Thursday Exhaustion

You know what dedication is?

Dedication is waking up in the middle of the night to watch one of your favorite shows because you don’t have a DVR and your podunk cable station doesn’t do On Demand and you refuse to watch TV on your computer. Yes, it’s that time of year again: American Horror Story is back, and I must rouse myself at 11 every Wednesday (because no one can be bothered to run anything in Mountain Time, I’m forced to watch in Pacific Time).

By the time the middle of the season rolls around, I’ll probably be so jaded with the show that I’ll have no trouble going back to sleep. But last night’s episode… yeesh. There were two particularly gross, disturbing scenes that were hard to get out of my head, no matter how many rounds of Soda Crush I played during commercial breaks. Anyone who watched the show probably knows exactly what I’m talking about.

Much of my sleeplessness had to do with creatures – tortured humans? – sewn into the Hotel Cortez’s mattresses. Hmm, laying my head down on a pillow and stretching out long on the bed just didn’t seem to be as comforting as it normally is. Why do you suppose that is?

Overall, the biggest reason I couldn’t sleep last night was Lady Gaga. Did you know I idolize her and absolutely adore her? I was so excited the minute I heard her talk last night that I almost started crying. No one does glam better than she, and I want every outfit and every piece of jewelry she wore. I want her voice. I want her hair. I want her body. She is just the greatest.

Oh, and can we talk about the whole vibe of this show? It seems like Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk robbed my 15-year-old mind to make this season. I was in my glory as I listened to Bauhaus, watched men wearing flawless eyeliner, and felt the glow of neon lights around every corner. Yes, this show has a gorgeous vibe that actually reminds me a lot of Silence of the Lambs.

As previously mentioned, there were moments that were hard to watch. I excitedly told them to Erik this morning at 5am as he asked me how the show was, and we grimaced together but I also couldn’t help smiling. Y’all know I love the horror genre. Anyway, yes, I was up at 5am to run 5 miles this morning, and I’m feeling it now. I hardly remember my run. To make matters worse, the end of it – literally yards away from the shortcut back to my apartment – was ruined by an inconsiderate elk herd. So rude, making me walk a quarter-mile out of my way!

And I have an interview to join a Board in town. I’ll do my best to focus.

Week 40

I still missed a few days last week, but I did a much better job of sticking with it! I held my planks at 3:45 and did two sets of 13 push-ups. I’m really struggling with the push-ups so I need to get better at doing them and stop making excuses about it.

I completed my longest run ever! It wasn’t bad, either. By the last couple of miles, I found myself playing a game. Every time I wanted to quit I’d think, I bet you can make it to that stop sign. Once I reached the stop sign, I’d think, I bet you can make it to that fence. So on and so forth until the run was over. Sure, there were walking breaks in there (and eating breaks, and drinking breaks), but I’m not above taking breaks to complete this race.

Am I feeling ready? Yes and no. I know the power of positive thought will get me through it, but I still get a nervous tummy. I guess I’m not thinking hard enough!

Drop Dead October!

In honor of October, I’ve decided to do a drop-dead series. Drop-dead best, drop-dead worst, drop-dead whatever! I’ll kick it off with…

Ten Drop-Dead Funny Movies

Guaranteed to make you (or me, at the very least) lose it every time!

Better Off Dead
Better Off DeadAh, one of my all-time favorite movies, period. Not only do I think young John Cusack is absolutely adorable, I relate to this movie on so many levels. I quote it weekly. So many wonderful quotes, such as:

“Man, now that’s a real shame, when folks be throwin away a perfectly good white boy like that!”

“Why are you so small?”

“Two dollars…”

“Beth? That’s my favorite name.”

Hilarious. I use this movie mostly as a coping tool through the break-up of platonic relationships, rather than romantic ones. It works well, reminding you that this too shall pass and there’s always someone else willing to stick around you.

Do I really need to say much about this one? It’s brilliant. Most of all, I love the precious rom-com aspect, demonstrating that best friends can explode at one another and not talk for months, and they’ll still come together in the end. Aww…


Detroit Rock City
This movie never loses its hilarity, even after hundreds of screenings (right, Samantha?). Also, I love the comic-book way it was shot, the goofy villains, and most importantly, the eye candy…

Giuseppe Andrews

Dinner for Schmucks
Dinner for SchmucksThis is one of those movies that Erik and I always watch when it’s on TV. Always. It’s chaotic and goofy and oh yeah, has more eye candy in the form of Jemaine Clement, who I find extremely attractive. No one understands why… not even me. And Steve Carrell is just amazing with his taxidermy.

