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...)

Monday, February 18, 2019

Weekend Wrap Up!

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It was an interesting weekend! 
Here's what I was up to...

My day started dark and early with 6 neighborhood miles. It was nearly 40 degrees, which feels quite toasty to me these days! Guys, I was FLYING and I wasn’t even trying! I know why… I barely got any sleep and I ate a huge meal at like midnight the night before. I know that sounds crazy, but when I do stuff like that, I usually have a great run the next day!

I will be honest, work was a struggle. I wasn’t tired, I just wasn’t there mentally. It didn’t even feel like a Friday thanks to all the delays and snow days we had this week. I sort of felt like I didn’t deserve a Friday!

I was very relieved when work was over, but I couldn’t go home! I took my mom’s sweet mini van over to a Mazda dealership to test out a Mazda CX-3. In case you missed the car drama… I need a new car.

Not gonna lie, I love sitting up high in a mini van!

The CX-3 was way too small...

So I tried the CR-5... which was perfect but too expensive. Sigh. How do people afford cars??? This was the "Grand Touring" model and had ALL the bells and whistles.

But I had an idea. When I got home, I went online and searched for other CX-5s that didn't have all the bells and whistles and had more miles on them. I found a red one that was actually in my price range! I planned to go out first thing the next morning and check it out.

Later that night, Paul and I played cards and watched Colbert.

Then I fell asleep on the couch. I never fall asleep on the couch! I look super comfortable, don't I?

I was the first customer in Faulkner Honda at 9:00 on Saturday morning. It was a long process, but it turns out the car I had found online the day before was AMAZING and I bought it! Everyone at Faulkner was so nice. Buying the car was scary (I'm still scared!) but everyone there made it an easy experience.

I got a 2016 Mazda CX5. It's certified preowned. It has so many bells and whistles that my 2008 Cobalt did not have. I could list them all for you, but you wouldn't think it was that exciting because they are probably features that are standard for cars these days!

 The red actually looks brighter in real life!


Paul loves the car! It's our car. When I got home, I showed him all the features I remembered how to use, then we took it for a spin to Weis. I love my car!

I went for a celebratory trail run, but it SUCKED. The trail was snowy and icy. While runnable, it just wasn't fun. I only did three miles and then came home to finish up the rest of my run in my neighborhood. I just wasn't feeling the trail conditions...

I had a pretty standard evening... played cards, drank wine, ate quiche!
Allison and I met at South Middleton Park for an 8 miler bright and early. It was quite chilly! We ran at a pretty good clip and were able to catch up on what has been going on in our lives. I hadn't seen Allison in so long!

Then Paul and I headed up to Millersburg for my Grandma's 90th birthday party!!!! I'll be honest... driving an hour and a half round trip is more fun in a MAZDA CX-5!!!!!!!!!

What were you up to this weekend?
Do you think you'll live 'till 90!!?

Sunday, February 17, 2019

I am excited AND terrified because...

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... I bought a new car!

Well, not brand new. Certified preowned.

It's a 2016 Mazda CX-5 Touring. It's actually a 2016 and a half. Mazda released a second model in 2016 with some better features... like heated seats!

Having this car is like a whole new world for me. You have to understand that for the past 10 years, I had a tiny Chevy Cobalt. It had no technology. I mean, the windows rolled down. My 11 year old niece didn't even know how to use the windows!

I walked in the doors of Faulkner Mazda the minute they opened at 9:00 on Saturday morning. I had the stock number of the car I wanted to see. I had researched THE SHIT out of a bunch of cars, and I was hoping the car I picked was good in person as it seemed to be online.

Jon helped me out and took me for a test drive. I had test driven the same model car the day before, so I knew I would like it. As we drove around Harrisburg, he explained some of the features to me. The price was right. I was in love. I wanted the car.

My favorite aspect of the car is the fact that there is more room. I also like sitting up high. The navigation and smart features are really cool as well. So are the heated seats. This car doesn't even have a key. There is a button to start it. GUYS, I'M FINALLY IN THE 21ST CENTURY!!!

It is terrifying to me to have a car payment again. I haven't had a car payment in YEARS. It's also terrifying to buy something so expensive. Besides my house, this is the most expensive thing I have ever bought.


Even though it is scary and overwhelming, I am very excited. I feel like I finally have an adult car. I also feel like I deserve a nice car. Paul doesn't drive, so I'm always the one behind the wheel. I deserve to be comfortable. And since he's the passenger, he can become and expert at all the techno stuff and teach me how to use it! I mean there are screens and buttons and all this shit where it's like THIS IS TOO MUCH!!!

In real life, the red is much brighter.

Everyone at Faulkner Mazda in Harrisburg was very nice, and even though it is nerve wracking to make such a big financial commitment, they made the process super easy! I highly recommend the dealership!

Now here is the crazy thing... My best friend Maren ALSO BOUGHT THE EXACT SAME CAR TODAY!!!! We didn't even talk about buying new cars and she bought the same thing!!! What are the odds!!??

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Weekly Workouts!

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I'm a running machine. That is all.

Saturday- 6 miles on the treadmill and 4 miles on the trail. No pictures, but I swear it happened!

Sunday- Lifting at Planet Fitness and 6 neighborhood miles. I had exercise ADD! Oh, and can you tell I am getting faster? Sorry I keep mentioning it, but I just can't believe it because of how freaking slow I got this past summer!

