Friday, January 29, 2010

Observations at the gym

1. When it's near 6PM and you see that the parking lot is packed with cars, why do you either bother going to the big lot? Just go to the smaller lot that will cause you to walk a few more steps because circling the parking lot like a shark isn't going to make a parking spot appear any quicker. Oh, and after all ... aren't you at the gym to get a little exercise?

2. There were quite a few "extreme" runners there tonight. When I say extreme, I mean they had the treadmill cranked to the point that I thought they might fly off the back. I don't know if it was some kind of interval training, but the guy by me kept doing this off and on, for about 5 minutes at a time.

3. If you plan on walking on the treadmill, it might be wise to bring a pair of pants that are a), not too large and b) not too long. When you have to stop and roll up your sweatpants, then pull on them every few minutes, it usually makes for an awkward stint on the treadmill. Oh, and while you're at it, put your hat on straight. Did I just sound like a Grandpa or what?

I promise that I really try to go to the gym, do my workout, and get out of there. I'm really not checking people out that closely, but why do I always find myself trapped by people like #2 and #3? I forgot to mention my guy from last week who was "boxing" while running on the treadmill. Cue the Rocky music now ...

Thursday, January 28, 2010

I just got transported back to Middle School

and I think I like it.

Look what the new Lands End Canvas website has!

Tretorns!I remember having a pair of white on white Tretorns, but also a pair with plaid. Loved them.

They also have anklet socks with the pom-pom on the back. I remember having these too.
Plus, all kinds of casual, classic clothes, bathing suits, canvas tote bags, and accessories at reasonable prices. Definitely worth a look.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Uncharted waters

I did something that I have never done before. In my life, or for atleast as long as I've been doing laundry on my own.

You can ask any roommate or Hubby.

I dried my jeans. (insert gasp here.)

Ok, ok ... so it may not be any big deal, but it was for me. I have had a no jean drying rule for as long as I can remember. I guess I've always had a big paranoia that I was going to shrink my good fitting jeans. At least by not drying them, I always knew what was causing my jeans to fit a little bit tight. Chips and queso, Maxie B's lady raspberry cake, Chubby Hubby ice cream from Ben and Jerry's.

So, just like the Missy Elliot songs says, "Lost a few pounds in my waist for ya." Well, it really isn't anything at all like the Missy Elliot song, but I have lost a few pounds and my jeans kept sagging. So, I'm hoping that this little trip to the dryer will help my SJS, (saggy jean syndrome).

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

I feel pretty ...

Oh so pretty ...

Especially when I have a new Fuel Belt bottle with a pink holder, plus it has a fancy-dancy pocket!
I loved my old one for long runs, oh who am I kidding, I typically carry mine on any run I do. But, it didn't have a pocket and it always seemed like a waste of space when there is room to add one.

So, I can definitely pack a Gu for a long run, and even two Gu's.
I may have a hard time cramming the Gu Chomps in the pocket, unfortunately. I'm sure it can be MacGuyvered somehow.CrackBerry can't come along for a ride.But, my keys, inhaler,and chapstick all could. Did I mention it's pink ... and it was 20% off because I bought it at a ladies night event?

Monday, January 25, 2010

Thinking about ...

  • That plain, old-fashioned Cheerios and milk still taste good.
  • Sunday afternoon naps are perfect when it's rainy out, you're under a blanket, and there's some senseless reality TV show playing in the background.
  • Even when I really don't want to go, there's nothing like a long run to lift my spirits.
  • Hubby received a Tervis Tumbler for Christmas and I may have to steal it for my own. Or hint around that a larger one with lid, straw, and my monogram would make a great gift. Hint, hint.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Nineteen months

Nineteen months with twin girls is sometimes blurry, uncooperative, funny, and sweet.

But, I wouldn't have it any other way.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Alone on my little island

Am I the only one in America (and possibly beyond) that just doesn't like American Idol? I have never watched an entire season and really have no desire. Sure, I can appreciate good singers and I'll give a shout out to the many North Carolinians who have done very well on the show.

But, I just don't get the infatuation.

I will say that I do like Kristin Chenoweth, so when Hubby has it on, I'll at least turn my head to see what she's saying. After all, if you can belt it out on Broadway as Glinda the Good Witch, then you have an idea of what makes a good singer.

