Monday, September 30, 2013

Preparing For Saturday

Guys, I ran two days in a row.  Crazy right?  I know I have been trying to be all bad ass by refusing to train for my race and all, but deep down I'm sort of terrified and needed to prove to myself that I could still physically run.  I can!  So that's a relief.  I did 3 miles yesterday and 2 miles this morning.  And if you add that up, that's still way less that I should have run on my last long run before a 10 mile race, but that's neither here nor there.
How did it feel?  It felt good.  I forgot how much fun morning runs are.  It's nice to be up and outside at dawn when it's nice and peaceful and, dare I say, cool outside.  Yeah, cool.  It was in the 60s Sunday and Monday mornings, and that for us is considered "cool."  The humidity was still about 70% so it was thick and cool, but thick and cool trumps hot and humid every time.  I'm going to try and run at least two more times this week, just to make sure I will be all lubed up and ready to go on Saturday night for the Tower of Terror 10 Miler. 
Based on my run how do I think Saturday is going to go?  One word: slow.  I did 2/1 intervals (where I only ran 1 minute - yeah, I know) and it felt good.  I pumped it up to 2 minutes for a couple of intervals and that just made me tired, so I might stick with running 1's for the race, just so I don't totally poop out by mile 3.  Maybe 90 seconds.  I dunno, I'll play with it this week.  I’m not going to try and be a hero and run longer than I've run in the last couple of months just because it's a race.  But I might.  Wow, I really have no plan, I'm just going to fly by the seat on my pants (or running shoes) on Saturday night and see how it goes.
Outside of running, the weekend was a good one.  We were reunited with our favorite festival - the Epcot Food and Wine Festival -on Saturday night.  It was great, as usual.  But so stinkin' crowded.  I think we will only be visiting Food and Wine on weeknights from now on, because weekend days/nights are a little ridiculous.  Depends on the concert schedules though, because you know we like our Eat to the Beat concerts.  Starship was there this weekend.  Remember them?  We Built This City, We Buit This City on ROCK N ROLL!  And, they actually sing one of my fave songs from one of my absolute fave 80's movies, Mannequin (I heart Andrew McCarthy) - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now.  You know you remember that one.  Fun times! 
Alright, that's all I've got for now. I’m going utilize my endorphin high from my morning exercise to power me through today.  Hope you're having a great one! 

Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Another Saturday, another day of inactivity. Again today I failed to get up and do anything exercise worthy. Blerg. I stink. Tomorrow for sure. Yes I know I've said this incessantly for the last week or two. But this time I mean it.

Today my alma mater, UCF, is playing their first nationally televised network football game. Like, its on a real channel - ABC. First time in our history. It's a pretty big deal. Enough of a big deal for me to actually tune in. I had no idea we were undefeated this season. Yay!

This weekend marks the beginning of my absolute favorite time of year - Epcot Food and Wine Festival time!!  It's the most wonderful time of year! Argentinian Chimichurri beef skewers here I come!! Hubs, Jillian and I are headed out there this evening and I can't wait.

Jillian is ready too.  

Even though I'm not prepared for my impending 10 mile race next Saturday (7 days and counting) I am getting excited. Race week is always exciting. The expo, the race prep (what the heck am I going to wear with my awesome custom t-shirt? Shorts? Capris? A tutu?), the anticipation on how we are going to pull this off... So much to be excited about. I am so glad I'm doing it with Amanda and Michele. If I were doing it alone I might have just bailed.

Alright, I'm going to go read the latest edition of Fitness magazine and see if that will motivate me to get out of bed tomorrow to work out.  Fingers crossed!  Talk at ya later!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

So Dark

I am not a fan of how dark it is in the morning these days.  When did this happen?  I feel like all of the sudden it’s pitch black at 7am.  It’s really off-putting, and just contributes to my early morning workout laziness.  I can’t even tell you the last time I got up a worked out in the morning – sad. 

I just looked it up and daylight savings ends on November 3rd, ugh, we have a long time before it starts getting lighter earlier – not helpful.  I did manage to get in a BBB workout this morning, and it was a good one!  It’s the cardio that I just didn’t seem to get to today.  Meh.  I’m gonna work on this.  I promise.

