Thursday, June 21, 2012

Random Life Bullets...HTC, Marathon, Parenting, Concerts...LOTS!

I love writing posts with bulleted lists.  No theme.  No point to the post other than to just get things off my mind and process through writing.
  • I'm an awful blogger lately.  Awful at finding the inspiration and time to write them and awful at reading them.
  • See below about the giveaway I'm hosting. Chance to win $50 to Whole Foods or iTunes for doing nothing more than sharing my giveaway and spreading the word about a truly awesome app!  Not time consuming at all despite the length of the post.  Many options for entries but only one that is required....share the info about Spinning Meals with others.  That's it! $50 at Whole Foods might only buy you a bag of apples and a jar of peanut butter but Hey, it's something.  Ha!
  • Writing a blog isn't about finding time to post.  If I don't have the time, I don't post.  If I don't feel like I writing, I don't write.  This isn't a job or something where I take myself too seriously. Rather, my blog is an outlet for me to process and put what's on my heart out there. Or to share something in my life.  More often than not lately, I just haven't felt a whole lot worth writing about and I surely haven't found the words I need for a lot of the things I've been feeling.  But when I do find myself "called to write", my posts usually WRITE doesn't require work and it doesn't take much just flows.  I miss this.  
  • Had a 20 mile run with my friend Stephanie last Saturday.  Stephanie was awesome to go slow with me so I wouldn't have to do it alone.  It felt awful and I came home a bit discouraged.  An 8:30ish pace felt like a 10 min pace.  However, we did see Shalane Flanagan TWICE on our run. Not sure if seeing her run past us with her perfectly beautiful form made me feel inspired or just kind of blah about my bad form and heavy legs (how I felt on Saturday).  But gosh, she looked so amazing running!
  • I got my Nicole fix the other night.  I've missed this girl.  So proud of her and the opening of her new studio for her business Power Inc.  I was in a bit of bad mood when I got to her open house event but it didn't take long for her to bring the fun side out of me. So proud of her for all the life she's made for herself...such a testimony to the power we hold to make our life what we want.  She just decided that she wanted to do something different with her life so she started doing make up and now she is one of the top make up artists in Oregon (if not the best).   

  • I find myself in kind of a rut lately.  Emotional, Mental, Physical even.  Not a bad rut...just a lull of sorts.  I'm feeling like I'm on the edge of something big or something new.  I like that we have lulls in life....quiet spots that make us think.  It's almost like they prepare us for what's NEXT.  I'm excited to find out what's in store.  
  • I am running a marathon in 2 weeks from yesterday!  Not sure how I'm feeling about it.  A mixed bag of feelings.  But I'm trying not to FEEL too much and instead just go and do what I know I am capable of doing.  Ready to get the job done and ENJOY doing it.  Praying for cool weather on July 4th morning.  
  • After I run a great race on July 4th, my husband and I have tickets to see Ben Harper on July 5th.  Ben Harper is probably in my top three of favorite musicians.  If not my favorite!   Love his music and so much of it has a part in the time that I met my husband, fell in love, and grew into myself...fully and centered.  Several of his songs were at our wedding.  After our first kiss as a married couple, we walked away to Forever and then our first dance was Not Fire, Not Ice.  SUPER excited about this concert.  
  • I've been thinking a lot lately about the gift we have as mothers and fathers to help our children discover their GIFTS.  I've really made it a goal of mine to get my kids more involved in the things that I see them loving...drama, art, sports, etc.  I also believe that it is up to us to encourage and gently push our kids to try new things that they might not know that they are good at. 
  • How did I get to be the mother of KIDS and not babies?? My baby days are behind me...this is weird for me. A little sad but also glad.  Went to bed thinking about all of the transitions that life has to offer and how we change over our life with each new transition. These changes and stages in life come faster than we are ready for sometimes.  I suppose that's why we see so many people chasing their youth down...Moms of teenagers dressing exactly like their daughters, men clinging on to their last strands of hair with a comb over, reconstructive surgery of every kind (at this stage in my life, I'm thinking that's not such a bad thing...ha!), etc.   We can't go back so I suppose the best we can do is just embrace where we are always at and make the most of it.  So here's to being a mom in her 30's with young kids that are no longer babies! I'm thinking that life only gets better!
  • Just found out my team assignment for Team Nuun Hood to Coast!  Super excited to tear it up and have fun too!  I have the same leg as I did last year so I know that I'll already know what I'm in for.  

