Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

What a great morning it has been so far. I got up around 6:30, fed Wilson, put on my running gear and headed out for a nice 4 mile run. It was nice and cool out there (still humid) and there was hardly anyone else out there. I think I only encountered 8-10 cars on the road my whole way and a few fellow runners and walkers getting in their exercise before the big feast.

For this run, I tried something different. Last night, I put an audiobook on my iPod to try when running. I chose The Reader, cuz I love this book (having read it a dozen times, at least) and I thought it would keep me interested and I it worked. I was engrossed in my book and had no troubles finishing my 4 miles-usually I'm constantly staring at my Garmin, waiting for the next mile to pass-but today, I just kept listening and plowing ahead. Some people have trouble listening to these because of the readers themselves but I'm so focused on the story itself that the reader doesn't bother me. I think I made it through chapter 7-can't wait for the next run to pick my book back up again.

Now it's time to get ready for the big Thanksgiving feast-lots of good food, good friends and good times. Should be a great afternoon and I can guarantee I'll be stuffed! But let's not forget to be thankful for all our blessings today. I am thankful for my wonderful family, my new niece, Brian and friends both here and far away. I am thankful to still be employed in these tough times and for good health. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Mind Games

Tonight, I ventured out for my 3 mile run and, for the first time in about a week, this run went pretty well. I actually felt like I was moving instead of dragging ass like my last couple of runs. So, like the good student that I am, I decided to tack on an extra half mile to my running tonight. I didn't race it, which is how I usually like to end my runs, but took it at a nice pace and got to the house with a smile on my face and my garmin saying 3.60 miles. Boo-ya! That felt pretty good and all because I pushed through that first half mile.

That first half mile is when I play mind games with myself. It's when the wheels start turning and I come up with my excuses on why I should just forget the run and head back home for icecream instead. Tonight, my thoughts ranged from: it's too freaking humid out....my foot hurts a little, wouldn't want to make it worse....maybe I'm still too full from dinner, I should go home and rest a bit....and finally to SHUT UP AND JUST DO IT! So that's what I did. And it went just fine, even a bonus half mile at the end.

But I think I'm going to put a book-on-tape on the iPod-maybe a nice murder mystery to entice me. Then, not only can I put the mind games to rest (hopefully), but I can push through my moments of boredom and get past the 4 mile mark. I'll have to see what I can find.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Moody Monday

Monday has been everything one could expect from a Monday. I attempted to wake up early but didn't-which I blame on a night of tossing and turning-then there was the coffee dilemmna. I am on some new meds and now feel nauseous for several hours/all day and coffee gives me raging headaches. So, I've had about a half a cup today compared to my normal 3+ cups. I guess the positive spin on this is I may kick the caffeine habit by the end of the year! Work was so-so. I have so much to do I can't even see my desk. I've started telling people that I'm building a big fort to account for all the files piled up everywhere. Funny enough, the work overload gives me a sense of peace-job security baby! After work, I came home famished and whipped up a nice dinner of chicken breast w/some cheese and mushrooms, some rice and a veggie. So yummy! I think I'll take Wilson for a little stroll and then catch up on some of my programs before calling it a day.

As for my doctor's appt. on Saturday, the doc prescribed me some more meds and wants me to go to physical therapy for my neck. He also gave me some exercises to try at home till I get in to see the phys. therapist. I think I'll try the exercises out for a week or so and see how I do. I did make it out for a nice 3.5 mile run. I am still running so freaking slow...it's got to be one of these meds wearing me down. I feel like I'm dragging out there but I'm getting it done so I'll keep pushing onward and upward. I'm hoping for a nice 4 miler tomorrow.

Wilson summons...time to power walk w/a puglet!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

A Tough 3 Miles

Well, my goal to get up this morning at 5am? Not successful, kiddies. I was up before the alarm but I could already tell I wasn't feeling the whole "get up and be productive" vibe, so I reset the alarm for 6am, grabbed the heating pad for my neck and dozed off for another hour. But, after a very loonnnggg day at work, I came home ready to hit the pavement.

I did a nice 5 minute walk warm-up and then started my garmin. Right away, I could tell this was gonna be a tough run. My legs felt like they were trying to run through quicksand and I know it's because I took some hydrocodone earlier today (since nothing else works for these blasted headaches!) and I was still feeling those sluggish effects from the meds. Nevertheless, I decided to push through the sluggishness and kept going. My end time was just over 35 minutes. As you can see, a pretty slow time, even for me. I checked each mile and, while I normally tend to get faster with each mile, tonight was just the opposite. My last mile was 12:36-craziness! But, even though it was a slow run, I am happy I got out there and ran and now I feel more energized for the rest of the evening.

