Monday, July 30, 2007
What were you doing 10 years ago?
This one is easy. 10 years ago I was living in Vandalia Ohio, recently married and working as a retail manager.
Five snacks you enjoy:
1. Carmel Rice Cakes with a coating of peanut butter
2. Take a banana, slather peanut butter on the tip and dunk it in either chocolate chips or M&M’s – repeat until banana is gone or you feel the need to throw-up
3. Breaking up pieces of a Hershey bar and dipping it in a jar of peanut butter
4. Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese on a Roasted Garlic Triscuit
5. Salsa and chips (favorite salsa is the Peach Salsa by Paul Newman’s Own)
Five songs you know all the lyrics to:
Oh God. I am embarrassed to say most of them are from the 80’s. Any Madonna (Like a Virgin), Prince (1999), Rick Springfield (My Best Friends Girlfriend), Billy Squire (Stroke Me), so on and so on. To quote VH1 – I Love the 80’s!
Five things you would do if you were a millionaire:
1. Build an animal sanctuary and adoption kennel for greyhounds.
I have dreamed of exactly how the kennel would look and what would be in it. There would be huge rooms with lots of beds and old couches for social hours, each kennel would be like its own mini-hotel room. It would look more like one of those posh pooch bed and breakfasts than a kennel.
The animal sanctuary for any animal no matter how big or small that needs a safe place to land.
2. Huge co-op organic farm that would donate crops to the poor and homeless.
3. Set up a foundation to support animal charities, environment and stem cell research.
4. Take my friends on the best all expenses paid vacation EVER and pay off their mortgage.
5. Pay off my family and in-law’s houses so they can live without a mortgage
Five bad habits:
1. Mailing birthday cards. I buy them, sign them, and even stamp them, but when it comes to putting them in the mailbox I fall short.
2. Burping. Loudly.
4. Not reading instructions thoroughly – see impatience
5. Wastefulness, such as throwing out leftover’s.
Five things you like doing:
Five things you would never wear again:
1. Jeans with leg warmers worn over the jeans
2. Acid wash jeans with black lace heart cut-outs
4. Banana clips
5. Catholic School uniform (no matter how much my husband begs)
Five favorite toys:
I was a huge Tom boy growing up and don’t remember having many toys, but do remember my favorite games. Wiffle ball and football with my brother’s and their friends and playing Freeze Tag! Ha! That brings back memories. However, there is one toy I remember fondly and that was the Weeble Wobble Haunted House and Tree House. I used to play with that for hours!
Sunday, July 29, 2007
The first 3 miles felt pretty good. The last 2.5 did not.
There is a part of the route that I call Hell alley. It is a long stretch of asphalt that has no shade, is busy with traffic so you get all the heat from exhaust. You feel the heat radiating up from the ground and pounding down from the sun. It sucked to say the least. When you reach the stop light it is less than a mile from home. Today I tried lying to myself to get to the end. It went something like this: Bridget, the light is around this curve. Oh, no that's right it is around this curve. No seriously, this is the curve. My body will never forgive me.
I finished 5.5 miles in one hour. It was hard and I was sweating so much that I ended up with a nasty rash in a not so nice place - not that place! Under the band of my sports bra. Sheesh!
Next Saturday I am shooting for 6.2. Crap.
We walked up to the lake to see an army of kayak's. Floating and waiting. You could feel the anticipation, anxiety and excitement. Here is the start of the race. It gave me goose bumps watching. I can't even imagine how cold the water was!
To stick with the water theme - a sea of bikes.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Friday night I didn't sleep worth a shit. And woke at the crack of dawn because nature is fucking noisy! Sheesh! Birds singing and crap. Anyway, our goal for Saturday was to get up and go for a run in Lake Placid around Mirror Lake which would be 5.5 miles.
The weather was beautiful and perfect for a run. Sunny, cool and not to mention that Lake Placid is gorgeous! Our run went great. It was hard, damn hard, but we finished in one hour and one minute. Not bad. Not bad at all.
And to end this post I will leave you with a picture of a perfect camp breakfast after a long hard run. Vegan french toast and soy sausage cooked over an open fire.
Next post will be about the Ironman. The people who competed are amazing and awe inspiring.
Friday, July 20, 2007
Trac, Jen, Wendy and I are heading up to Lake Placid to watch the IronMan. This my friends will be my first camping experience ever and I am going to get the full experience of sleeping in a tent, cooking and eating by a campfire, peeing in the woods, etc. Lord have mercy on me. Oh, and come to find out that two of the girls have been visited by a monthly 'friend' Isn't this what they call Bear bait? I mean isn't that basically sending up flares to the wildlife community? Well, we shall see if a slew of crazed disney characters show up at our camp.
But I am not too worried because there will also be 5 dogs with us. Yep. 5 greyhounds and three humans. So stayed tuned because you know there are going to be stories from this weekend. Hopefully none that has the word poision ivy and ass involved.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Monday I ran the same route (3.5 miles) at a decent pace. Today I started out and around the first mile marker it hits. The heavy, fatigued leg feeling. I worked through it and it hit again at 1.5 mile marker. Slowed down and thought I worked through it and then it hit again 22 minutes
into my run. I know exactly because it hit me hard and I looked at my watch. It took a lot of effort to keep running and I knew I couldn't finish the route and just told myself to get to 30 minutes or the corner, which ever one came first. Didn't make it to the corner, but hit 30 minutes and had to walk. It SUCKED because I couldn't finish the last .5 mile. WHY?!?
