Thursday, July 28, 2011

Back On The Chain Gang

Ok, not really, but back home. I spent a week in Maryland for my BFF's wedding.

It was fan-freaking-tastic!

The greatest part was that Misty (the BFF), Alison (the third corner of our triangle) and I were together again. We haven't been together in, oh, 9 years? Something like that. Yeah. Long time. Together, we have the Catholic School Teacher, the ex-Mormon Whedon geek, and the Heathen. Yeah, that last one is me. We make quite the team. We balance each other out rather well.

I also saw Misty's mom, sister, brother, and 5 nieces. Wow.

The wedding was fun. A simple ceremony outside, then a relaxed, horror-movie themed reception inside. It was fun. We danced, we talked, we ate, we drank. Then we cleaned up, and Al and I crashed in my hotel room.

I also kept up my training while out there. First was a 3 mile run on Friday. SUCK. It also happened to be the most humid day during my stay. I only ran maybe 2/3 of it. Since the wedding was Saturday night, I didn't even bother trying to run Sunday. I did it Monday. 7 miles in humidity (not as bad as Friday) and hills. And I did it in 1 hour 25 minutes. Not bad!

Wednesday, however, I didn't get my 4 mile run in. I got to bed late the night before, and wanted plenty of sleep before traveling all day. Thought I might get a run in when I got home, but my last flight was delayed. By the time I was home I was exhausted.

So I walked the mutt this morning, and we'll do 5 miles instead of 4 tomorrow. I'll try to keep on schedule and do 8 miles on Sunday. If I need to, I can redo this week. It would put me a little behind for the 10 mile run in August, but it's doable.

I didn't eat so well in MD. I didn't eat out a whole lot, but I didn't eat as well as I try to at home. We cooked large meals at Misty's house a lot of the time. Saved me a little money, though. I did get some fresh seafood as well. Misty's new FIL steamed blue crab for us. Yes, fresh steamed blue crab. D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S!

My last evening in MD, I did bra fittings. Surprise! Not really. I fit all the women in Misty's house. That's 5 girls and 4 women. I'll talk more about that over at the Bra Crusader, though.

It is good to be home, and will be even better when J gets home from the field tonight. 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

A Good Day While Traveling? Why, Yes...

I did have a good day yesterday. Had a decent run, got moving, got to the airport with plenty of time.

As I was walking through the airport, I saw someone that looked familiar. He gave me the "I should know you" look as well. Then, from the recesses of my brain, I pulled out his name. Jeff. He went to high school with me. He was in the El Paso airport.

We weren't friends, acquaintances though. Had some classes together. He was in EP for work, on his way back home.

So that started it. Had some good flights, no worries. Then remembered that I forgot my camera. And my GPS. Ugh.

I got to the car rental counter and was asking how much it would cost to rent a GPS for the week, when the guy threw it in for me. Yeah. I got the GPS for free. This is my first time renting with Hertz, and it's been great so far. I even got a hybrid car which will save me on the gas.

Of course, after all that, I got to see Misty, Alison, and a bunch of Misty's family. I got so many hugs last night. 5 young women (nieces) giving me hugs when I got there, hugs before bed, and a couple more when I left.

I slept in this morning and even had time to blog. Yay! Now I'm heading back over to Misty's to see everyone.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Let's Learn Something

Specifically something about me.

I've know my whole life that I'm in Introvert. My mother is also an introvert, so I was raised knowing that it is OK to be that way. Thanks Mom!

I read a great article shared by a friend on Facebook, who found it through her friend and who knows where it started. It's about Introverts. They found some science to it. Basically my brain doesn't like dopamine. It also covers some of the "myths" about introverts. I highly recommend you check it out. Don't bother with #2 when it comes to me. I really am shy as well as introverted. I really am weird, too.

I've never been comfortable around lots of people. I learned how to fake it. I still get anxious when I have to do anything in a large group of people. Even if it's family. I tend to hang on the outside of the crowd, where it's easy to escape. It's almost like being claustrophobic, but I only feel that way when surrounded by people. And semi trucks, but that's another story. It's definitely not agoraphobia. I love going out and doing things, just not when there is a large crowd involved. And there are multiple phobias that come up for fear of crowds. It's never really interfered with my life, except that I don't go to concerts. I would love to for the music, but I avoid it for the crowd.

Family reunions aren't as fun for me, because as much as I love seeing everyone, I'm done in about an hour. Ready to go. Maybe that's why I wasn't fond of large family dinners for Christmas. I really had to push myself when we moved here to branch out and meet people. It was a push for me to join the Officers' Wives group here. I'm glad I did, but I still tend to stick to the outskirts. I always look for the easy escape as well, the way out in case I can't take anymore.

I'm much more comfortable with just a few friends. People I don't have to worry about impressing, or making small talk with.

Perfect example is this wedding I'm headed to. It's my best friend's wedding. I'm super excited to see her and our friend Al. SUPER excited. But I'm not looking forward to the crowd. A bunch of her family is staying with her, in her small house. Just hearing that over the phone sent my brain into panic mode. I got a hotel room. I ended up having to stay the next town over, but I have my own room I can escape to. When I told J about it, he agreed right away that I should get a hotel. The hotel room is the most expensive part of this trip, but for my mental health, it's worth it. I will definitely need some recharging time. My runs will be a great recharge also.

