Nick: I got my hours for this next week.
Me (looking at hours): Hmm…I’m not sure about those hours.
Me: That’s a lot of hours while you’re still in school.
Nick: It’s okay.
Me: You have exams next week.
Nick: It’s okay.
Me: You can’t let your grades drop.
Nick: It’s okay.
Me: You gotta keep your GPA up. Your GPA this year is really important.
Nick: It’s okay.
Me: This year’s GPA could be the difference between OSU and clown college.
Nick: Clown college sounds fun.
I wonder what sort of GPA you need for clown college…
I got the sweetest postcard from the BMV this weekend. What? You’ve never gotten a postcard from the BMV? Well, you must always renew your license on time! It seems mine was due to be renewed on my birthday. Last month. *sigh*
I may have been in this exact same position four years ago around this time. Some people never learn.
I dropped Tay off at school this morning and headed over to become a legal driver once again. I was the second person in the door and was thrilled this wouldn’t take all morning. The BMV dude was simply a ray of sunshine on a Monday morning.
(someone needs to invent a “sarcasm” font)
Seriously. Is “grumpy” in their job description? Do they get in trouble if they give you a friendly greeting? Fired if they smile?
I did my best to be as friendly and sweet as possible (like I always am). :)
By the time I sat down for my picture, I was about to crack up at his grumpiness. Then I couldn’t remember if you’re allowed to smile or not (and I wasn’t going to ask!) so I have a lovely picture on my license for the next four years. The good news is I now know what my mug shot will look like should I ever get arrested.
Not that I’ll ever get arrested. I’m a rule follower.
(Except for when it comes to getting your license renewed on time.)
Things were finally finished up and I thanked Mr. Sparkle Sunshine and was on my way.
I was headed to the doctor for some blood work. Do I know how to have fun on a Monday morning or what?
Getting there wasn’t as simple as it should have been. There was the smallest amount of construction happening and it caused BIG problems for this truck…
What kind of blogger would I be if I hadn’t taken a picture?
He was SO close to hitting the pole. He got out of the truck, moved a few cones, pulled forward, realized he still couldn’t make it, got out, moved a few more cones, pulled forward…and on and on…FINALLY he made the turn! Whew!
As if all that wasn’t enough excitement for the day, I made my way to the doctor’s office for my blood work. Which may or may not have been a month over-due.
I’m seeing a pattern here. Maybe I’m not such a “rule follower” after all.
I hope there isn’t anything else I’ve forgotten to do!
I’ve been a bad blogger! I totally forgot to tell you about the best night of Tay’s life!
A while back she asked us about getting some concert tickets. After looking into things we agreed that we would get the tickets and that Brian would take her.
The big night for the concert finally arrived and our girl was beyond excited.
She LOVED getting to see Olly in person. She sent me the best texts during the evening. Brian said she was so excited during dinner that she could hardly eat her taco. LOL!
I’m not sure if she was more excited about him or his opening act, Before You Exit. Here’s a little video she took as Before You Exit walked RIGHT BY HER…
What just happened?
Total freak out. That’s what just happened!
This morning I saw a car with a license plate cover that said “Run Like a Squirrel”. What’s that? Run quickly into the road without looking and then back and forth real quick-like deciding which way to go, getting out the way at the very last-minute before getting smashed by a car? I don’t think so. I think I’m gonna look for one that says “Run Like a Turtle”.
I started week 3 of my 5K training this morning. This morning’s run/walk combo can be summed up in three little words.
Seriously, y’all. I’m not sure I’ll be able to walk the rest of the day. I’m pretty sure you shouldn’t start a running program at 44 years old. Knitting? Yes! Ceramics? Certainly. Running? You’re clearly insane.
I’ve gotten several questions about the training program. I’m using an app called “Ease into 5K”. There are a variety of apps available that do the same thing. My DFF has a different one – and possibly better one since she got to walk 3 whole minutes between runs this week and I only got to walk for 2 minutes (poor me!). Here’s what this week looks like…
You start it when you head out for your walk/run and the app plays your own music and then gives you a signal when you should walk or run (mine gives a beep and then a dude says “walk” or “run”. He also tells me when I’m half-way done, at which point I may or may not shout out “hallelujah!”. I’m still waiting for him to say “sit down and rest”.).
So that’s where I’m at this week. I’m not gonna lie. If I hadn’t signed up for this 5K, I would totally quit this thing. It’s hard! But I’m stickin’ with it and I know I’ll be glad I did. At least I hope I will!
In a moment of insanity I signed up for a 5K and I need some new shoes.
