Thursday, 29 March 2012

I moustache


Finally got in my first run of the week this morning. It was delayed because of work but mostly because of my dithering. Today's run was fabulous as well because I made the discovery that if I ran the park loop clockwise instead of counter clockwise as I had been doing, it's a hell of a lot easier. Only two short, steep inclines to deal with rather than a prolonged gentler incline that always seems to suck the life out of me. Aces!

I might get in a short run tomorrow morning before I catch my bus to the airport. Right now I'm packing a load of crap into a small bag and making sure my running gear gets in there as well. I will get to add Germany to my list of countries I have run in, dammit. I will not take nein for an answer.

This is it for me for the week. Happy early weekend to you all. And if you haven't already, go on over to Steve's blog to vote for the name of his new shorts. My suggestion (Pinky and the Brain) is currently trailing the leader (Groundskeeper Willy) by a mere 0.6%. Voting ends today, so hurry up and help me win!

Later gators.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Salute Steve's Shorts

A little while ago, Steve in a Speedo unveiled his new colorful racing shorts (or jammers as you tri people call them) gifted to him by his wife, Pharmie. He asked for name suggestions (his yellow shorty shorts have been dubbed the Bowl Full of Sunshine and the colorfully psychedelic pair Tutti Frutti.). I offered up Pinky and the Brain since (a) the shorts are bright freaking pink and (b) shorts are usually where the male brain is located (*ba dum dum*).

Steve apparently liked my suggestion because it was listed as one of the finalists. Voting on that post continues until Thursday. For a while there Pinky and the Brain was trailing almost everybody but it's now inexplicably moved into second place behind Groundskeeper Willy. If you haven't already, head on over and vote for your favorite name suggestion. Preferably my option though, because then I'll win. I don't really care whatever the prize ends up being, I just want bragging rights to naming Steve's shorts. Wait, that doesn't sound right...

Monday, 26 March 2012

Building momentum

Other than that, it was a great weekend. The weather continued to be beautiful and I got in an extra baby run on Saturday as well as my planned 3-miler on Sunday for a total of 10 miles for the week. I just couldn't resist the chance to finally have a double-digit weekly mileage--the first time in nearly a year.

Running is still a slow slog, but I'm enjoying being out there again no matter the pace. Speed will come with time and consistency. The real challenge will begin Friday when I travel to a conference and then immediately go from there to the fieldwork locale for three weeks. I've already plotted 3-mile runs in both locations and am packing running gear, so there's really no excuse not to keep up this momentum. Time will tell.

In the continuing chronicles of wall decor, I finally sewed loops onto the top of the Little Red wall hanging so it's all ready to hang now. I just don't know where everything should go on the walls yet. I'll worry about that when I get back from my travels. Anyway here's the second canvas piece I completed:

I was inspired by this print on Etsy. After painting the canvas blue, I printed out letters and a teapot silhouette and traced them onto the canvas in pencil. Then I slowly (and not very neatly) painted them in and added the heart. Next time I should find a way to make a decent stencil first. It'd save me time and some swearing.

That's it for me today. Hope you all had a great weekend.

Later gators.

Friday, 23 March 2012

The bright side


Another sunny day and my second three-miler of the week is in the books. The park was full of happy canines chasing sticks and bounding after their pasty white humans trying to catch a bit of sun. With the combination of bright skies and acres of blinding white flesh, I really should have worn sunglasses. Next time. (*knock on wood*)

I'm starting to feel like my old self again. I never thought I was subject to seasonal affective disorder, but this week of bright sunshine would seem to prove otherwise. My spirits are high and I'm looking forward to tackling the projects and tasks ahead...preferably while outside.

Speaking of projects, let me show you another wall art piece I completed. At the end of January, the 99p Store was selling canvases for (you guessed it) 99p each so I bought a bunch of them as well as some acrylic paints and paint brushes, again for 99p. So far I've worked on three of the canvases. Here's the first one:


The project idea came from Crafted Love via Pinterest. I was raised by a mother who is an avid mystery reader, one of her favorite authors being Agatha Christie. So an ode to Poirot seemed appropriate. All this project required was a canvas (or you could use a piece of wood or cardboard), newpaper, Modge Podge (aka watered-down glue) and some paint. Really simple and really cheap. Kinda like me.

That's it for me today, folks. Hope you all have a great weekend.

Later gators.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

One down...

This has nothing to do with the rest of the post. I just thought it was funny...and true.
This morning consisted of dealing with two laptops and a printer-scanner that has it in for me. As I had for the last three days, I had intended on running first thing, but this work was urgent and I really needed to get it going before heading out. I thought that would only take an hour. It took nearly four.

Then noon rolled around. I'd been working from home and was still in my pajamas. I abandoned the electronics from hell, suited up for my run and headed out. What finally got me to run? The day outside is beautiful--blue skies and temps in the 50s. Granted English temps in the 50s are par for the course this time of year, but blue skies are rare indeed. Because of work and dithering, I missed out on a sunny morning run yesterday and I wasn't going to make the same mistake today.

The 3 miles were a total slog especially with the hills, but I'm super happy I finally got out there. About damn time.

