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Sitting down to have a think

Friday, March 13, 2009

Well, now it's cold here, again. As in, I looked at our thermometer this morning and it said 25. BRRR! I'm not sure where my ear muffs got off to either - I expected not to need them for another 6 or more months! How am I supposed to walk in this. (The puppy also seems to think I'm crazy for wanting to walk far in this. "Short speedy bursts with the tennis ball, please" is what she's saying.)

I'm trying to buckle down to day and be really productive. My productive levels so far have been sporadic, and spring break is wrapping up. I'm not looking forward to "going back to work" next week. I'm really enjoying being able to work here at home and spend a lot of quiet time. Ah well, I'll be happy to see everyone when I arrive for class on Monday.

Happy Friday everyone! Hope it's warmer where you are.


The sun can't make up it's mind

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The good: The dog and I have had a couple healthy outside play sessions, and I'm going to take her for a walk before it clouds over much more. It's been lovely the last few days and we've gotten out for a good 30 to 40 minute walk everyday. Lunch was grilled cheese, tomato, and spinach on parmesan crusted whole wheat with an apple and iced tea. Oh, and it's spring break.

The bad: I'm behind on what I wanted to accomplish over spring break, but at the same time, I had some really unrealistic expectations. I'm just going to keep trucking along like I've been and I should be okay, even if my home and work are not PERFECT. Steve's schedule at work has gone from bad to worse, when it was supposed to go from bad to better. (He's regularly working 6 days a week with 12-14 hours days). I hate how his company treats him and I really want him to find a new job. But the job market sucks and he keeps telling me that in his industry, at the management level, he's not going to find a schedule must better than what he has.

The beautiful: It's beautiful here today. I can smell spring in the air. The flowers have started to sprout, telling me that I need to really get out and do some yardwork.

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TOWANDA132 3/11/2009 7:11AM

    It really was beautiful yesterday. I took my munchkin to the playground for some swinging before the rain really started. It was so nice. Then it poured and we went out and stomped in the puddles! Glad you are off for spring break and walking dogs...lucky dogs!

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2009 - you're an interesting year

Monday, March 09, 2009

This year has been trucking along far too fast. February was a good dose of stress for me and I know that I pulled up into my shell. We've had some housing trouble, but we're just about through it. We're both feeling mellower and happier now. I'm looking forward to celebrating the return of spring with Ostara right around the corner. It's warmer here, and I hope to have friends over for outdoor grilling often. But, despite the stress some great stuff has happened.

First off, we adopted a puppy in January. She's lab/German shepherd mix, just as sweet as can be and growing like a weed. At 4 months old, she's already 28 pounds. I call her my four-legged work-out program, because she HAS to take a walk everyday. There's no excuses. If she doesn't get her exercise, she starts to eat my shoes and my books and my cats... when she's a little older, I'll start training her to run with me. And when she has the last of her shots, I plan to take her hiking and with me as I train myself for trail running. We're very happy to have her in the family.

The most exciting thing, which lifted a little of February's gloom for me, is an exciting Valentine's Day present: my boyfriend proposed! I suppose I have to call him my fiance now! I'm so excited, and I can't believe he proposed on Valentine's Day. We're looking at a wedding in late 2010, so we have lots of time to plan. Stay posted for wedding related joy and stress!

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JAUDON 3/10/2009 3:16PM

    CONGRATS on your engagement!! Thats so exciting! How romantic of him to do it on V-day, too - he's obviously a keeper :)

And, congrats on the puppy! We just adopted our 2nd, so I understand the 'MUST GO FOR WALK' idea!

I agree that this year has gone so fast...I can't believe its already spring break! Sorry to hear about your stressful times, but it sounds like it has passed now. Fortunately, the weather is warming up and spring is on the way!

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TOWANDA132 3/9/2009 4:11PM

    Woooohooo! Congrats on your proposal, that is so wonderful! Yay!!! You are going to look damned good at your wedding too!

