Showing posts from February 26, 2006

The sun came out today....

we're born again there's new grass on the field.........

One of the best spring songs ever!!!

So we woke up to a beautiful sunny day today. When I saw how nice it was I just had to get out. I debated on biking but settled on a run. Once I started looking back I realized I haven't run in awhile - yikes!!! So I decided on 5 miles got dressed and headed out the door. It was an awesome run!!!

I learned a few things along the way today:

1) I enjoy the sounds of nature (cars) when doing short runs. I decided to leave the iPod at home and it was great, I really enjoyed it.

2) I run faster outdoors. This is counterintuitive but it's true. On the treadmill I have to keep it at a set pace and I've realized I don't run that way. I vary my speed, not by much, all during the run. On the treadmill I have a hard time constantly changing the speed.

It's funny how everytime I do something I learn something. It I pay attention there's always something to learn. Isn…

Another rainy day.

We were flooded again this morning. In fact, we had to get up at midnight to move our cars because our drive was flooding again. How much fun is it to get up at midnight, walk through cold standing water in the rain, move your car, and then walk back through it. When I got back to bed I couldn' t go back to sleep. Ugh!!! I finally made it to work around noon, just in time for lunch :) So, no training again today. Wait!!! I lied. I did 25 minutes on the elliptical this morning then hubby and I broke out the bikes and took a 1 hour ride looking at all the flooding devestation. We didn't go very far, just cruised along looking at all the damage caused by the rain and flooding. It's not good. We were incredibly lucky to survive unscathed. So that's it. Just another day in paradise.

What I did on my midweek vacation...

So, it's been raining here for a couple of days (40) and the ground is pretty saturated. Around 3:00 a.m. we got hit with yet another storm that dumped tons and tons of rain. By 5:30 a.m. my front yard looked like this:

The trees mark the edge of our lot and beyond that is the road. That fence across the street has 3 horizontal rails. You might notice you can only see 2.

This is a car going through that standing water. Look closely, the water is almost up the top of the wheels.

There is a good side to all this rain. Look at all the waterfalls right in front of my house :)

And there's always a chance for a little surfing.
This is our neighbor being towed down the road by his friend's truck.

So this is what it was like by my house today. The roads were closed. There were numerous mudslides and our house almost got flooded twice. We've been all day making sure drains are clear and trying to keep water out of the house. It was a nightmare. I did take the day off work(okay, I cou…

Maybe stress can be a good thing.

I am totally stressing. Generally when I stress I eat. But when the stress gets really bad, like now, I can't eat and my stomach feels like crap. I'm eating Tums like candy and all the food I eat just seems to sit in my stomach and not digest. It's horrible. It's all the stuff that's going on right now. I'm hemorrhaging money - in the next 4-6 weeks I'll have to pay out over $7,000 which I don't really have and I don't know what's going to happen. That's the worst part the not knowing. If I had to pay out the money but at least knew where it all was going to end I'd be okay. But right now it seems like I don't have control of my own life and I can't take it. Do you think I might be a bit of a control freak???? Nah!!!!

Anyway, faced with the choice this morning of laying around and crying "Oh, woe is me" or getting out and working my butt off to try and relieve the stress, I chose the workout. So I went swimming, and it w…

Apparently poor customer service is the norm now.

I have a couple of things I've been trying to do over the last week and clearly customer service rates very, very low on the overall priority list.

Why on earth would companies that claim to want your business not return phone calls??? Do they have so much business they don't need mine??? Do they realize they'll never get my business??? For the last week or so I've been trying to get some information and have contacted 3 companies repeatedly but have yet to receive a return phone call.

I have also been haunting Craigslist looking for something. I have sent out about 10 e-mails (when they give you no other way to contact them) and have gotten 2 responses. One of the responses asked for additional information, which I provided, and then never heard from them again. Nice way to do business..

In another example; I had my website hosted through Yahoo. A couple of weeks ago I discovered it had gone down. I contacted Yahoo trying to find out what was wrong (they have been contin…


I'll try to recreate this mornings swim. It was so incredibly cold and windy when I got up it did cross my mind not to go swimming. Then I thought of all the bloggers who get up and go swimming when there is snow on the ground and I decided not to be a wimp. But it was so cold that the first part of my swim was a blur but I'll try to remember.

500m warm-up going really slow and working on form: 16:07
100m: 2:14, 2:34, 2:41, 2:42, 2:48,2:45
75m: 2:08, 2:06
250m: 7:19
400m: 9:33
100m cool down goofing off: 3.22
Total: 2000m 1:25:08

I think that was it. It's weird I know because I kept losing track of what I was doing. Not too shabby though. Considering I clearly was not focused on swimming I think I did okay. I'm rather impressed by that 400m, not sure how I did that, hhmmmmm.

Okay, that's it. Have to get to work and leave early so I'm outa here..

As is typical, things did not go as planned.

I'm having a helluva time with my website. I know I'm not an HTML expert but I do okay. The hosting company offers a webbuilding program and it's not doing what I want it to. It's pissing me off. On top of that I have absolutely no patience for computer things. I'm really good at computers and programs of all kinds. I can pretty much get them to do what I want when I want without too much problem but I have no patience for them, I just don't. Some day I'll tell you about my brush with glory, when I actually got to see the infamous Jobs garage where Apple was born. I've been working on computers my entire life. My first job was a key punch operator on a mainframe. Okay, enough about that, the point is, my website is not ready and probably won't be until next weekend - aaarrrgghhh!!!!!

Moving on. This weekend was okay. We had truck issues and had to take the truck in on Saturday. Due to a last minute change of plans we did not take my car, w…