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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Get Over It!

by The Eagles

I turn on the tube and what do I see
A whole lotta people cryin' 'don't blame me'
They point their crooked little fingers ar everybody else
Spend all their time feelin' sorry for themselves
Victim of this, victim of that
Your momma's too thin; your daddy's too fat

Get over it
Get over it
All this whinin' and cryin' and pitchin' a fit
Get over it, get over it

You say you haven't been the same since you had your little crash
But you might feel better if I gave you some cash
The more I think about it, old billy was right
Let's kill all the lawyers, kill 'em tonight
You don't want to work, you want to live like a king
But the big, bad world doesn't owe you a thing

Get over it
Get over it
If you don't want to play, then you might as well split
Get over it, get over it

It's like going to confession every time I hear you speak
You're makin' the most of your losin' streak
Some call it sick, but I call it weak

You drag it around like a ball and chain
You wallow in the guilt; you wallow in the pain
You wave it like a flag, you wear it like a crown
Got your mind in the gutter, bringin' everybody down
Complain about the present and blame it on the past
I'd like to find your inner child and kick it's little ass

Get over it
Get over it
All this bitchin' and moanin' and pitchin' a fit
Get over it, get over it

Get over it
Get over it
It's gotta stop sometime, so why don't you quit
Get over it, get over it

Once Again...

Micki sent this to me, and she still disagrees that bad grammar = cute, but you do have to love that kitteh.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Candy Hearts

Your Candy Heart Says "Hug Me"

A total sweetheart, you always have a lot of love to give out.

Your heart is open to where ever love takes you!

Your ideal Valentine's Day date: a surprise romantic evening that you've planned out

Your flirting style: lots of listening and talking

What turns you off: fighting and conflict

Why you're hot: you're fearless about falling in love

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

I Guess I'm Gonna Save the World

So, I watched An Inconvenient Truth on Friday. I highly suggest that you watch it if you have not. Basically, it's a total bummer. I shocked myself by finding that I was having trouble holding back tears for a whole lot of it (especially the part where the polar bear was looking for some ice. He wasn't even a real polar bear, he was animated). After watching the movie, I got up to empty the dishwasher and didn't even want to turn on any lights because I felt guilty about it. Turns out that saving the world involves more than saving the cheerleader.

I figure that the two biggest things I can do is to try and get better gas mileage and to recycle. The first question I had was should I buy a Prius? Well, there are a bunch of reasons why I cannot or should not buy a Prius right now...

