Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Fall festivities

I really should change 3athletejen to something more appropriate. Maybe swimmerjen or yogajen. Or iheartpizzajen. Whatever.

Last weekend at master's practice, I was coerced into signing up for a swim meet. This will be my first meet in three years. The last meet I attended was a rude awakening. Apparently muscle memory does not apply to diving off a swim block. It was ugly and it hurt. My times were lackluster. Basically, it was a huge ego blow.

But I've been feeling a little competitive lately. I've also been feeling a desire to fit into my skinny jeans before the holidays. So voila! I signed up. My events are 100 IM, 200 IM, 50 fly, 100 back and 50 breast. It's not coincidental there are no free events. My fly is faster than my free, which is both a compliment and an insult. The meet is Nov. 6, so hopefully I will have good results to post. My goal is just not to be DAL.

I just realized Halloween is this weekend and I need to piece some sort of costume together. This is always stressful. You want a costume that's funny and witty, creative and current, and one that hopefully is attractive. (My freshman year of college I went to a fraternity party dressed as a giant beer bottle. It was a great costume and also horribly unflattering. All my sorority sisters were dressed as sexy witches/devils/PB bunnies and I was a big beverage. It sucked. Lesson learned.)

However, I just don't have the time and energy to come up with anything. My brain is fried. And BF wanted something that could incorporate his newly grown beard. I suggested Burl Ives, but was vetoed. Because I'm lazy we're going with Star Trek. (BF like sci-fi and I like things on sale. Win.) Keeping fingers crossed this isn't a disaster.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Bumper Cars

I hate bumper cars. Hated them the first time I ever tried them. I got in the little car, excited to get to steer. The signal goes off and all these people I don’t know are out to get me. One second I’m facing one way and the next I’ve been blindsided by some bratty ten-year-old, my car has done a 180 and the back of my head hurts.

My life has been a bit bumper car-ish lately. If you’ve read any of my previous entries, you get the gist I’m a control freak, so quick directional changes are not my thing. But sometimes you don’t have a choice.

Yes, this all sounds a little vague. Some of the changes I can put on my blog, others aren’t as appropriate. Appropriate changes: I’ve started in a new position at the college as a project manager. It’s challenging and fun, but the learning curve is steep and I still sit in many meetings taking notes about things I completely don’t understand. (PeopleSoft, anyone?)

Secondly, I lasted through two sessions of my first grad school class. I’m embarrassed to admit this. I feel like a quitter. (Okay, I am a quitter.) But the classes just didn’t do it for me. Not that they were too challenging – it was organizational development, for Pete’s sake – but it was just a touchy-feely, human resourcey program that does not match at all with my personality or strengths. I’m finally old enough to realize that when things feel wrong, it’s okay to step away. So I did.

The less blog-appropriate changes will remain under wraps. I guess the reason I’m even documenting this is to explain why entries have been MIA lately. It’s hard to type in a bumper car.

Next time, I’ll be more light-hearted and witty. Maybe something about my current kitchen remodel (sigh) or maybe a new dog (awesome). Either way, I’ll try not to wait so long.