Sunday, August 30, 2009
I have completed the first week of the running class. So far, so good. The first two nights we ran 1 mile alternating 2 minutes of running and 2 minutes of walking. A bonus, of sorts, is Saturday morning. I elected to go. The Saturday run was 1.5 miles, but next week we will be back to 1 mile.
The instructor with the timer on her watch elected to run with one of the beginners who does not walk (due to a knee injury she chose beginners even though she is an experienced runner). I and another beginner were in the very back. I discovered it's hard to pace yourself at intervals when you have to look at your watch. Needless to say I did not pace myself as well as I had the first two times, which was partly my fault. Once I got "off" it just sorta fell apart. The other instructor gave good feedback though, especially about setting a goal and making sure you reach it. At one point the goal was the cone (we were running on a local road) and both of us stopped slightly short. I knew this at the time, but I was off and my breathing was getting out of whack. I didn't realize until then how much sticking with the intervals helped me.
So, last night I got out the book for my Mio Motiva watch and figured out how to set the running timers. Looks like on Monday we'll go for running 2.5 minutes and walking 2 minutes. I'll test the watch then.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
I would have titled this Progress but I don't consider bifocals progress! Yes, I'm approaching that age, but still, I think it's a bit early. I've put it off for about two years, but I can't really anymore. Maybe another year, but the Dr. said it would probably happen in a year.
I have very dry eyes and contacts are again becoming a problem, read becoming very difficult to wear. I love contacts, but if something makes you miserable there is no point. She said my eyes looked tired and I'm sure it's true. Wearing the contacts now makes me tired... literally. And, I could tell my current glasses had some issues. So in I went. And, it's bifocals. She also said give it about six weeks to see how the eyes do without contacts. If they remain really dry, we'll try Restasis, but that takes 6-8 weeks to start working but rather than just lubricating it helps your eyes develop more of its own tears. We'll see.
Now for the good changes. I'm getting new furniture and am too excited. I've pondered and looked for years. Really. Probably all told about five years. My current furniture is about 15 years old and I love it. However, it is not small space happy, well not the oversized chair and ottoman. For years I've wanted a recliner and that's one of the pieces I'm finally getting. It will rock and swivel and the leg rest part is actually of the chaise lounge variety. I can't wait. The other piece is a new love seat. I got my current furniture when I was much younger, however, I plan on keeping this for a long time as well. It will also work much better in small spaces, which is what I plan to live in for awhile.
Speaking of small spaces. The electrician stopped by today to look at my bedroom for ceiling fan installation. The building is over 40 years old and there is no light in there. It can be done. He's even going to install a remote with it. The really big problem with this apartment is that the bedroom gets very little a/c or heat, meaning it's very cold in the winter and very hot in the summer. I sleep well in the cold, but not so much in the hot. Having the ceiling fan in there will help. That and the insulated curtains I put up.
On the exercise front, I ordered some new workout DVDs. They arrived yesterday and I did one tonight. Awesome! It will take me a couple of times to truly get the routine, but it's fun and it's a workout. It's Rockin' Body Cardio Jam by Michelle Dosios. I worked up quite a sweat and felt just awesome after doing this for the first time. I did the Express routine (30 min) tonight, but there is also a longer one (about 55 min). This is the 3rd DVD I have that gives me this type of option and I really like it. The only problem is I have a very narrow space to work out on or I pound the people below me. Once I get the new furniture, I'm hoping to get a larger rug and have more moving room for some of the videos. Nice to have something new and fun to add to the mix.
Sunday, August 02, 2009
The house is sold! I got two offers within three days of putting it back on the market. Before the electricity was even back on. Having to re-do all the utilities was a real hassell. It is a crazy market with the FHA requirements for getting the first time home buyer credit. I was getting offers above asking which of course didn't fly with FHA because it was also above the appraisal. But, in the end we worked it out and as of this past Monday, I am no longer a home owner. Big, happy sigh.
However, I spent last Saturday morning getting all the papers notarized and ready to FedEx for a MONDAY morning closing. I didn't receive the papers till Friday afternoon and just couldn't see signing them and FedExing them without looking at them. And, there was an error. Then, I ran all kinds of other errands that Saturday. I was exhausted.
I'm trying to do things around the house, so I had a trip to the mall to exchange things at Penney's, then by the furniture store (I finally made a decision yesterday), then several other stops, including to get a ceiling fan that I hope can be installed in the bedroom to help the air circulation in there. However, there is no light in there now and I'm the fourth floor of a five story building, so who knows if they can actually install it. Still waiting to hear from the electrician.
Between the conference and the house stuff and hanging curtains (had a handy man help cause the rods had to be ceiling mount), my diet has been crap. On days that I tracked I wasn't exceeding my limit, but I certainly could have eaten better. For a couple of weeks, I chose the head in the sand route and did not weigh, esp since this last TOM was horrible (I'm sure the stress of the house, etc.). This morning, I finally pulled out the scale. It had been a month. Down point 6 pounds. That doesn't sound like a lot, but I'll take a net loss for crazily bizarre, stressful month over a gain.
Friend update: I e-mailed her that it would take me about an hour to get to the convention center and that Saturday was the best day for me. She had never given her hotel or her schedule. I asked if she'd be willing to meet me half-way and I'd pick her up at the Metro stop and we'd do dinner. Her response was the she thought it was like 30 minutes and she had commitments on Saturday. No sorry we can't do it, no suggestion for another day, nothing. It was what I expected. And, it turned out to work best for me since I spent that morning taking care of getting the closing stuff done for the house.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
There are times when I get really surprised. I just received a message from a good college friend asking if I'm still in the DC area as she's headed this way for a conference next Thursday. Why is this odd? We'll about eight years ago, after she accepted her current job, it became apparent that I was no longer in her "friend" list. It took me a couple of years to clue in - I kept sending Christmas cards and trying to keep in touch, but nothing. Finally, I let it go. I've had this happen several times in my life and it's painful, but moving on is what I've learned to do. Their loss.
So, they find me on Facebook and I feel like it's somewhat of an intrusion. I mean really - they wrote me off and now they want back in? Yet, I still don't say, umm no, you can't be my friend on FB? How weird is that?
Anyway, DC is not an easy jaunt for me, so we'll see. I recently had another friend visit the area with her husband and her three kids. I'd told her when my conference was and she chose dates that had them arriving the Sunday before and leaving that Tuesday. I was leaving Thursday for conference. And she chose to stay in VA. I'm sorry, i don't have the bandwidth to meet you that close to conference (she's another who drifted, mainly after marrying and having kids). With everything going on, I elected not to knock myself out for someone who has barely communicated with me in the past five or six years and who didn't bother to update her cell phone with my new number, which I sent her. Her note - oops, I use it so infrequently.
So, I wonder. If you don't want to maintain the friendship, why drop me notes about being in the area? I'm not getting that. Then again, maybe I'm just a little cranky, but if you're my friend I will do everything to keep in touch with you and have friends that have remained friends even though we're separated by time zones and states. That's the joy of IM, e-mail, and phone.
I sent friend a reply that yes, I'm actually here, but it's basically close to DC. We'll see what her reply is.
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