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Back in Black

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Well, technically black & teal outdoor running clothes for the Paris HM on Sunday. I can't believe it is already here. The full marathon is only a month away now. I am so NOT ready.

I've been really busy for work the past 2 months so while I've still been checking into SP almost every day and working on some goals I have been a bit MIA overall. OK, a lot MIA.

I had 10 days on my own for Christmas, which was really nice. I got caught up on some reading and other things, watched some movies, cooked & basically kept myself amused. I was a bit bummed because I couldn't watch one of my traditional Christmas movies. I usually watch A Pocketful of Miracles with Glenn Ford and Heart & Souls with Robert Downey Jr.

Yes, not exactly Christmas movies but I'm not exactly like everyone else either emoticon

Anyway I was able to watch the Glenn Ford movie on-line - can't remember if it was through Netflix or Amazon Prime. But no one I could find had a copy of Heart & Souls to stream. Netflix only has it on DVD. I left my VHS copy in the US since I didn't want to buy another VCR here, or know if it would even play because of the regional settings. So I couldn't watch it for the first time in several years. I substituted Chaplin instead, another Robert Downey Jr. movie I liked, although with quite a different vibe to it. Not exactly a feel good movie, although it is excellent.

I also listened to a lot of Christmas music, big band / Dixieland / rockabilly style and in moving through various artists' music discovered that the actor Kevin Spacey also sings. He recorded a song for his movie Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil and also did the entire soundtrack for his biopic of Bobby Darin. I think he's a great actor and did great with the role although I just couldn't believe him as Darin because of the age difference. From an acting standpoint he had it nailed; from a visual standpoint, no.

My son arrived for a 10 day visit, we spent a lot of time just doing nothing together or watching the entire to-date Walking Dead series and sightseeing. We did some of the main tourist spots in Paris and a lot of walking that day, spent a day in Normandy at the beaches & American Cemetery, spent a day touring the World War I battlefields of the Somme, visited some local in Compiegne sites - a WWII detention/transit camp set up by the Nazis, the Clearing of the Armistice where the treaty to end WWI was signed and where Hitler returned the favor in reverse in WWII, the local royal palace and the Toy Soldier museum.

The WWI sites were mostly cemeteries after all this time but there were some remnants of the trenches in a few places and one of the sites had quite an extensive trench system still preserved, at the Newfoundland Monument. It was pretty amazing, the trenches were complete mazes.

We tried to go back to Normandy but they weren't operating the tour we wanted on the day we could go so we'll have to go back the next time he comes to visit.

Unfortunately I really slacked off on my running in January and most of February. January was a combination of being sick & bad weather - roads & sidewalks are not salted or plowed where I am (and there are hills!) & I have no intention of risking injury by running in those conditions.

I got back into a few long runs in February but still had some weather issues and a distinct lack of public restrooms on the trails which made any kind of distance run very...interesting...since lately I seemed to be unable to last the distance without the need. To be blunt I don't care for eliminating bodily waste in my pants while running so had to cut the runs short. There is absolutely NO place to go indoors and the route is through open areas that are completely and entirely visible, including through residential areas. So no stopping behind a tree either.

So I will find out next month if a longest long run of 19 miles will be enough to get through the marathon.

I will be posting my goal progress tomorrow, and my race report next week. I know there are some other Sparklers running so maybe I'll be able to meet up with some of them before / during / after. It's always nice to meet someone in person that you've "known" on-line.

In Kitteh news Rocky Road developed a twig fetish for a few weeks. My deck is littered with the twigs she collected every time she went outside. She never really did much with them, just deposited them on the deck before coming back in the house. Fortunately this obsession was short lived and she has now moved on to wrestling slippers. Currently she is in her uncharacteristically will sort of tolerate some affection mode and will sit on my lap for brief periods of time. As long as no one looks at or talks to or touches her, or in anyway acknowledges that she is doing so.

Gandalf, since he believes he is actually a person, has started sleeping under the blanket in bed, with his head on the pillow. And opening every door he can, so I have had to start locking the door when I am in the shower so he doesn't open it. If Turtle wants inside a closed room she calls for Gandalf, he comes running & opens the door for her Then struts away all smug.

Stupid Dog is still Stupid. That is one of the Universal Truths of Life.
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    So good to read about what you've been doing!
    Best wishes with your big run!
    1939 days ago
  • CC3833
    Wow lots have happened! Glad that everything is going well even though you couldn't get the runs in that you wanted. I tend to have the need to go more often when it is cold outside. I'm glad that you are back on SP... I've missed you! Good luck on the marathon training!
    1940 days ago
  • DOODIE59
    Haha. Your "holidays" sound like my worst busy:) Glad you had a good visit with your son. And I am certain you'll be able to handle the marathon if you can do the 19 mile run. Have fun at the Half! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1940 days ago
    Been missing you! Glad to hear even of the sloe running progress... We are SO rooting for you!
    1940 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    Missed you and your tales-enjoy hearing about what is going on and how the furbabies are keeping life interesting for you.

    1940 days ago
    It's great to see you out here!
    1940 days ago
    Great post and great life! Have fun with that HM; you'll do well, I'm sure!
    1940 days ago
    Busy girl -- good luck with the HM! And Heart & Souls is one of my favorite movies, too.

    I've been too busy to concentrate on anything longer than about a half hour at a time -- I have just discovered The Big Bang Theory, and my life has majorly improved!

    Now if I can just get my weight back under control!

    Welcome back --
    1941 days ago
    It definitely sounds like you've been busy...

    If you like Kevin Spacey, you ought to check out Netflix's "House of Cards" in which he and Robin Wright are *awesome!*

    1941 days ago
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