Sunday, September 07, 2014

Colorado Vacation, Part 1 (Rocky Mountain National Park)

We went to Colorado this Summer for vacation
with this awesome family
Grandma came with us, too.
We had the absolute best time
spending lots of time in Rocky Mountain National Park
hiking to Nymph Lake
climbing rocks
hiking to Emerald Lake
and hiking around
 gorgeous Bear Lake.
We spent 6 hours driving UP Trail Ridge Rd
stopping at every turnout
 to hike and climb (see a theme here?!).
Looks are deceiving but there are a lot of stairs
we climbed them to get to the top
the highest point in this day trip.
The air was thin
 and it was COLD despite the sun
in JULY.
We took a lot of pictures
Sometimes it felt like we were on top of the world
 Seriously
 The mommies and daddies even had a chance to have 
dinner alone without the kids.
It was glorious
We spent too much money.
Another evening
we took a *Ghost Tour*
at the infamous Stanley Hotel
made famous by the movie The Shining.
 Anthony checking his Ghost Tracker app
yes, he really downloaded the app- ha!!!!
Us pretending to be scared by ghosts
we didn't see any ghosts.
Another evening we just hung out in a local
Estes Park bar and tried not to be too cold.
We hiked
to Alberta Falls
 dangling our feet over the edge
laying down to feel the power of the water below of us
 clinging to each other 
as the water roared by
We enjoyed the company
We relaxed
 And cherished the views of Rocky Mountain National Park
 Part 2 of our trip will have to be another day.......
This might be silly to ask now, but have YOU ever been to RMNP?  
What was your favorite thing to see/do/experience there?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

My Non-Blogging Blog Post and Where I Stand on Blogging

I rarely have time to sit down and write, to convey the jumble of thoughts occupying my mind on a daily basis.

I stare at the screen.

Do I write about this?  No, it's too personal and raw.

Do I write about that?  No, that is too personal about my kids.

What about this? No, nobody wants to read about that.

What about running?  Maybe, but I am feeling stale on that topic right now.

Before you know it

Tiredness pulls me away

The laundry calls my name

The 867 million things I have to do take over my mind.

I

step

away

without

writing

one

word.

Maybe it is time

to break up with blogging?

Or start anew?

I am not sure.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Stitch Fix #4

SQUEEEEEE!!!!

A pretty box with a clothes all for me was waiting on my doorstep today.  I tore through that package as quickly as possible to see if this would be the homerun I have been waiting for from Stitch Fix.  It wasn't quite a homerun but it was pretty darn close!

Let's get started.

Mandy Lace Detailed Short Sleeve Blouse ($68)
I initially tried this shirt on with shorts and hated it- thought I looked too boxy in it as I have broad shoulders.  However, I let a few hours pass and then tried it on with these blue jeans and liked it much better. In fact, it's really starting to grow on me.  It doesn't hurt that my husband likes it and so did the neighbor : ). The material is fairly sheer and I will need to wear a camisole or tuni underneath.
VERDICT: KEEP

Pippa Swarovski Crystal Cluster Necklace ($42)
I don't wear a lot of jewelry. Most days you will only see me with a watch and my wedding ring.  Really special evenings I will put on a pair of earrings.  On even rarer occasions, I may wear a necklace.  While this necklace is pretty and sparkly, it is just too dainty for me. 
VERDICT: I was going to return it but my neighbor saw it and said she would *buy* it from me....so KEEP!

Cherise Cotton Henley Tank ($44)
I love the color of this shirt and the lightweight material- perfect for Summertime!  It's cheerful, cool, and fitted but flowy. This picture doesn't do it justice.  My daughter wanted me to try it with more colorful shorts, too.
This shirt is something I will wear over and over through the next 6 months.
VERDICT: KEEP
 
Karissa Chevron Print Henley Tank ($48)
By far, my favorite item in my box!  I love love love the pattern, the fit, and the cotton-like material.  I can dress this shirt down with shorts or dress it  up with slacks, a skirt or fancy jeans (does that even exist?).  I feel so skinny in this outfit and also, my neighbor gets major brownie points for pointing that out when she saw me in this.  And yes, I did invite my neighbor over to watch my Stitch Fix fashion show because, WHY NOT?
VERDICT: KEEP

Waters Diamond Print Maxi Dress ($68)
I had high hopes for this dress when I first spotted it in the box.  I very much like the Springy colors and the geometric pattern, but when I slipped it on, I just didn't find it to be the most flattering.  I don't look terrible in it- I look OK, but I own other maxi dresses that are much more flattering.
VERDICT:  I was going to return it but since I am keeping everything else, with the discount, this is almost free.....so I will KEEP it.
 
This *fix* was by far the best one I have received and that's a good thing because I had already decided that if this box sucked, then I my relationship with Stitch Fix would be over. Lucky for us (and not my pocketbook), we will continue on for now. 

What do you think of my fix?
 
I can't wait for another fix (I sound like a junkie....a clothes junkie- ha!). 
 
