Mish Mash

My mind is so jumbled up right now, it’s hard for me to form a coherent thought, much less a coherent blog post, so this is what you get.

  • This was my first vegan Thanksgiving.  It was awesome.  I just made a few dishes and took them to my in-laws’ and made my plate from those dishes, plus a couple of other veggie sides that were there.  Perfect!  (My only cheat was a big ol’ spoonful of my MIL’s potato salad, which has mayo in it.  Her potato salad is worth a cheat.  It’s what I look forward to most at every family get-together.)
  • I’m in the final days of marathon training and I just can’t shake the feeling that I’M NOT READY.
  • Through 17 weeks of training, my IT band has not hurt once and NOW in my lowest mileage week in who knows how long it decides to hurt???  It hurts so bad that it is sore to the touch.  You can FEEL how tight it is just by rubbing the outside of my thigh.  It’s like strumming a guitar string.  The funny thing is that it doesn’t hurt when I run, so that’s good.  I’ve been rolling but apparently not good enough, so I’ll be giving it hell the next few days to make sure I can make it through 26.2 with no problems.
  • Several days ago I got a letter from my old church basically shunning me.  I hadn’t been attending the last several months because I really had an issue with the way some things were handled there.  Well, the letter pointed out the fact that I have neglected the commandment to “assemble and exhort one another” and told me that I was no longer acting as a devoted child of God because of my lack of attendance, and went on to say that because of this it would affect how the members of that church would deal with me in the community.  It basically said since I no longer go to church there, they can no longer have anything to do with me.  It was very cultish.  I’ve always struggled with organized religion but was finally baptized when I was 30, but this horse shit has got me really questioning a lot of things again.
  • My husband turned 40 last week.  He took it like a champ.
  • D is the one that turned 40, and I’m the one freaking out about showing my age.  It seems like every time I look in the mirror I see a new line.  I’m seriously thinking about getting myself Botox for Christmas instead of the Vitamix I’ve been wanting.
  • Bella’s knee has gotten worse over the holiday, and her doctor won’t be back in until Monday.  She’s barely putting any weight on it, but she is still acting her same goofy self, trying to run and play, all tail wags, and her appetite is still good, so I don’t feel like she’s in major distress.  For that reason, I haven’t wanted to interrupt the on-call vet’s holiday weekend and will just wait to talk to her vet on Monday.  I feel like I’ll be playing nurse to a post-op pup in the next few days.  Yay for huge vet bills right here at Christmas…

Eleven Times Two

This week I have been jinxed lucky enough to be tagged TWICE for this latest meme.  First by Jenn  and then by Kate.

Here are the rules:
1.   Post these rules.
2.   You must post 11 random things about yourself.
3.   Answer the questions set for you.
4.   Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.
5.   Go to their bogs and tell them you’ve tagged them.
6.   No stuff in the tagging section about, “You are tagged if you’re reading this.”  You legitimately have to tag 11 people!

My 11 Random things:
1.    I have lived in West Tennessee all of my life.  In six different houses in three different counties (with four of those moves taking place between 2004 and 2007), but all in West TN.
2. . Even though I grew up in the south, I do not wear camouflage, hunt, fish, watch NASCAR, watch wrestling, go camping, take my truck mudding, or own a gun.
3.   I want a gun.
4.   Since going vegetarian, the thing I miss the most?  Pepperoni.  I still steal one or two off of my husband’s pizza.  Although I did just discover Yves meatless pepperoni slices at my grocery!  I bought some a couple of days ago and plan to make a pizza with them tonight.
5.   I kick ass at Wheel of Fortune.
6.   I was just nominated and voted into our county 911 Board of Directors.  I thought only old people were on the Board of Directors for anything.
7.   Kiwi makes my lips itch.
8.   I saw a live beaver for the first time recently.  I was running one of my usual routes and as I was crossing the bridge over the creek, something moving in the water caught my eye.  I stopped and watched a huge beaver work on his dam for several minutes.  I’ve looked for him every time I’ve run past that spot since but haven’t seen him again.
9.   D and I met through internet dating.
10. I have a Pit Bull and an American Bulldog (photos to the right) and take every opportunity I get to be a bully breed advocate.
11.  The oldest item of clothing that I own is a Bush concert t-shirt from 1997.  Rest assured that I do NOT wear it in public.  It’s just so soft and comfy to throw on at night after a shower when I’m just sitting around the house!    

Jenn’s 11 Questions
1.   When and why did you start blogging?     I started blogging in December of 2009.  I had just finished my first half-marathon and had been following a few running blogs for a little while.  I just thought it would be fun to have my own and hopefully make some connections and friends–which I have!

2.   Who is your fitness inspiration and/or what inspires you to work out?  My friend Michele was my original inspiration to start running.  It was while watching her train for her first marathon that I decided to train for a half.  When I made that decision, I was not a runner AT ALL.  Seriously, I started from zero.  And she still continuously inspires and motivates me.  🙂  Love that girl!

