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A slight insanity

Friday, May 03, 2013

Sometimes stress comes out in snapping at folks, sometimes in hasty decisions, sometimes in giggles... and sometimes on the racecourse. Sometimes it comes out in bad behavior with food. So far this week not... because I know I have to go those 13.1 miles come Sunday, no matter what!

So... it leaked out in other ways. Since I couldn't snap at folks, I decided to relieve my stress by working more not less. It all started when mother nature refused to cooperate with my grand plan to get my air conditioning "Spring check" done today, when I had a planned vacation day. I got the phone call at work yesterday that the weather just wasn't going to do it for the company that does this work, and they needed to reschedule. So much for THAT use for my vacation day.

I already knew there was a work meeting this morning that I really did *not* want to miss and I had been grumpy about missing it because without a technical voice in the room, business people too far away from the process can really get weird expectations of what "the system" can do for them and "when"... (you've all seen the cartoon, I'm sure). I had one more set of contract folks coming to the house today... to look at my "irrigation" system (read as the broken underground sprinkler system).

Well, since I first set that appointment, I've been thinking and totting up my budget and becoming more and more rebellious about the whole idea of wasting my resources on the grass. And that's how it came out: I called and canceled this appointment. I'm just NOT going to do that this year. Doesn't mean some year I won't succumb to the perceived social pressure to maintain a better lawn. Doesn't mean I won't put a little more effort into manual watering this year. But it does mean, NO! I will NOT do this just to employ more lawn services!

When I got home and found the bill for the "overseeding" in my mailbox, I felt justified. Enough is enough. Before:

This morning:

So, there is visible progress. And today, on my planned vacation day, I shall sneak into work for that meeting. I forewarned the meeting holder and my boss... and at least I'll have ears in the meeting. Then I shall leave and go do my pre-HM "stuff" and get my mind better suited.

It is a slight insanity. But it is NOT going to be buried under inappropriate types and volumes of food. Not this time!

Pep talk reminders:
* HYDRATE, already, the race is two days away.
* Eat what's in the bag, it's why you packed it.
* Remember to breathe
* Walk gently throughout the day
* Be true to yourself, as Shakespeare wrote, for thus you cannot be false to any man. (We won't go into the use of irony here... it's good advice whoever gave it out...)

LIFE is good. Spark on! emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CASEYTALK 5/4/2013 8:42AM

    HM day tomorrow -- take care of YOU today. How about a massage or a soak in the tub with a good book? Re-read Harry Potter while soaking? Plant tomatoes? Meditate? Whatever works for you.

I'll be thinking of you tomorrow. You are so amazing that you will be doing this. You are an inspiration to me and always will be.


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EBEAMS 5/4/2013 8:22AM

    Social "expectations" can be so heavy to shoulder, can't they??? It's grass ... it comes, it goes, it gets mowed! In the big scheme of things ... really ... It's grass! Your choices, on the other hand ... now those were golden opportunities to invest in what has true value and worth. Good luck on your race tomorrow ... I'll be cheering you on from here! emoticon

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    Hooray for natural lawns!

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PATRICIAAK 5/3/2013 11:59PM

    IMHO, you should get 'credit' for a couple of hours of future vacation since you went to the meeting today!

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WATERMELLEN 5/3/2013 9:01PM

    Loving your Lawn Ranger rebellion!! Yeah!!

Always enjoy listening in on your pep talks: all best Sunday (you'll be great) and I'm thinking Shakespeare meant women too . . .

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_LINDA 5/3/2013 4:58PM

    Good choice! The meeting is more important! Now you can focus on what is important -getting lots of rest and fueling up properly for your race.
Getting ever closer..

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KALIGIRL 5/3/2013 3:51PM

    Here's to being true to yourself and may that grass grow!

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DALID414 5/3/2013 3:12PM

    Knowing me, I'd show up to a meeting on a vacation day too!
Should I keep pitching my pavement idea, or is it getting annoying already? emoticon

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DLDMIL 5/3/2013 3:10PM

    Great pep talk and setting your priorities. Have a great day and concentrate on YOU.
Can't wait to hear about the race. Good Luck.

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GABY1948 5/3/2013 2:15PM

    True wisdom speaking to you about the grass! Great peptalk you have given yourself! Have a great HM

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CONCHA77 5/3/2013 12:56PM

    Have a great race on Sunday! I am rooting for you as always :)
Enjoy your day today. Hugs.

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MNTWINSGAL 5/3/2013 12:49PM

    Good choices all around! wishes for a good race!

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LESLIELENORE 5/3/2013 12:27PM

    emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 5/3/2013 12:14PM

    Good for you for making your decision re: the lawn service. Hang in there! Today's at least Friday. Good luck with your 13K on Sunday. You can do it!


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GALINAZ 5/3/2013 11:32AM

    As a former business person I know what your saying about imagining systems beyond reality! I had a huge front and back grass yard and could not justify it living in the desert. We converted it to desert landscape and cut our water bill in half. I'm still working on converting plants so I can care for it all myself and get rid of the landscape service

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DEBRA0818 5/3/2013 11:15AM

    Good luck to you, Barb -- you're going to be a happy camper this weekend!


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MSLZZY 5/3/2013 9:19AM

    Great pep talk and cutting things from the budget that are not necessary to sustain life is the way to go. The grass will grow and life will go on. You need to focus on Sunday and stick to the plan.

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LEWILL1982 5/3/2013 9:12AM

    Great pep talk, I need to get you in my head. Good luck on the race, can't wait to read about you on Monday!

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MJREIMERS 5/3/2013 8:07AM

    Yes, yes, YES! Great attitude and way to use that "energy" more efficiently! I snap at people when I am stressed, too. I think it's because so many of us try to fit so much in a limited amount of time.

Good for you for keeping your goals in focus. Hydrating for Sunday, eat what you've packed and keep the focus on you. emoticon

Good luck on Sunday. Let us know how you do!

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LEANJEAN6 5/3/2013 7:58AM

    Be true to THYSELF--You said it all Barb!--Forget the grass and get some shrubs and flowers in there----Lynda emoticon

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CASEYSAUER 5/3/2013 7:41AM

    I like your pep talk!

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