July 2005

>Been Working Lots

>I’ve been working a bit of overtime. Otherwise not much new has been going on. Also my work days have been kind of crazy-busy – at least they’ve been flying by! I have today to finish a bunch of work, then I’m off for a LONG long weekend. Tomorrow morning I head out for our annual canoe trip with folks from work. It’s always a blast – and this year it looks like we’ll have good weather for it.

>Tuesday Twoesome

>1. What are your two main sources for news? (TV, cable, internet, etc.)
I listen to the news on CBC radio as I’m getting ready for work inthe morning. I like the fact that they report world news. It seems that the other local radio stations barely touch on anything other than regional stuff. Sometime during the day at work I will catch up on the news on the internet – that way I can check multiple papers for interesting stories.

2. While in the car, do you prefer music or talk radio? Why?
Music. I love music. I also enjoy singing to it when I’m in the car.

3. More annoying: commercials or “witty banter” between DJs? Why?
LOL – good question. I’d have to go with commerrcials because they get repeated so often. Of course, it may be easier to tune them out that way. I have stopped listening to some stations because of their horrible “witty banter.”

4. More useful in the morning: Weather forecast or traffic reports? Why?
Weather forecast. I walk to work so I don’t need a traffic report. I just need to know if I should bring an umbrella or if it’s nice enough to wear open-toed shoes.

5. What two things cause you to get angry while driving? Explain.
Drivers that tailgate and drivers that cut others off. Both are accidents waiting to happen.

>Weekend Update

>Shakespeare makeup Friday night then Tapps for a quick drink with cast, crew and friends.
Saturday made it to the gym, then got groceries, then house cleaning, then Shakespeare again (last night of the show). Then the cast party – which involved a late nigt/early morning full of a lot of dancing. Beth crashed on my couch.
Sunday we were up at noon and mobile by 1 PM. I spent the rest of the day upriver, finishing Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and then hanging out with Colin, Shannon, Cliff, Felix, Dawn and Bill – and the pets. :-) After a wonderful dinner and a day in the sun, I was pretty wiped. I got home and crawled in bed at 9:00.
I have enough on my plate for work today that I think I’ll be working overtime today so I’d better get to it.
Later, ‘gators!

>Friday Feast #56

>Appetizer:
What kind of car do you drive? If you could make an even trade for any other car, what would you want to drive?
I drive a Toyota Matrix XR. I love it. I’m currently leasing and I don’t think there’s another car in the same price range that I’d be interested in. You see, my car has all of these great features that I love – like a sunroof, fog lights (you need them in Saint John), cruise control, power locks, ABS brakes, big fancy tires, and air conditioning.

Soup:
Take your phone number and add each number together separately (example: 8+6+7+5+3+0+9=38) – what’s the total?
23

Salad:
When were you last outside, and what were you doing?
Uh – I walked to work this morning. It’s lovely out. Don’t even need a coat.

Main Course:
What is your favorite restaurant, and what do you usually order there?
Around here, I’d say Suwanna. I get cravings for their red thai curry. Mmmmm…. just thinking about it now……

Dessert:
Name 3 things in which you occasionally indulge.
Only 3? Goodness, I dont know if I can do that. When it comes to alcohol, I would say port, scotch and red wine. Not all together – yuck. For snacking, I’d have to go with double-salted licorice, dark dark chocolate, and guacamole.

>A Few New Links

>I’ve added a few new links on the left.

Here are a couple that have some pretty nifty gadgets on them. There is new content daily for both of these sites;
Popgadget
Shiny Shiny

These are a couple of inspiring creative links if you’ve been itching to do any painting;
Drawn!
WetCanvas!

And of course, a couple of local running links that I’ve been visiting regularly;
Running Room
Run NB

>20 minutes

>Last night The Running Room had a “20 Minute Challenge”. All you had to do was show up, sign up and go walk or run for 20 minutes and they’d give you a free hat. The hats this year are bright orange – a colour I quite like. They are ventilated and made out of a nice lightweight breathable material. The walk was a good opportunity to stretch after my morning run, and I’ve actually been wanting a more breathable hat for running.

It looks like a pretty busy day of work ahead of me so I’d better get to it. If any of you are bored tonight, don’t forget that this is the last week of Julius Caesar at the Gothic Arches (tonight, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm).

