July 27, 2011


Yesterday, my kids were playing outside and I decided to get in my 3-mile run on the dreadmill. When I do the dreadmill, I wear just my running shorts and a sports bra, since nobody is going to see me except my kids and maybe my husband. I would never wear that in public, because of my saggy belly.  Anyway, remember how I mentioned Seth yesterday, and the need to keep my doors locked at all times? You can see where this is going...

I was only about a quarter-mile into my run when I heard the back door open. I saw Seth walk through the kitchen and stare at me. He started firing questions at me: "What are you doing?" "What is that?" "How fast does it go?" "Can you run faster than that?" "What's underneath there?" etc etc. I was RUNNING, and it's fucking hard to talk when you're running! So I did my best to answer his questions, and then he made it all worthwhile by saying, "Wow, you're a good runner!"  Hahaha, damn straight  :)
My intention was just a slow, easy run, but I guess it was more of a tempo run

And then (speaking of funny things kids say), Eli (my 5-year old) asked me if he could get a step dad. When I asked him why, he told me that his friends have step dads and he wants one too. I explained what a step dad was and told him that he was lucky that he got to live with his mom AND dad. He thought about that, and then asked if he could have both and then they could both live here. LOL

We went to Jerry's softball game last night. I looked really cute in one of my new skirts, but unfortunately, I have no picture. Apparently, I'm the only one in my family that thinks to take pictures of stuff, which is why I'm never IN pictures (unless I'm with my girlfriends, who love to take pictures!)  I did get a picture of Jerry and my kids...

Eli being goofy. He played in the gravel the whole time.

Noah was actually interested in the game
I felt bad for the kids, because they were expecting pizza at the game. The past couple of games, the plant that my husband works for bought pizza and had it delivered to the game. Not the case yesterday. So we stopped and got pizza on the way home. I ate two three four medium pieces with feta cheese, and now I'm super puffy from all that sodium. I'm going to take it easy on the sodium today so I drop some of the water I'm retaining.

Today I have a dentist appointment for my 6-month cleaning. I hate going to the dentist. After that, I MUST go to the courthouse and pay a ticket that my husband got early this month. The ticket was for expired plates--and neither of us had any clue that they were expired (for 10 months, lol)! The ticket was deserved, but it sucks just the same. $100 for that.

So we leave tomorrow evening for Illinois. After checking out some places online, Jerry and I decided to take our little side trip to Madison, WI. I figured that since we've already been to Chicago, we can skip that. And Milwaukee is much farther from my sister's than I thought. Madison is only an hour away, and State Street looks pretty interesting, so I think we'll go there on Saturday. Not sure about spending the night there yet. I don't want to spend the money, but my kids really want to spend the night with Aunt Jeanie and NOT us ;) 

Have you ever been "caught" exercising by someone you'd rather not have been caught by? 

Have you ever been to Madison? Thoughts?


  1. Seth......TOO funny!

  2. This will be a bit of a depressing answer to your question, when I was a teenager my parents had a treadmill and I'd try to find a time when I was alone in the house to use it. (which was extremely rare) There were a few times I was on it and my brother would come in, he'd make it his duty to run over to me on the treadmill to put me down and scream insults at me until I gave up and got off.
    I think my brother is the reason why I absolutely can not have anyone else in a room when I'm exercising.

  3. So it's FETA cheese you like on your pizza? I was thinking you said Gouda and bought some last night. I wonder how Gouda tastes on pizza? I even referenced you and how you use Gouda Cheese on your homemade pizzas in my blog today. As I always say, "A mind is a terrible thing to lose." And I think I'm losing mine. Gets worse with each passing year.

    I have been to Madison, WI! We went a couple of years ago to see our Nebr. Cornhusker Girl's Volleyball team play in the NCAA Regional up there. I LOVED that town. It's a college town, lots of quaint older homes that college kids live in, and lots of great restaurants. As I recall, the town is split by a large lake right in the middle of town. For those of us who live in pretty dry states, like Nebraska, that was kind of cool. For those of you who live on a GREAT LAKE, probably not so impressive! ENJOY!

