Interstellar Adventures

October 22, 2005

Packet Pick-Up

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 2:56 pm

San Francisco was foggy this morning. The low clouds hung tight around the taller buildings. Since my body clock is two hours ahead, I woke up shortly after 5:30 this morning. Looking outside I could see dim glimmers of light through the fog.

Judy and I got up, showered, dressed and went and had breakfast at the Pinecrest Diner. Supposedly the “Best Breakfast in San Francisco”. Haven’t tried breakfast anywhere else, so I’ll have to take their word for it.

We walked down just a couple of blocks to the Expotique area. First thing was packet-pickup and chip verification. Gotta make sure a) the chip works and b) it has your name associated with it! Got my race number too, so now I’m ready to go. We went through the little ‘spa’ area of the Expo and picked up a couple of freebie things. Then we stood in line for a brief massage. Long line, but the massage felt so good.

We walked over to Niketown. It was a zoo. What do you get when you put together a race for 15,000 women? Shopping mania! There were lines for checkout, lines for jersey personalization, lines for waiting for more sizes that they had run out of. I mean, who’s an extra small anyway! Oh, Judy’s 13 year old daughter. Harumph.

Finally, we walked over to Macy’s to pick up a cool shirt.

October 21, 2005

Travel Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 9:27 am

Oh. My. Gosh. I can’t believe today is here! Both of my kids are packed up. Tonight they’ll spend the night with their grandfather (Zed) and great-aunt (Elle). Their dad will get them tomorrow afternoon, and they’ll spend the rest of the weekend with him, Sunday night included. He was a bit peeved when he found out that I wasn’t coming back till Monday. Tough shit I thought. *evil me*

My bags are (mostly) packed. I have a list of everthing else that needs to be put in the suitcases. Well, one suitcase, one carry-on bag. My running stuff is going with me in the carry-on. At least I’ll be able to run the race even if they lose my bags!

I’m so emotional today! I’ve already started crying twice! Get a grip Lass! But I’m smiling too. My energy feels up! I’m ready to tackle this! Now I just have to get through the plane ride…ugh!

October 20, 2005

Thursday Thirteen, IV

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

Thirteen things on my mind today:

1) Last night was my last run before The Big Day. Thirty minutes easy jog. It felt good.

2) I still have three loads of laundry to fold, plus another one to wash and fold. It never ends!

3) I should get the final draft of my divorce papers either today or tomorrow. If all the changes are in there and I sign them, I think I could be divorced within the next two weeks. Yay!

4) I felt like dressing up in a suit today. I look all business like and professional. he he

5) I’m starving! I need to go get a scone. Hopefully they have cranberry today.

6) I’m going to miss Elle’s soccer game this weekend. 😦 But, it’s the only one on the schedule that’s at 8 am. I’m kinda glad I don’t have to take her. Evil, I know.

7) I’m ready for hurricane season to be over! Wilma! I can’t believe they’ve run out of names. You know they go to the Greek alphabet next?

8) I’ve been getting ‘good-lucks’ and ‘have funs’ and ‘you’ll do greats’ all morning. There are just too damn many people to thank for getting me to this point! I have so many friends that have been so inspirational and supportive. Gosh ya’ll, I might actually cry! *sniff, sniff*

9) I have officially signed up for the Rockledge Rumble 30K. That’s just three weeks away! Yay!

10) After Sunday, I get to do two things I haven’t been able to do since July! Ride my bike and run on dirt trails! Woo hoo! I can’t believe I’ve actually been able to avoid those temptations.

11) Forgive me, but the only other thing on my mind is my marathon!

12) See, still thinking about it. Hey! Who wants a mile? 1 & 18 are taken, but there are 24 other miles to be had! Leave your name in my comments. First come, first serve! Special requests will be accomodated to the best of my ability!

13) I know you’re all excited for Sunday to come and go so I can actually talk about something else! Shut up already! 😀 HA HA!

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!
1. MommaK @ Petroville
2. Jessica
3. Leanne
4. Sea & Sky
5. Phoenix
6. Jak
7. Colleen
8. Jen
9. PractiGal
10. Better Safe Than Sorry
11. MommyD
12. Texas Ivy
13. Jenny
14. Leave your link in my comments and I’ll link you here!

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!

October 19, 2005

Last Minute

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 8:12 am

I’m an admitted procrastinator. I’m really good about getting most things done right away, but sometimes there are just these projects that I will put off and put off. It’s not something I’m proud of, but I seem to gain sudden inspiration at the last minute. In college, I turned out some really good papers at 3 am.

