Friday, October 28, 2016

Let's Get Random!

Okay, so along with posting my marathon training recap last week late by 5 days and not posting a weekly weigh in post at all the week before last, I also did not post a Let’s Get Random post last week.  Bad blogger!  I cannot apologize enough for my lack of enthusiasm about blogging last week.  I was going through some hormonal issues and was just feeling “off” and disinterested in everything that wasn’t actually going outside and running. 

I attended a day of training geared toward women last week, so I’d like to go over that as best as I can in this post.  First, I went over part of it with last week’s Weekly Weigh In.  That would be the SMART goal approach.  Some of you may already be familiar with it as it is a very good way of approaching your goals and making sure that you can actually achieve them.  So, even though I already did a decent little overview of the SMART goal approach on Saturday, let me go a little more in depth with how to fully utilize this approach here. 

S = specific.  This means it’s simple, sensible and significant.  There are 5 questions to ask yourself when determining your goal.
• what do I want to accomplish?
• why is this goal important?
• who is involved?
• where is it located? (may not be applicable)
• which resources or limits are involved?

M = Measurable.  This means it should be meaningful and motivating.  Questions you should ask yourself for this are:
• how much?
• how many?
• how will I know when it is accomplished?

A = Achievable.  That means it is agreed and attainable.  For this, you should ask:
• how can I accomplish this goal?
• how realistic is the goal, based on other constraints, such as financial factors?

R = Relevant.  This means it should be reasonable, realistic & resourced, and results-based.  You should be able to answer “yes” to these questions:
• does this seem worthwhile?
• is this the right time?
• does this match my/our other efforts/needs?
• am I the right person to reach this goal?
• is it applicable in the current socio-economic environment?

T = Time-bound.  This means it is time-based, time limited, time/cost limited, timely and time-sensitive.  For this one, ask yourself:
• when?
• what can I do six months from now?
• what can I do six weeks from now?
• what can I do today?

Another thing we covered in the training was the DISC personality assessment.  The letters stand for Dominance, Inducement, Submission and Compliance.  This one is far too complicated for me to go into super detail about, so if you’re interested in finding out more about it and taking the assessment test yourself, you can go here.

With the DISC segment of the training, they had us take our tests from the way we are at work.  Well, I broke out a second color of pen and also did it based on how I am in my regular life.  Let’s just suffice it to say I’m a completely different person outside of work than I am at work.  And I’m 100% okay with that.  My job takes a different personality to do than what my regular, everyday life takes.

We also had a segment on motivation.  This was my FAVORITE part of the day.  I love motivation.  Love, love, love it!  Most of my notes from this segment were copying down quotes.

“Only I can change my life.  No one can do it for me.” – Carol Burnett

“You must make a choice to take a chance or your life will never change.”

“Set goals for yourself, if you don’t know where you’re going, how will you ever get there.”

“Goals are dreams with a deadline.” –Diana Scharf Hunt

“Amazing things rarely happen in your comfort zone.”
               **this one should be one of my mottos/mantras!

“Value the process.  Sometimes you win.  Sometimes you learn.”

“Remember why you started.”

“There is no such thing as a smooth mountain.”

She encouraged us to use washable and/or dry erase markers to write inspirational and motivating things on our bathroom mirrors so that they would be literally in our faces and easy to include in our days.  Plus, it’s an excuse for me to clean my mirror…haha!

She also informed us that the whole it takes 21 days to form a new habit is bunk.  Science and research report that it is closer to 66 days to actually form a new habit.  That seems more realistic to me as well.  I know that after 3 weeks, I’m usually still struggling to do something new on a regular basis.  And after 2 months, it’s definitely a part of who I am…if I can get myself to stick with it that long, of course.  And if you google “66 days to form a habit,” a bunch of articles pop up, so it’s really easy to read up on and get the scoop for yourself.

We then wrapped up the day with a segment based on the book Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg.  They had us watch a TED talk clip where she speaks a little bit about some of her philosophy in her book.  The main points are:
• the leadership ambition gap: what would you do if you weren’t afraid?
• sit at the table (actually a very interesting point)
• success and likeability
• it’s a jungle gym, not a ladder
• are you my mentor? (as opposed to asking “will you be my mentor?”)
• seek and speak YOUR truth
• don’t leave before you leave (very profound in my opinion)
• make your partner a real partner
• the myth of doing it all
• let’s start talking about it
• working together toward equality

An excerpt from the book’s description goes: “in Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, common sense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential.”