>Late-ish night/productive early morning

>A burger at Churchills after work, then home to read for a bit and get a couple of things done around the house. I stayed up to watch Rock Star: INXS, which was worth it. I only wish it wasn’t on so late. Then this morning I dragged my tired ass out of bed to go for an early morning run. I wanted to get it over with while it was still a cool 15ºC out – before it warms up to 28ºC this afternoon. I decided that even though I was feeling lethargic and achey, I’d try to run the 5 mile route for Marathon by the Sea. That’s 8 kilometers if you do the math. Colin came along and cheered me on as I ran my 7 and 1′s. I finished the course in an hour and managed to pack in 53 minutes of a run at a relaxed pace. I hope that the next time I go out to run I feel a little bit better. I had trouble getting started this morning so for the entire lower cove loop, I felt as though my pace was no faster than walking. Come to think of it, I don’t think I really got warmed up until I hit Bayshore Drive. There is a huge difference on my knee between running on ashphalt and running on concrete sidewalks (ouch!). Well I feel great for doing it, although I forsee a lunchtime nap and an ice pack in my near future! In the mean time, I think I’m going to go search for a bit of caffeine….

>10 Books You’d Like to See Made Into a Movie

>1.) Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
2.) The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
3.) In The Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje
4.) The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
5.) Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
6.) Sailing to Sarantium by Guy Gavriel Kay
7.) The Dark Tower series by Stephen King
8.) The Underpainter by Jane Urquhart
9.) The Stone Carvers by Jane Urquhart
10.) The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber

>Cross-Training

>I made it to the gym last night to get in a bit of cross training. I did some upper body weights and biked for a bit. With any sport, your risk of injury increases dramatically if you do not cross-train. The last thing I want to do is develop some sort of running injury – especially since I’ve been enjoying it so much.

>A Full Weekend

>Friday flew by. I pretty much went straight from work to Shakespeare to do makeup. With a half hour of work to go, I got a phone call from my friend Peter from Toronto. He and his friend Marcus had decided to hop on their motorcycles and head to the east coast for the weekend and they needed a place to crash. They were just over half an hour away. I had just enough time toi get home, do a bit of quick tidying and stock up on beer. Thise two are hilarious. Great company. It was a pretty late but entertaining evening. :-)

Saturday morning while the guys slept in, I managed to get a few errands done. When I got back home at lunch, they finally managed to drag themselves out of slumber mode and headed out. I wasn’t sure if they were going to stick around or not but I offered up my place again for that night if they needed it. That afternoon I picked up a decent pair of sunglasses for running (with interchangeable lenses no less!) and some new running shorts. Thankfully I managed to get a nap in before Shakespeare that evening. I was pretty wiped from my late night the night before. Sure enough as I was finishing up with Shakespeare, I got a call from Peter and Marcus who were heading back to my place. So Michelle and I headed back to my place for a glass of wine. then Peter and Marcus showed up and we hung out with them for a bit, Then John and Melanie came out and we kept hanging out for a bit before I realized the time and that Michelle and I should be at the cast party. We headed out and I left Peter with my keys and instructinos to call if they went anywhere (so I could possibly meet up with them later). The cast party was good. Allain has a spacious enough place to handle the large cast and crew. I had about a glass and a half of wine and got a chance to catch up with a few folks before I noticed that it was about 2:10 and I should get back to my place to meet up with my houseguests. I got back just in time to see Melanie and John heading home. Sorry I missed you guys – hope you had a good night! At least it wasn’t as late a night as the night before.

Sunday was a mellow day. I saw Peter and Marcus off, went for brunch at Reggies with Colin to catch up with him. Then home for a little nap, then called Colin and we went to see The Wedding Crashers. It was a little bit all over the place in terms of quality and humor. Some of it was funny, some of it dragged, and some of it was weird. Also, it was 2 hours long, which I feel is too long for a comedy. I recommend renting it. After the movie I dropped Colin off and headed over to the Nature Park for a run. I decided to run the entire outer trail which is 8 km. I walked for the first 5 minutes and then ran 6 walked 1 and it took me 59:31 to get back to my car. So I got in 51:31 minutes of running total. I actually surprised myself by going so long as I’d been having some pain around my left ankle and knee. I made sure to ice them when I got home, and I think I may even have to make a point of icing them again tonight. That was pretty much the rest of my evening. I read for a bit then hit the hay at 9 and slept right through till 8 this morning. I guess I needed it!