A blog about my life, fitness and fun! (...and maybe a few cat pictures...)

A blog about my life, fitness and fun! (...and maybe a few cat pictures...)

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Throwback Thursday: I'm gonna miss Obama.

A couple weeks ago, I was watching Oprah's farewell interview with First Lady Michelle Obama. Towards the end of the interview, President Obama popped in to say hello. Oprah asked him if he thinks his administration achieved hope.

"Absolutely," he replied.

"What are you most hopeful about now?" she asked.

Without even pausing, he said, "The next generation." He continued, "History moves in cycles and what lasts is the impact. What we've done has had an impact on people's minds and hearts. And that continues."

I am proud to have voted for Obama twice. I remember the first time I waited in a really long line to cast my vote. I watched the election results that night. It was getting late, so I told Paul to wake me up when Obama came out for his acceptance speech.

We had a television in our bedroom back then, so when Paul woke me up and turned on the TV, I propped myself up on my pillows and had a good cry as I saw the first African American president walk onto the stage with his beautiful family. What a night for our nation.

Every time I hear the song "Sign, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours," I think of that night and the Obamas walking onto stage to that music.

Whether I agree with everything he's done or hasn't done as president, I know he is a good man and a good father. I've never doubted his love for this nation or his intentions about wanting the best for all Americans.

If you are feeling nostalgic and want to look back at Pete Souza's (the Official White House Photographer) 55 favorite photos of Obama, you can find them here. #2, #24, #37 and #54 are my favorites. If you love Obama like I do, you will definitely enjoy these pictures!

And I absolutely adore this video of a 106-year-old woman visiting the Obamas in the White House. If you need a good happy cry, watch this!

At the end of the interview, as Obama was leaving, Oprah asked, "So when you all get on the helicopter, since you now live in Washington, are you just going to circle the block and then go home?"

Obama laughed. "No, we're going someplace warm!" he said.

They all chuckled and then Oprah said, "It's going to be a moment when you all get on that helicopter."

That's when I lost it. I started bawling.

It wasn't a happy cry. It was a scared and disappointed cry. I cried for a long time and just let it all out. I wasn't expecting to be so upset at the thought of The Obamas leaving. Would I be this sad had Hillary been elected? Probably not. I would have been sad but I know I wouldn't have been scared.

It's a scary time right now.

One thing's for sure...

I'm gonna miss Obama.

When was the last time you cried unexpectedly?
What makes you the most hopeful right now?
What president or first lady has inspired you the most?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Why did I run when I was sick?

I was sick from Friday-Tuesday. (Possibly today too, as I scheduled this post last night!) I had a really bad stuffy and runny nose, lethargic, chills, small headache. The lethargy was the worst as I'm used to feeling like I have a ton of energy!

I'm starting to think I'm becoming a wuss because now every time I get sick, I tend to make a bigger deal about it. I sent out an "I'm sick," Snap to my friends because I guess I wanted attention about it!? I also warned people who got too close to me. I didn't want them to get sick and I wanted them to know why I looked like death.

On Friday, I ran, because it was too early to tell how bad I felt. On Saturday, I woke up and felt horrible, but for some reason, I ran anyway. Ever since, I've been trying to figure out why I did that. I'll run if I'm mildly sick but not when I'm really sick. Yet on Saturday (one of the days I felt the worst), I suited up and out the door I went.

I felt so crappy, and after less than a mile, I stopped and turned around to walk home... but literally 5 seconds later I was like "Fuck that!" and just kept on running until I was done with 6 miles.

The whole time, I felt bad. Even my thoughts were negative. During my run, I contemplated quitting Facebook, quitting my blog... it wasn't good.

As I got closer to the end of my run, I started to wonder, WHY DID I DO THIS? Why did I run if I felt absolutely horrible. I'll normally run if I am sick as long as I know I won't feel worse by the end and as long as I'll at least enjoy the run a little bit. But this run... there was NOTHING good about it! It was probably the sickest I have ever been while running.

Why do that!!!!??????

There were a couple reasons I think I decided to run on Saturday...

1. Running makes me feel normal. It makes me happy. When I am sick, I want to feel normal and happy.

2. I was going to see family later in the day. I love my family, but it was going to be a lot of stimuli. Running is my "me" time when I can relax.

3. Sometimes I get high horsey and think that I will feel better after a run. Okay, this one doesn't make much sense at all!

4. Lately, I feel like I haven't been eating very well, so there was a degree of wanting to burn off calories. I hate to say it, but it's true.

That's all I could come up with! It was definitely a stupid decision. Next time I even think about running when I'm that sick, I will be reminded of this blog post!
Do you run when you're sick?

What kind of sickness or level of sickness will you not run through?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

I'm excited AND nervous for this weekend.

This Saturday, I am attending the Women's March on Washington to march in unity with thousands of other people from around the world. 

The Mission & Vision of the Women's March on Washington says it all: 

"We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families- recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country."

We are marching for these Unity Principles: Ending Violence, Reproductive Rights, LGBTQIA Rights, Worker's Rights, Civil Rights, Disability Rights, Immigrant Rights, and Environmental Justice.

You can read a more detailed breakdown of the Unity Principles here.

I am hoping this day is a positive experience for all involved. I am excited AND nervous for this weekend. First of all, I tend to get a little anxiety when doing something new... like marching in Washington, DC! Second, I'm scared of a violent attack of some sort! The march itself is advertised as a peaceful demonstration. It's not about rioting, civil disobedience, or disruption of any sort. The march has permits and there will be police officers there to protect and facilitate this demonstration. So I do not fear that march participants will get out of hand, but more of someone from the outside targeting us.

