UPDATE - Keli is in the air!

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

She's back! and she had a great time. Best two weeks ever...

It's good to have her home. More later!

Today's miles:
Total so far:
Still to go for goal:


Playing in my head: birdsong the chickadees outside at my feeders



The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

You guys would not believe how short that Inspirations list was a year ago at this time. I just found it written out by hand on a sheet of paper from the beginning of March, 2004. *shakes head sadly*

My team has decided to go for the gold this year. :) That's because my team rawks. ACS has made different fundraising categories and if you reach a certain level you become a member of a certain "group". Well, last year we raised enough to join the Silver Award group because we raised $5000. We started fundraising much earlier this year and are being much more creative in our methods. (Plus, my team rawks and is getting totally into it this year and really going for it!) So they have decided (or several of them have decided) that they can achieve Gold Award status (which means we have to earn $7500 by Relay time. We have a long way to go to get there.

We sure could use your help! :)

Any amount is welcome. I bet you know and love someone who has been deeply impacted by cancer in some way. I bet you'd like to see it wiped out as much as I would. Maybe even more! (I wonder if that's possible? MAYbe.)

You could head on over to my site by clicking on that cool Relay For Life logo over on the right and donate directly to me. Or you could go there and click on the My Team Page link and either donate to any of my team mates (Possibly selecting the one with the least money in their piggy banks because they don't have a website where they can go beg their cool blogging friends or just haven't had the free time to do the fundraising perhaps. Or maybe you just like the sound of their name! heh ) or maybe you just want to make a general team donation which doesn't go to any specific person, and can be done here. Whichever you choose, a donation to the Relay For Life is tax deductible, and truly appreciated by the American Cancer Society, and by me. Not because I want to become a Gold Award member, but because I have Great Hope that I'll see the end of cancer in my lifetime.

Everytime I visit those Relay pages and see those photos of last year's Relay I smile. I can't wait for June. Those have to be 18 of my favorite hours of the year. Okay. I'm finished blathering for tonight. I think I'm going to go pull out some more Relay pictures. I found some from the year before. I'm going to see if I can't do my very first ever scrapbook page with them.

Wish me luck.

Sunrise on her shoulder, looks so lovely!

Playing in my head: If I Ever Lose My Faith In You Sting

For Lisa...

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

Running today for Lisa. She could use positive thoughts floating in the universe from all of you, so get them out there. According to our friend Trudles, "She's had an excrutiating spinal exam and today she finds out those results. Since being dx'd with BR CA (breast cancer), they've found a spot in her liver (nothing) and now her spine." I'll report back if/when I hear anything.

By this time tomorrow, Kel will be back from Japan! :)

I'll be back with my mileage later. Not sure when, though. I have girls' night that I have to get to right after the run. We're having thunderstorms around here today! After 71 gorgeous degrees yesterday! And look at all the birds that have returned to my neighborhood (amateur bird watcher here...): purple finches, chipping sparrows, juncos, red-winged blackbirds, sand pipers, and my own personal pair of peewees that nest right outside our patio every year and have at least two sets of nestlings per summer! They're better than an alarm clock, too... heh.

Today's miles: 4.3
Total so far: 110.8
Still to go for goal: 389.2
(Grand total mileage thusfar: 1111.83)

Playing in my head: Bend and Break by Keane


For Claudia...

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

At 8:15 this morning I heard Keli call to me. She sounded like she was calling from within a tunnel far away - like you'd see in a movie - or trapped in another dimension. No, I wasn't dreaming. I was actually in the shower. It didn't freak me out or anything. Our house tends to make kind of strange noises. All three of us have heard music playing before when there was no music playing anywhere. Keli tends to think the house is haunted. I think it is just the large expansive openness of it and the hardwood floors and lack of noise absorbing materials. And the heater ducts. It was just something to be noted, I felt. Her being in Japan and not heard from and all. I have a message out to Brandon now. I really hope to hear from him on whether he has heard from her lately. I see she left him a message of sorts out in the art site they frequent back on the 23rd. That's the first sign of life I've seen of her in a while. It was good to see. It made me happy.

Aside from that, it was a pretty normal day with pretty normal activities. I'm doing some laundry now, but before that I dipped truffles! Jen and KathyC, please don't think I'm ignoring your requests. I'm just trying to figure out the best way to ship them so they are still in good shape when they get to you. I have them in my possession. They have your name on them!

Afterward I delivered them and shot over for some coffee and writing. Chatted with a friend and a relative (we both quipped that we are related to nearly everyone in that town!), and then zipped back home to get a few other things done (including this!). Now I'm going to finish up one more e-mail, the laundry and then curl up with a book and my notebook to finish off the night in style before it gets much later.

But first:

I ran today for Claudia but not because she has cancer! Because I believe in the power of all our prayers and good thoughts to carry her through the next week and the path reports and the nerves and I believe it's all going to turn out to be some very benign shadow in the scans. Whatever is making her tired and ill will be gone soon. That is why I ran for her and why I'm not adding her name to my list of inspirations. Because those names are the people who are actually battling or did battle. Claudia won't turn out to be one of them. She's just having tests to verify that fact. :)

Today's miles: 4
Total so far: 106.5
Still to go for goal: 393.5
(Grand total mileage thusfar: 1107.53)

Playing in my head: Collide by Howie Day



The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

Yesterday was filled with sleeping and fits of waking and squishing my head with my pillow and frozen soy product (for lack of a bag of frozen peas, which is the ultimate). I had a horrible migraine. A stay-away-from-the-computer kind of migraine. A stay-off-the-treadmill-and-hide-in-the-dark migraine. A sit-in-the-massage-chair-and-try-to-read-if-it-kills-me kind of migraine. We missed out on the family of origin gathering at the folks' egg-bake meal. Sounds like they had a nice time. The neices were gathered there and discussed the next girls' night. Are we gathering girls? I still don't know the outcome or the night. The decision was not made last I heard.

Saturday wasn't a whole lot better as the migraine had already begun, but we did manage to get out for a bit before it reached the can't-stand-to-be-outside phase. Which is a really unfortunate phase to reach when the weather is the most beautiful that it has been for months, let me tell you.

