Interstellar Adventures

September 30, 2005

And then there was the time…

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 12:48 pm

I had to refer back to Your Questions for a topic for today’s post.

Indigo asked: Let’s hear a story from your childhood, anything totally embarrassing you did as a kid that you thought for sure you could get away with?????

Ah, my formative years. I was a rather sheltered child. My dad was a doctor, my mom a stay-at-home mom. There were strict rules about who I could go out with, you know the ‘We want to know who, where, why, what and how.’ for every movement I made. I had a few close friends, rather four to be exact. Heather, Jill, Leigh Ann & Becky. I was closer to Heather and Jill. I spent just about all my free time between third grade and my senior year in high school with Heather, and the others would rotate in and out. Heather’s parents were even more strict than mine, and so were Jill’s. Very religious and all that.

One weekend, we plotted our ‘night out’. It was my brother’s 9th birthday, and I didn’t want to be anywhere near the house with him and all his little baseball friends having a birthday party. Jill wanted to hang out with her boyfriend that she wasn’t allowed to see. Our grand plan? We would tell our parents that we were spending the night at each other’s house, when in reality, we would stay out all night long! How stupid can a couple of 15 year old girls be!

We met up at the mall. Each of our respective parents dropped us off, thinking the other parent would be picking us up a couple of hours later. Little did they know. We walked around the mall for a little bit, then back through the neighborhood to her boyfriend’s house. Chris and his friend Don Eric came out with a six pack of Lone Star Light, and we headed for the local elementary school playground. I had known Don Eric since first grade, and he was kind of a dork. Jill and Chris had transferred in during Jr. High School. So, we’re at the playground, drinking the crappiest beer made on earth. Chris and Jill are making out over by the slide or something. And there I am, trying to make conversation with Don Eric. I think he had been drinking a lot that night, because he starts trying to make out with me. Uh, no thank you. I was totally not going to make out with this dork!

I finally got Jill’s attention and made it clear that we needed to head out, so we started walking back towards Chris’ house. When we got there, we were hanging out by his garage, just talking and listening to some music. By this time I don’t even think it was 10 pm. Chris’ step-mom comes walking out the back door and looked at Jill and said ‘Your dad’s looking for you. You two better scoot.’. Uh-oh. Something in our ingenious plan had gone wrong! We decided to go to her house, and as we walked, we thought up our cover story.

We got back to her place, and her dad was soooo mad. We tried with the cover story of ‘Well, we changed our minds about where we were going to stay, and we went to see a movie, and we just got out.’ Yeah, that didn’t fly. He griped at Jill until she was in tears, and I was scared out of my wits too. Then he put me in the car and drove me back to my house. I was never more fearful of going home.

Once I was inside, I was glad that my dad was out of town. My mom had obviously been crying, and was alternating between ‘Thank God my baby’s home.’ and ‘You’re so lucky I don’t kill you myself.’. I tried to play it cool like ‘Oh you’re making a bigger deal out of this than it is.’, but that wasn’t working very well for me. I ended up being grounded from everything for the rest of the school year, which ended up being about six weeks. I could go to school, swim practice and ballet, but other than that, no phone, no TV, no movies, no friends, no nothing. Straight home and into my room until dinner, then after dinner, straight back to my room.

The really embarassing part though? As if getting caught wasn’t enough, my mom has to heap more embarassment out on me. In my room I had a big poster-sized laminated board that I could write on with those dry-erase markers. All of my friends names and phone numbers were written on that board. Along with anyone that I had ever met even once, and happened to get their number. My mom called every single person on that list asking if they knew where I was. Some people didn’t even remember me. Others were ‘Gosh, no ma’am. We hope she’s OK.’. Because of course my mom was in tears while making these calls and trying to find me. So, every time I saw any of these people over the next couple of weeks, I got the ‘What the heck happened that night?’ question. Trying to explain how Jill and I were really bad liars was excruciatingly embarassing.

