Wednesday, November 30, 2011

One is the Loneliest Number

Especially when it comes to running.

Because of our schedules (I worked 9am to 5pm and he's working 5pm to 10pm), Mike and I had to run at different times today. I ran after work in the dark and the cold. I'm glad that it wasn't snowing at least. I wanted to try to run fast but my legs didn't really seem to want to cooperate.

Lap 1 - 10:15 pace
Lap 2 - 10:31 pace
Lap 3 - 10:26 pace
Lap 4 - 13:17 pace (alternating between walking and running for .85 miles)

Total Time: 44:33
Average Pace: 11:08 minutes per mile

I did 4 miles total and I was able to run 3.15 without stopping or walking! I used the last .85 as a cool down and walked/ran.

You would think that I would enjoy running by myself. Part of the reason that I loved swimming was that it gave me a lot of time to "myself". Yea, I had teammates in the same lane as me but 85% of practice we were swimming, which makes it a little challenging to have a conversation. I used swimming as a way to get rid of the stresses of my day and contemplate a variety of topics. Sometimes I would just zone out, hey it happens!

But with running, I love to run with someone else. A specific someone else: Mike.


Doing anything with Mike gets "two thumbs up"

Of course, we started running to get in shape but for me it was something we could do together. I never once wanted to do the Couch-to-5K program by myself, I wanted to do it with Mike.

We trained for our first 5K, 10K and half marathon together. We've done most of our training runs together, with the exception of when I have been injured and tonight. Sure we've run with my mom and Mike's mom, which was nice, but if I could only pick one person to run with the rest of my career the choice would be easy. Mike is my partner in more ways than just in our relationship.

Even though we don't race "together", we run in the same races. I don't even want to sign up for a women only race because Mike wouldn't be able to run in it with me! I'm sure he would make a great cheerleader, though!


Starting the race together, before we go our separate ways

At times I feel bad that he has to run slower when he is with me, but I think that we still bring out the best in each other. He motivates me to do better, I have to if I want to keep running with him, and I am so proud when he excels!

We don't talk much when we run, but we are communicating in so many other ways. I listen to his shoes hit the pavement, his breathing and follow him to where he wants to take us on our training run. Running is our "us" time and I cherish every moment.

Could I ever run with other people without Mike there? Sure. Is that my preference? No.

Do I ever want to join a team? As of right now, no. Let's be honest here, would Mike and I get to run together if we did? No, because he is faster than me. While running teams may be beneficial and necessary for some people, I don't think it is a good fit for us. Maybe in the future I will change my mind but I'm not holding my breath in the meantime.

Mike and I are going to run together, swim together and bike together until we don't want to do this anymore. We will support each other when we struggle or are injured and we will celebrate when we achieve our goals and cross finish lines that we never imagined that we could.

So, why do I run?

I run so that I can be with my husband, my partner, my best friend.

Everything else, in my mind, is trivial.

Why do you run?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Seven Things Tuesday: Dear Santa

Note: This can be altered for Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or any other holiday that you celebrate this time of year! Some of the items in this "letter" are ones that I would love to try and others are items that I think any runner would love to have!

Dear Santa,

In order to get ready for all of the Jingle Bell Runs, Santa Runs and Resolution Runs this year I wanted to ask you for seven things. I hope that you think that I have been good!

As you know, I LOVE peanut butter. Even though I had given GU a try earlier on in my running career and thought I hated it, I would be willing to give it another try for its newest flavor. You guessed it: peanut butter!


I'm not sure if you know this, Santa, but there are so many nutrition choices out there! I also happen to like Clif Shot Energy Gel, specifically the Mocha, and I would be willing to try some of Clif Shot's other flavors. I may even be willing to give GU Peppermint Stick, Mint Chocolate and Espresso Love a try! A runner needs good nutrition to power through all of those long runs and races.

