Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Running Survey!

A few bloggers I follow are taking this survey so I thought I'd take it too!  Running is always interesting to chat about. 

What is your favorite type of cross training?

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(Not me lol)

What is your favorite song to run to?
LOVE 'Chariots of Fire'

Chariots of Fire 1981

What brand of shoes do you wear?
Saucony (regular and trail)

Do you wear a hat when you run?
Hardly ever.  Only if its pouring rain.
What temperature is your favorite for running?
65 degrees.

Do you have any big races coming up?
I was supposed to run the Air Force Marathon in a few weeks but due to this crazy move from Ohio to Nebraska and the new job, I do not have time to train.  Maybe next year.  I might run that then run the Omaha marathon the next week after.  Check out their awesome medals!  Handblown glass - no medal is the same!

What is your favorite distance?
Probably 26.2.  Even though it is tough and the training is awful.  The accomplishment of running that far is just beyond.
Do you run solo or with a buddy?
Solo.  Every once in a blue moon I'll run with someone else.  But I like to be on my own timetable so I tend to run by myself.
What is your favorite post run snack?
Coffee.  Does that count as a snack? LOL!

What is your favorite race?
AIR FORCE MARATHON!  They SPOIL you to pieces! 

Do you wear a Garmin?  If not, how do you track your distance?
I used to but it was so big and bulky and wouldn't track my time/distance right so I stopped.  I track using Map My Run.  I normally run the same bike trail so its no big deal.

What is my least favorite race?
I ran an Ohio Road River Runner's (ORRRC) 10 miler last year.   Usually the people who run that race are the speedy ones.  I am not speedy.  So I was basically out there all by myself in the cold.  No big deal until I realized that they had NO water left for me after the race.  NONE.  I was ticked off.  I can live without snacks after but not water!  Never again.

What is your favorite medal from?
Air Force Marathon (see picture above)

How long have you been a runner?
I've been running for exercise since maybe 2002 or so?  I started with Kelly from Houtz House Party and another lady I worked with.  Then back in 2007, I moved to Columbus and wanted to start getting out there in the world.  One of my friends convinced me to run the Columbus half marathon.  I had no idea what a half marathon was.  I thought it was the same distance as like a 5k.  We signed up last minute too so NO training!  CRAZY!  But we finished and I was hooked.  So I've been running races since October 2007.

What is your favorite running workout? 
Well unlike everybody else - I run the same speed.  So there is no favorite.  The shorter runs are my favorite - how about that?  haha!

What is your favorite place to run?
LOVE running the Dances with Dirt trail half marathon.  Beautiful up there.  Wish I could train on those trails. 

Do you use Gu?
No.  I used to but not anymore.  I've trained myself so I don't need them.

What do you drink to keep hydrated?
Water.  Everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) else makes me sick.  Even water makes me sick so I try to go as long as I can without drinking water when I run.  Sounds weird but it works for me.

What do you take with you on a run?  Does it vary by distance?
Normally, I carry a small 8 ounce water bottle which holds my key to my car.  I also take my ipod.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Had a showing today...

So today I had a showing at 10am.  So while that was going on, I decided to go shopping at Kohls.  Stumbled upon the shoe department and I got sucked into buying some shoes.  Check 'em out below:


I like that they have straps because a lot of shoes tend to be too large in the heel area and my feet come out.  So having the straps helps a lot.  And yes, I could go buy some stuff to put in the heels but I shouldn't have to do that.  Anyways - they're beautiful.  Have to fill up my new MASSIVE closet in my new apartment in Omaha with shoes!  Check it out again:

Anyways, so then I hit Starbucks.  As I'm driving home, my realtor calls me.  Tells me about the showing.  The buyer (who is in his 60s) did not like my countertops.  What?  Would he rather have the light pink ones that were there when I bought it?  Check out before/after:

I guess older folks don't care for it?  Can't please everyone I guess.  Well regardless my realtor said the buyer wanted to know about the utility costs and he was talking about what he would do to the yard if he bought it etc.  So he was envisioning himself there so my realtor said that was a good sign.  So we'll see.  Cross your fingers guys!