Now, while a portion of this class had nothing do with me as I am a single, never married woman with no children, so the stuff about partners and children and family do not apply to me.  But the rest of it?  100% applicable.  I am seriously considering buying the book and reading it.

Speaking of books!  Now I’m going to veer off as my overview of my day in training is complete.  I signed up to do a book exchange on Facebook.  By the way, if you’re interested in doing this, just go to the Facebook page for my blog and send me a message saying you’re interested in doing the book exchange and I’ll message you back the information you’ll need.  I received the name and address of a person, I bought 1 book and had it mailed to her.  I chose the 4 Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz to send to her.  In return, I posted a call to arms or whatever on my Facebook page, and will send out another person’s name and address to all that respond to my posting.  Then they will post on their page, and she will give my name and address to people and I will receive books as well!  It’s a win-win.  You buy one book, pass it along to your friends and family and you get who knows how many books in return!  I’m excited to see what books I’ll get!

I’m seriously still struggling with my diet and how I eat.  I loved paleo, but with my hormones all out of whack due to the whole “birth control pill fiasco” I have been having, it’s been harder than I want it to be.  So I stick to it as much as I can.  But it’s probably only like 65% paleo and 35% whatever.  And the whatever is “supposed” to be healthy, reasonable selections, but they’ve been mostly unhealthy and junky choices.  Ugh.  But I’m trying, I really am.  That’s why I stopped posting the weekly paleo experience posts.  They were more a log of how NOT to do paleo than they were about how I sticking to paleo and how awesome it was.  And, let me tell you, it was awesome.  I loved it.  I felt great.  But now is apparently not the appropriate time for me to do paleo. 

I’ve gotten my BC pill situation straightened out and I’m back on the pill I was taking originally.  Thank goodness for awesome pharmacists that care about the people that they dispense medication to!  But about 24 hours after being back on my original pill, I noticed a dramatic change in my attitude toward food.  I simply wasn’t inclined to or having urges to over eat or eat junk as much.  It was still there, don’t get me wrong, but it was dramatically reduced.  As each day passes, the urges have gotten less and less.  So, I’m hoping I can be back on track with an at least 80% paleo diet next week.  I really do feel so much better now that I’m back on my original pill.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Marathon Training Week #15

Again, I’m sorry about last week’s delay in posting my training update.  And, this week’s being delayed as well.  I’m trying to be on the ball with my posts but things just kind of got out of my control last week and everything slipped my mind.  And then this week, I just didn’t have the time until today to post it.


Tuesday: overtime Monday night.


Wednesday: overtime Tuesday night.


Thursday: I had training all day, so I headed to Ladybird Lake and ran at sunset.  I had 4 on the schedule but I wanted more.  So I ran 7 miles at 7 seconds faster than MGP.  Felt pretty good for the majority of the run. 

Friday: once I finally got moving in the morning, I headed out the door for 5 miles.  I was originally going to go for a 10:30 average pace, but my legs had a different, better idea and we (me and my legs, that is) finished at a 10:11 average pace.  Boom!  Felt great.  It’s starting to cool back off again, so I think that helped with how I was feeling.  The cooler weather is always so nice for me to run in.  I look forward to it all year!  Got my hydration pack set up the way I want it finally. The Osprey bladder I ordered had a tiny tear in it so it leaks, BUT the hose with its magnetic mouthpiece fits on the bladder that came with the pack, so it all worked out in the end because I didn't want to deal with returning it for exchange. Also, fixed my broken selfie stick...hooray for gorilla glue!

Saturday: rest day.


Sunday: LONG RUN DAY!!! Last super-long long run before the marathon in T minus 20 days!!! I decided I wanted to try and do a progressive run. That went great until mile 15 where I hit the wall. Oops. But it all turned out alright. I had originally planned to wear my pace band for the marathon and do a trial run of the first 22 miles, but I forgot until I was about to start running. Oops again.  Later in the day, I was so exhausted and felt like I’d ran a marathon.  And usually when I run a marathon, I take a 2-3 hour nap in the afternoon…well, I had a bunch of stuff to do so no nap.  Wah wah.

• Monday: rest day.  Sunday’s long run kinda kicked my ass and I was so tired because of the whole no nap situation Sunday afternoon, so I just slept in and got as many steps as I could get in.