In addition to eating right, I need to be able to hydrate! Nuun is tasty and I would love to try some new flavors like grape, tropical and fruit punch. A hydration belt is a perfect way to carry water and nuun on long runs, especially during the summer!


I am proud of my running times and wouldn't a race PR sign made by MyRusticBoardSigns be the perfect way to display them for all to see? Plus, how cute would this "his" and "hers" PR sign be?



I like the fact that the time boards are painted with chalkboard paint and you can change your times as you get faster!

I may not have run in my "it" race, yet, but I think that the bib coasters made by Mile Stones are a perfect holiday item. They would make a perfect resting spot for my hot chocolate, right Santa?



I love to read, so any magazines or books on running would be perfect this year! Subscriptions to Runner's World, Women's Running Magazine and Fitness Magazine (to name a few) would be great.

I don't want to get injured again, really what runner does? I would love to add some recovery and healing products to my stash. The stick is great, but how about a foam roller? I could also use some more arnica gel.



Finally, if you think I have been good enough I would love to have a Garmin Forerunner 405cx.

If I have one of these I will be able to keep track of my pace, time and distance during my training runs. I would also use it during races to gauge my pace and how I am doing. The Garmin Forerunner 405 would also do quite nicely!

Thanks Santa, I promise to be good for the rest of the year! Please give the reindeer kisses for me and give an extra one to Rudolph, he's my favorite (but don't tell the others)!

Merry Christmas,

A. Runner

Monday, November 28, 2011

21 Random Facts

This morning Mike and I ran 3.5 miles. I had to stop and walk, really I didn't want to but I knew it was probably for the best, a little after 2 miles. We probably walked less than half a mile, so I am really pleased!

Lap 1 - 9:47 pace
Lap 2 - 10:00 pace
Lap 3 - 11:27 pace
Lap 4 (.5) - 9:58 pace

Total Time: 36:13
Average Pace: 10:21 minutes per mile

I also stretched for ten minutes which gave me a total of 4 points for the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge!

Now onto the rest of this post. Yesterday I noticed that Tall Mom tagged me to write 21 random facts about myself after I had already written my post. Today I was reading Rena's blog and she tagged me too!

Even though you have already gotten to know me a little bit, here are 21 more random facts about myself. Enjoy!

1. My brother and I are 15 months apart and we have been mistaken for twins on occasion. I don't really think we look like twins, but that's just me!


Twins? I think not.

2. I have never broken a bone (knock on wood) and the most serious injury that I have had was probably when I got hit in the face by a softball. We were using the tee during practice (keep in mind this was sophomore year of high school) and a girl hit a line drive right into my face. In hindsight my coach probably shouldn't have had me standing on the pitcher's mound, even though I was the pitcher. I finished out the softball season and then didn't play ever again.

3. That softball injury made me become extremely frightened of things being thrown at me. Doesn't matter what it is, if it is coming in my general direction I will flinch, guaranteed.

4. Mike and I are avid hikers. We try to go hiking every summer while we are in Maine, I can't wait until next summer to check some more off of our list!


On Acadia Mountain last summer

5. I will feel like I have made it as a runner when I run in the Mount Desert Island Marathon.

6. My favorite color is green.

7. I am currently studying (although not very much) for the National Interpreter Certification performance test provided by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Hopefully I pass!

8. I am short, I am 5'4 (maybe slightly shorter than that). I always wanted to be taller, at least 5'6, since I knew that it would have helped me as a swimmer. I definitely gave those taller girls a run for their money, though!

9. I bought a car and a house on my own before I turned 25.


We were practicing our Vanna White skills

10. I don't like shopping, it gives me a headache and I usually just get hungry while doing it.

11. I rarely do the cooking at our house. Mike is good to me!

12. I am not very girly, although I think in the last few years I have become more so than in the past. I've worn dresses more times in the last two and a half years than probably any other time in my life (except when I was really little). Every time was for a wedding, including my own.