If you are in the market to give Stitch Fix a try, then go ahead and use my referral link and support my habit : ).

Monday, April 07, 2014

Cap 10K Race Report: Third Time's a Charm

I did not register for this race until the DAY BEFORE.  History keeps repeating itself!  I knew I would probably do it, but I dragged my feet until the last minute, waiting on the weather forecasts.  The forecast called for 50% chance rain but lucky for me, the rain held off until I was finished with my race.  I am getting ahead of myself now.....

I have run 10K's before, and I have run many half marathons.  I was not worried one bit about covering the distance as I have covered it many times before.  Running 3-6 miles on any given deal is the norm.  Go ahead, punch me if you like.

I only had one goal for this race: To PR the 10K.  PR stands for Personal Record- I wanted to beat my previous 10K personal record. 

My runs of late have been pretty good.  I have been working on sprint intervals, hill work and running negative splits.  I knew I had it in me to PR.

But first, I had to pick out my running outfit.  Something bright, cheery, and colorful....LIKE ME!  I think I succeeded, don't you?  I love the pattern of this Running Skirt and even got asked during the race where I purchased it. Also, I am IN LOVE with my beautiful running shoes- Mizuno Wave Enigma 2.  I am a running fashion billboard- ha!
Let's get started shall we?
 
The starting line.  Where all the magic is about to begin, smirk smirk.  I am standing next to a woman who is running her FIRST race.  The longest she has ever run is a 5K. She asks if I have run this particular race before and I proceed to give her a verbal course preview.
Lots of people......Star Spangled Banner.....and we're off!  Except there are so many people in front of me that it takes a good 4-5 minutes before I cross the start line. 
 
Mile 1:  I love running up Congress Avenue towards the Capitol.  It is SO COOL running on the street with this as view.  I am going to stop for 10 seconds to snap this shot but then I am not stopping again.  There are a lot of people on this street with me but it's not as bad as the Turkey Trot.  Gosh, the Turkey Trot sucked because there were so many people walking.  I am such a runner snob.  No, I am not. I love seeing everyone get out and walk or run but please, just don't let them be in my way.  I hope I am not in anyone else's way- ha ha!!!

Mile 2:  Uphill.  Ugh.  I am not going to stop. I am not going to stop. I am not going to stop.  Mantra:  I run hills at least twice a week. I can make it up this damn hill.  Chant chant chant:  I run hills. I run hills. I run hills.
 
Mile 3:  Shitmotherfuckerdamn- I am one sweaty mess.  Who ordered up 60-65 degree weather for this?  And muggy, too.  Yippee.  Oh wait- a new power song is on. I can't tell anyone I run to this because they will laugh me off my running self.  Oh wait, that's the name of the song.  Selfie.  This song SUCKS but the beat is fast and catchy.  Anthony is totally rolling his eyes at me right now.

Mile 4:  If I maintain my current pace, I am totally going to blow it out of the water.

Mile 5: Nice and easy, catch your breath.  My legs feel great. I think I can pick up the pace.  I am not going to look at my watch.  Just run, Lisa.

Mile 6:  I am not astute enough to figure out my mile splits but I do know this, I am going to PR TODAY.  Run, run, run.  DON'T STOP.  Oh look, the last 0.4 miles. I get to run across another bridge. Pick up the pace. You are almost there.  Round that corner and you only have 0.1 miles left. SPRINT, LISA, SPRINT.  RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN.  PUMP YOUR LEGS, PUMP YOUR ARMS.......and I've now crossed the finish line.  Tears forming at the corner of my eyes......suck it  up, suck it up, don't cry, don't cry.  That lady is looking at me funny but I don't care because.....

I PR'd this RACE- FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So happy, so freaking happy.
 
2011 Cap 10K Race Report: 1:15:38 with an avg pace of 12:11 m/m
2012 Cap 10K Race Report: 1:16:42 with an avg pace of 12:22 m/m
2014:  1:09:12 with an avg pace of 11:09 m/m
 
Last thoughts......I realize my pace is not the fastest. However, I have come to understand and embrace the only one I am racing is ME and today, I won.  It has taken me many years of running, but I am getting faster.  I am bound and determined to make 2014 my running bitch, beating previous goals.  So far, I have PR'd the 10k and half marathon distances in 2014.  May there be more PR's for me in the near future?
 
I think YES.

What about you?  Have you PR'd any distances this year?  Have you embraced your running self? What do you hope to accomplish?  Do you think my running outfit is spectacular?!!!!!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Stitch Fix #3

I was SO excited when I received the email that my next shipment of Stitch Fix was on its way!

And I was still SO excited when I ripped open the box to get my first look at the items they sent me.  My initial impression was *Oh heck yeah, they finally got the memo on sending me color and prints and I cannot wait to try this stuff on*!!!

Then, I tried the clothes on for the first time and I was not impressed.  In fact, upon first try-on, I thought- this may be the worst Stitch Fix shipment I have received.  I was Oh So Disappointed.  I even thought this might be the end of the road for my relationship with Stitch Fix.  I have been explicit in my posts here and in my style questionnaire to send me *fitted* clothes, with vibrant colors and whatnot. 