So, I'll just stay on my little island watching some other bad TV show.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


I was talking to my Mom recently about a Historical society event she attended in our hometown. For the few of you who know her, you will say, "What was Patty doing at the meeting?" Well, I will say that she's lived in this city her entire life, so she probably is interested in the history and knows some of it herself. Then she told me during the meeting, all she was thinking about were the cucumber and pimento cheese sandwiches that they were serving following the meeting. I guess my Dad would have been much better suited for attending.

She talked to two women after the meeting. One that she knows well, and the other that she knew in her childhood, but hasn't really seen in many years.

The woman (that my Mom hasn't seen in many years) said two things early in their conversation that made it awkward, but also somewhat funny after the fact. To my Mom, "Well, you're certainly all grown up." To the other woman, "I didn't recognize you with your hair!"

Both statements were just weird and inappropriate and it made me think about the power of words. We use them so quickly these days (email, Facebook, our blogs, etc) and they can often be misconstrued. We also seem to use them too quickly in person, too.

Like the person who said to me, "I was shocked to see you listed as our President-Elect." Ummm, thank you? How do you answer that, politely?

Yes, I am the official President-Elect-Elect (awful PEE acronym) for the Junior League in my city. It is a huge honor. I was thrilled to be asked, and I look forward to serving and working with our incredible members.

I try to use a rule that I learned from a PR professional when being interviewed by the Media. I think that this can be used in so many areas of our lives and not just on TV interviews. This doesn't mean that you can't still answer honestly, just think about what you say for 3 seconds before you actually say it.

Take a few seconds before you answer the question and once you answer, shut up. Most people don't like the silence and will ramble. That's when you end up sounding like a dumbass in an interview and that's what the reporter will likely use in their article or sound byte.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery ...

Since I write about Target nearly every week, I thought I would share another story with you.

I went through their shoe aisle the other day and noticed what from a distance looked like a pair of gold Bonnano sandals! I knew this was obviously too good to be true, but I still checked them out and took out my phone to take a picture.
They are the Merona brand and retail for $19.99.

At first, I didn't know how I felt ... it was as if they had ripped off the Bonanno sandal completely. But, I'm sure that every top designer's styles end up on all of the mass retailers shelves at some point. To me it would be worse if these were on a street corner in Palm Beach trying to be passed off as the real thing.

So, don't be surprised if you suddenly see an increase in gold "Bonnano" wearing ladies in your city this summer. And, just to set the record straight, you cannot beat the handmade, classic beauties of the real Bonnanos and I'm sure that these are nowhere near the quality of the original. My Bonnanos are by far the most comfortable sandal I own and they can literally be paired with almost anything. I'm always excited for the first warm days when I can unpack them for another season.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

A break in our regularly scheduled programming ...

We had a great weekend - two surprise 40th birthday parties for two good friends. We were scheduled to attend our nephew's 16th birthday party today, but those plans came to a screeching halt around 8AM this morning.

Maddy and Libby had woken up around 7:30 and Hubby brought them downstairs for breakfast. Maddy had no interest in her food and he noticed that she was having a hard time breathing. We called our Pediatrician's office and talked to the triage nurse for a while. Instead of telling us to come to the office when it opened, she told us to go to the E.R.


I called a friend in our neighborhood who luckily was home to see if I could drop Libby off with her. She said yes, and we packed everyone up in record time. They went in their snowman pajamas and Widgeon fleece jackets, looking a little like Christmas elves.

Kudos to our local E.R. We had barely taken our seat in the waiting room and they brought us back. After an Oxygen check, rectal temperature check, a serious nose suctioning, a breathing treatment, and Chest Xrays, Maddy was one pooped girl. She took turns sleeping on our chests maybe drinking about 2 sips of water. It was truly pitiful.

After her labs came back, we found out that she has RSV. It is also extremely contagious, so we have been in Clorox / Lysol mode, disinfecting and taking away any toys that they typically put in their mouths, and wiping everything down with these super duper anti bacterial wipes that they gave us from the Hospital. From what they told us, it will last for about 5 days and we are hoping that Libby won't also get sick, but only time will tell. She currently has a bit of a runny nose, didn't eat much for dinner, but was still playful, and as my Mom would say, didn't have that sick look in her eyes.

Maddy took a good 3 hour nap when we got back home and has gone from eating a little and playing a little, to wanting "up" so she can snuggle. Even though the circumstances are bad, we had to enjoy the snuggle time, because Maddy normally won't sit still long enough to give you a hug, let alone snuggle with you.

So, I think it's safe to say that we are officially quarantined for a while and praying that we will have two well girls by the weekend.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

I'm always the last to know.

