I talked to Gregory for a little while today, and it was the highlight of my day. I haven’t talked to him in almost a month. Although I get updates from my mom and Lisa, getting to interact with him is a different story. He pops online and we chit-chat about nothing too heavy. I really miss him. I miss being able to hear his voice whenever I want. That’s something I took for granted; being able to pick up the phone and hear my brother’s voice.

Last night I exercised to the point of near-vomit, which is apparently a good thing. Jason was like, “So, are you happy about that or sad about that or what?” I said, “I’m kind of in awe.” Jason tells me he nearly vomits in the weight room every morning. He says it’s how he knows he pushes his body to its limit. Allan’s already trying to plan an 8k for us in March in Virginia Beach. He’s a fool. I’m going to try to do the two mile run either tomorrow or Friday. Wish me luck. Although it maybe sounds simple, it’ll be a huge accomplishment for me. I’m nervous.

Tomorrow’s Halloween – yay! I’m going to work as a doctor or witch. I haven’t made up my mind yet. But I’ll definitely be a witch tomorrow night. I’ll be passing out candy at Kristen’s house while she, Abby and her parents go trick-or-treating. I’m excited that Abby’s going door to door cause I’ll get to eat her candy!!

Someone new joined my company. I like him.

My head hurts. I’m going to take some Aleve, get a shower, then clean my kitchen. Exciting…

Although I have to get up early tomorrow, I slept for 12 hours last night (!!!) and am nowhere near tired. Rather than get ready for bed, I’m sitting here watching the World Series, wearing a blue face masque, and typing in my little blog.

The face masque is self-heating and is meant to unclog pores and replenish skin or whatever. Who knows. It burns, though. Self-warming is just a nice way to say it’ll burn your face off because it’s so freaking hot. But hey, whatever keeps the wrinkles and pimples away! It’s blue, and if I had a sex change real quick, I could totally be a member of Blue Man Group.

On Friday night at the arena I had a guy request to get rid of his automatic 10% gratuity because he thought I deserved more. Although I appreciated the extra $$, the positive feedback was even better. It was also Halloween at the arena, and I was dressed as a doctor. When I introduced myself, I was like, “Hi, my name is Allie and I’m not really a doctor – I just play one at the RBC Center.” Gay, gay, gay.

I taught Abby where my belly button is, and all weekend she tugged at my shirt, sticking her little fingers into my sensitive belly button. When I asked her where her belly button was, she pointed at her nipple. So now she knows where her nipple is, and every time she shows me, I clap. Aaahhh, positive reinforcement.

I’m nervous about this week’s training routine. At the end of the week I’m supposed to be able to run two miles. In my entire life, I have never run longer than 1.25 miles at a time. I still don’t know how this is all going to come together. I guess I’ll find out on December 1…




As you can see, Kristen and I had fun playing with her Mac photobooth!

I just swallowed my gum. It was an accident, and hardly ever happens.

I took my staff to lunch at the American Tobacco District in Durham today. My company has the leasing rights. Despite the rain, it was a really nice afternoon. Great atmosphere. I definitely want to go there again, but it would be nice to go at night.


I did absolutely nothing at the arena last night. Thankfully Troy was my red coat and we talked for three hours. He’s fun.

I ran a mile in 10 minutes and 43 seconds – woo! I don’t think I can keep that pace for three miles, but we shall see. Apparently people who run marathons can run five minute miles. They’re insane, I tell ya. I have a little running website if you want to check it out. I started training October 1.


Yesterday someone asked me if I was happy yet, and I said I was neither happy nor sad. I don’t know what I am. I’m just kinda here. There’s a song (Doris – Heartstrings), which I put on my MySpace page, that is sort of representative of how I feel. It’s a groovy, mellow little song, and you think there’s going to be a climax or crescendo, but it never comes. And that’s how I feel. I’m almost happy, I’m getting close to happy, but I’m not quite there.

Yawn. I’m tired, but the Steelers game is really good, and I don’t want to go to sleep till it’s over. It’s not very often that I get to watch a game from the comfort of my little apartment, so I want to take advantage.

I’ve had a very fun, very full weekend. I have no idea what I did on Friday. It’s a blur. Oh yeah! I hung out with Quri! Then Saturday I shopped with Tiffany for a cocktail dress. The one I got is so, so pretty. I didn’t want to take it off. Then Saturday night was my awesome birthday party at the State Fair. I climbed the rock thingy, jumped on the bungee cords and ate tons of wonderfully fattning food. It was sort of bittersweet because it was the last year Kate will be joining us. She’s finishing up her PhD and will probably move back to Maryland in November. Thankfully she lives close to Jason, so when I visit him, I’ll be able to visit Kate too! Then today was the Heart Walk and Halloween parade. The Heart Walk was a success and so cute! My company had a goal to raise $3,000… and we raised $15,000!! Go CBRE! Thank you so very much to everyone who donated. I really appreciate your generosity!

