An Ear for an Ear

Most of the time I am blissfully unaware of the fact that I even have ears attached to my head. I mean, I use them for the helpful hair tuck. They seem to be instrumental in holding up my sunglasses. They are home to my earings. And I’m told they are useful when it comes to being able to hear things. But there are occassional days, like yesterday, that I have to question their existence.

You see, yesterday I started my semi-annual “Exercise for a Month So You Appear to be Out of Shape Instead of Ridiculously Out of Shape.” Catchy, isn’t it? Would it surprise you if I told you I thought that up myself? So yesterday I decided I would go for a little jog . . . outside. Sure, it was only 32 degrees, but when you’re running that shouldn’t matter, right? Well, for the most part it didn’t, but there were two tiny little factors that came into play because of the cold:

1) It’s kind of hard to breathe in the cold. Now, I’m not going to put much emphasis on this point because, let’s face it, I’m so out of shape that it would have been hard for me to breathe even in perfect conditions.


2) At some point my ears became so cold that they gave me a horrible ice cream headache. I don’t know about you, but if I’m going to get an ice cream headache, I’d much rather it came from eating ice cream than from doing something like running. Seriously, you’re enduring the pain of running AND giving yourself a splitting headache? Where is the fairness in that?

So this is the compromise I’ve come up with: I’m going to sit in the warmth (for those of you that have been to my house lately you know I use that term loosely) of my own home, switch from Moosetracks and all of its chocolatey goodness to low fat yogurt, and call it a draw. Who’s with me?

Ok, that actually isn’t going to work just now because I’m actually “training” for a purpose (more on that later), but in a month, that is going to be my plan all the way. I said, WHO’S WITH ME?!?



  1. When I was in elementary school, a kid told me I had taxicab doors for ears. I didn’t understand what he said, so I just walked away.

    Apparently it made a big enough impact for me to remember it all these years later. I think I finally grew into them, though.

  2. I guess I won’t mention that I’m going running at 6am tomorrow morning, and going that early on purpose so it won’t be too HOT to run!

    your blog always gives me a great laugh.

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