13. I wore Converse on our wedding day, as did Mike. Best. Decision. Ever.



14. As soon as I get home I put on my pajama pants. Hey, I would rather be comfortable than wear my interpreting clothes the rest of the night!

15. Mike and I joined a local Masters swim team a few years ago. We stuck with it for a few months but in the end it was too expensive. Plus we felt a little out of place, we were the youngest people on the team by about 15 to 20 years!


Masters swim meet in Middlebury, Vermont

16. I don't like to drink alcohol that often. As Mike says, I prefer "kiddie drinks". If I had to pick a favorite "kiddie" drink it would be a three-way tie between Dr. Pepper, lemonade and any type of cranberry juice.

17. I am a Yankees fan, even though I am from New England. Sorry mom and dad!


Halloween 2009

18. I have very few close friends, but the ones I do have I wouldn't trade for the world.

19. I am an introvert. Probably the reason for #18.

20. I love to scrapbook! Unfortunately, I haven't scrapbooked in a little while. I'm hoping that once we organize my scrapbooking room, yes I am lucky enough to have a room, that I will get back into the swing of things. I'm hoping to scrapbook with my mom around Christmas.

21. I have never given blood nor would I ever be able to voluntarily. I had to have blood work done two years ago and I cried because I didn't want to have it done. The poor lady who did it probably thought I was the biggest loser since I was almost 25 at the time. But at least I didn't pass out!

Now I will tag these lovely people (my followers who have a running blog and didn't tag me):

Falon
Darlene
XLMIC
Ginger
Christie
Lisa
Meredith
kmwpro

Anyone else want to share some random facts about themselves?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Back to Life

Back to Reality. I guess I channel En Vogue here on the blog.

How was everyone's Thanksgiving? Ours was great! We first spent the day before Thanksgiving with Mike's parents and then headed to Massachusetts to spend the holiday with my parents, brother and grandmother. It was great to be there since we only get to see her once or twice a year.

Yesterday we left my grandmother's house (not as early as my family did, they had a lovely wake up call at 4:00am) and spent the night at Mike's parents' again before heading back to Rochester today.

Since my last post, I have a lot to catch you up on. Are you ready? Here we go!

Pile on the Miles Challenge

I signed up to participate in the Pile on the Miles Challenge at the end of October and it just ended on Friday.



I didn't win any of the prizes, but it was still a lot of fun!

Here is the weekly run down of my mileage (walking and running):

Week 1 - 7.5 miles (recovering from my first injury)
Week 2 - 13.5 miles
Week 3 - 0 miles (injured)
Week 4 - 14.1 miles

Total Miles: 35.1

Overall, I would say that I didn't do too bad. I was injured twice during this challenge so I could have done better if this wasn't the case. I think that Monica is going to do another challenge in January and you better believe that I am going to sign up!

Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge



Another challenge that I signed up for is the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge (HBBC). This challenge is designed so that you get points for running and other healthy activities, like biking or weight lifting. That meant I was able to get some more points even though I was injured in the beginning, the challenge started on November 19.

I earned 2 additional points at the beginning of the challenge for doing things like putting the HBBC badge on my blog and mentioning the challenge on Facebook. Here is the rest of my weekly totals (so far):

November 19-25: 17 points
November 26-December 2: 3 points

Total points: 22

The challenge goes until January 6th so I know that I can get a lot more points soon! This will be made easier because of my indoor cycling class, Jillian Michaels' DVD and the virtual races that I have signed up for!

Running

What's that? I'm talking about running on this blog. I know, I know it has been awhile since I talked about running considering that I have been injured since the Stockade-athon 15K.

Well, good news! I successfully ran twice this past weekend. There was some walking thrown in there but I ran 1.2 miles straight at least once!

On Wednesday Mike and I ran at Central Park in Schenectady, New York. Mike ran 4.1 miles and did a 5K in 24:45! I had Bernie with me and we covered 3 miles in 36 minutes. I walked in the beginning and then alternated between walking and running. The most that I ran was probably .7 miles at one time but it felt good to get out there!

