Thursday, July 31, 2014

It's ok to be you. Video by Colbie Caillat

One of the great benefits of having a blog is I can post things that I love.  This video makes me tear up because of the pressure that is put on women to be beautiful, thin and "perfect".  Yet here is a grammy Award-winning, singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat  who released her new EP,Gypsy Heart Side A with the album’s lead single “Try” that makes a powerful statement about beauty ideals. 

I know I will go back to this video and watch it when I need to remember, it's ok to be me. And maybe I won't cry each time I watch it.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Runners- Video

I stumbled onto this 11 minute film of two gentleman filming runners. They managed capturing runners running with a bicycle and a small trailer allowing the rider in the back to be in front of the runners and capturing film.  They ask the runners personal questions and get back honest, heartfelt answers.   I recommend taking a little time to watch this video.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Missing cat? Look in the Tipi

Yesterday morning I’m leaving the house and I do my cat count. 
I think, crap did Kali get outside without me knowing it (frequently happens). 
I check the tipi and there she is.  Sleeping inside the tipi

I’m now free to go to work.

p.s. yes, I meant to spell it as Tipi instead of teepee because the company that made the cool teepee is Cat Tipi.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Mom, What's this needle doing in my head. AGAIN?

Helping prove the statistics that people spend lots of money on their pets, I continue to get Sundae acupuncture every 3-4 months.  With the scare when my cat sundae quit eating, I want to keep her healthy and happy.  Well happy maybe an overstatement because she's still just a pissy towards her sister. 

Today I brought my neighbor, a future vet, to the appointment.  She was awesome cuddling with Sundae and giving Sundae a spot to curl up into. 

People look at me very strange when I say I'm going to the vet to get my cat acupuncture.  They think I should be terrified of being clawed to death.  I talked in a previous post about the benefits of acupuncture and how Sundae acted and she really doesn't mind it.  She HATES the car ride to the vet but on the way home she is much calmer, quieter and only meows a couple times.

When Dr. Jacquie from Alta Vista Animal Hospital put the first two needles in, Sundae quit purring and Dr. Jacquie said she'd have to turn the purr back on, which was a needle in the forehead. Sure enough, with the needle in the forehead, Sundae started purring again.

So we're at home and Sundae is quite lazy and only hissed at her sister once.  Ahhh, the wonders of acupuncture.  Thanks Dr. Jacquie.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

ARR Summer Series 5K Race

In the summer when most people in Arizona lock themselves in air conditioned buildings,we crazy runners go out an run races.  Arizona Road Racers (ARR) puts on 5K races every year and calls them the summer series.  For only $50, you can run 5 races, get a run in early and have a blast.

Jacquie and I get a big kick out of being twins (I know.....super stupid) and dressed in our yellow adventure run shirts and hot pick socks. To get extra mileage in we arrived early for a 2 mile warmup and enjoyed checking out the new course through the Gilbert Riparian preserve.  

The narrow course path dictated a wave start for the 5K and Jacquie lined up with the 7min/mile group and I lined up with the 8 min/mile group.  Even with the wave start it was congested the first 1/2 mile. People around me must have thought I was crazy. With Jacquie being in front of me, when the course doubled back, I yelled WOO HOO to her.  When I passed Spiderman, I couldn't help myself and had to sing the spider-man song.

Spider-man, spider-man
does whatever a spider can
spins a web, anysize 
catches thieves just like flies

At this point spider-man corrects me.  Catches RUNNERS he says

Look out.  
Here comes the spider-man

Considering my fitness, I was pleased with my time and VERY surprised to hear I placed 2nd in my age group.  The ARR series has very serious and fast runners and I never would have placed in prior races with my time. I guess the fast women in my age group just didn't show up today.  Jacquie, got first in her age group and we hung around to get our AG awards.   

The 45-50 female age group was called and Jacquie was #1 and since I just turned 45, I was #2.  We had no idea we were in the same age group. The announced even commented we dressed the same so it was quite hilarious seeing our reactions realizing we were in the same age group and wearing the same outfit.

What an awesome morning.

Happy Running!