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August 2010

I mentioned in my last post (way back in July) that I like to use this blog to record/remember things I’ve done.   So, here’s a quick re-cap of August 2010:

August 6– Pond day with Erin, Kim, Jamie:  Perfect weather. Perfect day.  Most amazing Frito/peanut butter/chocolate “dip” ever.  Ah-mazing.

Erin, me, Kim, Jaime at Erin/Jaime's cousin's pond in Sullivan

August 7– Run 4 Raley.  3rd year in a row.   2nd year “running” it, even though I walked almost half and came in a min slower than last year.  Yet another running FAIL.

August 20– Jersey Shore Bunco

Yes, I'm orange-- I planned it that way!

August 21– Twin City Travelers take on the St. Chux Derby Chix.  I wasn’t chosen for the 14 person roster, but I made one helluva cheerleader!

photo courtesy Jeff H.

August 24-26:  Trip with Kyle’s family to Tunica, MS for his birthday.  I came out the “winner” by only losing $100.

that's me outside our "roadhouse" hotel. Casino/lobby was very country-western, rooms were 80s "glamour"

August 27–  Second TCDG bout.  This time it was the ‘Paign (my team) vs. The Dames (newly formed ‘3rd team’).  We lost, but it was a great experience. 

That's me in the pink helmet offering a whip to our Jammer, Therafist

August 29/3o–  Kyle’s birthday celebration extravaganza.  Good times had by all…

One of the "tamer" photos from that night...

You may say I’m a dreamer…

John Lennon was really on to something:

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

These lyrics have been floating around in my head for a few days now.   For most of my life, I’ve been a dreamer.   I have a fairly vivid imagination and I’ve always been more of a “big picture” thinker than a details, person.  But somewhere along the way, I also became a do-er.  Probably because I’m a bit ADD and get bored with the same old thing all the time.

The problem is I’ve somehow gotten to a point where my doing is getting in the way of my dreaming.  Instead of daydreaming about places I want to see or experiences I want to have, I’m filling up my calendar and making to-do lists.  Maybe it’s all part of growing up, but these things sometimes feel more like chores than like fun.

Don’t get me wrong… I like to be busy and I need my lists and schedules to function, but it’s a bit soul-crushing to think I’ve lost my inner dreamer.    And I think, as a culture, we’re kind of anti-dreamer.    Granted, we like to admire those who “follow their dreams” and become successful, but we’re also usually pretty quick to discount the dreams of others.  I don’t know.

What started as a few lines of a song has become a rambling blog post.  I hope to be back tomorrow with *much* lighter content… 


I’m inspired!

Wow…thanks everyone for responding to yesterday’s post.  My dry spell seems to be over and I have LOTS of things to write about (none of which have anything to do with poop– Sorry Willie!)

Hopefully I can carve out some time to write them in the next few days.  In the meantime, I offer you these lyrics, which seem especially appropriate  right now:

I like to be gone most of the time
and you like to be home most of the time
if I stay in one place I lose my mind
I’m a pretty impossible lady to be with

— From Tire Swing by Kimya Dawson (on the Juno soundtrack)

By “popular” demand…

A not-so-anonymous reader (with poor typing and/or grammar skills, I might add!) asked for an updated blog.  I’m happy to oblige.  But, first,  I want to know if anyone is still reading this.  I know there are some lurkers out there, so here’s your chance to be heard.

Yesterday was my birthday, so I’m allowing myself a bit of self-indulgence and asking BEGGING you to comment on my little blog.  Think of it as a belated gift to me….    Leave me a comment and let me know what you’d like me to blog about next.   Some possible choices are:

  • New Years Resolutions (a month late)
  • Running/Training update
  • What I’ve been up to (bullet-style)
  • My thoughts on last night’s Lost première
  • anything else you can think of

Please and thank you!

Running Roundup

My runs* this week went pretty well.  I ran MORE than my scheduled mileage for each of my 3 runs.   I ran in the rain for the first time Wednesday and liked it!  It was more of a light drizzle than a full-on rain, but it was nice.   And due to my less-than-stellar directional skills, I managed to get a 4.2 mi run in Chicago this weekend.  It was nice and cool– perfect running weather.

I’m still debating:  5K or 10K??

