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The Moral of That Story is…

Happy Thursday, pigeons. Let’s have some fun today, shall we? For whatever reason, I just kept thinking that line to myself yesterday before I wrote this post, and once I started, I couldn’t stop! So today’s post is dedicated to “The Moral of That Story Is…”

Thank you Amanda for this Thinking Out Loud Opportunity!

We are nearly at the commencement of the weekend, and even though this has been a short workweek for many of us, it has been a bit of a trying one for me simply because my workweek last week looked like this:

Yes I take my work with me on vacation! But it isn't so much work, as pursing my passions poolside. |

Alex and I did, indeed, come back to true Chiberia, and I know many of you on the East Coast of the US are buckling down for a bit of a snow storm. Do you have your wine ready? If the power goes out, just chill your whites in the snow for a bit, and you’ll be good. 

Bar Pastoral in Lakeview has an excellent wine selection, fantastic small plates, and warm, romantic, and friendly atmosphere. Drink up! Learn more at

Moral of that story? As long as there is wine (or tequila), you’ll be fine. Also, vacations are amazing, and vacations in Mexico with your family and unlimited pico de gallo, margaritas, and jicama even more so.

It is freezing in our apartment. As in, two blankets, sweatpants, sweatshirt, socks while on the couch.  

I was Cold Meme

Moral of that Story? Time to get a different apartment where the heat actually works. Or turn on the space heater until that time. 

Zoe has been CRAZY at night since we got back. As in, insomnia by cat. She has been pouncing on Alex at all hours of the night and trying to engage him. He even locked her in the bathroom a few times. I honestly could have slept through it, but noooooooo. We tried to blockade our room (we have a convertible, so there is a partition wall that has enough space next to the window for her to get through), but she literally busted through that like the KoolAid dude at 2 in the morning.  Combo of separation anxiety and needing to expend energy.

Zoe helping me with my Coach Suz Training Running plans by showing the importance of rest and recovery! @suzlyfe

Good things she is adorable

Moral of the story? Take the cat with you on vacation (then you don’t have to leave Mexico!); I can sleep through just about anything. 

I got pulled over on the way to CES coaching (first time since between Christmas and New Years!), and I was SO confused–I wasn’t speeding or doing anything! Turns out that my tags were expired. Um, what forms did we sign and pay this summer when we had all of that car trouble and money spending?? I got a ticket, but it counts as a parking ticket, not on my record. Turns out that due to budget cuts, the state of Illinois no longer sends out mail reminders to renew your tags. You have to sign up for email alerts from the Secretary of State. Or you have to just know that you need to do it, and then call the Secretary of State’s office, go through the whole automated thing, THEN go on hold to talk to someone. 

I hate waiting

Moral of the Story? This is why Donald Trump and Sarah Palin have made it as far in the various political processes as they have, and why the state and this city are bankrupt. 

Also? Alex and I now have to use our passports to travel anywhere by plane because TSA will not accept Illinois driver’s licenses. 

Upset gorilla meme

Moral of the Story? That is just stupid.

Obviously, I’ve been really enjoying my time without crutches. It feels crazy amazing to be able to walk, to sit, to stand. This Sunday was the first time that I have been able to go to the grocery stores not immediately in our vicinity (even though we took the car because we had so much stuff, I could still carry and contribute!). We went to Whole Foods for lunch Monday, and I could walk QUICKLY through the cold, not having to crutch. 

Ryan Gosling Crutches Meme

Moral of the Story? Crutches Suck. Sorry Sven. Sorry Olav.

On the same vein, I’ve been loving getting back on the various exercise bikes. I did the recumbent at first, then a little bit of the spin bike in Cabo (they had one) and the upright at home (like before I was put on rest). And of course I get off the bike on Tuesday (with Monday being my best day yet) and immediately lightly pull the very very very upper of my hamstring (literally, next to my unmentionables). Cue freak out. It chilled out over time, and yes, I took a rest day yesterday, but OF COURSE I DID THAT.

Polar bear #facepalm

Polar bear #facepalm

Moral of the Story? Only I would stress fracture my sacrum and pull a muscle most people have no clue that they have. Also, I know this, but obviously I have to assume that random, strange bumps are going to happen in this road to recovery after injury.

Tuesday night at coaching was the fourth time since December 4 that I have worn shoes (outside) other than my Nike Frees, which I could pull on and off without tying or bending over that much, and which would stay on while crutching.

