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Homeownership–When Things Go Wrong

Have you heard the saying that bad things come in threes?  I think I’m on about 23 right now.  That’s an exaggeration but nonetheless Murphy’s Law seems to be holding high court at my house these days.  Here’s my list of things that have been broken recently:

  • Garbage Disposal
  • Garage Door
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Plumbing

The washing machine, air conditioning, and plumbing all happened the same week.  Lucky for me, my dad was fairly confident he could fix my washing machine and garage door.  However, when he was at my house working on them, all of my plumbing completely failed without warning.  I was washing my hands and all of a sudden I heard the dreaded glop, glop, glop of the toilet.  I didn’t even own a plunger so that was the first order of business.  After purchasing one, I plunged every single thing in my house I could possibly plunge, to no avail.  All it seemed to be doing was moving water from the toilets to the bath tubs and shower and back to the toilets.  Of course this was on a Saturday.  Luckily I was able to get a plumber to come by and thought a couple hundred dollars later I’d be back in business.  Yeah, not!  Instead, they found mud in my lines.  Mud!  Apparently this is indicative of a line break so guess what!?  My yard and part of my driveway had to be dug up to get to the break and fix it, and my visions of it only costing a couple hundred dollars flew out the window.

Here's part of the culprit--a huge hole in a pipe.  Yes, I said part of the culprit.  There were other breaks.

Here’s part of the culprit–a huge hole in a pipe. Yes, I said part of the culprit. There were other breaks.

The day the plumbers came to dig the hole and fix it, my air still wasn’t working so I called the HVAC company in to take a look at that, too.  Thankfully, that was a fairly simple fix (fingers crossed it sticks).  After about 8 hours of some serious hard digging, sawing, and fixing, my plumbing was working again, too. 

A big hole in my yard and driveway.  Sadness!

A big hole in my yard and driveway.  This was actually just the beginning.  The final hole was about quadruple this.  Sadness!

Oh, and one of the plumbers took about 15 seconds to show me something on my garbage disposal called a reset button.  I kind of wish I had a reset button for myself, too.

Do you ever feel like everything is falling apart?  Tell me about it in the comments.

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Safety First

There’s something that’s really been weighing on my mind lately: safety.  I’ve been hesitant to write this because you can do a search for safety using any search engine available to you and get hundreds of articles written by a lot of people who are a lot more qualified to write on this subject than I am.  So why am I writing it now?  Recent events have made me realize that, just like the 999 happy haunts in Disney’s Haunted Mansion, there is always room for one more.

Just this weekend a runner close to where I live was hit by a train.  A train, people!  Tragically, the runner was killed.  Care to guess what the news media chose to highlight about this story?  The runner was listening to music using headphones.  Also yesterday a cyclist was hit by a big tractor trailer truck and killed.  I read stories all the time in my running groups where friends had close calls.  So, yeah.  There’s always room for one more story on safety.

Be safe out there!

Be safe out there!

I’d be lying if I said I follow safety guidelines all the time.  We all get complacent.  We get in a routine where things feel comfortable.  At the same time, every time we are out there, anything can happen.  There is no substitute for good judgement.

In no way is this list intended to be all-inclusive.  These are just the best guidelines I can think of that I try to incorporate in my running life.

  • Make sure someone knows where you are and how long you will be there.  If I go missing, I’d like for someone to report it at the earliest possible time.  I always have my phone on me.  My family knows where I am, what my route is, and how long my planned run will take.  Often, friends and family stay in touch with me during the run, too.  This is not just in case I get kidnapped (highly unlikely).  It’s also in case I collapse or fall and break something.
  • Carry ID on you at all times.  I always carry my driver’s license in my pocket.  If I do have some sort of accident, I want someone to know who I am.  There is also a company called Road ID that makes custom ID bracelets with your info.  A lot of people I know have those, too.
  • Run AGAINST the traffic.  I do not like running on actual roads with cars unless it’s part of an organized race, and I don’t have to share my side of the road with anything motorized.  Some of you do, and I get that.  I am fortunate to have access to a network of paved trails long enough to cover any length I would want to run.  Not everyone has that.  Also, sometimes you just need a change of scenery.  So, if you are going to be sharing the road with cars, please, please, please run against the traffic.  You can see the cars coming at you in time to get off the road if need be, and they can see you better, too.  That being said, always assume they do not see you.  The roads are full of distracted drivers.  Truth!
  • Be visible.  Wear reflective clothing.  Wear bright clothing.  If you are running at night, wear those annoying flashing lights along with your reflective, glow-in-the-dark clothing.  Whatever you have to do, however you have to do it, be seen!
  • Be aware of your surroundings.  Yes, this means audibly just as much as visibly.  You might want to think twice about listening to music.  Truthfully, I rarely run without my headphones.  However, I have the sound low enough that I can still hear what’s going on around me, and sometimes I just wear one headphone.  No, I don’t run where there are cars very often, but I do share paved trails with cyclists.  Some of those riders are flying!  I want to hear them coming up behind me.  Plus, I frequently get passed on the trails by other, faster runners.  I want to be able to get over so they can get by me, too.
  • Hydrate.  This is more of an internal safety issue as opposed to your external surroundings, but it’s every bit as important.  It’s hot out there, y’all, and this is the time of year when over heating is a real concern.  I don’t go out without hydration at all, even for a few miles, when it’s hot outside.  Sure, you can hydrate all day long every day but it’s just as important to hydrate during your activity, too.

