Happy Friday Y’all!

It’s Friday ya’ll! With a three day weekend coming up, I cannot lie to ya, I am pretty excited! I was a little too emotional/vulnerable with the last post, so we will keep this one light and fluffy.  (side note, havent been that open in the past decade, ever)

I am sad because my friend and coworker Todd is leaving us here at NASA and headed on to bigger and better things.

Hey y’all, meet Todd:

Now wave at Todd and say goodbye w a sad face and some tears and remember the neat stuff you did with him….

Todd and I with Alex Trebek!

Anyway, Todd has been awesome. I am sad to see him go but happy he is moving forward.

I dont really have much else on this beautiful Friday! It gets more and more beautiful as we creep closer to the amazing three day weekend….

I can tell ya one thing for sure. I won’t be doing any labor, come Monday.

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College throwback to remember the best human being I ever met…

this post will prolly go back and forth between third person, reminiscing, and speaking in a sort of open letter toa dear dear friend of mine who has passed.

I went to Purdue from August 2001-May 2005. I met some amazing and wonderful people while I was there. One of the best people I met was a guy I was introduced to through an ex boyfriend. This guy I was introduced to was named Donovan. He was awesome and we became pretty fast friends. We spent hours playing PS2 (specifically soul calibur 2), watching Alice in Wonderland, goofing off in Spanish Lit class and generally hanging out. We watched a lot of family guy and drank a fair amount of beer while listening to a variety of different types of music.

Donovan and me at a Hookah bar in Georgetown, summer of 2006.

He quickly became one of my best friends and we were inseparable for a couple of years. He got me through a lot and meant quite a bit to me. I didnt grieve his death properly until the third year after he had passed when I went on this day in 2009 to a tattoo shop where I got two nautical stars on the backs of my legs with his initials and birth and death years underneath and then proceeded to watch the Chappelle Show (the entire second season). I took the day off work and dedicated it to DD.

The following year in Aug of 2010, I got the robot he drew and a Kurt Vonnegut quote on my leg:

The heart is bleeding a little. And the Kurt quote is to represent that life goes on. In literature, and in Slaughterhouse five, the phrase “And so it goes…” was mentioned every time death was mentioned. Sometimes it was in sorrow, sometimes absurdly or in a comedic fashion… it was repeated 116 times in the book. The phrase was used to demonstrate and represent the randomness of death — how death can come to anyone at any time. When I thought of Donovan, this is what phrase came to mind.

Donovan,

You were there for me when I needed a friend, a shoulder to cry on, when I needed anything really. I couldn’t have asked for a better friend or someone more awesome to have been in my life. You did so much for me and I am sure you don’t even know it. I have so much I want to tell you; so many things have happened in the last 6 years that I wish I could have shared with you and told you about and been with you for. I went through a lot. You passed, then Chaz and then things got dark for a while and then they seemed to get light again and then I met an amazing person. And I married him. I wish you had been able to be there with me on that day. You would have been calming, I am sure.

When you passed, I disconnected from pretty much all of our friends. I went into hiding. I stopped speaking to the majority of people I would have called my family mere years earlier, just like I normally go into hiding every year on August 29th. This year, I didn’t. I am determined to change. I celebrate your life everyday. You impacted me in ways that I wasnt even aware of until recently. You will always be a part of me and my life. You were an amazing person. Up for anything. You changed me. And I am determined to change for the better. Today is the beginning. With your passing, and my not hiding, I will reach out to those that I used to know ( that you used to know) and hopefully rekinlde the friendships we once had, outside of facebook.

DD, know that I miss you and that I will always miss you. You left a hole in my heart. But I know you are watching over me. And I hope there is some kick ass beer and music up you are experiencing wherever you are right now.

Love ya mang.

So I says to mable, I says… I’ll finish this story later.

 

Can’t end this with anything less than Gigolo by Nick Cannon ft R Kelly.

Running away from it all

When I run, I forget everything and focus on the run. Every step… AND of course, the asshole bikers who don’t know how to say on your left…. so I shout it for them after they startle me. “on my left! thanks!”

One cyclist shook her head because she so clearly heard me say that and I tried to speed up to get her to shake her head to my face… but well, she was on a bike, I was in mile 5 and dying of thirst so yea… there was just no freakin way.

Notable about today: I ran 7 miles. And I did it in an hour and 30 mins. While not my best time, keep in mind the time of day (930 am) I ran, the temperature it was (80 degrees), the temp I am used to (73ish degrees at 5am and no sun) and the fact that I forgot all water… STUPID! 5 miles at 5am is nothing compared to the 7 miles at 9:30 am that I did this morning. (side note, my garmin is working properly, but i think i may get the 310xt just to make sure that this kinda thing doesnt happen again)

I am covering the launch tomorrow morning at 4am — RBSP (www.nasa.gov)

And I am going to relax some more and watch Once upon a time… my roommate got me semi-addicted… LAME!

