Thursday, December 31, 2009

Day 138: New Year's Eve

A year ago today I was flying to North Carolina to spend a long weekend with my other half...we were in the car driving at midnite so I didn't even get a kiss but that was ok because we were actually getting to spend 4 days together. This was very exciting considering we hardly ever saw one another. I live in Kentucky and he was stationed at Fort Bragg. Fast forward a year to today, we've been apart now 138 days. I haven't even seen him through webcam that entire time because where he's stationed doesn't have good internet. That's alright because in 2.5 weeks he will be home! I've got so much to do between now and then...for starters finding the keys to his truck...whoops misplaced both sets!

I'm looking forward to what 2010 will bring. I'm going to focus more on training and improving all aspects of my running. So far I only have 1 race planned...a half marathon on April 11th. I really wanted to do the full but with coaching during the spring there's no possible way for me to train. However, softball ends at the end of May/beginning of June and I'm debating on training for a marathon in October. I'd also like to do the mini in Chicago at the beginning of August. My number one goal for running for 2010 is to do 1000+ miles.

Hope everyone enjoys their New Years! I'm heading to spend time with my best friend, her hubby and adorable 2 year old early tomorrow morning. She's in her 2nd year of medical school so we don't get to see each other that often. Besides spending time with her we're going to make a visit to Fleet Feet. I'm really excited about getting a new pair of running shoes! And maybe we'll stop by the Cheesecake Factory too!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Today is my nephew's 11th birthday...this morning on the way to work I reflected back on the past 5.5 years. I got a little teary eyed. I almost can't believe that him and my niece have been with us that long and have spent that many birthdays without their parents. It also made me think about how many things in life they still have to go through without their parents...turning 16 and learning how to drive, prom, high school graduation, dating, heartbreaks, marriage, etc. It breaks my heart to know they won't get the normal experience like all their friends, so if I overdue on gifts for their birthdays and Christmas I tell myself it's perfectly ok. So tonight we're going to celebrate and go to dinner at his choice (the local pizza place with all sorts of greasiness...i'll just have to run a little extra!)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


I'm sitting in my office hoping and praying our President comes around at 4:00 this afternoon to tell the few of us that are actually here to go home. My boss took an 1.5 lunch and left at 3:00...must be nice! There's plenty I need to be doing outside of family makes it a tradition to eat at Moonlight, so that's on the agenda for tonight. Then my mom and I are going to pick up a few last minute items for xmas and I need to get a good run in too. That will probably happen around 10:00 PM. I'm hoping the rain holds off so I can get an early morning run in before all the festivities start tomorrow, but at least I'm looking at a four day weekend...woohoo!

Wishing all the soldiers (including my hubby), that don't get to spend it with their families, have a safe Christmas.

Oh and for all you Twilight Saga husband informed me yesterday that he has a copy of New Moon on his hard drive...needless to say I'm extremely jealous and looking forward to burning a copy when he's home in January!!!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Young Athletes

Can anyone please explain to me what's wrong with the young athletes today? I have been so disappointed in my returning players during this first month of conditioning. First and foremost the fact they have been skipping it all together. It has always been known if you're a returning player it is expected for you to show up and not miss unless there was a reasonable excuse. Where did the desire and drive go in young kids today? They refuse to work hard and expect it to just be handed to them...I really don't understand. I guess it's just a different generation than when I played.

Comments, suggestions, opinions????

Sunday, December 20, 2009

That time of year

It's almost Christmas time, but this one won't be a happy one. I'm celebrating alone this year as my husband doesn't get to come home. It's probably for the best because it's only a matter of days before my grandmother will no longer be with us. The Hospice nurse told us several days ago she only had 4 days or so left but that she's a fighter and she's trying to hold on for Christmas. I hope she makes it that long.

I finally finished my Christmas shopping today!!! Thank goodness...I'm such a scrooge I know but I really can't wait for the holidays to be over. However, I did buy my dad a kettlebell so I can't wait to try it out! I'm starting to feel unmotivated in my runs because I loathe the treadmill...and the weather was terrible here this weekend...I look forward to my weekends because that's when I get to run outside in the daylight but I was forced to run on the treadmill...I'm hoping the weather turns better for the four days I'm off this week so I can get the opportunity to run outside.

Hope you had a good weekend!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

What a day...

I knew my day was off to a great start when I stopped for gas on my way to work this morning. As I was standing trying to hurry the process along because it was 20 degrees outside, I glanced down to notice I'm standing in dip spit, there were 10 different "piles" really close together. I was absolutely furious! On a positive note it was mostly frozen and only very little got on my shoes but that's not the point here! Can you believe how inconsiderate some people are to spit their nasty tobacco juice where people must stand to pump their gas? My dear husband has this nasty habit too...not the spitting in inappropriate places but the nasty tobacco habit. He tried quitting for me before being deployed but he's had a fat lip in every picture I've seen of him from Afghanistan. I understand him needing some way to relax/de-stress over there, but let's hope that the 15 days we get to spend together in January he won't feel the need to have that in his mouth!

Now with an hour left of work things have finally slowed down! And no softball conditioning tonight...too bad I need to get a little something to go with my secret pal gift for tomorrow and my nephew has a test I have to help him study for. I really need to get on the treadmill for about 2 hours to run off all the chocolate I ate today.

Happy Hump Day!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Where did the weekend go?