I also totally have to agree with JG over at Me and My SoldierMan, when she says that we introverts love social media. It's true. I can check in on my friends and acquaintances without having to go out and do. It can help pull me out of a funk some days. Make me feel attached to the world without having to be around a bunch of strangers.

So there you have it. Bet you didn't know that when I say I don't like people, I mean it. I honestly don't like people. I love animals, and could be around them all day. But people, no. Hell no. Certain people are exceptions, like the hubs of course, but in general, even my family drives me to have alone time.

Ok. I've shared enough. Time to take my introverted butt off the couch and get some packing done.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Run for a Margarita

Wow. I haven't posted in 10 days. Sorry about that. Got busy and the writing bug stayed far away.

So I've pushed myself up a week in my half marathon training. This way I'm in line to run the post 10 miler next month. Doing good so far. Big test will be next weekend, in MD, when I have to run 7 miles.

So, today. J and I took our bikes to the west side and rode up to a little coffee shop in Old Mesilla. Ended up being about 25 miles round trip. The last 5 miles were hell. Seriously, I died. I just couldn't peddle anymore. Holy Crap. Seriously.

I also have this issue with my hands and right shoulder when I ride. I get this horrid pain in my shoulder, right up against my neck. It's sharp, stabbing type pains. Not fun. And my hands started going numb. Not very fun. Not sure what caused it. Hadn't really had the tingly hands problem before. Gotta try to figure that out. Not sure if I'm overextending, pinching something, or if I just need more upper body strength.

Then, tonight, we had signed up for the Run for a Margarita. Just a 5K, right? A 5K in the evening. In 103 degree heat. When you're used to running in the morning, after a full night sleep, in the 80s, then a hot evening run is hell. I actually walked. My unofficial time is 32:21. Yes, that's with walking. I honestly think I could have had 30 minutes and some change if I hadn't walked. But hell! It was hot. Hot enough that I even took my shirt off and ran in my leggings and sports bra.

Hot as balls, as J would say.

J and I both have blisters. I think we weren't prepared for the heat. My feet were sweaty before we even started, which I think is why I blistered. Might need to learn to run in socks when it's hot enough for sweaty feet. I mean, my feet sweat in the mornings, but I put on my shoes and go. I don't have to drive over there and wait for it to start.

My training calls for a 6 miler tomorrow. Don't know if I can on the blisters. I think I'll rest tomorrow and do the 6 miles on Monday. I'll have to be careful to not overdo it as the mileage increases.

I think that's it.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Back to the Routine

The long weekend was great. I may have over ate a little and put on a pound or two, but I had a great time with J. We definitely needed that.

Now it's back to work. For both of us. Ok, well only sort of for me. I bought backing material for my next quilt and hope to get started on that this week. Got my grocery shopping done in the afternoon (I prefer mornings) and survived.

I have been slightly headache off and on this weekend, and I hope to fix that tonight. Tomorrow is my first run on my half marathon training. Fortunately it's a short one. I will keep taking Remy with me as long as I can. My weekday runs he should be fine with for a while still. The long runs are on Sundays.

As my runs get longer, I'm going to try using J's water belt. It has 2 little water flasks. He would like a new one, so if I like this one I can keep it. If I don't, I'll get my own. I will definitely need one on those longer runs, though. J suggested I use it if I'm running for more than 1 hour. I can finish a 10K (6.2 miles) in 1 hourish, so past that I'll definitely need water.

Aaaaaaand, that is all I have right now. 

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Training Schedule

I decided I need to get my butt moving on this half marathon training. I found a training program I like at and altered it to fit my needs. It had race day on a Saturday, and my race is on a Sunday, so I bumped the days. Also realized I can start at week 2, so I added in another week. The longest distance it had me going was 12 miles, so I threw in another week going to 13 miles. Then 2 weeks to recover and taper before the race.

My finished product is after the jump. I am considering Thursdays as either Cross Train (CT) or rest. I'll see how my body is feeling. Might be a great day for long walks with the dog. As I go on, I will do my best to make sure I'm not overdoing it, and I'm willing to turn cross train days into rest days.

Friday, July 1, 2011

It's Changing. Again.

Tattoo idea, version 3. The original flame and water drop, somewhere between japanese and realism, with the Hebrew for Fire and Water under the relative design. I have plenty of resources to make sure my Hebrew is correct, and I will make sure they use my exact copy.

I WILL NOT have incorrect Hebrew tattooed on me. I will bring it in and have them copy it to the correct size and use exactly that. Hebrew reads left to right, not right to left like English.

I found a funny blog, all about Bad Hebrew Tattoos. They also posted a GIF of the correct Hebrew spelling of the 4 elements.

I will even run these past a reliable personal source before using them in my tattoo. (That means you, Zach!)

Eventually I may incorporate earth and wind into my back piece, but fire and water have always been my favorite elements. I want fire on the left shoulder blade and water on the right. Don't know why I want those sides, just always have. That has never been an issue in this tattoo design.

What brings this on? J and I went to the Texas Tattoo Showdown here in El Paso today. (I would put a link here, but they only have a myspace page, and it sucks.) J was having ideas for his (he says he's waiting till he's 30 (or older) to get one), and of course I was itching to get a new one. So I've been looking them up online.

Jason is going to do some research and try to work up some sketches for me. Hells yeah!

We found 1 artist at the tattoo convention who had some Native American work that is along the lines of what J is looking for. So I grabbed his card. Turns out he's my friend's friend, has done 1 of hers and all of her daughter's tattoos, and is in Las Cruces, NM. Ah yeah.