 

have  good night.

Chuck Brown Day, Clinton Portis Retiring(?), a Cray-cray Winter ahead and of course(!) a running update

HUMP DAY!

It’s Chuck Brown’s bday today. The recently deceased father of go-go is being honored in the District today, with the mayor pronouncing today, August 22, to be Chuck Brown today. So you all should be doin what I am doin and listen to some go-go. Whether you like it or not, you should just suck it up and do it because Chuck Brown was a great musician who gave a city THEIR OWN TYPE OF MUSIC!

For Chuck Brown day:

Chuck Brown, Bustin’ Loose (above); Northeast Groovers, The Water (below)

and one more to show how modern go-go can get….

just so y’all know… if you want mas modern go-go… Wale (DC REPPIN’!) is a great reference. In some of his earlier music, he even uses go-go beats in the song that got him popular being Chillin ft Lady GaGa. Also if you need another reference, Doin’ da Butt by E.U. from the 80s is go go too!

A sad day has happened…. Clinton Portis has decided to retire. A lot of people get mean about Portis and talk about how he sucks and is always injured this and that… but before his knee injury that benched him for the rest of the 2010 season and most of the 2011 season…. when he was merely a shell of his former self… He was a good skin, 7 years on the team before being released in 2011. They expect him to appear for a press conference and being a long time skins fan, I plan on looking for updates… as I want to see if Portis appears in character… he was def one of my fave skins players, next to Sean Taylor (#21, RIP) and a couple of others…

So accuweather has reported that we might have a cray-cray winter this winter! I LOVE SNOW! Aldy has never seen snow but Lou-Lou loves it!

YAY! POSSIBLE SNOW! anything to look forward to that is cold, crisp, and YAY!

As for a running update….I am still just over an hour for 5 miles, but hoping to get that down… I am still having some issues with my shins, but fewer… back and knees scream from time to time, but Kundalini yoga helps a lot and so does yin yoga. I have started cycling and plan to register for the triathlon at KSC in May of 2013 because working at NASA and running a half marathon are not enough! So, I WILL finish in the standing position even though I havent been in water to swim in several years…. and the longest I have done on a bike was 12+ miles LAST WEEKEND…. Follow me here for training blunders and exploits as well as other idiotic moments.

I am contemplating bright pink compression socks and on a side note, my friends and I who went on the bike ride got caught in a torrential downpour for over 3 miles before stopping under a bridge to wait it out a bit.

I was wearing my Garmin FR 210 and I am hoping that it didnt completely jack it up… I say this because this morning, I went for a run with my live in running buddy Michelle, and my garmin was in front of her Nike Sportsband by 0.2 miles…. normally it is behind it by 0.2 miles, meaning that my Garmin is jacked and giving me an extra 0.4 miles which is no good…. Going to REI this weekend to possibly trade in for 310XT or just new 210… and going to pacers to ask some questions tonight and possibly obtain bright pink leg sleeves. 😛

 

Thanks for reading! Happy Hump Day!

Randomity at it’s finest.

I’ve been reading a lot of random stuff lately… trying to catch up on politics I missed over the summer during my 6 week intense class…so between reading to catch up on all of the public events I have missed and I have also been contemplating lots of different things.

I have been doing web design and development for close to a decade (8 years and some change) and it is awesome. I like it. It allows me to explore both creative and problem solving sides of me, but I want more. I have a thirst to do more, be more, see more, live more, everything… just MORE. More, more and more. Can I have another helping of interesting, and another dose of inspiration? Please? NOW! If you are truly passionate about something, then you should go get it. Don’t lie down. Don’t let someone tell you that you cannot achieve something. Chances are they are in their own rut and they are speaking about themselves. My mother, one of the most amazing women I know, has been watching me over the past couple of weeks. When I told her I wanted to run a half marathon, her initial reaction was “start with something smaller, shorter, less” and my response to that was why? I kept pushing. She is now thinking and has voiced that she believes I can do this half marathon thing. She believed in me before I believed in myself as far as grad school goes. She is truly an amazing woman. Extraordinary if you will. During a time when most would be crumbling, she persevered and achieved her doctorate at the ripe age of 62. She is an inspiration who didn’t listen when people told her no or cant or wont.

She gave me the ability to tune out those words as well. You say I can’t code something because I don’t know how? Would you tell Steve Jobs he couldn’t innovate or tell Bill Gates he couldn’t code or Mark Zuckerburg that facebook WONT work…. all of these people started with someone telling them they couldnt.

Ignore the negative, embrace the positive. I was recently talking to a good friend of mine (past coworker, turned amazing friend, turned neighbor) and she was having some life dilemmas. We have been talking a lot lately about the future and what there is to it. She is a unique being who is a total trooper. I asked her a question about whether she thought people could make a life out of being inspirational speaking and life coaching? She said yes and that I had inspired her. This got me thinking. We continued the discussion, ending with me in all caps stating NO MAN LEFT BEHIND!

