Speedy Thots

The Barky Boys have it made.  We bought a new living room set in November and rather than try to keep the poochies off the new furniture, we opted to lay down blankets and let the dogs continue to have the run of the house.  For whatever reason, we’re not meant to have children.  These fuzzy guys are our little fur babies.  If you’re not able to have children and you have a house full of animals, you know exactly what I mean.

Hub & I were talking the other day about their insurance premiums increasing.  Not something I’m overly concerned about because, heck, their coverage is ten times better than our’s and a whole lot less expensive!

I had a ton of fun at Monday’s Birdlovers 10k.  Adhering to the promise I made to my doctor when he finally cleared me, I did the non-competitive 5k walk.  It really chaps my butt when runners enter the walking events.  I still had a great time and I managed to take some really awesome pictures in the process.

Because I’m a walker, I know that my start is in the back of the pack.  I have NO problem with this!  In fact, I rather enjoy starting last and working my way up.  A friend of mine told me that she enjoys the feeling of passing people while she races.  I have to agree with her.  It’s a pretty good feeling!

In the pursuit of my new hobby, I’ve been practicing with the different features on my camera.  I discovered the aperture value and white balance last weekend and have spent a good amount of time fiddling with these.  I like having more control of my product during the shoot and I really like my results.

I have this fantasy that one day I’ll actually SELL one of my pictures.  Goodness knows there are a ton of photographers shooting thousands of excellent photos.  I like to think I have the chops to compete with the best of them.

(Photo credit: Speedy Lisa, May 2010)

Seinfeldesque

When did half the year pass by?

Seriously!  Wasn’t it just yesterday I was contemplating the timing of when to send out the Happy New Year cards I had just finished addressing? What’s that you say?  You didn’t get your Happy New Year card from Hub & me?  Probably because they’re still sitting on my desk waiting for a stamp and a trip to the mailbox.  You’ll get your card sometime before the end of the year.  Promise.

I’m looking at the calendar and I really am shocked to see May 29th staring back at me.  I know I didn’t fritter away 6 months of my life doing nothing.  Or did I?

Nope.  Looking at everything posted on my calendar, I know I didn’t.

This is more of a “Seinfeld” reflection and I’d be mighty surprised if I actually hit the publish button.  I just might do it.  Why, you ask? … well … because I haven’t written in a week and, as busy as it was, it was THAT kind of a “Seinfeld” week.

Did you hear about the company on April Fool’s Day that added the blurb of “selling my soul to the devil if I violate these terms” to their Service Agreement testing to see how many of their customers actually read the legalese?  A few people did; they contacted the company (and apparently some media outlets) and news of it spread through the internet.  Even though it was a prank, the seriousness of it can’t be ignored … READ THE FINE PRINT before you sign anything!  Um, yeah.  I need to heed my own advice on that one: I signed my contract for next year.  Thankful to have a contract to sign, I didn’t waste a second in reading the fine print.  Hope I didn’t “sell my soul” on that one!

Had my final appointment yesterday for the foot injury.  I’m cleared!  Hooray!  I need to try to put my Sauconys on.  Haven’t been able to since “the incident” and each time I’ve attempted to put a shoe on … any shoe on … the knot that is still on the top of my foot doesn’t allow much room for comfort.  Soooo I’ve spent almost every day in my old running shoes that have loosened with age.  Doesn’t look professional, but at least I’m moving around a whole lot faster, but not at my normal speedy pace just yet.

Read about the Forerunner 110.  I’d like to see it in person, try it on, play with the buttons.  I don’t like my 205 because it’s so bulky.  It slides around on my wrist and it’s just bulky.  Reminds me of an old-model cordless phone:

Here’s my Garmin  & here’s a circa 1990 cordless phone.  See what I mean?  Both are bulky … ugly.  Sure, both do their job, but come on!  This is 2010.  Time to update our wardrobe & technology!

With this:

Weekend wanderings

Update on THE FOOT …

I was allowed to work yesterday.  The doctor had placed some restrictions and so before I was able to actually work, I had to sign an agreement that I would abide by the restrictions as set forth by the doctor.

I realize all of the legality is for the district’s protection (read: so I don’t hurt myself worse at work while I continue to heal) and it’s because of this I have termed the next several days my “parole,” the person in risk management is my “parole officer,” and my limited duty agreement the “condition of my parole.” I head back to the doctor for yet another (and hopefully final) follow up to check on the progress of my healing early next week.  I’ll do whatever it takes to get the restrictions removed.  This whole ordeal has been more than a bother & I seriously feel like I’m being punished for being in the wrong place at the wrong time!

According to the conditions of my parole, I am only allowed to visit one campus per day and I can only review folders in preparation for the end-of-year transfer coming up in two weeks.

I violated my parole a mere 5 minutes after signing the agreement.  I needed to pick up some paperwork for the office at a campus near where I was scheduled to be working for the day and so I hobbled on in and picked up the packet I knew was waiting for me.

Devious me.

The Photog in Me …

I haven’t taken my camera out to practice very often but on the occasions I have, I’ve had a blast practicing with angles, lighting, composition, & shutter speeds.  I’m especially proud of my last series from the museum.  I didn’t do a whole lot of editing once I downloaded my pictures onto my computer, which means I’m getting better at my craft.  Either that or I’m really naive and don’t know what I’m doing in the editor’s chair. I hope to take a class before my trip to Hawaii but that will depend on whether I can find a class between now & then.  If not, I’ll just keep practicing and reading as many books on the subject as I can find.

On a Purely Selfish Note …

The Major is safely back on American soil.  I asked many people during his deployment to keep him lifted in prayer.  My parents did the same.  I wonder if he realizes how many folks had him on their daily prayer lists.  I wonder if he’s thanked those he knew were praying for him.  A huge THANK YOU to all my nameless brothers & sisters in Christ who faithfully prayed for his safety during his tour.  He’s home with his family now.  It’s always amazing and humbling to hear positive praise reports.

Major, if you haven’t done so already … call the Spook!  He’s been worried about you and would really like to hear your voice!

Support professional women athletes …

Mum called last weekend and asked if I’d like to go see the Silver Stars season opener tonite.  Don’t have to ask me twice!  I love the fact that San Antonio has it’s very own WNBA team and I will one day own a season pass.  Mum & I enjoy going to their games.  The atmosphere in the arena is different from when the men play.  Not to knock the men by any means!  The last Stars game Mum & I went to was the matinee game we took the Princess to last summer.  I like to think she & I spurred Princess’ interest in basketball … which, by the way, she totally rocked at when she played in her local youth league last fall!

I wonder if I can take my camera to the game tonite?

Speaking of athletes …

A mere 24 hours prior to the incident that rocked my world this week, I came across a notice for a 10k at the end of the month that my running group is hosting over at Mitchell Lake.  I have a complimentary race entry begging to be used (I actually have two) and I was all set to submit the entry form and kick my training into high gear this weekend.

Well … the table-on-foot incident has put the kibosh on the 10k.  I asked my doc when I’d be able to return to the road.  He said he’ll have a better indication once he checks my healing progress next week.  There’s also an untimed 5k race that day at Mitchell Lake. My doctor said this is more doable given my present status.  And so, with the words “untimed”  “5k” and “complimentary race entry” strongly highlighted in my conversation with Hub, I’ve convinced him to do the 5k with me. Pretty cool, eh?

Since it’s an untimed event, I’ll take my camera and get some more practice time in while we’re out there. It’s gonna be fun!