Thursday, December 28, 2006

83.33333%

Since the local news was able to "call" the last election results with a smaller percentage of the votes in, what say we call this a done deal? When in Philly, and all that. Plus, Lenka did send out an email way back when:
From: Lenka
Sent: Friday, December 15, 2006 2:24 PM
To: Sis
Subject: RE: [Proxsemadeni] Er, um, yeah. Best laid plans and all that...


WOW, ME likey Oakland Cottage!!

Shall we just consider that her vote?

I'll give Oakland Cottage a call first thing Tuesday morning and start making the arrangements for our stay in July.

~'rah, I'll let you know about the deposit. I think we should be fine with your suggestion of taking care of it for now and figuring out reimbursement later. I'll double check with J and the budget and let everyone know asap!

A big "Thanks" and a bunch of hugs and kisses to all of you for playing along with me and responding with your opinions, concerns, suggestions, and input!

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Not Quite Begging...

I WANT YOU TO VOTE!




If you haven't already, please post a comment to let us all know if you prefer one or the other properties for our stay in Weaverville. I'm not comfortable with making reservations for the whole group until everyone has had their say in writing. Voting ends tomorrow night (12/28/06) at 10 pm EST as I want to call for reservations as soon as possible after the beginning of the New Year.


Puhweeeze?



Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Weeks 22 & 23 (Dec 17 - 30)


At least 3 days this week:
Week 22
Warm-up walk: 5 minutes
Stretch
Run: 11 minutes
Walk: 5 minutes
Run: 11 minutes
Walk: 4 minutes
Cool down walk: 5 minutes
*Total time = 41 minutes


Week 23
Warm-up walk: 5 minutes
Stretch
Run: 12 minutes
Walk: 5 minutes
Run: 11 minutes
Walk: 4 minutes
Cool down walk: 5 minutes
*Total time = 42 minutes


We're almost to the halfway point in our 49 week training schedule. Way to go!!!

Friday, December 15, 2006

Er, um, yeah. Best laid plans and all that...

Well, the good folks at Asheville Cabins worked really hard to make my *fabulous* plan work, but apparently no amount of wanting, looking, hoping, and looking some more will make a property materialize within their jurisdiction to meet our rather specific needs! A HUGE thanks to Rachel and her boss and the owner of the company for all the work they did yesterday trying to work this out. EVERYONE needing a vacation rental property in the Asheville, NC area should check with them first! The properties that they have are beautiful and their customer service rocks. We will definitely be renting from them in the future.

That being said, there isn't a single property that will fit all 20 of us and allow us to bring along the pooches. There are several beautiful, pet friendly properties and several "large group" properties. Unfortunately, the large group properties aren't quite large enough and understandably, the property owners don't want more than the maximum occupancy hanging out. The one property (go look at Mountain Sky! It's GORGEOUS!!!) that was graciously "opened up" for us all to meet at to hang out and eat meals together isn't equipped for pets. So we continued to work and I continued to look.

I've come up with two potential solutions.
Option 1:
The folks at Mountain Breeze Resort (located about 10 miles northeast of Weaverville) have three adjoining properties, all pet friendly. We can, as a group, rent all three properties or one/some of us can rent one of the properties. They are fine with all of us congregating on the property, regardless of how many of us are actually staying there.

Option 2:
We could rent Oakland Cottage, a bed and breakfast in Asheville. The are also pet friendly and (obviously) if we rent the entire property as a group, we could all congregate there.


Please take some time to check out these two properties and give me some feedback. The property owners/managers both said that while we have a little time to make our reservations (and both are totally open for the time that we're planning to be there), they expect to book quickly as soon as the holidays are over. So we need to get on it. I would like to make reservations by the end of the month. If I haven't heard from anyone by the 28th, I will go ahead and reserve one of the Mountain Breeze Resort properties. That way we will be sure to have a common property on which we can all meet, eat, and hang out.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

[Where] Are you sleeping? Are you sleeping?

Brother Joe?
Sisters 'rah, Jacq, Lenka, Ma & Pa?
Er, okay, so it doesn't work. Anyhoo....

I was looking at the properties that Rachel's company has available in Weaverville and it looks like they're already getting booked up. Sooooo, we need to make some decisions about lodgings. There isn't a single cabin that will fit all of us and all of our needs (and unfortunately the Biltmore isn't in our price range. Unless someone just won the lottery and has been holding out on the rest of us. In which case, "Hey! I'm telling!"). The best scenario that I can work out is the following:

I will rent one of the properties that Asheville Cabins has to offer (my favorite is Hidden Pond) so that no matter what else we do, we will all have access to a kitchen, a living room, and washer & dryer. As you can see below, space in some of the properties is limited, so if you want to try to bunk together, we need to get busy planning that out. And soon! But I can't figure out a good way to arrange for accommodations for everyone, so to save my sanity, I'm relinquishing that responsibility. Where you stay is up to you! The properties that Rachel indicated were in/close to Weaverville are

Claxton Farmhouse
ammenities include: Sleeps 10; 4 bedrooms (3 queens, one room with 2 full beds), 2 baths; satellite TV; washer & dryer; porch; charcoal grill; dishwasher; gas fireplace; microwave; air conditioning; NO pets
rates: $225 per night / 1350 per week for 4 persons. $250 per night / $1500 per week for 5 or more persons. Three night minimum at all times (when higher nightly minimum does not apply).

Rabbit Hollow
amenities include: Sleeps 6; 3 bedrooms (1 queen, 1 full, and one room with 2 twin beds); 1 bath; satellite TV; VCR; washer & dryer; porch; charcoal grill; gas fireplace; microwave; air conditioning; pet friendly
Rates: $110 per night / $550 per week

Ox Creek
amenities include: Sleeps 6; 2 bedrooms (1 queen, 2 twin trundles, full sleeper sofa); 1 bath; satellite TV; VCR; washer & dryer; hot tub; deck; gas grill; dishwasher; gas fireplace; microwave;air conditioning; NO pets
Rates: $125 per night / $625 per week

Cozy Creek
amenities include: Sleeps 2; 1 bedroom (1 queen); 1 bath (bathroom is only partitioned off by a small wrap around wooden screen); no cable or satellite TV; VCR; hot tub; deck; charcoal grill; microwave; air conditioning; stereo/CD player; pet friendly
Rates: $99 per night / $595 per week

South Fork Academy
amenities include: Sleeps 4; 2 bedrooms (2 queens); 2 bathrooms; satellite TV; VCR; washer & dryer; porch; gas grill; dishwasher; microwave; gas fireplace; air conditioning; stereo/CD player; NO pets
Rates: $135 per night / $850 per week

River Time
amenities include: Sleeps 4; 1 bedroom (1 queen, full sofa sleeper); 1 bath; wireless DSL internet; DVD; no cable or satellite TV; hot tub; deck; porch; gas grill Deck/porch: wood burning stove; microwave; stereo / CD; NO air conditioning; Pet friendly
Rates: $145 per night / $870 per week (Rates above are based on 2 persons. Rates increase to $165/night and $990/week for 3-4 persons. Children under 10 years of age are free!)

