Thursday, January 29, 2009

nooo, really?!

No more running. ever.?.

MRI needed.

Knee=still swollen.

Half marathon=plans canceled.

Disappointed-to say the least.

Yesterday I went to see a bone & joint specialist about the pain/swelling in my knee. Xrays were taken. The talk was short-but not so sweet. It's either the cartilage or a torn meniscus. Definite fluid around the knee joint. [It doesn't look that bad.] Hopefully I'll have an MRI in the next few days to confirm the details. But, he said no more running. ever.

It's slightly sore-but it really doesn't hurt that bad, which makes me want to go running even more.

will i really become a cripple by the age of 26 if i don't take the MD's advice? :)

and just when i was starting to really enjoy and CRAVE a good run.


on a GOOD note....

JOHN & LEAH BALDAUFF ARE HERE!! woot-woot. [& jim is tracked out for 2 1/2 weeks AND i have 5 days off from work!]

SO, life is good...just a little bump in the road yesterday.

Now, I just need to find a new life goal....

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


We woke up to SNOW this morning...and lots of it [for North Carolina!] Schools are closed throughout the state, and thankfully I too, had the day off. It has been a comical experience to see the southerners reacting to the winter wonderland!

For example:

-Our governor has already issued a state of emergency.
-People are wearing socks on their hands instead of mittens and rain boots instead of snow boots.
-People are walking around with their cameras on hand.
-My manager has already called to see if I want to spend the night at the hospital to ensure I would be at work tomorrow.

love the laughs. thank goodness for long johns.


Monday, January 19, 2009

Only in the South...

The day started off early as Emily went to work, however I decided to go back to sleep for an hour. I got up did some paperwork for all the IEP meetings I have this week and next. Then it was off to Frankies Fun Park to hang out with the Youth Group (at least those that did not have school, which was a majority). We played some laser tag, which I have not played in a couple years. We also took the go-karts out for a spin, it was an outdoor track and with the weather in the low 40's and windy it proved to be a chilly ride. We finished up the morning/afternoon at Chick-Fil-A for lunch. A good time.

Now here is where the blog title comes into play. We are under a winter storm warning for late tonight/tomorrow morning. They are calling for 2-4 inches. Anyways, I stopped at Lowes on the way home from Chick-Fil-A to pick up a couple things for the apartment. I was proceeded in line by 2 couples that were both carrying big shovels and snow scrapers. HA. They were talking to the cashier and asking what they would do if it didn't snow and they had already bought all of this stuff. His response, "Well, you COULD return it."

Later in the day I headed off to the grocery store for a few things. The place was PACKED. Bottled water, bread, and other non-refrigerated foods were filling most of the carts. Again, I had to stop myself from laughing.

When I got home, the bottom of the tv was already flashing school closings for tomorrow. However, Wake County has not made the executive decision yet, we shall see what the morning brings I suppose.

Oh and one more thing. Salt trucks have been out since late afternoon/early evening spreading a "salt solution" on the roads just in case. phheww.

Here's to the unknown!


Saturday, January 17, 2009


What kind of dog have we raised?!

high maintenance, to say the least.

at least he keeps us laughing...
he usually bites the pillows-I guess he was extra tired last night. We walked into the living room and he had gathered all 3 pillows and afghan from the couch and properly placed them under his head. AMAZING.

here's to the call at 5:30 this morning to ask if I wanted to stay home from could I resist-I was still in bed and temps were in the single digits...and not to mention it's Saturday and Jim is home...AND, that darn knee that is still swollen.

i caved and oh, so quickly said i would stay home, on-call for the day...laden with guilt i laid in bed- somewhat awake- for 15 minutes. but then, i fell back asleep and woke up at 9:15-now THAT'S more my style.

maybe someday i'll grow up and become a morning person.

just maybe.


Friday, January 16, 2009

Houston, we have a problem

What a great day-the sun is shinning and it is a mere 26 degrees. It was a cold walk this morning with Bent, but no complaints as temps were in the negative up north this week! It's a cozy, laid back day over here...the chili is cooking and laundry is going. i love days like this...and if it wasn't for the mountain of wash to be done, it would be even better!

