A blog about my life, fitness and fun! (...and maybe a few cat pictures...)

A blog about my life, fitness and fun! (...and maybe a few cat pictures...)

Monday, November 20, 2017

Weekend Wrap Up!


Happy Monday!
I hope you had a great weekend.
My weekend was very low key. I was sick and then recovering from being sick. This will probably be the most boring wrap up in awhile...

I took a sick day because on Thursday I started to feel horrible. Major waves of nausea and stomach cramps were a flowing all day on Thursday and Friday morning. I couldn't eat, I couldn't drink, and I slept 16 hours Thursday into Friday. I wondered what I did to deserve this horrible sickness.

In bed with my nurses.

Mid morning on Friday I drank some tea. I had to get something into my body as I hadn't eaten anything since 11am on Thursday. The only thing that sounded good to me was a junior cheeseburger from Wendy's with fries. I ate that *slowly* and my stomach stopped hurting. 

A basically felt tired and achy the rest of the day and laid around watching TV. My next big accomplishment was eating a piece of pizza around 6:30 and then going to bed. I told Paul I didn't want to wake up until I felt better.

"Better" happened to be at 5:30am on Saturday morning! I woke up and I wasn't tired or achy. My head didn't hurt and my belly felt HUNGRY. I felt like I could potentially stomach normal breakfast food but I KNEW I could stomach a slice of cold pizza, so that's what I ate. I daresay, I felt "normal" after eating that! I even drank seltzer water and coffee! Woohoo! Maybe today would be a good day!

I raked some leaves outside and felt dizzy, but that was probably from the lack of food over the past couple days.

 I had to run a couple errands but after that, it was a lay on the couch day. We finished 13 Reasons Why (my second watch, Paul's first) and I started a puzzle. Woohoo...

My plan was to run a trail half marathon in York today but wind gusts were at 57mph so that was a no. I ran around my hood when the gusts were only 22mph. I did six miles and was pretty tired by mile 4. 

I was afraid my Christmas decorations would fly away so at some point in the morning I went out and put some weights on my Christmas tree to ensure it stayed in my yard.

Raking leaves was the stupidest thing I did yesterday. There are more leaves in my yard now than there were before I raked!

Then it was just a day of relaxing and doing household stuff. I did dishes, laundry, blogged, finished, a puzzle, got lunches ready for the week, and all that good stuff.

Sorry this recap was so boring. That was my weekend! Here's Jelly:

What were you up to this weekend?

Sunday, November 19, 2017

I'm ALIVE!!!

I'm ALIVE!!!! I've finally feeling better after 48 hours of feeling like death. I said to Paul, "I feel like I'm 90 years old. If this is what it feels like to be 90, no thank you!"

I'm a real big baby when I'm sick. I freaking HATE when I don't feel 100% because the lifestyle I lead REQUIRES me to be 100%. I am already feeling guilty about how my Friday classes are behind, but I'm getting ahead of myself...

I woke up Thursday morning feeling fine. I went for a run and it was beautiful. When it was time to eat breakfast, that's when I noticed something was wrong. I wasn't hungry at all and the thought of food made my stomach churn. Instead of my usual bran flakes, I had some oatmeal with strawberries. I had to force myself to eat them.

As the morning went on, I started to feel tired and experienced waves of nausea. I made myself eat chicken and carrots at lunch (around 11:30am), and then everything went to hell.

Teaching in the afternoon was one of the most difficult things ever. I had to stop talking and just breath several times so I wouldn't throw up. I ended up warning my students that I wasn't feeling well so if I seemed angry or annoyed, it wasn't directed toward them, it was just because my belly hurt. I even scrapped my lesson plan for my fourth graders at the end of the day. We were supposed to folk dance but I could NOT dance. I had them do dance along videos from Youtube instead.

Before I left work that day, I contemplated whether to get out sub plans or not. I WANTED to feel better for Friday but what if I didn't? I may as well set them out just in case. I was glad I did, because things got worse that evening.

I had to teach three piano lessons, and it took every ounce of will I had to make it through those lessons. I've taught piano lessons for 14 years and I have NEVER felt that ill during lessons. You're probably wondering why I didn't cancel. I hate canceling last minute and also these students are missing their lesson next week due to Thanksgiving so I didn't want it to be three weeks in between lessons.

