Sunday, August 28, 2011

Texas Bound!?

(posted by Kerry)

We are making an impromptu road trip. To Texas! Yes, from Florida. In a rented mini van. With several people. I can't fully explain why (yet), but I can say it's exciting. If you've been reading the blog you might know why. And if you haven't, have fun hunting in the archives. :)

Talk to you in a couple of days...!!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

5 Miler

(posted by Kerry)


So, my 5 miler was this morning and it didn't go as well as I hoped it would.  Drat.


I got up at the crack of dawn after not sleeping very well (perhaps I was apprehensive about my run?) and made my way about 10 minutes north to our old neighborhood.  Since our new neighborhood has terrible hills and is uber boring to run in, I decided on a change of scenery.  I'm glad I did because having familiar surroundings and scenery to look at made those 5 miles fly by.  Sorta.


Things started great.  The weather was HOT, but it was a little breezy (thank Irene!), so that helped.  It was still on the dark side when I started.


Hi!  Ready to run!
I picked a route that would bring me back around to my car so I could drink some water midway through the run, which was super smart on my part, because it was HOT and steamy out there.


I even got to see the sun rise.


I decided to keep with the 4/1 intervals for this run because I am liking this ratio of running to walking.  Not ready to increase it just yet.  However, this morning I was acting like a speed demon and ran my first four minutes WAY too fast for my liking.  And when I say WAY fast for me, I'm talking like in the 11 minute range.  Ha, stop laughing.  Jerk.  


I knew I had to stop this, otherwise I'd never last, but for some reason I couldn't stop being speedy, which was really annoying, because it was causing me to walk for longer intervals than I wanted to.  Bah.  The good news about this, I looked down at my Garmin and I was already half way done.  Wow.  


I made it back to my car for a water break with 3.23 miles on the pedometer - sweet, more miles than I thought I would have at that point.  However, because I felt like I was going to die if I kept going at that speed and those intervals, I decided to cut back my intervals to 2/1, just to get myself back on track.  I wasn't happy about it, but I knew I had to do it, otherwise I might keel over.  

Keeling over = bad
So I stuck with the 2/1 intervals for the remainder of the run and felt good.  Well, I felt OK.  I was SO tired and hot and thirsty.  So I walked a little more than I care to admit, but whatever.  The walking gave me time to take in the pretty scenery.


Seriously, why did we move away from this beautiful neighborhood?


Um, and when did they add the lovely faux beach??  I wanna go...



Shade providers, thank you!




Total mileage - 5.34 miles.  And I did it in 1 hour and 14 minutes.  That's not that bad considering all of the walking I did.  Good enough for me. Being able to check a 5 miler off of my training plan is a real accomplishment considering a little over 3 months ago I was a lazy slug who couldn't get motivated to do any form of exercise.  So bravo to me!  


After my run I came home and made a cereal suicide and layed under the fan for a long long time.  It was heavenly.  


The remainder of the day was great - lunch and a movie with Amanda and then vegging time at home.  Now, I am completely and utterly exhausted and so very glad that tomorrow is an "off" day.  Have a fabulous rest of the weekend!  

Friday, August 26, 2011

Fancy Feast for the Win

(posted by Kerry)


I just burst into tears over a cat food commercial.  For real.


A while back I saw a Fancy Feast commercial that I FELL IN LOVE with.  Yes, cat food.  Watch this and you'll understand what I mean...


Seriously, did you not tear up?  


So anyway, I'm watching TV tonight and another Fancy Feast commercial comes on....it's the follow up to the one above!  OMG!!!  It's the WEDDING!!!  Crying, tears of joy over here.  


(this is the You Tube extended cut of the commercial, it's not really this long on TV, but watch it, it's sooo sweet!)


Did you not boo hoo over that one?  Omigod, I'm crying like an idiot over here.  There are two things that always get me - 


1)  Weddings ALWAYS make me cry, whether it's a real one, one on TV, in a commercial, or if I just think about my own, I'm a blubbering mess. 


2)  KITTIES.  I love cats.  My cat, your cat, our neighbor's cat who visits our patio every night, that cat in the commercial - there is not a cat that I wouldn't love to pieces.  Seriously, they make me a giddy kid.  


Weddings + Kitties = Blubbering Kerry.


This is a HOT Friday night let me tell ya.  HOT!  

Trigonometry Friday!

(posted by Kerry)

So, no rain from Irene.  Thanks Irene, appreciate it.
 
Even though there was no rain, I still stuck indoors for my Friday workout.  I told you yesterday I was planning on doing Insanity for my workout today.  That didn't happen.  Yesterday I sounded all excited and happy to be doing Insanity.  This morning I wasn't all that excited about it.  At all.  So I opted to do Yoga, and then a mish mash of things from Exercise TV. 
 
The Yoga workout that I did a couple of weeks ago and loved is no longer available through Exercise TV On Demand (dangit - that always happens to me!), so I opted to do a Yoga routine that I have read about on Courtney's blog, the 10lb. Slimdown Yoga.  This was a good routine!  It got my heart rate up quickly and actually made me sweat a bit.  Not sure I loved it more than the Yoga Stretch I did a couple of weeks ago, but I'll take it. 
 