After my strong run this weekend, I’m confident that I can FINISH 6.2 miles, but it will *not* be fast, and I might have to walk.   I’m okay with a walk/run strategy (I’ll only be up to 4.5 mi on my training plan by then), but I’m afraid that doing poorly in the 10K will kill my motivation.   I’m not sure a race is the best environment for covering the distance for the first time.  On the other hand, finishing the year w/a 10K under my belt would be kinda cool.

If I run the 5K, however, I have a good chance of getting a PR and finishing the year off strong, which might be better for my overall confidence/motivation than a mediocre 10K performance.   I figure the “real runners” will be in the 10K and there’s a good chance I’ll come in last.

I don’t know.  I think I’ll try for 5 miles this week and see how that goes.  The registration deadline isn’t until the 28, so I have a little bit of time.  I  just wish that 8K hadn’t fallen through.  I feel really confident in my 8K abilities.   Grrr…


* Cross-training:  not so much. I did one Jillian Michaels workout, which was only about 30 mins.  Totally kicked my a$$, but didn’t cover the time allotment.  Completely skipped the 50 min cross-training on Friday.  Probably won’t do much better this week, either.


I have a pair of Cardinals tickets to sell.

Game: Sun, October 4 at 1:15.  It’s the last game of the regular season against the Brewers.

Seats: Section 148, Row 25.   See below for the view you’d get (from the Busch Stadium Web site).

Price: Face value is $89/ticket.  I’m willing to sell them for less.

Contact: email me at cari [underscore] rich [at] yahoo [dot] com if you’re interested…. and you know you are!!


Back to regularly scheduled programming shortly….

Foto Friday: Minnesota Vacation

Last week, I was in Minnesota on vacation.  My aunt and uncle have a cabin up there and they let us stay for free.  I posted a bunch of pictures on facebook, so I won’t bore everyone with ALL of them, but here are some notable photos/inside jokes/general funny stuff:

This sign pretty much sums it up!

This sign pretty much sums it up!

Roxie takes a swim.  And by "takes" I mean "was forced to" :)

Roxie took a swim. And by "took" I mean "was forced to" :)

We were not lacking in the chip department.  Aunt L. even bought us some Funyuns... cuz we said they were the only things missing!

We were not lacking in the chip department. Aunt L. even bought us some Funyuns... cuz we said they were the only things missing!

Highlight of the trip: Getting up on waterskiis for the first time!

Highlight of the trip: Getting up on waterskiis for the first time!

I was super stoked!

I was super stoked!

We spent a lot of time in the sun

We spent a lot of time in the sun

The boys fished

The boys fished

but I think my mom caught the biggest one!

but I think my mom caught the biggest one!

We also went out to eat a lot!  The Gosh Dam Place...

We also went out to eat a lot! The Gosh Dam Place...

Home of the Gosh Dam meatloaf!

Home of the Gosh Dam meatloaf!

And the "place in the woods" the last night (can't remember the name)

And the "place in the woods" the last night (can't remember the name)

home of DELISH pizza & pasta (and a bunch of other stuff!)

home of DELISH pizza & pasta (and a bunch of other stuff!)

We made homemade ice cream (store bought for the preggos)

Back at the cabin, we had homemade ice cream (store bought for the preggos)

Played some bags

And played layed some bags

And took LOTS and LOTS of pictures (this one's my favorite!)Most importantly, we spent lots of QT together (and took lots of pictures. this one is my fave!)
I can't wait to go back,  THANKS Aunt Linda & Uncle Denny!

I can't wait to go back, THANKS Aunt Linda & Uncle Denny!

I Know What You Did Last Summer

Or, well, 2 summers ago, I guess…     Here’s the text of a blog post I wrote on mySpace back in the day.

What did I do over the 4th of July weekend that year?   I painted the inside of my house.   What am I doing this year for the 4th of July weekend?   Painting the outside of my house!

Normal blogging will resume at some point.  Hopefully with before and after pictures.


Monday, July 09, 2007

Beer Tents and Cover Bands

Okay, so I had this weekly blogging goal… and I was doing pretty good until I mentioned ON THE BLOG that I was going to blog once a week… and then it totally fell apart.  But with good reason.  I’ve been busy!

Wanna know what I’ve been up to?  Great… keep reading… and maybe leave a comment!  If not… screw you—ahahah!

Thursday, June 28: Live Karoke Band (yeah, I’m going back that far).