    Hydrate

    Hydrate

  • Have an exit plan.  Always have a strategy for how you are going to get yourself out of a situation where you feel unsafe.  Pop up thunderstorms can happen in the blink of an eye this time of year.  Also, sometimes you just get an uneasy feeling about your surroundings.  Is there a friend nearby who can pick you up?  Is there an alternate route you can take?  Is there a store or restaurant where you can take refuge for a bit?  Sometimes my plan is to simply run loops close to my car so I can get back to it in a hurry if I need to.
  • There is safety in numbers.  I personally don’t like to socialize while I’m running.  I wish I was one of those people who could chat away for 12 miles, wondering where the time went.  I can’t.  The only way for me to ever get into “the zone” is if I don’t talk to anyone.  That being said, I will sometimes run in a group.  I just don’t talk to anyone very much while I’m running.  A lot of people find groups intimidating but they can be a real comfort.  Usually everyone still runs at their own pace.  Some are chatty.  Some, like me, are not.  At any rate, I like knowing there is a group of people who know I’m out there and can help me if I get into any sort of trouble.

Be safe out there, everyone.  I don’t like to hear about these runner accidents.  We are out there doing something good for ourselves, and I don’t want any of our stories to end in tragedy.

Is there anything you would add?  Tell me in the comments.

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Weekly Recap

It’s Sunday, which means it’s weekly recap time!  It’s a HOT one here in Memphis today!  I need to get some yard work done so I don’t get a nastygram from my homeowner’s association but I think only my front yard will get done in this heat.  That’s all they can see anyway.  I’m looking forward to cooler temps.  We’ve got highs in the 70s forecast this week.  70s!  In July!  In the south!

In case you missed it, here’s what was on the blog this week:

  • I shared the contents of my Spring Fling Vox Box from Influenster in, appropriately named, Influenster Spring Fling Vox Box.

    Influenster Spring Fling Vox Box

    Influenster Spring Fling Vox Box

  • Better late than never, I finally recapped my experience with the Feel the Force Premium Package, which was part of Star Wars Weekends.

    Feel the Force Premium Package

    Feel the Force Premium Package

  • Finally, I told you about a few things that have gotten my attention lately in Things That Got My Attention.

    Source: Clark and Kensington OPI making house paint?  Mind blown!

    Source: Clark and Kensington
    OPI making house paint? Mind blown!

  • For those of you who are fans of my Facebook page or follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you got the first glimpse of a new product I’m testing called GO Tape, a new kinesiology tape.  I’ll be reviewing it and giving a lucky reader a roll of it in the next few weeks so be watching for that.

    GO Tape--be watching for a review and giveaway in the coming weeks.

    GO Tape–be watching for a review and giveaway in the coming weeks.

Now let’s talk about my July goals.  Last week I told you I’d update you weekly.  As I’m typing this, I realized how redundant that could get to be in a hurry so I’ll update you at the end of the month.  If anyone has any specific questions about how I’m doing, I’ll answer them.

I hope everyone has a great week!  What fun things do you have planned for the week?  Let me know in the comments.

