Tuesday, April 29, 2008

What PTA Really Stands For...

PAIN (in) THE ASS! These initials accurately describe quite a few PTA members at my son's school. If the mom's are this irritating this year in PRESCHOOL, what the hell are they going to be like next year when he attends "real" school? Remind me in the fall to just say NO when they come looking for the next round of suckers to be part of the craziness. I want no part of that bullshiz (he he that sounds like a Marcy word)!!!!

The event held on Sunday did not end on Sunday. I have been working my tail off editing and organizing photos from the retreat. I have only stopped to go to work and let my kids out of the closet for potty breaks. The emails started flowing in yesterday from members of the committee...."Where are the pictures"??? Cheese and Rice people, the event was 12 hours ago can I get them off my camera first. Not to mention that this was donated time (again).

I had one asshat even have the audacity to call me at 10:30 tonight to check on the progress of the photos even after I emailed and said, I need a couple of days. I let her know she woke my house up and sent her my thoughts in the form of an email. She then responded by patronizing me stating that she was so sorry that I had so much work to do. Then she actually had the balls to say it was an unwritten rule that 10Pm is still considered an appropriate time to call. Hmmmm....I will be happy to send her screaming Babydiva to see if she changes her tune about calling after 8:30pm in my house.

Thankfully the other committee members were AWESOME and tons of fun to hang with. Too bad one freak has to ruin it.

To quote my father:

"Anyone that thinks the are are a people person:
A. is a liar
B. has never worked the general public
C. has never been on a committee with crazy PTA moms

---end quote" Dad is always right!!!!

On a much brighter topic, I got my flabby rear end out of bed today and went to the gym. I walked 2 miles on the dreadmill. No running today as I am in race recovery mode. I need to be running though as another chocolate bunny has died at my expense.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Sorry Mom

My mom told me I need to be nicer to my husband. She thought the picture I posted of him in the 10K post didn't really show his best side. She thought I was being mean by posting that image. I just giggled because I didn't think it was a bad photo of him. In fact, he did a good job modeling how frackin' cold it was that day.

So here is a nicer photo of him....


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No workouts today. It was a day of rest for me and my aching dogs thanked me for doing nothing. Can I just say that I am still shocked that I ran over 6 miles?!?!?!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Marathon Weekend is O-V-E-R!

I no longer have to stress about this presentation. My McGyver method of using color copies and foam board worked pretty well. Although I am horrid public speaker, I actually had fun doing this. People seemed to like it and I got a lot of positive feedback.

I did have a major numb nuts move today. I brought both of my cameras to this event and I was going to use my older model for our photo booth and my new one to take event photos (while I wasn't presenting). Welllllll......on my brand new camera the auto focus would not work. I switched lenses 4 times and I still had the same problem. I called up my friend who owns the same model to have her help me. She was driving at time the of my frantic phone call and pulled over to come to my aid. Together, we still could not figure out the problem. So I used my older camera for all the events today. When I got home, I pulled out the manual and immediately found the problem.......................

The switch on the front of a camera was set to MANUAL rather than auto focus. This was the most obvious thing and it didn't click with me to check that. The lack of sleep is catching up me.

This was a beyond busy weekend. I never thought I would say this, but I am so glad Monday is right around the corner.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

It is April 26th......

and there is snow on the ground!!! There are no words.
*Looking for houses in Arizona (no snow, no rain)*

Today is my 10K, the one that I am not ready for. I am comfortable with 3 miles. I hope by some miracle of God that I can double my milage today and not finish last. The silver lining in this situation is that this race will be an automatic PR. I have never done a 10K before...he he.

Tomorrow is the Mom's retreat. The drama I was referring to in a previous post was regarding my presentation. There will be no AV equipment. It is kind of hard to do Power Point to 100 people without a projector. The solution is 4 mini sessions and foam board. I am still not quite done so today I will be feverishly trying to get it finished.

I will update with my 10K results.
(it is now later)
1:06:01 official chip time.

Not too bad considering the following:
Did not train as hard as I should have,
It was snowing in April,
It was very very windy,
I did not finish last.



