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In this week’s edition of “Robyn is creepy and takes pictures of other people’s dogs without them knowing,” I present to you…Mr. Newfoundland.
Oh, you wanted to see him closer up? Don’t worry, here he is again.
I tried really hard to look at his tag for his (her?) name, but the owner came out of Bartell’s and I had to pretend like I wasn’t just about to kiss his pooch on his big fluffy head.
I basically love everything today. My mood is impeccable for some reason, meaning that Friday Favorites is not only necessary, but it might include one too many exclamation points, attempts at humor, and use of caps lock. SORRY I’M NOT SORRY.
When you’re an injured runner, and you come across an A+ mood, you squeeze every ounce of happiness from it you can.
And this is no ordinary good mood, this is like smile-at-everyone, plan exciting events two years from now, channel happy thoughts to everyone you know kind of mood.
There is a chance it is residual from a little celebration I got to have yesterday with BF…
Yesterday marked 4 years of dating! There was another “gray zone” year in there as well (I was abroad, etc.) but technically we have been gf and bf for FOUR years. Crazy. Tomorrow we’ll be officially celebrating by climbing Mt. Si (weather permitting) and going to a nice dinner downtown.
For your viewing pleasure, us then…and now:
Dating your best friend is fun. Photobooth is also fun.
Moving on, let’s talk about some sweet things, yes?
Cherry (regular flavor?) Blow-Pops
My sweets preferences are normally geared toward chocolate, ice cream, and things like that. Candy isn’t high on the list, but when I see one of these babies in the 25 cent bin at a gas station, I can’t resist.
It’s probably a nostalgia thing, because I think we got them in first grade on some special day or something. But to this very day, I think they are delicious.
Also, are these “cherry” flavor? I don’t actually know, I just know by the wrapper color. The gum is always so satisfying to bite into— and for that 5 minutes it actually stays a chewable consistency.
Way back when, I told you about our gardening endeavors, and I only halfway believed the whole venture would work. Sure, I know it’s pretty straight-forward, but it’s hard to believe that some little green plants and seeds could actually amount to any real food—particularly given the lackluster gardening skills of the caretakers.
Lucky for us, Washington weather is essentially a Mecca for new gardens. Alternating days of sun and days of rain treated our little square of dirt very well, and we currently have kale, spinach, chard (the winning grower, in my book), snow peas, pansies, beets, radishes, and various herbs growing.
I love it, and I’m obsessed with the fact that I can walk outside and pick a few leaves of greenery to add to my eggs in the morning. The Earth is amazing. Why haven’t people figured this out?
Oh, that’s what the whole “eat local” preaching is about? Oh yea…I forgot. Good work, progressive peeps.
Okay. This is kind of a lie. I’ve only been able to use this new beauty running twice given the whole “I can’t run right now” thing. And yes, it was purchased in my subconscious money-spending spree on running devices.
BUT, I have needed one for a long time, and I already understand why everyone is so in love with these. I think it’s going to be really helpful, as demonstrated when I was accidentally doing a 7:45 pace in the first mile of a “slow, don’t-aggrevate-your injury” run.
PSYCHED to use this gadget for reals.
“It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” by Celine Dion/Glee
Okay, first of all…that video.
You guys, Celine is a goddess.
And okay…the Glee version is sort of magical as well.
I’m obsessed with this song right now, and I’ve decided that it’s going to be my “coming back to running” anthem. And if you think I’m not capable into turning my runs into Broadway-status, epic solo performances, think again. You can bet your bottom dollar that I’ll be blasting this fabulous love song in honor of my real return to my running shoes.
Annie reference there…speaking of musicals. Did you catch it?
Just so you know, also, you can really turn most love songs into being about running—particularly heart ache songs when you’re injured. Lame/weird? Maybs.
But, next time you’re injured and you hear Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up On Us” on the radio, I challenge you to not relate it to running.
You’re welcome for potentially ruining any real-life relationship meaning that song had for you.
Way back when, my sister got my this for me off Etsy for my birthday. 6 weeks later, it arrived, and I LOVE it! Really beats hanging medals off of a curtain rail…and all those hooks make me eager to do a lot more racing…
And speaking of racing, I thought I’d share this humorous/ironic little tidbit of info I learned today.
So we’ve all heard me
bitch carefully describe how hilly the Tacoma Marathon course is. I’m not one to make excuses, but truly it was part of the reason for my less-than-stellar finale to that race. Yada yada, been there done that…if you’ve read my blog for a bit, you know that story.
So, imagine my reaction when I learn that they have announced their “BRAND NEW!” course…which is described as “a scenic point-to-point NET DOWNHILL course.”
Not only have the killer hills been taken out, but the course is absolutely spectacular now. Like, so spectacular— that I really want to do it, spectacular. And I’m sure you know that me saying that means it’s really pretty awesome—given the whole, “I fell over and almost passed out” thing. Check it out if you’re so inclined…I just thought the whole thing was amusing. Don’t worry, that BQ totally wouldn’t have been no problem on this fantastically easier and prettier course.
No, no…no bitterness today. Today is about exclamation points and giggles.
God did I just say that? Wow…clearly, there is an invisible endorphin-filled syringe in me right now.
And that comment really sounded druggy. I don’t do drugs, I swear. Only caffeine and Aleve.
Rambling done, post done. Have a wonderful weekend everyone! And please let me know…
What is your favorite childhood candy? Do you think it’s acceptable to fawn over other people’s pets? What are your weekend plans? What are your favorite things this week??
Robyn, I’m so sorry about your car!!! I totally do extra shopping when I’m trying to distract myself from some sort of negative emotion…bad habit. Childhood candy: junior mints!
I volunteered at the Tacoma City Marathon, and it looked like a super tough course!
I kinda want to make a medal hanger like that, but it might be premature, since I’m severely lacking in medals!
It’s funny because it looks like you’re wearing dress shoes in that picture of your garmin! I might have to volunteer at another Tacoma race so I can get the $30 credit to use at next year’s HALF marathon! 🙂 Are you going to do it next year????
It’s funny…because I AM wearing dress shoes 🙂 My real picture was blurry, so I had to improvise. Good eyes you have. And I’m thinking Tacoma for two years from now…I have other things in mind for next spring!