Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A mishmash: Help! Giveaway winners! Silly brain!

Silly brain

I'm going to start with the silly brain: I have one. And it is a bit annoying. It tries to psych me out of things all the time. Like, for example, yesterday's run. I'd planned for an easy 4-miler -- just a nice recovery run after Monday's race.

Oh, but the silly brain had other plans. Your hip hurts. You need more time to digest your food. You're too busy with more important things than running.

Blah. Blah. Blah.

I almost gave in. Silly brain almost won. I don't know what exactly is was (guilt? fear of failure?) but something clicked and I went for the run. It was the best thing for me. My legs loosened up, my hip felt fine, my mood lightened -- take that silly brain!

Giveaway winners

The winners of the UPrinting business cards giveaway are Heather and Mel -- Tall Mom on the Run! Congratulations! I think I have both of your email addresses from your blogs but feel free to send me a note at felicehalf at yahoo dot com in case you'd like to use a different one for ordering the cards. (UPrinting will send you the details directly.)

Help

OK, here's a very non-running thing. I need help with a gift. My mom turned 60 and we're having a little birthday celebration this weekend. I have been struggling with what to get her so if anyone has any suggestions, please let me know! My mom is a "young" 60 -- she goes to concerts (Dave Matthews, Indigo Girls, etc.) and she's really into gardening. She's not a runner :-( and she's not into gift certificates.

Thanks!!!

Oh! One more thing: I see that I now have 204 followers and I find that amazing. To those 204 of you who've taken the time to follow this blog and who regularly visit and support me through comments and emails . . . THANK YOU!!! I really, really appreciate it!

~ Felice

25 comments:

Marlene said...

I'm happy to be one of your 200+ followers! :)

Congrats to the giveaway winners!

Happy Birthday to Mom. What about a Garden/Gazing Globe ?

Roisin said...

Ditto on the happy to be your follower meme ;)

lindsay said...

happy birthday to your mom! i'm not so good at coming up with gift ideas... sorry!

Tina at Gotta Run Now said...

Good job on getting the run done even though you didn't want to at first!

Maybe she'd like lotion for her gardening hands and gardening gloves? Does she have a banner in her yard? Those small ones might be a nice gift.

Emily said...

Does she like wine? For my mom's bday I got her a 6-bottle wine cellar and a bottle or two of her favorite wine. She loved it!

B.o.B. said...

My brain tries to pull crap like that all the time. Way to tell that brain who's boss!

As far as a gift for your mom, it may be a bit late, but a book with entries from all her friends and relatives is a great milestone bday gift. Have them pick out a photo and write a note to her. Thoughtful and if you have access you can do it from your own computer. Or you can pay a bit and go to a professional.

X-Country2 said...

Take that silly brain! I may have to borrow that some time.

Diana said...

Great job pushing through the "i don't wannas" :)

Gift ideas. I'll have to think about it, but one we did was a collage or picture frame clock with pics from the family. Also, a picture calendar (with photos from the family instead of puppies or centerfolds :)...but, that's easier for xmas given that the new year isn't for a few months.

J said...

For your mom, anything I can think of may take a lot of time or be too last because of ordering online. If you have some pictures of you and your mom from the past few years and of you growing up, I know that Michaels has little 4x6 scrapbook/albums you can put that in. Or maybe a photo keychain where she can load pictures onto it and then put it on her keys for easy access to show ppl pictures of you and your family.

Abby said...

Does your mom like tea? For my mom's last birthday, I got her a bamboo tea box and filled it with different kinds of herbal teas. I'm not sure whether that constitutes a good gift for a 'young 60,' but my mom's in her mid-50s and loves gardening and concerts, too, and she seemed to like it :)

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Love that you took over the silly brain.

I WON!! Wow! No I have to decide what to put on my card.. Professional Blogger, yeah right.. Will email you later. FYI giveaway on my Blog today..


Hmmmm...are there hummingbirds in the local area? People who garden tedn to also like birds. What about a nice hummingbird or bird feeder?? Or maybe a garden statue? Or a cool photo gift like a mouse pad, coffee mug or blanket??

Good luck!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

some sort of gift basket. maybe you can put something together yourself...

I Run for Fun said...

Congrats to the winners! You are such a fun...and informative blogger...that's why you have so many followers...me, included.

The Happy Runner said...

Thanks so much, Kavi ;-)

IzzyBubbles said...

Well, it may not work depending on the timing, but have you thought about concert tickets or tickets to a play or musical that she would enjoy? You could get her the tickets even if the event isn't for awhile, and then plan to go with her and spend an evening together.

If she likes massages or pedicures or anything like that you could get her a spa package...I know my mom loves that kind of stuff but won't spend the money on it for herself.

Heather said...

Happy Birthday to your mom! I'm terrible with gift ideas . . . I usually have to walk around until something jumps out at me.

HEATHER said...

ooooh was it me or the Heather above me? I guess I'll stalk my inbox to find out, haha! I am also horrible at gift shopping, but happy bday to your mom!!

Katie said...

Happy to be your follower! Tell your Mom I said Happy Birthday. Why don't you get her a really big/cool Gardening basket with all kinds of seeds/tools/gloves/gagets etc. and maybe a really cool Gardening Magazine subscription??
Baskets can be big and glamorous and make a very great display. Everyone likes a pretty present :)
Good luck in your search for the perfect gift!

RunToFinish said...

I stopped buying actual gifts and started buying us things to do together. One year we got pedicures and makeovers, another we went to the theater. etc.

Oz Runner said...

i enjoy following your blog...as for your mom, i am always in the same boat with my parents too, i usually end up getting gift certificates...what about a membership to the zoo or if you have a science center or flower/plant center, a membership to something like that....or music theater?

Meg Runs said...

Embrace the silly brain...

Mom's b-day gift idea: a cool, natural bar of soap with some cool herbs like rosemary in it and a nail scrup brush! I keep mine by my sink downstairs from when I come in from the garden. I love it and the rosemary makes my hands smell good for hours!

We love you and your blog, that's why we're here!

Meredith said...

My mom is a gardener too! I'm guessing your mom has a lot of the accessories needed, but knee pads, gardening stools, and gloves are always nice options. The book "The Gardening Expert" is also an amazing guide for gardening. Final idea is you could register her for the Seed of the Month club (google it) and she would get a pack of seeds a month, which is kind of neat!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

a huge thank you for the ecard the other day, so thoughtful :) Bloggers are the best, happy to be one of your followers too

Denise said...

You're actually at 207 now!! We love following you!

Quix said...

Yay for pushing through! I'm struggling through silly brain today who is telling me that I'm tired and I should rest instead. I got plenty of sleep last night and had a day off workouts so I don't think that's the case. Hopefully logical brain kicks in by the time I leave work. :)

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