Happy Hump Day!

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This was at the wedding we recently attended. Those are glittery moose, mounting one another. Humping, if you will. If this makes you uncomfortable

Sometimes my mood swings annoy even myself. Two days ago I was a ball of stress and started writing a post I ended up deleting because I hate complaining about things instead of putting my energy toward improving them. Well, [some] things have improved and now I’m a ball of sunshine! [Mostly.]

I was getting stressed about this Thursday’s Painting Party fundraiser. (You may have noticed an incessant amount of posting about it.) I didn’t realize I would have to make up the difference if I didn’t get the minimum number of people to register. (Or, maybe I didn’t think it would be so hard to get the minimum number of people.) So not only was I not going to make anything off of it, but I would lose money from my own pocket. I may have had a moment [in privacy with my husband] where I bitched about how I’m trying to do something nice by fundraising and it’s so hard. I’m never doing this again. Hey, self, newsflash, you know what’s harder? Cancer. Stop bitching. Especially since I was able to talk to the nice folks at Bottle & Bottega and work out a solution that will not lead to me losing money, and if more people register (and I think some more have already) the fundraiser might actually be a fund raiser.

And, a few friends who are unable to attend on Thursday made a donation directly, so between that and the success of the Running Rack raffle (congrats to winners Pete and Rachel, by the way, who have already been notified and picked their displays), as of yesterday morning, I have hit the $250 fundraising minimum to be able to register for “free” summer marathon training. Phew. So thank you to everyone who has already donated! I’m doing another raffle later this month, so stayed tuned.

However, shifting gears, I’m still feeling fat and lazy. All my relative laziness (I say relative because we runners are a crazy bunch … basically, lazy = not seriously training for anything and just kind of working out when it’s convenient) over the past year has led to some weight gain. It happens. And I’m not so much annoyed by that (because most of my clothes still fit), as I am by my obvious decrease in fitness. You work so hard to get to a certain point and then you let it go and you have to work back up again. (Earth-shattering, yes?) It’s certainly not the end of the world, and obviously I have no one to blame but me … well, I have no one else to blame, so that’s fun to have rolling around in my head. I have races coming up and no expectations to PR, which is a little bit of a let down, you know? OK, time for the pity party to end.

Because I was just starting to get back on track, and get this, make a training plan, and then I get sharp pains in my left knee during a run. It’s like my knee knew what was up and decided, NOPE, we liked taking it easy. I might attempt a run tomorrow and see how it is, but if I’m still feeling … feelings … when I walk down stairs, I might just ride a stationary bike instead finally Divvy home from work for the first time. Stay tuned. I swear I almost got run over by an SUV when riding home from Pilates last night and I hope my parents aren’t reading this but if they are, I always wear my helmet. 

In other news, Hot Doug’s announced they were closing, 90% of my Facebook friends freaked out like they themselves have a stake in Hot Doug’s, I chastised them on Twitter … and then I ended up taking the lead on making plans with my running club to make a trip over there. I mean, Hot Doug’s describes themselves as The Sausage Superstore and Encased Meat Emporium … of course the Wurst Running Club Ever has to make an official outing to a place like that. We have until October.

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Sausage Queen of Chicago

OK, this post is all over the place, time to wrap it up. I leave you with this: Police Escort Family of Geese Off the Interstate. (I really hope this link/video still works.) If that doesn’t restore your faith in humanity, well then I need to try harder.

Have you been to Hot Doug’s? What should I order? Do you brake for animals? Or just sausage? (Declan, I’m looking at you but you probably won’t read this.) 

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14 Comments on “Happy Hump Day!”

  1. Oh boy, there’s a lot to cover here…

    Fundraising IS really hard and frustrating. Yes, of course cancer is worse, and I always feel like an ass complaining about fundraising (which is why I rarely do publicly), but it can be pretty disheartening. Like, hey, friends, can you skip your Starbucks today and just donate $5 to people who are dying from this horrible disease that we still haven’t figured out how to cure? One of whom is a family member that I love and don’t want to lose. Oh, you can’t?? Well… okay then, keep on ignoring my posts and emails. So, I get it (and you can vent about that to me anytime).

    Clothes not fitting is always my indicator that I’ve gotten off track – my thing is that I DO still work out a lot, but apparently not enough to keep up with the crap I’m eating (like my three-meat day on Saturday – when in Wisconsin, right?). Hope you can figure out what’s up with your knee. Do you have a brace or anything for it?