And how did we get caught you wonder? Well, turns out that Jill’s dad called my mom and said ‘What time should I pick Jill up tomorrow?’. My mom responded with ‘What do you mean, the girls are spending the night at your house.’. The jig was up at that moment. They looked for us for two hours before Chris’ step-mom talked to us.

I had been caught doing stupid things before, but that was probably the biggest one. At that time, I resolved that I wasn’t ever going to try to break the rules again, because no matter what, I always, always, always got caught. I never ever got away with a ‘stunt’, as my dad like to call them. So, for the rest of my high school years, I only went where I said I was going, hung out with who I said I was going to hang out with, and called if I changed plans or moved locations. Yeah, I didn’t have a lot of dates.

Well, except for that one New Year’s…

September 29, 2005

Thursday Thirteen

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 9:36 am

Thirteen things on my mind today:

1. Elle and Zed stay with their dad on Wednesday nights. When my phone rang at 6:30 this morning, I got worried. Evidently Elle started throwing up this morning. Surprisingly, her dad called into work and is keeping her home today. He stopped by and got some anti-throw-up medicine for her, so hopefully she’ll feel better today. I don’t want to have her throwing up still tonight.

2. We got a cool front! It was 62 degrees outside this morning! Today’s high is going to be around 75! I wore a sweater to work!

3. Yesterday, my sister finally uploaded some of her art work. It’s really just her class work exercises, but I think it’s fantastic. The one I linked to is my favorite, and I have dibs on getting it framed and hung at my house after she has her final review. Be sure to check out the other works she has posted. There’s not many yet, but I’m so blown away by her talent. I love you B!

4. My doggies are so slobbery. I was on the phone last night and Wrigley kept trying to lick me. She also has really bad gas. Worst gas I’ve ever known for a dog to have.

5. Our newspaper has changed their puzzle/comics section this week. I don’t think I like it. They’ve made a lot of changes to format in the whole paper over the last year. Some I like, some I don’t. We’ll see if this one lasts.

6. My marathon of course. I feel like I’m beating it to death though. 24 more days! Over the day I waiver between excitement and dread. I’ll be fine, I know!

7. My house is bugging me. The thing is I’ve had a bunch of stuff on a ‘list’ for a long time. I think after this ‘running’ stuff has ‘run’ through me, that’s the next thing I’m going to tackle. I’m going to bust out some paint on my walls!

8. I need to go see my Grandaddy in Houston. I haven’t seen him since last November. How is it that life flies by so fast and we don’t know where the weeks have gone? He’ll be 81 this November. I’ll have to tell about him sometime. He’s very special to me.

9. Elle and Zed are in my ex-brother-in-law’s wedding this weekend. Elle is a flower girl and Zed is the ring-bearer. They’re both excited. I was originally supposed to do a reading in the wedding, but my Ex kinda screwed that up. What’s even funnier is that last month his brother asked if I was still doing the reading. His family is bizarre! I could be closer to them I guess, but I just feel like they didn’t do a whole lot to support my marriage ever, and I’m mad about that.

10. I have my divorce papers sitting, ready to be signed. I need to have them reviewed by my dad’s lawyer, but other than that, it’s almost over. It feels so anticlimactic.

11. I need to get my oil changed and my car inspected.

12. Along with last night’s cool front, we got a heck of a thunderstorm. Lightning flashing all around and the wind blowing hard. I love thunderstorms.

13. I need to get a manicure. I painted my nails last weekend, but I need someone to do a better job shaping my nails. They can leave my feet alone though. I need those callouses until after my race. Then I’ll get my feet back to baby-smooth.

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!
1. MommaK @ Petroville
2. Leanne
3. E @ Retrospect
4. Uzi
5. Crusty Crone
6. Mary @ Elsewhere
7. Keb @ What the
8. Jessica @ Daydreams & Musings
9. Rashbre

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

Leanne says: Thirteen things is all I ask for, and what do you get in return? Linkage! If you do it, leave a comment here and link me to your Thursday Thirteen. I will be sure to update my entry with links to yours, and then you can continue the chain if you like! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

September 27, 2005

Twenty-Six Days and Counting

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 3:55 pm

Including today, I have 17 more workouts remaining. Today’s was easy in comparison to what I’ve got ahead of me. This morning was a mere 4 miles, completed in 45:54, plus a 1 mile warm-up/cool-down. My right glute/hip was bugging me again despite stretching, so I will be calling Dr. Pain to schedule some torture therapy sessions between now and race day.

