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February 23, 2011

It’s a Regional Thaaaaaaaaaang

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — marathonmaiden @ 18:20

Today I’m going to answer some fun questions that I saw Lisa (and others but I can’t remember who) quite a ways back, except hers was a vlog. I think the idea was to do a vlog so that everyone can hear how I actually sound but I’m not the most technology savvy person out there so I just took the questions portion and answered them. Quite a bit late in terms of fads.  Most of y’all have moved onto the ABCs. Maybe I’ll get there in another month hah!

Basically I’m doing this type of post right now because I haven’t had a chance to write out some cool stuff from Philly (the trip was a blast!) and how my training’s been going lately.  Plus I have to leave for *rockclimbing * (aka my NEW LOVE!) in about 2 seconds, do laundry and catch up on y’alls blogs.  Be patient.  You will get an explosion of writing about running and shenanigans in the days to follow 😀

What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
TP-ing

What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball?
Pill bug

thanks google. and you're welcome for having me post this picture.

What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
Coke: no matter what brand it’s always a coke. No matter if it’s a cola or not.

What do you call gym shoes?
Sneakers

Or, more appropriately, sneakaaaaaaaaaaaahs.

What do you say to address a group of people?
“Hey y’all” (yes I know that’s a southern thing but whatevsssssssssssss)

thanks google

What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?
Daddy Longlegs

thanks google

What do you call your grandparents?
Gramma and Papa

Christmas 2010

What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
Wagon

awesome giant wagon. thanks google

What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
Rain. Duh.

What is the thing you change the TV channel with?
Clicker

So there you go.  Going through this I totally think I’m a New Englander. Or just weird.  Anyone else use the same words? Or another dialect of American?

January 29, 2010

Freaking Cold & Reading

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 16:25

Good afternoon! Not quite sure how many of you read this on Friday afternoons so I’ll make it short(ish).  I myself am just feeling an overwhelming sense of stress.  I totally would tell you the source if I could but I myself have no idea but it’s just one of those days where nothing is really going right.  Just small stuff, like my keys getting stuck in my purse while I’m trying to get into my car and it’s freezing out or being cut off by some jerk and missing my exit on the highway.  So nothing major but a bummer anyway.  Deep breaths and a good book. And tea.

Last night going out was a bust! The local bar was filled to capacity by…TEN-FIFTEEN!! WTF?! So by the time my friends and I got there there was an hour long wait.  And it was friggin cold last night too.  19* with high winds to boot.  I chose to walk back to my warm room and read for a bit while my friends waited.  And they waited for more than an hour too so I’m happy with my decision.

So if it was cold at that time it was even colder when I got up this morning.  I didn’t set an alarm, even though I had a class, and woke up naturally around 0730.  Don’t you just love it when you wake up on your own and feel…not exactly refreshed but you just *know* you got a good night of sleep? I say not refreshed because I need a few more nights of it before I’m 100% caught up but last night was good.

In any case, I didn’t check the weather when I first got up but by 1000 it was only 14* with it being -4* WC. Brrrrrrr.  The high today was only 19* with it feeling like 3*.  I was getting spoiled with the mid-20 mornings.  Guess we’re in a cold spell for the next week or so. Bummer. I wasn’t planning on going for a run but I’ve really been addicted to running the past month or so and I knew I was going to once I got out of bed.

However, and this may deserve a sad face but maybe a happy face too, I broke the streak today.  48 days.  I didn’t plan on breaking it but I was 3 miles out and I just knew I didn’t want to finish the run.  My heart wasn’t in it and it was flippin’ cold.  So I turned around and my total was 6 on the day.

It felt weird to not have my run be wicked long but I think that it was necessary.  Like I complained about earlier this week, my intervals and tempo felt “phoned-in”. That’s not to say they were meaningless or half-assed but I never felt good and pumped about them either.   And that’s not how I want to roll.  So when my heart just didn’t feel it today I knew that the streak had to die.  On the bright side the pace was a bit on the fast side (~9:07 pace) which is funny because it was such a short run and usually I need lots of miles to warm up.  Guess the cold pushed me to move faster?

So much for a short post. And my book is calling my name.  But for those inquiring minds who asked about my reading and other things:

  • I’m currently reading Les Miserables (in English not the original French. Maybe someday though).  It’s a humongo book (my edition is 1200+ pages) but once I was able to get into it I was hooked.
  • My favorite book of all time is Jurassic Park.  I read it for the first time in 4th grade (I’ve always had a reading level 2-3 grades above where I was so I was reading books for adults — almost wrote “adult books” NOT what I would have meant) and I re-read it at least 1-2 times a year. But the science-fiction stuff is great
  • I love HP (=Harry Potter) hence getting copies in other languages.  My fav HP book is #4 (which I bought in French).  The Spanish one I got was #7 (my second favorite and probably the only book that has ever made me cry. For real)
  • I’m a physics major so I have to take quantum physics.  Yes it’s going to be very hard but I think I’ve seen most of the stuff before so it’s just going to be the math that trips me up not the actual physics of it.
  • I do have to take a full year of a language to graduate.  I did that freshman year but I am very interested in learning Spanish and continuing my French for personal reasons.  I like how it challenges me in a different way than my math and science courses.

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