4.28.2005

Happy Birthday, Jen!

Go on over and tell the marvelous Jenorama Happy Birthday! She's a totally sweet, wonderful, generous, terrific, personal friend of mine. :) Wish her a happy day!


jen and dereck
Originally uploaded by Jenorama.




Playing in my head: Birthday The Beatles - from The White Album

What I've been up to...

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I haven't disappeared. I'm just staying bizzeeee. Here we are hard at work! Me and the gals! :)

Working hard... Countdown to Sale Day!


Lotsa laughs!


And finally, Keli got to chat online with many of her co-camp counsellors the other night and one of them sent her a video of music and photos he'd put together of their experiences together at the language camp in Japan. She said she cried half the night watching it and reminiscing with her friends. They all have agreed that if they can raise the money to meet back there again next spring for another shot at it, they will. So here is a photo of her leaving on the final day of her Japan trip saying goodbye to Wil and Chris... It made me cry when I saw the sadness on their faces (well, Wil seems okay anyway). And here I was worried that she was over there all lonely and homesick! :)



Before I forget, get thee out to see Kung Fu Hustle! This was one of the best movies Keli and I have seen in forever.

Thursday's miles: 3.25
Total so far: 165.8
Still to go for goal: 334.2
(Grand total mileage thusfar: 1166.83)

Wednesday's miles: 3.5
Total so far: 162.55
Still to go for goal: 337.45

Tuesday's miles: 4
Total so far: 159.05
Still to go for goal: 340.95


Playing in my head: That's What Friends Are For Dion, Elton, Stevie...

4.25.2005

A couple more things...

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Don't you tell me I'm procrastinating!

First, because of Katie's challenge:
My workspace...



Found at Kazoofus and Jenorama.


Name six things in your purse/wallet

1. Pens! Oh beautiful, beautiful pens in my new round pen holder... (yeah, I know - weird).
2. Full-size spiral notebook in which I write morning pages and writing practice on Fridays with Mystical Marge and other days if I get a round to it.
3. Calendar/day planner thingie
4. "Business" cards for my crochet work and for my Relay Running site (which reminds me, I need to print more of these)
5. iPod
6. Dinosaur cell phone

Name five things that made you happy this week

1. Being able to make delivery on a large truffle order for a big party this afternoon!

2. Finding out I get to have a massage this week! With everything that's going on, I don't really have time, but I sure will need it...

3. Bumping in to Jan at Target and getting not one, but TWO big hugs from her.

4. My new CHEAP Chilly Willy t-shirt. (I decided since it will be freezing on Friday when we have our garage sale and I needed something cheerful to wear, I would wear this layered over something else - what better than Chilly Willy on a chilly day?)

5. My gorgeous Azaleas in the front yard.

Name four things you'd like to do before the end of your lifetime

1. Go to Tuscany.
2. Live in a true Arts & Crafts Bungalow in a little college town within walking distance of everything.
3. Work side by side with Keith from our own bookstore/coffee shop/watch repair shop.
4. Do some more traveling with Mystical Marge - go back to the Badlands again perhaps and climb Harney Peak.

Name three things you plan on doing this weekend

1. Garage Sale Friday.
2. Attend Keli's Pops Concert Friday and Saturday.
3. Visit with my visiting hubby.

Name two things you'd buy for yourself if you had the money

1. I'd replace our cars which are both gas hogs and over 100,000 miles.
2. I'd pay off all our debt and retire Keith from work so he could stop traveling, which he hates.

Name one good thing about the last person you talked to

1. The last person I talked to was Keith and he is so totally giving of himself that it amazes me.




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


Playing in my head: It's a Beautiful Day by U2 (if I hear it enough, maybe it will become one! They are hinting at potential snow tonight mixed with rain. :(

Because I double-dog dared ya...

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and Kathy followed through. Any other brave takers???

Here's my sophomore prom. *gulp* I wish I had the one from the sitting room when he picked me up at home. It was a classic photo! :) Don't you love the decorations to go with that prom theme? I like the sea gulls flying overhead... and my ginormous glasses!

Sailing... HHS Prom 1981


Now I have a ton of stuff to do to get ready for that garage sale on Friday so I'd best get cracking. It sounded like an awful lot of you didn't go to prom, but some of you did. I hope we get to see more photos! I likes me some old photos. :)

I hope to be posting mileage later today, too.



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


Playing in my head:

A quote...

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As suspected, prom is highly overrated...

