this is me now

August 14, 2008

Apparently it should also fan me and provide me with electrolytes

Filed under: family,running — by heatherdc @ 8:02 am

I mentioned that this watch was my birthday present from the parents. While i still don’t know how to use it to the max, because I’m avoiding the ‘User Guide’ for now (um, I hate reading those things), I loooove it. I’ve used it on every run since it’s arrival, and I’m not goin’ back.

My sis came home tonight for the weekend, and her friends were at the house within two hours. One of them ran his first half-marathon this summer, so naturally we started the running-talk. He wanted to see the watch, so I went to grab it.

We’ll call the runner, K, and the non-runner, G. Oh, and the sis, uhh….she’ll be S. And we’ll just say there was quite an interesting idea behind how they think the watch should function…..

G: So, what does this thing do again??
Me: It has a GPS system in it, so it maps how far you run, your pace, obviously your time.

G: Oh. I thought the thing was gonna like, squirt gatorade in your mouth or something.
(In my head: OMG that’d be aaawesome!)

S: Ha! Yah!! It should totally do that! And it should have like a fan that pops out too!
G: Definitely.

…….as K is messing with it and pressing buttons. He notices a screen where two people (well, like athletic looking stick-figures) appear like they’re running together. It says “You’re behind by” with a distance and a time. I explain this. Basically, you set the pace that your computer-competitor is running at, and then it will tell you how you’re doing in reference to that pace. So, essentially, that would be your “Goal Race Pace”. Yah, this thing is snazzy.

Well, to this, the sis responds….

S: Whooa. So does it like shock you or something if you start slowing down?! Like, HEY, SPEED UP!
((insert her imitation of being electrocuted. which apparently would make you speed up. right? right.))

Wow. I thought my watch was pretty useful just doin’ what it does. Apparently they think it should also fan me, and provide me with my electrolytes while I’m running. Oh, and use shock-therapy to make sure I’m bustin my ass. They’re so innovative.

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August 13, 2008

This used to be my playground

Filed under: home,Summer times — by heatherdc @ 8:14 am

The boys are back in town! (ooh, the old song references are flyin). After 10 days in Panama for vacation, my buddies have returned.

A. & I  sat at our usual booth in Chili’s last night with our usual drinks. We watched Michael Phelps win yet another race, with that look of “Yah, I told ya so” on his face. Seriously, not one bit excited or surprised. Just, yup, I knew it. But thats okay, I guess when you hold the record for highest medals received, you can do things like that. Whatev Mikey, just keep swimming.

An hour later, the boys finally showed up. Due to their fashionably late entrance, and the fact that “Last call” on a week day here is like eleven (ehhhh), they just ordered two rounds straight up. A. & I happily sipped on, and we ended up being the last people there.

So, we’re deciding where to go, somewhere to just ‘hang out’, and somebody suggests a park. Huh. That’s one I haven’t tried in a while. And by a while, I mean like being 17 and thinking Oooomg there’s nothing to do here. Park? Whatever. That was pretty much the same train of thought we were all having at 22 as well. Interesting.

We show up at our old elementary, just for kicks. And because they have all these ridiculous new playground things, and you could really be entertained for hours. Well, if you’re like 5. Or a little buzzed off a cosmo. Not gonna lie, I had a great time. Slides, monkey bars (those are haaard!), climbing around, sprinklers goin’ off, a glider thingy, etc. It was great. Certainly an upgrade or two from what we had back in the day, but still the same playground. Good times.

August 12, 2008

What was I thinkin’?

Filed under: "ehhh" days,working — by heatherdc @ 12:13 am

I just had a three day weekend, and I’m lookin at a four-day work week. Not too bad, right? You would think…

This is my last week, and I leave in about 6 days. Why did I think I would want to work this week?! Why why why. I. do. not. know.

About a month ago, when I told them what my “last” day would be, I thought I’d get bored if I had a whole week off. Usually by the third day of my ‘three day’ weekend, this is the case. So why would a whole week be any different? What would I possibly do that would entertain me for that long, besides completely dread having to pack up my closet (and shoes! and pictures! and all my crap!)?

Let me tell you what I would have to do…..a whole lotta Noooothin’. And I would love every minute of it. Well, also a whole lotta packing. I will Not love every minute that. But that’s not the point.

So, what the heck was I thinkin’? Why did I want that extra pay check (well, that’s an easy answer. but really, it will just be a few drinks in the scheme of things (yes, I’m measuring this extra money in terms of drinks. Whateva.)) ??? Why did I think that four more days wouldn’t make much of a difference?! Oh, the questions.

My brother is home for the whole week, leaving Friday. The day after I’m done. My sister comes home Wednesday, while I’m still working. Gahhhhh.

I’m kickin myself in the ass for even thinking I’d want to get up at 5:30 every morning this week and go run around the hospital. Today we were ridiculously busy and when I was done at four the only thing that kept me putting one foot in front of the other was thinking about the biiig ol’ Nap I was about to take. I went straight downstairs and crashed. I was cranky and tired and annoyed at myself. And there are few things that are more annoying than being annoyed at yourself. Seriously.