On Friday, Mike, my mom and I all ran in Rhode Island. My dad came with us so that he could watch Bernie while we ran. Mike and my mom ran together and I started out walking. Once I felt warmed up, I started to run. I ended up running for 1.2 miles before I walked again!

I know that my legs really want to run again because there were times that my pace was 8:58! I held back a little bit because I know that aerobically I am not in shape right now. When I saw Mike and my mom, I turned around. My mom forgot her inhaler so she stayed back with me and Mike went on ahead. We all ended up doing 4 miles, with my time being 41 minutes! Not too bad.

I'm glad that I have gotten back out there and I am excited to go running tomorrow morning with Mike.

How was your Thanksgiving weekend?

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Seven Things Tuesday: What I'm Thankful For

It's Seven Things Tuesday and since Thanksgiving is this week I figured I would post about what I am thankful for this year.

My Family

I am thankful for my "family". To me family doesn't just mean those people who you are related to by blood. It also encompasses those people in your life who have taken the time to get to know you and accept you for who you are no matter how different you are from them.

Some of my "family"


We do crazy things like make a Yankee Stadium groom's cake

These amazing girls accept me for who I am and for that I am grateful. We are different in many ways and the same in others and when we are together our religion or lack thereof, political views, opinions and beliefs are accepted without judgment. Sometimes their acceptance means more to me than my own family's, since they don't have to put up with me!

Of course, I am thankful for my actual family too!


Mike, my brother Justin, me before Justin's graduation


My parents with Bernie, the Lighthouse Dog


Mike's parents in Maine (there is a lighthouse in the background)

Vacation

As much as I love my job, I love vacation more! I am lucky enough to be able to take vacation during the weeks that the college is on break. Since we are still a quarter system school until 2013, don't even get me started on changing to semesters ugh, last week was finals week and this week is break week. I took Monday through Wednesday off and I have been enjoying spending a little more time with Mike. We were able to clean the house yesterday, go Christmas shopping today and spend some time relaxing.

Injuries

This may seem odd, but I'm thankful for being injured. No, not because I get to sit around and do nothing. I'm thankful for being injured because it reminded me to take it easy every once in awhile and appreciate the fact that I can run. I don't want to jeopardize my running future by doing too much too soon, so I'm thankful that my injuries have taught me to slow down. As a quote that I saw somewhere online says, "running is a privilege". So true.


My friend, the cold-hot pack

Because of my injury I have been thinking about my next training plan and I know that one main thing for me will be more variety. As they say, variety is the spice of life, right? I will still run 3-4 days a week, but I am also going to be doing an indoor cycling class. I think it is sort of like spinning, but for beginners. Another addition to my training will be the Jillian Michaels - 30 Day Shred Challenge during the month of December.

Mike and I will start doing some weight lifting and swimming throughout the winter. Then in early spring we will start biking, we have to get ready for our future triathlons!

The Running/Blogging Community

Without this amazing community I wouldn't have the opportunity to participate in the Pile on the Miles Challenge and the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge (by the way, Bernie and I walked 2 more miles today!)

I also signed up for some pretty awesome virtual races, the Jingle Bell Hell Run and the Freeze Your Thorns Off 5K.

In addition to all of these great opportunities to come together as a community, I am thankful for all of you who comment on and follow my blog!

Racing

I'm thankful for the opportunities that I have had to race in the last 7 months.

Half Marathon love

The 2011 race season is almost over, with the It's a Wonderful Run 5K as our last race this year.

I'm not sure what the beginning of 2012 will look like, but I am so excited about the spring, summer and fall! We have already committed to the Seneca7 77.7 mile relay and the Rock 'n' Roll Chicago Half Marathon but those are just two of the races we plan on doing. We are also planning on registering for the Cleveland Marathon (Half Marathon) and the Wineglass Marathon, I can't wait!

There will definitely be other races and triathlons on our 2012 race calendar, but these are the big races we are going to do.