Team Morning: AfterNuun Delight

Van 1
Tricia – Tricia Minnick: Legs 1, 13, 25
Corey – Schnoodles of Fun: Legs 2, 14, 26
Stephanie – Epicurious Runner: Legs 3, 15, 27
Jess – Blonde Ponytail: Legs 4, 16, 28
Caitlin – Nuun Employee: Legs 5, 17, 29
Ricole Runs – Ricole Runs: Legs 6, 18, 30
Van 2
Erin – Nuun Employee: Legs 7, 19, 31
Elizabeth – Running For Bling: Legs 8, 20, 32
Dorothy – Mile Posts: Legs 9, 21, 33
Amanda  – Runninghood: Legs 10, 22, 34
Jennifer – The Fit Fork: Legs 11, 23, 35
XLMIC – Taking It On: Legs 12, 24, 36

  • If you haven't seen my giveaway for $50 to Whole Foods or iTunes, then seriously, check it out.  The purpose of the giveaway is to spread the word about a really awesome app that revolutionizes the way we do meal planning. There is nothing in it for is just me sharing something I think is pretty darn cool! As busy moms, dads, athletes....seriously worth sharing with others.  The only mandatory thing required to enter the giveaway is to share the giveaway with others to get the word out about Spinning Meals so don't let the length of the post scare you.    I will most definitely be fair in choosing the winner but gosh, I'd love to see some of you that I know WIN!  EASY!!  

So MUCH more on my mind lately.  Seriously a FULL HEAD of big thoughts and feelings here...almost too full to make any sense out any of it.  So, I'll stop with my bullets or I'll be bulleting all day.

Happy Thursday,


  1. I enjoy random bullet posts too! You and Nicole look like you had a ton of fun at the opening. What a friendship you two have :) She is a dear person, such a talent, and I know her business will FLOURISH.

    IT is pretty amazing to start that new chapter of motherhood that means you are done with babies. I am loving this new chapter- honestly have been holding my breath waiting for it. You will be a very cool mom of kids and teens-- the active one who takes them hiking, biking and to the galleries.

    TWO WEEKS!! It's in two weeks! Praying for cool weather for you, and endurance to stay strong to the end. Just keep thinking : strawberries....Or that is what I would be thinking :) And of course Ben Harper the next day- what a way to relax.

    Love you - glad to see your post.

    1. Thanks for your kind words Raina. Yes, 2 weeks!! WAhoo! Not going for a PR or anything too crazy so hopefully it will just be a nice loooong run that serves up a BQ. Strawberries are nice too.

      Love you! Hope we get to see each other soon! xoxo

  2. Rise and's MORNING TIME!!!!

    So many really awesome things going on in your life...July 4th marathon that will be so amazing :), fun night with a good friend, a running buddy who kept you 'on it' for 20 miles, a concert...

    I agree...the lulls help get us ready for the next big thing :)

    Have a wonderful day!

    1. Excited to be in your van Marjorie! xoxo

  3. GO TEAM MORNING!!!! I love Ben Harper - I saw him with Jack Johnson FOREVER ago, I love Diamonds on the Inside. Happy Friday!

