07/30/03

Got a really good five miles in on the treadmill yesterday. Was supposed to get up at 4:30 a.m. to meet Peggy and Emily at 5:30, but I just couldn’t. I tossed and turned, didn’t sleep, plus today is a rest day. I guess they were switching yesterday with today, but since I didn’t get the message until after I had done my five…oops. Anyway, my five miles yesterday was done in around 58:30, faster than last time! And I didn’t walk at all this time. That’s a sub-12:00 pace! Woo!

07/29/03

Ahhhh, what a great feeling! I just paid off all of my credit cards and bills. Of course, now I have a loan to pay instead of credit cards and stuff, but at least the interest rate is much, much lower. Yay! I am very excited.

Went to the gym yesterday with Terry. Stationary bike for 25 minutes. Nothing terribly exciting. Also rode my bike around the neighborhood a bit yesterday. Today I suppose I’ll go to my gym in Metairie since I have to do five miles.

07/27/03

Ten miles this morning with Peggy and Emily, and it was hot. Ugh. Got started at 6:30 or so, and by 8, we were dying. But we finished our ten miles, even if we walked much of the last four. Then we went to Krispy Kreme and had two doughnuts and milk. Mmmmm! I’m going to attempt to not take a nap today, see how long I last. I need to go out and buy a newspaper. I hope I don’t fall asleep at the wheel.

Last night, George and I went to Chris & Rebecca’s for dinner. It was nice. Teresa and Joe and Candace were there. I only wish I could have partaken in more of the appletinis and watermelon margaritas. Ah well.

Good run

Ventured slightly outside of the neighborhood yesterday. Rode up the levee to the Mississippi River Bridge, then down a path that runs under a bridge. Until I started thinking about the packs of stray dogs that wander around that area. Then I turned around. Still, I’m proud of myself for sort of going somewhere else. I’m enjoying this bike riding so much that I’m wondering if one day I might want to try a century ride or a duathalon or something. I only need a more comfortable seat for my bike. Or to toughen up my butt. I have to run five miles today, so no long bike ride for me. I may see if Annie wants to ride across the river (um, well, rather, take the ferry to the other side and ride over there) today or tomorrow.

So far I’ve lost two pounds doing this sort-of Weight Watchers thing. Or I think I have. Well, I’m down two pounds from last week, though I didn’t weigh myself right before starting this diet, er, “lifestyle change.” (Though if it really does remain a “lifestyle change” remains to be seen. Do you think I really could stop eating so much chocolate? I can’t decide if that’s depressing or a good thing.)

07/24/03

Looking, looking, looking. Sent off another resume today. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Have to do 1 hour of cardio today. Hmmm. Want to ride bike more, outside of neighborhood, but am not sure where to go. Lindsay mentioned a bike path I may try.

07/23/03

Apparently, I was overreacting about the swoosh on my shoes. Today, I ran five miles in them for the first time, and they were fine! I didn’t notice anything. Dang, I’m turning into as big of a drama queen as my sister. God forbid!

Very very very sad news. Jennifer’s mom passed away yesterday. My mom called me last night to tell me. I was very sad for Jennifer. I only met her mom a few times, and she was a very nice woman. About a week before she got sick, she sent me a donation. Ironic, that she died of a blood disease. I think for the marathon I’m going to pin ribbons to my shirt of people who had blood diseases. And even if Jennifer’s mom didn’t have leukemia or lymphoma, I’m still going to wear a ribbon in her memory. Anyway, I feel terrible for Jennifer. She’s such a strong, caring, amazing person, I hate for anything bad to happen to her. My heart aches for her. And for her brother. And for my brother, for that matter. Sigh.

07/22/03

Sunday’s run was great. Went to the levee for 6 a.m., met up with Emily and Peggy, my two fellow MCM TNT’ers. We went out two miles, then back in, then out and back again for a total of eight miles. I forgot to time the first four miles, but for the second four, we averaged 12:15 miles! Amazing for me, considering I was averaging 13-14 minute miles when doing my long runs for London. Woo!

