A Round About Way

 

Yall, it has been quite the week! We woke up this morning, again, to howling wind and rain, and of course tornado warnings. Thankfully it died down by lunch and has just been on and off rain. So as I stated yesterday, slight panic set in when our direct flight out of New Orleans was cancelled. Quickly we called Orbitz and talked to a very nice lady who helped us get a flight out of Pensacola. We were of course thrilled to still be going on Friday, however, driving two hours to the airport then flying to Atlanta then to California was not what I had in mind. We dealt with it and realize we are very blessed to not have a house underwater, but it was still a frustration. All was well until I realized out flight home would still have us landing in New Orleans….with a car over three hours away at the Pensacola airport. Crap.

After some freaking out on my part, and some creative thinking, a plan was born. So, yesterday after the weather died down, we drove two cars, dogs in tow, halfway to my parents house where they met us in one car. They took the dogs along with our other car and drove home. We then went and picked up a rental car that we are driving to Pensacola today and leaving for good. So when we fly home to NOLA, our car will be at my parents house and we can pick up the dogs and go home. WHEW! Got all that? We passed a ton of power trucks on the way to meet the folks, seriously about 50-60, which was awesome to see!

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Oh, did I mention by the time most of you are reading this we will already be in Pensacola, as we had to leave the house at 4:45 this morning to get to the airport. Oy. Hopefully I will sleep on the planes. Also hopefully I will find a way to get a seat next to my husband. Double Oy. Either way, as I said before, we are so blessed that it wasn’t as bad as originally thought (heading straight for my house at 105 mph). Thank you to everyone who extended prayers and well wishes to us, it really meant a lot! There are still a lot of people facing a hard road so please keep praying for them. The photo below was taken about two miles from my house. Sad smile

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So, instead of arriving at 9:15, we will get in about 2:00, and hopefully have time to hit the expo before dinner reservations. Be sure to follow me on Twitter and on my Facebook Fan Page as well as instagram (runningwithsass) so that you can see all the photos I am posting about the half marathon and Disneyland in general.

I will be attempting to update my blog with Disneyland posts while I am away, so stay with me if you want to see what is going on with the race and the west coast!

QOTD: Ever had a flight cancelled? What did you do?

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Huricane Readiness

 

Oy what a whirlwind. After tracking tropical storm Isaac all weekend, we still have not decided what we are going to do. We are going to wait until about lunchtime today before we decide.

For those of you who do NOT live in a hurricane zone and have no idea what I am talking about, well, here goes. In case you live in a hole, there is a storm coming into the gulf. It already has done some major damage in Haiti, and it is heading, literally, right for us.

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Do you see the “H” in the circle right along the coastline in Mississippi? Yeah….that’s where my house is. Oy. (As of Sunday afternoon, this has since shifted SLIGHTLY west). This thing WAS headed into Florida but keeps shifting west. We aren’t sure if there is going to be a mandatory evacuation or not, only time will tell.

So for those of you unfamiliar with the “fun” of this, let me explain a few of the things we are doing to prepare.

1.) Bring in all patio furniture that could be picked up by wind

2.) Pack up all important documents like passports, social security cards, birth certificates, homeowners insurance, etc.

3.) Pack up keepsakes such as photo albums, baby books, etc. Either bring them with you or put them on a high shelf on the first floor of your home.

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4.) Fill up your cars with gas, and containers with gas for cars/generators (we did this yesterday morning because we knew gas stations would be busy today).

5.) Video tape your entire house for insurance purposes. Growing up, I did this for my family, and now it’s time to do it for my own home.

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6.) Pack a survival kit. We have gathered our flashlights, batteries, canned food, bottled water, etc. to take with us, just in case

7.) East out of your refrigerator and freezer. There is a good chance power will be out for an extended period of time, so we have been trying to eat perishable items first (this means ice cream for dessert tonight!) Such as frozen chicken, cheese/eggs/milk in the fridge, etc.

8.) Have a plan. This is a no brainer.

The storm (as of this morning) is set to make landfall on Tuesday night. let the card games, boredom (and a bit of fear!) begin. Please say a prayer for us if you think about it! I will be back tomorrow with more to report, right before He makes landfall.

QOTD: Would you rather ride out a hurricane, tornado, or earthquake?

Ten Treadmill Miles

 

Greetings from the drenched South! Hope everyone is having a great labor day holiday! Catching up from the weekend?

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August: Month in Review

Game day and Lee

Saturday night, the tornado warnings were so non stop, we decided to sleep downstairs in the guest room (our master is upstairs) just to be safe. it was weird being in my house but sleeping in the guest room!

We survived the night, woke up and cleaned up and prepared for my parents to visit for the afternoon (more on that tomorrow.) We are still getting on and off rain and wind, hoping Lee pushes through and gets the heck on out of here soon!

So Saturday, we were supposed to run ten miles at the beach with our team in training group. Yeah….that didn’t happen! It was flooding and the wind was going crazy down there. Here is a news picture from the beach where we were supposed to run. HAHA!

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We really wanted to get our miles in though, So Saturday morning Bobby and I headed to the gym to run on the treadmill. It was a little bit easier having Bobby on the treadmill with me….wait…that’s a lie. It was SO BORING! But, knowing Bobby was suffering in boredom right along with me made it not so bad.

In case you didn’t know, the treadmills will only let you run for 60 minutes at a time. Fact I would NOT have known considering I have never run more than 5-6 miles at once on a treadmill. (I don’t think…) Luckily, College game day was on, so I was able to put in my headphones and somewhat zone out and not think about running. I actually watched almost the entire first half of a game I could have cared less about…but, what else was I going to do?

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I was actually pretty proud, I wanted to quit several times, my legs started to hurt, and it would be So easy to hit that little red “stop” button, but I Kept running, telling myself I am stronger than I think and to have confidence in my mental strength to get through it. It was finally OVER, and we celebrated by…uh…going to the grocery store….very exciting stuff here on RWS!

We relaxed the rest of the day, napped, watched football, and recovered. I wore my awesome new CWX tights, but more on those later. I was SO GLAD that we decided to stick it out and get the 10 miles out of the way. it feels so good to be done with a hard workout like that!

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Bobby on the floor asleep Saturday afternoon. poor baby.

What is my point in telling you all about this? Well, basically just suck it up, get out there and do it! I could have easily blamed my lack of a long run on tropical storm Lee, but that would have been the sad excuse way out. I could have fooled a lot of people with that one, but not myself. I would have known deep down that I should have, could have run.

Hear me out…if you are injured or sick, stay home, stay in bed. But if the only reason you aren’t out being active is because you don’t feel like putting in the effort, you need to re-evaluate your goals. I mean, it’s just a little tropical storm, right? (I have used FAR lamer excuses for bailing on a workout, trust me!) Find your strength, find a mantra that works for you, and think of how AWESOME you will feel after you have accomplished your workout. So go, get out there and do it!

QOTD: What mantra do you use to motivate you through a tough workout? (or to get you out the door?)