My half marathon training continues. It "officially" began last week-I can't say I truly love running yet, but I definitely have caught the "high" it gives after accomplishing my runs. My long run last week was 5 miles and yesterday I ran my longest ever...6 miles! [up in till I started training I never ran farther than 3 miles at any given time...AND, I think I only did that 3 or 4 times in my life! :)]

But, my runs this week have left me with a swollen knee which I can hardly bare weight on. Yikes. Any helpful hints from my avid running friends out there? It felt tight this week when I started my runs, but after 1-2 miles it loosened up and I didn't have any troubles with it. It even felt fine after yesterday's long run....until dinner time-and then I could hardly walk.

Sad. is this what it feels like to get old?

Thursday, January 15, 2009

It's on the house...

Emily and I went out to North Hills outdoor mall, in Raleigh, tonight for some dinner and a little shopping. We went to Moe's Southwest Grill because they were giving away free burritos. Now as you have read in the past, I am a big fan of free food promotions from restaurants. Whether it is a free taco (or 4) from Taco Bell, free Chicken strips or sandwiches from Chick-Fil-A, or a scoop of ice cream from Baskin Robbins or Ben and Jerry's, you can assume that I will do my best to take advantage of it. Well out of all the free food promotions I have participated in, I think this one comes out on top. Emily and I both received a free Joey Jr. (basically a normal sized burrito with a basket each of chips and salsa for free)! It was normally a $10 meal. Fantastic.
Now, here is what I don't understand when restaurants have free food promotions. I have previously discussed this issue with Alan, aka "Chad" (usually on the free taco day from TB), another advocate for the free food giveaways. Why, when the restaurant is giving away a specific item for free, would you order something that you have to pay for? It's preposterous. Honestly, you have the choice between a free meal or paying normal price for a meal, and you choose paying?? It just doesn't make sense (no pun intended). Tonight we had some customers who got some nachos and soda among other things, and paid around $13 for it. Emily and I ordered two burritos and two glasses glasses of water, our total bill... $0. Case and point. And, to make it even better, we received a promotion on our receipt to do a short online customer service survey to receive a free Joey burrito (even larger than the Joey jr.) on our next visit. Splendid.

Alright well it is time to read a little Johnny Tremain before bed. I hope y'all have a good night.


Oh and one more thing, tomorrow night might be a night out for dessert as the aforementioned Baskin and Robbins is giving away a free scoop of their new "healthier"ice cream. How sweet it is.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The Newbery Quest

Well my first year of the quest went a lot slower than anticipated. I only checked 8 books off the list, but I'm hoping to do much better this year.

Here are the ones now checked off the list:
(The list goes from favorite to least favorite)

1. The Giver by Lois Lowry 1994
2. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry 1990
3. Holes by Louis Sachar 1999
4. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin 1979
5. Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorenson 1957
6. The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman 1987
7. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli 1990
8. Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz 2008

**To clarify, I have read some of these books multiple times in the past years. However, to make my quest official, I have read them all again since January of 2008. So, no, Kristin, I have not cheated!

79 more to go! (not including the book that wins the award in 09).


Friday, January 2, 2009

and the race is on...

an innocent walk that went all wrong....

goose poop covering Jim's sweatshirt.

a scraped up hand, hip, knee, & chest.

and one humbled husband.

Bentley: 1
Jim: 0

Thursday, January 1, 2009

a happy 2008.

Here is a glimpse into our trip home....

a slightly blurry picture before the Trans-Siberian Orchestra

all smiles!
Uncle Jim & Evan
Christmas night @ Grandmas

Bentley's first snow experience.

Evan sporting his fancy vest.

reunion! ohh, where have the years gone?
love & miss y'all greatly.

reason enough to move back to GR.

we're back safe & sound in Raleigh.
wishing you & yours a happy new year!

here's to 2009!