Wednesday, November 24, 2010

30 Days of Thanks

Day 24

I've come to realize that I am one of those people that they talk about in comic-strips, one of those people that they caricature with shiny brown goop all over their faces.
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That's right, I'm a chocoholic! When playing the Game On! Diet, you get 100 calories free everyday to eat whatever you want. And mine is ALWAYS chocolate! M&Ms, little Dove miniatures, chocolate hazelnut spread, hot cocoa! I never realized it before but I guess I can't go a day without it! And I'm thankful for it!

Friday, November 19, 2010

30 Days of Thanks

Day 19

Of COURSE I'm thankful it's Friday! And helpful coworkers (I do have a few!), my warm coat and gloves, oatmeal (where would I be without oatmeal?), and deodorant. And today I'd like you to share one thing you're thankful for at Appreciate It, where it will be added to the giant list!

Monday, November 15, 2010

30 Day of Thanks

Day 13: This brownie waffle recipe! And the most adorable "Five of Hearts" waffle iron my mom gave me recently when she was cleaning out for the move. This weekend I made a big batch of whole wheat-flax and brownie waffles to freeze. That way I can pull out a waffle, pop it in the toaster and have a quick breakfast!

Day 14: Long, fall walks with my Corgi! It's so peaceful to walk around the neighborhood at Corgi-speed, taking in the leaves and general fall atmosphere.

Day 15: Determination! I am starting a round of the Game On! Diet today and I am determined to make my goal and win my prize!! I have promised myself up to $100 in new running pants if I get 85% or more of the possible points. Anyone interested in joining me in a second round one these 4 weeks are over?

Friday, November 12, 2010

30 Days of Thanks

Day 12

Today I am thankful for my mental health. Ever since our Disney vacation, I have been feeling very blah. I mustered up enough motivation to finish my 10K training but other things have been falling by the wayside. But I'm happy to say I have found renewed determination! I am grateful that my mind is in good working order, that I can function everyday at work and at home and that I've never had first-person experience with depression or other mental illness. I shouldn't waste a moment in a state of ennui.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

30 Days of Thanks

Day 11

Today I am thankful for the gorgeous Indian summer weather! It was so nice to run a couple of errands at lunch. But I wished that I had more time to do some leaf raking!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

30 Days of Thanks

Day 10 (Yes I skipped a few days. No worries, I was thankful on those days too. I just didn't blog it!)

Today I am really trying to be thankful for my job! I am not about to blog about things I don't like about my job, lest I not have it for much longer! But today my computer is driving me through the roof!!! A new one has been requested and should soon arrive at my desk. And for that, I am truly thankful!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Hall Hanging

Inspired by a patchwork growth chart Jenn posted, I made this wall hanging for our back hallway. I was having trouble coming up with artwork for this wall because the light switch made anything I picked out hang too high! I made a large wall hanging and created a cutout for the light switch and voila! This is VERY crude but I like it that way. I didn't even bind the edges, I just zigzag stitched the edges so they are kind of raw. It's very make-do, wabi-sabi.

My first 10K!

This morning I ran my first 10K, the Rattlesnake Master 10K in Urbana. The weather was gorgeous, sunny and cool (40's) with just a touch of wind. I ran the whole thing at a nice even pace and finished in 1:05:32.

Mile 1- 10:08
Mile 2- 10:13
Mile 3- 10:38
Mile 4- 10:31
Mile 5- 10:44
Mile 6.2- 13:18

That last 1.2 miles was a tough one for me, up a slight hill into the wind and then onto a wooded trail to finish out the race. But I kept on and I'm happy with my time!

30 Days of Thanks Day 7
I am thankful for the strength and an able body to be able to experience the physical activities I've discovered I really enjoy!

Friday, November 5, 2010

30 Days of Thanks

Day 5:
I am thankful for the weekend! Too easy, I know, but I need a weekend! I am looking forward to this weekend being busy but fun. I started adult beginning ballet on Saturday so this weekend will be my third lesson! And Sunday I am running my very first 10K race!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

30 Days of Thanks

Day 4:
Today I'm thankful for Amanda for hosting this wonderful winter motivation! Just what I need in the dark of winter to add a little pep to my steps!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

30 Days of Thanks

My Turtle Runner buddy Robin linked to Middle Name Marie's post about 30 Days of Thanks in November. I'm a couple of days behind but wanted to start anyway. So here are my first three days!

Day 1:
I am thankful that October is over. I know, I know! The days, weeks, months go by so fast that we should really celebrate each and every day. BUT October was a terrible month for me. I was sick the ENTIRE month with this cold, but as soon as the calendar flipped, the mucus started to recede. I don't even want to try and remember all the other bad things about October so I won't. It's November now!

Day 2:
I'm thankful for my heater! My parents just moved into a new house and their heater went out very early in the morning and it has been COLD here! What a disaster! I'm thankful that we had our new duct work done this spring and that it keeps my room toasty in the mornings! Helps me get out of bed and get my day started off right!

Day 3:
I have been missing our cat a lot since he passed away. I was lucky enough to hear a speaker last night at our Dog Training Club meeting about pet loss and I am thankful for all the people that understand and comfort those of us who suffer when we loose a pet. Pets are family members and nothing makes you feel worse than when someone belittles that and makes you feel stupid for grieving over "just an animal". Luckily, I haven't had many experiences like that this time around but when we lost our first guinea pig, I had a terrible boss who just could NOT understand why I was even upset and made me feel really horrible. I felt so thankful just being around all those people last night, knowing that they all had been there and that they understood and would NOT judge me for being this sad about a cat.