    Heh, I’m the Sausage Queen. That made my day 🙂 So for Hot Doug’s, you obvs want to get the duck fat fries (though their tots are pretty good too), and try the Celebrity Sausage and/or Game of the Week. this is why it’s important to go in a group, you can share.

    1. I try not to get hung up on who is donating and who isn’t, because for all I know, the poeple that aren’t are donating to other worthy causes. But I do try to make an effort and at least donate at least $5 to anyone who pops up on FB with a link to their personal charity page.

      I look forward to sharing sausage with you.

      1. Well right, I don’t hold it against anyone and I know a lot of people support a lot of other equally worthy causes, but that doesn’t mean it’s still not frustrating at times. Apparently I needed to vent too 🙂

        1. Especially when you see people who can raise like $30,000 by themselves. (Well, I’m sure they have help, but it’s all going toward their individual fundraising, not a team.) I’m like, these people must have a lot of wealthy friends and family.

  2. Here’s hoping those knee pains are (very) short-lived. Anyway, I used to work across the street from Hot Doug’s. Back then, there was no line (except from noon to 1 pm). I would get a dog with sauerkraut and mustard almost everyday. Simple, yet classic. The fries are good, but you may need a defibrillator afterwards. Happy Hump Day!

    1. I just remembered that some famous running doctor (Sheehan?) said once that most knee pain stems from the feet up. So maybe it’s your shoes/insoles? Just a guess, I’m not a doctor. 🙂

      1. I have been wondering if it’s time for new shoes. I really only have one pair of shoes that I trust right now, the rest either have close to 500 miles or I’m on my first pair of that model and don’t know how far I can take them.

  3. I am definitely going to donate at least the $45 it costs for the painting party since I said I could come and then my class had to go and have a totally draconian policy about missing it. We are grad students. Sheesh. You’d think they’d treat us like adults.

    ANYWAY! What’s your direct fundraising link?

    When I developed knee pain the week after my very first 20 miler (so, like, three weeks out from my first marathon) I remember crying so much it was ridiculous. But then I got a massage and a knee brace and all was fine. So, you will be fine. Promise!

  4. You know I’m right there with you with the whole fundraising thing. I’m happy enough with where I currently am in my fundraising, but it is definitely frustrating to have these events not go over as hoped. I get that people have lives and obligations and all of that, and I understand that not everyone has the same outlook towards charitable giving as I have and perhaps it’s not fair of me to assume that other people SHOULD have the same outlook I have…but man. It’s not like we’re asking one individual person to cover the entirety of our fundraising goals, and even if the cause isn’t super near and dear to their hearts, you’d think the fact that they have a friend/family member trying to raise funds for the cause would be enough to help. But again, maybe that’s just me projecting my views about charitable giving onto others. Regardless, I’m glad things with Bottle & Bottega are looking up, and all fingers crossed there will be a profit!

  5. Gosh, that sounds really stressful with the minimum # of attendees for the painting night! I had that for my sister’s bachelorette… but that was just a party for fun! I would have been much more stressed if I was in your shoes. I am happy you worked it out with them, and that you met your minimum fundraising to join the training program.

    I haven’t donated yet, but I will eventually. I am sorry – I forgot you had the $250 minimum. And I am trying to space out my donating a bit this year (I have lots of friends (including non bloggers) who fundraise that I want to support). But I will donate! And while I appreciate the raffles and events that people do, I don’t need that. If it’s a cause I care about, I will donate.

    When you signed up for those races, did you sign up because you hoped to PR? And thinking it would get your butt in gear to pick your fitness back up and it hasn’t and that is why you are bummed? Not trying to be a jerk, but I am thinking about how we can’t PR forever, and sometimes, races can just be for fun (or to pace someone else, or explore a new area, or whatever). But I understand thinking you would be some place, that you aren’t. Or thinking back to being in better shape, awhile ago. Ha ha. When I see those silly images on FB/blogs that say not to compare to others, but to ourselves… I don’t even think we should do that. Things change!

    And I do hope your knee gets better soon. That is extremely frustrating 🙁

    1. Don’t apologize for not donating! AHH that wasn’t my goal!! I don’t expect everyone I know to donate.

      This year the races I’m doing are a lot of repeat races that I enjoyed in the past. So I guess I wasn’t thinking about doing them for the PR so much as I was for the experience. But, you know, PR’s are nice. And they are certainly motivating. It’s nice to see that you are improving. But, these races will be fun regardless.

  6. My left knee is being a pain too. I have diagnosed myself..after all my diploma I just printed is dry. 😉 I hate…HATE trying to sell things for V’s fundraisers. I am not a good salesman

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