Saturday, December 31, 2011

Bring on 2012!!!

Bring on the New Year!!  2011 wasn't too shabby but I'm always ready for new things, experiences and FUN! 
I've never made resolutions.  At least not at the start of the year.  I'm one of those who is constantly coming up with new "ideas" for this and that.  Sometimes these ideas pan out and sometimes they just fizzle out.  Since I started running, I seem to have more goals and things I want to accomplish.  Some big, some small but all of them pretty f'in important.   Here are some of the things that I want to do in 2012.  I wouldn't necessarily call them resolutions.  Just some things that I want to accomplish.

1.  Finish my first 1/2 marathon.  I'm signed up for the Lincoln 1/2 in May.  I don't care if I have to crawl over that damn finish line.  I WILL make it!

2.  Eat "cleaner".  I would try and survive on candy if I thought it was possible.  Not so much now that I started running though.  Running and nutrition seem to go hand in hand.  That is if you don't want to have to call your husband at mile 3 cause you don't have the energy to make it back to the house.   :(  These little cinnamon bears are assholes.....

3.  Finally "finish" the barrel horse I started 2 years ago and take him to some jackpots. 

4.  Be more patient with my kiddos.  That includes not stressing about the house being picked up and sitting down and doing something they want to do!  F' the dust.  It will still be there the next day!

5.  Run 600 miles.   It's written down now.  Can't take it back. 

6.  Quit limit my cussing.  Who are we kidding.  I can't quit.  But I can try and hold back a little bit!

  Yeah......I don't know if that's gonna work for me.......

7.  Finally find the "perfect" pair of running shoes.  :)

8.  Find somewhere spectacular to go for my 10 year anniversary!

9.  REALLY try to work on #6..........

10.  And finally.............don't get caught up in the DRAMA!!!  Enough said!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Gluten Free Friday.....

I'm dedicating Friday's from here on out to Gluten!  Gluten Free that is!!  Five years ago (holy crap I can't believe it's been that long) I started having headaches/body aches/mental fog etc.  Really, I felt like shit.  It had started toward the end of my pregnancy with Kohl and continued after he was delivered.  Something was wrong I just didn't know what it was.  After 3 years of going to different doctors, specialists and basically everyone else who eventually would just look at me like I had gone crazy or was depressed, I found a doctor that helped me figure things out!  She didn't look at me like I was insane, a wimp (seriously I had a doctor tell me that.....ASSHOLE), or just plain stupid.  She helped me, listened to me and through process of elimination she led me to a gluten free life.  Just 3 days after eliminating gluten from my diet, my headache/body ache was GONE.  I hadn't felt that great in 5 years.  Holy shit!  I felt better than I had in my whole life.  It only took 4 years to figure it out, but from then on I was Gluten Free. 

Then I realized I couldn't have beer.  WTF!!!!!!  Seriously???
This is torture!!  I got over it though, after tears and ranting.  :)  And I found a wonderful gluten free beer that I enjoy!  Woodchuck beer.  Horrible name, but really tasty!

It's hard to be gluten free.  At home it's under my total control but when you go somewhere it's like there is gluten everywhere!!  I will NEVER go back to eating that crap though.  EVER.  I'm getting pretty good at cooking without gluten and my kids/husband/hired men can't tell.  Or they know better than to say they can tell the difference.  Cause I'll go all crazy gluten free bitch on them.  :) 

What are your favorite gluten free products, recipes, etc????

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Why do I let myself talk me into these things.......????????

