Friday, November 30, 2012

Pre-Race Jitters...

Well, it's finally here. 

The St. Jude Half-Marathon is tomorrow!

I can't believe that it's here.

It's been a long 3 months of training. 

And I'm ready to hit the pavement for the kids of St. Jude.

I can't even imagine what it's going to be like running through the St. Jude campus.

I am most definitely going to bawl.

Someone told me today that I am brave for running the race.

I am not brave.

The kids at St. Jude are brave.

They are heroes.

I pray that all runners tomorrow have an amazing race!

I'd love to write and reflect about this experience, but right now I can't. My anxiety is just too high right now. 

 In the next few days, I hope to process this experience and write about it. 

Good luck to us all!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Turkey Hangovers...

Hi friends.

How ya doing this Black Friday?

Still recovering from yesterday's shenanigans?

I hope you each had a blessed Thanksgiving.

I know I did.

Some of you know, but my mom is recovering from emergency knee surgery she had to have on the knee she just had replaced a few weeks ago. There was a mishap, and they had to go back in. So, she's going to spend the next 3-4 weeks in the hospital. She is is tired...but they are two of the strongest people I know. And I know, just as they have this whole year, they will continue to power through. But some days are harder than others. 

And I missed them very much yesterday. 

But I spent the day with the in-laws and we had a very nice day.

Did you venture out this morning?

Me neither.

I never have.

Black Friday was never a thing around our house.

Plus the purse strings around our house right now are pulled tight.

Not having a job this semester has made things interesting this holiday season.

But we are going to make it work...

 I am hoping that Santa hears my Christmas wish of a j-o-b.

I am in the process of looking for and applying for jobs.

So we'll see.

God has always taken care of me, and I have no doubt he'll lead me in the right direction.

Switching gears...

I decided to join the Twitter world. 

I am still trying to figure out the odds and ends of Twitter, but feel free to follow me: 


Switching gears again...

I can't believe in 8 days I'll be running my first half marathon!!!

I am pretty excited.

We ran the race course (well, almost...we couldn't run through the St. Jude part) last Saturday, and it went really well. I didn't feel horrible afterwards, and I didn't die. Score! 

Don't get me wrong, I was tired. But I wasn't super sore like I imagined I would be. 

So, I am feeling pretty stoked for race day.

We were all supposed to run pretty slow last Saturday because our coach told us we wouldn't be 100% on race day if we went out there and killed it. 

So, I ran slow. Up until I saw the lights of the baseball stadium. I couldn't help it. I just wanted the run to be over. So, I just turned it up, and somehow mustered the strength to just push it.

Anywho, I finished. And it took a while.

And yes, my mom was with me the whole time.

But, I think I'm definitely feeling better about meeting my race goal of 3 hours.

And yes, that's a long in, not fast.

I'm never going to be the fastest runner in the bunch. 

But, I do hope to finish each race...stronger than the one before!

Tomorrow we run 8 miles. And then next Saturday...race day!

It's going to be a busy week in regards to race preparation.

We've got a meeting with our coach on Tuesday night and then picking up race packets at the Cook Convention Center on Thursday.


It's also my last full week at my internship.


How the time has flown.


It's also the hub's birthday week!


It's the big 2-9 for him.

He'll probably have to work on his actually birthday (this coming Friday 11/29), but he took off next Saturday for the race and so that we can all go and celebrate his birthday.

Buuttt...he won't tell me what he wants to do or where he wants to go.


I am hoping that in the next few days he'll clue me into what he wants to do. 

I feel bad because my brain has been on overload these past few weeks, and his birthday plans have sort of fallen by the wayside. 

I've gotten his gifts taken care of, but just not the plans.

I am thinking we may just hit up the Fox and Hound for some pool and fun times. 

Do you all know if you can reserve space there?

Let me know!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

I truly could not be more blessed. 

I am so grateful for all the things I've been given...and I pray for forgiveness every day for the things that I take for granted. 

Stay safe and warm friends!

Much love, ;)

P.S. I am in the process of adding my Tigers to my prayer list. Yikes. These past two games were ugly. And even wearing my magic Tiger shoes didn't help...

C'mon guys! I know y'all are a better team than that. Go Tigers Go!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Don't Cha Just Love It When....

Don't ya just love it when a simple $45 trip to get your oil changed and tires rotated turns into $202 because your battery goes dead the minute they pull your car around? neither.


Sorry friends, that's how my day ended today.

