Thursday, December 29, 2005

2006 Resolutions/Goals

I accomplished so much last year that it's hard to follow up in 2006. With two days until the New Year I'm struggling to come up with good resolutions and goals. Sure I'd like to eat better and drop a few pounds, but I don't have anything concrete.

So blogosphere, I'm letting you chime in and then I'll create a list on what you say (and of course my input too). Keep in mind, I work two jobs and I'm married and no I'm not ready for an Ironman yet. So get creative and let me know what you think.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Key West

Okay, we've been back a week, but it's been a busy week so sorry about posting so late about our trip.

Key West was a good vacation. It was relaxing and warm and a nice getaway. So much to tell, but I'm just gonna go over the basics.

Our flight out of Columbus was delayed two hours. Not a big deal to us because we were on the same plane all the way to Key West but everyone else seemed to very antsy. There were lots of kids on that was going to Orlando...and there were lots of people wearing Mickey Mouse ears.

When we got to Key West we were a little overwhelmed. We had barely gotten there and we were being accused of dropping a plastic picnic cup on somebody's car. It flew off of the balcony above ours and we were the only one on our balcony so the people made an assumption. It was really stupid. I'm sure Dave will talk more about that in his blog. He's a better storyteller. We were also unaware of the Bourbon Street nature of Duval Street in Key West. We're not heavy partiers so it came as a big surprise. We also saw two men pee outside their car right in Mallory Square. This was all on our first night. Needless to say, we were a little shell-shocked.

The next morning I got up and went for a small run. It was nice to just go out and see some of the boats and Navy yards and Mallory Square. It wasn't until after I got back from my run that we discovered a huge cruise ship right outside our window.

We went down to see the cruise ship a little closer and discovered another cruise ship docked right behind it. I love boats, so I just loved seeing these huge vessels. In total, we saw 5 cruise ships during our few days in Key West. We got to see two leave and one dock. They're just an engineering marvel. Here's a picture of me eating the Disney cruise ship.

There are A LOT of roosters and chickens running all around Key West. The first morning we went to breakfast at Blue Heaven and the roosters just hang out under your feet there. I have a fear of birds, but the roosters were so friendly that they didn't bother me.

We walked down to the Southernmost Point in the continental United States during our trip to breakfast.

The rest of that first day we went swimming (outside!), got some ice cream, watched the street performers in Mallory Square and watched the sunset. We had dinner at Kelley's, which if ever go to Key West you should definitely go and eat there. I had a delicious apple chicken and Dave had some kind of pork chops. They were to die for.

The next day we rented bikes and rode around the entire island. We saw the beach, Hemingway's house, the lighthouse, and lots more boats including the Coast Guard boats. When we rode over by the airport a jet flew right over us onto the runway. It scared the crap out of me. I had a terrible bike. The seat fell all the way down about every ten minutes.

We really wanted to go snorkeling while we were in Key West, but it was cloudy our second day and we had heard there wasn't great visibility because of hurricane Wilma still. Maybe next time. It was a short trip but we really enjoyed going during the low season. It was relaxing, it was warm, and it was just nice to get away.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

We're Outta Here!

We're heading to Key West. Tomorrow!!!! The SoCal thing didn't work out (although still hoping to go in the future), so we decided to head south for some warm weather and R&R. We're only going for a few days but it will be much better than the snow here even if it's only for a few days.

And I'm even hoping to get some running in!

Check y'all in a few days.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

The Eagle Has Landed

I landed a job today and against all advice I took the job on the spot. I am now a senior analyst for a major insurance company. (I'm not gonna tell you; I don't want to lose the job.) My start date is after the New Year so Dave and I are hoping to go on vacation sometime between now and then. We're looking in the SoCal area so Jeff, I'll be in touch.

Today I ran about 3-1/2 miles and it was hard. It was the first time I've really done a workout outside since the weather got cold. I have run very, very little in the last four weeks and it showed. I've put on a little weight and my heartrate skyrocketed. I've got my work cut out for me.

For now...I'm excited.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Oh yeah, I forgot tell you about the cool thing I got this week. I got me a heart rate monitor. Haven't the foggiest how to use it, but my heart beats and it records and somehow it should make me a better runner.