My kids are just as bad as me. Neither one of them can seem to remember that they have a project due or a form for me to fill out until we are walking out the door to go to school. This morning, it was Elle. “Oh Mom. I’ve got something for you.” She digs in her backpack. I walk back to my bedroom to get my sweater, and she follows me. I’m standing in my closet, buttoning my sweater, and she says “We need to find a picture of me as a baby or a toddler, and a picture of me from now, and then you need to fill out this paper. It’s for a project we’re doing today.” I look at my watch. “Elle, you realize we don’t have time for this today. School starts in fifteen minutes. We’ve got to go.” “But Mom! It’s for something we’re doing today!” I apologize to her and say “I’m sorry, but you should have told me about this last night.” I take the paper from her, we walk out to the kitchen, I place the paper on the table, grab her hand, and we walk out the door. The whole time, she’s pouting and whining. I ignore her pouting and whining.

Zed has done this before too. I blame part of my problem on my mom. She was a stay-at-home mom, and if I forgot something, I could go down to the office and call her, and she could bring it right up to school. I did this on more than one occasion. My kids don’t have that luxury. I work, and even though I work close to home, I still don’t have the time to run home, find what they need, and then take it to them. I’m hoping they will realize this. I try to help them be more organized, but I think I’m fighting a losing battle. My genetics are too strong in them. Is there gene therapy for this kind of thing?

Are you a procrastinator? Has it ever really got you in trouble? What’s your worst habit?

October 18, 2005

Running that race

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 8:15 am

I’m excited, nervous, scared, giddy, proud and a whole bunch of other emotions all at the same time. Five more days till Race Day! Yeah. Emotional is definitely the word. I’ve said before that I’m not a natural runner. It was probably my least favorite activity when I was growing up. I dreaded the burn you feel in your lungs and legs. It was too much effort, it hurt, and it made you sweaty. No thanks. Give me a pool, my fins, goggles and a racing suit, and I was happy as a clam.

I had my first “I need to run or I’m going to burst” thought on March 14 of this year. The day my STBX moved out. After that, running became relaxing. It was ‘me’ time. I felt good, de-stressed, calm and happy after I would finish a run. And, if I’m going to run, I might as well have a goal in mind, right? My good friend and the only person quite possibly slightly crazier than me, Judy, said ‘Let’s do this’. And, without thinking skipping a beat, I said ‘OK!’. So, Friday we fly off to San Francisco.

I’ve watched many marathons and Ironmans from the safety of my couch. I can’t explain the emotion I would feel, thinking to myself ‘One day!’. A time or two I actually shed a tear, wishing that it were me that could do something so totally amazing. But then ‘reality’ would set in, with school, work, kids, family, etc. and then life would take over and the thought of taking the time to do something for me would fly out the window.

Fast forward a few years, through the days of almost-pack-a-day smoking, over-eating, depression, and a sham of a marriage to quitting smoking, starting to exercise, overcoming depression, recovering from a sham of a marriage and here I am. With a smile on my face and callouses on my feet. Standing at the threshold of something that I don’t yet understand. I’ve been reading stories of other First Marathons, trying to prepare myself. But I know until I cross that starting line, I will have no idea what the day has in store for me. The sights that I’ll see, the sounds that I’ll hear, the other runners I will encounter, and the feat that I will accomplish.

I’ll be thinking of you all too. So many of you have been just as instrumental in getting me to this point as my running coaches. Your encouragement has been heartwarming. Your confidence in me has boosted my resolve. So many things will carry my heart and my feet over the finish line; my training, my determination, my inner strength, the side-line cheerleaders, thoughts of loved ones, and my many friends, both real-world and blog-world. I don’t know how to thank you all, but it feels good to know that I have so many that care. Thank you!

October 17, 2005

Monday, it’s like deja vu

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 8:50 am

I feel like I’ve been here before. Another Monday morning. *sigh*

Elle’s soccer game on Saturday was great! They won 3-0. Elle scored the first goal in the first quarter. It was an awesome kick from the corner. The goalie didn’t even see it. She was ‘rested’ during the second quarter. In the third quarter she fell and scraped the side of her knee. There was a little blood, but she got right back up and kept playing. I was so proud. She almost had another goal in this quarter, but it went just to the outside of the right side of the goal. In the fourth quarter, she almost had another goal, and I could tell she was getting tired. She got caught in a bit of a traffic jam in going for the ball, and she fell and skidded across the grass on her elbow. This time she cried, poor baby. She came out of the game. I was very proud of her. She played a great game. I can tell she watches what’s going on, goes for angles on the ball, and is formulating a strategy in her head. She’s very intense when she plays. I wonder where she gets that?