After that I chose a workout called Circuit Training that mixed strength training with a little bit of cardio.  It was just OK, a little boring for me.  And then after that I did an arm routine that Julie posted yesterday on her blog.  I loved this and will definitely be doing it again.  I rounded it out with day 2, week 4 of Sit Up Challenge.  Overall, not a bad way to start the morning! 
 
Tomorrow I have a 5 miler to do!!  I am a little apprehensive about it since it's supposed to be 97 degrees tomorrow.  I'll be getting up waaay early on Saturday to do that  before the sun is in full swing (barf).  I can't believe I'm already up to 5 miles in my training.  Since my training program is only an 8 mile training program, I feel like I have gotten here pretty fast.  But I think I hang at 5 for another week and then I have a weird 5K thrown in as my "long run" one week too.  Odd.  I guess that means I have to run it at "5K Speed" - which for me is still not very fast.  Not complaining though, 5 miles is better than 10 or 20 miles any day!  (not that I have EVER run 20 miles, or will ever!!)
 
I have spent a majority of my morning doing Trigonometry.  A co-worker is taking some college courses and asked me if I could tutor her in Trig.  I jumped up and down and was like, "I LOVE TRIG!!"  I used to teach high school Pre-Calculus and Calculus so Trig is right up my alley.  The problem though ... I haven't taught (or done!) math of any sort in 11 years.  Yes, 11 YEARS. (makes me feel OLD)  If you don't do hard math for 11 years, you forget EVERYTHING.  So I am boning up on my Trigonometry skillz before my tutoring session during lunch today.  Eek, I hope I can be at least some help.  We will see...
 
Question time!  (I always forget to do this!)
- Do you love math?  (I am sure this is a stupid question)
I do!  I have a degree in Math Education.  I taught Algebra II, Gifted Pre Calc and Honors Calc in a high school right out of college.  I quickly realized this was not for me and entered the business world and never looked back.  Though, I do enjoy tutoring here and there. 
- Any good weekend plans?
I am FINALLY going to see The Help!  I cannot wait!!!!  And there might be a trip to Costco with Jade (the phantom blogger) in there too!  But not sure about that yet.  Outside of that, chillin' with Hubs on the couch.  We have a ridiculous amount of movies on our DVR to watch.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

C'mon Irene

(posted by Kerry)


It doesn't look very hurricane-y here in our backyard.


It is a little breezy though.  Breezy enough to knock over our baby pine trees onto the flowers.


But that's all we've seen so far.  Weak.  C'mon Irene!  Hey, like the 80's song.  Or is that Eileen?

Monkees Song Deciphered

(posted by Kerry)


Mission accomplished.  Last night, according to plan, I went to bed at 9:30 and slept until 7:30 this morning.  That's 10 hours of sleeping bliss.  I am so proud.  Unfortunately after all of that sleep I woke up with a serious sinus headache that is refusing to go away.  What is that about?  So much for getting my much needed zzz's. 
 
There is a hurricane heading our way.  OK, well not really heading OUR way, but we are supposedly supposed to feel the residual effects of Hurricane Irene later today and tomorrow morning.  Instead of thinking about how I will "batten down the hatches" just in case we have a little bit of wind, I thought, "how am I going to fanagle my workout plans so that I don't have to go outside or drive to the gym on Friday?"  The answer:  I'm going to do an Insanity workout to fulfill my cross training needs.  Whee!  I haven't done, or even thought about, Insanity since I finished it at the beginning of this month.  Kind of excited to jump back into it tomorrow.  Thanks Irene! 

I got an email from my friend Steven who lives in England (what's up my international readers!!) and he was responding to my Monkees post about what the song title "Randy Scouse Git" means.  Apparently it's a British thang.  Here's what he says...


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I know the answer to your Monkee question:

"Randy Scouse Git"

Randy (Horny)

Scouse (A person from Liverpool)

Git (not a total bar-steward but a bit an ass, maybe a bit of a silly, stupid or incompetent person.)


Then he looked up the real definition of Git and found this:
Git is usually used as an insult, more severe than twit but less severe than a true profanity like wanker or arsehole, and may often be used affectionately between friends.

so in total..."Randy Scouse Git"....Horny Liverpudlian idiot.


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Well there you have it!  I personally love the fact that I now have the words "wanker" and "arsehole" on my blog!  Hehe.

And now it's time to put this random post to bed.  Have a fabulous day!! 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Need a Break

(posted by Kerry)

I am taking tomorrow off from the plan.  I'm tired!  My body is telling me that it needs a rest, so I am going to listen to it and sleep in a little bit tomorrow.  I am immensely looking forward to it.  Maybe when I get home from work I'll have a fit of energy and will want to do something (like yoga).  But if not I'm not going to worry about it.  So there.

As you know, earlier this week I married two things together that turned out FANTASTIC.


Banana + Funfetti Cake Mix = Delicious Banana Cupcakes

For this afternoon's snack I decided to marry banana with something else ... a peanut butter sandwich.  Oh my!


I'm a huge fan of peanut butter and banana together when it comes to ice cream, smoothies, cupcakes (I had an "Elvis" cupcake at Crumbs cupcakes when I was in LA, OMG) but I had never tried a classic peanut butter and banana sandwich.  It was delightful!  I will be having one again tomorrow.  Try it, you'll like it!

