Seven Quick Takes: #5DaysRunning, First Drafts, Dentists, and Crazy Summers

Seven Quickies: Hobbity EditionWelcome to Seven Quick Takes Friday, hosted at Conversion Diary by Jennifer Fulwiler. Be sure to go check out all the other Quick-Takers at her link-up.


My kids went to VBS this week. They’re both old enough to be volunteers, which is kind of cool because I have absolutely no guilt about dropping them off and not helping any more. None. Not even a little bit.

While they have been at church from 9 to noon every day, I decided I would make the commitment to run after I dropped them off. Ever since I started Couch to 5K, I’ve been getting more and mor enthused about running. It’s almost distressing, considering Sloth and Gluttony have always been my favorites. But that little “running” tag in the cloud on the right of my blog keeps getting bigger and bigger, and I am starting to worry that this will turn into a running blog. It started out as “I want to get into better shape,” then it went to “I just spent $120 on a pair of shoes that are just for running,” and it’s now started getting to the level of obsession.

Those dumb lists my husband has been reading to me for the last 18 months about how you always want to be running, or you get jealous of someone who is out for a run when you’re not, or that you start planning vacations around where it might be cool to go for a run…they’re all making sense suddenly. It’s sort of creepy. It’s like some sort of cult based on that short-lived runner’s high that comes just after your calves and knees stop screaming and right before your abdomen seizes up and gives you a wicked stitch that makes Lilo’s pet look tame.

Anyway, I’ve gone running every day this week so far, and by the time you read this, I’m probably already out doing Couch to 5K, Week 7, Day 3. I’ve even run two 5K’s this week, according to Nike+. I even made up a hashtag for it: #5DaysRunning! No one but me really cared, but maybe someone will join me if I am crazy enough to do it again.

I’m definitely taking the weekend completely off. I need a break.


Running requires you to craft the perfect running lists, with a nice, easy warm-up song followed by some real kick-ass music to help you get to the high, which is right when you can put something less intense on the list. After that, more intensity is needed, until you finally are about to give up and you hit the power song button for the last 7 minutes of the run. Then it’s time for the 5-minute cool-down, which is incidentally not much longer than Justin Timberlake’s “Sexyback.”

Yeah, I went there.

So, my running list (or, as I accidentally called it on the iPhone as I created it, “Chris Runninf”) consists of the following:

  • “Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin (8:30, takes me through warm-up and the beginning of the run where my legs are saying, “Are ya’ kidding me???”)
  • “Where the Streets Have No Name” by U2
  • “Sabotage” by the Beastie Boys (and getting to the top of a hill as they scream is the best! This is also on my Power Song list)
  • “Boom” by P.O.D. (this really ought to be a Power Song, too)
  • “Tick, Tick, Boom” by The Hives (discovered on Guitar Hero)
  • “Panama” by Van Halen
  • “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” by Johnny Cash (I think I’ve misplaced this – the Man in Black might be moving into Led Zep’s spot)
  • “Paradise City” by Guns ‘N’ Roses
  • “Day by Day” by dc Talk
  • “Jesus Freak” also by dc Talk
  • “Desire” by U2
  • “Jet City Woman” by Queensrÿche
  • “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic” by The Police (we’re officially past where my runs take me, by the way)
  • “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor (oh, that explains why I don’t get to run to this)
  • “Feel Like a Number” by Bob Seger
  • “Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard” by Paul Simon
  • “Gone” by Montgomery Gentry
  • “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy” by Big & Rich
  • “Gone, Gone, Gone” by Phillip Phillips (hey, I think this is the built-in cool-down list!)
  • “Kerosene” by Miranda Lambert (wait, why is this here)
  • “Learning to Fly” by Pink Floyd
  • “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)” by Journey
  • “Tom Sawyer” by Rush

So… if you run, what do you have on your list? I have way more songs than time that I’m running, but I think I was being overly optimistic about how long my legs would be willing to carry me.


Oh, check out my running log (I promise this is the last running item):


And compared to last month!


Remember: I didn’t run AT ALL before June. I did a single Couch to 5K session, got shin splints, and gave up until I bought new shoes.


My 15 year-old finished her first draft of her paper, which is a persuasion piece on bias in the media against the Church. I pushed her to finish this draft this week, and rewarded her with the first 3 pages by watching movies with her. Her first reward was The Breakfast Club, and the second was Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

First, I was surprised at how emotional I still get at Breakfast Club. I remember watching that for the first time and just sobbing for nearly an hour. My daughter said she teared up a little bit, but it didn’t affect her that much. I suppose being homeschooled has something to do with it, since she isn’t constantly in a situation where she needs to fit into one clique or another. (That’s there, to some extent, since I don’t lock her in a closet or anything, but it’s limited to extracurricular activities, which makes it easier since she’s around kids with similar interests there.)

Honestly, the “socialization” card some people play about homeschooling does nothing to convince me that I’m doing anything “wrong” with my kids. I remember socialization in school. For the kids who don’t fit in easily — or who are introverted like my younger daughter and me — socialization is a nightmare.

Ferris was a different story. If you haven’t watched it with someone who hasn’t seen it before, you forget how truly iconic that movie is. It seems like every line in the movie is famous.

One of the things that makes watching these old 80’s movies with the kids fun is that they keep saying, “Oh! That’s where you got that from!” when we get to lines that Nathan and I quote to each other.


Our 13 year-old got her braces this week, and next week she’s scheduled to have some extractions done and (at the same time) the dentist might be exposing her canines, in the hopes that the orthodontist will be able to start pulling them into place.

I can’t stand even thinking about that last part.

She’s happy to have braces, but she’s been hurting since Tuesday afternoon. Thursday night, I made a frittata for dinner with garden vegetables and chicken sausage. The sausage hurt her to chew it, so she had to pick it all our of her serving. My poor baby!

She can’t wait until she’s used to the equipment in her mouth so at least that doesn’t irritate her so much.


This Summer has been insane. We joined the pool, but haven’t been that much yet. I’m really hoping for some very hot afternoons so we can go. But we’re still working on some of the school stuff we have to do.

I keep trying to fit more things into my day, but I’m not getting any extra time to do it. (And I’m trying to be fun and let the kids do fun things, even if I’m stressed about not getting everything finished.)


Last week, I was super-excited about Weird Al’s new album, Mandatory Fun. His marketing team did a phenomenal job — he released 8 videos in 8 days, each one premiering on a site that was catered to the audience who would most “get” the song. For example, his “Mission Statement” (a spoof of “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” filled with corporate buzzwords) was revealed on the Wall Street Journal’s blog!

For the first time ever, he’s got a #1 Billboard album!


Yup, that’s an LP, boys and girls!

I’ve said for decades that Weird Al is a musical genius, and his videos are just as much fantastic tributes to the original artists’ videos, as his spoofs are for their songs. Nathan found this terrific mash-up that demonstrates this:

Have a great weekend!

One thought on “Seven Quick Takes: #5DaysRunning, First Drafts, Dentists, and Crazy Summers

  1. Way to go on your running! I started running last summer, and I don’t *love* it, but I feel accomplished in the fact that I can actually run, even if it’s not very fast or for very long. I haven’t been very motivated lately, so I appreciate your post, which has given me some encouragement! I like your playlist, too. Maybe I need some new tunes to go with running again!


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