The sound of freedom

Happy Veterans Day!

Mike and I LOVE our military, those who are currently serving and have served like my cowboy. Every time I hear a fighter jet fly over our house, I look at my husband and say that’s the sound of freedom right there. I always get a hell yeah out of him.

There are not enough words to tell you how thankful I am to every single brave soul who unselfishly puts their life on the line to serve and defend our country. I hope this HUGE heartfelt thank you will do.

Here is a list of Veterans Day deals from retailers nationwide to honor and thank them for their service.

I guess this is turning out to be a mushy SCB post…

If you still don’t like Garth Brooks after watching this, go ahead and click that little X at the top because we can no longer be friends.

That has got to be one of the most heartwarming things I’ve seen in a long time. Folks like Mr. Brooks is why I love country music so freaking much. It’s not about fancy cars, flashy clothes or how much money you have. It’s about life -real life, simple things money can’t buy, family, love and yes dead dogs and divorces too. Ha!

Also check out Rebekah Gregory’s Facebook page. She was injured in the Boston Marathon bombing and after 18 months of pain she opted to amputate her leg. I adore her tongue in cheek way of keeping it real. I feel like we should be friends. :)

Has anyone who reads this dumb ole blog served? I really want to know!

Current favorite song?

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New running shoes + a post run tradition

Happy Monday!! My favorite day of the week. I am so thankful for a fresh start because last week one was a little stressful.

Thankfully my sidekick Emily came for a quick visit. Her brand new Mizuno Wave Rider 18’s came in the mail right before she left. And yes, it made my day that we are now twinners times two.

I could not live with myself if she were to walk around in perfectly shiny, fresh out of the box kicks, so we hit up the trail for an easy run. Isn’t she the cutest thing ever!?

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We made sure to stop to soak in the warm sunshine while listening to frogs in the pond. We are all about the simple things.

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In other news, it’s finally looking like fall here! Apparently the beach does have seasons after all.

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I walked by this spider web as the sun perfectly hit it. I’m not a huge fan of spiders, but I think it’s so pretty.

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After our run we went for fresh juice. It’s kind of our little tradition.

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Mission accomplished.

 

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I just got an email with Pro Compressions sock of the month for November. How perfect are these for a Turkey Trot or just to wear to the office?

Use coupon code NOV for 40% off and free US shipping on $20 or more. Valid until November 30, 2014.

Who’s running a Turkey Trot race? What distance?

What were the last pair of shoes you bought?

Do you have a post run tradition?

 

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Virtual coffee date: Update on Bam + other fruitless stuff

Who’s doing the Friday dance with us??

If you’re new ’round here, sometimes my brain has a bunch of random things I want to share with you, so I give my randomness a fancy pants name instead of useless crap nobody cares to know. You’re welcome.

So if we were having coffee right now, here are some things I would tell you:

Bam’s surgery went very well. Honestly it looks much better than I anticipated. We are still crossing our fingers and paws the biopsy comes back clean.

  • Here’s a pic of loopy Bam. I kinda feel bad for laughing at him trying to walk through the sliding glass door with the cone of shame on. It only took 3 tries to get through it. Then he looked at me like I did something wrong. Ha!

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  • Thank you all SO much for your prayers and positive thoughts. We have the best virtual and real life friends ever!
  • This is what’s going on while I write this…

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  • I had a hair appointment scheduled before we even knew about this whole thing with Bam and considered canceling it. I went anyway which turned out to be a great idea as it helped keep my mind occupied. Plus I look slightly less homeless. Maybe I’ll post a pic if I actually do my fur. Don’t hold your breath.

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  • I almost busted out my pocket knife when I saw this at Starbucks. Almost.

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  • I am SOOOOOO excited Christmas is coming! I will now start answering my phone calls with ‘Buddy the elf, what’s your favorite color?’ I hope my boss has a great sense of humor.
  • Another very exciting thing happened…Mike got with the times and now has his very first pair of Mizunos!! #bestillmyheart

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  • Everyone needs to go read this! It’s one of the best posts I’ve read since the good ole Skinny Runner blogging days. Pinky promise.

 

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  • My best life advise: Don’t read the InkaBinka app or eat chocolate before bed. You will have some crazy nightmares. Or maybe it’s just me…

Your turn!! Fill me in on what’s going on with you.

