Saturday, November 1, 2014

The Color Run 2014

My mom and I did the Color Run last weekend. We had a wonderful time! It was a bit cold, but as we walked, we warmed up. I'm glad I didn't bring my jacket with me like I had originally planned. The headband they gave us worked very well as a ear warmer. I gotta admit I was very happy to have it while we waited for the race to begin. Without it, I would have been shivering... at least until the sun came out and warmed us up.
We had to park a little bit away from the race, but no big deal. The city or the event had hired police to act as cross guards which made it a bit easier to walk through traffic. I also want to mention this race had a strong police presence - not sure if they were anticipating issues, but we didn't see any. The entire race was set up nicely and everything seemed to run smoothly. Radcliff, KY, I believe, doesn't get to host a lot of events so I know they were proud to have this event - Even the mayor came out!
We like to be within the first wave of the race which is why we got there early. We figure since we are walking opposed to running, this will guarantee we won't be the last ones to cross the finish lines. This is my mother's concern - not mine. I don’t care when we actually finish the race as long as we do it. Besides, there are always tons of kids there who surely walk slower then us.
 
This walk went around Saunder Springs. Such a pretty park. I have driven down here before, but I had never actually been there. I snapped a few pictures as we walked, but as you can imagine, most of them were too blurry to keep. If we didn't live far, I would want to come down here and walk around with Matt. Might happen one day. Not anytime soon though. Getting too cold for me.
Within Saunder Springs, they had a water station funded by a local car wash. They even had bubble machines. LOVED THE BUBBLES! Such a nice touch. If I ever see one of these for an inexpensive price, I'm buying it. I would use it in the background of my pictures.
This same car wash also offered us free seat covers when packets were picked up on Friday. Very nice of them. I wish I could remember the name of the car wash and post their business on here.
Doesn't it look like the lady in the middle of the picture was posing for me? Ha! I have no clue who she is. Maybe someone was taking her picture.
 
At the finish line, they had the unicorn there to high five as you passed. They even had confetti. Nice touch! Of course, I had to go back and get a picture of the unicorn dancing. And I am happy to report I snapped several good ones.
Not long after crossing the finish line they did a color party. My mom even caught an extra color packet that was thrown into the audience. For whatever reason, she gave it to me to toss up in the air during the event. Once the color was in the air, it was one big cloudy color space. A bit hard to breath and see, but lots of fun. Wish I had someone there to take pictures of the color up in the air like last time at the Color Vibe. Our husbands weren't here this time though. Therefore, no pictures. Lots of people were very nice and took some pictures of us when asked though.  
Overall, we had a wonderful time.
In comparison to the Color Vibe we did back in March, I liked this one more.
Not sure if the reason is because less people were here or the set up seemed more organized.... I'm just not sure. I can't put my finger on it. Either way, I highly recommend participating in either event.
I have already researched other color 5k events and have found several contenders who don’t have dates listed yet. Hopefully they list them once winter is over. I assume most runs slow down in the colder months. At least around here. Because seriously, who wants to have a fun run in the freezing cold? Ya, not this girl!


Friday, October 24, 2014

Because Sometimes Bullets Are Easier

  • I was just looking at my last several posts and realized I never updated you on my second round of Chlomid. Last you heard from me I had taken round 1. We did what the doctor told us to do and at days 28, 32, 35 I tested NOT PREGNANT. I was sad. Those words are not fun to see. I KNEW it would be negative, but I got my hopes up wishing and praying it would be positive. So I called the doctor's office and spoke with the nurse who talked to the doctor who ordered me round 2 of Provera and Chlomid (this time at 100mg opposed to 50mg). Round 2 ended last week and now we are in the middle of a cycle. Maybe/hopefully this will be our month! If not, I'll be sad, but we will try again and again and again.
  • I bought something I didn’t need because I saw a good deal online and couldn't resist. It's a 5 foot giraffe for my future baby's nursery. Matt thinks it looks freaky, but I don't care what he thinks of it. We will have a giraffe themed room no matter what the sex of our future child is so therefore, we needed this giraffe. He will fit in nicely with the others in my (future child's) collection.
  • I bought the giraffe from Staples online. I ordered and paid and then shortly later received an email that my order had been cancelled. Only, I didn’t see this email until after work and I wanted to know why it was cancelled. I called the 1-800 number and spoke with a very nice lady who re-ordered the item for me with no issues. She was extremely nice and helpful. How come I couldn't get asked to do a survey on that call? She deserves the recognition. Even if she hadn't been able to re-order my item, I found her to be marvelous. And kudos to Staples for having there call center in the USA opposed to outsourcing the jobs. We will continue to shop at Staples for the wonderful customer service we have been provided with this call and our last few visits to the store.
  • My friend Linda came home from her cruise recently with a gift for me. Her and her sister had bought me the Carnival Cruise shirt I had wanted on my last cruise where they didn’t have my size. And both me and Linda wore ours today. Just call us twins!
  • I have a hate/love relationship with the gym. Good thing I have Matt who practically forces me to go with him. Ha ha ha! Not true, but he does sometimes guilt me into going with him. For me, the hardest part is going there. Once I am there, I am good to stay for the hour. He wants to start staying an hour and 15 minutes... I am having a hard time forcing myself to get with it and I don’t think he have stayed that long yet. I really am trying to motivate myself.
  • Speaking of Matt, he is doing GREAT with his eating and going to the gym. I am VERY proud of him! Wish I was as motivated as him. It doesn't help that I keep buying the car cups of Juicy Fruit gum with its 72 pieces and I eat the whole thing within 3 days of work. All those carbohydrates! I need to stop buying them. I chew a piece of gum for about 5 minutes before spitting it out in order to shove another piece in my mouth. On the plus side, as of this cup, I am now only shoving in one piece at a time opposed to two.
  • Right now, when this is posted, my mom and her husband are on their way here. My mom and I have the Color Run tomorrow. I am definitely looking forward to it. The weather should be perfect for the event thankfully. I'll be sure to blog about it. :)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

