Sunday, December 30, 2012

These are a few of my favorite things…

Although it is too late for any type of Christmas Shopping for me I thought I would take a few moments to share with all of you my top (tenish) list of things I love:
Yes, that really is me.

1.  I cannot believe I am including this one, but it’s true.  My favorite doctor….Dr. Cheryl Iglesia (and Medtronic rep Melissa Crowe) at Washington Hospital Center.  In the past ten years I have seen more doctors and specialists than almost any other person in the universe and my uro-gynecologist is my favorite.  She fixed a very broken bladder due to Clara’s birth and has the most amazing bedside manner of any surgeon I have EVER met and that is saying a lot.  She also got me hooked on Medtronic and Interstim which has impacted my life in a lot of positive ways.  Mostly in the way that I no longer have to empty my bladder with catheters.

2.     Lululemon Blows--please refer to this post.Lululemon…WAYYYY….super duper cute overpriced athletic clothes that are essentially ger-animals for workout freaks (for those of you in the correct age bracket).  On the flipside, they are incredibly functional (gel pockets, silver threads for stink, thumb holes for people who lose their thumbs easily and luxtreme running tights that do not chafe even after 30+ miles).  My favorite store for the ultimate in retail therapy (gift cards always gladly accepted).
A Lululemon Extravaganza...
Cycling Pants and Jacket on a Lilly Pulitzer Cruiser
Life is FUN.

3.      Wizbang Hats.  Again, super cute and a variety of styles.  They keep your head warm…not hot.  They have fleece lined ones for super cold days and basic spandex adorable print ones (with pony tail holes) for moderate running days.  What I love is that I forget I am wearing a hat because it keeps my head the right temperature, looks simply adorable and even fits under a ski or bike helmet. Win, win, win.  They have headbands too…FYI.

Wizbang with a fleece lining...super warm.
4.      Hoka One One…best trail run shoes EVER.  You can run trails for days with these shoes.  You literally do not feel any of the roots under your feet you simply glide over them.  They are super light and weigh about the same as your minimalist running shoe.  Mine currently have about 1600 miles on them (probably a low estimate) and are ready for more.  Every ultra that I have really done well in has been in my Hokas.  Plus side is that your legs do not have the calve/hamstring string strain brought on by most of the popular brands, BIG fan.

5.      Bota Box Redvolution…the best $18.99 ever spent on a box wine.  It compares nicely with a Layer Cake Primitivo or Red Blend Conundrum, just about ½ the price.  Plus, you can buy a few varieties of boxes and line your shelves and make your own favorite blend…kind of like the Sheetz soda fountain but with WINE, oh yesssss.

6.      Cowgirl Yoga…because horses and yoga together don’t need a lot of further explanation, throw Montana into the mix and you have nirvana in a weekend (not to mention a side trip to a good friends’ house and you may have found perfection).  MWAH!  Best week in a long time.

7.      Any and all ultra-marathons.  Even a bad ultra-marathon is better than a normal 26.2 miles.  On the upside my running skillzzzz (slow with lots of endurance) trend toward the super long distance racing rather than the normal manageable distances that most runners find to their liking…this gives me the luxury of earning lovely dust collecting tchotchkes that I will cherish until I purge my clutter.

8.      St. John's School.  My happy place.  While very clearly stating that my children were at a wonderful public school (Gracie is still there) St. John’s has been an amazing fit my sweet and overly shy Ella.  The children in the class and the teacher have reached out to her in ways that are simply not possible in the public school setting.  Grace continues to excel in the public school, Ella has made huge strides emotionally and educationally at St. John’s due to the help of a great education team and an amazing student body.

My Eastern Divide Ultra Overall Female Master Award
I think these babies totally helped!
9.     Electro DeLytes ---the most amazing electrolyte supplement for ultra distance runners.  Literally easier on the stomach than water with a sweet citrus flavor that is completely lacking in after taste.  They are infused with electrolytes and really help to keep you going without that heavy pukey feeling we so often get when running over 30 miles on a sunny Saturday morning.  Added energy without added GI distress.  Hollaaaaa!

10.     The Silver Maple...Very unique and well made custom "race/fitness" jewelry.  They have a lot of other types of custom jewelry as well but my favorite one is called "Inspiration" they cut a word out of a vintage dictionary to make a charm and then make a copper background with the distance stamped into it. I used the word indomitable or untamable.  Anyway, I get a ton of positive comments on it and wear it almost everyday.
My gorgeous Silver Maple necklace.  LOVE!

I know everyone is now chomping at the bit to get out there and get my birthday gift for me (July 1st...I'll send out personal reminders later) least you now have a starting point.  Periodically I plan to add my list of favorite things...check back.


  1. if you enjoy a good box wine, be sure to check out the Baggy Winecoat! look it up and thank me later. :)

    1. I will Emily, I'll let you know what I think long as it's dark, red and bitter (like me) I'm a happy girl.

    2. You can put whatever dark bitter wine in it and no one will be the wiser.

    3. OK Emily...that is kind of badass. We will have to hangout at the playground one day. You're my kind of mom =)

    4. I was this.close to buying that when it was half off, and I seriously don't know why I didn't. I'm having reverse buyers remorse. or something.
      yes. let's hang out and get discreetly drunk.