After the game, Elle, Zed and I went to breakfast with my mom. My mom had run the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Saturday morning, then came to watch Lauren’s soccer game. I had done the Komen four years in a row, and this was the second year I didn’t do it. First of all, it’s just gotten so huge in Dallas that you have to go two hours early just to get a parking spot. It’s also so big that you really can’t run at all in the first mile. My grandmother is a Survivor, going on five years now I think. My sister works for Target, and they were the major sponsor. She was volunteering. So, I’m proud of my mom and my sister for doing their part. I’m saving my pink Yoplait lids.

Elle & Zed got picked up by their dad, and then I did a quick clean-up session on my house. Nick came over and we just ran around. I needed a new nose-piece for my glasses, and then we found a big antique mall. We wandered around there for awhile. Saw some pretty cool stuff. I bought a blue vase for $5. It will go with my kitchen. Well, once I get my kitchen painted. We just spent the rest of the afternoon hanging out, being quiet, and relaxing. It was great.

Sunday morning’s run was short and sweet. 1:30, 7.75 miles. Just two more runs before The Big Day. Then I went back home, showered, went to breakfast with Nick. We sat on the patio, read the paper, sipped coffee. It was a beautiful morning. Then we went and bought some fish. Our first ‘joint purchase’. We got two Betta. One is blue and named Martin, and the other is red and named Lewis. It’s also rather appropriate because I’m more left-leaning and Nick is more right-leaning, politically. They are, of course, in separate bins of the same tank. They puff up their gills and attack the plastic separator when they see each other. It’s fun to watch them. We also got two African Dwarf frogs, Dean and Jerry, to keep Martin and Lewis company. This morning, Jerry was hanging out in the little plastic tree I planted in the rocks. I will take pictures of them tonight for you all. So now, my menagerie includes 2 kids, 2 dogs, 2 fish & 2 frogs. And what was even worse? When we were at the pet store, I considered getting a couple of hamsters too. Maybe for Christmas…

Then, during the afternoon yesterday, I went to a planning meeting for AT’s annual Road Rally. I had wanted to participate, because I love that kind of thing, but no one was volunteering to plan the thing. So, I threw my hat in the ring, and me and three other ladies are going to put it all together. It will be a fund-raiser for Hurricane Katrina victims. I think we’ve got a great event planned out, all in three hours!

For dinner last night, I treated myself again. I went to my favorite hole-in-the-wall, mom-and-pop-falafel-shop. The owners are Muslim, and the do a special buffet during Ramadan. They make traditional dishes that aren’t on their regular menu. I ate too much, but there were so many choices, and it’s all delicious. Last year they did it every night. This year they’re only doing it on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I’m upset that I didn’t go check it out two weeks ago when Ramadan started. I’m going to be out of town this weekend, and Ramadan ends November 4. At least I’ll be able to get in one more feast! Is that bad of me? To want the good food? I actually felt bad, because I went in on Friday for lunch. I saw the buffet line and remembered that it was Ramadan, and I felt bad for eating, knowing they were fasting.

October 14, 2005

Do ya like it?

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 8:11 am

Obviously I’m a fan of the clean, simple, well organized blog layout. Now, don’t get me wrong, this is in no way a reflection of my actual life. It would be more probable for aliens to land in my backyard and give me a million dollars than it would be for me to have someone to show up at my front door unexpectedly and I not panic about whether or not the bathroom is clean or the laundry is put away. What did my kids leave out on the kitchen counter when they were getting ready for school? That’s not my bra drying on the table is it?

So, the java navigation was kind of bugging me. I didn’t like how the menus dropped down over each other, and they were pretty touchy. I also didn’t like that you couldn’t see my blogroll without clicking on one of the menus. And, I also really wanted a sidebar where I could add and remove stuff easily. That other template just didn’t work for me! So, last night I found a site where I could generate a ‘custom’ template, because obviously I couldn’t do this on my own. I made a few little tweaks, and I’m pretty happy with the result!

Hopefully this will be a quiet weekend. Elle has a soccer game tomorrow. The weather should be perfect. The kids go to their dad’s this weekend. I have my last Sunday run before the ‘thon. Just two hours. 😉 You know, kind of like a walk in the park before I go climb that mountain.

October 13, 2005

Thursday Thirteen, III

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 9:04 am

Thirteen things on my mind today:

1) First of all, thank you to eveyone who came by my little blog yesterday, via Michele! Thank you so much Michele! I was so surprised and honored to be the site of the day. *blushing* I will be making a visit to each and every one of you, but it may take a little time.

