Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Things That Annoy Roger

Hello, how are you today? Last year I did a post on things that I don't like to hear when when pmsing.  Last week, Roger and I got into a flight and he reminded me that I also say thing that are annoying to him.

A little background for you, Roger works from home, and often he will do things around the house, like taking out the trash, washing the towels, taking out the recycling..... Well, last week he asked me to take the trash, and said to me " I am not the maid here!"  And I answered something really mean, I said " right, because if you were the maid, I would have fired you." In my defense, I had just walked in from work, I was hungry and my son was refusing to work on his homework.  We made up, and got past it. But this made me think of other things I say that annoy Roger.

1. Do you know how much toilet paper/ paper towels cost? He hates this one! he uses paper towels for everything, and I use reusable towels for wiping things.

2. This conversation :

R- what do you want for dinner?
Me- I don't know
R- black beans and rice?
Me- no
R- steak and pasta ?
Me- no
R- spaghetti and meatballs?
Me- no
R- ok, I'm making myself salmon and salad
Me- no, let's go back to that black beans and rice idea.

3. Right before we go for a run- I'm Hungry. 
We schedule our runs together, and it drives him crazy that I don't prepare myself for the run.

I asked Roger what other things I say annoy him, but now he is being all sweet and saying. There is nothing else... I'm going to have to test that!

What are things that your SO says that annoy you?
Do you know how much paper towels and TP cost?
What is your "I don't feel like cooking " dinner?
What is one thing you do that you know annoys your SO?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Weekly Wrap 2.19.17

Hello World! It feels like I have been away for a long time!

Last week was crazy busy, and intense. We had birthdays, running, new workouts, it was amazing!

Tuesday: Cardio Funk and 5 mile run
Wednesday: 1.5 miles run, and Ripped class
Thursday: 3 miles sprints
Friday : 10 miles tempo
Saturday: 3 easy miles
Sunday : 10 miles tempo (ish)
On Tuesday I was making friends and talking to the Cardio Funk instructor and my friend Melissa, they told me about this Ripped class at the Y, and I gave it a try. It was an intense work out, lots of cardio, core, burpees and weights. I will be coming back for this class next week.

Last week was a mix bag with running, I ran on the treadmill, I ran long, I ran with the sunrise, and with the sunset, I ran wearing layers on the cold, and shorts for the warm weather. It was all enjoyable!

Very much Loving
This weekend was all birthday celebrations ! My niece turned 2 and my younger sister also had a birthday. We had a lots of celebrating at my parents, with dancing, eating and cake.

my son and my niece dancing and playing with balloons
We danced so much, that shortly after the dancing, my niece took a 2 hour nap, and my son took a 30 minute nap. He has been fighting off a cold since last week.

On Sunday we celebrated my sister's birthday and had brunch at my sister's favorite place! We had mountains of food ! It was amazing!

Currently Reading
The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood. It started out as the story of a couple who lost their home, and are living in a car, then were recruited by a high tech cult and now it has taken a very dystopian turn! I am very intrigued now.

How was your week?
Do you know any February Babies? We have the most birthdays in February at work and at home.
What is your favorite birthday cake? Mine is a marble cake with whipped topping.


Friday, February 17, 2017

TTLWH Book Club - My Marathon

Today I'm linking up with Wendy for the TTLWH book club, because this time I got to read the book!

I found the book My Marathon by Frank Shorter on the NPR book list. As soon as I saw the words Marathon, I knew this was going on my reading list. I made the request to my library and picked up two days later.

Reading about the physical, mental and emotional abuse towards him and his siblings was heartbreaking. I just kept asking myself how did the community that lived and glorify his father never knew about the abuse?

At times during the book, when Mr. Shorter talked about the exclusivity of running back in the days he was in college and high school, it made me feel inadequate. For me, it was when reading his words saying how the goal of some marathoners nowadays, is to finish, and not so much to wining it... That rubbed the wrong way. Maybe it was me reading it with a very critical eye, maybe I was feeling over sensitive, I do that sometimes.

My favorite part of the book was reading about him winning the gold medal in the Olympics. That had me at the edge of the mattress! I knew he was going to win, but the way he wrote it was so suspenseful.

I cried when reading the part where Prefontaine died, that hit me hard, mostly because I wasn't expecting it, and because of how Mr Shorter wrote it.

I enjoyed the book, but was really hoping to read more on how his life outside of running was, like how he squeezed going to law school and still manage 2 running workouts per day? But I understand that he is a professional runner and that his entire life was dedicated to running. Part of me mostly wanted the gossip on why his marriage ended....just because of my own curiosity.

I enjoyed the book and learning more about the last American to win a gold medal on the Olympic marathon. I recommend the book.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Love Run 2 Mile run Recap

Race Info
Date: February 11 at 10:00 am
Price : $20
Weather : cool 35, light wind.

I have wanted to do this race since 2015, but my schedule didn't allow for it. But this year was my time to run it!

The thought of a 2 mile race sounded easy... until we arrived to Mesiah College and saw the hills on campus!

Registration was easy, and I got a long sleeve shirt, which I wasn't expecting, it was a nice surprise!

The race is also a costume contest, there were a few couples dressed on couple costumes. There was a girl wearing flowers all over and the guy that she was with was wearing a heart shaped chocolate box on his head, and had chocolate candy taped all over his body. There was also a girl wearing a long gown and the guy that she was with was wearing a suit and a church made out of a box on his head.

As we lined up for the start of the race, I wondered how they would be able to run on those costumes, but told myself to be ready to be surprise... and I was!
** Note to self: Racing alongside college kids is rough! they are on top shape and run fast **

We took off through the hill campus, and I told myself to warm up slowly, but the excitement of the race got me. The first .25 mile we were running downhill, which made my legs very tired.