I love music ... it can inspire me, lift me up, make me feel like dancing, remind me of a particular time in my life, or just be a pleasant background to the day. I like a lot of different music, but kind of feel like I'm out of the scene ... I don't really know the new bands out there and haven't seen much live music with the exception of during my trip to Nashville and at Music in the Park during the summer.

Several friends of mine have gone on and on about a certain band, oh probably for the past two years, but I never got around to checking them out.

Until I realized that two of their songs were ones that I knew, but didn't realize that I knew.

So, it's The Avett Brothers, from right here from NC. It's not like they are brand new - they've been out for several years, have several albums, and I should have checked them out a long time ago. Check out "Ten Thousand Words" and "I And Love And You." I'm addicted to both.

They definitely have a good, laid back vibe ... perfect for background music for dinner with friends or a quiet evening at home. I also noticed a few faster songs that were worthy of my running mix. I also think that some of the band members may have a hot/cute factor going on, so that is always a plus. It's a modern twist on bluegrass, with sometimes a touch of punk, but with kind of a coffee house vibe. You can tell the music has heart. Plus, these guys can really play and sing.

Friday, January 15, 2010

My little bean counters

The past couple of days have been those kind of days in a parent's life that are a bit trying. No one seems happy, no matter what you do. All the usual toys, books, walks, foods, hanging upside down & tickling bellies just haven't seemed to work. There's just been a lot more crying and fussing than we are used to and 7 o'clock can't seem to arrive fast enough.

In our house, we are getting over two ear infections, one additional fever, one rash from the Amoxicillan for the ear infection, and now one more fever. Oh, and how can I forget ... both daughters cutting new teeth?

I was talking to a friend of mine earlier today and she mentioned how her daughter loved to play with dried beans. I remembered that we had some in the cabinet, so I decided to get them out tonight after dinner. A bag of beans, several cups, one big bowl, and three pans made for great fun. Let's just say it was a success ... 30 minutes of hard-core bean playing was had, plus two happy girls.

Maddy was definitely into it. She would scoop up handfuls and put them in different containers, pour them out, and start again. Libby was a bit more cautious and preferred to place a few beans into a cup at a time. When it was closing in on bath and bed time, the hardest job was getting them back into a container and away from Maddy before she realized that they were all gone. I will definitely do this one again and they both only tried to eat them once. Success!Maddy was focused.

Libby was careful.

Beans, beans ...

Thursday, January 14, 2010


Maddy and Libby's new obsession ... Sweetie Clementines.

Libby ate 1 1/2 of these at dinner last night and again at lunch today. They are super easy to peel, have no seeds, and are a great fruit to try. They had eaten regular tangerines before, but they always seemed to be a pain (for me) to make sure I had all the seeds out. With these, I can just peel them and put the segments on their plate.

They are an awesome snack - only 50 calories and so yummy.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

How Susan got her groove back

So I went to my Allergy/Asthma Doctor yesterday and left with one cortisone shot in the bum, two prescriptions (Singulair and ProAir inhaler) and a hopeful feeling. My Doctor is also a runner so she understands what I'm going through.

I was diagnosed with Exercise Induced Asthma back in 2006, I believe and typically kept it under control with an inhaler. I would go for periods where I would have no symptoms and when I decided to get pregnant, I really wanted to try to be off as many prescriptions as I could live without. Singulair was an iffy one as far as Pregnancy categories go, so I went off of it.

When I started running again in January 2009, I thought I felt pretty good when running, but it was like the light turned on for me today.

I went to the gym since running in 20 degree temps can cause asthma like symptoms on people who don't have a problem ... plus, I knew it would be "safer" in case I started having issues again.

I ran over 4 miles and felt like I really could push it. I kept increasing my pace (and while that may sound fast), I promise, it really wasn't it, but it was for me. I think I ran faster than I have in a very long time and I can't tell you how good that made me feel.

So thank you modern medicine. I now sound like my husband who is constantly saying "Better Living through modern medicine", while I typically go with the hippie-dippy, use some saline spray, a neti pot, and tea with honey approach.

So, let's cross all of our fingers that I can still feel this good when I'm out in the cold, in the dark, and running up and down hills.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Happy early Valentine's Day to me, Happy early Valentine's Day to me ...

I think anyone who knows me (or reads this blog), knows that I am a frequenter of Target.

Like every other retailer, the Valentine's Day goodies have been out since Christmas, if not before.