We went to go see Live Karoke Band at Radmakers in Tolono.  If you’ve never heard of LKB, they’re pretty cool.  It’s a bunch of guys from local bands (including Tommy “Tubular” and Guido from the Brat Pack and Jeff from X-Krush, who also happens to be part owner of Rads)…. Anyway, their gig is exactly like it sounds:  a live band who plays cover songs and audience members get up and sing.  Kinda like every little girl’s rockstar fantasy, right.  (well, maybe most little girls have princess fantasies, but we all know I’m not normal).   Anyway, it was fun to watch and I’ll mos def go back… but none of our group went up and sang. Next time I’m gonna try to round up a bigger posse and get a few more drinks in me and maybe—just maybe—my rockstar fantasy will come true.

Friday, June 29: Tolono Beer Tent

The next night was the Tolono Beer Tent to kick-off Tolono Fun Day.  Since I wasn’t able to go to fun day, I figured I’d make an appearance at the beer tent.  Definitely some good people watching. (oh, and the Tons of Fun Band was playing– yet another cover band… I’m sensing a pattern here) I ran into some old friends who only remembered seeing me in my Dolly Parton costume… thank God I looked better that night—ahahah!   Little did I know that this would be the first of many beer tents in my future.

Saturday, June 30:  Party Down in Indy

Headed to Indy for Kelly & Dave’s 2nd annual 4th of July extravaganza.   Since I was in Jamaica last year at this time and couldn’t make it, I figured I should make the trip.  (that and I know the Romanos throw KILLER parties… and I hadn’t yet met their son, which makes me a bad former roommate).  Anyway, I was late leaving and then on the way there I got pulled over.  Apparently, if a cop is on the shoulder with his lights on, you’re supposed to move out of the right-hand lane. Who knew?   The cop was kinda a dick to me, but let me off with a warning.  I think it had something to do with my low-cut top—LOL.

After FINALLY making it to Indy, I enjoyed a night of reminiscing about the 10 x 10 with Kelly, meeting her friends and watching Independence Day on their homemade GIANT outdoor movie screen (they even had a popcorn maker… cool!).   We then played a couple of rounds of Circle of Death (which some people called Kings Queen or something) and I got fairly toasted.   After a group outing to Perkins to enjoy their mammoth muffins, I headed back to C-U.

Sunday, Monday– boring normal life stuff.  Nothing remarkable

Tuesday—4th of July Eve Barcrawl

I convinced my friends Lesley, Clennon and Drew to come home and enjoy the pre-4th festivities.  We were going to visit Steph on her last night at Rock’s and then head to the Rose Bowl to see the Feuding Hillbillies….   For those of you not familiar w/C-U, the Rose Bowl is the ONE and ONLY country bar left—honestly, we’re not rednecks.  But we did see a band called the Fueding Hillbillies who were exactly what you might expect…. They did a lovely mash-up of Lynard Skynard/Eminem.  It really was quite interesting.  After that we went to see the Boat Drunks (Jimmy Buffett cover band)  where they had YET ANOTHER beer tent.  I ran into a TON of people I know including my sister and some co-workers.  I barely even saw the people I came with.  After that, we went to Guidos, then the Esquire, then Mary Anne’s and then home…. LONG night.   The out-of-town gang crashed at my house and got up the next morning to go home… sad!

Wednesday, July 4: The beginning of paint

I got a wild hair and decided that NOW is the time to finally get rid of the white walls in my house. I’ve been there for 5 months… and finally got my furniture, so I decided it was now or never.  I took Thurs. and Fri. off just for the task.   Wednesday I got the prep work done.  My mom brought me the supplies from my brothers house and then I started working.

Thursday and Friday: More Painting and Fun

I made great progress on the painting project, with the occasional trip to the pool/email break thrown in for good measure.

Friday July 6:  Bunco and Tuscola Beer Tent

Sorry to disappoint my fans, but Bunco this month was unthemed.  Well, it was supposed to be ugly swimsuits, but the date got changed, so we weren’t swimming.  Lindsey and I decided to show up in ugly swimsuits anyway (which my mom graciously let us borrow)…   fortunately for all of you, there is no photographic evidence of these suits… Sorry!     After that, we went to the Tuscola Beer tent.   Tuscola was celebrating their sequecentenial  (which, apparently, means 150 years), so we felt we needed to help them celebrate  (sorry… I don’t remember the name of the cover band playing that night).  It was much more fun than I thought it would be and I ended up getting fairly tipsy and crashing at my mom’s in Tolono, since Urbana was a little too far for me to drive

Saturday July 6: Surprise– Painting (and a wedding)

was more painting and then my niece’s wedding.  Yep, you read that right: my neice got married!  She’s really my half-niece and she’s 20, so it’s not THAT weird… but I remember when she was born and never thought she’d be married before me.   At any rate, it was good to see my Grannie, my brother and my sister…and a bunch of people who knew me, but I didn’t know them.  I always think that’s weird.