My Hubby who did not want to be a spectator braved the cold to watch me run

"Rite of Spring" my ass! Notice the winter gear....

A strong finish. Don't laugh because the baby jogger is ahead of me.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Wild Wednesday!

After yesterday's morning mishap, I took the cyber kick in the keister and got my rear out of bed to go for a run this morning. Last night I had some PTA momma drama (which I will post about later) and I needed a way to blow off some steam.

EVERYTHING made me giggle while I was out this morning.

First, I called Uncle Larry, and instead of ringing I heard Baby Got Back. Right away that put a smile on my face.

Then, it was my IPod play list that had me in stitches. I have a very wide range of music that I like. I started to laugh when I compared my hubby's song choices to my own. We share a music library and now I am rethinking that idea.
Mine:
Limp Bizkit
Motley Crue
Kid Rock
Lynyrd Skynyrd


His:
Barbie Girl
ABBA
Spice Girls
Techno version of Country Roads (yes the John Denver song)

Then as I was rounding the doing my last .2 miles, this lady starts applauding me. She was clapping and she yelled "I am so proud of you for getting out there". ????????!!!!!!!!!!!! I am not sure how to take that. Am I that big that random strangers feel the need to encourage the fat runner? Or do I just look funny running? Either way it cracked me up and left me scratching my head. This episode made me wonder if this was why the Direct TV guy flipped me the bird.

The last thing isn't funny, but it probably was for onlookers. There was a dead raccoon in the middle of the street. I find it strange to see such wildlife in the middle of the city, but I have seen stranger things I guess. As I passed the road kill, I started dry heaving and gagging. I got some crazy stares from cars driving by and fellow pedestrians.

All of this occurred in 2.75 miles. Who knew running could be so entertaining at 6:30 AM???? This wacky Wednesday deserves a visit from Sir Mix-A-Lot.

Enjoy!



Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Bad Running Partner

I owe my running partner Stace a big apology. I stood her up again. My alarm went off at 5am and I didn't get out of bed until 6:30. Thankfully she is the most kind-hearted person I know and has once again forgiven me. If the tables were turned, I would standing at the foot of her bed tapping my foot waiting for her to get up. Hmmmmm, maybe that is what I need.

I have a whole list of excuses why I don't get my workouts in. Some of them are justified and some are just down right lame. It doesn't matter, excuses are not going to get me closer to my goals. I will always be busy, There will always be stressful situations, and I am normally tired even with a full 8 hours of sleep...not just at 5am. My point is, there is just no excuse.

So as she is getting faster and fitter by the day, I am falling behind. My first gut reaction to her successes, is pure jealousy. But why? She is working her ass and deserves to have good results. I could be there too except I keep putting up my own self imposed road blocks. Running is very important to me and I need to make it a priority.

I haven't completely fallen off the wagon. I have been running and it has been going well. However, with all the craziness in my life right now, I have found squeezing in running is part of my overall stress level. I need to get running to the top of my list for my day. When I run, I am a better person. No more excuses.

Friday, April 18, 2008

TGIF!

I can't focus. My thoughts are all over the place right now. I think it is funny that while on my run this morning I thought of a million things I wanted to blog about. Now I am sitting here staring my screen with nothing to say. This kind of sums up how my week has been.

Running has kept me somewhat sane this week. Although I have been avoiding the gym for the last two weeks, I have been getting up to run around the 'hood. I have been looking forward to my runs because my mind needed to wander. I have been consumed with all the stuff I have going on, nothing bad, just a lot of stuff going on.

I will be be somewhat back to normal after this Mom's Retreat is done. I am not nervous about the presentation anymore. I am just going to do it. They lovely ladies I am working with scheduled me as the first speaker so I can move on.

I spoke to a graphic designer today and she is going to design my business logo. The same thing that keeps going through my head is MY BUSINESS. I am going to have a business!!!!! I have been getting phone calls to set up photo shoots and they are going to PAY me!!!

On the workout front, I have been good at keeping up with my running schedule this week. My goal was to get in 15 miles this week. After this weekend I should exceed it. I need to incorporate stretching as I am constantly stiff. The arches of my are aching. I am thinking it is time to buy new shoes and start using my orthotics again.