I am having a house warming on 4/3, i just moved back to St. Louis from Swansea, IL. If you'd like to come and hang out and meet some cool people you are welcome, just let me know and I'll get the details to you.

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I miss my running trail

Sunday, January 04, 2009

In one of the more embarrassing things I've done as an adult, I fell today while I was running. I caught my toe on an uneven sidewalk and went right down on my hands and knees. Apparently, I'm an experienced enough faller that I relaxed, hit the ground and rolled, so that the only real damage is scrapes on my palms (no Downward-facing Dog for a while) and knees (my right arm's also a little sore; I think it took most of the weight). My knees have not been scraped like this since I think I was twelve. Luckily, it was "warm" today, so I wasn't wearing my expensive Underarmor leggings. No damage to property, only my pride!

One of the cars that passed did stop and ask if I was okay, which restored my faith in the human race. I was so high on endorphins from both the run and the fall, that I thanked him, said I was fine, and finished the last 18 minutes of my run. I felt great! Nothing hurt! Why go home? When I finished my cool down, then I began to hurt. Oof... and my knees did not look pretty. Of course, I don't have bandages for knees, so I've jury-rigged dressing with gauze pads and self-sticking gauze tape. This should get me to the drug store to buy neopsorin (which I've lost AGAIN) and bandages designed for knees. Yay!

In much better news, I think I found a running buddy. A friend moved back to the area to work on his LLM in IP law, and his new year's resolution is to be able to run an hour. He has no running experience right now, and we're talking about getting together to run as motivation. That's exciting.

That's all I have to say today! Tomorrow the boy and I leave on vacation to visit my family for a delayed Christmas. I'll be logging in to track food and exercise, but not sure if I'll be able to post.

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JAUDON 1/6/2009 10:30AM

    Ouch - sorry to hear about your fall and the scrapes to your hands and knees (and dignity!) I fell a few months ago, and all I was doing was walking in my parking garage. I didn't even have the excuse of running :)

You should check out GO! St. Louis - its a local 5k, half, and full marathon in April. A few of us from the Spark St. Louis team are going to be running the training runs in Forest Park, starting 1/17. You should come join us! It will be a great way to start running, but I think we are all slowpokes :) There will probably be a pretty big group of people there who are doing the GO! event.

Here is their website:

ve a great delayed Christmas!

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MISSONIONS 1/4/2009 7:43PM

    Owwww. What's that saying? Fall down seven times, stand up eight? I slid down a fair few hills (by accident) last year, so I sympathise! Ouch!
Have a great break.

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LOLAGEEK 1/4/2009 5:22PM

    Sorry about the fall. It happens. I am glad you did not get seriously injured. If that is one of your regular running routes I am sure you will never fall at that spot again.

Have a great vacay! Maybe you can get a parent to kiss the boo boo on your knee for old time's sake? Don't they love doing that kind of stuff now that we are adults?

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    I'm sorry you fell! I'm also thrilled that you picked yourself right up and finished strong. That's what it's all about, right? Picking yourself up. I wish you no more falls and lots of up time with people always willing to lend a helping hand.

We lose our Neosporin all the time. I don't know what it is, but this problem is not just you.

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Friday, January 02, 2009

First off, thank you to everyone who responded to my last blog post (and pointed out how self-defeatist I was being!). I'm happy to report that, while I'm still adjusting, I'm feeling a lot better about things. I've set up some pretty solid routines for myself, and I'm finding that the flexibility works really great with my boyfriend's weird work schedule. I've got our house under some sort of control, and now I'm getting my fitness back under some sort of control. Goodness, does it ever feel great. Even though I "know" that exercise and a healthy diet is the best form of stress management out there, I'm continually surprised at the wonders it does!

So, I'm on the right track, and I'm getting myself back to where I was. (The really terrible lapse at finals which involved too much caffeine, too little sleep, too much red meat, and no exercise is thankfully behind me. Argh, let's not go back to that.)

Today, I'm feeling great about my house, my health, my relationship, and my direction.

How about everyone else? How are YOU doing?


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