Tell me one random thing you carry with you all the time? For me, I guess that would be my pocket knife?

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Let’s get this day over. K, thanks.

Tomorrow Bam goes in for surgery.

I’m feeling optimistic and as positive as I can be right now. I am also realistic the news could go the other way. When it comes to life in general, I’m a straight shooter. Sugarcoating bad news is just going to piss me off.

So instead of being sad/worried/thinking the worst about my little fur child, (seriously, when did I become this crazy dog lady?) I decided to put my energy into showing him a good time. I mean, it’s not even like he really knows what’s going to happen tomorrow, but still. Plus seeing him happy makes me so incredibly happy.

What better place than head to the beach on a warm, sunny day!? Am I right.

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We took our time exploring. In Bam’s case, sniffing dead crabs, pulling the leash to run in the waves and peeing on seaweed sounded like a great time.

The picture below was taken .2 seconds before a huge wave came and we got soaked in ocean water while running to shore laughing like a little kid. Our kinda fun!

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We explored some more and took an ocean bubble bath. Bam highly recommends rolling around in the warm sand right after. Especially if you’re clean.

I’m not sure if it’s the time of year, but the waves are crashing hard lately. I can actually hear them when our bedroom window is open in the middle of the night. File that under #awesomereasonswhyicantsleep

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And yes, this is real life. No filters or editing at all.

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Then we came home for baths and some treats to ruin our appetites before dinner. Another thing Bam highly recommends.

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Most of all we LIVED. And now we are going grab that bull by the horns, deal and move on, while thinking some great is about to happen.

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Fingers and paws crossed this is over soon and our buddy will be back to living like somebody left the gate open, C word free.

No Mike, the other C word.

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Quit your whining and deal

Yesterday morning started off great. Bam and I watched the NYC Marathon online. Then Mike woke up and turned it on tv as well. Somehow he knew this was like the Superbowl for runners.

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The homestretch Lelisa Desisa went for the lead, then Wilson Kipsang looked over at him like dude, you’re really gonna make me work this, uh? Then kicked it into high gear and went for the win with the time of 2:10:59. That finish was freaking amazing!! Somehow I went to work with a runners high just watching it.

I was of course cheering for Meb who took 4th, but he put up a good fight. I can’t even wrap my head around how fast these guys are. It’s truly fascinating.

In other news, just in case some of you think we live a fairytale life, here is prof that it in fact, is far from the truth. I am going to share a few things life has recently thrown our way so you can laugh with us.

  • It rained over the weekend which was very much welcomed to our drought stricken state. It was all fun and games until Mike opened the convertible and found the floor covered in about 4 inches of water and the electrical system compromised. After some investigating, the cause was and acorn got stuck in the drain. A FREAKING ACORN!

  •  The hip specialist I was refered to in San Francisco is supposed to be the best. I want the best. Well, I wanted the best until I read his stellar reviews on Yelp. One person said their surgery bill was $55,000 and he doesn’t take insurance. This hip better shape up and work right.
  • Mike needs shoulder surgery. On both shoulders.

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  • We took Bam to the Vet yesterday to get a spot that randomly appeared and grew a little over the weekend. Edit: the first test didn’t show any abnormal cells, but they won’t know if it’s cancer until it’s removed and biopsied later this week. We are now kicking ourselves in the butt for saying ‘we don’t need pet insurance, Bam is so healthy’ as we eat Ramen noodle soup for the next couple months.

Oh yeah, there’s more, but I’ll stop here because no matter how bad you think you have it, there is always someone who has it way worse than you.

So quit your whining and deal.

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There better be treats for this + an impulse buy

Happy November!!

I want to truly thank you all for the sweet, most encouraging comments/IG/Tweets etc on yesterdays post. I have read every single one and will respond to each of you soon.

It’s been a tough year injury wise, but I keep reminding myself things could always be worse.

For example, the other day I was feeling lame about this whole hip thing, thinking about how terrified I am of surgery if it’s even necessary (we don’t even know that yet) I walked into Starbucks for an iced coffee and saw a double amputee ordering. I stuck up a conversation with him and it was so refreshing to hear his enthusiasm for life. He builds custom pool tables and he talked about it with so much passion.

Oops I didn’t mean to ramble on about that story, but it sure helped put things into perspective which I am extra thankful for. Goes to show you never know how just living your life can help someone else without even knowing it. If I ever see him again, coffee is on me buddy.