Monday- 3 miles and a deck of cards workout. I woke up to a snow covered neighborhood! Luckily, we had a two hour delay and I have easy access to Planet Fitness. I headed over there to run 3 miles and do a deck of cards workout.

Tuesday- 6 neighborhood miles in the freezing rain. I had every intention of running at the gym but my car wouldn't start! That sort of threw a wrench into my day! Luckily it was a snow day and it didn't happen on a day I had to go to work!

Wednesday- Carport deck of cards workout. We had a two hour delay, so I headed out for a neighborhood run at 8am. Even though the roads looked clear, they were very slippy! I didn't even make it a quarter mile before I turned around and walked home. The ice was black, you couldn't see it. I didn't have a car so I couldn't go to the gym, so I resorted to a deck of cards workout in my carport. I'm lucky I have a cardio option if I can't run!

Thursday- 8 treadmill miles and a VERY SHORT lifting session. Light weight, high rep. I just needed a little something!

Friday-   6 neighborhood miles. My bag was all packed for the gym but for some reason I was feeling like a homebody. I went outside in fleece tights, a long sleeve, and a vest, but immediately went back inside and ditched the tights for shorts and took off my vest. It was nearly 40 degrees, which feels quite toasty to me these days! Guys, I was FLYING and I wasn’t even trying! I know why… I barely got any sleep and I ate a huge meal at like midnight the night before. I know that sounds crazy, but when I do stuff like that, I usually have a great run the next day!

How were your workouts this week?

Friday, February 15, 2019

Bad News and Good News

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On Tuesday, my car wouldn't start. It tried to, but it just couldn't. Luckily, my parents get me AAA for Valentine's Day every year, so I was able to have it towed to the car shop we use that's only about a mile away. The tow truck guy said it was probably just the starter, but I still had a bad feeling...

The next day, the bad news came. Paul text me to let me know the timing chain was out of sync and the cylinder head of the engine needed replaced. It would be $3000. Not only that, but they couldn't guarantee that when they replaced everything, that the parts would line up right. If they didn't, the pistons would break and then my engine would be shot. It was time to cut my losses and buy a new car.

**Note: I have no idea what I just typed, I'm just telling you what they told me. Most of the paragraph may as well have been in Greek to me!**

Now to be clear, I'm not in love with my Chevy Cobalt, even though I have had it for nine years. But it was paid for. You can't beat PAID FOR. It has a ton of miles on it, so I suppose this was inevitably going to happen...

I'm not excited to car shop. I know nothing about cars and I don't really car about cars. I feel very stressed and overwhelmed.


There is good news. Even though I don't want a car payment, I can afford a car payment. Such a first world problem, right?

Also, my parents are letting me borrow my mom's mini van (they have three vehicles, she uses the van for her craft shows, which she doesn't have right now) so I don't have to rent a car and I don't have to feel rushed to buy anything.

These are two VERY GOOD THINGS. So I am lucky. Even though I didn't want to be in this situation for another couple years, I am lucky.

Who knows, maybe I will find something I like!? I'm looking for a subcompact SUV. I definitely want certified pre-owned. I am researching: Mazda CX-3, Hyundai Kona, Toyota RAV-4, and a Honda CR-V. Any other suggestions or thoughts on those cars???
Do you like to drive cars until they are dead or do you enjoy getting new cars?

Any tips for me as I start this endeavor?

Ever drive a mini van!? It's not that bad!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Snow Day #3!

On Tuesday, we had our third snow day of the year. (Yes, we have to make them up. Bye, bye spring break!) However, it was the best kind of snow day because it was the kind we totally anticipated having. In fact, We pre-gamed the snow day the night before...

Unfortunately, I could not sleep that night. I slept from 12:46-2:00 and then I was up until 5:30. (At 4:23 I got the call that school was canceled, so at least after that I could relax a little since I knew for sure I could sleep in.) I got up for good around 8:00. That's not a whole lot of sleep, but how much sleep does one need for a snow day?

At least the first things I saw when I woke up were these cute little guys!

First, coffee...

It was quite the lazy morning. Paul had an appointment at 11 but my car wouldn't start! I called AAA and they towed it to a nearby shop. We only have one car, so we always take it to a place that's about a mile away. The AAA guy thought the problem was the starter. I crossed my fingers that he was right and it wasn't something major.

Not having a car threw a wrench into my plan to go to the gym and grocery shop. Instead, I had to run 6 miles outside in the freezing rain. I call this a character building run! At least I had a good podcast about the Loch Ness Monster.

I'm doing awesome on my Spanish lessons! Look, I'm on a 50 day streak! And yes, check out the time I was practicing... I told you I can't sleep!

I was having a hard time getting warm after my run. And while I was very much hoping my car would be fixed today (I mean, how am I supposed to get to work!?), I was also dreading the cold, wet walk to the shop to pick it up. I just hoped that if it got done, it was before dark. I was also worried about what would be wrong with it...

... but of course the shop never called me. So I called around 6 and the cashiers said the mechanics had gone home for the day and that my car "wasn't done yet". I asked if it was looked at and she said no. How fucking annoying!!!!

Luckily, I have awesome coworkers so I was able to set up rides to and from work tomorrow.

That evening, Paul and I played cards.

I had a snow day salad for dinner. You put BBQ chips on your salad too, right? 'Merrica!

Before I went to bed, I got a text saying we had a two hour delay the next day! Wahoo! I could get used to a work week like this one...
Do you have AAA? Ever need your car towed?
Do your pets sleep with you?
Do you believe in the Loch Ness Monster?