Keith officially signed a new contract over the weekend and will begin a new job on April 11th if all goes as planned. He'll be doing real travel as opposed to just travel to an apartment on the other side of the cities as he's done for the past three *gasp - has it really been that long?* years. Begining on the 11th he'll be working in New Mexico during the week and flying home to Wisconsin on the weekends. This will be a huge change and one major adjustment for the boy. Change is difficult since the cancer. Change is difficult for everyone under the best of circumstances. Imagine if you were coping with medical challenges as well. We'll do our best. I know he'll be a huge success. He always is.

We have a huge Kickoff meeting for Relay Thursday night. It's going to be big! It's going to be great. And by then? My kiddo will be home from Japan. *sigh of relief*

I miss my pooch.

A family friend has a mass on her liver and will have a biopsy done a week from Wednesday. You are in our thoughts and prayers, Claudia.

Now, I have work to do.

Today's miles: 3.5
Total so far: 102.5
Still to go for goal: 397.5
(Grand total mileage thusfar: 1103.53)

Playing in my head: You're So Vain by Carly Simon


The infamous book meme...

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

From Jen who got it from Chris

1. What book would I like to be?
What book? Odd question... Thinking...thinking...

2. Have I ever had a crush on a fictional character?
Yeah, but it's embarrassing... *blushing* Armand from The Vampire Chronicles.
And who doesn't want a Mr. Darcy in their life at some point?

3. What is the last book I bought?
I bought two at the same time... The Well-Educated Mind and Don Quixote

4. What is the last book I read?
Reading Lolita in Tehran... Then I had a glance at my book list last night and realized I was wrong. It was Angry Housewives Eating Bonbons. And it was fabulously funny. I guess I just read it so fast I forgot entirely about it.

5. What book(s) am I currently reading? (with me it's always plural)
Don Quixote, The Well-Educated Mind, The Invitation.

6. What five books would I take with me if I was stranded on a desert island?
The English Patient, because I lurve it even more than Jen does and read it about once a year. Don Quixote because I probably still won't be finished with it, heh. Sabbath because it is a beautiful book and I just feel at peace somehow when I read Wayne Muller. Pride and Prejudice because I like to read it on an annual basis, too. Who can tire of Mr. Darcy? And perhaps The Dummy's Guide to Survival on a Desert Island.

7. What three people am I tagging with this FUN FUN FUN?
Jen tagged everybody, so I can't tag anybody! :) Everyone who wants can do it. Why not comment here, so people know you've done it and can follow to see if you do, though! But especially TurkWoman, NASAChica, and RelayGrrrl. heh.

Wonder if I'll ever determine what book I want to be? I don't just want to be like everyone else and choose the obvious.

Playing in my head: My entire Keane CD in bits and pieces... argh


17 years ago - updated...

I was awakened at 2 am by a feeling that I've always described as a balloon bursting in my abdomen. That's when my water broke. And the way Keli has lived her life for the past 17 years, that pretty adequately describes her, too. She bursts forth into the world from one idea to the next with joy and enthusiasm that extends far beyond herself. Now that she is 17, she's a little more low-key about it, but it's still there, bubbling below the surface. You can feel it when you live with her, running like a current of electricity, humming under everything else in the house.

She is a hero of mine. A surprise and a joy. I have watched her grow and mature through adversities and pains that made me wonder just how they would effect (thanks, Stu!) her over the long run, but she has taught me a thing or two (or 500) about emotions and being open about things.

I used to think she was shy. That was simply a projection of mine. Because I am shy. Always have been. Introverted to the core. But look at her go! She's back in Japan. With a whole bunch of people she doesn't know. As a camp counselor at a language camp and doing a homestay with a family she's never met! On her birthday! She's not shy, she's brave! Gutsy! Incredible!

She shaved all her hair off when she was in seventh grade just because she wanted to! So she did! She wears her own entirely unique style of clothing that nobody else even thinks about wearing just because she likes it and wants to wear it. Not because it is the latest fashion. When people see her wearing it and start wearing it because they think it's cool and it starts becoming a trend and popular? She stops. She really doesn't want to be just like everybody else. I admire that about her as someone who always hated to stand out from the crowd. She doesn't want to be singled out and pointed at, but she doesn't want to blend in and disappear, either. She just wants to be Keli.

And what an artist. I've posted the flower photos she took for me here on my blog, but none of the other things she's done. So in honor of her birthday, here is the last sketch she did for me. She did this for mother's day last year...

Mother's Day 2004

I'll end now with a little (HA!) montage of photos from birthdays past. Just 'cuz I can. It's my private party since she isn't here to celebrate with. :(

Happy Birthday my beautiful, beautiful girl...

Because birthdays are sooooooo exciting! At home, or in Japan!

Ain't she sweet...

Making a wish...

Fourth birthday - a character breakfast in Disney World. Brekkie with Dale!

Fifth birthday was in Mexico! Check out the little red cheeks...

Sixth was spent with lots of new friends from school (only seeing a tiny portion here)...

Seventh was spent in the new house on the prairie with the incredible sunsets...

Eight year old beauty after a big party... baking bread, painting pots, playing, eating, opening gifts and general mayhem with lots-o-friends...


I think it was shortly after this that she shaved off those long locks!

This is about as far as my birthday photos go. From that point they go to digital things get a little hazy. One of these days I'll get that all figured out. :)

I hope you had a fun birthday in Tokyo, my beauty. I hope you went shopping or celebrated with your charges or with your fellow camp counselors or something! It sure was strange not having you here. I miss you and I love you, sweetheart. I hope you can feel the love all the way across the globe... *sniffle*

Playing in my head: Just Like Starting Over John Lennon?

Birthday Girl...

I love looking at the photos from Keli's first birthday. We sat her down in her highchair with her birthday cake and ice cream and let her have her utensils (she loved having big people utensils) and have at it. She got quite a kick out of her self as you can see from the progression of photos. We got quite a kick out of her, too!

Starting to eat...

Sour sorbet, but I likes it!

Mmm, good icing! Sweet and sticky...

