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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

sullivan tri

Tri-Girls
Tri-Sharks

Sullivan tri marks the beginning of the tri season for me. Despite this year's wind and threat of rain, it was a great day for a tri. It's a sprint distance, with 400m in the pool, a 13 mile bike, and a 5K. I finished in 1:15:18, taking a whole six minutes off last year's time to place as the 3rd overall woman. Here are the splits:

swim: 6:50 (7:13 with run to T1)
T1: 0:56
bike: 43:06
T2: 0:51
run: 23:13

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

book meme

well, it's definitely training time again, and that's why i haven't been posting much. i'm sure all three of you are highly disappointed. well fret no more! really, i'm mostly here because i was tagged by skully with a book meme. which in turn, i will tag the kellanator. i would tag the million dollar girl, but i'm not sure she's hopped on the blog train yet. anyway, here goes:

a book that made you cry: Both books here are graphic novels: Pedro and Me and Maus. Not what I expected from a graphic novel at all, but I cried and cried through both of these. In public. Oh yes, in public, people!

a book that scared you: Can I just say that the first thing that comes to mind is Communion. No, I’ve never read it, but the freakin’ cover creeps me out. I can’t have a book about aliens in my home, especially with a picture of one on the cover. That is just BEGGING for a visit from the MIB. Also, Behold a Pale Horse in all its conspiracy-theory glory scared the heck outta me in college. These days, I still love a good conspiracy theory, but now I just couldn't care less. Nothing we can do about the government chip implants anyway. Know what I mean?

a book that made you laugh: Any of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. Even after 11 books, she can still get me to laugh out loud.

a book that disgusted you: American Psycho. It wasn’t just the violence toward women that irked me, it was just the plain stupidity of it all. The story went nowhere, and there was no motivation behind the violence (“just because he can” does NOT cut it. That’s a cheap form of dues ex machina, rating right up there with the “it was all a dream” cop-out). I get that it’s the 80’s and you’re part of the ME GENERATION, ok? I. GET. IT. Don’t waste my time with 20 chapters on the main character and his grooming habits. I GET IT, OK? And a whole chapter on why Genesis is the greatest band ever…was that meant to distract me so I didn’t realize how much the rest of the book sucked? Aye yae yae.

a book you loved in elementary school: Beautiful Joe and Charlotte’s Web. I read them over and over and over and over…I read non-stop in elementary school. It was REALLY pushed by my teachers and my mother to read read read, and it wasn’t until high school when I only had time to read school books that I stopped reading for pleasure. The only time I’ve ever read more than my elementary school days is now.

a book you loved in middle school: This is when I first discovered Stephen King. I first read The Eyes of the Dragon. And oh my goodness, they talked about penises, sex, and more sex. I thought my mom would KILL me if she knew I was reading it!

a book you loved in high school: Brave New World, and Alice’s Adventures Through the Looking Glass. I tore that book apart, bit by bit. I wrote many, many papers on the themes in that book, and spent many hours reading Annotated Alice and More Annotated Alice. This book was an a-ha moment for me…that people write more than just stories, they write to mock, opinionate, and challenge your beliefs. And mostly just social commentary. I read a lot of plays in high school too, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream quickly became a favorite of mine.

a book you hated in high school: Huck Finn, The Old Man and the Sea. Lord, they was boring. I’m not even sure I read them in their entirety. I'm getting sleepy just thinking of them.

a book you loved in college: A Clockwork Orange, Skinny Legs and All

MY ADDITION: Books I hated in college: Catcher in the Rye, The Heart of Darkness...I cannot stand stories with no build or climax.

a book that challenged your identity: I don't know…but most Tom Robbins challenges my perception of reality

a series that you love: Harry Potter, Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire series, Janet Evanovich’s series,

your favorite horror book: A Clockwork Orange. Even better if you have the REAL ending, the one that shows Alex as an “adult” with a child, and you realize…it was all for nothing…

your favorite science fiction book: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I’m a nerd.

your favorite fantasy book: I have to name ONE? Well then, one of the best books EVER, not just fantasy, is American Gods, by Neil Gaiman. Sort of Tom Robbins meets…well…Neil Gaiman. Brilliant, just brilliant. This book prompted me to go visit the House on the Rock in Wisconsin…highly recommended—both the book AND the house!

your favorite mystery book: I love Carl Hiaasen, G.A. McKevett, and cannot wait for the next Kathy Hogan Trochek mystery. And I miss Dianne Day—the Fremont Jones series was a fave of mine. I also love the first few books in the Tempe Brennan Forensic series, starting with Deja Dead. Also enjoy the Psychic Eye mysteries.

your favorite biography: Umm…

your favorite "coming-of-age" book: Blood and Chocolate. No, it's not about a hormanal teenager becoming a woman, it's about a teenage werewolf. One of my favorite YA novels.

your favorite book not on this list: Anything by Christopher Moore. Lamb, Bloodsucking Fiends, Stupidest Angel, Practical Demon Keeping…

ADDITION: There was no "romance" field. As Skully says, "another example of the prejudice against the genre, perhaps?" So I'm adding it too. Right now I'm loving the latest MaryJanice Davidson, and next up is Emma Holly (I read her books for the sex, sex, and more sex. Did I mention sex?).

