Tuesday, July 11, 2006

If you're never scared or embarrassed or hurt, it means you never take any chances.

So, it's hard for me to admit that I don't know "stuff". But I also know that "fake it til ya make it" will only get me so far. I don't understand how to buy a car. I've never had to jump start a car. I don't understand my mortgage. I don't know how to clean the chain on my bike. All of it relevant, all of it leaving me feeling vulnerable and child-like and embarrassed. I have always let someone come to my rescue. I'm going to be 35 years old next month! I can do most of the testing needed to diagnose a brain tumor but I have no idea if I'm getting hosed when I'm looking for a car. Frustrating. Ridiculous. Humorous? Sometimes, if it wasn't so pathetic.

I saw The Break-Up with V.Vaughn and J.Aniston. Interesting flick....good ending. Not what I was expecting. I got to hang with the silly girls (not the silicone-d ones) in my neighborhood for the monthly "drunko" (bunko=dice game) night. Sangria and chocolate martinis and Poison (the band-don't ask)....I'm sure several ladies were hating parenting small children Sat. morning.. As usual, I was the first to leave (after midnight btw) so I was fully expecting to get TP'd but I was spared. Cleanup was needed by the girl who bailed at the last minute. Lunch Sat.. with Terri who indulged my request for a ride in her cute little Miata convertible. One of the smartest people I know, she had me belly laughing with stories about her boss who is right out of The Devil Wears Prada. Too funny and thank goodness, by some divine intervention, she flagged me down last year, in her even cuter yellow mini cooper. Swam with my girls, played with my girls and finally signed them up for their kids tri on Aug. 19th. Good weekend.

Log:Thursday:swim day....delayed because Pukemeister Kate kept me up Wed nite) pm 3.5mile tempo run. Fri pm 2500m swim sprint workout on dri erase board at the pool. I have no idea what group it was for. Sunday, 27mile ride followed by 15 min. run.. Mon. pm 4miles w/hill repeats..

I must confess I fell off the wagon yesterday as predicted. Monday night is my favorite flats ride where I can just hammer for awhile. It hasn't rained here in weeks but of course as i'm leaving work it starts to pour. Yes I can ride in the rain but out on country roads it decreases visibility to nothing and without a shoulder it invites death by automobile. Drat! So, I go home and eat three oreos (ok 8 oreos) and a big glass of milk. 45 minutes later the rain stops. Dammit! Feeling guilty I decide now is as good a time as any to start hill repeats. Apparantly if I want to stop walking up hills while running and riding I need to train better on hills and that means hill repeats. Imagine that. Lucky for me about a mile down the road is an overpass thorough a relatively quiet neighborhood that is about 1/4 of a mile and takes me like 3 minutes to climb up and run back down. Not so lucky for me is the effect of a tummy full of oreos and milk on a hot and humid afternoon. Not recommended. But since I basically refuse to vomit I survived and even lost 2 lbs. Sweat rate....see prior post.

WI + humidity = uncomfortable. MO + humidity = sauna. This is the effect I experienced yesterday. Turn on your shower as hot as it will go until you can see steam clouds in the bath room. Exercise until your heart rate is about 160 bpm. Swallow often to keep cookies down. continue for 40 minutes. You're me!!! In Missouri!!!

Anyone wanna come visit? :)



It's easy to jump start a car. You just call my father-in-law. He'll walk you through the steps. Don't call me. I'm clueless. I know nothing about cars or tools. Tim Allen would be disgusted.

As for buying a car? Clueless. Does anyone know? If it looks good and runs good, it's good for me. Then I pray that I'm not being ripped off. Because I sure as hell don't know.

But I can make my daughters laugh. And I can plan a vacation. I'm a good writer too. Plus I have a decent singing voice.

We all have our things.

4:04 PM  
Blogger PJ said...

Yes, I want to come visit. Can I come tomorrow?
My advice on buying a vehicle? Consult with your dad and read Consumers Reports. Don't by at the first place you look, "play" the seller (that could mean a couple different things depending on if he's cute or not...or let's hope not a woman) and pretend like you know exactly what you're doing. Know the blue book price or whatever they call it and don't buy it for anymore than that.

I don't feel like I'm good at much today...I'm in a funk...so reading your blog brightens my day a bit. Sorry I didn't have time to chat when you called...was in the shower and off to Mac's t-ball game.

Sorry Kate had the pukes....you should have just let it all out on your ride...you could have gone home and eaten 8 more Oreos....DUH!

Burt, your comments were sweet.

9:51 PM  
Blogger PJ said...

