Monday, September 1, 2014

The Elephant in the Room

I've gotten a lot of questions, privately and publicly, in the past few days that I'd like to address. I've been blogging a lot less in the past month and been as vague and coy as possible. As many have suspected, I am not in Seattle. I moved back to Chicago. I haven't tried to obscure it, nor did I wish to address it.
The fact of the matter is that I was married. Now I'm less married. Eventually, I will be not married.
This wedding shadow box was the only item broken in 4,000+ miles of moving
It's been tough. It's terrible. I hate every turn I've taken to get here. But every day I get a little bit better. This is all I wish to say, other than to thank all the people who continue to support me through this painful and uncharted period of my life.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Observations from Life with Two Dogs

Twice the hair but the same amount of work. I've watched my sister's "dog" several times in the past few weeks. I use that term loosely because Bowie the Pomeranian isn't really a dog. He's more of a stuffed animal who pees when he gets scared. I've taken to calling him Dumb One, in the nicest tone of voice possible and with all the love in the universe, because he isn't so good at the whole being a dog thing.

You see, adorable, precious, incapable of hurting anything Bowie was almost put to death. My sister salvaged the live softie a few days before and has had him for about two years now. Bowie lived his whole life in the cage of a puppy mill and was discarded because of his two-tone eyes (hence the name).

Anyhow, seeing Napoleon and Bowie together is just hilarious. We were walking around the neighborhood and Napoleon barked at a kid on a bike while the kid was like "Look at that cute dog!" I explained that Napoleon is scared of things on wheels and the kid said not that dog, the other one.
Another funny observation: Napoleon pulls on his leash, exploring and sniffing and barking and examining. Bowie is perpetually surprised it's there and gets all tangled up, then just sits and bites it. He doesn't really need a leash - he's too scared of life.

Bowie also doesn't really play with his toys. He takes them from place to place. Napoleon takes it as his mission in life to destroy dollar-store toys within 10 seconds of them entering his line of sight.
Bowie also can't get onto the furniture, so Napoleon jumps up onto the couch to taunt him. It's funny how mean they are to each other. In the middle of the night I was awoken by Napoleon prancing on my bed, because Bowie was sitting below desperately trying to get up.
"This is how we destroy stuff"
"How did I get here?"
Bowie also seems to be more tired all the time. Little body means he exhausts quickly.
So sleepy

All in all, two dogs are no more work than one. They both go out at the same time, they sleep all.the.time. and eat the same food. I would perhaps consider acquiring another furface, but dog sitting is plenty for me for now. Napoleon is an only dog kind of puppy, I fear.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Review: Love with Food Gluten Free Box

I am not a gluten-free gal, but I do love a good treat and enjoy getting care packages. I received a Love with Food box to review for free, but the opinions are all mine, always.

This box was so baller - I don't actively seek GF snacks, but I was impressed with every item in the box. I'd been meaning to try the coconut chips from Dang foods and both bags are already gone. Not sorry. Also, the 180 Nutty Rice Bites were awesome in yogurt - nuts, puffed rice and treats added staying power to my afternoon snack. I am looking forward to using the Jules cookie mix the next time one of my GF friends invited me over - I finally have something safe to bring! The box says it makes 60 cookies so I'll be good to go. The JunoBar also was interesting - the base is dates, but there's also quinoa crunch and plant proteins, so it's really filling.
Snack happy!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Three Things Thursday

1. Last week I gave a presentation about social media for work. I wasn't nearly as nervous as I thought I would be. Dare I say it was fun?
2. My parting gift for my services was this giant box of treats. The photo doesn't do it justice. It was enormous. My job has some awesome bonus features.
3. It's amazing how easy it is to make friends when you have snacks in tow. This is Harmony. We are now besties after the bus ride from the venue that I spoke at. She wants to be a cheerleader, doctor, pet store person or mom when she grows up. She likes my dress. I think I'll keep her. "Can I interest you in a snack?" worked just as well on the older crowd, too.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Training Tuesday: Two Week Wait

Tapering sucks. I didn't even train that hard and already think that this little fake taper will be the death of me. I found this graphic that perfectly encapsulates how my days have been going:
Basically, easing off the gas training wise makes me feel fat, slow, achy and disproportionately tired. I'm not sure how I can bike 100 miles and run 18 and feel decent the next day, and this weekend after a 10-mile run/walk and 60-mile bike I'm like:
So here's what's going down, training wise. I'm still training at least once a day, sometimes twice, but dialing back distance on the bike in favor of intensity. I want to get in one last half marathon run, a leisurely long bike ride and perhaps make it out to an open water swim this weekend. In the meantime, my inbox is filling up with messages like this:
Time to find Ironbitch in here somewhere.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Motivation Monday

Ironman Wisconsin is less than two weeks away people. Two weeks from today, I'll find out if this whole minimalist training "plan" I've executed is enough. I'll find out if I'm tough enough, strong enough, can endure enough. Here's what lies ahead.

Got goosebumps yet? How about this:

Here's to the dream. To the pursuit. To winning before I ever start. To being enough.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Join me at Drink Local from Social Power Hour!

I heart beverages
You guys! Remember when I took the lovely Katie to Cupcakes Under the Influence? It was a super cool networking event at a chic roof top bar featuring signature cocktails and drunken cupcakes. The booze was IN the cupcake. Yum.

Anyhow, Social Power Hour contacted me again about an event that I can't wait to rock in a few weeks. On Nov. 22, they're hosting a multi-session booze and food tasting at Union Station showcase local breweries, wineries and distilleries. Drink Local will also be a local chef showdown and VIP options, all of which I'm super psyched for. I'm imagining it will be like my beloved Wine Riot, except now with beer. And I LOVE beer.

I'm pretty excited that Forbidden Root will be there and we're trying all three of their beers. I'm a sucker for dark beers and the Shady Character Porter looks excellent.

Because it's at the train station, this is such a no brainer for suburban dwellers. Take the train, enjoy beverages, return on said train, procure a ride if need be because this is gonna be delicious. Plus, you can save 20 percent on your ticket using the code KELLY. Clever, huh?

See you there - cheers!