I did a lot of MGP stuff this week.  2 of my 3 runs were at or super near MGP.  On Sunday’s long run where I averaged just 2 seconds slower than my MGP for SPI, my fastest mile was 9:14.  Per the pace band I’ll be using for SPI, the fastest mile I’ll have to run is a 9:34.  So I should be golden at the marathon!  I was really sore for the couple days following my long run, obviously!  Also, my calves were feeling twingy, like they were close to having strains in them.  also, the part of my right ankle that I sprained so badly last year has been aching/mildly hurting since Monday.  So, since Monday night I’ve been sleeping in my calf and foot/ankle compression gear and it seems to be helping.  I’ve also been stretching everything as much and as often as I can to keep the blood flow good to all areas.


As of the end of Sunday’s long run, I am in taper mode.  Eeek!  It’s less than 2.5 weeks until I see if all my training pays off!  I’m beyond excited to see how I do.  I am curious if I’ll a) hit my goal and/or b) blow my goal out of the water.  I am not going to kill myself, but I’m going to go according to my pace band until mile 20.  If I’m feeling fantastic, then I’m going to kick it the final 10K and see if I can finish 5 or so minutes faster than my goal finish time of 4:15:00.


Total miles this week = 34

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Some Run Collages

I forgot to include these with my Marathon Training posts the last 2 weeks, so here you go!  In case you like seeing them, of course.  Which I hope you do.

October 9th...
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October 14th...

October 15th...

October 16th...
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October 20th...
October 21st...

Marathon Training Week #14

Sooooo, I realized on Thursday that I had not posted this week’s marathon training recap.  Ooops.  I meant to type it up and post it Thursday evening but I got home way later than I meant to, so I didn’t have time and I didn’t have time yesterday morning either before work.  So, here it is…just like 5 days late…haha.  I’m really sorry for the lack of posts this past week.  I hope you haven’t lost interest in me.

Tuesday: overtime Monday night.

Wednesday: overtime Tuesday night.

Thursday: FINALLY got my new Altra Ones, no thanks to UPS shipping them all over the freaking country.  So much for 2 day delivery.  So, of course, I had to take them out for a test run!  Also, hadn’t run since Sunday, so a shakeout before starting the relay Friday morning was a good idea in my mind.  For a short 3 miler I went.  My legs were excited to run as my splits were 10:05, 9:48 and 9:30.  Felt great!
Friday: relay time!  This was my first relay ever that I have participated in.  For my first run, I ran 6.53 miles.  The run went fantastic.  I listened to my military cadence and knocked out the whole thing in 1:01:06!  Snagged a brand new shiny 10K PR in the process even!
My second run was a sunset run and was only 4.37 miles.  I felt pretty good, but this was the first time I’ve ever run twice in one day, so it was a whole new experience for me.  I was trying to overtake this lady that was in front of me.  I paced her pretty well the first 2 miles, but then I started getting tired and she pulled away from me.  I got chased by a dog for the first time ever during this run and that definitely kicked that bit of the run up a notch or two.
Saturday: day 2 of the relay!  I got to run at sunrise for my first run of the day.  This leg was 7.51 miles.  And there was a decent amount uphill going on.  But I managed to keep my overall pace under the 10 minute mark.  I got chased by another dog.  This one was a little scarier because it was bigger, had a deeper bark and chased me further than the first one.  I ran much faster for about half a mile as a result.
Now for leg #4 of the relay.  This one was 6.55 miles and was my slowest, but was still at a good pace, really.  I got chased by a horse, but thankfully it stopped before it got to me.  Nope, it was not behind a fence or tethered to one of those merry go round type trainer things, either.  Was pretty weirded out by that.  Overall, I ran the 24.96 miles at a 9:45 pace.  Wow!  I used this whole relay as a training trial run of sorts for the marathon.  And I think it went REALLY well.
Sunday: so, as if running basically 25 miles between Friday and Saturday wasn’t enough, I just had to go and run a 5K race!  It ended up being only 2.9 miles (per my Garmin AND my FitBit).  I finished in 26:02 officially.  I wish it had been a full 5K as that would have been a major PR for me.  Oh well.  I won 1st in my age group and had a great race.  I was able to do a really good kick at the end and passed a lady that had previously passed me up.
Monday: since I decided last minute on Sunday to not do the race as a shakeout run to help me recover from the relay, but to race it, I was in desperate need of a shakeout run.  So, 4 miles at a 10:49 pace was on the roster for this day.

