lothiriel_1: (going nuts)
Things I WANT to do today:

1. Leave work. Now.
2. Go straight home.
3. Take a nap.
4. Play with my scrapbooking stuff all night
5. Stay up late and sleep in tomorrow.


Reality:

1. I'm stuck here for another 2+ hours.
2. I need to go to the gym.
3. I need to prepare for my oral comprehensive exam as much as possible. It's next Friday (OMGs!! OMGs!! OMGs!!).
4. I have to open the store tomorrow morning, so sleeping in isn't possible, therefore staying up really late isn't advisable.

It's almost over, it's almost over, it's almost over...
lothiriel_1: (dandelion break)
When it's a mile done in a swimming pool.

Yes, really. A swimming pool mile is considered to be 1650 yards (32 laps). A REAL mile is 1760 yards (35 laps). Why the difference? Your guess is as good as mine.

Why am I bringing it up? Because the chick who's keeping track of the record book for the 15 mile Rappahanock Challenge swim I've been doing at the gym this month is using the 1760 yard mile. This wouldn't be a problem if this tidbit of information was actually SHARED with people. But no - every staff person at the front desk will tell you, when asked, that a mile in the gym's 25 yard pool is 32 laps (a lap being "round trip"). Thanks for the consistancy, folks.

So anyway. On Wednesday afternoon I swam 70 laps. Today I swam 75 (I am so tired...). By my calculations, I am DONE with the Challenge (with 15.11 miles). Or 16.12, if you go by the swimming standard mile.

Been there, swum that - I should be getting my t-shirt any time now...
lothiriel_1: (Banzai)
I spent 14 hours on Saturday sitting on my arse, scrapbooking.

Seriously!

The local alumni chapter of a sorority hosts an annual charity scrapbooking crop (proceeds going to St. Jude's), and this year was no exception. The difference from previous years was that this time, the event was publicized widely, and it was held in the vacant space next to the store. I'd signed up and paid early on, and by last Friday morning, I had all the photos I wanted to work on printed, and all my supplies packed and ready to go.

It was a great event! Breakfast, lunch, and dinner were provided (local businesses donated all the food - we even had coffee and goodies from Starbucks), there was a silent auction, a raffle, and lots of door prizes. I didn't win a bloody thing. :)

I did, however, get all of the photos I brought with me cropped and attached to their respective pages, and some of the journalling done. Color me pretty freaking proud of myself. I have another big crop to go to next month - guess I'd better get cracking on printing more photos.

Swimming total - 10 miles. Only 5 left to go. I may be able to get them all done by Friday. I need to be done by next Monday afternoon, since I have a dentist appointment next Wednesday, and I drive north the morning after.

I sent an e-mail to Eric F. (4QF) yesterday, letting him know that I'll play Memory Keeper/Photographer again this year, so it looks like I've made a "what's my SR08 job this year" decision. We've actually had someone on the 4QF forum (I have no idea who) step up to be the Warriors' Tribe team leader, so that's another thing I don't need to worry about. I still haven't decided whether I'll take a watch or not - if I do, it's going to be either one of the first, or one of the last.

Other than that, I plan to just float around at will.
lothiriel_1: (fanny twist workout)
I really, really, really need to keep some healthy snacks both at home and in the car. I broke one of the cardinal rules of weight control yesterday - I ran a quick grocery trip while hungry.

Actually, not just hungry, but ravenous.

See, I should know better. When I took swimming lessons as a child, my Mom and I would go out for pizza at Freddie's (in Beverly - it was on Cabot Street, I think) afterwards. I remember one evening discovering that I was almost done with my third slice and Mom was still working on her first. I know how hungry swimming can make me.

So yesterday, after having spent almost an hour in the pool doing laps (50 of them, just over 1.5 miles), I should have instinctively realized that going into a grocery store was a Bad Idea. I didn't overbuy - I actually did better than normal in that department.

No, it was the bag of beef jerky I snarfed down in the car while driving home. And the package of PopTarts I picked up at Wawa when paying for my gas.

Sigh...
lothiriel_1: (take cover)
Stayed home today, since I felt lousy all day yesterday. Slept late this morning, and took a 3 hour nap at mid-day. Feeling much better now, and will head back to Hell tomorrow.


Okay, let's get the not-so-great part over with first.

I got rear-ended on Friday afternoon. I'd gone to the gym around mid-day. I was due at the store at 4:00, so I finished with enough time to shower and get something to eat before work. I'm stopped at a red light on route 1 north, when movement makes me check out the rear-view mirror. The car behind me is pretty close and getting closer. Driver doesn't seem to notice that traffic in front of her is actually not moving.