Tonight we have fun planned.  Hubs and I are buying new furniture!  As you know we bought a new king sized bed a while back, now we need a new headboard/footboard to go with said new bed.  After scouring furniture stores and the internet for the last month I finally (FINALLY) made a decision on a beautiful upholstered headboard/footboard.  I am terrible when I comes to making decisions on things like furniture, so I am super excited I finally found one that both Hubs and I agree on.  In addition to the bed we’re also getting new bedroom furniture – dressers, nightstands, etc – because our bedroom set is uber old (like a decade old).   So we’re going to go and drop a stupid amount of moolah tonight, but all for a good cause.  I’m excited. 

Hope you’re having a fab day! 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Custom Race Tees

So I did something really fun at lunchtime today!  I met up with my running gals, Amanda and Michele (although we all agree that running will not be much in the cards at the Tower 10 Miler), and we went to a custom t-shirt shop called Big Frog to create our awesome race t-shirts.  We decided to create matching “team” t-shirts for the 10 Miler back in May when we did the I-Drive 5K and we all ended up wearing purple shirts.  We thought it would be fun to be matchy matchy during this fun race.

Big Frog is SO cool.  You literally sit down with a graphic artist and design your t-shirt.  We chose everything from type of t-shirt, color, color of the lettering, fonts and graphics.  It was super fun.  We decided on black v-neck t-shirts with glittery gold lettering – fancy!  I’m not going to tell you what they say yet.  I’ll save that for the unveiling when we receive our shirts.  I am so, so excited about the shirts though, they’re going to be awesome.  Now I just have to find some fun headgear for us gals to wear …

I know I have been pretty ho hum about running and the race lately, but getting together and creating our team t-shirts got me pretty excited for the race.  We made plans to go pick up our race packets and meet up at my house before the race and whatnot, so it’s going to be fun no matter how horrendous our performance is.  (God, please make me fast enough to at least not get picked up by the sweeper bus.  Please.)  I am looking forward to it.

Now I am back at work listening to my 10 Miler playlist, making tweaks and getting pumped.  Maybe I’ll even go out for a jog later on…  Eh, no, I want to say I did absolutely zero training for this one.  Ha.

Motivation of the day…

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

What's Been Going On?

Yes, I am still writing a blog.  I just haven’t been around in a while.  With a baby there are days where you have a list of things you want to get done, blogging is usually one of them, and then you find you only get to like two of them.  It’s really crazy.  That’s what has been happening with blogging lately.  It kind of stinks.

So what’s going on over here?  Let’s see …

My trip to Hartford was fine.  I finally got back over to the Marriott and stayed there on Wednesday night.  It was nice.  It had a killer gym and spa – too bad I had to leave at 6amthe next morning or else I would have used that bad boy.  Oh well, maybe next time.

I have run exactly 0 miles in the last two weeks now.  This would be okay given the fact that I decided to retire from running last week.  But it’s bad because I have a TEN MILE race that I have to do in t-minus 10 days.  The guilt is weighing on me like a 300 pound cupcake.

That said, I am really excited about the race.  I have no idea how I am going to pull it off, but however I do it, I am going to have fun.  The girls and I keep joking that we’re going to be the last three to cross the finish line, or worse, get swept from the course.  I’m hoping they don’t do that.  It’s a nighttime race so they shouldn’t sweep anyone, right?  We are hoping this to be true.

Tomorrow the gals and I are going to order our team t-shirts.  We’re not an “official” team, but we’re getting fun shirts made anyway.  I am super excited.  This will help propel me during the race.

Another thing to propel me during the race, my 10 miler playlist.  I’ve been working on it for a couple of weeks now.  It’s becoming a work of art.  I will share with you when it’s finished.  It will contain a lot of Newsboys and David Guetta (two artists that are on completely opposite sides of the musical spectrum).

I was going to take Jillian on a long walk this afternoon, but the skies opened up so that plan was foiled.  I did Insanity instead.  Not at all an even trade off considering I felt like I was dying about 5 minutes into it.  Pretty sure I wouldn’t have felt that way on a walk. 

Michele has been sending Amanda and I motivating jpgs to get us to run, like this one:

It’s not working for me, but I am thoroughly enjoying them.