But I am totally setting that alarm for 5am again tomorrow morning. Maybe a swim will entice me to get my butt out of bed...we shall see.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Alarm Clock 1 / Crystal 0

Well, as you can probably tell from the title, I did not jump out of bed this morning, hop into my running gear and head out the door with a big freaking smile on my face. Nope, instead I woke up 10 minutes before the alarm, pondered how cool it was that I got up even before my alarm went off, and then reset the damn thing for 6am. Cuz that, peeps, is how I roll.

In my somewhat meager defense, I have been in a constant, daily battle with some wicked headaches for the last week. They consume my whole head and neck and refuse to go away even with my attempts with ibuprofen, aspirin (which I can't even stomach) and a large quantity of Tylenol. So, after dealing with this for a week now and getting more annoyed by the day, I finally broke down and got a dr appt for Sat. Hopefully they can do something or I'm heading to a specialist cuz this is really hindering my running progress. I need to up those miles dang nabbit! I also need to get my thyroid rechecked so it can be a two-for-one deal.

So, with no morning run, I am debating going this evening but I may just take the night off and try for that 5am time again tomorrow. Chillin with a good book sounds like a pretty good idea right about now.

Monday, November 16, 2009

AM vs. PM

I was a good girl this morning and when the alarm went off at 5:10, I got up, put on my running gear and headed out for a nice 3 mile run. The weather this morning was wonderful-nice and cool whereby I could wear my pants and a tank top and be comfortable for the whole run. The stars were shining, the music was good and I powered through those 3 miles without any problems at all. I was happy all day knowing I got my workout in for the day and didn't have to worry about it this evening but now, at 6:20pm, I find myself a wee bit tired. Either I need to go to bed a little bit earlier or stick with my evening runs.

So what is better, I wonder? I enjoy the peace and quiet of morning runs: little to no traffic, hardly anyone walking or running at that hour and then there is the smugness of knowing my exercise is done for the day while other people have been sleeping this whole time. But I did notice that my time is a bit slower in the morning and I'm tired by the time I get home in the evenings. Plus, 3 miles is about all I can squeeze in for a morning run so if I want to get in some more mileage, evenings will have to do.

I think I will just take it day-by-day for now and see how I feel. Let's see what tomorrow's alarm clock brings: a "jump out of bed" morning or a "throw alarm clock across room" morning.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Very Productive Day

At work anyway. Since the end of the year is approaching, I've been given a number of "projects" to finish up by the end of the year. Basically, it's all the crap everyone else either screwed up, didn't complete, forgot to do (yeah right) or just got lost somewhere in the black hole. Yippee! Now they are all my problem...all 1251 files. I think I made it through about 100 of them before I started humming non-syllables to myself and had to stop. Then I got to continue with my regularly scheduled work day. The good thing is that my day flew by today; the bad thing is that some of these files are just ridiculous and will require way too much of my time. I think I should get some hazard pay for this.

I know there has not been a lot of exercise blogging going on here but my damn neck issues resurfaced early this week so I took the week off to heal a bit and plan to get back out there tomorrow. I know-see the doctor-yep, that's on my to do list.

Just heard Brian's truck pull up. Time to go to din-din! Happy Friday the 13th everyone!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

New Title

With more to come down the road. I felt it was time to change the title of this blog to something more inspirational to me, so I picked Driven as that is how I've been feeling lately. Driven to get up off my ass (most of the time, anyway) and do the things I want to do, research the crazy projects I have on my list to accomplish, and get out there and do more.

For starters, I think I will sign up for the Princess Half Marathon by the end of the month. Still interested, Jess? Megs? Could be lots of fun chicas! P.S. Once I sign up I am sooo looking for my cute little tiara to wear on race day. Oh yeah, I'm going all out on this baby. Do you think a tutu is a bit too much? Pink and poofy one?

I also really want to sign up for a quilting or crochet class. My mother is domestic woman extraordinaire and can do freaking anything from create wedding cakes to sewing to working on farm equipment to being a college nerd and I want to follow in her footsteps. However, after doing some research, I have come to realize how crazy expensive these classes are. I think a looked up two of them in my area and they were over $100 per class, not including your supplies! Maybe my mom can give me some phone/email lessons.

I still want to do my trapeze class this year, too. I've just been waiting for the weather to cool down a bit. If not this year, then early next year for this one.