Tonight, I am so tired I will be going to bed promptly after Big Brother.  I plan on getting at least 9 hours.  Yes!  Have a great night!  Zzzzzz...


Hills Irritate Me

(posted by Kerry)

I hate hills.

Hills mess up my interval mojo. This morning I set out on a 3.5 mile run outside. Since I didn't map out 3.5 miles beforehand I ended up running around randomly this morning and for some reason I thought it would be a good idea to go in the hilly section of our neighborhood. You know, for mileage. Bad idea. The hills in my neighborhood are no joke. Walking up the hills puts me into near hyperventilation, so trying to keep up my 4/1 intervals + hills is, and was, disastrous.

Let me back up though. I woke up irritated. I was tired out from my workouts this week and didn't want to get up. But I made myself. I go outside, and it's dark. Like dusky dark, but darker than normal. Is daylight savings coming, because usually at this time it is lighter? So I go to shut the garage door and the keypad doesn't work. I try it 7 times and nothing. So I decide to hit the button and make a run for it. As I ran under the door, it bounced back up. BAH! Annoyed, I went back inside and went out the front door, which I don't normally do because our door sticks (long story). So I finally get going.

Because it's dark out, I'm relying on the street lights to make me feel safe (because the dark is scary sometimes). Wouldn't you know, that everytime I got close to a street light, it would go out. We have some sort of fancy energy saving street lights in our neighborhood that go on for a period of time and then power down and then power back. So everytime I got near one it would go out. So annoyed.

I did the 4/1 intervals again and realized I was running way fast (for me). Apparently I was trying to be some crazy sprinter today because by the 3rd minute of my 4 minute running interval I was super tired and wanted to walk. But I didn't. Once I finished 2 miles, I was wondering where to go from there to round out the next 1.5 miles, so I retraced some of my steps. That only got me to 2.5. Ugh. So I decided to go for it and go into the hilly section of our neighborhood. I usually don't go there because the hills just kill me, but I needed the miles and I guess I do need to condition myself for hills for my upcoming races, so I went there. Bad idea. I ended up throwing my 4/1 intervals out the window and just walked. And then of course I couldn't get back into my running groove. AND after running around the hills I was still only at 3.1 miles. OMG! It's the never ending run!

I almost went home and just called it a day, scrapping my 3.5 mile dream. However, I opted to try and pick up the intervals again and keep truckin'. I did more walking than running - more like walking 4, running 1 - but I ended up doing 3.74 miles total, after a bad miscalculation on my part. Pat on the back for that, but I'm not too happy about all of the walking. Oh well, I'll live.

After that I did day one of week 3 of the Sit Up Challenge. It was good. I've been neglecting it a bit lately, so I need to get back on the bandwagon with that.

For breakfast, I did something I've only read about on other blogs ... Cereal Suicide! Cap'n Crunch was BOGO at the grocery store last week, so Hubs decided to buy two ginormous boxes of it, and today I was feeling feisty and really wanted some sugary goodness. I poured Hubs a bowl and then started to feel guilty. After a great (OK, semi-good) run I probably shouldn't be eating a bowl full of sugar laden cereal, so I decided to incorporate some healthier cereal into my Cap'n Crunch. I mixed 1/2 cup of the Cap'n and 1/2 cup of Fiber One Honey Squares (the 80 calorie kind). It was DELISH. I got my "bad" cereal in, and a scoop of the good stuff as well. Bravo.

And then there was more irritation on the way to the office - my iPod plug in my car is acting up, so sound is only coming out of the speakers on one side of my car when I listen to my iPod. Annoying. And someone parked in my spot again. Annoying!

OK, I'm gonna go be irritated. Have a super day!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

I Feel Strong

(posted by Kerry)

Did anyone watch The Lying Game last night?  J's song was featured in the father/daughter dance scene at the 45 minute mark!  Lots of it too - like 2 minutes of the song.  It was a little bit surreal to hear J's song and voice on a TV show, but SO cool!  And I didn't even cry!  Usually I do! 
 
This morning I was excited to be doing something other than running.  After yesterday's 4 miler on the treadmill, I decided to make today a Cross Training and Strength day.  I started with 15 minutes on the bike while reading Redbook and then 15 minutes on the elliptical reading more Redbook.  I got good and sweaty over those 30 minutes, which felt good because the temperature in the gym was 10 below zero today.
 
After the cardio portion of the workout, I did a little strength training routine that I created last night that went a little something like this... 
 
 
I vowed to myself that I wouldn't start the workouts in the The New Rules of Lifting for Women book until I READ the whole book.  So I won't be starting that for a while (because it's not the most fun and entertaining read you'll ever encounter...it's no The Help!).  But I am learning stuff about how strength training affects men vs. women and all of the terminology out there that is totally bunk.  Kind of interesting. 
 
 
Today's strength training routine was right on and made me feel good and strong, which is good considering I neglect strength training most of the time.  Afterwards, I didn't feel so bad about eating those 100 banana Funfetti cupcakes last night.  And batter.  Hee.
 
OK, lots to do today.  I hope everyone has a fabulous day!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Banana Funfetti Cupcakes

(posted by Kerry)


When I got home today there were two things that caught my eye ...


