Food for Thought

Sometimes you come across a blog post that just sticks with you.  When I find one of these, I typically star them in my email knowing I will want to revisit the post and possibly use it as fuel for a future post of my own.

One of my favorite bloggers is Sarah over at Running on Healthy.  As a former competitive ice skater turned running/fitness coach and personal trainer, she has a unique perspective on all things athletic, especially related to running.  As I often get behind in my blog emails, I have to clean house every so often and just delete the posts I know won’t really interest me – usually product reviews, kid-related stuff, and recipes.  You know – because that would cause me to spend more than 15 minutes in a certain room in my house that I really don’t have much affection for.  It’s all yours Lisa.

no-cooking

But it’s a very rare occurrence for me to delete any of Sarah’s posts.  They may stack up for weeks, but when I finally get around to reading them, I’m glad I didn’t hit the delete button.  One of these posts, Sometimes It Comes Around, was one of those posts.  I find it kind of ironic timing that I went back to this particular gem at this particular time of the year.  You know, when peace and good will toward men is at the forefront of everybody’s brain? Or so I hope.  Because sometimes, it seems not so much.

mean-people-suck

Remember when the movie Pay It Forward came out, and everybody seemed to jump on the bandwagon?  Why did it take a movie to make people start thinking about being nice to someone else – for no other reason that just to BE nice?  Granted, we’re all human and we all have really crappy days.  (You can just ask any of my accountabilibuddies about that one.  We all had a pretty tough one last week.)  But crappy days aside, is it really that hard to just be nice?

I love you Momma Bear.

I love you Momma Bear.

I’ve read so many blogs this year about people doing the most amazing, NICE things for complete strangers.  One blogger – and I apologize that I don’t remember who, other than a fellow Disney Dork – decided that for her 30th birthday, she was going to do 30 random acts of kindness at Disney.  Extra tips for cast members, drinks purchased for the next person in line, thank you cards for housekeepers, the list went on and on.  Can you just imagine if everyone did that for their birthday?  I think maybe, just maybe, the world would be a more beautiful place.

beach sunrise

I know that probably sounds completely unrealistic and maybe it is.  But when you see something happen, like Sarah did in her post, it makes you have just a little more faith in human kind.  Remember Moon, the Pit Bull whose owner’s ex buttheaded boyfriend poured boiling water on?  So many people called the animal hospital with donations, they had to actually ask people to stop calling as they had already raised more than was needed. (Thankfully, Moon was able to go home after about a week.)

moon the pitbull

What did I do wrong?

It’s actions like this that prove people are generally good at heart.  And no where is that more evident than among the running community.  As many nasty runners may be out there, there’s twice as many great ones.  The ones who tell you that you can make it to the finish line, the ones who stop to help pick you up when you fall, the ones who let you use the port-a-potty first, and the ones who wait until that last runner has crossed the finish line before they leave, just so they can cheer them to the finish.  Small things to be sure, but to that struggling, hurt, or exhausted runner, they mean the world.

Div III State Track

I got you.

So as you head out on your daily trek to work, Christmas shopping, the gym, or anyplace where you may find people, take a moment and see if you can help someone out.  That elderly lady with the walker may just appreciate the fact you held the door open for her, or the mom with the screaming baby will be eternally grateful that you helped carry her bags to her car.  It’s the small simple things that don’t cost you a penny, yet mean so much.  And you never know.  One of these days, all those kind deeds may just come back around to you.

Enjoy the ride.

Have you ever been the recipient of a random act of kindness?  Have you ever done something nice for a total stranger?

So Whatcha Wanna Know? Part 2!

Since Miz Pam from We Run Disney tagged me a second time on these, I thought it might be fun to go for Round Two.  I’ll only hit up the questions which I could actually think up answers for again.  Because really, the additional names people have called me, well, you really don’t know.  Let’s just say “traffic ticket” wasn’t exactly on their Christmas lists….

So as promised, here it is!  Because you just couldn’t get enough the first time around….

mustache questions

 

Four movies I’ve watched more than once:

1.  Love Actually

2.  The Wizard of Oz – I can SO relate to the Scarecrow…#heavysigh

3.  Gone With the Wind – I don’t give a damn either Rhett

4.  Godspell – have to love musicals you danced in way back in high school days

Day by daaaaaaaaayyyyyyy.

Day by daaaaaaaaayyyyyyy.

Four books I’d recommend:

1.  The MacGregor Series by Nora Roberts – I freely admit I love a good trashy romance novel

2.  Angels and Demons  – Dan Brown

3,  The Stand – Stephen King

4.  Black Hawk Down – Mark Bowden

Black_hawk_down_bookcover

Four places I’ve been:

1.  Mexico

2.  Turks and Caicos

3.  Bahamas

4.  New Orleans – okay maybe not so far away, but a place where legends are made.  Or drunk under the table depending on which end of Bourbon Street you start on.