When lessons were over at 6pm, I climbed into bed. My stomach was cramping and I had chills and aches. Luckily, I only woke up a couple times during the night and slept until 9am the next morning. 

When I woke up, my stomach felt better than the night before. Around lunch time I ate a junior cheeseburger and fries from Wendy's- SLOWLY. The only thing I had energy to do all day was lay on the couch. I ended up watching six episodes of The View, Morning Joe, and two episodes of 13 Reasons Why. It was basically a couch day. My big accomplishment before going to bed at 7pm was that I ate a slice of pizza. (You may wonder why I was eating Wendy's and pizza... when I am sick in the stomach, those are normally the first things I feel like I could eat. Crazy, but true! I couldn't drink seltzer water but I could eat a junior cheeseburger... weird.)

I slept until 5am the next morning and I woke up feeling HUNGRY!!! I ate another slice of pizza and then actually drank some seltzer water AND coffee!!!!! I could tell that I was probably going to be at least 75% better today, if not 90% I was so relieved. I told Paul before going to bed Friday night that I didn't want to wake up until I felt better. I think I got my wish.

Saturday was a much better day. I got dizzy while raking leaves in the morning but that was probably due to the lack of calories I had consumed over the past couple days. I was able to eat some soup and a roll and that made the dizziness go away. I didn't workout because I didn't feel like it and there was no point as I felt it would slow my progress to feeling 100%.

WebMD said according to my symptoms, it was likely I either had lead poisoning or a stomach virus. My guess is I had a stomach virus and that it was over in about 72 hours. Thank goodness. I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy! Okay, maybe I would wish it on my WORST enemy, by not my normal, everyday enemies. :)

Thanks for listening to me complain about being sick! You guys are the best!
Are you tough when you're sick or a baby?

Did you have the stomach virus yet this year?

What do you crave when you finally get your appetite back?

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Weekly Workouts! (And Garmin update!)

I am loving the step tracking feature on my Garmin. On days I run 6 miles and go to work, I get anywhere from 20,000-23,000 steps! That's a shit ton of moving! No wonder I am always hungry and eat a lot.

As far as the sleep tracking, I find it to not be accurate. If I lay in bed and read for a couple hours, it thinks I'm asleep when I'm not!

All in all, I'm a huge fan of my Garmin.

Here are my workouts!

Saturday- 8 miles on the trail with my Daddio. We met at Detweiler Park in Dauphin. I thought it was a really nice place to run. On one of the trails, we ran part way up the mountain and ended up seeing three beautiful deer bounding through the woods!

Sunday- "Rest" day. If you could call it that... I did all of my outdoor Christmas decorations and was absolutely EXHAUSTED by the time I was done. I went nonstop from 10-5pm and slept like a rock that night.

Monday- Light upper body at home. Here's my workout:

Chair asst. wide grip pull ups- 5x15
Chest press- 5x15x20lb
Band asst. neutral grip pull ups- 5x8
Push ups- 5x10
Bicycle crunches- 5x40
Stability ball sit ups- 5x15x15lb
Row- 5x12x20lb
Shoulder press- 5x15x15lb
Stability ball pull ins- 5x15
Bicep curls- 5x12x15lb

Tricep dips- 5x15

Tuesday- 6 neighborhood miles. It was wasn't too cold for this run but I felt pretty good.

Spotted: Another neighbor who decorated!!!

Wednesday- 6 miler. It was quite chilly! And I saw three deer when I ran to a nearby park! I took the path by the cornfield and when I got to the park, there they were! When I was running back to my hood on the trail by the cornfield, a woman walking warned me that there was a huge buck down at the end. I didn't see him though.

Thursday- 6 miles. I ran the same route and saw the deer again! I bet it was the same little family. After my run I wasn't hungry and my stomach felt weird. I ended up getting really sick in the stomach that day and it lasted into Friday. It sucked.

Friday- Rest. I slept from 6pm Thursday until 9am on Friday morning. Obviously, I took a sick day. When I woke up, I did feel better than Thursday night but had a couple waves of nausea and no appetite. I really want to feel better by the weekend.

Do you see deer on your runs?
Do you track your steps or sleep?

Friday, November 17, 2017

Friday 5! (Random)

Hey all! I am linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for Friday 5 2.0!

Today, I'm just going to share 5 random things about this week.

