Today, in a stint of pure insanity, I decided to go running. My mom and dad are both very into the whole exercising-eating right thing. Which, if you knew me, seems like an impossibility. A few days before I was born, my dad did the Ironman (110 mile bike ride, 26 smile run, and 3 mile swim). For most of my early years, I was dragged to countless marathons and triathlons across the Northwest seeking entertainment desperately on playgrounds or in parking lots waiting for him to reach the finish line. It's something they've bonded over and something they've worked so hard at in their life. When my mom's running partner and best friend's daughter died three years ago, running became their therapy together. Every single day, they run on "The Mountain" a full 16-18 miles. Six days a week. It's pure insanity. Completely. And even as it makes me feel really really pathetic because I hate running, I'm still awe-struck by them. I was blessed with my mom's runner genes but I've never really put them to use. I like to say that I do the bare minimum to just stay in decent shape. Ha! Isn't that terrible? While I was running the mere two miles of hills that I did, I couldn't help but think of my mom and how if I were with her, we'd still have 14-16 left. Crazy!
Speaking of insanity, I also woke up at 7am this morning. Granted, this time I had actual incentive beyond feeling good about myself. Niklaas and I were going to get the very best in the whole world cinnamon rolls, but they weren't open. I saw him at breakfast before he went to school, at lunch, and after school! It was awesome. Now that school has started for my sister and friends at home, I will be...at home...not doing a whole lot. Ha! I plan to write, knit, crochet, read, and watch Smallville. And clean. Which I did today!
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OH! So. I have exciting news. I finally got a flickr, or at least, Niklaas got a flickr in the name of the blog, and in styling my new dress from Modcloth, I decided to just simply upload it to the Modcloth Style Exchange group. I had no idea initially that there was a contest in the works, but as luck would have it, I won!! Currently, I have 2,500 views on it. Isn't that insane???? I won a $50 gift certificate to Modcloth that I've already spent. Hehe! I was going to buy two dresses...but instead, I opted for buying a pair of Jeffrey Campbell oxfords. JEFFREY CAMPBELL! I mean, personally, I've always thought they were a little overrated and definitely overpriced, but these oxfords are classy and I'm going to wear them...all the time. They were already on sale and with my $50 gift card, I ended up getting them for $20 bucks! How sweet is that??
I got this top in August as part of my school shopping- and I haven't blogged it yet. I was in a lust for stripes and the bow took hold of my attention. I wear it all the time! This skirt is a remix- it was actually my very first chictopia post ever and I wore it here! This is the winterized edition ;) Pattern mixing has always been my favorite. When I walked into the living room with this outfit on my mom looked me up and down and asked, "How does this work together???" Hahaha. I've learned to ignore...all doubts. Niklaas got me these grey floral pretty tights and they're lovely! I feel like I've been wearing these cowboy boots often lately- the brown just seems to fit with the snow!