Sunday, March 26, 2006

Oink Oink!

So much to blog about so little time!!

So, when I left you on Tuesday it was cold and wet. I don't know where spring went! Two weeks ago I was wearing tank tops and we had the top down on the Jeep, and now it's back to our winter coats. Pippin and I had very chilly am walks all week - Tues was 27, Wed was 30, Thurs was 32 and Fri was something in the low 30's as well. What's up with this???

Wed was a non-running day and I did my Killer Butt DVD. This time she didn't kill me quite so much, but that DVD still kicks my butt. I think I'm going to go ahead and buy the Killer Abs one from the same series, I know it would do me some good! If anyone has any good abs focused DVDs let me know! My thighs were a little sore Thurs but not too bad.

This week was "moving week" at work. They've acquired and renovated extra space within our facility that formerly belonged to a sister company. It's two stories and quite large. My department (Finance) along with the Execs, HR and Sales & Marketing were selected to move into it. The Execs are up on the 2nd floor, and the rest of us are on the first floor - I guess they figured they might as well make the glass ceiling quite literal. There's one woman on that floor, and she is the secretary. Personally I wouldn't want to be up there with them anyway. I would greatly prefer to still be where I was, I now have a 90 second walk through the bowels of our warehouse to get back to Brent. Before it was maybe a 15 second walk. I could easily disappear in all this crap and no one would know for quite a while. Our new cubes are rather large and posh for our company. Really all I need is my heater. I may have to get a second heater to keep the new space warm, it's got a much larger area to heat. I also sit underneath this strange new blue light. I don't know what it is, but when it comes on I am going to DANCE. And then probably evacuate.

The new space has actually made us a lot less productive though. Before we were all crammed into adjoining cubicles and you could easily talk while working. So, as ppl arrived in the morning you could chat while working and still stay on task. Now we're all spread apart with lots of empty cubes inbetween. So, as each person arrives you travel around and spread your good morning cheer individually. I think it was around 9.30 Friday morning before anyone started doing any real work. The bathrooms are also "flipped". In the front the women's is on the left and the men's on the right. It's just the opposite in this new space. Friday afternoon I was in a stall and heard a very unwomanly like person enter the bathroom. It was just TOO cumbersome sounding to be a girl. Then, all of a sudden I heard "him" say "F$$K" and run out. HA!

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Thursday night I did yet another run on the treadmill. For some reason I've lost all motivation to run outside in the cooler temps. While I was training for the Miami Marathon I felt obligated to get out there and get all my miles in, now I feel like they're more optional. I ended up doing my run while watching some of the NCAA games. I started out watching Memphis vs Bradley but then noticed the Duke vs LSU score wasn't moving as it should be. I flipped over to the other CBS station to watch it. Man, the time on the treadmill flew by as I was busy watching the Blue Devils stink it up. I really hadn't wanted to run that night but watching the terrible game just made me want to work harder and harder. Duke really didn't deserve to win that game. Memphis played well though (that night anyway!) Somehow Pippin has managed to do quite well in the NCAA brackets. He actually picked LSU to beat Duke, and has LSU and Florida in the final game. I'm pretty sure he's going to end up with more point me than, how embarrassing!!

After all the moving and cold weather in the week we were zonked Friday night. We ended up eating some fajitas and watching Failure to Launch. It was really cute! I'd highly recommend it if you like cute little (predictable) romantic comedies.

Saturday morning we got to sleep in - sort of. As much as I love competing going to bed early on Friday and getting up early on Saturdays gets old. The past two weeks we've had races so we both really looked forward to sleeping in. Pippin had other ideas. Right at 7 am two little paws were scratching ME on my side. Then I got a lick in the face. Nice. So I took him out and climbed back in bed for another hour and a half. I knew I should have kept our bedroom door shut!

