Saturday, August 3, 2013

Runs with Colors

This is Lydia finishing her first 5k, Color Me Rad, in Little Rock. The tshirt was white when we started. I made her a sparkle skirt just for the race. I was so proud of the way she took off when she saw the finish line. 

If you're going to get up early on a Saturday morning & run, it's better to have friends run with you!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Allow me to introduce you

 Most of my gym teachers came across as the sourest unhappy people I've ever seen. They usually came across as lazy, too, since they sat through most of my sweaty adventures and sometimes didn't even leave their desks as they told us to go run a given distance through the neighborhood or on the track. That's ok for many sports because the reward is the fun of the game.But running? I think it needs a formal introduction, you need time to get to know it and warm up to it so you can develop a friendship with it and maybe even fall in love with it. Cotillion for running, if you will. Otherwise, you might feel like it tried to kill you once, and you hope you never encounter it again. If you're like I was, you'd hope that if it tried again it would be successful and mercifully quick.

If you are thinking of giving running a try, I think you should! Just consider it as getting to know someone & building a relationship you'd like to grow stronger over time. Don't go overboard when you first meet - brief, friendly encounters at first. Take it slow & easy. As you're getting to know one another, you may accidentally get hurt - forgive & don't give up on the relationship. Some times you have to start over. You may ignore or neglect your relationship - don't give up on it altogether, you can pick up again & remember all the good times you've had in the past. A day may come when you're so comfortable, that you can't imagine your life without your friend, running.

Like any relationship, you'll get out of it what you put in to it. I have to remind myself of that frequently. I'm not deeply in love with running right now. Our circumstances make me wish I could just forget about it some times - I really can't believe I am going to type these words- until it gets cooler. Yes, the girl who despised cold weather & hated when summer came to an end is now a woman who prefers running in cold weather to   running in the summer heat.

Looking back to those gym teachers, that's another failure on their part. Why would you WAIT until late spring (which is, in Arkansas, is about 30 minutes of pleasant temperature before the blazing heat of summer settles in for 6 months) to introduce running? Shouldn't you train earlier than that for track season? Maybe start running outdoors when it is cool to cold to help the body cope with its internal thermal melt down?

Fortunately, I'm pretty committed to making relationships work. Loyalty is one character flaws or strengths depending on whether I'm running my first mile or last ; ) I'm thinking about meeting Running's relatives, too. I hear Biking and Swimming are absolutely delightful although it's rumored that Swimming is a bit of a fair weather friend.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Making Cookies - Including tips and information you may find helpful

My future daughter in law, Sarah, makes these wonderful Quadruple Chocolate Chip Cookies. I'd experienced her delightful cookies even before I met her - this may be one reason I knew I was going to like her. Drew got her recipe for me, and I filed it away.

Now, I really enjoy baking cookies and cakes. I can't tell you why, I just do. I needed to bring something to church tonight, and I decided these cookies would be just the thing. I was feeling pretty good about this decision when I found the recipe quickly and easily. I followed that up by doing two very important things: I made sure I had all the ingredients and read the recipe all the way through. At that point, I was feeling like someone should pat me on the back for doing everything so well.

So, here are my helpful hints to make cookies:

  •  Don't congratulate yourself too soon.
  •  You probably don't need as many chocolate chips as a recipe calls for - there are usually a bunch left over when you're out of cookie dough anyway.
  • I am pretty sure you will burn the calories of AT LEAST one cookie when you stir the flour mixture in with the sugar/vanilla/eggs/butter mixture. It is a work out. 
  • You will burn the calories of AT LEAST two cookies stirring in the chocolate chips. I didn't measure the calories burned, BUT if the burning sensation in my arms was anything to go by - at least two. Your mileage may vary.
  • As a side note, I am also fairly certain that Arnold Schwarzenegger got his incredible arms from stirring up  batches of these cookies without ever eating any of them. You can ask him the next time you see him, but again, I feel certain this is how he did it. I'm not saying he is a paragon of virtue or anything, but really? Can you imagine the discipline of stirring up batches of cookies and not eating any of them? No? Oh. Well, then, that does sort of shoot a hole in my theory, doesn't it?
  • Putting the cookies in the fridge for 10 minutes does help to get nice, evenly sized cookies.
  • I am not in any way certain that this is a fact, but it SHOULD be: the first cookie of each batch has no calories. I mean, really, how else could it be fair to the cook? She needs to make sure they are uniformly good, doesn't she?
  • Silpat or parchment paper is THE way to go. No sticking + easy clean up = awesome! (Haha! I even threw in an equation)
That's about it. At one point during all the stirring, though, I thought of the two EASIEST possible ways to make cookies for church. Because I really like you, I'm going to share them with you:
1. Ask Sarah to make them for you
2. Buy cookies at the store.

I hope you've found this helpful! If you have any tips YOU'D like to share, please leave a comment.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Come Fly With Me

Logistics - something at which I will never excel. UPS can run circles around me in that respect. My propensity for procrastination (and the fact that I can be a little lazy) has made it necessary for me to plan for the Disney Princess 1/2 marathon more than a year in advance. I am joining a group of ladies to train for a 5K run in 10 weeks. 

I am, however, an optimist. And, according to my late mother, a carpetbagger. As early as the 2nd grade, I started wanting to take my things with me, "in case I needed ." So, I have had a kite in my car since Lydia came home. I've waited for just the right day to get the kite out and watch Lydia experience one of my favorite (and most frustrating) childhood activities. Today was the day it all came together. Doesn't it look like she's doing a great job?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

School pictures 2011

My school pictures were never this cute...

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Life lessons

Never give your child a Popsicle  before a photo opportunity.

Always put the mustard and ketchup on the bun before you put the hot dog in. Especially if your child is a messy eater. If you forget, and put the condiments on the hot dog, turn the hot dog over so the condiments are completely surrounded by bread.

If you meet another princess wearing a Cinderella dress like you AND her name is Lydia, too, it may be the most magical thing that happens to you at Disney. If she's riding on the same bus & staying at the same hotel? Magic is the only possible explanation, isn't it?

Sunday Snapshot

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Twinkle Toes

Lydia misplaced one of her shoes last night. I looked high & low with a fair amount of urgency without locating it. Lydia was blissfully unconcerned.

This morning Gene asked if we'd found the shoe. I said no, but Lydia said, "I dreamed about where it is!"
Gene, "Well, where is it?"
Lydia, "I don't know. My eyes were closed."