Tuesday, August 27, 2013

no running, day 14: physical therapy and (gasp!) stress fracture

Today I had my very first physical therapy appointment.  Since I've never gone before... I wasn't sure what to expect.  I was there for an hour and 15 minutes!  She had me do all kinds of things with my foot trying to get to the root of the problem - whether I have tendonitis or a stress fracture.  Unfortunately for me, she's leaning towards a stress fracture.  In my mind... I was already starting to suspect that.  She wasn't 100% sure though... she was just leaning that way... but I'm not sure what was keeping her from saying for sure.  I think probably cause I walk (well... limp) on it, and it's not swollen or bruised. I'm starting to think I have a really high tolerance for pain since I'm always hurting somewhere... it's just a normal thing for me.

She didn't tell me anything I didn't already suspect.  I was ok with it all.  I'm ready to start the healing so I can get back to the running.

She taped up both of my feet before I left to support my arches (oh I really really really hope she doesn't suggest I wear big clunkers for shoes.  Because I won't wear them) and i gotta say... it feels pretty good.



I think what makes it feel good is the fact that the sides of my foot are compressed in both the way she taped (above) and the way I had been taping it (below)


She also told me that walking around the Mall of America for 2 days and then doing more shopping on a third day... probably didn't help my foot any.  This I know... it did hurt more.  But there wasn't much I could do... can't disappoint my ladies... we've been planning this trip for over a month!

I've got some exercises I've been instructed to do.  Apparently my GLUTES are my weak area.  I thought it was my core!?  So lots more Ballet Beautiful bridge series will be in my immediate future!

Last night was lululemon upload night... and I fell asleep before upload.  Guess I just missed out on having lots of ordering issues.  The plum wonder unders and crops were uploaded and sold out right away.  I might have bought those (if I'd been awake) if I hadn't bought these crops from american eagle over the weekend.  I will probably order more in the other colors.  Problem is... is I bought a small... and I think they are a smidge too small.  The fabric gets a little shiny and white when I stretch.  When I tried on the mediums, they were baggy a little at the knee.  But for just lounging around the house they are fine (and they were 40% off so you can't beat that!).

Anyway... I haven't placed my lulu order yet (will likely be the plum CRB and the heathered plum long sleeve swiftly).  I also want the inkwell dance studio pants and will likely order those too!  I really need to get a new full length mirror (Mr. Max broke ours...) so I can post pics of my new lulu goodies as they arrive!!



Monday, August 26, 2013

still here... still no running :(

Just a quick update.  My daily blogging streak was interrupted by an epic shopping trip to the Mall of America last weekend.  Internet at the hotel was r e a l l y slow and I didn't feel like fighting it just to keep the streak alive.

I was unable to tape my foot two of the days because I forgot a pair of scissors... and I didn't really try too hard to find some at the mall.  Got a hold of a small pair so I could tape up on Sunday.  Two days of lots of walking was murder on my foot without the support of the tape.  I wore my old pair of Brooks instead of flip flops so I'm hoping I kept the damage to a minimum.  I'm really getting sick of the constant pain.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) will mark the 2 week "anniversary" of my last run.  In the grand scheme of things... 2 weeks isn't a long time.  But that run feels like it might as well have been 2 months ago.

I've been trying to get my endorphin fix from doing Ballet Beautiful.  It's been taking the edge off.

I have my first day of physical therapy tomorrow so I'm sure I'll have more to write about.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

no running, day 8

Today started out with an orthodontist appt for little Miss Taylor.  Cede came with.  The three of us spent the morning in town running errands and a wee bit o' shopping.  We had to stop at the sporting goods store because Taylor and Callie wanted another pair of spandex shorts for volleyball practice.  We stopped at Walmart for a few groceries.  blah blah blah...

Volleyball practice was from 3-5 this afternoon (instead of the 8-10 am it was Monday and Tuesday).  After I dropped them off I came back and Cede and I went upstairs with our yoga mats and did the full Ballet Beautiful classic workout.  Ok... so I did the workout... she played tea party with her bears on hers.  It was fantabulous.  I need to remember how amazingly awesome I feel after that workout.  Relaxed yet full of endorphins.  Love it.

