Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
You have an option. You can do the 5.74 mile loop or the 3 mile loop. I decided, since I somewhat regularly run 5 or more miles, that I would hang with the big dogs and do the 5.74. There's this other older dude who does the long route. He doesn't even look like he's in that great of shape. But, holy shit, if he didn't take off and leave me in the dust straight out of the gate! I still thought there was no way he could maintain that pace. I thought I would end up passing him shortly and thinking "poor rookie. You didn't know any better".
Well, who's the jackass? I'm the jackass. That older guy doesn't do the entire 5.74, but he does do about an even 5 (there are so many trails you can really make any distance that you want) and he most certainly finished before I did. I decided about half way through that there was no way I was going to do the entire long loop and still get out of there before the park closed, so I cut over to pick up the 3 mile loop. I ended up getting a little lost and ending with somewhere around a 4 mile total, but still coming in WAY after the people who ran nearly 6 miles! Did I also mention that I tripped over a root and busted? The big dogs passed by me just as I was finishing. They were on their way out to do another 5.74!
I'm sore today.
Monday, June 27, 2011
I have had my first official google search hit for my blog. It was only one person, and I'm sure that they landed on my page not knowing what the hell it was. I'm also certain that they immediately hit the back arrow so that they could continue to search for the answer to a question that is on everybody's mind... "should i short tin?"
Well, should you?
When talking to my, sort of, mentor we discussed the tweeking and fine tuning that this business plan would require. My position is new, uncharted territory for the company so my plan of action will probably change over time.
I think my marathon training over the last two years has also been going through a lot tweeking. I'll say it's changed quite a bit since my last marathon where I, uh, well, maybe didn't train at all. I started off pretty well this time, but then there was that 2 month stint in Texas where I didn't do much of anything except eat shitty food that went straight to my mom gut. For my first marathon I used the Run/Walk plan from Marathoning For Mortals, and being that it was my first time, it worked really well. But now I want a little more out of training. I want to be a little faster. Just like with my work business plan, right now I want to sell stuff. Later, I will want to sell a little more.
My latest training tweek came from this months issue of Runners World. I could find it and give you more info, if I felt at all like getting up from this recliner... but I don't. This chick (I think) talks about putting more miles by basically doing two-a-days. Just like the boys in high school football. For instance, you currently run 5 miles every evening. Just add two miles to your day first thing in the morning. Then you get a daily total of 7 without killing yourself all at once. Since my speed has been sucking lately, I'm going to start waking up for an early 2 mile run. Hopefully I can increase my mileage and my speed. And if it doesn't work, well, I guess I'll have to do some more tweeking.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
Last nights Rolling P-Stone run was so much better than last week. I made sure to take it easy and pace myself so the hills didn't burn me at the end. I ran it in Vibrams this time too. The ball of my foot is a little bit bruised from landing in the crack of a sidewalk so Vibram runs will be limited for a while.
I stayed for two beers after the run this week instead of just one. I had a tall PBR and after I had finished it the conversation was flowing so well that I just had to stay for a second beer. This time I chose a Sweetwater Blue draft. This could be my new favorite beer. It was really smooth with a hint of blueberry, but not too sweet. Thank goodness they were out of Yuengling or I may never have tried it.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
That was not the case at all. We visited an amazing installer that yours truly was responsible for finding, and then I received some really great tips, objectives, and strategies that will help me grow the business.
Then the best part came! I got to get my picture taken with the private jet! The only reason I got to go near the plane was so they could give me some ginormo magnets with the company logo to put on my car (yuck) and some more goodies like tiny flashlights and calculators to hand out to customers (that my kids will find, play with, and I will be digging out from behind the sofa). Since I was already standing next to a cool private plane, I awkwardly asked my boss to take a pic with his iphone and email it to me (and make sure to copy C25Karen). He's not much of a tech guru so it took him some time to figure out the camera. I had to hold my pose for, I swear, more than an entire minute before he snapped the picture. I just stood there, one elbow on the wing, with my thumbs in the air for 45 min to an hour.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Today I reconnected my vintage (that makes me trendy) blackberry because my antique Samsung stopped working. Actually it worked great right up until I would dial someone and then it would say "no signal"! You might think, "whoa, cool, now you have a smart phone", but I beg to differ.
