Tuesday, October 27, 2009

That's not a hill

Crawled out of bed when my alarm clock cutely told me to get up at 5am.

Yes. My alarm clock is cute. On my phone I recorded Andrew saying "Wake up, Mummy! It's time to wake up!" and that's what wakes me up each morning. It's a nice way to arise. Even at 5am.

Made lunches. Took Ben to Seminary. Came home. Ran.

My run today was week eight of Robert Ullrey's couch to 5k podcast. That is to say, five minute walk, 28 minute run, five minute walk.

Except I skipped the last five minute walk and continued running for another 22 minutes, for a total of 50 minutes running. I also walked for 15 minutes as a cool down because I walked the dog as soon as I got home.

When I started running I knew I had at least a 28 minute run ahead, and I knew that I would try to go longer if I could. Thus, I started at my excessively slower-than-molasses pace, rather than pushing it. I was aiming for endurance rather than speed. A brisk walk would have overtaken me. But I was able to run. Uphill.

Because I was so very kind to myself and ran slow, I was feeling really comparatively good when Ullrey said "Ok, just one more minute left." I couldn't believe it! Holy cow! I wasn't TOTALLY dying. Yes, I was tired, but I wasn't checking the time every ten seconds begging for the 28 minutes to be over.

So I continued until I reached the bottom of the street where I live. Then I looked at my watch and thought "If I run another four minutes I'll have run a nice, round 50 minutes." So I did.

I think what helped separate this Tuesday run from previous Tuesday runs is that I went on an "easy run" yesterday. Normally on Tuesdays I haven't run since the previous Saturday - and that's a long time between runs! So Tuesdays are usually a killer.

However, yesterday I worked like a demon before I took Ben to seminary to make sure I had all the lunches made and all the homeschool books ready - so that I was totally ready to go to work. Then after I dropped Ben off I hopped on the treadmill for 30 minutes. Treadmills work really well for short, easy runs. If you have that mindset (that it's going to be an easy run as opposed to a long, hard one) then treadmills are very useful.

Unfortunately the display on my treadmill is still kaput and I'm totally bummed about that.

Anyway, so I believe today's run was easier because of that.

Tomorrow I'm not doing a dang thing.

In other news, I forgot I had to teach in Relief Society on Sunday. Even worse, I have to chose the topic and everything. I think that's way worse than being given the manual and teaching out of that. I had actually remembered and been thinking about it for the past three months; trying to figure out what I was going to talk about. However, I just happened to have forgotten about it the past two weeks. *sigh* Wish I'd forgotten about it for the past three months and remembered two weeks ago, but NO I have to do things the difficult way.

So today I need to pray about a topic, research it, and write the lesson. Wish me luck.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Sherlock Holmes

After being sickened and horrified by Doyle's appalling lies about Mormons in "A Study in Scarlet", I embarked on a new Daily Lit book, "The Sign of the Four".

I was horrified on discovering at the very beginning of the book that Holmes is addicted to cocaine and morphine. Great. Just great. And these are classics? Lies and drug addiction? We're meant to look up to Holmes? He's pretty stinkin' bizarre. And full of himself. And really really irritating.

But anyway, despite all that today's Daily Lit excerpt included the following quote, which rather tickled me:

"Detection is, or ought to be, an exact science, and should be treated in the same cold and unemotional manner. You have attempted to tinge it with romanticism, which produces much the same effect as if you worked a love-story or an elopement into the fifth proposition of Euclid."

Hahahahaha!!! =D =D Ok. That's funny.

So, in true homeschooling form, I looked up the fifth proposition of Euclid just for the fun of it.

If a straight line crossing two straight lines makes the interior angles on the same side less than two right angles, the two straight lines, if extended indefinitely, meet on that side on which are the angles less than the two right angles.


See other postulates as well as a diagram of the above fifth postulate here: http://www.cut-the-knot.org/triangle/pythpar/Fifth.shtml

Enjoy. =)

I love reading.
I love homeschooling.
Goal: To read and understand Euclid before I die.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

various nifty blog posts

Ship Full O'Pirates had a wonderful post on the flu shot:

Homespun Juggling had a wonderful post on John Astin (Aka Gomez Addams who also happens to be Sean Astin's Dad - you know...Sean Astin...Samwise in LotR?) reading Edgar Allan Poe poetry.

She also had a link to a wonderful Addams Family episode: The Addams Family Goes to School

My favourite quotes:

Sam Hillyard: "But they've got to go to school. Everybody sends their kids to school."