From another injury time lol.

From another injury time lol.

Moral of the Story? Nike Free’s appear to be my go-to shoe during injury (so comfy), and again, crutches suck.

I decided to walk to work for the first time since December 4. Of course, the night before, it snows. 

Moral of the Story? Who am I kidding, of course that would happen.

Minion Meme Awesome not Perfect

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  • Reply Alicia

    I am happy to hear you are walking again. Regarding the whole TSA and passport while traveling, my dad sent me a link last week that Illinois got another 2 year extension to make changes to their license. Not sure what that means when traveling through the airport but I would assume if they got an extension that you should still be able to use your license.

    January 21, 2016 at 6:26 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      THANK GOODNESS. This is nonsense.

      January 21, 2016 at 11:17 am
    • Reply Eric Nette

      Sadly, that means the opposite. If Illinois had to change their license to accommodate the new rules then you would be able to use the new licenses with TSA. This just means they can keep issuing the old ones without updating their technology, which means you have to use your passport since they don’t meet TSA standards.

      January 22, 2016 at 7:50 am
      • Reply Alicia

        So say you were just getting a license for the first time and Illinois is still printing the old ones. Does that mean you need to use your passport even though you just got a license?

        January 22, 2016 at 9:48 am
        • Reply Eric Nette

          Yup, it’s new but it doesn’t have what the TSA wants (something of a certain quality that is harder to fake). If Illinois hadn’t got an extension they would be required to update their printing technology, and the new ones would be up to the TSA standards, so if you got a new one it would be acceptable.

          January 22, 2016 at 10:51 am
  • Reply Julie

    Yay for no crutches. And Zoe is sweet. We say its a good thing Cocoa is sweet because she’s crazy and it saves her!!

    January 21, 2016 at 6:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We say the same thing about Zoe except for thank goodness she’s cute.

      January 21, 2016 at 11:17 am
  • Reply Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood

    Most of this just makes me giggle. Yes, life is way better with sun and tequila. I mean, how could it not be?! I only had to use crutches once and I can imagine why you’re so happy to be free. (I sprained my ankle, and while it was agreed that it would heal faster on crutches, I fell 4 times in the first hour, so we determined that I’d probably do a lot worse on them than off.

    January 21, 2016 at 6:48 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      you know what I really can’t imagine? Mommying with crutches.

      January 21, 2016 at 11:14 am
  • Reply Heather @Fit 'N' Cookies

    I am so happy to hear you are feeling good off the crutches! Ahh Gives me a big smile on my face. Also, that’s dumb about the drivers license. Passports are so expensive and you shouldn’t need that to fly!

    January 21, 2016 at 6:56 am
    • Reply Heather @Fit 'N' Cookies

      Cut me off before haha I never remember to stock up on things before an emergency lol I do have to go to the store tomorrow just for weekly groceries but I’ll feel like one of those preparing for the worst and stocking up on

      January 21, 2016 at 7:08 am
      • Reply suzlyfe

        I can see doing that in a big way. You probably already have, you liar.

        January 21, 2016 at 11:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That’s what we thought! And they take forever to get them! Thanks 😀

      January 21, 2016 at 11:12 am
  • Reply Amanda @ .running with spoons.

    Why is Ryan telling me he’ll give me a piggy BAG ride? Either that’s a typo or I’ve been saying it wrong all these years, because I’ve always thought it was piggy BACK 😆 And yay for being off crutches! I had to use them a few different times throughout my life, and yeah… they suck.

    January 21, 2016 at 7:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I don’t care, he can piggy me any way that he would like 😀

      January 21, 2016 at 11:08 am
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    Washington is the same way now—we need passports to fly anywhere! And apparently, at least in Missouri, Charlie needs to have his papers to fly, even though he’s just a little dog that fits in a carry-on. Crazy TSA.

    January 21, 2016 at 7:25 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, I fit in a carry on as well. Maybe they think that he is one, too!

      January 21, 2016 at 11:07 am
  • Reply Michele @ paleorunningmomma

    I think the moral of the story for me this week is stop signing up for races. Seriously, I’ve missed every race I’ve signed up for aside from the NYCM due to either weather or illness, and now we’re having a blizzard this weekend in time for my half! A sign, maybe?

    January 21, 2016 at 7:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahhahaaha. I can hear you with that. I miss races that I pay for. It is just dumb, isn’t it?