Whoo hoo!

Whoo hoo!

Four things I don’t eat:

1.  Sauerkraut

2.  Lobster

3.  Peaches

4.  Crab

Yuck.

Yuck.

Four of my favorite foods:

1.  Pizza

2.  Mahi mahi

3.  New England Clam Chowder

4.  Guacamole

YUM!

YUM!

Four TV shows I watch:

1.  Deadliest Catch

2.  Sons of Anarchy – how YOU doin’ Charlie Humanahumana?

3.  Ray Donovan

4.  The Following

The Following

Four things I’m looking forward to this year:

1.  Returning to California for a quickie trip through wine country

2.  Actually mastering that damn forward bend in yoga class – can you say tightest hamstrings in creation much?

3.  No longer having to take midnight phone calls for work – bye-bye on call duties!

4.  Lobsterfest in Key West – there really are a lot other things to eat.  And drink.  A LOT.

Whoo hoo!

Whoo hoo!

Four things I’m always saying:

1.  I’m confused.

2.  Did you feed the dog?

3.  Puppies should never go to bed without belly rubs.

4.  You’re trying to kill me.  (Also typically uttered when our favorite bartender at our favorite Mexican restaurant feeds me one of her margaritas :)

Lethal

Lethal weapon.

And since I feel the need to pass this on again…Tag!  You’re it!

1.  Stephanie at Goober Monkey

2.  Jenn and Moon at The Fairest Run of All

3.  Frank at A Fat Runner

4.  Marsden at Running Lonely

 

Don’t forget about Christmaspalooza!  Get your favorite things in by this Friday@blackdogrunsdisney@gmail.com!

Christmaspalooza

 

 

Enjoy the ride.

 

Aren’t you glad I told you even MORE boring stuff about me?  Is your life complete now?  Has anyone ever made you a lethal cocktail and you lived to tell about it?

So Whatcha Wanna Know?

Imagine my surprise when I got tagged by rock star Danielle with the latest internet craze of Mustache You questions.

Who?  Me??

Who? Me??

So now that I’ve scraped my tongue up off the floor, here goes!

mustache questions

 

Four names that people call me, other than my real name:

1.  Kim (duh!)

2.  Dozer – thanks to the hubby who says I just bull doze my way to get what I want.  Like there’s something wrong with that.

3.  Concrete Head – again, thanks to the hubby.  Pretty self-explanatory I think.

4.  KJ – my nickname in a previous job

 

Four jobs I have had:

1.  crash investigator

2.  records clerk

3.  receptionist at a veterinary clinic – best.job.ever

4.  DJ at a roller skating rink.  Remember those?

 

Four movies I’ve watched more than once:

1.  Dirty Dancing

2.  Casablanca – they just don’t make’em like that any more, do they girls?

3.  Zero Dark Thirty

4.  Just about every Disney movie in existence

 

Four books I’d recommend:

1.  The Sisters Trilogy by Nora Roberts

2.  The Manhattan Series by John Mackie

3.  Maya’s First Rose by Martin Scot Kosins – have the tissues ready

4.  Amazing Gracie by Dan Dye and Mark Beckloff – another tear jerker

 

Four places I have lived:

There’s only been two:

1.  Connecticut

2.  Florida

 

Four places I have been:

1.  Italy

2.  Jamaica

3.  California

4.  Dominican Republic

 

Four things I don’t eat:

1.  Meat (another duh!)

2.  Tomatoes

3.  Onions

4.  Peppers

 

Four of my favorite foods:

1.  Do I need to say it?  Moose Tracks ice cream!

2.  Pasta.  Any shape, any size, any where, any time

3.  Shrimp

4.  Macaroni and cheese

 

Four TV shows that I watch:

1.  Criminal Minds – how YOU doin’ Shemar Moore?

2.  Game of Thrones

3.  The Walking Dead

4.  Homeland

 

Four things I am looking forward to this year:

1.  Hanging with my girls Kellie, Nicole, and Lisa during Princess Weekend

2.  Traveling back to our nation’s capital with the hubby

3.  Fixing my damn knees once and for all

4.  Running the Wine and Dine Half with my girls above and Rae!

 

Four things I’m always saying:

1.  It’s awright!

2.  Who’s the bestest puppy in the whole world?!

3.  Sure I’ll have another margarita!

4.  I hate my job.

 

Four people I’m tagging:

Since Danielle already tagged most of my accountabilibuddies, let’s go with some of my other faves:

1.  Kathryn at From Dancing To Running

2.  Krissy at Shiawase Life

3.  Lacey and Meranda at Fairytales and Fitness

4.  And of course, the lovely Princess Lisa and Princess Lindsey at Prairie Princess Runners

 

tag

 

And lucky YOUSE GUYS, (get the Disney reference there?), since I was also dinged by awesome-sauce Pam over at We Run Disney, there will be a……wait for it….So Whatcha Wanna Know PART TWO!  I know, I know!  Can ya BELIEVE IT???

