Thursday, June 23, 2011

Hot stuff

Not a lot going on around here. It's been pretty quiet as we get ready for our week-long family vacation. I can't help but feel it's the calm before the storm...with 14 McFarlane's in one place at one time, it can only be called a storm. Or maybe a fray. OOOO...or chaos. Regardless, it will be fun! Before we know it, it will be fall and I will in the thick of busy travel season again.

But in the mean time, here's some hot stuff to think about.

Hot Air:
Summer is officially upon us and the weather in Denver is finally summer-like. And for the extended forecast, it's looking like the low to mid 90's and plentiful Colorado sunshine! Which is great. Except for those long runs on Saturday mornings as I continue with the Summer of Run and prepare for my second half-marathon of the season. I need to figure out a way to take more water with me. My water bottle holds enough for 5-6 miles on a hot morning, this weekend I run 8. Or at least that's the plan.

Hot Oven:
Well, ours isn't. The motherboard died. So, if I want to use the oven or stove top burners, I have to endure incessant a chronic smoke alarm. I love to cook, but there's got to be a better way. So, until we can get a new computer thingy for our oven/stove control panel, it will remain unplugged. Since we are having friends for dinner on Saturday, I am accepting a personal challenge of grilling EVERYTHING! So far, we are having pork chops, grilled garlic bread, grilled romaine salad with Caesar vinaigrette and for desert, grilled Colorado peaches with vanilla bean ice cream. I'll let you know how it goes.

Hot Dogs:
No, not the edible variety, I am talking about K9's in the summer. One of them is shedding and the other needs sunscreen on her belly. The shedding is grossing me out. We will have him groomed next week to get all of his undercoat pulled out, but it will only last until the next weather change when it will start all over again. As for the beagle and her love of a good hot sunbeam, well, let's just say that I don't have to worry about carpet or wood floor discoloration from too much sunlight. If there's a sunbeam in the house, she finds it and warms her belly until the sunbeam is gone for the day. With all the black hair on her body that actually gets hot to the touch, I am not sure how she stands it!

Stay cool!


  1. You forgot one "hot", J. YOU!! LOL

    @water for running.... how much do you NEED or WANT to take? I recently came accross a "runners fanny pack." Sexy I know. :) But the neat thing was it had a small compartment for storing items (drivers licence, keys, etc), and (2)12oz(I think they were 12's)water canisters. It wasn't big and bulky like most. Pretty trendy actually. :) If I can find the link again, I will message you with it.

    I have also heard that putting sliced of cucumber in your water helps you retain the water, keeping you hydrated longer.

  2. I don't know about water problem but can I come to your house for dinner on Sat??? Your meal sounds like fun and really good too.

  3. I am coming with your mom for dinner! Sounds like something we need to try around here.

    I know the "camel-pacs" are not without their issues, but their weight is distributed across your back, they hold a lot of water and your hands are free unless you are getting a drink from the tube The other option is to have Chris meet you every other mile or so with a fresh water bottle, along with words of encouragement.

  4. I am thinking I am going to need the Camelback water backpack. They make one for running that's smaller than the standard one. I am running with about 20 ounces now, and that's only enough for 5-6 miles in the heat. I am a pretty thirsty person on a normal, non-running day! I have had trouble with the water belts...they ride up like crazy. I hate that! I wear a Spibelt for my stuff and I love it. Google it!!

    As for dinner, you all are welcome to join us. You'll have to leave first thing in the morning to make it here in time!

  5. One more comment for you Jenna regarding the water issue....
    When I was training for my Marathon (so long ago now it seems) and running lots of runs between 10 and 20 miles, I used to plan my route to run past a 7-11 or other party store each 6 miles or so. I put a few dollars into either my water bottle fanny pack or slipped them into my sock. Then I would stop in, buy a big bottle of water, drink a bunch and then re-fill my water bottle.....until I needed to stop again.
    Do you run any routes through town where you could pass by any small stores?
    Good for you for keeping up the running! Wish I could run with you.

  6. Alli! You are a genius!! I had thought about doing that but always forget. I wear a Spibelt (best running belt invented! No jiggle. No moving. No riding. No slipping) that fits my phone, car keys, drivers license and insurance card (I am just that paranoid!). We run through the areas surrounding downtown Denver. There are small convenience stores and gas stations all over the place. Slipping a couple bucks in is a great idea. And that way I get cold water too. Thanks!!