I was running on Thursday night and it just wasn’t working for me. I was about eight minutes into my run and I wanted to quit. It was awful. I finished my training session and I had a conversation that went a little something like this…
Me: I don’t know what it is, but I feel so bad tonight! I really didn’t think I’d be able to finish my run. Ugh.
Allan: Don’t worry, everyone has their off days.
Me: But this is my ninth training session and I haven’t had any problems up until this point. It’s frustrating.
Allan: Really, don’t worry. You’ll be fine, it happens to everyone.
(a few minutes pass; we’re now in Harris Teeter)
Me: Oh my God, Allan!
Allan: What?
Me: I ate like 15 packs of Smarties today. Do you think that had anything to do with my sucky running?
Allan: Uhhhhhh… you think?!?!

I clearly can no longer eat Smarties on training days. Boo.

I use this Biore stuff of my face every night and it makes my skin so soft. I have no idea what they put in there, but I can’t help but touch my skin after I use it.

Speaking of soft stuff… Kristen and Erich got me million-thread count sheets for my birthday and they’re sooo pretty and soooooo soft. It makes getting out of bed much more difficult than it used to be. But now I get to go lay in the sheets! Score!

Rock climbing!
Is that Spiderman? No! It’s Allie! (LOL)

Fantastic four!
We’re in a spaceship heading nowhere…

I have a container of Halloween candy on my desk. It’s filled with Mini M&Ms, Smarties and Skittles. I’ve eaten so much of it – so much sugar – that I feel sick. This is not good.

Although I’m finishing up week three of 5k training, I just now realized I have accidentally been doing week four’s program. Oops. No wonder it’s kicking my ass to such a huge degree. But I still run extra every night, so I guess it’s not kicking my ass that much. I just like whining about it. And yes, some cheese with my whine would be nice, thank you.

I had my headshot taken yesterday, and it was weird. I haven’t had my picture formally taken since my senior pictures when I was 16 years old. Yes, I was a 16 year old senior, but I turned 17 my senior year. Anyway. I think the picture turned out relatively well – it’s almost a real smile. I felt all professional in my black suit and pearls. Actually, I felt like I was playing dress-up.

Ummm… my birthday party is this weekend – score! I’m excited about trip #2 to the fair. I actually get to eat this go-round. There’s not much better food than what can be found at the State Fair.

I’ve enjoyed my RBC Center break, but the madness (oops, I mean fun) starts back up next week. Four events, but I only have to work at two. Some Tyler Perry thing, then the hockey game on Friday.

I’m completely right-handed, but I drive with my left hand. And I speed. That’s random, I know, but I thought I’d share.

Yesterday was birthday #28. Wow. I’m not where I expected or hoped to be at this stage of my life, and I’m trying to be okay with that.

My parents came down for the weekend and it was really nice to have them in Raleigh. They brought Savannah with them, and it was so fun having a puppy around for a few days. She’s completely michevious and full of love. She loves everyone. It’s adorable. We spent Saturday and Sunday morning at the dog park, went to the farmer’s market, the State Fair, Cooper’s, Kanki. Lots of eating! While at the State Fair I not only milked a cow (!!!), but I did the age guessing thing, and the guy guessed I was 22. Woo! Anyway, I was sad to see my parents go. I’m always sad to see them go. Pictures of me with each of them are below.

I’ve made a significant dent in my Chrismtas shopping – score! I try to have 90% of my Christmas shopping done by Thanksgiving because I don’t like to deal with the malls during the holiday season.

It’s week three of 5k training. I’m losing weight. I guess it’s a positive byproduct of spending quality time on a treadmill. I’m spending the vast majority of my time running as opposed to walking, and it’s kicking my ass.

I need to update my iPod. Is it just me, or does anyone else think updating iPods is confusing as hell?

I’m wearing my red stilettos today.

Me & my dad at Cooper's

Me & my mom outside of Kanki

Howdy doo little blog.

It’s Friday! Yay! My parents will be here at 4:00! Yay! Monday is my birthday and I don’t have to go to work! Yay! Lots of yaying today.

So, last night I went to dinner with Tiffany and it was very, very nice. Immediately following dinner, I went to the gym and ran. It was very, very bad. Ugh. Seriously, I will NOT do that again. I think I need at least an hour between eating and running. But, oh! I got to wear my new running shoes! They kick ass! They’re silver and orange and super comfy.

Allan says he’s already got our 8k picked out. He’s obviously insane. I don’t even know if I’m going to be able to run a 5k! How many miles is an 8k? My math skillz aren’t so good.

You hear about all of the crazy traffic in Raleigh yesterday? I got stuck in it. It took me two hours to drive the five miles that separate my apartment and my office. It was awful. Made for a very short work-day, though.

What am I supposed to do with my parents while they’re here? I think we’re going to eat some sort of meal with nearly everyone I know, and we’re going to the State Fair (Yayayay! See – more yaying!), but what else can we do? I’m at a total loss. If you have any ideas, send them my way.

Yesterday I got two birthday presents!! I was so excited! Jason got me a license plate thingy (which I actually installed myself – gasp!) and Tiffany got me chocolates and a beautiful journal. When I saw that the box was from Papyrus I was like, “score!” Such a great place.

Lots of sneezy people in the office today. That’s no good!

I’m hungry. I’m meeting Ty for lunch at Noon, but I think I’m going to eat some Baby Goldfish. They’re really cute. They’re smaller version of the regular Goldfish. I like little things. Tee hee. Oh! While at lunch, Ty is giving me my birthday cake! A specially made carrot cake just for me!!