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a visit home (it's long)(that's what she...)

I drove home Thursday afternoon to spend the early part of the weekend with my parents.  Other than a car-on-fire-no-moving-for-an-hour snafu that made the DC-Baltimore part of the trip almost 2 hours, it was a pretty easy ride.  G rode shotgun.  He doesn't like: bumps in the road, direct sunlight, and when Eminem comes on the iPod.

Thursday night we went out to a local chinese/mix restaurant, and I had my favorite Philadelphia chinese treat: Chinese Pizza (often known as Scallion Pancakes).  I have yet to find a chinese place around here that I love (and I've tried quite a few!!) and I don't think I've ever seen one with scallion pancakes.  There was one in Waldorf when I lived there, but nothing any closer.  I didn't order an entree, but I picked at my dad's pad thai and my mom's chicken with broccoli.  My mom took this picture while we were waiting for our credit card back:
Yes, I was probably twittering at the table.  Rude panda!

Thursday night I finally t…

i like random friday facts

Let's do it again, shall we?

1. I have a freckle in-between two toes.  Weird, right?  It just showed up a year or so ago.  
2. I was in the marching band in high school (was the drum major, capital N for Nerd), college, and then taught high school band for 4 years, including marching band.  I think being in the marching band is one of the nerdiest and best things you can do.  The companionship and pack mentality is probably similar to football teams and sororities (I have experience with neither).
3. Herr's Sour Cream & Onion potato chips are my favorite thing on the planet.  Thankfully, they aren't sold in DC, so I have to nom on them when I come home.  This is how weird I am - there are "good" bags and "bad" bags, and as soon as I open a bag, I can tell which it is going to be based on the smell.  I like to lay in bed and read a book and nosh.  It's my happy place.
4. I love working from home, but I think if I didn't have G (and you guys), I&#…

three things thursday

1. The email reply to comments disaster.  Okay, so.  All you lovely folks are kind enough to comment on my blog, and I WANT to reply to all of you.  No, really, I do!  But when I hit reply in gmail to sparkle you back, I get a "no-reply@blogger" disaster.  NO!  I've spent some time googling this and here's what I've found:

a. There is no way to fix it.
b. Everyone is REALLY REALLY MAD about it.
c. But WORDPRESS can do it!
d. There is no way to fix it.

HOWEVER (she says..)
If you do step number one that I found here to edit or create a profile, when I click on your name, it will take me to your profile page and THEN (and only then), I can reply to your email with some private wit just for you!  A lot of work just so I can send you an email, I know, but I can't find a better way and c'mon now, you want it.  Plus I feel SUPER BAD when someone leaves me a nice comment and gets.....*crickets.*  Blogspot people, if you know of some magic that the internet does not, p…

wordless wednesday


things before 30 musings

The general consensus about my list is that it should contain skydiving.  Also, maybe I should go skydiving.  "GO SKYDIVING DOOOODE IT'S AWESOSOOOOMEMEE,"....etc, are the comments I got from my post requesting ideas.  

So maybe it would be more appropriate to make a list of the dangerous/ridiculous/embarrassing things I've done, and then we can pick up from there.  Yeah?  Yeah, sounds like a good Tuesday chuckle.
1.  I have been skydiving.  Many times.  When I lived in Indiana, I had a friend who was certified who convinced me to go, and I was hooked.  I spent one of my Indiana summers (1999?) trying to get in enough dives for a cert, rolling my own parachute, etc.  If I can find some pictures of me doing this with crazy 18-year-old hair, I'll put em up here.  So, if it will make you crazy people happy, I'll go again, but, been there, done that.
2. I have a tattoo.  It's one of the best things I've ever done, and I love it, and I'm not scared of gett…

a great summer weekend!

I love the summer.  I just adore it.  I like being outside, I like having the windows open, I like wearing flip-flops.  

On Friday, I got in a legs (& abs!) workout and did a "random hill" workout on the spin bike at the gym.  I was sweating pretty hard and the resistance was rather low, but I still don't believe that I did 6.25 miles in 15 minutes.  Those spin bikes are fishy....  After that, I headed over to the pool with a swim buddy who is training for a tri and got in 1500 yards, including a 500 yard sprint ladder.  And by sprint, I of course mean "slightly faster than the rest."  My shoulder was a bit cranky while I was warming up, but once I got moving and settled in, it felt great.  I got out of the pool feeling like I could have done more, which is fantastical for this point in my recovery!!  I'm also really enjoying doubling up legs/bike/swim.  Ending with the swim is soothing.

