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October 2, 2013

working

The trouble with working at an international company is that much of the time I interact with people strictly through the phone or through email.

The trouble with interacting with people strictly through the phone or through email at work is that they can rarely see what you are actually doing in between phone calls and emails.

They can’t see if you are working your tail off or if you are just waiting for the next phone call or email to make excuses.

And when the poo hits the fan it’s way easier to blame it on someone at the other end of a phone line or an email address than someone you’ve met face to face.

I hope I remember this in the future when I’m the one waiting for someone else to do things between phone calls and emails, and give them the benefit of the doubt.

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October 1, 2013

Writing

When I was in grade school I wanted to be a children’s book author and illustrator. Mostly, I think, because I loved to read. But also because I liked writing. I continued to like writing through high school, especially when we were given the rare opportunity to do more free writing or creative writing. And even into my freshman year of college, when I took my freshman comp class, I enjoyed it. Which is probably why I started my first blog during the summer before my sophomore year.

But  as my classes leaned more towards the sciences, and problem sets became my nightly practice, I fell away from the structured writing. I maintained a blog off and on, and kept a journal while in the peace corps. But lately I wonder if I write more out of a sense of obligation than for the chance to explore ideas and emotions through words.

I wonder if I still like writing for the sake of writing.

And so, as I start to look towards what is coming, in this sort of lull before the storm, I want to take up the practice again. I want to choose words that fit together and form thoughts into sentences. And see how writing and me fit together.

“They” say that if you want to be a writer you need to write. So this month I will write. I’m challenging myself to sit down, for at least 10-15 minutes each day and write something. And because I feel like I write so that it can be read. I will be sharing this month of writing here.

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September 20, 2013

Racing for Two

At the end of June I competed in two triathlons, and while I wanted to share about them, due to circumstances and my new work situation I didn’t feel like it was the right time to share. But, now that some time has passed, I no longer need to stay mum about my summer races.

My triathlon training went something like this: Decide I want to try a half iron man because I’m crazy. Pick my race and start my training plan at the appropriate time. Realize after a couple weeks that to do this right I need to train a couple hours a day, and I just am not ready to make that kind of time commitment right now. Decide to run a half marathon at the beginning of June. Rearrange my training a bit so that I’m getting my running in. Run half marathon. Slack off in training for the next two weeks. And then run back to back triathlons, first a sprint, and then the following weekend my first olympic distance. Oh, and did I mention that in the midst of all that I started a new job and got pregnant? So it was a bit of a crazy lead up to my race season this year.

My first race this year was an all women’s sprint tri. The morning starts as they usually do, with husby and I running late. Turns out the park that the race was at was not marked correctly on google maps, so we got lost. . I than ran all through the park to try to find the check in area to get my number and my chip. I successfully set up my bike and my shoes in transition a few minutes before transition closed, and made my way to the beach.

The race was mostly uneventful. It featured a ridiculously long slog from the beach to transition, a pretty hilly bike through the country side, and the last half of the run was a lovely trail run in the woods along the water. Over all I finished with about the same time as both my tris last summer, so I was happy with how it all went.

Baby’s first triathlon

My second (and unfortunately last) race of the season was just a week later at the same park. So at least this time we knew how to get there.

This race. So it turns out, there is just open registration for the regional championships. The people that sign up for these are serious competitors. Trying to qualify for age group nationals. And me. Oops. I was in a bit over my head.

I held my own during the swim! All those years of grade school YMCA swim team paid off. And then I quickly fell to the back of the pack. Like the very back. Like last. But I had a great time. I only got in my own head during the last mile of the bike when I freaked out momentarily and thought I had missed the last turn. But I made it back to transition and headed out onto the run. Despite being in a race completely out of my league, I’m really happy with how I did. I finished 15 minutes ahead of my goal time, which was pretty awesome. And came out of the race with the confidence that I can compete at this distance in the future and enjoy it.

Baby’s second triathlon

Plus, husby told me I get to split my race time in half, since there were technically two of us racing the whole time. That puts me solidly on the podium.

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August 12, 2013

Mission: Gluten Free Sourdough

Friends, I will not give up my sourdough.

This weekend I discovered Rumi’s gluten free bread, and it is like the real deal. At least enough so that I have eaten half the loaf in the form of tomato sandwiches in the last 2 days. (Oh sweet tomato sandwich. My summer siren.)

So now I’m on a mission. I’m reading and reading and reading and I hope that by this weekend I will have a starter going.

Sourdough, you will be mine again, and you will be friendly to my intestines.

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August 3, 2013

away

Sometimes when husby has been gone for four days at a residency conference I do things like eat pinkberry for lunch (original with mochi, mango and strawberries), buy kitchen supplies at WilliamSonoma (a new garlic press and julienne peeler) and make frozen pizza for dinner (Amy’s organic gluten free cheese, but with added tomatoes, kalamata olives, sharp white cheddar, and basil).

Come home soon.

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