A friend asked tonight what I was up to, I told her Work, Working out and Working on the house…..see the trend there, hence my oh so clever (I have no creativity left) title I have there.

Work last week was extremely busy and I pulled several rabbits out of my hat.  However I have a new Dr starting at one of the buildings tomorrow and my printer is down so the signage I was going to put up on Friday night is not done.   At one point earlier in the year I had twenty-two projects on my desk and I realistically have five right now.   That could change by tomorrow however.  Our new fiscal year just started and we will not have the budget this year for as many projects as we are way down in revenue this year.  But things like signage never really stop.  There are always changes and additions and retirements, maybe just not as many remodel projects this year.

We worked on the desert house yesterday.  We got the last bedroom painted and started scrubbing the kitchen.  It was a slower progress day but progress was made.

Sunday has been my long run day.  Next Sunday is the half marathon so there will only be a couple more small runs this week along with some gym time.  Today I headed out and set my Nike plus app on for a two-hour run.  I headed in the direction I usually start and then decided I wanted to see this little park I often drive by when I am going from one hospital to the other.  So I headed off in that direction.  Once I got there it was very lovely I ran around the two small lakes, or large ponds….???  There were so many birds.  Geese, ducks, cormorants and a pelican.  I paused the app so I wouldn’t lose any time and took a couple of pictures.  Then headed off to keep running.  I thought I would be at about two hours when I turned onto our block but a quick peak had me only at an hour and forty-seven minutes and at just under nine miles, so I ran past the house and then spent the next ten minutes running around the block and then walking off the last four minutes.  Next week will be thirteen miles and although I haven’t put in that long of a run, I feel pretty good about the progress I’ve made.

Besides the running I get to find places like this Wilderness Park.  There are not a lot of fresh bodies of water in our neighborhood but I was still quite surprised by all the birds.

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Remodel Update

We didn’t have as much painting time this weekend as we usually do.  We had dinner plans back in Huntington Beach at 5:45 so we had to leave to drive back at 3:30.  We quit painting at 3:00 and took a quick shower and headed out.

The timing we did have worked out however.  We painted for six hours, we finished the bedroom that we had started a couple of weeks ago.  We did another complete bedroom and the dining room.  The 5 gallon bucket of paint, the last wall we were working on and the time we had to paint all came to an end at the same time.

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We have one more bedroom to paint next weekend.  Then the three bathrooms, laundry room and the kitchen.  Lots of stuff to follow after that.  We have ceiling fans to replace, hardware in the kitchen and bathrooms.  We also have the entire studio attached to the garage to re-do and we haven’t even started anything out there.

This weekend we also talked ourselves right out of doing the floors.  We viewed some videos and agreed we could put in the laminate flooring.  Then this weekend, we talked ourselves right back out of it.  We will be hiring someone to install the floor, it is the last thing to go in so we have lots of time to get the flooring picked out and priced.


space cadet

Menopause has some strange symptoms.  One that I have heard from friends is the spacey-ness.

There are so many symptoms and like all the I am experiencing (hot flashes, headaches, night sweats, itchy skin, mood swings, sleep disorders, dizziness, weight gain, bloating and irritability) they fluctuate with the hormone levels but on Friday I had a heavy dose of “difficulty concentrating”.

I was a complete space cadet.  In fact I shouldn’t have been driving.  I didn’t run any red lights or stop signs, but I nearly ran two stop signs.  I also almost ran right into the back-end of a mini van that stopped for a school bus (I hadn’t seen the bus).  I drove right past the driveway for work.  I dropped my just purchased tea in the parking lot at Starbucks.  I talked to myself all day while driving, mostly saying “Oh my God, what is my problem.”  I drove right past the street I turn on to go home because I was so busy watching the asphalt chewer grinding up and spitting out the road and the asphalt coming off the conveyor into lined up dump trucks.

But the topper was when I went back to work in the evening to pick up drawings I needed for Monday.  I unlocked the door, turned off the alarm, unlocked the door into the office and went in and printed my floor plans.  While the printer was warming up I dashed back into the hall to use the restroom, came out and found myself locked into the entry way.  No keys, my two cell phones on my desk.  I was locked into a little 4×8 foot room.  I could go outside but I would be locked out completely.  Luckily there is a phone on the wall, I called the office right on the other side of the door and left a message because I knew it would page my boss and the two managers.  I did not however leave the extension to the phone on the wall.

Then it hit me to call security.  I phoned the operator who transferred me and I tried to explain my plight.  The guard asked me how this was even possible.  While I waited for him to show up to unlock the hall door, I could hear different extension ringing in the office as my boss tried to guess the one in the hall.  When the one in the hall finally rang and I told them I had called security everyone had a good laugh.