THUNK!!!

*sigh*

Damage to the Pixie is pretty minimal, to my eyes at least. The rear bumper has two punctures (from the bolts holding her front license plate), with "drag" marks. I'm filing through her insurance so that I don't have to fork out money I can't spare for the deductible. Adjusters for both my and her insurance companies are coming to my work tomorrow to check the damage. Wheee. Just what I fucking needed. I'm fine physically, BTW - she wasn't going fast and I wasn't hit very hard at all. I'm just more pissed off and exasperated than anything else.


On a lighter note, I'm swimming again. The gym is having a swimming challenge during the month of August. The challenge is to swim the pool equivalent of the distance between a couple of local landmarks (about 15 miles). I've already done 3 miles (between Friday and Saturday). I was a bit sore on Saturday from the exertion the previous day - it actually took about 7-8 laps before I really loosened up. I still have decent form, and once I hit my stride, I can keep going, thanks to good endurance built up from other cardio exercise. Go me!

Other than that, not much else to report. Store is fine, base job is okay - no major drama at either location right now.

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Feb. 20th, 2008 06:34 am
lothiriel_1: (bill milquetoast opus)
Busy, busy, busy...

New-sy, but kind of boring )

I guess that's it for now. Time for another cup of coffee. At least I get to leave early today for a dentist appointment - I have a feeling I'm going to be in bed by 8:00 tonight...

Happy 2008!

Jan. 2nd, 2008 08:29 am
lothiriel_1: (it was the booze)
Yeah, I know it's the 2nd. So what? The new year won't officially start until I remember to write "2008" on my checks each and every time. Should happen sometime in March.

Blah, blah, blah, etc. ) Guess that's about it for now - probably should get back to the grind...
lothiriel_1: (happy opus)
It's been a heck of a week. Not necessarily bad, just frustrating at times.

Today was my Friday off, which I typically use for extended workouts at the gym and errand-running. Today's workout was a good one - 30 minutes of running on the treadmill, 25 minutes on the rowing machine, and weight training. After I was done with the weights and sufficiently sweaty, I headed off to the locker room for a shower.

I'd chosen a locker near the showers and a couple of curtained changing stalls. When I got there, there was a woman who looked to be in her late 20s-early 30s and a little girl who looked to be about 7 or 8. As I was getting my shower stuff ready, I heard the little girl whispering and her mom answering "Yes, she does look like Princess Leia, doesn't she?"

I turned around and the mom was smiling at me. Me?, I thought. Princess Leia? Turns out they were serious (I guess it was how I had my hair styled at the time - you Four Quarters folks are familiar with the pigtails I wore this summer).

I told the little girl "thank you" with the biggest smile on my face and told her it was the nicest thing I'd heard all week. The mom said "It's true, Carrie Fisher is gorgeous and so are you."

TOTALLY made my day. Completely. And yes, I told her so, and complimented her on her gorgeous daughters (an older girl - about 10 - had just come out of the showers and agreed with the Princess Leia assessment) and the fact that the good genes must run in the family, since mom was beautiful herself.

It's one thing to be complimented on your looks when you're dressed up, have make-up on, and your hair done, but it's something else entirely to have someone tell you that you're beautiful when you're wearing sweaty workout clothes.

They left the locker room before I was finished dressing after my shower and the older girl called out "Bye, Princess Leia!" as they did so. I walked around with the silliest grin on my face and misty eyes for the rest of the afternoon.
lothiriel_1: (yawn)
Ah, nothing like a little Ozzy and Randy to keep you awake for the morning commute!

Quiet, uneventful weekend. Went to the gym on Friday after work (30 minutes of treadmill running, 45 minutes of weights). Satisfyingly long phone chat with [livejournal.com profile] genevieve2006 that evening. Saturday was all about the gym and work. Another 30 minutes on the treadmill, 45 minutes with weights, and then a tai chi class.

Read more... )

And now it's Monday. Dance class tonight, unless I hear otherwise (I'll go to the gym if it's canceled). I didn't sleep very well last night, and my fuzzy brain is screaming for more stimulants. Guess it's time for more coffee.

OH! The Rush concert is this coming Saturday night! OMGs, I can't wait! The person who was originally going to come with me can't make it, so I asked "L" from the store. She's not a Rush "fan" per se, but she does like their music a lot. Plus, she's fun to be with and I know we're going to have a great time. Rush puts on an AMAZING show. WHEEEEEE!!! Musical goodness on Saturday!! YAYYYYYYY!!!!

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