Don’t worry though, I found ways in which to cheer myself up, in addition to sleeping for an hour (mmmmm, that was great). I watched lots of S&TC, mixed in with some Olympic swimming/synchronized diving (omg how do they do that?!?), and a bowl of French Silk ice cream. With whipped cream and chocolate syrup on top. And then another bowl. Don’t judge me. It was deeeelicious.

August 11, 2008

I think I forgot how to do my job

Filed under: countdowns,working — by heatherdc @ 12:55 am

I’m coming off a three day hiatus from work. After not having more than two days off in the last few weeks, I’m honestly sitting here wondering if I remember everything I’m supposed to do. Ehhhh.

That might be a liiiittle bit of an exaggeration, but seriously. Three days of no work, no waking up at 5:30 a.m. and no hospital talk…I feel like I’m out of the zoooone. Good thing I only have four days left, otherwise I’d be kinda worried for my career. It can’t be a good sign when 2 months in you think 3 days is a vacation and forget your name.

I did manage to clean out the study (check!), and get it ready for the new furniture. Pretty damn excited about that. And we went out Friday aaand Saturday night. Call me crazy, but it was a good time. I can proudly say I kept it to only 3 drinks at the bar and was only tired in the morning because of some excessive dancing. I may have been a little out-of-commission, but I still got my moooves. Don’t you worry.

I may have also made 2 trips to Target in 3 days. Just sayin’. I’ve impressed myself by this. And there’s no end to the streak.  A purchase was made every time.

And now it’s Monday. Four days left of this job and I’m done. And so starts the countdown…..

August 8, 2008

If life hands you chicken, you make…a Lot of stuff

Filed under: cooking,recipes — by heatherdc @ 10:11 am

You can’t make lemonade though.

Our dinner fiesta with the work people gave us two no-shows (um, rude) and three vegetarians (um. ooops!). We didn’t plan for that, as it was unexpected. So instead, we have a Looot of meat leftover. Our thoughts….”sweeet! we don’t have to cook all week!”. And it has been just as wonderful as we thought it could be.

So, what do you do with almost two pounds of left-over chicken? Well, let me tell you. ‘Cause we’re gettin pretty creative over here….

Grilled Chicken Salads, with French Fries (yup, doin’ it PA styyyle). Obviously this doesn’t require much instruction. Cut up the chicken, heat it if you want. Bake the fries (go easy, this isn’t meant to negate the fact that you’re eating a nice healthy salad). Cut up whatever veggies you want, and throw on a little dressing. Voila! You have dinner.

BBQ Chicken Sandwiches. Our meat was seasoned with a bbq-rub. The taste wasn’t too strong, but just enough to make this work. Buy some buns, throw on whatever toppings you would choose (or none, whateeeva), and whip out the bbq Sauce. Yummmm.

Chicken & Pasta. Okay, so you might be thinking “Uh, they put bbq chicken in Pasta? Ew”. Yah, I was a little weary of that too. But like I said, the taste wasn’t too strong, so I put some marinara sauce (with veggies!) in a pan to heat it up, threw in the chicken, and let it simmer for about 6-7 minutes. Not long enough to burn the sauce to the pan, because that sucks to clean up. Cook the pasta, and throw it together.

BBQ Chicken Pizza. We have these little mini pizza crusts that we bought a few weeks ago, they’ve just been sitting in the freezer. They’re like “personal pizza” size. So, we’re throwin on some sauce and cheese, and topping it with cut-up chicken and veggies (whateverrr you want. I chose mushrooms, onions, green peppers.).

And there we have it. Monday was chicken with baked potatoes and these aaaamazing dinner rolls that somebody brought over. And from there, we have 4 more dinners with little prep/cook time, and lots of Mmmmm. And yes, we seriously had that much chicken left over.

August 7, 2008

Because I get distracted…and there were Kids

Filed under: being sporty,running — by heatherdc @ 7:23 am

Seriously, who knew that 8:30 p.m. is apparently ‘play time’ at the track? Did you know that?? I did Not know that.

I got off work late, but did promise my Dad we’d go running tonight. Lately the desert has been throwing us some serious early evening thunderstorms. I’m not just whining because I haven’t seen a real rain in months, this is for real. All lightning and thunder and pouring rain real (for like five minutes. but you neeeever know!). So it looked like we’d have to hit up the gym. Which is so not desirable because uughhh treadmills aren’t fun and it’s really humid in there. Not good.

The storm checked out early tonight (thank youuuu), and we ended up just going to the track. Which I’m also not crazy about for real runs. I either get bored, or quickly distracted. If I’m bored, the laps crawwwwl by at an unbearable pace and 2 miles feels like 6. If I’m distracted, I lose count and get all kinds of frustrated because for the life of me I can Not remember what lap I’m on. Ehhhh. To it’s credit, the track is great for intervals/timing/etc. And that’s about it. But, it’s working as far as helping the Padre run distances. We got there around 8:30, and ran into an unexpected crowd.

