January 27, 2012

A torture device

I was so looking forward to sleeping in this morning since my kids spent the night at my parents' house and I didn't have to BE anywhere. I even took a sleeping pill last night so that I could sleep through the night. Then at 7:10 this morning, the phone rang. Sigh.

It was Noah, and he just wanted to tell us that him and Eli were eating breakfast at Cracker Barrel before school with my mom. Of course I couldn't go back to sleep then, so I got up and procrastinated my run. I only had a 3-miler on the schedule, but it was VERY slushy outside. I ultimately decided to run on the dreadmill instead.

I finished my 3 miles and then took a shower. While I was getting dressed, I was flipping through my Runner's World magazine and I found this quote, which made me laugh (because it's totally true):

During the run, I did a few sprints at a 7:30/mi pace for 60 seconds each--and I kept thinking about how, on The Biggest Loser, that woman (forget her name) asked Dolvett if he'd ever given birth. Hahaha, I realized that when I run sprints, I always pick a focal point (like she talked about) and I focus on my breathing and just getting it done. I'll never be able to do that again without thinking of that woman asking Dolvett if he'd ever given birth.

Jerry and I worked on cleaning the house, and then I got into "project" mode. I went to Lowe's for one simple thing (an outlet plate) and ended up spending $360. I bought new blinds for the living room, which we have desperately needed for about six years. I was horribly embarrassed of the blinds that we had, because they were torn up from when we had Oliver (our dog) and from the kids pulling on them, and the cats messing with them. Here is what they looked like before:
 Terrible, right?! So while I was at Lowe's, I ended up getting new ones that look a million times better:
I also got new vertical blinds for the sliding glass door in the kitchen--they look just like the ones pictured above, only they are vertical.  I got a new thermostat for our furnace, which we've needed for a while. Plus some other boring stuff that we've needed for a very long time, but keep putting off.

While Jerry was bringing the blinds into the house, Phoebe snuck outside. Apparently, she thought it was too cold and she wanted back in. We were cleaning in the kitchen when we noticed she was looking for someone to rescue her from the cold:

This is when she spotted me taking pictures, lol
Jessica came over and brought me some jewelry to wear tomorrow for the photo shoot. The photographer called today to confirm, and she'll be here at 10:00 tomorrow morning. It sounded like she'll mainly be shooting in the kitchen. I'll have Jerry take a picture of me in the dress tomorrow so you can at least see an amateur photo ;)

The school nurse called today and had us pick up Eli from school early because his belly was hurting. I think he might have the stomach flu. He's been achy and moaning about his stomach all afternoon and evening, and he has a low-grade fever. I feel so bad when he complains about his stomach hurting, because there is nothing I can do. Of course this means he gets to skip his swimming lesson tomorrow morning, which he'll be thrilled about.

Well, I still have a lot to get done, so I better get to it!


  1. the stomach flu is going on around here too, I hear it is bad

  2. If I was training with Dolvett I know what my focal point would be. Rawr. Nice blinds! Pulls everything together nicely! I almost wee'd at the cat pics.
    1) "Hey, I was just joking about wanting to be outside."
    2) "Seriously guys, not funny anymore."
    3) "I'd BETTER not end up on your blog!"

    Hope Eli feels better soon and doesn't spread the love around the household.

    1. LOL! I'm right there with you! If I got to work out with Dolvett everyday... Mmm-mmm. ;)

  3. I love Lowes! I seriously splurge there more than any other store. People even buy me gift cards there, its a sickness I tell ya!

    Poor little guy. Snoopy has had a tummy ache this week & I always put a rice sock on it. He loves it. Sometimes I think his tummy aches just so he can sleep with a "heaty sock". lol

  4. In the run parts of my runs, I always pick a focal point! Wednesday it was the part in the hair of a girl in front of me...

  5. Oh I loathe those mornings when I can sleep in and something keeps me from doing so! It's usually my cat Penny looking for attention ;) We got some snow here in Tokyo this past week, and I had to run a the gym on a treadmill. I don't know how you do it! It was the longest 20 minutes of my life! haha. Love those dark blinds! Very homey feeling :)

  6. I was going to say maybe Eli's belly was bothering him from his Cracker Barrel breakfast, but when you said he had a low-grade fever, that isn't a "too much rich food" bellyache. The good thing about the stomach bug is it's usually gone quickly.

    Good luck today with your photo shoot! Spark People has a "wall" so is this what the shoot is connected to??

  7. OMG, busy, busy!
    Just FYI, yesterday I read that you can prevent the stomach flu by drinking 100% pure grape juice. Once you have the flu it will not work, but good for the other family members.

  8. My cats are indoor cats, but one of them likes to think he's an outdoor cat. Anytime the door opens, he shoots outside like a rocket. Once he got out and no one realized it. It was a nice day and the windows were open. I heard him meowing, and glanced over to the window by the back deck to see him moving back and forth begging to be let back in. LOL! We still laugh about it.

    Also, I think I have those same blinds!

  9. The last cat photo totally cracked me up! Hope this little man starts feeling better soon.


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