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Gifted and Talented

While I’m not a prodigy or anything, I am rather gifted and talented in a few areas, if you ask me. 

The theme for today’s Friday Five 2.o was gifts. But I already shared my Healthy Living Gift Guide for Fitness and Running Enthusiasts, and I am currently gifting you all with a Hello Fresh giveaway (US and Canada!). Then I thought, “Maybe I could talk about the Christmas gifts that I received in the past that I loved the most!” But I don’t have pictures, and I would feel bad if I didn’t remember (the pony, the marathons, and the trips to Cabo rank up there, though). Then I was thinking about gifts in a more serious sense–the gift of running, of starting a family, of family time, Ridley–and after yesterday’s post and it’s serious, contemplative nature, I decided you had probably had enough of such posts. 

So we are going to have some fun with this. Link up with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup!

But first? Here are the posts from the week!

Gifted and Talented?

My name is Susie, and I have a few mad skills. Call me gifted and talented.

1) Color Coordination, or COMPLETE Lack Thereof

Love my new Mizuno Sayonara running shoes!

Not planned.

I have a bizarre ability to, without trying, show up in a completely color coordinated outfit. Literally, top to bottom. This started when I was in junior high/elementary school, and my jodphurs would coordinate with my saddle pads completely by chance.

Unicorn Running Team forever! The best way to recover!

On the other hand, if I’m not color coordinated, I look like a blind clown with a weird sense of humor dressed me. Aka Hot Mess Express.

2) I am the Most Awkwardly Observant Person Ever with the Memory of an Elephant… for Useless Information

That person who walked by with the weird thing? I will a) be the only person who noticed, and I will remember it for ages to come. But ask me your friend’s name–you know, the one that you have introduced me to a billion times?–and I’ve got nothing. And that is not for lack of trying to remember!

3) I Can Read on the Treadmill/Elliptical/You Name It

I need one for Kindle and Treadmill

I cute my teeth on US and People magazines, then real books, even Jane Eyre (yes, I read that big ole honking book on a treadmill). And then the Kindle came in and, when I finally succumbed, changed everything. I have read countless classics (free if they are out of copyright!) and now a bajillion other books on my Kindle/iPad in the gym. 

4) I Can Put on My Make Up Without A Mirror

When I do wear makeup, that is… I can correctly apply concealer, powder, eyeliner, eyebrow color, lash curler, mascara (even eyeshadow, though that can be a bit tricky) in about 5 minutes (or less) without consulting a mirror. Let’s just say that I’ve been doing it for a really, really long time. 

5) I Can Sleep Through Fire Alarms and Partying Boys… But I Can’t Sleep Past 5 AM

Suz loves naps

Asleep on the Eurostar.

When it is time for me to sleep, it is I have slept through dorm fire alarms (I hope that they would have woken me up if there had been a real problem?), drunken boys yelling all around me (seriously, I was asleep on the couch with them around me), I fell asleep during the middle innings of Game 7 of the World Series…. and once I’m asleep, there is no rousing me. Dead to the world. 

But try to get me to sleep in? HA.

Gifted and Talented, indeed! What are you known for? #sweatpink #nailedit #fridayfive Click To Tweet

This weekend, Alex and I are celebrating Christmas #1 with his family in Virginia! Last time we made this particular trip, I was on crutches. I hope that this time, I might finally get to run on the path by his brother’s house! It will be nice to leave the tundra that is Chicago for a little bit… and return to a high of 1F on Sunday (oh, and the low that night is -15. JOY). Ridley is going to be living the dream at daycare, and Zoe is going to be living the dream at home without Ridley!

What are your party tricks and “gifts”?

How do you get through treadmill miles? Do you read, watch, listen, or just run?

How do you split up the holidays with family?