Gomez Addams: "Ridiculous! Why have children just to get rid of them? I'm opposed to the whole nonsense."

Assistant Principal: "I'm sure the children are going be very happy here."

Gomez Addams: "If we wanted them to be happy we would have let them stay home."


Friday, October 23, 2009

Local Happenins

Went to bed way too late - I think it was near 11pm. I was asleep almost before my head hit the pillow.

Up at 5am to get Ben up. He groaned his way out of bed while I took a quick shower. After I made his lunch he informed me he was feeling really sick and went back to bed. So I could have slept in after all. Either that or I could have gone on a short run if I hadn't already showered. GAH!

Friday today. I refuse to get excited about it because Saturdays are the most busy hideous day of the week. It's gogogogogogogogo all day. Sunday should be interesting though. Inside information tells me the Stake Presidency had a meeting a day or so ago that went really late so it looks like we'll be getting a new Bishop this week. Maybe. =)

Did I even blog about the happenins during our Stake Conference?


Well, here we go...

So for our Stake Conference last weekend we knew we were getting a new Stake President because:

1. There were two General Authorities coming in
2. President Soderquist had been in for 9 1/2 years. Dang it. I wish we'd been around when he was Bishop. When we lived in Michigan, the Rausch's said he was an awesome man (they'd lived here when he was Bish) and they were RIGHT. I've loved having him as Stake President for the past 3 1/2 years. I'm going to miss hearing him talk.
3. Cara told us in Relief Society that we were getting a new Stake President.

So the week before last we sat over our usual Spaghetti Dinner on Sunday evening after church and discussed. It was an unusually short discussion.

"Who do you think will be the next Stake President?"
"Bill Grayson"


It was pretty much a foregone conclusion. I did feel a swell of emotion for his wife and children. =) OTOH, his wife is AWESOME and seems capable of just about ANYTHING, and his children are stinkin' fabulous too. So that's alright then.

ANYWAY!!! During our Sunday discussion on who would be the next Stake President we failed to ask the question, "Who will be his counselors?"

And it's quite a pity we didn't think about it because we about fell off our chairs when Cara's husband was called as first counselor. We thought "Oh, that's pretty nifty. He's a great guy."

Then the next name they called was David Critchlow. DAVID CRITCHLOW!!! You know.....our BISHOP! And up he went. After the initial blank-faced jaw-drop it finally hit me what was happening when Bert turned to me and said "We just lost our Bishop." And I wanted to jump up and say "OI!!! You lot!!! Hands off our Bishop!!!!!" I was surprised when my initial two-second outrage was followed hard by a wave of grief.

Dang it, we lost President Soderquist - but to lost Bishop Critchlow as well??!! What the heck?

So after recovering from that, the burning question then became "who will be the next bishop?" and then Bert casually mentioned, "And Cara will have to be released as Relief Society President because she can't be in a heavy weight calling with her husband in the Stake Presidency"

And that, dear readers, was personally the worst shock for me. I felt so...I don't know...grief-stricken. I'm a counselor in the Relief Society Presidency and since I've been given the calling have felt it to be an absolute honour and privilege to work with Cara and Jeanne and the various wonderful secretaries we've had.


I just had to take a few silent minutes to contemplate their awesomeness. They're such incredible women. I don't know what I ever did to be given the blessing of working with them and learning from them (the answer, of course, is nothing. That's the nature of a blessing) but I'm so so so so so thankful I had that privilege. I can't believe it's over already. I felt like I was only just beginning to get a grasp on the calling and was figuring I'd have another two or three years with these ladies to figure it all out. I guess not. =(

SO! Dear readers! It's all very exciting and interesting in our ward at the moment. Those of you who are not LDS are probably confused. Many apologies. Those of you who are LDS are nodding your heads because you're seeing the absolutely MASSIVE reshuffle that will need to take place in our ward. Both Bishop and Relief Society President gone? Dude!!

Anyway, so back to the Stake Presidency Meeting that took place. Hopefully this means our new Bishop will be called this week. I have my thoughts on who it will be. I also have thoughts on who the counselors will be. I'm not saying right now, but if I'm correct there will need to be some shuffling in some auxiliaries other than Relief Society.

Alright I've waffled enough. Time to get ready for work.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Boy Quotes

When I grow up I want to be a little boy.
Joseph Heller

No one knows how it is that with one glance a boy can break through into a girl's heart.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Of all the animals, the boy is the most unmanageable.