I know this has been a jumble of thoughts, but I want to take this time to encourage all of you to do one thing today or over the next couple of weeks that you thought you could never do. Sign up for a race, write an article for a local blog or paper, make a music video, start a movement…. do what makes you feel awesome. DO SOMETHING THAT SCARES (or surprises) YOU!.

GET SOME

Stay tuned. More to come.

Update on the Blog side of things

I plan on updating and moving this blog to it’s VERY OWN PROPRIETARY DOMAIN! WOOO WOOO!!!! (i just gotta do it)

Since the husby is out this weekend as well as the roommate, I should have some spare time. Here’s hopin I get offa my bum and DO SOMETHIN!

Also, started a facebook page for my blog; check it out here!

fitfluential, attempts at athleticism and possible running costumes

fitfluential is a site i stumbled across, first while on fit2flex.com and then again while on thewannabeathlete.com — and this was pretty neat so I thought I would check it out which caused me to sign up for their blogging dealy. They seem to have some pretty good tips. And I am not one to turn down tips on running and improving and doing things better. I like doing things better.

I am a natural athlete as far as contact sports go. Soccer, field hockey, rugby, etc… but my body is not what you would call “built for running” nor is it built for doing it well. My torso is longer than my legs. I carry a fair amount of weight on me, some muscle, some fat — this by no means is me calling myself fat, but it is just a fact I have to face. I cannot get my index, or even my middle finger and thumb to wrap around and meet at my wrist, I have thick soccer player legs and what some might call canckles, but the muscular kind… if that makes sense.

The day Jerid proposed to me in front of my favorite memorial, the Lincoln memorial, also one of the only full length pics I have

See? Soccer player legs. Not fat, just got the muscle.

So with running a lot more than ever before, my joints that have caused me problems before (like my right knee and ankle) have been causing me some problems in addition to the lower back, shooting pain down my leg issue which will hopefully get somewhat helped today during my ortho appt.  My knee starts hurting on the longer runs, after I have been pounding pavement for some time. <shrugs> not sure why yet, but I have some speculation. Anywho. neither here nor there. I have made many attempts to improve on my running athleticism and I am guessing that this will come with a lot more practice.  I have been working on this. I was running shorter distances every day for weeks, but then switched to a combo of shorter and longer distances and I think this psyched my shins out cause I started getting the beginning of shin splints, so i had to cut back to every other day, which is a little frustrating but I am thinking that once I get insoles for my arches, things will get better (speculation). I think things will get better either way. Cause this isnt gonna get me down! IN IT TO WIN IT!

I have been thinking a lot about possible running costumes for the Disney Princess half marathon. Then in the bathroom this morning, it all popped back into my head, dunno why it happened when I was in the bathroom and it certainly sounded very weird when I told Leah, one of my buddies who is going to be running with me, that I was thinking about the half marathon and her while in the bathroom……. yes, it did sound that awkward. haha. sweet. So yea, I started discussing possibilities and then asked if Mulan counted as a Disney Princess. My friend said hell yes. I have to say, I think Mulan is seriously underrated and often times forgotten as a disney princess. Other than her, I would consider tink or Mrs. Incredible (even though she might not count as a Disney Princess) or some others… still pondering. Saw some great possibilities online. Also, saw a neat one for the evil witch in snow white. THAT one was pretty awesome.

Also, IT’S OFFICIAL! I HAVE REGISTERED FOR MY VERY FIRST RACE (since my epic fail in high school as part of the cross country team)!!! I brought many a-person onto the high school cross country team, including my brother Ben and my best friend Rachel. I also SUCKED at cross country, avoided the races at all costs. made up excuses for everything… wasn’t really into it for running but more for soccer and didn’t care to race at all. Didn’t like not being the best at something. Didn’t like failing at something as my life always felt like a constant competition between my brother and I, even though my folks were never comparing. It took 27 years, many trials and tribulations, one failed attempt at grad school and a heart felt surprise letter from my dad to tell me that my parents (and specifically, my father) were not comparing my brother and I and that I had made them proud. Weird how life works, huh?

Anyway, so I have registered for my first official race! An 8K along the Potomac on September 15th called Run! Geek! Run! I am pretty nervous and excited. A little afraid… mostly because I know how I used to think of races and I know how things used to be and how I used to feel on the CC team… BUT things are different now! I am doing this for me! FOR NO ONE ELSE! This is my statement, my run, my race. I don’t expect to win, but crossing the finish line will be trophy enough. To finish and know that I did it… defeating my own fear. I tried to convince some buddies to run the race too because I am terrified, but some had prior engagements. One friend is still a maybe. Anyway, either way… I can do this!

Here’s to trying and NOT failing at something. Only took me a decade to get there, but at least I got there.

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