At least twelve times on Friday I said out loud “What is my problem”  I am just so thankful that it did not carry into Saturday because that would not have been good for the day of painting.


My hip hurts today.  Actually it hurts less today than yesterday.  My middle finger on my left hand I think is getting some arthritis.  Today when my boss told me I had to get used to the fact that our office was a river and I needed to “go with the flow”, I told her I was swimming upstream as fast as possible but with all of the snags under the surface I was taking on water.  She thought I was clever and had no idea I was serious.

Between 5:30 this morning and 8:00 when I punched in I had 47 new emails, 42 of them from my boss with conflicting directions.  Good Times.

However I have a job, am able-bodied and my life is blessed.  I am able to go for a run (tonight’s was great by the way – it helped to get rid of the work day.)  I have been texting with my dear friend Albert and his wife Allison has been in and out of the hospital with severe nerve pain all year.  She has been in more than out for the last couple weeks.  This is a nerve that they have removed, cut, zapped with radiation but it continues to cause excruciating pain.  Today she had been pain-free for 18 hours and they were discharging her.  Allison has MS, I have blogged about her before a couple times. Her incredible spirit and drive are incredible.  I am able to run when my darling beautiful friend is confined to a wheelchair.I am also quite healthy.  Yes I now have medical and dental insurance and have for ten months now.  No I haven’t gone to the doctor yet but I did recently ask for recommendation.  Well except for my increased acne because of menopause and hot flashes and mood swings and and and….  my friend Vivian suffered a seizure while on vacation in Georgia with her mom and sister.  She ended up spending several days in the hospital and left with a staff infection.These dear friends with daily challenges remind me no matter how tough work is or that I slept a total of two hours out of the seven I was in bed because of hot flashes, my life is pretty easy.  I am so glad your home Allison.  Here is to lots of pain free days.  I Love you.

Rest day

Today I didn’t go for a run and it really had more to do with the Seahawks being on Monday night football then it did my running schedule.

I did go for a good long run yesterday morning, probably just over five miles.  I left about 8:00 am and got back about 9:15.  I was trying to beat the heat and it was a draw in that department as it was nearing 80 when I returned.

IMG_1811So back to the “rest day”.  The first quarter of the game looked like this. The audio sounded like “he         like      ri     qksl   want   lsk   ore  sight”

I couldn’t get a complete or partial sentence or through a play.  I could tell there was a touchdown from the score block on the screen (oh and the texting I was doing with Dale, Vivian and Mary)

I tweeting the photo to Veriozon Fios and ended up being retweeted by others in the area with the same problem.

Just as I was heading to Applebee’s (the closest bar) I got a tweet back from Verizon and tada the problem was fixed.

It was a trying game, penalty, punt, penalty, punt, punt, punt, penalty.  But we won and tha’ts what matters.  Tomorrow I run again.

Six More Shows

It is October 1st.  That means you only have six more chances to see Seascape at Theater Schmeater.

As I was thinking earlier today about mentioning this play again because it was so good and like I mentioned, Thursday-Saturday this week and next and that is all there is.

All I had was a title when I got a tweet from my bestie Katherine who plays Nancy in the play with a link to the Seattle Times review of this fabulous production.

Go see this fabulous production and support the local small theater!!



The thing about running is it seems so unpredictable.  Saturday morning I headed out for a run at 6:00 in the morning.  Wanting to get a run in before we left for a school event and then up to Calimesa to paint.

The run was fabulous.  Effortless if that’s even possible.  I ran for 45 straight minutes, passing the house and looping back around a few blocks because I still had more time and my muscles and energy were all high.

Sunday I left for a long run, the deal would be I was heading up toward my work and would stop at Starbucks and Lori would come get me and tea.  That was I could just keep running without the turning around and doubling back.

Except I could barely run a half mile.  I just had nothing.  I kept trying, walk, run, walk walk walk, run, walk.  I got the Starbucks and hit the five-mile mark and Lori came and got me.

Twenty seven hours or so between runs and one felt like I was sailing and the other I felt like a fraud.  I didn’t run on Monday thinking it would be a good rest day.  Instead I watered the garden and went grocery shopping.

Unfortunately today I had an install at the hospital today and was training.  I spent seven hours on my feet and in heals.  The only time I sat down was on my half hour lunch break and then once I got back to the office thirty minutes before heading home.

I had to run.  Even a maintenance run which may be a term I made up.  It’s the minimum run, a thirty minute can be fit in anytime do excuses acceptable run.  I ran around the neighborhood for exactly thirty minutes.  Mostly happy that I did it with my sore feet than anything else.

The first fifteen minutes felt like Sunday, the second fifteen minutes felt like Saturday.

Hoping tomorrow better and that in less than four weeks the marathon feels like the effortless run I had this last Saturday, but for you know four and a half times as long.


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