Spaghetti pie

Yesterday was rainy for the most of the day, so before I even left work I already made arrangements to take my run indoors on our treadmill rather than risk getting my new shoes wet and/or harming my Garmin watch. What I didn't count on, however, was developing a migraine-like headache from the horrible new contact lens solution I purchased the day before. I bought Biotrue on a whim because it was the same price as the off-brand solution and it promised to be gentle on my eyes because it's apparently made from a lubricant naturally made in the eye, but the second I rinsed my contacts in the solution and popped them in my peepers, they started to burn.

I wore the lenses to work anyway because A.) I was already running late and B.) I figured my eyes just needed a few hours to adjust to the new solution.


The pressure in my eyes skyrocketed and I felt like someone had slipped my eye sockets into a vice that was being operated by a very bulky, very muscular gentleman. I raced home for lunch and couldn't get the contacts out of my eyes fast enough. I wore my glasses for the rest of the day, but the headache lingered and intensified as the day wore on.

Biotrue is going straight into the trash, never to be put in my eyes again.

So I went home after work and napped instead of running like I had planned. When I woke up an hour later, the rain had stopped, my headache dulled, and I seriously considered driving out to the trail since it would still be light outside for well over 2 hours.

But then I remembered that I offered to make Clayton spaghetti pie and if I wanted to have dinner waiting for him when he got home (he switched his late shift to Monday this week), I wouldn't have time to drive out to the trail and run 6 miles. (Yes, Mondays are typically a 3-4 mile run for me, but since I didn't get my long run in over the weekend, I wanted to make-up the mileage.)

So I stayed indoors as planned.

I don't know if you've spent a lot of time on a treadmill, but running a stretch of more than 4 miles at a time is probably the most boring task on the planet, and by mile 3.5 I could feel my eyes glazing over. It didn't help that my mild headache decided to make my ears pop and I started having doubts that I'd be able to complete my workout without falling off the treadmill or my head exploding.

But I finished all 6 miles in 49 minutes exactly. I took a 30 second break to run downstairs and hydrate, but I ran right back upstairs and pounded out the last mile even though my back was sore and I was sweating out an alarming amount of fluid.

I was positively drenched in sweat. I didn't sweat even half this much when I ran 7 miles in 90 degree heat two weekends ago. My shirt was saturated and rivers of sweat cascaded down my legs. It was too gross not to document on film:

 ^^That's my "I'm a hot mess!" face ...

... and ironically it's also my "I'm having a great time" face, my "I'm scared" face, my "I'm slightly constipated face", and my "Do you wanna get with this?" face. 

I absolutely love sweating (when I'm not at a social event). It makes me feel like I accomplished something and only makes the post-workout shower that much sweeter.

Needless to say, I accomplished my workout goal and had a piping hot spaghetti pie finishing in the oven by the time Clayton got home from work. It's one of Clayton's favorite meals and his mom kindly passed along the recipe to me at one of my bridal showers back in 2008. It's exactly what is sounds likea noodle, butter and egg mixture form the crust while meat, sauce, and cheese make the "filling". It's delicious. If you like a warm, hearty meal, I highly encourage you to give it a try!

This is what happens when I serve food of any kind.
It ends up all over the counter and NOT in a bowl.

Well, that's all for me this week. Clay's and my stay-cation has officially begun, and I am taking a break from the internet until next Monday. I'll probably tweet occasionally (because what's the internet without my presence), so feel free to follow me @NotablyNeurotic.

Have a great week!


  1. You have no idea how glad I am to hear that someone else has problems with Biotrue!!!!!! I thought I was going crazy! My eye doctor gave me samples, and I figured, "What they hay. i'll give it a shot." Biggest.mistake.ever. I also got a migraine from it, but I initially chalked it up to my one contact being adjusted to a slightly (very slightly) stronger Rx. But, after thinking about it, I figured that that just couldn't be the case, and it absolutely had to be the contact solution.

    Thank you, Courtney, for validating my crazy thought: that contact solution caused my migraine.

    1. Nope, you're not crazy. Biotrue contact solution is of the devil. I have sensitive skin, sensitive hair, sensitive eyes, sensitive EVERYTHING and I figured that since Biotrue was "natural" (kind of like organic food for the eyes), it would be perfect for me. Nope. I was a bloodshot, migraine-y mess.

      I will use my off-brand Wal-Mart solution from here on out!


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