qarylla: (running)
I'm raising money for the CCFA's Team Challenge, an endurance training program designed to raise money for Crohn's and Colitis research and education. I'll be running the Napa to Sonoma half marathon in July, and have a goal of raising $5000 for the charity.

Please support my fund raising efforts at my donation website. Every little bit helps!

I'm also holding a raffle for those who donate. Most of the prizes are craft-related, primarily knitting and spinning. See the prizes to date at I'll be posting new prizes each week.

qarylla: (running)
I'm running another half marathon this year - actually two. I'm currently training and training (and fundraising) for Boston's Run to Remember at the end of May and for the Napa Valley to Sonoma Half Marathon in July. The Napa Valley Half is part of Team Challenge, so I'm trying to raise money for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation. I love the fact that I can run, and while I am not the best runner on the block that it is something I can do and see improvement on. Of course, I'm not so good at the fundraising - big surprise there. I was looking at my logs yesterday, and from around the day I signed up for the Team Challenge half marathon, I've run over 43 miles. Not bad for under a month.

This weekend was my first real long run of the season. I trundled along with [ profile] enochs_fable for just over 6 miles. With some moderate improvement and more work under my belt, I'm happily on track for a sub-two hour long race (I love the race projection calculator). Of course, right now I'm feeling a little under the weather, probably due to changes in same or allergies or a cold. I'm hoping to nip this thing in the bud soon, so I'll feel up to taking on my 4 mile run tomorrow morning.

Yeah, running! (And yeah for picking up a new running shoes over the weekend!)
qarylla: (leave me alone)
And not quite up to snuff.

I've spent the past few days being wobbly and disoriented, but going to work and doing almost all of my normal things anyway (no running, slightly less food). Mostly this takes place when I stand up and try to walk. I feel a bit dizzy and likely to either fall or crash into things. I had this issue a while ago, and was hoping it wouldn't come back. Yesterday, I felt like it was because I didn't eat much on Tuesday. As it is still happening today (albeit less), that's probably not why. Go fig.

So, I'm not going to run game on Friday. I'm going to figure out what I need to do for Saturday, work on homework and generally try and feel better, because work is this huge unending thing this week that is keeping me constantly busy (aka, no, I'm not going home).

Right now, my stomach is just saying that it has had a bit too much tannic (and other) acids and is grumbly. Hopefully everything will be better after my lunch meeting...
qarylla: (bathing monkeys)
The song is Self Control by Laura Branigan.  I didn't remember the title, but just enough lyrics to use the power of Google.

Worship the power of Google.  Oooh!

No Skirt!
qarylla: (fantasy)
I got home safe and sound.
I had a lot of fun (Thank you, [profile] skatedate for crash space and accompaniment!) going all over the place.
I'm tired, so I am going to clean up and then go boom.
More later.
qarylla: (love)
I wanted waffles this morning, but didn't have any eggs and cobbled something together loosely based on a recipe found from Fat Free (it's a vegetarian recipe archive, some of which are good and a lot of which are pretty odd).  Mine weren't fat free, but I used up a banana that I was too lazy to make into banana bread and a pint of blueberries that would possibly have gone bad if I hadn't gotten to them soonish (like by next Friday).


I'll be leaving the house around noon to make my way to Lush Beads.  I have a necklace that I need to finish and a few other projects I'd like supplies for.  I'll get my stuff and then come home and bead and knit until my brain explodes.  It's raining here, but I don't imagine that the rain is making the pathways currently any better.  Maybe in about an hour (because it is too late for me to leave and make the 12:10 commuter rail).

qarylla: (all things in the sky)
I've been keeping a moderately close eye on the weather this weekend, because I have more outdoors time than normal.  I had mostly resigned myself last night to doing my run today on a treadmill as well.  Not too bad, but not as good for the legs as the street (if I were doing a half marathon on a treadmill, then I probably wouldn't give a bit of care to street running) in building up strength and stamina in the ankles and knees.

Yesterday morning it said it would snow today and tomorrow.
Now, it says instead that it will be cloudy today and rain tomorrow.

It looks like things will be a happy Go! for Saturday (I'll call and see if [personal profile] lizzielizzie shop is open), because I need some beading help and to buy gift items and hopefully supplies for another item I was hoping to make.  Thank goodness for payday and minor amounts of overtime.

Sunday involves waking up about nowish and running.  If I have to, I will do a shorter loop and do the rest of my run in the afternoon.  That would be weird.  Outdoors and running in the daylight feels unnatural after a while.

Leaving for the gym in about 20 minutes.  (There is more for this space, but my brain is empty and empty brains don't think of anything terribly exciting or nothing.)
qarylla: (energetic)
The pants I'm wearing to work today are about to fall off. *sigh* Crunches (well, except reverse crunches) don't feel like much of anything anymore. The pilates-style crunches are much more effective (read painful) and exciting to do.

So, I've been looking at the wonderful world of eBay and seeing if there were any treasures that would be appropriate for, well, anything: work, play, dancing, formal...

