Saturday, May 24, 2008

sweet stuff

So. I've been running. Although, I definitely wouldn't characterize myself as a runner ... even though I bought new running shoes and and new running socks and new running shorts and a new running top with a built in bra and a new running windbreaker and a new running watch and a new running iPod holder.

See, I believe that when you are dressed in the appropriate gear and you look good, you are more apt to succeed. Even if you resemble the Pillsbury Dough Boy squeezed in to Nike apparel and stumbling from a hot oven.

One thing I've noticed is that when I stumble run more than a mile, both of my feet promptly fall to sleep. Much like when I go down hill snow skiing, or spend more than five minutes on the ellipse machine. In fact, any form of exercise that requires my legs - minus cycling or swimming - cause my feet to fall asleep. I looked up my symptoms last week on Google, and I discovered that this problem could be the result of shoes that are too tight, a blood flow impediment, a pinched nerve, or a tumor.

So, either I need larger shoes with arch support and an aspirin, or ... I need to get my affairs in order.

I'm going to see a doctor later this week about correcting the problem (provided it can be corrected) and I really hope that they can help. Even though I never particularly like going out to stumble run, and the stumbling running itself can be a little painful ... I've discovered that the jolt I have after I've run is empowering. Especially once the feeling has returned to my lower extremities.

I've also discovered that if it wasn't for the group of fitness fanatics women that are cheering me on as I stumble along every week, I would have given this up the first week I started. And that would be really pathetic if I gave up a sport before I cut all the price tags off my new gear.


We went to see the new movie Iron Man on our date night. Our neighbor arrived just as we had put the kids to bed - and although I had told them earlier in the day that Charlie and I were going out to see a movie that evening - I didn't mention it again, before we left.

Because I know better.

I know that if I had told the children, as I tucked them in, "Daddy and I are going out and Sydney will be watching you and we will be back very soon and here when you wake up" they would have insisted that they come with us and/or loudly protest that we leave.

And the amount of time that it would have taken to console the children would have meant that we missed the movie altogether and/or had claw marks on our bodies that our children inflicted as we walked out the front door. And of course, our baby sitter would have been traumatized by three screaming children and our highly anticipated date night would have vaporized before our very eyes.

So, I didn't tell them.

And I'm glad.

Because the movie was great, the time away was awesome, and when we returned home, Sydney said that we hadn't been gone more than five minutes when the children were up. First it was William - looking for a drink of water - and then, Carolyn - because she heard her brother. But Sydney handled the situation without a call to us, which was fortunate because there was poor cell phone coverage in the theater.

Not to mention, we would have been hard pressed to leave after having just spent $21.00 on our tickets and another $12.00 on popcorn and a drink.


Last night, I added a button for the breast cancer website to the top of my blog. I put it in such a highly visible place for three reasons:

First: To remind me. Breast cancer is the largest cause of cancer-related deaths among women and overall, one woman in every nine will get breast cancer at some time in her life. Screening for breast cancer by mammography can detect very early breast tumors when they are too small to be felt. Most of the breast cancers detected by screening are at this very early stage, when they are relatively easy to cure. An annual mammogram is recommended for women once they are 40 and studies have shown that women who take part in frequent screening are more likely to have breast cancer diagnosed early and are more likely to have it cured than those women who do not take part in mammography screening. If breast cancer is detected early enough, such as Stage 1 breast cancer, then the 5-year survival rate is as high as 98%-100%.

Second: To support others. I've seen an e-mail circulating around for the past several years that mammograms are available free of charge, to low income women, per click to the breast cancer website. After having received one of these e-mails the other day, I went to the website - checked it out - did a little research and decided that this was a cause worthy of my support. When you click the pink button on my blog, you will be directed to the breast cancer website, where you will be prompted to click the button below:

Third: So I may always remember. There have been too many women in my life affected by breast cancer. A little over twenty years ago, I lost my godmother and daughter's namesake and a little over two years ago, I lost one of my closest friends. Seeing the pink button at the top of my blog, will serve as a daily reminder to me, of my beautiful Aunt Carolyn and dear friend, Julie.


We had a surplus of dough the other day, and I whipped up some pretzels.

Because I'm a patient and loving mother - who hasn't considered abandoning her children in another country for 36 hours - after I drizzled the tops with melted butter, I let the kids help me sprinkle the tops with cinnamon and sugar.

They turned out pretty good ... but not good enough to write about.

