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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Pure.Love.

Do I have anywhere to wear these? Of course not, but if I were to find Sergio Rossi - Sequined Over-the-Knee Boots under the Christmas tree I'd certainly find the perfect occassion!

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Here's the details from Bergdorf's site:


High shine: Light-reflecting boot rises up over the knee from a delicate heel for undeniable drama.

  • Sequins sewn on nylon in sleek, seamless design that flares at the top.
  • Almond toe.
  • Pull-on style.
  • Sequins cover 4 1/4" thin, straight heel.
  • Soft satin lining.
  • Leather padded insole and sole.
  • Approximately 23 1/2"H overall.
  • Made in Italy.

Aren't they beautiful?? I'd trade in 20 pairs of shoes just to own these beauties! I love the perfetly placed sequins, the sexy flair above the knee, and the hot 4 1/4" skinny heel.  They've also got that cute almond toe that I seem to be very in love with this season. 

Saturday, November 27, 2010

2011 Race Calendar

I figured it's probably time for me to sit down and get my 2011 race calendar together. Of course all of this is subject to change (you know just in case I regain my sanity).

  1. Texas Marathon (half); Kingwood, TX, January 1, 2011 - I cannot think of a better way to kick off 2011!! Done
  2. The Goofy Challenge; Orlando, FL, January 8-9, 2011 - If you haven't heard of Goofy, here's what Disney has to say about it: Are you looking for the ultimate test of endurance? Then compete in Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge where you will run the Half Marathon on Saturday and then the Marathon on Sunday. If you finish both races in the time limit you will be awarded the coveted Goofy medal. Sounds like fun, huh :) Half - Done; Full - DNF
  3. Cowtown 5k; Fort Worth, TX, February 26, 2011 - I decided to add on the 5k so that I can get the *special* Cowtown Challenge medal! Done
  4. Cowtown Marathon I'll be doing the half. Done
  5. Rock n Roll Dallas Half; Dallas TX, March 27, 2011 - This is the first of at least four Rock n Roll races in 2011. Again, I love Texas and had a blast running the inaugural RnR Dallas in 2010.
  6. Lincoln Memorial Half Marathon; Springfield, IL, April 2, 2012 - I don't really know a lot about this race or the course, but I'm excited to run by all of the historic sites and earn the giant penny medal!
  7. Go St. Louis 5k; St. Louis, MO, April 9, 2011 - A nice way to kick off the weekend!
  8. Go St. Louis Marathon (Relay); St. Louis, MO, April 10, 2011 - This should be a fun one. I'm looking forward to my second relay (and I'm assuming this one will be much more organized than my first!).
  9. Illinois Marathon (I-Challenge) - 5k and Half; Champaign, IL, April 29-30 - ∫ I decided to scratch OKC and Flying Pig for this year. The IL Marathon is close and cheap ($75 for both races). As an added bonus I'm gonna be hanging with 3 of my Ragnar girls, Jess, Courtney, and Becca. I've heard awesome things about the post race spread and who doesn't like earning 3 medals in one weekend?
  10. Girls on the Run 5k; St. Louis, MO - May 15, 2011 - I first heard about GOTR last year. Alayna and I ran their 5k and it was so amazing to see all of the girls having a good time and learning to love running. Late last year I found out about an opportunity to join their Junior Board, and in November 2010, I attended my first meeting. I'm proud to be a part of this organization and am so looking forward to this race!
  11. YMCA of Southwest Illinois 1st Annual Half Marathon; Maryville, IL, May 22, 2011 - If you're in the St. Louis area you should check out this race. The half marathon is only $24 and the other races being held that day are FREE!!!!
  12. Red Dirt Run of Honor; Enid, OK, May 28, 2011 - Yet another race I'm stoked about. My friend Glenn is the RD for this race. I was supposed to be part of the inaugural race in 2010, but family commitments kept me in St. Louis that weekend. This year I promise to be there, I'm looking forward to the awesome medal - dog tags!!!
  13. Ragnar Chicago; Madison, WI to Chicago, IL, June 10-11, 2011 - To say I'm excited about this race would be the understatement of the century. From Ragnar's site: Picture this: A relay race spanning 200 miles, starting in Madison hopping a state line and ending in Chicago. This adventure-fest will push you and 11 pals through 200 miles of stunning scenery. Starting in Madison, Wisconsin, your team will head south east towards the southern tip of Lake Michigan. The race (and your stamina) wraps up in the "Windy City" - Chicago. If you want to keep up with the other 11 crazies I'll be running with, you can follow them here.
  14. El Scorcho 25k; Fort Worth, TX, July 16-17, 2011 - Yep, I'm headed back to Fort Worth again, this time to tackle my first (and probably last) ultra. What is El Scorcho you ask? Their website says El Scorcho is a ridiculously foolish endurance run that takes place at midnight in Fort Worth, Texas in the middle of the summer. Because we're so nice, we give you a choice--run 25 km or 50 km. That's 15.53499 miles or 31.06999 miles. We like to think of the two distances as La Scorchita and El Scorcho. But really, it's up to you. Both of them take a certain fortitude. Or stupidity. You make the call. Yep - 31.06999 miles in July in Texas at midnight!!!
  15. Rock n Roll Chicago Half; Chicago, IL, August 14, 2011 - Heading back for a second time. It was a beautiful course and a fun finish line.
  16. Disneyland Half Marathon; Anaheim, CA, September 4, 2011 - Here's where I confess that I've never been to California. Can you believe it? I can't. I've promised a bunch of people that I'd change that next year, so I decided to add this race to my calendar. And as an added bonus I'll earn Disney's Coast to Coast medal for participating in races at Disney World and Disneyland!
  17. Warrior Dash Missouri; Old Monroe, MO, October, 15, 2011 - I did the Warrior Dash in Joliet last year, and it was fun but I had decided I wasn't going to drive 4 hours to run this again. Well, Warrior Dash added a less than an hour from St. Louis. I'm getting a big group of people from my office together for this one, so it should be a great time!
  18. Go! St. Louis Halloween 10k; St. Louis, MO, October 16, 2011 - This might be my favorite local race! This year the course changed and it went through my 'hood and I was really glad I'm used to running the hills of Soulard. The fun costumes just add to the good time!
  19. Rock n Roll St. Louis Half; St. Louis, MO, October 23, 2011 - Finally - St. Louis is getting a B.I.G. time marathon! I'm so excited about this race - a lot of my local friends have decided to make this their first race and a lot of my twitter/daily mile friends are coming to town for it! Ashley & I are determined to make it a kick ass weekend!!
  20. Rock n Roll Savannah Half; Savannah GA, November 5, 2011 - My fourth Rock n Roll event of 2011. This time I'm meeting a huge group of Twitter girls and we're all renting a house for the weekend. P-A-R-T-Y-T-I-M-E!!!
  21. St. Jude's Memphis Marathon (half); Memphis Tennessee, December 3, 2011 - This is one of my favorite races! I love Memphis and Memphis loves St. Jude's. I've never seen such amazing course support and nothing will ever compare to running through St. Jude's campus.