Today I got my eyes poked out by 10,000 needles........Smart??  Maybe not.  Time saving idea???  DEFINATELY!!!!
I've always wanted to get permanent makeup tatooed on my eyes.  No, really.  Eyeliner that will be there at all times.  So, when I go to the local grocery store they don't think I've just rolled out of bed.  Or had a bottle glass of whiskey at 9:00 in the morning.  It will actually look like I "worked" a little bit on myself that day.  Maybe they will then overlook the yoga pants and sweatshirt that I always sometimes wear. 
My sis and I went today for a fucking horrible AWESOME day of bonding and tatooing.  She went first cause I had to go to the chiro beforehand.  I got there just in time for the lady to start in on my sis.  Who pretty much just laid there and twitched every now and then.  No random swear words or screaming.  She wouldn't tell me how it was so that right there should have threw up the red flag.  Halfway through hers they put on the topical numbing cream on me. 
Then it was my turn.......First, I didn't want my sis to think she was tougher than me.  I don't know how she didn't cuss, scream or just slap the shit out of the lady. (Who happens to be a good friend of ours.)  And who said we both did a fantastic job.  I don't know if it was so much the pain, the feeling of something so close to my eye, which I really would like to keep, or that I'm a total wimp.  I'm not going to lie.  It hurt like hell at first, got better in the middle, and by the end you couldn't feel much of anything.  And what's stupid?????  I would TOTALLY do it again and would TOTALLY recommend it to all my friends!!!!!  Even with my eyes swollen like I cried the whole time (I didn't shed any tears), it is going to be AWESOME!!!
Head over to my sisters blog and read about this in her words!!!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A few of my favorite running quotes........

I love motivational quotes, pictures, sayings.  They're good for the soul and make me feel like I can accomplish what I set out to do.  I used some when the volleyball season started this year and it really helped the girls see they can accomplish what they set out to do.  Here are some of my favorites!!

I love this one!!  People constantly tell me they have no time for exercise.  They assume since I am a stay at home mom that I sit around all day with hours of free time.  NOT.  I know alot of people who are really busy that still find time to exercise!!

Just found this one today!  Love it and it will be on my fridge soon!

Or a bigger one.......which I think is happening to me.  :(

The "for the rest of your life" kinda scared me at first.  :)  But it's the truth.  If you want it you have to work for it!

I tell myself this when I want to quit.

I've started and now I know that I won't quit!  I love running and I love how it makes me feel!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Griswold Family Christmas......COMPLETE!!!

Ahhhhhhhhh...........(big sigh of relief) and I'm spent!  Another family Christmas is in the books.  Why does it always seem like it's a big freakin circus??  Christmas Eve we headed into Wade's grandpa's house to have a little get together and open presents with his mom.  Fairly low key cause his family is so small and it's pretty much us, the kids and his mom & her husband.  Kids opened presents, I drank wine and it was Merry!

Then the chaos began!  Good chaos though.  Just a shitload few more people at my mom's house.  Remember, the Greeks.  Only we aren't Greek.
Nine grandkids and 6 of them young, wild, and LOUD!!!  They had a wonderful time though and each got a remote control helicopter.  That we all agreed should stay in the boxes until we each got home to our own houses.  That is, all of us except my husband.  Who was more eager to play with them than the kids. 
Which explains the constipated look on his face at me when I told him to quit getting it out of the box...... :)  He loves me!  And showed his love with my 2 kick ass presents he got me this year!!  He ROCKS!!!
A new gun!  And some diamond earrings!!!  Can't get any better than that!  Whoop Whoop!!

We had a great time this year as always!  I had to get out of the house when everyone left and get a quick 2 mile run in.  Needed some fresh air and also needed to get my ass up and moving after stuffing myself beyond my limit! 

Oh, and my MIL got me a kick ass new soda machine.  All natural soda and tons of flavors to choose from.  She's subtly trying to get me to quit drinking diet pop cause she thinks it's going to kill me.  :)  Tried out the root beer flavor today and it's FABULOUS!  Her evil plan might just work!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Freakin Christmas!!!!!!!!! Whoop Whoop!!!!

I love Christmas Eve.  Pry more than I love Christmas day!  I feel like I'm ahead of the game this year which completely scares the crap out of me.  I keep wondering......Who the hell's present did I forget to buy???!!!!  That's my worst fear.  Getting somewhere and realizing that I forgot someone.  Ughhh.......I would totally feel like an ass and make up some lame excuse that I forgot to grab it from under our tree at home and la di da......I could say that one of the army guys is holding it hostage......
Or, I could just tell them I forgot cause I'm losing my mind and going completely insane!!  :)  I'm pretty certain I got everyone covered this year, and also certain that I have the EXACT same number of presents for each of the kids.  Cause heaven forbid one should have one more than the other.  The 5 year old will count them.  Guaranteed. 