However, I realize we have to live our lives. There are crazy people everywhere. I am sure DC will have top notch security... especially since it is inauguration weekend.

After watching this video, produced by march officials, I felt a lot less worried about the event overall. Note: This video cuts off at the end, you can watch the full video on the Women's March on Washington Facebook page.

There has been some criticism of the march, and I was sure to read some articles that did criticize. (Hey, I like to know what everyone is saying!) One article I read was called Ladies, Protesting Isn't Going To Cut It. While I find the title of the article condescending, the article did point out that "protesting" is just part of a strategic plan of civic engagement.

Of course, demonstrating and protesting is just one aspect of the resistance. I am part of several Facebook groups of march participants and people are continually posting about their experiences contacting their elected officials and other calls to action. I hope all who attend the march are inspired to be more engaged!

Because really, there needs to be all kinds of people in this fight. If protesting is your thing, we need you. If you decide to run for office, we need you. If you are one to contact your representatives, we need you too. And we need everyone in between! There is a place for everything, and we all need to do what we are the most comfortable with.

So while I'm a little apprehensive about marching in Washington, I know I will never regret the principles I am marching for!

Are you marching? Attending a sister march?
Do you get apprehensive in large crowds?
What is an issue you care deeply about?

Monday, January 16, 2017

MGR's Weekend Wrap Up!

Unfortunately, this wasn't a great weekend. I was sick with a bad cold from Friday-Sunday. Hopefully I feel better today. This may be a boring wrap up but I will try my best to make it interesting!

This morning was the start of the a runny/stuffy nose and chills. It freaking sucked. I did run and go to work, but I was a useless teacher. I was a useless wife! I was a good cat mommy... Priorities.

I did finally finish the last puzzle I got for Christmas. Thanks, Mom and Dad. This was the hardest one! That tree in the lower right hand corner was a bitch.

And I had a weird dinner. Cheesy bread (not weird) and two turkey burgers with melted cheese in a bowl (weird).

I did not sleep well at all due to stuffiness and coughing from drainage. I ran 6 miles that morning but I don't know why I did that when I felt like death. Why did I run when I felt like death?I shall explore that in a blog post soon.

I really wanted to just lay around all day but we were going to my cousin's to celebrate Christmas with my dad's side of the family. It was also my dad's birthday! Even though I didn't feel great, I had a lot of fun hanging out with my family.

Debby and Clementine

I tried to rally.

 Cousin Ken, Cousin Brian, Paul, Mom, and Cousin Nick

Jake, Caleb, and Zach

Tyler and Clark


 Ellie is channeling her inner Auntie Megan and doing a puzzle.

 The intellectuals play chess

Happy Birthday, Daddio!

Grandma tries some virtual reality

Debby and her kiddos open presents

Caleb, Jake, Zach, and Emma open presents

Happy Emma!

 Some epic ping pong was going on...

I love these pictures! 


When we got home, I crawled right into bed.

I was hoping to wake up feeling awesome today but I felt just as bad as the day before. Unfortunately we had to go grocery shopping. But after we did that, I got right back into my pjs and laid on the couch. Once Paul's friends came over to watch football, I moved to the table to do some puzz puzz.

It wasn't a great weekend. I hate feeling like my time off work was wasted feeling so crappy.
Tell me something fun you did this weekend!
Do you play ping pong?
Would you rather be sick during the week than on the weekend?

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Getting Crafty!

Don't worry, this is NOT turning into a craft blog!

In fact, I am not artistic/crafty at all. I'm definitely musical... and I suppose I am artistic in the fact the I used to do choreography for musicals. But in regards to creating something with my bare hands... let's just say I did not inherit my mom's talents.

I suppose crafts just don't interest me! Okay, so then where is this whole thing going?

Well, one of my piano students made me the absolute BEST Christmas ornament this year! 

She took an empty light bulb craft ornament and filled it with glitter, a mini Christmas tree, some holly berries, and the words "piano" and "cats" that she created by gluing together alphabet beads.

 Because seriously, what else in life is more important than piano and cats!?

She glued a cotton ball on top so the glitter couldn't come out. Genius.

Seeing her beautiful ornament inspired me to want to create some ornaments of my own! They would be wonderful Christmas presents (for next year!) for my students and my family!

A couple days after Christmas, I visited Michael's and A.C. Moore to get the supplies I would need.

 A.C. Moore had a ton of empty ornament bulbs!

I got three different styles.

And a fourth style at Michael's, which I'm not sure I will use because the way it snaps shut probably won't prevent the glitter from coming out. If I use these ornaments, I will probably have to think of another idea of what to put in them... Suggestions?

I got two types of glitter/filler...

 Stars, alphabet beads, and fancy silver thing-a-ma-bobs...

 Bells, poofy red balls, teddy bears...

 Mini Christmas trees!

I even got a hot glue gun for $2.09! I am an official crafter now! The funny thing is, I had to go back to the store later on in the day to buy the glue! Rookie mistake!

**Note: All of these items were either 50% or 70% off! Please do not thing I spent $2.99 on two mini teddy bears...

I'm so excited to make these ornaments! How, how, how will I do it without getting cat hair stuck in the hot glue?

Update: I made a couple of these ornaments already and the first thing that went wrong was that the hot glue was not strong enough to hold the letters together. So Paul got me GORILLA hot glue which claims to be 5xs stronger. So far, so good!

Do you consider yourself "crafty"?
Any ideas for these ornaments that I haven't considered?