Running Gear

I have been able to figure out what gear I love and I am so thankful for all of it! Having the right gear (for you) makes training, racing and recovering that much more enjoyable.

Here are a few things that I love!

Compression socks


This needs no explanation


The stick


Clif Shot Energy Gel


Running clothes

The Future

Even though I have no idea what our future holds, I am thankful that I have the opportunity to find out! Whether it be buying another house, having kids (not so sure on this one quite yet), adopting more pets, running a marathon or competing in an Ironman, I know that I will be happy with whatever happens because I will experience it all with Mike by my side. What more could I ask for?


Ryan T. Collier photo, slightly edited by me

What are you thankful for this year?

Monday, November 21, 2011

Another Day, Another Birthday

Yesterday, I told you that it was Bernie's birthday (he loved his pup-pie, in case you were wondering).

Today is another family member's birthday, my dad's!


Father-daughter dance

My dad played so many sports growing up and still does! He plays golf with my mom whenever they have the chance. Mike and I have gone with them a few times, but I don't play I just tag along.

When my dad was younger he did some triathlons and road races. The triathlons were a little different from the typical swim, bike, run, though. They were row, bike, run. He was part of the reason Mike and I got this crazy idea that we want to do an Ironman.

Growing up my dad coached my t-ball team and my brother's little league team. He would make it to as many of our athletic and academic events as he could and I am so grateful that I have those memories of my mom and dad supporting us in the stands.

My parents even came to my championship swim meet the last year that I swam in college. Even though at that point I knew that I was burnt out from swimming, it meant so much to me to have them there. My mom even got a picture of my dad giving me a pep talk and I'm glad that I have that memory.

Happy birthday, dad!

******************************

In other news, Saturday was the start of the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge hosted by Amanda at Run to the Finish. Of course I signed up for this before I got injured, but no worries I can still participate!

Saturday I didn't do anything but on Sunday Mike and I took Bernie for a 2 mile birthday walk. Today we hit the gym and I did 40 minutes on the stationary bike while Mike ran on the treadmill. Then, I got on the treadmill and decided to see how I felt. I'm still not 100% but if I want to run in our next race I need to start walking at least. I decided to do a mile alternating between walking and running every .1 miles. I'm happy to say that I was able to run the .5 miles! I still have some pain so I probably won't run again until after Thanksgiving but I'm glad that I was able to do it at least.

Speaking of our next race, want to see part of my outfit?


Pretty sparkles!

I'm excited to get my sparkle on during the It's a Wonderful Run 5K! Now I just have to figure out what shirt to wear.

The last thing I did today was buy Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred DVD and 3 pound hand weights. On December 1st, I am going to start the 30 day challenge and try to do the DVD every day (since there are 31 days in December I can probably skip Christmas). This will be my first workout DVD, unless you count my Dance! Workout with Barbie VHS from years ago. Anyone want to join me? We can help each other get through it!

Have you used workout DVDs? Do you like them or hate them?

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Bernie Turns One!

Today is a very special day for the newest member of our family.


Who me?

On this day last year, Bernie was born! We didn't know him then but a short 8 weeks later he came into our lives.

We weren't really looking for a dog at that time, believe me I wanted one though. One day in January I was out sick from work and I heard a cat crying outside. Our neighbors let their cat outside, but we also have a stray cat who we affectionately call Mowgli that roams around near our house.

I looked out the window and I saw Mowgli sitting there crying. When I saw him walk, I noticed that he was limping. I was really worried about him and I decided to go outside (probably not the best decision since I was sick) and coax him into our enclosed porch. After using a whole bag of cat treats, he finally came into our porch.

Once he was in there, I wasn't really sure what to do. I texted Mike and he suggested that I call Lollypop Farm, the local Humane Society, to see if they would take him. In the end, I let Mowgli go. Admittedly, for selfish reasons. I couldn't stand to see him go and never see him again. Plus, I don't think he would be adoptable since he has been living on his own for so long. He still roams around our house in case you were worried!