Keli






Playing in my head: Gunne Sax! hahaha!!! I'm going to be thinking that all day, thanks Katie! :)

4.23.2005

Updates - Prom Pix!

Did somebody say post pictures? Heh. When have I not posted pictures??? You'll be sick of them! Here come the first batch...

My eclectic daughter and her eclectic boy. And their friends - beautiful group they be... set off by those who would not be just the same as all else...

A great group of kids. All of them unique.

Perfection in a smile...


I love this one...


They're at dinner now. I have to leave soon in order to get a seat at the Grand March...


Which reminds me... I have a poll for any of you readers out there who happen by. Keith and I are having a discussion about this. He had never heard of this whole "Grand March" thing before Keli's Prom came up. Around here, there is a Grand March where each couple is announced, spot lighted, and they come in and walk across the floor wherever the prom is held so the viewers/spectators, whoever they may be, can see what everyone is wearing. It's a big deal around here and friends and family gather at the event and pay for tickets and watch it. People actually line up at the door a couple of hours in advance to see it. It's been happening this way for years. I mean, my Mom's prom had a Grand March. There are photos of it in her year book. I had one and my folks were there to see it, etc.

Keith asked his Mom if she'd ever heard of such a thing (he grew up in Denver), and she hadn't.

I said I'd have to run a poll out here because I can't believe it's just a small town Wisconsin thing. Please respond!

In the B&W you couldn't see the cool shoe laces... :)


And OUTside!


Kel and Kels... Kelsey MADE her dress! :) She be so talented!


This was my big photographer's moment... "At the Prom!" They stopped in the arch long enough to quickly count to three so they could dash off again... just as my camera went off. Joke's on me! Hopefully the pro's shot will turn out better.


I must admit, I'm shocked that the Grand March is just a local thing!

Challenge: I double-dog dare ya to post one of YOUR prom pictures!


Playing in my head: Sailing by Chris Cross (my first prom theme - heh)

Should I or shouldn't I??? My naivete is showing...

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Okay, tell the truth: How many of you fell for that You've won a prize! A new 60 gig photo iPod!!! thing? I haven't decided yet if I've fallen for it. Should I or shouldn't I? I could join Blockbuster for a little while, and BMG or Columbia House too, maybe. That's all I need are two offers completed... I dunno. I already have an awesome iPod. But this would make an awesome gift if I got it. Would I really get it?

Okeedokee. I'm off to start this insane day. Have a great Saturday! whooooooosh!



Playing in my head: Richard Cory by Simon and Garfunkel

Doin' favors...

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Hey YOU! (yeah, you!)

Have you done the old clickity click on this pink ribbon lately? Why not? Go ahead. Do it now. I'll be glad you did.



Thank you. :)

Today was a very industrious day, but one more day my house won't get cleaned. *sigh* Some things are just more important than others, I guess. I met Miss Mystical Marge for some fabulous writing and wonderful coffee at my favorite coffee shop - Cafe la Poste.

This was followed by that quick dash home to change cars and get things together for the trip to Keith's apartment for some packing and gathering things for the garage sale now less than a week away! wheeeeeee!

Which was then followed by a stop to see Cari at work and say hello because I learned she was so close!!! Then another stop for caffeine, desperately needed on the way home. (New books accompanied that stop... who can resist books and coffee? Not me, certainly.)

When I got home I needed to deliver truffles, so I switched cars again, to avoid having to unload the garage sale loaded one, and brought the truffles to town. Guess what I got while I was there? The makings for more.... truffles!!!

And now I can go to bed and rest easy because the latest batch of chocolates is finished and tucked into their little papers and boxes, ready for delivery once again. And I'm ready for that rest because tomorrow? Not only does Keith come home (home=airport trip), but it's also prom around here boys and girls! Are we excited? You bet we are!!!

That means three trips to town (besides the airport)... once to deliver the kiddo to her friend's for the prom prep (and the truffles), a second time to take photos of all the kids once they get to the photo op sight, and finally to see the grand march. I think after that I'm going to come home, crack open a beer (yeah right) and climb in the hot tub for the next 24 hours. The hot tub sounds divine. I might go climb in right now after today's antics. Hope you are all having a fabbo weekend!

Oh, and a special message to Idonna, Mavis, Jen, KathyC, Maria, and Candy (in case any of you are thinking about truffles tonight and might be checking here wondering about them)... all orders have now been filled and will be delivered at first possible chance. In fact, Jen and Kathy, yours are speeding their way via mail already.

