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Ugh! Is it really only February? I am so sick of winter and the cold and snow! I am all about the novelty of the first snow of the season. It’s pretty and it normally means Christmas is around the corner (since it normally happens in late November/early December). But after Christmas, I am ready for warm, outdoor running weather.
We have been lucky the past few winters. Last year our winter was so mild, my husband was able to golf year-round. I think there was only one weekend he couldn’t golf due to wintry weather. This year, it’s been months since he’s been able to hit the links.
It’s been such a cruddy winter that nearly every school in our coverage area has missed all of its allowed calamity days. In Ohio, there has been a push to add more calamity days since nearly the whole state is facing this issue.
I commute an hour to work each day. In year’s past, I have stayed with coworkers, or at a hotel when it snowed. It was a handful of times a year, at most. This year, I have stayed a DOZEN times! But this year, I don’t dread it nearly as much. I have a couple of coworkers that live close to the station. We have dinner and watch Friends and have gal time. I look forward to coming home each time, spending time with my husband and sleeping in my own bed, but if anything, this wonky weather has bonded the three of us together. Oh and I get to sleep in an hour in the mornings. And one day I even walked to work.
Oh and get this! A couple of weeks ago I spent the weekend at my cousin’s house. When I got there Friday, I couldn’t believe how much more snow she had at her house compared to mine (and my house has had much more than where I work). It was dry all day Friday and Saturday, then we woke up Sunday to snow. We got 3 to 5 MORE inches than what we originally had and I got snowed in. Yes, I got snowed in! That hasn’t happened to me since 2003 when we had a mondo ice storm.
This winter is definitely leaving its mark. And one of our meteorologists says March may be one of the top 10 snowiest March’s on record. This does not make me a happy girl!!
This winter weather has also cramped my reading style. I think we all have this wonderful thought in our head that when it snows, readers always curl up with a good book, a blanket, a fireplace maybe and a hot cocoa. That has NOT been the case for me this winter. I’ve done ok reading so far this year, but I feel like I am behind. When I’m with the girls, we chat and watch movies and tv and have fun. I still get in a little reading before bed, but not the curl up in a dark and quiet room lit by a fire. I’m not complaining through. I am still ahead (or on top of) the reading game… and will give up a little reading time for friend time.
I know I’m not the only one feeling the winter blues! Spill it. What’s driving you most nuts about this winter??
Well I’ve had big plans the past week to read my tail off and post my tail off… Obviously that has not happened. Don’t worry I have excuses, excuses.
They start with the weather. Due to some predicted snow and – temperatures and an hour commute, I had a sleepover with some coworkers last week. We spent a lot of time watching Friends and playing Quiz Up (download it if you have an iPhone) and I did very little time reading.
Just as I was getting home and settled, well we had a little bit of a problem in the Kanawha Valley. If you have been under a rock the past week, here’s a little catching up: In Charleston, WV on Thursday, there was a chemical leak into the Elk River. A state of emergency was declared for 9 counties and certain water customers in all of those counties were put on a “do not use” water order. No drinking. No washing. Nothing. No boiling… it won’t help. It’s kind of been a HUGE DEAL! We are going on 6 days and hundreds of thousands of residents can’t bathe or drink water or brush their teeth or wash their clothes. (I live about 50 miles away from the leak, so I was not affected).
Good ole’ West Virginia has made national headlines … hence the NBC and CNN pictures above. Oh and I threw one in from my station for good measure. PS – That’s our Governor waiting to be interviewed. It’s been quite the week.
You can only imagine what it’s like working at a news station when there’s a water crisis. Being without power, well that’s unfortunate. But being without water…. that’s just unbearable. All hands have been on deck to cover the water crisis, so reading was put on the backburner.
Now good news, I did finish The Widow File by West Virginia author SG Redling this week and attended her book launch party tonight. A post about it will be up soon.
Now to ironic news, the last SG Redling book I read was called Flowertown and was about a chemical leak that led to an entire town being quarantined. Can you say prophetic? Luckily the West Virginia spill isn’t quite as bad. There have been some hospitalizations, but no serious patients. And the water is slowly coming back on to customers, so hopefully things will slow down and I’ll get back to reading and blogging.