My Side Of Wyatt Earp

And here's my side of the story on what Wyatt does all day...
Sometimes, Wyatt wakes one of us up to go potty in the middle of the might. Although annoying, whoever he wakes up is forced to let him out because we both know he cannot hold it in anymore. When he has to go, he has to go. No time to hesitate or he WILL pee/poop in our bed. And honestly, we can't get too upset since he is an old man.
After letting him out, we usually allow him to walk around in the kitchen to get a drink or water if needed. Usually, he does. Makes me wonder if he sometimes wakes up in the middle of the night just to drink water. We can't leave a bowl of water available in our bed though - would never work out well for anyone.
 
Once we get back in bed, Wyatt tries to find him a good spot. We have recently added his fleece blanket in between our pillows because this is where we want him to sleep. He likes his warm fuzzy blanket so unless he is hot, he will sleep right on it. Otherwise, he is all over the bed and sometime we accidently hit or kick him in our sleep. Although, we all know where he will end up laying, he ALWAYS has to circle the spot to find the 'perfect spot'. We laugh because sometimes, he circles the spot 3 times to the right and then does the exact same thing to the left. What a crazy guy!

Side note on his sleeping - our dog does not like sleeping long ways (up and down). He much prefers to sleep left to right which takes up more space than our less than ten pound dog needs. Constantly throughout the night, one of us will wake up and move him in the right direction. I like when he sleeps in a ball best - doesn't happen often enough.
 
In the morning, Matt always lets Wyatt out to pee. I'm up a little while later at 5AM and after showering and getting dressed, I let him out again. Depending on time, I'll let him out one more time before I leave the house. We give him as many opportunities as we can to ensure he doesn’t have to go potty in the morning.
 
After going out the first time, it's breakfast time. We have such a picky eater on our hands! He refuses to eat the same stuff as a recent prior meal. No point in thinking he likes something because he will not eat it again. For example, last night, he ate chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese. He ate a bunch! And if you didn’t know him, you would assume he would be happy to eat this meal again. WRONG! He won't even sample it. This morning, I got him to eat 2.5 pieces of bacon and one slice of Kraft cheese. These are two items he will almost always eat. Notice I said almost. Some mornings he refuses to eat anything.
With his breakfast, I give him his heart murmur pill. Sometimes I can trick him and put it in a piece of cheese. More often than not, he now dissects his food and we are forced to put the pill in his mouth and clamp it shut until he swallows it. I feel bad about doing this, but he needs his pill to live.
 
Nowadays, we put Wyatt into a large kennel at the foot of our bed while we are at work. Don't worry, he sleeps all day regardless. And we leave a Tupperware container of water in there for him in case he gets thirsty during the day. If we don't lock him up, he pees all over our bedroom. This way, he only pees on his Princess Jasmine blanket. Easy enough to wash. If we are only going to be gone for a few hours, we leave him lose.
 
When Matt gets home from work, he lets him outside. Matt usually eats a snack and always shares with Wyatt.
Shortly after their snack time, I arrive home and it's dinnertime.
It's much easier to get Wyatt to eat if you hand him whatever it is opposed to allowing him to eat off a plate. Therefore, we eat first and then we feed him. It's a battle every night to figure out what he will eat. I'll admit, sometimes he frustrates me to the point where I just stop caring if he eats. Good thing Matt cares more than I do on those days. During dinner, he gets another heart murmur pill. And for the record, he used to LOVE these beef flavored pills. One day, he decided he no longer liked them.
I'm telling you - he is training us to be parents of a human baby!
 
Prior to dinner, when I first get home, I always greet Matt and then Wyatt. No matter how long I spend with Wyatt, when I go to my bedroom to change and go potty, he always follows me and begs for my attention. He also seems to know when I get home it means it is dinner time.

After dinner, we always watch TV or I read or do something.... Wyatt is ALWAYS near one of us either sleeping, begging for food, or being cuddled. He enjoys sleeping on his dog bed, on the far right cushion of the couch, or squished between me and the arm of my rocking chair. If I'm in the bathtub, he enjoys laying on the floor mat in the bathroom. If I'm reading in bed, he wants to be right up against me. Unless he is mad at me for bugging him.... then he lays all the way on the other side of the bed.
Some nights, we go to the gym and leave him home alone. Not in his kennel since we aren’t gone for long.

I like to be in bed at 9PM. Whether I go right to sleep or read is always a tossup.
Here is where we re-start the entire cycle.


And now you know the rest of the story....