Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Because everyone is doing it!

Now I'm not like the others in that I did not bold three things I haven't done. Instead I will put some things in italics that I would LIKE to do

1. Touched an iceberg- nope but I've been on a glacier in Alaska
2. Slept under the stars
3. Been a part of a hockey fight

4. Changed a baby's diaper
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Swam with wild dolphins

8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a tarantula
10. Said "I love you" and meant it
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Stayed up all night long and watched the sun rise
15. Seen the Northern Lights
16. Gone to a huge sports game - one of the Grey Cups, Steve could tell you which one

17. Walked the stairs to the top of the Statue of Liberty- been to NYC twice and I have only seen the statue from the sky.
18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables- herbs are veggies right?
19. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
20. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
21. Had a pillow fight

22. Bet on a winning horse
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill

24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping- I only went for the first time in my 20s.
27. Taken an ice cold bath- why would anyone want to do this?
28. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Ridden a roller coaster
31. Hit a home run
32. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
33. Adopted an accent for fun
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Felt very happy about your life, even for just a moment
36. Loved your job 90% of the time
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Watched wild whales
39. Gone rock climbing- not real rock climbing but at a gym
40. Gone on a midnight walk on the beach

41. Gone sky diving
42. Visited Ireland

43. Ever bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited India
45. Bench-pressed your own weight
46. Milked a cow - does a game with rubber gloves count?
47. Alphabetized your personal files
48. Ever worn a superhero costume
49. Sung karaoke
50. Lounged around in bed all day
51. Gone scuba diving- snorkeling yes (in Venezuela) scuba diving no
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Done something you should regret, but don't

56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Been in a movie- Terror in Bergen Hall 3
60. Gone without food for 3 days
61. Made cookies from scratch
62. Won first prize in a costume contest
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Been in a combat zone
65. Spoken more than one language fluently
66. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone
67. Bounced a check
68. Read - and understood -- - your credit report
69. Recently bought and played with a favorite childhood toy-
70. Found out something significant that your ancestors did
71. Called or written your Congress person
72. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over - we're doing that soon
73. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
74. Helped an animal give birth
75. Been fired or laid off from a job
76. Won money
77. Broken a bone
78. Ridden a motorcycle
79. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100 mph
80. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
81. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing
82. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
83. Eaten sushi

84. Had your picture in the newspaper-my engagement announcement
85. Read The Bible cover to cover

86. Changed someones mind about something you care deeply about
87. Gotten someone fired for their actions

88. Gone back to school
89. Changed your name

90. Caught a fly in the air with your bare hands
91. Eaten fried green tomatoes
92. Read The Iliad
93. Taught yourself an art from scratch
94. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
95. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt
96. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language

97. Been elected to public office
98. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream
99. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
100. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you-
101. Had a booth at a street fair
102. Dyed your hair
103. Been a DJ
104. Rocked a baby to sleep
105. Ever dropped a cat from a high place to see if it really lands on all four
106. Raked your carpet
107. Brought out the best in people
108. Brought out the worst in people
109. Worn a mood ring
110. Ridden a horse
111. Carved an animal from a piece of wood or bar of soap
112. Cooked a dish where four people asked for the recipe
113. Buried a child
114. Gone to a Broadway (or equivalent to your country) play- Monique, Renee and I went to Rent in January
115. Been inside the pyramids
116. Shot a basketball into a basket
117. Danced at a disco
118. Played in a band
119. Shot a bird- no but I'd like to
120. Gone to an arboretum
121. Tutored someone- kind of tutoring, kind of respite
122. Ridden a train- the train at the zoo is great!
123. Brought an old fad back into style
124. Eaten caviar
125. Let a salesman talk you into something you didn’t need
126. Ridden a giraffe or elephant
127. Published a book
128. Pieced a quilt- not a whole quilt but quilt blocks
129. Lived in an historic place
130. Acted in a play or performed on a stage- I was Rizzo in Grease
131. Asked for a raise -- and I got it, before the nervous breakdown!

