November 19, 2001

What a nice weekend I had! Not stressful, got lots of free stuff, had a great run, nice weather…what more can you ask for? Friday night, we went to see Harry Potter. Oh my gosh, what a wonderful movie! I know that some critics complained that it was too much like the books, but I won’t gripe about that! I was so giddy at the beginning that it was all I could do not to laugh out loud. This little girl (about 8 years old) was sitting next to me, and every time I laughed or gasped or made any noise she just turned and stared at me. Like, what is this woman doing? It was funny. But it was fantastic, and I can’t wait to see it again. Yay!

Then on Saturday, Kristina and I went to the mall and ended up getting lots of free stuff, including some tickets to the Nutcracker on Ice. Ha ha! Should be fun. Then, our delicious dinner at Commander’s Palace and then on Sunday, we got free tickets to the Saints game from Kristina’s boss so we went to that (I’m not much of a football fan, so I wouldn’t say I was as excited as Kristina, but it was fun anyway. And we had really good seats.) And then my run (I suppose the only thing I should be writing about here) was really good too…

As I’ve complained about in the past, I have had trouble pacing myself when I run alone. I end up going too fast, then burning out early and walking too much and getting frustrated with myself, etc, etc. Well, yesterday, I finally had a good solo run. A great solo run. Kristina didn’t feel like running, so I went to the park at around 4:30 p.m. It was cool (it still hasn’t gotten cold here in Louisiana, so it was shorts and tank top weather) and it was just a nice afternoon. I had my walkman on, with a Beatles tape in (which is my favorite running music) and just went out slow. I paid attention if I started to get out of breath or if it seemed as if I was going faster than normal, and when I did, I slowed down. It was good. By the time I was ready to stop, it was getting darkish outside, so I stopped – after 33 minutes! I was very happy about that, because not only is it further than Kristina and I generally go, it was solo! So all in all, a very nice run. I was very pleased. Yay!