Hope that your first day of 2014 has kicked off the year with a bang. We watched the ball drop with great friends and today I stayed in my pj’s until 1, got in a nice 2 mile run in 50 degree weather, and finished my first book of 2014, Don’t Want to Miss a Thing by Jill Mansell.
Every year I have ideas for New Year’s resolutions, but never really put much merit with them. They always include reading and working out and saving money and being the best wife, friend and daughter I can be. I am normally pretty big on lists and numbers, but for some reason, I never set the bar too high for the New Year. There are so many obstacles in the year, I know that a wrench can be thrown and life can change. So, I set vague goals and just push myself throughout the year. I am absolutely my biggest competition, so my goal is always to be better than I was the day before.
In 2014, when it comes to reading, I don’t really have any major goals on my list this year. I feel like I’m in an awesome place with reading. In the past year, I think I have really grown as a reader, opening up to new genres and becoming more literary rather than just being a reader. I also think that is coming with age. As I get older, my tastes in reading change, just like tastes in everything else in life.
I do plan to spend more time with NetGalley this year. I did pretty well toward the end of the year, really knocking out books on my list and getting to them before they are archived.
I also think I need to find a new reading nook at the house this year. My bed is normally my reading haven, but recently, as soon as I sit down and turn on my lamp, I’m out. I may need to move over to my desk chair… or even get rid of my little desk and get a reading chair. Now that’s a thought!
Novels aren’t going to be the only thing on my reading list this year. I’ve been trying to make my way through the Bible. It’s a slow and steady process, but I have a plan worked out, reading a few verses a day. I’m about a month ahead of my goal, so hopefully I can keep on track.
I definitely need to up my game this year on the blog. There were several times in 2013 that I slacked off. Life gets busy. Between work, and my commute, and working out, and reading, my blog really got put on the back burner last year. But this year, I’m going to work on getting reviews up and scheduled and knocking it out early in the week and not worry about logging on late on a Thursday night to bust out a post.
I want to use this year to kind of find a niche for my blog. Obviously it will always be primarily reviews, but I want to get better at life posts as well. Those are the posts that I love to read on other blogs, I just don’t feel like I have anything interesting enough to tell. I’ve tried several memes over the years, but nothing that has really stuck. This is going to take some thought and time, so stick with me and hopefully you’ll be coming back for more than reviews this year.
I’m continuing my healthy lifestyle this year, workout wise at least. I’m a snacker. There are some things I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to give up. But I’m already set up to go to the gym through March, then will determine if it’s nice enough to get back outside, or if I need to add another month. I kicked off my workout plan today, with a two mile run, some abs, squats and a little weights. My main fitness goal for this year is to run in more races. I only did one last year and it was my best time as an adult, but didn’t sign up for any others. I want to try to run in a race a month this year. We’ll see how that goes. I need to up my mileage quite a bit to become competitive again.
Saving money is always on my resolution list. This year it’s definitely a priority as we continue to look for a home and I start shopping for a new vehicle. It’s going to be a frugal ’14.
And finally: Be a good person. Be a good wife. Be a good friend. Be a good daughter, sister, etc.
I am really looking forward to this year and what it has in store! I hope you’ve set the bar high for this year.
“You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.” -CS Lewis
I have a confession to make: I’ve fallen off the workout wagon! I had been very proud of my workout efforts for the first several months of the year. I was hitting the gym, or doing home workouts, and running several times a week. I have also been eating better this year, than any other time in my life. I’ve really been on a path to healthier living. I still had cheat days, and weeks where I worked out less than others. But I was pretty consistent… until the last month.
I was playing basketball (which was dumb of me in the first place – I had knee surgery about 10 years ago and tend to get hurt…a lot) and twisted my knee…. the one I had surgery on. It was tender for a few days and I was terrified to do anything. So I took a couple of weeks off. I’m feeling much better, but have been very busy and just haven’t been able to get back on the wagon. Tomorrow will be three weeks since I’ve worked out, except for a few walks and a little bit of dancing at a wedding.
It’s amazing how short a time period can change how you feel about yourself. I haven’t been eating as healthy and I haven’t been working out. I feel like a blob. Others may not notice it, and tell me I’m crazy (which they do), but it doesn’t matter how they see me, it’s how I feel about myself.
So tonight, I’m getting back on the wagon. I’m going to shred with Jillian Michaels.