 

Enjoy the ride.

Any surprises?  Betcha didn’t know I knew how to rock the mic, did ya?

When Life Gets Crazy

Yup.  It was just one of those nights when, before I knew it, it was time to hit the hay.  And in a major #bloggerfail, I had no posts done.  So with a quick little bang of the keyboard, here’s a rundown as to why my life sometimes seems to get in the way of fun stuff.  Like blogging.  And sleeping.  And eating Moose Tracks.  Oh wait, I’m in a temporary holding pattern on junk food.  Girlfriend’s getting too much junk her trunk again…(heavy sigh)…

So my afternoon started with a visit to Janet, my torture master massage therapist.

"I must break you...."

“I must break you….”

Followed by a mind-numbing conversation with my chiropractor super hero about Obamacare, (like I have the intellectual ability to have a conversation about THAT), while getting zapped by his high-tech, super hero light sword.

It's all Tatooine gibberish to me.

It’s all Tatooine gibberish to me.

And moving on to a pool workout in water that’s starting to hit, shall we say, FREEZING, followed by my nightly love/hate quality time with my foam roller.

workout1

By the time I FINALLY made it home, I walked in the door to see THIS GUY waiting for me.  Doing the hula!

"In summmmeeeeerrrrrrrr!"

“In summerrrrrrrr!”

Which put me in the perfect mood to pack for THIS.

Just get me to the pierogies. Now.

Just get me to the pierogies.

So thanks to my absolute superior lack of time management skills, you get to be regaled with a photo journey through a typical Black Dog night.  Which ended up looking not much unlike THIS.

Zzzzzz. Zzzzzz. Zzzzzzz.

Zzzzzz. Zzzzzz. Zzzzzzz.

 

Enjoy the ride.

Ever find your day running away from you?  How do keep up?  Or do you?  What is your favorite booth at the Food and Wine Festival?

Too Big For The Britches?

This poser has popped into my dollar-machine driven cranium on more than a few occasions now.  Let me tell you why.  While it’s got to be pretty awesome-sauce to hit rock star status in blogoland, could it also sometimes be one big fat PITA???

pain-in-the-ass

Owwww! Really, you little brat?!?

Bear with me a second.    The reason I ask is this – and PLEASE, feel free to chime in here with your own thoughts on the subject.  I probably have maybe 15-20 blogs I visit just about daily.  Some writers post something every day while others only once a week.  Sometimes I’ll skip it for a day if the subject doesn’t really catch my attention while other days I wish he/she had just kept it coming.  What’s prompted my query is purely personal in nature.  I LOVE when readers take the time to leave a comment on what they’ve read whether it be good, bad, or indifferent.  Actually, I’ve been pretty darn lucky and don’t think anyone has ever written anything rude.  So….thanks for that!

bloglove

Muah!

As many bloggerers have done, (I think), we started this literary trip to either hold ourselves accountable (food and/or fitness-wise), or in my case, to (temporarily at least), relieve some of the tornadic activity constantly flying around in my skull.  Every so often I need a break just long enough to tie my running shoes, ya know?

Crazy-Brain

Aaaaagggghhhhhh!

So here’s my question: does there come a time when your blog fandom gets TOO big?  Are you able keep up when you hit Bon Jovi status?  Do you even try to at that point?  My take from the little shallow end of the pool is this:  some of my absolute fave blogs typically have anywhere between 30-50 comments by the time I get to them after receiving an email that a new post has been published 30-50! Say what??!!  TOTAL WOWZA.  BUT…how do you respond to each and every one of those commenters (?)  Do you?  When I see that many previous comments, sadly, I don’t even bother.  Really now, who’s going to pay attention to what little ole Black Dog has to say?

shoulder shrug

I dunno.

Now I have one blog that I occasionally visit which consistently has over 100 comments posted. Over 100.  Holy cow manure Bessie!  But seeing that many comments keeps me from bothering to add to the list.  And seeing the author has only responded to maybe five or six, really keeps me from, well, basically wasting my time.  And that is kind of sad if you think about it.

I'm so sad.

I’m so sad.

So I’m going to throw this out into the blogosphere and see what inevitably hits me in the back of the head.  Do you think they’re such a thing as a blog that’s “too big”?  Do you prefer interacting with bloggers who respond to you every time you comment on a post, or do you just say what you have to say and move on?  Who are some your favorite bloggers?  Are they very responsive or do you find yourself not commenting due to the amount of those who already have?

