Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Lists for May

It's been a while since I've done a monthly list, but my love for them remains strong! Here we go!

Stuff I did:

  1. Ran. A lot. I had my highest monthly mileage ever (which is sad, because I did a marathon in 2004 and I'm sure even that month I didn't run this much!) I topped out at 75.75 miles.
  2. Worked. When Shane lost his job in April, I picked up some extra hours at work. Instead of having 2 days off each week I only had 1. I know, boo hoo, but it really made the month busy to have to cram all my mommy-do's into one weekday.
  3. Started eating lunch by myself again. I had a great lunch partner on my days off because Shane had been coming home for lunch at his old job. This isn't possible at his new job, so I'm back to eating all alone (cue violins.) At first, the boy quite cramped my style, but by the end, I looked forward to our lunch dates. I was way less grumpy at noon than at 5 (the presence of children at 5 might have had something to do with the grumpiness.)
  4. Pondered getting a swimming pass for the local rec center. Our BFFs are leaving us and moving to Spokane, and I don't know what we are going to do with our time. Just to go swimming for one visit costs $20.50. The monthly pass is $24 per month - yeah. It's kind of a no brainer, and as long as we go one time a month every month it will pretty much pay for itself.
  5. Replaced our laptop battery. Amazon is the coolest - I found a name-brand replacement for $20. If I had known it would be so cheap, I wouldn't have waited so long - it would last all of 23 minutes by the time we got the new battery. It is so nice!
  6. Walked to the Oquirrh Mountain Temple with the ladies from my relief society. It was my favorite church activity ever! 
  7. Randomly skyped with our friends' parents, who are on a mission in Nauvoo, at a barbecue. It was fun. I'm probably the only person in the world who'd never skyped. Welcome to technology!
  8. Upgraded Shane's phone. He has an iPhone now with Siri, so my kids spend all their time trying to facetime with their dad from their iPods and trying to get Siri to talk to them. I still like my dumb phone, thankyouverymuch. But now everyone wants me to have an iPhone too. Maybe I'm like the grandma who refuses to have a computer because it's too much technology. Me and my friend Isabel were emailing about that yesterday. Is it lame that we don't want cool phones?
  9. Bought Shane's Father's Day gift. The past 2 years I have forgotten to get him anything, so it was a big improvement. Although, he makes me crazy. I told him, in separate conversations, that I had bought him a FD gift and that I'd been to the Nike store. When I got home that day, he said to me, "So where are my new headphones?" I freaked out and yelled at him and thought he had peeked at his gift, because I didn't even know I was going to get him headphones when I went in the store, but still decided on them in the end. It is incredibly bratty for him to know me that well. So he already has his gift - they will be great for Ragnar.
  10. Helped my friend Melanie get ready to move. Although, I should have been secretly sabotaging her efforts because I am crying that she is leaving me. We had a great Friday afternoon together scrubbing and painting and sanding.

9 things I need for a good run:

  1. My blue hat. My head got really sunburned one day at the park, so I started wearing a hat to run. It really is amazing how much better you feel when the sun isn't in your eyes.
  2. My favorite Puma socks. I have 6 pairs, but am currently crushing on the 3 I bought with my shoes back in March.
  3. My iPod. The last few months I've been throwing caution to the wind and putting it on "shuffle songs" instead of running to a playlist. I like to listen to playlists because then I associate a time period of training with certain songs. However, I also tend to put the same songs on my playlists over and over so it isn't that effective. I've heard a lot more music on my runs lately. And I don't seem to skip them as often.
  4. A water bottle. I have to hold it in my right hand, because the sloshing bothers me if it's in my left. Weird, I know. This also means I have to have my iPod on my left so my Nike+ will calculate accurately.
  5. My running shoes.
  6. My Nike jacket. Although, now that it's warm, I've weaned myself from it. But I swear, this jacket is my security blanket. I always know I'll be warm enough in even the coldest weather when wearing it.
  7. No soda for at least 3 hours. Just makes sense, really.
  8. Headband. In the absence of my hat, I'll go for a headband. Anything that keeps the sun off my forehead.
  9. Running skirt. I haven't had a run in anything other than a skirt in months. Even in the cold, I wear one. They just make me happy, you know? My running friend Breana just got one. I'm converting people, one by one...

8 People I saw or hung out with or made a difference in May

  1. My mom, on Mother's Day and the Sunday before Memorial and on Memorial Day at the cemetery.
  2. Gina and
  3. her sister Collette, my old dance teachers. Well, her daughters, as the dance teacher died last year. We ran into them as we left the cemetery on Memorial Day. It was weird and kind of creepy. Standing in front of them, I felt like I was still 14 and really lame. Well, I'm still lame but considerably older than 14. They both tried to convince me and my mom to come to the Big Show the following Friday. I didn't go, and neither did my mom, although we both could have gotten up on the stage and joined in on some of the dances - they are that old.
  4. My BFF Shelly and her kids. I miss Shelly and I wish she lived closer.
  5. My mom-in-law, Vonnay. She gave my kids her old day bed and trundle bed so they can sleep next to each other and have some room to spare. The kids love it, I love it, hopefully Vonnay loves it. Thanks, Ma!
  6. My friend Jenny in my ward. I'm probably 10 years older than her, but I just love her. We chatted the whole time as we walked to the temple. She's just so funny and saracastic. One Sunday in church she walked over to me in front of the entire relief society while the teacher was teaching just to offer me her sleeping daughter to hold. That is friendship.
  7. Amy. We went on a fabulous run together on May 31st. It was up in the mountains on a beautiful spring morning. I had so much fun being with my sister while running. It is something we both do but very rarely together.
  8. Went to a baby shower that was also attended by this person. I don't think that we are BFFs now but we had a very nice conversation. I was so nervous I could feel my heart beating in my eyelashes and my legs were shaking but it was okay and even pleasant. I was also very grateful I had some peeps there who were in my corner. Big sigh.

