Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Following Message…..

I’m moving. It’s everything I remembered it was and more!! Although moving isn’t necessarily a negative, it’s still a change. It will take a couple weeks total, but even after only 3 days of bringing loads back and forth I can attest to the fact that I’m not entirely certain which house my things are at. I’m camping out (not as much fun as my kids make it out to be!) and had to scrounge a pillow last night.  When bringing loads back and forth I realized that putting items in that fit instead of having a plan of action might not have been the best decision.  I have no light in the bedroom, workout clothes but no shoes, dress shoes but not all of my clothes, running socks (not the best match for dress shoes FYI), no bras or underwear, no shampoo but conditioner, a washing machine without soap, etc….  Can you say adventure???  Sure, I’m only moving about 7 miles away, however my helpers for today didn’t show (who doesn’t like to help move??!!) so I wasn’t able to get as much done hence things all over the place…..  Now for 6 days of work doing loads at night and (hopefully) being mostly moved by the weekend.

In other news….  My computers letter “O” wasn’t working but I rigged it up just in time for the space bar not to respond unless I used brute force which isn’t a big deal since the charger stopped working…..  That’s no longer an issue since I won’t have internet at the new house for a couple weeks, right???????  Except that I can use the internet at the salon and catch up on the computer.  If only my charger would work….  Ah, the blessings of technology!!  At any rate, I don’t have access to pictures right now and internet use is dependent on hacking into my sons using my sons computer.  So with all my huffing and puffing on Sunday night, be patient.

INDEED!!!  Journey on, my friends!!

INDEED!!! Journey on, my friends!!

Random Stuff

1012168_10151736862088287_1484477464_nThere have been a lot of changes at my house. New job added to doing hair. Love the job, learning a ton, very intellectually stimulating – everything I wanted. BUT, I’m on the learning curve, getting used to working 6 days a week instead of 4, still have 9 kids at home, I am a single mom, I’m looking for another house to rent which means going through my house with a fine toothed comb (but thank God I’m super organized!!).  Thankfully I have a few great friends, a team I love, my training (although training has slightly slipped because I feel pulled in every direction), amazing kids.  Changes aren’t a bad thing, just a tough thing to go through.  You just keep on keepin’ on and for me I let go of extraneous parts of my life during the transition.  Social media, sleep, cooking as much, etc…  to balance the additional stress during a change. So, hang in there – I’m still very much here – just trying to breathe.

My desk at the new job.  Different from my station at the salon??

My desk at the new job. Different from my station at the salon??

Could I please get this in a rental??  I also have photo's of spas and bathtubs that fit 20 people.  Oh and I don't want to pay much.  Thank you

Could I please get this in a rental?? I also have photo’s of spas and bathtubs that fit 20 people. Oh and I don’t want to pay much. Thank you

Moving On

After 4 years in this house, it’s time to move on. Bittersweet for sure but a necessary evil.  Making the decision was the first difficult part.  Then looking for a house.  After 6 weeks of looking I found a house that fits the budget and the list of necessities.  I still don’t know if the house will be mine – the application is the next step.  It’s more draining than I thought it would be.  Memory is tricky that way.  I need to have an outlet for all my restless energy so I’ve started going through things in the house and I’ve made a list of items that need to be replaced.  Then the hunt begins…..

Since I enjoy refinishing furniture, I went to garage sales to look for real wood that was beat up so I can make it beautiful again.  I get two things from this – saving money and an outlet for my energy.  Perfect!!

I redid my bed cover.  Not necessary.  Completely selfish desire but I do like it

I redid my bed cover. Not necessary. Completely selfish desire but I do like it

Didn't need this but want to refinish it - maybe for when Brianna gets her own place

Didn’t need this but want to refinish it – maybe for when Brianna gets her own place

2 headboards for Ashlea and Gabrielle to refinish together and a table for Kezia

2 headboards for Ashlea and Gabrielle to refinish together and a table for Kezia

New furniture for one of the girls

New furniture for one of the girls

Not sure who will get this?????

Not sure who will get this?????

More of the new girl furniture

More of the new girl furniture

No idea.  I redid all the screws, will polish up the wood and then the slatted tops???  Suggestions??  Might be used for printer, etc...