Let’s change the subject and talk about how enthusiastic Bam was about being Tigger for Halloween.

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So not impressed mom. There better be treats for this.

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Since when did you become that dog lady?

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That’s it, I’m going to bed.

So yah, that was our night.

It was pouring rain, so I suspect that’s why we only had 4 trick or treaters. I was kinda bummed but hopefully there will be more next year. Now I need to figure out what to do with all this leftover candy. And why on Gods green earth did I buy the stuff I like? It’s a good thing I never claimed to be smart.

Maybe my impulse buy at Costco of The Skinny Taste cookbook will counteract the candy situation? While flipping through it, Mike saw several recipes he wants to try. I’ll let you know how they turn out.

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Better get this day started. I hope you have a great weekend and enjoy the extra hour tomorrow!

What was you last impulse buy?

What did you do for Halloween?

Do you dress up your pets?

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What if you were told you could no longer run?

My heart just broke a little writing that title.

Let’s not put the cart before the horse, but that question has popped into my mind several times over the years and more so recently.

I have big dreams to be that 88 year old lady still out running races. But I also do my best to be realistic and know that could mean running forever might not be in the cards. Maybe I should file this post for another day when I’m not feeling so emotional and thinking the worse, but somehow writing is therapeutic and lucky for you, I publish it for the world to read.

I have left a lot of this hip issue off the blog because there are really no answers or true diagnosis. My left hip has been painful off and on for  a couple years. My PT ninja has reset it 6 times and every time he does, I get a couple incredibly awesome, pain free runs in. Then it seems like the joint slips out of place and I’m back in pain. The MRI is text book amazing, I’ve had 4 doctors and specialists look at the images and they all agree it looks perfect.

My frustration is I went to a sports doctor yesterday expecting answers and walked out with more questions along with his dumb advise of ‘maybe running isn’t for you.’

Yah, that went over like a fart in church.

I took Mike to see my PT and luckily he took the time to show Mike exactly what is going on. Mike is very mechanically minded so he now has a clearer understanding. Probably better than I do.

It’s too early to tell and there is no true diagnosis, which means the next step is to see a specialist in Stanford.

I am just SOOOOOO over being in doctors offices and not on the trail doing what I love. This is getting ridiculous. But the rational side of my brain is convincing me I’ve come this far, may as well keep on going. Plus I am stubborn and pretty much defy anyone who says I can’t do something.

So that’s that. I am still running, just keeping the mileage slow, low and below my pain threshold. Ha that rhymes! #nerdstatus

But damn it, I’m still freaking running.

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Don’t worry, Bam was supervising that project

Good evening! I had big plans to get up extra early to blog but my pillow and electric blanket were like magnets that I could not peel myself away from. Thank goodness for coffee.

I’m going to cry a little. Just a little bit, then I’ll move on mmmkay….

I freaking miss Windows Live Writer.

Every time I open MarsEdit my heart dies a little. It just doesn’t feel right staring at that tiny, unfamiliar screen. It’s funny because sometimes I find myself with nothing to write about, but I magically start typing when I opened that golden blogging tool. Until then, I have reverted back to the WordPress dashboard. #firstworldproblems

Okay thanks for letting me vent.

Last night was a bit more fun. I carved a pumpkin, Bam supervised this project from afar. While we yelled at the tv errrr watched the game. I am bummed the Royals lost, but Bumgarner is pretty impressive. Both teams put up a good fight, which kept me on the edge of my seat, but hot dang I was pretty sure I was going to need a Xanax after that game.

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I also played Suzi freaking homemaker and made a taco soup. One of probably 4 edible creations I can master. And PS you need that sea salt + maple popcorn candle in your life.

 

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And because sunsets never get old especially when it’s foggy most evenings here. Kinda makes me savor the ones we catch.

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I’m sure you’ve noticed I took a step back from blogging. The plan is to keep SCB alive while dealing with some personal and professional issues.

I was stressing myself out making sure my morning post was up, being on time to work, getting my workouts in along with daily life stuff. You know how it goes. Something had to take a backseat for a bit, so blogging it was. If you’re still reading, thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. <3 And more importantly, if you work full time, have a family and a clean house you deserve a medal and a lifetime supply of coffee. For reals yo.

How do you stay organized and fit everything that is important to you in?

What are the top 4 things that are most important to you?

Are you dressing up for Halloween? If so, what are you going to be?

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How do you meet friends these days? Plus a schweet Mizuno deal

Good morning!! How is your week coming along?

I worked yesterday and can definitely feel the season winding down, which means this girl is closer to taking some time off to play outside all day. Oh and the holidays are coming!! I can.not.wait.

Let’s back up to the weekend because reliving a fun one never gets old.

Every time we go to a place I think Em would like, I make a mental note to take her there. La Bicyclette in Carmel was at the top of that list. 

Their menu is seasonal so it changes 4 times a year and everything is fresh and tastes amazing.

Mike ordered their new Mushroom Risotto as an appetizer. I did not like Risotto until Saturday. This stuff was ah-mazing.

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I had the fresh pear salad + Em had a fall veggie pizza. We ended up sharing both entrees and she let me have all the bacon on the salad. This is why everyone should have a vegetarian friend. ;)

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That evening our friends invited us over for dinner and to watch the World Series. I LOVE going to their house because it’s so calm and they are like family. Plus when you’re not feeling well you get to relax in their favorite zero gravity chair and watch the game. Spoiled was the word of the day in case you are wondering.

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They made salmon, which I think is my first time trying it? Anywhoo I loved it and begged Mike to make it for us, but that’s another story. Ha!

Sunday morning I woke up without that son of a nutcracker migraine, wahoo!! So Em and I ran an easy 5K along Scenic Drive in Carmel. Running that stretch has been on my bucket list since we moved here a year ago, so I’ve been saving it until Em could join me. #worththewait

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We agreed to slow down or walk if either of us needed to, but ended up running most of it, just stopping for a couple pics.

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Then after we walked along Ocean Avenue and I stopped for iced coffee and she picked up a green juice. 

Seriously when I get rich one day, Em is going to live with us and will be required to start every morning just like this.

Okay now I’m off to figure out how to use this Mac, walk the Bamstagram and find some trouble to get into since I don’t have to work today.

Schweet deal:

Score 20% off your order of $135 or more PLUS free shipping at Mizuno with promo code MIZUNOBOO2014

Good until October 31, 2014

Now’s the time to order the new Wave Rider 18’s. <-Did you get my not so subliminal message?

PS has anyone seen the new fitbit watches? I die!!!!!!!!

How would you start every morning if you had zero responsibilities? 

What is one food you have never tried, but would like to?

How do you meet most of your friends lately?

Social media. And I honestly thought I’d never say that.

I’m going to hold her hostage and I went back to the darkside

I have the best friends and family. Emily came for a weekend of fun, running, sipping green juice and exploring. Well, it rained and I had that son of a nutcracker migraine I’ve been fighting all week stayed with me though Saturday.

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But we managed to make coffee out of lemons by hitting up Starbucks (thanks Em!) showing both her and Mike around my stomping grounds at Pebble Beach. Followed by the BEST pizza ever at La Bicyclette, a stroll down Cannery Row & Whole Foods then dinner while watching the game (go Royals) at our close friends house.

I reeeeealy hope that made up for her having to be my support staff while being a human pin cushion as my doc to tried to get this pain under control. Last time I checked, we’re at 6 injections this week. Ugh.

But gosh, she’s the best!! I kinda love these two.

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In other news my laptop has been on it’s last leg for awhile now. God forbid I unplug it for more than 12 seconds before it dies or I ask Mike for more electrical tape for the janky cord that tries to shock me.

It was slim pickings for this simple chick. I tried Windows 8 about a year ago and thought it was the most horrible program ever invented. Sorry Mike. So I went back to the darkside and made the switch to Mac. Though my only experience with Apple products was the iPhone 5 so I’m sure that’s not saying too much.

I totally had a fit in Vegas where I dumped Siri because she wouldn’t allow the bluetooth to connect to my Galaxy camera, but the Mac will allow it which makes for transferring pics from all of my devices a snap. This learning curve so far has been a lot easier than the Windows 8 nightmare, so let’s cross our fingers it all works out. And I don’t have a fit and dump Mac. Then I’ll really be screwed. 

So when I figure out how to watermark pics, create new folders on my desktop and  find a blogging platform, (Windows Live Writer is the bomb) I promise to  share our weekend adventures with you guys.

In the meantime Mac users, I am all ears for your best advise.

Share your weekend adventures!