**Side note: as I type this, a big red bar flashed across the top of the screen saying "error". Really?!**
Although I do enjoy all the perks that a smartphone has to offer, I DO NOT enjoy the bill that comes with it at the end of the month. So this was tech problem #1.
#2 and 3 weren't even happening directly to me. I guess there were some storms in Dallas last night (boo hoo) and some power was knocked out (whaaa). So my home office had no phones and no server all day today. I couldn't access any of my work email and I couldn't call anyone at the office.
It only makes sense that all of this would be going on today. Today was my very first customer appointment! I saved all of my customers contact info on my outlook calendar (outlook web access to be exact) and didn't write any of that information down on actual paper. Who needs paper, right? Ugh! Luckily C25Karen came to my rescue (again). She gets copies of all my inbound emails (something weird my boss set up a long time ago. She hates it, but I don't mind at all). She at least had access to all of my past emails and got the info for me. Thanks Karen!
Tech fail #4 was my camera. The appointment was going well. I went over the samples, took a good look at the original wood, and then measured and doodled a bit. Then I started to take pictures of the area and a mere two pictures in my camera broke! Now the customer has to email the pictures of their kitchen. So embarrassing... and when will I check that email?! The server is still down!
Other than those things, my day wasn't half bad. Hopefully I can get a good run in this evening. I have so much to think about. When it rains it pours. I went from trying really hard to find something to do for work, to being crazy busy in one day.
Monday, June 20, 2011
I had to run a last minute errand for work and then I got a little lost so I was about 10 minutes late for the meet up. I thought about heading home, but decided to just park and check out the trail on my own, and maybe I would end up running into the group. I passed a couple of people that I thought might be part of the group but I didn't ask. I ran aimlessly for at least a half hour until I cam to a dead end. Just then, some shirtless dude went running by and he seemed to know where he was going so I fallowed him. He had to exit the trail system at some point, right? I stayed just a bit behind him but turned down every path that he did. At one point I saw him turn back to see who's footsteps he was hearing. We came out of the trail and I started walking and trying to figure out where I was. I think he got a drink from a water fountain so I caught up to him. I took that opportunity to apologize for being creepy and asked if he was part of the group. He told which way to go for the 3 mile route and then he continued on the 5 mile path. When I got back to my car the whole group was there. As it turns out I parked in the correct location. Half of the group went back out for round two while the rest of stayed and chatted.
The park and trail were pretty cool. Lots of people were out playing disc golf. A bad ass course too. As I ran the trail, I kept thinking, what the hell are these cement pads I keep running across? Well, that's where "t- off" at the disc golf "hole". I really don't know anything about disc golf. Then there were people playing cricket. I've never seen a live cricket game.
Anywho, I can't wait until next week. I now have 2 regular meet up groups!
I leave you now with a picture of me wearing makeup since I pretty much look like shit in everything that I post. I had to put on makeup because I did some actual work today that required me to be visible to other humans.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Puckett’s Farm Equipment was once just that. A farm equipment dealer. Once Charlotte started impeding on the small community of Derita, many farmers found their livelihood and their land disappearing. As time went on, the farmers started visiting Puckett’s to share a beer and their sorrows. Eventually Ralph Puckett, the grandfather of current owner Gary Puckett, found that he was selling more beer than tractors. Thus, Puckett’s Farm Equipment the local bar was born. In the years following the family developed one of the best local bars Charlotte has ever known. Add in live music, a hometown friendly atmosphere and cheap beer and you have what Creative Loafing Charlotte readers voted as the Best Live Music Venue. Puckett’s owner Gary Puckett says, It’s what we’re about. Puckett’s began in the time when this music was born.”There was a live band last night playing some good ole country music that you won't be hearing on CMT anytime soon. They do bluegrass music every second and third Wednesday of each month which I am really looking forward to. Here is a sampling of the band from last night. I think I found a new favorite bar. Not that I've been to enough bars lately to have many options.
After we left the bar and picked up the kids (I was DD) Brad had me go through McDonalds and that infuriated me. I HATE DD drive through after 2 am. It takes too much time and the french fries were going to ruin my new car smell! We didn't get back home until 3am.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Prior to leaving the house, I put on makeup (Talia says I should!). I wanted to make a good impression! But before I could put on makeup I had to take of a stupid zit that I picked at on my forehead. Ugh! Why am I a disgusting picker?! It really is aweful, I just can't keep my hands off of my stupid face. My husband yells at me all the time. I suck at self portraits and that is a bottle pf peroxide.
At the beginning they introduce the newbies to the club (yours truly and a few others) and then they do a couple of drawings for free beer and gear. Today was a cool wicking hat. Then they explain the course and the markings that they have put down on the street. Every week a "sweeper" is delegated to make sure there are no runners left behind.
I was toward the back of he pack. There were some really fast people there. It was cool that everyone was gathered at the finish spot to clap and cheer on even the last person. We then headed over to the Philosophers Stone, the pub that is the center of the entire event. The runners club have the entire back patio to themselves plus beer specials that are just for us. I had a $2 24oz miller.
And I made a friend! Her name is Jenny and she has a 5 yr old daughter and she ran a little faster than me but that's ok and we talked over beer after the run and she's coming back next week and so am I! Do I sound like my 4 yr old on her first day of preschool? I can't help it. It was awesome and I can't wait until next week!
I didn't take any pictures, because remember, I was trying to not be creepy. But here's me being excited and sweaty (with a lazy left eye apparently) after the run. Photograph by Braden Taylor age 2 (He's starting his own facebook photography page)
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
We got there at around 3:30 on Friday and quickly set up camp. I don't think we've used that old tent in a little under 2 years.
We got a site that was right on the river but you didn't have direct access to it because of a drop off and a fence bordering that drop off. That was fine by us. It just meant that we didn't have to stress out about the kids wandering into the water.
I did do a little bit of trail running while out in the woods. It was only a half mile, but it covered some rough wooded terrain. There were large boulders, a couple of old wooden bridges and lots of steep inclines and declines. Just being at the campground, you were already pretty deep into the wilderness. No phone reception and rules that you had to fallow to ensure bears wouldn't walk into your camp. So out on that trail, I started to get a tiny bit of anxiety. I'm so lame. My biggest fear was stepping on a copper head. The path was covered in leaves and I could see little burrows in those leaves. Gives me the shivers right now just thinking about it. So every time I cam to really leafy part of the path, I would count to three and then take off as fast as I could. This method caused me to almost roll my ankle once.
On the morning of day 2 we took the kids down to the river for a little class, seminar, presentation or whatever you should call it, about wildlife, bugs and bears. It was mostly for the kids, but I found it to be very informative.
First he told us about the different tiers of creatures that live in the water. The top tier that he talked most about were creatures that are the first to be affected by pollution. So if you find those bugs and things in the water than it is good and clean. Then he had all the kids (and the grownup too!) go out into the stream and find all the things like stick bugs and craw fish that are a part of the top tier.
We also spotted a really large water snake sunning itself on a rock just down stream from where we were all turning over rocks. Fun fact though, that is the only water snake in that portion of the carolinas and although it will bite, it is non venomous. And, the second that it hears you it will take off. So that was nice to know. He also educated us on bears. Good to know that black bears do not want to eat me. Black bears only want my chips and beer. If I see baby black bears, I should get away!
After our wildlife education, the kids did a little of this...
And then I did a little bit of this...
While Brad attempted this...
The temps were great. In the 70's at night and mid to high 80's when the sun was out during the day. It did rain for most of day 2 and all of night 2. This led us to the realization that we need a new tent. Ours leaked through the windows and got some of our stuff wet. Wet stuff is miserable when tent camping. But all in all it was a fun trip. The next time I go there, I want to hike to the top of Mt Mitchell and camp for a night. It's a 6 mile hike that takes at least half a day, and when you reach the top, you are at the highest peak in the Appalachian mountain range... at least that's what we were told. I can't wait to go camping again!