  • I am trying to buy a house and don't need to go out and buy a car right now. I'm just now paying off the car that I currently have, so I just can't run out and buy a new one. Buying ANY new car right now would be just plain stupid.
  • My car isn't that bad on fuel economy, as far as SUVs go. As a matter of fact, at the time that I bought it, fuel economy was important and only the RAV4 got better gas mileage (and one of the reasons why I did not buy a Mazda Tribute was because of the gas mileage).
  • It was pointed out to me that if I were to buy a Prius, my car would get sold to someone else and would continue to stay on the roads anyway. So, I may as well keep driving it and when it comes time to replace it, buy a Prius or hopefully some other hybrid that will be available by then (preferably by Honda, I want them to ditch the Insight for something more Prius-like). If my car is going to be driving around anyway, I may as well be the one driving it. Once my car is paid off (should happen in the next few weeks), then my money spent on gas will not exceed money spent on less gas plus a payment on a new car. So, I wouldn't even save any money on a month-to-month basis by buying a hybrid.
So, I'm going to focus on recycling. Here's a random list of things about recycling that are either interesting or piss me off...
  • Information about recycling - how to recycle, where to take recycled goods, etc, is sparse. At least for parts of Maryland. Anne Arundel County used to make it easy to recycle. Other counties in Maryland do not.
  • Plastics come with a little recycle logo on them, which states what type of plastic it is. This logo does not mean that you can recycle it. As it turns out, only #1 and #2 plastics are recyclable. And of those, only narrow-mouthed containers (like milk jugs) are recyclable. Lean Cuisine trays, for example, are made of #2 plastic, but most places don't recycle them.
  • Even if your milk jugs or whatever are "recycled," they are not made into milk jugs again. They're made into bumpers and things that are not recyclable. So, you're not stopping more plastics from being manufactured if you're recycling plastics. More information about plastic recycling and the myths about it.
  • Because plastics recycling is so ridiculous, I've decided that it's best to buy sodas in aluminum cans, since aluminum is 100% recyclable and also becomes aluminum cans again.
  • I started really thinking about what types of waste I make and I thought about yogurt containers. This is especially because Stonyfield Farms (the yogurt that I like) claims to be earth-friendly, but their containers are not recyclable. I went to their website and found some info about their packaging and I feel better about them because they make a lot of valid points about why they chose the packaging they chose.
  • FYI... Cereal boxes are "chipboard," not waxed cardboard. I think it's confusing as to what you can recycle and what you can't. This is what I'm talking about.
  • It is VERY difficult to purchase a recycle bin. Granted, I haven't actually been into a store, I've only looked online, but GEEZ. Where even do I get one? Maybe Staples, but Home Depot and Lowes didn't have them on their websites. Neither did Bed, Bath and Beyond.
So, anyway, I'm going to start recylcing cans, bottles, plastic stuff (that I can recycle), battieries, grocery bags and paper. Yay me!

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Video Review: Drill Max

As part of my January rotation, I did Cathe's Drill Max yesterday. This is a 70+ minute video which is a mix of cardio and weights, doing "functional"moves involving hand weights, a balance ball, and a resistance band. There are six "drills" which contain a cardio section, an upper body section, and a lower body section. It starts out intense and gets more and more intense as you go through the workout.

This video was a lot of fun to do. The time went by quickly and I had a great time with the sections that I didn't find exceeding my abilities. I especially loved the sections of the workout where I got to "play" with the balance ball - throwing it up in the air, bouncing it on the floor, tossing it around, etc. However, I did find a lot of the workout to be too high impact for my tastes. For example, the ski hops and bunny hops on and off the step were just too much for me.

I think of this as a "softer" Boot Camp, so if Boot Camp is a little too rough or "manly" for you, you'd like this workout. It is a space hog, though, there are walking lunges and some other lateral moves that require a lot of space. There is also a section of the video where you use the balance ball against a wall, which I would prefer not to do. There are no alternate moves for the wall section, and Cathe doesn't offer low intensity options for the majority of the high intensity moves.

Overall, I give this video 3 1/2 out of 5 stars. It loses points for the high intensity sections with no low intensity options and the wall section with no other options.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

I has...

First, there was this:

Then, this:

I think, perhaps, things are cuter when they involve a phrase like "I has a *insert object*". Let's see...

I has a marathon medal.

I has a big pickup truck.

I has a hawaiian shirt.

Yes? No?

Sunday, January 14, 2007

I Heart the Penguin

I read this article in Runner's World a few months back. I was thinking about it tonight and decided to post it. This is what I was reading when I was thinking about it (eating mint chocolate chip ice cream... mmm....)

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

The Diet Starts Today!


Oh, am I the only one that gets excited about dieting? Sorry.

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

2007 Disney Marathon

I'm in the Orlando Airport right now, on my way home. In general, the race was good and the weekend was great. More details to follow...

Friday, January 5
We left very bright and early (the plane left before 8am), and made it to Orlando in the late morning. We checked into the Saratoga Springs Resort, and our room wasn't ready so we headed on over to the marathon expo to get our race packets and check out the vendors. I got my number and chip and whatnot, I talked to Jeff Galloway, and I bought a cute windbreaker with the marathon logo on it. I talked to the guy selling me the jacket and asked him what the return policy was if I didn't finish... After taking advantage of the wireless internet offered at the Wide World of Sports Complex, we headed on back to Saratoga Springs to go to our room (which was ready).