The boy is father to the man.

You've got the brain of a four-year-old boy, and I bet he was glad to get rid of it.
Groucho Marx

There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.
C.S. Lewis

The code of the schoolyard, Marge! The rules that teach a boy to be a man. Let's see. Don't tattle. Always make fun of those different from you. Never say anything, unless you're sure everyone feels exactly the same way you do.
Homer Simpson

People think that I must be a very strange person. This is not correct. I have the heart of a small boy. It is in a glass jar on my desk.
Stephen King

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

There isn't any symbolism. The sea is the sea. The old man is an old man. The boy is a boy and the fish is a fish. The shark are all sharks no better and no worse. All the symbolism that people say is ****. What goes beyond is what you see beyond when you know.
Ernest Hemingway

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it.
Clarence Darrow

When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.
Author Unknown
Often erroneously attributed to Mark Twain

I was so poor growing up - if I wasn't a boy - I'd have had nothing to play with.
Rodney Dangerfield

Baseball gives every American boy a chance to excel, not just to be as good as someone else but to be better than someone else. This is the nature of man and the name of the game.
Ted Williams

The spirit is there in every boy; it has to be discovered and brought to light.
Robert Baden-Powell

A boy is naturally full of humor.
Robert Baden-Powell

A boy can learn a lot from a dog: obedience, loyalty, and the importance of turning around three times before lying down.
Robert Benchley

A boy carries out suggestions more wholeheartedly when he understands their aim.
Robert Baden-Powell

A boy is a magical creature - you can lock him out of your workshop, but you can't lock him out of your heart.
Allan Beck

Boys are beyond the range of anybody's sure understanding, at least when they are between the ages of 18 months and 90 years.
James Thurber

One of the best things in the world to be is a boy; it requires no experience, but needs some practice to be a good one.
Charles Dudley Warner

There comes a time in every rightly constructed boy's life that he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure.
Mark Twain

Some parents say it is toy guns that make boys warlike. But give a boy a rubber duck and he will seize its neck like the butt of a pistol and shout "Bang!"
George F. Will
American editor and news commentator

The boy who expects every morning to open into a new world finds that today is like yesterday, but he believes tomorrow will be different
Charles Dudley Warner
American Editor and Author

Every genuine boy is a rebel and an anarch. If he were allowed to develop according to his own instincts, his own inclinations, society would undergo such a radical transformation as to make the adult revolutionary cower and cringe.
John Andrew Holmes

A boy cannot begin playing ball too early. I might almost say that while he is still creeping on all fours he should have a bouncing rubber ball.
Christy Mathewson
American Baseball Player

The boys are in such a mood that if someone introduced the Ten Commandments, they'd cut them down to seven.
Norris Cotton

The moment a little boy is concerned with which is a jay and which is a sparrow, he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing.
Eric Berne

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Saturday's run - and needed equipment.

I ran just over 4 1/2 miles today. Ok, I walked and ran 4.67 miles this morning. I ran for 25 minutes straight - a record for me outside. I then walked for 5 minutes then ran for another 10. This brings me to a total of:

35 minutes running
25 minutes walking

Which means I've finally flipped over and am now officially running more than I'm walking. It's pretty sad that all that running only took me 4.67 miles though. Tells you I'm slower than molasses. In fact, there was a chap brisk walking, and I was about keeping pace with him. HA! =D Na ja. Speed will come later. Much later.

In weight watcher's points, today's exercise netted me 5 activity points. My leader said you're only meant to have three a day....but in that case, the 3-month journal should only have space for 21 activity points, right? And it has quite a few more than that. Thus, I'm totally disregarding her. I earned those stinkin' five points, and so I'm going to mark them off! If I ever reach the point where I'm racking up more activity points than the book has spaces for (like that'll ever happen in my wildest dreams) then I'll keep to the maximum the book allows. Until that point, however, I EARNED those points and they are MINE.

So there.

What else? Hmmmm.

Yes, it was cold today. And by COLD, dear readers, I mean FREEZING.

Well, not LITERALLY freezing. But it took me a couple of hours and a really hot shower to quit shivering after my run.

It didn't help that all I have to run in at the moment is a short sleeved shirt. Added to the list of things I now need for running are now these items:

Gloves. Because my hands are stinkin' freezing, that's why.
Furthermore, I can't believe how much my hands swell on runs. Go figure.

