Going to Oz. BRB. {And a good mail day makes everything better!}

I think the only people who have an easier commute than I do are those that work from home.

I live in a nice little neighborhood just north of Baltimore City. If they cut all the trees down outside my building and I had a minimally strong pair of binoculars, I could see my office from my porch. Betty’s school is like 2 miles away. We leave the house at about 20 to 8 every morning and including going to get our coffee – she calls it that, but really she’s having hot chocolate…please don’t call CPS on me – and dropping her off, I’m in the office by 10 after 8. In the afternoon, even in the heaviest rush hour traffic, I’m to her school to pick her up by 10 after 5 and we are home 10 minutes or so later if we don’t have to make any other stops. Easy peasy.

Welp…not yesterday.

Because it is summertime, we are occasionally getting blasted by heavy thunderstorms. I LOVE a good thunderstorm and I’ve been trying to teach Betty all the ways that they are fun and cool so that she will know that we can’t play outside during one, but otherwise won’t be afraid of them. As I was leaving the office, one of these bad storms was roaring through; we’re talking serious lightning, thunder like I haven’t heard in a long time, sideways rain, and flooding streets. Reaching her school took about twice as long as it usually does because every time there’s a bad electrical storm, the gates for the Light Rail train system get stuck in in the down position and block some pretty major roadways. I don’t feel okay about driving around down train gates even if it is a malfunction and finding an uncrowded detour can be a little tricky.

Anyway, as I was getting her strapped into her car seat I could tell that the storm was right on top of us and I started getting nervous. I had never seen anything like it. There was no break in between the thunder and lightning at all. Power was knocked out to several traffic lights even as we drove underneath them and it was raining so hard that I couldn’t see much of anything. Eventually I made a right onto the last main road we have to travel before turning into our neighborhood and it was like a parking lot.

Then as if things were not already totally unpleasant, they got worse. Suddenly there were firetrucks that were trying to get through the crowded street. One was looming right behind my car with the siren blaring and no one in front of me was moving so aside from jumping the curb, I had no place to go. Bolts of lightning continued to strike what felt like just a few yards from where we were sitting. Then from the passenger seat my phone started making this really shrill noise that I’ve never heard before. I glanced at the screen and saw this message:

duck and cover

I’m guessing that acceptable “shelter” in this situation does not include a 2013 Fiat 500.

Nothing will get your blood pumping in a bad way quite like the knowledge of a possible tornado when you are stuck in a micro-car with your 2 year old in the backseat. Meanwhile as I’m coasting into a full-blown panic attack, she’s singing a song about the blueberry muffin I had given her as a snack.


Actually I’m glad she was calm because I think it stopped me from coming completely unhinged. The person at the head of my traffic line finally got the hint about the firetrucks and moved into the intersection and we continued on our way. All the while I had a white knuckled grip on the steering wheel and was staring at the sky waiting for a funnel cloud to materialize and take us away to Oz.

Which obviously didn’t happen. We made it home a short time later.

You know what will make me forget a panic attack faster even faster than a song about muffins though? A stack of packages on my doorstep! Especially when I’m pretty sure they are all for me.


They were!


My AWESOME new doTERRA essential oils. After that craziness in the car I was still feeling a little flustered for the rest of the evening so I sprinkled a bit of the lavender on my pillow at bedtime and enjoyed the best night of sleep I’ve had in weeks. Stay tuned for a little review of these as I experiment with them more!


MY NEW SHIRT!! One of the perks I received for reviewing the new Lorna Jane Nourish Cookbook was a gift card to shop in her store. I could not pass up that tank. Plus the fact that when I ordered it I wasn’t running so it’s even more appropriate.

Oh and yes…


Please meet my New Balance 890; purchased based on some of the most stellar reviews I’ve ever seen. I feel like for my training this time around I need a little more shoe than my Kinvara, Connect, or my NB1400, but less than my Mizunos which at this point feel like I have cinder blocks strapped to my feet (but I’m glad I kept them because I’ve been using them while I recover). I ended up listing my barely worn Pure Flows on Ebay. I hate to part with any of my shoes – especially purple ones – but there was just something about them that I couldn’t get down with.

Thank you so much to everyone who suggested Running Warehouse after my shopping post the other day because I got an incredible deal on my pretty new shoes! The break-in process will begin with these today as I attempt 3 miles per my training plan. Because…marathon training!!

