everything right is wrong again

Monday, June 27, 2005

what's new

I got to spend time with skully, Ro, Raccoon Juniorette, and Katia up in Chicago for ALA. I didn't do the actual ALA this year, but I was so happy just to spend time with the lovely ladies, and play "spot the dowdy librarian" for a day. Jealous, of course, that I missed out on Barack Obama, David Sedaris, and the usual librarian mayhem.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

family pics

Pics from my brother's wedding reception. That's me, my brothers, and our grandmother. Awww!

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Monday, June 20, 2005

The House on the Rock

Remember my wish list of things I wanted to save up for? One of those things was a trip to Wisconsin to the House on the Rock. For those of you who do not know, I am a roadside attraction junkie. I want to stop and see everything, from cliff dwellings to Flintstone parks to gigantic holes in the ground. From gravesites to ghost towns to scenic views. I want to see everything. The HOTR was next on my list. And I'm tellin' you, it was the most wicked cool, spectacular man-made roadside attraction I have ever seen. EVER. Cooler than Crazy Horse, and more legendary than the Liberace Museum. My face was affixed in a permanent expression of shock, disbelief, and a little bit of fright, all mixed up in one.

Another thing I bought was a brand new digital camera (welcome to the 21st Century, Ankah), but alas, the camera did not make it into the car for the roadtrip. I hope to be posting some pictures soon, however, but keep in mind, no pictures could really capture the extravagance of this attraction. But keep an eye out, there will be some soon.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

ladies and gentlemen (ladies and gentlemen)

may i present for your viewing pleasure: valuedan.

"...one of the few comics from Washington State that is not crappy anime, stick figures, or pictures stolen from video games."

hope finals went just swell, a.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Team in Training

Hello all two people who read my blog. In case you haven't heard, I've signed up to do another marathon. This year I am training to participate in the Chicago Marathon as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training. All of us on Team In Training are raising funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and
myeloma from taking more lives. I'm completing this marathon in honor of all individuals who are battling blood cancers. These people are the real heroes on our team, and we need your support to cross the ultimate finish line - a cure!

Every TNT member participates in honor of a Patient Honoree. A Patient Honoree is an individual from Illinois who has been stricken with some form of blood cancer. My Honoree is Debra, a nurse from this area who is married with one son, two daughters, and one son-in-law. She was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia in February of 2004, and has since had a relapse. She is currently determining now if a bone marrow transplant is the right path for her.

Join Debra and me in the fight against cancer. Payment is easy. You can either send me a check payable to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by July 8, or you can make your donation from my website.

Friday, June 03, 2005


I crashed on my bike this morning. The day before the tri.

I did a very easy 12 miles this morning on my bike. I came back home on the bike path as traffic was getting busy in the streets (this town is NOT bike friendly). I came up on this guy who was just lollygagging on his bike...hands weren't even on his handlebars, he was balancing on his bike with his hands in his back pockets, just going real slow. About 15-20ft. behind, I call out, "On your left." He sees me, moves over and I zip by. About 100y later, as I'm crossing the bridge, I see he's picked up speed and getting real close to me. I slow down because there's a merge in the path and I wanted to look for people crossing. No one was coming, but this guy is RIGHT BEHIND ME, totally drafting (inches away from me). What is this??? One minute, he's going so slow, didn't even have his hands on the handlebars, the next, he's sped up and is tailing me. At this point, I'm getting nervous, because what if he's trying to mess wtih me, or race me, or god forbid hurt me? I stop suddenly, because I was so scared and shocked that he was right on me, skid on the damp path (it's damp on the trail because the trees), and fall into the soft grass, after my elbow scraped across the path. The guy stopped, started yelling at me, and I was so mad, I was like, "You were drafting me!" And he said, "I was 3 bike lengths behind you," And I yelled, "You were not, you were RIGHT ON ME! You didn't even have your HANDS on the handlebars when I passed you, and suddenly you're on my tail!" Then he starts yelling "it's people like you..." blah blah blah. WHAT?