Updated as of Feb 7th

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thankful




Looking back on the memory of
The dance we shared 'neath the stars alone
For a moment all the world was right
How could I have known that you'd ever say goodbye

And now I'm glad I didn't know
The way it all would end the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain
But I'd have had to miss the dance

Holding you I held everything
For a moment wasn't I a king
But if I'd only known how the king would fall
Hey who's to say you know I might have changed it all

And now I'm glad I didn't know
The way it all would end the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain
But I'd have had to miss the dance

Yes my life is better left to chance
I could have missed the pain but I'd have had to miss the dance


Before I started writing this, I was sitting on my couch feeling a bit sorry for myself. 

This afternoon I had a meeting with my attorney and I learned my divorce won't be finalized as quickly as I'd hoped.  I came home, bitched to Mary, and turned the dvr'd episode of today's Oprah with Garth Brooks.  The first song he sang was Unanswered Prayers. It's a beautiful song, but I couldn't help but think how different (ie easier) my life would have been if God had left my prayer for a husband unanswered.  Of all the prayers, why did God have to pick that one to answer? 

Garth closed the show by singing The Dance.

The Dance got me thinking.  Would I really change the last four years of my life if given the chance?  Of course, my initial reaction is a resounding "Hell yes," but after a little bit of thinking, my answer changed. 

I've eluded to this before, but I don't think I've ever come out and said it.  I am thankful for my marriage.

Before you start calling me crazy - hear me out. 

Was it a healthy relationship? No. 
Would I ever wish an abusive relationship on anyone? No.
Am I still struggling with the negative effects my marriage had on my life? Yes.
Would I do it all over again if I were given the chance? Probably not.
Did going through a bad marriage bring me to where I am today? Absolutely.