This is what I know:
-Show up at 8:30 in the morning, and share the track/field with the whole high school football team. Gah. Nothin’ like running in circles around 16 yr old boys.
-Show up at 10:00 in the morning because I decided to “sleep in” a little bit, and I’ll be the only idiot there braving the already 100 degree sun. On a black track surface. Omg Hootttt.
-Show up at 4:30 in the afternoon and it’s not only still 100 degrees, but the surface is about twice that hot from soakin up the rays allllll day. But at least I’m still one of about 3 or 4 people there. I can handle it.
Anywhere from 5-6 is totally temperature-do-able and even better towards the end because the bleachers have started to shade half of the lap. Gooood stuff.

This is what I learned:
-Show up at 8:30 and apparently have interupted ‘play time’ at the track. As we drove up I’m thinkin’ “Wow, there’s a Lot of people here. Weird”. As we get closer, we see strollers, kids running around the field, kids running around the track, and way too many people walking/running. Not that this is a problem necessarily, I’m fully aware that this is a public place and is going to be crowded now and then. But when you have to change three lanes just to avoid walkers about 3 times per lap, it does get a little frustrating.
And it’s kiiind of cute when a little one starts trying to run with you. But not so cute when he almost steps on your feet and cuts in front of you. And not so cute when they decide get out and push their own strollers, wandering between two lanes at a time, as you’re trying to figure out their wanderings as to avoid hitting them. Whoooa.

I think I’ll stick to my morning road runs and the more enjoyable just-me-and-the-road.

August 5, 2008

Time is winding down

Filed under: days off,weekends — by heatherdc @ 1:03 am

My last two weeks of work are here. This is it. I have work through Thursday and then….drum roll Pleeease…I have the weekend off!!

We hosted a little dinner here tonight for my Dad and his office people. They have someone new coming in this Fall who’s visiting right now, so it was a little “Welcome” thing. I had to bring in my friend A. as my buffer. Otherwise I would’ve been the only person under 30, and umm, a little bored. I may be in the health care field, but I’m no expert like them. So instead, A. came over early and we made ourselves a little drink to start the night. Mostly keeping to ourselves and getting all excited about the fact that for the first time in about two months we are BOTH free this weekend.

There are maybe uhhh, three? bars, in this place. One has been shut down twice, one may or may not have a liquor license right now (we have to look into that), and one has a karaoke night and an 18+ night with a live band playing Country (yah.)….and that’s all you need to know about that. So basically when we decide to go out for “drinks” it means we are relaxed at the restaurant bars.

It doesn’t take long to figure out what I miss about the East coast, despite the wonderfulness that is desert sunshine and warm weather. You can’t have it all…

We still have plans for the weekend, despite the minimal options. We still have a good time, hittin’ up happy hours and the local brewery. Three nights in a row of NO 6 a.m. shifts, and doin’ what we want. Crazy things are happenin over here. Hurryyyy up Thursdsay!

August 4, 2008

A little summer shoe, a little late

Filed under: shopping,things I Looove — by heatherdc @ 12:59 am

The only-somewhat-decent store around these parts had a little sale last weekend. Actually, kind of a big sale. On Shoes. Oooh, yesss.

Everything had already been marked down; that whole ‘summer’ clearance before the summer is even over sale. This has never made much sense to me, but carry on shoe stores. I looove it.

Anyway. This sale. It was good. Things were already marked down, and then you got to take an extra 40% off of that price.  Uhh, just hand me the shoe! I’ll take it!  So, I did some serious browsing, and obviously there was  a lot of “ehhh, no wonder these are on sale. nobody will EVER take them. Ever. poor shoes”. But there was also a great find or two hidden in there. After some searching and trying on and deciding which one pair to buy ( remember. budget. remember. budget.)… I decided on these little summer-y beauties….

((MIA-Rose-White Canvas))

It has taken me a while to like wedges, but I’m totally there. I’m obviously a little concerned about the “white” factor, but the only other color combo wasn’t hittin the spot. So I got these. And I love these. And I intend to rock these little summer beauties as long as possible! It might be a little late in the game to buy such a seasonal shoe, but that’s a risk that I am willing (….along with a 40% discount) to take.

August 1, 2008

So, how Does it feel?

Filed under: college,learning — by heatherdc @ 10:43 am

I went out last night for a beer (yup, just one) with a few of my best friends. Boys I hadn’t seen since Christmas, who are only in town for one day before they leave for a family vacay. I had to finish the homework that’s been kickin my ass all week, be at work by eight this morning…but I joined them.

In the car, one of them asked me….

“So, how does it feel to be a college graduate?”

“Hmm….well, I have homework due by tomorrow night that I haven’t quite finished, I have to be at work by 8, and I’m on the way to get a drink with you guys….”

…..

“Ha. Guess your life hasn’t changed too much…yet.”

Oh, so true.

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