Later in the evening, while Cede was in the tub, I got my plank on.


I probably could have eeked out a few more seconds, but I'm pretty happy with this time!  My last two plank times were 1:00 and 1:30.  Love seeing progress.

My foot is significantly less painful today.  Well... by the end of the day I should say.  Still keeping it taped with KT tape.  I redid it this evening as it was starting to really come un stuck on the edges, so it lasted 2 days.  I noticed a few hours after retaping that its already starting to come up a week bit on the side of my foot so we'll see how long this one lasts.  Still loving it!!!!  

I'm really really really really really hoping that starting next week I'll be back to running.  I'm obviously going to have to modify my training plan and probably my time goal.  Send foot healing vibes my way!!!!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

No running, day 7

It has now been a week since my last run.  It feels like a year.  It feels like I'll never run again.  Constant pain in my foot.  It felt a wee bit better today.  Hopefully tomorrow will better.

I stayed up way too late last night waiting for the lululemon upload.  I did end up ordering the Dance Studio Jacket in plum, but I'm nervous that I might have gotten a size too small.  I'm not too worried about it though... if it ends up being too small I just wasn't meant to have one.


I was tired all day today... and I felt kinda crappy.  My sinuses are bugging me.  So I just kinda dragged ass all day.

I did make a really good supper though.  Italian tortellini soup with garlic bread.  Thank you pinterest!!!


After supper I finished up my closet project.  



My workout clothes take up the top rack... so glad there's room for more!  I love being able to see everything.  This was definitely worth it!!!!




Monday, August 19, 2013

KT tape

Today was a little busy.  Callie and Taylor started volleyball at the bright and early hour of 8am.  I dropped them off and got back shortly after 8.  I figured I'd have time to get a Ballet Beautiful workout in before Max and Cede woke up (Karl was home) but they were wide awake and sitting on the couch when I got home.  Lovely.

I did the first 23 minutes (the Bridge series and the Ab section) and then went and took a shower.  I did the workout in flannel shorts and a cotton tee and yea... I'm never doing that again!  I felt so gross!

Anyway... went back and picked up the girls, made everyone lunch, then went into the office.

My foot is still uber painful.  It wasn't THAT bad until I had to do some grocery shopping and walking around on the cement floor was excruciating.  Soul-sucking.  Put me in a cranky mood for quite awhile.  

I did FINALLY buy some KT tape while I was there.  I opted just to get the basic black cotton kind.  Watched a video on youtube and whammo!


I'm all taped up.  I actually had to retape it after about an hour because it was starting to come up.  While my foot still hurts, it feels supported with the tape.  So... I'm sold.  It's almost like it takes a little bit of the edge off of the pain.  I'm going to keep this taped up 24/7 and see what happens.

Max was soooo crazy tonight.  I couldn't get him to eat lunch, and he only ate a little bit of cheese and an ear of corn for supper.  Right when it was bedtime he tells me he's hungry.  ugh.  I KNOW you're hungry.  I've known you were hungry all day.  Please eat tomorrow... He told me he was going to make a pb sandwich when he wakes up.  It's a near daily battle to get this kid to eat.

It's Monday and that means it's Lululemon upload night!!! 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

prednisone, day 5

Seriously... this 5 day course of prednisone was just a waste of my time.  I took my last dose today, but I also started back up on the ibuprofen.  Ulcers be damned.  I slept in my CEP compression calf sleeves and then took the left one off this morning and walked around with just the right one one to see if maybe somehow it supported some ligament that's connected to the sore ones and would help me feel better.  I think any relief I felt was psychosomatic.  But whatevs....



I was in a better mood today regarding my sore foot, and I was pretty productive.  I put a pork roast in the crock pot at noon for supper.

I worked a little bit on a pair of socks I'm knitting.  The pattern is called Sleepy Hollow.  The yarn is Knit Picks Tonal blend in foliage. Which I now notice is not available... but it'd be close to Harvest I'm sure.


And that is probably the worst picture I could have taken of them but it's late and I'm lazy.