Something to cover my ears. Though, admittedly, this one is probably the last on my list until it gets really stinkin' cold.

This morning Bert said to me, "You know, at some point you're probably going to have to come inside and run on the treadmill as it'll be too cold."

I couldn't even answer him. The thought depressed me so much I was speechless.

Some kind of long sleeved shirt.

Also, as I got SOOOOOOO thirsty on my run this morning, some kind of water-carrying device. *sigh* I'm sooooo bummed about this, because I HATE all the devices. The hand-held ones look just IRRITATING - I hate having anything in my hand. Furthermore, I've heard it causes repetitive strain injury or something like that. The backpack ones carry a lot and plus the ones that have vests attached have tons of pockets to put things in - but EW who wants sweat all under their backpack, and cleaning them would be a pain in the patella.

I suppose I'll have to go for a waistpack - but I can't imagine how those things don't bounce around (though admittedly, I've heard they don't - just not sure HOW they don't), and plus they sit right there at the bottom of your back and....think sweat, people! Sweat! Gross! I hope those waistpacks are washable.

I suppose I'll have to get at least a two-bottle one; one for water, one for gatorade. *sigh* TOTAL bummer.

Also, my ipod is truly dying. I got a minute out the door and it died on me this morning. So I came back in and borrowed Ben's. It died on me. So I came back in to get my phone - Bert woke up and helped me try to get music on my phone (what a sweet husband. =)) ....didn't work. Time was running out as by this time it was 7.30am and I run for an hour and needed to be leaving for my ww meeting at 8.30am.

So I just left and did the best I could with the music on my phone.

It worked really quite well, and I was considering just using that one from now on - except Bert said it would really wear the phone out fast.

OTOH, I can't afford another ipod right now so it'll have to do.

Running is NOT a cheap sport.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Things to do today

1. Get woken up early by the storm and lie there, unable to get back to sleep, worrying about today's run - DONE!

2. Drag self out of bed at an hour of the morning so early it shouldn't have been invented - DONE!

3. Enjoy the pain of blocked sinuses on the right side of face...why is it always the right side? - DONE!

4. Dress, teeth, prayer, clothes in washer - DONE!

5. Wake Ben up even though I hate waking people up. I don't know why. I just do, that's all. - DONE!

6. Make lunches even though I hate making lunches - DONE!

7. Update Blog with complaints because I'm feeling blah - IN PROCESS. When you read this - DONE!

8. Ben to Seminary, gazing anxiously at the sky and hoping there's no lightning - DONE!

8a - Laundry in dryer - DONE!

9. Run, hopefully outside - DONE! In pouring rain. Yoga pants don't cut it in pouring rain. Read: chafing. Therefore, new item added to list: 14a - DONE!

10. Shower, dress, run around like a headless chicken because we're going to be late - DONE!

11. To Traveler's Rest Plantation - DONE!

12. Field trip in pouring rain - It didn't rain, but it WAS awesome. I loved the doctors and could have listened to them for HOURS - but Andrew couldn't handle it, dang it. - DONE!

13. Drool over Hocklander's Brooms for the fourth year running and once again talk myself out of buying one - NOT DONE! Because I bought one. =) He's hand-making it for me. And it's HOCKADAY, not Hocklander.

14. Picnic lunch in car, to Andrew's absolute delight - DONE!

14a. Buy running pants that don't chafe or soak up water and hold it against your skin for hours on end - DONE!

15. Home. Set timer so I don't stay on computer all afternoon - Oh. Forgot to set the timer. Will do that now. DONE!

Note: I have a cold and the aches just hit in a nasty way. Uuuuuggggghhhhhh. Thus, I have edited this list, due to the fact that I'm about to crawl into bed and stay there for the rest of the day.

16. Pick up downstairs so it doesn't look like an absolute pigsty when the RS Presidency come for a meeting tonight - It was during my attempt to do this that I realized, "Oh. I'm really not feeling very well at all." =D

17. Think about what treat to serve - DONE

18. Make it - SKIPPED

19. Vacuum downstairs - SKIPPED

20. Put on a yummy potpourri thingie because I actually have some fresh orange rinds - SKIPPED

21. Read Julie Beck's talk from RS conference as it talks about changes in Enrichment and we're going to discuss that tonight - I'll read it in bed.

22. Dishes - SKIPPED

23. Fold and put away 500 loads of laundry - SKIPPED

24. If there's time, wash sheets - SKIPPED

25. Think about how to prepare chicken for dinner. I'm sick of chicken - Dinner will be either made by Bert or brought in by him.