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  • Reply Allie

    LOL!!! I am the same with not remembering names but totally could tell you randomness from 15 years ago, I sleep whenever, wherever, when I need to but I’m up every morning at 5am. What I cannot do is read or watch TV on the treadmill. It has to be a podcast or audible book!! You’re obviously WAY more gifted and talented than I.
    Have a fabulous Christmas #1!
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    December 16, 2016 at 5:10 am
  • Reply Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    When I used to run on the treadmill alot I would put on the TV, read a magazine, and listen to music all at the same time. Now I am lucky if I can just run in a straight line on the treadmill and not fall off!
    Lisa @ Mile by Mile recently posted…Lessons in Running from 2016My Profile

    December 16, 2016 at 5:50 am
  • Reply Heather @Lunging Through Life

    Reading on the treadmill or elliptical! Yes! I eel bad for those who can’t because it makes the time fly by!
    Heather @Lunging Through Life recently posted…Friday Favorites: 12/16/16My Profile

    December 16, 2016 at 6:09 am
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Great take on the word gifts! I like that you didn’t go for the obvious. Because you are gifted! πŸ™‚
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…Book Review: Nowhere Near First by Cory ReeseMy Profile

    December 16, 2016 at 6:11 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    Love this! I so cannot read on the treadmill It’s quite the convenient skill to have though πŸ™‚
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    December 16, 2016 at 6:29 am
  • Reply Tiffany @ The Chi-Athlete

    NUMBER TWO. <3 <3 <3 I wish I could run and read! I wish I could read for any length of time, actually. My eyes start to hurt and get tired very quickly.:(

    I've been told that I sometimes sleep with my eyes open. What the hell?

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    December 16, 2016 at 6:34 am
  • Reply Meranda@Fairytalesandfitness

    Applying make-up with no mirror is definitely a talent! Enjoy your weekend!

    December 16, 2016 at 6:52 am
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    Well aren’t you just a bag of tricks? Now the makeup one is true talent. I’m still trying to figure out how to put in makeup. Haha! Have fun on your trip!
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    December 16, 2016 at 6:59 am
  • Reply Ellie

    I’m definitely a podcast listener on the treadmill. I don’t know how I would read because I feel like the book or my iPad would fall off 😜 I’d say on of my gifts is being able to improve any awkward situation with a random funny fact. I can remember all those Snapple facts or weird “did you know” things most people skim over. That stuff is my jam!
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    December 16, 2016 at 7:21 am
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Haha! Eyeliner without a mirror? I’m impressed! I can do most of that… but not the eyeliner!
    I wish I could sleep through anything. I wake up at EVERYTHING.
    Julie @ Running in a Skirt recently posted…5 Seriously Last Minute Holiday Gift IdeasMy Profile

    December 16, 2016 at 7:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yeah, not my problem. Which is great…. until you really DO need to get up!

      December 17, 2016 at 9:16 am
  • Reply Lesley

    I’m the same way with sleep. Now, I can’t fall asleep if it’s noisy, but once I am asleep, dead to the world. I’m a very solid sleeper, but I haven’t slept through a fire alarm.

    December 16, 2016 at 7:44 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It honestly isn’t the best talent to have. Especially if other people don’t wake you up…

      December 17, 2016 at 9:15 am
  • Reply Annmarie

    I’m impressed that you can read on the treadmill- I CANNOT at all. I can’t read while I am moving in general or I will puke, lol.
    Annmarie recently posted…Gluten Free Kale, Gouda & Portobello BreadMy Profile

    December 16, 2016 at 7:48 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh goodness. That would not be a good idea then, huh?

      December 17, 2016 at 9:14 am
  • Reply Patricia @Sweet and Strong

    OH I love some coordinated outfits! And I’m a pretty light sleeper, but my husband definitely is not. I basically have to wake him up to tell him his alarm is going off every morning. I think it’s time for a new alarm or wake up system, lol.
    Patricia @Sweet and Strong recently posted…Winter and Holiday FavoritesMy Profile

    December 16, 2016 at 7:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am amazing with alarms… but only if they are from my phone!

      December 17, 2016 at 9:13 am
  • Reply Emily

    Wow girl, you are SUPER talented; I can some times read on the treadmill or elliptical, depending on the speed. And I love your ability to color coordinate. I stink at color coordinating. πŸ˜€ MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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    December 16, 2016 at 7:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Merry Christmas, Emily! Like I said, I’m either coordinated to a T or a complete hot mess. I’m not sure which is more endearing πŸ˜€

      December 17, 2016 at 9:13 am
  • Reply Cora

    Yaaay for beautiful, unique quirks! You are a very gifted person through and through. I share the same sleeping talent with you. Seriously, if I told you all the epic movies I’ve slept straight through…in IMAX theaters…
    And my god I cannot remember names. I’m the worst. So I’ve kind of stopped trying….
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    December 16, 2016 at 7:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hey You usually works…

      December 17, 2016 at 9:12 am
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    Oh what fun…..where do I start!