I spotted this set of 3 prep bowls at Target and loved them. They have an entire collection of cups and plates with this alphabet pattern. The cups and plates are plastic and would be cute for a kid's party or as gifts.
Not that I really need another set of bowls, but I kept thinking about them and they found their way in my cart yesterday.
Now, what to do with them? One would definitely make a cute candy bowl, one would be good for my morning oatmeal, the smallest would make a great hand warming latte bowl.
If nothing else, they'll make me smile when I use them to prep ingredients for a meal or to scramble eggs.

Monday, January 11, 2010


I don't really think much about my age until I find myself in certain situations where I just can't help it.

Case in point: My visit to Target this morning.

I was wandering the aisles trying to find the cough drops where I ended up spotting a nicely dressed young man who I would guess to be of college age. First, I was surprised to see a cute college boy in the pharmaceuticals/make-up area of Target and then to see a nicely dressed one was even more surprising.

I then realized that I had turned into the Protection and Planning aisle.

And he was looking at Protection.

I was mortified and quickly turned around to find my Ricola cough drops. I felt about 900 years old.

I later saw him pushing a big ol' cart with one small box in it. I just smiled to myself. Props to him for being responsible and maybe kudos are in order to thinking he needed a big cart for one small (yet meaningful) purchase.

Sunday, January 10, 2010


So I ran at the gym on Tuesday morning since I wasn't quite bold enough to brave the 16 degree weather at 6am. I made it about a mile, then had to walk. My chest tightened up and I felt like I couldn't breathe. I walked for about a mile and felt somewhat better, deciding to finish up running the last mile. All the while coughing. I'm sure my gym-mates thought that Typhoid Susan was on the treadmill next to them.

I thought it might just be a fluke or part of a sinus infection that seems to keep hanging on. In retrospect, I should have gone to the Doctor this week, but things got busy. Libby ended up back at the Pediatrician, I had an out of town meeting, etc. You get the picture. Shoulda, coulda, woulda.

Today, I met one of my friends for what we had decided would be a 6-7 mile run. We purposely waited until the afternoon so it would be in the mid-30's and we set off.

We weren't probably a 1/2 mile in and I felt like I was struggling to keep up. Since we typically run at the same pace, I got a little worried. We hit the mile point, and I told her I needed to walk. We walked about 1/2 mile, then turned around because I just wasn't feeling any better. Same symptoms as Tuesday -- tightness, wheezing, coughing, etc.

As much as I hate to admit it, I think my exercise-induced asthma may be back. I haven't had to take my inhaler since 2007 and I really thought that I was over it. I know it's not my fault, but it just makes me mad that when I want to do something, I physically can't. I looked up some information online and I'm having a lot of the symptoms that are in line with asthma, so I bet coupled with the cold weather is probably why I'm having a flare up.

So, here's my promise that I'm calling my Allergist in the morning for an appointment. She's also a runner so I know she understands what I'm going through. I also want to make sure I get my miles in because I've started the 500 miles in 2010 challenge and I need to keep up!

Thursday, January 07, 2010


A sunbath must be the best feeling ever for dogs.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010


Hubby and I started Weight Watchers online back in December. We've both done well with it, especially the Hubs. I think he dropped something like 8 pounds the first week. Let's just say that my biggest weight loss week was maybe 2 pounds. I was most impressed with my recent loss of 2 ounces, but hey, it's still a loss. I think I'm down almost 5 pounds and Hubby is down over 13 pounds. Probably the only holiday season that we haven't gained. Whoo!

We both have a sweet tooth and there's only so much yogurt or an apple will suffice.

So, Hubby brought home a box of chocolate creme cakes that are made by WW and only 1 point. On the box, they look great. Big ol piece of cake, ooey gooey filling inside. Yum.

Not bad, right?
Not bad until you start comparing it to other similarly sized items lying around your house.

Oh, look! Slightly bigger than the Little People person!

I'd call it a tie. Chapstick vs. Cake.

Sorry, Cake. 2 binder clips got you beat.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Tipping Point

Since I put off buying diapers yesterday, I knew I had to go today. Maddy and Libby had their 18 month checkup this morning and we unfortunately discovered that they both had ear infections. Double yuck, since Maddy just had one a few weeks ago. But everything else was great and surprisingly, even Maddy is back on the charts. Maddy weighed in at 21 lbs, 3 oz. and Libby was 22 lbs, 11 oz. Maddy was 30.5 inches and Libby 30 3/4 inches.

So, off to Target to pick up prescriptions and diapers.