      January 21, 2016 at 11:07 am
  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I think you are going to cause a national shortage of wine now you have told people to stock up. People are going to start panic buying!

    January 21, 2016 at 7:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Good, about time they caught up.

      January 21, 2016 at 11:06 am
  • Reply Lesley

    I have friends in IL so I heard plenty about the license situaiton. Typical state politics. My tags aren’t expired, but Texas is making anyone with a license plate 7+ years old get new ones. I like my license plate and know the number. Now I have to learn a new one.

    January 21, 2016 at 7:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      UGH the worst is when you finally learn your LP number and then have to learn a new one. Like with credit cards. I know mine my heart. DANGEROUS

      January 21, 2016 at 11:05 am
  • Reply Sarah @ BucketListTummy

    The moral of the story is…you have a constant flow of laughable stories that we enjoy reading. Yay for no more crutches!!

    January 21, 2016 at 8:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am glad that my strife is funny to you ;P

      January 21, 2016 at 11:02 am
  • Reply Michelle

    LOL Loved this post. Moral of the story? My week is pretty boring compared to yours, so I am living vicariously through you. I need a passport, although I think my retiree military ID would work.

    January 21, 2016 at 8:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yeah, I would imagine that you military ID would work, but I would check regardless, you never know. And you might think that my week is exciting, but it is all a facade.

      January 21, 2016 at 10:58 am
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    OK, let me try this again…….my laptop is rebelling again going back home…..
    So…since I will be arriving on Saturday night back to Southern Chiberia, Atlanta, on my way back to the lake house, I’ll pick up small pizzas, OJ, Coke Zero and some apples. That ought to last me for the five days.

    For those who don’t know, we live about 23 miles from the closet store, so I’ll have the essentials on hand should I get snowed in again!

    January 21, 2016 at 8:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You could always go and shoot a deer or go fishing 😀 You wanna trout?

      January 21, 2016 at 10:57 am
      • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

        and it’s the closest store, not the closet store…although that might be fun, too.

        …………….do you want a trout? HOW could I have forgotten that little jewel?? um, no, but thanks just the same!

        January 21, 2016 at 12:56 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    Condoms, which would prevent the emergency. Ha! Okay in all seriousness, I am so glad you’re able to walk without crutches and actually get on the bike and SWEAT. YASSS. So happy for you.

    January 21, 2016 at 8:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is the first time my underwear have been sweaty in a long time and it is AWESOME. And I hear you there. Luckily, I’m on the pill to prevent those emergencies 😀

      January 21, 2016 at 10:54 am
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    I’m with you on the crutches sucking. I mean it was torture being on them 3 months. Now every time I start to ache or have pain, I back WAY the heck off because there is no way I want to play with those suckers again. The moral of the story for me this week is to stick to the plan. No matter how scary and uncomfortable it feels. I need to do things that are inline with those goals and not venture off to another job just for some extra mula.

    January 21, 2016 at 9:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hear you there. Discomfort, not pain!

      January 21, 2016 at 10:56 am
  • Reply Kat

    HAHA I love this post so much. So much awesomeness – though my husband would’ve already skinned the cat at this point. He doesn’t let ANYTHING mess with his sleep!
    And seriously if I would’ve gotten pulled over for something like that I would have 1. cried for being pulled over and then 2. yelled like the crazy ginger I am for something so stupid.

    January 21, 2016 at 9:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m medicated. That is the only reason 😀

      January 21, 2016 at 10:55 am
  • Reply Erin @ Erin's Inside Job

    This is one of those rare times when procrastination has paid off for me. We never updated our licenses and now prob won’t since I don’t want to deal w that passport nonsense when we fly. Shoooo.

    Also, Zoe….bahahahaha.

    January 21, 2016 at 9:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So do you file taxes in different states? Where is your registered address you crazy person?

      January 21, 2016 at 10:50 am
  • Reply Gretchen | GretchRuns

    Woah what!? That’s crazy that Illinois drivers license aren’t accepted. That makes 0% sense!

    Yesterday I checked the weather, and it was supposed to be cold by dry all day. I decided to wear a skirt with tights and ballet flats. It ended up snowing a few inches and blizzarding as soon as I had to leave for work. Moral of story- don’t trust the weather app on iPhone, and always have a backup pair of boots.

    January 21, 2016 at 9:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know, right? WTF?hahahahaha stupid weather people.

