Why Gamble On Your Child’s Future?

This post is sponsored by the Florida Prepaid College Board, through my role as a Believer Blogger. All thoughts are my own.

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The biggest football game of 2018 is today! (If you’re reading this after 2/4/18, look ahead to February 3, 2019.)

Fun Bets About the Big Game

It’s inevitable. Every year, we will join our party wherever we are watching the Super Bowl, and before the game begins, the guesses will start about how long it will take for the singer to complete the National Anthem.

Betting on the length of the Super Bowl National Anthem is a big deal. People are betting this year on whether Pink will take longer than two minutes to sing the National Anthem, who will win the coin toss, and the number of tweets per second during the game. People are likely to wager upwards of $10 million on Super Bowl-related bets every year, with only 50% of those being the game’s score.

Other Big Game Numbers

Do you know about the Super Bowl indicator (SBI)? It is a comparison of the game’s results with the stock market. For 34 out of the last 40 years, it has been accurate, forecasting that an AFC team win portends a stock market downfall whereas a NFC team win (or old NFL before the NFL/AFL merger) means the market will go up.

Does the outcome of one game really affect the stock market? I don’t know. Bloomberg says “…the chance of the SBI occurring by chance is about 1 in 8,000. It’s still an unlikely occurrence, but closer to the realm of everyday events than is sometimes asserted.”

Funding College Education is Not a Game

I don’t know who is going to win tonight’s game OR the one on February 3, 2019.

I do know that no matter how long it takes Pink to sing the National Anthem or whether the stock market plummets or soars the next day, securing a child’s future with the promise of education is no game.

A Florida Prepaid plan is one of the best ways to take the guesswork and chance out of financing a child’s education.

Therefore, I want to tackle (couldn’t help myself!) a common myth and remind you of the amount of time left on the, um, “game clock.”

Recipients of Prepaid Plans Don’t Have Restricted Playing Fields

I’ve been hearing from a few people interested in investing in a Florida Prepaid plan that they are afraid students can only use them at a school in Florida.certain education futureHere’s the truth, straight from the Florida Prepaid “playbook” (a/k/a their website):

While Florida Prepaid plans are designed to be used at a Florida College or State University, the plans can also be applied at other schools nationwide. Plans can be used at in-state, out-of-state, public or private schools around the country — or even the world ….. the value we pay to other schools as the same as we would have paid to a Florida school.

My daughter is using her prepaid benefits at a school in Georgia (Valdosta State), for example.

Enrollment for Florida Prepaid is in the Fourth Quarter

The clock is ticking down to enroll in Florida Prepaid. Enrollment ends February 28, 2018.

Don’t get stuck in the off-season waiting for October to roll back around.

If you have questions, visit the program’s FAQ page.

If you’re ready to enroll, click here, then save 50% off your enrollment fee ($25 off of $50) by using my special code, GREEN1718.

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Now who’s ready for a fun post-game celebration?

Wife of one, Mom of two, Friend of many.

I Won’t Give Up (On Finding the Perfect Playlist)

I have been meaning to write about my running playlist for a while. I finally found the impetus to do it when Bob Gabordi, Executive Editor of our Tallahassee Democrat, runner, and Move Tallahassee enthusiast, blogged about his list and asked, “So what’s on your playlist to keep you moving?”

Music ImageMy list is not static.  Songs that make me feel incredibly pumped up and motivated for weeks suddenly grow stale and find themselves replaced. But for that period that they’re “in,” they have a combination of great beat, musical novelty, and contagiousness that gets me through many miles and various workouts from my coach that have me running all kinds of combinations of heart rate zones and distances.

The WarmUp Song

I am pretty sure Empire State of Mind by Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys will always be my warm-up song. Its beat is “medium” enough for a warmup and each time I play it, it’s a little tiny homage to my favorite place. Ironically, I miss my favorite place so much right now that I can’t bear to listen to the song so I’ve been going straight to the fast stuff.

Tunes I Love

Shake Señora by Pitbull featuring T-Pain and Sean Paul

Jump by FloRida (The Chocolate Puma full vocal mix)

Scream & Shout by will.i.am featuring Britney Spears

Can’t Hold Us by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton

Magic by B.o.B. (featuring Rivers Cuomo)

Universal Mind Control by Common

Till The World Ends by Britney Spears (The Bloody Beatroots Extended Remix)

Run by Flo Rida (featuring RedFoo – Bonus Track)

Run to the Hills by Iron Maiden

Be Good To Yourself by Journey

Timebomb by Kylie Minogue (Extended Version)

Turn Up the Radio by Madonna (Offer Nissim Remix)

Include Me Out by Robbyn

T.H.E. Hardest Ever by will.i.am (featuring Mick Jagger & Jennifer Lopez)

Lose Yourself by Eminem

Electricity by Ashley Jana

What I’ve Done by Linkin Park

For Cool Downs

Just Give Me A Reason by Pink featuring Nate Ruess

I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz

But Wait!! There’s More!!

