SO many updates!!

I know it appears as though I have fallen off the face of the Earth in the last day or so, but I promise I AM STILL HERE!

So so so many things have happened in the last day. Here is the run down…

Really, the highlight of yesterday (Saturday) was seeing my adorable girl Reese!!! We actually have fights about who loves the other the most. It’s precious <3

little munchkin trying to figure out how to climb up the fireplace

little munchkin trying to figure out how to climb up the fireplace

she loves the modeling thing

she loves the modeling thing

clearly I love her more

clearly I love her more

She worked on making a picture for me for a good 35 minutes. She wanted it to be perfect. I texted her mom and told her to pass the message onto Reese that I love her picture and it is now the cover of my school book :)

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The dance party was killer.


 

I wish I could say there was an interesting highlight from today (Sunday) other then 10 miles with Mallory. Love that girl <3

I woke up early and met Mallory for a 10 miler. 1:26 @ 8:40ish pace. Not too bad. We both had horrible cramps and had to stop at some parks to get water and rub them out. We b-lined for the cold gatorade and water when we got back. Perfect.

After the long run, I had a looonnnggg day of studying and paper writing to do. It was not fun. I’m still not done yet…

It was really hard for me to focus at first because I was exhausted from the run and I had an upset stomach so I couldn’t eat anything. I kept on making excuses to get up and do other things: clean the dance studio, shower, take out the recycling (when have I ever done that?), practice some ballroom, refill my water bottle… you get it.

Eventually I took a REAL break and drove to Starbucks, I know so adventurous. Guess who got iced coffee at the same exact time as me???

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MALLORY. Of course we got it at the same time. We are twins.

The rest of my night consisted of having dinner with my dad and walking around in my ballroom shoes. My dad thought that was weird. I think it shows my dedication to dance. What do you know dad?

I hope you all had an exciting weekend!

Question

- What was the most exciting thing from your weekend?!

 

21 year old wisdom

Today I would like to share some random words of wisdom I’ve accumulated over the last 21 years of my life….Actually, most of them came from last week…

  • Coffee should happen before you do ANYTHING… or you will likely fall asleep before doing anything productive.
  • When you’re at the bank, take a stack of deposit slips home with you. Fill them out before you get there. It saves time, because you don’t have to stand there shuffling through your checks and other things to fill it out. You can hop right in line and beat all those losers trying to figure out what a deposit slip is.
  • To go along with the above point, while you’re waiting in line to do your bank thing it’s totally socially acceptable to dance. Rumba for me :)

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  • Make a list of all the errands you have to accomplish before you leave to do them. It helps make a mental plan of the order/route I want to go on to hit ‘em all. I usually try and avoid left turns (I’ve been T-boned more then once. Left turns don’t like me), so this helps me prepare. ALSO, bring it with you or I promise you will forget something on the list. It just happened to me. Way to go Jord.

Photo on 7-19-14 at 10.55 AMThese next 2 are more for the ladies…sorry dudes. Maybe you will find them interesting?

  • Paint your nails 10 minutes before you get in the car. It gives the polish enough time to settle SOOO that you can use the air vents to dry your nails fast! I have to admit, I am very proud of this discovery. It has saved my nails on many occasions…
genius kids

genius kids

  • Again, I am particularly proud of this one… I’ve always wanted that sexy beachy wave look (really, I want to look like Blake Lively. Anyone else on this train with me??). Anyways, I have discovered the key to getting this beautiful hair. Curl your hair the day/night before, brush through it right away (this makes me sad sometimes because I feel like I’m just ruining what I spent an hour doing), sleep on it = beautiful hair :). My hair is a little less then ideal in this picture because I was sweating hard-core last night so the curls dropped a bit. Trust me on this one girlies :)

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*The above picture with the post-it on my head is a better example of the beachy look.

  • Stretching/ foam rolling before bed/in bed is a great idea. Waking up and being able to get out of bed without pain is AWESOME. A couple of nights ago, I decided to recruit some people to join in on the foam rolling, partner stretching, digging elbows into each other’s IT bands party. I don’t think they enjoyed it as much as I did.

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  • Music should be played at all times. Dancing should also be done at all times. That’s all I got to say :)

Questions

- Any random words of wisdom? Please share!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

Are we done with the lights yet?

