Thursday, December 19, 2013
So I got the job I wanted, it's supposed to be made public today. There are a few details like when I actually start that are up in the air. Year end is a tough time to transfer so I'm probably going to be straddling the two positions for a couple of weeks. It came with a raise that I wasn't expecting so that is a pleasant surprise.
My parents were down this weekend and it even went well. Last year their Christmas visit was rather disastrous. I have no idea what was going on last year. I'm pretty sure that they had been arguing in the car when they got there. What I do know is that after I spent all day cooking a rather elaborate feast, they told me they stopped and ate on the way down so they weren't hungry.
So I was off work Mon & Tues. Yesterday when I got here I got a message from the guy whose job I want (he's moving away). He told me that I was going to get a verbal offer so it was a lock. Then I had a meeting, went from there to teach a seminar, went to another meeting, got back to my desk to see that I had voice mail from the director, called him back to accept the job, gobbled down my lunch, ran off to teach another seminar, then to another meeting. WHEW I hardly had time to process anything until I got home.
Oddly enough, it's not even Christmas yet and starting today things are actually going to slow down for me. The packages have been shipped, coworker presents delivered, my parents are well crossed off the list, and I have almost a week off.
I am baking cookies tomorrow for the neighbors who don't drink and therefore do not get a bottle of wine, but that's more fun than stress. The only stressful thing looming is spending some part of Christmas with my mother-in-law and her on again off again boyfriend. It's ok really, just that we never know what to expect or if "he" is going to appear.
I'm looking forward to it, then I get to start a new job.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
I always assumed that people put on weight during the holidays because there is food around and not just "food" but goodies.
and by "people" I mean me
I've thought about it though and I don't think that's the whole story. Oh it's more complicated than that. I think the food is a factor but its not the whole story. I decided that even if it meant seeing that I was way over every day I was going to track everything for the month of December.
It's now 10 days in and well let's see, I haven't been running since Friday. It's been cold and raining since then. This morning I even had my running stuff on and the dog leashed up. It went from drizzling when we walked out the door to pouring rain by the time we got to the end of the driveway. Uh no, not with the $400 orthotics that are no longer covered by insurance I don't.
Oh but I'll do X after work where X = swim, spinning class, walk the dog.
Normally that works but normally it's not the holidays. X goes from working out to running by Target to pick up a few things, going by the mall, cooking something for a work party, going to a party, decorating, cleaning, shipping something, finishing the normal weekend stuff that we didn't get to because of shopping and the like.
I haven't even started on the Christmas cards.
Then with things so hectic dinner goes from the carefully planned menu to Mexican.
I'm from Texas, my default dinner is Mexican or more accruately Tex-Mex.
Oh and its dark by the time I leave work. Nothing really gets you jazzed up and energized like working all day and then getting to your car when it's cold, dark, and raining.
Yup, couch it is.
Then every year I tell myself that I'll get back on track when the holidays are over. Thing is, the second the holidays end I run headlong into my busy season.
In other news, these deer people have appeared around uptown. They frighten me. They look like something that was put here to destroy the city and only Doctor Who can save us. I don't turn my back on them, no I do not.
Monday, December 09, 2013
There is a women's only group around here that runs a triathlon series and a training program. Normally I don't do a lot of women's only events just because I mostly run and my husband and I do races together. Plus I kinda like having guys around. Besides, with no men around there might be a spider in the road or something on a shelf that no one can reach or heaven forbid a pickle jar that needs opening.
There we'd be cornered by a spider with pickles we can't open up on a shelf.
BUT given that triathlons start based on swim times I'm ok with a women's only tri because that jumps me up in the start time so I'm not hanging around all day. That and my husband doesn't do tris.
Well the series of tris this group puts on are all sprint tris. I got a road bike this summer and remembered why I love biking. I was just getting into it, had gone on exactly 2 group rides when the last tri of the series caught my eye. At first I thought I'd go watch, check it out, see how it worked and then I'd know what to train for.
It seemed pretty reasonable though; swim 250 yds, 9 mi bike, 2 mi run.
My husband talked me into doing it instead of just watching. I had a fantastic time. The swim went pretty smoothly except that I had practiced diving and turning and when I got there they said no diving and the turn didn't work since you had to swim under the rope to switch lanes.
The bike part was fantastic fun. Mostly because I burned past a lot of people. Granted it's a road bike so the hybrids don't stand a chance but I tend to be a bit self destructive on a bike and like to go very very fast.
The run was..shocking so yea need to work on those bricks. Overall though I felt in my element the whole time and was kind of sad that I got into it right at the end of the season. Now I have to wait until spring to do another one.
Anyway, I signed up to be on the mailing list for the triathlon training program that this group does. I got the email today. It turns out that if you have done a tri before you're not eligible for the training program.
Oh but I can sign up to be a mentor.
No thank you. I don't think I would be much of a mentor having done one whole tri and I was just sort of playing around for that one, totally unconcerned about my time.
I guess they do that because the whole focus of the program is this gung ho "you can do it" thing that is blown if you've done one. Still I'm a bit disappointed because I thought it would be more fun than to work with a group that was more intense and trying to hit specific splits.
I did my hard core competition back in my martial arts days and just want to have fun now. Not that I don't want to do well, but I turn 46 here in a couple of weeks and my sense of self isn't wrapped up in trying to WIN you know.
I just wish I had known that by jumping out there and doing one I was eliminating this training group as an option.
But then again I think I would still have done it.
wishy washy much
I guess the bottom line is that I wish this group were less focused on first timers and more open to people who want to do tris but not be super competitive about it.
(I know this is all over the place but I'm not sure what I feel and I'm at work. I've stopped and started this a dozen times so I have no idea what I'm on about)
Sunday, December 08, 2013
The coffee maker is still making coffee, sort of a lukewarm muddy concoction. I like my coffee hot, ridiculously hot, lawsuit inducing hot. This is not happening by a long shot.
Sadly we used to own a krups, but gave it away. It was a gift from my MIL but we decided that we never, ever just make one cup of coffee and having two coffee makers not only took up way too much counter space but made us look like the junkies that I'm afraid we are.
Yesterday we looked at coffee makers at Costco, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Target - fail.
There is something wrong with every single one of them. They're either too expensive (we're not opening a coffee business here), too cheap (I don't trust one that is too cheap), has a metal carafe (afraid we'll leave it almost empty and scald it), have a funky looking filter thing (??), or has some thing on it we don't need like a built in grinder (we already have a grinder) or this little side thing where you can stick a travel mug (sounds like a mess waiting to happen).
and so today again with the lukewarm coffee
I'll be at Starbucks if anyone needs me
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