Technically the training for Boston is supposed to start tomorrow. The plan is to follow the Pfitzinger 55/18 plan, but it's hard to do speedwork since it's been snowing since Thanksgiving. I could do it on the treadmill but I don't know. That takes a lot of planning. I might just try to work my way up to 40-50 miles comfortably in a week and include swimming and spinning just for variety.

I got an official offer from the healthcare company on Friday. It's exception pay for a temporary position but I'm really hesistant to sign on the dotted line. They can't guarantee me a position when the job is done and I don't think the work would be very challenging once the initial analysis is completed. I am supposed to find out about another job tomorrow and I really have my fingers crossed for that one. The temp job wants me to sign tomorrow and start on Tuesday. I need more time than that!!! Here's hoping for the permanent job.

I'll let you know what happens, hopefully, tomorrow.

Friday, December 09, 2005

The Week in Review

I've been meaning to post this week, but I've been lazy. I tried once, but Blogger wouldn't log me on, so I gave up.

I got back to the gym this week. I swam twice, ran twice, did spinning once, and attended yoga twice. Tomorrow I'm planning on running outside.

My unborn niece, Alison Anne, was buried on Tuesday. The memorial service was beautiful. A pink rose was laid on her site. It was fitting.

The job search continues and frankly is getting old. I kinda had an offer from a healthcare company here. I had applied early and been turned down because the position was already filled. But they called this week and said they needed a temp for an engineering position for 6-12 months. I'm not really excited about taking a temp position but we'll see what comes of it. I'm meeting with them today. Because of this offer I was able to push back on positions that I was really interested in. One of them asked me to buy some time so that makes me feel somewhat confident about an offer. Hopefully next week the title to my entry will say "Best Week Ever."

Dave's company got funding today and made a sale. Halleluiah! Now we don't have to freak out too much.

Not much else to report. It's been snowing a lot, but y'all have probably seen that on the news so I really don't need to say much about that. It's cold, though!

Talk to y'all when I have better news.

Sunday, December 04, 2005


Daggone it was cold today! And yesterday! Monday of this week I wore short. This morning I went for a run and I was wearing two pairs of tights, a long sleeve wicking shirt, a short sleeve T-shirt, a fleece, hat and gloves. Yes it was a bit excessive but the wind chill was down in the 10s. It was so cold that Bridget had icicles hanging off the ends of her hair.

The run was difficult but I'm glad I did it. I did about 5 miles. I did the first 2-1/2 with everyone and then after they all left I went back out and found my dad and did his last 2-1/2 with him. My asthma's been bothering me a lot so I decided to fill my allergy prescription which really has an affect on my asthma.

Tomorrow I'm thinking about swimming and then starting to slowly build the miles back up next week. I cannot stay inside anymore! This house is driving me crazy! Somebody offer me a job!

Friday, December 02, 2005

Name Change

Amy and Rob decided not to call the baby Lola. They named her Alison Anne. That changes the whole eclectic, free spirited, daisy girl. Alison Anne is a preppier name that would be lillies or tulips. I'll have to think about that more.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

What's up with all the nakedness...

...And talking? Why do women at the gym find it their responsibility to talk to me when they are completely naked? I'm not comfortable with that! I was getting ready to go for a run and this woman is going on and on about my asthma and that I should move to Florida to get rid of my allergies and on and on. Just change and get the heck out of the locker room!!!

Yep I've been at the gym this week. I have done some running, some swimming, and some yoga. He he he! I tried yoga and was terrible at it. Twice the instructor came over and fixed my poses. I didn't see her doing that to anyone else. I'm not sure I'll try yoga again. Tonight I'm going to try to make it to spinning class.

My sister ended her pregnancy yesterday and she seems to be doing okay with it. My mom and my grandmother are a different story. Mom cried when she saw the baby's footprints and I guess my grandmother was sobbing when mom told her the surgery was complete (over the phone). Amy and Rob named the baby Lola and will be cremating her this week. She will be buried next to my grandfather and uncle. I think Lola would have been eclectic and a bit of a free spirit (the complete opposite of her sister). I'm hoping to buy Amy and Rob some yellow daisies that would represent Lola. Amy's been really brave and I'm proud of her.

I've got two interviews tomorrow for two different positions. Here's hoping it leads to something. I've been home seven weeks now and it's so boring.

Talk to you soon!