I've found these items:
Granted, these are just clothing items I've seen. I'm not really looking with any kind of focus (more of the spastic, ooh, that's pretty method).
qarylla: (quiet solitude)
A light dusting of snow is coming down. I noticed it sometime shortly after I woke up, and went to one of the other rooms for a better view. My long run is today, and this will be a welcome change. Running in snow isn't necessarily harder than just running in the cold, but it is definitely prettier.

voice lessons )

My mouth is mostly feeling better from the tooth pulling. I didn't want to do anything Saturday morning as there was that stupid dull ache that mostly meant I noticed my jaw constantly. Eating is still a little difficult, but that is mostly because for some reason sandwiches are made huge! The right side of my mouth feels a little bruised from Friday, so eating a standard sub style sandwich is just much harder than normal. I've been drinking a lot more water than normal, because the idea of drinking soda for the last couple of days just felt wrong.

Maybe I'll finish something today. I'll get ready, do my run, and then come back and finish one of the socks from last year or something.
qarylla: (moo with me)
supervillain is me )
qarylla: (Default)
What's your sign? )

There is very little time with which to do work today. Soon, I will be on my way home via the grocery store where I will regret my vast capacity for food today and buy skim milk and a small grater for using on my nutmeg (because the huge grater is, well, huge). I will then make two pies, ice cream, and cookies before embarking (for the land of ice and snow - damn those viking kitties!) on the adventure of dinner. I still need to write about 2300 words today and knit enough rows on the baby sweater for coworker who will spawn imminently and I don't expect to see in the office on Monday (which I should abbreviate to something... anything. Codenames anyone?) in order to feel like I have gotten closer to the goal of being done before the baby will be a month old.

Ice and snow!
Wine and Beer!

Coincidence? I think not.
qarylla: (Default)
[ profile] meranthi is home today, taking care of [ profile] thastygliax and the little ones. I am at work, where I have through some drugged up mess with the space-time continuum gotten in shortly after 8 a.m. I intended to be at work for nine to work on the big project that has been eating our heads, but instead I got in an hour earlier than that. Makes me feel very paranoid.

I feel fuzzy and not very alert. It is mostly a side effect of the miracle and all of the baggage that comes with that. My sleep schedule went sideways and my work schedule is going vertical (or maybe plaid), but there is surprisingly low stress with this entire process. I should have gone out dancing on Friday night, but I didn't have any way of knowing that the car was going to pull a sickie on us the next day. Maybe I'll go dancing the next time (I think that is November 10th, correct?), but it is the day before [ profile] jiggliusceasar's birthday, so I'll just have to see how things go. I need to go out and be more active. My lardy butt ways are causing a little baby backslide (which mostly means hovering around this weight point - not actually too bad but I sometimes feel like I have eaten an entire hungry hungry hippo).

I have my surgery eval on Wednesday, so I will be coming in late to work on that day and probably working late that night. I don't appear to have work on Saturday or Sunday this week, though the project lady might change her mind. Work is this huge glory hole of effort and a lot of it feels like it is finally bearing fruit. Until then, I am going to putt about my normal tasks and wait for the powerpoint gods to smile on me and say, this is done, send it in.
qarylla: (evil)
From a friend's page mostly for [ profile] mr_q_o_p:

Hey baby, can I stick my Willy Wonka in your Oompa-Loompah?
qarylla: (tmi)
I expect that this is more gross than most people want to read, so behind the cut it goes.
do you like blood? )
qarylla: (birthday Pikachu)
To [ profile] thastygliax

Many monkeys to you (and hope that you are enjoying meranthi's vacation!
qarylla: (library slave!)
It's been a while since I have thought of my job as more fun than you can shake a stick at. Too much of most corporate jobs is drudgery, daily tasks that have to be done but that don't inspire creativity and joy. Processing books is like that, fun to complete but unending, one of the tasks that you never will truly complete.

This week I was given a little bit of nothing to play with: to make catalog searches that could be posted on the Intranet. I have made searches for our M&A titles, periodicals and videos. I know that I understand just enough PHP and SQL to be truly dangerous, but this is mostly like plug and play for me (here are the variables that the program needs, here are the ones we don't need to fill in and can safely remove, etc.). It makes me feel like I could have done computer programming, though I never got past Hello World (in Java and C++ and Basic and, etc.).

I love doing something that makes my brain take even the smallest amount of interest in the area around me, something that makes my brain sparkle with retsin or something. And I got that today, which makes me ecstatic.
qarylla: (tmi)
We finally got our box of stuff that we mailed from Canada! So, now I have a L'arc~en~ciel dvd and a few other random things (some clothing, the beaver, etc.) including the yarn I shipped from Canada that I bought in Vermont (that is kind of silly, isn't it?).

[Poll #754412]
qarylla: (evil)
I finished rereading Trickster's Queen last night after rapidly reading a ton of Tamora Pierce books over the last week or so. I decided that when I started Trickster's Choice that it had caused "I like being a spy" to be stuck in my head. I rammed straight through T.Q. to drive the song out (so I could think of something else! anything else!).

This morning I found out that not only am I sleepy but that it did not work. I still have the song in my head! Aarrgh!

Maybe if I read something else?
qarylla: (Mystina)
And someone will actually check the catalog for the information they want before asking me a question.

It will be great, because the information is in the catalog.

It will be horrible, because I will never actually know the miracle has occurred.

But it will be a miracle.

And I'm not holding my breath.

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