Have you had a really great mail day lately? Have you ever been caught in a really terrible storm? Do you know any songs about muffins?

Happy Tuesday, you guys! I hope everyone has a great day!





70 thoughts on “Going to Oz. BRB. {And a good mail day makes everything better!}

  1. nevie b. says:

    My favorite mail day lately included a tank top with the Mad Hatter and March Hare printed on it. I’ve worn it to bed every night for 5 nights in a row.
    And ho man was I glad I lived out by DC instead of Baltimore last night – I love Balitmore and would love to live out there if it wouldn’t make my commute to work out here hellish. Except yesterday I did not envy y’all at all. That was some crazy ish.
    Also: the image of your daughter singing about a muffin during a tornado is the cutest thing EVAR.
    Also also: I am looking forward to hearing more about these doterra oils and about MARATHON TRAINING YASSS. but mainly these oils that give you magical awesome sleep.

    • runsaltrun says:

      That sounds cute! (I love Alice in Wonderland!)
      Yeah it was BAD and apparently we are supposed to have a repeat of some of the madness today. If it has to happen I just hope it’s not right at daycare pickup time again!

      • nevie b. says:

        yup we’re supposed to have scattered thunderstorms alllll day and night here too. i don’t know what this meaaansss for track practice! what do we do, take shelter under the bleachers between scatters?! come on summer. we’re trying to train for marathons here.

  2. bluecoyotelifecoaching says:

    It is so stressful to be out driving in that type of weather. We had nasty rain storms here, sans tornado warnings, and I cancelled our early evening plans. Glad you’re both ok!
    I really like the color combo on the new kicks!

    • runsaltrun says:

      Thank you so much! It was stressful and in a way I wish she hadn’t been with me at the time, but she sure did keep me calm! (Isn’t it supposed to be the other way around??)

      I’m so excited about these shoes. I hope they do well on their test run today!

  3. DarlinRae says:

    Looks like you got lots of fun new stuff! I had a good mail day yesterday too–my first Graze Box and some Lock Laces that I’m going to try out. Woohoo! Glad you didn’t get swept away to Oz–we’d miss you!

  4. Run Colby Run says:

    First of all. That was a scary scene. Especially with Miss Betty in a Fiat. Sweet Jesus. Second. I NEED A FULL REPORT ON THOSE KICKS! I’ve read about them and now I’m dying to hear The Scoop from Salt. And lavender on your pillow sounds divine…..


  5. SuzLyfe says:

    A) love the new togs B) growing up in GA, you KNOW I got involved in some pretty serious storms, especially during the summer and driving to and from the farm and our lake house. Where you couldn’t see the car in front of you, and you are all going 35 on the highway. A few times I made my mom pull over under a bridge because I was so scared. ::shiver::

    • runsaltrun says:

      That is terrifying!! I haven’t seen rain like that in a really long time and I don’t think I have seen lightning like that in…ever. My mom lived in SC for years and she would get some wicked storms there so I imagine what it must have been like in GA! Ahhhh weather. I’m just glad I had a Betty to keep me calm.

  6. Sweaty Mess says:

    Yeah for Monday mail! I got a package from Zulily that contained new bathing suits from Cabana Life (thanks to your review from earlier this year – they are also currently having a flash sale). I got myself a new suit and Charlotte got a cute little two piece and matching cover up. I almost got her a suit that matched mine – but I resisted. That would be too much. There will be another awesome mail day in my future when my Pro Compression calf sleeves come in the mail. I ordered the mystery grab bag yesterday and it shipped today. With the coupon code, I’m getting 3 pairs for $33.

    I was on the beltway when that alert was going off – luckily I wasn’t in the heart of the storm but I could see all that crazy lightening. Glad you and Betty made it home safe.

    • runsaltrun says:

      Haha I almost did the same thing with Betty’s anchor suit. Like I had it in my cart and then at the last minute talked myself out of it. I hope you love the suits! I LOVE their stuff! Actually if they are having a sale I might need to go check that out.

      I got the email for the grab bag and I think I may jump on that one also! One cannot have too many calf sleeves and that deal is just too good!

      And thank you I’m glad you did too! We are supposed to have some more of that today so hopefully it just doesn’t go off right around daycare pickup time!

      • Imarunner2012 says:

        I’ve been there. Your mind is racing trying to figure out the best thing to do, assess your options and kid-o is screaming and demanding your attention.
        You feel bad not giving the attention they are demanding, but you also got something serious to deal with. Fortunately, only happened a few times.