Morning started out by over sleeping my alarm. This happens to me all the time. It’s a little frustrating. I think I’ll try a wake-up song a little more intense than my yoga playlist…

Met Mallory at the track for a workout!! She started before me (because of my over sleeping episode), but I jumped right in! I did have to make a shortened version to get to my 10 am appointment on time.

  1. .5 mi warm-up
  2. 3×800
  3. 1.5 mi recovery/cool down
  4. 2x 5:00 tempo
  5. Walk recovery back to my house

Numbers 1-3 I did with Mallory. The rest I had to do after she left because she had somewhere to be too. That girl is AMAZING! Running with her is a dream <3

“Are we done with the lights yet????”

^ most frequently asked question today at the eye doctor.

I spent 2.5 hours there!!! Oh my goodness I thought my eyeballs were going to fall out of my head. Tests on tests on tests on reading small letters on putting colors in order on looking at pictures in a book on retinal imagining and so on… I started to get real crabby around the 2 hour mark. I begged them to not shine another light in my eye ever again.

Since I didn’t get a chance to stretch out or do any core after my run, I came home and did some yoga. Good stuff :)

My night consisted of chillin’ with the oldies and eating cookies. “Chillin with the oldies” is my slang for a ballroom social dancing party. They are so much fun because you get to dance with a bunch of partners and learn new things. I just wish the average age in the room wasn’t 67 :(

getting ready for the big night!

getting ready for the big night!

Actually, I spent some time with 2 sweet girls who are in my age range. And I did get to dance with a lot of the instructors. They were being extra funny tonight, I don’t know why. I guess I can’t be too harsh on the oldies, because I still had a blast :)

Some new stuff I learned tonight:

Bachata

Hustle

Swing (which I didn’t really like)

Of course, I look exactly like those girls when I do it ;)

Questions

- Anyone else like social dancing?

- Suggestions for a wake-up song?

Day in pictures

Well, I am exhausted. I think I will let the pictures tell the story of my day…

Lesson with Michael focused on ^

just in case I forget

just in case I forget

not proud of these

not proud of these

Not a PR record, but I hit almost exactly what my coach told me to hit in time. Cool I guess?

too many 800s

too many 800s

gettin' there...

gettin’ there…

easy for these girlies :)

easy for these girlies :)

I love you Carly and Brooke <3. I’m your number one fan <3

Bed.time.needs.to.happen.now.

Inventions and other randomness

Yesterday, I was feeling very creative. I came up with a million different ways to do things that I do everyday to make them more efficient.

The blanket: I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I am obsessed with blankets. They’re literally all over my house because I leave one in every room so I can cuddle on demand. Usually, I drape it over my shoulders and hold on to it with my hands, but blankets got crazy yesterday…

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The cape blanket. I tied a knot at the front, so I wouldn’t have to hold it up… Hi laziness!

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And the scarf blanket. If I pull the cape up around my shoulders, then I won’t trip on it while I’m running up and down the stairs (yes, that’s actually happened).

I sent both these pictures to my little when I invented them, thinking she would catch onto the fact that I was making blanket creations. She did not.

Upside down iphone running contraption: Runners, you know how you sometimes strap your phone to your arm and pop in your headphones? Well, I long runs my ears start to hurt from the little buds. SO I decided to come up with this brilliant idea…

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You put your phone in the sleeve UPSIDE DOWN so that the speaker is closest to your ear. That way, you can play your music out loud and totally avoid using your headphones! I don’t do this in the gym, just outside :)

Watermelon study bowl: This one is pretty self explanatory, but a big bowl of juicy fruit is the key to a perfect psychology paper.

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Miracle fountain: Unfortunately, I did not come up with this on my own. My favorite water fountain EVER is one on the Des Plaines River Trail. Its about 3 miles from my house, which is the perfect distance for me to get a drink. Not only is the water always cold, it tastes like real water. Not that irony, rusty, dirt tasting stuff. Added bonus… It shoots out like 3 feet away from the spout AND it probably goes 3 feet in the air. I could literally take a shower in this thing. Time saver :)

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Mid-run cramp that made me walk a mile :(

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Best post- run combo: water, gatorade (yellow or blue ONLY) and a core video on youtube.