3.   Do you prefer working out alone or with someone?   I’ve never really had the opportunity to workout with someone else.  None of my local friends run, so all of my runs are solo.  I used to wish so hard for a running partner, but now I’ve learned to appreciate the solitude.

4.   Do you read labels at the grocery store?  If I’m buying something I’ve never shopped for, yes.  But I almost always remain loyal to brands I know.  I’ve read enough labels that I know which breads and BBQ sauces have HFCS and which ones don’t, which Worcestershire sauces are vegan and which ones aren’t… 

5.   What is your favorite food?  Food that someone else cooks.

6.   What has changed your life or shaped you to who you are today?  Everything.  Every decision I’ve made, every person I’ve met, every victory, every failure, every heartbreak… they all shape who we are as a person.

7.   What is the last thing you tried that was completely new to you?  Parsnips.

8.   What’s one goal you have achieved that you never thought you could?  Finishing a marathon.   I really shouldn’t say I NEVER thought I could, but I had some serious doubts while training on a bum knee.

9.   What’s your #1 goal for 2012?  To be a happier, less stressed version of me!  And to run a 2:0x half-marathon.

10.  What gets you through or cures a tough day?  My favorite way to unwind after a tough day is to go in our bedroom by myself (no husband, no animals) with a glass of wine, get in my rattiest pair of sweat pants, and lay in the bed watching All in the Family DVDs.

11.  Share the best piece of advice you could give someone (about life, fitness, blogging, you name it).    I heard this quote a while back, and it stuck with me.  I don’t remember it verbatim, but it was something like, “You wouldn’t care as much about what people thought of you if you realized how seldom they did.”

And Kate’s 11 Questions:
1.   Would you rather be told you could never run again for the rest of your life, or you have to wear the same outfit every single day for the rest of your life?  Actually if I would almost WELCOME the opportunity to wear the same thing every day.  So definitely that.

2.   What’s your favorite post-run indulgence?  Chocolate milk.  Yes, I’m gradually cutting out dairy, but right now I still drink a single serving of Horizon organic chocolate milk after my long run.

3.   What song gets you the most pumped up during a run?  I go through phases with this one.  Right now it’s Van Halen’s “Running with the Devil”, New Medicine’s “Race You to the Bottom,” and Ted Nugent’s “Stranglehold”. 

4.   Favorite running movie?  I’ve never watched one.  Have no desire to, really.

5.   Have you ever peed yourself during a run?  No, not technically, but I did kind of make a mess when I stopped to squat once…

6.   If you could invite three people (dead or alive) to a dinner party, who would it be?  My dearly departed grandmother,  because I miss her so much.  Daniel Tosh, because he’s effing awesome.  And Nancy Pelosi, so I could punch her in the throat.

7.   If you could trade lives with anybody for one day, who would you trade with?  Probably my husband.  Because from where I’m sitting, he looks like he’s got it made.  I mean, he’s got ME.

8.   If you had the ability to enact any law right now, what would it be?  I would pass a federal law that no state or local government could ever enact BSL (breed specific legislation).  If you don’t know what that is, it’s where they can make it illegal to own a specific breed of dog that they deem “dangerous.”  They do not take into account the dog’s history, personality, training or anything.  Pit bull?  BAM.  Gone.  Rottweiler?  BAM.  Gone.  They just rip families apart.  It’s utter bullshit, and it infuriates me.  Please, please, please, if you ever see anything about BSL on your ballot, voice your opinion.  And if you don’t have an opinion, voice mine.

9.   If you had $1 million to donate to any cause, which cause would you chose?  No doubt, hands down, animal rescue.

10.  Who inspires you?  Besides who we already discussed above, I’d have to say all of my vegan friends.

11.  Cats or dogs?  I love them both and have both in my home, but if I’m being honest I’m more drawn to dogs in general.

So there you go!  Now you know me like 33  times better! 

Now to pass it along, here are MY 11 Questions:

1.   What is the chore you most hate doing?
2.   Books:  Do you prefer e-readers or bound print?
3.   Have you been outside the continental 48 states?  Where?
4.   If you won an all-expense paid trip to anywhere in the world for one week, where would you go?
5.   Do you eat breakfast?
6.   What’s something that you are passionate about?
7.   Do you use coupons when you do your grocery shopping?
8.   If you were to go to the movies tonight, what would you see?
9.   Musicals?  Love ’em or hate ’em?
10. Do you have any live plants in your house?  (Please don’t answer that if they are illegal.)
11.  How many times a week do you eat out?

And my victims are:
1.    Kim #1
2.   Kim #2
3.   Funderson
4.   Jen
5.   Jessica
6.   Christy
7.   Kristi
8.   Abbi
9.   Laura
10.  Christy
11.  Stephanie

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand GO.

