Right time to rock the night away

Well, if my body does prefer a gluten-free diet, it has a funny way of showing it.

Last night was a fun game of “see how long you can go without moving because every time you so much as twitch, it will feel as though you are being hit in the stomach with a sledgehammer.” Needless to say, not much slumber was had. And why I thought I should still go for a run this morning? Beyond me. Maybe because its one of the few things that makes me feel still sort of normal. Like I can’t eat most things, I can not physically stay awake past 9 p.m., I cannot be far from a bathroom, but I can run.

I wasn’t breaking any records, and I did sit on a bench once and start crying because my stomach hurt and it was so windy, but I had to get back home somehow. I shaved two miles off from my normal route because I was fighting a losing battle.

Such is life.

Change of plans, Tim and I are heading home tonight because of the predicted snow. I “ran” in shorts and a t-shirt today, so that’s mildly confusing. I think we’ll stay until Friday, because that is usually my limit.

AND GUESS WHAT?

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ONE MONTH TIL CHRISTMAS!

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Well it’s cold outside

Two day workweek,  I like you. We can be friends. Anyway…

On Friday, I made a last-minute doctor’s appointment during the day. I was worried about the blisters on my face, as they didn’t seem to be getting any better. My normal doctor wasn’t available, so I saw another one. Last time I saw this particular doctor, I was having severe stomach issues, and she told me I was “probably eating too many fruits and vegetables.”

So, I was super excited to see she was my doctor again! After waiting nearly 45 minutes, and reading three magazines, I finally saw her. She told me I either have an infection or an allergic reaction, she isn’t sure. So, then she called me in a prescription. To the wrong pharmacy. I was so angry and annoyed because she told me she called it into my normal pharmacy which is about ten minutes from her office/my office. So, I drove all the way there, only to have to turn around and drive back to where I had just been. SWEET. Then, a small patch of hives I had developed on my legs started spreading. I have no idea what is wrong with my body. But I am clearly having a reaction to something. Luckily, the prescribed ointment seemed to help my face a lot. It looks much better (which isn’t saying that much).

After that nonsense, I finished up the workday, swung by the farmers’ market (SO SO SO SO less crowded on Fridays verses Saturdays) and  then settled in with Tim to watch Neighbors, which I thought was hilarious. I like dumb comedies though.

Six of these babies for $10.

Six of these babies for $10.

I fell asleep on the couch at 9 p.m. on Friday and slept until 8 a.m. (in my bed) on Saturday. Normal. I went out for a run, and it was terrible. My legs were so heavy, I felt like I was at mile 25 of a marathon when I was on my first mile. It was tough.  I ran a little, then just went home. I was not enjoying it.  So, I made a protein shake, got my dress fitted again, and then came home. I decided to try again. And it was only four more miles. But they felt so good. It was like I was a different person. It was a wonderful feeling.

The whole not eating gluten thing is much harder than I anticipated.  It’s stupid things I crave, like granola bars, pizza, sandwiches. Sure, I can buy all those gluten-free, but its just not the same. I will survive. Just annoying. I almost wish it is gluten that is causing all these problems because then at least I KNOW. Sadly, I do have many of the symptoms of celiac, like major stomach issues, acid reflux, fatigue, skin problems, brain fog, iron-deficiency anemia, female issues, just to name a few. Who knows though?

Anyway,  our plans on Saturday fell through, so Tim and I  just went to the bar for a little bit and it was nice.

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I had a hot toddie and it was so GOOD. I could have drank at least one hundred. I did not.  Anyway, we came home and ate dinner and fell asleep at 9 p.m. I have absolutely no idea how I used to regularly stay up until 2 a.m.

Sunday, I remembered there was a running club run right near my house, so I ran over to meet them. I treat these runs as a tempo run. I try to run hard, but not race pace or sprinting. I ended up averaging around 7:35 a mile, which at first, I was disappointed with. But, sometimes I need to not be so hard on myself and remember I ran a marathon TWO WEEKS ago. It seems like it was two years ago. Life is weird.

I finished my run (15ish miles…  I always underestimate.), and then TIM AND I WENT TO BUY OUR CHRISTMAS TREE.

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It’s still in the box on the floor… but progress. I grew up with fake trees, so it doesn’t  bother me. I also grew up in a family that celebrates Christmas really early, so I don’t want to hear nonsense about not starting celebrations until after Thanksgiving. Hey, I love Thanksgiving too, and adding Christmas in just makes it double awesome.

Tim cooked a bunch of food, and I ate all of it last night, so I guess that’s what “they” mean when they discuss balance in relationships.

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Don’t use me for my body baby

Hi hello, how are you? Anyone out there?

Happy Friday. All the days kind of blend together anymore, it’s so strange. I just know I run on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, and spin on Mondays and Fridays. At least, usually. But that is usually how I keep my days semi-straight. So, I know today is Friday. Whoo-hoo.

After slogging away on the treadmill on Tuesday, I was more than happy to take my body outside on Wednesday and Thursday. I usually split up those runs, doing the bulk of the milage in the morning, and a few miles at lunch. The reason is two-fold. One, I get to sleep in a little (5 a.m. whoo-hoo!) and two, I like to take my lunch break outside. Something about the fresh air and the endorphins really gives me a boost for the afternoon. On Wednesday, my friend Mike joined me for my lunch run, and it was quite enjoyable. I don’t often run with others for a variety of reasons (mostly, my unpredictable stomach), so it’s nice to sometimes risk it and have company. I’ve met so many intriguing people through running, and I think you really can learn more than you’d think by sharing a few miles together.