Soooo thankful for a vehicle.

So discouraged due to dwindling funds in our already sad bank account.

I digress....


It's been a minute.

I apologize.

Honestly, I've been exhausted lately.

My internship experience is, quite literally, draining me emotionally...which leads to a physical draining of sorts.

I suppose a big part of that drainage could be attributed to...oh what's the word...senor-itis?

Part of it can also be attributed to the fact that I've had a big week school wise...

I had my portfolio presentation in order graduate this week with my advisor.

I passed. 


Andddd the same day I had a job interview.


What was I thinking?!

Okay, I know what I was thinking...

I didn't want to have to take off anymore time that I had to from my internship in order to complete all my hours there on time....

So, I scheduled both on the same day.

Needless to say I was wound up like an 8-day clock on Monday. 

But, I think the interview went well.

There are circumstances that have to fall into place in order for this job to happen. 

So, we'll see. 

I've just been praying this whole semester that God would lead me in the direction that He wants me to go.

Boy, that sure is a hard prayer to pray.

"YOUR will....not MY will..."

So, now I just wait. 

Annddd...until confirmation comes...continue to keep my options open in regards to a job.

Annnnddd....pray that I get to December 5th at 5:00 p.m.

(That's the last day at my internship site.)

Hey, it's not that far away.

I CAN'T believe that Thanksgiving is next week!

Holy moly!

And then the NEXT week is the half-marathon!


Speaking of barfing, our running group is running the race route this Saturday.

I've got to be honest...

On one hand, I'm happy to be running the race route before the actual race so I have somewhat of an idea on what to expect.

On the other hand, I am so nervous to be running the longest distance I have ever run...while also having irrational thoughts like, "What if I hurt myself on this run and can't run the race?!" "What if I hit the wall again?!"

Then again, I've been training 11 weeks for this. It's time to just suck it up, get out there, and do it.

Anything for you Ryan.
Someone in our pace group has decided to bring along 13 names of children who are current patients at St. Jude so that we can say their names at each mile on Saturday. 

We are going to run for them on Saturday.

And ALL the amazing kids at St. Jude....whose experiences have motivated me to get out there and do this each week.

My other motivation is the gratefulness I have in my heart to have two healthy, beautiful lights in my life:

My nieces.

They are my motivational word ("NIECES") as I run this race.

While they may be too young to understand right now, hopefully I can use my running this race as a tool to help motivate them one day....when they think that they can't accomplish something because it seems way too hard, I want to be able to say to them, "There was a time in my life when I thought I'd never run. And hey, I did it. In a little over a year, I went from running a 5k to a half-marathon. If you want something bad enough, you'll fight hard for it."

Seems simplistic...and maybe it is. But, I'd still love to be able to tell them that. 

Speaking of our nieces, I am a total spazz and forgot to share some pics of them from Halloween...sad face!


Isn't this the cutest puppy, ever!?

Making her puppy face.

So pretty. 

Loves of my life!

Proud of their award winning pumpkin.

My beautiful sis in law, my brother, and their beautiful girls.

Needless to say, we had a blast celebrating Halloween with them.

Switching gears, the hubs and I took Christmas card pics this past weekend.

I was trying to re-create this amazing pic I saw on Pinterest:


Needless to say, our experiment in trying to re-create this, went...awry.


The hubs and I almost got into an argument a disagreement trying to make this work. 

Well, long story short. Our pic doesn't resemble this at all.

Not even close.

But, we made it work.

And apparently we were so delirious by the end of the process, we almost used this as the final product:

Full of holiday glee.

Super duper.

Well, friends, this is the end of my post for today.

I apologize that I haven't kept up as I should.

I feel like I am running out of things to talk I'd love to hear from you!

Is there a question I can answer for you? (Or attempt to?)

Let me know!

Email me:

I can't believe that I've had over 20,000 views of this little blog.

Thank you friends for stopping by.

I hope you come back again soon!

Much love, :)

P.S.- I am obsessed with this rendition of a classic...try it out'll like it:

P.P.S.-If you are having a bad day, check this out... guaranteed smile:

Saturday, November 3, 2012

I Finally Did It....

I hit the wall today friends.

The running wall that is.

And it's funny because you would have thought that would have happened last weekend on our 12.7 mile run. But it didn't. Sure, that wasn't a cake walk, but I made it through. I've honestly been pretty exhausted since that run, but I knew that would happen. 