I'm so funny, I just kill myself. :)

Playing in my head: Thank Heaven for Leetle Girls! ???


Before the day is done...

I just want to wish Happy Birthday to my sister-in-law, Diane!

Playing in my head: The Reflex by Duran Duran (will I ever break free???)

For the CareGivers... and shhhh... can you hear it?

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

Today I run for the caregivers who seem tireless in their efforts to look out for their loved ones and get them what's needed during their greatest struggles with cancer. Sometimes caregivers are overlooked and they can be the best thing going when a cancer patient is going through the system from one appointment to the next; one treatment after another. I don't often seem to give them the credit they deserve because I don't want to sound like I'm patting myself on the back since I was a caregiver too. Luckily my own stint as caregiver was pretty lightweight. I've never considered myself to have a very good bedside manner (Nurse Cratchit was modeled after me if that gives you any idea...), so it was good Keith didn't have as long a recovery as many cancer patients do. ;)

So today I dedicate to Caregivers.

Our latest fundraiser, as you may or may not have heard, are Bonnie's fantabulous truffles... and my-oh-my are they good.

We made a few truffles today...

They've even got ribbons!

A box of Bonnie's fantabulous truffles...

Today's miles: 3.5
Total so far: 99
Still to go for goal: 401
(Grand total mileage thusfar: 1100.03)

Playing in my head: absolute blissful silence!


This insomnia stuff is for the birds. It's going to be really fun when I'm on my feet making truffles all day. *sigh*

But boy oh boy you should TASTE those truffles!

Playing in my head: Among the Living by The Thorns

Eighties Fashion Revisited yet again!

because I forgot the Dynasty power suit and then found a couple more for Katie.

Others have provided a few laughs with photos of their eighties fashion statements, so I dug through a couple of photo albums in search of some of mine. I didn't come up with many as most of my photos were of other people, but I did hit on a couple. Here you have it, my fashion fun from the eighties.

pearls, plaid, belt, tightly rolled bangs... WOW!

My Starsky hair the morning after prom... Flip collar shirt, white jeans... My actual prom dress had a little bolo jacket. :) Hutch, do you want me to e-mail you this one? Lots o' familiar faces got cut out of the photo!!! :)

Jordache Jeans...

Jeans of the palest blue (but not pinched and rolled!), reeboks, and I brought along a hairdryer to Florida. :(

Still trying with the Farrah hair, but failing miserably... and a cut up sweatshirt; one of many.

I've now resigned myself to the fact that I will not have Farrah hair. And I don't think I ever tried to go back. Now we've entered the era of flipping collars and accessorizing with BIG jewelry. :)

Flip those collars, pouf those shoulders and make sure the earrings are BIG!

Dynasty power suit (the eyeshadow!) Wish I had a photo with more of the suit showing - and the shoes...

Christmas eye shadow...

The nails are loverly too, eh?

Since Katie posted her Annie Lennox phase, I happened to find this not quite AL but spikey doo of my own while searching for the wedding photos. I especially like the kid swinging from the banister above Keli's head. Methinks he had one too many bolts of cotton candy at the zoo that afternoon! ;)

Playing in my head: Stop the World The Clash (what can you expect???)


For Bernadine...

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

I ran today for Bernadine, battling breast cancer and mom of Linda.

Starting today, I'm adding a new line to the running tally - this is the grand total mileage line and it combines my three blocks of Relay fundraising milesage into one big number for my own curiosity sake... I've completed two slightly over 500 mile runs and just want to see them in the grand scheme of things once in a while...

Today's miles: 4.0
Total so far: 95.5
Still to go for goal: 404.5
(Grand total mileage thusfar: 1097.03)*sheepish grin for the first total I published when I tried to do this a couple of days ago. WHY does nobody catch me on these things??? argh. DOH!*

And please keep -dana and her dad and family in your thoughts and prayers. They are still going through an awful lot of waiting and worrying.

Playing in the iTunes: Keep on Walkin' by david m. bailey


Today's miles... and WWKW?

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

I decided to move this up here so it would be separated from the rest of the stuff...

Once again, I ran today for M's G-Pa... We'll see if M knows who M is... :)

Today's miles: 3.25
Total so far: 91.5
Still to go for goal: 408.5

And now here are your clues for today's episode of WWKW. Anyone living in the area knows that it was a gorgeous and sunny day again today. I am certainly not going to hope for a dismal ugly day when I can get pictures for ya'll but one of these days it will be and we'll get lucky. In the meantime... clues:

Does Barry Manilow know that you raid his wardrobe?

Show Dick some respect.
(If that one doesn't give it away, I don't know what will).

A license plate that reads MC2

Carl the Janitor

Don't you forget about me... (another give away)

Playing in my head: I'm Free! (Heaven Helps the Man) By Kenny Loggins from the Footloose soundtrack; I'm hopelessly stuck in the eighties now...

Eight for the 80's

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

Eight for the 80's which came from Wilson World, but not originally... Kimby tells you all about it's origins, so go see her if you wanna know...

It's Eighties Fashion Time! (hopefully Hutch will step in here and correct any mistakes I may make due to memory slippages...)

1. What was your hair like?
I wore my hair long and as close to Farrah like as I could in the first couple of eighties years. This is actually quite sadly pathetic given how thin and stringy my hair is. It took some major mousse and blow drying to even attempt the Farrah thing. Then I cut it off and was apparantly wearing it in a punk style (as told to me by my first serious boyfriend, E)... I was his little Punk Rocker. *sigh*

2. What did you *wish* your hair was like?
I don't really remember "wishing" my hair was like anything...

3. What was the coolest item of clothing you had back in the 80's that is totally embarrasing now?
Probably the Flashdance style cut up sweatshirt - you know, neck cut out so it hangs off the shoulders and slits cut out of it across the back, etc. Or perhaps the various jumpsuits in multiple colors and matching hairbows and other fashion accessories. Yeah, it's the jumpsuits. It wasn't the totally cool Prince t-shirt from the Purple Rain tour. That shirt Rawked!!!