A change of clothes and we were off to dinner at the California Grill. Dinner was spectacular. Wonderful view of the Magic Kingdom, great wines, delicious food (SUSHI!), and wonderful service. We took a stroll around the Contemporary Resort (I was on a quest to find Mickey ears to wear in the marathon) and then watched the Magic Kingdom's fireworks from the viewing thingamadoodle at the top of the Contemporary. I couldn't have asked for a better evening.

Saturday, January 6
Up late, and then we hit the pool for some relaxation time. After a couple of hours of sunning, swimming, and going down the slide, we headed over to Epcot for our DiveQuest appointment. Some cast members met us at Guest Relations and walked us backstage to the Living Seas. We got an introduction to the aquarium and what we could and could not do, etc, and then we geared up and headed into the aquarium ourselves. I had forgotten my mask in the hotel room (which sucked), but at least they had one for me.

It was so much fun!! I was having a lot of bouyancy issues, but I got to wave to the people watching, including those in the restaurant, and this was the first time I'd ever swam with sharks (7 or 8 foot Sand Tiger Sharks). Sting rays, a BIG turtle, lots and lots of fish (Todd is more helpful than I am at identifying fish). We spent about 40 minutes in the water, including some time in a diving bell where we could take off our masks and regulators and talk for a second (ok, and maybe smooch or whatever). Good times.

After the diving, we were in Epcot, so we rode Mission:Space and Test Track. By then, it was getting late and we hadn't eaten, so we high tailed it back to the resort and picked up some dinner. They were having a special pasta dinner in the restaurant, but I was getting VERY NERVOUS by then. Once back at the room, I talked to Sharon on the phone to try and coordinate where she was going to be for the marathon, then I got all of my stuff together and laid it out and got to bed by 11:30 or so... not falling asleep until after 1am sometime.

Sunday, January 7
MARATHON DAY!! The alarm went off at 3:15am. SUCK. It literally felt like I hadn't slept at all. And really, I had barely slept. After getting everything on, choking down a Clif Bar (I have GOT to find a solution to the Clif Bar issue, this time I really did gag on the last bite), we headed down to the bus stop to catch the bus to the start.

There was a walk to the bag check in, and then more of a walk to the starting line itself. The place was crowded. Todd had decided to run with me, so we headed to the same corral, but somehow there was some confusion and I was registered as the faster one, so we had to go to his corral. Mickey, Minne, Goofy and Donald talked for a bit and then counted down to the start at 6am.

First off, let me start by saying that Todd was a Godsend. He ran the entire race with me, running a bit ahead here and there. He gave me water and powerade when I needed it. He gave me sodium pills when I needed them. He made me drink, he talked and joked and sang to me and he kept my spirits up. He talked to the people around me whom I would not have talked to otherwise, he ran ahead to stand in line for me when there was a character that I wanted to get my picture taken with. I could not have finished this race in the time that I did without him. He made a couple people mad by running backwards, but for the most part, he was entertainment for everyone. Todd is awesome.

It was dark and foggy at the start. We first headed into Epcot and ran from the entrance over to Mexico and Norway and then headed backstage to head towards the Magic Kingdom. We saw a guy dressed as Mr. Incredible. I took a picture of him and then he commented to his friend that the pictures were going to get old. We also saw some Annapolis Striders folks who apparently knew my mom. She knows everyone. The sun came out sometime between Epcot and the Magic Kingdom and it started getting hot. I started getting miserable and tired. Part of the problem was that I was trying to maintain a pace that was a little fast for me (6 hours).