      January 21, 2016 at 10:52 am
  • Reply Gianna @ Run, Lift, Repeat

    I have never been on crutches and I think I would be the worst person to be around if I ever was sidelined.
    Wine and whatever I throw into my slow cooker shall get me through this weekend blizzard. I am happy it is on the weekend so I don’t have to trudge to work in it.

    January 21, 2016 at 9:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Seriously. The worst is getting to work in the snow and ice and crap, driving or trudging. a) freezing and b) terrifying.

      January 21, 2016 at 10:52 am
  • Reply Sarah

    So glad to hear you are off of those crutches! I saw on the news that the passports won’t go into effect for two more years. Good thing Mary has hers. Talk about a ridiculous process to get a 2 month old to look straight at a camera!

    January 21, 2016 at 9:47 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ok, that is good. There has been such mixed messages about that whole thing.
      And I would imagine it would be like getting Zoe to do… well, anything.

      January 21, 2016 at 11:13 am
  • Reply Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    I did not know you were a cat person….

    January 21, 2016 at 10:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      She’s the only reason that we came back, honestly.

      January 21, 2016 at 10:49 am
  • Reply Rae

    Oh dear, sounds like you need the weekend just as badly as I do! I always make sure I’ve got plenty of wine or beer and snacks before a storm. That’s all I need.

    January 21, 2016 at 10:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yeah, I can’t think of much else that you would need.

      January 21, 2016 at 10:49 am
  • Reply Kristen

    Haha your life cracks me up sometimes! It sounds just like stuff that would happen to me 🙂 The passport thing is interesting – Alaska is starting that soon, but I’m not sure when and my passport is still in my maiden name so I really need to get a new one! I was fine driving through the borders with my maiden name (no one notices or checks against your ID) but if I fly my married name will be on the tickets and I do not want to get stopped for that! Ugh, thanks TSA.

    January 21, 2016 at 11:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Definitely get it taken care of. This might sound silly, but with it coming and going to Alaska, I don’t know how long it will take!

      January 23, 2016 at 4:33 pm
  • Reply Alaina @ The Simple Peach

    You are such a mess. Love it! I have honestly had a fabulous week, no real moral of the story moments here…yet anyways. Haha! Also, people are always freaking out about bread and milk before a storm. Who cares about that crap?! Wine and cookie dough are much better snow storm foods.

    January 21, 2016 at 11:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I really am such a mess. I’m glad that you appreciate it! And don’t people realize that milk goes bad if the power goes out?

      January 23, 2016 at 4:32 pm
  • Reply Emily

    It looks like you had FUN on your vacation! You make me smile.

    January 21, 2016 at 11:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I definitely did! Thank you!

      January 23, 2016 at 4:32 pm
  • Reply Heather@hungryforbalance

    We had a bit of snow for the past few days, and i had to make sure we had the makings for homemade hot chocolate.
    The moral of the story: when wine or tequila doesn’t cut it, there’s always chocolate!

    January 21, 2016 at 12:18 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      This is very true.

      January 23, 2016 at 4:31 pm
  • Reply Sara

    I’ve been married for two and half years and I still haven’t changed my last name on my passport. UGH….I need to do that soon! Hope to see you on Saturday!

    January 21, 2016 at 3:45 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Haha yes, you might need to do that!

      January 23, 2016 at 4:31 pm
  • Reply Linda @ Veganosity

    LOL! My dogs have done that to their beds so many times! I finally stopped buying new ones and put a king size pillow case over them and tie up the end. For some strange reason they don’t rip the cases open. And, it’s super easy to keep their beds clean.

    Thank you for reminding me about the STUPID IL drivers license not being accepted by the TSA. We have to renew ours and we need them by mid-March. SO ANNOYING!!

    January 21, 2016 at 4:24 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ooo do it now. Otherwise you might not get them in time! Dogs are crazy. Isn’t it hilarious what they do and don’t care about?

      January 23, 2016 at 4:30 pm
  • Reply MCM Mama Runs

    I am totally stocked for beer for our little snow. The saddest part is that in the days of telecommuting we never get a snow day off anymore. I miss the days of getting blitzed while it snows outside. ;o)

    January 21, 2016 at 5:49 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      This is true, isn’t it? And I know you are stocked–I saw your collection! SO PROUD

      January 23, 2016 at 4:29 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    Wait. Hold up. You can’t travel with your Illinois license? Is this applicable to all states? Wtf. Also, I almost forgot to buy tags but I got an email AND mail reminder. Illinois=fail! Welcome back to the cold.

