Interstellar Adventures

May 10, 2005

My sister is moving

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 3:27 pm

OK, so I have two sisters. The 19-year old B, and M, who is 27. I got an email today from M, and she’s MOVING to COLORADO on MAY 30!

She’s been talking about moving for a long time. Resons are kinda fuzzy. She’s not happy here, so she thinks she’ll be happy elsewhere. She has no friends here (well, except one that I greatly dislike), so she thinks she can make more elsewhere. She doesn’t like her job here, so she thinks she can find a better one elsewhere. Oh, and our lives are so busy she doesn’t see us that much anyway, so it won’t be like we’ll actually miss her. WHATEVER!

So, she sends me an email today and is like ‘Um, I’m moving, so I won’t be here for Z’s birthday, so can I take him out another day’. And I was like ‘Oh, were you planning on telling me or were you just going to stop by on the way out of town.’

HELLO! This is the dumbest idea ever (IMHO)! But, who am I to stop her. Just up and move with no job, not much money, and no idea what the heck you’re gonna do once you get there. That’s cool. It’ll all work out…sure.

Sorry, I just had to rant there a little.

May 9, 2005

Trying not to chicken out

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 1:18 pm

So I’ve been doing really well on my running, but I haven’t been on my bike in two weeks and I haven’t been in the pool in three weeks. I’m trying to psych myself up to do the Tri I promised myself I’d do. Even if I only do the sprint distance — I had originally planned to do the International distance. Now I’m not so sure. I’m actually more worried about the distance of the swim and the fact that it’s open water. I can do the bike and run no problem. Gaaa! What to do…please put pressure on me not to chicken out! I want to do it! I swear!

May 8, 2005

Happy Mother’s Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 6:46 pm

Today was a good Mother’s Day. My children were baptized today, and our entire family was together. My family and D’s family came together and had a pleasant day and we were all happy for the moment. Z got me the sweetest card, which made me cry. He was sad that I cried, but I told him it was ok because they were happy tears. L was sweet as could be. My niece even called me ‘Aunt T’ for the first time and asked to sit in my lap. She’s two, but very particular and shy about who holds her. It all made for quite a special day.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there. You are truly special people.

May 7, 2005

My first meme

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 11:34 am

I just figured out what the heck a meme is, and then I get tagged with one. Thanks FTS…I think!

The object is to find a song on my hard drive that suits me and my personality. Well, I don’t have any songs on my hard drive, but I do have a bunch on my MP3 player. So, I would have to say…

I Will Survive
Gloria Gaynor

At first I was afraid
I was petrified
Kept thinking I could never live
without you by my side
But then I spent so many nights
thinking how you did me wrong
And I grew strong
And I learned how to get along
and so you’re back
from outer space
I just walked in to find you here
with that sad look upon your face
I should have changed that stupid lock
I should have made you leave your key
If I had known for just one second
you’d be back to bother me

Go on now go walk out the door
just turn around now
’cause you’re not welcome anymore
weren’t you the one who tried to hurt me with goodbye
Did you think I’d crumble
Did you think I’d lay down and die
Oh no, not I
I will survive
Oh as long as i know how to love
I know I will stay alive
I’ve got all my life to live
I’ve got all my love to give
and I’ll survive
I will survive (hey-hey)

It took all the strength I had
not to fall apart
kept trying hard to mend
the pieces of my broken heart
and I spent oh so many nights
just feeling sorry for myself
I used to cry
But now I hold my head up high
and you see me
somebody new
I’m not that chained up little person
still in love with you
and so you felt like dropping in
and just expect me to be free
and now I’m saving all my loving
for someone who’s loving me

Go on now go walk out the door
just turn around now
’cause you’re not welcome anymore
weren’t you the one who tried to hurt me with goodbye
Did you think I’d crumble
Did you think I’d lay down and die
Oh no, not I
I will survive
Oh as long as i know how to love
I know I will stay alive
I’ve got all my life to live
I’ve got all my love to give
and I’ll survive
I will survive

Go on now go walk out the door
just turn around now
’cause you’re not welcome anymore
weren’t you the one who tried to hurt me with goodbye
Did you think I’d crumble
Did you think I’d lay down and die
Oh no, not I
I will survive
Oh as long as i know how to love
I know I will stay alive
I’ve got all my life to live
I’ve got all my love to give
and I’ll survive
I will survive

and

Eye of the Tiger
Survivor

Risin’ up, back on the street
Did my time, took my chances
Went the distance, now I’m back on my feet
Just a man and his will to survive

So many times, it happens too fast
You trade your passion for glory
Don’t lose your grip on the dreams of the past
You must fight just to keep them alive

It’s the eye of the tiger, it’s the thrill of the fight
Risin’ up to the challenge of our rival
And the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night
And he’s watchin’ us all with the eye of the tiger

Face to face, out in the heat
Hangin’ tough, stayin’ hungry
They stack the odds, till we take to the street
For the kill with the skill to survive

It’s the eye of the tiger, it’s the thrill of the fight
Risin’ up to the challenge of our rival
And the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night
And he’s watchin’ us all with the eye of the tiger

Risin’ up, straight to the top
Had the guts, got the glory
Went the distance, now I’m not gonna stop
Just a man and his will to survive

It’s the eye of the tiger, it’s the thrill of the fight
Risin’ up to the challenge of our rival
And the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night
And he’s watchin’ us all with the eye of the tiger

The eye of the tiger
The eye of the tiger
The eye of the tiger

Who to tag next? Hmmm. Well, definitely Culfy. Oh, and Goldiemowling. And, last but not least, my little sis. Fun fun fun!

