Friday, December 31, 2010

I'm lazy

So I'm copying this from a friend's blog and counting it as an entry. (Thanks, Natalie.)

1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?

Asked for a harder job without a pay increase. Camped in the mountains.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't make resolutions.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Not counting sorority sisters who are now facebook friends, no.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
A member of my department at work died unexpectedly this fall. She was not someone I socialized with outside of work, but was a close office-friend and I'm a little surprised at how often I miss her.

Denise was a rare person who was both kind and hysterical. My funny moments often come at the expense of others (not proudly), but Denise could make me snort with laughter without ever uttering a mean word. We also shared a love of Twix bars and she always kept a stash hidden in her office for me. Sometimes I think she's just away on a long trip and then the realization that she's gone hits me doubly hard. I think of her often, especially when Mizzou does something noteworthy, and touch the door to her office every time I walk by.

5. What countries did you visit?
Countries? Try states. I'm a woman on a budget. Vacations for fun were Colorado, South Carolina and a weekend in Chicago.

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
Ability to be a better listener. Time to become a certified yoga instructor.

7. What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
September 12 was a big date, though it's too personal to mention why.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
It was not a milestone year except for the fact I'm the happiest I can remember being in a long time.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Being horribly unmotivated the first half of the year at work and really under-producing.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Illness, no. Injury, always. It might be time for knee replacement.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
A spa day with Becca.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Armando Galarraga and Jim Joyce.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Rielle Hunter. Jesse James.

14. Where did most of your money go?
House, socializing, kitchen remodel, tri toys.

15. What did you get really excited about?
I can't remember.

16. What song will always remind you of 2010?
I have no idea.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you?
happier or sadder? Happier
thinner or fatter? Same
richer or poorer? Richer (a tiny bit)

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Spending time outside. Napping. Slowing down.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Facebooking. Making lists.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
Sick with a nasty cold at my parents on Christmas Eve and in Newton with Boyfriend's family on Christmas day.

21. Did you fall in love in 2010?
Yes.

22. What was your favorite TV program?
Modern Family. I don't have cable, so limited to network shows.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I try not to hate anyone. I do, however, believe some people to be toxic influences and I tried to reduce interaction with them this year.

24. What was the best book you read?
Unbroken. Really, really fantastic.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I'm just not that musical a person. I sing what's on the radio.

26. What did you want and get?
New kitchen countertops, backsplash and tile floor.

27. What did you want and not get?
A contractor that could finish the job.

28. What was your favorite film of this year? Get Him to the Greek. True Grit was also good.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 38 and stretched it into a multi-day celebration, as I'm prone to do. Birthday night I went to dinner with my parents. Friday night I met girlfriends out for a long happy hour and then went to a Christmas party with Boyfriend. Saturday I ate massive amounts of potato chips and vowed never to drink again.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
More sleep.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
Comfortable and classic. I will be glad when skinny jeans go away. My athletic thighs prefer a nice pair of bootcuts. I also have more appreciation for texture. Bought my first cashmere sweater and love it.

32. What kept you sane?
Yoga. This year was the most consistent I've been with my practice and it helped me immensely.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Whichever one is on the cover of the People issue at my dentist office. (But definitely not the Kardashians.)

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
The death of Elizabeth Edwards. The rise in popularity of Sarah Palin. Both saddened me.

35. Who did you miss?
My mom. My grandparents. My dog.

36. Who was the best new person you met?
Boyfriend. He's funny and interesting and smart - there's never a dull moment. The best re-acquaintance was with my childhood friend Sandi. We just picked up right where we left off after a decade hiatus.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010
Don't try to run a mile in barefoot shoes the first time wearing them. Don't go to Costco on Dec. 23. Don't leave work having to go to the bathroom. Don't give your cell phone number to kids you coach.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Again, not musically inclined.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Done!

Done, done, done. With Christmas shopping, that is. The last present was delivered to my doorstep by my nice (but not hot) UPS man yesterday. With the exception of two gifts, everything was ordered online helping me avoid crowded shopping areas that make me crabby. The internet has lifted over 50 percent of my holiday stress. Which is good, because my job has added it right back. Yay.