Friday's miles: 3.25
Total so far: 155.05
Still to go for goal: 344.95
(Grand total mileage thusfar: 1156.08)



Playing in my head: Strawberry Fields I can't help it. I've got The Beatles planted firmly right now. Could have something to do with the disk that's playing in my car. :)

4.22.2005

For Diane...

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Very fast post before I run to the apt to clean things out and bring things back here for next week's big Relay Garage Sale!!!

Thursday's miles were done for Diane, Melissa's mom. Thoughts and prayers are going steadily out to her, having been newly diagnosed with colon cancer. Melissa is on the Relay For Life committee with me and is someone I've only recently met through my committee work. Diane was already a survivor having gone through uterine cancer within the past few years.

Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers, too.

Thursday's miles: 3.25
Total so far: 151.8
Still to go for goal: 348.2
(Grand total mileage thusfar: 1152.83)


Playing in my head: I am the Walrus by The Beatles... Who else??

4.20.2005

Dialects...

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Picked this up at Jenorama's and saw it over at Z's, too...



Your Linguistic Profile:



75% General American English

20% Upper Midwestern

5% Midwestern

0% Dixie

0% Yankee






Playing in my head: California Girls as done by The Beach Boys

A new name...

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Adding a new name to my list tonight. Diane V. is a survivor of uterine cancer and now she was just diagnosed with colon cancer. So this is her second bout in three years. She is the mom of one of the people on my Relay Committee... (Hi Melissa!!!) Tomorrow's run will be for Diane.


Playing in my head: pain

For Danny K...

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Yesterday's run was for Danny. He was a brother (half or step, I can never remember which but as Alva said, it didn't much matter because they behaved like true brothers) to Andy and fought with cancer for quite a long time, but lost the battle late last week. His funeral was yesterday, and I know that Andy and he are laughing it up together pain free.

What is it about Spring and migraines? Is it the weather? Is it allergies? Is it a combination of the two things? Is it that life in general speeds up and gets more hectic and stressful? I don't know what it is, but it seems that every year, mine get worse. It's another gorgeous day outside and I should be out doing yard work because my foundation plantings definitely need it. But I'm not going out there in that bright sunlight and haven for pollen. No way. Nuh uh. Not me. I'm still in my jammies ready to crawl back into the dark of my bed at any moment.

I'm taking care of Relay stuff and enjoying myself even though it is slightly stressful and involves staring at the computer. I'm drinking a deliciously warm and creamy cup of coffee. I don't have to go out because Keli is down in the dark of her room sleeping and recovering from a particularly bad headache, too. She has far too many headaches for a child of 17. But she doesn't get enough sleep for one thing.

Update... okay, I'm back from going out. Kel needed a hair update. She has prom this weekend and after sleeping all day decided she was well enough to go out. So that's done. We stopped by the chief truffle-maker's house while we were out and about and I picked up the goods for dipping. :) I also stopped and bought bubble wrap. Those of you expecting truffles in the mail? Might actually receive them one of these days. Sorry for the major delay. I'm not usually this bad.

And now that summer is upon us, I really have some serious crocheting to do! I have orders for five scarves and four Christmas stockings! Time to put away the scrapbooking and get out the hooks and yarn again.


Tuesday's miles: 3.25
Total so far: 148.55
Still to go for goal: 351.45
(Grand total mileage thusfar: 1149.58)

Had some fun with Papa yesterday, using a Scunci Steamer (or however you spell the darned thing). If you haven't used one of these before, you're missing out! We used it to remove a wallpaper border in their master bedroom and did it ever work slick (thanks, Alva)! Now they've got a painter coming and a whole new look going on in their room. Gives me the hankerin' to get the green froth on my bedroom walls all over again. Someday.



Playing in my head: Slide by the Goo Goo Dolls

4.19.2005

10 years later...

We remember...



Playing in my head: silence...

For DANA!!!

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Yesterday's run was done in honor of Miss Think Pink! Go over to her place and tell her Oh Happy Day! Or Congratulations! Or Halleluiah!! Or anything else that is wonderfully appropriate to the occasion because on April 8... well, her blog says it best. I'll let her say it. Go have a peek.

Is that not the best news ever?

Keli and I ran outside together for that run. It was the first real outside run where I really pushed it. I ran outside last week too, remember, but I was babying my foot and walked a lot of it and only ran a little toward the end and my iPod was dead and blah blah blah. Well, this was good, but it really emphasized a couple of things.

