Breaking Out My Running Shoes

The weather is so nice today! Chris and I are out in the backyard right now working. Chris is digging in his dirt pile, and I’m blogging at the table. Typical 🙂 He has so much more patience with this project than I do. Right now he’s spending more time digging bricks out of the dirt than digging dirt out of the dirt! I would have given up a LONG time ago, kind of like I did with the Ivy.

Anyway, moving on. So I decided to break out my running shoes today.

For those of you who know me, for a long time I lived and breathed running. Was I great at it? No way, but I loved it. I loved it right up until the moment I ran the BAA Half Marathon in 2009 and wrecked my knee. It had taken me so long to get to the point where I could run those distances (and longer, helloo Boston Marathon 2009!) comfortably that I was devastated when I tried to start running again only to find that a mile made me want to keel over and die. For almost 18 months now I have been sans running, and my life has been a little sadder.

Cue my sister, who has always been the one to get me started on my newest obsessions (lulu, yoga, and twitter, just to name a few!). She’s been a running machine lately, and it totally made me miss it. Add to that the new blogs I’ve been finding (like Meganerdruns) and it was all I could do to keep myself on the couch for 5 more minutes. All of them expressed the same sentiments that I did. That first mile is the hardest. What separates the couch potatoes from the runners is simply getting up and going out the door again the next morning, and the one after that, and the one after that.

So on that note, weather permitting, I will be back on the road again tomorrow in my Lulu running crops and my Addidas running sneaks. I’m setting my sights back on my favorite race: The Marathon. I’m thinking possibly Boston 2012 if I can get my charity number back, and the Chicago Marathon 2012 in October (you know you want to run it with me Beth!!). In the meantime, anyone with any great 5k,10k, and half races in mind, send me a message!



Chris and I woke up this morning to 60 degree weather and sunshine. We decided it would be the perfect day to go get some plants for the house and maybe do a little work on the backyard/jungle. We got in the car, rolled down the windows and headed of to the Home Depot.

When we got there we found a bunch of plants that I liked right away. Within minutes the cart was full and Chris and I had 5 plants, 3 planters and some dirt.

Full Cart!

We loaded everything into the car and headed home.

When we got back to the house we decided that (knowing me) our best bet would be to bring everything into the backyard for me to re-pot the plants.

Everything I need

We ended up picking up 2 larger plants for the livingroom:

Big plant #1

Big Plant #2

I also picked 3 smaller plants for the kitchen. I went with another small aloe plant, and two other little ones that I don’t know the names of, but look really cute.

Little Plants!

Then I got artsy (per usual) with the camera:


Have I mentioned I love my camera??

Anyway, back to the planting. In typical Kate-Style, I managed to get more of the dirt on me than in the planters. Eventually there was enough dirt and the plants were planted.

Planted Plants

Chris and I brought them inside and put them in the kitchen and livingroom.

Apparently the plants got kind of heavy when Chris was carrying the big planters up the stairs. As I was coming up the stairs I ran into this:

That's not right...

Whatever works, right? 🙂 Which reminds me, we do need something to decorate that spot with…..

The little plants went in the kitchen on the counter.



The big plants went in the livingroom on the tables.

By the Window

By the door

So there you have it. I FINALLY have the plants that I’ve been wanting for a while. They look great, I love them, and I can’t wait to add more!

Next up, fixing the backyard…..

The Backyard. Part 1

Our backyard is a jungle, which is kind of amusing since there are no trees and the ground is covered with brick. Weeds in the city are a crazy thing. They are so hardy and sneaky that even when you think you’ve got them beat, they still come back. Even when you spray them with gallons upon gallons of Round-Up, put down weed blocker, add pounds of sand, and then rebrick, but I’m getting ahead of myself.

The backyard is shaped like and L. The long part of the “L” is brick, with a small garden area on the lower half. The short end of the “L” is half brick, half garden. Part of the garden is a steep hill. In the past few years the greenery has gotten way out of control. Chris and I went out in an attempt to clean it up. After many hours we stopped, looked around, and decided it was more of a mess than when we had started!

Ahhh, lovely, isn’t it?

So anyway, Chris started re-bricking. We decided to hold off on planting anything until next year, with the main goal of finishing the brick work before winter.

So he started pulling up the bricks, leveling off the ground (as best he could) putting down that weed-blocker and sand I talked about earlier, and then re-laying the bricks.

He worked a lot while I was studying for my boards. It kept him out of my hair, which was great!

He made some great progress, and was so nice to remember to take pictures along the way!

Sometimes, while I was studying, I would get bored and lean out the window to get a bird’s eye view of his work. It was part brick masterpiece, part toddler’s sandbox.

Then, one magical night after I passed my boards (Wooohoo!!) it was cool enough (read: not the Sahara Desert) and I was able to help Chris with some work on the bricks. In just one short hour we made some huge progress.

Thanks to Chris’ parents, we now have a grill to go along with our quarter done back yard 🙂

Hopefully we’ll be able to work on it more soon and have it finished before the winter. Grandma wants to get some patio furniture so that we can sit out there when its nice out.

So thats all for now. Send Chris many messages to go buy more sand and weed blocker so we can finish this project! Thanks for stopping by!