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Things That Got My Attention

Let’s face it.  We are all busy people.  We lead busy lives.  Everywhere we turn, something or someone is trying to get our attention.  For the most part, it’s past the point of sensory overload for me.  Now more than ever, between all the many ways for brands to get my attention and people to get in touch with me, I feel like I’m constantly being pulled in so many different directions.  It’s almost like I’m becoming numb to it, which makes it even harder to really GET my attention and almost impossible to KEEP my attention.  That being said, every now and then, something grabs me and makes me stop and take note.  Here are a few things lately that have done that.

  • New Diet Coke Cans–Diet Coke is a major guilty pleasure of mine.  Yes, I know soda of any kind is bad for you and artificial sweeteners are poison.  Yet, I still drink a Diet Coke daily.  I honestly couldn’t care less about what it comes in, but the new cans!  They have me completely entertained.  I was very much “meh” over the new personalized bottles when I saw they didn’t make my name.  No big deal!  I’m used to it.  However, the day I opened my new 12 pack and saw the generic phrases on the cans, a friend of mine was having surgery.  The first can I pulled out had “Friend” on it, and of course I thought of her.
    New Diet Coke cans

    New Diet Coke cans

    Now every can I pull out makes me think of someone special in my life and it’s a moment of happy to go along with my Diet Coke.  Well done, Diet Coke!

  • OPI Makes House Paint–This one blew my mind!  Remember how I said I’m becoming numb to all the many things going on around me?  That includes what’s on TV most of the time.  Then I saw ACE Hardware and OPI in the same 30 second snippet of time and did a double take!  Well, I had no idea what the actual message was but I saw enough to realize OPI, a company famous for not just its professional quality nail polish in more than a rainbow of fun colors, but also its super fun and creative names for the colors, has tossed its hat into the home decorating ring with a brand new line of paint colors through its partnership with Clark and Kensington.
    Source: clarkandkinsington.com

    Source: clarkandkinsington.com

    Now, you, too, can paint your dining room in Chick Flick Cherry.  I admit I have never set foot in an ACE Hardware store, but now I want to!  Well played, ACE and OPI, well played!

  • Big Brother–Those who know me well know I’m a huge Big Brother fan.
    Source: CBS

    Source: CBS

    I’m talking about the CBS reality show here.  Yet lately, even my favorites aren’t grabbing me like they used to.  Big Brother is the exception.  It is so well cast this season!  Between Frankie, the pink-haired Broadway dancer with the pop star sister, and Donny, the bearded country bumpkin who toasted to pretty colors and high-definition on day 1, I cannot stop watching!  Even better, the house guests are all wearing Fit Bits this year so we can track their physical activities!  Fit Bits!  Nice job, CBS.

  • PiYo–This is the new, latest and greatest exercise DVD set from Beachbody.  No fewer than a dozen of my Facebook friends are Beachbody coaches.  You’ve heard of Beachbody, I’m sure.  It’s the pyramid up line style company that markets several hot workout programs that promise to turn even the starchiest couch potato into a swimsuit model, especially when paired with the REAL product they want to sell, their Shakeology meal replacement shakes.  Well, they recently had their coach’s summit in Las Vegas, and debuted PiYo, a cross between Pilates and Yoga, neither of which I’ve ever done.
    Source: Beachbody

    Source: Beachbody

    I still am not sold on Shakeology but PiYo totally caught my attention.  I haven’t bought it yet, and really have no immediate plans to, but it’s definitely on my radar.  I’ve been dabbling in T25, another of Beachbody’s plans, so maybe I’ll give PiYo a try later in the year.

  • Lightning–Yes, I’m talking about the electric bolts generated by thunderstorms.  I’ve lived in the south my entire life, and I’m no stranger to a thunderstorm.  This makes it easy to overlook them, even when the weather people send out warnings of doom and gloom.  Lately I’ve been hearing stories that make me see lightning in a new, well, light.  Just this week, two homes in my suburb caught on fire from being struck by lightning.  Someone else I know of had her car struck by lightning in a parking lot.  Her car!  I didn’t think that was supposed to happen.  Still another story of a kid being killed by a lightning strike just walking across the yard gives me a new respect for this thing that gave us electricity.  So, yeah, I’ll pay more attention to it from now on, for a little while anyway.

With everything going on around me, it’s a wonder that anything catches my attention these days, but these things certainly have.  What’s something that has your attention lately?  Tell me in the comments.