2) No Mas Yasso-my-assos! Today was my last Yasso workout! Well, at least for this marathon. I so almost didn’t get out of bed this morning. I was sleeping so well and so comfy. But, I dragged myself from between the sheets. And then, on the way to the track, I was feeling so sleepy and lazy I told myself that I was just going to run 4 miles easy then go home. But of course, I didn’t. I ran a 1 mile warm-up, then did my 8-800’s. My target was 5:00 for each of them. My first was a 4:38. A little too fast. The rest were between 4:50 and 5:00, and my last one was a 4:48. I was well proud of myself! Now my legs feel like jello though. Just nine more days!

3) Isn’t it sad when I pay $2.76 for a gallon of gas and feel like I got a deal? I mean, what is up with that?

4) Last night I got up the nerve to write a ‘writers bio’ and send off some short fiction to a publication for consideration. I have no idea how long it will take for me to hear back, so cross fingers! I actually had to write about myself in the third person. Reminded me of that Seinfeld episode where Elaine dated the guy Jimmy that talked about himself in the third person. Creepy!

5) I had fried chicken, KFC fried chicken, last night for the first time in at least a year. It was so DAMN GOOD!

6) I forgot to do my Thursday Thirteen until I went to MommaK’s blog. Oops. So I’m re-doing my post from today since I kinda sorta already started a ‘list’.

7) I feel pretty today. Even thought I didn’t do my hair. No time after all that running. Just dried the front and put the rest up in a clip.

8) I had an apple cinnamon scone for breakfast. It wasn’t as good as the cranberry scones they have, but they were out of those.

9) I go tonight to re-do my BodPod measurements to see how much (if any) body fat percentage I’ve lost since August. We’ll see how that goes. I’m not going to be too disappointed if it’s not as much as I wanted, because a) I didn’t do the weight training I wanted to do, and b) well, I’m not going to get down on myself over that.

10) Tonight is also the night for ER. I love me some Dr. Kovac!

11) Hey! Today is October 13! And it’s a Thursday Thirteen!

12) I’m hungry for lunch already. I’m thinking about that fried chicken I had last night and how good it was. {chicken} *sigh* I’ll have to see what’s on the menu for the cafeteria today.

13) Just when my nails were looking good, I had to go and break one while I was opening the sliding door to the backyard. Never fails.

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!
1. MommaK @ Petroville
2. UziCue
3. Leanne
4. Jenny
5. Jak
6. Better Safe Than Sorry
7. Rus
8. MommyD
9. Jessica
10. Leave your link in my comments and I’ll link you here!

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!

October 12, 2005

The Plot Thickens

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 8:59 am

So, during Elle’s soccer practice yesterday, I sat in the car and brainstormed some novel ideas. I outlined my main character, decided what she looked like, smelled like, sounded like. Then I decided why she was in this book. What her purpose would be. I think I got a pretty good idea of what it’s going to be about. It will definitely be an adventure of some sort. Travel, mystery, intrigue.

I shared some of it with Nick last night over the phone. He said it was a good start. But, it’s going to be so hard for me to do this! I had the hardest time sharing it with him, and I felt kinda dumb. I’m my own worst critic, so of course I’m already panning it in my head before I even get the idea out of my mouth.

This will be a growing process indeed. I brought my notebook to work with me, and I’ll be carrying it around everywhere I go, so anytime I get an idea, I can write it down. I’m going to have to find a way to fit in some of my favorite people too.

October 11, 2005

Mental(ly) Challenge(d)

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 9:42 am

You may have wondered, you may have said it in fact. “This chick is crazy!” Well, I’ve been accused of it many times, and it’s probably somewhat true. Over the last few months I have innundated myself with the physical challenges. I’ve watched my body turn itself from an out-of-shape mess into a sort-of-tuned machine that can slowly churn out miles. It’s not so easy to “pinch-an-inch” anymore.

This traning has been a mental challenge as well. Believing that I can do this, ignorning the part of my brain that screams at me “What the hell are you doing! Stop this crazy running thing!” “Nope.” I tell myself. I feel good. This is worth it to me!. Changing how I look at myself and my capabilities has been a life-changing experience.

There’s been something else that I’ve been wanting to do ever since I can remember. “Oh jeez.” you think. “What’s she going to do now?” I’m going to give myself some more mental exercise. Yes, I’m going to make my first pass at writing a novel. I found this challenge on Raehan’s blog. She was asking for company, and who am I to pass up something like this! Last night over dinner, Nick and I talked about the kind of character that I want to write about and the kind of story I’d like to create. I had already had something in mind from when my sis asked me what kind of novel I would write. I don’t really know where to start, but I think maybe a brief outline and maybe a character sketch? This is going to be fun! I don’t know how serious a story this will end up being. Maybe I’ll have to refer to some of my blog-friends as characters. Uh-oh…he he he. If some of you get a questionnaire from me, don’t be surprised!

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