Tuesday, January 18, 2011

10.6 miles...Finally got the long one in!

The weather this weekend finally cooperated and allowed me to get my long run in.   And when I say cooperated, I am not implying that it warmed up in any way.  I just mean that it didn't snow or sleet on me.  It was still damn cold and windy...but I needed to get 10 in.  It's been far too long.  My legs were so stiff yesterday!  But, I'm kind of a sucker and enjoy that post run stiffness!  Makes me proud of what I accomplished.

I woke up to a lovely snow and ice storm this morning.  What else should I expect...after all, it is January.

A busy week on the books with work.  Keep your fingers crossed on a large proposal for me.  EMC has been woefully neglected given the job that pays the bills, DH's job search, and my grandfather's passing. 

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Ugh... a crappy week.

My Grandfather passed on Tuesday. We knew it was coming and it was his time...it just still is hard.  He was my last remaining grandparent.  My hubby has one left...so technically (through marriage), I've got one and the kids still have one great-grandparent left.

If I could use the blog as a forum to impart advice from him it would be this...get back to nature.  He loved the land...an avid hunter, fisherman, and gardener, he could feed multiple families off the land.  Growing up, I can remember my Mom in the kitchen till late hours of the night canning beans and tomatoes, freezing corn, making jellies, freezing game (venison, pheasant) and fish.  Our house was always stocked with food he loved to provide our family.  I try to be healthy and in his honor I will strive to eat a diet of less processed and more whole foods. 

He was an incredibly hard worker and helped me plant my first garden when we bought our first house.  When we bought our second house, he came along to "help" us get settled.  After some time of me not being organized enough to provide a task for him, he eventually took a rag and cleaned every baseboard in the house.  He was 84 at the time and I'm not quite sure if the baseboards have been cleaned since.  :)  He wasn't happy unless he was working!  That was my Pap! 

The one other really fond memory I have is that he HATED pizza.  When I was a kid, he told me that the cheese was "the snot" of the kid that made the pizza.  I don't hate pizza, but I will never forget that.

On top of that, the weather sucks which means running has been hard.   Really hard.  I just don't like temperatures in the upper teens with 20+mph winds (who does, honestly?).  So, while I would normally pound out 5 miles to get rid of the stress, I've been riding a recumbent bike and taking it out on my husband.  He's a trooper for putting up with me right now.

ARL went back to school today.  She's been sick since the weekend.  It was nice to have her on the way back to her old self.. 

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

More snow on the way!

Another 4-8 tonight into tomorrow. Lovely. Glad I got 3 measly miles in this morning because I clearly won't get to go tomorrow.

Please keep my family in your thoughts and prayers right now.  My grandfather is 91 and is dying.  It's definitely his time and I just hope he is comfortable during these final stages. 

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Too damn cold...

I had good intentions of going for 10+ this morning.  The bitter cold and the wind made it unbearable.

We took a couple of those 21 mph hour wind gusts head on.  Only once was it at our back.  We ended up only doing 5.5 miles.  Was I crazy when I complained about the heat?   I am thinking the heat index is sounding pretty good right about now.

Saturday, January 8, 2011


Storm #2 of 3 is here....a lovely way to ruin my 10 mile run this morning.  I will have to try to squeeze these miles in tomorrow.  Storm #3 is Tuesday into Wednesday...3 storms in 5 days.  Lovely.

Perhaps some sledding may be in order this afternoon. 

Thursday, January 6, 2011

I'm so lucky!

Whew...I'm so lucky Kirk Cameron never responded to my letter when I was 9 asking him to marry me.  Otherwise, I would be off searching for clues the pilgrims supposedly left us on how to make America right again.  Read more here. 

Thank god I ended up with my wonderful husband!