February 16, 2009

From Couch to 5K in 9 weeks!

Have you all heard of this plan? In my effort to get into shape, I joined Curves, as I've talked about before, because I've gotten some good results when I used that gift certificate The Doctor gave me. I've also decided to add running to my activities, partly just for the therapeutic enjoyment, as I imagine it's kind of how dancing used to be for me, you just get lost in it. Plus, I plan on getting a puppy and dogs need to be walked, so why not run with her when she's old enough? I found the Couch to 5K plan wandering around someone's blog, I don't even know whose it was, not one I regularly read though.

I recruited my mom and one of my classmates to do the plan with me because I'm always better about working out when I do it with someone, or accountable to someone. I started last night but only made it through 10 minutes of the 20 minute run/walk. And I would have walked the rest except Snickers was NOT happy about the sound, I think he thought I was hurting the treadmill. Probably was. But I was wiped out!!! That 10 minutes was hard, but felt great afterwards. I figure this plan will probably take me longer than 9 weeks, because I might have to build up to the levels. This week I will probably do 15 minutes instead of 25 minutes, then next week I'll do 25 minutes. Today, I'm a little bit sore, but not horribly awful.

I'd love for you to join me! If you start the Couch to 5K plan this week, let me know your progress in the comments section!

February 13, 2009

funny friday: what shape is YOUR nozzle?

My friends, nothing noteworthy has happened this week. I bought a bookcase. Woohoo, I'm living in the fast lane, friends. Except that this has meant a beautiful thing to my bedroom where it has meant more space. Anyway, this has nothing to do with funny, just to let you know where I've been.

So, my carpool lady, her husband is thinking of getting a dog, as they put theirs down about a month ago, and they have never not had a dog. I completely understand this, as I miss my poochie all the time and while I claim Mom's Best Friend's Dog Snickers as my very own (because he loves me best) he is not actually mine, does not live with me all the time. So, I'm trying to convince her that we should get two puppies, one each, and mine can stay at her house during the day with her husband and while she has not agreed to this, I think it's a fantastic idea and so whenever we find sibling puppies on the internet, we ooh and ah over them. So yesterday we found boxer lab mixes and oh were they so cute! You know how puppies just have that little round head thing going on. She asked if they stayed round-headed and I said of course not, they get square. Because they do. And she said, "No, I know their nozzles get square, but their heads stay round." Excuse me? Their nozzles? Oh, I was on the floor! She meant of course, their muzzle or their nose, but combined them and it came out nozzles. I have been screaming about that ever since.

Now I am trying to bribe her with paying her and buying all the dogs' food if she will let us follow through on this plan, no matter what shape our dogs' nozzles are.

i don't know this woman, but i can feel her words

I made my way to this blog a couple days ago. I was bored and did one of those things where you just start clicking on links and something catches your attention, so you just start clicking...well. I came across The Run A Muck, by Amber, who has the most beautiful writing style ever, and tons of pictures of her beautiful family, and how do people have fantastic photography skills? Anyway, as I am wont to do, I have been reading her blog from the beginning and have gotten through March of last year. I came across this, which is a lovely interpretation.

February 6, 2009

funny friday: the car in the bible

Now, listen, there was much competition for this spot this week. I have the story of my mom making whale sounds because she was having a nightmare, the word of the day story told to me by the Best Friend, and the one you will read below. I couldn't do the story of my mom without putting sound on here and I just don't know how to do that. And what if the person Best Friend told me about googled the word and this blog came up? He or she would know how it got here.

One of our receptionists is looking to buy a new car having just finished her lease on her Hummer. When I went up to the desk the other day, she was looking at pictures of this new car, called the Genesis. I asked if she was getting it and she said no, but she was looking for the bible verse on it. She explained that her mom sent her an email and said the car had two bible verses, Genesis 4:9 and 3:6. She couldn't figure it out, so we went back to the bible and read the verses.

Gen 4:9
"Then the LORD said to Cain, "Where is your brother Abel?"
"I don't know," he replied. "Am I my brother's keeper?"

Gen 3:6
"When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it."

It was a very far stretch for these to give any indication as to where to find the bible verse on the car, so the receptionist kept searching. A while later, I was back up front and asked if she ever found the bible verse on the car. She started laughing and explained that her mom was confused and that the numbers were two different engine sizes available, Genesis 4.9 and 3.6.

February 4, 2009

floors are for walking, not falling

Yes, I'm a slacker, but I've also been away! Away at a conference, no less, so it was work related and paid for, but I did not bring my laptop (which Cousin Phil was appalled about) and therefore did not have a chance to tell you the following:

1. There was a woman there that was stuck to me. Every meal. Every break. I started to get irritated because it made it almost impossible to them meet other people. One night I purposely went to dinner just as it was starting and sat at a different table. Now, I know that makes me sound like an awful person, but really, I figured we would then meet other people and have a perfectly fine evening. Then. No one sat at her table. I felt awful. There was an empty space at my table, so I caught her eye and told her to come join us. She made a friend on the other side of my table. And do you know my former magnet was now stuck to someone else the whole next day. I wasn't sure if it was funny or sad.

2. I got to stay at a fancy hotel! Oh, it was pretty! And actually, I got to stay in two! A wonderful friend of mine from school had a free night at a casino/hotel and boy it was gorgeous. They had a beautiful spa there where I steamed and saunaed and whirpooled and rainbenched...oh, it was great. I also fell on the floor, but we won't talk about that. The second place, I stayed, for the conference, was also a fancy hotel, but a lot more traditional, however, I did get the room to myself, which was great. It's really hard to be your professional self all day long without some down time. And although I like my boss, not such a fan of being professional all day, every day. Sometimes, you need to be a goof.

and finally,

3. I had a wonderful dinner party with some new friends when I got home and it was fabulous. We laughed, drank wine, had some yummy dessert and dinner, and then laughed some more. And, I found out, one of my new friends reads my blog! Hi, Martha! Martha was actually the inspiration for the dinner party. We have gone to the same church for years now, but our paths hadn't really crossed until recently and we decided to have a friend date! It was super fun, we went to Target, then had coffee and decided we would be friends. During our conversation, we were lamenting the fact that all our friends were married and we were sick of them! Sick sick sick! That may be a little extreme, but thought it would be nice to have a group of single women to be around, and came up with the dinner party idea! I do hope we have another one, because it was so much fun. Don't you know we ended up talking about babies, though? I guess you can't get away from it :)

Question for you, I think I want to do monthly giveaways - is that too few? And what kind of stuff should I give?