Friday, September 18, 2009
1. Zwetschgen. It's time to change my Spark page background now that strawberry season is long gone. This is a local sort of luscious little plums that are ripe right now. I don't know what they're called in English. A friend of mine's mother-in-law had more on her trees than she could use herself, so we went up to the garden plot and picked two buckets full. I just turned 9 pounds of them into jam over the weekend and still have a pound or two in the fridge. I also gave my neighbor some. She just came to the door a little while ago and brought me a piece of the cake she made with them. Yum. I have the Zwetschgen blessing!
2. The trim on my new running shoes. Pretty cool, eh? And they are size 9 AND A HALF! Either I've been wearing the wrong size for a long time, my feet have grown, or New Balance has changed their lasts in the past year or two. Or all of the above. At any rate, now that I'm not wearing too-short nines, my toes are much happier.
3. My knees. Thanks to everyone who offered their sympathy after my fall the other evening. I was walking in the dark and missed a curb where there shouldn't have been a curb, in my opinion ;) No I didn't have the purple-trimmed shoes on. That would not have been random. The bruises are healing up nicely, turning all the nice colors that bruises do.
Remember when we were kids and we liked to show our friends our bruises? You're my friends. Wanna see my bruises? :-)
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Daily MORNING prayer - still need to be more consistent
Daily journaling, esp. during trip - made a good start, but slacked off about week 2
Support parents during Momís rehab stay, and concerning future decisions - ongoing
Home and Org:
Continue Work on TMMO baby step #1 - goal is year-end - almost have my emergency fund in place! woohoo!
US Taxes - got the German ones up-to-date, US is next up
Before US trip: Declutter desk, clean out fridge, WHBH, clean stairwell, vacuum out car - did all that before the trip, yes!
Plot out next year's course plan - more in my head than on paper, next course is in January
Contact adviser - get info on OT course credit - NOT done
Contact German adviser - NOT done
Practice project present ideas to my adviser and appropriate persons - NOT done :-P
Complete and send Summer newsletter - DONE, yay, with help from a dear friend who did the mailing
Schedule orientation workshop for new worship team members - NOT done
Send team guidelines to team leaders - NOT done
Visit as many of my US churches as possible during trip - had to cancel trip due to Mom's condition, but visited the local 3
Steel drum - made the contact, but he's not sure about selling, so will postpone till January
Send paperwork before trip departure - DONE
Email update my sub - DONE
Contact at month-end about Sept schedule - DONE
Health and Fitness Goals:
5K on the 22nd? - DONE and it was HOT
1200 Cardio minutes - didn't quite make it on paper, but I wasn't consistent in adding up the figures so I may have made it?
NW walking group meet-up - went with the group 4 times and it was great
ST at least twice a week Ė go for 90 minutes - still need to work on consistency, it's still dribs and drabs
Continue daily 30 minutes exercise (will beat my own 310-day streak on Tuesday, Aug 4th!)
Make OB/GYN appointment - NOT done
Get pulmo check-up - DONE
Lose 3-5 pounds - actually gained a couple :(
Postponed till September:
Posting on Ebay
Wallpaper/paint entry hall
Sunday, September 06, 2009
I just wanted to post this info so that I can update it as I do more races. Next up is a 6K in downtown ST on the 22nd. I'm trying to recruit a team from the language school for this "company run."
At my age, I don't expect to see a lot of big changes in my race times. My goal is to run a 5K at 12 minute mile pace, finishing in 37 minutes or less. That would be very cool. And to run a 10 K sometime before the end of this year.
Fast Cat 5K in FL
August 22, 2009
Pace: 12:32 MM
Place 302 of 325, 2nd in Age Group (of 3)
Sweating buckets in the South FL summer heat - even at 7:30 AM.
Frauenlauf 2009, 7K
Placed 85 of 97, 3rd in Age Group (of 4)
This was the famous run for the socks prize! :)
Beach Bum Classic, 5K in FL
March 21, 2009
Pace: 12:43 MM
Place 178 of 194
On the beach - running on sand is HARD!
Frauenlauf 2008, 7K Run
Placed 100 of 102 :)
My first race in something like 25 years. And I wasn't last :)
P.S. I hope everyone realizes that the ***amazing*** part is tongue-in-cheek :)
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
That's how many emails were in my mailbox when I checked in on the account I use for Spark stuff. I have to admit, I've been reluctant to open it up, knowing that I might get overwhelmed by the list. I'm going to take it slow, probably do a lot of deleting, and will gradually get back in the swing of things over the next few days.
I was so touched and encouraged to see all the responses to my last blog post which I posted on what I think was the last day I logged in here. My Spark friends are the best. Thank you for your support, even when - especially when! - I've been MIA like I have the past few weeks.
So here I am, back in Germany after 3 weeks in the States. I got back on Friday but am still dealing with jet lag. I think this was the hardest it's ever been to return to Germany. I don't really feel like I've arrived yet. That will probably come as the jet lag fog lifts. I have an easy schedule at the language school this week, so I can get my bearings and make some decisions about various ministry and work projects coming up this fall. And get up to speed on Spark!
I'll probably say more to the family situation and my mom's health in later posts. Let's just I'm working to keep the relationships with my parents on good terms and not "interfere" with their decisions. At the same time I'm doing my best to keep myself updated long-distance.
P.S. Back in FL I ran the 5K on August 22, sweat buckets, improved my PB by about 2 minutes (did the Jeff Galloway thing) and came in second in my age group. There were only three in my age group. Most of the runners were highschoolers. I expect that, in a couple of years, I'll be winning the 60+ honors by default!
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