SXSW: Rachael Ray Feedback 2014

How is it that I have never been to this event?  Maybe it has to do with the early start time and my former other half not doing mornings.

It was a lot of fun.  Next year we will get there earlier.  We only got in earlier than we should have, because I have a sweet friend.  We still would have gotten in but it would have taken longer.IMG_1450[1]

The drink lines were easy.  The food lines were a mess.  We may have not been at the end of the food line when we got in.  It was hard to tell.  But EVERYONE who got in, got food from what I could tell.  When we left at 3 pm, the line was still all of the way around the block.  OUCH!IMG_1447[1]

Music was behind on schedule but well organized.  Two outdoor stages.  When one stopped, the other started.  Well until Blondie.  I am not sure why they didn’t get on stage on time.  The music was good.  Bob didn’t play enough but he played my favorite song of his.  Rachael’s husband’s band, The Cringe was good, i’d never heard them.  He called her out from the stage and it was super sweet.  AWWW.  IMG_1420[1]

Here’s the scoop on the grub and the recipes that I think match with her descriptions from her signs and her talking about the food on Kimmel earlier this week :

Chow ChowIMG_1378[1] IMG_1379[1]

7 Hour Smoked Brisket
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Whisky WingsIMG_1382[1] IMG_1383[1]

All of mine were sans bread.  Guess what?  Bread makes a great serving vessel.  But so do fingers 😉

I will be making a couple of these things myself in the future!  Yummers as she would say!IMG_1375[1]

There was no dessert!  I wanted dessert.  Instead I had more grapefruit and vodka.

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Race Report: 3M Half

January 19, 2014-3M Half Marathon

20th anniversary of the race.  I believe this was my 4th time.  3M was my first half.  3M is also my standing PR (2012).

Expo

I didn’t go.  I’ve been before.  It’s small and uninteresting to me.  They allow packets to be picked up by waiver (which I love), so my mom got mine.

Swag

I am pretty much going to whine every year until they start giving full size boxes of band-aids again.  It’s still the best swag bag you can get.  Tons of 3M products.  Sandpaper, tape, safety glasses, wrist brace, towel, earplugs, post-its, hand sanitizer, medical support wrap roll, a sample pack of band-aids, super glue, electrical tape.  And the tech shirt. IMG_0614[1]

Course

My standing PR is on this course.   That was 2 years ago, which was the last time I ran the race.  They changed the course last year again but changed it back to the 2012 course.

It’s billed as flat and fast.  I thought it was in 2012.  In 2014 it didn’t feel flat at all.

The course offered water and sports drink about every 2 miles.  In the middle our friends at Clif (parent to LUNA) had gels.   This year the course also had baby pools on the course to throw your wrappers in!  I loved that.  I only take gels at water stops, so I never have to worry about littering.  The Clif stop unfortunately wasn’t near water for at least another mile.

There were actually protesters at the start and midpoint of the race.  Apparently 3M kills forests.  Last time I checked, so did every other company in the world.  The only thing I worried about was they were on a bridge over the course at the midpoint, I am glad there was a cop watching them, I didn’t want anything thrown on me.  And  I am pretty sure their pre-printed signs were not recycled!  Hypocritical much?

Post Race

The new trend in Austin is to have food trucks come and sell you food after the race.  I don’t run with money and I also don’t throw any in my drop bag.  Just as well, I almost never eat post race food anyhow.IMG_0648[1]

There was enough at the finish for the average runner.  Bagels, bananas, oranges, and chips.  I took a banana, an orange, and a bag of HEB brand Doritos.IMG_0675[1]

Running Rogue

Headed to downtown East Austin for the Adios East Side celebration for Rogue running store.  They are moving to the heart of downtown west of IH35 to a bigger space Feb 1.

They kicked off the day with runs leaving at 6 and 7 am.   Met several friends down there for the event.  HUGE turnout.  I knocked out a great 8 miles, which is the longest i’ve run in over a month.  I thought about 10 but I didn’t want to push it.  I have a race next weekend that I will be participating in, but certainly not racing.  I’ve been registered since last May, which was wishful thinking on my part, since I was barely back to running then.