I'm going to finish up all the baking/cooking I can before tomorrow's crew gets to my house.  It's going to be kind of a quiet day.  Only 14 of us.  My husband of course thinks that's a huge number but we have a HUGE family and the norm is around 25.   We're kind of like that show "My Big Fat Greek Wedding".  Only we aren't Greek!!  But we're LOUD and funny as shit.  We tend to get in everyone else's business and we have a wonderful time!! 

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and get everything you wanted!  I don't even know what I wanted so I'll be happy as shit no matter what!!  I plan on eating and drinking ALOT!  So, before we head to the parents today I plan on getting in that 4 mile run if it kills me.  I am going to NEED it.

Thursday, December 22, 2011


Today's blog is gonna be a little different.  Cause today would have been DaNelle's 34th birthday. 
Here's a pic of DaNelle, myself, and both my sisters. (Obviously when we were in high school.)  We grew up with her, were college roommates, and the greatest of friends.  3 years ago she was diagnosed with breast cancer.  A year later, she passed away.  While the special dates still make me sad, and I'll never understand why someone so great was taken so early in life, I now find myself thinking about the great memories made with her. 

In no particular order, here are a few things I will never forget.

Swimming in the tank out at her grandma's house with the goldfish, then hanging out in the basement sneaking whiskey.  :)

Her infectious smile and laugh.  

Her stories!!  She called me every morning around 10:00 and we'd talk till the guys came in for lunch at noon.  I miss those phone calls!

Playing foosball at the high school rodeo finals.

Going to the bar in college at noon and playing pool till closing time. 

Her obsession with NFL football.  Particularly the Chiefs.  I inherited her pink Chiefs beanie when she passed away.  I will cherish it forever!

Her hamburger cheesy dip!!!  I can never get mine to taste the same!

How she was the best mom in the world!!!

And finally, how hard she fought till the very end to beat that disease.  And how gracious, kind, funny, and caring she was in life and in death.

Someday they will find a cure for this awful disease!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Taking a run on the dreadmill.........

This is sorta how I feel when I have to run on the treadmill.   I've come to dread it!!  I would much rather run outside, but there are days when I just have enough time to run upstairs and start up the treadmill.  I try to watch mindless reality tv that requires no deep thought or concentration.  What I usually end up doing though is watching my mileage and at the EXACT moment I hit my target for the day, I hurtle myself from that damn machine.  Literally, I cannot get off fast enough. 

A few weeks ago we spent the night at my MIL's house.  She just got her home gym all set up and so I used her treadmill for a quick workout while I was there.  I despise her...............because she has a BITCHIN treadmill.  Seriously, felt like I was floating on a cloud instead of pounding the concrete like mine now feels like after experiencing HEAVEN on hers.  This is how I felt while on the BITCHIN treadmill.
No REALLY!!!!!!!!  It was like I was outside cause it has one of those monitors with the cool picture of nature.  Did I mention it's like a cloud!!!!  Maybe she won't notice me moving hers out and putting mine in it's place.........

Recently my sis posted a blog about coming up with a "mantra" for running.  I had no idea what mine should be or is when I'm running.  "Bitch Don't Quit!!!!" came to mind but didn't seem real appropriate.  This one jumped out at me today though.  I like it. 
In fact, I LOVE IT!!!!  Cause who doesn't want to make themselves proud.  THEMSELVES.  Forget what everyone else thinks.  Just make yourself proud.  I will never be proud if I give up.  So, this is my new mantra.   I should now consider writing this on my chest the day of the 1/2 marathon.  I wouldn't forget!!!!!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Mama got her ass kicked by a 2" army man..................

This "guy" as a matter of fact!  Seems innocent enough.  Believe me,  they are stealthy little shits.  And they are everywhere in our house!  This one tripped me up on the stairs this morning and about knocked me right down them!

