Saturday, January 31, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Well, rewind to another thing I enjoy doing: running. And several months later of having my shiny new elliptical machine sitting in my living room messing up my furniture arrangement, I still wasn't using it. Why? Because I want to run. I don't want to be all warm and comfy and burn calories while I laugh with Regis and Kelly (well, okay, actually that sounds nice). I found out that really I just wanna run. To feel the earth move beneath my feet. The wind on my face. The rain. The cold. To be able to look at the world around me and be a part of it. So that's what I've been doing, as often as the chance arises. My friend Sara and I run while her husband watches the kids. And I must say, I feel so lucky to get the chance, because otherwise I would only get to run like every other weekend when the kids are with thier dad. Thank you, Sara and Landy.
So a few months ago Sara asked me if I wanted to train for a marathon with her. Keep in mind I had not been running since I moved back to Roseburg in January 2007. And I missed it. So of course I said yes! Honestly, the thought of running a full marathon kind of makes me laugh. I have a long way to go. But I'm excited because I think I can do it. I know that to train for a full marathon would take me a year, so I figured start small. Set small goals and then work to increase them. That's where this post comes in. I'm making it official that my first race will be the Eugene Marathon, which takes place this May. That's just shy of 13 weeks away. I figured that if I want to run the half-marathon, I would need to increase my current runs by 1 mile a week. So at this point I need to decide whether I want to run the 5K Race, or the Half Marathon. I will make my decision by the end of the week before I register. I am excited, nervous, and hopeful. I also think it would be fun to get a group of people together to do this, so if you think you might be interested let me know! For more information you can check out the official Eugene Marathon website at http://www.eugenemarathon.com/.
Here they are:
1. They help one to grasp wisdom and discipline.
2. They provide understanding of deep thoughts.
3. They lead to wise behavior-- doing what is right, being fair,
determining the correct outcomes of disputes.
4. They give insight into otherwise gullible people.
5. They give forsight and knowledge to the young.
6. They give direction to the understanding.
7. They help solve riddles.
I have no desire to repeat my mistakes over and over and over again. I think this will help me learn how not to. Good words.
You can reference the actual article here: http://www.thebizofknowledge.com/2007/05/6_reasons_to_study_proverbs.html
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Friday I went over to Sara's house with the kids and played Scrabble with her while the kids played around the house. Then we laid them all down and watched Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns. This the second movie of his I've seen, with the first being Why Did I Get Married. And they are all absolutely wonderful, I plan on just buying them all for my library. You will laugh, you will cry....they're great. Rent them. Watch them. It's worth it.
Saturday I slept way in, and of course when I finally got up my daughter was telling me it was okay, I should go back to sleep! Of course, she's only 8, but if she could run the house I think she would. The rest of the day consisted of me putting off my homework (mistake) and getting nothing accomplished--not even laundry (second mistake). That will mean that this week I'll be trying to squeeze it in with work and school. Shoot. Out of all the household chores I do, folding and putting away the laundry is my least favorite.
Later that evening the kids and I watched An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong before the kids went to bed. You'll want to check out the following post related specifically to this movie. After the kids go to bed is usually my time to do whatever I need to do in peace and quiet, whether it be read, study, do homework, mess around on the computer, whatever. It's really my quiet time. So Saturday night, although I'd intended to finish my homework, I sat down at the computer and checked what I normally check. MySpace. Email. My blog. Twitter. Some of these are time wasters, but the common thread they all have is connecting in some way to other people, which I never consider a waste of time.
Anyways, somehow I mosied over to YouTube and was listening to music when I happened upon a song that brought back very special memories from my childhood, so I figured I'd share it here. I was blessed with a mom that loved music, ever since I can remember. She sings, plays guitar, piano, congas, you name it. That must be where I got my love for music from. Although I don't play any instruments (yet) I do love to sing. Well anyways, there are certain songs that are very special to me because they are songs that she used to sing to me and my sisters when we were little girls. I want to learn them on guitar so I can sing them to my children, too.
The first I want to mention is called Would You Lay With Me, which I believe was originally sung by Tanya Tucker. You can listen to Johnny Cash sing it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laBTtJJxCnw Although my mom of course sounded more like Tanya than Johnny, it's closer to how she sang it and played it. There's a few other video clips for the song as well, one with Tanya Tucker singing the song set to a clip from the hit TV show Lost. I don't watch Lost, but included the link just for kicks. You can watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJCL-YMPza8 Watching the clip makes me want to watch the show.
The second song that I found was by sheer chance. I wasn't looking for it this time, although I had before on the Internet to no avail. The song is called Sentimental Ol' You, a country music song from the 70's or 80's that was originally sung by Charly McClain. I found two clips. One is of this random guy singing it and playing it on his guitar, and the other is a hilarious clip of a bunch of New Zealand people line dancing to the song. It's pretty gosh darn funny, here's the clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2_H1yNGyCY According to my mom, I was only four when I had all the words along with my own motions down pat.
Another song that takes honorable mention on my list of memories is a song titled Mary Ann. I could only find two, count them, two, links on the net in reference to this song. One is just the lyrics through this folk song website: http://ingeb.org/songs/mary_ann.html The other is lyrics with a really funny calypso instrumental version of the song that you can listen to here: http://www.btinternet.com/~groeswenphil/Calypsos/calypso1.html Trust me, the song is a lot of fun when done just acoustically. One thing I noticed is that neither of the links had the verse that my mom taught us, which goes like this:
Oh Mary Ann, Oh Mary Ann, oh won't you marry me?
I'll build you a bamboo hut with brandy in your tea.
Keep your mean ol' momma home, she never will say yes.
If my ma don't know now, she can guess.
If my ma don't know now, she can guess.
All day all night Mary Ann, down by the seaside siftin' sand.
Even little children love Mary Ann, down by the seaside siftin' sand.
Sunday went much like Saturday. I ended up sleeping in, only this time on accident. Missed church. Then spent literally the rest of the day doing homework while the kids did activities around the house. But, it was a very productive day. The only bummer was I had to miss the run I had planned with Sara since I'd put my homework off the day before. Darn it. I will make it my goal to not do that again. All in all, though, it was a great weekend at home. There is no time more well spent than time spent with family and friends.
In the first American Girl film based on a modern-day character, young Chrissa finds her life turned upside down when she transfers to a new school, as she struggles to find her own way, make new friends and deal with a clique of bullies. Chrissa tries to adapt to her new surroundings, but she is targeted by a close-knit group of girls in this story about friendship and standing up for yourself.
I will tell you that not only did Katie love this movie, but I loved it, and want to buy it so we can watch it again. Trust me, you will not be sorry you watched this with your children. One of the key lessons in the movie is summed up in something the character Chrissa's mom says at the end of the film. It's never smart to be less than who you are, or to let anyone take anything away from you. A valuable lesson for children as well as adults.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Note to Self
Don't forget what is most important to you! Sometimes life can get so busy that it's easy to forget why you do what you do. Stop. Reflect. Sometimes you might need to take some distractions out. That's okay! Remember your reasons...