21 Random Things

I was recently tagged by the famous GBA momof3 to post 21 random things about me.  MAN!  I struggled just coming up with seven when Kim tagged me just a few weeks ago!  But I thought long and hard and finally came up with these.  Way more than you ever cared to know about what makes me me.  Drumroll please…

1   I absolutely cannot stand to get my feet wet.  I’m not talking about in the shower or running in the rain or anything like that.  I’m talking about UNEXPECTED wet feet.  The quickest way to make me shout words that would make a sailor blush is to drop an ice cube in the kitchen floor and not pick it up.  Seriously, my toes are curling just thinking about stepping in that.

2   I am ticklish to the point of becoming violent. Screw water boarding.  Tickling is pure torture.

3.  I found my first gray hair when I was 15.

4.  I’m not real sure what my natural color is anymore.  My hair has been various shades of red, blonde, and brown ever since my sophomore year in high school.

5.  I used to play the clarinet and the alto sax.  Not to toot my own horn (pun intended) or anything, but I was really good at it.  I miss it a lot.

6.  Some people have a bucket list of things to do before they die.  I have a “destination” bucket list of places I want to go.  I’m pretty sure I’ll have to win the lottery to even make it to half of them.

7.  My elbows don’t straighten out all the way.

8.  Sometimes I really feel like I serve no purpose in life.  My job is thankless and unfulfilling, yet it can be all-consuming.  If I could quit and do absolutely anything in the world, it would be something to do with animal rescue and rehabilitation.  Animals touch my heart and soul in a way that no human can.

9.  We are child-free by choice.

10.  I’m kind of a hippie when it comes to certain things.  I recycle everything that I possibly can, buy secondhand when it’s a feasible option, and I cannot stand waste.  That totally negates the fact that I drive a gas-guzzling SUV, right?

11.  I have a cast-iron stomach.  I can eat whatever whenever and never have to worry about how it will affect my stomach during a run.  I never realized how fortunate I was until I talked to and read blogs by people who have to be very careful about this.  Or else.

12.  I do not tweet.

13.  I have trained for six half-marathons and one full marathon, and I have yet to lose or even have a blackened toenail.  Or a blister.

14.  I faint at the sight of blood.  Or even if I know there is blood around.  When I have blood drawn at the doctor’s office, I have to be lying on an exam table and they have to use an infant needle to keep me semi-conscious.

15.  I avoid watching, reading, or hearing the news at all costs.  I know the world sucks.  I don’t have to be reminded at noon, 6, and 10.

16.  I am almost 32 years old, and I still chase NyQuil with pickle juice to keep from gagging on the taste.  I figured this trick out on my own when I was a kid, and I still do it.  Works like a charm.

17.  I don’t have a crafty or creative bone in my body.

18.  I’ve had electrolysis done on my eyebrows.  It was expensive and it took about a year and a half, but it was totally worth it.  It money were no object, I would laser off every hair below my head.

19.  I’m a total grinch.  I would hibernate from Thanksgiving to the New Year if it were possible.

20.  Baseball is my sport of choice.  Basketball?  Hate it.  Football?  Meh…I can take it or leave it.  But the St. Louis Cardinals rock my world.

21.  I do not and will never again have a credit card.

Now the rules state that I’m supposed to tag 10 people to post their own 21 Random Things, but I always skip this part.  If you wanna play along, TAG, YOU’RE IT!

Nuts & Bolts

I felt like I wanted to write a post, but I’ve been sitting here looking at  a blank “new post” screen for a good ten minutes, unable to come up with anything post-worthy.  (It doesn’t help that there’s a Cardinals ballgame on distracting me.)  So what does one do when one can’t come up with a full post?

Bullets, baby!

