I mentioned in my last post (way back in July) that I like to use this blog to record/remember things I’ve done. So, here’s a quick re-cap of August 2010:
August 6– Pond day with Erin, Kim, Jamie: Perfect weather. Perfect day. Most amazing Frito/peanut butter/chocolate “dip” ever. Ah-mazing.
Erin, me, Kim, Jaime at Erin/Jaime's cousin's pond in Sullivan
August 7– Run 4 Raley. 3rd year in a row. 2nd year “running” it, even though I walked almost half and came in a min slower than last year. Yet another running FAIL.
August 20– Jersey Shore Bunco
Yes, I'm orange-- I planned it that way!
August 21– Twin City Travelers take on the St. Chux Derby Chix. I wasn’t chosen for the 14 person roster, but I made one helluva cheerleader!
photo courtesy Jeff H.
August 24-26: Trip with Kyle’s family to Tunica, MS for his birthday. I came out the “winner” by only losing $100.
that's me outside our "roadhouse" hotel. Casino/lobby was very country-western, rooms were 80s "glamour"
August 27– Second TCDG bout. This time it was the ‘Paign (my team) vs. The Dames (newly formed ‘3rd team’). We lost, but it was a great experience.
That's me in the pink helmet offering a whip to our Jammer, Therafist
August 29/3o– Kyle’s birthday celebration extravaganza. Good times had by all…
One of the "tamer" photos from that night...
John Lennon was really on to something:
You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one
These lyrics have been floating around in my head for a few days now. For most of my life, I’ve been a dreamer. I have a fairly vivid imagination and I’ve always been more of a “big picture” thinker than a details, person. But somewhere along the way, I also became a do-er. Probably because I’m a bit ADD and get bored with the same old thing all the time.
The problem is I’ve somehow gotten to a point where my doing is getting in the way of my dreaming. Instead of daydreaming about places I want to see or experiences I want to have, I’m filling up my calendar and making to-do lists. Maybe it’s all part of growing up, but these things sometimes feel more like chores than like fun.
Don’t get me wrong… I like to be busy and I need my lists and schedules to function, but it’s a bit soul-crushing to think I’ve lost my inner dreamer. And I think, as a culture, we’re kind of anti-dreamer. Granted, we like to admire those who “follow their dreams” and become successful, but we’re also usually pretty quick to discount the dreams of others. I don’t know.
What started as a few lines of a song has become a rambling blog post. I hope to be back tomorrow with *much* lighter content…
Wow…thanks everyone for responding to yesterday’s post. My dry spell seems to be over and I have LOTS of things to write about (none of which have anything to do with poop– Sorry Willie!)
Hopefully I can carve out some time to write them in the next few days. In the meantime, I offer you these lyrics, which seem especially appropriate right now:
I like to be gone most of the time
and you like to be home most of the time
if I stay in one place I lose my mind
I’m a pretty impossible lady to be with
— From Tire Swing by Kimya Dawson (on the Juno soundtrack)
A not-so-anonymous reader (with poor typing and/or grammar skills, I might add!) asked for an updated blog. I’m happy to oblige. But, first, I want to know if anyone is still reading this. I know there are some lurkers out there, so here’s your chance to be heard.
Yesterday was my birthday, so I’m allowing myself a bit of self-indulgence and asking BEGGING you to comment on my little blog. Think of it as a belated gift to me…. Leave me a comment and let me know what you’d like me to blog about next. Some possible choices are:
- New Years Resolutions (a month late)
- Running/Training update
- What I’ve been up to (bullet-style)
- My thoughts on last night’s Lost première
- anything else you can think of
Please and thank you!
My runs* this week went pretty well. I ran MORE than my scheduled mileage for each of my 3 runs. I ran in the rain for the first time Wednesday and liked it! It was more of a light drizzle than a full-on rain, but it was nice. And due to my less-than-stellar directional skills, I managed to get a 4.2 mi run in Chicago this weekend. It was nice and cool– perfect running weather.
I’m still debating: 5K or 10K??
After my strong run this weekend, I’m confident that I can FINISH 6.2 miles, but it will *not* be fast, and I might have to walk. I’m okay with a walk/run strategy (I’ll only be up to 4.5 mi on my training plan by then), but I’m afraid that doing poorly in the 10K will kill my motivation. I’m not sure a race is the best environment for covering the distance for the first time. On the other hand, finishing the year w/a 10K under my belt would be kinda cool.
If I run the 5K, however, I have a good chance of getting a PR and finishing the year off strong, which might be better for my overall confidence/motivation than a mediocre 10K performance. I figure the “real runners” will be in the 10K and there’s a good chance I’ll come in last.
I don’t know. I think I’ll try for 5 miles this week and see how that goes. The registration deadline isn’t until the 28, so I have a little bit of time. I just wish that 8K hadn’t fallen through. I feel really confident in my 8K abilities. Grrr…
* Cross-training: not so much. I did one Jillian Michaels workout, which was only about 30 mins. Totally kicked my a$$, but didn’t cover the time allotment. Completely skipped the 50 min cross-training on Friday. Probably won’t do much better this week, either.
I have a pair of Cardinals tickets to sell.
Game: Sun, October 4 at 1:15. It’s the last game of the regular season against the Brewers.
Seats: Section 148, Row 25. See below for the view you’d get (from the Busch Stadium Web site).
Price: Face value is $89/ticket. I’m willing to sell them for less.
Contact: email me at cari [underscore] rich [at] yahoo [dot] com if you’re interested…. and you know you are!!
Back to regularly scheduled programming shortly….
Last week, I was in Minnesota on vacation. My aunt and uncle have a cabin up there and they let us stay for free. I posted a bunch of pictures on facebook, so I won’t bore everyone with ALL of them, but here are some notable photos/inside jokes/general funny stuff:
This sign pretty much sums it up!
Roxie took a swim. And by "took" I mean "was forced to" :)
We were not lacking in the chip department. Aunt L. even bought us some Funyuns... cuz we said they were the only things missing!
Highlight of the trip: Getting up on waterskiis for the first time!
I was super stoked!
We spent a lot of time in the sun
The boys fished
but I think my mom caught the biggest one!
We also went out to eat a lot! The Gosh Dam Place...
Home of the Gosh Dam meatloaf!
And the "place in the woods" the last night (can't remember the name)
home of DELISH pizza & pasta (and a bunch of other stuff!)
Back at the cabin, we had homemade ice cream (store bought for the preggos)
And played layed some bags
Most importantly, we spent lots of QT together (and took lots of pictures. this one is my fave!)
I can't wait to go back, THANKS Aunt Linda & Uncle Denny!