Sunday: The end of the Paint–Thank GOD!

Yesterday, my mom came up and helped me finish the touch-ups on the paint.  Apparently, it takes 8 hours to touch up paint and I was just ready for it to be DONE…. After she left, I cleaned up and hit the sack.


For some ungodly reason, I got up at 4:30 in the morning… and have been going ever since.  Went to the gym. Went to work.  Came home.. got caught up on Entourage and Big Love and here I am…. FINALLY getting back to my blogging with a freshly painted house and a week and a half full of stuff to write about.   I’ve probably left something out, but you get the idea.

Hopefully something blog worthy will happen this week and I’ll find some time to write.


Foto Friday: Killer Dog (not for the faint of heart)

It’s official:  Roxie is a killer.

Last night, I got back from my run and left the door propped open for Roxie so she could go outside and play  while I was on the phone (or pee or whatever she does out there).  I heard a loud squeak and thought maybe she had found one of her toys in the yard.   And then I heard it again and thought maybe it was her squeaking.

I go outside to take a peek and she’s “playing” with something… something alive!  I think it’s a mouse, so I try not to look.  Then realize it’s a baby bunny.  Roxie is pawing at it and then puts it in her mouth.  She is so proud.

I couldn’t bear to watch, so I go back inside….  But here’s a post-mortem shot of Roxie’s latest victim:

poor guy

poor guy

It took two Ziplock bags, a garden spade and lots of gagging for me to properly dispose of him.  RIP little buddy…

Time for a Check-up

Time for the semi-regular check-up of my New Year’s Resolutions.  In case you don’t know them, by heart, here’s the quick run down:

Be 100% smoke free–  Part of the reason I wanted to write this post is to declare myself a bona fide non-smoker.  But for some odd reason, I had ONE cigarette on Saturday.  That’s one in February, one in March, and one in April.  Really… what’s the point?  Stupid!

Avoid fast food–   Again, I was doing pretty well, but my food supply at home is almost non-existent. I ate fast food TWICE this weekend… and had Za’s today.  It’s a function of not wanting to go to the grocery store more than anything else.

Finish more books– Uh… no.  I haven’t read a book since my trip to San Francisco.  And I really liked the book. I plan on writing about it.  Someday.

Learn to write fiction–  This has been an interesting endeavor.  I’m taking a class at Parkland. I’ve written a couple of “throw-away” stories, one I’m kinda proud of, and one that has potential, but needs significant revision.  I think I’m getting better.

Watch more movies–  Again…NO!  I cancelled my Netflix because I just don’t have the attention span to sit through a movie.  And I haven’t been TO the Movies since February (?)

Be more honest–  I think I’m okay in this category. We can cross it off the Resolutions list. 

Learn to appreciate poetry–   Eh… I have to admit.  The T.S. Eliot book I got for my birthday is still on my table.  I open it up occasionally, but I wouldn’t say I have an appreciation for poetry.   Not yet anyway.

Get back to a fighting weight– Believe it or not, I’m actually doing okay in this category.  My goal was to lose 20ish pounds and I think I’m probably down about 10 from the beginning of the year.  Our first “official” Biggest Loser weigh-in is Friday. I’m a little nervous (see above re: fast food), but I think I’m on the right track… for now!

Get control of debt–  I’m not doing as well in this category as I’d like to.  I (finally) made some of the cutbacks I promised months ago (cancelled Netflix, downgraded cable, cancelled magazines.)   But I know I need to curb more spending– Starbucks runs, new clothes, eating out,  etc.

Be more responsible–  I think I’m doing okay with this.  I really need to get my a$$ in gear at work a little more, but  I’m acting like a responsible adult.  Most of the time.  Except some weekends ;)

I’ve also set a few more fitness-related goals for myself this year:   I’m running another 5K in a couple of weeks.  My goal is to improve on my previous time.  Then  then thinking about maybe training for a mini triathlon in August (which requires a new bike, which requires more $$… the vicious cycle). My goal is to become a better swimmer and actually FINISH.