Sunday, November 30, 2008

HASAY Update

This week I really slacked on my blogging... but... I've got good news: I'm up to 3 workouts this week! Go me, uh huh, oh yeah, I'M_THE_BOMB.COM. Now imagine me doing the "raise the roof" dance.

I ran 3 days this week, almost 3 miles each time. I've found that scream-o music makes me feel like a badass and thus I find myself running much faster and with better posture. At first I was just pumping up with Underoath and then I remember The Almost. Both bands share the same lead singer and both have albums with great running beats. There's nothing like a skinny redhead screaming a super sweet chorus in your ear like "I had the whole world in my hands but I gave it AWAAAAAAAYYYY" to pump you up for a sweet run.

This week my goal is to try a morning run. Tomorrow I am waking up at 6:30 to give myself time to shake off the morning blues and run my butt around the park. I figure once I start the actual training for my 1/2 marathon I'll need to be doing some morning running to make sure I get it all in. Wish me luck!

Also, look for some wickedawesome posts this week, I promise.

love, aloicious

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Spin Cycle: Giving Thanks

This weeks Spin Cycle is about none other than being thankful. It's a little overwhelming to think of all the things I'm thankful for right now. There are just so many. So in true elementary school fashion, here's my list for 2008:

I am thankful...

I married a good man
my baby boy is of the healthy and bouncing variety
I was born in America
we got into real estate when we did
ice from Sonic
friends who make me laugh
we have health insurance
my parents are still married
my ability to cook for my family
my snuggly puppy
Utah weather of all varieties
the relationships I have with my siblings, all three individually
Desperate Housewives (just being honest)
Packy's musical ability
I'm able to have kids
modern medicine (IE. epidurals, kidney stints, etc.)
my own unfailing health
good neighbors
the Target lady on SNL (oh how I giggle...)
the freedom to disagree
I'm able to be a full-time mom
I'm finally enjoying running
I live near my family
my faith in Jesus Christ

That's all for now. I know lists are kind of lame unless you're name is Ali's Husband, but I hope I conveyed the fact that 2008 was a year to be grateful for.

love, aloicious

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Na Blo Po Mo

Pretty much everyone whose blogs I stalk regularly (see here, here and here) has participated in NaBloPoMo = National Blog Posting Month. For the month of November they pledged to post every single day. I did think about taking on the challenge as there are some weeks I do end up posting every day. But I decided against it. And it's not just because I'm lazy. I don't like being tied down. I want to be as free as a bird and that includes in the blogging world.

And I also knew I would fail. Sometimes life just gets busy and you can't find time or inspiration. Especially with a newborn. So basically, that's my excuse for hardly posting last week. Not only did I get busy with normal family stuff but last night I experienced what is known as the 24-hour flu, complete with chills, body aches and endless trips to the bathroom (I know, I know, TMI). Yet I still managed to get my 11 week old baby to sleep and fed throughout the night. Yeah, I'm pretty much super mom. Or normal mom. It's how we roll, rain or shine.

Alright, now I have to go watch my daily Scrubs. Oh Zach Braff, you make dorky SO sexy...

love, aloicious

PS. Club HASAY update: Last week I only worked out once. I did a 3 mile run on Wednesday night. I'm getting back on the horse this week though. Stay tuned for more awesomeness!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Spin Cycle: Favorite

This weeks Spin Cycle is probably the easiest one so far. All you do is pick your favorite post from your blog and bring it up front and center and remember how awesome you are. This blog started out as your typical "family updates" blog. I'd like to think it's evolved since then but a lot of my old posts are like "here's what I did today, yadda yadda, I'm pregnant and feeling fat" so I didn't have a lot of great material that wasn't posted recently to choose from.

But, while void of any substance, this was a post I thought would be pretty fun to share. Click here for some FLAVA FLAV!!!!

love, aloicious

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Oh the enchantment...

If I had to describe how motherhood feels in one word I would use enchanting. Not because it's so easy and fun all of the time but my love for this child is more like a physical reaction then a decision. The smell of his bald little head and the way his lips become all relaxed and pouty when he's napping releases an enormous amount of endorfines into my system. And I feel a little bit tipsy, but without the hangover or poor judgment calls.

I'm SO happy I made the decision to quit my job once Franklberries was born. Sometimes I miss working but I know that if I were working I'd miss being home a LOT more. I'm so thankful that's it's even financially possible for me to not work.

I love being a homemaker. I think I'm also very lucky in that regard. I enjoy grocery shopping and planning meals. I like trying new things in the kitchen and decorating the house for holidays. I even enjoy cleaning and doing the dishes and sometimes laundry. I believe every child deserves to have their own mommy or daddy as their primary care giver. But what happens when the mother doesn't enjoy mothering? Or at very least homemaking? Does she stay home with the kids and resent every bit of it? Or does she go back to work so that when she is home she is at least happy?

It's hard to guess what I'd do if I didn't feel happy where I am now. But thankfully I don't have to make a choice between two imperfect solutions.

love, aloicious

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Get well soon

Stuffy nose?