I baked two loaves of bread, and I realized when I cut them that I am REALLY outta practice with the bread baking.  It's been probably almost a year since I've made my own loaves.  they taste phenomenal, but the texture was a little off and they didn't rise as high.  And I'm probably the only one that thought they could be better.  The rest of the crazies in this house wolfed it down.

And then... I started working on the closet project in my bedroom.  Ok... I have a closet... but it's like... under the stairs and dark and awkward and so thus a lot of our clothes are still in bins on the floor.  I'm kinda embarrassed to show what it has looked like for the last 7 months.


You can see the doorway to the closet on the right there...

I picked up an 8 ft closet system from Lowe's this afternoon.  4ft for my room, 4 ft for Cal and Tay's room (they have a nice closet but an abundance of clothes... and would rather use their closet as a little hangout area since it's pretty deep and the ceiling slopes pretty low towards the back.  I'm sure that I will have to add more feet to their system though...



I've been wanting to paint the room green, and I figured I'd make it easier on myself if I painted that wall before installing the closet system.  That way, I wouldn't have to take the shelves and such down later.  So... I got to work.


This is after the first coat.   I only had the little sample jar of paint color so I tried to stretch it pretty thin.  I painted as high as I could reach. I figured that I wouldn't install it higher than that anyway.

Until I read the directions and found out I'm supposed to install the support bracket thingee at 86.5" off the floor.  



Ooops... looks like I'll have to take the top shelf and rod down anyway.  That's what it looks like now.  By the time I got this far... all four of my littles were home... and sitting on my bed... and wrastling... while eating popcorn... so I called it a night and shoo'd everyone out to finish watching Toy Story 3.

Last night on pinterest (might have even been this morning because I was awake from 4:30-6:30... the dogs woke me up with their whining and barking and then I couldn't get back to sleep) I pinned a trillion yummy looking desserts.  All day long I've wanted a carmelly ooey gooey cookie dough concoction.  THEN Katie from runsforcookies.com posted a picture of her post run treat on Instagram:


Good god I want one so bad... and I don't even really care for chocolate.  I might have to stop at the bakery or something tomorrow!!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

prednisone, day 4

pretty sure that this prednisone is doing jack squat for me.  Still limping.  Still in pain.  By the end of the night I could walk without a limp (I think) but it was painful.  I'm currently icing, though that hasn't been helping either.

I mean... if this truly was tendonitis... wouldn't any of this stuff be helping?  My foot's not swollen so it's doubtful I have a stress fracture.... right???

I had a pretty boring day.

Got some cleaning and laundry done.  I washed the floors for the second time this week.

I think I'm going to risk the ulcer and take some ibuprofen.

Tomorrow is my last day on prednisone.  Hopefully the 5 pounds I've put on in the last 5 days will come off just as easily as it was put on.


Friday, August 16, 2013

prednisone, day 3

Woke up to a still sore foot.  And it made me very grumpy.  I spent the majority of the day feeling sorry for myself.  I didn't run today either.  I'm sure I could have.  But I'd be back at square one and unable to walk tomorrow.  I'm sure of it.

Granted... there is less pain than Wednesday.  But I'm still limping.  I'm still feeling pain with every step.

Karl was feeling stir-crazy again today and wanted to go to Duluth with the kids to get out of the house.  We stopped at our fave restaurant, Gordy's, in Cloquet and went down to Canal Park to harass the seagulls and watch one of the huge shipping boats come in.

Cede and Max had a blast.  After running around chasing seagulls, Cede walked around pretending she was one.  She made a lot of people smile.  I videotaped it.  Can't wait to show it to her boyfriends later. :)

Before we left, we stopped at Cold Stone.  Max and Cede have never been there before that I'm aware of.  Max wanted green ice cream so he got mint and added gummi bears to his.


Cede wanted pink ice cream and picked out the fruit punch sorbet.  I tried to talk her into adding m&ms or gummi bears or something else yummy but she wanted Nilla crackers.  Silly girl.  The guy behind the counter even giggled a bit.  When Cede makes up her mind about something well... you just kind of have to go with it.  She's going to be SOOO much fun as a teenager.  I can tell.  But... her creation was actually tasty!!