1. A stranger bought me coffee! I don't normally stop for coffee in the morning, but on Wednesday, I was really feeling it. The guy in line beside offered to pay for my coffee. The bitchy part of me wanted to tell him to buzz off but the nice part of me just accepted the kind gesture. "Thank you, I will pay it forward," I told him.

2. I saw a lot of deer on my morning runs. Since it's light out in the morning (not for long!) I run over to a park that I can only get to by a paved trail along a corn field. On Wednesday morning, I saw three deer in the park. They stared at me while I ran past, then they bounded through a small neighborhood and into the woods. On Thursday morning, I saw the same deer (probably) making their way through the neighborhood and into the woods. It was so beautiful. I love deer.

3. Paul is watching 13 Reasons Why with me and he loves it. I'm enjoying the rewatch and I'm picking up on a lot of things I missed the first time around. I do not pick up on the most obvious clues.

4. I haven't felt great this week. On Monday and Tuesday I was so tired and felt like I was getting a cold. Luckily, it never came on full force. Then on Thursday I felt really nauseous. I wasn't even hungry. 

5. Can you help me find some headphones that don't freeze? Last week, the cord to my headphones froze during my run. The wire ended up snapping in half. I was annoyed. I bought a new pair and thought that if I didn't wrap the cord and just let it dangle, the wire wouldn't fold and snap in half. Well, the wire must be really touchy because after just one mile with my new headphones, the wire snapped and they didn't work anymore. How do yas all run in the cold without your headphone cord freezing???? I don't know why these headphones are suddenly doing this. I feel like this normally happens to me once per winter, not twice in less than two weeks!

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Headphone advice?
Has a stranger ever bought you coffee?
Do you see deer on your runs?

Thursday, November 16, 2017

What should I say when I meet Hillary Clinton?

Friends, on November 30th, my mom and I are traveling to Philly to see Hillary Clinton on her book tour. She will be at the Kimmel Center speaking to a large audience. I treated my mom and I to VIP tickets, meaning we are sitting right up front, we get an autographed copy of her book, and...


I am sure the meet and greet will be very quick. A greeting, handshake, and quick photograph. (There will be a professional photographer there to take our picture and we will download it later.)

My guess is I will have time to blurt out one sentence. I have thought long and hard about what I want to say when I meet Hillary. Lots of things pop into my mind...

You inspire me to do all the good that I can.

I was so upset with the election results that I put up my Christmas lights three days later.

I admire you.

Thank you for working hard on behalf of our country.

I feel like whatever I say will probably be similar to what a lot of people say to her. I don't want it to sound rehearsed, even though I will rehearse what I'm going to say so I don't mess it up!

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I was to make sure I say the right thing, but I'm having a very hard time coming up with the perfect thing!

Note: I am also trying to not be too excited about this event until it actually happens because what if it doesn't!? What if she gets sick or something? Or it snows and we can't travel? I always think of worse case scenario...
If you could meet anyone, who would it be, and what would you say?


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Central PA Date Ideas (Winter Edition!)

Pretty soon, the weather is going to get freezing cold and yucky. Weather like that usually makes me feel like staying all warm and cozy inside. And while staying home in my pajamas is probably my favorite thing to do, it's also fun to get out there and live a little!

Today, I'm going to share some Central PA *WINTER* date ideas for you and your hunny! This list will be things that require you to get a shower and get dressed, but don't worry, I'll do a follow up post on some stay at home date ideas for the winter!

1. Mid State Distillery. They make their own vodka, bourbon, moonshine, and rum. Their tastings are free! Have you ever done a liquor tasting? There are mixed drinks made from their own spirits as well as local wine and beer. Bring your own food or order in! (There's a Popeyes right across the street!!!!)

2. Game Table Cafe. This place has every game you can think of as well as enthusiastic employees who will teach you how to play the games! They make soups, sandwiches, salads, and have a wide assortment of non alcoholic beverages including specialty coffee drinks and frozen drinks. 

3. Wineries. There are just so many in Central PA, and it seems like there is always something going on at the wineries on the weekends. Check out their websites to find out about tastings, live music, and other fun events! Suggestions: Armstrong Valley, Buddy Boy, Bucks Valley, Hunters Valley, Adams County, Hauser's Estate.