You see, I strongly believe that my ex-husband is indirectly (and maybe directly) responsible for me becoming a runner.  He took me to a very dark and scary place, one that I was sure I'd never escape. Looking back on my life since my separation, I now know without a doubt that I needed to hit rock bottom for me to learn that I had the strength to pick myself up.  And for me, picking myself up began the day I took those first steps as a runner.

Running has sped up the healing process. I learned that I could do things I never thought I could, like run a mile. It made me believe that I could do things that seemed impossible, like run a marathon.  It has allowed me to travel and to make new friends.  It has allowed me to raise thousands of dollars for causes that I hold close to my heart. Most importantly, running has given me a confidence that I never thought was possible.  

And now I'm glad I didn't know
The way it all would end the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain
But I'd have had to miss the dance

For me, truer words have never been spoken. 

Now as I sit here, looking back on my life in a different perspective than I had just 2 hours ago, I realize that God sure does know what He is doing.  So many of my prayers did, indeed, go unanswered. During the 7 1/2 months of my marriage I said many prayers asking God for a child and maybe even more prayers asking that He give me the strength to keep my marriage going.  I never asked God for the strength to leave or to allow me to be content without a child, yet that's just what He did.

So this Thanksgiving, I'm going to take a moment to be thankful for so many things, including the things I often wish didn't happen.

Wordless Wednsday



Paris Hilton : Senorita - Grey Lace - $94.99



Thursday, November 18, 2010

Breathe

Breathe is defined as follows:

1.   to take air, oxygen, etc., into the lungs and expel it; inhale and exhale; respire.
2.   (in speech) to control the outgoing breath in producing voice and speech sounds.
3.   to pause, as for breath; take rest: How about giving me a chance to breathe?
4.   to move gently or blow lightly, as air.
5.   to live; exist: Hardly a man breathes who has not known great sorrow.
 
I can't go into a lot of details just yet, but something happened today. Something big. Something that has allowed me a little room to breathe and for that I am more thankful than anyone could ever know.
 
For those of you who may be new around here, please do me a favor and take a second to read this post I wrote earlier this month. 
 
Change the facts – speak up, speak out, and make a difference for victims of domestic violence.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

And the winners are....

Allied Steel Medal Display: Danielle

Zensah Calf Sleeve: Richard

Yurbuds: Courtney

SpiBelt: Lana

$30 RoadID gift certificates: Ron and Cecilia

$15 RoadID gift certificates: Adam and Nick

GU and Body Glide: Dee


Bondi Bands: Sandra

I'll be sticking all of your prizes in the mail in the next day or two.


Thanks so much to all of you who donated to TNT and supported my fundraising goal!!! I can't believe in about 45 days I'll be in Orlando taking on the Goofy Challenge!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Burberry Check Rain Boots - $225

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Raffle Time!!!

Y'all probably know that I'm running Disney's Goofy Challenge with Team in Training and you have all been so generous with your support. I cannot thank you enough!  My fundraising deadline is coming up next month and I'm SOOO close to my goal. I just need another little push and what better way to do it that an awesome raffle full of really cool running stuff?!?

I reached out to a few companies and they were all so cool to help me out!  So here's a huge shout out to Allied Steel, Yurbuds, Zensah, SpiBelt and RoadID!!! They're all great companies - and they all produce awesome products that I use!  Here's what you have a chance at winning...



Allied Steel - Runner Medal Display




Zensah Compression Sleeves in Green

Yurbuds

Reflective SPIbelt

Two $30 gift certificates and Two $15 gift certificates!!!


I'm also adding  a package of 10 GUs in various flavor and a large stick of BodyGlide!





So now how do you enter?  Here are the rules:


Go to my fundraising website HERE and donate however much you want and then come back here leaving me a comment to let me know you donated and you're in! You'll get one entry for EVERY $5 that you donate!!! 
Plus once you donate there are a few more ways to get extra entries (but remember you must donate in order to be eligible for the extra entries): 

1. Become a follower of my blog or already be one. Leave a comment. 
2. Put a link to this giveaway on your blog. Leave a comment. 
3. Have a blog post specifically mentioning/advertising this giveaway. Leave a comment. (+2 entries)
4. Follow me on Twitter. Leave a comment.
You can enter through the end of the day on Monday, November 15th. Winners will be drawn Tuesday the 16th!
Thank you again to all the wonderful companies that donate fabulous prizes, thank you to all who have already donated and a thank you in advance to everyone who will donate through this raffle!