I've been reading Run: The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feel by Matt Fitzgerald (not an affiliate link) and just tonight... I happened to come to the chapter on injuries.  I've only just started the chapter, but I've already been enlightened to the fact that a negative attitude on our injuries can actually delay healing.  I'm going to try to get through the chapter tonight before I fall asleep.  Tomorrow I'm going to be annoyingly positive about my tendonitis... just you wait and see!!!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

prednisone, day 2

Last night I had trouble sleeping.  When am I going to learn that if I have caffeine (even one can of pop) past 5pm that I'll be up all night?  So anyway... I was up until past 5am this morning.  whoops.  I slept until 10 and then went in to the office.

Today the foot started off pretty sore (still a VERY noticeable limp) but now I think I'm barely limping.  It's still painful, though.  I've been wearing compression socks all evening and I iced it around supper time while I was catching up on a few episodes of Pretty Little Liars.

I SHOULD be a complete grump today... but I'm not.  Yesterday and today I've felt that my moods have actually been stabilized.  I feel like I have a very flat affect.  The only other side effect I noticed today was that I felt like I had an unquenchable thirst... but I'm not hitting up the bathroom any more than normal so no wonder I'm starting to feel puffy.

I decided it'd be best if I rested my foot again today. I was scheduled to run 3 easy miles. I did look longingly at the treadmill though, the couple of times I went down to the basement to do some laundry. I'm scheduled to do 3 miles tomorrow, 5 on Saturday and 5 on Sunday.  We'll see how my foot feels.

I got my physical therapy scheduled today.  I start on August 27 (which also happens to be my first official speed workout... a total of 7 or 8 miles).  I hope it helps with my tight left side.

Karl took the little kids to see some bears at a bear sanctuary about an hour and a half away this evening.  The kids had a BLAST.  They saw lots of bears... and even saw one go poop (you know that's the highlight of their adventure haha).  I opted not to go with.  Instead, I put up the curtain rods that I DIY'd a few months ago and just haven't gotten around to installing in the kids's rooms.  That's just 1/2" electrical conduit and brackets made out of sundry hardware supplies and spray painted black.


Just have to figure something out for a finial...

And then I went to the store to get an ice cream cone for supper.

And watched 3 episodes of Pretty Little Liars.  I just have the episode that aired on Tuesday left to watch and I'll be all caught up!  Towards the end of the third episode I decided I might as well do some core work.  So I did.  And then I did a plank.  1:30 baby!!!  The last 15 seconds was accomplished purely by sheer willpower and really wanting to get to 1:30.  My last plank (last week) was a minute and I definitely felt it in my core this time...


Oh!  Do you like the new blog design?  I'm not sure why... but last night I went on an adventure with Google... found myself looking at pictures of popes and saints in glass coffins and then at Victorian death photos.  I was nervous I would have nightmares about dead people so I worked on a new design at like 1am.  Took me about an hour.  I've never used picmonkey before and I LOVE it!!!  It's what I used to make the header.



Wednesday, August 14, 2013

prednisone, day 1

This morning I woke up to an EXTREMELY sore right foot.  Apparently maybe I shouldn't have run yesterday?  Still don't regret it haha

I took some Tylenol to tide me over until I picked up the prednisone Rx.  That did jack squat.  I dropped Max and Cede off at daycare and went to the pharmacy where I'm sure that the 90 year old with the walker gave me dirty looks for walking so dern slow.  I gave him dirty looks because he obviously doesn't know how to share.  I can walk faster buddy if you just let me borrow that thing!!!

Anyway.... I took my first dose and felt just as much pain until probably 4:30... which is when I remembered that my RoadRunnerSports order came with my compression sleeves.  Tossed those puppies on (which... was a struggle... I think I should have gotten a medium... no I know I should have gotten a medium because my calves measure 1" larger than the size range for a small.  I measured today) and almost instantly... my foot started feeling better.  Could be a coincidence I dunno.  I got some much needed cleaning done and then my legs and back started to feel a little tired and achy so I sat on my duff the rest of the night.

My legs got even more achy as the evening wore on.  They feel like they want to be stretched sooooo bad.  Wish I could go for a shake-out run my little quad and hammie friends... but today is rest day.  hopefully tomorrow wont end up being a forced rest day.

Nothing makes me crankier than wanting to run and being physically unable to.