I have incorporated the 30 Day Shred into my normal workout routine the past few months, but never did it hard core. I would do it once or twice a week, not the 30 days as recommended….until now. I am still nervous about running on my knee, even though I’m not sure Jillian’s high intensity workouts will be any better for it. But I’m willing to try, to at least get me back in shape. And let me tell you, I AM OUT OF SHAPE after three weeks off.
I did the first workout tonight and my arms and legs were killing me! I will be sore tomorrow, but am going to push through it.
The workout includes 3 levels. You do each level for 10 days.
In the past, I’ve only done level 1, so I’m interested to see how the other levels go. I’m also interested to see how my body transforms after 30 days of hardcore workouts. I know I will probably be the only one to notice the changes, but again, I care how I feel about myself, rather than if others notice.
My only concern is actually getting in a workout for 30 straight days. There are some days when I don’t get home until 9 or 10 p.m. and want to grab a quick bite to eat then go to bed. But I am keeping a list of days I get the workout done, so hopefully I’ll keep myself honest. Day 1 is in the books. 29 left to go!
Have you done this series? If so, how did you like it??
Stay tuned for updates!
Hi! Happy Friday! It’s been a while since you’ve seen one of these huh? Don’t worry, I haven’t fallen off the wagon. I’m actually quite proud of myself. Going on July and I’m still going strong on my workout regime. I’ve made some changes to my workout plan over the past few months. Have had to change eating habits, workout routines, and I’ve even made my own little arm workout that I am a little proud of.
I’m still running. I’ve been in kind of a slump this month. I’m stuck at 2 miles and worn out after every run. But I’m still running a couple of times a week and hope to keep adding to my mileage.
This time last year, I was training for my first 5K that I was going to run in (I normally just walk with my mom). I was training for the Color Run. It was fun and the first of my novelty runs.
This year, I’m running because I love it, not because I have an end goal. But when my cousin found the Electric Run, I had to say yes. Check out this video from YouTube:
Super fun right?
Well we signed up. Made a family event out of it. My cousin (sister) Lisa and I planned to run. Our cousin Alex ran with us and brought his cousin Mitchell.
Oh and we stayed with a family member in Columbus too. Super fun family time.
We bought tons of glow in the dark goodies at the Dollar Store. Let me just say, they don’t glow as well as the ones they hand out at the run. We had necklaces, hats, bracelets, glasses…. the necklaces and bracelets were all that made it with us to the run… Have you tried to put together a glow stick hat? It’s nearly impossible.
As the sun started to go down, the vibe started to pick up. They were pumping loud techno versions of today’s popular songs. People were lined up ahead of us and behind us. And you know me, I was dancing from the second we lined up. Which meant I burnt tons of calories because we waited in line for 40 minutes.
Behind us in line
We thought the race was starting at 9:20. Well let me just be honest and say it probably wasn’t a good idea to have a night race on the longest day of the year… just a thought. We didn’t have anywhere to be though. The race started around 9:40. We were in the 3rd wave, so we started around 9:50.
We thought the race was going to be indoors and outdoors. We were wrong. We were at the Ohio State Fairgrounds. We ran through the parking lot. I was a little confuzzled. It was dark, there were people everywhere. I had no idea where I was.
Mitchell and I partnered up for the run and Alex and Lisa partnered up. It’s hard to run in groups in big races like that. It’s almost impossible to stay together while passing walkers. Not to mention it’s almost pitch black out except for the areas where there are lights… and the glow of sticks.
There weren’t as many “glow” areas as I expected. Seemed like they were every half mile or so. In between though it was dark and you really had to pay attention to your footing and the people in front of you. Some people went down. Others just stopped right in front of you.
When the race was over, there was a little setup where someone took our pictures:
Oh and fair food and a rave. The rave was fun… very loud… the vibrations from the music were crazy. There was also beer. Not a smell I look forward to after a hot, sweaty run.
I will say that with these novelty runs, time isn’t of the essence. This race wasn’t even timed. I timed myself with my Nike+ app, but we stopped several times to take pictures, so we didn’t have a very good time at all. But we learned that in the Color Run and know that these novelty races are more about the fun than the race.
I would definitely do this race again. I think I like it better than the Color Run because I didn’t get dirty And running at night was a nice change up. Waiting at the starting line was by far my favorite part.
Have you done this run? What did you think??