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Weekend Recap

Sunday, May 12, 2013

I'm starting to back off on my running in anticipation for my scheduled half-marathon on May 19th; the Green Bay CellCom Marathon/Half-Marathon. I have never run a half-marathon this early in the running season and for good reason. With the unpredictable spring weather that Wisconsin can experience, it's a challenge to get the training mileage completed. This spring has been has been particularly challenging; I've dealt with snow, windchills of below 10 degrees, rain and high winds. Yesterday was no exception to the roller coaster of the spring weather we've been experiencing - on Thursday I was running in a tank top and capris in 80 degree weather, yesterday? Let's just say the temp was 45 degrees with 20 mph winds - brrrr!! Thankful, I only had to go 8 miles. Today, is a cross-training day, so I'll try and get a 4 mile walk accomplished.

My DH and I went to my parent's last night to spend time with my Mom and we also watched a portion of the NASCAR race. Didn't stay to the end, who won?

This morning, we're off to the local home improvement store, a stop at the mother-in-law's place and back home to try and get some more yard work done. As weird as this sounds, I'm looking forward to getting on the riding lawn mower and doing some lawn mowing.

Happy Mother's Day to all those mom's of furkitties: ?v=qMizhtpZPzg

Have a blessed Sunday!

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MAGGIE101857 5/13/2013 7:42AM

    This weather is crazy - certainly makes training a challenge! 32 here this morning, going up to the high 80's tomorrow? You are going to do great for your 1/2! I ran my first 1/2 last year in Kenosha - I couldn't have picked a better one! Although the weather was cold and wet, the people of WI were warm and friendly! I hope to run the Marathon there next year; this year I am still working through an injury and had to skip it!

Remember to just have fun!!! That's what makes it worth it! emoticon

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CANDYCANE2B 5/12/2013 10:31PM

    I just read your feed, so you did get all those accomplished!!!! Congrats to you for a very successful and a good day!!! Happy Furbabies day!!!!

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CHERYL_ANNE 5/12/2013 12:03PM

    Aww! I just watched the video (with the sound off otherwise I knew it make me cry). Do you have a spy cam in my home? 'Cause I was just commenting to my husband that I wanted a day to celebrate being a pet parent where we would be feted as much as the other parents.

We did my other Mom's (husband's Mom) yesterday. Since my Mom lives with us the whole weekend will be Mother's day - plus my husband and Mom will go see the new Star Trek movie when it comes out next week.

Have fun in the great outdoors!

And Happy Cat Mom Day to You!

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Live above the Clouds -

Friday, May 10, 2013

This post is directly from my favorite Facebook page The Girlfriend Book. You can find the original post here:

Live above the Clouds!

On my flight back from San Diego the pilot came over the intercom before we took off and told us we were headed for some strong headwinds. He said it would be really bumpy as we climbed to our cruising altitude. He also told us we would need to keep our seatbelts fastened for quite some time.

Flying doesn’t bother me so I didn’t think too much about any of it.
I looked out the window on the way to the runway, I thought “ the weather is uncharacteristic of San Diego…. rainy, grey and surprisingly chilly.

As we started ascending there were a few times the plane had little drops that kind of takes your stomach! It was so bumpy the flight attendants were told to stay in their seats. This went on for about 30 minutes of this 5-hour flight. Those 30 minutes seemed longer than the remaining 4 ½ hours!

Like I said, normally that doesn’t bother me…but this time it did! I started thinking,…”Mayyybe we should turn around, this isn’t worth it, let’s go back, I want off this ride!”

Finally, we got above the clouds and guess what?!?!?

The plane stopped shaking, the sun was shining and it was as if we weren’t even moving at all!


We have grey, rainy, cold days in life; even when we expect perfect “weather”. The storms of life are bumpy, unsettling and uncomfortable. We want to turn around, quit or stop in the crazy ride of life. We sometimes have to be low before we experience the highs.

Finally, after a rough ride…. we break through the clouds and experience the LIGHT! Everything becomes smoother, more comfortable and more enjoyable.

We must LIVE above the clouds…in that beautiful LIGHT. We ALL have storms in life we must fight through but that light is brighter in our eyes and in our hearts BECAUSE we came through the storm!

God has his arms wrapped around us and he knows the beauty above the clouds. We must remember that HE’s GOT US through ALL the grey, cold, bumpy days! We just need to buckle our seatbelt and TRUST our pilot!
THAT is living about the clouds!