So that's run #1 down, two more to go for this week.

Since I'd like to post more, but obviously have very little to say on the fitness front at the moment, I thought I'd write a bit about the stuff I'm doing to make my apartment a bit more homey. Yes, I'll be talking about crafting. Brace yourselves. At least it'll keep me from bitching too much about the TTSNBN.

On the weekends these last few months, I've been working little by little on making wall art for my apartment. The walls are naked and it's bothering me. I've actually completed quite a few now. The one I worked on this past Sunday I actually started two months ago as a first draft of sorts of a larger piece I wanted to hang in my bedroom. It was supposed to be a felt wall hanging of birch trees. I liked how the trees came out on the trial piece, but thought it was a bit meh. It needed some color. So along came Little Red Riding Hood.


I'm happy with how this came out with the exception of Red's legs. I thought not to put any in but the way I cut the cape necessitated legs or else Red would have been a flying midget. Also there should be more of the wolf's body off to the left, but I couldn't be arsed to think of how that should look so I left it out. I realize this looks rather child-like and I'm definitely not a kid anymore, but to hell with it. It makes me happy and it's my flat, so it's going on the wall. I just need to sew some loops at the top for a dowel and it'll be finished.

All right, it's back to fighting with the scanner and then on to make about 20 pie charts. Mmmm, pie.

Later gators.

Friday, 16 March 2012

Tell me what to do

I went on a quick conference trip to my old stomping grounds (the photo in the last post is Trevi Fountain). I've got another conference at the end of the month (in Deutschland!) and then I head directly from there back to da Boot for three weeks of fieldwork.

This is all fabulous actually. Except for two little details. (1) the TTSNBN, and (2) I'm an unfit couch potato.

I met with my supervisor earlier this week and got her feedback on my full draft. Good news: only minor adjustments on the first seven chapters. Bad news: total rewrite of the last three chapters.

F.    M.    L.

It's like a goddamn elephant pregancy...except my TTSNBN has been gestating over twice as long and is still going.

As for detail #2 - I've not worked out at all since February. The slothfulness is not improving my mental state, but I just don't have the mental energy to devote to sorting out a fitness regimen with a full-time job and the sword of Damocles that is my TTSNBN hanging over my head. I know that sounds like a cop-out and it probably is, but it's how I feel.

So I thought I'd be even more of a whiny weasel and pass the buck off to you guys. Tell me what to do. Wait, scratch that. Let me be more specific. For the rest of March, what runs/workouts should I do? Give me something viable and I may just follow it like the little lemming that I am. If I do, I will reward you with praise and maybe even a kitschy souvenir from my travels.

Have at it.

P.S. - A Happy Mothering Sunday to all the moms out there, British or not, with a special shout-out to my mother who, as always, is amazing as she continues to give me the 'I can't believe I actually birthed you' side-eye even on Skype. Love you, Mom!

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Monday, 5 March 2012

I so needed this right now

Well, I'm being screwed over by my internet service provider (*cough*Virgin Media*cough*)because of their acknowledged mistake which they don't feel the need to do anything about so I'm going to be disconnected for about two weeks unless they scrape together an ounce of decency and decide to give a fuck. I don't like blogging from work (not for ethical reasons, mind you, but because everyone in the room can see my monitor) so there probably won't be any posts till then. It's probably for the best anyway, because all I'd be doing is bitching about illogical company policies and incompetent employees.

Ugh. I hate people. And now I really hate Richard Branson.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

February in review


 I love the Boromir memes.

The breakdown:
  • 29 days with 3 tasks each: 87 tasks total
  • Number of failed tasks: 8
  • Percentage completed: 90.8%
  • Did I reach the prize goal (of 90% or better)?: Barely. Doesn’t really matter though. I don’t have time for any vacations (mini or otherwise) for at least a few months because of work-related obligations. Eh, I’m fine with it.
What happened / did I learn over the course of the month:
  • Don’t make one of your daily goals something that is dependent on the work of others. You’ll invariably be let down.
  • To make this system effective, I really need to stay organized. Many days, as I’m sure you could tell, I almost randomly chose what to do for the day. I really need to just keep a running list of essential tasks handy so I don’t waste time.
  • I need to buckle down and start following a proper exercise regimen. I’m not so unfit that I can justify 30 minutes of walking as exercise especially if I don’t want to be a fat ass anymore.
  • Over the last 29 days, I lost a blog follower, gained another and then lost a different one.
  • I also lost and gained two Google Reader subscribers.
  • The blogosphere has finally realized that Carolina John is a skinny bitch and the rest of us (especially me) are fat jealous whores who envy him his un-fatness. You go, CJ!
  • And yes, Viper, I posted at least one dino image every single day. So, what do I win?
  • I've written more blog posts in the first two months of this year than I did in all of 2011. Wow.
I'd like to thank all of you for reading and especially commenting this past month. Your support has really helped me be more productive and I thank you for that. It appears my motivation is fuelled by your taunts and mockery. I always was a contrary creature.

I'm planning on continued and even improved productivity for March. Now to sort out an exercise plan...

Later gators.

P.S.--One final dino-related gift for you. If you're in North America, you can watch it here.