Vince Vaughn is soooooooooo my boyfriend...how was he in the movie? Adam Sandler is the runner up in my fantasy boyfriend world...I want to see Click too.

"Drunko" night sounds fun. I could use a girl's Drunko night. And Poison to boot....that brings back memories of college days and hanging with Lisa when she was in her head banging phase. She wouldn't look twice at a guy unless he had long hair or a mullet. GOOD TIMES. Yes, I am referring to the "one of the top 5 prettiest girls in our class" Lisa. Actually, she's that pretty in the morning with no make-up too.....and skinny and smart....YOU SUCK LISA!

Erin...next girl's weekend...you need to bring Bunko.

10:06 PM  
Blogger Brad Strouf said...

Being "vulnerable" and "needing people" are not signs of weakness. They're signs of being a human being.

Mortgages can be figured out...but not by me. Red wire on positive, black on negative, connect before starting the care...there, now you know how to jumpstart a car.

Buying a car is tricky, good advice from pj...although, buying a truck or suv right now is actually pretty easy, given the gas prices.

Oreos and milk and running and sweating...I wanna vomit just thinking about it.

Now...about that visit to Missouri...

12:43 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I can add to your list of things I am clueless about....growing things, plants, flowers, veggies....I pretty much can't keep anything alive besides my kids! Following directions whether it be how to get somewhere or in a recipe. Love to do it, but I like to follow my own lead and that doesn't always work! Finances, stocks, bonds, IRAs, 401Ks.....no clue, no clue, no clue.....I know there are lots more, but it's probably better to focus on the good things....

I can make my kids happy by simply baking cookies with them (following a recipe or not....), I can run pretty darn good, and sometimes I can make people laugh!

Erin, here are a few I thought of for you: You always make your girls feel happy and cared for, your friends feel loved, inspired, and motivated, you know the right thing to say at just the right time, and you are the one of the most determined and committed people I know! And, you can swim!! I couldn't go 10 feet without sinking or choking!

Paula, these all apply to you too, except maybe the swimming part, not sure!! However you swim, it is better than me! And, you are always good for a pick me up! Aahhhh Poison, "Every Rose Has It's Thorn", funny how that song can mean so many things! When you are feeling down, remember Brenda's advice, and take up smoking, look how cool she looked! If nothing else, it's good for a laugh!!

Erin, I'm assuming St. Louis in November is cooler than in July!!! Oh, and I think I might be done with Oreo's forever!

10:38 AM  

Ah... so there were some people who listened to those voicemail messages of mine. You should have hit me back with one!

Perhaps it's time for another list of some sort.

Missouri's a cool state. I've been there twice - once passing through, and once for a full week. We even went to one of those "drive-thru" zoos where you stay in your car, and can feed animals through your window. Next time we're in the area, I'll look you up. Keep the Oreo's. For they are the king of the cookie family. And I dig 'em!

10:47 AM  
Blogger mimikatemom said...

I think everyone should start a blog...and tell a few people who you know have got your back. I'm so glad that everyone has decided to comment and thank you for all that you share. I am a firm believer that if you surround yourself with good people you will be inspired to rise to their level. (and for teenagers to stay out of trouble) Burt's blog and my little extension just reinforces how many good people I am lucky to have pass through my life.
My musings reflect my moods...which are usually a mixture of feeling a tad out of sorts and sorry for myself, trying to find the humor in that and gratitude that I get to live this life.
P- I'll bring the Bunko dice...Brenda can bring the smokes and lisa can provide the Poison! :)
Burt said it best we all have our "things" and Lisa's right about focusing on the good stuff. I was hung up on things I felt I could or should be more in control of, I think.
....I can't grow anything except children either. But Lisa, you left one thing out...you have impeccable taste.

Doesn't my 3-4 miles sound silly to you rock stars getting into your big miles!?

12:13 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Erin, if you are referring to my taste in friends, then you are absolutely correct!!

1:22 PM  
Blogger brenda said...

Funny you should bring up my "smokes" I found it today in my purse all broken up...but hey..I felt skinny and cool for a bit that night.
You girls are so cute...I love all your comments. I know that you all are good at one thing and that is running. I am so envious of that. You go girls!!
When we get together in Novemer, we definitely have to have a "Drunko" night. That sounds awesome. I will bring the smokes...we will be able to feel the pounds just dropping off of us.

I don't even have to tell you the things that I am clueless about...I am sure you can come up with your own lists. But I am good at a few things: I am good at racking up the credit cards, finding GREAT deals when I shop and irritating my husband!!! Can anyone else relate???

4:56 PM  

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