Figuring It Out As I Go…











Sounds like a great day huh πŸ˜‰ It’s really a book I’m reading…

I can’t believe I forgot to post my lessons learned in MN! My cute little Dash…yeah, it’s durable! It flew off the top of Katie’s car at 50mph! It’s fine. In one piece. Scratched. No big deal. I almost cried though! I mean, seriously, this thing isn’t even paid for yet! So yeah, great phone, and VERY durable!

My Aunt Betty and Cheril have been down here all week. I love it. I’ve gotten to spend so much time with them! We had a BBQ tonight for my cousin Nathan…he’s 31. Damn that’s old πŸ˜‰

I took Frankie to the vet…he was coughing. $270 later, he had an antibiotic, antihistamine, and was updated on his vaccines. My wallet hurts though. Damn expensive ass dog! Andrew brought up a good point though: It’d be hard to explain to the kids why he was dead πŸ˜‰

I watched Georgia Rule tonight. Great movie!!!!! It even made me cry, which, let’s be honest here, isn’t hard to do lately. Speaking of, I have a brain dump coming…I’m going to password it though. I’ll email ya’ll the password when the time comes, and if I don’t email you, feel free to email me thebrunette1980@yahoo.com.

Oh yeah…I’m stealing the send me your address idea. I realized tonight when I was picking up my bedroom that I have a ton of postcards lying around from the trips this summer. So send me your address (if you trust me) and I’ll send you a random card or post card. It’ll be a fun way for us all to wrap up summer and get through winter, which I know can be very long for some of you! And if you don’t want to email me your addy, that’s fine too. I’m easy peasy tonight. Could be the vicodin I took for my ankle. Whatev.

Oh, my ankle. Yeah, it’s fucked. And by fucked I mean I may have to have a pin put in it. I’ve been doing physical therapy twice a week for a month, still going. I have a brace that they special ordered me that I have to wear 24/7. It’s fun. Only not. Oh, and did I mention it hurts like HELL! Yeah. It does. So there is no running in my future…I can ride a bike though, which I’ve been doing almost every night. I LOVE it πŸ™‚

Ok, that’s all for now. I’m going to go read blogs like a good little girl. Oh, check out the pics in my flickr. Got a cute froggie today πŸ™‚

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So yeah, I’ve been pulled over twice in a week for my windows…I think I’m going to finally pull the tint off. It was fun while it lasted, but I don’t have the time or money for all these fix it tickets!

I hated my Blast phone, so I traded it in for the Tmobile Dash. So far, I love it! And today is my second day with it, so I think we’ll be ok this time! It’s a “smart phone” and I can synch it with my Outlook, listen to music on it, text easily with the FULL Qwerty board, etc. It’s a great phone so far!!

I took Ariel to her consultation to have 4 teeth pulled with the oral surgeon yesterday. You see, her teeth are so close together that they’re not falling out, so the adult teeth are below the surface and starting to turn because there’s no where for them to go. Not good. So on the 23rd they’re puttin’ her out and yankin’ the teeth! She’s not worried at all. I, on the other hand, am freaking the fuck out that they’re putting my baby to sleep! I know I have no reason to, but she’s my baby dammit!! Oh, and did I mention, AFTER insurance, it’s going to cost $565!!!! Yeah, my dental insurance doesn’t want to pay to put a 9 YEAR OLD to sleep to pull 4 TEETH! Assholes. The oral surgeons biller is going to try to get it covered, which means her dad and I will get reimbursed, but in the mean time, we have to pay the full $565. I thank Bob that he and his wife are so willing to cover half (like they’re supposed to) and that we don’t have to fight about stuff like this!

I went to my doc yesterday for my ankle, because I rolled it again, and got some wonderful news:

  • I can’t run anymore, for at least 6 months, but maybe not ever.
  • The only cardio I can do is ride a bike or swim…we all know I don’t know how to swim so I guess I need to buy a bike, because….
  • I also have to lose weight…20-30lbs to be exact. He said having extra weight on my ankle is not helping it, and right now, it needs all the help it can get!
  • I’m also back in physical therapy, and he wants me on crutches (um, no thank you!)

So physical therapy starts back up next week. Weight loss starts tomorrow, and I guess I need to count some pennies to fund a bike after paying for her freaking teeth to get yanked!

Carlos is THIS Friday! I can’t wait!

Official trip to MN countdown: 16 days baby, 16 days! Oh, did I mention I’m a jackass? Yeah, I didn’t realize the first Monday in Sept is a holiday. I totally could have stayed another day! Oh well. I can’t change my tickets now, it’ll cost around $100. It just means I’ll have a day of rest before coming back to work, which I’m sure I’ll need πŸ˜›

Oh, and today’s the kids’ first day back to school. 1st and 4th grades! Holy shit when did they grow up????? Ariel has blue hair again too. It’s not nearly as cute as it was last time, but if you’re so inclined, you know where to find the pictures! I’ll be uploading more tonight when I get home πŸ™‚

Alright, I think that’s it. Gotta work now!



{July 31, 2007}   Where The Hell Is She??

I know, I’ve been a horrible blogger! But I have a really good reason:
…….ummmm……..ok, maybe I have a crappy reason:
…….ummmm……..fine, I just suck, ok! But here’s a little update ’cause I really do still love ya’ll!

Running is going great! I’ve finally found my runners high and look forward to running at night (except when I’m really tired or have something more fun to do!!) Ok, so my high could use a little work, but at least I don’t dread it now πŸ˜€ Oh, and I love my shoes like no other! Whooda thunk that shoes could make such a big damn difference!!

