What are we talking about today?

Here's what I'm probably talking about on any given day, although knowing me there's always a chance I've gone right off the rails:

Sunday-- Christianity, Spirituality, or similar Sunday-ish things
Monday-- Running
Tuesday-- Books
Wednesday-- Grad School
Thursday-- Random Stuff I'm Thinking
Friday-- Green or Healthy Living
Saturday-- Transportation (buses, bikes, walking)

This doesn't mean I'm here every day, but these are the days I'll generally try to stick my topics into.

25 February 2015

Long Way from Normal

Chadwick cosplaying as Enjolras at the
 2013 Austin NaNoWriMo kickoff party.
There's no good way to break this news: I lost my beloved Chadwick to a pulmonary embolism a week ago.

A few weeks ago, I was hoping to get back in the groove of blogging. Now, I'm not even sure when I'll get back into the groove of living. People keep talking about how eventually I'll find my "new normal"-- I've said it myself a few times-- but that's a long way away still.

We were married for 13 years, 1 month, and 17 days. I don't remember what it was like without him there. I don't know what the next days and weeks and months will be like.

And I don't know if I'll be blogging any of this journey to my new normal. But if I don't, just know that I'm still here, somewhere, trying to put one foot in front of the other.

12 February 2015

Signs You Moved Away from Greenfield, Indiana

I just got back to Austin after an emergency trip home for a funeral, and while I doubt this post will be interesting to anyone else, it's what was on my mind the last few days. So! A few indicators that you grew up in Greenfield, but moved away a while ago:

The old-old library in my hometown. Where I learned to love
the smell of books. Source.
1. When people say something about "the old library," you still think of the one on North Street and not the one by the high school.

2. Speaking of the high school, what have they done to the parking lot? Or the door you used to always use?

3. And hey, look, it has two stories now! You finally have a use for that elevator pass you bought when you were a freshman.

4. You act surprised when someone suggests Dairy Queen in the winter. It was better when it was seasonal, obviously.

5. You still say you're going to "Reasners" or "3D," if you're ever so mad as to go to whatever is there now.

6. Lincoln Park is apartments now? Cool. Pity it's for old folks. I'm definitely not retiring anywhere this cold.

7. Okay, the Pennsy Trail is awesome, but it was more fun going through here when it wasn't allowed.

8. Are roundabouts the new crop circles?

9. Don't even bother going to Riley Park. The good slide is long gone.

And finally...
10. You're surprised that all four clocks on the courthouse display the same time.

Okay, my life in Greenfield was a bit dull. Bet some of my high school classmates could come up with a considerably more, ahem, interesting list.

What are some quirks of people who grew up in your hometown?

10 February 2015

R is for Rings and Ramona

I was going to make this a Teaser Tuesday post and then remembered that I'm not currently reading anything that I'd like to share. So instead, I think I'll finally pick up where I left off in the A to Z Challenge last April, which is... Letter R. It's a tie for two series:

The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien

If you haven't read it yet, I can't imagine what you could possibly be waiting for.


Ramona Quimby, Beverly Cleary

My first encounter with Portland wasn't its bike culture or its coffee, or even its awesome bookstore Powell's (none of which I've actually laid eyes on, btw, but that's totally beside the point), but instead it was Ramona.

What's your favourite 'R' book?

02 February 2015

It Will, In Fact, Calm Up

Maybe I need to rethink my theme days. I literally thought, "What are some things I like to write about?" and then wrote those things down on my front page. Intentionality, it seems, is not my strong point.

I can't get over how much I love that
there are things called "chilling stations".
Unfortunately, I need to be a little less
But this week it has to be. The semester is back into full swing, and I can't hide behind denial any longer. I'm running the Austin Half Marathon in two weeks' time (yeah, I KNOW, I just did that a week ago-- the race calendar in Austin needs an attitude adjustment). My house is filling up with unanswered mail and my container garden sits on the balcony sadly neglected-- two plants need topping up with fresh new soil from my composter, three more need repotting, and one sad dead basil plant needs removing.