Rocky River
amenities include: Sleeps 4; 1 bedroom (1 queen, two twins in loft); 1 bath; DVD; no cable or satellite TV; deck; porch; charcoal grill; wood burning stove; microwave; NO air conditioning; stereo / CD; Pet friendly
Rates: $100 per night / $600 per week

Hidden Pond (7 miles w of Weaverville)
amenities include: Sleeps 8; 2 bedrooms (1 king, 2 queens (one in loft), queen sofa sleeper); 2 baths; VCR; cable; DSL internet; washer & dryer; hot tub; covered porch; charcoal grill; dishwasher; gas fireplace; microwave; air conditioning; stereo / CD; Pet friendly
Rates: $180 per night / $1100 per week (Rates above are based on 1-2 persons. For 3-8 persons, rates are $225/night and $1400/week.)


Other options? Well, there’s not much to choose from in the way of hotels in Weaverville. Links to the accommodations that I found in Weaverville are:
The Dry Ridge Inn

Secret Garden

Inn on Main Street

There are all the standard accommodations in Asheville (about 10 miles away from Weaverville and from the Hidden Pond Cabin), ranging from $77 per night to as-much-as-you-want-to-spend at the Biltmore (I did a quick search using hotels.com and yahoo travel).

I will be calling Asheville Cabins this afternoon to get a little more information, and if all goes well, will put the deposit down on a cabin by the end of next week (like I said, they're filling up!). If you think you want to stay with us, I'll need to know asap since the rate changes in some cases based on occupancy and the number of occupants will help me choose the property.

If you're still having trouble posting/commenting here, feel free to email / call me!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Just checkin'

Just wanted to see if this thing works now that I've got the Beta account. And now that I know it does.....

I GRADUATE IN 4 (count 'em) FOUR DAYS!!!!

yay me.

Mine! Mine! All mine!

Well, I seem to have created a bigger mess than I originally thought by "cwt" (clicking without thinking). I did manage (I think) to get everything back up on the sidebar. Of course I couldn't leave well enough alone, so there were a few tweeks here, a few new touches there. Which is all well and good, except NONE OF YOU CAN USE IT!!! Sure, you can look at it. Idn't it purty? But now, unless you switch your account over to the new beta version, you can't log on and post. Or comment, since we've restricted comments to members. Sigh. And worst of all? I can't undo it. Apparently, once you go beta you can never go back.

Here's what Blogger has to say about the situation:
What happens when team blogs switch to Blogger in beta?

A team blog will only switch to Blogger in beta when the original owner moves his or her account over.

Team members who have not yet switched to Blogger in beta will still see the blog on their dashboards, but it will be grayed out and inaccessible. Once those members move their own accounts to the beta, they will be able to access the blog as before. If they can't yet switch, or don't wish to, they can ask the owner of the blog for a new invitation to join the blog on the beta version. They can then accept that invitation by logging in to or creating a Google Account to post to that blog. (Later on, when they do switch their Blogger account to the new version, they'll have an option to merge it with this account.)

If a team member of a blog switches their account to beta before the blog owner does, then the team blog is not converted. It will appear on the team member's dashboard in beta, but clicking on it will lead back to the old version of Blogger. Thus, the blog will still be usable, but without the new features of Blogger in beta (e.g. Labels, Layouts, etc.).


Sooooo. The choice is yours. I can either send you all a new invite (so you can create a new beta account with which to access the family blog), or you can switch your account over per these instructions:
How do I switch to Blogger in beta?

Thanks for your interest in all the new features we've got coming up! The Blogger in beta program is going to start out small, so only a low percentage of people who log in to Blogger will see the option to switch over. If you're one of them, you'll see a blue box in the sidebar of your dashboard highlighting the new Blogger in beta. Click the "learn more" link there and we'll walk you through the process of switching your account.

Part of this change involves converting your Blogger account into a Google Account (learn more about Google Accounts). If you already have a Google Account, log in with your Google Account email address and password when prompted. A confirmation message will appear to indicate success.

If you do not have a Google Account, you will be given the option to create one. Your new Google Account will automatically be linked to your Blogger account.

Blogger has a new Terms of Service so be sure to read and accept it when it is presented.

That's all there is to it. From this point on, you'll log in to beta.blogger.com, instead of the usual www.blogger.com, to access your account's new features. Remember also to use your new Google Account login information.

If you don't have the link on your dashboard, don't despair. We'll be adding more and more people as we go along, so eventually everyone will be able to switch.

Never mind. I'm just going to send you all new invitations so you don't have to wait.

Why the change? Well, besides the cool new features and the fact that IT'S! NEW! AND! SHINY!, Blogger explains that:
Google Accounts are better protected against fraud, impersonation, and abuse. In addition, by switching your Blogger account to a Google Account, it will be easier to use other Google services like AdWords, Google Groups, Google Alerts, Froogle Shopping List, Personalized Search, your Personalized Homepage, Google Answers, and many future Google services. You can find out more about Google Accounts at the Google Accounts FAQ.


I'm so sorry about all of this... I should have read the fine print before switching my personal site over. If you have any problems with the changes, please let Jacq know. Kidding. I'll do all I can to make this transition as smooth as possible for all of you. Call me or email me and we'll figure it out!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Week 21 (Dec 10-16)

At least 3 days this week:
Warm-up walk: 5 minutes
Stretch
Run: 11 minutes
Walk: 5 minutes
Run: 10 minutes
Walk: 5 minutes
Cool down walk: 5 minutes


Tired of the same 'ole same 'ole? Change things up with a new trail. Be careful out there and have fun!

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Technical Issues...

As you figured out when/if you tried to log in today, our site has been switched over the *NEW* format. Er, it didn't exactly just "get" switched... I did it. And I lost the linky links in the sidebar when I did so. And I'm still not sure what else I changed. So I'll be working on it until I get it back "right". Meanwhile, if you've got ideas/suggestions/comments for improving our experience, lemme know! I'll incorporate as much as I can without staying up all night to get it done. But lemme know quick -- I intend to have it "finished" by tomorrow, game time.

Let the lashing begin...

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Week 20 (Dec 3 - Dec 9)

At least 3 days this week:
Warm-up walk: 5 minutes
Stretch
Run: 10 minutes
Walk: 5 minutes
Run: 10 minutes
Walk: 5 minutes
Cool down walk: 5 minutes
(yes, it's a repeat of last week!)


Rumor has it that snow is on the way! Head on over to Fresh Air Sports.com for some tips to keep your training program from freezing over.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Week 19 (Nov 26 - Dec 2)

At least 3 days this week:
Warm-up walk: 5 minutes
Stretch
Run: 10 minutes
Walk: 5 minutes
Run: 10 minutes
Walk: 5 minutes
Cool down walk: 5 minutes



Sunday, November 19, 2006

Better Than a Paternity Test

Dear Siblings,

It is 8:42 pm.

We leave for New Hampshire tomorrow morning.

I haven't started packing.