Anyway, I'm not hurt bad, more shaken up and mad. Fell on my left hip, which only hurts when touched and no bruise. But my right ankle was jarred or something, and it's a little stiff on top, although I tried jogging around my apartment and it felt alright. But...I'm mad. I don't want to risk being hurt by running tomorrow or anything in the tri, as I have committed myself to marathon training as well, through TNT (Team in Training). BUT...I dropped some $$$ on a race in Naperville next weekend, but decided against it because a spot in this local race when it opened up. So then I dropped MORE money on this race! So yeah, I'm out maybe $100. I *could* do the race in Naperville still, it's next weekend, but I never booked a hotel room. AND who's to say if a book a hotel room, I'll be feeling better by then?

So, cutting out of work this morning to tend to my wounds and calm down, I took the bike in to the shop. Tri guy looked at bike, straightened it out, and it was fine. I told him I wasn't racing tomorrow because my ankle hurt and I didn't want to risk injuring it since I'm marathon training now. He then said, "did you pay your entry fee?" I said yes. He said, "Hey, just go out and swim and bike, you don't have to run. This way, you have no stress with competition and you can just go out and practice your transitions and have fun. Or just swim!" He also added that since the park people graveled the one main road we bike on for two miles twice in this race, we won't be able to go fast or pass anyone anyway. Not a race good for timing.

He has a point. We'll see how the ankle is feeling tonight and tomorrow. On one hand, sure I could just swim or swim and bike. Ankle doesn't hurt when I walk but if I hyperextend it (bend it down, like I would when I swim), or twist it, it hurts. On the other hand, I'm afraid to make it worse. So...we'll see. HERE'S THE THING...it's supposed to rain tomorrow. SO...if it's raining when it's time to set out around 6am, that will help with the decision.

But I'm just so mad. I know everyone crashes, and run the risk of it in any sport. And truly, I wasn't 100% looking forward to this race, due to the gravel on the bike course, the chance of rain, and the fact if I did the race, I may not be ablt to make Brian's cousin's wedding an hour away. And there are other small tris around town. It's just that I should have followed my gut and not gone out this morning. I had so much I had to get done. I should have stayed home and done that and rested. But I guess it could have been worse. Right?

Oh, and my elbow has an inch of bloodiness road rash. It won't stop oozing blood. Didn't look like there was anything in it, and I cleaned it with soap and water and rubbing alcohol. I have gauze on it now. Just thought I'd add that.

Anyway, I was in tears this morning, all tears. I can't figure out why. I mean, it's just a hurt ankle. It will be better by this week, so what's the big deal? The big deal is...I've been feeling down for a while. WLG has pointed out to me that he's felt I've been out of sorts. I haven't had a comfortable breath in 6 weeks, I'm feeling guilty about not taking good enough care of my mom, and I really think that while I'm looking forward to it, seeing Brian's family this weekend has been making me think about him a bit. And this tri and training has kept me sane. So the one thing that could save me, I can't do. I didn't realize how much stock I had in this.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

watch out for the water!

Well, it's tri week again. I spent last evening trying out the wetsuit AND swimming in open water for the first time at an organized practice for the Tri Sharks. Very, um, uncomfortable yet exhilerating. Uncomfertable because it's very difficult to sight, or see where you are in relation to the bouys and other people, splashing you, whacking you in the ribs, and kicking your goggles off. Every time you disrupt a stroke to look up, you've essentially stopped swimming. That's where the wetsuit comes in! It's incredibly bouyant. And it probably saved me from drowning last night.

The Tri Sharks are a fun, supportive group of people. I met a lot of fun individuals last night, and I wasn't the only one wearing a wetsuit for the first time. Everyone was really cool. Oh, and after I was all finished and up on the dock, a few people were hanging out in waist deep water waiting and watching for others to come in...and a snake swam right up to a group of waders! Eek!

but what were my other choices?

You Belong in London

A little old fashioned, and a little modern.
A little traditional, and a little bit punk rock.
A unique woman like you needs a city that offers everything.
No wonder you and London will get along so well.

What City Do You Belong in? Take This Quiz :-)

Really, I'm not a big city girl anymore. But I wonder what my other choices were? Why not Hornytown, North Carolina...Romance, Arkansas...or even Sandwich, Illinois? I think these are more suited to my character, doncha think?