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Archive for the month “July, 2013”

F&*K Cancer!

There was an interesting thing that happened to me today. I found out that our new HR person is dealing with a family member in the late stages of cancer. We talked a lot about it and I am glad that they entrusted me enough to confide in me that information.

I then came home to be informed that my uncle, who has been battling cancer himself, has been told today that all they can do now is make him as comfortable as possible. That’s it, so sorry, we are going to give up on you.

I’ve lot too many people to this disease, and all young, vibrant and happy people who didnt deserve it. No one deserves it. (Okay, well Hitler deserved it) But here I am watching my father deal with the knowledge that his youngest brother will likely pass before he does and that another member of my family will likely become another statistic.

All I can say is that I hope he, and everyone else dealing with this insidious disease, fights. Fight like hell. Fight like your life, and those of your family, depends on it because it does and there is SOOO much to live for. Attitude is that ultimate life saver and I can only hope that in spite of the news my uncle was provided today, he soldiers through it. I pray for that to whatever Powers That Be will listen.

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Being Sick Sucks!

I haven’t gotten to blog in a while because I was fighting some dreaded summer cold that has had me, and my household, laid up for over a week now. I’m finally finding a moment to get on the computer and write a little something down.

My running is progressing, though slowly due to being sick. It took a serious hit this last week, that’s for certain, but I was rather proud of myself the other day when I got back on the treadmill. My pacing wasnt great, just under 15 minutes a mile, but I was only running for 30 minutes, was STILL sick and recovering and I slowed my speed down to accomodate this. What I was able to do, however, was jog for a far longer period in slowing down my speed. SO though the pacing wasn’t as great as my previous runs, I still feel some great progress was made!

I’m registered and on track to complete the 5K in October at the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Happy Haunted run in Orlando!

In other news, life is life! I have to remind myself sometimes that things are not as rough as they seem and that I am unbelievably lucky to have everything and everyone that I do. Its not always easy, particularly when stress levels are high and healthy problems are involved, but it IS worth it.

Saw this today, and I think its apropos:

 

Tolerance….

So I’m watching Sister Wives on TLC and marveling about the intolerance that some people have. The Browns have started a business based on one of the wives designs under My Sisterwife’s Closet. They took their business to an expo where the Warren Jeffs cult existed (which may have not been the best bet for a starting expo) and there were a number of folks that bashed their way of life. Now, I can understand given the culture that resides in that particular area where the locals may not take to kindly to it. However, to pass judgement on a whole family who obviously love one another and do everything they can to make things work is absolutely wrong as well.

The same can be said for other groups as well. I see it within those that paint a the law enforcement community with a broad spectrum brush. I see it with those that are painting those for or against the Zimmerman/Martin controversy. I see it every day that people have opinions on groups of individuals, and honestly I wish there were more tolerance.

I know I’m not perfect. There have certainly been times where I could be more tolerant myself (Hello, Disney! Why do people insist on cutting of folks with strollers and/or young children or motorized scooters?!)  But it appalls me when I see a lack of tolerance against a whole community that is not hurting anyone.

Now, if your community promotes violence, lawlessness, or otherwise causes harm to others (or yourself), then I’m sorry, I have no tolerance for you. But to see someone say that they hate a family simply because they live a differing lifestyle then they do is appalling to me. Warren Jeffs is a monster and his lifestyle hurt others. The Brown family hurts no one. Their children are intelligent, nurtured and well-adjusted to the realities of not only their family but also how the outside world can and will look at them.

I only wish there was a little more tolerance. It would go a long way in this world I think….

Love is…

choosing to stay even when things aren’t ideal. In this day and age when kids are looking for instant gratification, when you can access anything online and the next best thing is just around the corner, it’s no wonder that the divorce rate in America is so high. Gone is the generation that knows, needs and understands you have to work at things. Those are the folks that find love and stay married for 20, 30, 40+ years. 

Why is that? What makes that love? Love isn’t a Disney movie, though there are things in Disney movies which are realistic and what one should work towards. (If you’re curious what I mean, just go to Pinterest!) Love isnt a fairy tale. Once the honeymoon is over and the chemicals are settled down, you have to decide every day is this where you want to be? Is this who you want to be with? Can you imagine living another day without that voice, that face, that smile, that being next to you? 

You may not like that person RIGHT NOW. You may wake up and something happens and you’re angry and upset with that person. But just because in this moment you are unhappy, either with them, or with yourself, that doesnt mean that the next moment things may change. 

Just because TODAY was tough doesnt mean that tomorrow will be. 

And that’s where I think that this generation coming up is missing the mark and doesnt understand what previous generations, the ones that made it 30+ years together, understands. If you wake up and EVERY DAY is miserable, then yes, get out. If the relationship is abusive then you had BETTER get out. But if its just today, then stick with it if you love this person. Life isn’t ideal, its not a fairy tale and that high you feel in the beginning wont always be. To believe that is to be unrealistic and to set yourself up for disaster. 

Love is perseverance, understanding, empathy, communication, patience, and most importantly….WORK. 

The Post 5-Miler Check-In

I know I’ve been posting about running a lot lately, but in addition to school, work, and family, its what is occupying a lot of my time and attention!

