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General life stuff

Busy Much?

The last couple of weeks have been an absolute blur and I think my brain is fried.  It’s only been 3 weeks since I ran my last race, 2 weeks since my mother-in-law Janet went back to the UK, 1 week since AJ began summer break, and yet all events seem like forever ago.  In that time, I’ve had a huge fundraiser gala to contend with, a hubby with a hurt back (who is thankfully on the mend… see here), and I’m trying really hard to wrap my head around marathon training 6 days a week.  This will now be my life for the next 4 months… work and training.  I’ve come to the conclusion that something has to give, so I won’t be doing the cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping, cooking, etc., anymore.  Besides, I’d much rather keep in touch with my blogging friends than do all that other mindless nonsense… and now that James is healing, he can clean and do laundry and…  lol, sorry, I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me back up…

Fundraiser Gala:  One week after Janet left, the rescue and rehab center where I work held a huge fundraiser gala with dinner, entertainment, and a silent auction.  The director and I were working like mad the week before to get everything together for the event, and now I’m still quite busy tracking donors and silent auction winners and all the stuff that follows an event such as this.  No matter… we had a great time, and I’m happy to say it was a great success.

This was actually supposed to be an adults-only evening, but I was able to sneak AJ in to watch the raptor presentation.  He hung out in our room afterwards for the rest of the night.

All the tables were decorated with cute little stuffed animals that anyone could adopt (raccoons, opossums, coyotes, owls, eagles, squirrels, etc.).  They even came with their own adoption certificates.  Below are the two we adopted.  All of them were dressed up with little tulle “bow ties” for their gala evening.

Below is a video that was made in 2015.  Back then, we needed help with refurbishing the hospital area.  We were able to raise all the funds for that; however we are now in need of new eagle flights.  While the video that was shown last Saturday night is not available publicly yet, I thought you might enjoy seeing where I spend a lot of my days.  When the other video becomes available, I’ll show that one to you as well, then you can see the difference in the hospital… a little inside look of a rescue center, so to speak.  (By the way… the raccoons at the beginning really are just hanging upside down.  They were babies when they came to us and learned how to climb the chain links… all were happily released back into the wild).

Training:  Yeah, I’ve been doing that too.  I’ve had to start getting up before the sun to avoid the heat and mugginess of the season, but we all do what we gotta do.  I’m just thankful I don’t have mom duties first thing anymore (you know… making lunches, giving rides, and the biggie of waking up a child).  I won’t go much into detail about the runs right now (only because this post is getting too long), but I am hitting them as scheduled… not so much on the cross training yet… but the runs are extremely important. You can’t fake your way through a marathon if you want to beat the sweeper, haha.

Up next:  Queen with Adam Lambert!  This Saturday!  I cannot wait!

Have a great week, my friends!

Thanks to a Teacher, I Learned from a Child

The long-awaited last day of school has finally arrived.

AJ excelled in the 6th grade, and while he did well grade-wise, I mean more that he excelled as a person and grew quite a bit emotionally, and I believe his teachers played a huge part in that.

All of his teachers were amazing and deserve gratitude and thanks; however, one teacher stands out in particular. This particular teacher helped AJ develop his love for history.  And adventure. And the ancient aliens who may or may not have built the pyramids (more on that later… ).

The last essay AJ wrote for this teacher was about “Grit.”  This was not a required assignment.  But from what I understand, quite a few students completed it, including AJ.  Their reward?  A hat that says “Grit.”  Just one more way to get the kids to think and to write.  On their own.  Without any pressure of a grade or a deadline.  “Learn to love learning;” one of the first steps to school success, in my opinion.

Thank you, Mr. Larson, for inspiring my child to be the best that he could possibly be.  You have made a tremendous impact on AJ’s learning, and for that, we are extremely grateful.  He wears that hat with pride.

And for all the other teachers out there who inspire our kids, thank you so much for what you do. May you all have a happy and relaxing summer holiday!  You’ve certainly earned it!