Sarah and I took last Friday off and went and played. We went to the Winchester Mystery House (so incredible!!!!), indulged in ‘ritas at Chevy’s then went to a Leann Rimes concert. OH.MY.GOD ya’ll, that girl can sing! She put on a great show, and the place we saw her at fucking rocked! Never have I seen such a purty place before!! So pretty, so romantic! Can’t wait to go there again, maybe even with a guy this time πŸ˜‰ Oh, and we had the yummiest drink there!! An orange creamsicle. Fucking awesome, and ALMOST worth the $9 damn dollars we had to pay for EACH OF THEM!
After the concert we went to a little hole in the wall bar here in town and Sarah convinced me to sing Bobby McGee with her. It was kinda fun, and although we walked off stage by mistake before the song was over, I don’t think we did too bad…although I think I sound better in my car πŸ˜› Now she wants me to sing Desperado with her! Oh Lord, bring on the Bacardi, or Arlene just isn’t going to have the balls for this πŸ˜‰
As always, pictures are in my flickr (not of the concert though, they were literally searching bags to keep cameras out!!)

The rest of the weekend went pretty well. Visited with my Aunt and cousin Garry…they came down for a few days…always a good time! I love them so much, AND, I get to see them this coming weekend because I’m taking the boy up there πŸ˜€ Good times!

My trip to see Katie is only 30 days away! Can you guys believe it!!!! I’m so excited!!!!! We MAY be getting tattoos while I’m there πŸ˜‰ Don’t be surprised if I end up with a tramp stamp πŸ˜‰ Hahahaha!!! Honestly, I know the other 2 things I want, but I don’t know where I want them, so I’m curious to see how it all turns out!

Hmmm, what else….
Well, there is that other thing…but I’m not ready to share it yet πŸ˜€ Right now it’s my own private happiness and reason to glow πŸ˜€

K, I’m going to read blogs now, ’cause I love you guys and I don’t want you to think I died!!



{July 23, 2007}   Holy Hell!!!!

This is fucking hot ya’ll!!!!!

Β And I ran 1.75 miles in it.Β  WTF was I thinking you ask?Β  Apparently I wasn’t.Β  I may throw up, and my head hurts like hell.Β  Off to a cool bath I go.Β 

-Arlene, learning as she goes…normally the hard way!



{July 20, 2007}   Asics

Well, I got my running shoes today. I love them, although I haven’t run in them yet. I would run tonight, but I rolled my ankle a little and it hurts like hell. Kristen and I are going to get pedis after work though, and that always helps things below the knee that hurt πŸ™‚

I’ve picked about 6 other races I want to run this year. I’m pretty excited!

More later. When I’m more coherent!



Why didn’t anyone tell me how much running hurts?Β  Holy guacamole!Β  I ran 1.5 miles the first night, walking the majority.Β  Last night I ran a mile, splitting the running and walking about 50/50, but I had to stop because my legs hurt so damn bad!Β  So tonight I’m just going to walk, nice and easy.Β  I’m really impressed with how much my legs and feet hurt.Β  I guess that’s what happens when you go from couch potato to marathon training πŸ˜›

I’m trying really hard to get around to blogs, but I’ll be honest, my motivation is nill by the time I get home, and I’ve been crazy busy here at work.Β  I’m trying though.Β  Everyone just please be patient with me πŸ˜€Β 

Oh, and if anyone wants to get together and run, walk, or ride a bike (which I still need to buy!) let me know!Β  I’d love to have a partner!!Β 

Oh yeah, check out Sarah’s blog and look at what they did to my doggy while we were on vacation, it’s hilarious!!!!Β 



{July 17, 2007}   Good Intentions

I had great intentions of posting a nice long vacation recap tonight, but I just don’t have it in me. So you get a quick recap and an update of sorts.

First off, I had the best time with my mom this weekend. Honestly, better than any other time in my whole life. Which hurts a little, because that means it’s going to hurt that much more if she starts using again. Just thinking about it puts a knot in my stomach. And the odds aren’t in her favor, because I guess they’re going to be moving back down here. Not good. But I’m going to hold onto this weekend. She was clean, she was happy, and we all enjoyed ourselves immensely! And all of the pictures are officially uploaded, with the rest of the 4th of July somewhere in the middle because I was bored one night while the kids were swimming πŸ™‚

I started training tonight for my marathon. Did 1.5 miles. I walked more than ran, but I figure you have to start somewhere, right? I have faith in myself. I can do this! And when I doubt myself, I’ll text you guys for support πŸ˜€ Besides, we all know, I always almost always get what I want, as long as I put my mind to it!

Speaking of almost always getting what I want, sometimes it doesn’t matter how much you want something, because it’s not in your control. And sometimes things aren’t what they seem. Life, I know. But I’m still sad and hurt.

Oh, and I promise to get around to everyone soon!!

Alright, I’m frustrated and I’m going to bed.



{July 17, 2007}   I Said WHAT??

I agreed to run a half marathon with my boss in October. I need to be running 9min miles on average. Holy hell, what was I thinking??? Oh, wait, I wasn’t. When she said half marathon I thought she meant a couple miles at most. So I start running tonight. I have 3 months to get ready. Wish me luck! I’ll need it!! I know I won’t back down because it’s my boss, and if you know her, you know that you she’ll drag us both across the finish line on our faces if she has to!!

I’m going to leave this post up for a bit so you guys can help motivate me πŸ™‚ So newer posts will be below it. Oh, and I’ll write about the trip tonight when I upload the last of the pics πŸ™‚






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