Overall, I had yet another fantastic week of marathon training.  I had amazing runs at every turn and I just feel great.  I feel super confident about the marathon next month (just 3 more weeks!  eeeeeee!).  No doubts that I will hit my 9:43 average pace…or at the very least I know I will get a major PR out of it.  I will EARN the sh!t out of that sandcastle medal! 

Weekly Weigh In

This is going to be a little messed up of a Weekly Weigh In post as I’m posting for 2 weeks in a row.  So, let me review last week really quick.  First, I’d like to say that I’m not going to review my workouts in these posts anymore.  I’m going to use these posts strictly for reviewing my weigh ins throughout the week.  I realized I was double posting my workouts and that was pointless and probably annoying to you, my wonderful readers.  So, last week.  First, I started off the previous Saturday at 153.4.  Up a smidge from my lowest weight of 150.7, but still acceptable.  Then, Sunday, I somehow shot up to 157.5!  whoa!  What the heck happened there?  Well, that became apparent not too much longer after that because I “started” the whole you-know-what and things only went uphill from there.  Ugh.  Monday was 158.8 and so on until the highest last week of 160.2 on Friday.  There was no weigh in last Saturday because I wasn’t anywhere near my scale as I was in the middle of running a relay between Austin and Corpus Christi.
Now onto this week.  If I thought last week ending with 160.2 pounds was bad, holy moly was I in for a surprise.  Sunday I weighed in at 160.2 again.  Then, here comes the shocker…Monday I weighed in at 164.2!  OMG!  What is going on here?  I mean, sure, last week I had that time of the month so that’s bound to make me gain a few pounds, but I had just gained over 14 pounds in a week and a half.  That’s NOT normal.  Last month, when I got my cycle, I noticed some tenderness and bloating in the area of my ovaries (sorry to the guys reading this) and remembered back like 11 years ago when I had a giant grapefruit sized cyst on one of my ovaries that the pain was the same.  So, joy of joys I’m now getting cysts with my period.  Ugh.  So, when they popped up again with this month’s period, I wasn’t surprised.  But, they were worse.  Much worse.  By Wednesday I was literally in tears.  I cried for half of my work shift on Wednesday and it took a bunch of ibuprofen to make it tolerable, and then I was just plain worn out from dealing with the pain.  So, I stopped taking my birth control pill.  After that, I dropped like 9 pounds in 2 days.  Damn.  Again…NOT normal.  But, I’m feeling human again and don’t have the sharp little pains or bloating around my ovaries anymore.  I talked to my pharmacist about special ordering the pills I was taking before they switched from being Target pharmacy to being taken over by CVS.  She said she’d check into it.  If she can’t make it happen, then I’ll have to call my doctor and have her call in a new script to a different pharmacy that I know carries the pill I was taking before.  But that’s a whole ordeal I’d rather not deal with.  I’d much rather that they be able to order it at the pharmacy that I’m already using.
Anyway, I kept it in the upper 150’s for the remainder of the week after I dropped that 9 pounds…sheesh…though it did fluctuate up and down a little, it didn’t bump back up over 160.  Yay for small victories, right?
So, while I’m not happy with these weigh ins, I do understand a little bit of what was going on.  Oh, and my hormones being all out of whack made me crave things and I felt weak when it came to resisting foods I probably should not have been indulging in.  I’m happy to report that pretty much immediately after stopping my BC pills, I noticed a drastic drop in the cravings and even had a lack in appetite here and there.  Much better.  Also, even though my weight was up, my body fat was still down closer to where I want it to be at the moment…hovering between 24%-26%.  Again, not ideal, but acceptable.  I have come up with a gauge for how I view myself when I look in the mirror.  If I can see my ab lines and the distinction of my quad muscles, then I’m happy.  And that, my friends, has nothing to do with the scale.  Also, my clothes are still fitting well, so all is well, really.  It’s just the scale that isn’t with the program right now.  But, that’s okay, it’ll get back with the program in the next couple/few weeks, I’m sure.  I just have to figure things out and make the pegs fit into their holes again.  I WILL get down to 145!  I will!  And I just attended some training the other day and part of that was going over SMART goals.  The first letter of that, the “S,” represents “specific.”  Be specific with your goals.  So, for that, I want to weigh 145.  The “M” means they should be measurable…so, I have to be repetitious here and say that I will measure this by getting down to 145.  Haha.  The “A” stands for achievable.  I know 145 is achievable.  It’s only 5 pounds below my most recent lowest weight.  The ideal weight for my height is 132 to 158.  So it’s totally within the healthy range for me.  “R” stands for relevant.  To break this one down, that means it should be reasonable and realistic.  Again with the repetition as I point out the healthy weight range for my height and my goal being in the middle of it.  The final letter, “T” means time-bound.  That just means that there is a REALISTIC deadline that you want to complete your goal by.  So, for the purposes of my goal to get to 145 and with the troubles I’ve had recently with cravings and female issues and so on, I’m stating I want to get to 145 by my birthday, December 14th.  So, there we go!  That’s my SMART goal.  What’s yours?

