I’m in full on summer and fall race scheduling mode right now. 

The hardest part always being, do I go with this race this weekend or that race the next weekend? How far do I want to travel? How small is too small?  Can I find a similar race (size, distance, level of difficulty) for cheaper? (Note to self: it’s not cheaper if your gas tank eats up the entry fee difference.)

Shout out to the race directors that use comic sans on their websites for giving me such a clear sign that their race is not the one for me. 

I’m only officially registered for two three four five, but there are two more I am definitely registering for plus another dozen or so that I want to do, but will narrow down to 4-6 and work them in. 

Oh! My mom has been talking up doing a 5K, so I’ll be surprising her with Couch to 5K sessions when she gets home (the parents are in Nicaragua digging latrines right now).

But, really. I’ve been spending all my free time at gametiime plotting my race schedule. If you aren’t local, I’m sorry for even bringing it to your attention that you don’t have access. If you are local, join! Now that they’ve added my favorite series (Evergreen Trail Runs), they have everything. Search by city, distance, or date range. You can save races to your wish list or your registered list. The guys who run it are super friendly and active on twitter (@gogametiime), and more importantly, active in the running community. 

For the record, they don’t know I’m plugging them. That’s how much I love them. 

We’re going to talk about amazing customer service for a minute (or as long as I feel like). 

I ordered a few cards from Banana Blossom Press about two weeks ago. One race congrats, one birthday, one go get ‘em tiger. Or at least that’s what I intended to order until the moment I sat down to order them and promptly forgot. Instead I ordered only two of them. It was a Saturday and I contacted the owner via Twitter to see if I could add a third card to my order, because I was assuming the order wouldn’t ship until Monday (and let’s face it, I really didn’t want to pay the extra shipping to order it separately). 

She was extremely helpful and quick to respond to my plea. 

The whole order did ship out Saturday, because it was in my mailbox on Tuesday (which is a miracle in and of itself based on my ongoing saga with the USPS in which items are never, ever delivered on time). 

I open the package to find my three cards, a t-shirt (which I LOVE), and a signed thank-you-for-your-order card. 

I admit, I cried a little. One, because Maria had clearly gone above and beyond on the customer service. Two, because I was sick and I crying is how I cope with everything when I’m not feeling well. 

But. 

Cards for runners by a runner. (Also cards for other fitness type folks but you know what I’m partial to out of all that.)

Shirts. 

AMAZING CUSTOMER SERVICE. 

Local business. (To me, anyway. But since the internet shrinks the size of our worlds, it’s practically local to you, too)

Go and support. (Feel free to send me cards any time) 

We’re going to talk about amazing customer service for a minute (or as long as I feel like). 

I ordered a few cards from Banana Blossom Press about two weeks ago. One race congrats, one birthday, one go get ‘em tiger. Or at least that’s what I intended to order until the moment I sat down to order them and promptly forgot. Instead I ordered only two of them. It was a Saturday and I contacted the owner via Twitter to see if I could add a third card to my order, because I was assuming the order wouldn’t ship until Monday (and let’s face it, I really didn’t want to pay the extra shipping to order it separately). 

She was extremely helpful and quick to respond to my plea. 

The whole order did ship out Saturday, because it was in my mailbox on Tuesday (which is a miracle in and of itself based on my ongoing saga with the USPS in which items are never, ever delivered on time). 

I open the package to find my three cards, a t-shirt (which I LOVE), and a signed thank-you-for-your-order card. 

I admit, I cried a little. One, because Maria had clearly gone above and beyond on the customer service. Two, because I was sick and I crying is how I cope with everything when I’m not feeling well. 

But. 

Cards for runners by a runner. (Also cards for other fitness type folks but you know what I’m partial to out of all that.)

Shirts. 

AMAZING CUSTOMER SERVICE. 

Local business. (To me, anyway. But since the internet shrinks the size of our worlds, it’s practically local to you, too)

Go and support. (Feel free to send me cards any time) 

The whole region is suffering from cabin fever.

Yeah, I get it.

Snow in Seattle is fun because of the novelty factor. But it started snowing on Saturday and the novelty is gone. I don’t know if I’m more tired of the snow or everyone I know commenting that a) it is snowing b) the snow is pretty c)it is still snowing d) they wish it would stop snowing e)why is it still snowing? f) XYZ is closed because of the snow and now they are so horribly inconvenienced g) it’s still fucking snowing. 

Talking about snow CONSTANTLY doesn’t make it go away. So SHUT UP. You’re making the experience UNBEARABLE. 

I will reach through my computer screen and slap you if you complain about snow again. Portland and the Willamette Valley are flooding. The Midwest and New England do this for MONTHS on end, not to mention Alaska (you will never convince me that what we are experiencing is not summer weather in AK). 

