Not the Brightest Bulb

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I am not the brightest of people.

We ran the Note in the Pocket Sock & Undie 5k today, and that was my worst time ever. Okay, it was my fourth 5k, but still, it was a bad time.

Blog post on why Note in the Pocket is awesome.

The official race results haven’t been posted, but Runkeeper said I did the course in 45 minutes. My last 5k was 39 minutes.

In my defense, I wasn’t at my best, and I probably shouldn’t have run.

1. Sunday, Colby & I hiked the Sal’s Branch trail (2.8 miles) at the William B. Umstead Park in Raleigh. About 100 feet in, I tripped and slammed my thigh on an annoying root. Ow. I have a hand-sized bruise now – if you want to see it, click here (if you don’t mind pasty white skin and big-ass bruises!).

2. I donated blood on Wednesday and ended up going home from work early because I was woozy and dizzy and feeling wobbly. My friend Amy (a nurse-in-training) wasn’t happy with both me and the vampire van for how they stole my blood.

3. I have chronically low blood pressure and haven’t had enough sodium in the past few days. Yes, I’m one of those rare people who cardiologists tell to eat *more* salt.

Combine those with a slightly hilly course, well, Christy felt like she was going to throw up and/or pass out about a mile and a half into the race.

But hey, I finished it, and that’s what matters! I’m thinking of doing the Cord 5k with Amy in June, but this time, I’m actually going to train and eat plenty of salt beforehand.

Maybe.

Colby wasn't too thrilled to be running at 9 a.m.

Colby wasn’t too thrilled to be running at 9 a.m.

In other news, we close on the house on May 18! Already have a bunch of stuff packed, tons of ideas for decorating saved on our personal wiki, kitchen organization underway…

So I’ll be posting even less than usual until after we move, but I already have a few recipes I want to try out and post AND I have an idea for an entirely original cake (I hope it’s original). That’ll be a beast to make, but if I’m right, it’ll be delicious as hell.

This motivated me to run a bit faster.

This motivated me to run a bit faster.

Until next time!

A Fond Fairwell to MMXV

standard December 25, 2015 Leave a response

From ISIS1, 2, 3 to mass shootings1, 2, 3, from migrant crisis1, 2, 3 to police brutality1, 2, 3, 2015 has seen a lot. Plane crashes1, earthquakes1, automobile scandals1, it seemed like the bad news would never end. Celebrities dominated the airwaves, Josh Duggar1, Bill Cosby1, Kim Kardashian1, and the internet was inundated with videos of puppies and kitties.

But not all was darkness in 2015. Gay marriage was legalized in both Ireland and the United States. Caitlyn Jenner shares her true self, and we got our first close-up shots of our favorite dwarf planet, Pluto. Africa went a year without polio, and the Americas have eliminated Rubella.

On the home front, despite a lot of chaos on and around our wedding day, Colby & I are finally married – this is our first Christmas as a married couple! We heard a lot of great music — Here Comes the Mummies, KMFDM, Motley Crue and Alice Cooper — and saw a bunch of awesome plays – Spamalot, Reefer Madness, Dolly Parton’s 9-5.

We ran 5Ks — Sola 5K, Patriot 5K, Zoo City Young Life 5K, the Great Human Race — and attended a bunch of awesome events — Maker Faire in Burlington, N.C., Pups at the Pitch, SPARKCon. We volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House, Healing Places and Note in the Pocket, and traveled to D.C., Myrtle Beach and Topsail Beach.

Oh, and I went on an upside-down rollercoaster without throwing up.

But most importantly, we grew as a couple, as people, as humans. We learned that hitting parked cars is a bad idea, the homeless need socks more than anything else and caramel rice crackers do not go well with salsa.

Our wish to you this warm-faux-winter season is to for your hearts be grateful, your mugs be full, and your pants be stretchy.

Note in the Pocket

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Working at Big Bank has its perks – free bank account, comfy chairs, no customers – but one of the best perks has to be their volunteer program. They give each full-time employee 16 hours a year to volunteer at a charity of their choice, anytime during normal business hours. You can use that time however you like, whether 8 hours in a single day or spread out over a few days.

My team has previously volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House, baking goodies for the families with seriously ill kids, but I wanted to do some volunteering on my own. I found VolunteerMatch.org – a site that lets you find local charities based on what you’re passionate about (puppies, kitties, faith, hunger, etc.), and once you find a charity, you can send the charity a message directly and BOOM!

Instant feels.

I found Note in the Pocket – an organization dedicated to providing clothing for underprivileged/impoverished children in my county. Since we like to sponsor a couple of Salvation Army Angels each year, this seemed like a good fit.

Plus, I’m not allowed to volunteer at animal shelters – something about me bringing home animals? Children’s charities are OK, because I can’t quite bring home a child. I think.

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Counters and Countertops: a New Home Story

standard November 12, 2015 Leave a response

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted, dear Noms fans, but never fear! I is still here. Life has been good, but busy!

We’ve been house-hunting off and on for the past year or so; something always came up before we could put an offer in – family stuff popped up, Colby was out of the country, we had some reservations about the house/location and so on. This past Saturday, however, the planets aligned and we toured a new housing development in Durham, built by Lennar.

