WTF Wednesday – Is that Usain Bolt?

I woke up yesterday with a horrible cold. I sneezed so hard at one point I thought my eyeballs would fly out. They didn’t, I checked, but I might have lost a few eyelashes. So that’s still pretty bad.

June takes a sneeze break

Even in a sneezing frenzy, I’m not this bad, I swear!

Anyhow, the truth of the matter is, I hate being sick. It’s so annoying. I feel like my whole day was wasted yesterday because I didn’t feel well. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t lie around all day and feel sorry for myself because quite frankly, I can’t. That would be nice, but I hardly think someone’s gonna come over and do all my work, clean my house, make me dinner, and sing soft kitty, warm kitty to me.

no happy kitty, nice kitty
Yeah, no, that’s not gonna happen.

I’m happy to say that I’m not sneezing at all today and really, why would I be, because it has now fallen down where it’s resting comfortably in my throat! Today swallowing is the issue because I feel like I ate a porcupine.

dog eats porcupine

This is what a bad idea looks like!

Yeah, it feels just like that.

I should probably just rest and maybe take a nap but I hate taking naps or even sleeping when I’m sick because I tend to have weird dreams. Does that happen to you?

Last night I dreamt that I was all better and I was standing in a coral getting ready to run a half marathon. I was nervous and sweating bullets.  Then, out of the blue, I heard what sounded just like Daffy Duck, and the voice said‘ “Whaddaya worried about?”

I turned around expecting to see Daffy Duck but instead it was Usain Bolt! I spent 45 minutes this morning googling ‘Usain Bolt interviews’ so I could hear what his voice sounds like.

Yeah, so not like Daffy Duck.

Daffy Duck

So, that’s what it’s like around here when I’m sick, scary stuff.

In other news, it’s National Apple Dumpling Day! I would share my recipe with you but since the key ingredients are 1 1/2 cups of sugar and a can of Mountain Dew, it ain’t exactly healthy, (just really good.)

WTF, it must be Wednesday!

Do you have weird dreams when you’re sick?

Tuesday Tips! The stuff your Mama forgot to tell you.

Hey peeps, what up? Even though I’m not running right now, I am doing all the things I need to be doing to get myself healthy again and get back out there.  Running is still a huge part of my life. I am always looking for ways to improve and new things to help me better my performance which is why today, I am sharing with you in a post I’m calling Tuesday’s Tips! Hope you enjoy.

I get a lot of hits for ‘peed my pants in a race’ and most likely they are because of this post that I wrote over a year ago.

Pee my pantsSince writing that post I’ve learned about a new product invented by a fellow runner and athlete, who also has this very common problem. What I like most is that you can actually request a free sample to try out the product before you buy it and that’s pretty awesome. Ladies, if you suffer from this as well and you’d like an option other than surgery, check out this product and let me know what you think.

Do you want to get fast?

All of us have that one go to blog, the one that we get great tips from. Mine is Tina Muir’s and if you are serious about running in any way whatsoever, you should visit this blog. Tina just ran a half marathon and killed it. She won the damn thing running a 1:18:37 and that’s not even a PR for her! Her PR half is under 1:15, that’s crazy fast. Seriously. She runs for the Saucony Hurricanes and she’ll be running the Chicago Marathon as an Elite. (I’m so stoked to follow along and see how she does.)

Tina offers tips on training as well as nutrition and she knows what she is talking about. Not only is she an elite athlete, she’s been a running coach as well, but that’s not the reason I love this blog. I love this blog because I get great tips and wonderful recipes from someone who is relatable and real. I really like this girl and I like the fact that she’s so down to earth and the next time I go to Tennessee, I will probably drive up to Lexington, Kentucky just to go running with her and learn as much as I can. So go visit her blog, you’ll love it.

These two shirts are my newest favorites. I need them now. Click on the links to find the stores.

etsy running shirt

Oh My God Becky,

                               Look At Her Butt!

I’m ordering the Becky shirt stat!

Lastly, if you’re trying to decide on a marathon to run, it’s great to know all you can about the ones you’re considering. I like knowing if the course is hilly or flat, what the average temperature is on the day of the marathon and how other runners have liked it in the past. You can find out all of those things and more by visiting this site.  You can also find out how big the marathon is and the entry fee, among other things. I love this site. They even offer a search function which allows you to search by location, state, or keyword. Pretty sweet stuff. Check it out. And once you’ve run a marathon, go back to the site and leave a review of your race and any tips you may have. Other runners, like me, will appreciate it. :)

Have an awesome Tuesday and if you have any tips you’d like to share, please leave me a comment!

An open letter to Nabisco, regarding your Oreo Cookies.