    1. I also saw him with Jack Johnson TWICE. My FAVORITE Duo for a concert!

  4. Sounds like that concert will be pretty amazing. Glad to read a post from you. Happy summer!

  5. i love your bullet list :)
    ben harper is one of my very favorites too and his concert was one of the first dates my husband and i ever went on (over 13 years ago!) seriously love his music.
    so excited for HTC! i really truly cannot wait to meet you :)

    1. so so excited to mee you too! Ben Harper...yes 12 years ago I was making pizzas during the summer of 2000...all while falling in love ...seemed like Ben was always on the radio.

  6. I really like bullets. Succinct.

    Your point with your kids and gifts -- awesome

    Seeing Flanagan; twice even, way cool.

    Cannot wait to read about your next marathon. Good luck and kill it!!

    1. Always love hearing from you Chris. Thank you.

  7. It was great to see you last nite at the AMR shindig. Hope your lull means there are good things to come!

    1. Great to see you too Linda! You have such positive and warm energy.

  8. I am very excited for you to run your marathon Amanda. I think you just need to go into it very relaxed and stay calm. Keep your heart rate controlled and effort easy for the first half and from there listen to your body. You are capable of great things.

    Your HTC team sounds so fun!!

    1. These are such perfect words Rachelle! Thank you so much. such great advice. Wise wise you are.

  9. Life is random bullets, especially during summer break. I think it's interesting how you feel like you're in a rut and on the verge of something. When I'm in a rut, I don't have the feeling that I'm on the edge of something new or big. Maybe I'll change my thinking there. I am constantly having that feeling of "where did my babies go." I got to go lap swimming with my daughter...felt like such a grown up thing to do. Yay for Ben Harper tickets...that's awesome!

  10. Amanda, you are just awesome. Thought you should know. Love your posts and outlook on life. And you continue to inspire me. Thank you. :)

  11. How did I get to be the mum of adults and not kids? I was looking for a photo the other day of the fat me for my blog and I had to search through a pile of photos of the boys as they were growing up. Playing, smiling, messy, triumphant, long-past pets and incredibly vivid memories. It was a wonderful hour of smiles while I was hunting and I was so glad I found my fat photo almost at the bottom of the pile. They grow up way too quick.

  12. I'm glad to hear you occasionally have hard runs, too... that's encouraging. :) Although it's never fun to have those heavy legs. The Nuun team announcement is so exciting- what a great group of ladies!

  13. I read this yesterday right away and then forgot until I was on my run that I wanted to come over and comment! Love bullet posts:)

    LOTS of great stuff here which I won't comment on but read thoroughly-much I already know:) So jealous of Ben Harper. How fun!!! Great marathon celebration!

    Mother's dressing exactly like teenage daughters-ha! OMG-is this me? Help!!

    So excited for your marathon:) Can't believe how soon it's coming! Something to cheer for and something to CELEBRATE in 5 weeks:)

  14. I like your bullet points-very easy to follow;)

    I love me some Ben Harper!

  15. Hi Amanda, I've been following your blog for a while now, love the bullet points. I just started my own blog and hope to keep it fun and write when I'm inspired to, like you mentioned.

    I'm coming out to run the Sauvie Marathon on the 4th, sounds like that might be the one you are doing? I've missed my last 3 marathons, so can't wait to get the pent up race anxiety out! Maybe I'll see you there (of course, you will be done way before me!).

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  17. I went to sleep one night and i woke up to a 10 year old. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN??? Not to mention that i'm in my mid 30s!! My hearts desire is for my kids to be passionate for things they love. As a mom, i want to be their coach and gently push them to spread their wings and fly.

  18. been thinking about you lately girl and your upcoming mary. hope that all is well and that the summer is off to a great start for your family. is the man running the marathon with you?

    sending you speedy wishes and hugs!

  19. I know I am WAY behind in reading this and can't believe you are running in a marathon in 2 days?!!! So excited for you and how far you've come!! I think we all go through blogging slump phases. I'm sort of in one now. Maybe I will feel more inspired since I'm actually starting to run a little again. Anyway, I'll be thinking of you Wednesday morning and hope you have an AMAZING race!!!! Go for it girl!

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