Thinking Out Loud 11/19/15


I just had one of those moments where you not only realize today is Thursday but you realize tomorrow is already Friday!

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If you are a really fast eater who is looking to slow down, try holding your fork or spoon with your less dominant hand.

I burned my left hand the other night while taking something out of the oven which left me standing with my left hand under running water and only my right hand free to feed myself. I am normally a fast eater and also a lefty who is capable of doing many things with her right hand but clearly eating is not one of them.

When you can’t stand the clothes in your closet, you reinvent your look by getting a fresh head of highlights and new black boots for the winter season.


I am all out of place and looking lost in the running store the other night before dinner. I saw my reflection in the mirror and I was like, who the heck is that?!

I felt like an imposter if you want to know the truth. As if I didn’t belong in the running store, as if I needed to shout to the employees I am really a runner! I don’t know who dressed me today!

I did spot some winter workout long sleeve tops that I may need which reminded me that I am super late on this year’s winter workout apparel favorites post but hear me out — I haven’t bought anything new and it’s hardly been cold here (see above photo for the evidence as I am wearing a black sweater over my shirt instead of a winter coat) so I have yet to be wearing my winter running stuff enough to talk to you about it.

Is it just me or do you find yourself taking secret selfies in front of random mirrors several times in the days following a hair cut or highlight session?


I heard this song yesterday during my run and I think I need to add it immediately to my playlist.

pandora radio

Please tell me you remember this song from Footloose? From the scene where Kevin Bacon was racing on the tractor?

Good thing I don’t live near a farm because I would live in fear that my son would think to go racing on tractors with his friends when I am not around to keep him off of such a contraption.

Instead I live my life more like Back to the Future these days, completely in fear of being taken out by a hoverboard.

I still can’t believe I bought this silly thing for my son and to make it worse, he makes me ride it around the house so he can take videos and pictures on his phone of how pathetic I am.


I can run, I can’t roll. This thing is hard!

And because we all enjoy an after hours text from my son, here’s a string of them from the other night:


Lesson for all of us – no matter how many times we try to tell someone how to do something, they aren’t going to do it that way until they feel that way is their way. The change has to come from them when they are ready.

I reluctantly gave up on torturing us both about his homework (read: I yell about it until I am too tired and go to bed).

If he wanted to be a night owl about his homework, that was his problem to figure out. As smart as he is, he needed to learn that homework needs attention, at a normal hour, in order to get done effectively.

Last week I said his after hours texts are his to do list, now I think they have become a diary and confessional.

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Be sure to check out what everyone else is thinking about today 🙂


Are you a lefty or a righty?

Fast or slow eater?

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  • Michele @ paleorunningmomma November 19, 2015, 5:34 am

    I’m a lefty and can’t eat with my right hand! Totally frustrating and I’m sure I wouldn’t enjoy the food. Meanwhile, I use scissors perfectly right handed, probably because there were never any left handed ones at school! And your hair looks awesome!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles November 19, 2015, 3:46 pm

      Me too with the scissors! I was just saying we lefties needed to adapt to living in the righty world. I can write really well with my right hand and play all sports as a righty too.

  • Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine November 19, 2015, 6:18 am

    I am a righty and can’t do much of anything with my left hand! I am usually a slower eater, except when I am really hungry.
    Recently I was talking to someone about how tight my right arm/shoulder gets from holding a mouse on that side all day long, and I tried switching to my left hand. Well this is super tricky and I just ended up reaching across my desk with my right hand anyway! Its so tough to change our ingrained habits.
    Your son is too funny. I think it will be awesome to remind him of this stuff when he is an adult:)
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles November 19, 2015, 3:45 pm

      Because lefties need to live in a righty world, I actually use the mouse with my right hand 🙂

  • Miss Polkadot November 19, 2015, 7:12 am

    Lefty here! It’s so funny you have a cute term for that over there. The US wins at coming up with those. I think I’d actually heard that eating tip somewhere else before but while I’m a fast eater I also am usually very hungry so it wouldn’t work for me, haha.
    While I sadly haven’t run in a long time I can totally relate to your feelings in the running store. I’m a dress kind of girl so must definitely look odd getting all excited about running tights in the store :D.
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  • Katie @ katiesfitscript November 19, 2015, 7:16 am

    OH MY! I always take a selfie post highlight! HAHAH! I’m like HEYYOOO looking like a real person for once with my hair not in a bun on top of my head 😉 I will have to add that song to my playlist! 🙂
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles November 19, 2015, 3:44 pm

      Hahaha glad I am not the only one! And yes, definitely add that song to your playlist, love it while running!

  • Susie @ SuzLyfe November 19, 2015, 7:18 am

    Equally uncoordinated in both. Seriously. I’ve seen the eat with your less dominant hand trick in magazines before. Along with eat with chopsticks. That makes soup very difficult indeed. As for those rolly thingies, they annoy me so much. I’ve seen people walk their dogs, push their babies in strollers… seriously?
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles November 19, 2015, 3:44 pm

      I heard on the news today that people will be fined $500 if they roll around on the hoverboard in certain areas here. Not sure if it’s just new York or every where.