Also, I wanted to talk about why I was so upset on Friday.  I was so happy driving home from Omaha because I found my apartment I wanted (check out my blog HERE about it).  Then my realtor calls me while I'm halfway home.  Apparently him and every buyer who has seen the house (and another realtor) said it smelled.  No one could say was the smell was.  I never smelled anything but I'm used to the house.  So apparently, the smell turned off EVERY buyer.  I was so upset!!!!!  Why didn't the realtor tell me this 3 weeks before when he was in my house checking it out?!!!! 

So I cried all the way home basically.  When I got home, I walked in the front door to see if I could smell the smell.  The smell did hit me right in the face.  It was PAINT!!!!  It smelled weird but that was definitely the paint smell because I spent a week before putting it on the market painting my butt off!  Buyers were turned off by paint?  Realtors didn't know what PAINT smelled like?  I was BEYOND mad.  So I cried some more and more and more!  I never aired out my house because it was like 100 degrees out plus my allergies are super bad.  So I've been airing out my house completely since Friday plus had a candle burning.

So when the realtor stopped by today he said he couldn't smell the smell anymore and the buyer didn't say anything so problem solved.  But I'm still airing it out and burning candles just in case. 

Today at Kohls I decided to buy three more candles.  I bought fall foliage, autumn harvest, and pumpkin spice scents.  Can you tell what my favorite season is? 

Smells AWESOME in here. 

Saturday, August 18, 2012

So I'm back home from Omaha...

And the place I chose is....

Thats all you need to know. 

LOL!  Just kidding.  Although if I ended the blog there - it would be perfectly fine because I know you all are dreaming about this huge closet as I am!  You can't see that there are deep shelves on the right there (for my gazillion shoe collection) and a WINDOW!  Now you know if there is a window, this closet is its own stinkin' room!  I LOVE IT!

Anyways, here is the floorplan:

It also comes with an attached garage that my 4Runner fits into (I made sure of that before I signed on the dotted line!).

Here is a video of my place.  It is not the actual apartment but the inside is the same.  My view will be different - a partial view of 'wetlands' as they call it in Nebraska. 

Sorry if you got dizzy.  I felt weird taking the video so I tried to just rush it.  I also thought (for a brainless moment) that you could flip video like you can pictures so the closet part of the video is sideways haha!

Coffee shop is like 1 minute WALK!  Like how perfect is that?

So cute, right?  Adorbs!!!! 

Anyways, maybe on a future blog I'll discuss how hard the decision was initially to choose this apartment but after I went and saw it for the second time and signed on the dotted line, I knew this was the place.  I was 100% confident in my decision.  Especially after finding this coffee shop.  LOL!

Yesterday was a tough day for me - probably will blog about that in a future post.  Lets just say I cannot wait until my house here in Ohio is sold and I'm in Omaha!  I'm SO ready.  And I'm so ready for that closet!!!!!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


I'm linking up with The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday.  Today was a casual day checking out more apartments.   This is the outfit I had packed for today.

Earrings:  I have no idea
Necklace:  Just Jewelry
Bracelet:  I have no idea
Top with Belt:  Kohls
Khaki colored jeans:  Kohls
Boots:  Kohls

By the way, I did end up finding the apartment I wanted.  The decision was difficult but a room sized MASSIVE closet kinda helped me make that decision haha!  Along with my ability to run ANYWHERE!  I will blog about that tomorrow hopefully.

For now, check out this lake that is running distance from the apt!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Hanging out in Omaha

So yesterday I headed out to Omaha, Nebraska for some apartment hunting since I'm moving there in a month. 

I started out way early (but later than I wanted) so I hit up the local Timmy's!

That's how you start the day out right!

So I drove to Omaha from Dayton.  Took me a little under 12 hours.  People think I'm nuts for driving.  I like driving especially in my awesome 4Runner! 

So I drove through Indiana then Illinois and then to Iowa.  I was doing pretty good for the first 7 hours.  But then part of the way through Illinois, I got super bored!  Soybeans and cornfields as far as the eye can see.

