I am back, again. I know, I haven’t been doing so well with this. A lot has happened since I posted last. I am signed up for 5 races between now and my birthday. I think I am actually ready to turn 26 this year! Took me long enough!
I have managed to go out on a couple of dates but none of them were Mr. Man. I sent him an email letting him know I still care, do I expect anything out of it? No. I would love us to get back together and give it another shot, but I don’t see that happening.
Lots going on, just had to drop in for two seconds!

I am alive, I swear!

I know I have been hiding for a while. But I have been keeping up with my training, which is a good thing; my first 5K race is this weekend! I am pretty excited. I was doing the happy dance when I picked up my first racing bib on Monday. I am not sure I will be able to run the whole thing, but I know I will do well.
On a personal note – this quarter at school is almost over, which is both good and bad. The women in my drawing class have been talking to me about getting out and dating. Since I drew a picture in the likeness of Mr. Man, they think I should try to get back with him. First thing, I don’t do long distance. Second, I know people change but he did not want to step into the roll of a father then and I am not sure how inclined he would be to step into on now considering the facts. If he lived closer to me, would I be willing to give it a shot? Absolutely. He and I had that God-only-knows-what together! I have no clue how we actually got a long as well as we did, but it worked. Then I got to clingy, he ran the opposite direction and well, that was that!
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What a view!

People ask why I run. There is no way to put it in words, the only thing I can do is show what I see when I go out for my lunch time run/walks.
I received a joke email a while back from my dad, pretty funny actually (and accurate!)…

Pay phones in Church

A man in Topeka, Kansas, decided to write a book about churches around the country. He started by flying to San Francisco, and started working east from there.
Going to a very large church, he began taking photographs and making notes. He spotted a golden telephone on the vestibule wall, and was intrigued with a sign which read, "$10,000 per minute."
Seeking out the pastor, he asked about the phone and the sign. The pastor answered that the golden phone is, in fact, a direct line to Heaven, and if he pays the price, he can talk directly to God.
The man thanked the pastor and continued on his way.
As he continued to visit churches in Seattle, Salt Lake City, Chicago, Milwaukee, and around the United States, he found more such phones, with the same sign, and the same explanation from each pastor. Then he remembered he had not stopped in Colorado.
Finally, the man arrived in the lovely state of Colorado. Upon entering a church, behold: he saw the usual golden telephone. But THIS time, the sign read: "Calls: 25 cents"!
Fascinated, the man asked to speak with the pastor. "Reverend, I have been in cities all across the country and in each church I have found this golden telephone, and have been told it is a direct line to Heaven, and that I could use it to talk to God. But in 20 other churches, the cost was $10,000 per minute. Your sign says 25 cents per call. Why is that?
The pastor, smiling benignly, replied: "Son, you're in Colorado now, and it's a local call.”


This is insane

This weekend has been one I would rather forget! Friday morning, I got the boys McDonald’s for breakfast, I don’t maybe I am just a push over, who knows. Then I went into Starbucks and got my normal drink and a parfait, Starbucks guy has been pouting that I haven’t gotten one in a while, so I figured I would go ahead and get one. Worked all day blah, blah, blah. On my way to pick up the boys, I get a phone call letting me know Monkey #2 is loosing it again. So I arrive, and get him enough under control bring him outside to go home and there he goes. Finally between me and my sister we are able to calm him down enough we go and drop my sister’s car off, and make a run to Wal-Mart, I know this is safe because he falls asleep within minutes of a breakdown. So on the way to Wal-Mart I stop by Starbucks, yes, it was a two Starbucks day. And low and behold Starbucks guy is there (I am in the drive through) he comes over to the window and starts talking! That helped!
I did call the old buddy back and she said she would call me back, yea, not holding my breath, but that is a good thing. After thinking about it, I have more than enough drama in my life to worry about her family’s drama. I am not saying I don’t care, I am saying I just can’t handle worrying about all that, as well.
Saturday, I woke up feeling great, fought the puppy to put my running shoes on, finally got them on. I walked/ran up to the gym, did my weights and walked/ran home. Felt great. It was pretty cold when I left the house, by the time I was coming home it was warming up nicely. My sister had to go to school for a while, so I washed my truck and then acted like a tourist for a little while. Which was fun; I found a little cone that says “Sarcasm is just another one of the services we offer.” So of course, I had to get it! Then we went to the bike shop, if I get a ‘last year’ model, I will spend a lot less than a ‘this year’ model. Once my tax return comes in, I will bring a co-worker/friend with me and find out what she thinks. We made a few more stops and headed home, all and all an uneventful day. I did bring the puppy to the dog park, she always loves that!
Sunday – what was going on with the planets? Did they line up in some strange way, my kids were off the wall, as well as everyone else’s!
Today, we were doing pretty well. Going a little backwards, nothing new there. We get to the daycare, and I find out that my younger son has been disenrolled. So now I get the pleasure of finding a daycare where the boys can attend. For now, my mom is helping out. Again, Starbucks day, and I pull up I don’t even have a chance to order before the little speaker thing is letting me know my order! I knew exactly who was at the other end! Starbucks Guy! Thank God, I needed that! I think that about covers this weekend. If I am feeling anything like this tomorrow I am calling in sick. Wednesday would be a better day to call in sick!
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I am not sure I mentioned this yesterday or not, but I figured out, I will have to have to ceremonies if I ever get married again! One will be of my choosing, unfortunately most of my family would be unable to make it, it is on a hill in my favorite park to go running in, you know where the amazing view is. Then we would have to have a ceremony in which everyone who means something to us would be able to attend. I guess I should first find a guy. I know, I have always had a problem with getting things in the right order!
I went swimming today, I really did not push myself, didn’t really feel the need to. But then again, this is not my favorite time to go swimming.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Food for thought...