  7. Judith / soveryslightlymad says:

    That sounds scary, but I thought Betty singing about her blueberry muffin was adorable. I was at my grandmother’s when her house got hit by lightening — I watch it streak across the front yard — soundless except for a slight crackle — then BOOM when it struck the house. I though it exploded. I was not singing muffin songs.

    Yay new shoes! I just bought some of the MebGo Speed Skechers and am eagerly awaiting their delivery. I’m not sure they’ll replace my beloved Newtons, but I love Meb and they’re pretty.

    • runsaltrun says:

      Holy crap. O_o
      My grandparents lived out in the country and had a lightning rod on the top of their house. Lightning never struck it while I was there (or ever…I don’t even know), but I was always so nervous it would happen. I would have had a heart attack if I were in that situation.

      I’ve heard good things about those Sketchers! You need to write a review after you wear them. I love Meb too. ❤

  8. chasingchels says:

    Omg I can’t even imagine that. Truly tornadoes are one of my worst fears, so being stuck in a cat when there’s a warning is my idea of a worst nightmare, especially with a child. Kudos to you for not freaking out enough for your munchkin to notice! And kudos to the universe for rewarding you with treats after such an ordeal 😉 LOVE that tank! Want one now haha. And I’ll be interested to hear what you think of the oils. Not sure if they would help/work on me or not!

    • runsaltrun says:

      We like never have anything like that here so I would be so ill-prepared for it happening! My husband was at home and didn’t even have the TV on or anything so he had no idea what was even happening outside until I got home. Haha the universe totally owed me after that!

      I’m excited to try out the rest of the oils too. The peppermint is supposed to wake you up. I should start carrying that around with me all the time and maybe it would cut back on my coffee consumption.

  9. irenejean says:

    Glad to hear you didn’t get swept up in a tornado! That sounded scary! I had a good mail day a couple Saturdays ago when my new running shoes came in, I had a rough run that morning, but getting those shoes made it all better. 🙂

  10. runawaybridalplanner says:

    Getting new running shoes is the best! I bought a couple of new pair the other day and I love it!
    One thing I love about blogging is the surprise packages that come to the door, or are there waiting when I get home, it’s like Christmas:) LOL
    Your lucky to work so close to home! I work from home, but as a wedding planner I occasionally have to travel around a bit I don’t mind that part though:)

    • runsaltrun says:

      It IS like Christmas! Most of the time I have no idea what I’m even receiving which makes it extra exciting. 🙂

      I am so thankful for my short commute. When I lived on the west coast I had a 60 mile commute each way at one point and I swore I would never do that to myself again. You sound like you have the most fun job! I love weddings! (And I don’t know what I would have done without my planner. EVERYONE should hire one!)

  11. txa1265 says:

    Definitely scary stuff – we have had more tornadoes in the last 6 years since we moved here (3 recorded) than in the last 50 years or so! Nothing major … but plenty of scary wind! And a couple of cool pictures 🙂

    So glad everyone is OK – and the great mail days are always awesome … too few and far between, though …

    • runsaltrun says:

      Wow I wouldn’t think you guys would get crazy tornadoes up where you live! (Frankly I wouldn’t think it for here either!) Normally I am pretty fascinated by severe weather, but last night was just scary. We had no way to go anywhere and I wasn’t sure how I was supposed to protect B if something bad had happened! I don’t think I have ever been so happy to see my house when we pulled up outside!

      • txa1265 says:

        Yeah it is crazy – and when I say ‘here’ it is in a region about the size of Rhode Island 🙂 But one touched down in our town and took our a couple of trees and did a bit of damage to a couple of houses with winds … which is less damage than severe thunderstorms, but because it is so unexpected it makes it more crazy. And yeah, that inability to protect your kids is one of the worst feelings in the world …

  12. Piper's Run says:

    It’s amazing how kids can be so calm when we are not! We recently had a thunder storm and Lilly didn’t like it, Hilary slept through it. I tried to tell her funny stories about why we have thunder and lighting – must find a good book for her on this 🙂
    I won a pair of New Balance shoes a while back and get to pick them up in a few weeks…can’t wait to try them out!

    • runsaltrun says:

      I bet you are going to love those shoes. Have you run in New Balances before? This is my second pair and I love them both (even though I’ve barely run in the new ones, I can tell I’m going to love them once I’m all healed up!)