Des Moines traffic wasn't good - I hit it during rush our.  No stop and go traffic, just a lot of traffic.  The whole way I was on I-80 in Iowa, it was crazy crowded even though Iowa (to me) seems pretty desolate.  I guess maybe its a major thoroughfare.  Who knows.  I was glad to get out of Iowa and hit Omaha! 

My new building is actually there on the right. 

Another view of my new building.

I actually went to visit my new workplace this morning.  Met a few of the people there and my supervisor.  Unfortunately, while my supervisor was talking to me and another girl, my brain was elsewhere.  I had no idea where to park.  Most places said monthly/pass holders only.  I had asked beforehand and no one could tell me where to park!  So I parked in this one place and it was weird - cars weren't parking on the bottom levels.  I started to park there but then decided to go up to higher levels.  Then the spots were labeled like '505 RNB" etc.  I started flipping out!  I didn't want my car towed in a strange place while I have all these appointments.  So I asked this dude if these spots reserved and he said yes but I think there are some unreserved spots higher.  They still had numbers on them but I went to the highest level and crossed my fingers.  So then I go to see my new office and I'm flipping out the whole time about if my car is going to get towed.  NOT fun.  I had no idea what my boss said.  I also had NO idea how to pay for parking (if my car wasn't towed at this point).  So anyways, I eventually said I might get towed to my boss and so he shooed me out.  He had no idea about parking or where to pay.  Nice.  So I go and I finally find the place you pay (some kiosk on the other side of where I parked on the ground floor).  Ok, one thing down one to go.  I go up to the 7th floor and my car is still there! YAY! 

So anyways, I must say - when I first got to Omaha last night, I couldn't believe how beautiful it was.  I'm used to downtown Dayton.  This was so modern and spacious and beautiful.  There were runners running downtown!  No way in heck would I do that in downtown Dayton!

I've definitely noticed quite a few younger folks here.  That is probably due to the zillion colleges around here and big businesses like Union Pacific Railroad.  I feel SO safe here.  It is a weird feeling to feel that safe!! 

Ok, so where did I stay when I got to Omaha?  Residence Inn.  I was nervous its too close to town but like I said, I feel super safe here.  I picked Residence Inn because they have free dinner Mon-Weds plus you can accumulate points that go towards stuff.  I already have 15,000 points for when I worked at DCAA, so its nice to accumulate more.

You will not believe my hotel!  AMAZING.  It is like an apartment! 

Me after the almost 12 hour drive.

So today I had to drive around to work and some apartments.  I noticed a few things about driving in Omaha.

First of all, there aren't any slowpokes really.  Its AWESOME!  Second, they have no lines at the lights sometimes which is weird.  I keep wondering where exactly I should stop LOL!  Then the last thing is, there is this middle lane which looks like a turn lane (in Ohio) but is actually a third lane that opens up for certain directions of traffic depending on what time of the day it is.  And I guess you can't turn left anywhere there is that lane.  To accommodate that, they have this right lane that curves around that has its own light so you can turn left.  Weirdness!  Here is a truck in one of those lanes.

I must admit - these lanes sure do make traffic go continuously.  I drove rush hour on this main road to downtown and we were all going the same fast speed.  And all the lights were green for miles.  SO weird. 

So after I was done with work, I went to my first apartment showing.  I was hesitant about this one due to the fact it was so close to downtown (10 minutes to work - all highway).  But heck, I'd live in downtown, I feel so safe there.  I checked out the neighborhood after and it looks like a Kettering neighborhood so its all good. 

So they ended up not having the apartment I wanted (with the attached garage).  But I went and saw the 1 bedroom anyways.  She also mentioned another 1 bedroom with a den that had just opened up.  So I went to check it out.  Here are some pics of the apartment complex and the floor plan of the second apartment I checked out.

Front of the apartment complex

The apartment I liked is on the end (on the left) top

Here is the layout.  Love that it has a den, nice sized patio, garden tub, huge closet, and granite!

I am able to get a detached garage also.  I think my main reason for getting an attached garage is to feel safe but I feel really safe there anyways so a detached works.  I need a garage to protect my car from the elements plus to store some stuff.