Since Lollypop Farm's website has animals available for adoption on it, I started browsing. Mike actually commented on the pictures of Bernie, then Ernie, and his brother, Bert.


Baby Bernie

Well, once we saw that face we had to go see him.

We fell in love with him and on January 30, 2011 we brought him home!

Here are some of my favorite pictures of Bernie.











This cute boy is in for some treats and a walk later on today.





Happy birthday Bernie!!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

If I Listened to Music...

Kristin's recent post inspired me to write about this topic today.

I think I have mentioned a few times how I don't listen to music while running, training runs nor races. I know we aren't alone out there, Mike doesn't listen to music either, but I think most people would prefer to have something to listen to while running.

You would think that this means that Mike and I talk up a storm while running, ha - not even close. The first time we ran with his mom I had no idea who he was because he was talking so much. He kept doing it that whole week while we were in Maine, too.

Before a run in Maine

It is surprising that I don't run with music because I love it so much! I have a wide array of music on my iTunes and sometimes in college I would go on music downloading sprees and then play my new songs over and over again. Mike and I may or may not have downloaded almost every song that Genesis, Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins ever made. Don't judge. We even played "Follow you, Follow Me" during our sand ceremony at our wedding.

Ryan T. Collier photo

It's even more surprising that I don't listen to music while running because when I was a swimmer I would constantly listen to music before my races. I needed it to pump myself up. My junior year of high school I even danced behind the blocks before every race, maybe that's why I did so well that year! I was having fun and music played a huge part in that, yet, during practice I couldn't listen to music. I guess that's why I don't while I am running, I'm practicing in a sense.

Want to know what I would listen to if I were to bust out the iPod during training runs or races? It might be important to note that my iTunes ranges from Mariah Carey to Marilyn Manson, Ace of Base to AC/DC, Brad Paisley to Box Car Racer and Sevendust to Story of the Year. So as you can see I'm a little bit all over the place in my everyday music selections. Yet, before races I would always listen to rap and hip hop. So here you go:


I'm surprised more of these aren't "explicit" honestly

I realize that most of these are somewhat "old", but they would most likely motivate me during a run.

Doing this really makes me miss my college days, just a little bit, since most of these are songs I would listen to in my dorm room over and over again! I really need to listen to my iTunes more often.

Do you listen to music while you run? What genre do you prefer?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Seven Things Tuesday: Random Things About Me

Today's Seven Things Tuesday post works out perfectly with Monica's invitation to post seven random things about myself since I was planning on doing that anyway!


Since I am taking another week or two off from running, I contemplated not even writing a Seven Things Tuesday post and then thought that I could just write about myself. Even though I did my story post a little while ago, there is still more to learn about me!

I Am Obsessed With Lighthouses

If you have been reading my blog for a little while, you may have gathered that Mike and I are a little bit obsessed, to put it lightly, with lighthouses. The obsession started when my mom gave Mike a picture of Brant Point Lighthouse (Massachusetts) for his birthday. Since that time we have seen well over seventy or eighty lighthouses. We have seen lighthouses in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Florida, North Carolina, Canada and the Bahamas.


Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in North Carolina


Bass Harbor Head Light in Maine


Jeffrey's Hook (Little Red) in New York City

I Only Eat Chicken and Turkey

Plus, other types of non-meat food items. I wanted to be a vegetarian for a little while, but over the years I decided that I would still eat chicken and turkey. I haven't eaten red meat or seafood in a really long time. Mike does eat red meat, he loves steak, but he has grown to accept turkey burgers, turkey bacon, chicken and turkey sausage and chicken and ground turkey in Hamburger Helper. It's a good thing I still eat chicken because we LOVE wings!

I Love Animals

There aren't very many animals that I don't love. I grew up with numerous rabbits, cats, dogs, fish and a guinea pig and as soon as Mike and I could get a pet, we did! We started out with one parakeet, who we named Newton, and he was later joined by Isaac (get it?) and MJ.