Am desperately trying to find jobs to apply for. Am not having much luck. Need to call the unemployment office. Yeesh. Need to mail out my portfolio to a local advertising agency, I may be asked to do freelance assignments. Woo!

I got a new pair of running shoes yesterday. The design (outside) of the shoe is different, though, and the stitching on the swoosh is digging into my arch. Sigh. I either have to get used to it or get a seam-ripper and get rid of it. We’ll see when I go to the gym tonight. I’m supposed to meet Emily and Peggy tomorrow morning at Audubon Park. At 6 a.m. Yikes.

07/20/03

Poop. Today got my rejection letter from Gambit. Ah well.

Went to a wedding of one of George’s high school friends today. Was kind of boring. But decent people-watching. Some of the outfits were horrendous, and I’m not talking about the bridemaids (only.)

Exciting news…Annie asked Polly and me to be her bridemaids! And there will definitely be no ugly dresses involved. It will be very low-key, but I’m excited about it. Honored.

Yay and boo

Score! Got $100 from my aunt in Atlanta.

Boo! I keep gaining weight. What??? This is highly annoying. And I can no longer pretend it’s muscle. Am going to borrow Terry’s weight watchers books.

Tomorrow is my last day at crappy mindnumbing temp job. Thank god.

07/16/03

Didn’t work out yesterday. Rest day. Went to the pub, but the A/C was broken. Watched a little BBC America at Dawn’s house. I’m kitty-sitting for a couple of hours every day and she has ALL of the digital cable channels. All of the HBOs. All of the Showtimes. Everything. Amazing.

Am about to go to the gym with Terry and George (!) My knee is hurting a bit, so am going to do cardio (bike?) and weights.

I miss the rain. It rained every day for a month, and now that it has stopped, it’s 105 degrees outside. Bring back the rain!

My sister in law’s mother is doing very badly. I am very sad about this. I can’t believe it. They don’t think she’s going to live much longer. I wish Jennifer didn’t have to go through this. Sucks, sucks, sucks.

Thanks to my trip to Indiana, I now have enough frequent flier miles to fly Kristina down here. Yay! I can’t wait. I hope she can come soon and stay for a long time.

My fundraising has hit a rough spot. $15 in the last week. Ah well. I have less than $900 to go. That’s good. I’m not worried, but I miss opening my PO box and having checks in it. That’s always fun.

07/15/03

Four miles yesterday on the treadmill. Quite good, too. A hair under 46 minutes, that’s 11:30 pace, really better than that because I walked the first couple of minutes while I fixed my headphones. And I did hills. But then again, it was a treadmill. Today I may do weights or just rest. I hate the temp job I’m at right now because it starts at 7:30 a.m. And I have to leave my house by 6:45. Blech. I find it really difficult to go to bed at 10:00 at night. Consequently, I only get 7 hours of sleep, and really, I need eight.

But I’m only doing this temp job through the end of the week. Then I’m going to find something else. A real job, hopefully?

07/14/03

Oooh, haven’t posted in a while. Had to get my computer fixed, and have been very busy. Worked at temp job this week. Boring, boring, boring. Went to Indiana this past weekend with my mom and sister. Wasn’t terribly exciting, but was relaxing. Ran on the treadmill at the hotel on Saturday morning. 4.25 miles. Not seven. But ran 2-3 miles with Chris on Thursday. Actually, that’s pretty bad. That was the only other time I ran last week. Bad, bad, bad Pam. But I was so busy getting ready for my trip, hanging out with Anne and Bill (we all went to Jacque-Imo’s for dinner last Wednesday…yummy!), working, blah, blah blah. No good excuse. Am going back to the gym tomorrow. Whew. Oh, and I did go swimming on Saturday. That’s something, at least. Something else.

Okay, George is at the computer next to me watching some gross science-fiction miniseries from the 80s. I must go.