I’m thinking that if I can focus on cardio for stamina (Insanity) and strength (Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp and 8 Minute Abs on You Tube) over the next 10 days, I can make it through the race without training.  Yeah, we’ll see if that works.  It’s an experiment.

Alright that’s all from me.  I hope to be back tomorrow – no more of this being silent for a week crap! 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Hotel Snafu

Hello from Hartford!  Yeah, I’m here again.  But for a different reason.  I’m here for a leadership conference.  Apparently my boss thinks I’d make a good leader (wow, I’ve got her fooled, hehe), so she sent me to this conference that is happening here.  Fun times.

It’s been an eventful trip so far.  I got here last night and it was 55 degrees.  Holy cow!  It won’t be 55 degrees in Florida like ever, so it was a very welcomed change.  I met up with my travel buddy (no, not Beth) Pam and we made our way to our hotel.  I was really excited to stay at the new swanky Marriott attached to the convention center because it looks beautiful (and I love a swanky hotel).  We got there, gave our names to check in and they told us “oh sorry, we’re overbooked, we’re going to send you to the Ramada for the night.”  I’m sorry, what?  I’ve been looking forward to staying at your fabulous hotel and you’re sending me to the Ramada across town?  So not cool.  They did say that the stay would be completely comped and that we could come back to the Marriott on Wednesday night.  Gee thanks. 

So Pam and I were escorted to the Ramada (which is nowhere near as swanky as the Marriott) and made the best of it.  The crappy part, our conference is at the convention center (which is attached to the Marriott), so we have to find some sort of transportation from the dumb Ramada (cuz we’re not paying for a cab since we’ve been inconvenienced) and then schlep all of our stuff over there before the conference begins.  Annoying.  Oh well, it makes for a good story, right? 

I had grand plans to get up this morning and go to the swanky Marriott gym, since I didn’t have to be anywhere until 11:00.  That didn’t happen.  We got here so late last night that I didn’t even want to set my alarm to get up early and find the gym at the Ramada.  Grr.  Maybe I’ll check it out tonight after the conference.  On a high note, I did get an Insanity workout in before I left yesterday.  Pure Cardio.  It kicked my ass. 

So that’s my story today.  I’m off to go pack up my things and get ready to switch hotels.  Have a wonderful Wednesday! 

Monday, September 16, 2013

I'm Retiring

Well hi!  It’s been a few days.  I’m kind of slacking on my blogging duties lately.  It’s funny because I’m always drafting blog posts in my head, but then when I actually go to sit down and write, I seem to forget what I wanted to write about.  Hate that.

So let’s see, what’s been going on?  I did 3 days of Insanity last week – woo!  It’s not a ton, and not as much activity as I really would like, but I will take it.  I’m feeling very blah about my working out schedule lately, which has been spotty at best, so I am hoping that doing Insanity will rev things up a bit.  That, in conjunction with Tina’s BBB, should hopefully do the trick and revive me.  Here’s hoping.

On the running front, there is nothing going on.  I’ve gotten to the point where I just want to retire from running, because I just don’t want to do it.  I like it, but I don’t love it anymore.  The thought of my upcoming race is exciting, but I’ve kind of given up on training for it.  I’m just not in the mood.  I’m three weeks away from it and haven’t run anywhere close to 10 miles.  Will I make it?  Yes.  Will I take it easy during the race?  Yes.  I’ve decided I’m doing 2/1 intervals – that’s it.  No more, no less.  I’m not trying to win, I’m simply trying to not get picked up off the course by the sweeper bus.  My girlfriends and I have been joking that we should put that on our team t-shirts – “WE WILL NOT GET SWEPT!” 

If I sound down in the dumps about it, I’m really not.  I am a little disappointed that I didn’t put more effort into training.  “Retiring” from running does not at all mean retiring from exercise.  I will still do many forms of exercise – walking, ellipticizing, Insanity, strength training, even jogging – but I don’t think I’m going to be signing up for multiple long races in coming years.  5Ks, sure.  10Ks, why not.  Half marathons, probably not for a while (although I am already locked into the Princess Half Marathon in February, so I guess I can’t hang up my shoes just yet). 

