"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places." Roald Dahl

Monday, October 31, 2011


This weekend we carved pumpkins!  Saturday was so cold and rainy, I cooked up some chili and we each made our own jack-o-lantern.  I love holiday traditions!


Friday, October 28, 2011

Spooky, Freaky, Fab Friday

I'm really excited for this weekend, so I went ahead and made a list of the fantastic, spooky, halloweenie things that I am excited for!

- Pumpkin carving!  Yes, this is one of those traditions that I might embrace more as an adult than as a child.  I love carving the pumpkins, scooping out the gook and even baking the pumpkin seeds.

My 2009 Pumpkin

- Corn maze!  We are bringing the little kids from our swim team at the local corn maze and I am so excited!  I might have organized this so that I wouldn't have to go by myself this year... It's a lot less weird when there are a bunch of kids to go with me, right?

- I have all day Sunday off!  I haven't had a full day without work or travel in 33 days.  Needless to say, I'm excited to do... absolutely nothing.

- Old Navy is having a 40% off sale today.  That means their close might be $10 and that, I can afford!!

- My mom told me she sent Derek and I a package two nights ago.  It has not yet come, but I bet it comes this weekend!  I love surprises!

- This is for Monday, but I will include it in the weekend...because I actually live in a neighborhood, I get trick-or-treaters! And I love seeing them come by in their costumes.  Halloween is the coolest thing in the world to little kids.  I love how excited they get to go up to each door and show off their costumes.

That's all.  What are you excited for this weekend?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


It's 10:00 am as I write this and I've had a busy morning!  

I went grocery shopping and came home with two of these...

I baked some cupcakes for a coworker who is getting married... 

Yep, they're funfetti cupcakes.  The best flavor there is...  I have mentioned that there is a five year old inside of me, right? 

...and I ran 3 miles.  

Super human?  Definitely not.  
Productive?  I like to think so.  

Now, I'm off to work.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Seeing Red

I've had this stool in my kitchen ever since I cleaned out my classroom back in August.  I think it's great for when I need an extra place to sit, but it really doesn't go with my kitchen.

I bought it a few years ago for $20 at Walmart, so I wasn't worried about damaging it, so I decided to spray paint it.

I'm pretty pleased with it.  It's not that different, but it adds a nice little pop of color.

After that I got a little spray-happy and decided to attack this little thing.

It looks cute, right?  A nice pie plate.  I received this as a gift from one of my swimmers a few Christmas' ago and while I like the shape, I'm not so sure about the little designs on it.  And the size is a little off.  It looks full size, right?  Look again...

Yep, it is slightly larger than my fist...maybe it's a cookie plate?  I have no idea what to use it for!  But, I attacked it with the red spray paint so that at least I'll like it as a decoration.  It's cute!

I still don't know what to do with it, but it adds, yet another, pop of color to my kitchen. 

Friday, October 21, 2011

Detroit Marathon: Part 2

The girls headed down early to find their wave and after downing some strong coffee and bundling up, my mom, dad, sister and I headed out to catch the start.

Searching for the girls...

We found them!!  Almost too late!
After we saw them, they ran a few miles through Detroit, then crossed the bridge to Canada.  After a few miles in Canada, they headed back to the USA through the tunnel.

We caught up with them during mile 8 after a water stop.  They looked great!  

I was surprised that Cath was running in a tank top and refused to wear sleeves...we were freezing and it was raining. 

We saw them again at mile 13 - and they still looked totally fresh!

Look! - there's my mom!
Hammin' it up for the camera. 

After that, we didn't see them again until mile 21.  And believe it or not, they were still looking pretty good!  Emily was about 15 minutes ahead of them, but Catherine and Lori had picked up the pace (what?!).

Paula jumped in for a short jog to chat.

We missed the finish... whoops.  But we found them in the party tent scavenging for food and looking way too happy.

I'm so proud of them!  Way to go!!

It was fun being a spectator and getting to cheer them on.  The marathon was very well put on and the course was interesting.  The girls said it didn't seem to get old at all.  There was a hill about a 1/2 mile from the end that killed them a little, but I think at that point, anything hurts. 

And the best part is, they all said they would do it again...That is a good sign.  It took me a while to say that after my marathon.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Detroit Marathon: Part 1

This past weekend I flew north to Detroit to cheer on my sister, Emily, and Lori in the Detroit Free Press Marathon.  I was initially going to run it with them, but due to lack of motivation, I stopped training a few weeks prior to the race and opted to get some quality family time in instead.  

I was surprised at how clean and nice the city of Detroit seemed.  I have heard so many varying views over the past few weeks as I spoke of the weekend, that I think I was picturing the worst.  It was a really nice place!

Saturday we all headed to the Expo to pick up our race packets.  Lucky for us, it was just down the street from our hotel and it was gorgeous weather!

After that we cleaned up, celebrated Catherine's birthday and had a nice dinner. 

Stay tuned...more to come about the actual marathon tomorrow!  This post was getting a little picture heavy.

Look at those gals!  Bright and early, all ready to go!  
(I'm so mad the camera strap got in the way...they wouldn't repose for me!)