Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Best Gifts Ever and Then Some

Running tip (sort of): Don't wash your iPod in the washing machine after you forgot to take it out of your pocket, but if you do, immerse it in a bowl of dry rice. The rice will soak up the water and your device might just work again. Mine did!

I am spoiled. I'll admit it. Not the kind of spoiled where you ask daddy for a pony and he runs out and gets it for you and if he doesn't you make everyone's life miserable around you, but the kind of spoiled where you have the most amazing people in your life who show you they care about you all the time, in the coolest of ways. Maybe I should say I'm blessed instead of spoiled,but I don't use the word blessed like ever. I feel like that's saying that Jesus is involved and maybe he is, but he might have been dealing with other things like Haiti and Iraq and hospitals and car accidents instead of me.

Let me start this post off by saying you guys are amazing. 108 birthday wishes and 108 weird and unique facts about yourselves.

Everything from Jenn w/2 n's who said she has coulophobia, a fear of clowns, to Fit in the city who was held up at gunpoint at a bank and locked in the vault, to Runnernic who has a birthmark on her butt in the shape of the number 12. I could not have asked for more interesting and bizarre readers if I tried. The dog (see to the right ->) was even impressed. It's takes a lot to impress him since he has three legs and a chronically erect penis.

Okay, the gifts. Reading this, you just might get some gift ideas for that special person in your life who is female, turning 43, a pants crapper and a runner.

First, there were the books:

Don't know a thing about this, but want to give it a whirl? Anyone read it?


And this one from Joie, which I have read before, but LOVED about ultra marathoner, Pam Reed.


Then there was the jewelry:

This awesome one from J. Jill from my dear friend, Jenn:


And this agate bracelet that is supposed to attract miracles from best buddy and fellow blogger, Clair:

Next, Ken ordered these Chia sports drink mixes from some Native American, Wingfoot, in California (btw, if I were a Native American I would be called Wind Breaker or Turd Maker). Apparently, if I drink this I will be able to run barefoot over many mountains tomorrow. Flavors are orange, lemon and lime. I wonder what this will do to my colon?:


Of course you have to have entertainment, so Ken get us tickets to see Chelsea Handler in Denver. I just hope she brings her midget friend, Chuy, along. I've always had a secret crush on Chuy. I am wondering if everything including is penis is just shorter. I don't know how that works (don't even think about reserving seat 5 in row 1).
Anyone who knows me, knows I love my Dots. I eat them in bed at night. I know what you're thinking: she complains about turd issues when she eats Dots at night in bed? She deserves what she gets. Well, the Easter edition of Dots are out, so all is well with my world.These came from my kids, who longingly watch me eat them. I don't share. Mostly because the kids both have braces and Dots are on the shit list. The ortho would have my ass if I fed these to my kids.

Then there was the Fit Foam Roller from Carolyn. I know this will come in handy for my many post running aches and pains. I am 43, remember?

And, anyone who knows me knows I'm a coffee FREAK, so I got this ceramic/silicone to-go cup. Seriously, one of my most favorite gifts.


Then, the token Road ID (in purple) because I want people to know who to call when I am in the ditch. It even says, "Shut up and run." Notice I am not posting a photo because I do not want any modelling companies or talent searches to be contacting me.
Lastly, but not leastly, Ken who is the most thoughtful and creative dude, had this tech shirt made for me:


See what I mean about being spoiled??? To me, there is nothing better than receiving a gift that speaks to who you are as a person. This means the giver had to take time out to think about you, your likes, your passions, how you spend your time. This = love in my book. What's the best gift you've gotten this year?


Drinking: Kirkland coffee roasted by Starbucks

48 comments:

  1. Chelsea Handler does a great show and I should've known that was your type of humor. I've met her; if we ever meet in the real world, I can share some juicy tidbits.

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  2. My favorite gift this year was that EXACT porcelain coffee mug, please do not put it in the dishwasher and be careful when pulling the silicone wrap off, there is a porcelain cup inside of the outer one and they do pull apart... not pretty. SO... use with care! Glad you had a nice birthday. I recently read about that book the extra mile. Finished Ultra-marathon man and was looking for another good read, sounds like it might just be worth the money.

