I've been having a pretty crazy couple of weeks. I have been super busy and just couldn't seem to find time to blog. I've barely even texted anyone or been on social media. It's been great for my phone battery life haha. So, let's play major catch up in no particular order.
Our kitchen cabinets are measured and ordered and being built right now. They should be ready the end of November, assuming we are ready to have them installed. We're having trouble finding a drywall person who isn't super busy. Anyone have any great recommendations for someone who can tape, mud, and sand for us in the Wasatch Front? Anyway, we went with white shaker-style cabinets. That's really "in" right now and since our kitchen isn't super big the white will make it feel bigger and more open (says HGTV). Plus it's super easy to match and I love how bright it'll be. I spent a while trying to decide between oil-rubbed bronze hardware or brushed nickel. We have oil-rubbed bronze everywhere else, but I just didn't love the look.
This past week was safety week at Kennedy's school and they got to dress up for each day. Her favorite was super hero day. Although I got quite a lecture when I picked her up that wearing a cape with her backpack was not a good idea.
While at the appointment I started to get a very, very bad tension headache. These come around once a month... if you catch my drift... but every once in a while I get a seriously terrible one that makes me nauseated and impairs my vision and ability to think. It's not a migraine I don't think, because it doesn't hurt in the places migraines normally do, but they suck. Caffeine can help knock it out in the early stages along with lots of medicine, so I stopped at the Maverick right next to the office which happens to be where my brother in law is a manager, and begged him to find me something to drink with caffeine that wasn't carbonated. The only option that wasn't coffee was this and it was gross. But it did the trick even though I didn't even make it through half of it.
Yesterday I ran the Salt Lake Haunted Half Marathon, so I guess I had better give you a recap on that as well. The last time I ran a Halloween race was when I was pregnant with Brynlie and that was a disaster, so I was hoping for a better outcome. The race is now run by Runtastic, and they do a great job. We had some seriously cool stuff in our bags; awesome shirts, gloves, KT tape samples (the Pro kind which is bomb!) and even sunglasses!
At 8:30 the headless horseman started the race and we were off! Running in a bacon suit was not the best idea I've ever had as far as keeping myself cool. It got really hot!! But any spectator I passed gave an extra cheer for the bacon because who doesn't love bacon?? So that part was fun!
I started out really strong and felt great. The pace my friend and I were keeping was faster than my past races and I was feeling good. We took a brief break at mile 8 to put in headphones and take more fuel, and as soon as we started up again I started to feel really weird. I was dizzy and disoriented and just felt really crappy all the sudden. My energy level plummeted and I was struggling to maintain the pace we had kept. My stomach started to hurt more and more and I got hotter and hotter as my head started to pound all over. I tried taking off the bacon suit which helped for about 2 minutes and then I felt terrible again. Michelle ran on ahead as I felt like I was going to die. I had plenty of water the few days leading up to the race, I was fueling like I always do... I didn't know what the deal was. Mile 11 was where the crap hit the fan and I tossed my cookies in one of the aid station garbage cans. It wasn't much, and I felt slightly better afterward, so I kept going. About 3/4 of a mile later I threw up again but this time just in my mouth. The last few miles were really rough and I walked a lot in an effort to not pass out. The last mile of the race was BRUTAL for me, and it also had some really steep hills which did not help. I finally finished in a blur, found some water and crashed on the cold, wet grass. Michelle brought me a wet towel and a Creamie, and I laid there until my head stopped pounding and I could look around without getting dizzy. But man did my stomach HURT!
After a while I started to feel better and I slowly licked my Creamie to help cool me down. We picked up our bags and got a picture of the Headless Horseman
Except for getting sick I thought the race was tons of fun. The weather was awesome, the crowds were great, and the medals were way cool! The course was also great, except for the last mile through Sugar House Park. It didn't go on any major roads with lots of traffic which was so nice! I would definitely do it again!
Last night we also celebrated Allison's first birthday!!! Can you believe it's been a year since she dramatically entered this world?