  4. Oh...and this winter when I walked at home with the Leslie Sansone DVD's, often I would be wearing a sweatshirt when I started. If I was home alone, about halfway through, when I was starting to work up a sweat, I would take the sweatshirt off. I don't own a sports bra, so I would be there in my regular bar, walking and flailing my arms out like Leslie says, etc. My hubby walked in on me once, he thought I was nuts. He might be right.

  5. Aw, kids are so funny.
    I can't think of a time someone has caught me exercising, but I've spent many hours in physical therapy doing strange exercises in front of everyone else there, I don't think anything would bother me.

  6. I haven't been caught exercising but I have a story that is worse.

    While getting dressed, I walked out of my room to get a bra off the drying rack in the upstairs hallway. Just as I approached the rack (topless), a neighborhood child bounded up the stairs to see my daughter! Needless to say I was mortified. We later had a talk about "always letting mom know if there are other kids in the house." LOL!

  7. PS
    I forgot to say....Have a wonderful time with your min-vacation. Enjoy your hubby! :)

  8. I really like Madison. They have a wonderful farmers market around the capitol building on weekends and great shops and interesting restaurants in the downtown college area. I love going down to the docks and playing in the water and of course, Devil's Lake is only 40 minutes north, which offers some of the most lovely hiking ever, and this is from a girl who lives 5 minutes from Illinois' Starved Rock State Park.. if you know what that is, lol!
    Oh... and my husband has totally caught me in my bra and pj pants doing spark videos in the den! At least I'm married to the guy!

  9. Ironically, my middle son just yesterday said that he wanted some step-parents too...

    I ADORE Madison!! I would love to live there again one day, and State Street is fantastic. If you'll be there on Saturday, there's a huge farmer's market right at the end of State Street, best farmer's market I've ever been to and a lot of things you can just eat right there. That whole area is fantastic. I wish we were going to have a chance to hit Madison on this particular trip to WI but we're about six hours north of there so it probably won't work out for us.

  10. Hi Katie, sooo funny about getting caught in a bra, and also Eli's comment! Have a great time away!!!

  11. Lol that's so cute about the stepdad thing. The grass is always greener on the other side!

    I hate the dentist too. I've been putting of fixing a ticking time bomb in my mouth for months. I expect any day to wake up in excruciating pain.

    I've never had feta cheese. I don't know why but the idea of it frightens me. Maybe because it makes me think of bleu cheese which I find disgusting.

    I think its awesome that you can indulge one day and compensate for it the next. You've really done a full transformation and I'm so proud of you. :D

  12. I was doing 'The Firm' in my living room, which is at the back of the house, when the gas man came around the wrong side of the house looking for the tank. OOPS!

    You think that'll teach Seth to not barge in?!? Let's hope he didn't go home and tell his parents you were running around the house in your bra! It seems with his parents that might not make a difference to whether he's allowed around anyway...

  13. nah_85 (Nicky)July 27, 2011

    Madison is great! I went there every year in high school for state forensics, and our most exciting spot to hang out is State Street. The people and atmosphere is just so interesting. Hope you have a great mini vaca!

  14. Madison is so gorgeous, have fun! Can't wait to see pictures!

  15. caught sooo many times and always annoyed! its like doesn't anyone knock anymore?! gah. lol. oh well.

  16. Hi Katie- Too funny about Seth! I work in Madison and live about 45 min south of it, so I commute every day and I love the city! You will like State Street, and you can hit up the Union which is right off state street and they have good music on the weekend and its right on the water. There are lots of great places to eat, if you like pizza there is a a place off the square called Paisan's and it's my favorite, unique pizzas or pasta dishes and they have the best view over looking the lake. I think you are going to have an awesome time!

  17. One cannot go up to wisconsin without getting a cornish pastie, the best place is in madison kitty corner to the state capital building called teddywedgers:
    and then of course there is the fun gift shop
    http://www.popdeluxe.net/ that has an artomat machine upstairs, check it out!
    both places are on state streeet :)


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