Sunday, May 08, 2011
FINALLY! The rain stopped. At least for the last 2 days. It has been beautiful outside, low to mid 60s (Fahrenheit), sunny - I even got a sunburn! Practically overnight flowers have come up, leaves have appeared on trees...and my "swampland" backyard had morphed into marshland with grass halfway to my knees. I kid you not, it was TALL; the grass was so tall I swear that DNR was about to declare my backyard a protected marshland
So steps had to be taken.
Over the last 2 days I have mowed 4/3 of my backyard. No, that is not a typo. Yesterday I mowed 2/3 but I had to use the highest blade setting on half of it b/c the grass was so tall. Then my lawn mower battery was drained so recharged overnight & mowed the last 1/3 of the backyard today. Then went back & re-mowed the first 1/3 on a lower blade setting. Then did most of the weed wacking
I built the 6 raised bed boxes I needed for my garden & got them placed. I made my first dirt run today and got enough to fill 4 of them. I'll get the rest of the dirt tomorrow for the new boxes, then I can start getting the compost & additional dirt to fill all of the boxes the rest of the way. Those bags of garden soil are HEAVY! Good thing I've been doing strength training, but even so I had to lift each one 4 times (stack to cart to car to cart to garden). The bags say they only weigh 25 pound a piece but I think it is a lie, they are much heavier. Tomorrow I'll go to Lowe's during lunch & will let them load my car. I'm thinking that this is the last time I should need to add soil for a while b/c now the boxes will all be completely filled. Last year I was only able to get them filled about 2/3 of the way.
By the weekend I should be able to start planting. WooHoo, I'm going to be on-time this year! Usually I haven't gotten my act together to plant until the 1st weekend of June or later.
The 2 pear trees I planted last year have survived the winter. One has pretty white flowers all over it. The other one has leaves but no flowers, it is a different variety so maybe it doesn't flower yet. And the 2 kiwi trees I planted last summer have also survived the winter, I wasn't sure that they would here in Michigan. But the dwarf maple I planted in the front died. It was at the end of my porch, underneath a huge pine tree. I have not been able to get anything to grow on that end so I need to sit down & figure out what I'm going to do there. In the garden my chives appear to have survived as well and are growing again. I'm going to have to transplant them to a different bed.
I pruned the raspberry bushes today; they are escaping the bed and starting to invade the yard. I've got a HUGE pile of wood I need to get rid of from when I took down the playscape a few years ago. It's all just been sitting there in a pile on the side of the back garage but I need to get it gone this year. Unfortunately I can't cut it up to use in the fire pit, that would have been the easiest way to use it up (it's pressure treated & so not a good idea to burn it up). Once the wood is gone I think I'm going to plant blueberries on that side; the raspberries take up the back and have been expanding around to the other side.
Saturday night I took Jacq to the drive in movie theater to see Thor & Suckerpunch. The drive in is pretty cool, it brings back a lot of memories from when I was a kid & we had one locally. This drive in is an hour's drive away; we didn't get home until 2 am this morning. So I slept until 10:30, had breakfast & really wanted to go back to bed for a nap but went lawn mowing instead.
Tonight starts laundry for the week, I have been neglecting it again. I just looked at my calendar for the rest of the month & want to cry, I am so incredibly busy with extra-curriculars. And I don't even have all of them written down yet.
Jacq took me out to dinner for Mother's Day, I had a cup of strawberry soup which I have been wanting after working outside for the last 2 days. I have also managed to regain the 2.5 lbs I lost earlier this week, which is not a surprise. I think much of it is because I went WAY over on sodium for a few days since I haven't gone over my allotted calorie range (well, except for 1 day by a few calories but that happened b/c I changed my weight tracker/goal thing and it recalculated on me; I was within calories before the recalculation). But my last few months have been yo-yo like so I'm used to it and will get the weight gone again soon.
I hope your weekends were as good as mine! On to Monday!
Monday, May 02, 2011
I have developed multiple personalities.
In the days leading up to the race Old Me made a feeble attempt to reassert dominance. Right up to the last quarter mile I could hear that whiny little voice in my head. Yes, I talk to myself; I carry on complete conversations sometimes. Here is the one I had Saturday morning:
Old Me: You know we really don't have to run this race, we're not going to win.
New Me: It's not about winning, it's about doing & finishing.
OM: But there's no reason to run the race, it isn't part of our goals.
NM: I said I would run the race, I'm running the race, so shut up about it already.
OM: We don't have anything to prove, we don't gain anything by doing this.
NM: Shut up, I'm running.
OM: We don't have to run the entire way you know, we can walk. SP friends said it was OK to walk.
NM: I'm running, shut up before I smack you.
OM: We already know we can run the distance, we don't need to do it now, it's early, it's cool outside, we have to use the bathroom.
NM: Don't go there, last warning.
OM: I mean, we could get hurt jumping over roadkill, then where would we be? Having to start all over again.
NM: (giving The Look) 1...2...3...
OM: Oh crap, look ahead, there's a hill. That's going to be a pain, let's walk.
NM: (virtual sidekick backfist to Old Me for the knock out) New Me wins by TKO!
Crossing the finish line:
Crazy Me: Way to go New Me! We did it! I knew we would!
New Me: Thanks! I feel really good about it! Who are you?
Crazy Me: I'm Newer Me. Wow, we're so pumped, this is great! You know there's another 5k in a few weeks, we could do that one too!
New Me: We could...