Dumb and Dumber
If I had to choose a number one, this would probably be it. I die every time I watch this stupid movie. It’s extraordinary! Caitlin and I quoted it often, and when I met Erik, so did we. Caitlin and Erik are, after all, birthday twins. My favorite part? It’s tough to narrow it down, but I think I’ll go with Harry freezing and Lloyd saying something along the lines of, “Here, take these extra mittens. My hands are kinda sweaty.”

Dumb and Dumber

FargoAlright, maybe it’s not what some may consider comedic, but I love this movie and I consider it to be a dark comedy. Hands-down the best part is when Steve Buscemi is irritated by Peter Stormare’s character’s silence, and keeps babbling on about how he’s going to stop talking:

“I don’t have to talk to you either, man. See how you like it. Just total fucking silence. Two can play at that game, smart guy. We’ll just see how you like it. Total silence.”

The Five-Year Engagement
The Five Year EngagementThis is for sure one of my favorite rom-coms, and I do love my rom-coms. I keep recommending it to all my friends but no one else has seen it yet. Watch it. Love it.

The Jerk
I probably don’t need to say much about this classic. This movie has the power to unite nations, by golly!

The Jerk

This is Spinal Tap
This is Spinal TapI love this movie because it’s a pretty accurate account of out-of-touch musicians. It only narrowly beat out Airheads on my list – very, very narrowly. I decided to only include one comedy about out-of-touch musicians, and this one is just slightly more memorable. And it goes to eleven.

Uncle Buck
I couldn’t make a list without a John Candy movie! I grew up watching him with my Gramma and we just loved his movies. Once again, I had to choose between movies: Uncle Buck or Planes, Trains and Automobiles? I went with Uncle Buck because I like the dynamic of a shunned relative with a troubled teenager. Not only funny, but heartwarming. “Ever hear of a ritual killing? A-hee-hee-hee-hee-hee.”

Uncle Buck

Random Gratitude List

It’s a cloudy Wednesday morning on the last day of September, and as I was driving to work this morning I thought, Wouldn’t it be fun to write a random list of things I’m grateful for today?

Commence random list!

My impending trip to see Deanna. How excited I am to be reunited with my best friend! I can see her smiling face in my mind and it makes me smile like an idiot, sitting here alone. I’m excited to be taking a trip with such a happy mission!

My marriage. I love watching TV with Erik and commenting on what’s happening. I love how he gets sudden bursts of humor, or sudden bursts of energy, or sudden bursts of criticism. In fact, I love being married to a Gemini! We’re going to keep each other interested for the rest of our lives.

The Yoga Journal Live Conference. Every year we have this huge conference at work and I love it because we get to eat healthier food than normal!

Lady. Lady was restless this morning until I picked her up and put her on my lap, and then she settled right down. She just wanted to snuggle. I love Lady and all the happiness she brings to our lives.

Fashion. It’s so fun reading about clothes, putting outfits together and daydreaming about my wardrobe! I love imagining what’s coming down the pipeline.

Cooking. I feel such joy when I’m cooking a meal: the aromas, the colors of the ingredients, the care I take in making it all come together at just the right moment. Planning meals is fun and helps me enjoy grocery shopping, too!

There are many more things I could write about this morning, but that’s good for now. Time to start my day!

Four Weeks to 13.1

It’s my biggest running week ever! 26 miles this week. It was supposed to be 20, but I had to move Saturday’s run to Sunday to accommodate the Board meeting.

So here I am, thinking once again of my life goals and how best to achieve them. Do I take the easy way out and run it flat? Do I run the risk of burning out early by running a difficult route? Two weeks ago, I ran eight miles up the dreaded SH 7; should I tack two more miles on and try to tackle it again?

I decided that because my running plan only goes up to 10 miles and I’m going to have to race 13.1, I should go for the gold and run a hard, hill-laden route on Saturday. I mapped it out here.

