My Name in Lights

Well, maybe not lights. More like print. But, hey, print is still cool, right???

A few weeks ago, Beth at Shut Up and Run featured a blog post about Melinda Hinson Neely and her upcoming book about first-time marathoners. She was looking for marathon virgins to follow during their training. Her original mission was to find five people to follow in-depth. Well, according to her blog, her response was overwhelming and she couldn’t pick just five. She picked six people to chronicle in-depth and roughly 30 others to highlight. And guess what! She picked little ol’ me. 🙂 Not for the in-depth gig–just the highlight. Who CARES if she picked everyone that responded? A participation award is still an award! And who CARES if in the announcement she got the city wrong? (I moved FROM Jackson, not TO Jackson. Four years ago. lol) Details, details!

Talk about motivation! As if my Vegas run buddy Michele and all of you weren’t enough to keep me accountable, now if I punk out Melinda will write about it and tell the whole world what a wus I am. As much as I enjoy public humiliation, I prefer it when it’s in the moment and not documented for generations to come.

One week down. Seventeen to go!

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Once Upon a Time…

Last summer: Wife looked at the walls of her home and saw that they were bare and was displeased. And wife spake unto husband, saying, “Let there be color.” And husband said, “Okay, when it gets cooler and I’m not busy with the yard and stuff.”

Last November: Wife saw that it was cooler and that husband had more free time and said again unto husband, “Let there be color.” And husband said, “Okay, after Christmas.”

And it came to pass that the holidays came and went.

March: Again, wife said unto husband, “Let there be color.” And husband said, “Okay, but let’s wait till we get back from vacation.”

July: And wife said unto husband, “LET THERE BE COLOR, DAMNIT, OR ELSE!!!” And husband trembled with fear and scurried to Lowe’s to pick up two gallons of Pirate’s Treasure and one gallon of Grape Gusto.

(Half bath before)

(Half bath after)

(Master bath before)

(Master bath during)


(Master bath after)

And wife saw that there was color, and that it was good. And there was peace in the kingdom once again.

I Take it Back!

Yesterday I posted “So bring on August!”

Is it too late to recant?

I just looked at the 10-day forecast. Apparently there’s a whole nuther level of HOT that I didn’t know about. We’ve spent the majority of the summer under a “heat advisory,” so that’s nothing new. But this week we are under a “heat advisory” AND an “excessive heat watch.” WTH is that?!?!?

From weather.com:

“HEAT INDEX READINGS WILL CLIMB BETWEEN 105 AND 109 DEGREES BY MONDAY AFTERNOON. BY TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY… HEAT INDEX READINGS IN EXCESS OF 110 DEGREES CAN BE EXPECTED.”

Oh goody.