Monday, January 27, 2014

Happy, happy, sad and mind-blowing.

Happy Number 1:

This weekend Big Sissy had her final basketball game as an 8th grader.  Their team was undefeated this year and had the championship game Saturday.  My daughter is the point guard and I have never seen her handle the ball as well as she did that game.  They were playing a 1:3:1 press to trap the girls in the back court and our team was floundering a little to get through it.  But the she started using her dribbling skills to break the press and it was so fun to watch.  Our center had a fantastic game scoring most of our points and was deadly from the foul line.  My kiddo had 2 3-pointers and many times she drove in with some great moves for a lay-up but had the wrong angle and just missed, most of the time our center was there to get the rebound and put it back.  If she can finish on her drives, she will definitely be someone to watch.

What a great way to end their middle school career.  Over two seasons, they are 31-1.  Proud momma moment.

stealing the ball


Happy Number 2:

Ultra runner and founder and director of the Mount Desert Island Marathon, Gary Allen, is running from the top of Cadillac Mountain here in Maine to the Super Bowl in New Jersey.  He is running 50 miles a day for 10 days to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.  He is pretty awesome and quite the legend here in Maine.  On Saturday, I was able to see him and his crew, including my internet pal Sarah, as they ran along Route 1.  We passed them twice as I was on my way to the basketball game and then again as we were heading home. 

I was so hoping that I might be able to run some miles with them on Sunday as they passed by my town, but I had no idea how I would get back to my car or what do to with my kids.  I had to bring #33 above to her field hockey practice so I thought, if he didn't run too fast, I might catch them on the way.  Which I did!  I was so thrilled to be able to catch them while he was taking a water break and have a minute to talk with him.  And of course take a photo!

even though it looks nice out, it was freezing! and windy.  probably around 14*

Unfortunately, he has not had the best weather thus far.  It's been bitter cold, and yesterday when it warmed up, it was sleeting/snowing/raining for pretty much his whole leg.  

If you haven't heard about Gary or the Wounded Warrior Project, please take a minute to click  HERE and check it out.  It's an amazing charity and definitely worth donating to.  


As we approach this time in life called "middle aged", it seems more and more friends and family alike are filing for divorce.  It upsets me even though it really has nothing to do with me.  I'm not making any judgments or anything but I just feel very sad inside when marriages of 10, 12 even 20 years are breaking up.

I have no words other than that.  


So, I'm watching the Grammy's last night and chatting on Facebook when one of my friends posts a link about the show Alaska: The Last Frontier.  This show we have been watching for 2 years anyway and basically it's about this family that lives totally off the grid.  They grow their own food, shoot their meat, no electricity, no indoor plumbing etc.  Basically, about how much work they need to do to just exist.  It's a pretty cool show.  Anyway, the people on the show are Jewel's (the singer) family.  The head guy is her father and the men are her brothers or cousins.  I knew she grew up in the wilderness of Alaska but had no idea that this was about her family.  HERE is the link if you are interested.  It's worth watching.  Both the show and the link.    

How was your weekend?  Happy or sad?

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Differences in Instagram Accounts

Pretty much everyone is on Instagram now, from moms to teens to athletes to celebrities.  Being a 40-something mom, I've noticed a few differences in what 40-somethings post from what teens or 20-somethings post.  Here's what I've noticed:

40-something selfie

a little bit more close up than I like, but the 30-something in this photo looks great. ;)

Teen/20-something selfie

random selfie taken from google search

Notice the wide open doe eyes and the partly open mouth like she are about to say something or is in the middle of saying something.  Why do they all look like they are surprised?  Close up enough for you to notice the flawless skin.

No need to worry about camera positioning, because there are no wrinkles or chins to be seen.

The same pose even  holds true for boys! or young men.... whatever.

40-somethings drink posts

 I get a whole feed of instagram posts just like these ones.  Green smoothies, fruit smoothies, chia smoothies, whatever.  40-somethings love them some smoothies.  And love to share them on instagram.  Possibly to make me feel bad about my Mt. Dew choice.

20-somethings drink posts

nuff said

These folks are not judging me and my dew, thank you very much.

This, however, is seen on everybody's instagram everywhere.

Starbucks should be thanking their lucky stars for instagram.  Free advertising and nobody shuts it off or turns the channel.  I wonder if instagram owns Starbucks stock.... hmmm.

What 40-somethings do in their spare time

Run.  And take pictures of it.  Because if you didn't take a picture of your watch or your sneakers, then clearly you didn't run.

totally guilty as charged.

What 20-somethings do in their spare time

How 40-somethings use the hashtag

Three different instagrams, and ALL of them hashtag fitfluential.  GAG.  I swear if I see another fitfluential post I might just throw up.  Maybe I need to expand my instagram followings to people other than fitness freaks.  

How 20-somethings use the hashtag  
Not exactly sure what the hashtag "so" is supposed to tag, or "much".    Maybe I'll search the hashtag "so" and see what comes up.  Likes? and Like?  oh jeez.  Makes me wonder if they even know what the hashtag is supposed to be for.  

