Sunday, January 1, 2017

Frozen 5K

I started my New Year off by running in the Guilford Frozen 5K. Now some of you might be thinking that involves beer but you would be sadly mistaken.  Fortunately, it also wasn't very cold outside at all.

I'll admit that this is the longest distance I have run in YEARS and I'm not entirely sure you can call what I did "running".  I did finish and I consider that a huge win. Especially, since after the 1 mile mark I was contemplating if I could just step over the cones and head back in a graceful enough manner that no one would notice.  I kept envisioning some old woman screaming "Cheater" so I just continued to trudge along. 

The last few feet did turn into a bit of a footrace between me and the woman in a walker..... OK I made that last bit up but if there had been a woman in a walker I'd have knocked her down so I could come in ahead of her.

39.05 that's how long it took me.  Yes it's slow but Yea me! I didn't cheat and I got my butt moving.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

New Years Resolutions

I'm either ahead of the game for 2017 or severely behind on my 2016 resolutions.  Either way I feel pretty good.

My Dad asked if I was going to face life with a new air of calm and ...Well I can't remember the other word but in essence he wants to know if I'm going to be unflappable.  After I laughed heartily at the thought of a calm cool and collected CAB, I mentioned that compared to years past I am much calmer.

Last year I tried to do a 365 photo challenge but it quickly became too overwhelming and felt like work. This year I found a 52 week challenge which feels much more manageable.

I also got back in the saddle today.  The bicycle saddle.  It's been 8 months since I've been on a bike of any sort and I figured I'd do an easy hour ride.  It's amazing what you can forget.  Last year I started riding and forgot how difficult starting up could be.  15 minutes in I decided I was going to caught up a lung so now I have a base line.  Tomorrow's goal, 20 mins.

Monday, October 10, 2016

October 10, 2016 - Listening to Romance

So this weekend L and I drove to Virginia and we listed to V.K. Powell's "About Face" on Audible. Oddly enough, I enjoyed this as an audible a bit more than I did when I read it.  Ok, fine when I read it with my eyes, I didn't post a review and I said "it was fine."  As an audible I liked it but also came to the following conclusion:  

"CAB, you're banned from reading or listening to romance novels for the foreseeable future... maybe forever."

Why you may ask? I'm jaded, I'm jaded and cynical and I liked the plot but got all hung up on the language.   Lately, I always get hung up in the language.  Who talks to the woman they love like characters do in a romance novel?  "My Love, I need you right now, shove your hands down my pants."  Fine I made that last bit up, but all the "My Love" this and "My Love" that is just too much for me.

I did discover that I can read a sex scene and not be embarrassed or horrified.  LISTENING to someone else NARRATE a sex scene.  Um, no.  I was blushing while driving and finally just started hitting the 30 second forward button. L actually asked what I was doing.  I think I said "I can't drive and listen to this."  So add prude to my list.  I really had no idea how awkward that could be but it took on an entirely different  dimension and I felt like I was listening to a bad porno.  BTW this is all me, the narrator did a fine job, but if I ever meet the narrator I want to ask how on earth she manages not to giggle with the dialogue and/or the descriptions of what is going on.  That or maybe the publisher should put together a blooper reel.  I'd listen to that.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

June 8, 2016 - Renovation Projects 2016: Day 1 Demolition Day

Well it seems we continue on our annual major renovations roll.  This year we had a small incident with water leaking in our downstairs bathroom.  Which made me call L in a panic saying we needed to pull up some time to make sure that we didn't have any water damage.  L never stressing about things I stress about (thank God) said: "I'm looking at this as an opportunity to update that bathroom." Which or course led to me saying "Well if we're going to do that can we look into fixing the upstairs guest bathroom as well?"

Today, the demolition began:

Downstairs Bathroom Before Demo:

Ok the dog is just nosy and not actually part of the bathroom

Downstairs after Day 1:

Upstairs Guest Bath: Before

 After Demo

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

March 8, 2016 - Weird Encounters

Sometimes I think I am carrying a sign that says "Tell Me Everything About Yourself that I Never Wanted To Know."  Take today for instance, I'm at the gym, grabbing my stuff from the locker room when some woman, who I know works out with the same trainer I do, but other than a casual greeting of "Hi" have never spoken with, asks me if my workout was horrendous.  At first, I didn't realize she was speaking with me.  "Hello, changing into my street clothes here... only my sister and L are allowed to talk to me while I'm putting my pants on."  So I say, no I had a good workout.  Which was apparently her cue to launch into a description of her recent "tummy tuck" and "lift" she had done 6 weeks ago.  Why? Why are you telling me this?  For that matter, why are you telling me and the 5 other women who are also in the locker room this?  OMG No I do NOT want to see the scar on your abdomen!   People, I can NEVER unsee that.   I now, know that a tummy tuck is "worse than her two c-sections" which she is telling me as I walk away from her.  Seriously, I am walking away, back turned and she is still talking to me about this.  I'd be willing to bet that after I escaped she was telling the other unsuspecting women about her "Lift".  What she had lifted I don't know, I ran away before she could launch into that or god forbid show me that incision.  The last thing I heard drifting out the doorway was that working out before surgery really helps with the recovery.  Now I can attest to that, because I have personal experience with that... want to see the scar?

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Book Review: Widow: A Bertha Brannon Mystery by Martha Miller

I enjoyed this book and the mystery behind who was responsible for Toni's murder and why. Throughout the story you have an idea of who is involved but there are a couple of twists that I didn't anticipate until near the very end of the story.  I really liked Bertha and her grandma, and I hope there are additional stories with them in it.  I seriously wanted to slap Toni's police partner from the moment we are introduced to him.

Overall the story was entertaining, although there were a couple of typos that threw me off because initially I couldn't tell if they were typos or dialect.  Typos.  Fortunately, not enough to get really annoying.

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