I was unable to find one of their double shopping carts in the parking lot, so I took them in the stroller. If you've ever tried to push a double stroller and carry two boxes of diapers and a box of wipes, I can tell you that it's nearly impossible. Believe me, I've tried. Yes, I buy two kinds - Target brand for day and Pampers for night. The Target brand are much cheaper and work fine, but just not for overnight. The stroller has a great basket underneath the seats that works great for smaller items, but unfortunately, large boxes don't fit.

When I paid for the prescriptions, I asked if I could go ahead and buy the diapers and also asked if she had large bags. I hung the diapers and wipes over the handles of the stroller and headed out to the parking lot.

I pulled Maddy out of the stroller, and suddenly the stroller flipped back because of the extra weight of the wipes and diapers. Poor Libby was just looking up at me with an expression like, "What the hell just happened?" I pulled the bags off and got the stroller back to an upright position. I'm sure whoever saw me in the parking lot thought I had lost it.

So my safety warning for the day: If you think the box of wipes weighs more than your daughter, don't hang them from the back of your stroller. Unless you want the other daughter to go on a really fun ride!

Monday, January 04, 2010

Random Monday Musings

This looks incredibly wonderful. Not that I need another kitchen gadget and I especially don't need one that makes pancakes filled with something yummy inside, but don't you want one?
Thank you note writing. I do it every year, but I feel like few reciprocate with me. Is it a lost art? Do you still write thank you notes? I can honestly remember my Mom making me sit down and write them before I was allowed to wear the clothes/play with the toy/spend the money that I had received as a gift. It is a little easier when you have cute new cards like these to use. Thank you, K. and don't worry ... your card will be in the mail tomorrow!Did I show you my $1.27 sofa table? JCP may be my new favorite store. I had to return a chair slipcover because the zipper was broken. I didn't mention that Hubby tried to use pliers to close the zipper, but just the fact that it was broken. Whoops. Anyway, they ended up giving me credit for the exchange, because it was on sale. Then the ottoman slipcover had a spot, so they gave me another credit, but couldn't replace it because it was out of stock. Long story short, I was able to purchase this table for under $2 and spent our credit on it. Not bad. It has 2 storage baskets and fits in well with the rest of our furniture. Those baskets are now filled with bristle blocks and typically get pushed out of the way in 2.4 seconds upon a toddler entering the room.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

More coughing ...

Has led to more early morning TV watching when I can't sleep. Today, I watched part of National Geographic's show called 'The Women of K2 and death on the mountain' or something equally scary sounding. It was actually pretty interesting ... from what I watched, there had been only 5 women who had summitted K2 and all 5 had died ... either on the mountain or in other climbing related deaths. There was a new woman who was hoping to be the first one to actually reach the summit and survive. I ended up falling asleep, so I have no idea how it all turned out. Anyone else up around 4:30 am today and know the answer?

There were also many more infomercials ... Girls Gone Wild DVD, Bare Minerals makeup, the Insanity workout DVD, P90X workout DVD, Snuggies, and a really cool shoe storage box that can fit under your bed. Also, did you know that VH1 is actually playing VIDEOS at that time of day?

I think it's a good thing I don't have my credit card number memorized or I may have been calling for the shoe storage box.

Do you think it's possible for a upper respiratory thing from Thanksgiving to have hung around until now? I really feel like I've been coughing since then and it's probably time to go back to the Doctor. All this coughing and temperatures in the 20's has led to no running this week and I'm feeling a little guilty. However, I just don't think that coughing and running when it's that cold could be a good combination.

This week ... 30's and 40's for the highs, so at least we're moving up the thermometer.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

So did you ...

Eat your traditional pork, blackeyed peas, cornbread, and greens meal on New Years Day? We did, minus the greens, because I don't think I know how to fix them and no one in our house really likes them. So, what does that mean ... no extra folded money for us? Whoops.

Is this what you've always heard? Pork means progress (because pigs root forward) or for being humble, black eyed peas are for luck, greens are for extra folded money, and cornbread ... that may just be a southern thing? Is there a meaning behind it or does it just taste good?

I have also realized that if you are up at 5am on Saturday, due to a nagging cough, nearly every TV station is playing an infomercial. Today, I learned about several exercise DVD's, curling iron, juicers, panini press, weight loss concoctions, mops, Your Baby Can Read system, and probably 10 others. I think National Geographic was the only station actually playing a show, so I watched about conjoined twins and if/when they can have surgery.

Happy 2010 everyone.