That is all.

Love,
Sis

Friday, November 17, 2006

Week 18 (Nov 19 - 25)

At least 3 days this week:
Warm-up walk: 5 minutes
Stretch
Run: 9 minutes
Walk: 6 minutes
Run: 9 minutes
Walk: 6 minutes
Cool down walk: 5 minutes


Top Ten Reasons For Running

1. It helps you lose weight
2. It gives you more energy
3. It gives you time to think through tough issues
4. Skinny bodies are sexy bodies ;-)
5. You can eat almost anything you want
6. You meet new friends
7. You get to shop for shoes (running shoes, that is...)
8. One wood -- 'gu'
9. Tons of race t-shirts
10. It beats cleaning!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Week 17 (Nov 12 - 18)

At least 3 days this week:
Warm-up walk: 5 minutes
Stretch
Run: 9 minutes
Walk: 6 minutes
Run: 8 minutes
Walk: 7 minutes
Cool down walk: 5 minutes


Something to sleep on:
Proper Rest

Rest is a very underrated aspect of running, especially distance running. To be good at running, you must adopt a mindset along the lines of, "the harder I push, the better I will be." Well, this is good only up to a point. As a coach of mine said (specifically for summer training, but the general theory carries over into the competitive season, as well), "make your hard days as hard as possible and your easy days as easy as possible." The idea is that if your easy days are taking away from your hard days, you will merely run mediocre every day and not do the work necessary to become faster. It is the hard workouts that make you a faster runner, not the easy ones.

Personally, I am in favor of three hard workouts a week (two if one of the days is a race), with an easy day between hard workouts and races. I prefer six days a week of running, with the seventh day spent cross-training (bicycling, for example) or resting, if need be. Many people go the route of seven days a week, 365 days a year. This works for some, but breaks down many others. Find out what works for you, give the body time to get accustomed, and stick with that routine.

There is much more to rest than when and how hard to run, however. Other related things to consider are: sleep, diet, stress level, and mental preparation. All of these combine to dictate how your body will be able to react to your training regimen. You've probably heard your coach say, "two days before the race is most important." This refers to both sleep and food. Why two days before? Because the night before a race you will probably be too nervous and/or excited to sleep, anyway! By eating correctly, your body replenishes the nutrients which are burned up through exercise.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

GIFTS, GAB and GUILT!!


What more could a girl ask for on her Birthday?

The Gifts - The day started out with me finding my annual Birthday Bear, from the counselor, sitting on my pillow. I also got a purse by Vera Bradley as well as a Red one by Tommy Hilfiger. And then the Ultimate gift was the Hardbound, Boxed set of the complete works of Gary Larson’s FAR SIDE COMICS. Unbelievable!!

The Gab - And then it was off to work, where my day was broken up several times with phone calls from friends and family, including “alphabet” the soldier boy, and Jac. Some of them usually only correspond by e-mail, so it was such a pleasure to not only have them remember the day, but it was wonderful to just get to chat with friends and do a little catching up!! Then on the evening of my birthday, while having a coffee with the counselor, I got a sweet, sweet call from my niece and one of my nephews. It was “Happy Birthday to you…” complete with “Deeear Aunt Lenkaaaaa”. It was spectacular. I made the sister, who also put her good wishes in, call back and have them do it again on my voicemail so I could keep it.


And then…, AND THEN…

The Guilt – the other sister, (and I totally believe her) thought about calling earlier in the day, but it was too early to call me, so she wound up forgetting until the next day. So when she called me I could tell that she was riddled with guilt and remorse, and even though I assured her that it was the thought that counts, she must have wallowed all day long until she came up with the PERFECT restitution: A PUBLIC APOLOGY, complete with an irresistible picture of the nephew!! And it worked. She’s forgiven forever!!

Yep, I’m one lucky gal to be so loved. And I want to just say Thanks to you all and I LOVE YOU back!! Ya’ll don’t forget next year now, ya hear?!!!

Saturday, November 04, 2006

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TO YOOOOOOOU!

I don't wear this stupid hat for just anyone...

Dear Aunt Lenka,
I can't believe Mommy forgot to call you on your birthday. Sheesh. How many times does a boy have to say "Goodley-goog-goub hey-hey-hesh" to get the point across? Anyways, I hope you had a wonderful day and that you know how very, very, very much you are loved! Happy, happy, happy Birthday!!!

Love,
Bubby

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Nah- nahnah - nah - nah


Just thought I'd let you all know that I've got
SIS's and M's Christmas DONE!!!
AND I'm pretty much done with all the rest of my Christmas shopping!!
AND it's only November 1st thank-you very much!!
AND I really just wanted a reason to post something!!
Luv ya'll, EE

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Week 15 (Oct. 29 - Nov. 4)

At least 3 days this week:
Warm-up walk: 5 minutes
Stretch
Run: 8 minutes
Walk: 7 minutes
Run: 7 minutes
Walk: 8 minutes
Cool down walk: 5 minutes

Linky-Links:
First Steps: Don't forget the basics!
Where To Go From Here: Ready for more?

Monday, October 16, 2006

Week 14 (Oct 22 - 28)

At least 3 days this week:
Warm-up walk: 5 minutes
Stretch
Run: 7 minutes
Walk: 8 minutes
Run: 7 minutes
Walk: 8 minutes
Cool down walk: 5 minutes

Too cold outside to run? Betcha won't whine after reading this! Go here to find out more about Dean Karnazes' quest to run 50 marathons in 50 days in each of the 50 United States.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Week 13 (Oct 15 - 21)

At least 3 days this week:
Warm-up walk: 5 minutes
Stretch
Run: 7 minutes
Walk: 8 minutes
Run: 6 minutes
Walk: 9 minutes
Cool down walk: 5 minutes



Sorry I dropped the ball last week on posting the training plan!

For some motivation, check out this. Maybe we'll have to send Lenka's requested group photo in... :)

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Picture This!!!

'rah (BTW it's about time you posted your list ), brought up something I've been thinking about too. The PIX!! When Sis had the idea last year, I thought it was awesome, and fully intended to participate. "intented" being the operative word. Obviously, Christmas time was a bit hectic last year, in fact, one of us (Andrew) didn't even bother to show up until AFTER Christmas. This year promises to be no less hectic for us, so here's my suggestion...

Let's see if we can't all have Professional/semi-professional/semi-deni-professional photos of each of the families to exchange at the 4th of July 5K (stupid runners!) get together. And then I'd love to get a good GROUP picture of all of us while we're there.

Any suggestions on picture size? 4X6, 5X7, or whatever we want? I don't know. Ya'll help decided that one and let me know!!

EE :-)

Monday, October 09, 2006

I'm Dreaming of a Green Christmas....

Okay, sorry that I've put it off so long! Because I really do want to be one of the popular kids, here's my Christmas wish list!