The only thing I can figure is that I didn't have coffee in the morning like I usually do and didn't eat something to give me an energy boost before my run. Whatever. It just was one of those runs that just piss you off. Just a cherry on top of the crappy week I am having and it is only freaking Tuesday!!!! But you know, this is just how the running gig goes. You have bad days and good days. Hopefully Thursday will be a good one.
Monday, July 16, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
You will see that Father John is holding a cupcake. Trac made the most unbelieveable display of cupcakes for our 'wedding' She put them our her grandmother's cake stand that was used during her wedding in 1926. All of us lived in fear that someone would drop it! What you are looking at ladies and gentleman is sheer artistry! On this tray we have, Tiramisu, S'Mores and Cappucinno w/espresso creme. Heaven my friends right there on a cake stand.
Friday, July 13, 2007
The minute she got home she called Bill and told him to get his ass down to Fashion Bug to ask me out. Then she went on to tell him that I just got out of a relationship, etc. Bill at this moment is thinking I am some depressed Elvira type of chick. But knowing that his mom wouldn't let up he said he come see me. After he agreed, Lou called Lori at the store to tell her he was on his way. At this point I am thinking that this is the last thing I want and try to convince Lori to call her mom back and call the whole thing off. Obviously that didn't work.
Bill comes in and to my surprise he is cute and funny! I felt like I had just dodge a bullet. :-) He asks me out. I agree.
Our first date was supposed to be at a place called Frickers. A restaurant that serve wings, beer and fantastic sandwiches. We've both been there before, but not together. We get to Frickers, walk-in and low and behold it was 'bikini night' for the waitress! Size zero, double D waitress walking around with little on by imagination. Bill was mortified. He stumbled and stammered and apologized. It was so cute. Being the gentleman he is he whisked me out and took me to another restaurant. That is when I knew this could be the start of something. Little did I know that exactly one year and one month later....
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Today it is 93 degrees with 75% humidity. It sucks. Bad. Tonight is softball night and the bastards won't cancel unless it is a torrential downpour or lightening. They could care less that it is hot enough for a person to spontaneously combust. Thankfully our team (Scru-Balls) suck so bad, we may lose by the first inning. It has happened before. Mercy rule invoked after the first inning. Ouch. However, we aren't in it to win (obviously), but for the beer afterwards. Ooooohhhh....cold beer....drool.
Monday, July 09, 2007
The Boilermaker was this past Sunday and the news wasn't good. Someone died. Although there was a pre-existing medical condition, this isn't the first death at this race! I don't know if I want to run a race where 4 people have died even if it was over 30 years. Plus, I heard mixed race reports. Some people love running with 15,000 people and others, not so much. I think might be in the not so much crowd.
Thursday, July 05, 2007
I bought the cupcake book so I didn't have to bother Trac, who is my usual supplier of cupcakes and to get a quick fix when I needed one. However, I am leaving the making of the fancy smancy ones to Trac because she is just so goddamn good at it!
The Candle Cafe Cookbook has lots of exciting things for me to try! Such as, Quinoa and Blue Corn Bread. Oh. My. God. It is so freaking good. I didn't have any blue corn meal so I used yellow, but it didn't make a difference. The texture was wonderful with just a hint of sweetness. The cookbook was totally worth it just for this recipe alone! Sorry no pics this time around, but I plan on making it again real soon and will definitely snap some photos.
I hate the 4th of July. I don't give a crap if that makes me unpatriotic or whatever. It is a hell holiday for people who own dogs that are thunderphoic and firecrackerphobic. My 90 lbs male has been a quivering mess for the past week. And here is the thing. It is now July 6th people! You can stop with the fucking firecrackers!!!! There. I feel better.
Other dog news: John went Saturday to get his eyeball checked. He was doing this weird winking thing with his right eye since the Greyhound Walk. Come to find out when he was rubbing his face in the weeds he came across some thorns. OUCH. He is on antibotic eye cream and goes in for a re-check tomorrow. Oh, and this was a new vet too. A lot closer to our house. The visit went well, but I am still skeptical because I just am. But more so, I hate starting over with someone new. I know my dogs. I know what they can and cannot tolerate and vets have a tendency not to listen. However, this vet seems very open. We shall see. !
Other July news. July 12th is our 10th wedding anniversary. Holy crap. 10 years. We had a whirlwind courtship and was married exactly one year and one month from our first date. When we met we knew we were soulmates. We just clicked and never even thought of being with anyone else except each other. All of this is due to Bill's mom. Yes. His mother fixed us up.
To celebrate we are renewing our wedding vows with a priest we adore. The first one was not a nice man! We never would have gone with that church if it wasn't pressure from the family. So next Saturday we will face each other again and with God's graces be together for another wonderful 10 years. Gag. That is enough of the sappy crap. :-)