This week, our running coach decided it was time to start scaling back in order to keep us healthy for race day.

I'm not sure what it was about today, but it was terrible.

About mile 7.5, my quads and calves felt like they were nothing but concrete. I felt like I was going to throw up gummy bears (my fuel for today) everywhere, and my head started pounding. And with half a mile left, it took everything I had not to start bawling.


I tried using my power word ("NIECES") to help me through, and I really think that helped. And I thought about my poor momma with her inability to do a whole lot of anything right now....and I remembered seeing this earlier in the week:

And it helped.

But honestly, I just wanted to give up.


When I got back, my running coach's husband asked me "How'd it go?"

My response: "craptaculor."

And my running coach and he said it was pretty much the overall opinion of the day. Our route was hilly, it was humid and a lot warmer than it has been in a while, and we were running towards the sun the whole way back.

(I can most definitely feel the sun I got today. Sunscreen will be applied next week for sure!) 

And for the sake of being honest, I'm tired. I'm physically tired. I'm mentally tired. And I'm tired of making this time commitment every week.

I know in the end it will all be worth it. And I will be proud of my accomplishment. But right now, I'm just plain tired. 

There are dished piled up in my sink, and a ridiculously large pile of dirty clothes to be washed that I couldn't get to because...well...I'm tired

I know I know. Dirty dishes and clothes are normal. 

And really, all of this is nothing put a huge pity party I'm having for one.

Especially when I think about those who have lost so much this week due to Sandy...or those who can't even  run because of one reason or another.

So. I'm officially ending the pity party now. 

No pain, no gain...right?


Well, it's officially November!

I can't believe how fast time has passed this year.

November brings things I love: Thanksgiving....fall temperatures....and...

The hubs birthday!

I'm actually kind of in a pickle.

I've asked the hubs what he wants for his birthday, and his reply was "some more cologne."

Woo! Exciting.

I'm trying to rack my brain as to something else to get him along with his cologne, but I'm drawing a blank!

I'm trying to stay practical because of Christmas coming up...while also being thoughtful.

Any ideas friends?

Speaking of Christmas, the hubs asked me what I wanted this year.

My response?

"A job."

For reals.

But Ms. Delta Daises had this post regarding the "Cafe Latte, from Mr. Coffee" and it kind of got me jonesing for one.

So, when I mentioned to the hubs that I had an idea for a gift for me for Christmas he said, "Well what is it?"

Me: "A coffee machine."

Him: "We're old."


Yes we are.

On my dream wish list would be a new pair of these:

Tory Burch Reva flats.

But, right now...this gal needs a job.

And that is the Christmas wish for all in our little home.

I'm not sure if I mentioned how the job interview went that I mentioned a few posts ago, but it went just fine. The position I really wanted doesn't appear to be available right now for me, but there was another position available. But, I am keeping my options open at this point in time. 

For right now, I'm just praying I make it through the next month at my internship site. And that's proving to be a challenge right now. This experience has been such a learning one...but it's also probably been the most mentally and emotionally challenging thing I've ever done. As I've mentioned, a lot of  it involves things out of my control...which I am trying to accept. But, it's just been hard.

And that probably has been something else that aided in my hitting of the wall this week.

But, I know God's in control and is taking care of me. And I just have to remember on the days when I just want to walk out the door, that life is just one big learning experience.

Hooray learning experiences!

My Master's program got our t-shirts in for this year and I'm in love:

Hilarious...and true.

Well, this past week was Halloween.

And honestly, Halloween isn't my thing.

I know it's a lot of people's...thing.

Just not mine.

I didn't even dress up this past weekend when I attended two different parties. 

Me = party pooper.

I just was too tired from our run, and I didn't want to spend money that we really don't have right now on a costume.

But, Halloween night, I decided to go see the hubs at work. And I brought out my beloved floppy hat that I only wore once last year because...well...I just felt like I couldn't style it properly.

So with a little Lauren Conrad makeup inspiration:

Isn't she just gorgeous?!

I threw on my hat...with a leopard print tunic....and voila:

What AM I looking at in this pic?

I headed out the door and snapped a pic in my favorite coat because I dreamed that thought I captured a little bit of Blair Waldorf's spirit:

Leighton Meester as "Blair Waldorf"

I can only aspire to be half as stylish as Ms. Waldorf.


I hope you all are having a fantastic weekend!

What's left of mine will be spend attending two baby showers! sure is raining diapers around these parts. 

Much love, ;)