26. Roast the veggies. I'm sick of veggies - Ditto above

27. Feed children. Eat some food myself. - Ditto above

28. Bert's home! =) =) - Can't wait! I love it when Bert comes home. =)

29. AGH! Nearly time for the meeting! Hurry up and make chamomile tea and set the table! - SKIPPED

30. RS meeting. Bask in the awesomness of the sisters who come. =) - SKIPPED =(

30. Ignore dishes. Total up ww points for the day and get depressed. - SKIPPED

31. Drag self to bed. - DONE!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


There are far too many LoLs that I've been meaning to share for the past several months and I've never got around to it. Here's one or two for you to enjoy. =)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Today's run

So this is becoming somewhat of a running blog, which wasn't my intention at all, but oh well nevermind. Not to worry, I'll probably get bored of it soon and then I'll go back to ranting about politicians and extolling the virtues of homeschooling. =D

Tuesday's run is ALWAYS the hardest. That break in between Saturday's run and Tuesday's run is a killer. I really *should* do an easy run on Sunday, but I don't feel it's the right thing to do, so I don't.

Here's another thought.
Let's say by some miracle the 5k doesn't kill me, so I do a 10k.
Then let's say the 10k doesn't kill me, so I do a 1/2 marathon
Let's say the 1/2 marathon doesn't kill me, so I decide to do a marathon.

What's an LDS runner to do when pretty much all marathons are run on a SUNDAY?

I shall have to talk to (name bleeped out to protect the innocent) about this. She's doing her 3rd Ironman (Yes, that's IRONMAN!! She's my heroine) and must have come across this problem before.

"What's an Ironman?" I hear you ask.

It's Swimming for 2.4 miles, Biking for 112 miles, and then running a marathon (26.2 miles) one after the other, all on the same day. !!!! She says it takes her about 12 hours to complete.


Holy cow, that would take me about six days to complete. And then I'd die.

Anyway, this is all beside the point. What was I waffling about? Uhmmm.

Oh yes! Tuesday's run is always the most difficult. But I did it! Muhahahahahaaaa.
I'm on week 6 of Ullery's Couch to 5k podcasts. Today:

1. walk for five minutes (I did ten)
2. Run for 5 minutes
3. Walk for...I forget.
4. Run for 8 minutes
5. Walk for something or other
6. Run for 5 minutes
7. Walk for five minutes

And then I added on some more running and walking and stuff until I'd run for over 30 minutes. Then I walked for ten extra minutes. Then I walked the dog for another five or ten minutes.

And in a few minutes I'm taking Andrew swimming.


*ahem* sorry about that outburst.

I had something I wanted to say about my run today. What was it? Uhhhm. I forget. Oh well, nevermind.


So Ritsumei talked about using the programme at Runner's World and so I went to check it out. Looks pretty good - except there's no podcast involved so that wouldn't work for me. I need someone to say "Get off your easy walking pace and RUN! Right now!". =D Not that Ullery ever says that.

However, I did come across a nifty page that talks about all kinds of running vocabulary. This one caught my attention:

Runner's Trots: refer to gastrointestinal problems on the run. AKA the infamous "Digestion Disasters!"

Let me tell you, there is NOTHING worse than being half-way through your run and realizing "I HAVE TO GO!!!" and there's *nowhere* around for you to go. Certainly gives you a "speedwork" run though, as you race home before there's an unsightly accident. Since this unfortunate incident, I make sure I go to the bathroom about THREE STINKIN' TIMES before I go out. What am I going to do in an actual race? Pray for portapotties?

I wonder what you do in an Ironman? You have to go at some point - I mean to say, TWELVE HOURS! You must need to go. This is another thing I must ask (name bleeped out to protect the innocent).

Monday, October 12, 2009

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Running Euphoria

Keeping in mind my leg was quite tender this week, I determined to give myself a much longer warm up than 5 minutes. My body really seems to need *at least* a 10 minute warm-up, and then a gentle jog after that.

Actually, most of my "running" is gentle jogging.

Anyway, so I walked for a good 10 minutes, ran for 5, walked for a bit, ran for about another 5, walked for ten, then went into a 20 minute run.

Yes, beloved readers, yours truly ran for TWENTY STINKIN' MINUTES WITHOUT STOPPING.