In case you’re curious about what my kid wrote… here ya go:

What is grit? Grit could mean sand, or it could mean that you never give up and keep trying. Determined, brave, toughness–all of these things could mean grit, but there are a lot more words that can mean grit.

I would like to tell you a story of a man named James Edward Howard. He is my great-great grandfather that fought in World War 1. He was born in Ipswich, Suffolk, UK, on the 4th of April 1890. During the war, he transferred to the Royal Engineers from the Suffolk Regiment. He died June 1st, 1929. He was at the battle of Ypres when he got badly gassed. After the war was done, he suffered very poor health due to the mustard gas. His last few years, he was in and out of the hospital as he developed Tuberculosis which was his cause of death. He survived for 15 years after the war and after being gassed. This man had a lot of grit to be ill and survive for that long. That is why I wanted to share this story with you.

I used grit last year. I came through a tough time when my grandma and uncle died within a few months of each other. The thing is I didn’t get sorry for myself or get sad, I just accepted the way things happened. My cat also died 2 months after my grandma died. He had been around me my whole life but I kept fighting and never got sad or anything, and that is how I used grit.

That wraps up my whole grit essay. I hoped you learned a little more about me. Always remember to never give up, there is always hope.

Thanks to a teacher, today I learned from a child.  I learned “… there is always hope.”

17 Years

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Today is mine and 50 in 50 Marathon Quest’s 17th wedding anniversary, so in honor of this special day, I found some great words of advice for anyone who may be interested in having a loving, long-lasting relationship:

To keep your marriage brimming

With love in the loving cup,

Whenever you’re wrong — admit it, 

Whenever you’re right — shut up.

2017

Happy Anniversary James!

March Sadness… and a song

I know a lot of people don’t follow March Madness and the college basketball championship tournament, but I do, and I have to say, I am gutted.  The team I had winning it all was eliminated last night.  Xavier beat the hell out of U of A, and to be honest, I think they had Arizona seeded wrong as a #2.  Regardless, I won’t babble on about it.  My only hope now to stay in first place on my bracket and win all the money is to have Gonzaga lose next week and for me to get all my other picks spot on.  There’s always a chance…


One of my water app plants is growing up quite nicely.  I thought I had killed him as I wasn’t getting any alerts one day, realized it late in the evening, and found him quite sad and thirsty.  But I managed to save him, level him up, and he got quite cute, which really is the only reason I’m sharing.  He’s cute.  And who doesn’t want to share cuteness with others?!


I went out for a nice little run last night, you know, because I’m training for a race and all.  I’m not exactly a heavy hitter when it comes to my stats, but every once in awhile I will check to see if I have any fun numbers.  I kind of got excited with my max pace number from last night.  That is actually the fastest I’ve ever run.  Sometimes stats can be similar to positive reinforcement.  So, yes!  Yay!  I’m getting there!  Now if I could just sustain that particular pace for, oh, say, 13 miles, I’d be super happy.  (Oh, and I climbed a little mountain too… to some of you that have followed me for awhile, that’s the elevation profile for Mo-Fo Hill.)


On to a song…

James told me he was going to post “Victorious” for Motivational Music Monday.  I said, “Oh, you mean Duran Duran?!”  No.  Panic at the Disco.

After processing that for awhile and me thinking about Duran Duran’s Victorious song, I realized the song isn’t called Victorious… It’s called Notorious!!

Okay, well, it rhymes.  And it’s Duran Duran.  Notorious.  Eighties.  You get the picture.

Hope you have a happy and healthy weekend! Any fun plans, races, happenings?

In My Mind’s Eye…

Ever wonder what people are thinking?  Yeah, me too.  The following is kinda like my week in review, per a few of my personal thoughts… things I probably would never say out loud.  Except to James. And sometimes I still am able to surprise him by the off things that run through my brain…

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My pie is leaking! Why is my pie leaking?! (The child finished it off regardless.)