Once we finally got up we headed out for a run. The plan was 8 miles, and to do hill repeats. We don't do hills very often, but it's something we need to build in. We started out from our house and headed through one subdivision and over to a really hilly one. The whole path up to the top and then back down is one mile, so we ended up doing it twice for 2 miles of main hills. The first time was pretty tough but the second time we picked up quite a bit more speed. While we were up there we noticed a new subdivision that already had sidewalks. We headed that direction. It was really nice, the subdivision starts about .5 mile off the main road and there's even a little pond back there. From there we headed through the park and back up a different .5 mile hill. We talked about different ways to head back home since the mileage had already gone by very quickly and we knew we'd be over 8 miles. It was no big deal and we ended up with 8.6 miles, avg pace of 9.30. I'm really happy with the pace considering we worked hills into most of the run. It was 41 degrees but there was a ton of wind so it felt much cooler. We only saw two other runners, one of them was fluorescent guy! He wears bright neon yellow & neon green from head to toe! If he gets hits by a car it will be some sort of miracle. After all that successful hill running we came home and signed up for the Flying Pig Half Marathon in Cincinnati in early May! My brother lives there and is doing part of the relay with some friends. So, free lodging helps! I'm really excited. It's a tough course and it's one week after the Country Music Half marathon so we'll be running this one for total fun. I'm even planning to run in costume, so I'll keep you posted on that!

Well, this post is getting too long so I'll post about the rest of our weekend tomorrow! Have you all heard about the preacher's wife here in TN who shot her husband and took the kids and headed for the beach? I'm sure you have because it's been on CNN and GMA and everything else. In some sort of 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon we actually have a connection to this story. We went to the same small, Christian University they did. Based on their ages they should have graduated two years before us, but strangely he graduated a year after us (she did not graduate, instead they got married and started having kids). I found his name in a couple of our yearbooks, but he never had his picture made in anything other than his social club group pic, which has over 100 ppl in it and isn't labeled in rows or anything. I'm not sure what her maiden name was. I think it's very strange he never had his pic made, esp as a Bible major. Usually those guys were very outgoing and in lots of various clubs. I wasn't especially outgoing but my pic was in there numerous times for social clubs, professional clubs and academic recognition stuff. I think this story is very strange and I have a ton of theories on what happened. I don't normally discuss religion or politics here because this is my running blog and it just doesn't apply. The college we went to was huge on marriage and babies. Most of our classmates were already married before we were juniors, Brent and I were quite the anomaly. Even now most of our classmates have a minimum of two kids who are most likely already potty trained - I'm confident we would be an embarrassment to our university since we don't have children already and have focused on other areas of our life. This was a really strict university - guys were definitely not allowed in girls dorms and you were kicked out if you were caught drinking or doing anything inappropriate. We couldn't even wear shorts to class - only after 4 pm or gym class! I was constantly in trouble with my dorm mom - playing soccer in the hallways, duct taping people in their rooms, sneaking animals into the dorm, and the "pyramid of moons" never went over well. Guys got away with SO much more than us girls could. Some people love that sort of strictness, others at some point will flip out. One of my coworker's brothers went to school with us and he mentioned on Friday that his brother had actually dated her and was suitemates with Matthew Winkler. Very strange! He said his brother said she was always a nice girl, nothing strange or crazy. Bet he's glad he didn't marry her now! We've also been to some marriage & the family seminars his dad (also a preacher) has taught here in Nashville. My theory? She felt trapped and wanted a way out of all this responsibility - she wanted to just get out and be free, and not be under the preacher's wife microscope forever. But that's just my theory. She never even got the chance to finish college and enjoy life before she was wife and then immediately mommy. We'll see, I'm sure all the details will be out in the media soon.

Anyway, have a great week everyone!

Exercise-
Wed - 1 mile am walk with Pips, Killer Butt DVD
Thurs - 1 mile am walk with Pips, 6 mile run
Fri - 1 mile am walk with Pips
Sat - 8.6 mile run
Sun - 4 mile run, 3 mile walk with Pips

23 Comments:

At 7:02 PM, Blogger David said...

Phew. Lots of news and commentary. Just another exciting weekend in the life of Rachel. I hear the warm temps will be back this week.

 
At 8:40 PM, Blogger KT said...

Glad to know a Boston terrier can make better bracket picks than mine...

Loving the mysterious blue light, too...

 
At 11:45 PM, Anonymous Amy said...

Mary Winkler's maiden name was Freeman. In highschool she went by Carol Freeman (her middle name).

Thanks for your post. I enjoyed reading some insight into a cOC Univeristy.

 
At 4:38 AM, Blogger BuckeyeRunner said...

Nice work on the hill repeats! You will be rockin Cincy, for sure!

I like the picture of your workspace! When I check your blog during the day, I can picture you diligently typing away!

 
At 5:14 AM, Blogger angie's pink fuzzy said...

Love the pics of the new space! :)

Sounds like good workouts this week - and running in costume?! Can't wait to hear!

