Thursday, February 23, 2017

Licking my wounds

The "receptionist" or as she prefers to be called, Admin Assistant, is leaving my agency next week.  Her last day is next Friday.  In the year and a half that she has worked here, we have become pretty good friends. 

Another coworker, the one I worked closest with, left December 31st.  The program she was working with (another court program) lost the contract and she was let go.  She was also a good friend.  I kinda fell into this group of friends at work.  I'm a pretty quiet person, especially around new people, and these two are definitely not quiet, but I shared an office with my coworker, and she "adopted" me. 
How I meet most of my friends
It hasn't really kicked in that my two closest friends at work are no longer going to be there.  I've gotten used to my coworker, but once the Admin Asst leaves it will be very difficult for me.  I'm not a huge fan of the agency I work for (no details, I want to keep my job), but I do enjoy the people I work with.  And I like what I do, and the freedom the job gives me.  I have debated many times about finding a new job, but there are things about my current one that I would miss and at the moment am not willing to give up, so I stay. 

The agency I work for has really, really high turn over, the worst of any place I've worked.  I have had my job for 2 years and almost 3 months and I am the 2nd in seniority (of only 5 people, but still).  I know that the other 4 people in the clinical side (there's two sides, clinical and manufacturing) are all looking for another job, including one person that hasn't even been here 90 days yet. 

I don't remember where I was going with this topic, other than I've been really sad this week.  Next week will be worse.  Although, this week the Admin. Asst started training her replacement, and while that person seems nice, I'm pretty sure we won't be good friends like the current one.

Anyway, this week I've been trying to make up for my laziness last week.  I get reimbursed by my insurance if I go to the gym 12 times in a month, which equals 3 times a week.  Well, with the unexpected snow day the first full week of February, and being lazy last week, I have to go to the gym every week day until the end of the month to make up for it, every day this week and Monday and Tuesday next week.  It hasn't been too bad, but today I'm rather sore.  Arms, shoulders, back, stomach, legs, butt all worked out in the first 3 days of the week.  Today is cycle day with my sister, and I'm worried about how my legs will feel afterwards.

Tuesday I got home a little early and left for a run right away to enjoy the sun.  I was running my normal 4 mile run route when I noticed that a house was being renovated, I was looking at the house (have I mentioned I like looking at houses when I run?) and Bam!  I was on the ground.  I tripped on a crack . . . the same one I tripped on several months ago.  (I can't find any posts on it, nor any pictures of the last time, but it was in the dark and now I always look for it while running).  As I was falling I screamed Damn it! really loud because I knew exactly what I tripped on, and was mad at myself for not paying attention. 

I sat on the ground for a few minutes assessing the damage.  So long that a guy came around the corner of the house I was in front of to ask if I was okay.  (I was actually surprised no one came earlier because I yelled pretty loud, and said "Ouch!" pretty loud as I hit the ground.)  I told him I was okay, he asked if I needed a bandaid and I said no, I was just "licking my wounds after tripping on the same crack I had before."  I told him I only had a mile left to get home and got up and finished my run.  Honestly, I probably would have sat there a little longer, but since I had told him I was okay, I figured I should prove it and go.

(I finally found the post about it, it was much longer ago than I thought, in fact over a year ago.  Here's the post, if you want to look at it.)

I think this fall was my worst one yet.  I scraped my left hand up pretty bad, and my right elbow and forearm. Actually, thinking about it, the previous one I hit my hip and knee pretty hard, and this one my hand and arm took most of the beating, which is more noticeable during the day. 

I did hit my hip and knee, and I had some light scratches (that are gone now) on my stomach.  Weirdly, I have some scrapes on the palm and back of my right hand.  I don't know how that's possible, but they're there. 

The last picture was taken today.  I don't bruise easily, so when I see bruises I figure I hit pretty hard. You can sorta see the scrapes on the back of this hand, right under my pinkie finger.  I don't know how I managed to scrape the inside of my hand and the outside of my forearm, elbow, and hand on the same side, but I did.

Anyway, I ran 3 miles yesterday and like I said, today is cycle day. I don't know if I'll run tomorrow or not, and am undecided about my long runs.  I do need to keep my mileage up if I'm going to do 5 more half marathons this year. 

This week, for some reason, has felt like a weird week.  It's definitely been a long one and I still have another day of work left.  I don't know what it is, if it's the fact that I've gone to the gym so much or if it's because I don't have my coffee friend, maybe it's because of the Admin. Asst. leaving and the new one starting this week.  I don't know, but I'm looking forward to next week when I hope things will get a little better.  (Although my coffee friend doesn't come back till Wednesday or Thursday, and it's the last week of my Admin. Asst. friend working, so that's gonna be tough.) 

