Vacation again? Yes, this is my life.

Hey from Venice!

We got here this past Thursday nite and are staying through the week and possibly the weekend.  (It depends on the fishing.)

Cross your fingers for me that the fishing is good and that MacGyver wants to stay because man, I love to run on the Legacy Trail!  So far, I ran 8 miles on Saturday and 5 on Sunday which brought my total miles for the week to 26!  That seemed so impossible a few weeks ago but it felt so good.  I’m super excited to run the Legacy Trail all week but today is a rest day.

We’ve been having all kinds of good times down here but the pictures will have to wait til tomorrow or the next day.  Borrowed internet is not quick or extremely reliable ;)

no internet, what?

Today my sister-in-law and her husband are coming to visit for the week and we are pretty excited.  We’ll be doing shit tons of fishing, kayaking, paddleboarding, biking, walking, running and the like.  I’m also pretty sure if the guys get on our nerves or we get bored with fishing, I can talk my sister-in-law into some retail therapy sessions which should be lots of fun.

shopping is good mmmmkay

I’m okay with 50% off most days.

I hope you enjoy your Monday, don’t work too hard.  Until the next update I need to know….

How far did you run this weekend?

Did you run a race?

Crossing the line…

Do you know that moment when someone crosses the line?

The stupid line that is. The point where someone is speaking and then they say the stupidest thing or completely butcher the English language, so bad in fact that it makes you wince.

I had a carpet cleaning company come out to get out the spots that I couldn’t.  The carpet cleaning guy seemed very knowledgeable and I was pretty impressed with his spiel. He told me about the different types of carpets and what makes one better than the other and how to properly clean them. He spewed off a shit ton of information, about carpets, but on any other subject I’m almost positive the databank was empty.

Case in point: In talking about the way dust and dirt is trapped in carpet, we ended up talking about allergies. All of the sudden carpet man became highly animated and excited as he exclaimed “I know a lot about this subject. More than most, and not because of the carpet cleaning business, but because of my daughter who has severe allergies.”

Now, he should have stopped right there and then told me all about why carpets are bad for allergies. If he had just done that I might still think carpet man was knowledgeable and intelligent, but no, he didn’t. Instead he said, “I had to learn all about this stuff when we found out my daughter was severe hypoallergenic.”

Oh yes, yes he did.

And it was at that point that everything else he said sounded like crickets to me.

A few years ago, MacGyver and I headed over to the Wal-Mart to get some taco shells. You would think that taco shells would be fairly easy to find but for some reason the simplest of items always end up where you would least expect them, especially in Wal-Mart.

After looking for what seemed like forever and becoming frustrated we finally decided to ask the first employee we could find. As one of the stock boys rounded the corner little did we know a conversation would occur that would change the way we shop for taco shells for years to come.

Me: Excuse me, could you tell me where the taco shells are?
Stockboy: They should be over in the ethical aisle.
Me: The Ethical isle?
Stockboy: Yes, the ethical isle.
Me: Is that the aisle where the all the food is moral and good?
Stockboy: Yeah. Oh, and sometimes spicy too.

Y’all, he was dead serious, Bless his little heart.  To this day whenever MacGyver and I buy Taco Shells, we go down the ‘ethical isle’.

You may be wondering why I bring all this up and there is a point.   This morning I went out for a 5 mile run. Toward the end I slowed to a walk just as this man was about to get into his car. He stopped and looked at me and said, “You might want to slow down on all that running you’re doing.”

I asked him why and he said, “You’ll need some orthodontics.”

I said, “What?” And I was wondering why I would need braces from running and I really wanted to know the answer.

He said, “My kid used to run all the time for soccer and he had all kinds of problems with his ankles and his knees. It got so bad we had to take him in to see an orthodontics guy and get him some inserts.”

I shook my head for a second just in case I had something in my ears. Nope. So I replied, “Well, I hope not but if that happens, I’ll be sure to see the right specialist.”

“That’s good”, he said.

I gotta say, that one was a first.

And here’s one last thing that I really need to share with you. It’s got to be one of my most favorite signs.

hilarious

What’s the stupidest thing you’ve ever heard someone say?
And you get extra credit if it’s funny!

Running is like cleaning carpets and other pearls of wisdom.

Hey, hope your Monday is off to a great start! I started mine off by taking the dogs for a walk. No running for me today, I’m taking the day off. I ran 7 miles on Saturday and 5 on Sunday and both of those runs were good, but I don’t want to push myself. So, I’m sticking to my plan of at least 2 days off per week because a girl needs time to do her nails or sleep.

I wish I was running at 100% and I could sign up for a Halloween race….that will not be happening though…because well, that’s just stupid and I’m clearly not ready yet.

untrained
This weekend I spent some time cleaning my house. I’ve been so busy with work that my house has started to look like a college dorm room, and my carpets have been seriously neglected. So I decided to clean them.

Did you know that using the wrong equipment, such as the wrong solution or the wrong machine can damage your carpet much like wearing the wrong shoes or fueling improperly can damage your body.

And vacuuming consistently will help to keep your carpets fresh and clean and help them last longer just as running consistently helps you to build a strong base and gives you endurance to last longer. Spot cleaning any stains will help keep your carpet looking new and proper stretching and strengthening your trouble spots will help to prevent running injuries.

thinking...thinking...thinking
I think I’m on to something here…..

A deep clean once in a while is necessary to bring those carpets back to life and help them to endure years of foot traffic. A long run once a week will help you build your endurance and strength to tackle all those races you want to run. Over-cleaning or over-vacuuming can damage your carpets. Running too often can damage your body.

Holy housemaid! Cleaning your carpet is just like running!

I was pretty proud of this epiphany. So proud in fact, that I decided to try to relate the next chore to running as well…unfortunately washing dishes just didn’t work.

I couldn’t find one damn reason why over-washing your dishes would be bad for them.
However, I did find an article that said the stress of household chores can be bad for your heart….

what?Who knew?

Upon reading this, I decided I should refrain from any chores that give me stress for the good of my heart and I think you should too.

What did you do this weekend?

What’s the one chore you absolutely hate?