      Thank goodness for that calm kiddo! I’m the one that was supposed to be keeping her calm…not the other way around!

  13. kilax says:

    I love that she self-soothed with that song! Or really, not even soothing – it didn’t seem to phase her! Happy you got home okay! I haven’t been caught in bad weather but we’ve had some lately!

    • runsaltrun says:

      She was totally cool as a cucumber. I guess what I taught her about storms being cool must have made a good impression on her. Maybe I should take my own advice haha!

  14. Elizabeth says:

    Love your blog by the way! I do not envy your commute yesterday. I work in Rockville and live near Columbia the storm hit before I got off work, calmed down enough for me to drive home easily and stopped just in time for me to get in a run.

    New shoes are always an awesome thing to come home to though

    • runsaltrun says:

      LUCKY! Yeah I checked out the weather map when I got home and we definitely caught the brunt of it! I’m glad you didn’t have to deal with that mess and got to run too! 🙂 (And thank you so much!!)

  15. missadventuresinrunning says:

    That sounds like a scary experience! I am glad everything turned out fine, though. I love packages!! I have a serious problem with free samples and giveaways. I am completely out of control. If you want to know all the great sites and then lose hours of your life, just let me know!

  16. Michele @ PaleoRunningMomma says:

    I definitely know that panicky feeling of getting caught in a bad storm with a baby or with kids – it’s funny how since they have no frame of reference they don’t get scared at all and maybe just say “what’s that noise?” or something. I miss getting fun stuff in the mail but I am on a strict “no shopping” budget lately so no fun stuff for me. Now I just call it a good mail day if no surprise bills come 🙂

    • runsaltrun says:

      The shoes will be my last thing for awhile. 🙂 The only reason I allowed myself to get them was because I listed the other ones for sale and I couldn’t leave a space in my shoe rack. (And yes I think I just won for stupidest reason to buy a new pair of shoes ever.)

  17. Mar on the Run! says:

    Ugh… I too got caught in this storm. Normally a 3 minute walk to the bus stop from my office had me soaked from head to toe!! Luckily the bus was late so I was able to pop into CVS and buy an umbrella because… rain. Anyway, glad all is well in your world and Betty singing about blueberry muffins simply cracks me up 🙂

    • runsaltrun says:

      I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to hear about a bus being late. Ugh what a mess out there! I hope we are both spared from it this afternoon, but it’s already looking dark outside. :-\

    • runsaltrun says:

      Yes you were one of the awesome people that suggested it! Thank you from the bottom of my heart (and not at all from my wallet!) My friend Facebooked a picture earlier of downtown from her office window and it looks worse down there today than it is up here. I heard we’re supposed to get a round 2 so stay safe!

  18. themilereport says:

    That sounds scary. I had a bad tornado occurence in college a few years ago. I was running around the track when I heard the tornado sirens go off, so I sped back to my apartment, and my roommates and I huddled in our basement and took photobooth pics of our best terrified faces.

    My sister and I made up a song about blueberry muffins like 20 years ago (weird). Other than that, I just know “Do you know the muffin man”. I bet the wiggles write songs about muffins..

    • runsaltrun says:

      OMG I would have been paralyzed with fear. I’ve never heard a tornado siren before, but there is a firehouse near where I live that has an emergency siren that sounds like an air raid so I imagine they would set that off. I wonder if they set it off yesterday. In the car with my windows up I never would have been able to hear it.

      I bet the Wiggles do write about muffins. They definitely have songs about fruit salad and vegetable soup. I can’t believe you guys actually wrote a muffin song! That makes me smile. 🙂

  19. HIIT Mom says:

    I love storms and stormy weather… When I was little, I dreamt of becoming a tornado hunter. :)))

    I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! 😉

    • runsaltrun says:

      Thank you so much, my friend! I’m heading over to check it out!
      I am the same way with weather too, but being in the car with her was just a bit too close for comfort. 🙂

  20. irishrunnerchick says:

    Yikes! That sounds pretty scary. I got freaked out when I visited the U of Michigan and saw a poster there with advice on what to do during a tornado. Nope – not the place for me. But glad that you have such a chill kiddo! And those shoes….and that tank!

    • runsaltrun says:

      I feel like the roles should have been reversed, but I’m glad one of us was cool in that situation! 🙂 Yeeeah we have no need for posters like that around here which is why it’s doubly creepy when we have tornado warnings. They are VERY rare for this part of Maryland.

