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Feb. 3rd, 2012 06:16 pm Running, still

Sara got her running shoes, although she had to settle for pink ones. I realized that we hadn't quite done the first workout of C25K correctly, since the jog/walk sets didn't properly add up to 20 minutes. Re-figured out how many sets to do yesterday and did them with Sara and family.
Since today was sunny, we walked to the park with everyone and I ran around with Griffin and Gypsy. I also got to push Hunter in the swing for awhile. Sara walked laps around the playground.
Saturday will be the last workout of C25K, week 1 (we figured that we didn't need to re-do the first workout). I am completely stoked!

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Feb. 2nd, 2012 11:11 am Running

I used to be a runner. I lettered in Track 3 times in High School and I lettered once in Cross-Country. I started smoking in the Marine Corps and my running just sort of stopped.
I've heard about the Couch to 5k before and decided to check it out online. It looks to be a pretty gradual thing that I can do without too much suffering.
Yesterday, I did the first workout of the first week of C25K. I loved it. It made me so happy to have Griffin doing the whole thing with me.
What really has me glowing, however, is the fact that my wife did it with me (and Griffin, Hunter, and our dog, Gypsy)!
I am so proud of her for taking that step with me. She is out buying running shoes right now, so she'll have something more comfortable to run in when we do the next workout tomorrow.

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Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
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Apr. 14th, 2011 12:10 pm Angsty Goodness

There are plenty of folks who would love to have a job--any job. There are plenty of them who would like to have MY job. I'm only hanging on here in the hope that Sara's credit score will be high enough come the 1st of May that we'll be able to buy the home we have/had an offer on.
I would not be here if I didn't want that house so badly.
I have been doing what I thought I'd never do. I'm working just to bring in money. I have no joy in my work. I don't think that they listen to me. I am only the "warehouse manager" when they think something is wrong. The rest of the time, I am kept in the dark. I am not even allowed to write up my assistant when he does foolish things.
I've been doing my best to keep my temper in check. I have been angry and/or hurt for so long that I can only vaguely remember what it was like when I didn't dread going in to work.
Since our childcare situation is going to go away in June, I will be staying home with our children. The only question is whether we'll be buying a house before that time, or not.

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Oct. 1st, 2009 04:39 pm The last few months

   This has certainly been an interesting few months!  I keep meaning to post things, but end up thinking about doing it much more than actually doing it.
  Saturday evening of An Tir/West War was the mighty Adiantum Mead Hall.  We'd been given homebrewed mead to pay off mercenaries (thank you Aelfric!) and almost no one came by to get paid.  We ended up killing about 8 bottles of mead.  By the time I left camp, I was rather full.  I'm pretty sure that I talked to a few people, but details escape me...
   Sport of Kings was super!  I spent weeks worrying about teaching a voice heraldry class.  I looked at notes from one that I taught earlier in the year, looked some more stuff up online, and wasted time dreading it.  I only ended up with two students, which made the whole thing seem really informal--which relaxed me marvelously.  I really do know things about voice heraldry, and it both of my students seemed to really enjoy themselves.  I will make sure that when (not "if") I teach again, I get to have the students do town cries--that really seemed to help them, and me, since it gave me something to give immediate feedback on.
  We moved across town to a larger place.  The garage is filled to top, but we have much more room inside.  It is nice to chase my son around the house.  Chasing him around our old cottage was an exercise in futility, as there wasn't really any room to run.  The cons of moving were wiping our savings out to satisfy the security deposits.  Once we pay this month's rent, we'll be in  a good position to start saving again.  I'd also like to be able to attend events.
  Let's see...
  We day-tripped Crown.  I did some field heraldry (fun) and was asked to introduce two of the couples in the Sweet 16 (I felt honored to do so).  I also had the chance to do some court heraldry, which is my absolute favorite.  I got to read a Laurel ceremony, which was really neat.  Getting the chance to be there for someone's big day is nice, even though I know that if I do my job right, they'll never even remeber that I was the herald that day.  I could have done a bit more court business, but Griffin had decided that he was two-years-old and going to throw a two-year-old fit.  He's a very well behaved little boy, but when he's bad, he's horrid.
  Cohort/Serjeantry Trials was incredible.  Very small, but we at the very least broke even or made a few dollars.   It was a nice, intimate event.  One of the Cohort (what other baronies might call a courtier) said that eating the feast under the big tent in the early evening while Morrghan and I held court was magic for him, and that it struck him as being what a Summer Court might have been like.  That made me feel so good.  I want to share the magic of the SCA with people.  I'm glad it worked out.  Both candidates passed, too!
  People keep dying.  I mean, they die everyday, but they are usually people I've never heard of.  I try to live my life to be as good of a person as I can be, so that I will have no regrets when Death comes for me.  So, if you happen to be reading my words:  Love.  Love from me and share your love with those that you care about.  Life is fleeting.  Summer turns to Fall.  One never knows who will be there tomorrow, so appreciate them today.  I think I could probably come up with a few more cliches, but since I'm serious about what I'm writing, I think I'll pass--I don't want to you think I'm joking.
  Back when I was a Marine, I can't even remember how many memorial services I attended for fellow Marines.  Some, I didn't know well at all, others were pretty cool guys.  I've been keenly aware for years that life is fragile and can end at any time.  Don't take the miracles that surround us every day for granted. 
  Well, that's enough of that.  Be well.  I'll write again, eventually!

