Tuesday Tidbits

  • I’m two weeks out from my next half-marathon, and I haven’t been this unprepared and undertrained for one since my first one four and a half years ago.  I guess it’s a good thing I gave up any notion of racing this one weeks ago!  I ran 9 miles yesterday, the farthest I’ve run this training cycle, and I can sum it up in two words:  shit show.  It’s so aggravating for my long runs to be so awful when my short runs are so great.  I ran 3 miles last week at a pace 7 seconds/mile faster than my previously fastest 3 miles, which was at the end of a marathon training cycle when I was in pretty damn good shape.  (And this was the first time I’ve ever run a training run with a sub-9 average!)  Go figure.
  • Less than 24 hours after posting about my new-found patience and level-headedness (relatively speaking haha), I had probably my most intense test.  I went into a “quick lube” place for an oil change and it took them TWO FREAKING HOURS to get me in and out of there.  There were only three cars ahead of me, and it’s not like there was anything going wrong… I could see them just moving at a snail’s pace!  The ol’ patience was wearing a bit thin!!!
  • I just ordered some new running shoes.  Maybe that’ll help my long run?  HA!  They’re the new Brooks Cascadia 9s.  The only Brooks I’ve ever worn is the Ghost line.  They have been my last 5 pair of running shoes.  I hope I like these as well.  If not, there’s no loss, thanks to Road Runner Sports’ 90-day “wear ’em and love ’em” guarantee!
  • One picture to sum up our Valentine’s Day evening.
  • My mother-in-law is in Atlanta at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America this week getting a second opinion.  I’ve heard such amazing things about them, and I pray that they can work their magic for her too!


If you’ve been reading this blog for more than like 15 seconds, you already know by now that patience is NOT a virtue that I possess.

D and I decided a few months ago that we need a new bedroom suite.  Trouble is, we have expensive taste.  The cost of the furniture plus the cost of a new mattress and box springs was gonna be… well, astronomical.  So we decided to put it on hold because there were things that we want/need worse than a bedroom.

But while we were in Destin a couple of months ago, we wandered into a sleep store and just started browsing (and laying on) their mattresses.  When I laid on the Tempurpedic Cloud Supreme, I knew I would never sleep soundly again until I owned that little piece of Heaven.  That lit the fire of desire again.  There were no longer things that I wanted/needed more than a bedroom.  So we started shopping again.  A few weeks ago, we came across a HECK of a deal on that mattress.  I’m talking about a CRAZY, INSANE STEAL of a deal.  We couldn’t pass it up.  So for three weeks we have been looking at this monstrosity of a box containing our new mattress and box springs.  We can’t use it because it’s a king and we currently have a queen bed.  We’ve been looking at furniture again, but we just can’t find what we really want, and the stuff we find that we DO like is out of our price range.

But, as I mentioned, we are not the patient kind.  Looking at that box every day, knowing what’s in that box, knowing that a good night’s sleep was SO CLOSE, was driving us crazy!

So, what is one to do?

One goes to amazon.com and buys the cheapest king-sized bed frame one can find, that’s what.  Who says it’s not classy to put a >$3,000 mattress on a <$100 frame and use mismatched sheets and blankets because you don't own a king-sized comforter set?  You call it tacky, but I'll be sleeping like a drunk baby, so I win.