Five half-marathons, four 5k races, three sprint triathlons, two 10k races, and one full marathon. All in one year, and all in memory of someone who never knew she was strong.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

In Case of Emergency, Open Desk Drawer

This is my kit of stuff that gets me through my weekdays.

My trusty Nathan stainless steel water bottle that I fill at least four times a day at my company's awesome ice and water dispenser. I know it's weird to get excited about ice and water, but this machine dispenses ice cold water and that soft little ice that is so good for crunching.  Keeps me happily hydrated all the live-long day.

My gum.  This is only about 20% of the gum that is in my drawer.  I have several different sugar-free flavors that (usually) can stop a sugar craving in its tracks.

Crystal Light. For when I need a break from the water.

Green tea, which I make on cold afternoons or to replace a second cup of coffee.  I put a Splenda in it.  I hate Splenda in coffee but love it in tea.  Not sure why.

My tennis ball.  I slip this bad boy on my chair under my broken left butt cheek, and it keeps my jacked-up piriformis from killing me all day.  (Accupuncture on Monday.  Super excited)

My sign.  I have kept this sign on my desk since my dad gave it to me after he retired, and it is the truest thing about life I have ever seen written down.  It keeps me from being a whiner (uh, most of the time)  Life isn't supposed to be easy.  Not at work, not in relationships, not in sports or weight loss, or being a Denver Broncos fan.  When it is hard and you still want it? That's when you know something is worth it.

What things get you through the work day?


  1. I love it! I think I need an ICE drawer too!

  2. I stock up on water at work too! Also, white tea with Splenda and I have a bag of almonds for healthy snack emergencies. :)

    And I have a fortune from a fortune cookie I for forever ago taped to my computer monitor: The hard times will begin to fade. Joy will take their place. (Ironically, the words are pretty faded.)

  3. Great post! Love the plaque your father gave you. Such a great reminder.

    What gets me through my day? I figure that if I can knock off a run at the start of my day, then the rest of it should be a piece of cake! Okay, maybe cake isn't a good analogy. How about a banana smoothie? Yes, the rest of my day is like a banana smoothie. ;)