Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Lately

Remember when I said my life was really crazy? It still is.

For me, it's very easy to become overwhelmed with life in general. Especially when both work and my personal life become quite busy.

Here's what I've been up to lately:

Turning dusty barn treasures into furniture

Like the old wooden porch posts we turned into a console table (more on that project tomorrow):




And the old wood telephone we turned into a cabinet:



Training for a marathon



My husband had clearly grown tired of me telling him how terrible it was to train without the aid of a gps watch and got me one for my birthday. He's one of those people that researches things to death before making a purchase, which is typically annoying to me, but I was thrilled when he gave me the Nike+ SportWatch GPS. I have only used it a few times, but I'm head over heels in love. Best of all, the watch connects directly to any USB port that allows you to upload all your data to the Nike+ website, tracking mileage, pace, time, and calories burned. Plus, I giggle every time it congratulates me on my performance. Earlier this week it said, "You crushed it!"

Because really, I did crush it.

Eating obscene amounts of candy corn



Every fall, I eat as much Brach's candy corn as my body can tolerate over the course of three months or so. Then, I abstain until August of the the following year. It's a sad state of affairs, but the way I see it is this: I can only access candy corn (conveniently) for a few months of every year. And really? It's just about the only unhealthy vice that exists in my life.

I say these things to make myself feel less pathetic for eating four entire bags of candy corn in the last week. Also, it's Brach's and Brach's only; everything else has the consistency of chalk. It's made with Real Honey! That makes me think I'm eating something other than sugar and food coloring!

Amassing a high heeled shoe tape dispenser collection



You know how some people collect things? I've never been one of those people. However, the people in my life tend to think I collect two things: bobbleheads of Cincinnati Reds players and high heeled shoe tape dispensers.

The official count is as follows:

High heeled shoe tape dispensers: 2
Bobbleheads: 6


Growing out my bangs



Have you ever tried growing out your bangs? It's pretty much the most difficult thing you will ever, in your life, attempt to successfully do. It's practically impossible. Many, many people fall short and lay wounded on the battlefield of bangs trying to complete this complex mission.

Strangely, I have managed to hold strong. I think my hairdresser doesn't believe I'm strong enough, because every time I go in for a haircut she asks if she can trim my bangs. I always say no and I'm pretty sure she nods approvingly. They aren't completely grown out just yet, but I'm finally in the home stretch.

Enjoying 5,000 tomatoes


Every spring, we plant a few tomato plants. Then, every late summer and fall we eat tomatoes until our skin turns red. {Slight exaggeration} We always remark that we should plant fewer tomatoes next year and then when next year rolls around we forget how much one tomato plant produces. It's still exciting to eat something you grew in your backyard, though.

Trying to master the art of napping

I have never really had much of a need in my life for taking naps. Believe me, I have tried to nap--I just couldn't do it. That is, until I started training for a marathon. I run twice a week before work/sunrise and with 16+ mile long runs on the weekends, I'm exhausted. All the time. So, I started napping. And? I don't know why I didn't hop on this bandwagon earlier.

The problem, however, is that I'm an inexperienced napper. I have no idea what I'm doing. I nap in the late evenings for an hour and wake up feeling worse that before. Or, I nap for hours and again feel terrible. What's the ideal nap length? What time of day should I nap? What is the line between a nap and just going to bed early?

1 comment:

Mark said...

Naps should never be longer than 30-45 minutes. Some people (the wifey) can get away with longer, but the normal human body can't process longer naps. It throws off the mojo (insert medical jargon). Try it on. Cat naps or wake up PO'd, your choice.

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