No idea. I redid all the screws, will polish up the wood and then the slatted tops??? Suggestions?? Might be used for printer, etc…

This is actually a bakers rack but I'm using it for myself for jeans, shorts, etc...  which freed up a dresser for Taylor

This is actually a bakers rack but I’m using it for myself for jeans, shorts, etc… which freed up a dresser for Taylor

My friend gave me a 30% off coupon at Savers because she saw a coffee table that was perfect but when I went there was nothing there....  Sadness

My friend gave me a 30% off coupon at Savers because she saw a coffee table that was perfect but when I went there was nothing there…. Sadness

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I got two of these from a teammate for no charge (thanks Melissa!!) and will just have to polish them up for Nicolas

The table Kezia will finish.  It's so beat but will be pretty

The table Kezia will finish. It’s so beat but will be pretty

The legs to Kezia's table are a disaster so I've started working on them

The legs to Kezia’s table are a disaster so I’ve started working on them

Kalley Miles

My friend Kellai who works with dogs at the rehabilitation center came over a week ago to whip Kalley in shape with force help us work with Kalley. I picked up her suggested purchases and her suggestions were fantastic!! We’ve all implemented little tweaks and she is doing SO much better.

Best inventions ever!!  For $15 you can own both of them

Best inventions ever!! For $15 you can own both of them

The can of Quit It! is $10 and is just compressed air. Dogs hate it.  Who knew???  We used it when she jumped up on people or the couch.  She’s more mellow when she enters the house and she hardly jumps on anyone or anything at all.  I’ll take it with me when working with her on the chasing cars situation as a last ditch effort. It was amazing how quickly her responses were when told “No!” The “clicker” is $4.  It’s used to reaffirm positive behavior.  When she sits and pays attention to the person in charge (even if kids are running around, etc…) she gets a click and a treat and told she’s a good girl.  Everything she does that I want her to do – click and treat and good girl.  Then just the click and told she’s a good girl.  Eventually the goal is to eliminate treats. Her positive behavior was always good but is much better but it’s the negative behaviors that are a pain.

SO, time to go for a run.  Nighttime at 10 pm, on the bike path separated from traffic is the best time for less distractions.

Ready to go.  No good pictures....

Ready to go. No good pictures….  She is “leash reactive” so we’re trying to make her understand the leash doesn’t change the behavior

Brought water and the collapsible bowl.  Want her to get used to using it.  Also treats for after the run

Brought water and the collapsible bowl. Want her to get used to using it. Also treats for after the run

This is my front shorts pocket - the one I never know what to do with.  The clicker fit perfectly and all I had to do was reach down and click it while running.

This is my front shorts pocket – the one I never know what to do with. The clicker fit perfectly and all I had to do was reach down and click it while running telling her she’s a good girl.

Kalley was at 75%.  She still is affected by cars but not nearly as much.  She responds to the click and “good girl” dramatically.  She no longer barks when she hears other dogs or tries to stop and talk with them.  She’s less bothered by rabbits, quail, squirrels, etc…  Taking her in the day on the leash without running is the next step.  Just to work with her on leash, to give treats immediately if she doesn’t engage in negative behavior and to spray the living daylights out of her if she doesn’t respond……

3 Kalley miles run.  9:08 minute mile average pace.  She’s doing better.  Much, much better.

 

Suck It Up Buttercup!!

We all have challenges in life. I’ve had some of my own lately.  Looking for a house to move into, starting a new and challenging job, balancing family – giving my kids the time I think they deserve to receive – balancing my budget which is an ongoing challenge, fitting in my training which I need to keep my head from exploding….  I’m really quite blessed.  Not only do I know I’m blessed, I admit it regularly.  I’m human, I struggle, I have moments when I feel overwhelmed but really, truly at the most difficult moment I can recall in my life, I innately believed certain truths.  One – Even if I’m by myself I am not alone.  Ever.  I just have to remember to tap into that.  Two – I have an astounding amount of faith.  Three – things will get better.  Four – my life is catered to me.  No one else’s struggles are mine and my struggles belong to me. I think in the end we wouldn’t want to trade our lives.  Occasionally I hear a life story or catch a glimpse and I am completely and utterly in awe.  This is one of those times.  Take time to watch.  It’s one of the rare moments that I sobbed feeling total admiration.