    On the treadmill, on my little DVD player, I’ve watched, at one episode a day, the entire series of Alias—twice.
    I’ve also done Castle (except season 8) and 6 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy all the way through-one episode a day. Then I started watching it in real time.
    I can read on my treadmill but I’d rather watch a TV series, I don’t fall off as often.
    I also liked to color-coordinate my shirt to my saddle pad, when I rode in English tack.
    If I start talking in puns with my older brother, we can keep it up for an hour or more.
    As you mentioned yesterday, I think of time in midpoints. Like today is the midpoint between having lunch with Sara and Christmas Eve.
    Or, one of my favorites–I have two first cousin sisters who are 18 months apart in age. I was born 9 months to the day between them!!

    December 16, 2016 at 8:03 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yes please don’t fall off the treadmill. I would very much like you in one piece, please and thank you.

      December 17, 2016 at 9:12 am
  • Reply Ana

    Wow! you are quite talented ;~)

    I can watch TV on the treadmill, but not read, it takes too much coordination.

    Merry #1 Christmas!

    I have a big family, so I’m right there with you on the sleeping through anything. That is just a talent you develop when the need for sleep is super real!
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    December 16, 2016 at 8:07 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I wish I could blame having a big family. I think it was airplanes that taught me!

      December 17, 2016 at 9:10 am
  • Reply Suzy

    I can’t believe you can read while running on the treadmill. I am SO JEALOUS. And the makeup thing is quite amazing too! I can fart on command. I grew up with horrible stomach aches, so I learned how to put my bum in the air and suck air in my bum and fart it out. I’m getting a stomach ache right now actually….
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    December 16, 2016 at 8:14 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is one GI talent that I am very glad that I don’t have lol

      December 17, 2016 at 9:09 am
  • Reply Sarah @ BucketListTummy

    You are a woman of many talents! I wish I had the sleeping one – to sleep through anything.
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    December 16, 2016 at 8:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is a blessing and curse πŸ˜€

      December 17, 2016 at 9:09 am
  • Reply Kelli @ Hungry Hobby

    bahahaha you are gifted and talented! I’ve got none of those except the Netlfix and Treadmill thing! I consider it a gift that I can randomly come up with recipes now just off the top of my head, coming from someone who thought green beans only came from a can I think that’s pretty good!
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    December 16, 2016 at 8:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Are you a recipe problem solver (meaning, you take ingredients and make them work) or a recipe creator?

      December 17, 2016 at 9:08 am
  • Reply Jennifer @ Fit Nana

    I think I would totally be sick if I tried to run on a treadmill. Sometimes, even just the running part can be tricky – I tend to drift – I can’t imagine throwing something else into the mix! I’d be on one of those funny gym video compilations before you can say “splat!”
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    December 16, 2016 at 9:14 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh goodness, then please don’t! THough you could then be a youtube sensation πŸ˜€

      December 17, 2016 at 9:04 am
  • Reply lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    Putting on makeup without a mirror, now that is talent. I feel like it has been forever since I have ran on a treadmill but now that it is getting cold out that may be my only option soon. I really don’t mind it. I can get caught up on my shows while on there.
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    December 16, 2016 at 9:25 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I cannot watch shows on the treadmill. I pay too much attention to how (little) time has gone by!

      December 17, 2016 at 9:03 am
  • Reply Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    You have MAD skillz! I love that you can make up your whole face without a mirror. I’d poke my eye out! I also have the dressing skills of a blind clown. Show me your ways!
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    December 16, 2016 at 11:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, I can’t help you with the dressing, but I can at least help you with the makeup.

      December 17, 2016 at 9:02 am
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    You are super talented! #2 – you and I are the same. I can babble off random details from years ago and then forget the simplest things from today. I’m just amazed that you read Jane Eyre on the treadmill!
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    December 16, 2016 at 11:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was the thickest book ever. The kindle would have been so much more effective.

      December 17, 2016 at 9:02 am
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    …….you used to be able to completely change clothes…….while you were driving.
    I don’t want to know if you can still do that!