  • how soft I've gotten running inside on a soft and cushy treadmill all winter long, and
  • how much I need new running shoes after using these for nearly a thousand miles now.
I've gained a few pounds since last summer, too. I could feel them. I had some foot and knee problems last night and felt totally out of shape. But we were both thrilled to succeed. It just hurt to have gotten so soft. Treadmill miles are certainly easier on a body than street miles.

Summer seems to have arrived with a vengeance. We had 82 degrees yesterday. It was incredible. It was hot and sunny on the road.

The highlights of the road? I think the llamas. My iPod hit its stride at that point, too. I've got it on shuffle so it just goes through a plays a mix of all of my music so it flipped right to Simon and Garfunkel's At the Zoo just as Keli began running up the big hill alongside the pasture with the llamas and they all perked up at the sight of her and curiously wandered gamboled over to her side of the field to have a closer look straining to sniff at her over their fence. I got to watch all of this from my vantage point always at least 50 yards behind her.

Thank goodness for that music in my ears. If not for the iPod to perk up my stride, I'd have never made the run at all. Every time I thought my body was going to give in, some other wonderful tune would pick me up and move me along to its groove. Although, at times, it can be hard to move in a forward running motion when some songs come on. Ask any of my Relay teammates. I do tend to want to dance more than walk or run when there is music playing. Today was no exception. There was definitely something festive in the air, what with the sunshine and the humid heat of summer that lent itself to a carnival feel as we moved down those country roads.

Today's real help came from:
  • Dave Matthews Band's Kit Kat Jam and Busted Stuff,
  • Johnny Lang's The One I Got
  • Sting's Heavy Cloud No Rain
  • Simon & Garfunkel's At the Zoo
  • Root City Band's Burning it Down and Backyard Boogie
  • John Mayer's Why Georgia
  • Cafe Accordian Orchestra's Cossaco
  • and Jesse Cook's Breeze from Santes Maries off The Nature of Narada CD

An eclectic mix, to be sure! Keli looked back at one point and saw me shaking air maracas (only she thought I was playing the drums). She responded by pumping her fists in the air. I think it's a genetic thing. A mile down the road and she was dancing to music of her own as we rounded the corner.

I heard on the radio last night that Lance Armstrong has decided he would retire from professional racing after the next Tour de France in July, in order to spend more time with his three young kids and his girlfriend. Well, here's hoping you win number seven, Lance.


Monday's miles: 5.25
Total so far: 145.3
Still to go for goal: 354.7
(Grand total mileage thusfar: 1146.33)


Playing in my head: Backyard Boogie Root City Band

4.16.2005

Finishing Friday...

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Heading off to dreamland, but wanted to provide you with a little reading material first. This is one of the best articles I've read in a long time about one of my heroes. I wanted to share.

Didn't get a Friday run in, but we did have a very slow stroll around the track at the RF Relay For Life in search of Keith's Luminaria with an extremely exhausted Keith who had just returned from a very long and bumpy ride from Albequirky. ;) Oh wait. First we stopped for dinner at our favorite Vietnamese restaraunt, Duc's.



Playing in my head: You Raise Me Up Josh Groban

4.15.2005

Weekend is here!

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Quick post... Wrote this morning with Mystical Marge who brought me photos to look at from her trip to the Grand Canyon! She also brought me a souvenier coffee mug and bracelets and stones from the trip! Hurray! Wrote for a while. Talked and sipped coffee for a while. It was a good morning.

Zipped around and did some errands. Stopped at the Anonymous Family house and sampled the new truffle varieties: Caramel and Kahlua/Coffee! YUMMY! Could be some of the best types yet!

Now I'm going to dash around the house and do a bit of cleaning up before running to the airport to pick up Keith from his first week of travel/work! And this evening we're off to the local Relay For Life! (Not mine, this one is being held in my daughter's school and one of the bands Brandon plays drums in will be performing at 1 am, also!) Hope you all have a great weekend...

If there is mileage to be posted, I'll be back.



Playing in my head: Bowl of Oranges by Bright Eyes

4.14.2005

For Gerry, Kathy and Irene...

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Today I got outside and ran in the fresh air! And then I got into the car, drank a bottle of water as I sat and waited for Keli and Brandon to join me for the drive back home, and as the sneezes hit me, I realized I hadn't taken my meds this morning (which include an allergy pill).