I have more speed work to look forward to on Thursday. The dreaded Yasso’s-kickin’-my-assos. And my longest run, 4 hours or 20-22 miles, this weekend. I’m thinking I’ll be running longer than 4 hours in order to get the mileage in.

The plane tickets are purchased and the hotel is booked. So, there’s no chickening out now. I’m alternating between feeling excitement and dread. I know that this last part of it is mental, and I’ve been feeling mentally exhausted the past couple of weeks. I’m starting to come out of that, trying to visualize a strong race and the finish. When I’m having a good run, I try to memorize that feeling for use at a later time.

This last weekend my sister asked me what I think about when I run that long. I told her I couldn’t remember, because honestly, I can’t. I only use my headphones when I run at the track. During my long runs I leave them behind because they aren’t allowed at the race. The time from my long runs just kind of runs (excuse the pun) together and turns into a large blank for me. I go into a sort of trance. I’m aware of what’s going on around me, but it’s almost an out-of-body experience. I feel relaxed and I look down at my watch occasionally, surprised about how much time has passed. Before I know it, I’m done. Hopefully the race will be that way too. I’ve been studying the course (this is a link to a PDF document) and starting to visualize and plan how I will run the race.

I’m not thinking about my time goal as much anymore, and instead focusing on getting across that finish line. Part of that visualization includes my friend Judy, waiting for me with a big hug and my Tiffany’s finisher necklace. My very first ‘blue box’ item! There’s supposedly a concert afterwards, but they haven’t announced who the band is yet.

The countdown continues!

September 26, 2005

It’s all about the party!

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 11:59 am

First of all, thank you all for your thoughts and prayers for my family. My uncle that lives closest to the coast had some minor mess, but no damage to his house. They got a little bit of rain, and their electricity got knocked out for a bit, but other than that, they’re all safe and sound. My grandaddy and other uncle also fared well. A couple of small branches missing from the trees, but didn’t lose a single shingle. Up here in Dallas, we didn’t get any of the forecasted rain, and only some minor wind. I have a lot of leaves in my yard, and a few houses in the neighborhood lost a couple of branches, but other than that, we’re just fine.

Friday night I went to go see Coldplay with my girlfriends. It was an awesome show! I didn’t get home until nearly 1 am, but not for lack of trying. The show was sold out, and the parking lot was a fiasco.

Saturday morning it was so hard to get out of bed. My alarm went off at 4:15 am, and I finally rolled out of bed at 4:30. Our long run got changed to Saturday morning because of the threat of Hurricane Rita. And, instead of running a long out-and-back course, we ran short 4 mile loops. Two miles out from the store and two miles back. It actually wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I managed to get in 17.7 miles in 3:40. I also ran the entire time. All my long runs the last couple of weeks have had some walking and moaning. I didn’t do that much moaning this time. Just a little talking to myself at the very end. Saturday afternoon involved an ice bath, a shower, lunch and a long nap. Followed by lazing around for the rest of the day. It was wonderful.

Sunday we had Elle’s birthday party. Just the family, minus my brother. I don’t know whether he didn’t get the message or what, but he failed to show. It’s a shame, because I made a great spread! Waffles with strawberries, whipped cream and homemade syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, milk, orange juice and coffee.

I got a little ‘Princess for the Day’ tiara for Elle and Anna. Anna is my sister’s roommate’s daughter. They have a great time playing together. I also got a boa and some fluffy slippers for Elle. She looked adorable! She ate all her breakfast, and about 5 link sausages. She loves those things. Then we opened presents. She got some clothes and a movie, but also a new soccer-ball charm for her charm-bracelet, and a new bike! This one doesn’t have training wheels though. She’s been begging me to teach her to ride without training wheels. Anyone have any tips for this, let me know, because I’m not sure how to go about it. 