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Cheerleaders Make Everything Better

Some of my girls have an activity and my older boys have Scouts on Wednesday night so I go to track while they go to their thingy. Yes, that’s the technical term. This Wednesday they didn’t have an activity so I dragged them kicking and screaming brought them with me to track practice.  Best.  Cheerleaders.  Ever!!!

Ashlea and Gabrielle were the best cheerleaders ever!!!  They screamed for everyone

Ashlea and Gabrielle were the best cheerleaders ever!!! They screamed for everyone which makes running hard better.  Hearing “GO MOM!!!” was awesome!!!  I’m like, “That’s right…. I’m the Mom….”

They had some fun as well....

They had some fun as well….

I love these two.  I've run a lot with both of them.  They're moving in 3 weeks to California and although I'm happy for them, I'm sad for all of us.

I love these two. I’ve run a lot with both of them. They’re moving in 3 weeks to California and although I’m happy for them, I’m sad for all of us.

Track is challenging, fewer miles, feels harder.  I love track workouts with the same intensity that I dread them. This time I brought the wrong shoes and my toes hurt which was just one of those brain fart moments I love admitting to. It was still a good workout and I took a long, hot bath when I got home.  Bliss…. I also ate nearly my body weight in hard boiled eggs.  The girls with all their cheering and jumping around took some really great pictures. They’re hired.  The pay is non existent, there are no fringe benefits except spending time with me while I run around in circles but the atmosphere is fantastic so I think they’ll take the job.

Me running and not looking like death

Me running and not looking like death???  I’m actually smiling – Coach would say I’m not pushing hard enough

Again????  In one night???  Impossible!!

Again???? In one night??? Impossible!! Although I do look like I’m working harder

I love this picture.  I look like I'm hauling butt and my Coach is right behind me....  Love that guy!!

I love this picture. I look like I’m hauling butt and my Coach is right behind me…. Love that guy!!

When I got home Ashlea gave me a mini bag of gummy bears!!!  How freaking cute is that??!!

When I got home Ashlea gave me a mini bag of gummy bears!!! How freaking cute is that??!!

Getting The Shot

This has been my screensaver for over a year...

This has been my screensaver for over a year… She’s freaking flying!!

Another shot I really like.

Another shot I really like.

I have several running pictures that I really like. So of course I wanted to recreate them…  I was at the beach, we had a camera that takes multiple shots, so HOW HARD COULD IT BE??!!

THIS was as close as we got.

THIS was as close as we got.

What was the first model running on??  A belted trampoline???  Did she jump off of something?? Was there a wind machine???  So Ashlea and I decided it would work if I jumped OFF of something…. Bad idea…

Here I am happy on a big log thinking what a great idea this is....

Here I am happy on a big log thinking what a great idea this is….

I ate major crap right after this.  Perhaps a professional photographer and a set would make this easier

I ate major crap right after this. Perhaps a professional photographer and a set would make this easier????

So we messed around with the camera and I gave up.  When I first saw that first shot I asked Ashlea why she hadn’t taken a picture of ME like that.  She replied that I never looked like that.  Agreed.  Fully.

Ash and Gabi doing cartwheels

Ash and Gabi doing cartwheels

My cartwheel

My cartwheel

Taylor and the lake

Taylor and the lake

Alana SITTING on the log - much smarter!!

Alana SITTING on the log – much smarter!!

Ashlea

Ashlea

Gabrielle

Gabrielle

Kezia.  Out cold in the car.  Love this kid - she can sleep anywhere!

Kezia. Out cold in the car. Love this kid – she can sleep anywhere!

With the wind at the lake this is the only thing the tube was used for.....

With the wind at the lake this is the only thing the tube was used for…..  Here’s to next time….  The props, the photographer, the editing….

Duathlon Fun

Last year my coach put on a Duathlon. 5K run, 18 mile bike, 5K run. He allowed teams and I signed up with my teammate Olivia. I ran, she biked. It’s a hard 5K course. Really hard. The most difficult 5K I’ve run with predominantly trails, rocks, hills, etc…  The  bike is tough as well, but since I didn’t ride the bike portion, I won’t complain…. Last year Olivia and I won first place!!!!  It was so much fun.  Such great energy.