I could go on and on about this subject, but I will spare you the additional brainus vomitus, but I really am interested in hearing your thoughts on the subject.  And I promise to answer every one of you.  Unless you’re mean.  Then I’ll just go to my room, slam the door, and cry.  To my dog.

puppy love

Yeah, that’d be me. Please don’t be mean.

 Enjoy the ride.

Okay my friends, let’s hear it.  Do you think a blog can get too big?

You Like Me! You Really Like Me! Again!

I received an awesome-sauce surprise a couple of weeks ago from a fellow I-live-in-inhuman-like-heat-and-I-almost-well-pretty-much-love-it blend named Helly.  She writes a great little blog aptly named Helly On The Run.  And much to my surprise, she found this particular little corner of the interweb….wait for it…..INSPIRING!  Now be assured, no exchange of cash, bribery, or promises of Princess Lisa’s Bailey’s Buttercream cupcakes, has taken place.  A common love of traveling – especially to Italy – may have been the beginning of a beautiful blendship.

Vaticano

Vaticano!

Whatever the reason may have been for dragging Helly kicking and screaming to Black Dog Runs Disney, (oh crap, did I say that out loud?), I’m sending her a big, wet, sloppy Calypso kiss for the nomination.  So here goes.

Muah!

Muah!

So let’s get to the good stuff.  First of all, the good part.

Whoo hoo!

Whoo hoo!

Now for the rules – ’cause we all know how much I LOVE rules (teeheehee…):

Rule One – thank and link to the person who nominated you – check!

Rule Two – list the rules and display award – checkcheck

Rule Three – share seven facts about yourself – oh boy, this could get ugly

Rule Four – nominate 15 other awesome-sauce bloggers and let them know they’ve been nominated.  I’m going to “adjust” this one just a little bit and nominate the blogs that make me laugh the most – because that’s the whole point of living isn’t it?  That and Moose Tracks Ice Cream. (like how I ALWAYS find some way to work that in?)

So here’s some little known facts about me…

7 facts

More than you ever wanted know huh?  Especially the Sponge Bobs.  There’s an image you won’t ever be able to get out of your head.

Now for just some of my fave blends! (There’s just so many, I can’t list them all…oh the humanity!)

blog list

Back yet?  Didn’t I tell ya these bloggers rocked?  Black Dog would never steer you wrong, especially when it comes to blogs and ice cream.  Never.  I take that stuff seriously.

 

Enjoy the ride.

What are some of your favorite blogs?  Do they make you laugh?  Do I make you laugh?  If not, just think of the Sponge Bobs.  Or go get some for yourself.  I’ll even buy you a pair.  I’m nice like that.

It’s That Time Again! #Chewsdays and Accountabilibuddies

In case you missed part one  and part two  of our ongoing #Chewsday Challenge, go ahead and check them out.  Go.  Now.  Hurry up.  We’re waiting.

Does anyone else hear the Jeopardy theme music playing?

Does anyone else hear the Jeopardy theme music playing?

I’m happy to say that not only have we harangued welcomed 2 more victims blends into our fold, (welcome Kellie and Nicole!)I think we’ve actually been doing pretty well as far checking in with each other and keeping the healthy train on the tracks.  Well, mostly.  Everyone’s entitled to a few minor derailments every so often.

hungry horse

Remember those pants I was complaining about a month ago?  It’s just a tiny bit, but yeah – they’re looser!  Can I get a big Black Dog whoo hoo?!  Technically, it may only be a smidge looser, but I’ll take what I can get.  Plus, with our weekly challenges of drinking plenty of water, no fried foods, and incorporating fruit and veggies into every meal, it’s making our journey into Healthy Land just a little bit easier.  Of course, we’re also masters at this:

We can rationalize anything.  ANYTHING.

We can rationalize anything. ANYTHING.

I think we can all agree though that this has been a fun trip with plenty of side roads into Twitter crazy land.  On any given day Kellie is rationalizing the veggies in cream cheese counting as a vegetable serving, Lisa taunting us with promises of Mars Bars Chocolate Cookie thingies, Rae torturing us with gorgeous beach pics, or Nicole making us laugh so hard with her snarkiness that we almost mess our drawers.  What more can a girl ask for?  Oh wait I know – get everyone (almost) to sign up for another Disney race AND start thinking about flying all over the continental United States for another half marathon.  I can so see where this accountabilibuddy relationship is going…

Blublublubblublublub.....

Blublublubblublublub…..

So if you’re looking for a bunch of silly chicas who keep each other in line (mostly), and have a great time doing it, then come join us.  We’d love to suck you in welcome you to the cool kids club.  Really.  We would.  Right ladies?  There’s just one entrance question: do you consider cupcakes to be a food group?  All rationalizations welcome.

Like I said....

Like I said….

Enjoy the ride.

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