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Let's Get Random!

Last week (and, for full disclosure, it “bled” into this week as well…sorry, really bad joke there) I was HORRIBLE at sticking to paleo.  I blame TOM.  Or maybe you prefer the nickname “Aunt Flo.”  Either way, I was a mess with cravings and lack of will power.  I was up about 5 pounds most of the week.  Also, because I was so horrible with my eating for about 3 days last week, there were 3 days I didn’t track everything I ate.  Bad Sara.  Bad, bad, bad!  So, that is the first time I have lapsed in tracking everything that I ate in a day since the beginning of May.  For shame.  But, I’m not going to beat myself up over it.  Saturday I was back on track with tracking everything and I’m still tracking everything again, so it’s all good and I’m moving on and moving forward. 

I realize that the last couple weeks I have seriously slacked about including random pictures in these posts, so I’m going to do my best to make up for that with this post (so be prepared for a boatload of random pics and memes and things at the end of this post). 

Something I think I forgot to write about in a previous Random post was in regard to my bunion.  Oh, by the way, I have a bunion on my left big toe, in case I’ve somehow forgotten to mention it or if I did mention it, you missed it, or I mentioned it before you started reading my blog…blah blah you get the idea.  Anyway, I wear one of those silicone bunion toe spacer/friction guard thingies whenever I wear closed toe shoes.  I don’t wear it when I wear sandals because, well, there’s nothing pushing my toe in toward my other toes, so no reason to wear one.  The very first one I ever bought lasted me a year.  Every single one I’ve bought since then has lasted me anywhere from just one wearing to 2 months, tops.  This is very annoying and frustrating.  I mean, they’re only expensive if I buy them from the local podiatrist.  Otherwise the most I’ve paid is $10+shipping for 2.  But I’ve recently discovered them on the Wish app for $1-$3 for 2 + only like $1 shipping for each pack of 2.  Super cheap.  So, that’s where I’ve been ordering them from lately since I apparently need them in bulk.  While I was waiting for my order of 8 of them last month, I was taping a torn one to my foot with kinesiology tape.  HA!  But, hey, it worked!  It just made the skin that was trapped under the tape super dry so there was a lot of need to moisturize my big toe and the little toe next door to it.

I’ve been seriously nailing my runs lately.  I don’t want to talk too much about my runs in the Random posts because I have 2 other weekly posts that are dedicated to posting about my runs and workouts.  But I just want to say how proud I am of myself for working so hard and hitting and holding paces I set out to run.  I love running with purpose.  I have to say, I think that’s my new motto. 

Last week I got a couple long awaited things in the mail.  First was my Capital to Coast Relay official swag running tech hat.  I really like it!
It’s it nice?  I’ll be wearing this for the entirety of the relay this week!  I’ve been asking lots of questions and compiling a nice packing list of the things I’ll need to take with me for the approximate 30 hours we’ll be out on the course as a team.  It was recently brought to my attention that there will be an opportunity to shower at a high school the first night (for a dollar, I think I can swing that…now to remember to get some cash to take with me!), so I added a towel and toiletries to my packing list.  I want to take 3 changes of running clothes and 2 changes of regular clothes.  Since our team is the Justice League, I’ll be taking a Wonder Woman tank top and my blue spandex with the white stars to cross the finish line with.  I was happy to find out that we should all get our own individual bibs.  I wonder if they’re generic bibs or customized?  Guess I’ll find out soon enough.

One of the guys that had originally signed up for the relay backed out for whatever reason so I volunteered to take one of his legs and will now be running 25.02-ish miles instead of 18.46.  Sweet! 