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Feel the Force Premium Package

You all know that Walt Disney World is one of my favorite places on the planet.  One of the things they are famous for is coming up with a really unique thing (or TEN) that is season-specific, making me want to come back almost on a monthly basis.  Where’s my money tree?  I did go to the Rock Your Disney Side 24 Hour event in May as well as Star Wars Weekends.  

Star Wars Weekends

Star Wars Weekends

Yet there are also several other things they’ve come up with since then for the summer that I’d really love to go see including Harambe Nights held on Saturday nights in Animal Kingdom, the Hollywood Studios villains party coming up on August 23, and now Frozen summer fun also at Hollywood Studios, just to name a few.

The Frozen summer events particularly caught my attention because it seems as though they’ve created these using the same model they used for Star Wars Weekends.  They have a Frozen opening show, a Frozen parade followed by a show on the stage in front of the Sorcerer Mickey hat, Frozen sing-along shows throughout the day, a Frozen ending show at night capped off with Frozen fireworks, and there’s even a merchandise area in the same soundstage as the Star Wars merchandise for Star Wars Weekends.  Not only that, but there’s ICE SKATING in there, too!  For $10, you can ice skate for 30 minutes.  That is, if you can get in!  Really, the set up of all of these events is identical to Star Wars Weekends.  They have even brought back the Premium Package, which includes reserved viewing for the parade, guaranteed seating for one of the sing-alongs, and reserved viewing and dessert party for the fireworks.

Since I took advantage of the Feel the Force Premium Package during Star Wars Weekends, I thought now would be a good time to tell you about it since they are doing something similar right now.  Advance reservations were required, and I booked it the day it was announced.  It sold out very quickly.  Instructions told us to check in near Bill and Min’s Dockside Diner at 10:30 for the first part of the package, which was reserved parade viewing. 

Feel the Force check in

Feel the Force check in

I had read the previous weekend’s reviews and knew to arrive much earlier.  As I was walking towards the check in around 10 am I saw, just as I knew I would, people already camped out waiting for the parade but there were still several decent spots left.  The reason I knew to get there so early is because, even though there was plenty of reserved viewing, the area was very deep, meaning there was plenty of room to stack people but not very much room right at the ropes.  They also had a reserved area just for kids.  They let the people who had an even more inclusive VIP package in first, so by the time the rest of us were let in, there was no front row space left. 

Feel the Force Wristband

Feel the Force Wristband

Being short, I took up residence behind the kids.  I figured I had a better chance of seeing over the littles than I did the bigs. 

Highlights from the parade

Highlights from the parade

It was ok.  Mickey ice cream bars and strawberry bars were available as part of the package as were bottles of soda and water. 

Snacks for the parade viewing were included with the package.

Snacks for the parade viewing were included with the package.

Honestly, I would have had a much better view of the parade had I staked out my spot on the street at the same time I arrived at the package check in. 

The second part of the package was the Symphony in the Sky fireworks and dessert party. 

No seats were available for the dessert party, just tables for standing.

No seats were available for the dessert party, just tables for standing.

I was really excited for this because, hello!  Darth Vader cupcakes!  Seriously, though, the Magic Kingdom has done a Wishes dessert party for years, and I’ve always wanted to go.  Unfortunately my family does not share my enthusiasm for copious amounts of expensive desserts prior to watching fireworks obstructed by the roof of the building in which the party is held.  My family wasn’t with me this time so it was all mine!  I arrived a little after 8 to check in, and we were allowed in right around 8:30.  They had LOTS of desserts!  LOTS!  And plenty of each. 

This is just a sampling of what they had.  I somehow missed getting a pic of the Darth Vader cupcake tray.

This is just a sampling of what they had. I somehow missed getting a pic of the Darth Vader cupcake tray.

It was quite hot and humid so the icing melted off the cupcakes a wee bit, but they were all headed for my belly anyway so I was ok with that. 

The Darth Vader cupcake at the bottom is on its side because the icing fell off.

The Darth Vader cupcake at the bottom is on its side because the icing fell off.

It just meant my pictures weren’t going to be as good.  Also available were 2 different adult beverage options.  Now, one might think you could get your money’s worth on the alcohol alone, and I’m sure some did.  However, I learned really quickly that fruity adult bevs and lots of super sweet desserts don’t really mix very well.  So, I just had a few sips of each one. 

2 different adult beverage options

2 different adult beverage options

Shocker!  I stuck to water and Diet Coke instead.  Not long after I decided I was done with the goodies, it was time for the closing show to start.  The reserved viewing area had great views of the stage and show. 

