January 28, 2013

My Birthday Weekend

Yet another early morning for me today--I got a phone call from the school at 5:30 to say that there was going to be a two-hour delay. Jerry said the roads weren't bad at all when he went into work, but I was glad that at least school wasn't canceled altogether, because I had a dentist appointment at noon.

Then, at around 7:30, the phone ran again and it was the school--this time, announcing that school would be closed today. I had plans to get together with Renee for coffee at 10:30, so I had to cancel with her; then I debated whether to cancel my dental appointment. I already had to reschedule it because my hygienist had the flu a couple of weeks ago, so I decided to just go and the kids could sit in the waiting room while I was getting my cleaning.

First, I had to run. Since the kids were home, I was stuck with the treadmill yet again. Usually I do speed work (intervals) on Mondays, but today, I really just felt like running a short 3 miles without feeling like death at the end. Not sure why, but those three miles were tough! I just felt so tired, and it was hard to get through. As soon as I hit the three-mile mark, I was totally relieved.

I took a shower and got ready for the dentist, then tried to clean up the house a little. I'm SO exhausted today for some reason; it just feels like I have zero energy. I had to pick up some yarn from Hobby Lobby, so I stopped there before the dentist. The kids wanted to buy journals and pencils, and I figured that would be good for keeping them occupied while I got my teeth cleaned, so I bought those, too.

My kids are never good in waiting rooms, but they were little angels today! I was so surprised. My cleaning took a lot longer than I thought it would, because I needed new x-rays, and I apparently had a lot of tea stains on my teeth. I really don't want to give up tea, but I hate that it stains my teeth so easily!

Anyway, the past few days have gone by so quickly, and I feel like I've been so busy! On the night of my birthday, we ended up staying home because it was snowing pretty hard outside. Jerry's and my friends, Joe and Amber, came over to visit, and we played Euchre.

Before they got here, Jerry and I were just sitting around, and he said, "Wanna do a shot of tequila with me?" I burst out laughing, because he said it so casually, but we never do shots! I physically cannot do a shot. I've tried, but I can't swallow that much liquor at once--it takes me at least 2-3 swallows, which kind of ruins the whole purpose.

So naturally, I told Jerry, "Sure!" but first I wanted to practice with water. I probably tried about 20 times to swallow 1.5 oz of water at once, but I just couldn't do it. I felt sick from all the water, and then we decided to just do the tequila shot. Because we never do shots, we have no shot glasses--I had to use little espresso mugs. Classy!
After that, I stuck with wine--I'll never be a shot-girl. We played Euchre, which is always fun, and had a great night.

On Saturday, I spent a lot of time trying to catch up on the 5K stuff. Then Sunday, I had another busy day. I ran eight miles in the morning, then started the process of picking the prize winners for the 5K, which ended up being much more time than I expected. My little cousin Kaitlin's bridal shower was at noon, so I finished getting her gift together. I bought her the bath towels she registered for, and then tried my hand at making a towel cake. It turned out pretty well, I think!
The shower was really nice. I cannot believe how much my cousins have grown! Kaitlin and I were pretty close when she was very little. She has two sisters, also, and the three of them are all grown up now.

Apparently, I was the only one NOT in the loop about a surprise gift for Kaitlin yesterday--my mom was supposed to tell me, and I guess she forgot. But all the guests were asked months ago to write up their favorite recipes, and then Kaitlin's aunt and her friend made them all into a scrapbook. The scrapbook was AMAZING, and it was a really big deal to Kaitlin. I knew absolutely nothing about it, which was awkward, to say the least.

After the shower, I spent a few more hours working on yesterday's blog post (the 5K results). Then we took the kids to dinner at Denny's. They wanted to go out for a "birthday dinner" for me; I told Jerry that you know you're a parent when you wind up at Denny's for your birthday dinner, haha! We told the kids they could order what they wanted, since it was a "special occasion".

Eli wanted steak and shrimp... I have no idea where the heck that idea came from! We tried talking him out of it, because the only steak on the menu was a 14 oz t-bone, but he wanted it so badly, we finally just said yes. His meal consisted of a 14-oz t-bone, a skewer of shrimp, french fries, hash browns, and garlic bread.
I thought for sure we'd be bringing home 90% of his meal in a box, but believe it or not, Eli ate every last bite of his steak and shrimp, ALL of his fries, and a few bites of the hash browns and bread! I was shocked, to say the least. I'm afraid to feed him as a teenager!

Once we got home, I spent the rest of the evening finishing up the results post. I had planned to do much more with it--linking to all the race reports, posting some readers photos, but at 8:45, I decided it was good enough to just post as it was--my eyes were burning from spending so much time on the computer the past few days! But the whole project was SUPER fun, and despite all the work, I think I'd like to do again next year. I absolutely LOVED reading all of the Facebook posts, tweets, e-mails, and blog comments about your experiences. It was so very inspiring to read!

Last, but not least, the winner of the Albion Fit racerback tank giveaway is:
Susan, please e-mail me at SlimKatie (at) runsforcookies (dot) com with your shipping address, so I can pass it along to Albion Fit, and you can get your tank!
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  1. Very happy to see this post in my feed! Anyway, the towel cake came out beautiful! I did that for my gf back in '97 when she got married. Then for her baby shower you can make the diaper cake! To make up for the scrapbook, you can send her your 31 favorite recipe file?

  2. That towel cake is really cute! Good job!

  3. It turned out great! That's impressive too about being able to leave your kids in the waiting room. I don't know how old yours are but that would never even be a consideration of mine. They are soooo loud and have to be reminded constantly to settle down (4 boys ages 1-8). I get what you mean about feeding teenagers... I'm terrified. :)

  4. Haha the towels are adorable! Very "Pinterest" :)

  5. Katie,

    Great job on the virtual 5k all around. And you look really skinny in the picture with the tequila!

  6. To counteract the tea stains: http://www.mommypotamus.com/how-to-whiten-your-teeth-naturally/

    Might be worth a shot... my sister does this and said it works great.

  7. I'm not sure If I've even commented on here before! Ha.
    But I couldn't pass up the opportunity to wish you a belated happy birthday!!
    Also, you look SOOOO skinny in the tequila pic! You're so inspiring, thank you~!

  8. Those two big plates of food in front of you little guy make an absolutely hilarious, and adorable, picture! :)

    I love the towel cake!!

    Wish I would've done the 5K - sounds like everyone had fun with it!

  9. I had to laugh at your son getting BOTH fries and hash browns! Yep, you will have a big eater when he gets to be a teenager!

    I got drunk on tequila a long, long time ago, and just the smell of it makes me want to gag. I'll stick with my wine! :D

  10. Sounds like a fun time!

  11. In Mexico, they actually sip shots of tequila, not shoot it down. So you can just do that and look more refined. ;-)

  12. Hahaha at Eli, that's great! (Yeah, get ready for teenagers, they'll eat you out of house and bank!) That towel cake is super pretty, good job!


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