Update--just searched.  Ok, so maybe I'm the idiot.  2 million tags with the word "so" and 5 million with "much".  Pictures of everything from selfies, to Justin Beiber to people's kid to food.  Alrighty then.  I guess we live in a world of people who don't have a clue how to use the hashtag.  

All in all I do enjoy instagram and following people.  If I'm not already following you, send me a message and I will.  

Is there anything about instagram that bugs you?

#I #love #instagram #so #much 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Three Random Thoughts for Thursday

1.  As I am seeing an onslaught of college students while they are home on break, it occurs to me that yoga pants or leggings or stretch pants or whatever you want to call them, have somehow become actual pants that people wear as an actual outfit to places other than yoga or the gym.  Like the eye doctor or a basketball game or The Olive Garden. 

When did this happen?  Better question, why did this happen?

Just a random yoga pants picture I stole off of a google search but here is a perfect example of what I hate about this trend.  This woman is neither overweight or unfit but yet the yoga pants are grossing me out a bit.  There is a see-through quality that makes me wish she were wearing granny panties, not to mention the whole camel-toe of the butt thing.  I don't care who you are, that doesn't look good on anyone.

Then to pair them with dress shoes or boots, like it's an actual outfit, is just too much.  Seriously, folks.  These are pants meant to exercise in, not close real estate deals.

2.  I got Princess one of those Origami Owl necklace things for Christmas.  Holy expensive, Batman!  If you don't know what I'm talking about, it's basically a locket with charms in the middle that you can change out, that hangs on a necklace or bracelet or whatever.  All of the stuff you buy separately at Pampered Chef-like party. 
not her locket, but you get the idea
and yes, each of those crystal things are $5 each! what a freakin' racket.

Anyway, she had taken it off at field hockey on Monday and put it in her bag with the open top.  She forgot all about it until Tuesday evening when she went to look for it.  Of course, it was gone.  I thought it might be in the laundry because that's where I put all the dirty clothes that were in that bag, but nope.  It could have fallen out at the Y while we were there but I figured it would be long gone if that happened.  As a last ditch effort, I called the Y to see if anyone had turned it in.

They had.  Someone had found it and brought it to the front desk!  I had pretty much thought it was gone for good.  Let me tell you, we had one happy girl.  (and mom!)  So thank you, to the nice person who turned in a little old necklace.  You made a 10 year-old's day.

3.  I need to get back on the eating-right wagon.  I have fallen so far off of it, it's really hard to get back on.  My car looks like every fast-food restaurant threw up in it.  Sodas, fries, junior mints (but oh, are they delicious), what is wrong with me??  The kids have something every night and if we are away, it is just so much easier to drive thru somewhere at 6:30 and feed everyone than it is to get home at 7:00, cook something, make them eat it and then clean it up.  I can almost understand why America is obese.  It's HARD WORK to eat healthy with our scheduled lives.

the center console in my car.  yes, you see mt. dew, KFC drink (which means crispy, fatty chicken, candy, chips and a Chipolte napkin (which means a delicious bowl).  All since Tues. 

Oh the shame.

The fruit here in Maine in the winter is imported, old and not very tasty.  It's not a good excuse but it is part of the reason why I'm not eating much fruit right now.   I need to find a way to keep on track when traveling  kids all around and not just driving through the nearest crap food store.  I'm not a big carrot-stick type of girl but there has to be something better than what I've been doing.

Thank god I'm keeping my exercise level up or else I'd be a big as a house.

What do you think about yoga pants for everything?  Yay or nay?

Do you eat junk food when you have a busy schedule?

Friday, January 3, 2014

Fun Friday--Would You Rather....

Running with the Girls has shared a fun survey from another blogger and I'm going to join in as well, why not?

Would You Rather......

1.  Run in a snowstorm or a thunderstorm?

Totally run in a snow storm.  I don't think you can get hit by lightening in a snow storm.  Not to mention I hate running in the rain unless it is a warm rain, like in FL.  As a general rule, we don't get warm rain here in Maine.  The rain in Maine falls mainly cold.  doesn't rhyme but is true

2.  Would you rather breathe through your nose or through your mouth?

I understand that it is better to breathe through your nose and out your mouth, but I just don't feel like I'm getting enough breath when I do that so I always breathe through my mouth.

3.  Would you rather do 100 squats or 100 crunches?

I would rather do 100 crunches.  I am able to do both but squats are more work to me.  I have to concentrate on doing them properly so I don't hurt my knees.

4.  Would you rather have a baked good for dessert or an extra serving of your entree?

Well, I don't really limit myself when I eat.  If I want another serving, then I have it.  If I want another serving and dessert too, well, then I have it.  But, if I had to choose, I would probably have another serving of the entree since I don't really love baked goods.
unless it's cheesecake factory's cheesecake.  Then I want all the cake.

5.  Would you rather run on a treadmill for an hour or the same street block for an hour?

I would rather run anywhere outside than run on a treadmill.  I would rather run around the indoor track for an hour than do the treadmill.  Treadmill and I are not close friends.  But she understands.  She serves her purpose but doesn't feel slighted when I shun her for the track or the great outdoors.  Plus she has plenty of other closer friends who adore her.

you know who you are.....

6.  Would you rather have a headache during a run or a side stitch?

I would rather have a headache.  The side stitch usually happens if I've eaten too near to running so then my stomach just feels like I'm carrying rocks during the whole run.  My headache usually goes away after the first mile or two.  Run > advil.

7.  Would you rather have a rest day on a work day or a day off?

In an ideal world, having a rest day on a work day would be best.  In my real life though, because of all my kids'schedules and activities, I often end up not getting any exercise on a Saturday or Sunday because of driving them all around to their things.  I can almost always get exercise in on a work day during my lunch hour because no one interferes with that--kids are in school!

8.  Would you rather be a race director or volunteer?

I would rather be a volunteer.

9.  Would you rather spend money on running gadgets (garmin, headphones etc) or running shoes?

BOTH!  I love all the things running related!  I do not discriminate when buying running stuff.  I want it all.  If there's something you want that's related to gear, I probably have it.  Fuel belt? yes.  ear warmers with built in headphones? yes. reflective vest? yes.  head lamps? yes.  garmin?  yes.  heart rate monitor?  yes.  3-4 different belts to hold fuel, phone and keys?  yes.  gloves that have that touch pad for iphones? yes.

10.  Would you rather run in a relay or do the run portion of a distance triathlon?

I would rather do the whole tri myself or run in a relay.  If I were going to choose a part of the tri to do, it would be the bike.

although finishing a tri is pretty awesome!

What would you rather?

Thursday, January 2, 2014

2013~A Year in Review

Here we are already at 1/2/14.  The start of a brand new year.  I've never been much for resolutions on the new year, I mean, if you have something you want to change or improve on, why do you need to wait until the start of the year?  Just start the next day.  But I do like to look back and see what has happened over the year and see what I've accomplished and just how many things I have to be thankful for. 

Miles Run~ This year I totaled 561.41 miles!  Almost 100 miles more than last year.  I didn't plan for that, it just sorta happened.  Runs that used to be 3 or 4 miles are now 5 or 6 miles.  I almost don't even feel like it's a run unless it's at least 5 miles.  So my reasonable goal of 550 set last year was met!  Yay!  Maybe it's possible to reach 600 miles next year??  I think I can, I think I can.

Biking Miles~I had a total of 2277 minutes on a bike--whether it be a spin bike or a road bike.  If you assume I average around 17 mph (which I do), then that totals 645.15 miles for the year.  Last year I had myself down with something like 230 miles but that doesn't make sense at all.  I went back and redid the math and came up with more like 900 miles for last year.  Not sure how I screwed up simple math but whatever.  Anyway, I did quite a bit less biking this year and that was due to more outside running and less time at the Y on the spin bike.

Swim Miles~I logged a total of 46.5 swimming miles this year.  Just a little short of the 54 I got last year.  This does put me into the 100 mile club at our local Y.  But only if they were doing it still.....  So in my head, I've joined the 100 mile club and I'm pretty damn proud of myself.

Favorite Events of the Year~

Lobster Roll and Ride 50 Mile Bike
Not really a race per se, but a fantastic ride along the Maine coast.  Loved, loved, loved it.  The company wasn't too bad either. :)

Meeting so many new running friends!

Mandy and I having all the fun!

Danielle and Kristal and I at the Maine Half Marathon finish.  They whooped my butt but I'm so happy to have met them both!

Scored a surprise new PR!

became an ambassador for my favorite group of tough chiks.

Dressed up as a turkey.

Beach to Beacon 10K is one of my favorite races.

 these kiddos that make every moment of my life worth living and give me purpose every day.

Plans for 2014~

I hope to continue to do triathlons.  Probably not any more ocean ones since I've decided that those suck, but I do like the run, bike, swim and the challenge that it presents.  I know I can do better but I think the lake might be the place to do it.  I think the first one might be a pool sprint in May.  

I have the Mid Winter Classic 10 miler on schedule in February.  With any luck, the weather will cooperate and it won't be a blizzard and -4* like today is.  

I hope to complete a series of trail races on Bradbury Mountain.  The Scuffle 6 miles, Mountain Breaker 9 miles and the Bruiser 12 miles.  When you complete the series of 3 you get a special medal or shirt or at least some badass bragging rights.  12 miles of trail running will probably kill me but I want to give it a try.  Awesome new friends like Danielle, help to make these poor choices easier.  Misery loves company right?  

Thank you for reading this blog.  It amazes me that anyone cares to read about my life.  I appreciate each and every one of you that takes the time to read and/or leave a comment.  I do feel like you are all my friends even if we have never met.  

If you do that sorta thing, please follow me on twitter~@ltlindian and instagram~@ltlindian2.

Happy New Year to all my pretend friends!