And it was


I felt such a HUGE sense of accomplishment when I was done. I did it! =) I'm so proud of me! =) I've never run that long (outside) before.

So next week I move onto Ullery's week six podcast. As you can see, by the end of the week I'll be running 25 minutes. Go me. =) With this 20 minute run under my belt, barring any significant leg pain, I imagine I will be able to hang in there. =)

I'm really pleased I've made it to week six. To be honest, week one was the hardest week of all for me. I was stuck on week one for quite a long time before I made the leap into week two. Imagine my surprise when I found the running format of week two much easier to deal with. Somehow, those eight 1-minute runs overwhelmed me, whereas the six 90-second runs were easier to deal with because there were less of them. I know, it was all in my head, but it really helped!

Ullery's podcasts are a really wonderful, gentle introduction to running. I highly recommend them. I can't believe how far I've come with his encouragement. =)

I think I'll be able to run the Bishop's Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving day without dying. I think I'll be able to do it without injuring myself. I think I'll be able to walk just fine thereafter.

Think I'll be able to do the half-marathon next April? Hmmm, maybe that's a bit much. You have to complete it in under four hours. I currently do just under 5 miles in an hour. That's pretty stinkin' slow.

Running gear

I didn't run on Thursday because on Wednesday night I had terrible cramps in the front of my leg - I think they're called shin splints. Plus, Tuesday's run had produced knee pain that, by the end of the workout, radiated up into my thigh. Not so much fun at all.

I went into Fleet Feet yesterday evening so they could check my shoes (something similar to this and the insoles I'd just recently purchased.

The lady - and I wish I could remember her name - spent quite a bit of time helping me. After experimenting a bit she came to the conclusion my shoes and insoles were perfectly fine, but that I needed to massage my leg. She recommended The Stick. She said later I may need The Roller.

These were a little out of my price range at the moment as it's got really quite cold here lately and I have only one pair of trousers and that one only stays on because of the two safety pins, and thus I need to buy some more trousers. I thought what I'd do is use Bert's massager (something kinda similar to this.) and hope that works. Maybe I can get The Stick for Christmas or something.

However, I also have several other running supplies I desperately "need" that are going on my Christmas list....soooo how we're going to fit it all in the budget I don't know. =D Don't let ANYONE tell you that running is a "cheap and free" sport - because it's NOT!! The amount of spondoolicks I've laid out in this particular "cheap" hobby is astonishing. $10 for a pair of socks!!!! $10! For ONE PAIR OF SOCKS! AAgggghhhh! I used to think I was spending too much if it cost me $1 a pair! Now, having said that, these $10 socks are STINKIN' AWESOME - but STILL. TEN DOLLARS!! FOR A PAIR OF SOCKS!!!! Yes yes, I love them and would never give them up. But TEN DOLLARS!

I also "need":
An Ipod Nano. Yeah yeah, like that's ever going to happen.
Or at least some kind of ipod shuffle thing that I can clip on and then forget about.
Because right now I'm using the old ipod. I mean...the very very very first one that ever came out EVER...and it really really does not like all the shaking up and down when I'm running so I have to hold it. Irritating.

OTOH, maybe I could give in to the inevitable and let Bert get me a *sigh* =( iphone and then I could put music on there.

Anyway, I also "need":
another pair of shoes with insoles.

And some kind of way to carry water around as I'm out for an hour now and imagine - as long as I manage to get my leg pain under control - that will increase.

I'm also going to need some kind of long sleeved running top because it's getting chilly out there early in the morning.

At Fleet Feet they had this stinkin' AWESOME saucony top that had flip-over sleeves at the end so could cover your fingers so they don't freeze. It was EXACTLY what I had been looking for. Unfortunately, it was an XL and I don't fit in that size anymore. So, that's kinda bittersweet news.

It would be nifty to have some kind of running logbook. This one looks interesting.

And, of course, socks. Expensive, yummy-feeling socks.

Oh yeah, and I guess I'll need some kind of wicking bra.

As you can see, I could spend $500 very quickly on this "free" sport. Sooo that's not going to happen any time soon when I don't even own a pair of trousers that fits me. =D =D

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Living in the "buckle of the bible belt", I've come across some pretty *uncomfortable* attitudes towards Mormons - to put it mildly. I just recently read an article where a member of another religion was seeking to open a friendly dialogue between Mormons and members of this religion. He was absolutely lambasted by members of his own religion. The comments from other leaders in this particular religion about Mormons made my heart sink, and made me feel nauseous. When I go to homeschool conventions, the stuff about Mormons I find there is shocking. It's distortions and lies and it makes me so so so sad that little children are being taught this stuff as truth - and so they'll believe it all their lives and will grow up and raise their children to believe it. Particularly disturbing is the "Mormons are not Christians" assertion. Why don't we let the Lord decide who is following Him and who isn't, hmmm?