  21. littlegreenrunningshoes says:

    I know the “Muffin Man” song!! I’m sorry you had such a terrible drive home. That sounds terrifying. Big summer storms are awesome when you are home safe and have no where to go. Glad you both are safe!

  22. Hailey says:

    That sounds so scary!! Happy you guys made it home okay! Betty totally reminds me of my younger self haha. One time my dad was driving a huge uhaul and there was a huge storm when we were in the mountains and no place to pull over and some rocks were even slipping, but I was calm as can be with my feet up on the dashboard. He tells that story to this day 🙂 I love that tank top!

    • runsaltrun says:

      I would have been freaking out!! That’s cool that you were so calm. 🙂 I’m glad that Betty got my husband’s laid back demeanor. (Or I would feel really badly for him to have to deal with two of me.)

  23. Lindsey says:

    Ahh how scary! The first time my phone did that noise it scared the heck out me haha! Now it’s unsettling, but at least I know where it’s coming from. I’m glad your little one kept you calm. Muffins tend to do that to a girl 🙂 It’s awesome that you are teaching her to be brave! I might need to sit in on one of your lessons because storms are not my favorite!

    • runsaltrun says:

      Haha yes I’m happy to be prepared for next time something like that happens. I should just start keeping muffins in my car for occasions such as this. Then we can both be calm. 🙂

  24. piratebobcat says:

    Glad you are OK! It’s scary getting caught in a crazy storm. Down here that could mean hail, tornado, or cats and dogs living together.
    And hoorray for the mail! I’ve gotten a few freebies lately that I need to review. Love it. Also, the wife ordered Lego Movie which was a surprise – it was a good purchase – it’s been watched about 367 times so far.

    • runsaltrun says:

      OMG a Ghostbusters reference. You rule. 🙂
      My husband ordered the Lego Movie too. He loves it. I actually didn’t watch the whole thing. I don’t know how I feel about talking Lego figures. (But that Everything is Awesome song has been in my head for a week.)

  25. Run Pilou Run! says:

    That sounds pretty scary! I don’t mind thunderstorms, but some can be worse than others (yours sounds pretty bad!). The only time I’ve experienced something like that was when I was in Mexico in April and we were on our way back from our work field visit and we got caught in a thunderstorm (pretty much like yours). Everyone in the car was fast asleep except for the driver and me (I can’t relax if there’s nobody else freaking out next to me). It was pretty scary as we were in the middle of nowhere, but we made it back to the hotel eventually! The driver was excellent though so I wasn’t TOO scared…

    Those shoes are very nice. Which PureFlows are you selling? I have the 3’s and they are probably the most comfortable shoes ever to have on. Not great for the running (yet) as the heel to toe drop is too severe for the time being. Let me know how the NB’s work for you as it is a brand I would like to try out!

  26. Lily says:

    That sounds so scary! My dad and I were stuck in a terrible thunder and lightning storm in the German countryside when I was younger, and we were on bikes. We could see the lightning strike like 100 feet away! It was scary, but is now one of our fondest memories together. Glad everything turned out okay!

  27. Annie at TheLittleGSP.com says:

    Glad you made it through the storm safely and that Betty was none the wiser! 🙂 I’m looking forward to hearing how you like the 890s. I tried them on in a running store as potential replacements for my Waverider 16s (still afraid of those new 17s!!) and they felt really nice. But then I found the old 16s online and bought my 3rd pair in a row of those instead. Good luck with the new shoes!

  28. shannon says:

    The storms lately have been nuts around here and of course always start around rush hour. Doesn’t help that I have an hour commute, cue daily panic attacks. Basically what happened with you is one of my nightmares. Glad you were okay!

  29. saracrandall33 says:

    Glad you are alright – thats sounds terrifying. I used to be so scared of storms because growing up my family got stuck at the park during a tornado. Luckily with age I outgrew my fear of storms and don’t rush to a basement anytime there is a watch!

    I did just have a good mail day – I got my second ipsy bag! Highly suggest. I like it way better than Birchbox. I am planning on reviewing it tomorrow 🙂

  30. Sue @ This Mama Runs For Cupcakes says:

    Tornados are scary. I lived in Little Rock Arkansas for 4 years and the sound of the tornado sirens still haunt me. I am petrified of tornados and you can pretty much guarantee to find me in a closet rocking like a baby in the fetal position. LOVE the new shoes 🙂 And glad you are ok!

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