Monday, June 24, 2013

June 24, 2013 - Random Things

What do you do when it’s 90 degrees and humid as all getout?  Power wash the deck of course.  I have to admit to being surprised that I could sweat while power washing anything.  I mean really I’m getting covered in misty water, but hey I was extremely careful with all extremities since I had no desire to strip my skin off.

 Now I have to seal the deck and power wash the rest of the house.  I did the backside, because… well that’s where the deck is and I was here already.  I have  to admit that I power wash in a similar fashion to how I cut the beastly boys hair.  You can see some of the starts and stops but just like I figure Ernie will never be a show dog, nobody is paying me to power wash their deck and hey I got all the mildew off.

Oh speaking of backsides… I ran a 5K on Saturday and there was this woman, I say woman because she looked to be about my age, maybe a bit younger, and she was wearing SHORT shorts.  So short that her but cheeks were hanging out.  Now I understand that some runners wear short running shorts, but for the life of me I did not understand the function (if any) of these shorts.  Why not just run in your underwear?  Assuming she was wearing underwear.  Then I was stuck wondering…doesn’t that chafe? But I figured that’s an inappororiate question no matter how short the shorts.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

June 19, 2013 - Running Fail *sigh*

Week 3 Day 2 of my 5K to 10K training intervals, to put it bluntly, sucked.  I felt pretty good on the 1st 18 minute interval. Started the 2nd and fell apart.  Sure no body parts actually fell off my body although there were moments when I wished that my legs would.  I mentally collapsed and my legs felt like lead.  Then I started counting “1,2,3,4,1,2,3,4,1,2,3,4.”   Do you know how much that sucks and it doesn’t do anything to make the interval go any better.  In fact it makes it more difficult.  Maybe if I could get past the number “4” it would be easier.  Oh and sure I could start chanting like they do in the army (or at least on TV) but I have no doubt some passerby would call the cops saying some looney woman is running don the street flailing and yelling to herself.

So that is the long winded way of saying I walked as much of the 2nd and 3rd intervals as I ran.  I guess I could consider it a win that I attempted and that I kept trying to run the last 2 damn intervals but now I feel the need to redo stupid day 2.  Ugh

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Book Review - A Diary of Healing My Intense and Meaningful Life With Cancer by Mary Ann Wasil

Book Review:
A Diary of Healing My Intense and Meaningful Life with Cancer by Mary Ann Wasil
Publisher: Balboa Press
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

Review: 5 out of 5 stars

On Monday I went to Mary Ann’s book launch on Monday at the request of my friend Kerry Robinson.  Kerry described Mary Ann as an amazing woman who she really wanted me to meet.  Now I thought I would go, meet Mary Ann, maybe buy a book in support and it would be interesting and that would be it.  Well I couldn’t have been more wrong.  Mary Ann was witty, charming, and frankly fascinating.  She read several excerpts from her book that gave us a feel for her journey with cancer and a bit of insight into her style.  Frankly it made it so I would want to read her book, which of course is the point of a book launch.  Well done Mary Ann.

Let me issue a brief warning, if you do decide to read this book be sure that you don’t have anything planned for a couple of hours because you will not be able to put it down.  I started reading this last night and knew I was in trouble when I page 8 I encountered the following conversation between Mary Ann and the surgeon who was scheduled to do her biopsy.  The surgeon was suggesting a needle biopsy by Mary Ann wanted a surgical biopsy.

“He told me that I would have a scar on my breast.

I told him I was more concerned about the stray cell than the scarred breast.

Then he told me that it doesn’t work that way, and besides, he was sure it wasn’t going to be malignant.


I asked him if he would be willing to bet his testicles on that.”

My first reaction to that was to burst out laughing.  My second was to think: “OMG if only all women could be so confident in what they want when talking to physicians.”  That includes me.  I knew from that point forward I was not going to be able to put this down. 