TGIF!!!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

BabyDiva's First Run


Wow how time flies.....8 months ago today Baby diva was born. To celebrate her 8th month, I took her for her first run. While my hubby took the boys to the park, I dusted off the jogging stroller and took it for a spin around the neighborhood. We went 2.75 miles to be exact.

I was feeling lazy when I got home from work today. I made dinner and ate a healthy yet heavy meal. I was just going to skip my run today because I wasn't feeling it. I don't know what pushed me out the door tonight, but all I could think about was where I was 8 months ago. After baby diva's birth, I was not only getting used to a newborn's schedule, but I was also recovering from a c-section. I wanted nothing more than to get back into my running groove and get some level of fitness back. I may not always want to get out there, but the alternative of not being able to run is worse.

I think she may be my favorite family member running partner. My husband whines too much, my boys never stop talking, and my dog just isn't into running (a Labrador that doesn't run?!!!). That leaves baby diva....I must say she did great on her first time out. I may have to take her out again....after all, I can hold on to the stroller for dear life when the run gets tough!

Oh....and I finally officially signed up for the 10K that is less than 2 weeks away. I will do it!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Dr Phil Moment


Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for all the kind words while I was having my nervous breakdown. I love all the support from Blogland!!!

I am happy to report that I have started my presentation and I have done a couple of photo shoots to incorporate with it. The ideas are coming left and right now. I had to take some time to regroup and get organized. I checked out the site Andrew suggested and I got a ton of great advice. I only have to speak for 20-30 minutes and since I am such a photo-nerd, I can do that in my sleep. Now I just have to live through the speaking part and I am good to go. I was promised a stiff drink after I am done!

I stopped feeling sorry for myself and got off my fat rear end and went for two 3 mile runs this past weekend. I am seriously behind in training for my 10K which is in two weeks. I contemplated not doing it, but it is on my goal list and I want to do it no matter what. Even if I have to do it as a run/walk, I am going to complete this. Stace has been training like a crazy woman and I have a tinge of guilt not being as dedicated to my training.

While I was regrouping, I realized that I bit off more than I can chew and that is the real source of my stress not the public speaking (even though I know I suck). I don't know why I thought it was a good idea to try to get my photography business going, train for several races, work extra hours, and take care of my family (including one specific member that doesn't sleep through the night). I had to sit down and prioritize and think about how I am going to do all of this. Letting stuff go is not an option. First and foremost, my family is el numero uno. The rest of the stuff will fall into place.

I am going to stop babbling now and focus on keeping sane.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Stress and Eating

I am on the Parent Advisory Council at my son's school. We are two weeks out from a big event that is thrown every year. Not only am I part of the planning committee, I am doing a photography presentation. If it is one thing that I have, it is the gift of gab......except in front of an audience. I think I could win world's worst public speaker. Seriously, it is like watching a train wreck, I studder, shake, and I sweat like a whore in church.

The stress is kind of getting to me. Have I started this presentation? I think you know the answer to this question....no, not really. I have a skeleton of an outline and no clue how to use PowerPoint. I have so much to do and I am running out of time. I need to also take a boat load of photos to go along with this presentation. I don't know why I do this to myself. I certainly do not work well under this kind of pressure.

I admit it. I am am stress eater. My inner fat girl took over the situation and I landed in a bag of chips and vat of ice cream. During my brain storming session, I polished off almost an entire bag of chips. I know I have some serious issues. I am hoping that admitting this for the world to see will give me enough public humiliation to scare me straight and to find another way to constructively deal with stress.

Unfortunately I am not a stress runner. When my world is not quite right, I cannot get moving. I physically get sick to my stomach and my legs turn to dead weight while I am trying to run. Instead, I need to obsess about things rather than get out and clear my head. I have to figure out how run off my stress instead faceplanting into carbs.

I have not run since Saturday...but I am planning on getting out there. Tomorrow.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

6 Words

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Happiness is Family, Friends, and Cake

There you have it, my 6 word memoir. Of course it would have to include cake. Having cake is only fun when you can eat it with the people you love (as long as they keep their grubby mitts off my plate).

