I Guess I’ll Look at the Sky Instead of the Road

Happy Friday! I am so excited for the time change this weekend. I mean, not the waking up earlier part, but definitely the “it’s 6:30 pm, and the sun is still out!” part.

I want to thank Larissa for nominating me for the Liebster! Larissa’s lovely blog is a collection of fitness and running inspiration.

11 Random Things About Me:

1.  I know this is probably one of the worst songs ever created (maybe even beating Gangham Style in the Absolute Crap category), but I LOVE the Thrift Shop Song.  When that song comes on my radio, I start jamming.  “I’ma take your grandpa’s style, I’ma take your grandpa’s style, No for real – ask your grandpa – can I have his hand-me-downs?”

2. Since we’re on music, I hadn’t heard of the Alabama Shakes until the Grammy’s.  Brittney Howard (lead singer) soloed on the Levon Helm tribute, and I decided to look her/them up.  The album is kind of bluesy and a bit of a throw back to the 60’s.  Aaron bought me the CD, and I’ve been blasting it in the car (you know, when Thrift Shop isn’t on).  They are still pretty raw…like you’d be more likely to hear them in a Gulf Coast Blues Club while downing your gumbo than in a concert setting, but I think they have some potential!

3. NCAA Conference Championships/Selection Sunday!  My team finally made the top 25 a couple of weeks ago, so at the very least, I’m thinking we’ll be in the tournament…even if we are seeded as the designated losers. Also, Gonzaga soooo isn’t the best team in the country.  Just thought you should know.

4. I bought bright green compression socks for the sole purpose of wearing them during my St. Patrick’s Day race (which incidentally isn’t St. Patrick’s Day themed).  I’m not sure if Pro Compression is in the same category as some of the bigger compression suppliers, but they are ridiculously affordable, and you can ALWAYS find a big blogger with a coupon code.

5. Shameless Plug (last one, I promise!).  FACEBOOK ME! 

6. I finally finished Downton, Season 3.  I knew “it” was coming thanks to an article from the UK that I saw before I even started watching the series.  Apparently the British are way ahead of us in Downton time.

7.  I’m way too excited over the prospect of hitting 50 miles this week! Maybe there is hope for me yet. I have also been HUNGRY all week.

8. I am the complete opposite of someone who loves cats.

9. If I never heard the words “Kim Kardashian” again, I would be cool.  These people need to go away.

10. I tried watching the show Girls, and it made no sense to me.  I’m not sure what this says about my girlness.

11. I wish everyone got a spring break.

Larissa’s Questions for her Liebsterees:

  1. If you could be best friends with anyone, current or historical, who would it be?

Historically, Audrey Hepburn.  Currently, Kate Middleton.  We are obviously already best friends.

  1. Coffee snob or tea–litist?

Such a coffee snob! I’d rather be a sleepy zombie than drink Maxwell House.  I do like tea too, though.

  1. Favorite workout?

Apparently running.

  1. Favorite recipe?

I don’t cook.

  1. Coolest place you’ve ever been. (Can be as extravagant as a tour of Europe or simple as the best hole–in–the–wall café ever).

This is such a hard question, because we really make a point to go to cool places.  I don’t know if this is necessarily “cool,” but the most impactful place I’ve ever been was the World Trade Center site in 2004.  About 2 and a half years after the fact, it was still a giant hole in the ground, and most of the surrounding skeleton buildings were still there along with 2 and a half years worth of little memorial mementos.

  1. Why did you start blogging?

Creative frustration. And I’m much better at writing than talking.

  1. One thing that automatically makes you smile.

Giuseppe’s bed head in the morning.

  1. Tell us one of your dreams or goals, why, and what you’re doing to pursue it.

Work in progress!  But seriously, right now my main goal is to have such an amazingly cool reason to miss my 10 year high school reunion (like, meeting the Prime Minister of Malaysia, going to Kyle Richard’s {Real Housewives of Beverly Hills} White Party, or hosting Kate’s baby shower).  I’m really running out of time here.   The Reunion Survey Monkey survey went out yesterday.  Who wants to invite us over for an emergency vacation???

