Tri update
April 13, 2011

In my last post, I revealed that I was biting the bullet and taking on a bucket list item.  So, in my quest to become a triathlete, I have jumped in and made several steps towards the big (ok, it’s really a very small one) race and learned several things along the way. I still have a little bit left to do in the next month, so I’m calling it the good, the soon-t0-be-good (because I don’t want to jinx it with the b word), and the ugly.

Completed (the “good”):
1.  Gotten access to a lap pool for training swims.
2.  Purchased new swimsuit (because I couldn’t find my old one) and new goggles and swim cap.
3.  Go for a couple training lap swims.
4.  Found and purchased a road bike.
5.  Purchased many biking accoutrements (gloves, extra tube for tire, other repair kit items, bike shorts).
6.  Start riding said road bike to get used to it before the race.
7.  Purchase a handy book with more info about triathlons (specifically geared to women) to calm my nerves.
8.  Take a basic bike maintenance class, so I can take care of my bike and not freak out if I get a flat tire.

To do (the “soon-to-be-good”):
1.  Get used to swimming with contacts and goggles.
2.  Do a full run through, transitioning between the sports, and for the full distance of each the swim, bike, and run.
3.  Buy tri-shorts for the race.

Learned (the “ugly”):
1.  I can still do my (whatever it’s called stroke) swim in the pool without getting water up my nose.  And can make a few laps across the pool without having to stop.  Not bad since I haven’t done laps since using it as a study break for the Bar Exam.
2.  I hate my new goggles. They won’t seal to my face.  I have tiny eye sockets apparently.  Pulled out my old goggles and they fit perfectly, even at 4 years old!  I think I remember I bought junior sized instead of full adult.  Good thing I didn’t spend much on the new ones.
3.  Road bikes are really expensive.  No.  REALLY fucking expensive!  Holy crap.  Thank goodness I found a good deal on a cheaper one at REI!  In fact, just biking in general is expensive.  Lots of gear and crap to keep up with.
4.  I am really short need a really tiny sized bike.  Most bike shops didn’t have something in my size.  And people just don’t sell used ones in my size regularly on Craigslist.  So I had to have REI assemble 2 different sizes (um, hello, the extra small fits now) until we got it right.  Short legs, short arms, short Sally!
5.  Starting your training on a mountain bike makes taking on hills with a road bike like riding an elevator!
6.  REI has excellent FREE classes!  The bike maintenance class I took was incredible, way more than I expected to learn.  And their bike shop and staff are super helpful too.  I just thought they were a camping type place.
7.  If you go for a morning swim before you have to be at work at 6:30am (i.e., swimming before 6am), bring lots of snacks.  By 9am that yogurt you ate for breakfast 2 hours ago is no longer helpful.  By your 11:30am lunch appointment, you will want to kill someone for food.

Bonus
Also, just for funsies, I have signed up for a Duathlon and another Triathlon this summer!  Might as well get use out of ponying up all that money prepping for this race.

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Battle for weekend
December 2, 2009

It’s a grey, damp coldness of a day.  I sit in my office with no windows, but I’m aware of the dreariness nonetheless.  I’d much rather taken a nap this morning.  Or even now if I could.  Last week was a short week due to the long holiday weekend and I’m feeling it this week.  Two more days?  Really?

Is it time to hibernate yet?

The good news is that I apparently battled for my long weekends and won.  Quite fabulously unintentionally.  A quick look at this month’s calendar and I have a vacation/holiday scheduling bonanza that I didn’t even plan.  Last week’s holiday presented a long 4-day weekend.  Full week this week.  Next week Sally has another birthday and I decided to take off both the birthday and the Friday that follows.  Ta-da!  Another 4-day weekend.  Full week the week after my birthday.  Then another holiday rolls around perfectly on Thursday and Friday the next week, this one without any vacation requests.  And what do my excited little blue eyes see…why yes, Virginia, that is another 4-day weekend immediately following with a holiday and conveniently scheduled vacation day.  To recap, that’s four 4-day weekends in six weeks.  Sweet.

Guess that makes getting through the next two days much easier.  Even with all the blah weather.

Productive Day
July 19, 2009

My accomplished list today:

Ran 6 miles – (we had a record low this morning and it felt wonderful; I also saw not 1, but 2 pairs of does and fawns within the first mile!)

Mowed the front and back lawns – (if you’ve seen my back lawn, you know it’s a task within itself)

Added more soil and mulch to my tomato plants – (c’mon buddies grow!)

Transplanted some plants that were rooting in water into 3 pots.

Showered – (after all that, I was one ripe girl)

Grocery shopped

Hunted some urban dinosaurs – (stay tuned, I have some exciting things to share!)

Made some much-needed purchases at the sporting goods store

Washed 3 loads of laundry

Reviewed several contracts

Washed dishes – (I do not have a dishwasher, so yes, this counts!)

Made chocolate chip cupcakes

Spent some time with friends and Sunday evening TV – (we’re currently watching this and this)

Are you tired yet?

Sally’s Retrospective
June 14, 2009

It has been exactly one year since Sally decided to take on the world.  There have been ups and downs, adventures and funny pictures and signs.

I survived a miserable job to find one that allowed me to have a life again as well as a lucrative side business.  I also learned how to be a single thirtysomething.  Survived on my own without having my best friend, Barbie, in the same country on a regular basis.  I think those are my biggest accomplishments.

I’ve had many adventures: monster trucks, Canada, searching for weird stuff, Vegas, beach, wining, to name a few.