 
At 5:24 AM, Blogger TriSaraTops said...

Wow--interesting how that is all linked. What a sad story.

Hey, I ran the Flying Pig last year! You will LOOOOOOVE it. Great course, and lots of support. The hills are miles 6-9 and if you train on hills, they really aren't bad. I can tell ya more if you have any questions! I PR'd there so I have a special little spot in my heart for the Pig. :)

 
At 5:24 AM, Blogger John said...

It has been variously reported that Matthew graduated from FHU, but that he attended Lipscomb also. Can you shed any light on this?

 
At 5:31 AM, Blogger Susan said...

Nice new space - I hope you you have some warmer weather soon - sounds like you have a heavy race season ahead of you!

 
At 7:24 AM, Blogger Liz said...

I have the Killer Abs too and it will make you hurt!!! But great for the core!

I, too, am waiting for warmer weather. Looks like it is on it way...along with the ran!!!

 
At 7:54 AM, Blogger Running Jayhawk said...

How did you and Brent come to love Duke?

Looks like things should be warming up soon down south. :)

 
At 8:33 AM, Blogger lainb said...

I'd totally back you up on that theory. For those who feel like their life is dictated for them (e.g., they're EXPECTED to marry young & have babies), there's no freedom to live life as THEY want. The wife most likely did feel trapped in a life that she possibly didn't feel was best for her. Should be interesting to watch the details unfold...

 
At 11:10 AM, Blogger Cliff said...

long post...

Funny about Pippin. My cat always get hungry by 5 or 6 in the morning. And he knows I will never be able to wake up b/c I am a heavy sleeper. So what he does is to go bug other ppl aka my parents :)

What kind of costumes are u going ot wear? I have an idea of a costume for a May race. It will be hilarious :)

 
At 11:51 AM, Blogger Dawn - Pink Chick said...

I married young, had kids young, divorced young...lol. You do miss out on some things but I've gained on this side cause I'm a granny and still young enought to enjoy it all.

Current hubby never nor wanted kids but his family did sort of bug him about it. Then he married me and they gave up...lol.

 
At 1:15 PM, Blogger Anne said...

Interesting connection to the murderess and your theory on why she killed her husband. It's interesting that there hasn't been that much said by the townspeople on what the couple was really like. Usually people crawl out of the woodwork to get some facetime with the media. I suspect she'll go for an insanity plea and claim her husband prevented her from seeking psychiatric help.

 
At 5:37 PM, Blogger robtherunner said...

The world can be a strange place with strange stories that just make you shake your head. Enjoy the new office.

 
At 8:07 PM, Blogger Just12Finish said...

A couple of years ago I was working at a client site, and did not realize that the bathrooms on the first floor were reversed from all the other seven floors.

I actually got through all my business, soup to nuts if you pardon the expression (he he!), and was just about to leave when I noticed that something didn't seem "right" about the way the bathroom was set up.

I don't know what I would've done if I had discovered that half way through the process. I might have been in there all day "planning" my escape!

 
At 2:51 AM, Blogger Scott said...

You'll be ok so long as they don't change the light above your desk to red...

One can only imagine the desperation that causes people to do what Mary Winkler did ... imagine going through your life with no other identity than 'the preacher's wife' How hateful.

 
At 6:36 AM, Blogger Robb said...

Intriguing and sad story about the preacher's wife. It sure feels strange to be linked to such events/people. Makes you think.

Thanks for telling us about it.

 
At 9:35 AM, Blogger Olivia said...

Nice hills, and good luck in Cincinnasty! When I lived there (on Mt. Adams) my roommate and I would run up and down the Paradrome hill. SICK. Very scenic, but tough route.

 
At 1:28 PM, Blogger E-Speed said...

Hey! I will be on the sidelines cheering at the flying pig!

We have to get together! We will be staying with friends that weekend!

Good job on the hills!

Glad to see someone else besides me needs a space heater at work!

 
At 3:16 PM, Blogger Hilda said...

I can't wait to see you with a costumer for the run, how nice! \

Enjoy you have plenty of chances to run!!!

 
At 8:36 PM, Blogger Cory said...

Dance and then evacuate?! Remind me never to sit with you on an airplane.

Cool blue light, but not nearly as groovy as that desktop background thingy on brentandrachel. http://www.brentandrachel.com/photos/macro/images/P8020559.jpg This makes me just want to crank up some Joy Division and stare at it for hours.

 
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