package from my dad and some running talk

I’ve had many requests to post pics of my dress options for this Friday night.  I will definitely do this tomorrow once I have a bit more light to take pictures.  I showed one of my staff members one of the dresses and she didn’t think it was very “Friday night birthday party” rather it was more like Sunday brunch.  I explained that once on, it definitely was NOT a Sunday brunch dress… unless I was still wearing it from the night before! ;)

I ran tonight – the weather was awesome.  It was almost 40* outside (at least around 3:30 pm) and still a bit of sunshine left even though I took off at 5:30 pm.  I wore my favorite Adidas tights, a short sleeve shirt and a fleece-y long sleeve running jacket.  I also wore a hat and gloves.  When I walked outside I thought I had under-dressed but once I started moving I was okay.  I managed a little over 4 miles.  I did have to walk .25 of a mile up this damn hill.  I usually measure my fitness by this hill because it is long and a bit steep.  Tonight I ran more of it than I did on Saturday so baby steps are good.  My time was 45.11 mins including the walk break.  This makes 3 days in a row of working out for me!  YaY!  While my motivation right now is a fancy-pants dress, I’m counting on this helping me with my all-around motivation.  I felt better today than I have in a couple of weeks and I owe it to the endorphins.  Much love to you little endorphins!  I also wore these cute socks

love my GR half marathon socks!

These socks are kind of high, which wasn’t my favorite at first.  Today I tucked my tights into the socks a bit – what can I say?  I’m a kid of the 80’s – we always tucked our pants into our socks back then ;)  I did want to give a shout out to the Grand Rapids Marathon.  I ran the half this year and it was really well-organized.  The race was featured in Runner’s World because they serve pickle juice along the route (at later mileage points) – I know, sounds wacky but ppl swear by it!  There was incredible crowd support and I still get e-mail newsletters from the race organizer, Don Kern, who also just broke a world record for marathon running.  The newsletters contain motivational info along with other running tidbits.  This is a great race!

there used to be 2 caramel kisses... oops

These lil’ brats are sitting right next to me on the couch.  I’m not sure why.  They are taunting me.  I caved once!

sleeping ball of fur

Is it possible for animals to have sleep apnea?  I’m pretty sure if it is, Simon has it.  He just snort-slept and woke himself up. I’m thinking the lil’ guy needs a trip to the vet where I’ll probably be convinced he needs a sleep machine that I’ll have to sacrifice my own life for in order to put it on Simon in the first place.

Today, I got a package from my dad for my birthday.  Inside was a GIANT candy cane that was supposed to be for my stocking, some fuzzy socks that were my mom’s, a card and a lil’ can of food for Simon

see the cute note?

The note says, “Simon, give Amy a hug and kiss for me.  Grandpa”  I read the card first and started tearing up when I read the message.  Then I saw this note for Simon and I started crying.  Yeah, I’ve totally turned into a crier – boo!  But they were just the sweetest messages and I think this birthday will be emotional anyway.

Alright, so tomorrow pictures of the dresses I DO have.  Last night I caved a little and wondered if I needed ONE MORE OPTION!  Of course I don’t but I headed over to and checked out their inventory.  Their clothes are inexpensive and definitely club-esque.  I found a cute one that might go in the “possibility” category!

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