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  3. Chelsea Handler? No way!! That'll be fun. Mmm, that's the day of my first ultra so I'll probably be on the couch while you're laughing your ass off.
    Sweet gifts and such nice friends! I have and have read the Pre book. Good but not as good as the movie but the movie had hot Jerad Leto as Pre so there you go.
    The best gift I have received this year was my ultra training group. My hubs bought it for me and is letting me run to my hearts content . . . with only minor grumbling. :-)

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  4. Excellent presents, Turd Maker!

    FYI on the chia seeds - my coworker went nuts with those things & dumped a BUNCH in her yogurt. Then she blames ME when she barely makes it in the bathroom in time to unload. I've been careful with portions ever since ;)

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  5. Wow these are all awesome gifts. Enjoy!

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  6. I cannot believe you get to see Chelsea Handler! Uber jealous here!

    My most amazing gift that I got this year was my Garmin. Last year, as in 2009, was to participate in a Biggest Loser competition in my County and I won!

    ANd don't worry about bothering Jesus... he has enough to go around!

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  7. I adore Chelsea Handler. She is brilliant! How awesome that you get to see her!

    Sounds like you had a fabulous birthday. That is always a great feeling!

    My best gift this year has been the gift of sleep, given to me by my 18 month old. Love it.

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  8. Chelsea rocks - you two may be peas in a pod!

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  9. Thanks for the shout out!! I bet Chelsea Handler is a riot. Be sure to wear Depends.

    Sounds like you have a ton of thoughtful friends. I love gifts that tell me someone took some time to think about me. I'm a very picky gift giver.

    My best gift so far would be no more pain in my shins!! Yippee!!

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  10. Sounds like an awesome bday! You have some great friends.

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  11. Hi Beth,
    Wow, you have so many nice gifts!! I love the ID and the shirt from your husband:) He sounds like a good guy! I am glad that you had a great birthday:)

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  12. My favorite gift I got so far this year was the sapphire necklace my future mother-in-law bought me for my birthday to wear at my July wedding. How's that for thoughtful?

    P.S. I think your t-shirt is missing something...maybe a turd?

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  13. Glad you had an awesome birthday 'Wind Breaker'!! :P

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  14. you crack me up! hope you had a good birthday. your poor dog!
    cool road ID! I have always wanted one of those!

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  15. Great gifts! I've read the Pam Reed book, but not the Pre book - I should buy that for my running partner though. My favorite gift from last year was my new camara - I take so many pictures and I was ecstatic to get it!

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  16. I agree...you seem blessed (as in have many thoughtful people in your life). The best gift I've gotten so far this year is a $30 iTune gift card so I can put more stuff on my ultimate most favoritest gift of the year 2009-iPod Touch (got from hubby for our 5 year anniversary in Dec 09). I LOVEEEE my iPod touch! I have music on it, books, videos, games...hours of entertainment for my easily distracted brain! Oh, and it works great when out walking the trails!

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  17. I'm a female who is soon to turn 43, a runner, and whilst I haven't crapped my pants (yet) I certainly have taken more than my share of trailside shits (I've peed myself plenty, too) -- maybe I'll shop this post around and see if I can score some of the same awesome gifts! Best gift i've received recently is a pair of diamond earrings from the BF, so it's not like I'm hurtin', but I WOULD like one of those Road IDs...

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  18. awwww you are so spoiled. lucky you with the gifts :)

    my favorite gifts have been the homemade collages/posters/cards that my friends make me every year. i've kept every single one of them!

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  19. "female, turning 43, a pants crapper and a runner."

    Well I'm 3 out of 4, as I'm turning 44 next Friday, so I'm close. I love all your gifts. I already have the RoadID, I'd love to get the book by Pam Reed. I will have to share this post with the hubby!

    So far the greatest thing I've gotten this year is my Dirty Girl Gaiters. I just love em.

    Glad you had a great b-day!

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  20. Those are some great gifts! Glad you had such a great birthday girly!!!

    Best gift I've received: My friends got together and made this whole collage of my running up to and including Chicago Marathon. I cried. It meant so much to me.

