Friday, May 27, 2011

Gettin' down on Friday!

Hooray for today being Friday of a three day weekend!!!

We've been out of coffee for the Keurig for two days now, so I've been having to make a detour by Starbucks on my way to work to indulge in the goodness of a grande triple non fat latte (say that five times fast!). Now that the caffiene has been running throughout my bloodstream I am way too ready for the weekend at 10:00 am.

Here's what's been going on in my life:

1. Yesterday I got off work and decided to go on a run at 5pm. BAD IDEA. For all of those who have allergies out there, I hope you can sympathize with me. I feel like, as I've gotten older, my allergies have gotten worse. In high school I was prescribed an inhaler to help me out with running but since I no longer run competitively, I haven't really kept up with it. So for my workout yesterday I went for a 30 min run but had to stop a little in between to catch my breath. UGH!

2. After my run B made some delicious turkey burgers topped with some brie cheese (delish), greens, and mustard.

3. After we ate, we double dated with by good friend and her boyfriend to the movies to watch Hangover Part II. There were several parts in that movie that I could have gone without seeing, but I knew what I was in for from seeing the first one. I did enjoy the giant tub of movie theater popcorn, large diet pepsi and bag of sour punch straws...

4. Then, being the grandma that I am, I passed out at the late hour of 10:00 pm.

It was a good night.

I was going to try to wake up early this morning to run before the heat and the wind was out, but I'm pretty sure my alarm was going off for a full 20 min. before I noticed. It's supposed to be close to 90 degress out today and I'm not looking forward to it.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Today I got to leave work at 3 because the center closed down due to the tornado threats... and I spent the next 2 hours with my eyes glued to the news.

We all know that Oklahoma is recognized as having tornadoes so let me ask you this, why doesn't every house have a basement? Only the wayyyy older houses have basements here and while my house is definitely not new, I do not have a basement.

When it got to be the point where it seemed like Norman (the town in which I live) was for sure going to get some tornadic weather, B and I hightailed it to the basement in a home of a wonderful lady that I work with and her family. Then another girl that I work with and her husband joined with their dog. Of course B and I brought Jackson and Sampson and along with the family's dog, it was a mad house!

All is good now and the dogs are sleeping safe and sound, but that was pretty rough!

In case you are not from around these parts, here's a video of what was supposed to be going directly through where I live. It's a miracle it stopped just in time!

Monday, May 23, 2011


Sometimes when I begin to think about where I will be in a year, I freak out. I'm 23 (almost 24) and I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Law school? Grad school? Job search? Move out of state? Move out of the country??? Let the anxiety ensue.

Poor B, is all I can say. With thoughts of imminent failure looming in my future I threw myself into spaztic cleaning mode when I got home from work. I vacuumed, mopped, folded laundry, put up the dishes and made the bed. But the tightening, choking feeling in my chest just wouldn't let me be.

So I downloaded the new Lady Gaga CD on Itunes and threw on my running shoes and ran.

Simply got outside and flushed out all the stress.

Be prepared for my deep thought...

It was getting dark while I ran and the trees were arched over the sidewalk making it seem like a tunnel. I knew that this was the last stretch of my run and that my house was less than a mile away but I couldn't see an end in this tree tunnel, it looked like it went on forever. I feel like this is where I am in my life. I'm running without the end in sight, even though I know there is an end somewhere. I just have to keep going, no matter how tired I am.

Now time to shower and go to bed to dream lovely dreams. GOOD night!

Friday, May 6, 2011

There are a lot of things that I don't understand and death is one of them.

As I was walking into work this morning I recieved a text from my mom that just said "call'. I knew this was a bad sign and my heart sank. I thought it would be more bad news about my great aunt. I had found out yesterday that they put her on life support and I was going to drive to see her tomorrow in the hospital.

I was relieved to find out that she had actually been showing signs of improvement but my whole heart dropped when she told me that my little brothers close friend, Hance, died in a car wreck last night by a drunk driver.

A year and four months ago I lost my best friend in a car wreck and am still working on moving forward.
  this is an older photo of us


So, I'm just going to talk about what's on my mind right now
There are many reasons why I run, I even made a post about it not too long ago but I'm just now realizing I had forgotten to include one of the most important reasons- I run because it helps me feel "normal" when I am affected by difficult situations out of my control.

There's something about the process of just putting one foot in front of the other and letting your body take over that reminds me that I have to keep moving forward - even when I just want everything to stop. It has helped me to start healing but will never be able to take away the lonliness and pain of losing a friend.

I'm heartbroken to know that families have to feel the pain of losing a brother, son, daughter, or sister.

And for anyone that has lost someone they loved.
My thoughts and prayers go to Hance Henrie's family.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Cinco de Mayo

I was a french minor in college and still regret not taking Spanish.

There are several reasons why but here's just a few:

1. You can easily find someone to practice Spanish with here in Oklahoma
2. I LOVE Mexican food
3. I LOVE Mexican beer (Pacifico, Modelo, Dos XX)
4. Mexico has some amazing beaches I hope to visit one day
5. Tequila!!!
6. I could have had a lot more job prospects had I been able to speak Spanish
7. France is so expensive and thus more difficult to travel to
8. It's Cinco de Mayo and it would make it that much cooler if I knew the language

I wish I could think of two more reasons... oh well

So to celebrate this holiday- I've heard isn't even a big deal in Mexico (correct me if I'm wrong)- I went to lunch at Ted's and enjoyed a bowl of chicken tortilla soup and a chicken soft taco with atomic salsa. Since I was having to go back to work I put the cervesa on hold until later tonight. Maybe it will be a post yoga treat.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A full week of being sick...

It's been a full week since I've been feeling like crap. During that week so many fun events were going on here in Norman that I feel like I had to miss out on. First of all, Norman had the Norman Music Festival which is basically a free 3 day music fest with bands I've never heard of but yet very entertaining. I did drag myself out for a bit Friday and Saturday night but was home super early both nights. I've solidified my grandma status with my friends with that one. Second of all I missed the OKC memorial marathon!!! UGHHHHH

In case you haven't read my past post, I was planning on running the half marathon, not the full and the night before the it was to take place I went to bed at 9:30 telling myself that I will wake up at 5am and if I'm magically feeling better then I will. Nope, didn't happen. I do feel that I made the right decision though to not run because the weather that day was miserable. Not only did the temperature drop to about 40 degrees, it rained the entire time... even hailed at one point. I wanted to see my best friend (since 7th grade!!!)  finish the half though so I drove down to OKC with an armful of dry clothes (I figured she would want some to warm up in after she finished) and searched through the throngs of people exiting the finishers corral. Because we have that best friend sixth sense I actually found her! There were about 25,000 registrants for this race and I waited smashed in between others looking for their runners and there she was. Seriously, its a pretty cool power.

As sad as I was not to have completed the half with my bestie I went home feeling even worse from being out in the rain for that short period of time and slept for the rest of the day snuggled up with my dogs and B.

Today, I feel almost completely better. Since I hadn't worked out in about a week from being sick I dragged myself to spin class after work and then took the dogs on a walk.

Allergy season, I hate you.