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Apr. 22nd, 2009 08:08 pm Happy Birthday?!?

If I have read this correctly, birthday wishes are due elfie_chan !  Happy Day!

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Apr. 15th, 2009 12:04 pm What Age Do You Act?

You Act Like You Are 27 Years Old
You are a twenty-something at heart. You feel like an adult, and you're optimistic about life.
You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.

You're still figuring out your place in the world and how you want your life to shape up.
The world is full of possibilities, and you can't wait to explore many of them.

Apparently, I married an older woman!  He he he...

Current Location: work
Current Mood: chipperchipper

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Apr. 14th, 2009 10:41 pm

Work has been no fun,  Today, I got to work at least one and a half additional hours taking care of work that should have just been done right the first time.  That bothers me.  I don't mind fixing my own mistakes, but fixing some other guy's mess irks me.
Heraldry night was fun.  I had been grumpy, but once I got to alysaundre  and elfie_chan 's house, I soon cheered up.  blaze2242  was there, along with about 6-7 other nice people who may be on LJ, but aren't on my friends list, so I don't know.
I hadn't had time to actually write anything out and went into the class knowing that I'd distilled voice heraldry down to paying attention to enunciation and projection, but having no idea where I'd go from there.  I know that I know this stuff, but it has been difficult to try and express it all.  The class was a rather rough over view, but we went over proper title usage on the field, tips on how to behave while being a herald, some voice pointers, and a few other bits.  We started pretty close to 7, and I was surprised when I saw that it was already 840.  We finally wound down a little after 9.
I don't think that the class sucked, but I am going to want to get the notes elfie_chan  took, since I don't recall everything we touched on and I'm going to need to be more organized when I teach at Sport of Kings.  
The coolest part of the evening was realizing that I can actually teach (or at least I think I can!)

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Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished

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Mar. 13th, 2009 01:54 pm What's Your Personality Type?

You Are An ENFP
The Inspirer

You love being around people, and you are deeply committed to your friends.
You are also unconventional, irreverent, and unimpressed by authority.
Incredibly perceptive, you can usually sense if someone has hidden motives.
You use lots of colorful language and expressions. You're quite the storyteller!

In love, you are quite the charmer. And you are definitely willing to risk your heart.
You often don't follow through with your flirting or professed feelings. You break a lot of hearts.

At work, you are driven but not a workaholic. You just always seem to enjoy what you do.
You would make an excellent entrepreneur, politician, or journalist.

How you see yourself: compassionate, unselfish, and understanding

When other people don't get you, they see you as: gushy, emotional, and unfocused

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Mar. 11th, 2009 12:29 pm Work Venting

So, I am not getting a raise this year.  Nevermind the fact that my workload has practically doubled in the last year.  Forget that we are still expanding and it is going to get only more intense.  I like the company that I work for, but on days like today I have to remind myself that I have a son and I need the money that this job provides to help me give him the kind of life that I feel he deserves.  I'm an actor and stagehand, I'm just pretending to be a warehouse/distribution/purchasing manager.  
At least I still have a job, right?
I am so de-motivated right now...

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Current Mood: gloomygloomy

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Feb. 20th, 2009 10:31 am

What a special day!  We forgot that our usual childcare person couldn't watch Griffin today, so we had to scramble to make things work.  Sara is staying home until around 1130, when I will go home to watch for a few hours.  I then get to come back around 2pm, because my Mom-in-law will be available to watch him at that time.  I have already shipped out 3 orders this morning and unloaded one ton of pastry flour from my van.  I got to do things old school (one 50# bag at a time, by hand) and then rebuild the pallet and find a place for it.  It wasn't as bad as I had feared, but that is the joy of being pessimistic about things like that--it is often easier than one fears.
When I get back to work, I get to go pick up and unload another pallet.  I might be insanely sore tomorrow, but I am hopeful that I'll be ok.
I hope everyone else's life is going well today.  That is all.

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Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished

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