Dear Nabisco,
I am writing to you today to let you know how utterly disappointed I am in your company. I’m sure you don’t hear that too often what with your vast selection of wonderful treats. For the record let me just state that many of your products were among my favorites back in my ‘eat all the cookies every time’ days. Fortunately, I’ve overcome that obsession and am happy to admit that for the past few years I’ve been able to stop at just two, well most of the time, but I digress.

CookiesLet’s get to the heart of it shall we? Last year a few weeks before Halloween I happened to be shopping at the local Target store when I saw your Halloween Oreo’s with the orange filling. Since the original Oreo Cookies were never one of my favorites, I felt that I could easily refrain from eating the entire bag if I purchased them and so I did.  I know, it’s crazy logic but just go with it.

As I was standing in line to pay I also noticed your Candy Corn Oreo Cookies so I threw a bag of those in as well. It was an insignificant purchase that would go on to hover over my family like a dark cloud for the next year.

candy corn oreos

                                         Little did I know….

Once I brought those cookies home, I placed them in the cabinet and didn’t give them much thought until my son came home. Since I prefer the yellow cookies best, I opened the Candy Corn Oreo’s and handed one to my son as I ate the other.  That is precisely the moment that my world changed.  Candy Corn Oreo’s rock, plain and simple and I immediately fell in love. You obviously knew what you were doing.

Dr. Who

                  OMG, there absolutely delicious!

Later that evening my husband and I left for a 4 day vacation. When we reached our vacation home and started to unpack I realized that I had forgotten to bring the oreo’s. I was so looking forward to having some once we returned home that it was all I could think about. So, you can only imagine how upset I was when I returned and then realized that my kid and all his friends had devoured both bags and they were gone.  GONE!

Crying real tears

          You ate all of them? Every single one?

After sobbing for a good 30 minutes I got in my car and drove to the local Target to buy more. Unfortunately they were sold out, and so was every other Target for a 100 mile radius and I know this because I either drove there or called them.

Desperate times call for desperate measures so I called my Mom in Tennessee and put her on the quest. She also went to or called all of the local area Target stores and found…nothing. Is there a reason you couldn’t offer these in any other store? After two weeks of hunting the only place we could find them was Amazon. I love those cookies but I’ll be damned if I’m paying 11 bucks plus shipping for them. Just not. I was just going to have to wait a year.

My son felt horrible about the situation and over the last year he has purchased Birthday Cake Oreo’s, Double Stuffed Oreo’s, and even Cookie Dough Oreo’s for me, but none of them compared. I knew that my son was remorseful that he had eaten all of mine, but I just couldn’t let it go. My disappointment was as obvious as the nose on my face and I brought up the ‘great cookie caper’, as it’s become known, quite regularly.

he ate them all
Over the course of the year any time I saw a bag of Oreo’s I mentioned how much I really wanted those Candy Corn Oreo’s so you can just imagine how excited I was when September rolled around. I saw the Halloween Oreo’s with the Orange filling at Wal-mart a week ago so this weekend I decided to make the trek to Target.   I knew it was time.

YOLOI saw the Oreo bag from across the store and I made my way towards it. I got closer and closer until I was right on top of them and then I saw the yellow bag. I carefully approached it looking for the familiar Candy Corn on the bag but instead…..
I saw this:

What in the hell is this Nabisco?

                            What the hell is this Nabisco?

What? Really Nabisco? Are you kidding me? Why? Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy? I was confused, and dumbfounded.  I asked the cashier about the Candy Corn Oreo’s and she told me that it had been Limited Edition cookie and this year the Limited Edition is the Caramel Apple Oreo’s and she got all uppity with me as if I should have known!

in my face
For a solid year I have dreamt about the Candy Corn Oreo’s. I have waited patiently. I have remained faithful. All of this even though I have only had one of your delightfully, delicious cookies, just one Nabisco, one. Apparently, I will never have another…. unless ..and here’s my idea.

Would you consider releasing another limited edition of your Candy Corn Oreo’s? If you were so inclined to do so, I would almost positively end my self-imposed 2 cookie limit to ensure the success of your sales. You could also put an end to this dark cloud that has been hanging over my family for the past year. My son could redeem himself and purchase many bags of them. And don’t worry about the marketing team, they could just call it a 2nd year limited edition. There would be no need to change the packaging. I’ve already figured all of this out so if you need my help with marketing strategies, please feel free to give me a call. I may not be experienced in cookie sales per se, but when it comes to eating them I’m somewhat of an expert. Of course, I offer my services free of charge or we could work out some sort of trade. I have a special affinity for the Candy Corn Oreo’s in case a barter is in the cards.

happy happy happy

                 It’s the perfect plan Nabisco, really it is!

Oh, and the Caramel Apple Oreo Cookies… just meh!

I’ll be awaiting your reply,

A Candy Corn Oreo loyal, (but somewhat disgruntled), customer in Florida.