Well... I hear prednisone can make one pretty cranky too.

Chances are... I'm going to be a grump tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Cleared to run..!!

This morning I had a doc appt to get my feet looked at.  Plantar fasciitis in the left foot (duh) and no stress fracture in the right foot.  Just tendonitis.  I get to take prednisone for 5 days (something about being a mega dose anti inflammatory??) and then I get physical therapy for my IT band issues.  So... it was a success.

Guess how I celebrated?


Do you know how ungodly hard it is to take a full body selfie?  How does Katie do it?  Anyway... I wore my Brooks again.  (I still have my timing chip on the left foot from my last race.  too lazy to undo the laces to take it off).  An easy 5 miles was on the schedule.  I tried to do easy... but it came out medium-hard... I think.  I believe my pace was 10:08 avg.  It was in the upper 60s for temp but it was really sunny out so I struggled just a wee bit with this one.  Plus my foot hurt.  

When I was training for my first half marathon, you know... like a mere month into my running career, my foot hurt like this.  First one... then the other.  Last time it was more over my cuboid bone instead of being smack dab in the middle of my arch but it was the same kinda feeling... the same pain intensity.  All of a sudden it just kind of went away (well maybe the pain decreased over a couple days).  It only lasted 2 weeks?  Maybe 3 at the absolute most?  I can't remember.  So... I'm hoping that if I can just power through the pain... I'll be fine.  As long as I can run without limping, I'll be on the trail.  It's just that I can feel it with every. step. I. take.

Actually it kinda makes the run go by faster, if you can believe that.

In other news... my neck/shoulder is still sore.  Not the bone on bone grinding pain it was before the chiropractor yesterday but a very very sore muscle pain.  Even the muscle that brought me to tears when I popped a rib out a few months ago is a little sore tonight (I told ya... I'm always hurting somewhere).  I kinda feel like I got hit by a truck or something.

Yesterday was a glorious day.  I got my new Erin Condren life planner!!  This is my third one.  I spent this afternoon putting in my training schedule until the Monster Dash in October.  And then I busted out the calculator and figured out my weekly mile totals.  My highest mileage week will be the week before the half and will be 45 miles (!!!!!!).  In total, to prepare for this half, I am scheduled to run a total of 444 miles.  I'm excited.  No really... I am!



[I need to get Callie and Taylor to give me some pointers on how to take good selfies apparently....]




Monday, August 12, 2013

Trying to keep off the DL

Is that what it's called in baseball?  The DL?  The disabled list?  I'm too lazy to google it so let's just pretend it is if it's not, ok?

Little factoid about me:  Something almost always hurts somewhere on my body at any given time.  I just learn to live with it... and I can... so long as it's one spot at a time.

For the last few months, my left heel has been bugging me... well my heel/ankle.  It's like a dull ache and I wake up with my ankle kinda stiff.  Just figured I have some weird kind of plantar fasciitis.  It's not a sharp pain, but it doesn't ever go away really throughout the day.  Obviously I run on it just fine.  In fact... that's kind of the only time that it doesn't ache... is when I'm running.  It throbs a bit more when I'm done though.  Boo.

Last Friday, on a easy 4 miler in my Vibrams, my RIGHT foot started aching... top of my foot.... Dr. Google said it was likely tendonitis.  I've been icing like crazy!  On Saturday, I ran another 4 miles but I wore my Brooks Pure Flows.  No pain.  BUT it's been aching off and on still.  Double boo.

I ended up having to skip my 5 miler yesterday because my dad brought over some sour gummy worms and I didn't think I ate too many but I must have and I had the WORST stomach ache ever.  Being vertical was excruciating.  Triple boo.

This morning.... I woke up with a super stiff and painful neck and shoulder.

W.

T.

F.

I called the chiropractor and was able to get in at 2:30 this afternoon.  He felt my back and said my entire right side of my back was so. tight.  He got me all put back together but said I'd likely still be sore for a few hours.  IT'S BEEN LIKE 8 NOW!!!!!!  I iced it earlier (along with my right foot) and just put some pain relieving cream on.  I smell like a peppermint.