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

VEGAS BABY!

Things I did while on my Vegas Vacation

**went furniture shopping with Dad for his new pad
**saw the Hoover Dam
**ran a 5K on Fremont St. and placed 2nd in my age group
**saw the brand new Cirque du Soleil, KA
**saw the stealth bombers at Nellis Airforce Base
**posed for a picture with an M&M
**won $20 at video poker, but had to put it back in the slots because I coudln't find the cashier to cash out
**realized I have a very low tolerance for drunk 20-year-olds, large crowds of slow people, and people who pass out those stripper trading cards.
**got addicted to SuDoku

4 things

Four jobs in my life:
1. corn detasseler
2. toy salesperson
3. teacher
4. librarian

Four movies I could watch over and over:
1. American Movie
2. Run Lola Run
3. The Wall
4. Sabrina

Four places I have lived:
1. Lincoln, NE
2. Bloomington-Normal, IL
3. Hewett Hall, ISU
4. Chicago, IL

Four places I have been on vacation:
1. Las Vegas
2. Tijuana, Mexico
3. running through San Fran/Napa/Santa Clara
4. Grand Canyon

Four websites I visit daily:
1. aol.com
2. weather.com
3. www.google.com
4. lakerunclub.org

Four of my favorite foods:
1. peanut butter
2. yogurt
3. cereal
4. raisins (I like all these things together, too)

Four places I'd rather be right now:
1. with my honey
2. back in Vegas where I just came from
3. running with my buddies
4. in bed (see #1)

Four people I'm tagging:
Ooh ooh! Um...Kelly, Sean, Nanki, and the very next person that actually reads this!

Sunday, January 08, 2006

hey there

Nope, nothing new to report at all, really. To be honest, I don't have the time like I used to to blog, now that I have a new job. And, of course, I'd get in mondo trouble if I did blog at work (where I did most of my blogging before). Plus, nothing is really going on these days.

I am planning a trip to Vegas to see my dad, who bought a condo out there. He'll be there from Jan-March, and I'll probably visit sometime in February. He said he ran 5 miles today, and it was totally flat. He also spends time at Ceaser's and Bally's watching basketball games (for free...and he gets to ogle scantilly-clad cocktail waitresses at the same time--what's not to love?). He's still busy, as he's shopping for furnishings, continues to travel, and is looking for charities.

Still liking my new job, and making some really good friends. After all these years of living in B-N, I swore, just like most, that I would NEVER work at the Farm. Ever. And I'm really surprised how much I like it. Making the switch from the public sector to the private probably has a lot to do with it. I feel very secure in my position, and even if something were to happen to the library, I'd still have a job elsewhere in the company.

But, at the same time, being in a place where your computer activity is so highly monitored, and I can't access my email, I feel so out of touch with my friends. I'm amazed at how much I relied on email to keep in contact with all my beotches and homies. Now I feel like I have no idea what's going on in their lives. :(

Anyway, things will work out. Peace out, peeps.

Friday, November 18, 2005

in a bit of a slump

i'm in a bit of a funk these days. maybe it's the weather, maybe it's the time change, maybe it's the constant mixed messages from a certain boy, maybe it's post-season slump, or maybe it's just pms. the perpetual kind. i dunno what it is, but it really doesn't bother me...it just explains why i haven't been posting (for the 4 of you who read my blog). no pictures, no races, nothing exciting, not even my job. wow, that's really boring too. but i've become very good at the expert level Spider Solitaire. so good, in fact, that i just cleared the board again today.

in a tad more exciting news i guess, i am now the new vice president of the local tri club. which, even more excitingly, is going to be debuting a new olympic distance tri RIGHT HERE IN MY TOWN! hooray! now i don't have to travel to compete with 7999 other people that distance. and even better yet, i've looked at the course, and it's where i do all my riding. whoopee!

although, in the meantime, not much else going on, just plugging away through many many books (most of which are being sent to skullygirl in a few weeks--note to skully: i am liking Urban Shaman, thanks!), and off to a hitchin' in the south suburbs of chicago this weekend. WLG promises a weekend of adventure.

since i have no pics, i will leave you with LeeLoo, since skully couldn't get her pic posted on her blog. LeeLoo is ready for The Goblet of Fire!
PeeLoo Potter

Thursday, October 27, 2005

skully update

well, i've been anxious to hear from skully, who lives with her hubby and kitwits in Ft. Lauderdale. i've heard from her via text messages the past couple days. she has said that some of their roof is gone, but it's not horrible damage. but the sheer destruction of the area is unreal. also spoke of the riots at the gas stations. tonight she notified us that they still have no power yet, but they are having tons of fun partying with the neighborhood. i wouldn't have expected anything less!

Monday, October 17, 2005

my new hat!

look look, skully knitted me a cozy, stylin' ski cap!

Look!

thanks skullygirl!

See?