It was a delightful run. During my massage yesterday, my MT had this uncanny sixth sense for getting right to the root of my pain (as always) and when she reached my toe/foot problem, which had actually felt totally fine walking in there, she decided it needed special treatment. I stoically kept my mouth shut as she used her entire body weight to pull on it twice the number of times she normally does (she literally grabs onto it and leans back slooooowly using the toe and that part of my foot to keep herself from falling over. I have never liked this. Now I like it less).

So anyway, I was really nervous about pounding the pavement on my foot and decided I would walk. A lot. So I started out walking fast.

This next part should be in sparkly letters and there should be angelic music and a choir in the background as you read...

And I had ... My iPod... I pulled it out of my pocket after I got my pace at the right rate and my breathing adjusted for my pace and I toggled the lock open, noticing that it didn't look "locked" exactly, and DOGNABBIT! no power. The batteries were dead. And when my hubby bought me my most wonderful of iPods, (*angelic choir*), he bought the 40gig heavy iPod, so I got to drag a dead body around on my run with me... dead iPod on one side and archaic dinosaur phone on the other side.

I had four dogs scare the bejeebus out of me, had three near-misses with piles of poo (why oh WHY can't people clean up after their animals and act like responsible pet owners? Oh yeah, this is the land of cheese where people want to go out with guns and send their 10-year-olds out with guns to shoot at cats; my bad)... and ran on sidewalks that are more dangerous than the roads that I drive into town to avoid having to run on. (yeah, I know I just ended that sentence badly, so send an editor after me... ;) I know a good one, and she's looking for work, oh wait, never mind. She's got more work than she can handle. She needs to hire a small staff she's got so much work. HA! Besides. This isn't medical writing.)

BUT! I still ran outside. And it was glorious. And after I walked, a LOT? I began to run on that worrisome foot. And you know what? It didn't hurt. It felt great! And I ran like the winnnnnnd.



So now I'm home. And that's about all I have to tell. Oh, except today's run is dedicated to some special people. Trust me. Go say Hello to my friend Kathy. She knows what this fight is all about because she lost her dad, Gerry, to this fight one year ago today. AND because her mom fought this battle, too! And Irene is a survivor!!! Love you, Kath...

Today's miles: 3.5
Total so far: 140.05
Still to go for goal:359.95
(Grand total mileage thusfar: 1141.08)

Wednesday's miles: 3
Total so far: 136.55
Still to go for goal: 363.45


Keli says I was hysterical (in a funny weird way) last night. She came in my room around rediculously-late o'clock and the tv was still on (I had rented Get Shorty to have something to veg out to when I got home from Girls' Night). This approximates our conversation:

Her: Hey Mom.
Me: HI!
Her: You're up late for someone who was so exhausted when we came home.
Me: No, I just woke up when you came in.
H: Oh. Okay. Sorry. Well, Goodnight.
M: No! Wait!
She turns and comes back.
H: What?
M: You just got here!
H: Yeah? What?
M: I don't know. But you just got here! Don't go!
H: Okay. Do you need something?
M: No.
H: Go back to sleep. You're really tired, remember?
M: Yeah. Exhausted. This movie is really funny. You should watch it. Don't go!
H: G'night Mom.

She said I was so weird I freaked her out entirely. I think I was so completely sleep drunk I couldn't have had a normal conversation if I tried. Poor child.

Playing in my head: What Do You Do from Lyle Lovett

4.13.2005

yawwwwwwwwwwwwn....

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strrrrrrrrretch......... whine whimper slip off into coma of sleepiness...

It is so gorgeous outside today! One of those really beautiful blue skies of spring. The red oak trees are starting to bud out and so their branches are all bursting with red buds against that bright blue... But I can't keep my eyes open to enjoy it. I am going to go lie down for a brief nap as soon as I finish this post. I came home from working at Keith's apartment yesterday (packing up stuff to get it closed up as he won't be needing it anymore) around 9 pm and stopped off in Miny Sota to chat with a teammate (hi Donna!) and pick something up from her, then I ran down to the Anonymous family's house to get all of the truffle stuffle to bring home with me.

At that point, I knew it would just be a matter of time before Kel called for a ride home after the Shins concert (yep, still jealous) at First Ave. So I made coffee because I knew I'd never stay awake for the drive without it (I wasn't going all of the way to First Ave, only to Brandon's house, but I still wouldn't make the drive!). So I downed a bunch of coffee and got things set up for truffle making.