Black bananas...

Perfectly ripe
...and Funfetti Cake Mix

Heaven in a box
So naturally I decided to marry them to make FUNFETTI BANANA CUPCAKES!!! Best idea I have had all day. Oh happy day!  

This batter was the appetizer to tonight's dinner
After a quickie Google search, I found a recipe for incorporating ripened bananas into a regular cake mix to make banana flavored cake.  You can see it here.  


It was super easy to do...


1)  Dump the cake mix into a big bowl
2)  Add 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda to the dry cake mix
3)  Follow the rest of the directions on the box of cake mix - decreasing the amount of water by 1/4 cup
4)  Mix well, add to muffin cups and bake - easy!


Whatta mess.  I will never be a contestant on Cupcake Wars.
The finished product - warm cakes of banana deliciousness.  




I added a dollop of vanilla frosting and voila, dessert!


OMG, I want to marry this cupcake.
It was the perfect start to a wonderful night of TV goodness - Basketball Wives Reunion (hot mess fest!), Bachelor Pad (all kinds of dysfunction), J's song on The Lying Game (what what!), Design Star and Giuliana and Bill.  No, I'm not watching ALL of that tonight.  I wish I could.  That sleep thing gets in the way of things.


Have a wonderful night.  And go make these cupcakes pronto, they are amaaaaazing!  And fat free.  And calorie free.  And they count as a fruit because they have bananas in them.  True story.

Not So Bad!

(posted by Kerry)

4 miles on the treadmill...not so bad!! 
 
I woke up super excited for today's challenge - a 4 mile run on the treadmill - which is kind of crazy for a Monday.  I was anxious to see if I could do it.  The most I have ever run on a treadmill is 3 miles, and I thought I was going to die of sheer boredom.  I was also a little apprehensive about it since I'm not the best treadmill runner.  I always feel like I'm going to trip and face plant on the moving conveyor and make a spectacle of myself.  Luckily, that did not happen.
 
I decided to continue with my run/walk interval training and upped my running to 4 minutes with one 1 minute of walking.  This also helped me focus on something and not be completely bored to tears.  I must say I love this run/walk thing, I love knowing that there is a walk break coming, and I think this is really going to be the key for me when it comes to long runs and half marathons.  My problem with half marathons is I run run run in the beginning and then once I take a walking break it's all over for me.  So my typical half marathon would be me running for about 8 or 9 miles and then walking the rest of it because I can't get myself revved up to run again, ever.  Intervals will help combat this and keep me running to the end (I hope).  So yay for intervals!
 
My gym is a little bit old school, they don't have the cool TVs on every machine, so you have to watch whatever TV is in front of you.  So I had an exciting morning of watching what was happening on the three TVs in my peripheral vision - Libya, a new hurricane threatening Florida (ooh rain!!) and an infomercial about Cindy Crawford's Meaningful Beauty product, which, I am seriously contemplating buying because she looks fantastic. 
 
I also had a fabulous playlist to keep me going.  Here it is (because I know you like it when I post songs, right?)...
 
1)  Many the Miles by Sara Bareilles
This was my 5 minute walking warm up, and the title of the song were my sentiments exactly, "many the miles..."
 
2)  I Wanna Go by Britney Spears
This song is super catchy and makes me wanna GO.
 
3)  Firework by Katy Perry
Just when I thought I couldn't like another Katy Perry song more than Teenage Dream, she releases Firework.  LOVE this song.  PS - J does a fierce version of this song on the guitar.  Just sayin'.
 
4)  Rocketeer by Far East Movement feat. Ryan Tedder
This song reminds me of our trip to LA earlier this year.  Love it.
 
5)  Let It Rock by Kevin Rudolph
This song is a playlist staple.  It makes me run fast.  Well, not really that fast, but faster than walking.
 
6)  I Gotta Feeling (FMIF Remix) by Black Eyed Peas
I will always love this song, and this rendition is even more fun than the original.
 
7)  Outta My Head by Ashlee Simpson
I told you I enjoyed Ashlee Simpson.  I'm one of the few.  But this song is fun.
 
8)  Peacock by Katy Perry
Another good song by Katy.  But not as good as Firework.
 
9)  My Name by Anoop Desai
Yes, Anoop from American Idol!  He put out an album and this song is surprisingly good!
 
10)  Freak by Estelle
Great song, great lyrics, good running music.
 
11)  Fergalicious by Fergie
This song reminds me of when I first started running.  I remember running around Celebration to this CD.  I love Fergie, she needs another solo album.
 
12)  Start a Fire by Ryan Star
This is from another CD I checked out from the library.  This is a great CD.  His song We Might Fall...LOVE, but too slow for a running playlist.
 
13)  Never Again by Kelly Clarkson
Everyone was hatin' on Kelly Clarkson for putting out her edgy third CD.  I loved this CD.  It was a little dark and angry, but fun.  Love KC.
 
14)  Teenage Dream by Katy Perry
Not sure if I like this version or the Glee version of this song better.  I love the Warblers!
 
15)  Cannibal by Kesha
Another CD I checked out from the library (all this free music, I am loving it!).  Kesha is good for some fun workout music.  This song delivers.
 