4. What was a cool fashion trend that you didn't understand back then, and still don't?
Big shoulder pads. I wore them, but I didn't understand them. ;) I had the power suits. Oh yes. I did. And the super chic heels to go with them ALA Dynasty. Alexis and Krystal had nothing on me by the mid-eighties when I graduated from business school...

5. What was a fashion trend you *wish* would come back?
Ooh gee, let me think here. Umm, nothing? Though I do hear that this is coming back. Which is funny because there are a few people I know who never knew it went away! :)

6. ... or that you were happy to see did come back?
I don't really mind that any of them came back. It's been kind of fun watching my teen wear some of the best of them and make fun of some of the worst of them.

7. Who was your 80's fashion icon?
Starsky and Hutch... HA! (totally!!!) Oh and the Carrington women. :)

8. Describe your best (or worst) look for the eighties.
favorite - tweed blazer over anything and jeans, with clogs... yeah baby... :D
worst - oh come on, wasn't everything really WORST in the eighties? *chuckling*

Playing in my head: Rio by Duran Duran (ever since I visited Shelley I've had this one blasting in my brain... not necessarily a bad thing if you're visiting eighties fashion thoughts...

Keep it Secret, Keep it Safe...

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

So the phone rang at 3:30 this morning. She's safe and sound. But that's not what she was calling about. Oh no. She just wanted to know if the boyfriend could get a ride to the airport next week. In the course of our very brief conversation she mentioned that her calling card is nearly out of minutes. This is the new calling card. That she just bought when she got to Japan. And ya'll know this is the first time I was talking with her.

Obviously we were all trying to talk to the wrong people in talking to each other (family members) yesterday to see what was going on with her. We should have been talking to the boyfriend! LOL... DOH! She's 17, what were we thinking???

They hadn't landed yet when the earthquake hit the southern portion of the country and it was far from Tokyo. She laughed at our concern. Silly parents. What is wrong with us?

I was surprised I'd heard from her at all. I think I've mentioned that before. I don't think I'll hear from her again. But I may. If she needs to ask me any more favors for the boyfriend. Who knows?

So I dropped off some movies at the video store today. Before I got home there were some messages on my voicemail saying that one of the DVD's I dropped off was simply an empty case. So yeah. I'm talented like that. Guess I'll be making another trip down there. Do you suppose I get credit for trying and won't get charged a late fee anyway? :)

So that beautiful herd of deer is standing out in my yard... Eating the pile of straw that I have over the septic field to prevent it from freezing up in the cold weather before we had enough snow to act as insulation. Which has happened for the past three winters in a row now. I guess that explains why it happened again this year. Even though we put the straw down. Because there wasn't enough to keep the deer in food and the system insulated. Mental note - add a few extra bales next year to keep the rising deer population well fed and make up for the shrinking snow cover...

(Wow, I really said "So" a lot as I started out the paragraphs in this post, eh?)

Playing in my head: Feelings As sung by Carol Burnet's character: Eunice. I do not know where these things come from. All I do is report them... elle tried to get me with Brickhouse, but she failed... mwahahahaha! It was actually a really close call, though.


Tokyo, Fargo... Have a good day now...

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

I had no idea it had been so long since I last posted. I guess I've been a little busy. I've even been around reading a few blogs, but I've sort of been avoiding looking at my own except to glance at comments once in a while. Thanks for not all deserting me.

Spent Friday running around getting last minute things picked up for Keli's trip. And Saturday was spent getting Keli ready for Keli's trip and then to the airport. I haven't heard a word from her since the final fairwell in the security line when airport security was trying to push all of us parents away from the ropes and hustle us off to a better spot to watch our babies be swallowed up within the maw of the giant airport and disappear with all the other thousands of passengers who had to be travelling that day because of spring breaks. You may have heard of the big earthquake that happened in the southern part of Japan early Sunday. I had been blissfully ignorant until I received a phone message today from my ex. :) That's what not watching television or reading newspapers does for you, you see. I did a little research and learned that the earthquake was in the very southern part of the country and haven't seen any news of it effecting Tokyo, which is where Keli is staying, so I'm going to remain very optimistic that she is just fine and hold to the credo that No news is good news... (although I am awaiting a callback from her Japanese teacher whose husband is one of the camp directors to join them in a day or two, so I think she'll possibly know something of their health and well-being by now...)

Once I was home from the airport and Keith and I had picked up a few groceries, I dropped he and the food at the house, then called to find out if my sister-in-law was finished working on our latest fundraising project - truffles... You people haven't had chocolate if you haven't tried my SIL's truffles... she wasn't finished yet, so I headed to their place to help out.

Sunday, since Keith was feeling so cruddy, we mostly sat around the house chatting about options for the future and such. He slept off and on and I updated my iPod with more music. I wasn't so much busy that day, as just trying to stay quiet.

Then I drove him back to his apartment since he wasn't feeling up to driving himself. And here we are. Monday again. My phones aren't working worth garbage today, so it will be amazing if the lines stay up long enough to get this posted, but regardless of how frequently I lose phone service due to animals chewing through my underground phone wires or whatever causes the multiple-times-yearly outages, living in the country rocks compared to being on top of my neighbors (You rock, rock...), so I still love it here. The turkeys paid me a visit today for the first time in ages and we have a herd of deer wandering through the yard this month that is about a dozen strong.

I have to laugh every time I'm up at my coffee shop these days because there is a young gal working up there lately who ends each transaction with "You have a good day now," in a tone and manner that are so very Fargo that it practically makes me proud for some reason, you know? :) *sigh*

I keep asking Keli if I can rent that movie because it really is an institution on film and any serious film buff has to see it. I mean, I've seen it, don't get me wrong... but she still hasn't seen it. But she won't let me. She refuses to watch it. And I mean absolutely refuses. Poor girl. Doesn't know what she's missing.

Okay. On with the stats.

Today's miles: 4
Total so far: 88.25
Still to go for goal: 411.75

Sunday's miles: 3.5
Total so far: 84.25
Still to go for goal: 415.75

Playing in my head: Kodachrome by Simon and Garfunkel


For Dana and family... my movies resolved...

