The daily to-do: Wednesday October 26

WELL! I have been really bad at keeping up-to-date here, but I felt like posting this morning because I have been pretty productive. Yesterday I worked on resumes and applied to two jobs. I am pretty pleased with the state of my resume(s), and this has given¬†me the confidence to apply to more jobs. I applied to like 7 more this morning. Perhaps nothing will come of them, but I have had such trouble taking even that step lately (maybe always). So, I’m feeling pretty good.

I am not feeling good about my body. I am sure that I have put on several pounds, and I’m scared to weigh myself. Probably I put on like 7 pounds, and I really hate the feeling. I’ve been bothered by this, but not enough to really do anything about it, for a few months now. It’s been a slow gain, peppered by periods of loss, but overall a steady gain. After I ran the half marathon 10 days ago, I was feeling pretty good, like that could be the point of turnaround, but I took several days off running for recovery, and I kind of “celebrated” my success a bit too much. Then a few days after I started running again, I took that really bad fall, which forced me to not run, or even walk much. And I haven’t been able to do weights because of my mystery wrist sprain. And yet I let myself binge on chocolate and candy over the weekend. I can really see the results. ūüėõ Well, I am committing to eating better now. I should probably weigh myself and hold myself accountable for weight loss, but I don’t think I can bear to see 125 pounds on the scale, so for now I will wait and hope to lose a bit first. I am feeling physically well, so today I will run, and maybe even use some weights.

Now I’m just going to make my list, since my head’s all over the place and I don’t even know what I’m meant to be doing.¬† Continue reading “The daily to-do: Wednesday October 26”


The daily to-do: Tuesday October 18

Ahh it’s been a long time. I have been somewhat busy, but eschewing the blogging, for one reason or another. I don’t even remember what was happening the last time I updated. Oh. Okay, I just went back to see when I last posted and I see¬†maaany things have happened since then: the Trump tapes thing came out, Bear and I went to Geek Girl Con, and I ran my first half marathon! That was last Sunday, and I’m still recovering. Didn’t run yesterday, not sure if I should run today or not. I came in 17th place overall out of 92 starts! I was 6th in females, and 3rd in my AG. It was a trail run, and the hills and terrain were difficult and treacherous. I probably should have done a regular road race as my first half, but oh well! It was super fun. My time was 1:55:02 which is a pace of 8:46 per mile. I am actually super proud of myself. ūüėÄ

Meanwhile, I’m hosting a neighborhood canvassing event this weekend…not exactly looking forward to it, but it’s a duty. Gonna go ahead and make the list now, since a bunch of random things are floating in through my head.¬† Continue reading “The daily to-do: Tuesday October 18”

The daily to-do: Thursday September 22

Boy, have I been slacking in life since I discovered Reddit a month ago. I have a srs problem. I understand it, too, but that hasn’t helped me break it. It’s the ultimate high for me, since I get social interaction, praise, and positive feedback on my ideas in an environment that doesn’t carry the social obligations that usually go hand-in-hand with those things. No one’s expecting me to leave my house, no one needs me to stop doing other things, no one’s even expecting me to show up! I just do and get gratification for that, or I can just sit here here and say nothing and no one will care either. Meanwhile, I’m sort of hiding out from my “real” blog, which has a more significant number of followers (who have expectations about the type of content I’ll post) and therefore pressure to post. I don’t feel pressure to post here, since I make no secret of the fact that it’s basically just a brain dump space, and I can be super boring or super annoying or whatever, because I have designated it as the acceptable receptacle for that stuff. But pretty much¬†anywhere else, just the fact of my existence (twitter, facebook, and these are still just virtual spaces) creates a presence that becomes a noticeable void should I absent myself for any length of time.

Blah blah blah. Meanwhile, there are so many thoughts in my head. The pressure to organize them, categorize and filter and order and prioritize and research and present them, that pressure just prevents me from sharing them. And they get super bottled up, and I feel restless and anxious and depressed. Hence, again, Reddit. I can just blurt them out in small segments, in response to particular prompts, rather than having to know everything in advance and have prepared it all logically. I guess I much prefer a dialogue to a monologue, when you get right down to it. But I can’t let that rule me, I can’t. I have to sort out my shit and create some semblance of discipline. Lately I’m just adrift.

And my birthday is this weekend. I was okay with this, really, until today I realized I have procrastinated coming up with a birthday day plan, which means I’ll probably end up doing nothing. Which is kind of depressing even on a non-birthday. I dunno…I was kind of counting on this train ride thing working out, but the train thing isn’t happening on my birthday, so that’s out. I just came up with a few more ideas (basically either an escape room or a murder mystery dinner) but I don’t think we’ll be able to get together a group of people and organize it all in time. Also, most of those places were already basically sold out for this weekend. Still, I’ll run it by Bear. If he would ever be¬†home. He came home super late Monday and Wednesday, and he was home on time Tuesday but he stayed up working into the wee hours. I miss my husband. When he’s gone so much, we both get preoccupied in our solo things so that even when we’re together, we’re more apart than not.

