Thursday, May 10, 2012

Stupid bush

Today was a rest day, and for that I am thankful. Not that I felt like I needed it, but I just didn't feel like getting ready and going out to run this morning. Instead, Jerry and I tried (another) Dick's for a marathon outfit. I really shouldn't have waited so long to buy something!

As you saw on the previous post, I was looking for this UA line of "slash" capris. I had seen them at Dunham's a couple of months ago, but held off on buying them... and now I regret it, because I can't find them in stores. I ended up ordering some from their website, but they didn't have a size small in green or blue. So I wound up with yellow (my third choice), but now that I look at them again, I think the yellow is pretty badass. Jerry said he liked them, too.

(By the way, I never thought I would do sponsored posts like that, but when I saw it was from Under Armour, I couldn't help myself--Under Armour is my very favorite brand of running clothes! So I am doing two more sponsored posts in the future with UA, but please know that I wouldn't have done it if it were a brand I didn't TRULY love and use anyway.)

Trying to find my marathon outfit has been challenging, and I realized the irony of weight loss and shopping. When I was obese, I could never find my size. I would immediately look at the back of the rack, and it was rare that I found something I liked and it happened to be my size.

And now that I am a size small, all the workout clothes in size small are always sold out! I found quite a few cute things today while browsing around, but it was mostly sizes L and XL. And even shopping online, my first choices were sold out in size small. But anyway, I ended up ordering a cute outfit online, and I hope 1) that it gets here before the marathon, and 2) that it fits.

I did end up buying something useful, however--a Nathan handheld water bottle. I like my waist pack for long runs, but I think this will come in handy during the summer months when it's a thousand degrees outside and I'm trying to run shorter distances, like 5 or 6 miles. It's comfy in my hand; I just hope that the water doesn't slosh around so much that I would rather not use it.



We've had a bush in front of our house for about five years, and it got much bigger than I ever expected it to get. Last year, I noticed a million or so ants crawling around on it, so I sprayed for the ants (they were also crawling on the screen to our bedroom window). And then this year, every time I walked by, tons of black flies started to swarm around me. I got fed up with it yesterday, and told my dad that I wanted to get rid of it.

Ten minutes later, my dad showed up with his truck and a chain. I doubted we'd need to use a chain to pull it out, but I figured he knew what he was doing better than me. The kids were super excited to watch, and "help" him wrap the base of the bush with the chain.
 
My dad warned my kids that they need to stand back SUPER far if they are ever around anyone pulling something out like that. He told us about a guy he knew that was killed while he was driving the truck--the chain snapped, and the end of it flew right through the back window and killed him. My kids were impressed with that story... I was a little nervous to watch after that!

When it came out, and Noah saw it, he said, "Oh, THAT'S where sand comes from!" Hahaha. Nope, our builder was just an ass who decided to fill our yard with sand instead of dirt.

I am so happy that stupid bush is gone now. Aren't the tulips pretty? Jerry and the boys planted those the day I came home from my surgery. I had no idea that they did that, until the flowers popped up this spring! I am the WORST gardener, and I hate to garden, so our landscaping is pathetic. But I like having the tulips there--maybe I'll put the kids to work more often ;)

25 comments:

  1. I am in desperate need of new workout clothes!

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  2. Oh my gosh, I LOVE the tulip story--what a wonderful thing they did for you! Jerry is such a great guy. :)

    I totally get what you're saying about the clothes...who knew that finding clothes that fit would still be hard after LOSING weight!?

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  3. Totally know what you mean about clothing sizes! Now that I am a size small I suddenly have options - almost too many. It was hard finding stuff big enough before now I have to figure out if something actually fits my body shape right. It's an ok problem to have though. :)

    I have that same Nathan bottle and it gets a little heavy for me. If its only half full it doesn't bug me as much. I have a smaller hand held water bottle from FuelBelt that I like a lot better!

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  4. I have a similar Nathan bottle. The water sloshing can be a bit annoying, but when it's super hot out, it's definitely worth it! But, then, I don't have a belt or anything so I can't compare...

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  5. What a good dad to come right over and help you! Love this story (and yay for Jerry and your boys on the flowers, too!). Happy (early) Mother's Day to you, Katie! Hope you have a great weekend.

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  6. I recently just bought some new workout clothes because the pants I normally wear are starting to look kind of like clown pants they are so big. I bought this super cute pants that hit right below the knee, they make my legs look fabulous, I may wear them on dates. Just kidding.

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  7. We have sand in the area around our house instead of dirt. It's so annoying to find the corners the builders cut!