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  21. Easter Dots are you? YUM!! I gave up Sugar til after Boston but I'm going to stock pile about 10 boxes and go into a sugar coma the second I cross the finish line (provided I actually make it there. ugh). I haven't gotten any gifts this year (feel sorry for me???) oh...but I did get a little sumptin fun in the mail from a blogger friend yesterday - just because. And nothing more. That was the best gift ever!! I'll blog on it later.

    So glad you had a great birthday, Beth!! Will see you this weekend - can't wait!!!! :)

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  22. AWESOME GIFTS! You sure did get spoiled (I also don't use the word "blessed") but you deserve it! Enjoy the loot!

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  23. hot dang you really did have an amazing birthday, that is a great loot and great friends who know you to boot (yeah that's right I rhymed)

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  24. I bought the Pre book a few weeks ago, but haven't read it yet. It is next on my list. I buy like three or four books at a time, so I have to keep up with myself. Let me know how the other one is!

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  25. Love the gifts! Anything Pre has got to be good!
    As for gifts, other than a freaking heart scan, I don't think I've received any. That's right, I said heart scan. How do you spell romance?

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  26. Wow, looks like you had a great Bday! Chelsea is soooo hilarious....that should be great :)

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  27. I washed my ipod last June and tried the dry rice.... didn't work for me. Sadness.

    Great gifts, you are very loved. Lucky gal.Love the tech Tee.... I want one. :)

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  28. I am a DOTS addict too! I just finished a box of the Valentine's ones, but I didn't know they have Easter ones. mmmmmm.

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  29. whoo hoo totally great gifts..and dots are amazing! Okay so that was so cool about the ipod..i never in a million years would have thought of that (you are so smart!) I am glad the dog was impressed :)

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  30. Great gifts! That t-shirt is very cool and quite thoughtful.
    The best gift I've gotten this year is an orchid. My husband gave it to me for Valentine's day to add to my existing collection of orchids, each of which came from him for past Valentine's days. They all bloom from February to May. They're awesome!

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  31. How cool!!

    The best gift I've gotten was actually at Christmas this past year (so technically 2009, but who's really keeping track...). It's a necklace from Inspired Endurance - with all my PRs on personalized charms for me to wear. I wear it ALL the time.

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  32. Awesome gifts! I'm loving that coffee cup! And, cute dog!!!

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  33. I nominated you for an award - check out my latest post!

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  34. Great gifts! Love the t-shirt! Awesome! Sounds like you had a great birthday!

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  35. you made out like a bandit! sorry i missed your bday. i'm so behind on blogs. happy belated birthday!!

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  36. Sounds like a great b.day. A friend of mine took me to see Chelsea Handler in Philly last year for my birthday -- it was awesome. Have fun!!!

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  37. Happy birthday! The best gift I've gotten so far is my holy Garmin Forerunner. Cuz that's what all the cool runners have!

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  38. Iskiate is SO refreshing! I've only ever made it with limes but the other flavours sound delish too! The chia seeds may take a little getting used to if you've not had them before, but it really is a nice drink!

    Hope you enjoy all of your awesome gifts!

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  39. you are pretty damn spoiled. I'd have been happy with just the dots. well, those and token b-day sex of course.

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  40. Best gift: new found friendships. And, of course my indoor raod bike trainer.

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  41. Happy belated birthday! Judging from your last post you've had a fun-filled crazy life. I loved reading it.

    p.s. your not missing anything in California. Ugh. the worst state in the union!

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  42. YEs!!! I'm glad you loved my birthmark story! bahahahahaha!!! :) :) :) Sounds like an amazing birthday!!

    I love all your gifts- especially the tshirt!

    Ive read pre & its a great book! I cried!

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  43. Have fun with Chelsea! I love her show on E!, and I'm sure she is awesome in person! Have fun!

    Also, my boyfriend has been having trouble after his marathon with Runners Knee. After using the foam roller it has significantly helped him with walking around, and now he is back to running. It really does work wonders!

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  44. Those are great gifts and they all scream "LOVE."

    The best gift I have received since my really short running days is Garmin Forerunner from my boyfriend. :)

    Now... about that chronically erect penis.... hmmmm.... what can you do about that?

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  45. WOW, you got a BOAT LOAD of loot. I want a pony - and a baggie full of what looks like pot. Hey, I don't judge.

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