And that's it!  I completed my 4 miles in 54:30 with my minute long walking breaks and a 5 minute walking warm up.  GREAT workout.  And the nice part, it was in the air conditioning.  I might have to do more runs on the treadmill in the future!  I am proud of my legs for carrying me through - good job legs! 
 
Alright, I'm off, have a fabulous day!  And don't forget to watch or DVR the ABC Family show "The Lying Game" tonight at 9:00 EST to hear J's song "Terrified"!!!! 

Sunday, August 21, 2011

This Week's Plan

(posted by Kerry)


Because I missed my 4 mile "long run" this Saturday due to being stranded in Connecticut, I have decided to add it to this week's schedule.  I'm afraid to skip it, because I have to do 5 miles this coming Saturday and I'm afraid I might die without doing 4 miles first.  I know I won't, but I really want to stick to the schedule as much as possible.  So here's the plan for this week.  I'm gonna shake things up a bit...


Monday - 4 miles ... on the treadmill.  Yes, on the treadmill.  If Running Off the Reese's can run 17 miles on a treadmill on a weeknight, and Hungry Runner Girl can run a marathon on a treadmill, I can certainly do 4.  They are my inspiration.  Though, HRG could probably run a marathon in the time I can run 4 miles, but whatever I'm doing it!


Tuesday - Cross Train (30 minutes) and Strength Train


Wednesday - 3.5 miles outside


Thursday - Cross Train (40 minutes)


Friday - Yoga Stretch


Saturday - 5 miles outside


Sunday - Rest


Lofty goals, but I'm gonna do it!  Also in there I have to do my Sit Up Challenge stuff and eat better than I did last week.  Cuz let's be frank, last week my eating was atrocious.  Bar food Monday, an entire bread basket and Italian on Tuesday, McDonald's for breakfast and lunch on Thursday and Friday for dinner....oy.  There's no where to go but up!  


Here's to a new week!!  

Watch The Lying Game on ABC Family on Monday Night!!!

Watch "The Lying Game" on ABC Family Monday night!  J's song, "Terrified" is going to be featured in the episode!!  How cool is that?  "The Lying Game" is on at 9:00 EST on ABC Family.  Watch it!

And here's a link to J's song Terrified, so that you know what to listen out for!  

HOW COOL!

Connecticut in Photos

(posted by Kerry)


I'm home!  I FINALLY got home last night around 6:45, and I'm really glad to finally be here.  Even though I was gone for only two days, being put in that predicament was traumatic and made me feel like I was gone for a week.  My flight home yesterday was gloriously uneventful after a nice day of putzing around the towns of Simsbury, Avon and Canton shopping, eating and snapping pictures.  It was actually kind of a nice day.  


Connecticut is really beautiful, and I am told that I haven't even been to the really beautiful parts, like New Haven.  It's such a departure from where I live - they have 2 lane roads everywhere that they call "routes", they have local mom and pop stores and restaurants and rolling hills.  All very different from Orlando.  


And now, as promised, my trip to Connecticut in pictures...  

Taken while driving.  You can't tell, but this was a beautiful, old looking church

Another pretty church taken while driving

This is a house that was built in the 1700's.  Everything is so old and historical there.

Check out this little tiny post office.  Cute!

This is where I met some co-workers for dinner.  Abigail's.  It is said to be haunted.
I never go to the bathroom here because of that.  

My awesome hotel room.  



Driving into the office.  So pretty.

The town of Simsbury, Connecticut.

Driving into the office, so pretty.

My totally awesome (and HUGE) rental car.

You can't tell, but this is a HUGE old old old cemetery in the middle of town.  Beautiful.

On Saturday I headed to Canton to an outdoor mall.  Fuel for my shopping trip.

The backdrop of the outdoor mall was very pretty.

I got these sunglasses for $5 at Old Navy.  Bug eyes.

Pretty pretty

On my shopping trip I hit up the Barnes and Noble and bought two books. I've read good things
about The New Rules of Lifting for Women from other blogs, so I had to check it out.

There is a castle at the top of the mountain, how cool is that?

Another office shot.  Such a pretty view.

So long Connecticut, see you in about a month!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

I'm STILL in Connecticut...

(posted by Kerry)

Yeah, I don't even want to talk about what happened last night.  Let's just say it involved spending 4 hours at the airport, tears and an abrupt exit from the airport back to my cushy hotel in the lovely town of Simsbury. 

It also involved me going postal on a McDonald's employee because it took them 18 minutes to get me my Chicken McNuggets.  18 minutes!!!!  Then I almost had a thrown down with someone in line at the gate who tried to cut me in line.  A line I had been standing in for 40 minutes. Some guy in a suit thought it was OK for him to get behind the person that was just finishing up.  I was like "Ummm, no, the line is behind me (asshat)" and he gave me some smart ass remark that he's been at the airport for 3 hours waiting for his flight.  No sh-- a-hole, we're all on the same delayed flight from hell.  Seriously, I almost punched him.  Luckily the lady behind the counter was like "ma'am (ma'am???) you are next", and then the guy started grumbling.  I wanted to say something so badly, like "dude, you're an asshat."  But I didn't.  I kinda wish I had though, that would have been bad ass. 