Anyway, with all this uncomfortableness in mind, I was thrilled to open this month's BYU magazine and read this article How I wish we all followed what it teaches!!


Loving our Neighbor
by Barbara Culatta
As we develop tolerance, acceptance, and love for others, we draw closer to Christ.

I was raised Catholic and practiced Catholicism until I was in college. My conversion to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came after a long, painful time in my life, brought about by having rejected what I had learned about God as a child. The conversion process told me that, although I had rejected religion, God hadn't forgotten about me. He knew where I was in my journey, and He loved and cared about me - even when I wasn't living according to His teachings. Experiencing another religion, living for a time without religion, and exploring other faiths taught me significant principles of tolerance and acceptance.

1. Look for Commonalities.
As pastor of a Catholic church in Pittsburgh, Penn., my brother is devoted to his parishioners, programs, and school. As I attend Catholic services when I visit my brother, I see more similarities than differences in our religions. He has a deep love for the scriptures, and I am always touched when I hear him talk about his love for the Savior. I know that the Lord receives my brother's love and blesses him for it.

2. Accept People Where They Are.

My father, who is not a Latter-day Saint, is a powerful example to me because of his spiritual depth. He goes to mass every morning and reads the priest's prayers morning and night. My father also says heartfelt personal prayers with a reverence like no other I have experienced. I know God loves and admires my father for living according to the light he has.

3. Reflect on the Goodness in Other Religions.

My mother, who passed away in 1992, was outstanding in her ability to accept the goodness in other religions. Although she, like my father, had been raised a Catholic, my mother was influenced by her father, who had been a Lutheran before converting to Catholicism to marry my grandmother. He stopped attending the Lutheran Church, but he maintained his deep faith and longed for his own religion. After I converted to the Church, I told my mother about the restored gospel. She could see where it could be true, but she wanted to be loyal to my father's devotion to Catholicism. Later, after doing my mother's temple work, I strongly felt her presence with me. I am convinced that my mother's openness - and my respect for her beliefs - eventually led her to the fullness of the gospel.

4. Value What We Can Learn from Others.
My son served a mission in an area presided over by Elder Lynn A. Mickelsen, who shared this message after learning that some missionaries were making disparaging remarks about other religions: "(Members of other religions are) honorable people. They teach the commandments; they teach of Christ. In the seventh chapter of moroni, Mormon...makes it clear that if people are teaching of the Christ, they are of Him. Both Joseph Smith and Brigham Young taught that we need to gather everything good we can from everyone else in the world. The goodness and teachings of other religions often become the base for preparing individuals to accept the fullness of the Gospel."

5. Give a Soft Response.
As I mentioned, one of my brothers is a Catholic priest; ironically, my other brother disregards organized religion and likes to negate Christian doctrine. I'm careful in my dealings with him to avoid saying things that will drive away the Spirit or fuel the debate. I have also encountered friends who have been critical of my beliefs. I have been careful to respond mildly and respectfully. After several such interactions, friends have apologized for their harshness.

I am grateful for each encounter I have had, before and after becoming a member of the Church, with individuals from different faiths and backgrounds who have enriched my life. I believe that we draw nearer to Christ as we love, serve and accept those from different religions and backgrounds. It is my prayer that we all can have the respect our Savior would have us feel for all our brothers and sisters - people He loves and for whom He atoned.


Number 5 touched me greatly and I pray I will be able to have this same attitude. Shortly after I married I came across Proverbs 15:1 - "A soft Answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger." I knew this would be something I would work on for my entire life. I believe and hope that I have made significant improvements over the last two decades, but I know I have a long way to go before I am "perfect" in this regard. I intent to keep working on it, and with the Lord's help I'll eventually get it. Maybe it won't be until the eternities, but one day I'll get it. =)

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Running safe

I'm thinking of getting an id bracelet. Because not only would it be safe to do so, but also it's nifty.

Actually, I may or may not get it. Probably running with my driver's license would get the job done just as well. But just in case I decide to throw $25 at this company, I thought I'd get all y'all's opinion.

