Thinking Out Loud 4.7.16

frozen yogurt


I think it’s great that Amanda (our weekly Thinking Out Loud host) has been enjoying herself in Hawaii but if you want my opinion, it’s time for her to come home already. My days are not the same without talking to her all day long!


Saturday night following the 10k race, I had to drive my son to a Bar Mitzvah party which just so happened to be along the race course. We were a little bit early so I felt the need to drive certain points of the race to point out to him not only where I ran (no, he didn’t care) but the fact that we were driving on hills. It’s amazing how a road can seem flat until you run on it.

Along this same point, the Long Island Half Marathon is a flat course aside from this one little hilly portion of road which I never noticed before until I ran three races on it. I drive that hilly portion all of the time and always feel the need to say out loud, this is a b*tch of a hill on foot even if we don’t feel it in the car.

Also along the 10k race course is the frozen yogurt store we frequent when no one else is there since I am embarrassing to be seen with in public. Once again the other day, my son needed to scope out the scene before we could go in. I told him to imagine how bad it would be if I actually looked and acted embarrassing. He told me I do look embarrassing. I don’t even understand.

Thankfully there was no one he knew in the yogurt store so I was allowed in to fill up a cup. They had chocolate-covered mini marshmallows in the toppings bar which I don’t think I had ever seen so I had to try them – very good if you were wondering.

frozen yogurt

I am 37 years old, quickly approaching my 38th birthday and still think to bring some laundry of mine to my mother. I had three white tops that needed more attention than I could give them because my laundry capabilities are less than stellar.

She was really happy to help me out but unfortunately my son witnessed the laundry exchange which scares me — I absolutely do not want him bringing me laundry when he is an adult. I don’t even want his laundry now. I am hopeful that if he needs my assistance at the age of 38, that it’s in the form of baking cookies for school bake sales or something of that nature for my grandkids. Not laundry. Please, not laundry.

My Islanders made the playoffs. I can’t even believe it’s going to be a year ago this weekend that they played their last regular season home game at the Nassau Coliseum and my article was a trending top story Sunday featured article in Newsday about my team.

If hockey or my childhood is of interest to you and you want to read the article, the link is available if you click on the below image 🙂 That’s my son in the picture!

Islanders article in Newsday


I haven’t shared a text from my son in a bit. Here’s a classic one from yesterday morning which he sent me from his room regarding breakfast.



Lucky for him, I was able to make it happen. He actually goes into school late most mornings this week because of these silly New York State ELA tests that we parents “opt out” of for our children. I don’t understand it either – if we have the option to opt out then why have the tests at all?!

So, on the way to school at 10:00 am, I agreed to take him for his a requested bagel.


And yes, he totally checked to make sure he didn’t know anyone in the bagel store.

I am happy about this going into school late thing because it allows me to sleep a little later this week too. I have been sleeping so well lately that I am in no rush to get up in the morning. Laura said it’s part of the half marathon training – I definitely feel like I need my sleep so I am happy to be getting it!

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Are you noticeably more tired when training for a race?

Do you run any local races that involve streets you drive often?

Are you good at getting the laundry done? Can I bring mine to you?



Author: The Cookie ChRUNicles

Hi! I'm Meredith. Join me while I run and cook my way through single motherhood. It is always an adventure trying to teach my 12 year old son the benefits of an active lifestyle combined with healthy eating while of course, still leaving room for dessert.

28 thoughts on “Thinking Out Loud 4.7.16”

  1. Totally agree about the road thing! Especially if it’s a race and you’re trying to run fast! It would be interesting to see my mom’s reaction if I came to her house with laundry. I’m guessing she’d also assume I brought detergent with me! I’ve been doing my own laundry since I was 9 I think, lol!

  2. Well, I’m afraid my laundry knowledge isn’t much better than yours. I still need to wash my white work pants from the past week and will hopefully get my mum to wash it since I don’t own any other white clothes so don’t want to turn on the machine for just one piece. Temporarily living next doors to your parents again has some benefits …
    Your son really cracks me up. If he should really show up with his laundry at your door later it might be a good idea to “accidentially” wash one of his favourite shirts too hot … Mean mum alert, though ;).

  3. I definitely look at roads differently after I run on them. It’s amazing how much steeper a hill can be when you are running it rather than driving it!
    My laundry skills involve throwing everything in at once. If I have tops that require gentle cycle I will put them aside and do that once a month or so. I try to re-wear stuff just so I don’t have to wash it as much because I feel like each time I do it looks a little older!

  4. Alex and I are pretty darn good at laundry. It is our weekend thing. But, oddly, I am not so good at putting up socks. I am good about all the rest of it, but I dislike putting up socks.

  5. The roads in downtown Seattle scare me because you feel those hills while driving! Which is why I stick to East Seattle for running and racing.
    I’m not that great at doing laundry but I manage to get it done decently well. Folding it is a completely different story though.

  6. Ha, I actually don’t mind laundry too much! I’m always the one in the house who washes/dries/folds it. Which I point out to my husband all the time so he can continue to reinforce that I am an awesome human being and he would probably not survive without me.

  7. I just ran part of the course of the half marathon I’m running on Sunday this morning. It’s also crazy how much more windy it seems when you are running somewhere rather than standing or walking 😛

  8. I feel tired ALL THE TIME lately. I don’t know what it is, but I’ll blame it on training for a race. I love local races and there’s a nearby park that has a race literally every I do a lot of races there!

  9. When my dad started running, he started driving where he ran to measure the distance. He didn’t want to give in to technology and get a watch like my mom who’s the opposite, tech crazy! And I’ll let ya know – I wouldn’t be seen around my parents from roughly age 12-16/17. Then suddenly off to college and it becomes totally normal, and a lot of kids even decide they like hanging out and partying with the parentals!

  10. HA HA HA! Your son is hilarious. I’m sure I’ve received that exact text from my boys before! I reply with “I’ll make something happen alright.” LOL

  11. Hahaha he cracks me up. I never told my mom she embarrassed me or refused to be seen in public with her. It’s probably a phase. You still win the best mom award if you ask me. Chocolate covered marshmallows? YES. That sounds amazing. We don’t have any awesome froyo places here, but luckily I’d rather go to Kilwins.

  12. Cool! I’m 37 and turn 38 in July. When is your birthday?

    My parents live on Cape Cod and I live near Boston. When I go visit I “let” my mother wash a few articles of clothing. It makes her happy, really! Ha. I don’t know if it’s the same with you but even if I use the exact same detergent and dryer sheets, my clothes come out smelling WAY better when my mother washes them.

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