everything right is wrong again

Sunday, May 29, 2005

remember when i said...

There were things I wanted to save up for? Like that camera, wetsuit, and marathon entry fees? Well, I didn't save up, but ended up getting two out of those three. And it wasn't a camera, since I was out snapping photos with yet another disposable today.

But let's talk about the marathon. It's been three years since my last one, due to injury. This year, I'm very nervous about the injury thing, but I know how to train smarter this time around. I'm doing tons o' crosstraining, and I have a wonderful support team this year.

Yep, that's right, I signed up through Team In Training. This year, I will be helping to raise funds for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma research and patient services. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training is the world's largest endurance sports training program. The program provides training to run or walk a whole or half marathon or participate in a triathlon or century bike ride. Since 1988, more than 265,000 volunteer participants have helped raise more than $595 million.

As soon as I find out who I am running in honor of, I will set up a web site, so that my training progress can be tracked, and donations can be made easily.

Oh yeah, the wetsuit...you won't be seeing any pictures of me in it anytime soon, but I'll be wearing it this week! Wish my luck in the Tri Shark!

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

la dee da

Not much to report these days, just getting nervous about the tri next week that I had no idea I was doing until last week. First open water swim I've ever done. While it's only .43 miles and I can do it in my sleep (literally, I dream about my lap pool all the time), I'm really not too thrilled about the prospects of getting kicked in the face or slammed in the ribs. Woo. Although, I am going out with a good buddy this Friday to ride the course, and I'm very familiar with the run course, as I run around this lake often. So hey, two outta three ain't bad, say?

Also saw National Treasure this weekend on DVD. I think the only thing that would have saved this movie was the DVD extras. Unfortunately, I did not view them. So...I guess that pretty much sums it up! Oh, I long for the days when Nicholas Cage was an independent film actor, not the action hero he is so trying to be anymore.

Monday, May 23, 2005

never meme

1. I’ve never seen Gone With the Wind
2. I’ve never sang karaoke
3. I’ve never been skiing, downhill or cross country, and even though I’ve been water skiing, I couldn’t stay up more than a few seconds, so I don’t count that, either.
4. I’ve never put a magnetic ribbon on my car, or worn a plastic wristband
5. I’ve never sold anything on ebay, amazon, or half.com
6. I’ve never jumped out of a plane
7. In all my years of dealing with the public, I’ve never spit in anyone’s food, denied anyone service, or deliberately gave them wrong information, as much as I wanted to.
8. I’ve never read 1984, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, The Awakening, or many classics, really
9. I’ve never seen one episode of 6 Feet Under, the Sopranos, or Sex in the City
10. I’ve never made an acceptance speech

I've tagged Alex and Nanki.

Friday, May 20, 2005

time flies

yes, it sure does. and the things we don't want to forget, we want to hold onto, get harder and harder each day. in a discussion with a close friend last night, i was put on the defensive when asked a simple, "are you doing ok?" of course i'm doing ok. do i look like i'm not doing ok? have i not been living life to its fullest, balancing the past with the present; getting on with my life while still holding on to the important parts that have shaped me what i am today? i think i'm doing very well, thank you, and i imagine if i wanted to talk about it, i would have brought it up. a misunderstanding ensued, and of course, i felt bad, guilty for being angry at my friend, and guilty for no longer grieving.

but this has got me, unexpectedly, revisiting some memories lately that i don't want to revisit. sure, i spend some time each weekend tending to the memorial site, trying to get the damn grass to grown. i drive by his house to make sure everything is ok. i look at pictures often. i am even attending yet another function with his family. but what is driving me to do the things i have been doing today--calling his cell phone to see if his voice is still on the voicemail; looking at NTSB reports which are still preliminary; googling for obituaries and seeing my name in there and knowing i wasn't really his fiancee, and as a result, sitting at my desk at work on the verge of tears.

is it wrong that the world and i have tried to moved on? is it wrong that i only took a few material reminders? is it wrong that i'm seeing someone within a year of the events? i don't think so. so why does everything still seem a bit out of whack--just a tad off kilter?

Monday, May 16, 2005

oscar shorts

Last night I caught a showing of *most* of the nominees and winners for the animated and live action Oscar Shorts of this past year. The most pheomenal, in my opinion, was Ryan, based on an interview with grounbreaking Canadian animator, Ryan Larkin. These days, Larkin is living at a mission in Monetreal, panhandling for a living, the result of a drug and alchohol addiction. Creator Chris Landreth tells the affecting story of Larkin by combining documentary with animation in a style that Landreth calls “psychological realism.” Not to be missed!