So that’s my story.  Running is going to be on the back burner for a while.  Or, I should say will STAY on the back burner, since that’s where it’s been for a while.  I’m going to run when I want to run, not when I feel like I have to run (ie, to train for a long race that I haphazardly signed up for).  For now, I will focus on other forms of exercise and maybe I will build back up to running one day. We will see! 

So how about you?  Have you ever retired from running?  Do you go through those love/hate periods with a particular form of exercise?

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Getting Insane

I’m not sure if it’s awesome or sad when your husband takes a look at your bare feet and goes “would you like to go and get a pedicure tonight, I’ll watch the baby.”  Yes, that really happened last night.  And I happily responded with a big “OK!!!!”  So I went and got a pedicure.  And a manicure.  Because why not?  I am happy to report that my feet look about 1000% better now.

I knew when I typed that Jillian was sleeping well the other day that I would jinx myself.  Last night she was up partying til midnight (probably because Hubs took her on a walk and let her nap in her stroller while I was at my pedi) and then woke up again at 5am hungry.  Sheesh.  Needless to say we all slept until 8:30 today.  Thank goodness for work at home days. 

Even with the late wake up, I was able to get in a workout, believe it or not.  The key: immediately put on your workout clothes when you get out of bed.  I did this and it miraculously worked.  Although, it is late in the day and I still haven’t showered yet.  Oh well. 

I did Workout B of Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp and it focused on arms, my favorite.  It was a great workout that had me doing some arm exercises I have never ever done before.  I’m sure I will be sore tomorrow.  I’m still sore from the leg workout on Tuesday

After the arm workout, while Jillian was napping, I did an Insanity workout.  Woo whee – I forgot just how tough and awesome Insanity is.  I was literally gasping for breath through most of it, and I gave Shaun T the finger a couple of times as he was telling me to “dig deeper.”  Hehe.  But at the end I was like “hot damn, I just did that!”  It felt really really good.  I am now slightly light headed and soaking wet – love it.

OK, gotta go.  Our new bedding was just delivered.  Two deliveries in one week, so exciting I don’t know what to do with myself!!  Have a great Thursday!!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Reasons I Am Happy

I’m in a weirdly good mood today and here’s why.    

A) I got a really good night’s sleep.  Jillian had another stellar night and didn’t wake up once.  I don’t want to say this too loudly because it will change again I am sure.

B) I worked out this morning.  I didn’t run, I did Insanity.  AAH!  Yeah, I might be “going there” again.  I might not do it full on 6 days a week, but I might integrate it into my workout schedule along with the running, since I need to be running right now (because that 10 miler is coming fast and furious).  It’s such a fabulous workout series and it is really what I need right now in terms of structure (and toning), so I definitely want to see what I can do to integrate it in. 

I did the Fit Test DVD today and even the Fit Test is hard.  I was huffing and puffing and sweating like a crazy person at the end of it, but it felt GOOD.  Afterwards I did Workout A of Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp – woohoo, it’s off to a great start!  It was all legs, so I am sure I won’t be able to walk tomorrow.  The next workout is all arms, so I am super excited about that.

C) The new Newsboys CD came out today.  I downloaded it this morning and have been jamming out to it ever since.  It’s so so so so good.  I am pretty sure every song will be on my running playlist from now on.  I was actually dancing around the living room today to it.  Jillian and I were having a Dance Party USA in the living room.  It was awesome.  I heart them.

D) I got on the scale this morning.  Normally getting on the scale would not be a reason for being in a weirdly good mood, but when I got on the scale this morning I noticed something huge.  The number on the scale was actually below my pre-pregnancy weight.  Yes!  I weighed myself about a month ago and I had hit my pre-pregnancy weight then.  I did a happy dance but then didn’t think much about it because I was afraid it was an anomaly, just a result of a really clean eating week.  I weighed myself again a week later and it was the same.  Another week later and I had gained a pound (likely from my trip to Hartford and all that eating out).  And then this week, two pounds down.  Boom.  So proud and excited about this.  Now if I only I could firmly get back on the workout train. 

E) This gorgeous purchase just arrived via UPS today.  It's so beautiful in person I don't even have words.  Mommy's been shopping.  Luckily it was on deep discount via the Coach Factory site, so I don't feel too bad about it.

