Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ice Ice Baby!

All I see on the internet is the ALS(Lou Gehrig's Disease) Ice Bucket Challenge. It's good to see charities thinking outside of the box when it comes to fund raising. It has netted 79+ million dollars. That's amazing. I applaud the good folks at the ALS and everyone who has done the ice bucket challenge or some variation there of. However, it should be noted that......

I am NEVER going to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. It isn't happening.

Why, you ask? Well, I'll tell ya. If you haven't been here before, I am mom to two type 1 insulin dependent diabetes. The JDRF is near & dear to my heart! I have walked, skated, donated, you name it! Heck, when the kids were playing roller derby, there was even a Junior Bout that benefited the JDRF. 

Now that I'm running, I decided that I would run for charity rather than just pay the entrance fee. That means I commit to raising a certain amount of money for the charity. That charity turns out to be the Noah's Light Foundation and they raise money for pediatric brain cancer research. 


On October 4th, at 10pm, in Disney's Hollywood Studios I will be running in the Tower of Terror 10 Miler..... dressed as Ursula the Sea Witch (the runner's version). I will have raised $750.00 for this honor. I have been training since the middle of July, in Florida, in the heat, and I found a training route that is all UP HILL! I'm a glutton for punishment like that. I'm taking my #RunFatGirlRun hashtag to the people and my jiggle to the race course!

So, dear readers, I have to respectfully decline any and all Ice Bucket Challenges for ALS. Not because I'm a jerk, and not because I don't care, but because I am already putting my money and my body on the line for two very deserving charities. 

And I only do ice over a nice 3 fingers of Kentucky Bourbon.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

At Your Own Risk!

School has started up, and the rush to get supplies is utter madness. No, I didn't wait till the last minute because I am lazy. We had to wait till the kids got their supply lists from their open houses because middle & high schools don't put out early lists like the elementary ones. These lists? ARE INSANE! One asks for $36 CASH. I need to buy calculators, non yellow highlighters, specific brands of pens.... it goes on and on! Since we aren't the only parents who have kids in the upper grades it was a MAD HOUSE in Wall to Wall Mart. There were no supplies left. What was left was being fought over like it was gold. HHH left me guarding our cart as he dove into the fray looking for anything we needed.

While I was waiting for HHH to return with supplies, I was leaning on our cart, texting the kids, and staying out of the way. Out of the corner of my eye I noticed a woman slowly sidling up to our cart. No big deal. It was extremely crowded and space was at a premium (although I was in the makeup section, so it wasn't that crowded over there.) I couldn't believe what happened next! The woman then started reaching INTO my cart! Yes, good people of the internets, this crazy person was trying to relieve me of the highlighters HHH had put in our cart! 

OH HELL NO!

I looked her dead in her eye and yelled "HEY! Get your hands OUT of my cart or I will rip your arms off and beat you with the severed appendages!" Of course she got all huffy and mumbled "I didn't think this cart belonged to anyone." before stalking off to pillage some other inattentive soul.

Who does that? It's so wrong. I guess I should have expected it at Wall to Wall Mart, but I really just try to hope for the best in people. I expect to be treated like I treat other folks. My mistake. Won't happen again.

The bad part about all this? We still have more supply shopping to do. We couldn't find everything. I think we'll go to Staples instead. It might save my sanity and keep me out of jail!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

What?


  • Still working. Dogs adore me. Cats adore me. My two immediate co workers adore me. 
  • New chick they hired does not adore me.
  • Found out my shoes are too small if I want to run more than 6 miles.
  • I have to find another, bigger pair of shoes.
  • I'm a little tired.
  • I'm a little wired.
  • The world just got a little less funnier money.
  • Basset hounds can produce a gallon of slobber daily. OK, maybe I made that up, but it sure as hell seems like it when there are 4 of them at work!
  • And now time for bed!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

SERIOUSLY?!?

Let me ask you good folks something. When you start at a new job, do you go in, look around, and then subsequently tell the folks who have been working there for a while that they are crazy, they're doing things wrong, you are going to do things YOUR way, and if you don't get your way you are going to bypass everyone and go directly to the bossman and get things changed???

Yeah. I didn't think so.

I was asked to join the two newest members of our little work team in a coup over the two ladies who have been there for the LONGEST time about a host of things like work hours, having to work the weekends, etc..... A lot of it didn't make sense to me. Anywhoo, I declined to join their little party. I'm no idiot. I have a great thing going here and I am in no way gonna screw up again like at the last one. I still felt a little uneasy, so I communicated my discomfort to my immediate superior. I don't like being put on the spot with high school BS. I'm 42 years old, for God's sake! Apparently that complaint made it up to the second in command because when she got home she assured me that my job will never be in jeopardy, I am a valued member of the team, and it was shitty of the two women to try & put me on the spot. (I thought so too)

So, the next week or so maybe a bit tense, but I have been told that I have no reason to fear reprisals. We'll see....

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Still Going!

New stats:

  1. Moved up to 6 miles a run.
  2. Still running in the mornings. Trying to make it before 9am. 
  3. Even before 9am, it's STILL hot as hell.
  4. It takes me 97 minutes to run/walk 6 miles, give or take the odd occurrences like loose dogs, husband stopping me for a smooch, and traffic lights.
  5. Hopefully I can add on 2 more miles by the end of the week!
  6. That 10 miler is getting close, but I'm gonna KICK it's tail! 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Faster!

I started training to run races again. I need to drop about 20lbs, get a little more limber, and work on my endurance. The next race I have is a 10 miler, and it will be at night. I have been training during the mornings, and here in Florida, that is a hot, humid endeavor. And by hot I mean, "OMG! This is hot. This is like Africa hot. Tarzan couldn't take this kind of hot!" (Bonus points if you know the movie that line comes from.)

This is also the longest race I will have run so far. 10 miles is 7 miles farther than my last Disney race, which was a 5K. I've been extending my route weekly. Last week it was the 3 mile route. This week I'm doing the 4 mile route. By the end of next week, I hope to be doing 2 laps of the 4 mile route. In the heat. In the humidity.

Glutton for punishment. That's me.

Oh and another fun thing? I'm trying to make a cosplay running outfit. I figure Ursula is a good one for me. Finding the curly organza ribbon to make tentacles is nigh on impossible. I want to try and make a similar tutu to this one, but less fancy and with LED battery powered purple lights outlining the tentacles. (The race is at night after all.)


And another another fun thing?? I ran into a spider web while running last Tuesday. I was proud of myself for not freaking out in a semi-twerking fashion, but now I have a big red spider bite on my nose. How much fun is THAT?!? 

So, for now, I'm a running machine, you know.... when I'm not working!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Flopping In The Breeze!

Took my camera to work today. 
Nothing funnier than a Basset Hound while he's running!
Floppy jowls EVERYWHERE!!!