We had great views of the stage!

We had great views of the stage!

The fireworks set to Star Wars music were what I was there to see and were the real reason I had paid the premium price for the Premium Package.  As soon as the fireworks started, I realized right away that the fireworks view was not good, not good at all!  Remember that stage that we had such a great view of?  Yeah, it pretty much blocked a lot of the fireworks. 

Not so great view of the fireworks

Not so great view of the fireworks

So for me, this killed the Premium Package.

In short, if I had one day for the individual elements, I would go the free (with admission) route and stake out my parade and fireworks viewing spots.  You are likely going to get better viewing with about the same amount of time waiting and standing so why not?  Just buy your ice cream, sodas and cupcakes, and you’ll come out way ahead, even if you throw in an adult beverage (or 3).  If I had multiple days, I might spring for the premium package just for the experience, but not for the views. 

The Frozen version of this has gone up $5 per adult but there’s the added element of the sing-along show.  From what I understand, Frozen Premium Package holders get seating in the first 4 rows, which is a really nice added feature.  Also, since there isn’t the even more inclusive VIP package for this event, it stands to reason that prime viewing along the ropes would be easier to get for package holders than it was for Star Wars Weekends.  The viewing for the Frozen fireworks is still going to stink, though. 

Have you experienced either Premium Package?  What were your thoughts?

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Influenster Spring Fling Vox Box

I recently received a box of products from Influenster free for testing purposes that they called the Spring Fling Vox Box.  I love getting vox boxes from Influenster because it’s like a little bit of Christmas!  Influenster is a company that rewards members who have social media influence by connecting them with brands and products to try for free.  It’s free to join and you never know what you’ll get or when you’ll be selected for a box so the anticipation makes it that much more fun!

Influenster

Influenster

This particular box had several things I was excited to try.

Spring Vox Box Contents

Spring Vox Box Contents

  • Rimmel London Retro Glam Mascara–I loved this product!  I use mascara everyday, and I’m usually not picky as to what brand.  I really only have 2 needs:  that it not smudge and give me “raccoon eyes” throughout the day, and that it not flake and get in my eyes.  This met both of those needs and I loved the applicator!  It was long and fluffy, so I could easily apply the product quickly.  The “fluff” aspect of it kept my lashes separated during application. 
    After I applied the Rimmel London Retro Glam mascara

    After I applied the Rimmel London Retro Glam mascara

    I will definitely get this again.  I saw that it also comes in a waterproof variety, too.  I will be getting that one for when I’m running.  It’s less than half the cost of the waterproof mascara I currently use for running so, bonus!

  • Nivea Skin Firming Lotion–This is another product I was excited to try.  I’m approaching a new decade so my skin is not getting any younger.  The timing of this could not be more perfect!  Right away, I noticed the light fragrance and feel.  This is a body lotion and not a face lotion.  While my skin did feel more supple where I applied the product, I don’t think you should expect any miracles.  Still, it is something I would consider purchasing in the future.
  • Kiss Everlasting Manicure–At first glance, these looked like the press on nails of the 80s and 90s.  However, they are more along the lines of artificial nails you can get in a professional salon.  There were lots of different sizes included in the package so finding the right size to fit your nails would not be a problem.  When I read the directions, one thing that caught my attention is the process for removal.  Similar to salon nails, you have to file the artificial nail down to get it as thin as possible, then soak your nails in acetone until the product basically melts off.  I admit I did not use this product for this reason.  My nails are long enough to not need artificial nails.  Also, my nails are kind of thin and brittle, and acetone basically kills them.  It would take months for my natural nails to recover from that so I passed.  I will be giving this product to a friend, though.
  • Labor Day Movie hanging air freshener–This was a promo item to promote the movie Labor Day.  It was released on DVD during this vox box campaign, and promoting the movie was part of it.  I haven’t seen the movie yet but I intend to.  The reviews look really cute.  It stars Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet so I’m curious about their chemistry.
  • Playtex Sport Tampons–What can I say about this?  Tampons aren’t very exciting.  They got the job done, but there is no way I will ever be excited about feminine hygiene, unless it comes with a trip to Hawaii or a new convertible.  Let’s face it, this isn’t going to happen so, it is what it is.