32. Gotten a hole-in-one...only in mini-golf
133. Gone deep sea fishing
134. Gone roller skating
135. Run a marathon- the half marathon
136. Learned to surf
137. Invented something
138. Flown first class
139. Spent the night in a 5-star luxury suite
140. Flown in a helicopter
141. Visited Africa
142. Sang a solo
143. Gone spelunking-
144. Learned how to take a compliment
145. Written a love-story - I used to write very sappy, love stories when I was 11 till when I was about 15
146. Seen Michelangelo’s David
147. Had your portrait painted
148. Written a fan letter- to a pastor

149. Spent the night in something haunted
150. Owned a St. Bernard or Great Dane
151. Ran away
152. Learned to juggle- in my education phys ed class
153. Been a boss
154. Sat on a jury
155. Lied about your weight
156. Gone on a diet
157. Found an arrowhead or a gold nugget- I went panning for gold in Alaska (it was only fools gold though)
158. Written a poem
159. Carried your lunch in a lunchbox
160. Gotten food poisoning

161. Gone on a service, humanitarian or religious mission
162. Hiked the Grand Canyon
163. Sat on a park bench and fed the ducks - I hate ducks so that would be a no
164. Gone to the opera
165. Gotten a letter from someone famous
166. Worn knickers
167. Ridden in a limousine

168. Attended the Olympics
169. Can hula or waltz
170. Read a half dozen Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys books
171. Been stuck in an elevator
172. Had a revelatory dream
173. Thought you might crash in an airplane - over the Bermuda Triangle
174. Had a song dedicated to you on the radio or at a concert
175. Saved someone’s life
176. Eaten raw whale
177. Know how to tat, smock or do needlepoint
178. Laughed till your side hurt
179. Straddled the equator- When I was in Venezuela I passed over the equator. I did not stand and straddle it though.
180. Taken a photograph of something other than people that is worth framing
181. Gone to a Shakespeare Festival
182. Sent a message in a bottle
183. Spent the night in a hostel- only way to travel baby
184. Been a cashier
185. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
186. Joined a union- I will in September, I've been a student member though of MTS.
187. Donated blood or plasma
188. Built a campfire
189. Kept a blog
190. Had hives
191. Worn custom made shoes or boots- I wish, I wish, I wish.... unless Grandma making me slippers counts.
192. Made a PowerPoint presentation
193. Taken a Hunter’s Safety Course
194. Served at a soup kitchen
195. Conquered the Rubik’s cube
196. Know CPR
197. Ridden in or owned a convertible
198. Found a long lost friend- cheers for facebook.

199. Helped solve a crime
200. Responded to a NJP newsletter

Cheers to life!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Just a little Sunday Run

Just before 6am this morning I started with breakfast. But not just any breakfast, this breakfast had to last me 13 MILES. So I hadthe breakfast of champions, a baked potato, chicken, and Coke. Yum.

The Marathon was today (obviously) and it was better then I expected. To start both Steve and Rochelle left me in the dust, then I was passed by a good couple thousand people. The first half of the race was great- I felt great and I paced myself perfectly. At Mile 6 was the first relay exchange and since my mom was running in the Marathon with her relay team "Pushing 50", she was there with her teammates as well as my dad, and so they got to see me running . That was cool. I continued on a good pace till around mile 7 when my knees started to hurt so bad. The second half of the race was a little more trying, I did spend some time walking but because it was just because of my knees I was okay with that. I ended up finishing at my target time which was 3 hours. On the way in one of the recovery people asked if I had fun and I said "no, that was torture". It wasn't really, but it felt like it at that point. Finishing the half-marathon was such a great experience! My in-laws were there on the last turn around the stadium and took a picture of me. And when I asked them if they had seen Steve- they said no. I was very confused where Steve could be, I knew I didn't pass him or Rochelle (who also ran the half). I went into the tent and found Carissa (who ran the relay) who said she hadn't seen either. I thought maybe something had happened to Steve. And do you know what happened to Steve.... he ran the half marathon in 2 hours. He had also been targeting 3 hours because he hadn't trained much so I was so astounded at his awesome accomplishment. He finished so fast his parents didn't even see him.

And now... I feel like an old woman. I feel like I need a double knee replacement and a new hip. I am so sore. In pain. I can barely walk around the house. We walked to Alto's for brunch with Steve's parents and we took about 15 minutes to walk what would usually take us 4. One of the neighbours asked if I had hurt my foot, to which I said "I hurt everything, I just ran the half marathon". She laughed at me.

So I don't think I'll do that again. I would definitely, definitely run the relay but I don't think I'll ever do this to my legs again.

To everyone who ran today, in whatever way...