Semi-related, I was talking to my boss yesterday about how I just find other people so interesting. It’s why I majored in journalism, honestly. I love hearing other people’s stories and learning what makes them tick. It’s all so fascinating to me. In my life, very few people have ever bored me.

But right now, I don’t really want to be talking to anyone, as my mouth is currently peeling and blistered, and its very red and angry. It’s itchy and irritated. So, that looks really, really good. I am so annoyed, where do I even get these problems? My knee and elbow have also developed a rash. Pre-my face breaking out on Tuesday, my GI doctor told me he isn’t convinced I don’t have Celiac’s. My friend Ryan (a doctor in Philly) said skin issues like this are also a sign of Celiac’s. So, back to gluten-free for a while, as of tomorrow. Good itmes.

Ugh. Anyway, tonight, I think T-bone and I will rent a movie and make dinner. An out-of-town friend of his is crashing at our house, but not expected to get there until around 9, so we will probably just stay home. Unless I decide a happy hour at the bar is in order… decisions decisions…

On Saturday, I hope to run, and then I have to go back for a dress fitting. I know, I know, couldn’t they have done this last weekend? Oh well, I get to see my dress again. At night, Tim and I are meeting another couple for drinks and dinner, so that will be nice.

Sunday will be another run, tons and tons of work, and then it’s game night. Two weeks ago, after the marathon (feels like much, much longer!), we held game night at my next door neighbor’s. We all had so much fun, we decided we have to do it again… like this weekend. I can’t wait. The best part is that I can just stroll home whenever I feel like it and it will take me about 30 seconds.

That’s all, folks.

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Voices singing let’s be jolly…

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Much better view this morning. Cold, with a temperature of 19 degrees and a real feel of 14, but with bearable winds. It wasn’t bad at all.
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SELFIE FOR MOM ! (Wanted to show mom I was wearing a shirt (actually both shirts) she bought me and that I was outside!) Note how I not-so-subtly cut out of my fivehead and sucked in my gut.

Weirdly, when I woke up yesterday, my lips and the area around my mouth were chapped behind belief. I have no idea why, maybe with sudden temperature changes or turning the heat on? The only thing is it really, really hurts. I was whining about it all day and then Tim smeared coconut oil on it last night and it felt a little better for about three minutes. I have the strangest ailments. It still hurts.

I had a GI appointment yesterday and my doctor thinks I have another disease, cyclic vomiting syndrome, on top of everything else. So, that’s fun, here are some more pills, see you in February!

He also said I am the healthiest sick person he knows. Compliment?

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I can’t believe its only November 18th and this happened today. With a real feel of 9 degrees, and winds up to 30 mph, what was a girl to do?

It’s going to be a long winter.

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Now you do what they told you

I said “yes to the dress.” (Is that what I am supposed to say?)

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It’s not this one! I did like this one, but it was a little… much. Saturday was a long afternoon of being nearly naked in front of way too many people and parading around in some pretty ridiculous dresses. I wish we took pictures of some of the “NO!”s. There were some real gems in there. No, I do not want to look like J-Lo. But, just like everyone says, I put one on, and that was it. Nothing else compared.

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This is not it either.

So, it was a tiring afternoon, but I am so glad it’s done. My mom said she knew I was going to find it that day. I am not really that hard to please. That sports bra tanline is going to look really good in late August. I’m not mad.

Anyway, the rest of the weekend was pretty great. On Friday, Tim and I met some friends for drinks.

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We enjoyed a few, and then we went out to dinner. I had a gift certificate to a place we had never been, so went and  split a bunch of small plates. It was SO good. We ate every last bite. My favorite was definitely the butternut squash cider soup. Oh my lord. It was amazing. I wanted to just swim in it.

On Saturday, I had a delightful run. It was chilly, about 28 degrees, but the cold air feels so refreshing. Truthfully, this is my favorite weather to run in. I hate winter, I hate snow, but I love temperatures just a brink above freezing to run in. Throw on my shorts and a long-sleeve tech shirt and I’m as happy as a clam. I can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather be or anything else I’d rather be doing.

After my run, my mom and sister came and we ate pizza and then, we met with Tim’s mom to go look at the dresses, as described above. After that, we bid farewell to Tim’s mom. and my mom, sister and I went to Troegs to have a beer and split some fries (I ate really healthy this weekend!). My sister had never been to Troegs, so she really wanted to go, and I am not one to turn down a Dreamweaver Wheat. Or two.

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I was exhausted by the time I got home, so Sloane came over for a low-key night of some cheese, crackers, Chef and wine.  It was wonderful and I was sound asleep by 10.

On Sunday, I had another fun run, and then T-bone and I ran errands, met a photographer and fell asleep way too early.

So far, we have the venue, the church, the officiant, the caterer, the DJ and the dress. It’s like a never-ending to-do list, but I feel good.

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Last night, I had a work event that went until 10:30. One KL is very sleepy today. But it was a fun event, and I got to eat french fries for dinner. Hey, I like that.

Today, Tim and I are planning to either grab dinner or drinks somewhere. Tomorrow, I hope to go for a run, and then take care of a few errands, before my mom and sister come. That’s right. We are going dress shopping.

If anyone wants to talk about how painful that will be… And that’s coming from someone who just ran a marathon. Anyway, after stabbing my eyeballs out, I may get together with some of the girls, as Tim is fleeing town for the night. Understandably so.

Sorry, I am a zombie right now, and I think I have an ear infection, but AMEN, its Friday.

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