Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Let's Get Random!

It’s no secret that I’ve recently decided that the treadmill isn’t the enemy I thought it was.  As a result, I run on the treadmill now once to twice a week most weeks.  I do try to do as much of my running outside as possible…mainly my speed work and long runs at the very least I like to do outside.  The treadmill is GREAT for easy runs and zoning out while watching scrapbooking videos.  That being said, I think my gym needs to keep up with the calibrating of the machines as I know one machine I was on last week was varying its speed and was not going the speed displayed on the monitor.  As a result the treadmill said I ran about a mile less than my Garmin said I had run. 

I shared my scrap journal with a friend this past week.  She loved it, which made me happy that I wasn’t doing too bad of a job at it.  She said it all looked pretty creative and she was inspired to start scrapbooking again.  That made me happy!

Since I’ve been working overtime a lot lately, I don’t get to do as many of my regular gym workouts as I would like to, so I hit the rowing machine on my lunch break during my overtime shifts.  It’s not a lot, but it’s about 100 calories in less than 15 minutes, so that’s better than nothing.  Plus it helps to perk me up when I’m starting to lag a bit after being awake for so long. 

I got so excited when I was FINALLY able to locate and download the Prisma app on my phone.  I’ve been seeing everyone editing their photos and making them all artsy-fartsy with the Prisma app and I’ve been sooooo jealous!  I had tried searching for it before and even though everywhere said that it was available on iPhone and Android, I wasn’t finding it in the Google Play store.  But this past week I DID find it there and boom I got it!  I have since been having loads of fun with the app!
I'm not sure if you'll remember, but a while back I had a dream about running the Boston Marathon in a powder blue bridesmaid-style dress.  Well, the other day, I went to Ross and was thumbing through their dress selection and in the clearance section of the rack, I found a dress.  And it's perfect!  So I bought it!

my "Boston dress"...Prisma style!

I’ve been taking some online classes for my jailer’s license, trying to bump up my license level.  I have no college, so in order to earn my master jailer’s license, I have to earn 1200 training hours and 20 years of service.  So, I have 6 years to earn a little over 330 more training hours.  Standard, I get at least 40 training hours provided to me by the agency I work for every 2 years.  So that’s 120 hours I don’t have to worry about.  That leaves over 200 hours I have to earn on my own.  So, I’ve been doing online classes and I have some elective training that will earn me training hour credits planned for this year and next year, so I’m looking forward to that.

I think I have discovered that if I go to bed after the sun is already all the way up (so, around 8am) that I can’t sleep more than a few hours.  Lame!  Oh well, it did make it quite easy to go to bed and actually go to sleep early Saturday night so I could get up early Sunday morning and be fairly well rested for my long run.  Which worked out great and I felt really good Sunday for that long run! 

Hit up Joe’s Crab Shack after my long run on Sunday with my friend David.  I got the Classic Steampot.  And then I played with my food.  My bib was pretty cool and pretty fitting for me as it said “show me your mussels.”  HA!  For dessert there was a s’mores brownie…da bomb!  And it was only $2!!!  Not sure if that was the usual price or just a lunch and/or weekend special price, but oh yea!
Pokewalk on the boardwalk at Ladybird Lake
I think I’m in love with Tuesday Morning’s scrapbook section.  I want to start raiding their fancy napkins and using them as backgrounds for pages in my scrap journal using matte mod podge.

My older cat has been literally plagued by hairballs the last few weeks.  Normally I just get the sensitive stomach/sensitive skin food for them because Vlad tosses his cookies easily and Oliver has allergies and gets itchy a lot.  So, I decided since the hairballs seem to be a more pressing issue that I would get the food to help with that and see how that works out. 

Something I saw in Trail Runner magazine this past week that really tickled me was this quote: “…those of us who decide to be lifelong runners make up a strong-willed herd of free-range wackos.”  I’m totally okay with being known as a free-range wacko.  Haha!

And now for a couple random things...
a great quote I saw in my IG feed
I'm starting to learn how to write pretty with my brush pens
another big A mug I bought this week
strawberry-banana vanilla protein waffles

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