After going to pick her up at 10:30, I was ready to roll! I put together truffles all night. I wish I had thought to take pictures. Well, actually, I did think to take them. I even set up the shots, but then forgot to take them. :) I guess that's when the sleepiness set in. heh.

I ran out of papers to put them in for packing in their boxes right around 6, time to wake the kid. So I put the rest all on their wax paper and put them in the fridge. It was a productive evening, but I'm beat.

I'm going to fall asleep on the massage table this afternoon. I guarantee it.

Speaking of massage, I have a 4:30 appointment this afternoon. I asked Keith when he went for one on Friday to find out if she had any cancellations coming up to fit one in for me because I've been pretty tensed up lately. So he came out with this appointment for me. 4:30, April 13th. It's a pretty significant appointment... Keith was preparing to go to the 4:30 Friday, April 13th massage appointment when the call came from the Neurologist in 2001 telling him that they'd seen something in his initial MRI and that they were concerned enough about it that they'd scheduled another one for him already for the following Monday before they'd even called him. It was the day our world changed forever. *sigh*

And so we make truffles, eh? Thanks Team Brain Trust for all that you do for Cancer Research! You all ROCK!

Tuesday's miles: 5
Total so far: 133.55
Still to go for goal: 366.45
(Grand total mileage thusfar: 1134.58)

Vicki asks: "And what's up with the crazy cat nonsense in your neck of the woods?
Huh?"

Good question, Vicki. Those of you unfamiliar with the issue, who don't know what she's talking about... here's a little background. I wondered what was up across most of the country as Mourning Doves became fair game in many states over the years (including Wisconsin). But this one just makes me crazy. I've had my fair share of bird kills in my yard from cats and that always angers me, being the bird lover that I am, but there are more humane ways of taking care of the problem than shooting them. There were a lot of different issues on the table the other night that pushed my buttons. (Like lowering the hunting age from 12 to 10. Personally, I don't think we need 10-year-olds running around wtih guns. 12 was quite young enough, thank you!)


Playing in my head: Dying to Live by Johnny Lang

4.12.2005

I've been remiss

and didn't make a couple of wishes to important people...

First of all, Happy Belated Birthday, to my sassy brother, Anonymous. I didn't blog on his actual birthday, so I didn't think to put it up the day after, when I did actually post about the weekend. Sorry, sassy. ;) You know I love you.


And Happy Annniversary to my mom and dad, who celebrated number 52 yesterday. Isn't that an inspiration? Congratulations!






To live at this time is an inestimable privilege, and a sacred obligation devolves upon you to make right use of your opportunities.
- Grenville Kleiser





Playing in my head: People Get Ready by The Five Blind Boys of Alabama (These gentlemen warmed up for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers out at Red Rocks a few years back and brought the house down. Catch a sample here if you've never heard them.)

4.11.2005

Correction/update...

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I was just stating what I keep hearing over and over (and over and over and over) again in yesterday's post. There is no yellow lab in our immediate future... :)

Also, the Starbucks was next to his Mom's hotel, not his new apartment. :(

and Ken? Uhh, no. That doesn't happen until a child is in their late twenties or early thirties, I don't think. But thanks. That was a very sweet thing to say.

Sunday's miles: 3
Total so far: 128.55
Still to go for goal: 371.45
(Grand total mileage thusfar: 1129.58) And good grief have I been messing up on THIS total again! Where is my accountant when I need him?




Playing in my head:

4.10.2005

This and That...

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.



Well, Keith is now in Santa Fe (or thereabouts) with his Mom and family friend, Chris. They are getting the layout of things down there and getting him settled in to his new home away from home. It's all good from what I hear. After all, he has a Starbuck's right next door!

Keli is off shopping for a prom dress with Kelsey. Spring of Junior Year is truly upon us. She survived the ACT test yesterday and will soon attack the AP English exam. She said she loved and flew through the English portion of the test yesterday but didn't think the 30 minutes provided for the new essay portion was nearly long enough because she would have liked a longer time period to develop her argument. Oh, and she wants a yellow lab!

I'm doing laundry and scrubbing counters and table in preparation for truffle making in case I'm assigned to that task today or tomorrow. Bonnie was hard at work with them last night when I dropped off the girls there after their evening with Kel at Brandon's concert.