I'm not really sure where my weekend went...I need another couple of days. Friday night I left early from work to pick up my niece and nephew to meet my dad at the hospital. My uncle was admitted last week...he's having a triple bypass and a valve replacement this morning. So needless to say we spent most of the weekend at the hospital and at my grandparents. We're hoping my grandma can hang on a few more weeks and get through Christmas. I managed to get a little xmas shopping in too...I'm almost done with the exception of my hubby. I've gotten him a few things but I'm waiting until after xmas to do his shopping....I'm really hoping for really good deals. And since he won't be home until sometime in late January/February he won't ever know the difference. I also managed to squeeze in a few workouts too. My niece and I braved the cold on Saturday for 3.5 miles...I believe it was 38 degrees when we started so not as cold as the previous weekend! I planned on running outside Sunday too, but I wussed out and got on the treadmill instead.

Hope your weekend was better than mine...

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Sending Mail Overseas

Go figure, I sent hubby two boxes on Monday and my mom sent him two packages too and guess what I got email from the FRG saying his address had changed. He has been telling me there was a possibly that they were moving for the past few weeks but it never happened and I wanted to get boxes to him before the holidays so I went ahead and mailed it to stand a chance. Good thing I didn't take a chance and send something expensive in them just incase he moved. Hopefully they eventually make it there.

My workout was rough legs just didn't want to move...they felt like they weighed a hundred pounds a piece...hopefully the rest of the week will go better...

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Running on Empty

I am so exhausted...could it be that I don't seem to sleep much any more, or the fact I started working out again and did 10 straight days without taking a day off, or that my days have gotten really long with my real job then tutoring after that for an hour then an hour and a half of softball conditioning and then working out after that, or that I had to go into work an hour early for the blood drive I'm in charge of, or that my iron was really low...I wasn't even able to donate this time around. Needless to say I'm run down and going to bed early tonight.

Hubby and I have been apart almost 4 months now...mid-tour leave can't get here soon enough!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Much Better Day

Ok, so today was a much better day. My boss was still gone on business so work wasn't too bad. Unfortunately she'll be back tomorrow but I'll have a pretty busy day so hopefully she'll stay out of my hair. My girls are working really hard at conditioning...I know it's only the 2nd week but I hope they keep up the effort. I can't wait to see what some of these girls can do on the softball field.

My workout was good tonight...25 minute interval training. I wish I had more time to dedicate to training. I'll have to wait until June gets here to really push myself. From the middle of February until the beginning of June softball will be 5-6 days a week, 2-3 hours a day. I'm still going to try to get a mini accomplished in April...we'll see how that goes.

The waiting game begins again...

Sunday, December 6, 2009

In a Funk

Do you ever have those days where nothing seems to go your way? Everything seems wrong and nothing seems right. I know I should be elated that I heard from my husband yesterday and today (and don't get me wrong I was happy to hear his voice) it just seemed everything we talked about turned into little disagreements. I don't know what it was. I guess it's the time we've been away from one another, almost 4 months now. He doesn't have much to say and doesn't want to talk a lot about things which is fine. It's just sometimes it feels he's keeping things from me...maybe it's me being paranoid. I've been in some really bad relationships and we didn't get off to a great start. I really can't wait until February, it'll put my mind at ease.

Freezing Cold

What a workout this morning. My old softball buddy bailed on me...can't say I blame her. It was 33 degrees this morning and she decided to sleep in. I did drag my niece with me. It was my first time running in this cold weather this year and my lungs are feeling it. Got a long way to go but at least I'm trying to push my body to give more...and my calves are screaming at me now!

Hubby called last night around midnight! Thankfully I was still awake watching Sons of Anarchy otherwise I probably wouldn't have heard the phone. It was great to finally hear his voice...until next time...

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Productive Day

I helped my mom put up their tree this morning after a good morning run. Then back to my house to do laundry (my least favorite chore) and a little cleaning. Then off to do a little xmas shopping with my mom. We had hoped to get done this weekend but that's not going to happen. Now off to watch a few episodes of Sons of Anarchy with my dad before catching some zzz's before tomorrow's workout with an old softball friend.

Hubby didn't call today but I did get to chat with him through email for a little while...better than nothing!

Friday, December 4, 2009


Woohoo...I just got my project sent out the door with FedEx! I've never been more excited to get something done than now. I just hope it's finished and they rule in our favor and that's the end of it. I just hope it doesn't end up going to Federal Court. There will be a lot more research to be done if that happens...crossing my fingers it doesn't! I think I'm going to celebrate with a glass of wine tonight...maybe two! But only after my workout of course.

Still no call from hubby...there's always tomorrow

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Long Day

Wow it feels like it's been one of the longest days. I've been working so hard on a project at work and when we turned it into our lawyers for them to go over with a fine tooth comb before turning it into the opposing lawyers. I have to send it to them tomorrow so it arrives on Monday. Tonight I get a call at 7:30 that says our lawyers never received the documents. Geez, now I've got to resend everything to him tomorrow then fix what corrections they find and get it sent out! Bring on 5:00 Friday afternoon and maybe a margarita!

Oh and still no phone call from hubby...still waiting

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Long Way To Go

Just finished my workout for today...32 minutes 2.27 miles...I've got a long way to go to get back in shape...but I guess it's better than nothing. I've been reading a lot of inspirational blogs that have motivated me beyond where I've been before. I've never been so excited to train before! Can't wait to see what the next several months bring...

Conditioning with my softball team has been going very well...the girls are all working very hard, a little talkative but what can you expect with a group of 30+ teenage girls. I can't wait until our season starts in March. We finished as the Region Runner-Up last year and we should be a much better team this year!

Can't wait to hear from my hubby...gotta love the waiting game :(

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Panera Bagels

My morning didn't start off on a good note...I over slept! But somehow I still managed to get to work 15 minutes early! To my surprise a vendor brought in Panera bagels this morning...I rushed to the kitchen and snatched the last Cinnamon Crunch bagel in the the box! It must be my lucky day. I'm going to overlook the fact that wasn't exactly on my diet I started two days ago :) A girl's gotta indulge every now and then!

If you've never tried one of these bagels, I would highly recommend.