I would love some wool. For crocheting/knitting. I'm discovering that the Red Heart stuff is just ehhhh....okay, so call me a yarn snob, but real honest-to-goodness wool is SO nice to work with! Not to mention that you can't make diaper covers with synthetic fibers, because it doesn't have the waterproofing ability that wool does. So, a gift certificate would be awesome! Some sites:

www.knitpicks.com
www.littleturtleknits.com
www.handpaintedyarn.com
www.yarnmarket.com
www.cozystitches.com
www.peacefleece.com
www.halcyonyarn.com
www.patternworks.com
www.mysticalcreationyarns.com
www.holysheepyarns.com
www.camillavalleyfarm.com
www.elann.com
www.fullbellyfarm.com
www.recycledsilk.com
www.yarnia.com

Along the same lines, GCs for fabric/sewing stores would also be great....We have JoAnn's and Hancock nearby. For web-order fabric, I like www.wazoodle.com and www.fabric.com

I'd also be thrilled with just about anything.....books, cds, dvds, GCs to purchase any of the above, GCs for iTunes and so forth, GCs for a local day spa (http://www.villasoleilspa.com www.spafinder.com). I'm taking some cake decorating classes (something I've always wanted to do!) so a GC for supplies or further classes would be really swell, too! http://www.wilton.com/ And Amazon.com....you can find anything there! :)

For M, sigh....he's hard to shop for, because he's easy to please, LOL! GCs to Lowes, Home Depot, Best Buy, book stores, local golf courses (http://www.gulfcoastgolf.com/destination-guides/florida-emerald-coast.htm), guitar stuff, running stuff (http://www.runningwild.com/) gun stuff, religion stuff (http://www.christianbook.com), iTunes, Amazon.com and so forth.

Book stores we have nearby are B&N, BAM, B.Dalton, Waldenbooks. Not sure if there's a Borders around here, but I think they own B.Dalton.

Now, to raise a new issue....nieces, nephews, and four-legged family members....

As always, there is no obligation, real or implied, etc. and blah blah blah.....but if you want to give gifts to our children, and you want a suggestion, here it is: what we would prefer is just a "family" gift, something that the children can enjoy together, like a book, game, puzzle, etc. There's no need for anyone to buy them separate gifts; they don't need it and they certainly don't expect it. Of course, if you want to, that's fine too. They were thrilled to death by the gifts they got last year--books and CDs, a GC to the bookstore (where they got to pick out their very own books), and a card with $5 for each absolutely thrilled them--they each had a grand time deciding how to spend it. In both instances, they learned great lessons, like budgeting, value, making tough decisions, etc. On the other hand, they would have been just as happy with nothing more than a card and a picture! :)

In fact, a picture would be a most cherished gift, especially for the two older kids. They are always talking about the aunts/uncles/grandparents/grandbrother (as E calls J, LOL!), and having their very own pictures would please them beyond measure!

I know we, for one, dropped the ball as far as getting pictures made for last year....would anyone like to try that again for this year?

Okay, blah blah blah, yakkety-smackety and all that....I'd better finally post this or else it will remain as a draft for another month! Which would be a bad thing, because I really do want Christmas gifts, LOL! :)

Thursday, Oct. 12: Edited to add: Old Bisbee Roasters! (http://www.oldbisbeeroasters.com) They have the BEST coffee on earth! And I'm not a bit picky....hint, hint! :)

xoxo!

Monday, October 02, 2006

Week 11 (Oct 1-7)

Oops! Another late post. I'd be ready for my lashes but we're waiting on the noodles, too.

At least 3 days this week:
Warm-up walk: 5 minutes
Stretch
Run: 6 minutes
Walk: 9 minutes
Run: 5 minutes
Walk: 10 minutes
Cool down walk: 5 minutes

If you've been able to follow the training plan so far, you will have already run 201 minutes! At a 15 minute per mile pace, that's the equivalent of almost 4 1/2 5K's!
Way to go!!!

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Week 10 (Sept. 24-30)

At least 3 days this week:
Warm-up walk: 5 minutes
Stretch
Run: 5 minutes
Walk: 10 minutes
Run: 5 minutes
Walk: 10 minutes
Cool down walk: 5 minutes

Talk the Talk
Click above for a witty reference guide so you don't have to paste that "sure, I know what you're talking about" smile on your face on race day! (P.S. The post is informative, but the comments are worth the read!)


Happy Training!

Monday, September 18, 2006

Week 9 (Sept. 17-23)

Sorry for the late post!

At least 3 days this week:
Warm-up walk: 5 minutes
Stretch
Run: 5 minutes
Walk: 10 minutes
Run: 4 minutes
Walk: 11 minutes
Cool down walk: 5 minutes
Stretch



Cold Weather Running Safety
by Henley Gibble

These tips
are taken from the Road Runners Club of America's Cold Weather Running recommendations.

The only time that I will not run in the winter is when there is ice on the trails. Early morning runs in newfallen snow can be some of the most memorable. Runs in cold weather can be some of our most wonderful experiences; they can also be some of the worst if a few key safety rules are overlooked. Hypothermia, frostbite and falls are some of the risks.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Firecracker 5K Info

Okay, here's the info that I have so far. The following refers to the registration and other particulars related to the 5K:


Hi! I was given this address as a contact point for information on the annual Fourth of July 5K run supporting the Kiwanis in Weaverville. I apologize if this is not the right address… perhaps you could redirect me if that is the case? I am writing to find out more about the 5K as my siblings and I are planning to be in the area at that time and would like to participate if at all possible. I am wondering if the event will indeed be held next year (2007), and if so, what the registration cost, deadline, etc. might be. Are there any restrictions we should know about (such as no strollers, age limits, etc.)? Any information you could send my way would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you,

Sis

Sis-
Next year we will have our 14th annual Firecracker 5K race on the 4th of July. We start our planning in March, so I’m not sure of the cost. I don’t think there will be an increase over the past year unless there are unforeseen increases that we have in putting it all together. We mail out applications usually the first week in May. If you would like to give me your address, I can put you on the mailing list to make sure you get all the information.

We do not have age limits. As for strollers, we had one mother run this past year. She started in the back to avoid tripping anyone and it worked out just fine. I don’t see that there would be a problem.

I’m so excited that you are planning ahead! It is such a great event. Thank you for your interest.

Rona


Rona,
Wonderful! Is it possible for me to get the applications for all the members of the family that will be running? I assume that each of us would need to fill our own out. Does that usually need to be done well in advance? Also, what was the registration fee last year (just so we have a ball-park number. My younger siblings are still in college, so they need PLENTY of time to start eating Ramen Noodles and saving towards events :))? We are hoping to run as a family, so starting at the back with whatever strollers, etc. are there would be ideal for us. Do we need to register the kiddos in strollers or just those running?

Sorry for all the questions. Usually I just register, show up and run, but I’m trying to coordinate this for the whole family and most of them have never participated in an organized run. So the clearer I am about all the little stuff, the less likely I am to have to do dishes or sleep on the porch the whole week :)! Thank you so much!

Sis


Sis-
I’ve attached last year’s application and information. I think it has everything that you need to plan. The children in strollers do not need to register. If you register by the designated deadline it is cheaper.

