Better Than the Alternative Tuesdays: Smarty-Pants People

Happy New York Giants Day, errr, I mean Tuesday! New York is still celebrating Big Blue today with a parade. When JB found out there was a parade (he’s not much into football) he scoffed, “Where’s MY parade?” Kindly remember that my gorgeous husband is a Marine, folks.

He's even better looking in his uniform!

My response: “Ummmm…Veteran’s Day parade, Memorial Day parade, St. Patrick’s Day parade. Pretty much once a month the military (rightfully) get a parade in this town.” Him: “Oh yeah.”

But that’s not all happening today because it is certainly a Better Than the Alternative Tuesday in my household/family today!! One of our own has narrowly skirted a very serious illness and come out the other side looking good. And that is why I want to dedicate this BTAT to the Smarty-Pants People of the world.

It must have been hard for you, Smarty-Pants People, being young and so so so smart. You’ve probably been smarter than every teacher you’ve ever had up until (or maybe beyond?) graduate school. Kids probably teased you endlessly for being smarter than them, more interested in learning than sports/dating/gossip, for getting straight A’s and being a NERD.

I'm a NERD wanna-be.


I gotta tell ya, I’m glad you kept up with all that NERD stuff and became a doctor/judge/writer/activist/engineer/scientist/explorer/everything-else-that-requires-more-brain-cells-than-I-will-use-in-my-lifetime. Seriously, you Smarty-Pants People give me hope.

Hope that if someone I love gets sick, you will try your best to give them the tools to fight and win and live.

Hope that when someone needs defending, you will be there with years of history and precedent in your brain to help David battle Goliath.

Hope that when someone’s story isn’t being told, you will be there to not only tell it but to make it relevant to those of us who don’t understand.

Hope that when we come up against the impossible, you will create a way to overcome it.

Hope that when one idea doesn’t work, you won’t give up.

I have seen these people in action and I am in awe of them. My own team of Smarty-Pants People give me hope every day that I can do it, I will get better, I will get through this and that nothing is impossible. I just love listening to Smarty-Pants People talk (and not just because I am terrified to open my mouth anywhere they might hear me). Dr. Boz must be so tired of me asking him questions…sorry, Boz.

This room exists precisely for people like me. I would just sit down next to a world-renowned physician and ask if I could follow them around all day. What? Is that weird?

Thank you, Smarty-Pants People, for doing what you do and loving what you do. You give the rest of us hope in what would otherwise seem like a hopeless situation to many. You definitely make today Better Than the Alternative. Today you made my family very, very grateful.

Tell me: Who makes today Better Than the Alternative for you? Smarty-Pants People? Other people? Tell me all about it and don’t forget about the Sparkly Soul giveaway! Two more days to enter someone who is awesome! Win a fancy-schmancy awesome headband for them.

Oooooo, pretty!

Now go out and run!

Getting To Know You

First off, GO BIG BLUE!!! The Giants win again! You should have heard the city from my apartment last night as the game ended. Wow. So loud!

Second, I hope everyone in Denver has managed to shovel their way out of the 2 feet (!!!!) of snow from this weekend. I spent my weekend showing The Golden Child and Ginger around our fair city. So much fun!

Speaking of fun, have you nominated your favorite workout buddy, an inspiring athlete you know, or your Mom/sister/daughter/trainer/crazy running buddy in my Sparkly Soul giveaway yet? Pay it forward and tell them how they add sparkle to your world by entering them in my contest.

So, I was tagged by Katie recently with this little blogger game that’s going around. I’m supposed to tell all of you 11 Random Things about me and answer 11 Questions from Katie and then tag 11 other bloggers. I like games and figure it doesn’t ever hurt to share weird things about myself with perfect strangers, so here goes!

The Rules:

  1. Post these rules.
  2. You must post 11 random things about yourself.
  3. Answer the questions set for you in their post.
  4. Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.
  5. Go to their blog and tell them you’ve tagged them.
  6. No stuff in the tagging section like “you are tagged if you are reading this”. You (the blogger) legitimately have to tag 11 (or so) people.

11 Random Things About Me:

  1. I have 40 first cousins.
  2. I have run marathons in 5 different states.
  3. My left foot is exactly 1/2 size bigger than my right (makes shoe shopping interesting…).
  4. I don’t have cable TV.
  5. My favorite guilty pleasure is vanilla cake with vanilla frosting from just about any bakery in NYC.
  6. I have never owned a car.
  7. This is my 17th semester of college.
  8. I can sing the ABC’s in French.
  9. I run faster now than I ever did as a competitive runner in my youth.
  10. I can wiggle my ears.
  11. I have been pooped on by pigeons twice in my 10 years of living in New York. I look at it as being baptized a “New Yorker”.

11 Questions from Katie:

I have always loved monkey-ing around.

  1. When did you start running? When I was 10 years old on the track team. The next Fall my friend asked if I wanted to run cross country instead of joining volleyball. I said “yes” and the rest is history.
  2. What monopoly piece do you always pick? I like the top hat.
  3. What is your favorite pre-race meal? I usually make my own: Chicken, zucchini, squash, spinach and rigatoni pasta sautéed in garlic and olive oil with salt and pepper.
  4. Disney or Nickelodeon as a kid? Disney. We were big Kids Incorporated/Mickey Mouse Club fans.
  5. What is your favorite race fuel? I’ve tried them all and found I love the strawberry Clif Shot Bloks.
  6. What did you want to be when you grow up as a kid? Abby, age 5: Favorite class? “Gym.” Abby, age 15: “Something in sports medicine.” I guess I was destined to be a physical therapist.
  7. What do you want to be now? Physical therapist and philanthropist.
  8. What is the best place you’ve ever lived? “Best” is a relative term. New York City is my home. Colorado is where I think of my family as being. Chicago is my childhood.
  9. What is the best route you’ve ever run? I have always loved that when I move to a new city that my first run is a mystery. I go out and get lost and find my way back home. I love those runs.
  10. What TV show is your guilty pleasure? I just powered through the entire first season of Downton Abbey. I could NOT stop watching it. Such good writing, acting, just everything! 
  11. What is your favorite non-running blog? This is probably more of a “guilty pleasure” than any of my TV choices, but I love the gossip blog Lainey Gossip. Such smut but extremely entertaining.

Anna Karenina = Old School Smut

As for my fellow bloggers, here are your 11 Questions:
  1. What was your best race (for whatever reason)?
  2. What is your favorite place to go for retail therapy?
  3. What is your favorite color?
  4. If you could go anywhere for a vacation, where would you go?
  5. Best piece of advice you ever received?
  6. What would your friends say is your most redeeming quality?
  7. How did you start blogging?
  8. Twitter or Facebook?
  9. What is your pre-race ritual?
  10. Woody Allen movies: Yay or Nay?
  11. Favorite book you’ve read in the last few years.
So, there you have it. Now it’s your turn. Answer one (or more!) of the above questions in the comments and tell me about yourself! OR, ask me anything.
Now go out and run!