>Hubby and I have been doing well on our training runs. I have a new heart rate monitor that wouldn’t quit beeping last night. I was either too high or too low. Found out today from the trainer at the gym, that I had my settings too low. And I have developed a lovely blister on the side of my foot. Had to wear 2 bandaids this morning with my brown wedges!

We run 5 miles tomorrow and then 10 miles next Saturday, with 2 shorter runs in between. I am looking forward to a shorter jaunt tomorrow, since we have also started Boot Camp 3 x a week. You would think that we would both be super skinny! Not so much… I think we run to eat!

The dogs are enjoying day camp and baths today. Weather is nice, so they were able to swim in the morning & get bathed before I pick them up this evening.

Tomorrow we have a 1st birthday party to attend for our friends son. Should be a fun time. I love kids @ their parties, especially when they end up with cake from head to toe. Our dilemna is the gift. I think we’ll hit Barnes & Noble tonight for some nearly-toddler appropriate ideas.

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Trying on Jeans. Just the thought alone can cause normally dignified ladies to scream, moan and curse like sailors. These are typical working women, eating lunch with friends, picking up a non fat latte from Starbucks, but at the sight of a small, dimly (or harshly) lit dressing room and a stack of jeans in 3 different sizes will turn that “normal” lady from nice to bitch in 2.3 seconds.

Thanks to http://preppycafe.com, I found a great site http://zafu.com I hurriedly typed in my stats, and lo and behold, 30 different choices appeared. Now, I will admit, a few pairs looked like they were on plus size models, but I just chose to ignore those.

I picked a pair of Joe’s Jeans, the Socialite, which due to my intensive research should fit me well. When it came to picking out a size, I froze. It’s by waist. New to this brand and since it was different than the usual size 8 or 6 when I’m lucky, I chose a 29. After all, the site recommended 28 or 29. I placed my order and checked the shipping status daily.

The arrived on Friday, I was feeling skinny, so I tried them on. My husband was somewhat interested… he thought they looked cute. As he watched me “suck it in”, my face turned sour. They zipped and buttoned, but also pulled across my tushie and were too long. He said they looked “fine”. So, they are in the process of being exchanged for a 30. I’ll let you know.

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>100 Things About Me

>It seems as if every blog I read has a “100 things”. Sheesh, it’s taken me forever, so here it is… I’m sure I’ve forgotten something very important!