You can either send me the name and addresses of everyone you would like an application to go to or make copies of the one that I send to you. You will also have an on-line registration option.


Rona,
Perfect! I will either make copies of the application that you send to me or direct the rest of the family to register online. My mailing address is:
********
Thanks again for all your help and all the information!

Sis

So it looks like the early registration fee will be in the $15 range (click on the application link if you don't believe me. Go ahead. You know you want to.)


RE: Cabins -- I have emailed Rachel for more info on the properties that the company she works for has available. I am guessing that we will wind up needing two properties (unless the company doesn't count the little 'uns in their maximum occupancy count) to house us all. The properties she has suggested for us all have multiple bedrooms and bathrooms (some sharing will be necessary, though. I was going on the assumption that the little 'uns will stay in the room with their parents... let me know if that won't work.) Knowing how many persons/critters/strays everybody intends to bring along will help narrow our choices down, so if you already know how many you'll be, pass it along. I will post the information (and links to the cabins being considered) when I get it!

As for dividing the cost, whaddya think? What's fair? What's affordable?

Hey!!! WAIT FOR ME!!!!

Ok, so it's been a while since I looked at THE site.

Momma's blogging? OMG!!! I had heard that hell had a bit of a cold snap...

Susan, I thought YOU were the coordinator of this event?!! My illusions have been shattered.

I'm trying to figure out when Jacq's going to figure out that the folks have figured her out. And I can't wait to find out what the catch to this "support" thing is. 'cause there's ALWAYS a catch!!! WAAAHAAAAHA.

Susan, you've just GOTTA "oh Carl, Please Carl" daddy on this one!! Not that it'll do any good, but it'll be funny!!

... and SPEAKING OF CHRISTMAS.... I want to add to my list (I'll go back and edit the original too, but...) The "special collection" Far Side 2007 desk calendar from Books.A.Million. HEY Jacq, did you hear that? I can't remember whose got your name, but maybe this will give them an idea for you too!! Who's the BIG SISTA?!!!

OK, the phone just WON'T quit ringing, no matter how hard I ignore it, so I'm going to go. Love to you ALL!!! EE

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Week 8 (Sept 10 - 16)

At least 3 days this week:
Warm-up walk: 5 minutes
Stretch
Run: 4 minutes
Walk: 11 minutes
Run: 4 minutes
Walk: 11 minutes
Cool down walk: 5 minutes
Stretch



Food as Fuel

Some great info from someone who wasn't "born running". Check out the rest of his site for great tips and plenty of inspiration!

A Question

Hold on, lemme slide my chair over. Adjust the keyboard. Ok, now, on to business.

Is there a registration cost for the 5K? Also, do we know the breakdown of costs for splitting the cabins? Of course, this is assuming that all families will be there (which they will....right?). I just want to get started saving my pennies - er, mom and dad's pennies.

I think that maybe mom might have to take on a 2nd job in order to support me, but what are parents for? :-)


Ok, later, yo.

FInally

I am finally getting into the blog please bear wih me. Momma

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Week 7 (Sept 3 - 9)

At least 3 days this week:
Warm-up walk: 5 minutes
Stretch
Run: 4 minutes
Walk: 11 minutes
Run: 3 minutes
Walk: 12 minutes
Cool down walk: 5 minutes
Stretch



From CoolRunning.com:
Ditch the Stitch

Every runner has experienced the dreaded side stitch, a sudden sharp pain in the side of the upper abdomen at the base of the ribs. The pain is caused by a spasm of the diaphragm, the muscle that controls your breathing. A stitch will usually go away quickly after slowing down or stopping, but even on the run, you can often make it go away by bringing your breathing into careful control.

Concentrate on belly breathing, pushing your belly out when you breathe in and relaxing it as you breathe out. Take deep breaths on the intake, and exhale suddenly, even noisily. To get the diaphragm to contract in rhythm with your steps, try to inhale and exhale as you land on your left foot. Click here for more about side stitches.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

remember, this plan is build around the idea that its better to eat less per meal and more meals.
it's also tailored for our training so it might be a bit protein heavy...but that will do nothing but good (as long as you keep on training!!!)

Ranger Challenge Meals

BREAKFAST

1) 1 ½ Cup Oatmeal, Made with 1 cup skim milk, ½ cup cranberries or raisins, 1 cup of light orange juice to drink
2) 2 Bagels with reduced fat Peanut Butter, 1 piece of fruit, 1 glass skim milk, one cup light orange juice
3) 3 Egg omelet (Cheese or Veggie), 2 slices whole grain toast, 1 glass skim milk, one cup light orange juice
4) Large bowl of whole grain cereal with fresh fruit and skim milk, 1 cup light orange juice
5) 4 oat-bran(or whole grained) frozen waffles, 2tbsp pure maple syrup, 2 eggs( or substitute 1 cup of low fat cottage cheese), one large glass of skim milk, 1 cup light orange juice
6) one large glass of fruit smoothie with protein powder
7) Lean Ham, English Muffin, 2 Scrambled Egg Whites, one cup of light orange juice
8) One baked potato, 4 eggs, 1 cup of light orange juice
9) One slice of whole grain bread, ½ serving sliced strawberries, 1 cup of light cottage cheese
10) Fat Burn Meal
3/4 cup scrambled Eggs
1 piece multi-grain toast with 1
teaspoon natural peanut butter
1 small apple
1 small banana

MIDMORNING SNACK

1) 2 Apples with reduced fat peanut butter
2) Fruit smoothie with protein powder
3) 2 cups of fresh vegetables (preferably carrots or broccoli)
4) 1 ½ cups non fat Yogurt with Fruit
5) 1 ½ cups of low fat cottage cheese
6) Banana and reduced fat Peanut butter sandwich with whole grain bread
7) 1 cup cooked oatmeal with 1 cup skim milk, 1 scoop whey protein

LUNCH

1) Turkey Sandwich, Whole-Grain or any 9-12 grain bread, one piece of fruit
2) Chicken Sandwich, whole grained or any 9-12 grained bread, piece of fruit
3) Salad with chicken or Salmon
4) Pasta Salad, Whole Grained, be sure to drink 1 cup of skim milk because this meal is not high in protein
5) 2 cups of homemade egg salad on 2 whole wheat pitas, one banana
6) Tuna and cheese sandwich, whole grain or any 9-12 grain bread, 4 oz. tuna, 2 oz. cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato
7) Ham Sandwich, Whole Grain or any 9-12 grain bread, one piece of fruit
8) Chicken Sandwich, Baked or grilled and not fried, whole grain or any 9-12 grain bread, one piece of fruit

9) Fat Burn Meal
2 ounces of fresh deli cut
turkey breast
1 tablespoon regular mayonnaise
2 slices of multi-grain bread
1 cup fresh baby carrots
1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese

AFTERNOON SNACK

1) Salad with Meat
2) Smoothie with Protein
3) Salad with unlimited amounts of your favorite raw veggies
4) 1 ½ cups plain, non fat yogurt, 1 cup cottage cheese, 1 cup blackberries
5)1 package tofu pudding with 1 ½ cups of cold water, and one package low fat pudding, blend