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

I wonder if there is anyone else in the world as addicted to pens as me?

Answers to WWKW - The answers to the first clues - Hutch, you were right with the first part of your guess. It was Peter Pan. The 2003/4 version. It's a great movie that I've seen a few times in only a few months and I'm still not tired of it. They did some great stuff with CGI for Tinkerbell. And the actress who plays her is wonderful. I've mentioned all this before - the first time I watched it. If you have any interest in the story, rent this version. It's cute and well done. (And Hook is a pretty hot guy - heh).

As for "You rock, rock." That and the other clues with it were from the movie I finished today. Benjamin is the character Dustin Hoffman played in The Graduate, of course. Lily Tomlin was Ernestine in Laugh-In (and I believe a one-woman show about Ernestine). Jude Law played the title character Alfie in the movie... All three of these people star in the movie I Heart Huckabees.

Went to the Bungalow today for the annual family gathering to celebrate Grandma Lilah's birthday. The family always took her out for corn beef and cabbage every year and we have continued to gather for lunch in her honor. Afterwords I stopped at Cafe la Poste for a cup of coffee and low and behold - fresh mocha java scones! yummm. While there I heard the snow storm that's coming is growing even larger in proportion. Looking at the radar I can actually see it coming now. Ugh.

Have I mentioned that I am SO ready for winter to be over already? *sigh*

Hutch, did your candy bars ever arrive or did the postal people pilfer them all? Were they edible or did they get smashed and broken during mailing? Hope they were okay.

I ran today for Dana and her Papa and family. Things are a wee bit stressful for them right now. Please keep them all in your thoughts.

Today's miles: 4.25
Total so far: 80.75
Still to go for goal: 419.25

Heading over to Amazon now to figure out which Diana Krall song I have currently stuck in my head. This happens when I go to la Poste. They play her with pretty regular frequency. I love her music, so I don't mind. Unless I don't know the names of the songs. I actually spent time getting my birthday iPod set up and loaded up with some music last night just so I could get a Diana Krall song downloaded in order to have something of hers to listen to. You really get your money's worth when you purchase one of her tunes for a buck on iTunes because some of them are so long! :)

Playing in my head: Something wonderful by Diana Krall. Back when I figure out which one.


updated For Lisa... more clues... and today's WWKW?

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

Obviously people need more clues about the movie I watched while running. These outta help...
It would be delightful to report that they reached the nursery in time... but then, there would be no story.

To die would be an awfully big adventure.

You can't catch me and make me a man.

Old! Alone! Done for!
I ended up migraining most of yesterday, so I didn't ever get my run in. I'm headed to Lurch now to put in Lisa's miles.

Today's mileage:

Today's miles: 4.25
Total so far: 76.5
Still to go for goal: 423.5

A couple of clues from today's movie:

Stars Ernestine, Benjamin and Alfie

"Nobody sits like this rock sits. You rock, rock. The rock just sits and is. You show us how to just sit here and that's what we need."

I love that part... You rock, rock. If you've seen the movie, you have to remember that line. Of course, a certain teen didn't remember it. The teen who remembers all movie lines. She must have been smoochin' during that line. *Ahem*

Oh certain teen, I totally want to post that photograph you took of your boyfriend on my blog because it is such an awesome photograph and you and I both know it. Can I post it? You'll have to let me know before you fly away to Japan. You have fab skills as a photograper, my child. Just want you to know I think so. (I just said totally and awesome on my blog. I so have a teenager that I hang out with! heh)

Playing in my head: Daniel as performed by Sir Elton


For Lisa (a new one!), WWKW, Books...

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

Whoa. Did I actually stump you with WWKW yesterday? Or is it just that nobody has visited? I haven't actually gone out to the stats to explore that possibility! :)

For Spookalot (and any other newbies or visitors to 500 Miles or non-regular readers)... WWKW is a game I came up with last winter while running many tedious hours on the treadmill. It stands for "What Was Keri Watching?" and most often involves photo hints of me running with the movie projected on the wall and people guessing what it is that's being projected. Lately, the basement has been too sunny to get a decent photo when I'm running, so I've left other types of clues on those days.

Running today for neighbor Lisa. Just learned yesterday that they found a malignant melanoma and she has had one surgery to remove it but will have to have another because they didn't get it all. You could have knocked me over with a feather when she told me. It wasn't something I was expecting to hear. And my cynical 17-year-old said to me, "Why does this continue to surprise you? Face it, cancer is a part of our world and you're going to keep hearing about it impacting the lives of more and more people you know." I guess that attitude of my child made me pretty darned angry, too. If I wanted to get that cynical, I wouldn't be out here busting my tail for cancer research. I'd just toss in the towel and give it all up.

So Lisa, you aren't a reader... heck, I don't even know if you have a computer... nor are any of my other neighbors readers that I know of, but I'm holding you in my thoughts and prayers this week as they do more surgery to remove your melanoma and whatever else you have to go through in the coming months to get you healthy. You did many months (years) in service to your country between Afghanistan and Iraq and don't deserve to go through all of this just as you are rolling back home to settle down with your husband who also just came off active duty yesterday and has recently returned from his own tours. I wish you the very best.

I'll be back to post my miles. Perhaps not until tonight, though. I have a dentist appointment to replace my very last amalgam filling. The last time this was done my previous dentist cracked the tooth and it all ended in a root canal. Let's hope this one goes better. :-/

Oh, and I finished reading Angry Housewives Eating Bonbons last night and seeing as how I just bought it Sunday night, I guess I really liked it! I enjoy her books especially because the locations are so familiar. Light fare, but I need that once in a while. Makes me want to have my own AHEB bookclub. This one will go in my permanent collection. But I did register six books for BookCrossing yesterday to be released.

Today's miles:
Total so far:
Still to go for goal:

Playing in my head: I'm Not Lisa again!



The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

My dog, would you believe it is snowing again? Granted, this snow is nothing that will accumulate, but still... I am so ready for Spring. Have I mentioned that already?

