Monday, September 28, 2009

Harry Potter Mania

Yep, so I'm a wee bit behind the times but who cares! I ordered all the Harry Potter books last week and they came in today. Yay! So many books for me to read! So excited! The good thing about waiting so long to read these is I have the whole series at once and don't have to wait patiently for the next book to come out and, now that they've been out for quite awhile, I got them all for a good price!

So my evening has consisted of some light cleaning, making banana bread (one loaf to go) and reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Even more funny about the books is I've never even watched the movies so it's all new to me!

Gotta go, chapter 2 is calling my name!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Natural-Born Runner?

Not this girl!

Some people are born to play piano, some are great at chess and others make great runners. I have accepted that I am none of the above. I went running for the first time in about 20+ days and it was, how shall I put it, not pleasant. For one, it's still hot and humid out-not as bad as a month ago-but still a bit stifling for my taste. I think by September, I am just sick of the heat and humidity and am ready to move on to cooler times. Hopefully I can rejoice a bit in another month or so.

Anyway, I went out for a run this evening and it was a struggle right from the beginning. Since I haven't ran in awhile, my legs and lungs had to acclimate themselves to the whole process again and I only made 2.5 miles before I threw in the towel. It was not a stellar performance. Now, this is not me trying to get all down on myself (Megs...) I'm just stating facts. I know I will never be a natural-born runner and this process will always be a struggle for me. But, I think that's part of why I keep doing it. It's a challenge to get myself to push through 3 miles or more and I always feel proud of my accomplishments when I do achieve a running goal. It just sucks when I revert back to my early running struggles after taking too much time off. Note to Self...20 days is too long to go without running.

At least I am a swimming rock star :)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

So Tired

It's only Wednesday and I am already exhausted! I have given up on thinking work is going to get easier and have accepted my fate there. Bottom line is there is just too much work and too many attorneys and judicial assistants to argue with for me to keep up. Thank goodness for coffee!

Only 19 days until the 10k and I haven't ran in nearly two weeks. I seem to go in spurts lately-one week I'll get out there 4-5 days and then I stop cold turkey. I hope I can get myself motivated to squeeze in a run tonight or tomorrow before work. Yeah, cuz that 5am alarm has been working wonders for me this week. No wonder I'm so freaking tired. All I want to do is curl up on the couch with my book, read and watch some tv. Maybe that's just what I'll do. Screw productivity! Sometimes a girl just needs to be lazy.

Okay, I'll at least hula hoop for awhile, then I'll relax.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

On a Bender

A book bender that is. I've been a blogger no-show for quite some time these last couple weeks and I am totally blaming it on the books. No, I'm not cramming for any tests or studying for the sake of expanding my knowledge..this here is strictly fun reading. Last week, I finally finished Breaking Dawn, which was an excellent book that I could barely put down, even when at work, and now I am almost finished with The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory. I really enjoy reading her books now and then. This one is about how Katherine of Aragon came to be Queen of England. I'm in the last 80 pages or so and would love to finish this one tonight! My next read is going to be The Time Traveler's Wife, which I had briefly started before but set aside for my historical read.

This all stems from my recent book shopping expeditions, which resulted in several books bought, which are all staring at me from the book shelf just begging to be read. I shall get through you all!! Alright, gotta run or I'll never finish this baby before lights out tonight. No, I'm not obsessed...just dedicated!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

New Recipe Sunday

So tonight I featured Chops-On-Top Pork and Stuffing Supper. This was a relatively easy dinner to make with only a few ingredients kind of recipe. I cut up some pork chops into 1/2 inch thick slices, coated them with a honey mustard combination and cooked each side for about 7 minutes. While they cooked, I cut up carrots into thin slices and, when the chops were done, I set them aside and put the carrots, Catalina dressing, stuffing mix and water into skillet for about 15 minutes until the carrots cooked a bit. Then apple slices and the chops were placed in the skillet, covered and they sat there for about 5 minutes until the biscuits were ready from the oven.