DINNER

1) Main Entrees:
Chicken Breast (Either baked or Grilled)
Salmon
Turkey
Lean Pork
Cod
Tuna
Note: Only Baked or Grilled Meats. No Fried!
Acceptable Side Items:
Sweet Potato, Yams
Brown Rice, Fried Rice
Steamed or Raw Vegetables
Any Other Complex Carbohydrate

1) Fat Burn Meal
1 medium roasted, skinless
chicken breast
1 cup lentil soup
2 celery sticks with non-fat
cream cheese

AFTER-DINNER SNACK

2) Fruit with Reduced fat Peanut Butter
3) Large Glass of Skim Milk
4) Smoothie with protein
5) Low Fat pudding with scoop of whey protein

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Everyone note: the preamble to the preceding post is the reason I rarely vocalize....its usually incoherent or not pretty :-D have a good day!

uggggggghhhhhhhhh

Can I tell everyone how sick I am of lists, listserves, memos, templates, chains of command, phone databases, databases in general, notes, schedules, business plans, plans in general, parking garage days, 5 mile runs, and really anything that requires thinking (ok, so scratch the last two.... if you don't know what I mean by parking garage days I’ll gladly expound...)! But here goes anyway :-D (I’m a diligent solider, always ready to dutifully do my duties as duty requires...HA I said DUTY THREE TIMES IN ONE SENTENCE!!)


The List:
Top O'the list:
Band Of Brothers on DVD
The Red Hot Chili Peppers: Stadium Arcadium
Gift certificates for music...anywhere is cool if they have a website*...
if you'd rather just send money i know of a website that sells really REALLY cheap CDs person to person...check it our (www.half.com) it's an ebay affiliate.
fm transmitter for my iPod
other toys for my Ipod
Toys for my iMac

movies:
pulp fiction
last samuari
the saint
13th warrior
serenity
nash bridges all/any season on dvd

Music:
(Note: some of these are not complete cds, just songs. I don't mind if the entire CD is attached to the song. It's really OK with me.)

van helsing soundtrack
styx blue : collar man (song)
ramjam (band)
american graffiti soundtrack
buju banton (Artist)
eek-a-mouse (Artist)
black uru (Artist)
slave soundtrack
peter tosh (Artist)
dj dan (Artist)
ron-d-core (Artist)
dj irene (Artist)
dj rectangle (Artist)
dj shadow (Artist)
Van Halen
chili peppers : uplift mofo (cd)
marshall tucker : can't you see (song)
the police (Artist)
yes (Artist)
alabama
Mitch hedberg (comedian)
madonna: confessions on a dancefloor (cd)

Books:
Anne Kolter: Godless
Vietnam: the necessary war : michael lind
isreal: a history : martin gilbert
the case for isreal : alan dershowitz
standing with isreal : david brog
a history of the jews : paul johnson
myths and facts : mitchell bard
why I am a reagan conservative
Bush v the beltway : laurle mylrole

bones of contention
flags of our fathers
world without cancer
after the flood
the worlds most famous court trial
ride to glory
icons of evolution
hydroplate theory
the nature of the judicial process: benjamin cardosa

cs freidman (have the coldfire trilogy)
stephen r donaldson
ra salvatore (ask what i have or no)
terry brooks (Ask i f i have it alread)
terry goodkind: Phanton

Just Kidding:
A suzuki SV650
An Honda CBR 650
a Sig SP2022 (SW.40)
a Sig 1911 Revolution Nitron (.45)





More to Come*

*NOTE: this is not just a gimme gimme list, this is a list of stuff I've been meaning to get myself (if i ever have money) that I've been building on my phone for forever... :-D

It's all about ME!!!!

Ok, so I know that I have been abnormally silent lately (on all fronts. Don't worry, I haven't called anybody else either :-), but I am not one to shirk when it comes to CHRISTMAS!!!! (especially when it comes to me getting stuff). So, here's my list....for whomever might be interested (ahem, Sarah, I believe that's you, just in case you forgot.) - I would have done pictures for them all, but I have the attention span of a gnat, so I got bored with it, but on the plus side, all the titles have links!!.


DVDs (TV Series)
The Pretender
, Season 2, 3, 4,
Avatar - The Last Airbender
, The Complete Book 1 Collection
Alias
, Season 4, 5
Prison Break
, Season 1
Pride and Prejudice
, BBC Miniseries (the one with Colin Firth)

MOVIES (dvd and widescreen, please!)
The Producers
(the new one with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick - the old one is stupid)







The Man from Snowy River










The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers, Special Edition
The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King, Special Edition
(I don't feel like linking these new ones :-)

CDs
The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers, CD



BOOKS (paperback)
Forest Mage
(The Soldier Son Trilogy Book 2) by Robin Hobb
Once Upon a Summer Day by Dennis L. McKiernan

BOOKS (hardback)
Harry Potter
(I need all of them) by J.K. Rowlings
The Sword of Truth
(all) by Terry Goodkind
The Bitterbynde
(all) by Cecilia Dart-Thornton

GIFTCARDS
Target




Borders
Amazon
(apparently they're teamed up)


Barnes and Noble


Best Buy

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Week 6 (Aug 27- Sept 2)

At least 3 days this week:
Warm-up walk: 5 minutes
Stretch
Run: 3 minutes
Walk: 12 minutes
Run: 3 minutes
Walk: 12 minutes
Cool down walk: 5 minutes
Stretch


(Just wanted to get this posted... tip to come!)

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Lenka's List

OK, so I said I'd do this yesterday, but I couldn't get blogger to work at my work, so... here I am with a list, Minus the Linky links, because I have no idea how to do that. Don't worry, I've got a call in to Sis, so maybe we'll come back and do it later!!

Also, just because Sis has my name, please don't let that stop anyone else from choosing something from my list to send to... Jacq. You know she wants it!!!

Anyway, Here's my list:

Gift Certificates:
Joe Muggs/Books.a.million, Pet Depot, Goody's Family Clothing, Pedi/Manicures, Wal*mart, or surpise me.

House Stuff:
Big Fluffy Bath Towel set, centerpiece for my dining table, GC to Michael's, Wal*mart, I like suprises

Music:
Vince Gill's new 4 disc set (due to come out this fall I think), Old stuff like Jim Reeves, Don Williams, Amy Grant has one that's called "Grace" I think, and then I really like a lot of the new adult alternative stuff like Sis mentioned, I just don't know names and titles. I really like the soundtracks they use on the shows like Grey's anatomy etc. And I like surprises.

Hobbies:
Dog stuff, scrapbooking , Danielle Steel books (mom's got a list of what I've got) Surprises are good

ETC.:
Christmas ornaments, I love the nativity set from "Willow Tree by Demdaco", coffee stuff, hair and nail stuff, pictures of my nieces and nephews.

Oh and I like surpises!!


As for the Counselor, He's easy. When I asked him to put a list together, he said:

"12oz mocha, skim, decaf, and really, really hot"

So that's our list for now. I'll add to it as things come to me!!

