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Catapults + Treadmills...

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Boy that's a misleading title, but fun... which is what I had last night. My darling hubby procured the clothespins I needed so I could build my little desktop catapult. What I really wanted for a long time is the USB rocket launcher ( www.thinkgeek.com/produc
), but at $29.99, I figure I have better uses for my money.

But last week on Facebook, a pattern of a catapult made with clothespins, popsicle sticks, rubber bands, tape, a plastic spoon and binder clips was circulating. It looked totally do-able, so I did (with only a few mods):

It was easy to build and just silly fun in every way. To repay my hubby's love, the first thing I launched with it was a paperclip in his direction. I brought it to work and everybody thought it was great. I must build one for my buddy so we can have wars... or at least so I can launch things at him as he passes my office door.

Also finally gotten my treadmill incline fixed!! It was a pinched wire that was goofed up at initial installation. After 3 trips out, the repair guy got it fixed. I am very very glad that it is working now. It actually got up to a temp that was comfortable enough for me to go to the park and run... and since I'd only been running on the flat treadmill for so long, I chose the flattest part of the trail. But even though the trail only had small inclines, after several miles of that, I could feel it a bit... and it was much harder than running treadmill, to be sure.

So, Sunday and Monday, my calves felt like they had turned into blocks of wood, not so much painful as very STIFF. So I hobbled about the house and managed just a small runs and walks on both days on TM. I took Tuesday off from working out and was glad I just rested my legs for a day. Yesterday evening I got back to the treadmill and did the 500 calorie workout that was on the Daily Spark the other day. It is a great workout! I was dripping with sweat and my legs are going fine today, despite the inclines last night. Just having to rebuild those muscles.

I feel like my whole life right now is about rebuilding muscles... and skills that I've not used in a long time. Being mobilized and living on my own for a year has changed a lot about the way I think and prioritize things in my life. I know I became a lot more selfish, not necessarily in bad ways, but I am more able to stand on my own and know how to depend on myself to get stuff done. So my patience with other's learning curves is much shortened. What is good that I am much more able to say no when I need to to and not let myself get run over by other people.

So there is a lot of learning. I also got back to my old job and found that I just don't quite fit anymore. There are certain incompatibilities, mostly political, that I just can't brush off so easily anymore... and I really need to earn more money. I am getting paid about 50-60% of what I can be making elsewhere. This job came along when I needed it and the pay cut was worthwhile from a stability and routine point of view. But it really is time to move on... and there are at least 3 job openings closer to home that pay more just as I decide to move on. I have applied to 2 of them and will get my 3rd app in ASAP. I hope I get one of them. I think I would enjoy any of them.

So I will keep those inclines coming and catapulting myself into new situations. It's wonderful to have so many opportunities at the age of 47!
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    OH JEnni! I am just getting to read this!! HOW COOL! about the new job! Aren't we just full of the clarity in thes last few days! LOL And the catapult looks great..hoping to have the scouts replicate that next week :) I hope you find that happy spot at work...pray that I will find mine in the next few months too...I thought it would be weeks, but alas, things are moving slowly once again. Anyway - YAAAAY YOU!!!!!!!
    1846 days ago
    Good luck on your job search!!!
    1851 days ago
  • COOP9002
    Praying for you regarding your job situation. Keep us posted.
    1851 days ago
    Yes - without the incline, I don't feel like I am working at all!
    1851 days ago
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