SO

SHUT 

UP 

ABOUT 

IT 

ALREADY

BECAUSE 

YOU’RE 

MAKING

ME 

CRAZY.

The whole region is suffering from cabin fever.

Yeah, I get it.

Snow in Seattle is fun because of the novelty factor. But it started snowing on Saturday and the novelty is gone. I don’t know if I’m more tired of the snow or everyone I know commenting that a) it is snowing b) the snow is pretty c)it is still snowing d) they wish it would stop snowing e)why is it still snowing? f) XYZ is closed because of the snow and now they are so horribly inconvenienced g) it’s still fucking snowing. 

Talking about snow CONSTANTLY doesn’t make it go away. So SHUT UP. You’re making the experience UNBEARABLE. 

I will reach through my computer screen and slap you if you complain about snow again. Portland and the Willamette Valley are flooding. The Midwest and New England do this for MONTHS on end, not to mention Alaska (you will never convince me that what we are experiencing is not summer weather in AK). 

SO

SHUT 

UP 

ABOUT 

IT 

ALREADY

BECAUSE 

YOU’RE 

MAKING

ME 

CRAZY.

living in a timewarp

I’m blowing off my class tonight. I just can’t sit through it. I have a take home test due and I’m just emailing it to him. I simply can’t take it. Imagine me doing a Scarlett O’Hara back-of-the-hand-to-my-forehead impression when reading that last sentence. I think it adds ambiance to my whining complaining revealing of factual information.

I finally went for a run in the new neighborhood! Even with the peek-a-boo sidewalks, it was so much better than in B-town. Hubs doesn’t have to get up as early in the morning for work so I’m considering switching to morning runs. Read that again. MORNING RUNS. As much as I enjoy my late afternoon/evening runs, it’s not going to be practical in the summer. It was hot on my run today! And by hot I mean it was around 65 degrees. So maybe the issue is that I’m dehydrated and not the “heat”. Whatever. I actually like the idea of getting up in the mornings, although we know it’s not my natural inclination. I just did 20 minutes since my commute is like 500 times longer. used a new piece of equipment that I’m embarrassed/excited to tell you about. But not now. I actually have to finish typing my take home test and then email it to my professor. I’m just telling him I can’t make it to class tonight and not going into the why part.

I do have to share one of the questions we could choose to answer: “Why purpose do such forms serve in culture?” I would assume there was originally another part to it, but that’s all that’s listed. Although, this is coming from a man who has a picture of a dinosaur Jesus as his Facebook profile and uses Borat and M.I.A. as teaching tools. So perhaps he meant that as a question.

I’m getting really excited for my Girls on the Run 5k! So remember how I said I wasn’t going to do the Monkey 5k (trail run raising $$ for the search and rescue peeps) because it would be too much? About that. Here’s how my 5/22-5/23 schedule will look.

  • Saturday 8am-noon: Girls on the Run 5k plus some type of carnival thing afterward
  • noon-2: eat, get myself from south Seattle to the UW campus for Relay
  • 2pm- Sunday 8am: run,walk, take photos, blog & tweet about all of it
  • 8am: drag butt across town to Alki for a 5k (which starts around 10am?)
  • whenever I stumble across the finish line: tape eyelids open & drive home before passing out until Monday at 3:30 pm when I need to leave for school.

Awesome plan, right? I’m actually really excited and I’m glad that SeattleRunnerGirl let me in on the secret that is the Alki 5k. Little known fact: Ballard is not my true homeland. I actually came into this world on First Hill, but lived in the ghetto that is the Highpoint neighborhood of West Seattle until I was 3 1/2. My dad called our house the ‘yellow submarine’ (it was on the small side, and meringue-y in color). Highpoint is now full of brand new “green” project housing, but I just saw on the news that someone (a mother running?) was stabbed (10+ times?) there last weekend. I guess the more things change, the more they stay the same. So, anyway. West Seattle will always have a soft spot in my heart, although my yellow submarine is no longer yellow. Also, this race is FLAT which is a relative rarity for Seattle.

This is way off on a tangent, but it’s really awkward listening to 18 year olds flirt. Also, a sweater vest is to be worn over a shirt at all times. Your wife-beater doesn’t count. Thankfully, those two observations are completely separate. Otherwise, I’d feel the need to pass on the wise words from the krill in Finding Nemo: “Swim away! Swim away!” Or maybe that it was the slugs in Flushed Away: “Run away! Run away!”

Overheard any funny/awkward/strange conversations? Any fashion faux pas? (not in the that’s-not-in-this-issue-of-Vogue way, but in the honestly-it’s-not-okay-to-wear-panties-as-pants-because-that’s-why-they-are-called-underpants way.)