Thursday, August 24, 2006

MEMORIES (1st edition)... sifting through the hazes of my mind...

As I was walking on my treadmill, Yep, you heard me, TREADMILL!! You sucka's be goin' daay-owwwwn!! Or as we say in the south:
BLESS YOUR HEARTS!!

Anyway, I digress...

As I was walking on my treadmill last night, I started thinking. (Treadmills have a way of doing that to me. When you've counted all the cement blocks on the south side of the wall, TWICE, and you can't count the other walls because you'd fall off the stupid machine, then there's not much else to do but think...) so...

As I was walking on my treadmill last night, I started thinking about the year that the whole fam damily came to Camp Whattalottaluvin' for Christmas. The reason I thought of Christmas was that, as I was walking on my treadmill last night, I also had the radio on and it was LOUD and I found myself singing along when all of the sudden...

the memory came to me...(fade to fuzzy)


Do ya'll remember the little cars that all the guys got? And do you remember that Joe was in the basement all by himself playing with, I mean working on, his car? And then do you remember when I gathered all the girls together and took you to my bathroom because that's where you could most prominantly hear Joe singing LOUDLY all to himself? And then we began to wonder what would happen if someone were to "accidentally" hit the panic button for one of my vehicles which were parked in the basement... and then someone actually DID IT...

Well... I don't remember the words exactly so I won't try to quote him, but let's just say, expletives followed!!

Now THAT was funny.

Bless His Heart!!!

I'm still chuckling this morning, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share.

Stay tuned for more memories to follow in the days and years to come.

Sister Susie La-Lala-La-La-Lah

As requested (but mostly so I can play around with the linky-links!):

A. Gift cards – I love me some Target!
B. Household stuff – picture frames - with or without the pictures. Mostly black or silver frames, but if you send 'em, I'll fill 'em and hang 'em!
C. Music - Tom Petty, Sheryl Crow, Shawn Colvin, Coldplay, Sarah MacLachlan, Jack Johnson... (most artists catergorized as "adult alternative")
D. Hobbies - paper, stickers, glue sticks, markers, scissors... do I sound like an elementary school teacher or what?!
e. ETC. - SOCKS!!! Big socks, little socks, socks who climb on rocks(?)! Fat socks, skinny socks... okay, I draw the line at socks with chicken pox.

The better half:
A. Gift cards - REI, WaWa
B. Household stuff - CocaCola memorabilia
C. Music - Rap or R&B... let me know what you're thinking and I'll let you know if he's got it already!
D. Hobbies - subscription to Runner's World
E. ETC. - travel/guide books

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Ah-hem!! YOUR ATTENTION PUH-LEEEZE!!

Now that the givers/receivers list has been posted, how ‘bout some ideas from each of you. I know I really only need lists from the persons for whom I’m shopping, (but there’s always next year, not to mention that maybe if we’re reeeeeely good, we may get something unexpected during the year.)(yea right!!) I just figured each of us would like to have a list from our prospective giftee’s, and besides, it’ll be fun to see what each of us thinks they want.

Normally I wouldn’t ask you to consider any ground rules on such as this, but given Jacq’s recent shuffle towards the dark side…, ah heck, forget the rules. Just because she puts “I want to be queen of the universe” on her list doesn’t mean it’ll happen.

…shall we continue? Here’re some idea categories:

A. Gift cards – be specific and remember, as we learned last year, some gift cards are harder to use in different parts of the country. In fact, if there’s someplace that you REALLY like, put the name and phone number down so that it’s easier to call and get the right thing.
B. Household stuff – not clothes, clothes are too hard. Unless of course you want to put clothes on your list, then Clothes would be just fine!!
C. Music
D. Hobbies
e. ETC.

Other than that, do whatever and however much you want!

(I guess it might have been easier to just get Sis and M to send me a list… but… oh well, since I’ve gone to all the trouble to type this…)

Love ya’ll, EE

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Week 5 (Aug, 20-26)

At least 3 days this week:
Warm-up walk: 5 minutes
Stretch
Run: 3 minutes
Walk: 12 minutes
Run: 2 minutes
Walk: 13 minutes
Cool down walk: 5 minutes
Stretch


S-T-R-E-T-C-H!!!!!

Stretching helps prevent injury and that bothersome after-workout-tightness. It's also just plain good for you! Make sure you take time to warm up first and that you are doing the stretches correctly. Improper stretching technique can be as bad for you as not stretching at all.
Check out these two sites for some great before and after stretches:
Stretching for Beginners
Head-to-Toe Running Stretches

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Tink, Tink, Tink...

So it looks like there are a few more bugs to work out. I apologize for the volume of forwarded post/comment notifications yesterday! I posted several "test posts/comments" (and then deleted them) before I realized that my new system was, indeed, working! I think I've got it figured out now, though, so you should only be receiving those emails when there is actually something NEW to view.

HOWEVER!!!!! (There's always one of those, huh?!) IF you reply to one of the notifications, be aware that you are actually replying to me and only me. The only way I was able to automate the updates was to have Blogger send me a notification which then gets forwarded from my account to each of you. IF YOU REPLY TO THE NOTIFICATION, YOUR COMMENT DOES NOT GO ON THE BLOG. And, (yup, there's more!) if you reply to one of the notifications AND you leave [Proxsemadeni] anywhere in the subject line, your reply will automatically be forwarded to everyone on the list. So don't say nuttin' to me that you don't want everyone to know! If you remove [Proxsemadeni] from the subject line we can talk about whomever you want as much as our little hearts desire.

I believe the only requests that I received concerning the set-up/look of the page were from Jacq and 'rah. If those changes don't show up in the next couple of days, please remind me. I'm getting better about remembering things, but... :)

Also, Lenka deserves ALL the, er, credit for the cheer. How's that for a disclaimer?!

Friday, August 18, 2006

Last test

Please let me know if you get this one. I think I've now got the settings so that everyone will get an email when a new post has been added to the blog and when a comment has been added to a post. Just let me know via email if you got it... also, let me know if I should make any changes to the email addresses I'm currently using!

Also, I added the blog members to the top right-hand side of the blog... if you would like to be listed by another name or would prefer to not be listed or if you just feel like you really need to comment but don't actually have anything to add, let me know!

Thanks!

Obviously SHE forgot that THE SISTA has her name!!

… AND LO, THE WRATH OF THE SISTA SHALL BE SHOWN FOR ALL TO SEE IN THE SIZE OF THE GIFT. AND ALL THE SIBLINGS AROUND WILL COWER IN FEAR AND AWE AT THE POWER OF THE SISTA. AND FROM THIS TIME FORWARD, THEY WILL KEEP IN THEIR HEARTS THE KNOWLEDGE THAT GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO KISS-UP TO THE SISTA…

SO HAS IT BEEN WRITTEN…, SO SHALL IT BE DONE!!!

WAAAA – HA – HAA – HAAAA!!