  1. Which do you dislike most: emailing, texting or talking on the phone.

I hate talking on the phone. See #6.

  1. Would you describe yourself as a thinker, communicator or doer and why?

I think it just depends on the situation (note…if I was being interviewed for a job, I have a really great answer for this question…but since I’m not, I’m just gonna stay neutral…equal rights for equal strengths!).

  1. Finish the sentence: If I could do anything with my life from this point forward, I would…

Move someplace near a beach.  I miss water!  A couple of nights ago I stayed up until midnight watching The Descendants which is a horribly depressing movie that makes you never want to get married have kids, go on boats, or hire Matthew Lillard as your real estate agent, but it made me want to go to Hawaii SO BAD.  Hey, Sarah, what are you doing the weekend of my 10-year reunion???


I wanna goooooo


I hope everyone has a lovely weekend! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a drama free 20 miler this weekend! Good luck if you are racing!

19 thoughts on “I Guess I’ll Look at the Sky Instead of the Road

  1. I thought I had shared the Shakes but realized that my blogging has been non-existent of late…they are better than good, they are awesome and her voice is so ambiguous. The Downton ending was so predictable…going to miss Matthew…they are beginning to jump the shark too many times so I may stop watching if they do it again.

    Anyway, 50 MILES…HOLY F. Here is to a drama-free 20 miler.

    • You might have shared them…I usually skip over your “sounds” suggestions. I have a really weird thing for not playing videos embedded in posts (weird, since I use them in mine, and have no problem playing them on the actual youtube site…I don’t know). I also think they are awesome, and I hope they do a follow-up album because I think they only have up to go. And double yeah, on Matthew. I feel like everything in the show revolved around him.

      • HAHAA…I have two videos in my SSC’s…you SUCK. Anyway…its cool. And, yes, season 2 was definitely all about Matthew…it will be interesting to see who the focal point will be in season 3.

      • I also have the “problem” of not looking at videos in posts. No offense Dominick!
        I wish they had done away with Mary instead of Matthew.

    • Hawaii is amazing! This is actually the first year I’m cheering for the Lobos because they are really good right now. My husband is a die-hard, but my parents and sister are Aggies. My little school usually does really well in basketball, but they’ve just been ok this year.

  2. I quite liked the Descendants. Those kids need some attention and quality time with their parents, and the end hints towards everything becoming better. I like how the point at the beginning is made that for people who live in ‘paradise’ life still goes on, and the issues every other city/place faces still exist. Which brings me to my next point: I live 6 miles from a beach, and I hadn’t been all summer. We used to be able to see the sea from our kitchen window and backyard at our old apartment, and then we went more often. I think it’d definitely be different if we lived in a warmer country.

    About 10 year reunions: I missed mine because I had a ‘cool’ reason (backpacking Europe), but apparently I missed nothing because yes, Facebook ruined it. Oh well!

    Hope your 20 miles goes well!

    • I agree. The Descendants was such a beautiful movie, but it was so emotionally intense that it took awhile for me to calm down.

      And that is a very cool reason to miss your reunion! Part of the survey was “which weekend works best,” so I still don’t know what I’m dealing with here!

      • If it wasn’t so highly publicized on your blog, you should’ve put the Boston Marathon weekend as what works best, then last minute, drop out because you’re racing! 😉 I think 10 years is too quick for a reunion anyway. I’m sure you’ll think of something.

        I teach very vulnerable young people, and have experienced extreme behaviours. It’s not nice, but there is a sweet child just wanting attention underneath. Heart wrenching sometimes 😦

  3. Have fun wearing those green socks! Hope your 20 miler goes well. Awesome that you’re back up to 50 already!

  4. Ohmygosh. Every thrift shop in the country should have a sign like that right now. 🙂 That whole album is actually kind of fun. My husband bought it and subjected me to it before I’d ever heard the Thrift Shop song on the radio.

    • I agree! I wonder if thrift stores have seen an increase in sales because of that song. I’ve been kind of wondering about that guy and what else he’s done. I guess not enough to listen to his album, but always good when they can do better than just one song!

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