Running, Baking, Crafting and gettin it done

Part of the reason I have such a hard time catching up at this time of year is the insane amount of emails I receive.  Granted, most of them are from stores that I’ve shopped at or mailing lists that I am on but the thing is, I still have to go through all of them, lest I miss something important.

shopping and shoppingAhem.  Any way, I managed to get all of my shopping done this weekend.  And the best part is that most of it will be drop shipped so I don’t have to worry about delivery and shipping and all that crazy post office stuff.  Well, I did say most, I still have to run to the post office today to mail nephew’s package but other than that, I’m all good.

We have family in town this year for Christmas which is nice so I’m baking treats as gifts.

bakingI started making the chocolate bon bons and m&m cookies last night and it’s going to be real hard not to dig into those gift baskets before we actually hand them out but I’m gonna try real hard.

One of my favorite magazines is Southern Living and my mother in law brings it to me whenever I see her.  She brought the Christmas edition last week and there is a cake on the cover that I am dying to make.

Doesn’t it look spectacular?

car cakeIf I end up making it and it comes out okay, I’ll post a pic.  It totally goes along with my theme too, it almost matches perfectly.

I finally finished all of my decorations this weekend.  I wasn’t happy with the front porch area and then I remembered that MacGyver had brought me some old windows.  So I dug one of the windows out and made a trip to the craft store for some supplies and I created this:

Christmas windowdiy christmas decorIt was super easy and just what the front porch needed.

I also managed to run 44 miles last week.  I can’t even begin to tell you how nice that feels.  I even managed a 9 mile run on Saturday so double digits are almost here.

trainingI can’t even remember the last time that I ran over 40 miles in a week but 40-45 is actually my comfort zone.  I think when I get over 45 I start to feel it in places and injuries usually creep up so I’m comfortable staying where I am.  Eventually, I’ll run 40-45 miles in 5 or 6 days rather than spreading it out over 7 which is what I’m doing now but it’s a work in progress and I’m just thankful that I can get out there every day and run.

We didn’t do anything exciting this weekend.  We stayed home and I was able to get a lot of yard work done yesterday and MacGyver worked on our sprinkler system.  I’m thinking I should start working on my New Year’s Resolutions at this rate, I might actually accomplish something.

What did you do this weekend?

How many miles did you run last week?

do you back anything special for the holidays?

Thursday things, running, shopping and fighting with insurance companies.

I ran 6 miles this morning, and yesterday morning, and the day before that, and the day before that.  Our weather has been awesome, cooler, especially in the morning but awesome nonetheless.

running weatherPerfect weather.  MacGyver doesn’t feel that way though.  Yesterday the high never made it past the 60’s and he was in hibernation.  He didn’t leave the sofa until after 3 in the afternoon, Amateur!

I don’t remember if I told you that we finished our river resin table but anyhow, we did.  On Sunday I searched Craigslist and found some chairs that I thought would be perfect for it so we drove out to North Port to get them.  MacGyver isn’t really all that happy with them and constantly mentions it but everyone else has loved them.  We had to touch up the paint on them and I recovered them and I think they’re perfect.

Here is the table that we bought at an estate sale but it didn’t look like this, it was actually in pieces and laying on the ground.

table beforeThe picture came from the lady hosting the estate sale.  She gave it to us so that we could see what it was supposed to look like when put together.

We had no intention of putting it back the same way, instead, we made this:

New tableAnd here’s a better picture of the whole table and a close up of my awesome chairs.

river resin tablechairI’m in love with all of it.

I meant to post the pictures yesterday but instead any extra minutes that I had I was fighting with my health insurance provider.  Why, you ask?  Well, apparently they have decided that they are more skilled at handling my health than my actual doctor so they have decided to use an independent reviewer to determine what tests are medically necessary and so far they have denied all of the recent tests my doctor has ordered and deemed them medically unnecessary.

One of the tests is an echocardiogram and the other is an MRI of my brain.  The doctor is trying to determine if I have new lesions in my brain or if I have any signs of damage to my heart from the sarcoidosis.  The independent doctor reviewer doesn’t feel any of these test are necessary.

So, I called the insurance company to find out how exactly he determined that they aren’t necessary and all they would tell me is that they have a ‘formula’.

whatSo I tried to reason with them and I asked them what I could do since I really need these tests and the nice lady told me to ‘go ahead and have them and pay for them if you’re that worried about it.’  Seriously.  Over 5,000 dollars in tests.  Sure lady, I’ll just pay cash.  So I asked her what exactly my 734 dollar payment to them every single month actually gets me and this bitch tells me, ‘piece of mind that you’ll get the medical care necessary.’

As determined by them apparently.  Anything else, I have to pay for.

So I end the conversation by telling this lady that I will file an appeal and I also tell her that if anything happens to me in the interim, they will be hit with a lawsuit and she tells me that they are protected because I’ve been giving the option of paying for the tests myself.

are you kiddingI don’t think I’ve ever been so mad in my life.  And all the while that I’m fighting with them I was thinking how glad I am that I’m on steroids and have the energy to do this.  Imagine if I was debilitated. It’s ridiculous.  I’m still angry about it but I filed an appeal and we’ll see what happens.

We’ve got less than two weeks to get Christmas shopping done.  Are you finished?  I finally started yesterday.  I’m doing 95% of it online and hope to be finished by the end of the day tomorrow.

overachieverI’m such an overachiever.

How is the weather in your neck of the woods?

Have you ever been denied a test or treatment from your health insurance provider?

Have you finished all your Christmas shopping?

 

 

I run for a happy brain

I get up every morning intent on running.  It’s no secret that if I don’t get out on the pavement and move my feet before my day begins, I can be a real bitch.  It’s not because I didn’t get to go running either, I mean, that’s part of it but if you look at it that way you miss all the reasons why I really, really need to run.

running is my favoriteRegardless of what problems, issues, or challenges I wake up facing, running helps me find the answer to all of them.  Once I get out there I can get into my head and all of the minutiae fades and I can really figure things out.  It relaxes me in a way that I can’t even describe.  It’s cathartic and energizing at the same time.

Of course there are the obvious health benefits and it does help to keep me in shape but the main reason that I run is for my mental health.  It’s the best thing that I can do to calm down my overactive brain and focus.  Plus, when I get home afterwards and the dogs are fighting or MacGyver is yelling over missing tools or clients are getting on my last nerve, I can handle it.  I feel like I can handle anything.

Of course if you’re a runner you already know this but wouldn’t it be nice if everyone knew that feeling?

Tell me one of your favorite reasons for running.