Thursday, August 23, 2012

A short list of things.

1.  I am still sick and have not run at all this week.  I am supposed to run 9 miles on Saturday and I don't know if this is a good decision.  Seriously, why did I sign up for a marathon?!  Unwise.

2.  I am using the fact that I am sick as an excuse for just about anything.  So far, it has worked beautifully as an excuse to eat way too much of all the wrong foods, lay on the couch while dishes stack up in my sink, sleep until almost noon today, and make Jamie go get me breakfast this morning because I couldn't get it together to get out of bed.  By the time I get better, I will probably have gained 20 pounds and Jamie will have dumped my needy behind.

3.  Did I mention that I am supposed to run 9 miles in two days and I just ate roughly the caloric equivalent of two meals in one sitting?  I'm not sure I can see my toes if I look straight down right now. I've never been more proud.

4.  I was sniffling so much at work that I think my Guests were afraid to come close to me for fear of catching what I have, which I can only assume is the Black Plague.  

5.  And then this happened:


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Friday, August 17, 2012

15 Thing Friday

1.  Has everyone seen Janae's ADORABLE new baby, Brooke?  GO SEE HER.  She is absolutely precious and I am so happy for Janae and Billy.  What a cute family!

2.  I was planning on doing a 5K tomorrow morning, but I forgot to register before the online registration closed down.  I had planned on just registering at the race in the morning, but I checked the website when I got home from work and learned that the race was sold out.  So I ate leftover Chinese food, way too many Goldfish crackers, and chocolate milk because I was sad.  Let's not even get into the irony of this.

3.  This dog is fantastic.


4.  Today was one of those days where I was just not having it.  I am usually a pretty patient person, but my tolerance for other humans was shot by about noon.  Super helpful since I didn't even start working until 3 pm.  Obviously it went very well for me today.


5.  I have recently picked back up my Crystal Light addiction.  I would say I'm about 80% Crystal Light.  And 20% refined carbohydrates.  It's a miracle I'm still breathing.

6.  Currently obsessed with this song for running.  And getting ready for work.  And sitting around.  The music video is fantastic because I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IS HAPPENING.


7.  Two nights ago, I discovered that The Office is on Netflix, and started rewatching it.  I'm halfway through season two now, which gives you a great idea of my productivity lately.

8.  I was going to post this picture to talk about my new love of everything "ermahgerd" (which Jamie is really proud of because he introduced me to this stupid thing)...


9.  But then I found this and it was even better.


10.  I took my trash out yesterday and it was about the most productive thing I did aside from showing up to work.  I feel like it's just one of those weeks, which is absolutely a cop out, but I kiiiiind of don't care.

11.  They recently released the design of the new medal for the Walt Disney World Marathon in January.  I am furious because the medal is fantastic.  Now I have to actually run the stupid thing because I want that medal.  I may not live past January 13th.


12.  I bought several books about marathon training off of Amazon this week, in an attempt to get myself to recommit to training.  The books arrived at my apartment yesterday.  So far I haven't read a single page, but I did sleep in for the past two mornings instead of running.  So that plan definitely worked.

13.  I am now out of things because posting about the marathon made me feel woozy.  I should probably go lay down.

14.  Wait... I'm already sprawled on my couch in my robe.

15.  Can I pay someone to carry me to bed?

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

15 Thing Friday

1.  Today I really needed to do the following: wash my dishes, go grocery shopping, exercise, and work on preparing my audition for a really awesome career opportunity (more on that later).  Instead I got distracted by shiny objects and somehow ended up watching several episodes of Frasier on Netflix, which shocks no one, and playing on the internet.  Welp... there is always tomorrow.


2.  On the bright side, all that internet time included finally taking the time to add all of the runs I have gone on since January into my Dailymile account.  Really, there weren't that many runs to log, so it wasn't particularly hard.  But my total miles for 2012 went from 33 to 166 in about ten minutes, which was pretty spectacular! 

3.  Remember when I was really proud because I finally ran all three training runs in one week?  I haven't run once this week.  I am hoping I can pull it together to do 7 miles on Sunday.  It sounds like death.


4.  Speaking of running (which apparently I need to), going through all those past runs made me realize that my pace is suffering quite a bit.  While I have needed to slow down because I'm running in high temperatures and very high humidity, I'm realizing that I should probably get back on the whole eating right and exercising regularly bandwagon.  I found this Runner's World article about how losing weight can affect your pace.  At this point, I would really like to lose about 15 pounds, which seems so daunting I can barely stand it... but it would mean improving my half marathon time by around 5 minutes.  Will this help me not eat chocolate?  Only time will tell.

5.  In case you're wondering how I'm doing on the whole getting back on the eating right and exercising regularly bandwagon, today I decided not to exercise at all, and I just ate a can of Spaghetti-O's for dinner.  And yes, I am ashamed.

6.  Jamie introduced me to this glorious video, which I have watched several times today, and I am still not sick of it.  I love this kid.

7.  His other commercial is also definitely worth mentioning.




I am in love.

9.  I have decided that if I could eat at Sweet Tomatoes for one meal of every day, and at Outback Steakhouse for one meal of every day, I could die happy.  Which is good, because I would also die early, since I would be eating macaroni and cheese and massive cheeseburgers every day.