My oldest son has an obsession with the army.  We thought it was a phase.  Going into the 3rd year of this obsession, I'm hoping it's still a phase.  He talks army, watches army, plays army.  In Kindergarten the teacher finally had to tell him that he could only talk about army on the playground at recess.  The classroom was off limits.  I've done the same thing at home.  I try to limit the "talking" about it to a minimum of 35 hours a day...............Ughhhhh........I love it that he's so into things and really takes stuff seriously (when he wants to).  Maybe it just gripes my ass that he knows more about every single war this country's ever been involved in than I do.  And when he asks me a question and I answer him wrong he calls me on it and informs me there's no way that could be right.  He watches the Military Channel on a regular basis.  Documentaries.......and then insists on coming and finding me and updating me on what the program is saying.  Then, I pretend to give a shit what it's about.   I got him a box set of DVDs for Christmas.  It includes documentary on EVERY war this country's ever been in. (Note to self:  make sure the DVD player in the kids room is we don't have to watch these in the living room.)

Here's a pic of our tree.......and he apparently thought the presents needed guarding last night.
Good to know that GI Joe himself was in on the mission!!
He'll be extra pissed when he gets home today and sees his stuff has been messed with.  And I'll be equally pissed when I have to spend 20 minutes finding that 1/100 guy that comes up missing.  He has every piece of army equipment he could possibly need.  So, what did I just do.  Wrapped up the 2 remote control battling tanks and AK 47 we got him for Christmas.  Cause I'm COOL like that!!!!!

On the agenda today is 3.5 miles on my sore foot from the above mentioned army man.  :)

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Whoooop Whooop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...........

Today marks a great day in 2011!!!  College football bowl games start!  I LOVE college football.  I LOVE the Huskers!!!!!!!  But I also love watching random teams that I know nothing about.  Doesn't matter where they are from or what their story is.  I just love watching football.  So, from now until the first week in January, I can pretty much watch football any given day!  It's awesome!!!

Last year we went to every home Husker game.  Love it there.  The atmosphere is great, walking amongst the drunken tailgaters is hilarious, and the general excitement in the stadium is electrifying. 

We've taken the kids to 2 games so far.  I'm not going to lie.  It's exhausting.  First, it's quite a walk to the stadium.  So, as you can imagine, eventually the 5 year old wants someone to carry him.  He's not a small kid.  In fact, he weighs as much as the 7 year old.  He's solid as a brick shit house and complete dead weight.  We start out looking like this before the game.  And end up looking like the freakin Griswold's vacation family as we're leaving the stadium.  Which for me, is usually around the 3rd quarter cause the 5 year old wants to go walk around. 

Naturally we prefer to go by ourselves, sans kiddos, but every now and then we have to pretend like we LOVE taking them and what a great family weekend it is.  That's a freakin lie!!!  Wait till they are 30!!!

I am pretty pumped to end the 1/2 marathon on the 50 yard line of Memorial Stadium!  How cool is THAT?!!  And just a word to my fellow running mates, YOU'VE BEEN WARNED.  I will tackle one of you bitches when we are done running.  Cause I LOVE FOOTBALL!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Prepping for the "long" run........

Recently I started running.  If you can call it running.  Might be more like jogging, or wogging.  Whatever you want to call it, I'm going to call it running!  Makes it sound so much cooler.  I ran my first 5k race with a great group of gals from my hometown a few weeks ago.  Loved it!  It was cold, snowing, and the roads were slick as snot.  But I loved it.  I'm super competitive and although I didn't break any speed barriers, I was NOT going to let anyone see me walking.  So, I ran the whole thing which was a great accomplishment for me.  I will share my "shining" moment of the race though.  Some might think it's a bit bitchy, but it was still my moment and I went with it! 
So, as I said, I went to the race with 4 other girls, one of which is my sister/bff.  She will love that reference.  (By the way, she has a really funny blog .)   So, as we are pulling up to the race sight, here's how the conversation played out:

Sis:  Look at that girl getting out of her vehicle.  I bet she's fast.  And she's really pretty.  I don't like her already.

