Friday, November 26, 2010

Post Thanksgiving Gratefuls


350. Ran my first 5K with Steph and Steve.
351. I still feel like running.
352. After months of failed automatic back-ups on the external drive, I figured out how to make the computer and the external drive talk to each other and got a successful back-up.
353. The computer died after the successful back-up.
354. Steve borrowed some equipment from a friend and was able to load the info directly from the old drives into the new computer. Even though we didn't even need the back-up, it was a relief to know it was available.
355. We got an iMac! I am supposed to love it! I am trying to figure it out and it's a good thing I like learning new languages! It's a good thing! (If delete = backspace, what = delete?)
356. Mo decided she was in charge of the Thanksgiving Feastmaking this year and I don't ever need to do it again. She did a fantastic job. Yum.
357. We invited friends over to eat with us at the last minute on Thanksgiving and we didn't even clean up the house like we were having guests and they didn't even care.
358. El's birthday event was a smashing success. And a surprise. And fun.
359. After a summer of drought I was sure the fall colors would not be very interesting. I was wrong. It was a spectacular season.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Squeeze

On my way home from work I was thinking about sponges.

Sponges are really good at soaking things in until saturated, but they won't release the stuff they've soaked in unless they are squeezed.

(Or dry out, but that's another analogy).

It made me consider the areas in which I feel squeezed.

I thought about what I release when I am under pressure.

I'm ashamed by how much of it is bad.

And just what am I replacing there in the voids for the next squeeze?

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Still Running

It's past midnight and I really should be sleeping. I can't go there now, so I am here.
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My brain is full. Maybe dumping some of what's on my mind will help?
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I started running two (2!) months ago and I can now run 25 minutes straight. No stops or walks. My run is often more of a trudge. Perhaps it's as slow as a walk at times. I press on. The goal is to run a 5K at the end of November. Steve is working toward that too. It's fun to have a common goal outside of our daily routine, a goal that doesn't revolve around marriage or kids.
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We used the Couch-to-5K Running Plan to get started. At first, it's a thirty minute walk with occasional run time. I wasn't strict about the schedule. If I thought I couldn't advance, I repeated a workout. I took some days off in Week 4 when my knees screamed, "HEY! WE ARE 45 YEARS OLD...WHAT ARE YOU THINKING!?" There are two options to the plan, timed runs or distance runs. I got an app for my iPhone that gives voice prompts so I'd know when to walk and when to run. I didn't even measure distance until a couple weeks ago.
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I am slow.
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Since I am doing the longer runs now, I've switched to Nike+GPS. It updates me on my pace, time and distance. After a run, I can look at the map and see where I was fast and where I was slow. Today I ran 3.26km in 25:18 and burned 207 calories. Unfortunately, I probably drank at least 207 calories in Pepsi tonight. Oh, that is why I can't sleep!