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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Not Dead

...just busy!  I can't believe I haven't written anything here for almost a month, but the weeks have just been flying by.  I'm definitely going to try to get back to a more reglar posting schedule because I need motivation to keep writing - I miss it :( 

Since the last time I posted I have:
  • Finished another Warrior Dash!  This time I ran with Ben and it was super fun.  Unlike the WD I ran in June, which took place on the mountainous course of doom, this race was on an almost entirely flat course.  I took literally 17 minutes off of my time and finished 15th in my category of 1,200 (Women 20-29)!  I know this is really not much to brag about since most people do not take WD too seriously, but I was pretty proud of myself :)
  • Triumphant Finish!

    Post-"shower" (aka getting hosed off with freezing water)

  • (It is also worth noting that on the last obstacle (a series of muddy hills that you use a rope to climb over), I straight up stole the rope out from under some guy in order to get ahead of him.  I then apologized.  And then kept running.)

  • In the past week and a half I have somehow managed to both a) fall down while running and scrape the hell out of my knee, and b) grab a hot oven rack with my bare hand.  Yes.  I am just that awesome.  I also decided that I should probably keep running for 3 more miles, after I faceplanted onto the sidewalk.  In retrospect, maybe not the best decision.
  • Attended a workshop with the amazing and talented Desiree Rumbaugh!  This was the second time I've studied with her, and both times I've left feeling like my practice was completely transformed.  Love her.
  • Played Cards Against Humanity and won decisively, proving once and for all that I am the most horrible person at the table.
  • Ate Free Pie at Baker's Square
  • Read a LOT of books.  Including:
    - 1Q84 (Haruki Murakami)
    - The Dog Stars (Peter Heller)
    - The One and Only Ivan (for our book club)
    - The Casual Vacancy (J.K. Rowling - review pending...)
    Next Up:
    - Cloud Atlas (before Tom Hanks ruins it forever)
    - The Hobbit (re-read, before Martin Freeman definitely does not ruin it forever)
    - A Study in Scarlet (the first Sherlock Holmes... I am on a mission to read them all)
    - Joseph Anton (Salman Rushdie)
    - In Search of Lost Time (Proust...I foolishly committed to reading the entire thing in
      2013 as part of a group on Goodreads.  We'll see how that goes) 
Alright well, I'm going to try to sneak in a 5 mile run, cheer on the Twin Cities Marathoners, bake some pumpkin bread and make it to yoga let's get this show on the road!  Have a lovely rest of the weekend!


  1. WD looks so fun! any advice for nailing more difficult arm balances like the one legged? i know you can't rush these things, i'm just trying to figure out how to build up some strength to do it. just keep practicing?

    1. Haha oh gosh, I could ramble about arm balances answer would probably be waaayyy too long for a comment! I think you just inspired me to do a post :) Side crow is a good place to start though - it helped me get used to shifting my weight over my arms and finding my center of balance in an asymmetrical posture.

  2. I hear there's someone important coming to town this weekend... perhaps you should make some of these for her upcoming arrival....

    1. It is on like donkey kong. You and Trixie better be hungry.

  3. wow that is a lot of reading and a lot of running- no wonder you've been away!

  4. JK Rowling's book is out already??? Oh god.... I'm terrified to read it. I don't want anything to tarnish HP for me.

    1. It is! And I have to say...I thought it was very good. I went into it with a good amount of skepticism, and it was a little slow getting into it but in the end I liked it a lot. I've been disappointed in the past by authors I LOVED, so I don't think it was just because of a Rowling/HP-bias that I enjoyed it. Obviously it's darker than HP but the writing style is still distinctly hers, IMO - the way she writes her characters for example. Just my opinion though! It's probably not everyone's cup of tea.

      I particularly like this quote from The Economist's review:
      "Writing has made Ms Rowling rich, and her riches have made her the subject of great envy. This is a novel of insight and skill, deftly drawn and, at the end, cleverly pulled together. It plays to her strengths as a storyteller. That will not stop the envious from carping."


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