We passed the Contemporary and headed backstage in the Magic Kingdom. Then, we crossed through a gate and we were in the Town Square and made a right to head up Main Street USA. OH MY GOSH, but the rush from running up Main Street was awesome. There were crowds lining Main Street up towards Cinderella's Castle and I was slapping hands and cheering and having a GREAT TIME. The best time I have ever had running, EVER. We headed right around into Tomorrowland and Fantasyland and then Todd ran ahead to find a character for photos. I crossed through Cinderella's Castle and right to Liberty Square and Frontierland, where Todd was waiting for a photo with Woody from Toy Story. Then, we were off backstage again and heading towards Animal Kingdom. At some point in the Magic Kingdom, my watch had died, but Todd fixed it. I'm getting tired of that stupid watch.

The road between the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom was BORING. At first, we passed the Grand Floridian and the Polynesian and Sharon, Frank, Frankie and Jillian were standing with big green signs that said "Go Aunt Kim!" and "Go Todd!" and were cheering. I stopped for a minute to say hello and then headed along again. Then, there was just sunshine beating down. The temperature was in the 80s and I was getting hot and miserable. I am not built for running in that type of weather. We met up with a guy named Chris who was also having troubles, and I was trying to stay hydrated, eat (bananas and oranges, sodium pills, etc), and stay positive. It was rough, especially when we passed the recycling plant. All along the way were cast members cheering, dressed up, singing, and being just incredibly cool.

Finally, we reached Animal Kingdom. I think this was mile 15 or something. 16 maybe. There were some cast members with animals (hawks and parrots and lizards and things) backstage, and I think Goofy was back there also. We were then in Asia and there were LOTS of spectators, although some seemed to be a little annoyed because the park was crowded. We passed Expedition Everest and Dinoland, then headed backstage and crossed in front of the entrance to Animal Kingdom. It was the parking lot of Animal Kingdom (mile 19??) where I didn't exactly hit a wall, but I just could not keep up the same pace in that heat. I was on black asphault in beating sun, 85 degree weather, and I had run 19 miles. I was TIRED. Todd was ahead and turned and said "It's a run... Run!" and I said "no." I added a couple of longer walk breaks and then I finally resigned to the fact that I needed to switch from 2:1s that I'd been doing to 1:1s and I stuck with the 1:1s for the rest of the race.

The road between Animal Kingdom and MGM was highway. Long, sunny, boring, tiring, and two water stops had run out of water (granted, Disney had doubled the water stops because of the heat). At one point, I was in tears, and I had to walk for a while. People that I had long since passed were catching up to me. I ate some, I drank, I walked, and I recovered!! Before I knew it, it was mile 22, the mile marker I'd been waiting for. At 22.5 when we turned backstage to MGM Studios, Sharon and family were standing across the street jumping up and down. We headed into MGM with spirits high.

This is when Todd decided to let me know that I was capable of PRing if I sped up a bit. So, I tried. I was taking longer runs and shorter walk breaks. I was walking briskly. It was KILLING ME, but I knew I'd be angry at myself if I didn't give it everything that I had. Todd was incredible cheering me on. I mean it, I cannot say good enough things about him - at one point, he ran a quarter mile holding ice on my neck. Everything in MGM and the resorts and Epcot was a blur. I was getting emotional and choked up periodically. Sharon and family were standing at the Boardwalk hotel with their green posters.

We crossed through International Gateway with TONS of spectators. Someone took a photo. World Showcase was a blur. People kept telling me the finish line was coming. Todd kept shortening my walk breaks. I passed Spaceship Earth and then we were in the Epcot parking lot and there was the finish line. I crossed it. There were Sharon and Frank and family. I had to hold on to the fence to continue standing while I talked to them. I got a Mickey medal. I got rid of my chip, I got a space blanket...

... I missed my PR by 1 minute. But there was NO WAY that I could have finished that race any faster than I did. I pushed myself to the absolute limit and there was no chance of beating that heat and sun. At Marine Corps, I was disappointed in my time because I feel like I wasted it and I could have been faster. This was NOT THE CASE for Disney. Oddly, Disney was more fun, but it was a lot harder.

I'll talk about the rest of the trip later... :)
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