The next time we made them, I let Carolyn drizzle melted butter on top, and when I peered over her shoulder, I noticed that she had drizzled an ENTIRE stick over two pretzels. At first, I was alarmed thinking that she was wasteful and OH! now I'd have to throw them away.

But instead, I sprinkled them with cinnamon and sugar and stuck them in a preheated 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.

Wouldn't you know ... those two pretzels that were saturated with butter were the best ones in the bunch. Which is why I suggest that if you make pretzels, you use a lot of butter.

And oh. You might also want to take up running.


  1. You CAN do it, Jen! New shiny gear does help alot! Glad you're getting your feet checked out by a Dr.

    As a breast cancer survivor, I thank you for putting the ribbon button on your blog.

    BIG hugs
    Annie W

  2. That SAME EXACT THING was happening to my feet when I used to run (WAY before my babies were born). I went up a size in running shoe and it pretty much went away. I HOPE the solution is that easy for you.
    Good luck!

  3. I'm so glad you guys got out to the movies. Getting away just my hubbie and I seems to do wonders for our spirits these days!!

    Good luck with the running thing... I wish I could find a group like the one you are talking about. Since I haven't found one yet, I can only make myself run if something scary is chasing me!?!

  4. I love your posts and I now have a total craving for Aunt Annie's. I'm not planning on running though. I did last Saturday, the first time since my babies were born and I was sore for a while. :)
    I'm glad you got away. Does Syndey want to come to Denver????


  5. Way to go with the running!!! And with the night out to the movies.

    I can't say enough how much I love that bread recipe. I make it all the time now, and everyone (from toddler to house guests) love the bread. And it's so easy!! I will have to try making them into pretzels now. Thanks for the idea.

  6. Your shoes are too tight. When I bought mine from a running store they said they should only be tied tight enough that they just barely don't fall off your feet.

  7. Glad to hear your date night was wonderful.

    And as I survivor I thank you for putting up the ribbon link on your blog. The site has been there for a number of years. I actually have it as my home page so I remember to click every day. 2 years and counting

  8. Hi Jen,
    I'm just a lurker here, although I've been following your blog for a long time. I'm a fellow SoCal momma!
    Just wanted to chime in and second Cindy's comment. My feet always fell asleep while working out and my shoes were a full size too small. When I first went up that size I was flabbergasted at how large my shoes felt but after a few weeks of getting used to it I was amazed that my feet never fell asleep again! Keep up the running, you are an inspiration.
    Love your blog.

  9. I have never made pretzels, but your pretzels are making me, um, want pretzels!

  10. I love that picture of Charlie. That is hysterical. Made my day!

  11. The asleep feet thing used to happen to me too, and when I told my husband that I didn't like to exercise because of it, he told me that he worked in a running store in college and showed me how to lace my shoes so that it wouldn't happen. Lo and behold, it worked! I have high arches (you may too), and the laces pressing against the top of my foot (against nerves I guess) caused the pins and needles. Ask someone at a running store how to lace for high arches (if that is your problem) and it will help so much. I didn't even have to go up a size. Good luck!

  12. Karen in Buffalo5/25/08, 12:09 PM

    Thanks so much for putting the Ribbon button on your blog! I visit here daily to get inspiration, laughs, general 'Mom' support, etc., and now I feel doubly good after my visit!

  13. Maybe carry a few of those yummy pretzels with you when you run. LOL

    Seriously, I think it's the tight shoes. When I was running it seemed like my feet would swell a size during the run and then go down again. Friend who was coaching me told me to get a size larger and I never had numb feet.

  14. G'day Jen,
    Great to see you supporting breast cancer research. I'd love for similar attention to be given to prostate cancer research - it kills more men than breast cancer kills women, but doesn't have nearly as high a profile. Here's a link to the Prostate Cancer Foundation:

    Prosate Cancer Foundation

    Keep up the running, you'll get there.


    #I am completely unaffiliated with the PCF.

  15. Jen did you know the dude with the popcorn is married? He looks exactly like a healthy happy version of my first husband. Freaked me out. You must have gotten the good twin:) Interesting about the comments on shoe size, I know that my shoe size is every changing these days. And not down!

  16. That is so funny of Guy sitting in the theater. YOu really have become a shutter bug. You will have to check out the Matinees at the theater
    or else re-mortgage your house.
    I hear the price of popcorn is going up--I bring Microwave Pop corn with me in my big, big bag. Remember?

  17. Yum. You continue to amaze me. Baking and running and three yr old trips. What the hell!

    I had this happen with my feet a few years ago, and went to a chiropractor who got me all fixed up!