Have a busy week ahead getting Keli ready for the trip to Japan on Saturday. I can't believe how quickly this snuck up on us. There is much to be done between now and then. She is getting so nervous for this one. I can't say I blame her. She is my brave hero. I can't imagine doing this at 17. Must remember to shop for a gift for her host family tomorrow...

Can you tell WWKW while she ran during the past two days? Here are the clues...

"Novelists are not highly thought of in good society and there is nothing so difficult to marry as a novelist."

"Wit is very fashionable at the moment."

"To live would be an awfully big adventure."

"Oh the cleverness of you."

Today's miles: 4.0
Total so far: 72.25
Still to go for goal: 427.75

Sunday's miles: 3.25
Total so far: 68.25
Still to go for goal: 431.75

Playing in my head: the theme song of the movie I watched while running...


Weekend Update...

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

Cheryl - if you are stopping by and looking for those photos, are you looking at 2005 or 2004??? :) Just wondering... They are in 2005.

This weekend is flying. Friday went the fastest, as always. I left the house at 7 to take Keli to school and didn't get back here until around 5 pm the first time, and that was in a blinding snowstorm that I had to drive about 10 mph in at some points. We were on the highway driving in a normal snowstorm and then we suddenly hit the wall. It was amazing - I've not seen anything like it. Once we made it home about 5 miles but a long time later, the sky cleared up to a beautiful blue without a cloud in it. It was the strangest thing.

I had writing with Mystical Magical Marge Friday morning, and Japanese currency to order (*gasp* less than a week before she leaves!), and Relay business to conduct with the folks and at the bank... Then I picked up Kel and her Boy at school and brought them back to the folks so she could introduce him to G-ma and G-pa (and Uncle Kent as it turned out). From there we picked up some movies, some food (Papa Murphy's take and bake), and then blasted on back through the snow to our place.

More donations are coming in from the letter campaign. Thank you to Jane and Terry and to my Aunt Dot and Uncle Howard! Thanks also to my folks! My total is starting to climb.

I discovered this awful website (which I cannot link to and provide further advertising) where some bozo is extorting money by threatening to murder/butcher a beautiful animal with long aural extensions unless he receives a large sum of money to his paypal account by a specific date in the sixth month of this year. Said bozo is up to over 18 grand in that paypal account. What are people thinking????? And my team will struggle to raise $5500 for cancer research while bozo probably makes his $50G from extortion. Where is the justice in that kind of garbage?

Yesterday we had a small family party for Kel for her birthday. I'm expecting a couple of photos to arrive via e-mail any minute that I can post. Her birthday isn't until the 25th of the month, but hey, it's March and around here, that means Birthday Month... And it's the 13th already! We're behind! :) She'll actually be in Japan for her birthday, so we thought we'd get a few things to her in advance.

I need to get photos of Maudie's beads... I sold some to my Mom yesterday when she was here for the party. She thought they were quite lovely and priced vere reasonably. More info to come...

Also, I have some Power of Purple HOPE bracelets for sale for $1 (remember Lance's yellow bracelets benefitting his Lance Armstrong foundation?) each. The proceeds for these will go to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life (surprised?). I'd be happy to mail as many as anyone would like to whoever would like them. I'd appreciate it if you'd also cover the postage. Please comment or e-mail if you are interested. After today I'll add some sort of box link to the sidebar if I can figure something out that is eye-catching.

HOPE bracelet

In addition, I have some very cool (trying to link photo so you can see just HOW cool!) Power of Purple ribbon antenna toppers also for sale for $1 each. Proceeds go to the same place. Again, I'm hoping to receive postage, as well. Comment or e-mail your requests.

Cool, huh? Needed by all of you supporting my efforts and supporting any survivor's efforts! Needed by survivors, too! :) Pushy, aren't I?

I'll be back with today's mileage. Here are yesterday's stats...

Saturday's miles: 3.5
Total so far: 65
Still to go for goal: 435

Playing in my head: I'm Not Lisa Why me???? I know the main line of this song and that's it. So it plays over and over and over and over......


For Lisa and Steve...

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

As I wrote yesterday, I was running for Lisa, who Trudi told us has recently learned has breast cancer.

Today's miles: 3.2
Total so far: 61.5
Still to go for goal: 438.5

Today, I ran for Steve, who I learned about a while ago, but because of the big load of names I recently received for the list, just slipped my mind. Steve is the reason Cat had Thanksgiving dinner at Sloane Kettering Cancer Center one year... as she posted about in her Ten Things Meme... (one of the coolest memes I've seen yet, but this could just be because of Cat's awesomely cool answers - check them out, and then read her answers explained...)

Yesterday's miles: 3.2
Total yesterday: 58.3
Still to go for goal: 441.7

It's still snowing. Only know it's more like heavily slushing. Nastiness. Major nastiness. And I get to take the boyfriend home in this later. He's not staying late, I'll tell you that.

Playing in my head: Star Spangled Banner Thanks Kath... It worked great. :(


Sometimes? I have Blogger frustration. And that's all I have to say about that.

Playing in my head: A little diddy from probably the late '60's and I would kiss someone if they could help me come up with a name for it... but how they could do this is totally beyond my comprehension when I can tell you nothing about it aside from it being sung by a woman. Helpful, eh? I'm going to be humming it all afternoon just so I can TRY to come up with lyrics and TRY to get a title on it so that I can put it to rest later. WAIT! I just got it... The Girl from Ipanema as sung by well, my guess would have to be Connie Francis when I look at all of the people who have sung it.

If you can't complain in your own blog...

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

  • If any of you have any adorable hats you aren't using, I now have the ugliest dogdamn haircut on the face of the planet. Talk about a bad hairday.every.day.

  • It is snowing. Like a blizzard. Who turned off spring? I mean seriously? It was 60 freaking degrees here on Sunday!

  • I have an earworm. Don't ask. You'll see soon enough and you won't thank me.

  • My blogroll isn't working. What's up with that?

  • Did I mention I got a haircut yesterday?

  • I wanted to download some free software to try out because we are considering buying it for the kiddo's birthday (which we are celebrating this weekend). Dial-up connection download time = 10 hours and 56 minutes. DSL download time = 1 hour and 20 minutes. Guess which I use?