You see, after you put in all the boring information to keep you safe, you can also enter in a fun line of text. Here are a few I've been thinking of. What are your favourites? =)

Keep on Keepin' on
Don't tell me I can't
Anything for ten minutes
I am a work in progress
Live long and prosper
That's not a hill
Who moved the finish line
Toward 26.2

dum vivimus, vivamus
Before Honour is Humility
Age Quod Agis - Do what you are doing
Audere est Facere - to dare is to do
Deo gratias - Thanks be to God
Domine dirige nos - Lord guide us (motto of the City of London, which amazes me)
Dominus Vobiscum - Lord be with you
Dona nobis pacem - give us peace
Esse quam videri - to be, rather than to seem
ex malo bonum - good out of evil
festina lente - hurry slowly
fiat voluntas Dei - May God's will be done
fortiter et fideliter - bravely and faithfully
Labor omnia vincit - hard work conqures all
Laboris gloria Ludi - work hard, play hard
Laudetur Jesus Christus - Praise be Jesus Christ
Laus Deo - Praise be to God
lectori salutem - greetings reader
media vita in morte sumus - In the midst of our lives we die
Nihil sine Deo - nothing without God
quaerite primum regnum Dei - seek ye first the kingdom of God
Semper excelsius - always higher
sola fide - by faith alone
sola gratia - by grace alone
solus Christus - Christ alone
soli Deo gloria - glory to God alone

These are my favourites:
Keep on Keepin' on
Don't tell me I can't
Anything for ten minutes
Live long and prosper
That's not a hill
Who moved the finish line
Esse quam videri - to be, rather than to seem
ex malo bonum - good out of evil
festina lente - hurry slowly
fiat voluntas Dei - May God's will be done
fortiter et fideliter - bravely and faithfully
lectori salutem - greetings reader
Labor omnia vincit - hard work conqures all

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Running, cell phones, luddites, All Mod Cons

This is my 778th post. Go figure.

Anyway, I went running today. Because it's Tuesday.

Soooooo. It was hard. It was hard because I've started running AWAY from the house - that is, UPHILL, and then running BACK to the house as well. Previously I'd just walked away from the house and run - downhill - towards the house.

The first idea I had was a good one. This running uphill stuff stinks.

And it's not even really "uphill", it's more of a "slight slope" kind of thing.

So anyway. I'm thinking "Alright, on Thursday I have two 8 minute runs, and on Saturday I have one long 20 minute run....and I can barely hang on through the end of the 5 minute runs soooooooo I'm thinking maybe on Thursday I will NOT be running away from the house."

I don't know for sure how long I ran today, because my cell phone finally died a death of dying. I've been trying to avoid getting a new one. Perhaps, even though my phone is dead, I will continue avoiding getting a new one. I don't want to pay the monthly fee anymore. Cell phones suck.

Or maybe I'll upgrade to an iphone - apparently if we sign another 2 year contract I can get one free. Except we'll have to upgrade our contract because of all the features and stuff on the iphone. And I don't want to pay more money. I want to stop paying money.

Another problem I have is that since Gorilla Mobile died, I have no way to make overseas calls that don't cost an arm and a leg. Thus, I can pretty much only contact my parents through email. If I had a stupid iphone I'd probably be able to text them. Except I think texting is evil and is destroying the art of conversation. Email and computers certainly destroyed the art of letter-writing.

All technology sucks. I think I'm a closet Luddite. Other than the fact that I'm happily using technology to say how much I think technology sucks. I'm a kind of personal luddite though. I think the technology we have in our house should be destroyed. I have no problem with other people having it. I just don't want it in our house. Ban the technology! It sucks!

Andrew and I went to the Hands On Harvest at Belle Meade Plantation today - it was WONDERFUL!!! =) I looked at the cabin where they lived and it was so cosy! And I thought "Man, wouldn't it be awesome to live like that?"

Except I think I'd miss my high tech running shoes and shirt, and I'd miss the washing machine, and I'd miss the time to just sit and let my brain leak out my ears because I'd be spinning and carding all my waking hours. And there would be no pain relief in child birth. And no tylenol for headaches or muscle aches. And there would be diptheria and measles and polio and whooping cough, and half my children would die.

Sooooo ok, what I REALLY want is to live a simple life in a small house with all mod cons.

I'm tired. It's 11pm. I have to be up in six hours. What in the heck is wrong with me, staying up so late?

Saturday, October 03, 2009