Today is a scheduled rest day and so thus I have taken TWO days off of running.  My legs are kind of angry with me.  They just want to run!  HOPEFULLY I can get back to it tomorrow.  I'm scheduled for 5 easy miles.

Back to Thursday... After my run (I was nursing an insanely sore left calf muscle... like... I seriously thought I strained it Sunday on the treadmill), I really wanted to put compression socks on.  I have two pairs... but one pair is missing its mate. sad face.  I wore the complete pair on Sunday and Monday and then they got tossed into the laundry. (you're welcome, family) So Thursday I just wore the lonely compression sock.... and Cede made fun of me for it until I found another random sock for my naked foot.  Like she's never ran around with just one sock on before.... jeez....


And yes... my toes did feel a little funny inside of a compression sock made for a right foot... but only for about 5 minutes... then they got over it.

I have a pair of CEP calf sleeves coming from RoadRunnerSports.  I hope they come tomorrow... then I can wear them under my work pants AND still wear my signature flip flops.  I also hope this little bit o' tendonitis clears itself right up so I can get back to my regularly scheduled running.  I'm starting to get cranky.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

dreadmill...

It has been absolutely gorgeous running weather the last week or so... upper 60's to lower 70s for highs and only like 40-60% humidity. The sun's been out too!!! I got my 3 miler in last night thanks to my mom and David taking the two crazies on a walk.  I was so excited that I got to get out and run that I went waaaaay too fast.  I developed a severe side stitch and it's actually still sore today.  Anyway... I think my average pace was 10:09... something like that.  So... technically it is still in the "easy" pace range of 1-2 min/mi slower than race pace (9:00) but it was too fast for yesterday.  I also didn't eat much of anything yesterday and I've been having just an off week.  I'm super tired and the kids have been crazy little soul sucking gremlins.

Today I was still trying to wake up at 1:00.  I got up at 8.  At about 1:30, I had an epiphany... "I'd wake up if I went for a run"

Except I was on my own with the kidlets.  So I got my duds on and snuck downstairs for 3 easy miles.  Set the treadmill for 5.6 mph and ended up with something like a 10:43 pace.  I even watched the last like 35 minutes of the 2012 marathon trials in Houston.  I was channeling my inner Olympian haha

I was undisturbed for 31 minutes.  I came upstairs and the house was quiet.  My first thought was those little sh*ts went outside to play.  Hollered for Max and he said they were upstairs playing garbage truck.  Ok... I go upstairs and Max says... "cede ate all your brown candy"  "what candy?" (I was playing dumb... Karl had in fact bought a bag of mini pb cups and I had left the bag on the counter) "the candy on the counter. there's only one left"

Cede ate probably half a bag of pb cups. and I wasn't even mad... I was more concerned about her weeks worth of sugar overdose.  And I was also a little relived as bad as that sounds because then I wouldn't be tempted to eat the rest of the bag myself.

In case you were wondering... They had a truck that they had filled up with all of the wrappers from the pb cups and were driving around their rooms looking for a spot to dump their garbage.  sigh.

my little binge eater accomplished all of this in a span of 30 minutes.  And she had help from a certain 4 year old reaching the candy because there was no chair pushed up to the counter and I didn't hear one dragging across the floor overhead.


Who could ever get mad at this face?  

Thursday, August 1, 2013

"Totes Cray-Cray"

Wow... yesterday was um.... in the words of Taylor "totes cray-cray."  Which I guess is cool kid speak for totally crazy.

It all started at the wee hour of 5:00am when Karl had to get up for a 6am shift.  Sometimes I go back to bed, sometimes not.  Yesterday was a not.  As a side note... I actually prefer getting up early.  But the funny thing is... is that I usually don't use that "extra" time wisely.  I just watch the news (which as we all know... repeats itself like every half hour), go on Facebook, Instagram, and generally just putz around on the internet.  Lame.  And I'm not even really fully awake either.  But if I sleep in, and have to jump right in on my day... I'm all grumpy and feel rushed all day.  totes cray-cray I know.  Wish I could be one of those people that jump out of bed at 5am singing "it's a beautiful morning!!" and get workout in, laundry started, house cleaned, dishes done, and showered before 8am.  But I'm not.  I might have been at one point in my life... in middle school I used to get up at about 5 or so and do my homework or study for a test I had that day.  My brain doesn't function on the highest level in the evenings apparently.  ANYWAY... wow... long tangent...