Dino Dash

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 11:33 am

I set a Personal Record today! I ran the Dino Dash 5K and 10K. Yes, two races. It was either that or run for an hour and thirty minutes by myself. So, I collected another t-shirt and some other free swag!

Even though I drank too many lemon drop martinis last night, I still managed to drag my butt out of bed and make it to the race early. I got registered and then relaxed in my car for a few minutes before meeting my friend Judy and her family before the start. Judy was shocked that I had even showed up. She was at poker night last night and was frowning at me as I consumed consecutive martinis. LOL! Judy, you should know that if I say I’m going to do something, I’m going to do it!

So, we lined up for the start and planned our race goals. I was hoping to finish in less than 35 minutes. This was doable at my recent paces. Q, Judy’s 7-year old son was hoping to finish in 32 minutes. Nothing to challenge you like a 7-year old! Her 12 year old daughter L was planning on running a 9:30 pace! These people are crazy. Her husband Keith was running with Q to keep him on pace, and Judy had one of the people from her running class to pace with. I would be left on my own to run, but that’s OK, I had my music!

The start gun went off and we started our watches and our legs running. There were a lot of kids and walkers in this race, so it was difficult to dodge them all at the start until we got spaced out better. I was concerned that I started too quickly when at the 1 mile marker I looked at my watch and saw 10:46. I tried to slow down a little, but didn’t want to pull up too short. I decided to go for as long as I could to try and meet my goal. Mile 2 split was 21:56, so that one was a little slower. I was still feeling good and had my breathing under control, and was on pace to exceed my goal of 35 minutes, so I decided to push it and see what I could do. I crossed the 5K finish in 33:26! WOW! And, ahead of Q I might add. How sad is it that I’m proud to beat a 7-year old. OK, I’m not proud to beat him, I’m proud that I didn’t let him beat me! I would feel such shame…

Then I had about 5 minutes before the 10K started, so I grabbed a bottle of water and cheered on a few more people that were crossing the finish line. I switched my race numbers (yes, a number for each race) and got ready to go again. The gun went off and I knew I was just going to run this one to finish. My legs were wobbly already and my right knee was starting to twinge a bit. So, I stayed pretty far back in the pack, and was quickly left in the dust by all those ‘good’ runners. I was shooting for a 12 minute pace or thereabouts to finish the 10K. Through the third mile I was doing pretty well on that. At mile 4 (my mile 7 in reality) my legs started to go numb and my quads were burning. I thought maybe if I walked a miniute, but no, when I tried that, it hurt worse than if I just kept running. Plus my breathing was totally under control and even, so it was just a matter of me mentally pushing my body. I allowed myself to walk through the last water station, but then it was back to a trot to finish out the race. I passed a few people there at the end, which is always good…you know you didn’t push yourself too hard and managed to cross the finish line in 1:16:17. Just around a 12:15 pace. Not glamorous, but gets the job done.

Now if I could just find me a Cinco de Mayo party…and a mojito.

May 6, 2005

White Rock N Roll

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 10:40 am

Cool! So the White Rock N Roll 5 mile last night was fabulous! The rain had cleared and it had warmed up considerably. This worried me a bit as I had packed long tights and a long sleeved shirt. I met up with my AT friend Foxy Roxy and her friend Koleen…at least I would have someone to start with!

After waiting around the start for a bit, the race finally kicked off about 10 minutes late. There was quite a crowd there, and we were kind of far back, so it took a bit to get up to cross the start line. I punched my watch and headed off with a goal of finishing in less than an hour.

I had to dodge a few walkers early on, and it was a bit difficult to get a good pace going early on. I was trying not to go out too fast, as I am wont to do in races. My goal was a fairly even pace and I didn’t want to kill myself too quickly. There were bands placed about every half to three-quarter mile…hence the Rock N Roll, so I didn’t wear my headphones, but chose to enjoy the live entertainment. I paced myself behind a couple of other runners for the first mile, and checked my time. 11:20 for mile 1. A bit quicker than I had anticipated, but I was feeling OK. I slowed down a bit for mile 2, mainly due to the hills. About half-way through mile 2, it started back downhill again, and I was able to run a bit faster. I got to the 3rd mile marker, and doused myself with a bit of water…I was warm. At the 5K mark my watch said 35:00, so I was on a good pace to meet my goal. After the hills in miles 2 and 3, my legs were a bit wobbly, but the last half of the race was mostly downhill to flat.