We stuck around for the party for a bit, then a trip to Trader Joe’s, and then back North.  It was a productive yet exhausting day of errands after that.

My mom is visiting, so her and I got a Netflix movie and settled in for the evening.  I went to get up to put my dinner plate in the dishwasher and I totally crushed my foot in my sister’s futon.  There was a bar holding the cushion on and I was sitting on my foot.  When I leaned forward to get up, the whole side of my left foot was smashed by the bar.  There was a crunch.  Hopefully it was bone pushing muscle against metal.  Anyhow, I have a swollen and sore foot.  It’s been iced off and on since it happened.

Hopefully this is just a bruise and nothing serious.  I was getting my hopes up about having a better race than Shiner next weekend!

2013: Year in Review

I honestly don’t remember a whole lot from 2013, especially the first half.  To be honest, looking back, 2013 was just ok overall.  Majority of the year was stressful workwise, especially until September.

January

I don’t remember much except that I was supposed to run Disney and I couldn’t.  3 month running hiatus due to adrenal issues.

Hosted godson’s baby shower.  Sorority chapter at Texas State activated.  Poured myself into yoga.

I do remember legislative session was in full swing.  I was working A LOT.

February

More legislative session, not running, and tired.

Our secretary at work died 😦

8 year anniversary with Dan.

My godson was born!!!

Had surgery at the end of February.

Got a stand up desk (YAY!)

March

More legislative session.  Stress.  Recovering from surgery.  SXSW.

Couldn’t defend my Thin Mint Sprint title 😦  Volunteered instead.

I started run-walking at the end of March.  It SUCKED.  I couldn’t control my breathing.

April

More legislative session.  Stress.  No rain.  More work stress.

San Francisco for LUNA Summit with all but 1 of my teammates.  Great time!  Started run-walking more.

May

More legislative session.  Stress.  No rain.  More work stress.  Traveled a little for work.  Dan’s parents came for a visit.

June

Legislative session over!  Still no rain.

Changed doctors.

I became a Godmother.

Jalapeno Half in Fort Worth.  The only summer race I’ve ever done, may be my last!  Great weekend with mom and sister.

Turning point with work role.  New assignment.  Still no rain.

July

Working my old duties AND new duties at work.  Still no rain.  In fact, it got worse.

Work trip with visits with some of favorites.

Vacation booked to Hawaii.

Stopped doing yoga much at all.

Finally got some overdue appreciation during a big work event.

Had a big weight gain out of no where (big for a short amt of time and my frame).  I didn’t change my food or exercise.  Frustrated.

August

This was the turning point of the year.

Went to see Jason Boland and Pat Green in New Braunfels and had a wonderful time with a bunch of old friends.  It was very reminiscent of the old days.

I separated from Dan.  Hardest thing i’ve ever had to say/do.  He agreed it was right.

Hawaiian vacation cancelled.

September 

September was the longest month of my life.  Trying to get the last 8.5 years of my life sorted out.

I decided to live in our house until October.  After October 1, we would go our separate ways.   Except my way was me leaving my house.  My home.  Moved in with my sister.  He kept our house.

I only told my family and closest friends about the split.  That’s what he and I agreed to.

Spent a week in Houston to “find myself.”  Friends, family, sports, food.  To sum it up, it was a “game changer.”

Dove into my new work role 100% and made the decision to stop letting others dump on me.

October 

Started over.  No home.  No money.

Overwhelming support from my family, friends, and coworkers.

Traveled a lot.  2 work trips and a trip to San Francisco for the Nike Women’s half.  Great memories made.  Love SF.

Started getting back to many things I used to do pre-Dan.  Things I put aside because he didn’t like them or I no longer had time.

Once word started to get out that I was single, it spread like wildfire.  All of a sudden I had texts and messages from people who wanted to date me.  This was very foreign and unexpected.  Actually, uncomfortable.

November 

A little more work travel.