  • Today is Easter, and all day long I’ve been reading people’s posts on Facebook about their Easter church services and such.  I went to church this morning, and it was a completely standard service.  Easter wasn’t acknowledged in anyway whatsoever.  I wanted to ask someone why but I didn’t want to feel like an idiot.  (I attend Church of Christ, so if anybody knows anything about this that I don’t, please enlighten me.)
  • We had a low-key night out with some friends last night.  We gorged on Mexican and then they wanted to go see the new Madea movie.  I had never seen any of them, and after last night I can safely say I’ll never see any more of them.  I did not enjoy it.  It might have been tolerable had it not been for all the ghetto idiots in there yelling out at the screen.
  • The announcers for this ballgame I’m watching are talking right now about extended playoffs this year with an extra wildcard team.  I’m not sure how I feel about this.
  • I haven’t run since the half-marathon last Saturday.  I had planned to take a one-week break just because I felt like I needed it.  Mentally more than physically.  I’m ready to get back at it.
  • I have been so unbelieveably tired this week and weekend.  I thought it was possibly because I had lost so much sleep due to the middle-of-the-night storms through the week, but you’d think I would have caught back up by now.  I fell asleep on the couch after work almost every day, and I took a 2-hour nap both yesterday and today.  And I swear if I closed my eyes for 15 seconds I could be asleep again right now.  I hope I get my energy back when I get back into a running routine tomorrow.
  • There was a bone marrow drive in a town about 20 miles from here yesterday.  I wanted to go, but with these crazy gas prices and my gas-guzzling truck, I didn’t.  I learned on bethematch.org that you can order the kit and join the registry by sending in a cheek swab, so that’s what I did.  Some of the questions I had to answer were insane:  “In the past five years, have you taken money or drugs in exchange for sex?”  Whew!  Good thing I stopped doing that six years ago!
  • Our electricity has gone off at least once a day since it came back on the day after the storms last week.  I’m tired of resetting clocks.
  • It never fails… every time I’m trying to hear something on TV, my dogs will go get their Nylabones and park their asses right in the middle of the living room, crunching and grinding louder than the television.
  • I went through my jewelry chest this week and dug out a few pieces of gold jewelry that I haven’t worn in a long time.  Some of it I forgot I even had.  I sold it for $285.  Score.  Makes me wish I hadn’t hocked my first wedding set for $50 right after the divorce.
  • Four day work week this week!  I’m taking a day of leave on Friday.  The sister and I will be Nashville bound!

Did you have a big Easter service at church? 

Do you donate blood?  I wish I could, but I’m too much of a wuss.  I pass out at the sight of blood.

ABC’s of Me

Copycat?  Who?  Me?!

Age: 25  (That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.  That 1980 stuff on my driver’s license is a misprint.)\

Bed size:  We finally bought a king a few months ago, and it has been HEAVEN.

Chore you hate: All of them, but especially cleaning the bathrooms.  That’s the one thing D gets stuck with.

Dogs: Bella, 2 next month; Harley, 2 in July.  (See right sidebar.)

Essential start of your day: Food.  I wake up starving.

Fav colour: Blue.

Gold or silver:  White gold.

Height: 5’3-1/2″

Instruments I play: Clarinet and alto sax, although I haven’t touched either in years.  I used to be very good though.

Job title: Peon.

Kids:  No thanks.

Live: Rural West TN.

Mom’s name: Connie.

Nicknames: None now.  But all through school it was Spam.  Not because I ate it or anything.  Just because it rhymes with my name.  So clever…  But it stuck.  I even had it on a personalized license plate in high school.

Overnight hospital stays:  Nope, never.

Pet peeve:  People who think they know more about my job than I do.

Quote from a movie:  “Did we just become best friends?”  “Yep!”  “Do you wanna do karate in the garage?”  “Yep!”  (Name that movie!)

Right or left handed:  Right.

Siblings:  One younger sister.

Time you wake up:  Through the week, 5:00 am.  The weekends are determined by the dogs’ bladders.  Rarely past 6:30.

Underwear:  Thongs, boyshorts, or commando.  Depends on the activity and the outfit.

Veg you dislike:  Haven’t met one yet!

What makes you run late:  My husband, and it drives me bonkers.

X-rays you have had done: Teeth, knee, and chest.

Yummy food you make: Lasagna.

Zoo, favorite animal:  I disagree with animals being kept in captivity and displayed for human entertainment.  Period.  But I’m fascinated by elephants and think this place is just amazing.

Versatile Blogger

I am quite possibly the only person that hasn’t done this yet. My reading list has been flooded by Versatile Blogger posts the past couple of weeks. I love reading them and finding out more about you guys, so I’ll humor Adam, who tagged me, and post a list of my own.

1. I hate clutter. Can’t stand it. I don’t have a lot of knickknacks sitting around, and I have very little stuff on my walls. My husband, on the other hand, is a freakin’ slob. This actually just gave me an idea for a post. More on this to come…

2. I’m a stickler for correct spelling and punctuation. I have to resist the urge to grade my friends’ facebook status updates. I get it from my Dad. I think he has actually marked up the local newspaper with red ink and mailed it back to them.

3. I hate to dress up for work. I get filthy working the mail, and I am NOT ruining good clothes! Most Postmasters wear business attire to work. I wear a Postal t-shirt, khaki Aeropostale uniform pants, and tennis shoes. It’s a small town–who am I trying to impress?

4. I watched Porky’s for the first time on the laptop on the plane ride home from Cabo last week. I don’t think I have ever laughed so hard at a movie.

5. I have really gotten into earrings and fingernail polish lately.

6. I think one of the funniest sitcoms ever made was All in the Family. I am working on the DVD series collection.

7. We bought a used futon off Craigslist this weekend for the dogs. They now have their own bedroom complete with their own furniture.