There are a few more things I'm looking forward to this year but I'm still sorting them out. It's time to be real productive and finish the year off with a bang!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Day Off

Well, I had today off due to the Veteran's Day holiday and I spent my morning in productivity with a doctor's appointment and then I headed to the mall to browse for Christmas ideas and pick up watches. Then I grabbed some lunch for me and Brian and headed home...and to total couch vegetation.

Oh yeah, it was total non-movement from the couch, except for a DVD switch, for about 4 hours. Lots of mindless TV floating throughout my mind this evening, which I am corralling with some delicious Bud Light before I have to head back to reality tomorrow. It was a nice day off and I hope to feel revitalized for the rest of the week. Yeah right!

Let's not forget all the veterans out there who have sacrificed their time and their lives for our freedom and to all the troops currently serving our wonderful country. You all are greatly appreciated.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Miscellaneous

Since I don't have one particular topic to discuss, I will just bore you with the mundane today-lucky you...

First of all, Carnival and I made up. It seems that when you have a travel agent listed in the past, they become your travel agent forever (at no additional cost to you) unless you speak with the travel agency and request them to remove the info themselves. Good to know...two months later! So, the cruise is paid up and now I've just got to fill out all the info and get everything printed. Only 62 days to go!

I got my hair cut yesterday. Took off about 4 inches (so it's shoulder-length) and added a butt-ton of layers and some side bangs. I think it's a pretty cute cut but now I'm forced to actually do more than throw it up in a ponytail. I may have to comb it once in awhile now.

I got in 3 good runs this week and ran 4 miles today at Tephord Park. Sometimes I get sick of my regular route and need to get out there and check out the new scenery. At least today was much cooler and breezier than last time I ran there, although I have realized that I now need to find a good headband to run with cuz my new bangs were flying everywhere!

I'm nearly finished with the book 5 of the Harry Potter series. Can't believe I've only got two more to go! Anyone got any other good book series for me to read?

Well, that should do for my rambling. Now I think I'll figure out what to do about dinner and get ready for my Law & Order-Criminal Intent evening marathon to begin. Such a nice, relaxing weekend and only 4 work days for me this week-I get Wednesday off for Veteran's Day. Good times.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Put Down the Snickers and Step Away from the Candy Dish

Slowly...alright, now slowly turn around and step out of the kitchen altogether. Good girl. Now, I want you to go to your room...no, don't be looking back at the kitchen, there is nothing there for you..focus....good job. Okay, put on your running clothes. No, those are your lounge-around-the-house clothes. What? You think I don't know the difference? I've been around the block,you know. Stop complaining cuz I don't care. You've been a lazy ass for a week and it ends today. Now go! Good, we're making progress here. Yep, that outfit will do. Sure you don't want to wear a tank top instead? Well, I hardly think the middle finger was a necessary response. Get dressed. I said, GET DRESSED!! Alright, get your shoes on. Nope, not taking Wilson for a walk but nice try getting out of your run. Once again, I've been around the block. Get your watch and iPod. Whatever.....you freaking know where it is so stop acting dumb. Sigh. Middle freaking drawer. You are starting to piss me off. Okay let's go. Nope-not to the kitchen. No, you don't need a drink, you just want candy. Let's go. Baby steps, baby steps. Good....almost there.....and here we go!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Carnival Woes

Carnival has made my shit list. So, I got online over the weekend to pay my remaining balance...and searched that damn website numerous times to find out where to make my payment...and searched some more....walked away cursing.....whined to Brian.....came back and searched some more. No luck, could not pay the bill. So, I called my mom and asked her where she paid from...she tells me it was in Manage Bookings. Okay, I've been there 20 or more times but, hey, I'll try again. So it opens a window and tells me to make a payment I must call my travel agent or 1-888-Carnival. What tha????

So, this evening, I finally broke down, researched Google for Carnival's number and called them. They tell me I am registered through a travel agent and should call them. Huh, travel agent, well this is news to me. And if I did have one, they are doing a shitty job cuz I've never heard from them! I tried to explain to Carnival that I've got no stinkin travel agent and booked it online but they insist it's set up through one. So here's what I think happened. When I registered for this cruise, it took all my old info from last year's cruise and applied it to this one. Last year we, of course, had the cruise set up through a t.a. for Meg's wedding. Ugh! So frustrating! I called the agency, (after 5pm so left a msg) and hopefully I hear from them tomorrow. What a freaking clusterfu**.

So, here I am, trying to control my fuming rage with a chilled Bud Light since there's nothing I can do about this tonight. Hopefully it will all magically work out tomorrow. A girl can dream, right?

Oh, and Carnival? Your 888 number? Yeah, it has too many freaking letters so it is not a valid freaking number. How about we work on changing that? Thanks a bunch.