    ……while I’m driving, I can put all of my makeup on.
    ….that being said, there have been some moments when “I might shouda waited” till it was at least light outside.

    One very dark morning on my way into Atlanta for work, I stopped for coffee and realized that I had confused my stick blush with my stick foundation. I had Nars Orgasm blush all over my face with two carefully rubbed beige spots of foundation high on my cheeks. Not a good look on anyone!

    December 16, 2016 at 11:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe


      December 17, 2016 at 9:02 am
  • Reply Caroline @lifeofendurance

    I have weirdly basically all the same talents except the last one. Definitely capable of sleeping through things, but will also strangely wake up easily sometimes. The color coordination thing is too real though. For my marathon, I even unintentionally matched my nail colors (blue and orange) to my leggings!
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    December 16, 2016 at 3:32 pm
  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    I wish I had the reading skill, but I stick to a rotation of audiobooks and podcasts and music when I’m at the gym. And yeah, once I’m out, no waking me up. My roommates shake me awake when the fire alarms go off at 11pm and I’m sleeping already.
    My gifts include making drinks disappear in 2 seconds flat (and feeling bad about it because it stresses out the wait staff) and making little kids love me despite my total lack of imagination when it comes to playing.
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    December 16, 2016 at 3:58 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You know I consume liquids with abandon as well. And then have to pee every 3 seconds.

      December 17, 2016 at 8:57 am
  • Reply Rachel

    I’m impressed, Miss Suz. Makeup with no mirror? Sleeping through #allthenoise? NICE!
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    December 16, 2016 at 6:31 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We’ll see how that changes with kids, haha

      December 17, 2016 at 8:56 am
  • Reply Kimberly Hatting

    Ha ha ha ha ha….How do I get through treadmill miles? Plain and simple…I DON’T do treadmill miles. That’s my gift LOL And I have that same thing about remembering strange (probably insignificant) details from random strangers or situations (some of those things reappear in my dreams #psyche). And I definitely need a mirror for all things makeup, preferably a magnifiying mirror. No joke.
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    December 16, 2016 at 11:31 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Not all of us can be so foolhardy as you πŸ˜€ Or should I say coolhardy πŸ˜€

      December 17, 2016 at 8:56 am
  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    If I try to do anything on the treadmill I feel motion sick! I can watch TV if theres a tv mounted on the wall in front of me though!
    You are quite gifted! I hope you enjoy your Virginia time! We also split up Christmas festivities throughout December so that we can see as much family as possible!
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    December 17, 2016 at 11:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It really is the way to go. We were really lucky that Alex ended up with a second weekend off due to someone needing to work a different week!

      December 18, 2016 at 5:13 pm
  • Reply Karen @ Fit in France

    Ha ha, this is really funny. I had never thought about any of my ”gifts”. I would say multi tasking. I can be cooking, ironing, watching tv, having a conversation and talking to my husband all at the same time. Which is probably why I have the hardest time concentrating on anything !
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    December 18, 2016 at 2:45 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I used to think that my ability to multitask was a real asset, but now, I’m like you–I’m doing too much at once!

      December 18, 2016 at 5:14 pm
  • Reply Farrah

    Yayuh! I love this post! πŸ˜› I remember super useless information too (license plates, birthdays, addresses and home phone numbers of elementary school/junior high friends I haven’t seen/talked to in ages?) and I can also read on the treadmill/elliptical! That’s how I used to get stuff (studying -_-) done while I was in med school! πŸ˜€
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    December 19, 2016 at 1:30 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I will say that I would be useless at doing that–I don’t retain any of the information, not really!

      December 19, 2016 at 1:18 pm
  • Reply San

    I have never tried to read on the treadmill… but that would be a great way to multi-task and get some reading in while I run (usually competeing activities).
    San recently posted…Five holiday gifts for athletesΒ My Profile

    December 19, 2016 at 12:52 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I will say that I stick to leisure reading–I don’t retain much of what I read, lol

      December 19, 2016 at 1:18 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    I’m jealous of your sleeping skills but I can totally understand your inability to sleep in because I’m the same. Even if I’ve only had 3 hours of sleep, the latest I’ll wake up is 6am.
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    December 19, 2016 at 7:32 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      What is wrong with us???

      December 24, 2016 at 2:30 pm

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