I then went to another apartment complex (20 minutes from work) and I was less than impressed.  The apartment with attached garage overlooking the lake was no longer available.  Nice.  They showed me some others but the apartments gave me that grimy feeling.  The carpet on the stairs etc looked old and the apartment didn't look new.  So scratch that off my list.

I have two others to look at the next couple of days but they're 25-30 minutes from work so the one I saw today might be the one I get.  I would love a short drive like that!  I liked that place so much I immediately drove back to the apartment to put a hold on it (no money will be lost if I cancel by the time I leave).  Right when I was filling out the paperwork, this girl with her mom comes in and says she wants a 1 bedroom apartment.  THANK GOODNESS I CAME BACK AND PUT A HOLD ON IT!  Whew, dodged that bullet. 

The thing I really like about it is that it is an end unit.  No one above or beside me.  Super sweet!

So that was my day.  Busy busy.

I also had a showing today in Ohio but I guess nothing major happened considering my realtor hasn't called me. 

Anyways, I'll leave you with this.  Check out this hill by those apartments!  Can you say hill marathon training? LOL!

Friday, August 3, 2012

House for Sale - Day 4

Well, here it is Day 4 and nothing.  No calls.  No showings.  I was thinking about it earlier - God has his own timing and when its supposed to sell, it will sell.  I have NO control over the situation so why fret about it?  I still fret about it but I think its getting easier as the days go by. 

You know I was checking out zillow.com and my house listing on there and my realtor wrote this:

"Fantastic 2 bedroom, 2 full bath, brick ranch with a great room, cathedral ceiling, gas heat, wired for surround sound. Sitting on the back deck, you are surrounded with beauty and peace and the inside is perfectly spotless throughout. Home is awaiting new owner and is in move-in condition."

Such a good blurb.  I like how he writes about 'surrounded with beauty and peace" because that's what sold me on the house!  I had been living in a townhouse where my neighbor had a child who would go outside and stand there and scream at the top of her lungs!  Mom didn't care.  Drove me nuts!  And then you had the basketball hoop and the constant ball bouncing on the ground.  Bump bump bump CONSTANT.  So when I got to this house - I fell in love with the quiet and peaceful outdoors.  Anyways, hope people are drawn to that too.

So today I decided I needed to mow my patches of grass for the first time in probably 6 weeks LOL!  Boy was I spoiled by our drought.  So as you may or  may not know, I got poison ivy all over my bottom part of my legs.  But I knew I had to wear shorts because its like 1000 degrees outside.  So I found these socks I won and they went up to my knee!  Matched my outfit perfectly AND covered my poison ivy! YES!

Totally cute right?

So while I was outside sweeping the random grass clippings off my sidewalk in my roller derby outfit, an older couple in an SUV drives by my house slow.  Now no one ever drives down my street because its like 10 feet long (exaggeration but you get the point) and basically dead ends at my neighbor's house.  So I'm thinking they were checkin' out my house!  But they drove away and didn't stop - probably scared of me and my outfit LOL! 

So cross your fingers!  Maybe the weekend will bring more people by or bring in the showings?  

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Forgot to wear deodorant today!

Yup, I forgot to put on deodorant (and perfume) before I left the house.

Yep - didn't really wanna deal with the above situation today!  Thankfully I'm crazy to the extent that I have to be prepared for any possible situation.  I had deodorant at work.  Whew.  Saved by my craziness.

And why did I forget to put on deodorant?  Because of this house!  My brain does not function until later in the day, so rushing around it just slipped my mind.  Now that my house is for sale, I have to do extra stuff in the morning like:

1.  Making my bed in the most perfect way possible like you see in the department stores.
2.  Put away my fan.
3.  Put away my air purifier.
4.  Shut my closet doors.
5.  Put away any makeup, hair stuff, and dirty clothes/towels. 
6.  Open up the curtains so the light casts the best possible view of the rooms.
7.  Get any clothes/jewelry/etc. (stored in my garage) that I might want to wear that day.

PLUS I have to do everything else I normally do.  So of course stuff is going to slip my mind.  It is just funny how selling your house can affect every area of your life, even the tiny ones. 

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