Me:  She does look fast.  Ughh......I wanna be fast someday.

We then proceed to get all our gear on cause it's freezing outside and head in to pick up our goodie bags.  Didn't think anything else of the "fast" girl until I was on the home stretch of the race.  I was feeling pretty good about my run but kept searching for the finish line thinking I had to be getting pretty close.  Up ahead of me I spotted the "fast" girl.  Pretty soon I start getting closer and closer to her and I'm thinking "she ain't so fast".  Then the impossible happens!!!  I pass "fast" girl.  She has to stop and walk...........  At this point, it gets a little bitchy.  Cause I say to myself - "she isn't so f'ing fast, she has nothing on THIS fast girl".  Which is totally hilarious cause my time wasn't fast at all.  But that was my MOMENT and I'm sticking to it! 

I had so much fun at the race and immediately was addicted to the "atmosphere" and the pure competition mode when you see people passing you or running in front of you and you want to do that and be fast like them.  Loved it!!  So, the next step for our little group is to run the 1/2 Marathon in Lincoln in May.  Part of me is dreading it but the other part says BRING IT ON!!!!! 

I've started my 12 week training already cause I know I'll pry have a few weeks of repeats in there.  Sunday is a 4 mile run.  Some people use that as their "warmup".  Which pisses me off and I'd like to hurt those people.  I just hope I do it without walking.

My goal is to finish the 1/2.  Cause let's face it, this is a HUGE deal for someone who couldn't run a mile 2 months ago without collapsing. :)   With minimal walking involved or ambulances/medics...............And a ton of memories with friends!!!  Whoooop....Whooooop!!!!!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

10 things that annoy me.............

If you asked my husband what annoys me the most, he would say "what doesn't annoy her".  I'm slightly extremely annoyed by little things.  I try really hard not to be, but some things just make no sense to me, or irritate me so much I just can't take it.  So, I've compiled a little list today of SOME of the things that I cannot stand.  In a totally random order.  Enjoy!  :)

1.  Tapping pencils, fingernails, ticking clocks, humming.......basically any stupid sound that has no purpose.  I will cut your fingers off and I'm not joking!  Ok, maybe I am, but don't do it!!

2.  Pretty designs on the toilet paper.  Really??????  You're wiping your ass with it.  Enough said!!

3.  People who don't say please, thank you, or in general just show any respect whatsoever towards people. 

4.  Knight (my7 year old) not flushing the toilet cause he thinks it's funny................NOT FUNNY.

5.  Joy Behar.....the annoying one from the view who thinks she's funny.  Really she's just bitchy. 

6.  LAZINESS!!!  Yeah, sometimes I feel like sitting on the couch all day watching mindless tv.  (And sometimes I do)  But when you're doing something/anything give it your all.  Don't half ass it and tell me how worn out you are.  Run a freakin marathon and then tell me how tired you are.  I'll actually listen to you then!!!!  And you can bet your ass that when I finish that half marathon in May, I'm going to tell EVERYONE how tired I am.  And how much I ROCK!!! 

7.  My husband driving on the wrong side of the road.  He does this.  Alot.  And at the exact point that we are going over a huge hill and you can't really see what's coming on the other side.  (I know you're reading this and I know you do it just to annoy me.)  I blame it on the fact that he doesn't ever leave here and normally this is his means of transportation.  Which he should stick to!!

8.  When someone calls you on the phone and then they sit there in silence.  F'ing say something or don't call in the first place!  I have something to say.  You freaking suck at carrying on a normal conversation!!

9.  This girl!  I religiously do her workouts and I STILL cannot find my abs.  "Six Week SixPack" my ass.  (I really don't hate Jillian I just want her body)

10.  This list annoys me!!!!  I just spent 20 minutes of my day writing about stuff that shouldn't matter.  Fun, but now I need to go make up those precious minutes of my life spent screwing around trying to brighten someones day.  

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Ode to the running shoe.......