Lo and Foresooth

And lo the commandment went out from the Big Sista and the younger did obey. And she did obey in a manner most timely and reverent. And verily the obedience of the younger was seen by the Big Sista and the Big Sista didst see the obedience of the younger. And the Big Sista smiled down from her lofty heights and her smile did light the heavens. Yea, verily, the heavens were lit by the pearly whites of the Big Sista. And the younger saw the light in the heavens and she saw that it was good. And her house was blessed with the peace of knowing that she had pleased the Big Sista. And the glory of the Big Sista did shine down upon her house and it was good. And she received many thoughtful Christmas presents. For her obedience, the Big Sista did see fit to deck the younger out in many jewels and to annoint her head with fine smelling exotic perfumes. And the younger went forth proclaiming the glory and righteousness of the Big Sista throughout the land. And then she woke up.

The 2006 Family Christmas Name Exchange
For your veiwing and reference pleasure!
Now lemony fresh!

List A - Givers...................................List B - Grateful Receivers
1. R ............................................................M
2. Lenka .............................................................Sis
3. J ...............................................................Lenka
4. Sis ............................................................'rah
5. M .........................................................Joe
6. 'rah ............................................................Jacq
7. Jacq .....................................................R
8. Joe ...............................................................J

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Only 4 months and 7 days 'til Christmas!!

Hey guys, do you think it'd be all right to post the Christmas drawing, names, list, thingy on here? Or is this one just for the 5K Firecracker? I keep having to hunt up my email from Jacq and keep finding the one where SHE gets EVERYthing from EVERYbody, and I KNOW that's just not right, sooo... if ya'll don't care, I'd love to know that I could come here when I need to refresh my memory. If it's not such good idea, no worries, I think there's a tatoo parlor down the street.(won't loose the list that way)...

luv ya, EE

Sunday, August 13, 2006

I'm SURE!!

I just wanted to thank Sis for the exercise schedule. It just makes everything seem so simple. In fact, I'm so sure that it'll work that I'll probably wait until May to start it!!

Maybe you ought to come up with the condensed 3 month version right now so that I can look at how hard it'll be if I keep procrastinating, and maybe get my butt in gear!!

Seriously though, Thanks for keeping it posted. I'm going to do better. I gotta be in shape for picnic guard duty!!

Hope all you Sem's are doing great!!

Love ya, EE

Week 4 (Aug. 13 - 19)

At least 3 days this week:
Warm-up walk: 5 minutes
Stretch
Run: 2 minutes
Walk: 13 minutes
Run: 2 minutes
Walk: 13 minutes
Cool down walk: 5 minutes
Stretch


But what do I wear? The beauty of running is in the simplicity. Check out Runner's World for some tips on how to dress for success.


Happy Training!

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Week 3 (August 6-12)

At least 3 days this week:
Warm-up walk: 5 minutes
Stretch
Run: 2 minute
Walk: 13 minutes
Run: 1 minute
Walk 14 minutes
Cool down walk: 5 minutes
Stretch


Remember to drink PLENTY of water! According to Dr. Michael Cordas, Director - Sports Medicine, The Arlington Group you should use the following guidelines to stay hydrated, especially when exercising in hot weather:
  1. Drink 16 to 20 oz. of water about 20 to 30 minutes before exercising.
  2. Drink 4 to 6 oz. of water every 10 to 15 minutes during exercise.
  3. During intense exercise or training, weigh yourself before and after to be sure there is not more than a 1% weight loss. Preferably there should not be any weight loss. If so, you need to drink more.

Not sure how much water you're drinking during your workout? 1 oz. is roughly equivalent to one swallow (well, maybe a little less, depending on the size of the mouth, but let's not go there...!).

Happy Training!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Weeks 1& 2 (July 23 - Aug 5 )

Sorry I'm a bit late posting this! I hope you all got the email and that it made sense. The training schedule for the next two weeks (at least 3 days each week)is:


July 23-29
Warm-up walk: 5 minutes
Stretch
Run: 1 minute
Walk: 14 minutes
Run: 1 minute
Walk 14 minutes
Cool down walk: 5 minutes
Stretch


July 30-August 5
Warm-up walk: 5 minutes
Stretch
Run: 1 minute
Walk: 14 minutes
Run: 1 minute
Walk 14 minutes
Cool down walk: 5 minutes
Stretch


Happy Training!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

I'm SOOO tired!!!

I'm exhausted, so I'll keep it short, but I just now accepted my invitation so I thought it my responsiblity to add my 2 cents.

1. 5K? c-ya there

2. tie-dye? fine, make mine a medium or large. Shaken not stirred

3. SIS, you got some 'splainin' to do!! 'bout the ticker tape thingy. You know I'm a little slow to catch on!!

4. Jacq, so good to have you back!! Joe's at home, Mom made it safely, and soon you'll be right back in the nest. It's Good to have all your chickens in one basket sometimes!! At least until they're all hatched anyway!!

5. Oh the joy of relenquishing the responsiblity of administration to the "little"
people. The real power comes from delegation, so I delegate the administration to Sis, and I delegate the tie-dye to 'rah, and I'm just going to sit back and read about it. (Don't tell me I'm not corporate material!!)

Now, have I answered all your questions and addressed all the issues? if not, be sure to put your comments in the suggestion box. I'll get back to you as soon as I get some sleep.

Love to you all!

Lenka


Sunday, July 23, 2006

Tech Questions

1. Is there anyway to adjust the settings so that I can receive email notification for new posts and/or comments?

2. Is there anyway to show (i'm thinking on the front page, in the margins or profile area) the members/owners of this blog....i.e. who all has access to it and/or is able to post?

3. Is there any way to invite other Semadeni's (or honorary Semadeni's) to join?

Friday, July 21, 2006

YO!!!

Hey from Berlin, everybody! I actually have time to post stuff, cuz the internet is free. Thank goodness! So, just a couple of things:
1. I LOVE, love, LOVE, LOVE the title of this thing. I laugh every time I come here. Good job.
2. I am totally there at 5K
3. Tie-dye is cool. My size is medium.
4. I am homesick. I miss you all terribly and I can't wait to see you again.
5. Phillip is pestering me for the computer, so I have to go. I don't want to have to hear about his underwear again.

Lata!

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Any Excuse For Tie-Dye, I Always Say...

Just playing around a bit with this cool bloggity. Great job setting it up, Sis!

Oh, and BTW, The Green Team is totally in on Firecracker 5K! And, we intend to beat all y'all, so there! :P

I'm thinking this calls for tie-dye.....everyone, please LMK your sizes so that I can make us some t-shirts for the event! Along with your oh-so-creative ideas, of course. I'm thinking what I'll do is come up with some suitable printage (like, perhaps, the awesome name of this blog) and get plain white shirts printed by CafePress , then I'll dye them all to match (or sorta).

What do you all think?

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

The Gauntlet...

When: July 4th, 2007
Where: Weaverville, NC
Who: Ma, Pa, 'n all the young 'uns
What: 5K, accompanied by our normal chaos and revelry
Why: Cuz I double-dog dare you...