The little kiddos got up around... 9am... which is actually early for them.  After awhile we all got dressed, and went into town so I could stop at the office.  (wow... my kiddos are totes cray-cray when exposed to water dispenser machines, copiers, adding machines, and vending machines... oh and bells on doors that ring when you open them...) And then... we went to McDonald's for lunch.  We did the drive through.  I always pull off to the side to hand the kids their nummies (seems safer than trying to do while driving... correct me if I'm wrong here) and I noticed that they were missing the apples.  ugh... that's sometimes the only thing in the happy meal that they actually eat.  (told you my kids were totes cray-cray).  Oh well... they got minions as their toy so all was well with the world.

After we got home and ate... I got this totes cray-cray idea that my brother's dog Scout (who's staying with us for a awhile), could REALLY use a bath.  He's half lab and has been shedding like crazy.  He also smells like a foot.  that's been ensconced in a wet moldy boot. for like a week.  ish.  which makes my house and carpet not smell so nice and if you know anything about me... my entire mood can be turned sour if I walk home and my house smells funky. I figured maybe I can get a handle on this minor issue of having dog hair covering every surface of my house if I could try to get some of the loose fur off in one shot.

So... we brushed him out with this mitt thing and a rubba scrubba.  Ended up with a baseball size clump of fur.  In the bath he goes.  That was fun.  No really... it wasn't bad.  Max and Cede thought it was hilarious to have a dog in the bathtub (ozzy gets bathed at the groomers).

I was nervous about fur that didn't brush out going down the drain.  I don't have a hair strainer and if I waited until I purchased one... Scout wouldn't get his bath-like ever.  Gotta do things when I'm inspired to do them or it just won't happen.

So I improvised.  I grabbed a used dryer sheet to hold down over the drain to act as a sieve. Worked pretty well I think!  I have yet to take a shower to see if the drain is clogged though.


The drain is on the right and I left the dryer sheet in for the picture.  

Next I decided to tackle Scout's kennel.  Washed his blankets (which were of course covered in fur) and swept the inside.  Check out what was waiting for me when I moved his kennel away from the wall:


Yish... 

Cede and I brushed him out a couple more times as he was drying because even MORE fur was coming off.  Jeez... how this dog has any fur left is beyond me... 

Started making supper so that it'd be ready when Karl got home at 6pm (Sloppy joes if you're curious). Well ... he didn't end up getting home until almost 9.  Just got stuck at work.  yuck.

Kids's schedule was all screwed up.

In the meantime... Callie and Taylor stopped by quick to pack for this weekend (they are at their dad's this week).  And it was revealed to me that Callie shattered the screen to her iphone.  Poor girl... she was traumatized.  We have an old iphone for her to use in the meantime until we can get the screen fixed. 

So there was THAT.

And Max and Cede were going cray-cray because big sissies were home.

Cede even tried to hold me hostage upstairs.

Max's popcorn bag exploded all over the living room floor (ok so it just ripped but it looked like an explosion... thank god for dogs that have no concept of the five second rule).

And then the kiddos didn't go to bed until 10:30 or so.  Cede threw a temper tantrum about having to go to bed and actually screamed herself to exhaustion.  We shut the windows in the middle of it.  You're welcome, neighbors.

And... up again at 5am.  yay.  but I already feel productive.  I made myself scrambled eggs and loaded the dishwasher all before 7am!  Whoo hoo!

On the training schedule today is an easy 3 miles.  Not sure when I'll get it in.  With Cal and Tay at their dad's I don't have my automatic babysitter.  Maybe they'll stop by quick this afternoon so I can sneak out for a half hour since their dad only lives about a 1/2 mile away.  If not... i'll just suck it up on the dreadmill downstairs that hasn't seen any action since like April when the snow melted.

Well... I think I'm going to try to wake up the little gremlins so maybe they'll go to bed earlier tonight. (it's 8:30am)  I'll leave you with what they consider to be fun.


"Mom lock us in the cage!!"

Happy to oblige.