10.  I read Cely's 15 Thing Friday post (I owe her so much credit for any success that my blog has) earlier, and while I know I read the whole thing, all I remember is that Nathan Adrian has fantastic abs and makes funny faces, and I want pan-fried noodles and lettuce wraps from P.F. Chang's more than I can possibly describe.

11.  The other day while I was outside at work and trying to wipe the sweat from my forehead in a delicate and ladylike manner, a little girl standing nearby said to me, "You sweat like my dad."  Charming.


12.  I have been wanting to try a new nail salon because despite my noble attempts, I suck at making my hands look pretty, so I've been looking at reviews of places nearby.  Apparently I've been doing too much of this because I had a dream last night that I went to two different nail salons and both were horrifying - the first one looked nice and was really well priced, but when I opened a drawer to look at the polish colors, it was filled with bugs.  The second salon was on a ranch (subconscious, what is going on with you?!) and was gorgeous, but they handed me a sheet with the services and prices on it and a manicure was $89.  If you wanted to get a French manicure, it was an extra $12 per nail.  I am really hoping I can find a salon somewhere between those two... bug free, but less than triple digets in price.

13.  Speaking of triple digets in price, I want these and I want them bad.  My excessive, man-like sweating has started making my earbuds fall out of my ears one mile into a run.  As fun as that is, I need it to stop, and those headphones look like a delightful, if expensive, answer.  Anyone else have a good headphone recommendation?

14.  I'm still thinking about pan-fried noodles and lettuce wraps.

15.  Sounds about right.

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Welcome to Running with Pixie Dust!

Running for Bikinis has now officially become...

Running with Pixie Dust!

The new design is UP AND RUNNING and I am absolutely in love with it.  I worked with the incredibly patient Cindy from Blessed Design Studio, who I would recommend to anyone thinking about getting a new layout.  She put up with all my demands, and finished the whole thing lightning fast.  Plus, her prices are unbelievably reasonable.  I had been looking at different blog designers for a while, but couldn't stomach the costs.  Cindy does awesome work for a great price.  Seriously.  I cannot say enough good things about her.  Go check her out.

So why did I decide to change Running for Bikinis into Running with Pixie Dust?  Because Running for Bikinis was never really me.  Sure, I own bikinis, and I wear them when I have to, and I have been known to think about skimpy clothing in the middle of a run or a rough workout simply to get through... but swimsuits aren't an everyday thing for me, even here in sunny Florida.  And I don't really run for bikinis.  I run to feel good about myself, to de-stress, to get stronger and fitter, and to prove to myself that I can do anything I put my mind to.  Those are all more important to me than running so I can look good in a bikini (but I wouldn't mind if that happened too).

But it wasn't enough to figure out that running for bikinis wasn't my thing.  I also had to figure out what my thing was!  Funny enough, I was going through the same battle in my personal life... realizing that what I was doing and where I was heading were not going to make me happy, and trying desperately to figure out what would.  Which is how I ended up moving from Colorado to Florida for the third time in my life, to go back to working at the Walt Disney World Resort.  So it all came together and I realized that instead of running for bikinis, I should be running with pixie dust.  

What do you guys think?

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Triple Tangent Twednesday!

1.  Last week was week #5 of the marathon training.  It was also the first week that I did all three training runs.  You would think that with my first marathon, I could somehow manage to run three times a week, but that didn't happen.  I didn't feel too badly about it until I watched the running events in the Olympics.  Um.  Yeah.


2.  Tomorrow is my ninth day in a row of work.  I am really enjoying this job, but it turns out that I really do not enjoy working nine days in a row.  


On the bright side, if I can live through tomorrow, I will have four days off in a row.  Is it terrible that I plan on spending one of them in bed?  Just the entire day.  In bed.  Can't wait.

3.  In case you haven't noticed, I HAVE A NEW DOMAIN!  Running for Bikinis is now officially Running with Pixie Dust.  If it seems like a weird shift... forgive me.  I was never all that thrilled with the title of Running for Bikinis, and I think Running with Pixie Dust makes a lot more sense for me, especially since I'm back in Disney.  And even more exciting - I will have a new design up soon!  I decided to splurge and pay someone to design a new layout for me, because heaven knows I can't handle that.  I am in love with the design, and I'm really excited to unveil it soon!  :)

Now... sleep.  Glorious glorious sleep.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

It's time!

In case you're wondering, that title does not refer to it being time for me to stop eating or time for me to exercise.  Neither one of those is happening at all tonight.


But it IS time for something exciting... and completely overdue.  Remember that one time when I talked about how excited I was because I bought my own domain?  Yeah... like 4 months ago?  Remember that?  No?  Apparently neither did I for the entire summer, because if you take a look around, you might notice I'm still on Blogger's domain.

BUT NOT ANYMORE, KIDS!

I am taking full advantage of the fact that I am done with work early today, and I am finally sitting down and moving the blog over to the new domain.  I will be completely honest and say that I have no idea what I am doing... which is why I wanted to make this post.  Really, this is just a warning to say that if my blog goes up in flames tonight, it's because I merely pretend to understand computers.

That being said... I am doing it if it is the last thing I do.  So here goes!  Hopefully my next post will be my first post on my brand new domain!  Fingers crossed...