1. I am married to a charming, funny and genuine man.
2. I was born and raised in middle Tennessee.
3. I do not like gravy. On anything.
4. My husband & I have two black Labrador retrievers.
5. I was recently diagnosed with exercise induced asthma.
6. I recently completed my 1st Half Marathon.
7. Pink is my favorite color.
8. I play tennis.
9. I received a BS in Communications, with an emphasis in Public Relations.
10. My first “real” job was in the marketing department of a shopping center.
11. I currently work in “partner services” for a small marketing and mulitmedia agency.
12. I worked in Yellowstone National Park for 2 summers.
13. Yellowstone National Park is one of my all time favorite places.
14. Paris, France is also in my top 10 list.
15. My parents have been married for over 46 years.
16. I have two older brothers who live in Tennessee.
17. My two best friends from nursery and elementary school were my Matrons of Honor in my wedding.
18. My favorite candy is Hot Tamales.
19. I drive an Audi A4.
20. I prefer to drive a stick shift over an automatic.
21. My first car was a silver Volkswagen Rabbit, named “Bucky”.
22. I love ice cream. Chocolate mint is my favorite.
23. My Grandmother “Meme” used to take me to Baskin Robbin’s every Sunday afternoon.
24. Meme smoked all of her life and lived until her 90’s.
25. I have only tried smoking once, due to one of my childhood friends- see #17.
26. I do drink socially and typically it’s one of my 3 favorites: Gin & Tonic, (Bombay Sapphire or Tanqueray), Red Wine or Hoegaarden beer with an orange.
27. I attended both private and public schools and a Montessori kindergarten.
28. One of my favorite toys as a child was a huge orange, fuzzy worm named “Snuggly”.
29. I also had a pillow that I carried around named “Dir-Dir”.
30. I have been known to be sarcastic.
31. I received a 1st place award during the Annual Art Show when I was in 7th grade.
32. I also received a 1st place award in a 4-H competition.
33. We had a 4-H Cornbread Competition, but I didn’t place in that one.
34. I have traveled to France once.
35. I have been to St. Maarten twice and Antigua once.
36. My only other times out of the country were Canada and Mexico.
37. I have a horrible sense of direction.
38. I learned calligraphy when I was in elementary school.
39. I addressed all 300+ of our wedding invitations and place cards using my calligraphy skills!
40. I had braces as an adult and actually had them on for my wedding portrait.
41. I love to make lists and even more, cross items off the list!
42. I am somewhat addicted to the Food Network, kitchen gadgets and kitchen stores.
43. I enjoy cooking, but according to my husband, I rarely cook!
44. My husband and I rate potential houses on the fact if they have a good “Christmas Tree” location.
45. I love white tee shirts, both short and long sleeved.
46. I was the president of my college sorority, ahem women’s fraternity – Go Chi O!
47. I have been a member of the Junior League since 2000.
48. I have always had dogs in my family – I grew up with cocker spaniels and at one point, we had 4.
49. Our labs make me smile each and every day. No one else is as excited to see me, even if it only has been 2 hours since the last time we were together.
50. As much as I love it on other dogs, I don’t dress ours in any costume-y outfits or sweaters. Our female does wear a pink & green argyle collar, but that’s as preppy as it gets.
51. I love cable-knit sweaters that are pretty much perfect three seasons here in the Southeast.
52. My favorite flowers are hydrangeas, daffodils, gardenias and star gazer lilies.
53. I read an insatiable amount of books as a child. Other than drawing, it was always my favorite past time.
54. My parents were 30 and 40 when I was born.
55. My husband is so afraid that we won’t have children by the time he’s 40.
56. Twins run in my family.
57. In college, I started out as a Psychology major, then thought about Art, went undecided for a while and ended up in Communications.
58. My favorite saying in college was “All men are dogs, they’re just different pedigrees”.
59. I hate creepy crawly insects, but am most afraid of the brown jumping crickets.
60. I have recently lost two toenails due to running.
61. I am a planner and it stresses me out when I have to just “do something & fly by the seat of my pants”.
62. I learned how to ski in college at Paoli Peaks, IN.
63. I also received a black eye and bruised arse from my first time skiing, due to an ugly crash.
64. My favorite place I have ever skied is Vail, CO.
65. My husband proposed to me on New Year’s Day, 2005 in Snowshoe Mtn., WV.
66. My wedding ring is engraved with “Love, Me” and 11-12-05.
67. I will buy lip gloss or shoes if I can’t find proper fitting pants to buy.
68. I love stationery and paper products.
69. I also have a thing about pens – I have 3 Mont Blancs and love the way a UniBall pen writes.
70. I took piano lessons as a child, but hated to practice. I once recorded myself playing and then would try to play the tape when I was supposed to be practicing.
71. Disorder gets to me – I like things to have their own little place or cubbie. Just like in pre school.
72. I have a hard time accepting compliments.
73. I always write thank you notes for gifts or other acts of kindness. My mother instilled this in me when I was little, because I wasn’t allowed to play with my gifts until the thank you notes were finished.
74. The first boy I ever kissed was Matt Hooper, my fellow kindergartner.
75. The first boy I really kissed was Scott, one my best friend’s cousins.
76. In college, my roommate and I decided that we must be intimidating to guys and that was the reason that we weren’t getting asked out. I now realize it was because oversized button downs, jeans and duck boots were all we wore and probably with a sweatshirt tied around our waist.
77. To buy beer when I was 20, I used to use one of my sorority sister’s drivers license. I don’t think we looked anything alike, but somehow it worked.
78. I have never talked myself out of a speeding ticket.
79. I never had a class ring in high school.
80. My Meme would always buy me a new Easter and Christmas dress, each year and often from Laura Ashley.
81. I think my mom made me wear the same dress each and every Sunday to go to Sunday school.
82. I attended Sunday school nearly each Sunday with my Meme. She would always take me to lunch afterward. We typically went to Pic A Rib, Shoney’s or a place called The Plaza.
83. I’m pretty sure that I ordered a grilled cheese sandwich where ever we went.
84. Now, as an adult, I still love a grilled cheese sandwich with a cup of tomato soup.
85. I do not like english peas, horseradish or raw onions.
86. I do not understand how my husband doesn’t like salad or almost any vegetable.
87. I loved planning our wedding and would probably do this for a living if I could get the guts and money to start my own business.
88. I kept all of my Martha Stewart wedding magazines, but got rid of the rest.
89. When I tried on the wedding dress that I ended up buying, I broke out in hives.
90. I am an avide tooth-brusher and face washer. I wash my face every night, no matter how late or how many glasses of wine. I keep a toothbrush and ‘paste at my office & also depending on purse size, with me at all times.
91. I love buying and using make up and products, but really keep my makeup to a minimum.
92. I am always in awe of my friends who have kids, a family, work, volunteer and make it all look so easy.
93. I love listening to 80’s music or music from my college days. My iPod looks like a crazy explosion has taken place.
94. Even though I was born and raised in TN., near “Music City”, I am not a country music fan.
95. I was laid off twice in one year.
96. My Aunt Lucy and Uncle Horace were two of my favorite relatives.
97. I never knew my Grandfather and don’t remember my mom’s twin sister who died when I was 3.
98. As kids, my neighbor Angie and I would tell people that we were sisters. Angie was tall, long-legged and blonde. I was short, small and brunette.
99. I have always loved Halloween.
100. I was published in the Red Mud Review for poetry.

>Dog Hair

>I have decided that in order to live happily with two 80 pound labrador retrievers who shed massive amounts of short, black hair all over the house, that A) I need to shave them bald , B) Not allow them inside or C) I will probably put my Dyson Animal in the shop for less than a year for the amount of overuse.

I highly recommend the Dyson.. we received it as a wedding gift from a collective group of friends and I have to say, I have used it a lot more than our fine China. Sorry, Mom.

We do want to put the house on the market soon. We have decided that a 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath house is too small for 2 people and 2 dogs. Don’t even talk about babies to me right now. I think we’d have to put the baby carrier on top of a dog kennel.