Then, my sister, grandmother and I played a game of Scrabble. My mom came in and took over for my sister after awhile, and she’s the only real competition in my family. I still won though. My grandfather just pestered us. ‘That’s not a word!’ Um, yeah, grandpa, it is. I have a degree in English for Pete’s sake! QUA is a word! But of course I had to look it up and prove it. We have to use two different dictionaries though. My new one has more ‘modern’ words, but not as many words total. The old dictionary has some ‘archaic’ words. I need to break down and buy an official Scrabble dictionary. But the old one has sentimental value as it, and the Scrabble game that I have, belonged to my great-grandmother. My mom and I used to play with her all the time.

Sunday afternoon was actually quiet. Then Elle, Zed and I went to dinner at Spaghetti Warehouse. We sat up in the caboose, and we got the waiter to sing Happy Birthday to her. She was pleased as punch to be sung to by the waitstaff. Anyone takes me out anywhere for my birthday where they sing to me, and it’s gonna be ugly. I just want the dessert.

September 23, 2005


Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 8:39 am

Seven years ago today I was blessed with my beautiful baby girl. She was a ‘no pain’ baby…I was induced, and I asked for my epidural early. In fact, I was asleep when the nurse came in to tell me she had called the doctor. Anyway, without revealing too much detail, my friends with kids all hate me when I tell her ‘birth story’ (we women do that you know), because it was so quick, easy and painless. A perfect way to bring 6lbs and 12oz of beauty into the world. Happy Birthday Elle!

She’s a free spirit in the truest sense of the word, and lives 100 miles an hour. She has more energy than I have ever seen in one human, but at the same time, she falls to sleep in an instant. She’s full of joy, love, hugs, kisses, laughs, smarts, sweetness, and mischief. Yes, I can see that twinkle in her eye and know she’s up to something. She’s also an expert hula-hooper…it was her talent at her school’s talent show. She even taught me how to hula hoop!

I was also tagged by Barry over at Last Home with a meme. I thought it was appropriate for today: 7 Answers to 7 Questions!

7 things I plan to do before I die:

  • Run a marathon
  • Travel to all seven continents
  • Get my Masters degree
  • Fall in love
  • Watch my kids grow up & be successful
  • Retire
  • Continually appreciate the wonderful people in my life

7 things I can do:

  • Run (slow)
  • Knit
  • Blog
  • Speak a little bit of Spanish
  • Whistle
  • Make excellent lasagna
  • Dance

7 things I cannot do:

  • Touch my tongue to my nose
  • Sing
  • A backflip
  • Magic
  • Run (fast)
  • Anything Martha Stewart-esque
  • Speak German

7 things that attract me to another person:

  • Honesty
  • Intelligence
  • Positive Attitude
  • Humor
  • Looks
  • Height
  • Eyes

7 celebrity crushes:

7 Things I say the most:

  • ‘You two stop it!’
  • ‘No way!’
  • ‘I’m just sayin’…’
  • ‘Excellent!’
  • ‘And they want to do this because…’
  • ‘You are crackin’ me up!’
  • ‘Thank you!’

7 bloggers I am tagging:

Please keep my family in your thoughts. I have many relatives in Houston. Those closest to the shore have evacuated northward, but not far enough for my liking. My grandaddy and uncle are the closest — 50 miles inland. My grandaddy is old, and since my grandmother passed almost two years ago, he has rapidly grown more frail. I called him Wednesday and asked if he was leaving. He said ‘Sugar, I’ve lived in this house for over 30 years. I’ve weathered many a storm here, and I’m staying put.’ I knew he wouldn’t be going anywhere. He’s the best man I know, and I hope that he stays safe.

Have a great weekend guys!