The only way to get it all done and make sure that my husband remembers what I look like is to be intentional. I have a laid-back deal-with-it-as-it-comes approach to life, that's all well and good sometimes but leads to elevated blood pressure all the rest of the time. "Maybe I'll just read this fanfiction for a few minutes before I go to sleep," for example, is not the greatest way to either enjoy fanfiction or get enough sleep.

So! Running. Homework. Work work. Blogging. Sorting through the dang mail. It's all on the list and I need to get on it.

What are you being intentional about this week?

(If you read this post hoping for a Stargate thing based on the title-- sorry.)

29 January 2015

3M Half: I got some free tape

Yep, I got one of these. It's shiny.
Source: 3M Half Marathon Facebook page
If you're not familiar with the 3M Half Marathon, brought to us by the people who make Post-It notes and therefore pretty much rule my life, here's the short version: It's a fast, fun downhill course and they hand out the best swag bags the world has ever seen. ("Swag" = "Stuff we all get" in this usage.)

Chadwick and I were up dark and early on Sunday morning because he had to be in his course marshal position by 6:35, and that spot was a few miles from the start line where I needed to be, so after watching Andy Murray lose a set over my pre-race oatmeal & tea (he went on to win the match, for those not keeping track), I gathered up all my race paraphernalia and out we went.

The race was great, punctuated with a few memorable moments-- some people from church had organized themselves to come out and cheer, so I stopped for hugs at miles 6 and 11 (and mile 7, where my über-race-volunteer husband was stationed). I know the crowd support was excellent, although truthfully the only sign I remember was a guy who was dressed like a pirate with a sign that read, "Run Your Booty Off!" And he was shouting encouragement in Pirate. This guy also went above & beyond-- he was at mile 5, presumably until everyone went by, then he drove down to the finish line and stood there until everyone finished. I hope they gave him a medal.

Oh, and there was a bagpiper at mile 1 who was murdering "Scotland the Brave." I think he was running out of breath by the time I passed, but it made me all kinds of sad. If you must murder something on the bagpipes, stay away from "Scotland the Brave" and "Amazing Grace."

As far as my own race went-- I ran faster than I thought I would, so I finished all kinds of happy. As a bonus, my body has figured out how to deal with this stuff now, so my legs are all well and recovered enough for me to do a long run later today. (I usually do those on Saturday, but we're promised a downpour this weekend, so... no, I think I can squeeze it in today.)

And that's the game! My next half is just over two weeks away, at the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon presented by I can't even remember who. I just know it's not Livestrong any longer. (If you click that link, watch the entire slideshow on the front page. Totally worth it.)

Presuming the rest of you aren't running 10 miles this afternoon-- what fun things do you have planned for today? (Or tomorrow, or whenever?)

28 January 2015

It's Like I Can't Even Tell Time Any More

I'm getting ready for my grad class tonight, and noticed we're already on week 3. I don't even know how that happened, yet here we are. (Just saw this xkcd comic this morning: "It's weird how I'm constantly surprised by the passage of time when it's literally the most predictable thing in the universe." Yep, me too.)

What makes this even weirder is that due to the day Texas Tech started classes (a Wednesday) plus a holiday the following Monday (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), my other class was only on week 1 this week. This is a recipe for me being confused for four months, my friends. You can count on it.

Also watching a bit of this right now.
I just dug this photo out of my blog archives,
so I've no idea where it came from to begin with.
Half marathon recap coming soon, possibly tomorrow, for those waiting with bated breath. I meant to post it Monday, but you know-- time passes and the next thing you know it's Wednesday. (I think.)

What day of the week are you on?

20 January 2015

Teaser Tuesday #40

Source: Goodreads
The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science, Natalie Angier

If you get into a cadence of swishing, however, you can instigate a smooth, sinuous, motivated wave, which would surely buoy a rubber duckie outward through all space, time, and divinity if not for the walls of the tub.

Astronomers are pure of heart and appealing puerile. They look into the midnight sky and ask big questions, just as we did when we were in college: Who are we? Where do we come from? And why are we standing around outside on the night before finals?

(Normally, I'd never do a Teaser Tuesday on a textbook, but this one is too good not to share. I love Ms. Angier's writing style & sense of humour, plus I get to learn things at the same time.)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!



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