  • Where’d all these dishes come from?  I just did the dishes.  Why is the sink full 15 minutes later? No one is ever allowed to eat again.  No more cooking, no more eating, no more dishes. Problem solved.  Oh wait, we can eat out.  That’ll work.  (Didn’t happen, and the sink continues to produce dirty dishes.)
  • Surprise, surprise… another cleavage shot.  I’m so tired of all the cleavage selfies.  Are you in that much need of attention?  Get a dog. (No, really… do these women even know what “self-respect” means?)
  • Why are you coming up behind me so fast?  Are you late?  You should plan your time better. Dude!  You’re too close!  Here, let me slow wayyyy down… (The driver behind me got the message loud and clear and backed off.)
  • B**ch!  Bring that owl to us now before I call the cops!  (Federally protected bird.  The lady was hemming and hawing about not having time to bring it to the rescue center even though it had been in her possession for over 12 hours already with a broken wing.  I didn’t have to use profanity; I flat out begged her and appealed to her sense of decency.  She found someone right away to bring us the owl.  And that’s why I make the big bucks… hahahaha)
  • Dongle.  What a stupid word.  Who came up with that stupid word?  “Hold on while I grab my dongle.”  Seriously?!  (I ordered a bluetooth USB dongle and still can’t get over that stupid term.)
  • I promise to never ever eat fruit and nuts before a run again, if I can just make it through this one without having to crawl.  (I didn’t have to crawl.)
  • Would it be wrong for me to ground my child from his PS4 just so I can use it to play the newest Kingdom Hearts game?  (A video game I’ve played from the moment it was first launched, only for the PlayStation.  I have been waiting for-ev-er for AJ to save up enough money for a PS4 so I can continue to play this game.  He graciously told me I could play it anytime if I stored my credit card number to his PlayStation account… I think I prefer the grounding method.)

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Have a happy week!

Sneaky Pete

Back in January, I was trying to mask the torture of treadmill running by streaming a TV show on my Kindle.  As I was streaming from an Amazon device, I came across all the Amazon shows and found “Sneaky Pete,” read the description, and thought, yeah, that might work.

Side note here… James and I do not watch TV.  We cannot commit the time it takes in watching a series, so we stick with the occasional movie, “Frasier” reruns, and a true crime series every now and again… all of which require zero emotional commitment.  We also love a good alien documentary as well (but that’s another post).

Anyhoo….

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Giovanni Ribisi — photo credit Amazon

I decided to watch “Sneaky Pete.”  If you haven’t read the description or seen previews, it’s about a con artist (Giovanni Ribisi) who gets out of prison, goes into hiding, and assumes someone else’s identity, basically living this other person’s life.  Okay, it’s a bit more detailed than that, but I think you get the idea.

Anyone remember Giovanni Ribisi?  He was that dorky little kid on “My Two Dads” back in the late ’80s.  It took me a long time to remember where I’d seen him before (besides being Phoebe’s little brother on “Friends“).

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My Two Dads — photo credit FamousFix.com

Giovanni also played the kid brother to Nicholas Cage in “Gone in 60 Seconds.”

Sooo…

After that first episode, I was hooked.  It took me 3 weeks to convince James to sit down and watch it with me as I thought he would like it as well.  I was right.  And James is a hard sell, believe you me.

The show’s co-creator, executive producer, and evil villain is played by Bryan Cranston.  I don’t have a clue who Bryan Cranston is (sorry), but some people might know him from “Breaking Bad,” or “Malcolm in the Middle,” or even a few “Seinfeld” episodes.  He does evil well in this show.

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Bryan Cranston — photo credit Amazon

James and I stayed up past our bedtime last night and managed to watch episodes 6 and 7. We were left speechless with our jaws hanging open.  Season 1 only has 11 episodes, and I’m dying to binge watch the last of them today… alas, time does not allow for that, so I must wait.

My point?  If you like a good crime drama, like to see people get their comeuppance, and love when your show has wicked twists and turns that always leave you guessing (close your mouth please), give “Sneaky Pete” a watch.  You won’t be disappointed.