I certainly don’t expect miracles on this run. I expect it to be difficult, slow and mentally taxing – and that’s why I chose it. When I’m running a half in a little less than four weeks, my muscles will remember back to this day and know what to do. And when I have to scoot up the two-mile hill at miles 9 and 10, I will sail forth on legs as light as air!

It can’t hurt to prepare, right?

One of the things I love most about running is how much preparation and planning it takes! What to wear, when to leave, what to eat and when, how much to drink and when, what to bring with you, elevation profiles, running surfaces – it’s all important, and it all helps you to realistically plan.

Thanks to my mom, I’m also learning how to use the Law of Attraction to help with running. On Saturday, I used it to get rid of shin splints mid-run. I’ll be picturing my swift, fun, enjoyable half-marathon finish in perfect weather from now until the morning of the race.

13.1, I’m ready for you!

Week 39

A rather unsuccessful week, if I may say so! I did one plank for 3:40 on Sunday, and on Monday, I did two sets of push-ups (set one was 13 reps, set two was 7). Oops. I did manage to make it to boot camp and although I skipped one of my training runs (3 miles), I completed the other two.

It was Board meeting week! Not only was it Board meeting week, it was the fall Board meeting, which meant I was responsible for kicking off my second Annual Campaign. Our crackerjack summer intern came up with an awesome Olympics theme and it was very well received. Now in my second year, standing in front of the Board was much easier and I projected a great deal of confidence. Even when the Board Chair pointed out a math error, I rolled with it and made a joke so the room erupted in laughter. Score.

This week, I am back in the saddle. The week’s training plan will culminate in a 10-mile run on Saturday. I am going to do a better job of completing my planks and push-ups. And also, I’m going to start logging my food again. I have a few ell-bees to lose. September has been a month of abandon: food, hard cider, more hard cider, and even a soda or two. Time to rein it in a little!

Happy Autumnal Equinox!

Normally I [impatiently] wait for October 1 before I give myself permission to hang Halloween decorations. This year I thought, Well so what if I want to put them up on September 20? Is there some rule that says I can’t? I think not! So I went ahead and put everything up over the weekend because it made me happy; however, I waited until the Autumnal Equinox to post photos of my new mantel decor.

I’ve been wanting to redo our mantel for some time but I haven’t had any inspiration. Looking around Home Goods and Pier 1 did nothing but frustrate me because I don’t have $300.00 to spend on this project.

Then I picked up a Better Homes and Gardens Halloween magazine. I was thinking it might have some good tips for regular humans but it mostly seemed to have good tips for rich housewives and bored stay-at-home moms; however, I was able to glean enough inspiration from it and decided to sally forth once again the next time I was back in civilization (i.e., the Front Range).

I found some block letters at TJ Maxx for $5.99 each. Let’s face it: I could have bought some and painted them myself, but I probably wouldn’t have completed the project. The best thing about the letters is that we can reuse them once Halloween is over. They are a permanent staple of the mantel now!

My happy new letters

My happy new letters

Our next stop was Michael’s where I found most of my other stuff: two leaf garlands ($7.99 each but they were on sale on top of that); two silver bottles (Spider Cider!); two peacock feather fronds; two sparkly branches; one bird; two decorative masks; and an owl candle holder. I blacked out from shopping that day, but the amount I spent on this decor was less than $75.00 (and that’s a high estimate).


Now it was time to assemble my creation. I waited until Erik went golfing so I could have uninterrupted fun. Like any good mantel-decorator, I started at the middle and worked my way out. I added height at the sides with my Spider Cider bottles, each containing a sparkly branch (purple and teal, of course), a peacock feather frond (again, purple and teal, of course) and a bird. You may have noticed I only purchased one bird; I have a large collection of fake feathered friends adorning one of our living room walls, so it was no trouble at all to find its closely matching mate!



The masks are probably my favorite part in all of this. They’re also completely wearable. I was impressed with Michael’s selection of masks. They had some nice leather ones but I wasn’t willing to spend $20.00+ on these. Maybe next year.

The leaf garlands did way more to pull all of this together than I had imagined. Plus, it doubles as great fall decor before I satisfy my Christmas itch!


I had a couple of tombstone pieces I’d gotten at Dollar Tree last year, along with stackable boxes and wind-up toys, and a lovely accordion fold ghost medallion. I like the balance between classy and campy. Trust me, it says a lot about my personality!

The whole thing

The whole thing