Monday, February 20, 2017


Happy Holiday that I don't get off.  =(  I used to have President's Day off, but I changed jobs and now I don't.  I also don't get Martin Luther King Jr Day or Veteran's Day off either.  It's very sad to me.  It makes the time between New Year's and Memorial Day very long.  As I mentioned in my last post, I usually take this particular holiday off anyway, so that makes it doubly hard for me.  Plus, my favorite coffee partner has this whole week off, so I don't even get the pleasure of an afternoon coffee with a friend.  It's only Monday and already this week is looking bleak. 

It doesn't help that the courts have today off.  My job is primarily with the Everett Municipal (City) Court, so all the lawyers, judge, clerk that I work with have the day off.  (I don't work for the city of Everett, but for an agency that has a contract with Everett.)  I feel like I should have the same days off as the court (and get paid) since that is my job, however, others (the ones with the power) disagree, so here I am, drinking crappy work coffee and writing my blog.  ; )
So, what did I do this last week . . . or since my last post?  Thursday I went to spin class with my sister.  It didn't feel as difficult as it has in the past, but as spin class is similar to everything else, you only get out what you put in, I probably didn't push myself as hard as I could have.  

Friday I ran 4 miles after work.  I didn't push myself as hard on Friday as I did on my Tuesday run, but I was happy I actually went running.  Tuesday my 3 mile run was an average of an 8:45 min/mile, Friday it was 9:47 min/mile average.  I am okay with that.  Like I said, I'm happy I ran. 
my lazy week of running

Saturday I ran 10 miles.  It was a cold, wet run.  Seattle rain, aka drizzle, had come back after a really nice day on Friday, so I was soaked by the time I was done.  I wasn't overly tired, or sore, or anything after the run, which means my body is pretty used to that distance right now.  I didn't even take an after run bath until that evening (I showered immediately after my run). 

I didn't run yesterday, Sunday.  I just didn't feel like it.  I used to have my long runs on Sunday, which I prefer, but then we started consistently grocery shopping Sunday morning, so I moved them to Saturday.  I don't like long runs on Saturday, I never feel like running on Sunday.  However, I do like to run on the weekend, it's the only two days I get to run at my "optimal" run time, which is about 10am.  For marathon training this summer I may go back to Sunday run days, because well, I like it more.  That may push our shopping to later in the day, which will suck because my legs will be tired, and the stores will be busier . . . I don't know.

I did go to the gym today to lift weights.  I think I'm just in a weight funk.  I don't really know what I'm doing, I'm not outgoing enough to ask someone, and I'm too poor to pay for a trainer.  I was using a program I found online, but the workouts got very redundant, it changed every other week, but by week 16 I got pretty tired of the same things.  (This would be week 20, if I had done weights last week, I didn't so it's week 19.)  I found another workout online, but I've been hesitant to start it. 
  1. I don't like change.
  2. New weights, which I want, but refer back to 1.
  3. I don't like change.
  4. New weights.
(I'm not set in my ways or anything.) 

What I'd like is a trainer, but like I said, that is not an option for me right now.  Today I did change it a little.  I was going to use the new workout that I found, but some of the weights I was supposed to use were being used, so I kinda made up my own routine, which mostly looked like the old weight workout.  =/

This morning wasn't a total loss.  I did spend some time online looking at races for the year.  On my facebook feed I had a status update from the Tri-Cities Marathon saying they have joined the Washington Half and Full Marathon Series.  If you run a certain bunch of races in a calendar year, you get a special medal.  You can run 4, 7, or 10 of a bunch of select races.  So I started looking at half marathons in the series that I was interested in and could do.  I found 5 I'm interested in, so I just need to figure out if I can do it. The first one isn't until April, but it's the day after the Tulip Run (which is only special because it's kinda my first ever race and I've done it every year except one since I started running).  While I was looking, I did find a race that is not in the series, The Cupcake Fun Run in March that looks like it's fun.

So, if I do all the ones I think look interesting, or fun, I will have done 7 half and full marathons (probably only 1 full, but maybe 2).  Only 5 of those are part of this series, but it still sounds like a good plan.  I like it because it will keep me running.  I've noticed when I don't have a long race planned I start scaling way back on my running, and I really do like the long runs. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017


I have been incredibly lazy this week.  Last week I didn't run much, this week I haven't lifted weights at all.  In fact, I went to the gym on Tuesday just to swipe my card, and then left.  I didn't do anything.  I did run after work, but no weights.   Because I haven't been to the gym much this week and missed one day last week (snow day) I will have to go every single day next week in order to get my reimbursement from my insurance.  I have to go 12 times in a month, and that means 3 times a week.  Hasn't happened this month at all. 