4. Breakfast and a hike. One of our favorite things to do is get breakfast at Funck's Cafe right by Fort Indian Town Gap and then go for a hike at Swatara State Park. But obviously there are many other gorgeous places to hike- the Appalachian Trail, Pinchot Park, and Detweiler Park.

5. Paint Nite. I have done a couple Paint Nites and they are so much fun! I'm not good at painting but somehow, someway, my picture always turns out nice. Search the Paint Nite website for events near you. And ALWAYS use a discount code!

6. Movie & lunch. See an IMAX movie at The Whitaker Center and then walk to a local eatery downtown.

7. See a live performance! Here are some links to get you started!

Little Theater of Mechanicsburg
Theater Harrisburg
The Belmont Theater
Oyster Mill Playhouse
Hershey Area Playhouse
Hershey Theater
Whitaker Center
Dutch Apple Dinner Theater
What is your favorite winter date idea?

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


When I was writing my post about how I miss singing in a choir, I almost got derailed and started talking about auditions. So I decided to make the topic of auditions a separate post.

Growing up, I was always in school choirs and bands. I also performed in community show choirs and musicals. Then of course in college I was a music major. As you can imagine, I have attended A LOT of auditions.

Putting yourself out there to audition for things takes a lot of guts. It teaches you how it feels to be rejected... sometimes over and over again. One thing I have learned from all those auditions is that 99% of the time, there’s always going to be someone better than me, or more fit for the part. I don’t say this to be a debby downer, I say this because I am a realist!

Even if I didn’t always get the part I wanted, my auditions usually went as well as they could have because I prepared. But I do have one audition horror story...

When I was in my late 20s, I decided to audition for a chorus part in the show Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Allenbury Playhouse. I’m not sure if Allenbury is considered regional theater, but I knew they sometimes cast local performers as chorus members in their shows. My point is, it’s a professional theater but it wasn’t out of the ordinary for me to audition there. I prepared a song and a monologue, which I performed for the director and all the other people there to audition. When I was done, the director asked me, “Aren’t there any community theaters around here you could audition for?”


I don’t know if he asked me that question to be helpful or hurtful. My resume was in his hands, so if he had glanced at it, he would have seen all the community theater shows I had already done. If he was trying to be mean, it was uncalled for. Maybe I sucked and had no business being at the audition, but all he had to say was something like, “Thanks, you may be hearing from us in the next few days if we have a part for you.”

I remember my first audition ever. I sang You Are Sixteen Going On Seventeen from The Sound of Music. It was an odd choice for a 9 year old! I auditioned for a part in the show Oliver! and was ecstatic to be cast as a girl and not a boy! (Sometimes community theaters can’t find enough boys to fill all the parts in Oliver! so some girls have to play boys.)

When I was 13, I auditioned for The Will Rogers Follies but didn’t get a part because they thought I was too young to be a Zigfield Girl. But about a week into rehearsals, one of the Zigfield Girls quit so they offered me the part! “They have to wear skimpy clothes,” the director warned my mom. She didn’t care!

Mom, brother Julian, me, and Dad

The oldest Zigfield girl and the youngest!

One summer during college, I auditioned for You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown but didn’t get any part at all. I ended up playing the bass in the pit orchestra... on the keyboard. That was the only time I ever played in a pit, so at least I had a new experience. This was the first summer since I was 13 that I wasn’t in a musical so I was very sad. I don’t remember what I ended up doing with all my spare time that summer.

In college, I auditioned for IUP’s production of Cabaret. I LOVE Cabaret and really wanted to be in it but didn’t get a part. I was very sad, but understood. IUP had a great music and theater department so between the two, there was a lot of talent.  I never auditioned for a show at my college again. I just knew that I wouldn’t get in.

Because I have done the choreography for many musicals, I have found myself on the other side of the audition experience- the casting committee. And now as a music teacher, I sometimes audition students to sing solos in my 4th grade chorus. I always make it a point to congratulate every student who auditions because it is very brave of them to put themselves out there and go for it.

The reason I bring this all up is because I am thinking of auditioning for a show this spring! Theater Harrisburg is doing Hairspray. I love that show and would love to be a dancer. We’ll see if I pull the trigger and go for it! I haven’t done a show in a long time because I love to sleep, but lately I can’t sleep anyway, so who cares!?

Have you ever auditioned for anything?
What's your favorite musical?