They did send me colorful items and printed items but the fit, oh my, the fit was not where it needed to be to make me a happy Stitch Fix camper.  Let me show you some pictures and you tell me what you think.

Shirt #1
Wilfred Abstract Print Tank- $48
Oh dear.  While I love the print and the colors of this tank, the shape and fit SUCK ASS.  I hate it with a passion.  It hung on me, much like a potato sack would- that  means there was zero shape or form to this shirt and it just made me look FAT.  My friend Christy told me she went shopping in an ACTUAL store today and this seems to be the new trend of shirts for the ladies.  Lord help me because I will never--ever--ever wear a shirt like this.....EVER.
VERDICT:  RETURN before you even finish reading this post
 
Shirt #2
Marsala Tribal Print Tie-Neck Blouse- $54

This shirt is much better than that first one.  I like the geometrical pattern and it looks really cute with this Athleta skirt of mine.  The green flops match a green in the shirt that you can't see from this picture alone.  The material is very lightweight and see-through, too.  Wearing a cami is a must unless you want to flash everyone your bra size!
VERDICT: Undecided.  I like the shirt but do I like it enough to pay $54 smackeroos?  Does this make me cheap?

Shirt #3
Rory Geo Printed Knit-Back Tank- $58
Sorry for the crappy pictures but my cameraman (my husband) wasn't home when I took these shots.  Plus, I didn't want to hear his lip about wasting my time on writing a blog post about clothes (again) nor wasting money on things I could find myself, lol.  Anyhoo, I didn't find this shirt overly flattering and the print wasn't all that great.  But what really pushed me into the NO category was when I turned around and saw the back of the shirt.
I just don't get shirts like this, that have a solid light color on the back while everything else is a print.
VERDICT:  Oh hell no.  I could find a tank like this at Kohl's for $20 and I still wouldn't buy it.  I wouldn't even buy it for my grandma. 
 
Shirt #4

Paloma Back Cutout Jersey Top- $54
Finally, Stitch Fix sent me a cotton shirt- woot woot!!!  I really like this shirt.  I love the color, the fit is nice and it goes with my purple skirt, my white capri pants and another skirt I already have in my closet.
The back is REALLY cute and different.
But the question remains: Do I want to pay $54 for a shirt like this?  Maybe my expectations are too high.  Maybe I am unrealistic with what clothes cost nowadays.  Maybe I have been shopping at Target, Academy and the sales rack at Athleta and Lands End for too long.  This just seems like a lot of money for a thick cotton blend shirt that has decorative buttons on the backside.  I do like it though......
VERDICT: Undecided
 
Dress #1 
Delora Tie-Waist Abstract Chevron Print Dress- $78
When I first saw this material in the box, I thought *O-M-G!  The print is so cute, like, oh my god. I will be so trendy and I am not trendy but I will look trendy in this dress*.  Then, I put it on and I thought- *Oh hot damn. Another freaking potato sack dress that is too short on this mom of three kids who happens to be 41 years old.  I am NOT trendy enough to pull this shit off*.  Yeah, I thought that.  What do ya'll think? 

Could I pull it off?  Is this dress meant for someone 20 years younger?  Is it too short?  Am I going to flash my undies if I bend over in it?  LOL LOL LOL!!!!  Do I have what it takes to wear this dress?  Do I want to pay $78 to wear it?!
VERDICT: Undecided
 
As you can see, this shipment was not the WIN WIN I was hoping for.  I was hoping for a homerun that I could buy all of, collecting the 25% discount by doing so.  I REALLY REALLY wanted Stitch Fix to come through for me and it just did not happen. 
 
So Stitch Fix people that work for Stitch Fix and happen to be reading this post: 
I absolutely love this service you offer for frazzled, non-stylish women who don't have time to shop.  I would love to continue to use your service but I would love it even more if you got my style right. 
I know I know, it's difficult to know my style when we have never even met.  You don't know my personality- loud, fun, outgoing, friendly, laughs out loud in real life from the gut, silly, etc etc. 
You don't know that I have lost some weight and really like fitted clothes- not skin tight- but certainly not loosey goosey, flowing BS tunic, Bohemian crap that drapes on a person like an ugly shower curtain. 
I like classic, updated looks but with vibrant color because I am a vibrant person.  Vibrant doesn't necessarily mean a print, either.  I wear cotton and cotton blends most days.  Please, no more 3/4 sleeve length and please, send a denim skirt (white or blue denim) or even possibly a pair of fun capris.  Another dress would be OK as long as it fits. 
I don't want to have break up with you Stitch Fix, but I need more from you.
Sincerely,
Lisa in Texas 
My Stitch Fix Referral Link, if you want to try this out for yourself.  I am still going to give it one more chance and I would still refer Stitch Fix to my friends because it is fun and I really don't have time to shop.  When they get it right, then it's really fun.  Fingers crossed for a homerun next time!