Zoe’s 11th Birthday Party

Zoe’s party was similar to India’s, only she isn’t quite as girlie.  It was all blues and yellows with mustaches and hats.  She actually mentioned that if even an ounce of pink was present, she would have to hurt me.  It was another sleep over, but this time we only had 8 girls.  It was the perfect amount.  They all had fun, we played some games and of course took tons of pictures… because that’s how I roll, yo.

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Also, I wanted to give a big, gigantic, thank you to my friend Krista who made all the invites, the banner and thank you notes for both parties.  They were perfect and cute and the girls loved them.  You are amazing!   Make sure to take a peek of her site Paper Jewels Designs.  She is creative and one of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet.


Zoe- age 11

My little one is 11 today.  11.  It’s crazy to think that this insanely smart, funny as all hell, and the sweetest most kind hearted, little girl has been in my life for 11 years.  We are so very lucky!  Happy Birthday little Zoe!  We love you more than you’ll ever know.

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Running Summary- October

Oct. 3-  2.04

Oct. 6-  3.22

Oct.8-  2.6

Oct. 13- 3.44

Oct. 15- 2.92

Oct. 17- 5.06

Oct. 18- 5.04

Oct. 19- 3.99

Oct. 22- 3.11

Oct. 23- 6.04

Oct. 25- 3.6

Oct. 28- 7.1

Total of 48.21 miles


Michelle and I have a 10k on November 19th and another at the beginning of January and then a 1/2 marathon in March.  Wish us luck!  We are kicking ass and taking names! WOOT!!!

Random Fact Tuesday- Birthday Edition

The months of November and December are birthday central in our world.  Uncle Charlie is Nov. 2nd, India Nov. 6th, Michelley Nov. 16th, Ember Nov. 24th, Grandpa Nov. 27th, Zoe Nov.28th, Hollister Dec. 3rd, ME!!!! Dec. 4th, Kathy Dec. 4th, Grandma Dec. 18th, Lesley Lou Dec. 25th, and I can’t forget my little sister Christi on Jan. 1st.  Seriously, we do nothing but celebrate for 2 months.  It’s great and horrible at the same time.  You have to be rich to deal with all these parties and we are not made of money, but it’s fun and we get to spend a lot of time together and that makes it all worth it. So, this weeks Random Fact Tuesday is all about Birthday and families. Enjoy and Happy Birthday to my wonderful friends and family!  I love you very much and am lucky that you are all in my life.

  • It’s been mathematically proven that if there are 23 people in a room, there’s a 50% chance that two of them will share a birthday (it was on wikipedia so it must be true!
  • e people are born on the 5th of October than any other date? You guessed it – that makes the most common night of conception New Years Eve!
  • Before the invention of the calendar, only kings celebrated their birthdays as no records were kept on common people!
  • Birthday candles: In 18th-century Germany, birthday candles were first placed atop birthday cakes for Kinderfest (a celebration for children). Extra candles were added to represent “upcoming years” and consequently, good fortune.
  • In New Zealand: Birthday claps are given, where everyone claps a number of times to match the guest-of-honor’s age – with one more clap added in anticipation of next year.
  • Candle smoke: No definite origin, but there was a belief that candle smoke brought a person’s prayers up to the heavens. Thus, when a candle was blown out, the prayer was sent.
  • In China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong: Noodles are eaten in honor of a person’s birthday. The noodles are uncut and are made extra long to signify a long life.
  • When you strike a match and hold it to the candle wick, it melts the wax near the wick. The heat of the flame vaporizes the melted wax and produces carbon dioxide and water vapor.

I couldn’t find many birthday facts for this week, but I’ll leave you with a small (really small, the actual list is HUGE) handful of famous folks that share Nov. and Dec. birthdays with you!

  • Larry Flynt 11/1
  • Marie Antoinette 11/2
  • John F. Kennedy, Jr. 11/25
  • Miley Cyrus 11/23
  • Billy Idol 11/30
  • Sarah Silverman 12/1
  • Marisa Tomei 12/4
  • Ludwig van Beethoven 12/16
  • Brad Pitt 12/18
  • Humphrey Bogart 12/25
  • Anthony Hopkins 12/31

Need a little kick to hit the pavement….

I was searching the internet today for something to motivate me to hit the pavement after work and found a list of helpful kicks in the butt on the Runner’s World site.  Just thought I would share…

101 Kicks in the Butt

You have 100 reasons for losing motivation to run. But we can top ’em with tips, inspiring quotes, and more.  Pick your fix.  Repeat as necessary.

