Friday, March 26, 2010

Running Skirts

Yesterday I tried out a running skirt. Some of you may think that sounds crazy, but they are actually quite popular now. Most running sites carry them. The particular one I have is from . It looks like this:
Now, let's do some math. I'm guessing this skirt is 3-4" long, which, if you think about most running shorts, isn't out of the ordinary. This one has a built-in nylon panty that is cut like a boy short (thank goodness!). Anyhow... I put this on, and I have to admit, despite my couple extra rolls, it looked pretty cute. Then I started running (on my treadmill, indoors, alone!)... let's do the math. 3-4" skirt... my rear-end has lowered about an inch for every kid I've had, which drops it about 3"... so that leaves me an inch of leeway, max. I'm under no delusions that anyone wants to see the back end of a woman who has had 3 kids and few too many cheeseburgers in her lifetime. It only took about a minute before the skirt was riding up my hips and I could feel a cool breeze on my bottom. I've seen people look cute in these things, but my conclusion, unless I move to LA and get plastic surgery and also have my legs shortened (I'm 5'11" with a 34" inseam), is that this skirt will only be worn in the privacy of my own home on the treadmill... and not even in front of my husband, who might have nightmares about it for years afterwards. Thank goodness I bought this skirt on a huge clearance sale they had right before Christmas.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Just like Big Brother

Just like Big Brother... and Mommy and Daddy...
Need I say more? Probably the cutest engineer I've ever seen!
(And, yes, she put all the blocks on the desk and decided to work there... I had them on the floor.)

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Artscape at Dallas Arboretum

It was a beautiful 75 degrees on Friday... then on Saturday, March 20th - the first day of spring - the temperature plummeted. I only made it through about half the day before I made the decision to leave my show, which I do not take lightly. Show organizers spend thousands to promote these shows, and they are rain or shine, and are not rescheduled. But today takes the cake... the temp dropped even lower and it snowed last night. Seriously? What state do I live in? Gotta love the Dallas Blooms festival in the spring. When I arrived at the show at 7:30am this morning, temps were below 30 degrees, winds were gusting up to 25mph, and there was 3+ inches of snow on the ground. This is a first, so I had to document it in photos.
The arboretum:
The lovely row of booths:
The edge of my booth:
And my nice warm home as I arrived back after packing up:

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Crazy Girls!

Wow, has it really been 10 days? And I was doing so well...

Not many words today, as its my anniversary, but while the house is quiet (Patrick and Peter are napping downstairs, and Lily and Paige are napping upstairs)... I thought I'd share a couple of photos from yesterday. I kept my friend's kids for just a little bit while she took care of some duties with her grandfather. Our kids act like siblings most the time, so its quite a fun dynamic... anyhow, Lily is just in love with her oldest son, Jack. So she cozied up to him on the couch, but Paige was plagued with jealousy and had to join in!!!

While this was going on Patrick and Greyer decided to try out Lego Rock Band on the Wii, and then Paige couldn't miss out on that action... so she got off Jack's lap, created a stage with her shopping cart, and got her groove on...It's simple moments like these that make me smile. Glad I thought to grab my camera!!!

Saturday, March 06, 2010


Today was a FAIL as far as running was concerned.

I woke up bright and early (with all my kiddoodles at my father's house) and went to meet my partner for our shopping trip to the Farmer's Market for our veggie co-op. Before I get to the fail, let me just say that Margie and I completely scored on our farmer's market finds. Today we got spinach, green leaf lettuce, zucchini, broccoli crowns, potatoes, jalapenos, mangos, plums, apples, bananas, pears, and oranges. Everything looked delicious, which is not always the case this time of year. I just made myself a fabulous salad with the spinach, lettuce, and mango. Added carrot, tomato, craisons, chicken, and raspberry vinagrette. Sounds like a strange, "clean the fridge" style combo, but it was unbelievably good.

Now on to the fail... Since I was dressed in running pants and a t-shirt for the co-op shopping, I decided perhaps I could get in a few miles before I had to pick up the kids (I was already 15 minutes east of home and needed to head another 15 east, so I was not going to head home). So I get the bright idea to just stop at the Rockwall bridge on the way to get the kids. The bridge is 2 miles each way with a nice protecting running area. I was hoping I could get in 6 miles (up and down once, then 1/2 way up and back). As I pull in, I notice that my last drip of water has already been swigged, and of course I don't have my Forerunner, though since I know the length of the bridge I figure I'll manage. I am starving because I hadn't eaten anything but a granola bar at 6am and it was now 10am. So no water, hungry, and let's add to that no sunglasses (something I desperately need but don't have any suited to running anyhow) and I have on a long sleeve shirt in 63 deg weather (thank you God for the breeze that made that bearable).

But the ultimate fail was my shoes... I never wear my running shoes unless I specifically intend to run. So I wasn't wearing my lovely Asics that are like walking on clouds... I was wearing 13 year old Nike Airs that I'm pretty sure no longer should be allowed to have the word "air" on them. I could feel my right shin splint flarring up within the first mile, by mile 2 I was completely parched, by mile 3 I had to stop to attempt to adjust my sock to keep my shoes from rubbing a massive blister on my left foot, shortly after I could feel the same thing happening on my right heel. By mile 3 1/2, my stomach started seriously cramping, and at this point I decided to just make back to the end of the bridge where my car was parked. So by the end of mile 4, I was done. I decided to cut my losses and not torture my poor feet and shins for another 2 miles. Not to mention I was thirsty and hungry. By time I stopped, both heels were bloody and when I took off my shoes, I saw some blood on my right toes (where my poor nails can't ever seem to heal). Fun times.

I'm finally home with my babies, and I will be icing my shin, medicating my blisters, and shopping online for a new pair of cross-trainers so that if I'm ever again not in my running shoes, I still have shoes that will at least show a little care to my feet. I mean, really, I should know better than to keep shoes for 13 years (you'd be surprised to see how good they look after so long).

When Paige was asked how she felt about mommy's bright idea to run completely unprepared...

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Running Clothes

You know, there's this theory that runners always dress like runners. And at first, I begged to differ from that comment... wearing running gear just for my runs, and almost immediately showering and getting into something a bit more fashionable (though I am, admittedly, not the most fashionably aware person). But the more I run, the more that statement rings true. I find myself suiting up in my running gear in the morning, even on days I know I won't be running until evening. And the pants that I'm wearing in this photo with my nephew at a race...well, they are potentially the most comfortable pants on the face of the planet. Nike Dri-Fit pants that are actually long enough for my amazon legs. If I owned more than 3 pairs, I think you might catch me wearing them around town on a daily basis. Despite my Asics shoes, I am in love with the Nike apparel. It just seems to fit right and is uber-comfortable. And now I find myself eyeballing and looking at apparel all the time - not just stuff I'd want to run in, but stuff I'd maybe wear on comfy days... which are becoming more and more plentiful, the more I run!