I have made many discoveries of dinosaurs around my neighborhood.  I feel like a little kid after the tooth fairy comes when I find those!

I started a garden.  Took up hula hooping.  Admitted I have a shoe problem, and learned to swap my clothes.  Discovered a new love of a certain online retailer and their contests.  I attended some great concerts, and saw some really funny signs.

Although, I didn’t document everything here, I have had quite a good time.  I ran one race and have decided to train for another one with Barbie.  I plan to have many more adventures in the next year of Sally.

Got any tips for Sally’s next year of adventures?

My new office mates
February 2, 2009

Meet my new office mates.

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Jerry (left) and George (right).

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Jerry is a crowntail male betta fish and pretty chilled out.

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George is a regular male betta and is really neurotic, always obsessed with what Jerry is doing.

They keep me entertained and calm at work.  And bring a little bit of life into the 4 walls of my office.

Happy Halloween!
November 1, 2008

My office has this big Halloween party every year, complete with games, contests, prizes, food, costumes, and other fun. I didn’t dress up, but I did decide to bake a dessert. I baked a Halloween checkerboard cake and I think it was pretty successful. It was 3rd place in the baking contest!

The biggest challenge to the cake was getting the orange color in the batter. I fortunately found some neon orange food coloring and crossed my fingers. In case anyone’s wondering what a checkerboard cake is or how you make one, I remembered to take my camera along.

First you make up two different types of batter.

I chose chocolate and a golden butter mix. Then I added the food coloring to the golden butter recipe.

Then you use this handy device to put the batter into the pans, alternating the batter as you go.

I baked up the cake layers, but still had some batter left over for some cupcakes.

Then I assembled the cake and frosted it.

The icing I bought to decorate the cake just wasn’t working the way I wanted. I bought something else the day of the party and decorated it in my office. I was going for the theme-appropriate baking!

And here’s the best part, and why it’s called a checkerboard cake!

It was very yummy if I do say so myself. I still have some left over, so come by and get a piece!

Happy Halloween!

Freedom, Clutch, and International Travel
October 2, 2008

It’s official I’m officially free of the old job.  Yesterday was my last day at the firm.  There are several people I will miss, but staying in touch isn’t hard.  And there are several people and things about my old job I won’t miss at all.  I look forward to reacquainting myself with freedom.

Last night I went to see Clutch with Bama.  I love this band.  Although they don’t have the most rockstar looks for a band, they definitely rock out!  The lead singer is incredible, great voice.  He also has an extremely intense stare.  It’s a little unnerving, but their sound definitely makes up for it.  I think Bama enjoyed it for the most part, even if the singer’s looks were even more spooky for her.  Also, we got to witness a very large man take down another guy.  The jury’s still out on whether the large guy was a bouncer or it was just a fight.  Hopefully he was the bouncer, because I don’t think anyone could bounce him.

And it’s official, I’m out of the country!  I flew to Detroit today and Barbie picked me up at the airport.  We stopped at a Coney’s diner and had some cheap diner food to get the Michigan experience.  Then she took me across the border to Canada.  Border crossing was way simpler than I thought.  They didn’t even look at my passport.  So much for stressing out about it.

When we got to town, she drove me to the university so I could see when she works and studies.  Also, I may be riding the bus all by myself tomorrow to meet her over there, so hopefully I can do it in the daylight.  And to answer the question on everyone’s mind…Yes, it is cold here.  It’s not freezing, but it is certainly not warm.  But as everyone back home knows, it turned pretty chilly there today too.

More tomorrow.  We have some great things up our sleeves….I mean planned.  Stay tuned!

The countdown begins
September 23, 2008

It is officially one more week at the law firm.  My last day is next Wednesday – a week from tomorrow.  I am slowly bringing home items that took me five months to get to the office, books for reference, CDs for entertainment, food for nourishment, etc. 

I leave for Canada to visit Barbie next Thursday – a week and two days away.  And I start my new job the following Tuesday – two weeks from today.  So, start the countdown calendar. 

P.S. I’m going climbing again this week.  Maybe I’ll remember my camera this time.

Big news
September 16, 2008

Thank goodness for small miracles.  I found out today that I’m being released from the hell that is law-firm-life.  My relief came in the form of a new job offer from a magnolia league university (my alma mater to be exact).  No, I’m not teaching, but rather I’ll be doing contracts–what I’m much happier doing.  No more litigation!  No more late nights! No more hostile workplace! Hello work-life balance! Hello happier Sally!  Hello LIFE!

I will dredge on for a couple more weeks at the firm. Then I’ll take a well-deserved break. And a fun trip to visit Barbie in Canada.  Then I get to enjoy my new job (with better benefits, better hours, and better pay).

A Sign
September 9, 2008

Last week turned out to be another stressful one with a couple more late nights unfortunately.  On one particularly stressful day, I was only able to go to lunch at 5 o’clock.  Yes, that is correct, lunch at 5pm.  Naturally, since I work downtown nearly all the businesses shut down (except for sit-down establishments that I didn’t have time for) well before quittin’ time.  I managed to walk several blocks to a sandwich place as it was closing.  After grasping my bag of nourishment and venturing out into the wind that was the fortune teller of the thunderstorm on its way, I headed back to the office.

Then I came across this sign at a church on Church Street.  Given all my dissatisfaction and stress lately with my job, I had to double-check that my sleep-deprived eyes and mind weren’t making it up.  I went back later that weekend so I could get photographic proof.

If there ever was a “Sign”…