Monday, January 17, 2011
The winner of the Billy Blanks dvd never contacted me in the alloted time, therefore, the runner up commenter now has a chance to claim the dvd as their own. The runner up was comment #11, which is
Email me your mailing address and the dvd will be on it's way to you Biz!*
I have already reached the part of winter where I feel like everything is a big giant replay and a slow motion one at that. Lather, rinse, repeat. Cold days, cold nights, and I spend all my free time cooking and cleaning because who in heck wants to be outside in this mess. Usually I don't arrive to this state until around the end of February but it has been a particularly cold and snowy winter for us already and that just makes me feel like I want to stay in bed forever.
When I got up Saturday morning, I flipped the TV on to see what I was faced with for outside temperatures because I knew the treadmill area aka the garage would be somewhere in that vicinity. This is what I saw:
Yes indeed, that says "FOUR." Really? That shouldn't even be allowed where I live. I'm not in Canada for goodness sake! That is not a temperature! That is how old Gracie is! Awww Gracie. She's so cute, she's a little ray of sunshine for me. (Only a kid could love snow this way...)
Mr. Helen has started special classes that he will do for the next year as he works towards his 3rd Degree Black Belt so he was up early as well and as he was leaving he went in to the garage and started the teeny tiny space heater we have in there. At least my left leg would be warm while I ran.
I grabbed the camera so I could take a picture of the treadmill when I was done because I know you guys
could care less wait with bated breath every week to see how far I've run. But first I took a couple of pictures for those of you who keep saying that it looks so pretty. Well, it does, but it sucks to have to live in it day to day!
Got to the garage and it was 14 in there. Alrighty then. Jumped on the treadmill and pounded out my scheduled 7 miler. Used the countdown from 90 minutes program so here you can see I did it in 73:46, which is a pretty good pace of 10:32/mile. Of course I was motivated to get done by the temperature! By the time I finished, between the sun being out and my teeny space heater it was all of 20 degrees.
Ate a couple of those pumpkin pancakes I'd made on our snow day to refuel then began housework. Mr. Helen got home and I told him that we needed to go out and do something. That if I had another weekend of cold weather, cooking and cleaning I might actually go to bed and never get up. I suggested we go for an early dinner. Ha! Like we're senior citizens going for the early bird special. Actually I wanted to go early because our streets are still not that great and we've been getting black ice overnight. Plus there was a football game on and we decided to go to one of our favorite local spots to get a burger and watch the game at 4:30.
I tell you, I don't think our heat shut off all day. We sort of huddled in the family room near our cute fireplace but our regular furnace kept running too. Since I was given that Stylish Blogger award last week, I thought maybe you'd like to see how stylish I was on Saturday:
Yes, I was wearing a fleece vest inside my house. I was cold! I had Mr. Helen take this photo just before we left to get our burger. I specifically said, "I want to show what I'm wearing." He promptly cut off my feet. Sigh. But trust me, I had on some cute Salomon boots, similar to these. Because when we parked at the restaurant? The sidewalks still had snow on them. So cute shoes would not have been good, not at all.
We enjoyed our burger and the game, but our date night turned into a reunion of sorts for Mr. Helen. He ran into someone who he hadn't seen in umpteen years and they promptly sat there reminiscing (we were sitting at the bar). It was actually hilarious at one point because the other wife and I had both pulled out our cell phones and were texting people. So much for date night!
But it was salvaged by this:
That right there is a piece of chocolate mousse cake, with fresh whipped cream and a raspberry drizzle. I got the last piece they had for sale. YUM. And now you know why I run long on Saturday.
*If the alternate winner does not respond by Friday, January 21, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. EST, another alternate winner will be chosen.