And, speaking of asshats, once I got to the hotel apparently I was hobbling around like a crazy drunk because some custodial worker at the hotel asked me if I had had too much to drink.  Umm, nothing to drink here.  I ignored him, but I wanted to be like "no you asshat, I've been at the airport for half the day in work clothes, my feet hurt, I'm tired and I just want to forget that all this happened, but thank you for noticing my slightly strange gait, thank you very much."  Did I say asshat?  Asshat. 

PS, the word of the day is asshat if you couldn't tell.

Anyway, my flight to Baltimore finally left around 9:00, without me on it.  I knew that I had missed my connection, so I wanted to see what my options were before I flew to Baltimore (and got stranded in Baltimore).  Apparently Southwest cannot get me back to Florida before MONDAY.  MONDAY!??!?!  Are you freaking kidding me?  In what world does that happen?  Not in my world! I promptly cancelled my flight and told them that I would be flying home on another airline. I told them I wanted my luggage off the plane and they said, "absolutely."  So I walked away, and then the waterworks started.  I called Hubs in a crazy hysterical crying rant about how I had been waiting at the airport for 4 hours, only to be going back to where I started.  Thank God in heaven that I was able to get my luggage off the plane before I left.  Otherwise this would have been terrible.

Because I'm traveling on business, I decided to rent an expensive car (just kidding, I actually got a better "weekend" rate than the "corporate" rate - you're welcome, work!) and go back to the side of town that I know like the back of my hand - Simsbury.  I called the hotel I had checked out of yesterday morning and begged for my room back.  They happily obliged.  I knew that if I had to spend the whole weekend anywhere (but home), I would want to spend it here.  There's plenty of shopping and things to do around here should I be stranded. 

Got back to my room and scoured Expedia for flights.  I found several (not on Southwest) that got me out of here on Saturday.  Hallelujah!!  So I will be on my way home later this afternoon. On a nonstop flight, thankyouverymuch.  So between now and the time I have to leave for the airport I have plans to shop and eat a yummy lunch at Five Guys (because greasy burgers and fries are comfort food when you're not having a good weekend, right?). 

I had a 4 miler planned for today, but unfortunately I don't have the right shoes with me.  I brought my flimsy Nike Frees that I know I'd break an ankle in if I tried to run in them.  So I'm opting out of working out and maybe I'll try my 4 miler tomorrow.  Or maybe not.  I'm thinking too far ahead, I just need to get home first... 

PS - ABC Family is rockin' it today...I just finished watching Jumanji (LOVE that movie) and now The Karate Kid (the original) is on!  SWEET!

Questions for you ...
- Ever been stranded at an aiport? 
Before this year, I had never ever had problems with flying.  But earlier this year on a trip to Chicago, my mom and I met some crazy wicked delays that made us miss our connecting flight in Memphis.  I should have remembered this - connecting flights are evil!  Fly nonstop all the time! 

Friday, August 19, 2011

Delayed

(posted by Kerry)


I'm still here. I was supposed to leave Hartford at 5:20. That was two hours ago. Apparently weather in Baltimore sucks so bad that they closed the airport. Fabulous. I am sure my connection is delayed too, which works well for me, but I am uncertain of what time my connection is leaving. Most likely before I get there. I am now very glad that I brought that extra outfit and several pairs of shoes. More later...

Go Me!

(posted by Kerry)

Just a note to let y'all know that I actually got out of bed this morning and worked out!  This is a huge accomplishment considering I never, ever, ever workout when I am traveling on business.  I have good intentions to, but it just never happens.  So, go me for doing it today!

This morning I made my way down to the hotel gym and got my cross training in for the week (since the schedule tells me I have to do that).  I did 15 minutes on the elliptical and 20 minutes on the bike.  It felt good to move my legs, since I didn't do anything yesterday. 

After that, I grabbed a quick pre-breakfast at the hotel (PB toast and some melon).  I say pre-breakfast because there will be bagels at our meeting today.  Like donuts, I can scarf down some bagels.  So there may be some mass consumption of carbs this morning.  Good thing I worked out.  Though the measley 200 calories I burned off at the gym are only going to cover about half of one of those bagels.  Oh well. 

OK, I must go.  I have taken pictures here in Connecticut, I will be uploading them when I get home and posting them, promise.  Cuz it's just beautiful here.  OK, later!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

More Travel Musings

(posted by Kerry)

Greetings from Connecticut!!  It's been a looong day, but I've been chronicling my day in my head all day for the ol' blog (yeah, I think in blog posts), so I thought I'd jump online and continue my Travel Musings and let you know how the day has gone ...

- I heart Southwest, but man, it's a whole lot of hurry up and wait with them.  You have to hurry up and get to the gate so that you can stand by your letter/number, only to wait there for 20 minutes while they de-plane the flight that just came in, clean the plane, and then load on all of the people needing assistance.  Why am I standing here? 

- Why do people with kids get to board the plane before me?  I set a timer yesterday so that I could check in precisely 24 hours prior to my flight, to the minute, so that I could be an "A."  I checked in 23 hours and 59 minutes prior to my flight and got "B4."  What the?  Anyway, I'm standing in the B line waiting to get on the plane, and a family full of C's comes and stands in front of me.  Oh hell no!  I'm too nice to speak up about stuff like that, but the lady next to me did and the family of C's said "we have a child" ... well good for you.  They had a 4 year old.  I get that people with babies and strollers and car seats get to board before everyone else, but a 4 year old?  What assistance do they need on a plane?  Whatever, I still got my good window seat, so I can't complain.  But still...bitter party of one.