This year coach elected not to have the race but the team – since we knew the course – got together to do it with coach’s support.  Again it was hard and again it was a blast.  This year I ran with Olivia’s husband Sam and again we won!!

I photo bombed my own picture with my coach

I photo bombed my own picture with my coach

Transition set up

Transition set up

Assistant coach Frank said this looked like me with my kids....  Nice!

Assistant coach Frank said this looked like me with my kids…. Nice!  Except I think she only has ten – she needs one more to be like me

Ready to go!!!

Ready to go!!!

We are jacked on our Garmin's!!!!  Ready to go!

We are jacked on our Garmin’s!!!! Ready to go!  I think my compression sleeves are glowing??

Sarah – my friend and teammate – wasn’t running for speed (thank God – she runs at approximately the speed of light!!) and said she’d run with me.  I loved it since she and I don’t get a chance to run together very often.  I mean it. I felt honored to spend some QT with this exceptional woman.  The first 5K went well.  I ran it at 26:45 which isn’t breaking any speed records but I felt fantastic.

Sarah, Me, Frank on the course round 1

Sarah, Me, Frank on the course round 1

I knew I had to go to the bathroom though, so after I slapped Sam’s hand, I went across the parking lot.

Grabbed this.  Peeps at Starbucks probably thought this gave me the boost I needed and made me feel better

Grabbed this. Peeps at Starbucks probably thought this gave me the boost I needed and made me feel better

In all actuality THIS is what made me feel  better!!

In all actuality THIS is what gave me the boost I needed and made me feel better!!

Right before round 2 of the 5K from hell, I opened my side doors on the van and wet the pavement

Right before round 2 of the 5K from hell, I opened my side doors on the van and wet the pavement.  Keepin’ it classy!!!

Round 2 of the 5K was more difficult at the beginning but about a mile in – although the hill is always hard – I felt in the groove.  Sarah and I finished strong at 26:21.  SWEET!!!  We all decided that it was a blast but there’s something different in the energy when it’s a “real” race.  At any rate, I was glad I had set my alarm for 4:45 to run at 6am and spend time with some of my favorite people and run hard.

Finishing round 2 with Sarah supporting me

Finishing round 2 with Sarah supporting me

Sarah and Me!!!!  LOVE HER!!! Thank you for slowing down to push me!!  I cherished the time together!!

Sarah and Me!!!! LOVE HER!!! Thank you for slowing down to push me!! I cherished the time together!!

Sarah made the face that shows how we all felt!!

Sarah made the face that shows how we all felt!!

 

Sam and I at the end.  OF COURSE we won first place for team division!!!!

Sam and Me at the end. OF COURSE we won first place for the team division!!!! Even though I can’t properly give a thumbs up…

Inclemental Weather and Running

I may not love harsh weather and running, but honestly I’d rather be out in the sludge than grinding it out on a treadmill. Will I complain?? Absolutely. Will I go anyway?? Absolutely. Right up until the weather hits a certain point.  Lately it’s been all over the place.  100* temperatures, wind and this past week hail and rain with flash flood warnings and lots of lightening.  Tuesday night the team was running up Galena.  In 2 miles we gain 1800 feet in altitude and that’s not including the warm up elevation gain.  We’re in the forest, on trails, kind of off the beaten path.  When the weather warnings came on, the lightening got intense and the rain was making visibility almost nil, I elected not to go.  I gad a gut feeling and I listened.  Several other teammates did the same, but several went.  From those, they said conditions ended up being fine with no issue, but I’m still glad I listened to my reaction and played it safe.  Sometimes it’s just not worth the push.  Instead I did a 4 mile run when it calmed down – which was in no way a replacement for the climb I would have done, but at least some miles were logged.

Taken from the drivers seat

Taken from the drivers seat

You probably can't see how bad it is but there was little visibility, LOTS of lightening and flooding in several areas in town

You probably can’t see how bad it is but there was little visibility, LOTS of lightening and flooding in several areas in town