F) This girl.  She just gets cuter and cuter every single day.

G) Work is finally slowing down.  I just finished several giant projects and can now breathe a little bit.  I hate when I am drowning in work (but at the same time I secretly love it).  I’m not sure what that means, but I am happy to say that things aren’t too too busy right now. 

And that’s it!  What about you - are you happy today?  Why?

Monday, September 9, 2013

Super Saturday Night

Happy Monday!  I seriously needed one more day off this weekend.  Apparently I am way too old to party until 2am, which is what Hubs and I did on Saturday night at Night of Joy.  I was ridiculously exhausted yesterday and this morning when the alarm went off for me to run I got out of bed, walked in the bathroom, turned the light on and then promptly turned it back off and went back to bed for 30 minutes.  Yeah, I know. 

Saturday night was fantastic!!  It was night two of Night of Joy at Disney and our favorite bands were performing that night at the castle – TobyMac and Newsboys.  TobyMac didn’t go on until 9:50 and then Newsboys were at 11:55(that’s p.m.), so we knew it would be a late night.  We got there around 7:30 and putzed around the park until about9:00 when we made our way over to the castle to get a spot.  Our spot was a little further back than I would have liked, so I have a bunch of craptastic pictures that I’m not even going to bother posting (because they are just blurs of motion).  This worked out OK because I could focus on the concert and not taking pictures. 

When I am at a concert I dance.  Not like quality choreography style dancing, but just bopping and moving to the music.  I can’t help it, the music moves me.  Apparently this was hilarious to two teenage girls next to me because I swear they were giggling at me.  I’m not positive they were laughing at me, but I felt self conscious the whole night.  But that didn’t stop me from dancing.  And I was kind of the only one dancing – not many people feel the music like I do, apparently.  I’m pretty sure I resembled one of the Night at the Roxbury guys, but whatever, I had fun.

The highlight of the night, by far, was when Newsboys took the stage.  We’ve seen them several times (and we even met them!), but the concert on Saturday was fantabulous! 

I did snap one cool pic

They did a bunch of new songs from their CD that comes out tomorrow and those songs blew my socks off, so I cannot wait to get their CD tomorrow.  It was just a great great show and a great great time.  We left the park completely exhausted around 1:30am and headed home.  What a great night!

Sunday was spent shopping for new bedding for our big new bed, which was equally exhausting as the night before.  Shopping is tiring!  But I did find something that I liked so the shopping was a success. 

Today, after a great night’s sleep (Jillian didn’t make a peep all night long – hallelujah!) I am feeling a little ho hum about not getting up to run today.  I’m mad at myself.  I was going to start the week off on a good foot and I didn’t do that.  Boo.  So now I’m toying with going home and doing something.  We will see how I feel when I get home from work.  Another thing I’m toying with – doing Insanity.  At least when I did that I had every day laid out for me.  Maybe I need structure in my life to get back into it?  Maybe Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp (which starts today!) will also help me?  I just need help, I need to get back on to something pronto because I’m in a workout funk at the moment. 

On that note, I am going to leave you now.  I hope you’re having a marvelous Monday

Have you ever been in a workout funk?  What did you do to get out of it?   

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Audio Adrenaline and Rain

Hey guess what?  I ran today for the first time in about a week and a half.  Hallelujah!  It felt good to actually move my legs in a running motion.  It was slow and short - 2 miles - but it was something and it will get me back on track.  Already planning on doing it again tomorrow.  So yea!

Last night was a mess, but a fun mess.  As you know we went out to the first night of Night of Joy out at Magic Kingdom.  Such a fun atmosphere for a bunch of really good concerts and bands.  The bummer part was that it was monsooning the entire night.  Well, until about 9:45 or so and then it let up.  I looked like a drowned rat the entire night.  No humidity afro, full on wet hair, like I just got out of the shower wet.  It was pretty.  I took a selfie to show you the level of wet I was, but the picture is too hideous to share on the world wide web, so you can only imagine.  Yikes.  

Everyone had ponchos or umbrellas ... except us.  We're warriors.
Because of the rain several of the earlier concerts were delayed, which meant that we couldn't see one of the concerts (Michael W. Smith/Steven Curtis Chapman - I know, old school, right?) we wanted to see because we had to get over to another stage in time to see Audio Adrenaline - the whole reason we went last night.  

