These Things Make Me Happy

The fabulous Kate at So Cal Runner Gal recently did a post, and I absolutely loved it, so I’m stealing it!  Her post was inspired by this question that she saw on Facebook:

My list right now would be…
  • The way my hair feels, looks, and smells right after I leave the salon
  • Cool nights and sleeping with the windows open
  • Snoring dogs
  • Smiling dogs
  • Seeing muscles beginning to develop where there used to be none
  • Falling asleep to the sound of a cat purring beside my head
  • New outfits
  • Vacation days and sleeping in–just because
  • Planting flowers

  • The year’s first blooms on Lucy’s rose bush.  I planted it at her grave in our yard the day after we buried her almost 5 years ago.  The new blooms remind me that she lives on.

Three Things Thursday

  1. I bought a pair of black CEP socks as the final piece of my Rock n Roll St. Louis Half Marathon outfit.  Yes, it’s still a month away, but it’s never too early to plan the outfit.  I wore the tech tee I bought for it on a run a few nights ago.  No issues there.  I’m set!  I’m still not sure how I want to approach this half.  I can’t decide if I want to race it or run it for fun and wait until the spring to go for a PR.
  2. I’ve gotten two estimates for having our tree that was struck by lightning cut down.  I’m in the wrong business!  The first guy told me $500 without grinding the stump, and I thought, “HA!  I’m getting another estimate…”  The second guy told me $850 to cut it down and grind the stump.  I wish the storm had just uprooted the damn thing.
  3. Seriously????  TWO PEOPLE have entered my Lavoro Designs Runner’s Necklace giveaway.  Go.  Now.  Enter.  Yes you.

Lavoro Designs Runner’s Necklace Giveaway!

Y’all have heard me mention my friend Shelly a few times.  Specifically her blog and her jewelry, Lavoro Designs.  Well, she is very generously offering to give one of my readers a custom-made runner’s necklace!

You get to choose the disk and bead color!  I speak from experience when I say she has just about any color of bead you could possibly want, and these are your disk choices.

If you want more than the one disk and one bead that your necklace will have on it, you can purchase additional disks here and additional beads here.  That’s what I did, and this is what I ended up with.  Awesome, right?

That’s my crappy photo.  Not Shelly’s.  Don’t judge her by my camera skills.

But remember!  The giveaway is for the chain, one disk from the selection pictured above, and one bead only.  Anything more than that is up to you and completely optional and at your cost.

You’ve got a few ways to enter the giveaway and will gain one entry for each one of these that you do.

  • Comment below and tell me what your custom necklace would look like.
  • Like Lavoro Designs on Facebook and leave a comment to let me know you did.
  • Spread the word on Facebook.  Be sure to mention @Lavoro Designs in your post so she can see it on her page for entry verification.
  • Spread the word here on Blogger.  Post about it or include the giveaway on your sidebar.  Leave a comment including a link to your post.

Entries will be accepted until 11:59 pm on Monday, October 1st.  A winner will be selected randomly and announced on Tuesday, October 2nd.  The winner will have three days to respond or a new winner will be selected.  If you don’t have a blog that I can contact you through, please be sure to include your email address in your comment!  If I can’t contact you, I’ll select a new winner immediately.

Sorry, but Shelly only ships to domestic addresses, so no international entries, please.

And while you’re at it, poke around her shop–she’s got tons of awesome stuff!  Use code RUN10 at checkout for 10% off your entire purchase.  Specifically, be sure to check out her other runner-specific necklace!  (Yes, I have one of these, too.  I may have a problem.)

I don’t wear a lot of jewelry.  Always my wedding set and usually a pair of earrings, and if I’m dressed up maybe a right-hand ring too.  Necklaces?  Rarely.  But I’ve had my eye on one for a little while that I’ve really been wanting.  It’s at  Specifically, this one:

I just love the simplicity of it.  The only problem is I’m way too cheap to spend $52 on a necklace.  I mean, come on, that’s a race fee!  Or a big chunk of a pair of shoes!
I mentioned my friend Shelly’s etsy shop before last year when I bought some earrings from her.  I knew she made custom necklaces, so I asked her if she could make one for me that just said “run”.  She was more than happy to do it!  She even made a few for me to pick from.
I chose the one on the lower left.  I received it in the mail on Monday, and I absolutely adore it!  I’ve worn it every day since.  You know you want one too.  What better way to fashionably show your pride in what we all love to do???