Monday, June 30, 2008

I am committed.

Today is day 1 of my training for the Portland Marathon. I am completely out of shape which leaves me only 14 weeks to transform myself into a rockin' athlete. Right now my schedule consists of only long runs- one per week but I am going to try to fit shorter runs in here and there.
Week 1- 6 miles
Week 2- 8 miles
Week 3- 10 miles
Week 4- 12 miles
Week 5- 14 miles
Week 6- 16 miles
Week 8- 18 miles
Week 9- 20 miles
Week 10- 20 miles
Week 11- 16 miles
Week 12- 14 miles
Week 13- Rest
Week 14- Marathon!
I am thankful because our renters did leave us one present that didn’t consists of a broken wall or stained carpet, they left a pretty nice treadmill in the garage. At first I thought it was destroyed, as was everything else they left in their path. Come to find out, not only does it work but it is heavy-duty enough for me to run on for extended periods of time!

I really don’t know how I am going to fit this into my schedule but I am going to try. I’m thinking that after Bella goes to sleep I will try to run- Yeah, that’s me the crazy neighbor running in the garage for hours on end in the middle of the night.

The farthest I’ve ever run on a treadmill is 21 miles and most would agree that anyone capable of running on a treadmill for that long is insane. I guess I am a little crazy because treadmill training is all I had in preparation for my first (and only) marathon and I ran that one when I was pregnant.

p.s. I apologize for my outright bragging in the last sentence. It is something I boast about although if I had known at the time I was pregnant, you bet it would of been my first excuse to NOT run.

So anyway, it's good to be back on the wagon and I am excited to start feeling like myself again!

Thursday, June 26, 2008


I found this picture on a news site reporting the latest damages from the horrific floods in Cedar Rapids. I understand this lady was trying to make a statement but I wonder how long she sat on her couch? Did she finish drinking that cup of coffee? And who was taking this picture? Was the photographer hanging from a tree branch?

The rotating tower. Wowza!

I saw the most hilarious thing this morning.

I was sipping on my coffee while driving to work this morning at the wonderful hour of 5:30am when I looked up and almost choked.

There was a large truck carrying a crane. Not a big deal right? Well, it's what was written on the back of the truck that made me laugh.

"Just like Viagra- We get it up for you"

Can you just envision a bunch of middle aged business men sitting around a conference table while brainstorming their next marketing scheme. And I admit, I will remember their mottoa and next time I am in need of renting a crane I will definitely call Fulton.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Oh how I love thee.

There are a lot of wonderful things in this world, one such thing is diet coke. Although this fizzy drink is best when freshly released from a fountain machine, a cold can will often suffice. Something this quenching, tasty and addictive doesn't come without a sacrifice. When I read a study last year about the link between ingredients from diet coke and cancer I quit drinking it for 3 months. When I was pregnant I didn't want a shriveled baby so I stopped drinking it for another 9 months. Now, despite my previous bouts of self control I am hooked again.

an oldie but a goodie.

In honor of Father's Day (yes, I realize I am 2 weeks late), I want to share one of my all-time favorite pictures. This is a picture that I will probably have framed in another 60 years and reminisce about "the good old days" to people who who have much better things to do than listen to me ramble but are too kind to shun an old lady.

My vintage hook project.

Yeah, yeah, I know it isn't symmetrical and I know it looks quite odd right now. Just wait until I add some paint and a few more hooks and this piece of wonderful art that all began with a broken picture frame will be perfect.

I use the term art loosely, after all I still draw stick figures.

sour patch kids

My palette is raw from eating too many of these sour little creatures. I would think with all the technology in the world the creators of this delicious treat would invent some type of cancer causing material to coat the sour crystals so we could eat them without losing precious tissue.

A blog that I regularly visit.

This is a blog that I frequently read. I don't know this person but I began reading his posts a few months ago and have been hooked ever since:

you'll laugh, you'll cry and you'll just want to hug this family.

Painting is oh so fun.

The beautiful dirty handprints that our renters so thoughtfully left behind in Bella's bedroom are really bothering me. I got a few ideas from hgtv to rejuvinate the room but as you can see below my ideas are very labor intensive. But then again I seem to be one of those people that like to make things just as difficult as possible.

I have been mentally preparing myself to be taping and prepping and painting for hours on end until I came across this website :

Some of the decals are definitely not my style but I think a few could possibly look really cute. And frankly, painting the walls a solid color and then adding the stickers in a matter of seconds is sounding quite nice.

So what do you think about wall decals? Trendy or Tacky?

And yes, I realize Bella doesn't care what her walls look like.

Every baby needs a pair of vans with skulls, right?

You must also add a pink bow to make the perfect ensemble.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Look what I found!

My friend Elizabeth is selling these adorable handmade burp cloths and she recently emailed me a link to her website:

Aren't these just perfect?

Am I the last to know about this awesome website, etsy?

I found so many unique things, things that I by no means NEED to buy. Just really pointless items that would hang on our walls or decorate some unused space in our house. But sometimes pointless things are so tempting.

Check out these clocks, they are my favorite.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

I'm turning even more into my mom.

I've always opted for simplicity when it comes to a home but over time I've found our walls getting more and more cluttered. Take for instance our kitchen wall pictured here. There is not even one more ounce of space for anything. In actuality this wall is busy enough that it even more closely resembles a grandmother's home. Who in the heck hangs spatulas on racks? I guess I do.

Monday, June 9, 2008

The Pedicab Experience

I see them all around Portland but I've never actually rode in a Pedicab until Saturday night. I am now convinced that it is by far the best way to travel. Not only do you ride in style, especially when you fit four people in one, but it is the best legal way to travel between bars. The only drawback was the BO smell that was emanating off of the driver, rider, or whatever you call the person handling the bike. But hey, I'd probably stink too if I rode a bike for hours on end.

Re-Finished Rocking Chair.

Thanks to my feverish sanding and Chris's painting skills Isabella now has a new rocking chair. It was once a putrid orangey yellow wood and now it's a chipper pink piece of furniture that sits cutely in Bella's room complete with Raymond, the blue dinosaur.

Goodbye truck, hello motorcycle.

Fun and cold times ahead. We sold our truck and welcomed this shiny new piece of metal to our family. On sunny days it will seem like a wonderful trade, $30/mo in gas instead of $300 and no car payment! Just ask Chris as he's riding to work in the rain whether it's worth it or not. He may tend to disagree with me.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

blonde bombshell

Well, I don't know about the bombshell part but I am definitely blonde. I was going to try to take a picture of my new do with a super cute outfit and some make-up on but then I realized that my new hair wouldn't be new if I waited to take a picture until I was all put together. So here ya go- a quick pic taken today. It's fun, I like it!