I was tagged by thebets to do this. I thought it was a fun thing to do but it was a challenge to sum up my life in just six words. To keep this moving through blogland I tag Stace, Laura, Viv, Yas, and Pokey.

Here are the Rules:
(1) Write your own six word memoir.
(2) Post it on your blog and include a visual illustration if you want.
(3) Link to the person that tagged you in your post, and to the original post if possible so we can track it as it travels across the blogs-universe.
(4) Tag at least five more blogs with links.
(5) Leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play.


Have Fun and I apologize if this is a duplicate tag. I am behind on my blog stalking.

Weekend Wrap-up-Tootin' My Own Horn

It has been really has been a great weekend (aside from being too short). The weather on Friday and Saturday was PERFECT! We were in the 60's....that is not a type-o. There is snow in the forecast today, but I think we are just getting some rain. It will be a good day for house projects.

This past week was really good! I ran and I completed my goals I set for myself last Sunday. I think it helped to post it where people will read it. I keeps me honest. I think I am back to where I was before I got sick. I might be slightly slower, but I can complete the mileage.

I also am down another pound. Which means I have lost my first 10! I am going to take some progress pictures to keep as a visual reminder of why I should stay far far away from the Little Debbies and the Doritos. I was faithful to Weight Watchers all week with the exception of last nights cocktails and late night snack. I am back at it today and back on the no booze during the week.

On Friday night, I did something for the Chubby Chick record book, I made running a priority before eating. We had family coming for dinner and we were having my favorites, burgers, cake and cocktails. I told myself I could only indulge in them if I ran. I was a good trade off. A few months ago, I would not have considered doing any such thing. I would have cut the cake, had a slice or two, and blame the kids for getting into the cake before anyone came.

I have tooted my own horn enough for one day. It feels good to finally have something good to report.

I am playing with my blog template. I am in the process of spring cleaning my house so I thought my blog could use a fresh look as well.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Body for Life for Women


About two weeks ago, I got a call from Rodale. This company is the one that publishes Runner's World magazine (I am a subscriber). They called to inform me about a book especially for women, it is called "Body for Life for Women". It is book designed for women to transform themselves in 12 short weeks.

Not interested. The sales lady kept talking and told me it was $34.00 after shipping. I am cheap, so now I am not interested at all. She kept on with her sales pitch. She told me that if didn't like it, I could return it for just the cost of shipping. The woman on the other end of the phone was so sweet and so grandma-like. How can you say no to grandma???? I of course caved. Those people at Rodale Publishing are marketing geniuses by using someone as sweet as this woman was.

Now I am the proud owner of this $34.00 book. The few pages that I did skim seemed interesting and I am going to see what it is all about. In twelve weeks, I had better have a smokin' hot bod!!!

Has anyone else been suckered in to buy this book by Rodale? If so, do you like it?

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Rockin' Robin



TWEET! TWEET!
Is that annoying song now stuck in your head? I saw a sure sign that Spring is FINALLY here, while I was on my run...I saw a Robin. I don't know about different parts of the country, but Minnesotans get very excited to see this red-chested bird this time of year. It means warmer days are coming! Seeing that really made my day (Sad, that an ugly bird can make me smile).

I have been holding myself to follow Weight Watchers very religiously since Monday. I feel great that I am in control and I do not feel deprived. While running tonight it occurred to me that I finally feel "ready" to get to goal. I am done feeling sorry for myself that I can't eat junk and be skinny. I am not built that way. If I want excellent results, I have to put forth excellent work.

Not only have I been very good for three days (three.whole.days), but I have not been booze and sugarfree and I haven't killed anyone (yet).

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Ha Ha Mother Nature

This is not funny even if it is April Fools. It is April 1st and I had to warm up my car and brush off all the snow before heading out to the gym this morning. The snow I can deal with, it is the wind and cold that I can't appreciate in April. Enough of this crapola Mother Nature! I WANT SPRING!

Fastforward....to 7pm.........

It has actually turned out to be a great day. The sun is shining and most of the snow has melted. I guess Mother Nature does have a heart!!! I am off to get my 2 miles in.....