I was never one to run. Running was for life-saving only activities and even in high school, when we needed to run a mile for the Presidential whatever…I refused. If I didnt clock a mile in under whatever the approved time was so be it.

Then I got hooked on running a few years ago by using the Couch to 5K training plan. It was easy enough that I didnt feel like I was literally hitting the ground running, but successive enough that I could see real results.

Life, however, got in the way and I fell off the treadmill. I also gained roughly 30 pounds. Pounds which I’ve been relentlessly trying to loose. I’m in my  mid-30’s though and loosing the weight now is a lot harder than when I was in my 20’s.

I overdid it yesterday between my run, trying out such a long run for my first outdoor excursion and then meeting up with family at Disney.

My legs are beyond sore, my hips hurt and I think I managed to give myself shin splints. I also think I need different shoes for my outside run compared to my treadmill sprints.

I may have to skip my run tomorrow in lieu of giving my making sure that I rest properly.

 

5 Miles DOWN!

So yesterday I decided to take my first outside run. Of course, I planned this on a day where training wise, I should be running 5 miles. Not a 5k, but -5 miles-.

I wasnt sure in which direction around my home I was going to go, but I somehow managed it. Around the 5K mark I considered calling it a day since I was close enough to home that I could, but I really wanted to see if I could go the goal and in what time.

I’m rather stubborn that way.

I pushed on through the heat and sweat and soreness I felt setting in to my legs.

AND I DID IT! Even more importantly to me, I did it while still maintaining an average page of 12.57 minutes per mile. If I can do this at 5 miles, I can certainly do it at a 5k!

Thanks to my trusty Nike App, I knew where I was and how I was doing.

Thanks to my trusty Nike App, I knew where I was and how I was doing.

Then it was off to EPCOT center to visit with some family that’s in town and beat my body up some more.  Plus, it was some good testing for how race day is likely to be once it rolls around. 🙂

I’m OFFICIAL!

I have, indeed, officially registered for the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Happy Haunted 5k – a runDisney event!

Yes, I am crazy, but this is one step closer to a 10k, then to a Half Marathon and then finally a true marathon. I’m actually rather excited about this! Now to plan the weekend an where I want to stay.

Randomness…

Today is a rest day from running, though I’m contemplating a night out for me and going to a club I enjoy for some dancing and a little mini-getaway. Means I’ll be up late and will be tired tomorrow, but it will at least quell my desire to shake it a little.

Besides, the extra cardio wouldn’t hurt.

Also the contemplation of dying my hair. I know, how exciting right? But I haven’t had a physical change in a while that made me go YEA so maybe that would help a little. Today at work a coworker already thought I had darkened my hair, but alas, I hadn’t just yet. Think that’s a sign from the universe that I should.

For now, pork chops are calling my name, and I love me some pork chops!

Run Disney In Training

So six weeks ago I started to train for the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 5K. I’m not exactly sure why I got so obsessed with participating in Run Disney events other than the fact that my family and I love Walt Disney World and go there frequently throughout the year. After looking at improving my health, and trying to get back into a routine that included running, I discovered this community and decided I wanted to be a part of it somehow.

Of course, the medals couldn’t hurt either. I mean, what better souvenir to pass down to my family then something that only a small percentage of people actually obtain in reality?!

So, utilizing the training program for the 10-miler that Run Disney happens to have on their website, I’ve embarked on a journey to start running marathons, starting with this particular 5k so as to obtain a realistic goal.

Eventually 26.2….I will conquer you!

Welcome to my world!

I’ve started a few blogs in the past, only to get busy with life and leave them behind. Seems to be the case these days in the age of technology when one can dismiss things so quickly; particularly technology. 

While at work today, however, I made the comment about how after the day I’ve had, I could really use a stiff drink and chocolate when I got home. This, and I don’t even drink! Well, not anymore at least. But the point was still there and my coworkers were certainly able to commiserate with me on the sentiment. 

I knew then that I had to create this blog and try to document daily at least a little something about what had happened in my day. 

So what made today so rough that this non-drinker would be inspired to hit the bottle? We recently had our HR director at my company resign right in the middle of open enrollment for our employees. This without training me in any form with what needs to be done and how to do it. Lo-and-behold, I’ve received a crash course in how to handle insurance enrollment as well as field all sorts of questions that I didn’t have the answers to initially. 

At the same time, I can hope that maybe this trial-by-fire will get me a promotion. I can only hope that I’ll be able to show my worth. 

Today was exacerbated by the fact that my boss was supposed to get the last bit of information from one of our offices last night so we could complete the process today, there in allowing everyone to access their temporary cards by tomorrow (since this plan started on July 1) and she didnt get to it. To make it worse, she was out of town today, which means that I have to be the one to track down the paperwork, enter it in, and complete the process in addition to helping out Finance with the payroll. Oh, and taking calls from those wondering what in the world was going on and when they could actually go to the doctors appointments that they were going to have to reschedule. Plus, apparently one of the listed premiums per pay period were incorrect in the documentation that our employees received, so I had to inform those that selected it they would be paying roughly $300 more a month unless they wanted to change plan selections. 

Yeah, it was a stiff drink and chocolate kinda day. 

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