Monday, November 8, 2010

ShoeDazzle - November issue

Ok guys - I need your help again. My first round of ShoeDazzle shoes were hideous...but I just got my new showroom, and I'm torn between two pairs.

Hazel

Soft and sleek textures play together on this classy platform pump. Channel your inner sexy librarian with a pencil skirt and bow-tie blouse to take Hazel from morning meeting to working lunch to apr├Ęs-work drinks.
I mean, how cute are the bows?


Janine

Military styling is always on trend—echo Janine’s green hue with olive skinny cargo pants topped with a simple yet classic black tee. Finish the laid-back look with a bit of polish by adorning yourself with a sequined headband and shiny bangle.

I love the details!
  I love both of them for different reasons, but I refuse to allow myself to buy two pairs of shoes (from ShoeDazzle) again this month. Do you like either of them? If so, let me know your pick!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

What If She's An Angel


Those of you who follow me on twitter probably know it's been a weird/rough couple of days for me. I'm not really in the mood to give a lot of details as to why right now, but I'm sure, in time, I'll share my story for those of you who don't know it.

This morning as I was getting ready for work I had my iPhone playing on shuffle and a song came on that I haven't heard in a long time. It was Brad Paisley's version of What if She's an Angel.  It's a powerful song - one that I think of often when I see people struggling.  Here's the second verse and chorus:

There's a man
And there's a woman
Living right above you in apartment G
There's alot of noise coming through the ceiling
And it don't sound like harmony
You can sit there with your TV turned up
While the words and his anger fly
Come tomorrow when you see her with her shades on
Can you look her in the eye

What if she's an angel sent here from heaven
And she's making certain that you're doing your best
To take the time to help one another
Brother are you going to pass that test
You can go on with your day to day
Trying to forget what you saw in her face
Knowing deep down it could have been her saving grace
What if she's an angel


A bit cheesey - yes, but it's an important message. Domestic violence is messy and I understand not wanting to get involved, but I'm going to ask you to do just that. If you hear or see something that isn't right, pick up the phone. If you see a friend with bruises time and time again, don't force your friend to make up excuses, instead offer help or support. Trust me when I say that sometimes all it takes is knowing there are people (or even just ONE person) to turn to for help for an abuse victim to leave.

From Safe Horizon:

The Victims

  • One in 4 women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime. 
  • Women experience more than 4 million physical assaults and rapes because of their partners, and men are victims of nearly 3 million physical assaults.
  • Women are more likely to be killed by an intimate partner (30%) than men (5%).
  • Women ages 20 to 24 are at greatest risk of becoming victims of domestic violence.
  • Every year, 1 in 3 women who is a victim of homicide is murdered by her partner.

The Families

  • Every year, more than 3 million children witness domestic violence in their homes.
  • Children who live in homes where there is domestic violence are also victims of abuse or neglect in 30% of 60% of such cases.
  • A 2005 Michigan study found that children exposed to domestic violence at home show greater symptoms of trauma, including more illnesses.
  • A 2003 study found that children are more likely to intervene when they witness severe violence against a parent – which places the child at great risk for injury or even death.

The Circumstances

  • Domestic violence is most likely to occur between 6pm and 6am for both female and male victims.
  • Domestic violence happens at home in more than 60% of reported incidents.
  • More domestic violence-related homicides occur in rural areas than in suburban or urban areas.

The Consequences

  • Among battered women living in shelters, 88% experience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder because of domestic violence.
  • Among women brought to emergency rooms because of domestic violence, most were socially isolated, had lower self-esteem, and had fewer social and financial resources than other women not injured because of domestic violence.
  • Girls who witness domestic violence are far more likely to become victims themselves, thus continuing the cycles of victimization.
  • Boys who witness domestic violence are also far more likely to become abusers, of both their spouses/partners and their children, thus perpetuating the cycles of violence in their own homes.
  • Nearly 50% of homeless women and children are homeless because of domestic violence.
  • Domestic violence costs more than $37 billion a year in law enforcement involvement, legal work, medical and mental health treatment, and lost productivity at companies.

… #1 FACT: MOST CASES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ARE NEVER REPORTED


Change the facts – speak up, speak out, and make a difference for victims of domestic violence.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Wordless Wednesday


Valentino Peep Toe Lace Couture d'Orsay Pumps - $885