April 3, 2008

Pimpin' My Ride

I really don't understand how people can say that money doesn't buy happiness. Last week, the purchase of two items has made my life immeasureably more happy. The first was Spike's co-worker buying him this bumper sticker:


Because my husband holds himself out to be "classy," I get to put it on my busted car instead of his. If the Republicans are for Voldemort, I'd have to guess that the front runner for the Democratic party is Simba, the Lion King.

The second happy item was this gem I found last night at the counter of my local Blockbuster. A Dirk Nowitzki bobble head for my dashboard:


Funny, I just can't remember that last time changing my kids' diapers made me as happy as this plastic Dirk does. At only $4.99, I'm happy. My dumpy 1996 Toyota is going to be the hottest thing on the LA freeway this summer.

In other news, at age three, I finally let Pixie watch a full length Disney video in our home. I borrowed Beauty and the Beast from a neighbor last week and she's already watched it 6 times. Of all the things that she could have taken away from this Disney classic, she's chosen to go with the crazy father. She runs around the house all day scowling and yelling, "MY FATHER'S NOT CRAZY!" Of course, I have to bait her and remind her that in fact, her father is crazy which just send her into paroxysms of rage and protests.

And some bad news for my blogging career, the stuffed animal business is zipping along quite nicely. Since mid January, I've made over 60 stuffed animals and sold about 35. If anybody knows how I can have someone else mass produce these things, let me know. I could sure use the extra time for blogging.

Needless to say, I've been pretty busy lately. I was so exhausted yesterday that I had to make an emergency run to the grocery store for a basket full of chocolate bars. I ran into a friend in the store and under the pretense of being glad to see her, I collapsed on her in a hug. I'm not sure if she could tell from the overly heavy, long hug that I was really just using her as a prop against falling over. So a word of warning to any of you who run into me on the street, I'm hugging anyone I can get my arms around these days. Keep your distance unless you've got a strong back.

Oh oh, and one more thing. I just registered to run a half marathon in Park City on August 23rd. The ONLY reason I'm doing it is because a bunch of my siblings are going to be running that day (either the full or the half marathon) and I'm a competitive snot who needs to prove that I'm as cool as they are. I hate, hate, hate running and don't understand anyone who does it for fun. In fact, after a year of not using my YMCA membership, I just canceled it this week. Probably not the best sign that I'll be able to run a half marathon this summer. When I super buff and ran my triathlon in 2006, I did a six mile run. Training for 13 miles is going to be a stretch (and where am I going to find the time?) but I've got something to prove to my athletic sisters so it must be done. Have any of you run a half? Any great training tips? I can use all the help and motivation the internet can summon.

32 comments:

Mamie said...

That bumper sticker made my day.

john said...

Remember that time that Aaron ran a full marathon without training at all? If he can do that, I'm sure that you can do a half. At least you had a YMCA membership. That has to count for something?

Boy Mom said...

I can see it now, Hollywood running down Rodeo drive in an, I'm cool enough to compete in the Park City half-Marathon t-shirt, pushing a twin jogging stroller with a Republicans for Voldemort, bumper sticker, full of Flakey Friends, Cher, Pixie, a Costco box of fruit snacks and twenty sippy cups, as she negotiates on her cell phone in Spanish with toy manufacturers, all the while taking meticulous mental notes of the whole event to blog to her loyal stalkers while Pixie screams to know one in particular,"My Daddy is not crazy!"
Whew!!
You Go Girl!!!

Anonymous said...

Years ago I babysat for a little girl who was hooked on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The only line she came away with was the one said in complete disgust, 'women'. Made for interesting outings with her.

Marisa said...

You're running a half marathon and you hate running?? Wowee! Your family must be pretty competitive for you to want to endure the horridness that is running. (I hate it too, but there's NO way I'd force myself to do a half marathon.)

Jamie J said...

That bumper sticker is awesome. Good luck with the 1/2 marathon! I have trouble with 1/2 a mile! :)

LisaC said...

Um, my best marathon advice is to break your big toe, then tell everyone that you are in recovery and devastated that you can't run the marathon but wait until next year and you'll really show them then!!!

holly said...

What happened to doing less? :)

tishacalhoun said...

i did a half-marathon in southern utah 8 years ago and totally trained like crazy, only to get a bad cold a few days before and the raced sucked..two of my friends who did it with me ended up coming in before me and they barely trained...I hated that day.. so I second the notion that if all else fails and you don't find time to train- you'll totally be able to still do the race (just be prepared to be super sore afterwards) and ps. happy b-day next week to Cher- can you believe it's been a year?!!!

Julie said...

You can do it! All you have to do is be running about 15 miles a weeks and you'll be fine! You may be sore after but when you get together with all those other runners it makes it a lot easier, or the competitiveness takes over! I just ran a half in October in San Francisco. Park City should be fun, I just might have to join my benac cousins on race day!

bythelbs said...