- Everytime I walk down the gangway to the plane I say the same prayer, "God, please keep me safe and sound on my trip up to Connecticut.  Please watch over this plane and make sure there are no issues such as mechanical problems or crazy people on the plane.  Please make sure that the pilot is not drunk or under the influence of narcotics and that there is limited turbulence and I get to my destination safe and sound.  Amen."  I also say this prayer while we are speeding 400 miles per hour down the runway at takeoff.

- I love when the pilot comes on to talk.  It makes me feel at ease when he/she talks about how smooth the flight is and how much earlier we're expected to reach our destination.  I like the fact that he doesn't have panic in his voice like "there's a mechanical problem we're going to be dropping 5000 feet in a matter of 5 seconds."  When the pilot doesn't come on to talk to us, that's what makes me nervous.  Or it just makes me think the pilot is an a-hole.  Speaking of pilots (not a-holes), Hubs' friend just became a pilot for Delta.  Hmm, I may not be flying Delta much anymore...scary.  I kid, I kid.  Sorta.

- I think the people who were sitting behind me were drunk (at 9:15am).  Apparently they didn't know that Southwest offered open seating.  "You can sit wherever you want?!?!"  Ummm, yeah, what do you think that cattle call was for out in the terminal?  Duh.  And of course these people picked the row behind me.  Fab.

- On the flight up I read my book and listened to two CDs I got from the library yesterday.  Did you know you can check out CDs from the library?  Why have I been spending so much money on iTunes??  And if you're really lazy (like me) you don't even have to GO to the library, you can have them deliver the CDs to your house.  Best.  Deal.  Ever.  Anywho, I listened to Matthew Morrison (Mr. Schue from Glee, and the opening act at the NKOTBSB concert).  It was just OK.  He does a fabulous rendition of Rocket Man with Elton John though.  Highlight of the CD.  And then I listened to Sara Bareilles.  I'm about 2 years too late on that one.  It is a really good CD! 

- The flight attendant on this flight is cracking me up.  She's quite the jokester and totally buffooned the entire airplane twice during the flight.  At the beginning of the flight before they started the safety instructions, she goes "someone has lost a wallet!"  So everyone of course is looking around and looking to the front of the plane.  Then she goes "now that I have your attention here are a few safety instructions..."  Sneaky!  Then at the end of the flight she goes, "this is a special flight, we've put lotto ticket in the seat backs of a few seats, check it out and see if you're a winner!"  So of course we're all looking in our seatbacks.  Then she goes "well, now that you're rooting through the seatbacks, please take out any garbage you find in there and pass it to the aisles."  DAMN!  She's good!  But, ew.

- Why must babies on a plane starting screaming and crying after we have to turn our electronic devices off for landing? 

- I love the Hartford airport.  It's tiny and cute. 

- My luggage was already out as I walked up to the luggage carousel.  That never happens.

- The rental car I got is ridonkulous!!!  In a good way.  I ordered a "standard" car and I ended up with a big honking SUV - a GMC Acadia.  It's like driving a Mack truck.  It has three rows of seats.  It's difficult to drive, but awesome. 

- I had to grab lunch on the way to the office and McDonald's was the only place on the way to the office.  Yes, McD's for breakfast and lunch - I love traveling. 

- Apparently this was the only McD's in Connecticut, it was like Disney World.  The drive thru line had 72 cars in it.  So I opted to go in.

- I haven't gone inside a McDonald's in ages.  I now know why, it was chaotic.  And there was a severely creepy dude with a really bad staring problem giving me the hairy eyeball.  Seriously, I almost had to say something.  It was gross.  And then some lady tried to cut me!  (in line, not with a knife)  I don't think so lady! 

- After eating Chicken McNuggets with no sauce (they were out of my beloved Sweet Chili Sauce) I made my way to the office. 

- I love beginning the workday at 1:00.  Ugh.  The workday flew by though, I had various meetings to attend.  Nothing fun to report there.

- At 5:30 I left to go check into my hotel a few towns over.  I had printed out Mapquest directions, but they were conveniently in the trunk.  So I thought I could remember my way back to my hotel (a hotel I haven't stayed at since like January).  WRONG!  I spent an HOUR driving around various towns in Connecticut.  Everything looks the same here.  Pretty, tree lined, 2 lane roads, they all look the same!  Everytime I thought I knew where I was, I just got confused.  And there are so so many roads that fork around here.  Why must roads fork?  Finally I found a sign that pointed to the airport.  I know how to get to the town I need to get to from the airport, so I'll just go there and go the way I know.  This took me another 20 minutes out of my way.  I spent an HOUR to go approximately 12 miles.  Ridiculous.  By the time I made it to dinner, my teammates were already on their second drink and had cracked into several appetizers.  And I'm usually so good with directions! 

- My hotel room kind of rocks.  I used to stay at this hotel all the time, so it's kind of like coming home.  Lately I haven't been staying in this town when I come to Connecticut, so I've had to stay elsewhere and I don't like it as much.  I got to my room tonight and they've totally remodeled the rooms!  New furniture, awesome flat screen TVs, they even put new countertops in the kitchenette.  Fancy schmancy!  Too bad I can hear the people next door partying it up through my walls.  This might be a problem....

