About Stephanie

Just a small town girl doing sterotypical small town girl things-living my life one misadventure at a time

Movin’ on Up

Exciting things happening here at work. I got to move into my new office yesterday. I’m in the process of training the new girl to do my old receptionist duties and I will be taking over accounts payable, as well as accounts receivable, which I already do.

Exciting times, right?

Or not.

This weekend was another jam-packed with activities kind of weekend. It started Friday, when I had to leave work early and head to my parents house to try to help my mom get things ready for the lingerie shower we were throwing for a friend. My sister was supposed to be there earlier in the day, but she had a bunch of stuff come up and wasn’t able to make it in until that evening.

Saturday I was up bright and early to head back to my parent’s to finish getting everything ready for the shower, and take advantage of the fact that my favorite nail salon is practically right up the street from their house. I haven’t had a pedicure in a million years and since I had a special event this weekend (the shower/bachelorette party) and next weekend is my dad’s birthday festivities, I got a gel manicure as well. I try to only get them for special events, because they are a little on the pricey side and they do a number on my nails when they start to peel off. Mostly because I can’t leave it alone when it starts to lift.

My parents house was entirely to warm and my cake pops didn’t set up quite right, so I had to make upside down cake pops, which was a little disappointing. Then I spent a couple of hours running around picking out gifts from all of us to the bride, and getting shower game gifts for the guests. Back home to finish up the food and drinks and get ready.

The shower was a blast and the food went over really well. The bachelorette party started off a little slow, but we managed to pull through and I think everyone had a really great time. We went to ballpark village which made for some majorly interesting people watching, which is something I love to do!

Unfortunately, I didn’t get home from the party until 4 in the morning and then I was back up by 9 to get the balloons for my niece’s fifth birthday party (Frozen themed of course!). By the end of the day I was pretty much exhausted! We just grilled some hot dogs and had a pretty simple dinner and watched The Walking Dead. Such an intense episode!

Yesterday I didn’t get my scheduled run in to kick off my 5k training plan, so I will try to fit it in tonight. Hopefully the rain will hold off and I won’t have to put the miles in on the treadmill.

Oh, Oh Some Places to Go

It’s been pretty quiet around here since Monday. Other than shooting my bow on Tuesday, I haven’t done anything out of the ordinary or gone running so I don’t have much to report. I did move the target back to 20 yards and get some practice in at that distance. Anything farther than that would be a little pointless since my draw isn’t very high, so it isn’t going to send the arrow very far with much striking force. So for now I will just hang out in the 10 to 20 yard range and work on building my draw strength and increase the weight.

One thing I don’t think I’ve ever talked much about on here is traveling. I never really thought about all the places I’d like to go until my sister started to travel more and go see some pretty neat stuff. She’s been to Ireland and Germany, and a whole host of other places. I don’t have a lot of fund to travel with at the moment, so some of the bigger destinations are a little out of reach right now, but I’m hoping as I pay off my debts I will be able to venture to more exciting places.

I’ve been through a decent portion of the United States, thus far. There are a few places that I want to go, as well as places I’ve been but want to go explore in different ways. I’ve been to:

Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Iowa, Pennsylvania, West Virgin, Colorado, Oklahoma, California, New Mexico, Hawaii (Oahu), Kentucky, and Tennessee.

I want to go to:

Colorado (Vail), Louisiana (New Orleans), Alabama, the rest of the Hawaiian Islands, Alaska, Maine, Washington D.C., Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, and Montana.

There are some states that I don’t have a burning desire to visit, and some areas that I only want to go to during a particular time, like Maine during the fall or to New Orleans close to Mardi Gras time. I hoping to get to Vail, Colorado this summer for the Mountain Games. I wanted to go last year, but it didn’t pan out. But this year is holding some real promise!

We are also wanting to back to Hawaii for our ten-year wedding anniversary next year, so seeing the other islands shouldn’t be too difficult. It’s just saving up the money to make it a reality.

And of course I want to travel to different places around the world. One of the top places I’d like to visit is India, especially when they are doing what I believe is the Holy Days festival. Other places include Spain, Greece, Italy, and England. Definitely Ireland as well.