Gotta go drive the kiddo to school now. Wish me luck.

Playing in my head: We Built This City Yep. Jefferson Starship. Uh huh. That one. That dogdamn song that was voted the worst song ever. And the one that would top my worst song ever list any day of the year. Because it's Murphy's Day. Officially. Well, okay. Unofficially. But that's how it's going on my calendar. Holy cow, you should see the snow coming down out there. If it were November, I'd be ecstatic and telling you just how beautiful it is. Seriously.



The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

I only just sent out the first set of fundraising letters on Monday morning. This went out to my givers from last year. Well, some of my givers... A subset of them. And already (ALREADY!) I received a donation in today's mail with one of my return envelopes from that mailing. Thank you Carol and Tom!

Cancer gets to another person and sucks my attitude down and then somebody comes along and gives me that whole belief in the power of people to fight this thing and to keep running and doing the little things that I can do and it pulls me right back up again.

I'm excited to start entering these as offline donations to my Relay page to watch that total grow. I have given myself a big total to reach for. I'm shooting for a total higher than last year because that's what I believe these goals can be and last year was a big year for me. Well, I can't remember if I posted this already or not, but it's going to be tough going because I lost a few big hitter donations this year (not for bad reasons - who can complain about getting a big donator on my team? she'll bring even MORE money to ACS that way!) and for that reason I'm starting from a deficit, but in another way, I've already got new donators (thanks to those of you who have and you know who you are!) who are helping to make up for that deficit already.

Anyway, it will be a challenge to get there, but we'll watch the "tote board" grow toward June 17 and I'll keep on running and keep my fingers crossed.

In the meantime, all of you can keep praying for those folks on my inspiration list that I'm running in honor of that they continue to do well...

Looking for Some Help...

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

I've got a request here please! Calling all knowledgeable readers who are in the know. I've had an e-mail from a dear friend of mine and she is looking for some help from any readers out there who may know of a fabulous oncologist. We're looking for the best here, people. Someone out in the NY/NJ area and we need a name fast for a woman with breast cancer. I've already pointed her toward Sloane-Kettering Cancer Center because I know they are among the best of the best. But we could really use some names.

You can leave a comment here if you have info, or e-mail me. Or, for the quickest service, e-mail Ms. Trudi and get the name to her directly. And Trudles? I'll be adding Lisa to my Inspirations/prayer list. I'll be running for her today.

Back in a bit with a mileage post.

Playing in my head: Can't Slow Down by Keane


MSTV Tuesday and Girls' Day!

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

Just a few quick words before dashing off for other things... I think the virus is gone, but who can be sure in these days where the worms are multiplying faster than the remedies? I tried to do a Live Update to my security this morning and was unable to load the new virus definitions. That told me that something was still amiss, so I finally (finally!!!) loaded the new version of Norton that has been sitting here taunting me on my desk for months. Now we'll see how many of you will no longer be able to receive comments from me because of it, as that happened at my site after a few people installed it on their computer!

I'll take some photos of Maudie's jewels for those of you who have inquired. Thank you for your kindness...

I was unable to take photos again today during my run for What Was Keri Watching because of the brilliant sunshine, but I'll post a few clues, one at a time. I have to post them slowly because I'm so horrible with clues; they'll be dead giveaways... snicker... I've already given one over at Kathy's place in her comments. So the second clue is, "Royale with cheese..."

Today's miles: 4
Total so far: 55.1
Still to go for goal: 444.9

Playing in my head: Girl, You'll be a Woman Soon by Urge



The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

Another thing that can keep one from posting or blogwalking is a computer virus.


I think I have the computer clean now. Swept clean and safe once again. But I hope I can keep said teen off MSN for a few hours/days/weeks(?) until all her friends sweep their own computers clean and don't continue to pass the same Dogdamn worm back and forth forever more. Beware the serflog. Tis a beast.

Now I have e-mails to check but I'm going to do it via webmail rather than expose my poor Dell to anything else malicious today. Poor baby.

Today's run was for Maudie, breast cancer survivor and neighbor to my MIL in Colorado. I received a box full of beaded jewelery today... bracelets and necklaces... Some very pretty pieces. With it came a note from my Mother-in-Law, which she wrote very eloquently...

This beading was done by Maudie - a breast cancer survivor. She spent hours beading as she received her chemo treatments. Her creations provided time for reflection and appreciation.

And now Maudie is donating them to us to do with as we would like for the Relay... She's a lovely lady! Thank you, Maudie!

Today's miles: 4.25
Total so far: 51.1
Still to go for goal: 448.9

Movie of the Run: Phenomenon



The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

Teenagers with boyfriends who are computer savvy become teenagers who are on the computer. A lot. That means I get to use my computer far less frequently than I used to. Especially on the weekend. I'm in the process of rectifying that situation by getting one of the old computers cleaned off and updated so it can be hooked up down in her region of the house and perhaps she'll be drawn to utilizing it there so I can have mine back. We'll see. Perhaps then I'll be able to respond the the many e-mails to which I know I'm behind in responding. I apologize to those who may be wondering...

Another thing done on Friday was stopping to get Keli a haircut. Doesn't she look even more beautiful than ever? I think it is sweet. I've always adored her look with shorter hair. She looks like a pixie. :) And it will be easier to take care of when she leaves for Japan in LESS THAN TWO WEEKS!

Pixie girl...

Keith finally got back yesterday afternoon. After putting in 76 hours week before last and 80 hours last week, it's time he had a day off. Things are always crazy after an implementation. I told him it's time to start thinking about taking a little family trip this summer to look at a couple of colleges. She's stressing about the topic - getting nervous, not wanting to think about it. I think if we just go see a couple, she'll get excited rather than just be freaked. She'll think more positively on the matter and want to be moving in that direction, rather than just avoiding the topic. I don't want to be getting mid-way through her senior year and then have her rushing to try to get all of the paperwork and stuff done because all of her friends are already accepted and know what they are doing. I want it to be proactive and comfortable (ha) and fun if possible. Senior year is stressful enough.

That was another thing I accomplished Friday... getting her signed up for the ACT. :) Helping her take those gigantic freaking baby steps... pushing her gently out of the nest...