Starting with the hills in mile 2, I was starting to pass some people that I had kept on pace with so far. Mile 3 brought on some new ‘challengers’, and I managed to outlast them as well. On to mile 4, I caught up with quite a few people, and from 4 to the finish, I picked up the pace just a little. With a little more than a quarter mile to the end, I passed a lady that was walking. When she saw me, she started to run again. She got just a little ahead of me, and then I really turned it on, sprinting the last bit to the end. I almost caught one other lady too, but she had a little more juice left in the tank than I did.

As I neared the finish line, I could hear Foxy Roxy yelling and whooping it up for me! It’s great to have encouragement!

I crossed the finish in 57:09, meeting my goal of finising in less than an hour. As I was running the last mile I wanted to finish in under 57, and I just barely missed it. Oh well, next time.

Roxy and Koleen and I stretched a bit and then walked back up to the Point and grabbed a piece of pizza, a few freebies, an awesome orange and a bananna and found ourselves a little patch of grass to sit and watch the sun set over White Rock Lake. The place is gorgeous! And to think, this was only my third time out there. The sunset was full of pinks and purples and reds, slowly blending in with the deepening blue of the sky. There were clouds neatly spread out across the skyline, and with Downtown Dallas peeking up in the background, it was simply magical. What a night.

Tonight is poker night again with the girls. I really can’t win this time. I have to go to bed early! Up at the crack of dawn to run 9 miles tomorrow morning means just a little bit of poker and no more than 2 martinis. 😦 That makes me sad. I love martinis.

May 5, 2005

oh, and I trained too

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 8:43 am

Sorry, got so worked up over his comment, I forgot to post that I did my training recovery run. 2.1 miles, 23:39, ~11:15 pace. Was supposed to do 30 minutes, but had to get the kids from after-school care, so I had to cut it short. Hope to run the White Rock N Roll tonight if I can find a last-minute baby-sitter. If not, I’ll run those dreaded sprints again. I’d rather run 5 miles…

May 4, 2005

You were stupid not to see it coming

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 8:31 pm

The gloves are off. I tried to be nice. I haven’t said a bad word about him. But now, after tonight, I can’t hold back. Yes, the above is a direct quote from him spoken this evening. “You were stupid not to see it coming.” Bam. There it is. Yes, this is the winner that I’ve been married to for 7 years, together for 11, and had 2 kids with. And, just another hint at what a stand-up guy he is, he moved out while I was at work, after what now is evident as a ‘good-bye screw’ the night before. He SOOOO does not deserve me! I am so much better than that. After the initial shock, I realize I am better off without him. I am happier, more relaxed, more confident, and taking better care of myself and my kids. I don’t need him around with his self-centered concerns. Good-bye to you.

Realization

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 9:58 am

Sometimes there’s something sitting right in front of you, but you can’t see it. “Plain as the nose on your face” some might say. But, you’re not looking for it. Then, suddenly, it hits you smack in the face.

Yesterday, I ‘saw’ my littlest sister for the first time. I have two sisters and a brother (I’m the eldest). My sister M is 27, my brother J is 24, and my sister B is 19. We’re all very different, yet very alike. Yet, due to circumstances of childhood and time, we’re not as close as we could be. Especially my youngest sister and I. Nearly 11 years difference in our age makes us a different ‘generation’. And, while I adored her when she was a baby, by the time she was a toddler, I was a teen and interested in other things. Then, I became and adult and had no use for a tween/teen, other than a baby-sitter of course.

We are all intelligent, but B has something special. She’s an old soul I think. She has a creativity that I could only dream of. She also got the height I desired, which is somewhat of a sore spot for me. OK, I’m tall (5’8″), but she got that extra inch and half or so that I yearned for. She has beautiful brown eyes and long, thick brown hair. She is so good at math and science and art, but English (my forte) is a pain for her.

Yet yesterday, I stumbled upon her blog, and I was amazed. “I can’t write. I hate writing.” she says. Ok, she can’t spell, but she can write. But that wasn’t what hit me square in the face. What hit me was the fact that I don’t know my sister. There were emotions and ideas that I never imagined that she had. Her spirit shone through. Maybe it’s only apparent to me because she’s my sister and I could ‘read’ into some of the postings. I’ve always looked at her as a little girl, but she has become a young woman. One that I want to know better.

So I called her last night, and with tears in my eyes, I told her how much I loved her, how proud I was of her, how sorry I was that I’ve only ever viewed her as a little kid, how sad I was that I had never taken the time to ask her how she was doing and really listened to her.

The world is superficial, but that’s not how we’re supposed to be with our loved ones, yet that is what I had done to her. I could use so many excuses…wrapped up in life, job, kids, etc. I won’t kick myself for my past actions, but I will so look forward to getting to know my sister, hang out with her, treat her as a friend, learn from her, and love her.

I love you B.

May 3, 2005

anti-speed

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 11:22 am

Oh! My burning quads! After careful consideration, speed work immediately following a long run is not recommended. I should have switched up my rest days this week. At least I get to rest today! I felt like a total slug last night on the track. It was cool, if not a little windy on the back side of the track. Resistance! At least I ran though. That’s what counts.

Glad I’m not the only one who loves her tights-shorts! Anything that requires adjusting when you’re running is no bueno. HA!

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