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Don’t you dare try to take credit for my ideas. I am getting them all patented :)

Oh one last thing! The most amazing, healthy, energizing cookie you will ever eat…

Chickpea peanut butter chocolate chip cookies:

http://www.theglutenfreevegan.com/2013/05/peanut-butter-chocolate-chip-pea-cookies/

I just made a batch for the little. I win sister of the day award hands down! Actually, I should get that award everyday…

<3

In a nut shell

I feel so guilty that I haven’t posted in 2 days! I feel like I’ve been neglecting my precious readers. I am sorry, I love you all <3

The biggest reason I have been off the grid is because the last 2 days have been really yucky for me. In other words, I’ve had 2 bad days.

All I kept repeating to myself was, “I’m having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.” Anyone else remember that poem?!?!

“ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY”

by Judith Viorst

I went to sleep with gum in my mouth and now there’s gum in my hair and when I got out of bed this morning, I tripped on the skateboard and by mistake I dropped my sweater in the sink while the water was running and I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

At breakfast Anthony found a Corvette Sting Ray car kit in his breakfast cereal box and Nick found a Junior Undercover Agent code ring in his breakfast cereal box, but in my breakfast cereal box all I found was breakfast cereal.

I think I’ll move to Australia.

In the car pool Mrs. Gibson let Becky have a seat by the window. Audrey and Elliott got seats by the window, too. I said I was being scrunched. I said I was being smushed. I said, if I don’t get a seat by the window, I am going to be carsick. No one even answered.

I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

At school Mrs. Dickens liked Paul’s picture of the sailboat better than my picture of the invisible castle. At singing time she said I sang too loud. At counting time she said I left out sixteen. Who needs sixteen? I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

I could tell because Paul said I wasn’t his best friend anymore. He said that Philip Parker was his best friend and Albert Moyo was his next best friend and that I was only his third best friend. I hope you sit on a tack,I said to Paul. I hope the next time you get a double-decker strawberry ice cream cone the ice cream part falls off the cone part and lands in Australia.

There were two cupcakes in Philip Parker’s lunch bag and Albert got a Hershey bar with almonds and Paul’s mother gave him a piece of jelly roll that had little coconut sprinkles on the top.Guess whose mother forgot to put in dessert?

It was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

That’s what it was, because after school my mom took us all to the dentist and Dr. Fields found a cavity just in me. Come back next week and I’ll fix it, said Dr. Fields.

Next week, I said, I’m going to Australia.

On my way downstairs the elevator door closed on my foot and while we were waiting for my mom to go get the car Anthony made me fall where it was muddy and then when I started crying because of the mud Nick said I was a crybaby and while I was punching Nick for saying crybaby my mom came back with the car and scolded me for being muddy and fighting.

I am having a terrible, horrible, no good, vary bad day, I told everybody. No one even answered.

So then we went to the shoestore to buy some sneakers. Anthony chose white ones with blue stripes. Nick chose red ones with white stripes. I chose blue ones with red stripes but then the shoe man said, We’re all sold out. They made me buy plain old white ones but they can’t make me wear them.

When we picked up my dad at his office he said I couldn’t play with his copying machine, but I forgot. He also said to watch out for the books on his desk, and I was careful as could be except for my elbow. He also said don’t fool around with his phone, but I think I called Australia. My dad said please don’t pick him up anymore.

It was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

There were lima beans for dinner and I hate lima beans.

There was kissing on TV and I hate kissing.

My bath was too hot, I got soap in my eyes, my marble went down the drain, and I had to wear my railroad-train pajamas. I hate my railroad-train pajamas.

When I went to bed Nick took back the pillow he said I could keep and the Mickey Mouse nightlight burned out and I bit my tongue.

The cat wants to sleep with Anthony, not with me.

It has been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

My mom says some days are like that. Even in Australia.

I think Alexander and I have the same brain…

I think part of the magic in this poem is that it simply makes you laugh. Laughing is a great way to get rid of a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day :)

Questions

- Do you remember this poem?

- Is there a childhood story you still think about as an adult? Yes tons! They may seem silly reading them as adults, but there’s a lot of raw truth in those things.

- Where would you escape if you were having a bad day? Toughie… somewhere on the west coast!