    January 21, 2016 at 6:05 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      There is a collection of states that it effects. Apparently, there is a 2 year grace period for Illinois. But look into it!

      January 23, 2016 at 4:28 pm
  • Reply Beth @ Sublimely Fit

    High hamstring injuries are THE WORST. I had one during my yoga teacher training, and it was literally a pain in the @$$. Ugh. I’m very lucky that I somehow remembered to renew my car registration in the correct month without the SOS reminder. At least now they’re printing the PIN numbers on the registration so you can automatically renew online without having to call to get one. That’s a pain in the butt, but at least the wait at the DMV wasn’t too long in the ‘burbs. Hope the ticket wasn’t too expensive!

    January 21, 2016 at 6:07 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Normal parking ticket amount $60. And the tag was $125 with the late fee. Stupid Chicago.

      January 23, 2016 at 4:27 pm
  • Reply Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    Hooray for no crutches!!! Bring on the wine and stay warm. The driver’s license thing is nuts. I read about it and wondered how that’s even possible. Thankfully I still have my GA license. Did you see Palin’s endorsement speech? I was embarrassed for her.

    January 21, 2016 at 6:07 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I don’t even think that I can be embarrassed for Palin. That would be like be embarrassed for… Trump. They are both just insane!

      January 23, 2016 at 4:26 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    We stocked up on our wine supply today! And I had issues with my tags this summer. I had no idea they were expired until I got a ticket while I was parked at work. They also screwed up a bunch of times with the whole process, sending me duplicate plates, which then messed up my emissions testing…adult stuff is so stupid!
    So glad you have been making it around without crutches!

    January 21, 2016 at 8:03 pm
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      January 23, 2016 at 4:26 pm
  • Reply Shannon @GirlsGotSole

    What a fun blog post idea! It was fun to read! 🙂
    The moral of that story is… half marathons can still hurt. So, an extremely windy, I mean headwinds like my face might fly off race can lead to some serious DOMS. Boy was I hurting when I tried to get up on Monday. Ouch! Thankfully, by Tuesday it was about 80% better.

    January 21, 2016 at 8:52 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh geez! I’m glad that your face didn’t fly off, that would have been tragic and rather uncomfortable. I’m glad that you recovered pretty quickly! And I tell you, it is always the ones that we aren’t expecting to hurt that sneak up on us like that!

      January 23, 2016 at 4:25 pm
  • Reply jill conyers

    Love this! Sometimes the only moral of the story truly is this is stupid or maybe this sucks. Plain and simple.

    January 22, 2016 at 2:56 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      haha Well, Luckily, there is always a bright side!

      January 23, 2016 at 4:23 pm
  • Reply Jess @hellotofit

    LOL at “busting through like the KoolAid man”….ahh!!
    The moral of the story is….can’t wait till we room in LA.

    January 22, 2016 at 4:38 pm
  • Reply Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    I loaded up on wine don’t worry. We have stuck in our house during this blizzard and with the boys, it’s NOT going to be pretty. 3 bottles of wine, a case of Lime-a-ritas still hanging around from the summer (how did THAT happen?) and a huge bottle of margaritas SHOULD get me through…but I’m really not wanting a repeat of kid duty with a hangover either, that would NOT be fun 🙂

    January 23, 2016 at 7:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ooooooo yeah not so much. Plus I can’t imagine that snow shoveling with a hangover would be enjoyable either.

      January 23, 2016 at 3:50 pm
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Don’t even get me started on the joke that is the state of Illinois. Besides all the annoyances you mentioned, they’ve stopped paying for Early Intervention Services, which means my littlest patients can’t get PT, OT, ST, or developmental therapies. WTG Bruce Rauner!

    January 24, 2016 at 12:02 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ ihadabiglunch

    Haha classic Illinois! I try to remind myself over and over that we have awesome food and awesome people but damn the government SUCKKKKKS. And don’t get me started on that traveling/airport ID nonsense. What a pain! Glad to hear you’re feeling a bit better — the ease and ability to go grocery shopping is definitely a measure of happiness haha

    January 26, 2016 at 2:50 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      The government is a mockery of a sham. I love being able to grocery shop again1

      January 28, 2016 at 7:57 am

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