Must concentrate on getting the Japanese money for her trip this week. *sigh*
Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.
Ferris Beuller

Saturday's miles: 3
Total so far: 46.85
Still to go for goal: 453.15

Playing in my head: Twist and Shout by The Beatles

Last Friday... catching up!

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

Friday was a jam-packed day full of excitement. :)

  • I wrote with Mystical Marge.

  • We went across the street to the lovely little candy store for a visit since she'd never been there before and I told her she must pay them a visit and she what a charming place it is. And I had to thank Dave and tell him that the chocolate dipped strawberries I brought to our team meeting were fabulous.

  • Then I stopped at the little specialty clothing shop next door because their window display had been calling me for weeks and I bought myself a new baby blue hometown sweatshirt. My old hometown sweatshirt wore out to the point of being not fit for public 'consumption' ;) years ago and went to Keli, who sleeps in it, so I thought it was time I had a new one.

  • Then I paid a quick visit to the folks,

  • stopped at Kel's school to drop off a check for her to register for the AP English exam,

  • and dashed home for a brief bit of cleaning and running before the next running... :)

  • In the evening it was out to get Kel and her friend Brandon from the Swing Dance, a quick stop for food (you know, the pre-requisite pizza and such to feed them with), and then bringing them to our house for their movie on the wall. Friday's feature - Jim Carrey's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

  • And finally, after returning her friend to his home, it was off to dreamland!

  • Friday's miles: 3
    Total so far: 43.85
    Still to go for goal: 456.15

    Playing in my head: title unknown but Dave Matthews' voice is very clear...


    Your answer...

    The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

    Kathy said: "I LOVE IT!

    Practical Magic! One of my absolute FAVORITE movies!"

    And I was all ready with my clues, too... There were some already given... Like two of the songs stuck in my head in recent days were from the sound track of the movie. And I was ready to give up:

    Midnight Margaritas
    One blue eye and one green
    Jimmy Angelo

    Playing in my head: This Kiss by Faith Hill (yes, still - or rather again!)

    For Ryan...

    The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

    Today I run for Ryan. He is the Colorado teen that Alta told me about who has cancer and has continued to soldier on all through his treatments getting himself to work even on the crummy days when it is obvious he doesn't feel well, putting on a cheery face for the customers where he works. There are people not doing that who are healthy, Ryan. You could teach us all a lesson in living life. Carry on, friend...

    Going to play WWKW a little differently today. I've got lots of photos, in little-bitty sizes. Going to put them all on here, like a mini-movie. Should be easy-peezy. Especially for those of you who love the movie. *coughkathzoofuscough* Because even though the photos are tiny and hard to see (I don't even let you blow them up with a click on!), if you've seen the movie, you'll know the movie. I did make the one a little bigger, because it has a little more impact - it's meaningful. There are no photos following the main plot, amusingly enough. Just pictures of the little side love story and fun stuff going on around the main plot. :) Because that's the kind of game-show host I am.

    I'm just happy I was able to move enough today to get out of bed let alone run. After the trick my body played on me last night, I didn't expect to be doing much of anything. I'll maybe post more on that in a bit. Now I need some water and a shower.

    Toodles. Have fun with the photos. Today it will be more of a who gets here fastest and comments the quickest, I think.

    Today's miles: 3.0
    Total so far: 40.85
    Still to go for goal: 459.15

    Playing in my head: This Kiss by Faith Hill (heh)...


    For Jack...

    The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

    Heading off to get Keli from school and going to the folks' for girls' night soon.

    Running today for Jack, grandpa to Adam and Brandon, friends of Keli. Jack is currently undergoing treatment for his cancer, but I don't know the particulars.

    Watched Matchstick Men last night with Nicholas Cage and Sam Rockwell. I liked it. The ending blew me away with surprise. I hate when movies do that. :) It had a really good soundtrack, too.

    Not posting photos today for WWKW because it was so SUNNY yesterday when I did my run that I couldn't get decent photos. The movie was barely visible to me, the camera wouldn't have picked it up at all. And the sun is brightly shining again today. As soon as I run on a cloudy day, or at night, I promise to get something up for that. I know at least ONE person who looks forward to this (Hi B!).

    Okay. I'm off. Back to post mileage later.

    Today's miles: 4.25
    Total so far: 37.85
    Still to go for goal: 462.15

    Playing in my head: White ladder by David Gray

    Mystery Solved...

    I've been at my folks' house on a couple of occasions in the past when the girls have had the TV tuned in to the TV series "Lost." I've asked Keli during those times if the character Sayid isn't my handsome Kip from The English Patient. She hasn't been able to tell me. Well I finally went out to IMDB tonight and got my answer. It is indeed Naveen Andrews - one and the same...

    We had a good first team meeting tonight at the folks' house. We'll have a big team this year! And a really great team! Every year there is a different dynamic as different people join and others are unable to join us. I'm looking forward to our most successful fund-raising efforts ever!

    Now I'm looking forward to some deep sleep. I'm exhausted.

    Playing in my head:


    Greetings! ;-) For Bea...

    *yawn* I really didn't want to run today. But then I looked at that long list I've got going over there (see Inspirations) and I thought to myself, What choice do/did they have? And that rather kicked me in the arse. So I've put the running duds on, the sun shone brightly, and I headed down to see old Lurch. Movie of the day? Well, I guess you'll just have to see when I bring back WWKW (What Was Keri Watching?) later on. But that will be later on as in tomorrow morning as I have a really crazy day from here on out and won't get back to computer/camera download time most likely.

    Today's run was for Robert's mother-in-law, Bea. She's a breast cancer survivor! So now that we're on the subject, please go visit the Breast Cancer site again, click their pink button and help provide mammograms for women in need! Thanks gang.

    Keith's Brain Trust has it's first official Team Meeting tonight! And I tell you, we're psyched!

    Later, dudes and dudettes... (don't ask me where that came from - I've no idea).

    Today's miles: 4.25
    Total so far: 33.6
    Still to go for goal: 466.4

    Playing in my head: You Were Always on My Mind