I’m going to work very hard to make these dreams a reality, especially while I am young enough to enjoy everything.

New Shoes

At the beginning of the month I got new shoes and I finally got to start breaking them in this week, before jumping into my 5k training plan next week. I got fitted for Asics this time around, versus the Brooks that I had been running in. I also got some fancy insoles since I have silly high arches. I’m not 100% certain these are the shoes for me though, because they feel a little on the stiff side. But I’ve only done one official run in them, so I will give them a little bit longer to see how they do.

Saturday I woke up plenty early so I could shower and get ready to work at Block for a little bit. I did a few returns before leaving early to head to my grandparents for my Grandpa’s birthday. He’s been having some health issues this winter so it was nice to see him out and enjoying the gorgeous day. After dinner, M, my dad, and myself headed over to our old house and shot some sporting clays with the new thrower that we got. I did exceptionally well, breaking probably 35 of the 50 clays that I shot. Maybe even more. So exciting to have a proper thrower now, which means more opportunities to practice shooting. After heading back to my grandparents to pick up my mom, I made a mad dash to the grocery store to get some snacks for the trivia table that we were participating in.

The trivia night supported the local county fair, and we all went into not expecting much. Before starting we had to write down an estimate of how many questions we thought we’d get right, in the event that there was a tie, the team closest to their estimate would be the winner. We conservatively went with 64. Some how we wound up winning the entire thing.

Clearly we underestimated ourselves and the amount of useless knowledge we have.

After trivia we went to a friend’s house and had a fancy little Wii bowling tournament. Because that is infinitely more fun than actual bowling.

Sunday was good for sleeping in and making breakfast. I took the dogs out for a nice walk and to take my new shoes for their first official spin. We walked about a mile overall and I let the old man wade in the creek a little bit. It was a nice walk except for the fact that not even 5 minutes into it, I managed to twist my ankle and go down hard on the little asphalt path. I took a small chunk off my palm and scrapped my knee pretty good. It takes such skill to eat it so hard when I’m simply just walking.

Post-walk, we hit up Starbucks and the gas station before heading home and cleaning a bit. Then to the grocery shop and get some prescriptions filled before home to make dinner. All in all this weekend was pretty nice.

Last night I did not want to go run. But I made myself change clothes and get all my stuff together and out the door. Someone was pretty certain I shouldn’t leave her behind, so I also took Kaycee with me. I went for two miles at Indian Camp Creek park and it was a little warm! I wasn’t quite expecting 80 degree days yet. 2mile316

 

The first mile had a lot of starts and stops to it, plus there is a nice little hill that we ran up, the second mile I really tried to focus on speeding up and being consistent with my pace on the watch. I want to break 45 minutes on the 5k, so learning how to properly pace myself is a must.

All in all it was a nice little run, and I’m glad that I got out the door and went running. I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things and running more regularly.

Shamrock Shuffle Race Recap

I’m not going to do a full on review of this race because I did that last year. I will however give my opinion on the course, since it was new this year.

Packet Pickup

I grabbed my bib and shirt and “packet” Friday before the race. I was a little disappointed with this years packet, although the reusable shopping bag was nice. The tech shirt was nice and the fit was good. Then I had fajitas for dinner and headed home and went to bed.

Race Morning

I woke up with what felt like a lump of something in my throat. I figured it was just allergies because it’s that time of year, so I just continued getting ready and hope for the best. I wore Lululemon running tights, a Lulu long sleeve top, the race shirt, and my Brooks shoes because I haven’t had a chance to get used to my new shoes I got yet. Since this is a dog-friendly race, I also brought along Kaycee. On my way to the race, I ate half a Cliff Bar crunch and drank a bottle of water. About 15 minutes prior to the race, I used my inhaler and then headed to the starting area.