Friday night we had some friends over for some grilling and some boa…

more random friday facts

1. I went out on Wednesday night and tried Corona Light (it was on special, cut me a break) - the verdict?  Not worth it.  Basically lime-flavored soupy bubble water.

2. Grey's Anatomy finale last night?  OMG.  I spent most of it saying, "NO," hiding behind a pillow, and texting people about how I couldn't deal.  
3. MY CROTCH HURTS.  Bike people, does this ever stop?
4. Ran yesterday, it sucked, IT hurts, blah blah blah.  Appointment with ortho in 2 weeks.  Don't really want to talk about what's about to happen to my summer.
5. My ST30 challenge is whomping ass!  I think there are abs hiding in there!
6. I am one really disgustingly hard final away from being done with this insane double-load semester.  CAN'T WAIT.  My summer will be back to just a full load, and that's exciting.
7. I'm planning on getting back in the pool this afternoon, if I can fit it into my schedule. 
8. The changing-my-food-habits is going well.  I ate a new color of pepper this w…

three things thursday

How is it Thursday already?  Zoinks!

1. I went to my first spinning class in a long time yesterday.  I know 9 squabillion people have said this, but, serious ouch to my crotch!!  I was prepared, though, and had already laid out the tweezers and a search-light so I could remove my underwear when I got home.  Whew.  Also, I think in being worried about over-doing it, I under-did it, as I didn't feel that tired by the end of the class, and my sweat puddle was embarrassingly small.  I'm going to try another one next week, once I finish picking pieces of my capris outta my crack.  

2. I think some of my aimlessness (update: I'm feeling aimless) is due to the fact that I'm not training for anything right now except "get stronger."  Bah.  And I can't sign up for anything, because I have no idea what my IT band is going to do at any given moment.  It's kind of the same feeling after running a big race - now what?  But I can't solve it by looking forward to …

wordless wednesday

I love sneaking into bed with the mama.

rain, rain, go away

I am so tired of the rain, D.C.!!!  It's spring!  Where's my sunshine?

I am so tired of my classes this semester.  If I wasn't freakin' terrified of the econ final, I would just want them all to be OVER. Right now.  End.  Be done.  Go away, classes.

I am so tired of the gym.  It was AWESOME to get in the pool, just to have a different place to workout.  Yesterday I felt kind of blah all day, and had to force myself out the door to the gym.  Of course, once I got on a treadmill, I perked up.  Did 2 mins walk/6 minutes run x4 with a tiny bit of speed work at the end.  I hate that 3ish walk/run miles seems to be my limit right now, but I'm trying to take the "it's better than nothing" approach.

Total: 3.35/35:00/avg. pace 10:26

I've also been totally kicking butt at Heather's ST30 challenge, I must say.  I've already been doing a decent amount of strength-training, so my version of this challenge is to do some ab-directed-work every day (i.e. cru…

a very exciting weekend!

First of all, there's an opening to live in Katie's House of Awesome, if anyone just got kicked out by their pimp.  I spent some of Saturday afternoon showing the room to a bunch of socially awkward people I found on craigslist.  In the middle of that, I managed to get out for a ride with my good buddy Todd.  It was my first ride since last summer, so I only stalled out 12 times and left my blinker on for 2 miles once.  
It's hard to smile with a helmet on.
I also managed to make it to the gym, but after a super-intense workout week, just did a few preventative ITB things, some abs, and then hopped on the TM.  2 minutes walk, 5 minutes run x 4.  I'm getting tired of this walk/run thing, but it seems to be doing the trick, so I'll take it.  I was also pretty sore from a session with a new sports massage guy on Friday night, and didn't want to aggravate any crankypants muscles.
Total: 2.85/30:00/avg. pace 10:31.
When the poet got home from work, we went to Lowe's…

random friday facts

Random Friday facts:

1. I have an embarrassing collection of trendy pop that I run/exercise to, and right now I can't get enough of Ke$ha "Take It Off."  I know.  I can barely look myself in the mirror.  Don't judge.  A close second?  Katy Perry's new single, "California Gurls." I'm a sad state of affairs.

2. I am going to try and swim on Sunday.  Yay for the return of Nike bathing suit camel toe, getting mad about water in my ears, and charley horses!  Whoop whoop!  Maybe I can get rescued by an almost-naked speedo man again (see: massive cramp during first time in pool since childhood stint on swim team.  May or may not have followed 5-hour dancing stint in high heels on tables at 18th & Red).

3. Did a little running yesterday, a little spin-biking today.  Also, riding the big girl bike hurts my big girl tailbone.  My workouts have either been more intense this week or I'm still dragging ass from all the vitamins and library visits last weeke…