It was a pretty good meal but I would have nixed the apples and added more veggies instead. Plus, I was supposed to add the stuffing at the end but I didn't read so well (drinking wine while cooking) so the stuffing was a bit mushy for my taste, plus the carrots could have been a bit softer. However, the flavor of the meal was pretty good and I will probably make this one again, but with more veggies and less apples. It's nice to try new things, though.

In other cj news, I am almost finished with One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. This book is pretty entertaining. I like to think I would act the same way in McMurphy's situation-less the glass-breaking moments, that is. I got to enjoy the book for about 3 hours this afternoon while floating in the pool. As for this evening, I think I'll try and finish the book with my Little Black Dress chardonnay and watch some Bears football.

P.S. Vikings RULE!!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Glorious Saturday

No, I really didn't do anything special today, which is exactly why it was a glorious day. It's nice not to have anything planned-just a day to do with as you wish. I was up around 7am and headed off to Wal Mart and Target for a little shopping/errand run (had to get the new season of The Office!) and then headed to the bookstore for a couple new reads. As for the bookstore, have you seen the movie, Coraline? I was waiting for the bookstore to open and there was this lady who looked just like the "other mother" when she turns into a spider. No, I'm really not exaggerating that much. She was very, um, interesting to look at. She had the walk of a spider lady and the shape, too. I did manage to stop staring long enough to browse for a couple books and picked up The Green River Killer and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

The afternoon was spent doing laundry and playing in the pool between threats of thunderstorms. I also got about 50 pages into one of my new books (which is actually quite ridiculous cuz I am already reading The Time Traveler's Wife and Breaking Dawn but, hey, I like to multi-task) and watched about 9 episodes of The Office.

Now it's time to get ready to go to dinner with friends at Tijuana Taxi Company for some yummy margaritas and Mexican food. Hopefully the thunderstorms stay away-all bark and no bite is fine with me.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Much Ado About Nothing

That about sums up my week. It's been a stressful week at work with way too much to do and not enough time to get it done. Plus, I work with idiots so that hinders my progress. I think I only made it out for one run this week since it starts raining about a half hour after I get home every. day. this. week..and evidently, if I can't run, I just won't do any exercise! In my defense, all these changing weather patterns give me terrible headaches and it's hard to think straight let alone run or swim. I'm hoping to get back out there tomorrow morning for a nice a.m. run-as long as it's before 9am.

So, I think it's time to rent some movies, kick back and relax. Happy Friday!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Treadmill Run

I had been planning to run outside again last night, but the weather was atrocious. I was driving home from work at about 25 miles per hour in the torrential rainstorm wondering, "Did I miss something on the weather channel? Is there some tropical storm barrelling through Florida right now that I don't know about?" There was crazy-high winds, monsoon rain and stupid people with flashers on-nothing like a challenging ride home to end the work day.

So, since it was obvious the rain was not going to let up for my outdoor run, I headed to the gym for one instead. I have two choices that are both pretty close to me. One gym I use for my swimming b/c the pool is awesome, usually pretty vacant and indoors while I use the gym on University for my cardio/weights workouts. The "U" gym is a bit older than other other one but seems to have more equipment and isn't spread out on different floors so I prefer it for my running pleasure. The only downside is the parking lot. Well, as long as you aren't worried about your safety, I guess it's alright. There are no freaking lights to be found in the parking lot so it's pretty dark out there. Me being a bad-ass from the rez, I knew I would be fine...I'd just use some good rez moves on anyone if need be.

Although it was 9pm and had been raining, the gym was still pretty busy but I did find a treadmill and got started. I did a 5 minute warm-up and started running, keeping up my pace for the first 3 miles at .5 incline. After 3 miles, I increased my speed for another mile and then did a cool down for another 7 minutes or so. All in all, it was about 4.5 miles. I thought the gym would keep me from sweating profusely but, alas, that was not the case. I guess I'm just a sweaty little mo' fo' when it comes to running. Thank goodness I remembered my towel (which went sailing off the machine only once during my run).

All in all, it wasn't a bad run, but I find it hard to get past my three miles not because I'm overly tired or in pain but due to boredom. I just get really bored running and music only keeps me interested for so long. That's something I'm just going to have to deal with, I suppose, or find some way to entertain myself. I'll save that dilemma for another day.