I am a new fan to Audio A.  They've been around since we were teenagers, but I just got into them when Kevin Max (from DC Talk) became the lead singer after the prior lead singer left the band due to a medical condition where he lost his voice.  Such a sad story, but he still lives on through the band and had a pre-recorded part during the set, which was cool.  

Let me just say, I am now a big ol fan of Audio A.  I love their new CD and the older stuff that they played was pretty awesome too.  We actually saw them twice last night.  They were playing back to back at the same venue, so we got double the KMax.  Pretty cool.  And yeah, if those pictures make it look like it was pouring on K Max, it was.  He was wearing a rain parka with the hood up.  We were all soaked.  It was fun though.

After the shows we took a lap around the park.  The nice thing about Night of Joy is the park is empty so you can walk on any ride, which is fun.  We didn't ride much though.  We rode Splash Mountain because we figured we were already wet.  It was fun, haven't been on that in years.  We made our way out of the park around 11 and called it a night.  Given the fact that we had about 4 hours of sleep the night before we were ready to go to bed.

Tonight we have tobyMac (love love love) and Newsboys and I cannot wait!!!  And the weather, so far, is pretty good.  No dark rain clouds looming, so I think we might be safe.  We will see!  

Talk at ya later!

Friday, September 6, 2013


Last night my daughter thought it would be just hilarious to stay up all night.  Not crying or carrying on or anything, just having fun, laughing and playing.  Normally her giggling and playing is the cutest thing ever and I love watching her do it - but at 3:30am, not so much.  She’s currently teething (she just cut her second tooth) so I think that woke her up around12:30.  We let her “cry it out” (which is devastatingly hard) for about 30 minutes and then we decided to try a bottle.  She took the bottle with no problems, and normally she falls right back asleep, but as soon as the bottle was done she looked at Hubs and me with a huge grin on her face that said “PLAY TIME!”  Oh no.  Collectively we all got about 4 hours of sleep, Jillian of course slept in nice and late this morning.  If she weren’t so damn adorable I would be mad, but you just can’t be mad at that face. 

Since I’m a zombie today, with a 100-person training to teach this afternoon and a late night out at Disney planned, I thought I’d just ramble about nothing for a while.  Sound good?  OK.

Obviously didn’t get up and work out today.  Tomorrow I am planning on going to the gym.  Yes I am.

I bought a new water bottle over the weekend and I swear to you it has made me drink more water all week.  What is that about?

I woke up this morning (in a daze) to discover a GIGANTIC bug in the shower.  O.M.G.  I don’t do bugs, but somehow in my sleepy stupor I was able to put a big cup over him (I can’t kill bugs, they crunch) and then called Hubs to come and scoop him up and take him outside.  What a way to start your day.

I read a bunch of blogs last night and suddenly was super motivated to go for a run.  I didn’t, because it was late, but I am glad that they motivated me.  I just have to remember them when the alarm goes off in the morning.

I’ve been listening to jams from all of the bands we’re going to see this weekend today at work.  It has definitely helped me stay focused (and awake) today.

I just checked out the first phase of workouts from Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp, and I’m excited.  I think this is what is going to get me back on the exercise wagon.  Woohoo!

It is currently monsooning outside.  This means I am going to have hair problems, aka a humidity afro, at Disney tonight -  like the last Night of Joy.

And with that said, I am outta here (and on my way to Disney!).  Have a fab Friday!

What are you up to this weekend?  Any plans for running?

Thursday, September 5, 2013

New Bed, Lack of Motivation, Fun Weekend Ahead

I think I am in trouble. Our new bed was delivered on Tuesday and it is so comfortable I may never get out of bed to workout in the morning again. My alarm went off yesterday morning so that I could go running for the first time in over a week and I was just too comfy to get up. This same thing happened again today.  This could be a problem.