By Calvin  Hennick  Published 03/22/2007

1. CREATE A BLOG where you post your daily mileage, then give out the Web address to your friends and family. Do you really want Aunt Ellen to ask why you skipped your four-miler on Wednesday?

2. MAMA, GET A NEW PAIR OF SHOES. Two-time Olympian Shayne Culpepper puts new gear she receives as an elite athlete to good use. “It’s fun to break in a new pair of shoes,” she says. “Sometimes that’s enough to get me excited.”

3. RUNNING COMMENTARY “Running is a big question mark that’s there each and every day. It asks you, ‘Are you going to be a wimp, or are you going to be strong today?'” –Peter Maher, two-time Olympic marathoner from Canada

4. GO SOFT. It’s hard to stay motivated with shinsplints, so get off the pavement for a few days and run on a cross-country course or unpaved bike paths.

5. LOOK TO THE PAST Emil Zatopek, who won four Olympic golds in his career, was a tough-as-nails athlete known for his intense training methods, such as running in work boots. Competing with a gland infection and against his doctor’s orders, the Czech won three distance events–including the marathon–at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. That stuffy nose doesn’t seem quite so bad now, does it?

6. FORGET TIME. Shane Bogan, who coaches distance runners in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area, advises leaving your watch at home once in a while. “It’s liberating not to be worried about pace,” Bogan says.

7. SIGN UP NOW for a winter marathon in a warm state. Every training mile you log takes you closer to that winter getaway in toasty Phoenix, Florida, or Las Vegas.

8. THINK FAST. The runners Christy Coughlin coaches in Wilmette, Illinois, always get a boost from this simple negative-splits workout: Run for 20 minutes as slowly as you want, then turn around and run home faster. “The long warmup helps you feel great and run faster on the way back,” says Coughlin.

Classic Rock
“Don’t Stop Me Now,” Queen
“Break on Through,” The Doors
“Gimme Shelter,” Rolling Stones
“Come Together” the Beatles
“What Do You Do for Money Honey,” AC/DC

10. BLAZE A NEW PATH. “If you do the same runs all the time, it can beat you down,” says Olympian Alan Culpepper. GPS systems work great for mapping new routes. Or check out favoriterun.com or usatf.org/routes, which use Google Maps to let you plan and save routes.

11. FILL THE TUB with hot water, then head out for a three-miler on a frigid morning. The sooner you get back, the hotter your bath is.

12. EVERY MILE YOU RUN burns roughly 100 calories. Think of that next six-miler as two slices of pizza.

13. RUNNING COMMENTARY “No one can say, ‘You must not run faster than this or jump higher than that.’ The human spirit is indomitable.” –Sir Roger Bannister, the first man to run a sub-four-minute mile

14. THE BOSTON MARATHON is a year away. Think you can get there? (Go to www.baa.org for qualifying times.)

Kennedy Drive 8-K, San Francisco, May 13
Run for Alex 2-miler and 5-miler, Bentleyville, Pennsylvania, June 2
Six In The Stix II, Newport, New Hampshire, June 9
Quad-City Times Bix 7-miler, Davenport, Iowa, July 28
Falmouth Road Race 7-miler, Falmouth, Massachusetts, August 12
Bigfork Valley Challenge 4.5-miler, Bigfork, Minnesota, September 8

16. READ THIS The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner, a short story by Alan Sillitoe, tells the tale of a rebellious youth in a reformatory who runs in solitude and makes a stand against a system he doesn’t believe in. You’ll have new appreciation for the power of solo runs.

17. PLAY IN THE STREET. Skip a dreaded track workout for a fartlek (Swedish for “speed play”) session. After 10 minutes of easy jogging, run hard between two telephone poles, then slow down until you pass three. Then see if you can get to the traffic light before it changes, followed by a jog to the next mailbox. There are no set rules, so make it up as you go along.

18. THE PILE OF DISHES in the sink can wait till the sun goes down. Your tempo run can’t.

19. RUN AT LUNCH. Daniel Sheil, a marathon coach in Portland, Oregon, recommends lunchtime runs for two reasons: (1) You get your workout in before the day gets away from you; (2) You get a midday break from work stress.

20. RUNNING COMMENTARY “The more I run, the more I want to run, and the more I live a life conditioned and influenced and fashioned by my running. And the more I run, the more certain I am that I am heading for my real goal: to become the person I am.” –George Sheehan, M.D., beloved former RW columnist