Monday, May 20, 2013

Getting to Know Me?

It's my birthday week. That means that I get to be all about ME and it is okay, right?

I sometimes like to dream that I am a world-famous blogger and people are lining up at my door to interview me. Because you, know, I am really interesting. But then, I remember that I blog like three times a year and my dreams are shattered. So, in the spirit of becoming a better blogger, more self-involved and satisfying all your growing curiosities about how I stay so awesome, I compiled this list (the idea which I copied from several blogs of people who actually write once in a while...) of awesome facts about yours truly:

Things You Should Know About Me if We Are Gonna Be BFFs

--I love grape flavored candy. This is first, because it is most important.

--I am the least photogenic person in the world. I'm sure I could win awards, and everything. (Which is why, after looking through my photos over the past year, I do not have of just me on my computer.)

--My biggest fear is open water. And spiders.

-- I can type over 90 wpm.

--I have never broken a bone.

--Once I was paid $5 to be in a commercial, in which I opened a door and walked into a building. Never saw the commercial, but I know that day a star was born.

--I have also never had stitches.

--I hate fresh blueberries.

--I can't go to the doctor without having them test my thyroid. Every time it is because my neck looks "enlarged". Hence why I am called "Neck" at my house.

--If you were wondering, my thyroid works just fine. I just have a giant neck.

--I was sick with tonsillitis/mono when I graduated college and slept through my entire graduation ceremony.

--I'm not going to tell you about how I got mono in college.

--I love to fly, despite some pretty scary experiences on airplanes (you should ask me about those sometimes.)

--I have only been outside of the U.S. three times, but I'm pretty sure none of them count. (I went to Niagara Falls, Tijuana, and briefly stepped out of the cruise ship in Ensenada.)

--My favorite band of all time is The Smashing Pumpkins.

--I'm a lefty. Except with scissors.

--If I could spend the day with any celebrity, I'd spend it with Steve Carrell. Or Patrick Warburton. I'm pretty sure they would make sure I had a good time.

--I once fought off a would-be purse snatcher with my high heel shoe.

--I am probably the best person ever at fake crying. My chin trembles and everything.

--I have six sisters, and no brothers. (okay, so most people probably know this...) We have our own secret club and everything.

--I love my family. So much, in fact, my husband sometimes calls it "nauseating".

--I don't have a favorite color. It depends on the week, and my mood.

--I also don't have a favorite movie.

--I may have a slight problem with indecision.

--I love Audrey Hepburn. Okay, who doesn't? But, I think she is exquisite. And perfect.

--That's probably enough bullet points that start with "I" to last a lifetime. And, now you know everything there is. Clearly, I'm not even that complex!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Run run, run. And then repeat.

So, this running thing I'm doing is still happening. I'm training for another 1/2 marathon (the Riverton half, which I did last year, and loved that it was so.hard) so it's pretty much all I think about right now. That, and eating.

I am a music runner. I listen to music 99% of the time I am running. I really find that it gets my mind off the {sometimes} monotony of running, and if I can't have Ryan Gosling at the finish line waiting for me with a puppy, at least I have music to push me along.

I might start running

I grew up with a love for music. I remember spending many Saturdays glued to my radio/cd/tape player listening to the radio with my trigger-finger ready in case one of my favorite songs came on so I could try to record it to a tape for the best mixtape like, ever. Remember when this would happen, like all the time?

I easily get music ADD on my runs, though. I like to change up my playlist and have fresh music for those long runs -- that way I always have something exciting to look forward to, other than the gnarly hill coming up. With that said, these are my favorite songs on my playlist {right now}.

1. You Make My Dreams - Hall & Oates-- Yeah, I throw back to 1981. I'm cool like that. I don't know what it is about this song, it just makes me happy. And I run better when I am happy.

2. Carry On -Fun. -- I love the way this song reminds me to not stop -- to "carry on". My favorite part "... but my legs are fine, after all they are mine". It reminds me that even though it's my legs are on fire usually when I'm running, they are fine, and I can finish, and I won't stop.

3. All Kinds of Time - Fountains of Wayne -- Okay, so this isn't one of those fast-paced get-your-heart-racing-and-mind-pumped songs. I was a big fan of Fountains of Wayne fan in High School -- so not only does this song make me all nostalgic when I am running, it reminds me to breathe, take my time, {think of my family} and that I have all kinds of time.

4. Anything Could Happen -- Ellie Goulding --This is one of Weston's favorite songs. Seriously, he asks me to play "Ellie Goulding" when we are in the car. If you watch the music video here, it's actually kind of depressing, but the song still pumps me up.

5. Dog Days Are Over - Florence and the Machine -- I am a sucker for songs that talk about running. Thanks, Florence, for telling me to run fast for my family. That's what I aim to do. (Okay, so I'm not really fast, but at least I am running...)
Good Point

6. Maneater - Nelly Furtado - She makes me "work hard" and I love it.

7. Jump - Kriss Kross -- Okay, this is the exception. This is on my running play list like all.the.time. I look like a freak while I listen to the song, since I actually jump when it tells me.

8. Anna Sun - Walk the Moon. I just like this song. It makes me smile, just like the sun makes me smile. And I think about the sun when I listen to this song.

9. Calabria 2008 -- Enur (Feat. Natajsa) I have no idea what they are saying in this song. I danced to it in Zumba once, and I liked it.

10. Let Me Think About It - Ida Corr vs. Fedde Le Grande -- Another Zumba song. There's something to Zumba songs and running - they just help me stay positive, and think about something other than how badly my toes hurt.

What about you? What's on your playlist? Any good suggestions for me?