I talked to my old friend last night. I found out he decided to take a second trip to Iraq, I guess he didn’t get enough the first time around! I know my friends are the lucky ones, they have only been to that region twice. I now have two that have been to Iraq twice, and one who went to Iraq then to Afghanistan. I have heard stories from two, I have a feeling the third one will not tell what happened, he is more of the ‘prefers to leave details out’ type. I am not saying that as a bad thing. I think he would rather people not worry to much. Everyone knows he is in a bad situation, but doesn’t want them to know more than that. Actually he is not much of a talker! With how much I talk, that is a good thing!
Knowing that more and more of my friends are going for subsequent trips puts me in a odd place. I have always and will always support the troops in away possible. Here is my dilemma, what is the likelihood of a Democratic president attempting to yank the troops out of Iraq? Not ease them out, but pulling the plug on this whole war? Will that not paint a big bull’s eye on the U.S.? But if we get another Republican as president, how much longer will we stay? Just a bit of food for thought.
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Just thinking

So, some friends of mine just celebrated their 14th anniversary, which yes, I am well aware of the fact that in this day and age, that is a miracle. With that said; I honestly think if I were to ever get married again, the only type of relationship I could survive is one like they have. They have the realistic love, not the sappy romance that is portrayed by Hollywood. She has four kids; three are his, which makes it even more amazing to watch. They are great kids, trust me!
My friends are snarky as all get out, I think I am a taller, calmer version of her, which come on, some one more off the wall than I am? It is true. She seems to have a style all her own and could careless what other people thought. Again, I admire that in her. He, on the other hand, he and I were stationed together back in my Army days… He could be a great guy, but he was also a pain in my… back to my point. He is a good guy, as well. He and I met when he first got to Germany, I actually had to go pick him up from the in processing thing. Then when he got housing he lived two buildings away. At first he would borrow my car (he didn’t have one yet) and then his wife and I met, and his kids would baby sit my kids and blah, blah, blah. So it was really nice to find out they were here in town. I just wish I had time for a social life. I know, if I cut back on my training and this that and the other, I would have plenty of time. I just don’t think my body could handle that!
Oh, just thinking out loud (is that what it would be called?)
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Is it nap time yet?

Yippy! Another amazing run/walk completed! This time I know I completed a full mile, I measured it yesterday! It took me a little bit less time today then it did the day before yesterday! My knees are a little sore, not hurting, but ensuring I know that I have not been sitting around all day. I think two more weeks going the same route running the same distance will prepare me for more running. I don’t think I should do to many outdoor run/walks until then. Saturdays I think an hour on the elliptical machine and then on to the bike. Or maybe walk to the gym, bike and walk home. That would work too. I want to find a nutritionist because I am really starting to wonder if I am eating enough. I am working pretty hard. Oh well.
I am ready to go home now! Either that or just go back outside, it is on the chillier side right now (people on the east coast would kick me if they heard me saying that) it is 45 degrees outside. When I went out it was in the 30s and I actually had to run with a long sleeve shirt on. I know; such a travesty!

Good Morning!

Today might be on the… interesting side. I got a reply from an old friend of mine, who, I just found out is living in the same town as me, and then I found out that is was TOM. Come on!

Still waiting to hear back from my friend about her mother. I am hoping everything works out. I could not imagine her pain right now.

I went to the gym last night. I got in a really good workout. 45 minutes on the weights and 60 minutes (16 miles) on the bike. Ok, my bike distance could have been better but I was reading a really interesting book about the Mormon Church, talk about controversial! Anyway, I might have done more, but they started kicking everyone out!

That about covers it for now.

Not good news

Where do I start…
First and foremost, I just found out a friend’s mom has been battling cancer, it was in the bones, but the doctors think it might have gone into her brain. This hits a little to close to home for my liking. My grandfather died many years ago of brain cancer then my uncle passed away 6 years ago from esophagus cancer. I can’t help but wonder if that is part of the reason I support the cancer research organization as much as I do.

I was on a rampage, but that got thrown off course. My swim went well. I will add more later.
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