Tuesday, September 25, 2007

In Anticipation...

Looking forward to the season opener of the only TV show I admit to watching! Here's a little quiz to pass the time...

What NBC "The Office" character are you?
Your Result: Pam Beesly

You are the person everyone considers a friend, you are sweet and a good listener, but you also creative and love to have fun and are always up for a good practical joke. You work at a job you hate but don�t leave because you don�t really know what you want out of life. You have spent too much time following the opinions of others and are beginning to learn how to think for yourself.

Did I wake up this morning thinking I'd be throwing together a bird funeral? You never can tell what your day here is gonna turn into

Toby Flenderson
Jim Halpert
Kelly Kapoor
Michael Scott
Ryan Howard
Dwight Kurt Schrute
Angela Martin
What NBC "The Office" character are you?
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Saturday, September 22, 2007

"And often enough, when we think we are protecting ourselves, we are struggling against our rescuer."

-from Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (p. 154)

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Ramblings from the World of Fitness:
Forcast: Hold ups, delays, the usual.

Sunday, in a burst of enthusiasm, I went for my first little run since July 1st. I was scared of re-injury, (plantar faciitis) but it felt so free and wonderful... just to move unhampered by exercise equipment, and quicker than a walking pace. I had that "3:55 p.m. on a school-day feeling." My heart thudded in a "I haven't worked so hard in a while and it feels great" kind of way. I wanted to keep going and going, but I stopped after a mile and a half, expecting my foot to cramp up afterwards a bit, which it did. I responded with ice and stretching.

Alright, but enough about that. It bothered me all day on Monday, even after doing everything "right," so that bothered me even more. (Happily the next day it was back to normal). Today (what is it Tuesday, Wednesday?) I decided a safer way to enjoy the outdoors would be my crummy, old rollerblades. I don't mean any disrespect but I got the inexpensive, off-brand version back in, what, 1993?, so the plastic is starting to wear. I replaced the wheels and bearings a month or so ago (out of desperation for an "outlet"), and it made a world of difference in moveability, but the plastic clasps that hold the entire things on my foot are starting to give, and the left middle clasp is completely broken and dangles like a useless limb, that I tuck in so it doesn't trip me.

And actually, all of that is fine by me, fairly-functional is "functional enough" for my third string workout equipment. I never quite understand people that buy professional grade, top of the line stuff for hobbies they spend about five minutes a year on. (I'm not thinking of anyone in particular- and I'm not talking about You!- that's different! heh heh) On the other hand, other people have raised the point that I don't really like to plunk down money for anything, I consider a "big purchase" -over $50- even things I will use for years, such as a TV. There is probably a balance there.

Ha ha, so random rollerblading side note: My 7th grade math teacher, caught up in the rollerblading frenzy that was sweeping the nation at the time, quit teaching a month into the school year to start her own business. Her business would bring rollerblades, pads and helmets to schools to rent out to gym classes so the gym teachers could build this exciting, cutting-edge new sport into the curriculum (Guess the year!!!) Well, she even came back for a visit con rollerblades, to our middle school gym class. Two factors she didn't calculate into the equation: ~1. How disgusting and sweaty junior high boys get in her nice equipment, that by 5th period gym class, all the pads and skates are really unsavory- can't imagine a whole year of use~ and ~2. How short-lived trendy fads usually are.~ I don't know what happened to her business, but I imagine it was rather short-lived as well.


But I digress. I was making my way on my rollerblades, working the knots out of my muscles and enjoying the breeze. I looked down in irritation at my left skate, wondering why it was being so sluggish. I realized the bearing on the top wheel was loosening, so I hunkered down in the grass to tighten things up, a couple miles away from my car. Then I realized, that somewhere along the bike path, I had deposited an entire wheel, bearings and all!!! Huh! That was sad! I tightened the nut on the first wheel with my fingernail and determined that I will go ahead and put a couple dollars, not into new wheels, but into an entire new pair of skates. (I was feeling a little disgruntled at the thought of spending the money, when I thought, where better to get archaic exercise equipment that has never been used than... Ebay! Ha! HA! Pay full price? ME? NOT IF I CAN HELP IT!)

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

NOW ENTERING... my favorite time of year.

I love this cool snap. I had coffee with a friend in the morning and a walk in warm, crisp air, framed by the brilliant blue of the sky.

I came home this evening to a note on my door from a considerate construction worker- my water will be shut off tomorrow morning from 8 - 10 am +. I must say, the forewarning was a kindness. I feel as if I'm getting to know the "Missouri Water" folks, as I drive past them working on a demolition site down the road, everyday. Good people.

I guess that means I will shower tonight rather than in the morning. I guess that means I will prep my coffee pot with water tonight as well. Thank you Missouri Water. You are good people.

I'm excited- I think my foot injury (plantar fasciitus) is healing, which means running ~coming soon to a neighborhood near me~ again. That means I need to go buy new running shoes, because the doc informed me my last pair will not do. Something about overpronation and stability, blah blah blah. Ah well! I'll give it a week before I try.

Last night, I painted. Something about the cool air and open windows says "PAINT!" It felt great, after a late-ish day at work.

Books I am currently reading: "Gilead" by Marilynne Robinson, "Painting in the Dark" by Paul Thorson, and "Hidden Art" by Edith Schaeffer. I'm pretty sure I used to know Paul Thorson's son. Now how often do you pick up a book and recognize the characters in it as people you used to know? It's a small, small world.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

WHAT IS YOUR PATRONUS?

I finally finished reading Harry Potter 7 (at midnight last night). Here's a fun little quiz to celebrate! Post your result- (warning- my first try got me a creepy destroying dragon that I didn't want so I 'doctored' my results a bit!) I guess if you haven't been reading Harry Potter this won't make much sense to you. Bear with me! :)