Friday, May 27, 2016

FF: Reasons I Don't Run Outside

I did something a little crazy the other day.  You see, I was crusin' Facebook and this thing came up about movies in the park.  So I went to look and see what movies were going to be playing this summer.  And as I am looking at those, I made a fantastic discovery...

Yup, that is right.  I signed up.  I am now officially signed up for two 5Ks (TWO).  One in July and one in December.

Part of me is freaking out.  The other is super excited.

The part that is freaking out is the part that realizes that the first race is a little over a month away and I have never run outside before.  I am oddly nervous about running outside.  I don't know why, really.  Maybe it is because there are growly mean dogs out there.  Little snappy dogs.  Cute dogs that might make me stop running so I can pet them and see if they have a collar and if they don't have a collar than I could take them home and they would be potty trained and lazy and fat and would be the best pet in the whole wide world, so amazing it would even clean up it's own poop.

Wait, what was I talking about?  Oh yeah... running outside.

There will be birds who will dive bomb you if you get to close to their nests.  I read in my running magazine that someone was attacked by an owl while running.  One guy was chased by a moose.  A MOOSE people.

There are people in cars out there too.  People who know how to run.  People who know how to run better than me that might look at me and think I am doing it all wrong.

Dogs, birds, oh and dot forget cats who will look at me with mocking disdain, and people....  People in cars.  People mowing their lawns.  People waiting for the school bus.  You know... lots and lots of people.

Don't worry, I am over reacting.  I think I am more nervous about the cats looking at me with disdain.  Jerks.

The part of me that is excited... well, I am going to get a t-shirt!

I will do almost anything for a t-shirt.

Monday, May 23, 2016

May Day in the Highlands

A couple years ago my family headed out to enjoy the Elk Mountain Highland Games.  I think I was heavily pregnant, or something, so I chose to stay at home while Tony bravely set forth for the hills with our younger crew in tow.

This year I got to go!  It was so much fun.  There was a great park in the middle of the festivities and the kids loved that.  One of our favorite places was the SCA set up.  They had all sorts of weapons and accoutrement to try on.  Liam enjoyed this immensely.  

Look at his face!

 They had lots of vendors set up with everything from kilts (of course!) to fairy houses.

 My favorite was of course the one with the lady spinning yarn.

Look at my wee little future knitter...

There were lots of pretty little fairies running around too. 

 They had lots of little crafts and games for the kids, a nice little set up for food (not a haggis to be seen, I am sad to report), and a traditional competition, which we sadly missed!  I was wanting to see some cabers tossed!  We also missed the maypole dance as that was to be on Sunday and we could only make it on Saturday.

We had a great time and even met with some friends up there, which made the playground even more fun.  

On Sunday crowned Mary at church and at home with one of the bracelets the girls made at the Highland Festival.

The church gave all the little girls rose headbands and then we processed to the church singing a Marian hymn.

They even gave the kids flowers to give to Mary.

It was a full and glorious weekend!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Fitness Friday: I'm Going to Pump You Up!

What?  What is that you say?  Why, yes... I suppose it has been a long time since I did a Fitness Friday.  What was that I said about doing these more often... so I would be more accountable?

Stop laughing!

Yes, it was back in January when I proclaimed myself a runner.  Shortly after that, something happened.  An injury?  An illness?  Plain old giving up?  I don't remember.  But yes, my Couch 2 5 K was quickly over.  And I proclaimed myself NOT a runner.

Well, you will be happy to know that I am changing my wicked ways...  Ignore the fact that my husband cruelly brought home a party size bag of Reece's Peanut Butter Cups.  You should have seen me passing those out to the kids trying to get rid of them so they would stop tempting me...  I am trying to be better about my diet.  Keeping track of calories.  I stopped taking so many vitamins (only prenatal and a vitamin d3) and started exercising regularly again.

This has made a huge difference.  I have not been feeling so ill and have felt a huge shift in my moods.  I am terribly grateful to my friend Jennifer!  She encouraged me to start going to the ladies' gym with her and makes me lift weights and everything.

Jennifer is a huge inspiration.  She has lost over 100 pounds and is stronger and healthier than I have ever seen her.  She is always there with a firm but encouraging, "You can do this!"

In fact, she made me sign up for something...

I have until December.  And, yes, I can do this!  *GULP*