September 22, 2005

Meanwhile, back at the track…

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 9:48 am

You’d think that running around in circles, or ovals really, would make me dizzy. Maybe. I need to add some more songs to my MP3 player. I’m getting tired of some of the music that’s on there now. Today’s ten (10) miles just kind of flew by though: 10 Mile Repeats 10:59; 11:08; 11:00; 11:06; 11:01; 10:51; 11:01; 10:54; 10:41; 10:04. Total run time: 1:48:56. Average pace: ~10:50. Then, I looked at my training schedule when I got into work. Yeah, I was only supposed to run 8 miles this morning. But hey, that little bit of extra is going to make all the difference come race day, I just know it. I’ll only be able to finish because I did those extra two miles today.

I got a lot done last night. It was quiet, but I enjoyed it. Elle and Zed spend Wednesday nights with their dad, so I can actually hear myself think. I folded about four loads of laundry, hung up all my clothes, and then went to dinner with myself and a book. Treated myself to a small piece of baklava and Turkish coffee (with sugar) for dessert. I found part of the floor in my daughter’s room. She and I will find the other part tonight. Played with my doggies for a little while. Wrigley is so disgusting. She’s a slobber-bone. It’s like getting slimed. I tried to watch some TV, but I fell asleep with Wrigley at my feet and Tori by my side. They’re so snuggly.

Now I need a nap. But coffee is just going to have to do. And yogurt and granola.

September 21, 2005

Why is it?

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 1:25 pm

Why is it that when you think you’re doing the right thing, it can still feel wrong?

September 20, 2005

Everything you wanted to know, then some

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 1:32 pm

((CURRENT. ..))
Current Clothes: black khakis/jacket and sheer cream top
Current Mood: sleepy
Current Music: none
Current Hair: my own 🙂 oh, it’s down
Current Smell: Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy, Eucalyptus Spearmint
Current Desktop Picture: Zen Garden
Current Favorite Artist: Monet
Current Favorite Group: not a ‘favorites’ type of person when it comes to music…I like a little bit of it all
Current Book: 100 Strokes of the Brush Before Bed
Current CD in CD Player: Depeche Mode (in car)
Current DVD in DVD Player: none
Current Color Of Toenails: Electric Blue
Current Refreshment: Aquafina & Jello pudding
Current Worry: Not really worried about anything.

Color: Blue
Foods: hummous
Drink: martini
Album: Varies by mood
Shoes: My shiny black stiletto sandals
Candy: Dark Chocolate
Animal: dogs
TV Show: ER, Nip/Tuck, Rescue Me
Song: There are so many!
Vegetable: spinach
Fruit: strawberries
Cartoon: Tom & Jerry

((ARE YOU. ..))
Understanding: To a fault
Open-minded: Most of the time
Arrogant: occasionally
Insecure: about some things
Interesting: I’d like to think so
Easily Amused: Very; sometimes I’m the only one laughing
Random: Frequently, it’s my ADD
Hungry: Just ate a veggie burger and fries
Friendly: Most of the time
Smart: Of course (see, I am arrogant)
Moody: Occasionally
Childish: I can be
A good kisser: Never had a complaint
Independent: Very
Healthy: more healthy than I used to be
Emotionally Stable: Most of the time
Shy: No
Difficult: I can be
Bored Easily: Depends on what I’m doing
Messy: sporadically
Thirsty: depends on what for
Responsible: most of the time
Obsessed: with???
Angry: not anymore
Sad: sometimes
Happy: the majority of the time
Hyper: I can be
Trusting: I’m skeptical at first I think, but my trust can be earned
Talkative: Yes

Kill: No one
Slap: There are a few on the list
Tickle: my kids
Look Like: I dunno, what do you think?
Kiss: my kids
Hug: my kids

Been kissed? yes
Been kissed in the rain? I don’t recall
Eaten an entire package of Oreos? no
Been on stage? yes
Dumped Someone? yes
Gotten in a car accident? yes
Been in love? yes

((FAVORITE. ..))
Shampoo? L’Oréal’s VIVE Hi-Light Boosting
Toothpaste? Arm & Hammer
Soap? Suave Vanilla & Brown Sugar
Room in your house? Bedroom
Instrument? oboe
Flower? I like the mixed bouquets
Piece of jewelry? An old ring that belonged to my great-grandmother
Piece of clothes? My Old Navy loungewear