Half marathon? Are you nuts? If I'm ever baited into a half marathon I'm doing that "break your big toe" thing lisac suggested.

Have fun!

Chris & Allie said...

Ummm...nope, no tips here. I HATE running, my blog just said so. I think marathon runners are nuts! Which kindof describes that part of the family ;). You will be in Utah in August? With siblings? We should have a nutsy family get together!

Jill said...

Love the bumper sticker!
When my son was three, he became obsessed with the movie "Mary Poppins." He watched it 3-4 times a day. He began speaking with a British accent, and he would hold a toy hockey stick over his shoulder and skip around the house singing "Chim chiminey......"
It was much more entertaining than his current Playstation obsession.
Teach your kids how to sew so they can help you with the flaky friends. Maybe you could count all the money you spend on them for clothes and food and stuff as wages, then write it off as a business expense?
As for the marathon, fake an injury about 1/2 mile after you start. You'll get lots of sympathy, and you won't need to finish the race.
It's a win win situation.

Jessica G. said...

My daughter freaks out at Disney movies. I am beginning to wonder if she isn't the biggest wuss I've ever met...and she's starting to scare her younger brother by threatening him with stories from these shows, all about wicked witches and such. And she now refuses to eat apples. I might need to seek professional help for her.

Suzie Petunia said...

I hear there are a few people in China who know how to sew. And they don't charge much either.

Did someone say "RUNNING"?! If I weren't so tired right now I'd jump up and down for joy. I LOVE hearing that someone has committed to running a race. And have I got just the support network you need:

www.marathonmommies.blogspot.com

We would welcome you, even though you said... and I quote, "I hate, hate, hate running and don't understand anyone who does it for fun." We will make you LOVE running. And you will show all of your family just how much better you are at that race in August. Wait a second... a half marathon in Utah in AUGUST? Do you have a dehydration/death wish?

kate said...

I am incredibly jealous of your bumper sticker!

toad4mimi said...

Go here: Great running site with training schedules to boot!

www.jeffgalloway.com

Good Luck!

Irishmama said...

Wow! What an information and humor filled post from Hollywood! Good luck on the marathon, you're a much better woman than I.

We need a photo of your car once its pimped up.

Anonymous said...

don't forget about the altitude difference between Cali and Utah. You can train down in Cali, and do great at sea level, but coming up here to the mountains, you might have a tougher time
Liz

Dawn said...

I can see why your stuffed animal business is taking off. They are so stinkin' adorable.

pflower10 said...

Does this mean that you will carve out some time for a blogging luncheon when you are out here??????

I LURVE Park City!

Adrienne said...

You know, I have that bumper sticker on my car at this very moment. Have since the 2004 election, actually... I was a bit cranky at who ended up being president.

Desi said...

large chest = painful running

therefore I have always hated running. I was going to mention that a friend of mine gets inspiration at www.marathonmommies.blogspot.com, but then I saw that another commentor mentioned that so I am of no use to you.

It sounds like your fingers are getting enough of a workout (from all that sewing) to make up for giving up the YMCA membership.

Good luck with the training.

Catherine M. said...

Sarah you're running to prove something to yourself too. We're going to ALL be fit and fabulous - well except for the two fertile and fabulous sisters in law. Now, we just need to work on Caroline who actually just failed gym class her senior year and put graduation at stake.

By the way: Doing less isn't in your blood.

chelsea said...

I have nothing to say about the running... is there anything to say other than why would anyone want to run, except away from rabid animals? A bobblehead of the large german would also make my day... well done!

LittlePaintedPolkaDots said...

Uggh - running? Way to go YOU! The mere thought of a marathon gets me winded. On a positive note, this has inspired me to attempt the 15 miles a week (sweating and out of breath on a treadmill) that Julie suggested. Whew...winded, I tell ya!

angela michelle said...

I'll be hoping for visits from the fabulous athletic and nonathletics alike. In fact, maybe you can crash here and PRETEND you're running? We can hit the Park City outlet mall and PRETEND you're running?

citymama1 said...

woo hoo! I did a half-marathon last month. They're not that bad, although the altitude in Park City might be. Good luck! My training advice would be run and don't carbo load because what's the good of running 13.1 miles if you don't loose any pounds because of it?!

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Poli said...

These two items are so good:) They would make me happy too indeed! Enjoy them and don't worry about the marathon;)

Beth said...

Like was said earlier, check out Jeff Galloway's program. I used his book, "Galloway's Book of Running" for mine, and I'm doing his marathon program next. Good luck!

Rrramone said...

I will withhold my Dirk comments, but that bumper sticker made my day!! How awesome.

I do have many Simpsons bobble heads that I love!! :-)