I had a delightful conversation with the proprietor of my favorite coffee shop, Cafe la Poste, last night after dropping Keith at the airport. She heads up the Arthritis Foundation and so we talked shop about our respective charities (well, I didn't let her get too many words in about hers as she asked me several questions about Relay). Turns out we use the same online software so we talked a little about that, too. She mentioned that maybe they would put together a team! That would be great...

I have my foot nestled comfortably in my running shoes - toes and all! I'll be back to post the mileage...

But before I go:

Keli and some of her girls...




Playing in my head: I Have Confidence from The Sound of Music soundtrack

4.09.2005

Things that make you go hmmmmmmm...

Have you ever stopped to consider how many times a day you use your big toe to maintain or gain your balance?

I have... and it's a lot.







Playing in my head: The song I had to play over and over at Mark's website trying to catch that little kid intro...

For Mr. M... and Notes to self...

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.



Notes to self:

  • When warming up for a run, don't do other things in an attempt to kill two birds with one stone as they say. and put your dogdamn shoes on prior to strenuous warming up work! warming up feet and legs while carrying an armload of recycling, preventing a view of the floor in front of you is not your wisest idea. an x-ray of your foot next week is in order after keith is settled in to his new Santa Fe digs.


  • This is a repeat, but it obviously bears repeating... when you are cooking something on the stove, stay away from the computer because this is a very distracting pursuit for you and you cannot handle distractions while cooking. the smell of burned up pans tends to linger in a house for hours and teenagers do not appreciate being accused of causing that odd burning smell with their "inattentive candle burning" in their bedroom when they can see perfectly well that their candles are burning in complete control and their room smells only slightly funky.


  • When changing the blade on your paper cutter for the first time, it might be a good idea to read the directions and/or at least be careful and take note of where said blade is within the little plastic holder. at least the blade makes a very straight and nice clean cut. did you know these sorts of cuts don't seem to like to close? they're far worse than a paper cut in that respect. it's been two days now and the little bugger is still open. every time i reach up to shampoo my hair or rinse the shampoo out of my hair I manage to shoot a good spray stream of water right down into the open gash. *ouch* I think it is time for a bandaid to hold that sucker closed for a little while.


  • If any other high-pressure sales people ever manage to call trying to set up a demo of their wonderful product, just make sure and tell them during the scheduling phase that if they really want to drive all of the way out to the country and demo their fantabulous product and waste their time (and mine) and give me fantabulous freebies even though they are guaranteed a no-sale because I will not buy anything from them guaranteed, bring it on! this seems to be the fastest way ever at getting rid of those high-pressure sales people. especially if I tell them something about having health problems in the family and no job and no finances to pay for said fantabulous products so they are very low on my prioritiy list. And I didn't even lie! A vacuum cleaner is the last thing on my priority list for those reasons (and general lack of carpet and lack of enthusiasm toward cleaning products too, of course!).

That is all...

Yesterday's miles, slowly moved after the injury, were for Tom, family friend who had a tumor removed from his colon... Lots of love and prayers coming your way, Mr. M!!!

Thursday's miles: 3.25
Total so far: 125.55
Still to go for goal: 374.45
(Grand total mileage thusfar: 1359.68)


Playing in my head: Great Peace by david m. bailey

4.07.2005

WHO Rocks?

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.



Jenorama rocks. That's who! Take part if you can and let her know if you do.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, Jen. You da bomb! Let's help Nichole reach her goal!



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Playing in my head:

Oh Lord, How They Play and Play...

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 just wanted to slap these up here in lieu of a real post for the next little while. I'm keeping furiously busy getting the house ready for the whirlwind that will be Keith coming in tomorrow and flying out on Saturday to his hotel in Santa Fe to get settled in for his first day on the new job Monday.

Be cheerful while you are alive! (from Keli's going away/birthday party/girls' night just before Japan)


Happy Birthday girl...





Back later to post mileage...

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Playing in my head: Tea for the Tillerman from Cat Stevens because I've been utilizing his lyrics in my scrapbooking. :)

4.06.2005

For Wayne

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's miles: 3.5
Total so far: 122.3
Still to go for goal: 377.7
(Grand total mileage thusfar: 1234.13)

Tuesday's miles: 4
Total so far: 118.8
Still to go for goal: 381.2

Monday's miles: 4
Total so far: 114.8
Still to go for goal: 389.2

Can you tell Keli is home? She's got a lot of homework to make up but it doesn't stop her from connecting with people. And now there are new people to connect with, which is lovely. And which means if I'm going to get any posting time in, I'll have to learn to do it before I go to my favorite coffee shop, or else I'll have to stay at the coffee shop less time. I've fallen behind on e-mails as well as posts and I can't tell you the last time I actually took a decent blog walk. So I'm missing out on the lives of friends who have become important to me.