Meanwhile, I have that 10k trail run on Saturday morning. I hope it will feel sort of like a fun-birthday-weekend activity, rather than a why-the-fuck-did-I-think-this-was-a-good-birthday-weekend-idea activity. I did have my concerns which led me to putting off registering, but I’m glad I did it. I’m thinking of it this way: even if my other plans don’t work out, at least I’ll have done¬†something noteworthy this weekend. (I just hope it doesn’t interfere with or prevent the making of social¬†birthday plans). In other running news, I am basically on track with my half-marathon training schedule. I ran 9.5 miles on Sunday, took a break Monday, ran ~5 miles Tuesday, and yesterday I did ~25 minutes of HIIT with weights followed by a quick 1.2 mile run while holding/ lifting 3lb weights in each hand. I actually am a bit sore today. Ran 5 miles again today, and I’ll take tomorrow off. Also, of note!! I have begun dynamic stretching/ warm-ups before my runs, because Teh Internets Has INFORMATION. I know, I was totally amazed. (Like, I gave up stretching long ago out of laziness and the revelation that static stretching wasn’t really good, but primarily out of laziness, and since then I have just tried to walk some before running. I know. Horrible.) I decided to stop pretending that not-stretching was an acceptable thing, and start¬†remembering¬†that finding out what most runners do to warm up would be SUPER EASY TO FIND OUT since the internet is a thing. One quick google search later, and I had an abundance of answers. I have to say, I think it’s helping.

Anyway, I guess I should get to the list. The huge list wasn’t working out for me lately, so I’m just going to list some basic things under the cut, and hope I do them. If I magically happen to accomplish some other things too, I’ll add them in (in triumph) later.¬† Continue reading “The daily to-do: Thursday September 22”

The daily to-do: Thursday September 15

Here we are again. Hello. It’s Thursday now…been ready for Friday since monday xD ¬†Anyway, I got nothing. I did my run yesterday in the morning, and I did 4 miles this morning, so I feel good having gotten that out of the way. Plan is to do approximately 5 miles tomorrow (maybe a little more), then do some easy weights/ HIIT stuff on Saturday (just like 25 minutes), then do 9 miles on Sunday.

There are other things I should be thinking of…I will add them to the weekly list below.¬† Continue reading “The daily to-do: Thursday September 15”

The daily to-do: Monday September 12

Well, I would call this past weekend, anniversary weekend, a success. Aside from all-day and late-night Bear work, which happened several times from Thursday to Sunday, we managed to have lots of fun. Friday was awesome, starting with a $2 pancake breakfast, cattle drive, and parade, followed by the fair and the rodeo and a bit more fair, followed by an evening of games and pizza and rum and doggies. Honestly, I wish people would come out to our house more often. It was totally worth the frantic hour of early-morning cleaning. Saturday we had brunch in Enumclaw and walked around the little town, seeing the sites and browsing the shops and getting multiple coffees. It was really nice and relaxing and fun.

Meanwhile, I finally managed to sign up for that 10k and that half marathon, so the TRAINING has begun. I’m sort of using this as my guide, though tbh it’s not designed for me at all, and I have fewer weeks than this until my race. It’s just a sort of suggestion that I’m modifying, really. I just want to have some schedule/ plan to stick to, and an outside idea about rest and cross-training. Yesterday I ran 7.7 miles; I intend to run 8.5 or 9 next Sunday. I’m actually torn about running today. According to this schedule (and perhaps according to all good sense and advice), I’m supposed to rest on Mondays, buuuuut…I didn’t run on Saturday. Or Friday. I just did a respectable amount of walking and a lot of eating crappy fair food. I guess I really should rest, though…. Maybe I’ll do a video work out with weights. >.>

I would like to think I’m starting this week fresh, though I haven’t done a lot to back that up yet. I have done a few things, though. I will list them, and my to-dos, below.¬† Continue reading “The daily to-do: Monday September 12”

The daily to-do: weekend edition (July 23-24)

Been sorting some stuff out with Bear this morning. Some of it is done, some still left to do. I will record all below:

Update! Got my race results from last weekend’s (hilly) 5k: 23.04 was my time! That’s a pace of 7 minute and 25 seconds per mile. I’m pretty happy with that. ūüėÄ

Continue reading “The daily to-do: weekend edition (July 23-24)”

The daily to-do: weekend edition (July 16-17)

Recap time!

It was a really nice weekend, overall. I could use another day or two, of course. Friday night ¬†Bear and I took a long walk with Cosmo and hashed out all the work crap that was still crowding our brains. The movement and the talk really invigorated us, as it always does, and it allowed a smooth and peaceful transition to the weekend. We had a nice, unmemorable night, and then we woke up pretty early (still got to sleep in a tiny bit) on Saturday to prepare for our first 5k of the year. This one was suuuuper local (around the corner), so around 8:30 we walked to the starting location. Despite the fact that that I don’t think I was running particularly¬†well, I did run pretty fast and I think I came in 5th or so overall, and I was either the 2nd or 3rd female of any age category (it was a very small pool of people running). ¬†I don’t know the age of the woman who was first, but I’m pretty sure she wasn’t in my category, so I think I came in first in the women 30-39 age group. They haven’t posted times yet, but I think I came in under 25 minutes. And Bear¬†ran the whole thing. Though we had planned for him to walk all/ most/ some of it, because he hasn’t been running for a looong time. He literally almost passed out at the end; he was practically incoherent for a minute there. I was not happy with him and gave him a stern talking to. He agreed with me that it was not a good idea.

Later that day, the two of us took Cosmo and returned to the park to sit at the LD Dems booth for two hours. It wasn’t too bad. Then we ordered PIZZA. Because we deserved it. We had a nice day and night, and yesterday we even played a GAME for like 4 hours. It was all good. Just wish we had more time.

As for the list…well…the weekend’s over, so I won’t bother. Did all the usual stuff, except took Sunday off running.