September 20, 2013

Salted Caramel Gu

I've been waking up super early again, and it bugs me. I wake up at around 5:00, even though there is no reason for me to get up before 7:00. This morning I watched the Discovery ID channel for an hour and a half until the kids woke up.

Today, I just had a six-mile easy run on the schedule, and I definitely planned to take it easy today. I pushed myself hard yesterday, and I want to be feeling great for Sunday, so I didn't want to push myself at all today. It was really humid again, but not as bad as yesterday.

I ran a six-mile out-and-back route. My body was definitely feeling tired today.

I have another easy 6-miler tomorrow, and then my final 16-miler on Sunday. I will be SO happy to get done with Sunday's run! Then it's just a countdown to the marathon.

Speaking of which, I got my Discover card statement today, and was in for a big surprise. My balance was NEGATIVE $465.58. I was really confused for a minute, until I realized what had happened. Back in February(?), when Andrea and I decided to run the Chicago Marathon, we booked our hotel rooms. We had to prepay for the rooms, which I paid with my Discover. Then last week, I canceled my room (since our plans changed). So the hotel credited the money to my Discover card (which had been paid off already).

You know what that means?! I used that credit on my account to pre-order the Garmin 620! I used the link on DC Rainmaker's blog, which gave me 10% off and free shipping (plus, I think he gets a commission). So the total was $405 instead of $450. It all worked out too perfectly for me not to get it!

This afternoon, Jerry and I had nothing to do while the kids were in school, so we went to the mall. I got one of the Victoria's Secret coupons for free panties (and Jerry was a little too eager for me to go get them, haha) so we cashed in my coupon. We saw some people in the parking lot with ice cream from Dairy Queen, and I really wanted one! But I knew I didn't have the PointsPlus for it today. Jerry wanted one too, and he said he wouldn't get one because of me; but I told him to go ahead. Ice cream is probably my biggest weakness, and I didn't cave. Jerry got an Oreo Blizzard.

He took two bites, and said, "This is gross. It doesn't taste like I remember at ALL." I told him if he didn't like it, he should just throw it away rather than waste 15 PointsPlus on it. And he did! He threw it away, and said he's lost the desire to ever have DQ again ;) I was proud of both of us--me, for not getting anything; and Jerry, for not eating it just because he'd bought it.

We went into Target, because our phones (land line phones) finally kicked the bucket. We got them in 2003, and they just quit working, so we needed new ones. I know most people don't use land lines anymore, but I like to have it if the kids should have to call 911 or something. Not surprisingly, they didn't have a whole lot to choose from!

There is a Starbucks inside of the Target, and I had the idea to try a Pumpkin Spice Latte. So many people rave about it, and I'd never tried it before (the closest Starbucks is 40 minutes away, and we never go there). I didn't want to order one for myself, but Jerry said he'd get one, and I could taste it. WOW, was it ever good! Now I see what all the fuss is about.

I had to stop at the running store to see if they had any margarita-flavored ShotBloks. I like the margarita ones not only for the taste, but because they have extra sodium. But I have a hard time finding them anywhere! The running store didn't have them either, but I did see these:

Salted Caramel flavored Gu! I haven't had Gu since last October, during the marathon (my stomach was really bothering me after my third one, and I just haven't wanted any since). This flavor has extra sodium, which is what I wanted in the ShotBloks, so I ended up buying some to try. I'm going to try them out on Sunday, during my 16-miler. I'm sure I can find the margarita flavored ShotBloks at the expo if needed.

Eli had asked me this morning if I could bring Estelle to the bus stop with me when I picked them up after school. So, I took out the cat leash that I got from Purina ONE, and gave it a try. I put it on Estelle, and at first, she just completely froze--wouldn't move a muscle. Once I put her in the grass, she started exploring, and she didn't seem to mind it at all.

She explored for about 20 minutes, and then I carried her with me to the bus stop. As soon as we left our yard, she tensed up, but I could tell she was so curious about everything! When the kids got off the bus, Eli was really excited to "walk" Estelle home. Walking a cat is nothing like walking a dog! It took about 10 minutes to walk 40 yards, and that was with us shooing her along through the grass.

We were planning to take the kids to the high school football game tonight, but we're supposed to have thunderstorms all evening. Bummer! They've never been to a football game, and I think they'd enjoy it.


  1. Just a little hint about land lines - if you leave a phone plugged into the jack, you can still dial out 911. Even if you don't have land line service. I kept our land line for years for the same reason and someone told me about this. They said it was a federal regulation. I'm not sure if the regulation part is true. But, I called our phone company and they confirmed that we'd be able to dial out 911 even without land line service. So I cancelled and left a land line phone plugged in the jack in our bedroom should we ever need 911. Just something to look into with your phone company if you want to save a few bucks a month!

  2. might want to triple check that info. this link is from 2009 and Michigan isn't included and there are restrictions

  3. It sounds like it was meant to be for you to have that Garmin! I've never tried any kind of Starbucks drink. Crazy but true!

  4. I love DQ! Everyone I know around here is obsessed with Cold Stone or other expensive ice cream places, but I still love the pb cup blizzards. They have a pumpkin pie one that is AMAZING! I am getting one for my birthday next week! I love the pumpkin spice lattes, but for a 16oz it's like 380 calories! Everyone thinks we're weird, but we still have a landline. I've heard it's a good idea for 911, plus I like having a home number.

  5. We started our cat on a leash right after she was weaned. We travel a lot with her and take her with us in the car. I really think that she thinks she is a dog lol. We tried a leash on one of our older cats and it was hysterical. She twisted and turned like she was Houdini in a straight jacket and was out of that sucker in about 5 seconds.

  6. dairy queen has lost its appeal to me too!

    also, wanted to let you know that i posted the recipe for the apple bread and it was just as delicious as I remembered it!

  7. Glad you got your Garmin - that did seem meant to be. We have one (an older model) and I know when Hubby was running he really loved it (I'm an indoor exerciser myself).

    We still have a landline too, I just can't give it up. I bought our last phone off Amazon.

    I'm really picky with my eating and even more with drinking. A pumpkin latte sounds horrible to me!

  8. Can't wait to hear your review of the new Garmin!

  9. Congratulations on the Garmin - tell us all about it when you get it, please :)

  10. The Salted Caramel Gu is amazing - I love it (maybe a little too much).

  11. I walk my cats and found it very helpful to get them used to it in the backyard. Only one of my actually likes to go out of the yard but the other two like being in the yard.

  12. That's awesome that you resisted getting dairy queen. Like peanut butter is your kryptonite, ice cream is mine. I would have talked myself into it haha!
    Congrats to Jerry though for not finishing it when it tasted terrible. Personally, I'm terrible at finishing things even if they taste gross just because I don't want money to be wasted.

  13. We have cat leashes for both of our cats and people think we're nuts when they drive by and see it! I love it!

    Let us know what you think of the new Garmin. I'm adding a Garmin to my xmas wish list but will probably just end up getting it myself some day!

  14. i feel the same with dq.. lately whenever i go to get a blizzard, it's either not mixed well, has very little mix ins or just isn't good... dq for me now includes a dilly bar, frozen hot chocolate or an orange julius.. otherwise i've just saved my treats for some haagen dazs or going to a fro-yo place or a place that makes their own ice cream. i don't even enjoy dq's food anymore... i used to LOVE the chicken strips with gravy and now it's just soggy strips and goop. ew.


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