Trouble sleeping?


Sore throat?

If it feels anything like my throat - Check

My baby boy is a little sicky, so is his mommy. Here are my get well vibes going out into the universe. Lets hope it passes by the weekend so we can attend the most treasured event of the entire holiday season...


GO NON-DESCRIPT TEAM! (we swing both ways here at the Sumshy household)

love, aloicious

Monday, November 17, 2008

Club HASAY Week 4

Usually I do these posts on Sunday but I've been procrastinating so I didn't have to post the bad news. It was kind of a sucky week again for me. On Thursday I went on a bike ride with my bro and my dog. And on Friday I went for a 3 mile run. But that's it. Boo to me! But I'm starting early this week and working out today.

love, aloicious


A couple of days ago I was running errands and as I sat at the stop light my cell phone rang. The number on the caller ID was an unfamiliar area code. So thinking it was someone calling about the apartment we have for rent, I decided to answer. I picked it up and said hello only to be berated by a man speaking lightning fast Spanish. I thought maybe he was conducting some type of survey or something and happened to accidentally call someone who didn't speak Spanish. I quickly muttered "no habla Espanol" and hung up the phone.

A couple of days later I got am email from my friend Danielle who is serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She explained to me that she told this guy in her ward about how she used to work at the LDS Conference Center decorating for events. The guy asked her if she knew any of the general authorities since the conference center is right by the church office building where they all congregate. She told her that she and President Monson were really good friends and that she has his cell number if he ever wanted to call him up. And thus my cell number was given and I was called. But Jose was probably bummed he didn't get the real pres of the church, just president of Franklville.

Another classic Danielle. She's still got it even after all this time.

love, aloicious

Friday, November 14, 2008

Flashback Friday

If I didn't push him out myself I'd probably be asking Packy for a paternity test. But seriously, this picture of me as a baby is the closest I came to finding a similar shot. And I had a lot to choose from. He is his father's son, through and through. Hopefully he'll also inherit his wicked dance moves.

love, aloicious


Chillaxin: the act of "chillin" which simultaneously "relaxin"

This is me chillaxin in da Bahamas baby!

The topic for this week's Spin Cycle is relaxation.

I come from a family of homebodies. We get together to watch The Office and lately Survivor. Our idea of successful Sunday is an afternoon nap and an early dinner.

It's kind of hard to spend your days off relaxing when you're married to the most productive man on plant earth and king of to-do lists. Packy's happiest when he's crossing things off of those lists while simultaneously adding more and more items to plan and conquer.

So when we married and my man wanted to get out and do rather then stay in and do not, there was a little more giving we each had to muster. For instance, I've become somewhat of a list maker. I'm not consistant, nor do I create a spreadsheet for each task like Packy (not an exaduration). But I do create simple to-do lists on a fairly regular basis.

Packy, on the other hand, has become better at relaxing ali-style. He's even taken a Sunday nap or two since we've been married.

I guess marriage is all about give and take. And the longer you're with someone the more you gravitate toward the mean of your personalities. But I will probably always enjoy full-on relaxation more than my hubby and that's okay. I can't help it if I'm awesome at relaxation.

Love, aloicious

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


The kido loves it when I sing to him. Sometimes it's the only thing that keeps him from screaming bloody murder and crapping his diaper. Okay, it doesn't really keep him from crapping in his diaper. But if it did I would bottle it up and market that shiz!

The problem is, I don't know any good baby songs. And for some reason he's not a big fan of Screeching Weasel. I usually just make up songs about whatever I happen to be doing at the moment. I've got one that goes "We gotta put these ickies in the trash!" and I just sing that over and over again. Or sometimes I just sing "Franklmcboy, boy... He's making a pooping noise" sung to the tune of Homer's Animal House song. Another one goes something like "Makin dinner for da papas" and I sing it kind of in rapper style voice with some "wika wika's" throw in every once in a while.

But the worst part about being so sucky at making up random songs is being married to the biggest freak in the universe (aka Packy). Not many people have witnessed the wacky side of the man I love but he's chock full of clever songs and smartass comments. Occasionally he gets so full of it that it spills over into the working world.

Like yesterday. I have been doing some filing for his department a few hours a week. The file room is right by his office so he'll saunter over a few times during the day and say hi. On this particular occasion I had my headphones on and was busy doing my work when I saw him out of the corner of my eye with one leg up in the air, smacking his butt. I ignored it for as long as I could to see how long he would last. I wasn't surprise, for this is how he always is at home. But then one of his co-workers came in and he had to quickly formulate a reason for his freaky dance. I told her this is the real Packy but it usually only comes out at home. She shot me a knowing glance and muttered "lucky you." Yes, lucky me indeed.