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Running 21K

Tomorrow is the half marathon. 21k. Holy moly. I really hope that I am able to run at least half of the time, and finish...even if it's walking. I am aiming to finish in around 3 hours, not going to go for any world records but then again, I have had serious delays in my training. I'm blaming wheat. I am going on wheat (almost) free for a week and will hopefully see the doctor this coming week. I'll let you know how the race goes tomorrow.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

It Gets Worse

I'm sorry, this is a post in which some self-pity may happen. But... my diamond in my engagement ring is chipped. And the chip has been spreading. This is not good. I'd rather never have any cookies for the rest of my life then have this problem. I took it to the jewelers where we bought it and our other rings to get checked out because it's been snagging things like towels, etc. We don't like our jeweler, she was fine when we bought the rings. Very helpful even, promised us free engraving, etc. But then, she said she didn't. We instead had to pay for everything she promised us free. So back to the chip. It is in one corner near one of the prongs, and spreads to the vicinity of the prong. The exact prong... that needs to be worked on. So I can either have them fix the prong at the risk of the diamond cracking apart and being ruined, or not get it fixed, and have it continue catching on things at the risk of losing the diamond completely. We don't have my ring insured separately and as far as I know tenant insurance won't cover this. So for now, I'm just not wearing it until I make my decision.


Monday, June 9, 2008

Wheat-free- Day 2

Today was my first dose of torture. My plan was to go shopping first thing in the morning, as I knew I was subbing in the afternoon, until I got a call for the morning as well. So I had a couple rice cakes for breakfast, went to foodland and got some yogurt and rice noodle soup for lunch. However, this was not enough to keep me full at all. I was hungry and cranky all day (not a particularly great thing while subbing, but I tried to keep it together). Which continued after supper as we went grocery shopping and I had to read every label. There was apparently some wheat in the peanut sauce I had and I was feeling pretty rotten while we were grocery shopping which lasted until I ate another supper when we got home.

But, as of right now I am feeling better. I have lots of food at home that I can eat. Lots of things made of rice and meats and veggies. Snacks of crispy minis, rice crackers, and some candy. Thank goodness there's no wheat in candy.

Karyn was lamenting with me tonight about the cinnamon buns and other stuff I would have to cut out. But there are a lot of my favourites that I will not have to eliminate and Karyn pointed out that I might lose some weight in the process and I'd be totally okay with that.


Sunday, June 8, 2008

Trying an Experiment

Unfortunately I cannot see it being fun. I think that I may... have Celiac's (I'll bet some of you thought I was going to confess to a pregnancy). I've been having some stomach issues as of the last five weeks. I've been feeling very uncomfortable, bloated, nauseous, mixed with a couple other things primarily after I eat. It has really affected my training for the marathon and I was thinking I had some sort of deficiency but when I told a friend the other day, who has Celiac's, she said it sounded like that. SAY IT AIN'T SO. Celiac's is a disease in which part of your intestine is damaged and therefore cannot absorb gluten in wheat and makes it into a toxin which causes these symptoms. Friday when my friend told me this might be the case for me, I wasn't ready to think it could be that. But yesterday after a big roll kuchen (mennonite fried bread) lunch at my parents I was more uncomfortable then ever.

So today I started my experiment. I'm going to try to go wheat-free for a week and see if some of my symptoms disappear. So far I'm on day one and I feel a lot better then I have all week. I really hope it's something else (and not something worse) because I would be very sad to miss out on so many wonderful foods like bread and baked stuff. I know that you can make these things with modified recipes but I will have to change the way I eat. I know this week we'll be having lots of meat, rice, potatoes, salads. And like so many other things in life right now... we'll just have to see what happens.


Thursday, June 5, 2008

The Next Step?

Moving to Steinbach... yikes! Unfortunately the specific plan that we had with buying in the new development (see land below) is not going to happen. Once the houses actually went on the market and we found out some details that weren't available earlier it doesn't look like something that is as desirable as thought. And we're also not ready to buy a different house at this point. So we've been thinking about renting and then saw a classified ad for something that might work. We're going to go see it tomorrow. But today I was very apprehensive about everything. I've gotten myself all excited about moving and such but now that it's actually a reality it is pretty scary. We'll be starting over in a new city and life will be very different. Winnipeg isn't far away but you can't always just drive in for whatever, it takes a little more planning then that. Not helping is the fact that I've had too much time to sit and think as I haven't been working very much. I did however, just get a new serving job which should keep me busy a couple nights a week and help with a little bit of extra cash.

May you all have a fabulous day!