The Race

I thought the course this year was a bit of an improvement over last years course. There was much better traffic control this year (thank you volunteers and police!) and the course was a bit more challenging to me. I swear it is one of the most up-hill feeling courses I’ve ever ran. The elevation chart from my Garmin doesn’t show much, but I constantly felt like I’d be going up hill, then have to turn and corner and keep going up a hill. So tough. But I manage to tough it out and finished with a fairly decent time (thanks to a particular pups many bathroom breaks along the way).

elevationMy miles slowed down considerably over the course of the race, which isn’t highly unexpected since I haven’t run in forever. But I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of training and have several training plans mapped out for some of the various races I have coming up this year.new course

Overall Results

  • Overall Place 413/436
  • Age Group 53/54
  • Gender 222/237

SplitsYou can see there is a bit of difference in my moving time vs. my overall time. We did have to stop a few times for bathroom breaks and such, and my Garmin automatically (automagically) knows when I stop moving and start moving again. So I guess I will go with 49:47, as my official race time.

Sssiickk

After spending the first three or so weeks of the new year being sick, then getting over it to start allergy shots, I landed myself a nice little bout of influenza B! Much skill, have I.

M had been sick for about a week, and I had been wondering if it was the flu or not but getting him to go to the doctor is nearly impossible, and I hadn’t caught whatever he had yet anyways, so I wasn’t too worried. Until I woke up Saturday for my race and it felt like I had something stuck in my throat. I wasn’t coughing or anything so I just assumed it was allergies (because hello pollen and tree nonsense!) and got ready for my race. I used my inhaler before running, and then since I was still feeling a little tight-chested/coughy, I used it as directed all day Saturday and Sunday. Everything was going fine on Sunday, until about an hour or so before bedtime when I started to feel really crappy.

I took some night-time meds and drank some Emergen-C but that didn’t help and I woke up Monday morning feeling awful. I stayed home from work and went to the doctor, where I got diagnosed with the flu and given some prescriptions for Tamiflu and Predisone. So I got those filled, got some lunch, went home and took my new medicines and slept for hours because I was EXHAUSTED. And very sweaty. Thank you fever. After waking up for the millionth time, I felt much better after one dose of flu medicine. I stayed home from work yesterday as well, just to make sure my fever was gone, and managed to get almost all the laundry done. So that made for a productive day, and now I won’t have so much to worry about this weekend. I’m still not 100%, and my cough is still a little painful, but hopefully by the end of the week and the end of my medicine cycle I will be back at it.

So now a quick recap of my busy weekend. Saturday was my race (which I will recap in a later post), then rush to the store to try to find a top to wear to the wedding I had Saturday night. Which is almost impossible considering nearly everything I found was either an extremely short dress OR a crop-top. And I am not extremely short dress or crop-top material. So I just recycled a dressy top that I had and wore the new sweater that I did find while shopping with some skinny jeans and heels. After that I hurried to another store to buy a birthday present for the party that I had to rush home and change for. Two-year-old’s birthday parties are, in a word, hectic. It was a nice time and I got to see some friends that I only get to see a few times a year anyways, plus the weather was stunning. So all in all it was a nice time. After the party I went through the fancy car wash, then headed home to get ready for the wedding.

The wedding was at the Conservatory in St. Charles and it was really nice. The bride and groom had originally picked October as their wedding date, but the brides sister could only come home this week and she really wanted her in her wedding so they managed to pull of a whole wedding and mini-reception in just a few short weeks. Everything seemed to go off without a hitch! My parents and M & me decided to head to the casino since it was just up the street, and spend a little time gambling. I managed to win a little cash and then we had drinks and shrimp before heading home to bed.

Sunday we woke up and had breakfast, then M went to my work to pick up some used oil for his work, and I headed to the grocery stores to pick up a few things that I didn’t get on Saturday. Then it was off to a gender reveal party for some friends of ours. She got what she wanted, which is a girl! So sometime in July we can expect a new little baby to arrive. After that we stopped by M’s parents, so he could see his cousin’s newest firearm acquisition, and then we headed home so I could work on dinner.

Dinner was pretty delicious! I made sautéed pork chops and apples (I didn’t particularly care for the apples, but the pork chops were so good). I found the recipe in Cook Healthy magazine. I will post it here on the blog soon!

I also got a little practice time in with my bow, outside, while I was waiting for my pork chops to marinate in the seasoning. I only shot at about 10 yards, but I think it’s time to turn the draw weight up on my bow a little because it’s getting pretty easy to pull back! Which is exciting because I figured I would be shooting 35 pounds for forever. I can’t wait until hunting season opens up! I look forward to it almost as much as my races!