Crazy Me: (interrupting and without pausing for breath) And then there's the Perch Run in July, and I bet there's other races around here in June and then there's the triathlon in New Baltimore and The Crim is in August and then there's the half marathon in October...
NM: (realizing that Newer Me isn't playing with a full deck) Wait just a minute there! The Perch Run is 4 miles! The Crim is 10! Who said anything about a triathlon, that involves swimming.
CM: (not pausing for breath) By July 4 miles will be nothing. We should add swimming to our routines, if we start now we can do a half mile easy, we were almost there a few years ago...
NM: Hold it! I am not doing a triathlon! Running is a means to an end, not the end itself. Remember my goal? Earn my Black Belt. That's it, not distance racing.
CM: (still not stopping for breath) But cross-training is very important, if we start swimming we'll build our endurance and strengthen our bones which is very important to us, and keep adding distance to the running, we can talk to IT Finance lady at work who's training for a half, and join a running club, and start training, and..
NM: (giving The Look) No. No triathlon. No 10 mile run. No half marathon. Don't even say marathon or I will b*tch slap you into next month.
CM: (dancing around like a cheerleader on speed) But we can do this! We can! It'll be fun! We'll get in better shape, we'll get t-shirts, we can buy cool running clothes...
NM: Two words for you...Chuck. Norris. Don't make me go there and go all kung fu on your a$$.
CM: Aw come on! Don't be a spoilsport, we can do it!
NM: (pointing at the prone unconscious body of Old Me)
CM: Um...I think I'll go over there and look at the fancy bikes now...
And, of course, I registered for the 5k at the local metropark on 5/21. My daughter wants to run too although she has stated she intends to walk a good part of it - she wants the t-shirt since I won't let her have mine.
The 4 mile is still up in the air. I know I can do it but it smells suspiciously like goal creep. I'm going to have to keep a close eye on Crazy Me and keep all caffeine away from her before I do something rash like register for the 10 mile or half marathon.
Sunday, May 01, 2011
A most awesome month! My goals for April were:
*25 pushups - am doing 26 -
*50 situps - am doing 50 -
*2 miles in 20:30 - best time to date is 19:48 -
*160 lbs - today is 159.8 -
*green w/ stripe karate belt requirements completed - 3 not complete but did jump ahead and complete most of the blue belt requirements instead so counting as
*finish all mending - everything that I am capable of repairing & wearing again is done -
Apparently I need harder goals!
So total year to date stats:
45 lbs gone, 25 to go
Waist - 38 to 32 inches
Hips - 48 to 42 inches
Thigh - 25 to 22 inches
Waist-to-Hip Ratio - 0.79 to 0.76 inches
Push-ups - 15 to 26
Sit-Ups - 25 to 50
2 mile run - 60 to 19:48 minutes & my 1st 5k running all the way!
Today I need to think about what May goals will be. Writing them down in April seemed to help me progress a lot more than otherwise (example from Jan to Mar I only improved pushups by 4 yet increased by 7 in April alone).
Yesterday was finally a beautiful day. Somewhere in the 60s, the sun was out, no rain. My lawnmower still had a charge from the fall so I was able to mow the front lawn for the first time this year. Unfortunately the back yard is still swampland and more rain is happening today & tomorrow so the backyard has to wait. It's going to be a major pain to mow when it finally dries out. Haven't been out to the garden yet but do need to find my boots & brave the swampland to start prepping the beds.
Most of my house is now painted, the texture crap is gone from the walls. Scout Dad is going to finish the bathroom today and start sanding the kitchen / nook area ceilings to get rid of that texture. I need to remeasure all of the rooms to double check and sometime soon go order the flooring. I wanted hardwood but the more I think about the maintenance & care required, and having a large dog & 2 teenagers...I think I will delay hardwood for a few more years and go with a Pergo for now.
Fingers crossed, but my Grandma may be moving into assisted living by the end of the month. My Mom came up last week for a few days & she & my aunt found somewhere. We are just waiting to find out if she qualifies for HUD in order to get in, and is the 1st person trying to get the room to qualify. My uncle seems to be slowly accepting that Grandma can't take care of herself, or at least decided to stop arguing in the face of united opposition & several professional opinions. So double bonus there, Grandma gets the daily help she needs and I & my daughter don't have the added stress of the things she does.
I think I'm past the anger of not getting the job I wanted - well, I am still PO'd about it but it is no longer all-consuming and making me want to burn some bridges or commit grievous bodily harm on someone. After thinking about it a lot I've decided it is probably best right now. Housing markets are still depressed so it would be next to impossible to sell my house for what I owe in order to relocate. I don't have the cash to complete all the things that would need to be done to get the max value from a sale (eliminating the swamp, landscaping, new driveway, new siding, flooring in the entire house, not just a few rooms) - these are all things that DO need to be done but, being major expenses, I need to do over the next few years as I save for them. Plus, since the company was acquired last year, it's only been a matter of time before our parent started changing how we work to fall in line with their practices (which, IMHO, are not as good as ours)...and it has started. The next 6-8 months are going to get dicey with personnel changes (i.e. people being removed) and policy changes and maybe the worm will get caught in the cross fire (petty of me I know, but honest). Time for me to hunker down and prove my invaluableness (is that a word?) so I can ride out the coming storm and find a place in however things shake out.
Hope everyone has a great Sunday with plenty of rain or sun depending on your needs. If I could find a way to export our rain I'd do so in a second, I am SO sick of rain.
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