When I got back into running (in 2008) and started searching for music, I relied quite heavily for a while on “beats per minute” mixes. Now, I primarily use those when I am doing speedwork at the track or when I particularly want to focus on form and consistency. The ones I have used and recommend include:

Beats Per Minute Music

Podrunner Podrunner is the first “beats per minute” podcast service I subscribed to. DJ Steve Boyett (who is also an author!) works hard to create this free podcast (there are technical considerations, music licensing negotiations, and a whole host of things besides slapping together catchy tunes).

Motiontraxx Motiontraxx has added a lot of options since I began downloading their podcast a few years ago. There are now apps for iPhone and Android, and there are mixes/coaching cues for HIIT workouts and other activities besides running.

BeatRunning I don’t have as much of a “relationship” with BeatRunning as I feel like I do with Podrunner and Motiontraxx; I just bought some of their mixes off of iTunes. They’re the ones I happen to use most frequently now — a solid 180 bpm of something that I can try to attach my cadence to.

Audiobooks

I love audiobooks. I go through them rapidly. If I have a long Zone 2 (conversational pace) run planned, I will frequently listen to an audiobook. The miles can go back a lot more painlessly if you’re wrapped up in a biography or great fiction story.

Podcasts

There are so many fantastic podcasts out there. It was through podcasts that I have ended up with some of my favorite running connections.  The first running podcast I ever listened to was Chris Russell’s RunRunLive (fortunately I wasn’t too thrown off by the first five minutes being about mountain goat hygiene services (Chris has a quirky sense of humor). I was introduced to it by Ann Brennan of Ann’s Running Commentary. She now has her own running podcast at Ann’s Running Commentary. Both of these podcasts have my highest recommendation.

Nothing

I would be remiss if I didn’t give a bit of credit to running without earbuds, without someone else talking or singing into your ear. And of course this doesn’t actually mean you’re listening to “nothing.” If you are working on your running form, you have a chance to listen to your “light fast feet” (or the fact that they’re not as light and fast as you thought!). Birds, traffic, animals, other people, the thoughts bumping around in your head. Sometimes it’s best to leave all the music/talk at home and just run.

A Note About Safety

While I love running with the various songs, books, and podcasts mentioned above, I want to remind you (assuming teacher/mom/coach voice here) that safety is key. This article has a few tips about running safely with headphones (some of which I defy on a daily basis but they’re good food for thought).

But Enough About Me

What are your faves? Let me know in the comments!

 

Wife of one, Mom of two, Friend of many.

The Five W’s of My March 2013 (A Mama Kat Writing Prompt)

For this week’s Mama Kat Prompt, let’s go with “March Favorites.” Since I can’t think of any other creative way to structure it, let’s go with the tried and true Who, What, When, Where, and Why.

WHO

My favorite people in March were Pink, who consoled a distraught toddler mid-concert (start watching around 0:40) and President Obama, who consoled a distraught toddler mid Easter egg roll. Having had many parent-of-a-distraught-toddler moments (ten years ago….), moments like this get a “mom’s gold star.”

WHAT

What about March distinguished itself?

Okay, I know this is so very “first world problem” ish but I was so happy to have a new dress to wear to church on Easter. With Wayne’s protracted job hunt and the related family budget strains, the ability to buy new stuff has been slim. I got this dress for about $18, and spent another $18 to get it altered (almost everything I buy has to be altered) but I love the color and it just felt incredible to be wearing something brand new to my big work meeting on March 21 and to Easter Service on March 31. It’s the little things.

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On Alterations Day

WHEN

The “when” of March has to have been early morning, pre-sunrise, and sunrise for sure. I so enjoyed doing boot camp at our Capitol twice in March, and so many early morning runs. It’s the most energizing time of my day. My fellow Capitol boot campers and I were even featured in the Tampa Bay Times (read about it here).

(That's me in the long-sleeved gray shirt.)

(That’s me in the long-sleeved gray shirt.)

WHERE

The “where” was on bridges — specifically the two bridges I crossed when running in the Gate River Run 15K race in Jacksonville, Florida, on March 9, 2013. I blogged about it here.

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WHY

The “why’s” of my March would be considered by some to be diametrically opposed to one another, and I am grateful that *most* of my social media friends (and IRL friends) and I respected each others’ viewpoints even when we disagreed. But March was signified to me by my decision to make this my profile picture for two days in March, representing my support of Same Sex Marriage:

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March was, finally, topped off by my celebration of the Holy Day of Easter, and my depth of gratitude for a loving God and the freedom to worship as I wish:

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Mama’s Losin’ It

Wife of one, Mom of two, Friend of many.