Throughout her story there are snippets similar to this one.  That’s not to say that her battle isn’t or wasn’t heart wrenching but she faced/faces it with a grace that I would hope we could all learn from.  There were several ah-ha moments in her story that I hope I will keep with me should I ever face a battle of cancer as either the patient or in a role of support. 

The book is witty, heartfelt and well written.  I’m actually sorry we did not buy extra copies to give to some of our friends, especially those I know who have already gone through breast cancer because I can’t imagine that they won’t be able to relate to this story.  I would highly recommend this book to anyone but especially to women, regardless of if they have had breast cancer or not. 

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June 12, 2013 - Bits and Bobs

The Girlie:
I took her to the vet yesterday for a kennel cough shot and they took the time to weigh her and clip her nails.  I may have to change her pet name from “Girlie” to “Big Girl”.  She’s just about 10 months old and 71 pounds.  The good news they still say she isn’t fat… I don’t think I believe them.  The bad news they think she is still going to break 80 pounds.

Gas Station News:
So this weekend I went to put gas in the car and I was a hairs breath from experiencing one of those, sometimes funny, always scary.  I’m filling the car with gas and the girl a pump over drives away and I hear “clunk” and I see that she’s pulled away from the pump with the gas hose still stuck in her tank.  Thankfully it came out of the car without ripping off the pump or spewing gas everywhere.  If that had happened I’m fairly certain my only reaction would have been to run away.

Weekend News:
L and I are heading to Washington DC tomorrow.  The beastly ones are staying home with our house sitter/dog sitter.  We’re having breakfast with our congresswoman, then they set up a tour of the Capital and then we’re doing a Segway tour of the monuments on our own.   I promise if any of us fall off the Segway we will post pictures.  Well if I fall off the Segway.  Since we are going to be there L’s niece found a 5K in DC that I (we) can run on Saturday.  It’s a good way to try and stay on track with my running.

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Friday, June 7, 2013

May 7, 2013 - The Gardens Continued

Well I’ve completed the front gardens and made a small start on the back yard.  My friend Diane wanted to see what I affectionately refer to as “the jungle”.  Alright it’s not an affectionate term, it’s more of an OMG this is overwhelming where do I start.  It’s also what happens when you go away for 3 years and the gardens grow wild and the grass takes over the beds.  But hey it could be worse, there isn’t any poison ivy.  At least none that I am aware of….

The Front Yard - Done!

The Back Yard... step one (a very small part) done

No, this is not the jungle only because this an intentional attempt to cover the fence.  We'll see what it looks like in bloom.
 This is the jungle.  See that white post thingy... that's the bird bath stand... see all that grass around the bird bath... not supposed to be there.  The garden used to extend out about 4 feet.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

May 6, 2013 - I Down 5 to Go

I finally finished one of the gardens.  I was trying to get them all pristine before I ordered the mulch.  Much to my chagrine I was lazy about the other gardens and the one I just completed filled back up with weeds.  I hate that.  So I bit the bullet ordered the mulch and I'm going to finish by tomorrow.  One way or the other.  Frankly if I get 3 of the gardens complete with mulch I'll consider it a win, but whatever I finish tomorrow, that's it.

Garden 1: The finished product... so far

Now I'm off to meet my friend Kerry for lunch, then it's to the Night Terror Doctor, and then.... this is the really good part (other than lunch) I'm going sailing with Dad.  He got the boat in the water this past weekend and tonight is the "Wednesday Night Beer Can Race."   I used to sail these with him years ago and I hated them because (a) it was me and my Dad and the 1st few we did we came in after dark and there I was standing on the bow of the boat with a friggin flashlight looking out for rocks.  Yeah not fun.  (b) if there was no wind Dad hated to give up where as I'm thinking where's the fun?  However, since I was away the last 3 years he's had 3 other people sailing these races with him and they know what they are doing and I don't have to worry about coming in after dark with just the 2 of us.  Why that is comforting to me I have no idea.  Now I might still hate the actual race part, but I love sailing and I figure I don't ever have to go again if I hate it.

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