looks like it.  Supposedly it’s the same machine used to do dialysis but  it runs slowly around the clock vs the 3-5 hours that dialysis normally takes and the ICU nurses can run it.  The machine not only cleans his blood but pulls extra fluid off him.  His weight is down to 239 (he was admitted Friday, Feb 3rd weighing 280 lbs).  Yes, he lost 51 pounds in less than a week.  The nurse said he still has more fluid that needs to come out.   He looks crazy skinny now.  Another reason he remains in ICU is he has to take medicine that keeps his blood pressure up which is crazy because he used to take bp med’s to keep his bp down?! 

My FIL’s very sick.  I’m sure you get that.  He had an infection and they don’t know how he acquired it.  When we visit him, we have to wear gowns and rubber gloves.  I have to leave my purse and jacket out by the nurses’ station.  It seems like all his systems are shutting down or just out of sync.  I’m hoping that he starts to improve because I didn’t think he’d be in ICU this long.  It’s so scary. 

We get our reports from my FIL so I’m not sure how much of what he relays to us is accurate.  He said the kidney doctor says his kidneys still aren’t doing well.  He said the stomach doctor said his esophagus collapsed so once he gets through this serious stuff, they’re going to stick a balloon down his esophagus to open it back up.  He throws up some of what he eats (in front of me) but then reports to us and the doctors that he’s not throwing up.    It’s so confusing and frustrating.  I feel so bad for Mick.  He’s trying so hard to keep up this positive front.

Everyone is so kind with all the nice things they say.  Everyone’s praying for my FIL.  I’m surrounded by wonderful people.  What can I say?

I’m trying to keep motivated to run.  We had some decent weather for Michigan but it’s getting chilly again. 

And… My GD Garmin broke today.  It’s the Forerunner 405.  The bezel which normally responds to touch is playing dead.  I called Garmin and they couldn’t fix it over the phone.  They’re shipping me a new one but I was annoyed to find out that the one year warranty began back in June of 2011 even though this Garmin was a replacement I received in September 2011.

No run today.  I ran 11.22 miles yesterday (Garmin worked perfectly yesterday?!).  I’ve been doing the elliptical a lot this week (my broken down vintage elliptical that my sweet husband fixed – thanks Mick).  If I break it, I’m hoping I can get a replacement (I have an eye on my cousin’s used one).  I did the elliptical as follows this week:  Monday – 47 minutes, Tuesday – 55, tonight – 75.

I call myself a runner but I don’t really feel like one this week. I won’t be running tomorrow through Sunday because I’m going on a weekend Up North with the girls.  I’m been looking forward to it for a good month now.  Mick’s so sweet to let me go.  I’m sure I’ll drive him crazy by calling him 5x’s a day for status on his dad. 

2011 sucked and 2012 isn’t looking much better.


Rain, SLEET, Snow. OH MY!!

29 Nov

Yeah, crazy stuff for running in today.  It was gloomy and rainy all day long.  There was a rumor that the snow was coming and I was thirsty for a challenge.

This shirt is a turtleneck and I HATE turtlenecks. I do like turtles though.

At 3:02pm, I started the craziest run of my life.  Sounds extreme, I know.  Keep in mind that I used to take it inside to the treadmill whenever the temperature dropped below 50 degrees.  It was 36 degrees (but felt 23).  I honestly thought felt colder than 23 because the wind was just brutal (26 mph).  I ran 8.36 miles with an average mile/minute of 8:43.  My pace was slower than normal but that’s because things got pretty slippery in the last 2 miles.  I was so afraid I was going to slip and fall on my ass.  That would have hurt so bad.

Very slick...

For all of my run, the sleet wouldn’t stop pelting me in the face.  Stingers!!!

Earlier today, I put on some clothes for work since they frown on my wearing my pajam jam’s.  They’re so strict, right?

I wore some skinny jeans (major repeaters), a J Crew shirt and a weird Free People sweater.

Love the little studs in the backs of these B Makowsky pumps...

Check the sweater out.  It’s a 2 layer sweater.  One layer’s peach and one was pink.  It was very itchy but I kept it on for appearances.  Didn’t want to ruin the look. You know what I mean?

Bruce had a friend over.  Normally the kids don’t have friends overnight on school nights but Brucee’s friend, “A”, was over on special request by his parents.  They asked us for a favor since they were going out-of-town.  It was working out wonderfully since both my boys enjoyed hanging out with “A”.

By 6:30, I had the family fed.  I know, it’s quite amazing that I made dinner.  Secretly, I didn’t want “A”‘s family to know I was a loser who very rarely made dinner for her family.  Shaaa…

I went to my mom’s to walk her dogs.  There was an inch of snow on the ground.  It was so pretty.  I wished I had snowshoes or skis. Mick will say no to my purchasing them.  He always says “no” to new purchases.  Since I had neither, I had to make due with my snow boots.

After walking my hairy brothers, I watched, “Something Borrowed” with my mom.  I’d already seen it but I like hanging out with her.

Besides, I really don’t have a problem watching John Krasinski.  He’s kind of yummy .  He’s not hot like “hot body” hot.  He’s just so funny and that makes him hot.  Swoon…

I bought the song, “New Shoes”  (artist Paolo Nutini) from Itunes.  I know it’s uncool to buy from Itunes when you can convert from YouTube but I feel better “purchasing” my music.  I’m so lame.

I work 4-8 tomorrow night so I so hope to goodness that there’s not a “snow day”.  I might hurt myself if all the kids stay home with me all…day….long.  That’ll suck ass.

Oh and yes, Chicago is in 3 days.