Songs from May that were played a lot at my house:

  1. LMFAO - Party Rock Anthem and
  2. I'm Sexy and I know it (my kids love the LMFAO and I can't really stop them. It might be bad to let them listen to stuff like this now, but I figure if I try and be cool with the hip music, they won't rebel in other ways. Plus, even if I tried to stop them, they would still like the songs - not because of the words that make me cringe, but because of the dancey beat and the M&M commercial)
  3. Thriller - don't ask me how this song came about, but Thomas likes to practice the moon walk to it.
  4. Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourn, again, thanks to the commercial.
  5. One Direction - Beautiful and 
  6. I Want. Which I don't mind - they seem like a teeny bopper band who make songs that kids like and can sing without making the parents cringe.
  7. What I've done - Linkin Park. The kids love this one too. Ben likes to turn it on, take off his shirt, and do pushups to it. Whatever.

(Good) Songs I am crushing on:

  1. Adele - Someone Like You (I also like the Glee mash up of Someone Like You/Rumour Has It)
  2. Adele - Best for Last (I love the line - "just a filler in the space that happened to be free...how dare you think you'd get away with trying to play me." Just love the Adele.)
  3. Florence + The Machine - Breath of Life (This is a video with scenes from Snow White and The Huntsman - which I want to see, despite my dislike of all things Twilight and Kristin Stewart. She's just so...expressionless. And yet dramatically so.)
  4. Black Eyed Peas - Tonight's Gonna Be a Good Night (really juvenile - but I still am listening to it over and over. The beat is really intoxicating and gets my feet a-jangling.)
  5. Taio Cruz - Dynamite. I blame Just Dance 3! for my love of this song. It's hard not to love a song when you already know the dance to it. I love catching me and my kids doing the moves to it in random places like the living room or while driving in the car.
  6. Airborne Toxic Event - All I Ever Wanted. Love the lyrics - You tell me that you're scared that you're turning into your mother I feel myself turn into my father We could lie to each other like they do and say we're so happy It's easy when you're young  and you still want it so badly. The ATE feel like a 90's band - the angsty lyrics, the dark bass line, deep-voiced singer - love it.

Places I ate food from:
  1. Red Iguana. Mmm. I love that they are in City Creek!
  2. Chick-Fil-A. Ditto the above.
  3. Cafe Rio.
  4. Costa Vida.
  5. San Sauce (our very favorite Chinese food in the world.)

4 Reasons I love May:

  1. The sun coming in my window every morning. Sure, it's a little annoying, but I love late spring mornings.
  2. Iris.
  3. Coolish weather.
  4. The feeling that it is the perfect part of the year - not cold, not hot, not too close to the holidays, and lots of good things in store.

3 books I tried to read: (reading hasn't been very successful lately. Must try harder.)

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird - I've read it before, but couldn't stay with it.
  2. Home - Toni Morrison. I should like this more than I do, I LOVE T.M. but I'm not there with this book yet.
  3. Incredibly Loud and Extremely Close - I think I'll get through this one eventually.

2 yummy things I made:

  1. Strawberry cake. I finally got it down by putting it in a regular old 9x13 pan. It almost tastes as good as Amy's....
  2. 7 layer dip. I saw one at the store one day and went home and immediately made one. I love me some 7 layer! (although mine only had 6 - beans, salsa, sour cream, olives, cheese. Okay, so I mean 5.)

Best part about May 2012:

Shane's new job! Wahoo!!


Britt said...

I've never Skyped. And the very existence of Siri makes me want to puke. It bothers me that people talk to their phones and their phones talk back. We live in a society that can't communicate face to face, but we can have conversations with a lady robot voice? Huh?

Just out of curiosity, are there shorts under running skirts? Or are they really skirts? If I ever own one, will my thighs rub together? (not that I'm ever going to run anywhere...)

Isabel said...

I skyped last night with my mom. It's a great way for my kids to see my parent's faces. That way they won't get nervous when they actually are around them. It's awesome.

I've never listened to Adele. I KNOW! (Maybe someone should burn me a CD of her stuff. I hear its awesome.)

My kid loves songs 1, 2 and 5. Throw in that "Domino" song and that on my son's playlist. Over and over and over again. (He and his class dance to "Domino". I'm trying to not be a prude, but I think it's a little too racy for Kindergartners.)

I've been riding bikes this month and not running. We have a new stationary bike. I can watch Netflix on my Kindle AND work out at the same time. HEAVEN.

(I'm getting an iPhone tomorrow. But NO Suri.)