Monday, September 26, 2011

A Fond Farewell to the Week From Hell

Today is going to be a long day. 
But, it's also going to be a good one. 
I can tell already.

I mean, I already did my run at the gym, took a shower, picked up the shirts for my half marathon (remember the tshirt I described in my give away post?) and am now relaxing before I head to work and then rehearsal. I feel so accomplished and it's only 8:45 in the morning. Perhaps I could get used to this getting up early thing? I read an article in Runner's World that gave tips/tricks on training yourself to get up early - I'm going to start using them on a daily basis and see if I can't become a morning person.

Anyway, as I was saying, it looks to be a stupendous sort of day! Hooray! I could definitely use a great day...or week, even. Especially after last week. Last week, I was sure the world was coming to an end. Monday I had to call out of work to watch my niece who was sick with a super bad ear infection. I didn't really have a problem with that, though once we started watching The Little Mermaid for the 4th time, I decided it was time to switch things up a bit (she LOVES mermaid) and convinced her that we should watch Finding Nemo instead. Thankfully, she agreed.

That day wasn't too bad, mostly because even though my niece was sick and somewhat cranky, she is still completely and utterly adorable.

Please note, this was taken a few weeks ago, when she wasn't sick lol

Tuesday I ended up covering a shift for one of my co-workers, which was fine because I had missed hours the day before. Wednesday I had girls night with one of my best friends. And then Thursday happened. (insert a DUNH DUNH DUNH noise here) I was up at 5am on Thursday morning. No, not to run or go to the gym. I was up because our basement was full of smoke and my parents had to call the fire department. It seems we had a small electrical fire in the basement. The firemen (all 20 of them) deduced that the compressor on the fridge in the basement/family room went up and is what caused the problem. So, after the 4 fire trucks departed from our street (I apologize to our neighbors), we started cleaning out the fridge and freezer in the basement, the area around it, etc etc. I even went so far as to clean bathrooms and hall ways (when you're on a roll, it's hard to stop). Needless to say, I didn't go to work that day either. What time wasn't spent cleaning was used searching for a new fridge. Oy. On the up side, I'm thankful that my dad was up early for work and saw the smoke and that everyone is alright. That definitely could have ended much, much worse.

Friday brought a small ray of sunshine into my life though. Not only did I get up early to go to the gym with Tina again, but after I got home, I remembered I had made plans with one of my mother's friends to go on a short run! Woot! Double duty workout day! At 10am, Heather showed up and even though she is still recovering from being sick, she wanted to try a run. I decided 2 miles would be a decent enough distance for a trial run with her. Heather does Zumba so her cardio is pretty good, but she is a smoker (trying to quit though!) and recovering from bronchitis, so her breathing was causing her havoc. I let her set the pace and told her when/if she needed to walk, we could. I have to say she did very well! We did 2 miles in about 35 minutes. Heather had a good time, as did I, and we are hoping to do another short run again this week. Hopefully, I can get her addicted and have another running buddy muahahahaha.

One last thing to mention- PLEASE don't forget to check out my Donation Give Away HERE! It's a fantastic cause and the stuff you can win is fun! Only a few more days left to donate for your chance to win!


Wells L said...

You're looking like an overacheiver already this morning and all of last week - wait . . . based on lots of your blog posts you are always doing something. :) You're just amazing! Love that you have the energy and zest for life!

Hope this week is 100% better and calmer than last week. Take care of yourself. Your half is coming up :)

Wym said...

Keep moving forward kid. your doing great!

Suz and Allan said...

So glad you guys are all ok after the small fire. Props to you for getting in two workouts today!

domwillrunforbeer said...

So glad to hear that everyone is ok after your small fire!

Wells L said...

Hey girl about the comment you left on my blog, first -thanks, and second, I.WOULD.SO.TOTALLY.COME.TO.YOUR.NECK.OF.THE.WOODS.AND.DO.A.RACE.WITH.YOU!!!!!!! Can you imagine - us!!! P.A.R.T.Y!!!! Totally. I believe we're doing the Long Island Diva Half next year - is that near you? Wanna come - I'd run with you every step of the way!!!! Wanna do the Washington DC RnR in March? I'd so totally do it with you. Prefer something warmer - how about the St. Pete RnR half in February - oh yeah, girl, we could have a LOT of fun in sunny warm St. Pete!!! Think about it - let me know. I LOVE racing with new bloggy friends!!!!