Isaac, MJ and Newton

We then were given our first cat Benny and he ruled our apartment for awhile. Of course I got the itch for another cat and we adopted Teagan. Unfortunately, Teagan did not ignore the birds as well as Benny and he knocked their cage over one time and in the process Isaac suffered from shock and passed away. That was a hard time for me, even though he was only a bird. Our two birds now have their own room. Yes, room. We leave the door shut and the cats cannot go in there without our supervision.

This was not Benny's finest hour


Silly Teagan

This January we got our first dog, Bernie! He is a Chow Chow/Black Lab mix and there might be some Bull Mastiff in there.

Handsome boy


Chow tongue

When we eventually buy a bigger house, I would love for Bernie to have a playmate. For now, though, Bernie will have to settle for chasing our cats around the house. I wish they got along but such is life.

I Love to Read

I have loved to read since a young age and would often spend my summers reading as many books as I could. Just this morning I finished House Rules by Jodi Picoult and I loved it! I then started Lost by Gregory Maguire (he wrote Wicked). I don't think I will like this one as much as House Rules but I think it will still be good! My officemates and I just rattled off a few more books that I should read, since my book pile is non-existent now.

I'd Rather Eat Peanut Butter...

than chocolate. I know, I know. Mike is actually the chocolate lover in our family. We had to compromise for our wedding cake and we had two layers with white cake and one layer with marble cake. I couldn't do full chocolate, though. His family loves chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and I really have to say that I think that is one of the most disgusting things in the world. Sorry!

I can't stand chocolate ice cream either. I do like chocolate with stuff in it, like peanut butter. I was that kid who would eat peanut butter out of the jar with a spoon. Who am I kidding? I still do that!

My order of chocolate preference is: white chocolate, dark chocolate and then milk chocolate. My mom knows us so well that I get a white chocolate bunny and Mike gets a milk chocolate bunny at Easter. She also brings me a peanut butter whoopie pie and Mike a chocolate lover's whoopie pie when they come to visit!


We love whoopie pies!

I Can't Remember the Last Time I got a Haircut

Sad, but true. I never follow the every 4-5 weeks or so rule, I don't even follow the 4-5 months rule! The only time that I followed a haircut schedule was the 9 months or so leading up to our wedding after I met with my hair stylist for the first time.

In 2009, I was in our friends' wedding and I promptly got my hair cut after that. I did the same thing after our wedding. I had to do the PWC (post wedding chop)!

2009


PWC

That was in 2010 and I'm pretty sure I have maybe gotten a haircut once or twice since then. I'm not really sure. This summer I didn't cut my hair short, so I am kind of in need of a haircut. Maybe next week when I am on vacation? Eh, probably not.

I Took Hip Hop Dance

That's right, Hip Hop dance. I took it in 2010 because I wanted Mike and I to do a dance into our wedding reception. Sort of like this, but different. Our wedding ceremony was still non-traditional of course. I mean the wedding party walked down the "aisle" (it was outside) to "In My Life" by the Beatles and my parents and I walked to "I Can't Help Falling in Love With You" by Elvis.

Yet, I knew I wanted an even bigger shock value at our reception. Our wedding party graciously came up with their own short entrance dances, some developed weeks in advance and others decided moments before walking in, and they were great!

I taught Mike part of one dance that we had learned in the Hip Hop dance class that I took at the college I work at and we practiced it a few times before our wedding. We left one part out, the break dance part, since I don't think I would have been able to do that in a wedding dress nor on carpet.

Would you like to see it?

Ok, here it is. I only included our part of the entrance in order to protect our wedding party members' privacy. I wish I could show you the entire entrance, though!

video

Now, like Monica, I am going to extend the invitation to anyone who would like to share seven random things about themselves. You can either do it here or write your own post, I would love to learn more about you!