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Clutter bugging: part of my problem and a technological solution

Sunday, December 16, 2012

I like cook books.

I had the entire set of Time-Life Good Cooks Series.

I had dozens of Weight Watchers Cookbook ... if they put a new one out, I bought it. If I saw an out-of-print or classic WW Cookbook, I would buy it.

I had dozens of other cook books: Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Bread, you name it.

And the problem with most of them was that they didn't provide nutritional information. Now in this day and age, how hard could that possibly be? Two or three lines at the end of the recipe? Noted that this is for the recipe as presented in the book yadda yadda.

Anyway. I have been working on decluttering my spaces. So I gathered my cook books and I gave the all away.

I gave the Good Cooks a teen age girl I know who is a cancer survivor. When she was at home during her treatments, she started to learn to cook. Now at age 15, she is working as a cook trainee for a caterer. She is now loving my books. They at least got a good home.

Almost. I have maybe ten left.

But I do so love to cook. Why would I give all those books away? Well, quite frankly, I rarely used them anymore. I was getting all my recipes online. And if I saw a cookbook I wanted, like the SparkPeople Cookbook, I would get it on Kindle or Apple eBooks. I got the SparkPeople Cookbook on both ... don't ask.

So now, if I find a recipe I like, I don't even print it out even. I take my iPad, laptop, or even my smartphone into the kitchen. And when I go shopping, it's on my phone!

And yet today I found myself in the check out at Sam's Club with three new holiday cookbooks in my cart.

I put them aside.

I think I need to admit I am an addict.

Terrible night sleep, upset stomach and a 5-miler.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

A couple of days ago I posted a vlog about the Celtic Solstice 5-Miler.

Today was the day. I did it in 45:25. Better than last year, no PR.

Last night I went through my ritual of laying out everything. My cold gear, my shirt, bib on the bib belt, underwear, socks, shoes, watch, JayBirds, and phone plugged in. Yep I was set up. Even my keys were ready.

Then I tried to go to bed. 11:00, 12:00, 12:30, 1:30. Nothing was working. I was in the other room so as not to disturb anyone's beauty sleep. But I was so awake. And it was because of dinner. Not that it was particularly heavy, it was not, nor unusual, one of my favorites. It was just there all night. I walked, watched TV, read, danced, took another shower. That seemed to do it because I remember 2:30 but then it was 6:00.

I actually thought about not doing it. But wait a minute. I paid good money for this abuse.

By the time I lost that argument, it was 6:30 and I needed to be at the venue by 7:30 to get my chip and hit the port-a-potty. But when I got up I let loose with a belch (sorry) and it seems I was *still* working on dinner.

Ugh. That usually would mean I was going to be sick later.

Breakfast was not on the menu as I still seemed to have a full tummy. Coffee.

Usually I run this one in my kilt, but I had forgotten it last night. Not wanting to wake She(WMBO) for her blissful slumber to rummage through the closet, I had to opt for some previously worn short from the laundry. They didn't smell too bad.

I got to the venue, got parked, tagged, peed, and as I was coming out of the potty, I heard the bagpipes playing. The parade of all former champions was beginning! Just in time.

The race itself went quite well for me. I did better than last year but no PR. It was quite chilly, but just above freezing. Once we got running things warmed up quickly.

Around mile 2 last night's supper was making it's presence know. I thought for sure I would be going into the woods for an embarrassing moment, but the feeling passed.

By the time the race was done, my stomach had mostly settled. After I stayed for a respectable time, eating nothing and sipping water, I made my exit and went home.

OK, so, no breakfast. Run 5 miles. The very thought of lunch was most unappetizing. Banana and a yogurt for mid afternoon ... two foods that will help with what ails you. Soup for dinner. Pretty much a fasting day, but i feel better now.

And I ran a very respectable time. Heck yeah!


Friday, December 14, 2012

There are no words.



For God's sake, what is wrong with people?

I have always loved 5-year-olds. Still innocent and yet already showing confidence and maturity. How could anyone blow up a kindergarten?

Flip-Side of the Gym

Thursday, December 13, 2012

When men and women's roles are reversed at the gym.

Has a man ever asked another man if his thighs were too big?

Saturday: Celtic Solstice 5 Miler

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

My first year of running was 2009. After Thanksgiving I was kind of on the fence whether I could run a 5 Miler. This race came highly recommended to me but I waffled. Then on November 30 I decided what the hell, give it a shot. But by the time I got on Actve.com to sign up, it was just past midnight and registration had just closed.

Then came race day and we were hit with a full blown blizzard. But the race went on. Three thousand registered. Three hundred showed up to run. I figured that this must be one hell of a race. I signed up in 2010. I loved it. I came back in 2011 and will run on Saturday for the 2012 race.

So far no blizzards.

And no snow forecast for Saturday.

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