I’m so excited because I got my first baking order from a stranger today! I’ve had lots of orders from friends and family but this is the first complete stranger. She was referred from my Facebook page. And she asked for a fun order! So tomorrow I’ll be sharing pictures of a lemon sunshine pie and some triple chocolate whiskey cupcakes!
Today finished week 4 of my marathon training. I ran a total of about 19 miles this week (I ran nine of them this morning). The weather was positively glorious this week and I’m feeling great with my runs. Normally when I run nine miles I start to hurt towards the end but I felt awesome this morning. I’m feeling more and more confident about this marathon. I love that feeling.
Like I said last night, we’re going to New York next weekend so I’m going to be changing the days of my runs this week. That’s okay though. As long as I get the miles in, I’m happy. So this week I’ve got four slated for Tuesday, four on Wednesday, a 5k on Thursday (it was supposed to be a race but I couldn’t do one with our travel plans this weekend), and somewhere around eight on Saturday or Sunday. I’m excited for that because our friend who we are visiting in New York is training too and I’ll get to run it with his training group in Brooklyn. It will be an adventure. I also really hope this weather continues for a little while longer. I’m not holding my breathe as I realize it’s still July in the Midwest, but I would love it if it stuck around a little while longer. It makes me feel so strong with the humidity not holding me back!
We met my parents half way between our house and their house to let them take Bella for a couple of weeks. There are two reasons for this: a) we are going to New York next weekend, and b) my dad loves that dog a whole real lot. And she likes it up there, too. My dad works from home and my mom is on summer break so someone is home nearly all the time. They have a big yard she can run around in and huge picture windows she can look out of (we call windows Bella TV because they positively engross her). My dad also takes her for walks nearly every night. The only thing is that our house feels empty without her in it. I think Patrick notices too. He needs to learn how to occupy himself though. So enjoy the girl, Mom and Dad! JW and Patrick and I miss her already!
And now for another installment of stuff I like featuring cats in costumes. I’ll let the pictures do the talking for me.
And this last one is my favorite by far. Mostly because it looks to be homemade. Behold the kitty dressed like a mushroom!
Seriously guys, I have scoured google looking for a pattern for something like this. If anyone knows how to crochet this, please share. It is glorious.
You know that saying “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired”? Well I am. Those of you who know me in real life know that I am very liberal. This blog post is not meant to start any great debates. The chances of me being swayed to a more conservative point of view are slim to none. And I’m not so deluded to think that by writing this stuff down, it will suddenly occur to some conservatives out there that they should be more liberal. I have some dear friends and family who happen to be very conservative. I don’t hold anything against people who are conservative unless they are vitriolic and/or mean. It’s not necessary. I just truly cannot wrap my mind around some conservative ideals. And that’s okay because I’m sure they’d say the same thing about some of the things I believe in.
Here’s the thing though. There are just too many things to be outraged about lately. And I am definitely outraged by some things. I am completely outraged by the unwillingness of some to welcome the gay and lesbian and trans community into having the same rights as straight people. I am unbelievably outraged by the amount of women’s rights and freedom to control what happens to their own bodies being whittled away at day by day and state by state. I am outraged by the power that companies like Monsanto wield to sway EPA and FDA guidelines and to silence the voices of their critics. The gun control debate, the healthcare debate, the fact that people try and use religion as a basis for laws despite there being a separation of church and state; these are all things I find very troubling. I know I should be outraged by the whole Edward Snowden/NSA thing but I’m not. It’s too much. I don’t have room for it. I should probably care more about the budget and government spending but I don’t. My outrage center is already overloaded. I could probably go on and on. But I won’t because the list of things I could be outraged about is truly never ending. And frankly, I just don’t have room in my life to spend being pissed off all of the time.
I’m not saying that any of these issues are not important. They are all extremely important. I would just rather fill my life with positive things. So I’m going to focus on the stuff that really matters to me. My friends, my family, my pets, my life. The revolutionary in me will still show her little head from time to time, I’m sure. And I will still stay informed and vote and participate in society. I will still share my opinions via social media outlets and, yes, I will still get outraged by certain issues that tend to mean more to me than others. But I have too much good stuff and good people in my life to spend all of my time being outraged. Can’t people just be nice to one another? Seriously. Just be nice.
*steps down from soapbox*