((EITHER/OR. ..))
Coffee or hot chocolate? coffee
Big or little?: what?
New or old? old
Sweater or sweatshirt? sweater
Wool or cotton? cotton
Oldies or pop? neither? Rock-n-roll
Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend? yes
Do you want a boyfriend/girlfriend? yes
Do you have a best friend? yes
Are they the same person? no

Cried?: no
Bought something? yes, food
Gotten sick? no
Kissed someone/been kissed: yes
Gone to the movies? no
Gone out for dinner? no
Said “I love you”? to my kids
Written a real letter? no
Moved on? from???
Talked to an ex? yes
Missed an ex? no
Talked to someone you have a crush on? yes
Had a serious talk? no
Missed someone? yes
Hugged someone? yes
Fought with your parents? no
Fought with a friend? no
Helped someone? yes

((DO YOU. ..))
Eat with your mouth open? no
If you got a tattoo, where would you get it? on the small of my back
What color is your floor/carpet in your room? tan
What was the last CD you bought? Depeche Mode
Are you lonely? No
Are you happy? Yes
Are you wearing pajamas? No
Are you talking to someone online? No
What is your astrological sign? Sagittarius

September 19, 2005

Your Questions Answered — Round 3

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 8:53 am

Since it’s Monday, we’ll keep it light and fun.

Abby: If your house was burning down, and your kids and pets were safely outside, what would you grab on your way out? Hmm. Kids and pets are already safe? Something that I would grab on my way out…well, besides my bathrobe? That would have to be the knick-knacks in my china cabinet. Most of them have sentimental value, and are the some of the only things I have from my great-grandmother.

Abby: You’re on death row. What’s your last meal? I’m thinking a big, juicy rib-eye, cooked medium rare, with horseradish sauce, spinach with lots and lots of garlic, and mashed potatoes. Oh, and of course as many martinis as I can down. And then the chocolatiest chocolate cake. Followed by a latte.

Brittany: If you could write a novel about anything what would it be? Additional directions were not to think, but I did. Just my nature. Breaking the rules and all. If I could write a novel, it would be one that contained lots of adventure of course! It would involve travel around the world, to mysterious and dark places with a little danger, a little romance, a lot of action! And of course the heroine would be a super smart, super sexy, capapble and strong woman. I see Angelina Jolie playing me…oh, sorry. (HA HA HA!)

Steph: If you won the lottery (mega jackpot) what would you do with the money? Of course I would make a large donation to a charity first. Then, I would buy houses for my family. I’d put my kids in private school, hire a maid and a pool boy, oh, and I guess I’d have to get a house with a pool for the pool boy. And then I’d take off on a round-the-world adventure. Researching my novel, you know. Places on the list? Europe of course, Northern Africa, Turkey, India, Nepal, Australia, South America.

Barry: Do you enjoy going to plays or movies more? What’s your favorite of each? I like both. That’s cheating, I know. But I think that they offer completely different experiences. I love going to the movies. I don’t go that often though. I’m selective now about what I spend my $8 on. I also love going to the theater for a play. I’ve seen some very witty, very well done plays. I assume this means musicals too, because I’ve seen some great ones of those too.

Barry: Can you sing? Do you like to sing? Well, I think everyone can sing, it’s just a measure of how well they do it. I don’t do it very well at all. But I love to sing. I will sing very loud and slightly off-key to music blaring on the radio while I’m driving in my car. I think I my true calling was to be a rock-star. Someone just forgot to give me the talent. My friends won’t take me anywhere there is the danger of having karaoke. Even then, sometimes I seranade them to a song playing in the background. I don’t know why they roll their eyes…I’m so unappreciated.

September 17, 2005

Autumn Equinox

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 2:37 pm

Got up bright and early this morning and ran the Autumn Equinox 15K. Finished in 1:42:51. I think just a minute too slow to earn a medal, but two minutes under my goal. 😦 It was, however, a major improvement over my Too Hot performance of 1:48:33. 🙂

Off to boot-scoot.

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