Not feeling great running.  No energy.  Not having an easy time lugging extra weight either.  Shiner Half was perfect weather for me, but the race for me was anything but.

I started missing my old house.  My stuff.  Being hostess for Thanksgiving.

Got my first Christmas job.  It was a great idea.  Not much money, but good people and warm hearts.

December

By far the best month of the year to me.  Despite missing my old house again.  My fireplace.  My Christmas tree.

I had another great month at work.  Got a raise.  Got lots of kudos.

I learned patience. Or the closest I will ever get to it.

I learned the true meaning of love.  Watching my godson open his Christmas gift.  Spending a weekend in yoga pants and an over-sized sweatshirt.  Carefully selected groceries.  Listening to others.

Cut back the running to almost nothing.

Waiting on salivary cortisol test to come in.  Fingers crossed my adrenals are fine.

~~I am almost 20 lbs heavier than I started the year.  I don’t have my own place.  Another whole year of frustrating visits to the doctors with no answers.

Even with those things hanging over my head, this year was ok.  I know 2014 is going to be a big year for me.  Big for my career, big for my health, and big for my relationships.   I will love more and work less.  This year I will NOT let vacation time roll!!!

I am going to make a new home for myself.  Spend more time with my godson.  Spend more time with family and friends.  Spend more time on me.

Things I like Thursday: Giving back

Tomorrow is the big day!

LUNA Chix Austin Run’s 2nd annual silent auction and gala!  Complementary food by Savory Spice shop and drinks sponsored by Tito’s Vodka.   Silent auction items courtesy of Mighty Fine, Rudy’s, Georgetown Plastic Surgery, Dr. Kim Mullen, Hill Country Running, TexFit Crossfit, LUNA Chix Austin Run, Crimson Salon, Tito’s Vodka, and MUCH more!!!

6:30 pm-8:30 PM @ Athleta in the Domain.  If you RSVP by end of today (on our meetup or facebook pages), you will also get 30% off all regularly priced merchandise in the store tomorrow night.

100% of the silent auction proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Fund, the leading Breast Cancer PREVENTION organization in the world.

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You can never be too skinny…

I don’t know whoever said that and I know it’s a popular sentiment.

I don’t agree with this and I never have.  When I got down to my goal in 2007 I was pretty happy (same size and weight I am now).  Then in 2010 I decided to lose a few more vanity pounds.  I didn’t want to be too skinny, I just wanted to get rid of a few trouble areas.

Summer of 2010 is when the health issues started to set in.

Coincidence?

I think not.

This is a bad angle, because I am semi-sideways and look smaller than I am, but I am WAY too thin.  This is September 2010 in Florida.

skinny

I was flipping through photos after work meetings the other day and a coworker saw this one and lectured me.  I was really happy at that weight and at the time, I thought that was the ideal.  Shit, look at me.  I am smaller than Dan’s mother, who is TINY.

My body earlier this year, adjusted itself back to my original goal weight and not in the same distribution.  I was MAD.  But that’s where my body apparently is most happy.  My health has picked up in areas that weren’t working so well.  If I have to pack a few extra pounds to have normal bodily functions, then so be it.

Fun facts Friday-How I got to Austin

I’ve only ever lived in 3 areas and all in Texas.  San Antonio, Corpus Christi, and Austin.

The week after I graduated from TAMUCC in May 2004, I had a job interview for a consultant job in the galleria area of Houston.  Unfortunately I was the runner up for the job.  I had no experience and that hurt me.  In hindsight, I am not sure that was the right job for me, long  hours in the sun, crappy hours, etc.  But the money was good.

I didn’t have another interview until September.  Between June and September I worked full time at Kohl’s.  I HATED it.  I liked the discount though.

I interviewed for a job with the state in September, accepted the offer on September 22, which was my sister’s birthday.  The hardest part was telling her and my best friend I was moving away.  They still had a couple years left in college.

And the rest is history.  I moved the next week and started my job on October 4.  Later this year marks NINE years.

Gosh, where does the time go?

I love the Austin area and i’d have a heck of a time if I had to leave now 🙂