Speaking of the job, it continues to provide new and unexpected learning opportunities. That's code for it's continuing to kick my ass. Software issues overwhelm me. (I'm a word girl, damn it.) But all my projects require mods and bolt-ons and upgrades. It's a different language, and one I don't understand. My co-worker said it best yesterday, "You don't know what you don't know." And I don't.

One of the perks of working in higher ed is Christmas break. (That and snow days.) Usually I make a long list of things I'll finally get done when I have a week+ off without traveling. And come January 1, most everything is still on the list. Goals for this break: paint bathroom, clean oven/stove/fridge, touch up paint in my kitchen, rake leaves and see lots and lots of movies. What will likely occur: seeing lots and lots of movies.




Sunday, December 12, 2010

Roller Skating is for Tweens

How might I know this? Because 25 years after my last Tour De Coachlite skating party, I found myself at Skate City donning a pair of frayed laced, orange-wheeled rentals next to ski-ball machines. Sweet nostalgia.

Except it wasn't really sweet. It was painful. I realized my roller skating prime had passed when my primary concern was for bunion pain. It was far worse than stilettos. Think I developed some shinsplints, too. And to be clear, it's not like riding a bike. Trying as I might to channel Olivia Newton John in Xanadu, grace on wheels eluded me. The whole two hours was spent teetering with my arms out, trying not to fall on my butt.


Monday, December 6, 2010

Bummer





Fifteen years ago I was in a car accident that resulted in a broken arm. To help it heal, they put a plate and a couple screws in the bone.

Five years ago, I broke the plate and learned the bone hadn't grown back together (non-union), so they repaired it with a lighter, stronger plate. Apparently as the plates get stronger, so do I, as this plate has broken as well. (See above.)

All of this means surgery that will either A) replace the plate and screws again or B) insert a rod into the bone to make it stronger. It's called an ulnar reconstruction. I prefer any sort of surgical reconstruction be of the cosmetic variety, but oh, well.

The hardest part will be not being able to swim for a couple weeks and no yoga for at least a month. That means I will be mean as a snake and no one will want to be around me the month of January. Don't say I didn't warn you.

On another note, Friday night I met some girlfriends out for happy hour, which lasted four hours. Saturday I moped around and swore never to drink again. Saturday night was Christmas tree time which included a debate about regular lights verses the LED ones. I lost and now instead of a warm, golden glow, the tree looks kind of blueish and space-agey. All in the name of environment.

I also made the annual Christmas fudge. Ugh. A total of nine pounds. I'm pawning it off because it has to be out of my house soon. Very soon. So if you find a tin of fudge outside your door, you're welcome.



Thursday, December 2, 2010

38

That's how old I am today. 38. Two away from 40. 62 away from 100, if I'm lucky enough to be an centenarian. Speaking of 100 years, have you ever listened to the lyrics of that song? Depressing.

No significant plans. Dinner with parents, drinks with the girls, a little holiday party. I try to stretch out the celebration for several days. Yes, I'm one of those people. I still think birthdays are a big deal and get frustrated by people who downplay them. Celebrations are good, people. Take advantage of any occasion.

Speaking of special days, yesterday was "hug a swimmer" day. I was told this last night at practice. Honestly, I think they're just hormonal tweens that want to hug each other instead of doing dry land. Because I'm a pushover, I let them.

Back to birthday. Some people make New Year's resolutions on January 1. I use birthdays for this. And since self-improvement resolutions rarely work, I'm making easy ones for my 38th year. Here they are:

1. No longer buy any magazines that tell me how to physically improve myself. I've been reading fitness literature for 18 years. If I don't know it by now, it's not that important.

2. Never pass up cake. Ever.

3. Express road rage all I want. Just not when I'm on the phone with someone.

4. Order a soy latte every day, instead of just on Fridays. (Okay. I started this in October, but it still counts.)

5. Get a massage every month.

6. No longer apologize for my crappy taste in music.

7. Incorporate more hats into my wardrobe. Cowboy ones, especially.

8. Drink more Baileys.

9. Get certified to teach yoga. (That's a little self-improvement-ish.)

10. Not be too scared to race the 400 IM.

Last weekend I went to dinner with some girlfriends, including one I hadn't talked with in about 20 years. It was an excellent time, though I could give or take the restaurant (Extra Virgin). Pig ear salad and duck tacos...nope. I don't think "adventurous" need apply to food choices. But that's okay. The company made it entirely worthwhile.