Some Influensters also received a Soft Lips Cube in their box to try, but I was not one of them.  I’ve never tried the product, either, so I can’t say anything about it other than it looks really cute.

I really enjoyed getting this box and trying the products, and I really love Influenster.  The mascara and the skin firming lotion were definitely my favorite products!  Did you get the Spring Fling Vox Box?  What was your favorite product?

Disclosure:  I received these products free from Influenster for testing purposes.  I was not required to write this post, and other than the free products, I’ve received no compensation.  As always, my opinions are my own.

Congratulations to Becky Ginther for winning the headband from RUNway Gear!

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Weekly Recap

Happy end of 4th of July weekend, y’all!  This weekend completely flew by for me!  Was it really 3 days?  Because it only felt like one.  Guess what I did today!  I made my award-winning peanut butter pie again, this time for my mom.  She’s having her ladies over for their monthly garden club meeting tomorrow and she wanted me to make it for them.  I promise I will share it with you soon!

How was your July 4th?  I spent mine with family.  My family always gets together for a big party at someone’s house.  This year it was at my cousin’s.  One of the highlights was homemade ice cream!

Homemade ice cream churning

Homemade ice cream churning

Not only was it a busy weekend for me, it was a busy week on the blog, too.  Here’s what I posted, in case you missed it:

  • I shared my friend Vicky’s company, RUNway Gear and opened up my giveaway for one of her headbands in RUNway Gear and Giveaway.  By the way, there’s still time to enter.  Today is the last day so, hurry!

    One lucky ready will win this headband from RUNway Gear.

    One lucky ready will win this headband from RUNway Gear.

  • I posted about how I’ve been feeling like the year is slipping away in Year Half Gone or Half Remaining?
  • I shared my July Goals.
  • Finally, I gave y’all my recipe for a slush, perfect for a hot day in Independence Day Slush.

    Yummy slush!

    Yummy slush!

With next week’s update, I also plan to start updating y’all on how I’m doing toward my goals.  It’s all about accountability!

Have a great week!

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Independence Day Slush

Happy July 4th, everyone!  I don’t know about you, but I’m thrilled to have a 3 day weekend!  I’m also super thrilled with the weather!  It’s July.  In the south.  And there’s actually a chill in the air.  Ahhhhh, bliss!  That’s a far cry from 2 years ago when we were melting with over 100 degree temps!  No matter what the weather is, though, more than anything I’m just so happy to live in a free country where we can celebrate the hard work and dedication our forefathers put into securing our freedom.

Now getting back to that 100+ degree Independence Day 2 years ago, I made up a great slush recipe for that day and I wanted to share it with you.  But first, a little back story.  Here in Memphis, we have a Spring Market every year.  Do you have anything like that where you live?  It’s where vendors can buy booth space to sell merchandise.  It’s mostly clothes, jewelry, monogrammed gifts, dip mixes and the like.  Patrons pay admission to get in and shop.  Yep!  We pay money to spend money.  Capitalism at its finest!  That year, I had bought this drink mix called Wine-a-Rita.  You put the powder in a blender, mix it with wine, vodka or tequila, fill the blender with ice and you have a quick adult frozen concoction.  Instructions on the side of the box also said it could be mixed with Sprite or ginger ale for a non-alcoholic version.  I had bought some of it to take to the beach that year.  When I made it up for the first time, I realized it was really very similar to powdered drink mix like Kool Aid, and the wheels in my head got to turning.

This plus ice is all you need for a quick, frozen slushie drink.

This plus ice is all you need for a quick, frozen slushie drink.

I made a few modifications and the result was the most perfect frozen slushy drink!  I made these for our family July 4 party and they were such I hit that I couldn’t keep enough of them made up!  It’s so simple and you might even already have the ingredients to make it at home.  So, here’s the recipe

Independence Day Slush

1/2 cup powdered drink mix (like Kool Aid or Countrytime)

1 can Sprite or Ginger Ale

Ice to fill blender

Place the drink mix and soda in the blender and blend until drink mix is dissolved.  Add ice, at least double in quantity to amount of liquid in blender.  Blend until the ice is completely broken up and drink is slushy.  Add more ice according to your desired thickness.

The blender blending

The blender blending

 

Just add ice.

Just add ice.

Blend a little more.

Blend a little more.

Just a few moments later you have this.

Just a few moments later you have this.