And that covers my day, my thoughts, the first day of my trip to Connecticut.  Aren't you excited to know all of this?

I have neglecting working out today, and it's felt good.  I ran three days in a row - Mon thru Wed - so I'm planning on doing cross training tomorrow.  I checked out the gym, it has an elliptical and a bike, so I'm golden.  We'll see if I get up (usually when I travel, getting up early to workout DOESN'T happen, so we'll see).

Have a FAB night!

Airport & Travel Musings

(posted by Kerry)


Hello from Orlando International! I travel on a semi frequent basis for work, so I know airports. So here are some airport and travels musings for you this morning...


- My trip to Connecticut is for one day. I come back tomorrow night. Why, oh why do I have four pairs of shoes with me? (3 packed and one on my feet)


- Skycap service is a godsend. I will pay the two dollar tip just so I don't have to stand in that milelong line at the Southwest counter where people have no idea what they are doing (the passengers, not the employees). Self service kiosks rock, but I want to yell and throw things at the people who don't understand how to work them. Hence the reason skycaps are a godsend.


- Why do I always get in the security line that is moving the SLOWEST? And with the most kids and strollers and shenanigans?


- Why does a meal at McDonals in the airport cost 3 dollars more than at a regular McD's?


That's it for now. Gotta get to my gate. More Later!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Bon Voyage...for now

(posted by Kerry)


On my way to Connecticut for work, I'll check back in later...


PS - It's only supposed to be 76 degrees there.  OMG, cannot wait!  

Monkee Morning

(posted by Kerry)


My eating this week has been off the chain bad. And it's only Wednesday morning. Oy.

Last night we accompanied J to another singing competition, this time local (thankfully). The competition, Southwest (Orlando) Idol, and it was held at a local Italian restaurant, so I knew I had absolutely zero chance of being "good" at dinner (pizza and pasta were on the menu). Southwest Idol is put on by a local newspaper, Southwest Bulletin, and this was the third week of competition before the finals next week. The top 4 from each week move forward to next week's finale, which means we are in store for 12 singers in next week's finale. J made it through, and frankly steamrolled the competition (the whole thing was kind of like a bad high school talent show). So next week we'll be there for the finals!

Dinner was very good, however, I ate an entire bread basket before dinner by myself. Um, yeah, I was carb loading for my run this morning. Yeah, that's it. So by the time my meal came around (I had stromboli, it was just okay) I wasn't too hungry. But I ate myself into a stupor anyway. Seriously, I have got to get back on track with the eating. But I will say it's been hard this week since we had bar food on Monday and Italian last night. Tonight we're eating at home fo sho!

This morning I got up, full of food, and did my 3 miles that were on the schedule for today. I wasn't in the mood to do it, since I was in a sort of food coma this morning. But I realized that this is my last running day until my "long run" on Saturday (4 miles, not that long), since I'm traveling for work the next couple of days and don't know if I'll be able to get a workout in. I always have really good intentions of working out while traveling - I take my workout gear, my shoes and then I end up being super lazy instead. I'm hoping that doesn't happen this time, because I've got to do cross training and strength/stretch between now and Saturday if I want to stick to the "schedule."

After the 3 miles, I did day two, week four of Sit Up Challenge, where I did a ridiculous amount of crunches again.  Which didn't help the fact that my belly was bloated from all of the bread last night. Overall, great workout again today. And I'm still amazing myself that I am actually getting up every morning and sticking with this. Like I've said before, I need a PLAN. Super proud of myself though!

On my way out the door this morning I saw on the Today Show a story about The Monkees. WHAT?!?!?!? I had to stop and watch it, because you know my extreme love for The Monkees. The story was about how they went out on a reunion tour earlier this year, but then ended up cancelling the tour due to business reasons. Aw, sad, I would have totally gone to see them if they came here. And I probably would have had to go by myself, because none of my friends would be caught dead at a Monkees concert. And that's just creepy, so it's probably good that they didn't come here. You can see the story here.  PS, Al Roker does NOT make a good Monkee. 

Umm, no.
So obviously once I got in the car, I was in a Monkees mood, so here's my morning drive playlist - Monkees style!

1) Last Train to Clarksville
This song makes me dance. It's catchy, and totally reminds me of the Monkees TV show.

2) Randy Scouse Git
I don't even know what the title of this song means. Or what the lyrics say, something about cutting your hair. I like it though.

3) All of Your Toys
Why do I love this song so much? Every time it comes on I get happy. (though, that's not saying much, I'm always happy)

4) No Time
This song rocks! And it's exactly how I felt when I was running late for work - NO TIME!

5) Steppin' Stone
You know you've heard this song - "I I I I I'm not you're steppin' stone!"

6) Heart and Soul
In the 80's the Monkees decided to try a comeback with this song and a song called "That Was Then This is Now" - they obviously didn't "come back" in a big way.

7) Daydream Believer
Yes, that song from Shrek by Smash Mouth is a remake of the Monkees classic.

OK, now that I have shown my true dorkiness, I should probably get going. Have a great day!