Liza Howard

Liza Howard

Liza Howard is a long-time is a longtime ultrarunner who lives in San Antonio, Texas. She teaches for NOLS Wilderness Medicine, coaches, directs the non-profit Band of Runners, and drives her kids around in a minivan.

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Gift cards and Goodwill resolutions

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Eliot, Asa, Ruby and I were given a $50 gift card from Amazon for Christmas.  I have taken on the responsibility of spending it as quickly as possible.  Three things: 1. Gift cards burn holes in my pocket.  2. Gift cards should only be spent on things you wouldn’t buy yourself otherwise.  Phone case for Eliot’s upgraded phone?  No.  Handmade Creepy Cute Blonde Doll Head Throw Pillow?

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Well, no, because it exceeds the gift card.  But that’s the spirit.

3. You can’t use the gift card to buy someone else a present.  You must honor the gift card givers intentions.

Anyway, I’m strangely uninspired tonight.  I mean, I’m inspired to use the gift card; I just can’t find anything on Amazon that meets the other two criteria.

This brings us to 2016 Resolution #10: Other than food and household maintenance items, I’ll only shop at Goodwill this  year.  This is a combo fun-challenge/perspective-giving/lesson-for-the-kids/financially-responsible resolution.  Anyway, Wednesdays are half price day at Goodwill, and my haul included a $0.25 food dish for the kittens and a $0.50 pink flower mirror for Ruby’s room.  I would take pictures of the rest of the very inexpensive things I bought that met pre-race jitters shopping needs, but it’s late and I have get some sleep.  More tomorrow.

 

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  • Todd
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    Todd Todd

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    hmmmm. I am doing Bandera also and have only done two pretty easy 50km races in my short running stint.. How come I don’t have the pre-race jitters you have? 🙂 Your list inspired me to make a list also AND I too gave up refined sugar. It’s only been 4 days, but I think I feel better. First two days were HARD, but less cravings today. -thx


    • Liza
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      Liza Liza

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      You don’t have the same pre-race jitters because you haven’t crawled behind a sotol on that course, curled up in a ball, and thrown a pity party for yourself on that course like I have. 😉 That’s so cool about the sugar. It took a good month for the sugar cravings to really subside for me — or at least for me to stop staring grumpily at my black coffee.


  • Ellen
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    Ellen Ellen

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    Great resolutions! You could also shop at Boysville on Olmos (in the Trinity area) http://boysvillethriftstore.org


    • Liza
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      Liza Liza

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      Cool! Thanks for the recommendation.


  • Eliot
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    Eliot Eliot

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    This goodwill resolution sounds great. I’m in. Purple sweatpants here we come!


    • Liza
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      Liza Liza

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      One of the many reasons I love you, Eliot.