These are the words I said to the guy at the running store when he asked if he could help me. I never thought I’d have a need to visit a running store. I’m not a runner. Yet somehow I ended up registering (and paying money) to do a 5K. Insanity. It’s the only explanation.
I thought I’d post about my training (on Tuesdays) so I would have a record of my
mental breakdown progress.
I had attempted to complete a 5K training program a while back and ended up with horrible shin splints so I never completed the program. Brian always thought my problem was my shoes. This time around I decided to take care of the shoe problem up front. That’s how I ended up in the running store, confessing my insanity to a complete stranger.
The running store dude measured my foot, watched me walk, and taught me a lesson on the right kind of socks (which I was not wearing!). Then he went to the back to grab some shoes he thought would work for me. As he was heading to the back, he reminded me that it’s not important how the shoe looks. It’s important how the shoe feels. I reminded him that a fun color never hurts.
He then put two different shoes on my feet, had me walk around the store, and then go outside and run.
(I have mentioned that I’m not really a runner, haven’t I? He wanted me to go outside where people were working and run? Okay…)
(Also, isn’t it illegal to wear shoes that you have not purchased outside?)
After walking through the store and showing off my running skills to the men working on the road and the people in the restaurant next door, I headed back in and he made me pick which shoe felt the best. I told him they both felt good. He told me to pick one. As much as I liked the looks of the shoe on my left foot, I chose the one on my right foot. This went on through four pairs of shoes and eventually we ended up with the perfect pair (or so we hope).
I paid him half my grocery budget for the week and we were on our way.
(I actually had birthday money to pay for the shoes. Thanks Mom & Dad!)
I admired the shoes for a few days and then finally started my training. I’m doing a program called “Ease into 5K”. False advertising! There’s nothing easy about this!
I completed the first week and was torn. Do I move on to week 2 or repeat week 1? I made the mistake of looking forward to the weeks ahead and freaked myself out a bit. Nick kept encouraging me to move on. Brian said I needed to trust the program.
I decided to go for it and this morning I did Week 2, Day 1. And I was dying. I over-dressed for the weather and was hot. It was over-cast out and I left my sunglasses at home. I needed my sunglasses. My ear bud pops out of my left ear every time I start to run. Half way through, I needed to pee (just being honest here). What a mess I was. I kept on going and eventually made it back home! Whew!
On top of all this 5K craziness, we joined the Y (I told you – Insanity!). Tay and I have been going and using the elliptical but I felt like that was too much on my legs on my “running days”. I met with the trainer this afternoon and he set me up on some of the machines to do some strength training. He says this will help with the 5K as well. We’ll see. He mentioned that I would probably want to add some more machines in 2 or 3 weeks and then stopped himself just before saying “you’re stronger than I thought you were.” Well…of course I wasn’t gonna let the just pass! LOL!
I’m worried about the weeks to come but I’m trying my best to just focus on one day at a time.
My friend Carol loves horse racing. She sent me a text a few days ago reminding me to set my DVR for the Kentucky Derby. She may have been surprised when I told her that we would be watching the race. I’m not really into horse racing but it is fun to watch. In fact, it’s ”The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports” (or so they say).
I had to laugh when I got this text yesterday…
Carol’s response to that was “ok”. I’m not sure she appreciates my horse picking expertise. She may be jealous of my horse picking abilities. I’m not sure.
After much research, I have picked a horse to cheer on to victory. It was close. I almost went for Charming Kitten or Java’s War. But in the end, I had to pick Frac Daddy. Now that’s a fun name for a horse.
Less than an hour till the race! Let’s go Frac Daddy!
Now, can someone tell me what a “sloppy track” is?
1. I finally got some running shoes. I had never been in a running store before and it was an interesting experience. Perhaps a blog post for another day!
2. I’ve done two days of training so far for the big 5K. You may have seen me running through the neighborhood…
I have no idea why the picture is so small. Yes, that’s a turtle. Yes, I’m s-l-o-w!
3. Did I tell you we joined the Y? Well, we joined the Y. My trainer (aka Taylor) likes to go EVERY DAY! She doesn’t seem to care that my LEGS ARE SORE from all the training I’ve been doing for the big 5K – both days!
4. Speaking of Tay, her dress came for her 8th grade dance…
Yep, all wadded up in that envelope and stuffed into the mailbox. Thankfully it wasn’t a wrinkled mess!
5. There’s a man here checking out the air conditioner making sure it’s ready for summer and it’s FREEZING in here! Brian’s ready to dig out his winter coat. :)