Saturday, May 14, 2005

things to do: buy digital camera

Right after I buy my wetsuit, trainer, software for my new MP3, some clothes that fit, wedding presents, GPS, possible marathon registration, and trip to The House on the Rock that I've been promised to be taken to (not only for my love of roadside attractions, but this particular attraction was featured in one of my favorite books, American Gods by Neil Gaiman).

A N Y W A Y...until I figure out the mini baby digital camera that WLG gave me, I'm stuck with disposable cameras. So, since I still need 10 more reasons to snap a photo and then get my pics developed, I got nothin' else from Indy. But for your viewing pleasure, please refer to the pictures below for skibabe's new tattoo, and my favorite photo from October. In the meantime, I promise to finish the roll and develop the film! (I think Kroger is keeping their photo lab specifically for me, since I'm probably the last person in town to get a "real" camera.)

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skibabe's about to get her new tattoo! By request from Freak, the best artist in Indy. Find him at Artistic Skin Designs, Ink.

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skibabe's new tattoo!

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Time Traveler Convention at MIT

Amal Dorai, a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is hosting a one-time time traveler conference at MIT this weekend. He only asks his guests to show proof they come from the future. "You only need one," Dorai said. "The chance that anybody shows up is small, but if it happens it will be one of the biggest events in human history." Dorai had friends write invitations on acid-free paper and put them into obscure library books.

Silly student. If the books are that obscure, they run the risk of being weeded in the very near future. Most likely too near for those future expert time travelers to discover. I suggest he put them in the items on the library's reserve shelf. Today's students hardly ever seek out the required reading materials, but if something is on the reserve shelf, it won't be weeded.

UPDATE from Dorai's website: "The convention was a mixed success. Unfortunately, we had no confirmed time travelers visit us, yet many time travelers could have attended incognito to avoid endless questions about the future. We had a great series of lectures, awesome bands, and even a DeLorean. We regret having had to turn away visitors, but there were capacity restrictions governing Morss Hall. Thanks so much to the dozens of people who helped."

For those of you who missed this one-time event, it's never too late to get started on your own DeLorean.

Image hosted by Photobucket.com Some photos from the Indy Mini. Running on the Indy track, and afterwards with Wanda.

Monday, May 09, 2005

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The ladeez, after the race, a nap, and some beers.

Indy Mini

So I ran a half marathon this weekend in Indianapolis, the Indy Mini. This is the second year I've gone, but didn't get to run it last year. But the women I meet up with every year are the main reason I go, the run and 8 weeks of training that lead up to it are just secondary, really. Party is priority, race is optional.

Finished at 1:46:29. I had no idea how to go about this, figured I'd just run for fun. But when Wanda (far left in the pic) said she was shooting for 1:45-1:48, I thought, what the heck, I'll try to keep up? Turned out, I could keep up, even though at mile 4 I remember telling Wanda, "I'm tired!" But I could not have done this without Wanda right next to me. She is a fabulous athlete (who I secretly hope tries to BQ very soon. She is so going to do it!).

I can't tell you how much fun these ladies I meet each year are. The race is always sweltering and sucky, but as long as those women keep running it, I'm gonna keep doing it too! Seriously, they're the reason I go.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

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houston, we have a problem

Library Bans Bad Body Odor, Bathing
Houston's public libraries have a new set of rules that bans body odor, bathing, sleeping and shaving in the city facilities. Houston City Council passed the regulations, which some consider a veiled attempt at prohibiting homeless people from using the libraries. With the help of the city's legal department, the library came up with the following new rules:
*Patrons with offensive bodily hygiene that constitutes a nuisance to others will not be allowed inside the library.
*People sleeping or putting their head, feet or legs on tables will be asked to leave.
*Visitors will no longer be allowed to use restrooms to change clothes, bathe or shave.
*Customers viewing obscene material on the Internet could be asked to leave.
*Blankets and backpacks that are too big are prohibited.

...Library officials insist they are not just targeting the homeless, but anyone else who engages in offensive behavior in the library.
See the whole story here

(Thanks to Alex for the article)

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Tri pics!