Play Your Life Big!
♥ Jo Ann

Have a sun filled day!

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CANDYCANE2B 5/11/2013 11:31PM

    This is AWESOME!!! Thanks soo much for sharing!!!

I hope you have a WONDERFUL Mother's Day! emoticon

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NUTRON3 5/10/2013 8:31AM

    The picture is awesome!

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CHERYL_ANNE 5/10/2013 8:06AM

    Perspective and the ability to use it are awesome tools. Thanks for sharing this with today!

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Crazylegs and vacation time

Monday, April 29, 2013

It was a fabo weekend in Wisconsin. Went down to Madison to spend some time with friends and re-unite for the Crazylegs 8k run. It's a fundraiser for the UW Athletic Dept. Here's a few pictures from the day. I'm so proud of my girlfriend as the longest distance she had run was 3.5 miles and she completed the whole 5 miles and didn't stop once.

Yesterday was another glorious day; I did a quick 8.3 mile run in the morning. For a couple of weeks, I've struggled with my running. I have a half-marathon coming up in Green Bay in about 3 weeks and I was seriously considering not participating in the run. But, my mind did a subtle shift this weekend and I'm determined that I'm going to follow through on my commitment to this run. I may not have my best time but, I will finish and sometimes that's a great goal to have.

The rest of Sunday was spent outside soaking up some vitamin D and doing yard work. It felt so wonderful to be outside and not see snow on the ground. We've had a long winter and according to the forecast we're still not done with snow. The weather person is actually predicting snow for Thursday!

Today is day 1 of a week long vacation. So I'm off to have my second cup of coffee and contemplate what I would like to accomplish this week.

Have a great Monday!

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CANDYCANE2B 4/30/2013 11:29PM

    Sounds like you and your friend had an awesome run and a great time!!! I'm soooo glad winter is FINALLY over too!!! I think I might cry if we have any more snow!!! I normally don't mind the snow...but not this year! I got sick of it this year!!! lol

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WILLOWBEE63 4/29/2013 10:34AM

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I love reading how you went for a quick 8.3 mile run!!! I'm not a runner due to an old injury, its just not in the cards for me....

Thank you for commenting and stopping by... and enjoy vaca time!!!

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CHERYL_ANNE 4/29/2013 9:43AM

    emoticon Yay!

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Pity Party Time! :(

Sunday, April 14, 2013

I'm trying really hard to remain positive during this depressing spring that Wisconsin is currently experiencing. As of today, we just received another 3" of snow bringing the total snowfall for April to around 6" of snow! The average snowfall is 0.5". There's a record that I didn't want to see broken. So this is what my outside world looks like today

The 10 day weather forecast calls for more snow, sleet and rain with temps averaging around 40 degrees. In a little over a month I'm supposed to be running a half-marathon and I have yet to do a long run over 8 miles. I'm getting frustrated with my inability to run outside and log some meaningful miles.

So, in my dreams it looks like this outside:

Deep down, I am thankful for every day the Lord has given me and I'm grateful that the only thing we have deal with is a little snow. But, just for today, I'm having a hard time staying positive.

Sorry I'm so down today. Next time I'll try and be more upbeat, hopefully by that time, the temps have broken into the 50's.

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ROBBIEY 4/14/2013 3:34PM

  Having lived in the Northeast in upstate New York I understand cabin fever. Hang in there it has to break soon. emoticon

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How I feel today!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

With a 5" snowfall yesterday on top of the already 60" total snowfall that we've had so far this winter, winds today that bring the windchill down to below zero this chart pretty much sums up my feelings about winter in Wisconsin.

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LILYDOG11 3/22/2013 3:05PM

    The cartoon picture sums it up. We moved from snow 20 yrs ago, but everything has its draw backs I.e. snakes and alligators oh my. Saw your feed today enjoy your Sunny Day.

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CANDYCANE2B 3/19/2013 11:52PM

    Oh, and I thought MY neck of the woods was cold and the winter long!!! I LOVE the PIC and I hope you don't mind if I use it on my Spark page. I also love your background!

Have a WARM day (inside) tomorrow!


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LJR4HEALTH 3/19/2013 7:08PM

    emoticon I know how brutal the winter can be my BF live in Washau ( I know I did not spell that right)

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NUTRON3 3/19/2013 8:50AM

    I feel for ya. I moved away from the snow 3 years ago and do not miss it at all!

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