What songs did you sing to your kids when they were babies?
What songs did your parents sing to you?
Were they real songs or just made up stuff like mine?

love, aloicious

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Club HASAY Week 3

One word this week: FAILURE! (without actually being a failure)

So I didn't work out a whole lot this week in the traditional sense. But I did get out a move a whole lot. On Tuesday I walked around the O.C. with my dog a whole lot. And on Wednesday I went for a 3 mile run. And on Friday I raked and picked up a lot of leaves. I'm also going on a walk today with my family so I'm counting that too.

But I did decide which race I'm going to run. It's the 1/2 marathon along with all the real runners running the Salt Lake City Marathon in April. I'll start the real training in January but until them I'm just gonna work on getting comfy running 3 miles a few times per week. I'm back on the horse this week. I'll try to make you all proud!

love, aloicious

Friday, November 7, 2008

Flashback Friday

L to R: Matts, me, Jessica, Danielle, Kevin's wife, Heidi Mae

This was a couple of years ago at Danielle's b-day party at this fancy hotel downtown. Kevin and his wife (pictured above) actually met this night and I was witness to the magic. I actually don't remember any magic but I do remember Kevin saying she was hot. But lets face it, he dated just about all of Mattie's friends.

I do remember her making some comment about "stupid 19-year-old Mormon girls getting married so young". And then I told her that I got married when I was 19. She felt pretty dumb but it was pure luck that Zach and I worked out. I should have told her that. She made a beautiful bride this summer and I'm so happy Kevin found his princess. He deserves the best.

Love, aloicious

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Road trippin, mother-son style

Since Packy went out of town for three days, and I suffer from a horrible case of the heebie jeebies, Frankleberries and I took a trip down South to hang out with my inlaws. I just crave that warmth in my chest as I watch my mom or my mother-in-law hold my baby. So I gave into my craving and headed down on Monday. I also gave in to several other cravings along the way, including Mountain Dew and gummi Peachies (I can hear all the HASAY girls gasping in unison - It was a vacation, ladies! And I've been really good with diet up until now, so there).

I've never made the two hour trip before without my husband. So this time I got to pick my own rest stops and take some pictures along the way. The Utah mountains are so beautiful.

Me and Tykey Boy kept up our excercise regime by climbing TV hill. But it started to rain after we had only been going for about 10 minutes. So we turned around and went home.

We love the OC with all our hearts and can't wait to get back!

Love, aloicious

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

America has elected the first African American president

It truly is a historic day. I voted for the McCain/Palin ticket. I think Palin was a horrible choice for VP in more ways than one. But I think McCain would have made an excellent Commander in Chief. I felt secure at the prospect of a nation led by that man. Watching McCain's concede the presidency I ached. And part of it is because I'm a sucker and I don't like it when people have to loose. But also because I really believed in John McCain.

I must admit, it's hard not to feel inspired when you listen to Barack Obama deliver a speech. From what I've seen he seems to be a man of character and I'm clinging to that. I hope he can bring our country together and improve the image that the rest of the world has of America. But I'm afraid I have the same feeling in my stomach that I get seated in an airplane racing down the runway, hands gripping the seat rests. You remind yourself that everything is going to be alright, you've done this before. But there's something tugging at the back of your mind reminding you that there is a possibility you're seconds away from crashing and burning.

And all you can do is squeeze your eyes shut and pray... for four years. Here's to four better years then the last eight combined.

Love, aloicious

Sunday, November 2, 2008


One word description of this week: SLACKER!!!

Yeah, I kind of slacked this week. It was so busy planning for the baby blessing and Halloween and everything that I gave myself permission to be a slacker. But I did work out a couple of times!
On Monday I ran 2 miles with my puppy and on Thursday I hit up the water aerobics again with Lisa. But that was it. Also, I raked leaves in Friday so I'm counting that. TEE HEE!

I've decided I'm going to run in the Salt Lake Half Marathon in April. The training program I've chosen is a 16 weeker so I'll be starting in that in January. Until then, I'm going to run 2-3 miles 3 days a week.

And that's it. I kind of sucked it up this week but I'm back on the wagon this week.

Love, aloicious

Happy holidays, whatever they may be

This was Franklberries' first Halloween! Like always, I left his costume till the last minute. I came up with an awesome idea for Packy and I to be football players and FB could be the football. But we didn't really have a good football costume for him. So we threw on his glow-in-the-dark skeleton onesie and called it good.

We hit up the trunk-or-treat at the local church and handed out some loot.

Then it was off to Nicole's for a night of totally eating all her kids' candy quality family togetherness.

Their neighborhood was crawling with trick or treaters and we took turns answering the door. On my first go I pulled open the door and beheld a 30 year old woman dressed like a witch holding out her treat bag for me to fill. My brain began working to figure out why this grown woman was trick or treating by herself. Was she doing the trick or treating for her sick child? Did she just want free candy? Did she have no dignity??

It wasn't until she said "Trick or treat!" in the unmistakable tone of someone with down syndrome that the wheels in my head began to turn. AHA! Of course! This was the answer I'd been looking for. And my brain began to relax, it was tired after all from solving the mystery of the 30 year old trick or treater. And as I began to close the door I happily shouted after her:

"Happy... Christmas!"

Yes, Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night.