  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 19, 2015, 7:57 am

    We need to talk about this hoverboard thing… remind me! And I absolutely do remember that scene from Footloose and am now singing that song in my head… thanks 😛 And while I don’t necessarily have a problem with eating too fast, I definitely don’t eat overly mindfully. Maybe I ought to try the hand swap to see if that will help. Or try eating with chopsticks — that’s nearly impossible.

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles November 19, 2015, 3:43 pm

      I love eating with chop sticks! Thanks for reminding me that I bought a bunch of them to use at home.

  • Gretchen | Gretchruns November 19, 2015, 8:22 am

    The pic on you on the hoverboard is hilarious!! That reminds me of something I would do to my mom growing up…not so nice. I always see those around and I kind of want one…but when I actually see people with them outside I think it looks lame. I would probably keep it inside which would be a waste of money! I guess I can officially say I’m too old for something 🙁
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles November 19, 2015, 3:42 pm

      I see them rolling all around outside, no way I am attempting it lol. I will stick with running.

  • Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood November 19, 2015, 8:24 am

    I’m a righty, and horrible at using my left hand. Like, really bad. We thought for a hot second my son was a lefty since he was using it a lot, but it seems like he’s a righty now. Also, your son’s texts kill me. I definitely agree, no matter how many times my dad told me I needed to work on XYZ, it would never click until it was ME saying it.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles November 19, 2015, 3:42 pm

      Now let’s see what time he does his homework tonight! I bet no earlier but at least he is starting to realize.

  • Alycia November 19, 2015, 8:38 am

    Love his texts, he is such a funny kid! At least he is aware of the “work ethic” problem. 🙂

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles November 19, 2015, 3:41 pm

      Right?! work ethic, lol, cracks me up. I never know what messages I am waking up to in the morning from him!

  • mylittletablespoon November 19, 2015, 9:15 am

    I should really try that hand swapping/eating thing. If nothing more than just the entertainment factor. Hair looks beautiful!!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles November 19, 2015, 3:41 pm

      Definitely try it, it was pretty amusing trying to eat with my right hand. And thanks, I love fresh highlights 🙂

  • Emily November 19, 2015, 9:16 am

    I’ve seen those hoverboards, and they look HARD. I think I would want to start with a skateboard first. Don’t ask why I’m going to learn snowboarding this winter. ;D
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles November 19, 2015, 3:40 pm

      It is hard, at least I think so! you gotta figure out the balance and then I think you are good to go.

  • Alyssa @ renaissancerunnergirl November 19, 2015, 9:31 am

    I always thought I needed to slow down my eating, but everyone else must have sped up because I eat much slower than most of my friends/family. I think it’s because I’ll eat a large portion but it takes awhile, I put my fork down to talk or if I’m alone and reading the news or a blog, read some.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles November 19, 2015, 3:40 pm

      I became a fast eater when my son was born because I didn’t have time to even chew when he was a baby.

  • Jamie November 19, 2015, 9:41 am

    I’m a righty, and eat way too fast – so looks like I’ll be using your tip and trying to eat with my left hand from now on! And who knows… maybe I’ll become ambidextrous
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles November 19, 2015, 3:39 pm

      I am slightly ambidextrous and can write really well with my right hand but I can’t eat very well with it which is so weird to me!

  • Sarah @pickyrunner November 19, 2015, 10:13 am

    HAHAHAHHA his text! So perfect. Your son is the greatest. I love that he takes pictures of you on the hoverboard thing too. We have one in the office and everyone always plays on it. I’m too afraid I’d fall off…

    And real clothes in a running store– YEP. I feel way overdressed.
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  • Shannon November 19, 2015, 10:17 am

    I am right handed and am pretty hopeless trying to do anything with my left!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles November 19, 2015, 3:38 pm

      Try eating and let me know if you can do it at all! lol it’s not easy

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes November 19, 2015, 10:49 am

    Your highlights are so pretty! I always feel overdressed in a running store also if I’m in normal clothes. I’m a slow eater, except when it comes to soups or smoothies, and then I scarf them down.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles November 19, 2015, 3:38 pm

      Aw thanks 🙂 And yeah, I felt so weird being in the running store wearing like totally real clothes!

  • Sheena @ Paws and Pavement November 19, 2015, 11:02 am

    I definitely eat too fast so I will try your idea, thanks! Nothing is a better reminder of that than Thanksgiving. Spend hours in the kitchen to eat in 10 minutes….
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles November 19, 2015, 3:37 pm

      Seriously! It takes forever to cook the food and then we inhale it in minutes. Let’s try eating with the other hand for sure on Thanksgiving lol

  • Hayley @ Full of Life November 19, 2015, 11:51 am

    I love those black boots!!! I have my eye on some new ones to ask for for Christmas and those are even cuter. That text from your son cracked me up haha

  • Arman @ thebigmansworld November 19, 2015, 1:54 pm

    LOL. Your son is the greatest.

    I also have total eclipse of the heart in my head now….wrong song, same artist gah!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles November 19, 2015, 3:35 pm

      Haha, I thought of that song too when I saw Bonnie Tyler’s name. I used to love that song too!

  • Fiona November 19, 2015, 3:41 pm

    I love your new boots, they’re beautiful! Oh and I absolutely remember that scene from Footloose, I love that movie. Bonnie Tyler has been firmly on my running playlist for years 😀
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