The other thing that arrived in the mail that was long awaited was my 2nd place age group award from the Schlotzsky’s Bun Run last Sunday!  YAY!  This was my 5th or 6th age group top 3 finish (one of them I didn’t get a medal for, though…I got a gift certificate which was good too, but I love my bling!). 
I ordered ANOTHER pair of Altra shoes.  These were the One model.  They’re a really pretty orange color, so I’m excited about them.  However, at the time of this posting, they have not yet arrived.  They were SUPPOSED to be here on Monday but some GENIUS at UPS (my grandma calls them OOPS because…yea), when they were almost to me in Dallas, TX, put them on the wrong truck and they ended up in Pennsylvania.  So they didn't arrive until today.  Great.  Just great.  But, I should be good on shoes until after the first of the year.  Which is good because I’m trying to curb my spending. 
Speaking of the Altra brand…I applied to be an ambassador for the brand!  I don’t know when they’ll send out notification of whether or not applicants were selected or not, but I definitely have my fingers crossed.  I’m hoping I talked myself up good enough that they’re willing to take a chance on me.  I really love their shoes and honestly don’t see myself changing to another brand of shoes…ever.  Even if they don’t choose me, it won’t tarnish my opinion of the company or their amazing product.  I imagine I’ll hear back from them whether or not I’ve been accepted as an ambassador around the end of November as they’re taking applications through November 7th.

Speaking of being an ambassador, I’ve got my application for INKnBURN all filled out, now I just need to take a few pictures of me in INKnBURN gear that are flattering to the brand and attach them to the application and send it off.  Like I said, I’m thinking this will be the last time I apply to renew my ambassador status with them.  Not because I don’t love the company or their product anymore, but because I don’t want to feel pressured to buy as much of the product as possible just so I can promote it.  Don’t get me wrong, the discount is nice, but I’d rather pay full price and get things I KNOW I’ll wear a lot rather than buying things for the sake of the fact that I’m an ambassador and I feel that’s what’s expected of me.  I will always love the company and their product.  I will also never stop buying their product.  I enjoy being an ambassador and telling people about the company and the high quality of their product and will continue to do that even once I’m not longer an ambassador.

Other things I bought recently were a new band for my FitBit Charge 2 in a seafoamy color.  I like this so much better than the blah black band. 
I also bought a case for my new phone.  I picked this case because it has a place to attach a lanyard/wrist strap.  I want that so that when I’m out running, I can have a wrist strap on in case I drop the phone.  Even though it’s supposedly shock proof to like a 5 foot drop, I don’t want to chance anything.  Now, when I get a new hydration pack that has pockets that my new phone will fit in without it hitting random buttons, then I won’t have to worry about it so much, but for now I’m holding my phone in my hand while I’m running and, well, my hands get a little sweaty at times.

I’ve mentioned it already, but I bought some military cadence CD’s plus downloaded more cadence off Amazon music.  I’m seriously obsessed with running to cadence now.  I think it really helps me focus on hitting my paces better than just regular music does.
I also bought a pair of silicone donut molds!  I’m a little disappointed that they don’t make full size donuts.  It’s more like medium size donuts, but that’s fine.  I want to make them and then use them as pre-long run and pre-race fuel.

So, I’m sure you have all noticed that I changed the banner on the blog.  I had business cards for my blog made about a year ago after I attended a women’s conference and those cards have the now former banner on them.  So, I’m thinking I should get new cards made with the new banner on them.  I’ll get them for cheap from Vistaprint, so it won’t be a huge expenditure.  I’m hoping to attend the women’s conference again next spring, so I want to have good, attractive business cards to hand out to people.  I really want to attract more readers and followers and hope to make lots of new connections with fellow runners and weight losers and healthy lifestyle enthusiasts.  So, I think I’ll get to designing a new business card after I’ve finished with costume making.  HA!

Speaking of costume making.  HOPEFULLY this weekend I can finish up the mermaid and barbarian costumes.  I just need to make some wrist wraps and lace drawstrings in the barbarian costume.  For the mermaid, I just need to sew in the waist elastic and then affix a wrist strap to the tail fin so it’s not dragging on the ground getting ruined.  Then!  Then I get to sew some wings for the crow costume.  I’m really excited for this year’s costumes!

Aaaaaand, speaking of costumes!  Joann’s Fabrics and Crafts had Simplicity patterns on sale for 99 cents and McCall’s for $1.99 this past week.  So I bought a BUNCH!  I’m going to go back and buy some more as I think the sale goes through the end of next week.  I’m going to stock up while they’re cheap!  OH YEA!

My mom’s birthday was on Tuesday.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!  I love you!

And now some random pictures from my phone...

this stuff is actually really good and goes great with brisket!

sweet potato waffles
breast cancer awareness month means pink badges at work

love bug!

gluten free homemade-ish pizza
patterns were hugely on sale at Joann's


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