I am starting to get mad at myself for my lack of motivation lately.  I know it's no one's fault but my own, but it's just been hard to find the time, motivation, want to workout.  So frustrating, especially when I KNOW that when I work out again I will be like "this feels so good, why have I not wanted to do this for so long?!"  Dumb.  I'll snap out of it soon, I will.  I have to.  I am actually starting the Fall round of Best Body Bootcamp on Monday, so that will help me.  Also this Saturday I will have an entirely free morning because Jillian is spending the night at my mom in law's house, so this might help propel me out of bed to go run too.  I hope.

Jillian is spending the night at Grandma and Papa's house on Friday because Hubs and I are going out to Disney for Night of Joy!  We went to Night of Joy at Disney two years ago (we went to Universal Studios' equivalent, Rock the Universe, last year - we go where our favorite bands go) and had a blast, so when we found out that our faves (tobyMac, Newsboys, Audio Adrenaline) were going to be there again this year we immediately bought out tickets. 

Stage set up at Night of Joy - so neato

We are super excited.  We are going Friday night and Saturday night, because our bands conveniently are performing over the two nights.  Hey, not like we're complaining about going to Disney to see some awesome concerts.  So looking forward to it.

Also on the agenda for the weekend, besides rocking out and running, looking for bedding for our new bed.  We bought sheets for our new king sized bed, but nothing else because we're still trying to decide what we want to do in our room.  We're planning on painting, buying new bedroom furniture, etc (our stuff is 10+ years old), so picking a comforter/duvet set is kind of hard since we don't know what we want to do yet.  But I know I can't live without a bed skirt or bedspread for much longer, so we'll be on a mission this weekend.

OK, I gotta go, Jillian has my flip flop in her mouth.  SO GROSS!  

Are you a fan of any Christian bands, i.e. tobyMac, Newsboys, Audio A, Skillet, etc etc etc?  

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

One More Day

Don’t you feel like you just need one more day to recover from your 3-day Labor Day weekend?  I sure do.

Jillian says Happy Labor Day!

We had a great weekend.  We were barely home the whole weekend, which is good because we spend way too many weekends bolted to the couch without leaving the house at all, so it was good to be out and about.  My mission: to find a new mattress.  Labor Day weekend is the Black Friday for mattress sales, so we thought it was a good weekend to look.  

On Saturday we went and layed on 20 something mattresses and thought we found what we wanted.  Then on Sunday, after we slept on it (ha, pun intended), we actually pulled the trigger and made the purchase.  I even haggled a little bit and got an extra $200 off and free delivery.  I never knew that buying a mattress was like buying a car.  I feel so adult now that we’ve made this massive purchase (seriously, mattresses are ridiculously expensive).  And we upgraded from a queen to a king, so of course that came with an added cost since we had to buy new sheets, mattress cover, pillows, etc.  Needless to say, it was an expensive weekend.  But I’m super excited about our new mattress being delivered today.

Aside from all of the shopping this weekend, we also spent time with family and I got crafty by re-upholstering our kitchen chairs - look how pretty!

They used to just be beige
And we spent a marathon day at Disney yesterday.  Labor Day, again, did not disappoint.  Seriously, if you’re ever wondering when the best time to vacation at Disney is, it’s Labor Day Monday.  The parks are so empty, it’s heavenly.  

We started at Magic Kingdom where Jillian got to ride the new Little Mermaid ride, the Winnie the Pooh ride, and her favorite, It’s a Small World.  Then we went over to Epcot and met up with some friends and walked around the world and rode the Little Nemo ride.  She had a blast, but man was it hot outside.  Holy cow.  There wasn’t one part of me that wasn’t soaking wet with sweat (sorry, gross).  I cannot wait until it gets even just a little bit cooler, because it’s so hot right now.

So I did a bunch this weekend.  But one thing I didn’t do - workout, run, do anything exercise worthy (although I did walk 19,000 steps yesterday, so that’s something).  I’m really getting mad at myself for this.  I was on such a roll for a while with my training and whatnot and now this.  I just have no motivation to get up and get out the door, it’s really troubling.  I’m not worried too much about the race, I’ve done half marathons with less training - they weren’t pretty, but I got them done - so I know I can pull out the 10 miler, but it won’t be pretty and I really would like my first race after my hiatus to be a good one.  

So that’s my goal this week - to find the motivation to get back to it!  Gotta do it.  

Alright, I hear the baby, so I need to get.  Hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend!