Friday, October 12, 2012

Five for Friday: October 12

1.  My husband, Dave, finished his first marathon last Sunday at the Twin Cities Marathon!!!  Official time 4:58:47.  So proud of him!

Dave, our son Liam, and Dave's dad Tom on the way to packet pickup.

2.  At the marathon expo, I met the ladies behind  I first heard of them through fellow GOTRIbal Ambassador and pro triathlete, Gillian Clayton. 

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My first thought after seeing their awesome shirts and cycling kit was, "I probably should get faster before I wear that..."  But then I saw this...

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the Minne-skirt!  Um, LOVE at first sight!  Plus I find out that this is a Minnesota company?  How could I not buy one of these?!? 
So, of course, when at the expo, after meeting Jennifer and Gretchen ( and then walking around the expo, trying to convince my hubby why I just HAD to have one),  I purchased my very own Minne-skirt. 
This turned out to be a great decision when it was only 30 degrees on race morning!  GREAT running weather, COLD spectating weather!  My new skirt kept me nice and toasty warm!

3.  A friend linked this recipe on Facebook earlier this week.  These will be made in my house before the week is over.  They look delicious!

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Pancakes via Girl Cooks World (photo: Girl Cooks World)

4.  Work on the "new" house is going well.  Today I played with my new toy... a brand new shiny miter saw!

Ain't she purty???

I also picked this find up off the curb during Windom's "junk days" with the idea of turning it into an entertainment center.  Painting is in progress.  I will post "after" pictures when I get it done.

A fresh coat of paint and some cord holes in the back should make her good as new!

5.  I am seriously considering taking a Facebook vacation until this election is over.  Presidential election, gay marriage on the ballot in Minnesota... political comments abound in my news feed (making me wonder sometimes why some of my friends are my friends).  I try not to use this blog or my Facebook page to discuss politics or religion, so this is the one thing I will say...  It makes my heart cringe to hear or read comments of bigotry, intolerance and hatred and then have them justified by the person giving the opinion with "because I am a Christian". 
I do not attend church regularly, and my belief may not be as strong as some, but I do know this:

Matthew 22:34-40
34But the Pharisees, when they heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, gathered themselves together. 35And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question, trying him: 36Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law? 37And he said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38This is the great and first commandment. 39And a second like unto it is this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. 40On these two commandments the whole law hangeth, and the prophets. 
(Source: Bible, American Standard Version.)

There is no clause afterward that says, "except for homosexuals", except for (insert race or religion here)", "except for..."  Well, there just are no exceptions.  These commandments are given in Mark (12:28-31) and Luke (10:25-29) as well, so it seems to me that if you identify as a Christian, this would be a pretty important lesson. 

And that's all I will say about politics and religion for now. 

May you have a wonderful weekend free of political commercials! 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Need a Swift Kick? the ass? 

Yep, GOTRIbal is doing it again... not only inspiring women to try endurance sports, but giving them the tools to do it!!!

GOTRIbal's new "Swift Kick" program is designed for those who want to try running.  Already a runner?  How about passing this info on to a friend, co-worker, sister, mom, etc...  Maybe even commit to doing it with her or "gift" the program to her!

From the GOTRIbal website:

"In The Swift Kick [in the ass!] 8-week program, you will receive:
  •  A formal training program, beginning Oct 29, that is designed to help you commit to doing something you’ve never done – Run/Walk 3 miles, or run the whole 5K!  This program will get you there with our Expert Coach, Wendy Mader!
  •  Access to a GOTRIbal Expert Coach to get your questions answered during the first week, middle week and last week of the program.
  •  A 24/7 exclusive online Tribe where you can meet and communicate with other women in the program; including your Coach!
  • Weekly Tips and inspirational notes from elite athletes like ultra-runner Dean Karnazes, GOTRIbal Ambassadors, and women just like YOU.
  • Special surprise gear for you to wear during the 5K event on January 1!"

Instead of waiting until you make a New Year's Resolution (I mean, c'mon... those things never work for most people anyway!), get started NOW and reach your goal THIS YEAR!!!  What are you waiting for??? 

Check out the GOTRIbal website for more details and to join this AMAZING program!

Now you may ask, aren't you a GOTRIbal Ambassador?  Why, YES, I am!!!  Does that mean I get compensated in any way for posting this? No!!!  I am a GOTRIbal Ambassador because I believe in GOTRIbal and what we, as a community, can do when we connect and inspire each other through sport!  Everything I do for GOTRIbal, I do for free. 

Friday, October 5, 2012

Five For Friday: Oct. 5

Short on time lately, thus the lack of posting. I've been busy, busy, busy working on the farmhouse so we can get moved in before the snow flies.  Therefore, this week's FFF will be in pictures...
I tore out the shag carpet and found these tiles.  Still not what I eventually want, but better than the shag and will do for now!
Tore up the floor in the dining room and kitchen and replaced with vinyl tile.  This is the dining room floor before and after.
Why don't I update my blog at night?  Because I'm busy doing things like refinishing furniture at 11PM.
My cousin's wedding:  Don't worry, it was water.  I know because I gave it to him :)
Me and the monkey man!

My hubby is running his first marathon this weekend at Twin Cities!!!  Make sure to wish him luck, I know he'll appreciate it.  Liam and I are looking forward to a great weekend of race spectating and cheering!