Yes, that’s it!  I like mine to be pretty thick and frozen so I usually end up filling the blender almost all the way with ice.  However, I add it in stages to help it incorporate better.  I will often use sugar-free soda to reduce the amount of sugar in the slush.  You could probably even try it with sugar-free drink mixes to keep it from having any sugar.  I’ve never tested it that way, so I’m not sure what the quantity of drink mix would be for that, though.  If you give this a try, let me know what you think about it in the comments below.

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July Goals

Yesterday I shared with you about how I’m feeling a bit like time is getting away from me this year.  I decided to set goals for the remaining months.  Since this is the 3rd day in July, it’s time to get started on that! 

July Goals

  • Running:  4o miles
  • Other Fitness:  Princess Posse July Plank and Squat Challenge and 2 days per week of T25
  • Weight Loss:  5 pounds
  • Home Organization:  Completely clean out fridge and organize 2 areas of my bedroom.
  • Financial:  Set up the Etsy shop I’ve had in my head for months.

Remember I said this was going to be bite-sized pieces?  This is about as bite-sized as I know how to make it.  I hope I actually get more than this accomplished but I will be very happy with this.

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Year Half Gone or Half Remaining?

It’s July!  How did that happen?  More importantly WHEN did that happen?  Half the year is already gone! 

I really try to always be a glass half full kind of person.  That being said, with the year already half over, I’m having a very hard time seeing the year as half remaining instead of half gone.  I’ve never really been a New Year’s resolution maker, but I did set some goals for myself this year.  As I look back on what they were, it’s hard to face the fact that I’ve accomplished nothing. 

I wanted to PR all of my running distances (5K, 10k, 10 miler and half marathon).  So far, I haven’t even run a 5k or 10 miler this year (Navy was 10 nautical miles, not land miles).  I have done a 10k and a half marathon but they were nowhere near PRs.  In fact, they were PWs (personal worsts).  Having to take my first DNS (did not start) for a half marathon by missing Rock and Roll Nashville doesn’t make me feel any better about this, either.  So, while I still might accomplish part of it, this goal is likely not going to be met. 

There were also a number of home projects I wanted to get done.  How many of those have I done?  You guessed it!  Nothing!  And realistically, nothing much will get done towards that specific list by the end of the year, either.

I did get this monstrosity of a bush cut down and back under control but it wasn't on my initial "to do" list.

I did get this monstrosity of a bush cut down and back under control but it wasn’t on my initial “to do” list.

Another thing contributing towards my year half gone feeling is that to me, the last half of the year always goes by much more quickly than the first half.  So, by the time I get to mid-year, it feels like I might as well start decorating for Christmas. 

I know I need an attitude adjustment about this but how do I do that?  I’ll start by focusing on what I HAVE done, that may not have even been on the list to start with. 

I did complete a spur of the moment trail half marathon in January.  It was my first trail race, so technically we could call that a trail half PR, right?

I finished!

I finished!

Since the Navy 10 Nautical Miler was a new distance for me, I can call that a PR, too.

I was thrilled to earn my anchor!

I was thrilled to earn my anchor!

I’ve had a great travel year so far!  I took a semi last-minute trip to New York City, my first time going! 

NYC trip in January

NYC trip in January

I’ve yet to tell you all about it, but that’s coming.  I’ve been to Walt Disney World twice this year and got to participate in some really fun experiences. 

Marathon Volunteer Jacket and Credential

Marathon Volunteer Jacket and Credential

I also have 2 more great trips on the horizon, one for later this year, and one for next year, if nothing happens to prevent them.

I also finally did something about the nagging foot pain I’ve been having, and while it’s not 100% perfect, it’s probably as close to perfect as it’s going to be.

So, all in all, it really hasn’t been a bad year so far, and all the important things are still going well.  I’m healthy, and my family is healthy, as far as I know.  However, I do feel the need to make better use of the time I have.  I can make excuses all day long for why things don’t get done but that doesn’t make things all of a sudden get accomplished.  Life, like my career, needs a plan for reaching goals.  Unfortunately, it’s not always enough just to set them. 

With the remaining 6 months of 2014, I’m going to start setting monthly goals for myself, bite-sized pieces.  At the beginning of each month, I’ll take a really hard look at what I think I can realistically accomplish personally in that 30 or 31 days.  Then at the end of the month, I’ll re-evaluate and see how I did. 

I have 6 whole (almost) months to do this!  So, the year really is half remaining.

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