Here's a few of the pics from my tri. Enjoy!
Now I best get back to work!

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Taking off for the run.

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I specifically recall telling my dad right here, "I suck at the bike."

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Coming back in from the bike. That's my dad right there "coaching" me. ;)

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Chatting with friends...just waiting for the race to start. Love those purple goggles!

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Still warming up...but hey, it's me swimming!

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Getting ready for a warm up swim.

Romance by You

Enjoy the adventure of starring in your own personalized romance novel!
This site allows you to co-author your 160 to 180-page novel by providing the names, features and places that personalize your book. There are over 26 characteristics to personalize – you can even include your dog or cat! A personalized cover adds that finishing touch. So, I decided to give it a try. By entering my name (Ankah), my best friend's name (Smarmy Gal), love interest's name (Hunk Alove), his physique (from slim to muscular to chubby), and the villainess (Crazy). Here's a few excerpts:

"I remember peeking around the corner of the change room and watching Hunk walk from the showers with a towel wrapped around that heavy set body of his. I'll never forget the look on his face when he reached into his locker and pulled out those black, lace panties," Smarmy Gal was barely able to contain her laughter.

"Ankah, what's going on?" Hunk asked, as he slowly spun her around attempting to keep a clear view of his table. "What's with this game you're playing?" All he wanted to do was end the dance and get back to his girlfriend Crazy. Ankah gently brushed her warm, wet lips against his neck. "Stop that!" he pleaded, glancing again at Crazy to see if she was watching. His girlfriend's eyes glared back at him from their table. She hadn't missed a thing. The glance spoke volumes - the rest of the evening was going to be hell. Ankah, once again, moved her lips ever so slowly along his neck. "That bothers you?" she said, in a soft, sultry voice. . .

You can choose a variety of themes and titles, including Vampire Kisses, Medieval Passion, Tropical Treasure, and Pirates of Desire. Just in time for Mother's Day, kids!


A fun little game I stole from the Smart Bitches

1. Take first five novels from your bookshelf.
2. Book 1—first sentence
3. Book 2—last sentence on page 50
4. Book 3—second sentence on page 100
5. Book 4—next to the last sentence on page 150
6. Book 5—final sentence of the book
7. Make the five sentences into a paragraph.
8. Feel free to “cheat” to make it a better paragraph.
9. Name your sources
10.Post to your blog.

So here's my take:
The sun could have melted diamonds that day, and I spent the afternoon poolside, wasting away in Liptonville for the thirtieth time in a month. “So, what’s on your agenda at the meeting tonight?” Pouting at my reflection, I took a deep breath. He held me tenderly high up in our green-blue thicket of pine needles…his groin pressing against my buttocks. “Yes,” I say, “as ready as I’ll ever be.”

Pick Your Poison—Leann Sweeney
Ghost of a Chance—Yasmine Galenorn
The Bad Mother’s Handbook—Kate Long
Possession—Ann Rule
Diving Through Clouds—Nicola Lindsay


A little over a week ago, I did my first triathlon, a sprint. 1/4 mile swim, 13.4 mile bike, 5K run. My total time for the race was 1:21:49. Came in 67 out of 244, 1st in age out of 14, 9th female overall.

swim: 7:04 (total time in water--6:45. Rank of 42 overall in swimming)
T1: 1:17
bike: 48:56 (20+mph wind, totally against the wind 2/3 of the way)
T2: 1:04
run: 23:29

Ok, first of all, WOW! That was hard! I think it was mostly the wicked wind of over 20mph that day. I was very discouraged on the bike, as at most points, I felt like I was at a stand still. And it is really really really hard to run after you get off a bike for that long, in that wind.

But here are some lessons I learned that day:
1. I underestimate myself. By a lot.
2. The transitions are nothing to fear. Ever.
3. If you're going to hang around all afternoon until awards, make sure that you have all the snot the wind whipped around your face during the bike cleaned off your face.
4. Never eat trail mix before a race. Not even 3 hours prior. Those nuts will come back to haunt me during the run.

I brought my crew of two to Sullivan that day, Dad and WLG, who have been inducted into Team Mayhem by association. WLG took about 60 pictures that day, (I'll try to post some when he gets me them), and gets my nomination for boyfriend of the year award. It was a fun day, but very tiring.

Next up: Indy Mini, May 7, and the Reebok Women's Triathlon, June 12.