Today I'm going to go to cycle class after work, but I didn't do my normal leg day.  I have no reason for not going to the gym this week other than I just haven't wanted to.  I ran on Tuesday, no run yesterday, it was really, really windy yesterday, and cycle today.  I'll have to run tomorrow and Saturday just to make it 3 times this week (no run on Sunday either, I was lazy then too). 

This weekend is President's Day weekend and for the first time in 14 years we're not doing our family vacation.  About 16 years ago my sister Nancy and I decided we wanted to do a yearly "sister's weekend."  We invited my other sister, Barbara (Tami, the fourth sister, was in N. Carolina, still is) and then ended up inviting our Mom too because we didn't want her to feel left out.  Well, after the fact, my dad expressed disappointment that he wasn't invited, so the next year we did it on MLK Jr Day and called it a "Family Vacation"  and spouses and children were invited.  That year there was snow and ice on MLK Day, so the following year we did it on President's Day weekend, which is where it's stayed for 14 or so years. 

Last year we discovered that February is a really tough month for my sister Barbara, she suffers from (among other things) severe SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and Feb is her worst month.  She never has a good time, and decided she wasn't going to go this year.  Well, Nancy and I talked her into going at least one more year (Damian graduates this year and who knows if he'll go again after this) and we'd move the trip to a different weekend.  The reason President's Day weekend was picked because it's a holiday and no one had to take the day off . . . well, that's not true anymore.  I don't get President's Day off anymore, and actually, now Nancy is the only one with the day off.  Oh, well the schools, and winter is the slow season for farmers.  But my parents' are retired now, so they can go any time.  We decided to do it during Spring Break this year.  It'll be warmer, it gets it out of February, and we won't have to worry about kids taking time off. 

Anyway, it's been really hard to see all my "memories" from weekends past popping up this last week on Facebook because we're not doing the trip at this time this year.  Plus, I have to work on Monday.  =(  So I think I'm going to do a photo dump.  =)  Let's see how many Family Vacation photos I can find. 

Well, I could only find them from 2009 on, that was when we all joined Facebook. =)  We started our trips going to yurts, which was fun, but cold.  As we've gotten older, we haven't been very interested in doing the yurt thing in the middle of February.  We also haven't been very good at taking a family picture every year.  These are the pictures I could find with the most people in them (2009 was awful to find anything).
My dad and I

I can't believe how much Nancy and I look alike.
And look how small Damian and Matthew (nephew) are

small Damian
The year I was pregnant with Maddox and my sister Tami started
coming on the trip from N. Carolina


We (my parents, Nancy and her family and my family)
 went to Disneyland the end of February this year, so no
Family Vacation

The year of the awful storms
Awful storms and a dead battery.  It was miserable



Monday, February 13, 2017

Short one

I decided not to do the half marathon this weekend.  It's in Birch Bay, which is about an hour from my house.  The original plan was for all of us to go up north and while I was running Chris would take the kids exploring and wandering the beach.  Two main things contributed to my decision, one, Chris didn't really want to hang out for 2 hours while I ran, and two, it had been really, really cold and snowy in that area the last couple weeks.  Yesterday turned out to be a beautiful day, I don't know how it was north of my house, but Mount Vernon was sunny. 

I suppose one of the biggest reasons I was initially interested in it was because I was hoping it was through Canada as well.  But it's not so it's not as interesting to me. 

I did run 12 miles last Saturday.  The long runs are getting easier, I guess that's why people do them regularly, to get easier.  I'm not a big fan of running long in the winter though.  I do realize the winter here is much milder than other places, but it's windy right now and rainy and cold.  I only ran 5 miles this Saturday.  And nothing yesterday.  I just didn't want to.

I did go for a walk with Damian and Maddox.  We went to a park to let Maddox play a little, and then walked home.  It was nice, very sunny and lots of kids at the park. 

After my walk I was a little motivated to do some work outside, but ended up not doing much.  Instead I sat on my deck and enjoyed a little bit of sun.  I ended up going back inside and binge watched Nurse Jackie on Netflix.  It is a good show, but definitely made for a unproductive day.

Last week I only ran 3 times.  11 miles for the week.  My lowest mileage week since the middle of October.  I've been lazy, and I continue to feel lazy today.