Size 11.  And I'm not referring to my pant size.  That's my ginormous shoe size.  Who cares, you say!  I care.  I'm 5'3".  Yeah, you read that right.  I wear a size 11 shoe have a head the size of a watermelon and nothing in between stretched far enough to be called tall.  When my husband and I were dating, my future MIL asked me why I was wearing his shoes.  And she wasn't joking.  Not only are my feet huge, they are flat as a pancake.  I'm also bow legged and pigeon toed.  Major problem.  I was so bow legged when I was little my parents had to put Forest Gump braces on my legs at night to sleep.  Seriously.  And "f" off for laughing!!!!!   I have a hell of a time finding the right shoes.  Nothing was different when I began the search for the "perfect" running shoe.

We live on a ranch 21 miles from the closest town and 100 miles from a Walmart.  I rarely run on pavement.  This is my running "track" most days and while I love it, it does provide it's hazards aka cow and horse shit dotting the road for miles.  Most of the time I feel like I'm playing a game of hop scotch instead of actually running.  But believe me, you DO NOT want to step in that crap.  Especially on a warm day.  That shit's so squishy you would fall flat on your ass if you slid into that.  I thought for sure I would want a trail shoe.  So, I customized my own from Nike and thought they were super badass.  Husker Red colors and perfect to also wear to game days!  Loved them.  Then I put them on.  WTF!  The foot bed was wrinkled and felt like I needed to adjust my socks every 5 seconds.  That's not ok with me.  I'm OCD and little things annoy the shit out of me.

It was onto the next pair and of course I had to get Nike cause I have a Nike running watch and was obsessed with plugging it in and downloading my run immediately after I came in the house.   My wonderful sister has since solved that problem for me cause she got me a Garmin for Christmas and of course had to give it to me early!!!  She ROCKS! 
The shoes did not rock for running though but I decided I should definately keep them cause they are all black and those would be the perfect dressy game day shoe for volleyball.  The next pair was again Nike and have the Shield + and they are perfectly waterproof and warm.  Not so cushioned though so for longer runs they hurt my feet.  But again, kept them.  Because how could I not when they came in so handy in the Jingle Bell 5k when it was snowing/wet/cold.  My feet stayed dry and warm.  Bonus!  If you sense a pattern here you should.  And if you don't you're stupid not paying attention!  By now I have 3 pairs of running shoes that I don't really like to run in. 
You'll be happy to know that after 2 months of searching for the perfect shoe, I'm somewhat satisfied with the Asics I now have.  They are comfy, I haven't fallen down/twisted my ankle yet and they look pretty sweet too.  :)

Monday, December 12, 2011

Here goes nothing!

Recently my sister got me started reading blogs.  Funny, laugh out loud, real life people doing and saying things that make me laugh.  Love them!  So, having no extra time in my day, I decided I'd give it a try.  Why the hell not.  My life is full of stupid crap that no one everyone will want to read about. 

First thing I had to come up with a name.  Problem was, everything I could think of was not appropriate for some that might read this.  Those that know me, know that I cuss.  Alot.  It's a terrible thing some of the filth that comes out of my mouth.  So, disclaimer.....I CUSS ALOT!!!!!!  Recently I started running.  I used to despise the thought of it.  I had visions of passing out while jogging 1/4 of a mile and would lay there till my husband, a hired man, or one of the horses/cows/dogs would find me.   But let's face it.  I'm not getting any younger.  And what's the best thing for finding one's abs  becoming a healthier person, RUNNING.  So, I started the Couch to 5k program awhile back and now I'm an obsessive runner.  I'm slow as a turtle, but that's not the point.  I also live on a ranch.  So, I'm cheap labor when my husband needs help, bookkeeper, cook, mom, chaeuffer, part picker upper, and just about anything else you can think of.  Oh, and I also coach high school volleyball and elementary basketball.  I get stressed, pissed off, and downright bitchy when I can't exercise or find even 30 minutes to myself a day.  So, I finally came up with an appropriate name for my blog that wouldn't offend anyone.  "Runaway Ranchwife"  Pretty much sums up the way I feel most days.  I take 30 minutes to "run away" from the day to day crap, regroup, and feel a little better about myself!