Monthly Archives: October 2011

running for life


forgive these photos, they were taken with androids. over the weekend, $5wordGuy* & i ran two races: Run Your Lives Zombie Race and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.


Parenthood ~ Tales from the Lucheonette

i really need to take notes while i watch this amazing show.

this episode did not garner that many laughs from either myself or $5wordGuy*. it did, however, garnered a discussion on the division of child rearing responsibilities between parents.

we get to see, again, two different business styles between adam & crosby. both have merits but don’t necessarily mesh well. i get adam, he is customer service oriented, whatever the customer wants, he’ll get for them, regardless of how impossible it is. Crosby is more familiar with what the limitations are, is more cautious, and surprise of all, seems afraid of failure and the repercussions of what would happen should they not be ready for a big client. watching the two of them fight, as always, is interesting, both experts in their respective fields and both trying to be experts at working together.

zeek is a good man. he has good intentions. he makes valid points in everything. it’s his delivery that sucks. when sarah told her parents about seth’s decision to go to rehab, he {correctly} accused her of financing it, which would be by extension him financing it.. feelings hurt, tantrums thrown, sarah leaves in a huff. he strikes again during a conversation he & camille have with julia & joel about their adopting the coffee girl’s unborn baby. he makes good arguments about not knowing anything about the baby’s mother, health-wise, about the logistics of doing something like this without an agency to handle the details. they are valid points. but they are not welcomed during what is supposed to be a joyous announcement from their youngest daughter. i am torn about how i feel about this. he has their best interests at heart, he would not be a good father if he did not voice his opinions worries. but as someone who has a father who is notorious for bursting her bubble, sometimes a hug and simple congratulations are enough.

zeek’s storyline comes full circle during a much smaller family dinner with julia, joel and sarah. joel made a sincere comment to sarah about helping during dinner, an honest mistake (tho, maybe inappropriate due to the occasion?) and zeek flips his shit. sarah is left floundering but joel speaks up. he is respectful. he is direct. he is assertive. he is right. and gawd have mercy, he is HOT.

kristina was also at the family dinner but conked out. the poor woman has been running on low fuel, what with having a newborn baby, an absent husband while attempting to maintain a functioning household. (where the hell was max in this episode?) this storyline is fascinating to me. i grew up in an environment where i never saw a male figure help in household duties or child rearing. none. i’ve said it before, intellectually, i get that it’s supposed to be a shared partnership between a couple but i still find it a hard concept to witness. furthermore, i was raised to be the extension to the mother, to help in the house and child caring when she couldn’t. the behavior & actions i saw from haddie was difficult for me to watch without screaming at the tv. she is of an age AND brain capacity to see that her mother was tired, could not keep the house running as smoothly as usual and she did not help. so. seeing this dynamic caused a war inside of me. adam should’ve been there to help kristina, but then again, it’s so normal to me AND he was working his ass off. older siblings should not be held responsible for caring for their baby siblings, but then again, it’s what i was raised to do, and to not see it in action when it’s so obvious that it’s needed is frustrating.

the smaller storyline between amber & drew was sweet. i am so glad that even tho she’s moved out, she is still participating in the hoopla. drew’s inability to kiss a girl was endearing. their father, seth, however, annoying. this storyline angered me. i get it. he has a sickness, an addiction and he is the father of sarah’s children. because of that, and maybe because she loved him at one time, she wants to save him. still. this is heartbreaking. because she is a grown ass woman who has made enough mistakes in her life to know that this is a mistake that has proven to not be fixable. i know i say this from the comfortable perspective of never having been in that deep of a situation and from the smug realization that i got out before the tough got too shitty. i worry that seth will weasel his way back into sarah’s heart, only to break it (along with amber’s and drew’s) and force captain morgan out of the way.

whatever happens, it’s real (well, except maybe the adopting coffee girl’s baby), the emotions are raw, the characters are on point and the actors are amazing.

Parenthood returns in two weeks. i don’t know what’s going on next week but i’m annoyed.

Baltimore Marathon Relay

the legs were: 5.7miles, 7miles, 6.3miles, 7miles. i did leg 2, i was the slowest, but i still finished & uninjured.

i broke the rules & wore my earphones. i was willing to fight anybody & everybody to be able to listen to music.

there may have been tears, {ok fine, i cried 3 times: before, during & after. i was nervous, tired & then overwhelmed}. it was a long day. every place we went to after for a bite to eat was packed. we didn’t get home until after 4pm and we crashed at 6pm, not rising until 8:30am the next day.

yeah. $5wordGuy is talking about a half already.


my relay race is tomorrow and i did not run at all this week. my back is hurting. i woke up Monday morning with a sore lower back, i must’ve slept funny or on something. i’ve gone to bikram yoga everyday this week to stretch and it relieves the tention temporarily. i am concerned. very concerned. the longest distance i’ve ever run is 7.25 miles ONCE and tho my leg is 7 miles, i just don’t know how i’ll manage. i don’t want to let my team down but i also don’t want to harm myself. i won’t do anything my body doesn’t want to do but i won’t quit either.

it has been such a stressful week, with work, worrying about my back and this race coming up, i actually bawled during a bikram class. thank gawd i was already a sweaty mess. last night i thought i was going to go off on $5wordGuy* for not cleaning the kitchen, it’s been a disaster area since Saturday. but then he pulled out a package with a homemade card for me and i just melted. he bought me matching 8″ round cake pans, along with a few other baking knick knacks. there was no way i could be annoyed after that.

tonight i intend to indulge in a bit of lamb methi & naan, spend an hour on stretching and then a good night’s sleep. i might treat myself to a new running shirt as it looks to be quite cool & windy tomorrow. i’ll make sure $5wordGuy* wakes up early to get a bite to eat, stretch some more & then we’ll be on our way.

in the meantime, a few random things i came across this week on the internet & my new obsession: pinterest.

Barbie & Ken’s Big Day! notice how she only feeds her guests fruit for the meal? now we know the secret to her skinny success.

i swoon when i look at this picture.

some people can pull off red + pink. i’m not one of those people. this girl is tho.

this is interesting.

there are apples in my future as i’ll be picking some with my darling love on sunday. until next time, whereby i discuss my run or completely ignore it, have a good weekend friends.

Parenthood – Nora

it was a quieter episode but still garnered guffaws from myself & $5wordGuy*.

Captain Morgan – oh jason ritter. that facial hair mess is hilarious.
Drumming up business for the dr – i will say that crosby makes an excellent point in that should something happen to Jabar, it would be hella weird to call up his baby mama’s boyfriend.
Amber finally getting max’s condition – that breakthrough in Amber’s demeanor when Max can’t tell the difference between which apology was real was genius on the part of both actors.
“it’s kinda dim sum” – adam trying to go hip was hilarious.

i seriously love this show. i’m leaving parts out, like Julia & Joe playing hosts to the knocked up coffee girl or the newest braverman being born or John Corbett’s drunk return but those were the things that stood out the most for me.