This development had only 4 floorplans, and we couldn’t narrow down which one we wanted – the Oxford had a nice landing, the Chastain had a kitchen, the Lenox had a nice master bath layout, and the Baldwin was cozy.

On Sunday, we dragged Evan with us to look at the homes again, and this time I was prepared with checklists, questions and things to review. With Evan’s help, we finally narrowed it down to the Oxford plan. If you are house-hunting, I strongly suggest bringing a friend with you to help narrow down your choices – they are impartial and they see things differently than you.

Yesterday, we signed the initial contract stating that we intend to buy the house when it’s completed (oh yeah, did I mention it’s not even built?), and we finalized options/choices for the house (black cabinets, white countertops, cherry floors, and so on).

I normally wouldn’t have considered a new development, I didn’t like waiting and there were so many other houses on the market, how could we justify buying a new home with a larger carbon footprint? It’s a sellers’ market right now, and houses are being sold all over the place. The RDU is expanding at an exponential rate, and it’s gotten to the point where there are only really old houses with tons of problems or brand new homes that haven’t been built. Plus our lease is up mid-June, so it works out perfectly – we should close on the house at the end of May/beginning of June.

We drove by our lot yesterday, before signing the contract, and while there was only a pile of dirt on Sunday, Wednesday had piles of wood nearby, and tons of construction workers!

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Our lot is on the left!

Yeah, we’ll definitely be driving by over the next few months!

I keep doing my we’re-buying-a-house dance, and no, you may not see it.

In regards to the blog, I have an idea for a multi-post series, but I haven’t had the time to write it. I’m hoping to have more recipes out soon, but my attention span has been a little on the short side lately. It’s a side effect of one of my meds – short-term memory loss. According to Colby, it’s a good thing I’m pretty, because I couldn’t get anywhere with my brain right now, but we know he’s joking.

Right?

Well, I shall leave you with this image, dear readers, a picture of Stormy looking quite dapper in her new sweater.*

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*She gets really cold in the North Carolina winters, to the point where she’s curled up in a ball, nose up her butt, shivering like crazy. Yes, you really needed that mental image. You’re welcome!

Grass and House” by Hubert H.

Love and Tough Decisions

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Life is full of tough decisions – what to wear to work, what car to buy, what players to pick for your fantasy football team – but there’s one thing no one wants to make a decision on: death. No one wants to think about death. It doesn’t matter if your faith tells you there’s a heaven/hell/giant candy playground in the sky when you kick the bucket, no one wants to accept that it’ll happen to them. Other people die, you never will, you’re immortal until proven otherwise.

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Mimi & Eunice, July 28, 2010

I know, I know, it sucks.

But you know what else sucks?

Not talking about it, especially to your family.

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Goodbye, Dear Twenties

standard October 15, 2015 Leave a response

Today is my 30th birthday.

When asked how old I am, I can no longer say “in my 20s.” I can no longer choose “25-29 years old” from demographic dropdowns.

I’m trying to think of more things that I can’t do in my 30s that I could do in my 20s, and I simply can’t. I can still wear skinny jeans, watch Disney movies, listen to Taylor Swift, eat pizza. Nothing’s really changed except how I see myself, and even then, I’m not sure what’s different.

People tell me age is just a number, that I should act as old as I feel. Some days, I want to throw a temper tantrum like a toddler, and other days I want to sit on my front porch and yell at the acorns. Somehow, I don’t think society is too keen on me doing either.

My twenties were interesting. Chaotic. Depressing. Eventful.

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World Suicide Prevention Day

standard September 9, 2015 Leave a response

I’m not going to flower this up, so here goes:

Three years ago, I tried to kill myself. I took a handful of pills, grabbed my stuffed frog and went out to my car to wait.

I didn’t write a note, I didn’t plan it out, I just wanted to escape the pain of my life.

Sitting in the car, hugging my stuffed frog, I realized that I wanted to live, I didn’t want to die. What happened next is unimportant, but I got help. It was a long, hard road that I’m still traveling on. I have good days, I have bad days. Some days, I have flashbacks to my time in a psychiatric institution, to lying in the hospital bed with tubes down my nose, or coming home and realizing I can close a door and lock it without worrying someone will come in.

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We’re not supposed to talk about suicide, or when we do, it’s something we talk about delicately. No more. No more beating around the bush, no more flowery language. Suicide is real. Suicide isn’t something you ignore and hope it goes away.

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Puppies Galore!

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Check out the full gallery at my Flickr page. Let me know what you think!

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Mötley Cooper & Friends

standard September 2, 2015 Leave a response

Remember when we saw Mötley Crüe & KISS in concert? How it was a pretty awesome show?

Well, Alice Cooper & Mötley Crüe totally topped that.

Last Friday, we went to see Mötley Crüe: The Final Tour at the PNC Arena.

Wait. Let’s back up a bit.

A few months ago, I saw some tickets on Groupon for Mötley Crüe’s final show with Alice Cooper. Knowing Colby loves Mötley Crüe & Alice Cooper, I sent him the link for the tickets. Duh, he said, but he didn’t want nosebleed seats. No no, this was Mötley Crüe’s final tour*, we were getting good seats, goddamnit!

*Not to be confused with Mötley Crüe’s Farewell Tour of 2014.

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