And as you can see, my mileage is suffering, too. but that's for other reasons. I'm just busy. And lazy. And enjoying some other things because I wanted to. Like sitting in this coffee shop, hand writing this post to type in later. And do you all know how addicting (not to mention relaxing) scrapbook creation can be? I'm loving it! I'm turning into one of "those" women. I'm just getting my feet wet at it and already it is threatening to take over my house because I don't know how to organize it. But it is soothing and helps get my creative juices flowing so I love it. And looking through all of the old photos brings back wonderful memories which can trigger some fun writing, so it's all good.

Anyway, I guess I'll cut this off and get moving. I've been trying to come up with fund-raising ideas for a 16-year-old who lost her father earlier this year to cancer. She has her own team in the Relay (this is her third year, like us) and she wants to make this an especially good year from a fund-raising perspective. I'd like to see that happen for her, too. If you want to help her out, you can donate to her here. And pass the word along to your readers. She has no idea I'm doing this. She doesn't have a blog of her own or read them that I know of. I'd love to make it happen for her. If I could find a few high-readership blogs to help me out, and everyone would chip in $10 (what's that, a couple of mocha's out of your month?), we could get her on her way toward her goal in no time. Dog damn that would feel awesome.

Today, I ran for her dad, Wayne.






Playing in my head: Keli's camp song by Keli's Spring American Camp in Japan (sung to the tune of Louie Louie)

4.04.2005

Two questions...

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.



  1. Who wants me to give their name and number to the Kirby man when he shows up her in 90 minutes to give me his best pitch (he'd have to sing, tap dance, give full body massages and do windows in addition to cleaning carpet, upholstery, paint walls and change light bulbs before I'd even consider buying a vacuum cleaner at this point in my life, but heh, all those other things would be good!)? Any takers? 'Cuz I just know he's gonna be looking for names. After all, he got mine from somebody... *coughhutchcough
  2. Who is making all the hen turkeys run so fast through my yard like they're scared witless and off through the woods up the hillside??? Oh wait. Just got the answer for that one - a couple of big ugly tom turkeys with their feathers all ruffled up and their faces all blue and nasty are following behind dragging their wings behind them trying to be all suave and sophisticated like. heh. That figures. No wonder those hens are running skeered... :)
Back when Mr. Kirby goes away. Later dudes. In the meantime, go look at the cool jewelry at this shop in Santa Fe that I can't wait to get back too. I'm savin' my pennies.

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Playing in my head: The Dark of the Matinee Franz Ferdinand

4.03.2005

Just Another 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.



We've had a busy weekend around here of preparing Keith for New Mexico and listening to Keli's wonderful stories of Japan. She's had some rushing from here to there to do, as well. There has been a band competition that she took part in as a member of a brass choir. And on both Friday and Saturday night Brandon's band had concerts that she went to. So this morning is pretty quiet around here. I hope she sleeps most of the day to finally start to catch up.

She's already had some contact with one or more of her new friends from Japan. :) And she wants to go back again to do more teaching. She loved the kids and found her short stay to be a life changing experience. I hope she does it.

Sitting here in the Sunday morning quiet even with the windows closing out the chill of early April, I can hear the peewee who has returned to build his nest under our screened porch. His little families have lived at our house every year since we built and we always know that spring has returned when he shows up one morning and begins his scratchy-throated warbling wake-up call.

Another sure sign is the shadow that crosses the sunny window, indicating the turkey vulture (or two) is circling overhead and will be landing up by the little cave at the top of our hill. They return every spring, as well. They're a much larger bird than they look from a distance! We've had them pass over when we've been walking atop the hill and they'll swoop above so close that they break the tops of the branches off the trees just over our heads so that they rain down on us and we'll hear the swooping noises of their bodies as they are gliding. It's very intimidating, which is their intent, of course. We've gotten too close to their nesting site.

I'll be back for a mileage update later. Good news in the neighborhood! Neighbor Lisa is cancer free!! She'll undergo some radiation and should be done. What a wonderful statement. Wish I could say that about everyone on the Inspiration List.

Great Hope.

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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.

Explore. Dream. Discover.
Mark Twain



Playing in my head: