I had a love/hate relationship with our stairs at work today. I love the spooky gravestones and spider webs. I hate that my legs had to go up them.
I am SORE today! It's a manageable sore but I definitely feel a burn in my legs when I stand up or move :)
Sometimes I'm just the WORST! I mentioned that I'm taking a break from commuting to work on my bike until after the marathon. I want to save my legs for the training runs and I know if I bike back and forth to work then I won't have any desire/energy left to go out for a run. So I've had my bike locked up at work for a long time—maybe a couple of months—and on Friday I got the email of shame that bikes left in the cages too long will be tagged and donated if they aren't moved.
So I did what any honest, bike-law-abiding citizen would do: I put a reminder on my calendar for the 10 minutes of time when I thought people were LEAST likely to be in the cages so I could sneak in and move my bike. It worked really well.
Here is one thing I really miss about my bike commute...zooming past the Conservatory of Flowers. It's this stark white structure surrounded by perfectly manicured flower beds and it takes your breath away the first time you see it. I had the car today (Jon took a vacation day) so I took a minute to stop and park and stare at it. I told The Dude we will visit it the next time they have the Corpse Flower back! Have you heard of this? It's a really rare plant that puts off a truly offensive odor when it blooms. People say it smells like decaying flesh or rotting meat! Yuck! But of course it's so gross that it makes it the perfect kind of thing for our family to want to see.
My dad was a huge sports fan, as I've mentioned before, and baseball was his biggest love. Money was tight for he and my mom when they first got married, but he found a way to pay for a Sports Illustrated subscription every year. He consumed this magazine with a ferocious appetite, and when you saw him in the dining room with this magazine and a cup of coffee or a beer (depending on time of day), you knew to leave him alone. I loved it when he'd read an article that made him laugh. Sometimes he'd walk into the living room with the magazine in his hand, laughing so hard he would be wiping tears from his eyes. This magazine brought him a lot of relaxation when not much else did. He was a high stress guy and lived life at 150 miles an hour, so I loved every Thursday because that's the day the magazine would come, and that's the day when he'd de-stress and do his reading.
After he died, I couldn't stand the thought of his subscription ending. If you've ever lost someone close to you, you'll understand this. You dread the day their smell will fade from their jacket or their favorite foods expire in the fridge. So I kept the subscription going—with his name still on the cover (even when my mail person tried to make me change it)—and now I watch Jon read it with the same thrill.
My mom guesses my dad was a subscriber for about 40 years before he died and I've had it going for another seven!! That's over 50 years of a weekly magazine!
I can't say Nicks Crispy Tacos look particularly pleasant the second day but this baked fish taco did the trick for me tonight! Nicks was doing the hard shell combined with soft shell thing LONG before Taco Bell took credit for it :)
I wore this shirt to work with some black jeans and a scarf around my neck. I later pretended to mime myself out of a box.
It is full on Halloween in our house. I stepped on this and it was a strange squishy consistency.
Just a little white mouse!
I feel like we should be holding stock in Lego at this point. Our whole family is a big fan! The Dude actually appeared in the Lego Magazine with one of his awesome creations and when we opened it and saw his face in there, you seriously would have thought we'd just won the lottery.
Croc really wanted Jon to be a werewolf for Halloween and Jon surprised him by producing a mask he bought today! Dad of the year. We all had to try it on of course so we can FULLY spread our germs to each other...
Black wither skeleton werewolf!!
I can't wait to put one of these icing bloody fingers in the boys' breakfast tomorrow!!
Best part of the night? Watching Food Network Halloween cupcake wars with Jon while putting the finishing touches on The Dude's Minecraft mask.
I recruited the hubs to mix up just the right color for me!
And if a Sharpie isn't *somehow* involved in your costume, was it ever *really* a costume at all? Deep thoughts.
Is there anything more panic attack-inducing than when your 3-year-old walks up to you with just the cap of a Sharpie and says, "mom, do you want to color with me?" This happened to me once. It did not turn out well for our furniture.
My friend started a new job at a tech company and she sent me this text. If you're over 33 in tech, you're essentially a senior citizen.
Today is my day off! But I always use Mondays to do yoga and tonight I'm going to do these five poses. It's funny how simple the ragdoll pose looks but it does so much goodness for your lower back and hamstrings.
What are you going to dress up for tomorrow?
Tell me your favorite costume you wore as a kid. I think mine was a Hershey kiss costume my mom made me!
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