The guy from the couple wearing flowers and chocolates kept losing his chocolates as his ran, I wanted to pick them up, but I also didn't want to stop running.

I was overly confident that I would be passing more people after the first mile, at least the couple on the formal outfits, but that didn't happen... overconfidence is a big liar!

I crossed the finish line at 16.55! and formal outfit couple came in way ahead of me. I was really blown away, but I'm always blown away at people who can wear uncomfortable clothes to run.

The couple on formal outfits ... you can see the box on the guy's head.

The race was small, short and hilly. I would love to be back next year to race it again!

Can you run in a dress?
Have you ever done a Valentine's day theme race?
is 2 miles an odd distance?

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Wait, What Is Your Name? NO, not that Name

It is no secret now that I was born in Mexico, but what might not know, is that for the first 15 years of my life, I was not known as Ana, but as Luisa.

Back in 1982, my mother first picked my middle name, based on the Saint of the date of my birth, Saint Louis (San Luis). The first name was up for debate for about a week, she went back and forth between Maria, Fernanda and Artemisa, the last one rhymed weirdly with my middle name, so it was immediately tossed. She settled in Ana, and never used it again until 1997.

In Mexico, we don't put a lot of value on the first name, hence a lot of girls are named Maria, and a lot of boys are named Jose. The name we give priority to, is our middle name. When asked, we answer our middle name, and only dig out the first name for official documents.

Anybody who knows me in Mexico, knows me a Luisa. Close family here call me Lui.

So, when I first moved here, my first day at school, all my teachers would ask me "What is your name?" and on my basic, and very broken English, I would say "My name is Ana Luisa Soto" they would stare at me and asked me again, then finally another classmate came and told me, "not that name... the other one, you know your first name".

Later that day, that same classmate and I had ESL together, and she told me "Your sister is going to be there!" I was so excited, the first day of school was scary, I didn't know anybody, and the possibility of seeing my other siblings was very exciting. Then she said "you know, your Sister Maria!" and I still remember my response to her... "No, you are wrong I don't have any sister whose name is Maria". Only to remember that Yes, I did.

All of my siblings are the same, when we speak English, we call each other by our first name. And that took us about 10 years to get used to. In Spanish, we call each other by our middle name. Except for my brothers, who don't have a middle name, but we call them by their nicknames, which are shorten versions of their names.

I always tell people that I have 3 sister and 2 brother, but when I speak of them, I call them both of their names. So a question that is often asked of me is "I thought you have 3 sisters, and I have hear you mention at least 8 names, who is Vicky? Who is Bety?"

Even my son had this confusion when he was 3. He knows his favorite aunt as Tia Bety, and the first time his father called her Maria, he immediately asked, then corrected "Who is Maria? That's not her name Dad, her name is Tia Bety!"

Do you have a middle name?
Does anybody use your middle name ?
Do you have a family nickname?

Monday, February 13, 2017

Weekly Wrap 2 12.17

Happy Monday!! Last week was weird again. I was sick at the beginning of the week and barely got in any workouts. I say it was all about recovery from this evil cold!

Thursday : 3 miles easy, and Zumba
Friday : 3.6 miles
Saturday : Love Run 2 miles and weights
Sunday: Zumba and weights

I'm  linking up with Holly and Tricia this week for the weekly wrap.

On Monday, after completing most of my work, I went home sick. I could barely hold my head up and couldn't concentrate on anything. I spent the rest of the day napping and taking cold meds.

Thursday we had a snow day! My son and I enjoyed our extra sleep! then we did some light work at home. I also ran with the Fleet Feet group, which ended up being another woman, Fred and I.

Did Not Love

On Friday I joined the HARRC group for their full moon Beer Run. It was fun, but I ended up awkwardly waiting for people to drink their beer, because I don't drink beer and I am not a very social person. This might be the last time I do a run with them, it is a great route, and a great idea, but I suck at making new friends.

On Saturday Roger woke up with a cold, but still came with me to the Love Run 2 mile race. I had been wanting to do this race for a few years, but there were always other things in my schedule. It was a fun and quick race, I might be back next year.

Loved this weekend!

Roger and I went to a nice dinner on Saturday, in part to celebrate Valentine's day early, and part because we rarely go out to eat on weekends. We had a lovely dinner and ordered this amazing chocolate dessert!

Currently Reading
Evicted, Poverty and Profit in The American City by Matthew Desmond.
I have been in a Non-fiction kick this year. I'm learning a lot from this book.

How was your week?
What is your favorite Dessert?
Did you get any snow this week?
Did anybody catch the lunar eclipse ? How about the comet?


Friday, February 10, 2017

Friday Friday 2.10.17

Happy Friday! What a week it has been!

I'm linking up with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness  for the Friday Five 2.0. Today's theme is Love.

So I'll share with you things that I LOVE hearing as a runner, in no particular order.

1. Yes, Let's do that race! I invite family, friends and co-workers to do races with me. I have no problems doing them alone, but a race with others is always more fun!

2. Race is Chip timed- When I started running, I would do whatever races I could find... now I'm picky, and prefer chip time races.

3. I'll watch the kid(s) while you run- a mother runner is eternally looking for somebody to keep an eye on the kids, while one goes to run! But it's even better when said kid says #1 on top.

4. I brought Donuts/ bagels/ banana bread/ muffins this morning! To be real, I love this one at the office, no matter the day or time.

5. "The weather today will be sunny, high of 55 with light winds"- 'nuff said!

Bonus:  *  all time love this one *
Don't worry about dinner, I'll pick us up something from Carrabas ( my favorite place)

How was your week?
Big plans for Valentines day?
Do you prefer donut, bagels or muffins? I don't discriminate, I love them all.
What things , running or non running do you LOVE to hear from your family and loved ones?