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  8. My runner buddy has a handheld water bottle like that one, and she absolutely loves it, even for longer runs. I don't think I could handle it though. I get annoyed by even the SMALLEST thing while running. Agh I'm bad like that.

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  9. I have the Nathan's Sprinter Water bottle and I love it. I cannot even tell I am carrying it while I run.

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  10. I use a water bottle for all my run up to and including the marathon. I have a Nathan I have used for years but I'm testing a new brand for a blog review now. It takes some getting used to carrying it but once you are used to it, you don't even notice it.

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  11. I'm a terrible gardner, too. My mom keeps trying to give me pointers, but I've kind of just given up.

    Isn't it funny how it seems whatever size you're in, you can't find what you're looking for? I can never find medium workout clothes (granted I'm usually looking on the sale racks-hate paying full price for anything!).

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  12. I was confused by the UA post. Did they ask you to do that? At first I thought it was just a normal post. Plus I didn't see the Slash Capris in green at all. Just Yellow, Blue, Pink and Black. Take a modeling photo of the ones that you got!

    I am in a Large now and I am super excited about that. At 5'10" I never expect to be in a small. My skeleton is bigger than a small I think! LOL But I have a hard time finding clothes in my size too. I think it's just a curse. I'm picky. Whatever I like isn't in my size no matter what size I am!

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  13. Can your dad bring his truck down to Texas to pull out the tree stakes I can't get out? I swear those things are stuck in the earths core!

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  14. Katie, Is that your house? Could you post more pictures of your house please? I'm just curious!

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  15. Do you realize how amazing it is that you are calling runs of 5 or 6 miles, SHORT? OMG! Girl, you blow me away!

    I am loving the new bright colors that are out there this spring, BRIGHT oranges, pinks, YELLOWS! For some reason I am drawn to the oranges and yellows. Got a lot of stuff in those very bright colors. Bet your yellow capris ARE kick ass!

    Tonight, I was at the John Deere store with hubby, he was picking up a part for the lawn/garden tractor. I spied a long-sleeved pink John Deere t-shirt and had to have it. It covers up my flappy upper arms better than a short-sleeved t-shirt does, and it's got the John Deere symbol on it in green. I have loved green & pink together since I was a kid. So I love it.

    Hope you find what you want to run in for your marathon...it's tuff being a SMALL!!!

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  16. Hahaha I just had to pop out because I knew EXACTLY which capris you were talking about when you described them--I saw those a few weeks ago on the UA website and I LOVED them! I haven't sprung for them yet but I think they're super cute and I hope you get them in time for your big race!

    Molli (Molli15 from SparkPeople)

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  17. I am not a fan of ants or flies so goodbye bush. Wearing mostly 4X and 5X, I would have never guessed that the small sizes had trouble finding their size too. Thanks for sharing. Good luck with the marathon!

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  18. Those slash capris look awesome! I keep buying the same old crud and they wear out in a few months. I really need to just shell out for the good stuff! I was eagerly scrolling thru the picks of ripping out the bush, I really was thinking that was going to end with a broken cord and a busted back glass! (Although I have never known anyone to personally die from that, I have seen a lot of broken back glass from that sort of thing!

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  19. So what's going in the void that the bush created? Somemore hostas? LOVE them! They get bigger every year and then you can split them and plant them elsewhere. Very economical!!

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  20. Hooray for little house projects! Sometimes the simplest task make us feel so much better about things! And I don't mind the Underarmour posts, I love Underarmour! The only bad experience I had with them is I don't do well with their socks. I wear them out too quick or something, they always get holes! I love Adidas' socks but Underarmour for everything else! Do you have a go-to sock brand for running?

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  21. I wish I had landscaping to do! Stupid apartment. Anyways, I have that water bottle and I hate it, ran with it once and the sloshing water was very distracting. I figured for $10 it was worth a try and yep, I hate it! So disappointing.

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  22. Just have to say as a HUGE Iowa Hawkeyes fan, yes, the black and yellow "Slash" Capris are bad. ass. (I had to google them). :-)

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  23. So that is how you remove a bush! It is great your dad helps you out. It sounds like you have a good relationship with your family.

    I hope your outfit is everything you wanted and gets there in time. I wish I could complain about not finding size small, haha.

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  24. I recently bought that exact same nathan water bottle and i love it! it is comfortable to run with, the water sloshing wasn't noticeable enough to bug me and i love the pocket which fits my inhaler and GU when i run. Hope you're enjoying yours! And by the way...i am finally going to have a garmin soon! You're posts convinced me i needed one..however the price was holding me back. my parents are buying me one as a gift for all my hard work at running and losing weight...down 70lbs as of now!

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