Tuesday Ramblings

It is a wee bit warm here in PDX. I actually don’t mind hot TOO much (although I prefer my hot to be in the 85-95 afternoon range, not the 90 at 9 PM, 76 at 6AM, 108 at 6 PM, etc. that we’re having right now). I do, however, like the hot to go away at night. Last night when I got home, it was over 100 degrees on our second floor.  I did not do my strength training (although I probably should’ve stripped down & done my 90 minute hot yoga from yoga downloads – no external heat source necessary!), and instead whined & complained & drank wine and beer and had birthday pie with my kick-ass neighbor. It was pretty good. Then my neighbors gave me 5 million cucumbers, so now I will be making some pickles!

Work is super busy this week, so I am trying to get through that without a nervous breakdown.

It is my last week of my first grad school class, and I have some homework that needs to be done.

I have too much going on, but nothing that I want to get rid of in my schedule. I am supposed to go to book club tonight, but it’s weird. The person that originally invited me (hi Kim!) no longer goes, and the rest of the members are her friends. They’re nice, but they’re not my people. Maybe they could be, but I’m not sure I need more people right now. I want to be in a book club, just need one that has more of my own people I think. The only reason I was even going to go is because I lent one of the members a book. In November. One that didn’t belong to me. Something I have never done before, and think I was unduly influenced by wine when I made that decision. I think I’m going to cut my loss and buy a new copy of the book to return. I can’t have more things, and especially not things that are with virtual strangers (even if they’re very, very nice strangers). If I thought my friend (hi Kim!) was going to be there, I would absolutely go, because I think she’s avoiding me and I’d love to kick her ass for that. (ha ha! Just kidding, Kim! I would never kick your ass!)

So – if any locals want to be in my brand new book club that I am just inventing RIGHT NOW, let me know. We will meet every other month. We will take turns picking fun books to read. We will drink wine. It will be delightful. Just let me know!

Anyways…..this morning, I was supposed to do speedwork (aiming for 5-6 miles). It was 76 degrees at 6 am. I called JM (as per our agreement), and headed out. I ended up with 4.4 miles. I am really okay with that. I’m hoping it’s a bit cooler Thursday morning, so I can get a few more miles in. Because I was a giant pansy last week, I am probably not going to get to 100 miles this month, and that makes me sad. Of course, if I run Thursday AND Friday, I can get there. But, I have a triathlon Saturday, so was thinking I shouldn’t run on Friday. But, I will automatically PR at the triathlon, because I’ve never done one before (unless I die, which is a possibility, I suppose). But, I do want to finish in a reasonable time (i.e. not DFL). But, 100 miles! (Aren’t you glad I’m sharing my stream of consciousness with you?)

Apparently the heat is pickling my brain, and I have no coherency, although there is a lot of randomocity.

I really, really wish it would rain.


  1. Eliza

    I am in a bookclub of the exact same situation… except I’ve been in it for years. The girl who originally took me moved out of town 3 or 4 years ago. So its weird. They are nice people, just not my people. And sometimes they read books I don’t really care for, so I don’t go to those meetings 🙂 If you want to make your new bookclub virtual, I’ll join! Right now I’m reading The Picture of Dorian Grey. It goes well with wine!

    1. That does go well with wine! We just read (for the meeting tonight I’m not going to) The Lone Ranger & Tonto fistfight in heaven.

      A virtual club is an interesting idea. It could totally be on good reads – there’s a discussion board. PLUS, I just learned all about how to run virtual teams in my grad school class! 🙂 I’m not sure how that would be overall, though – no live discussion & team wine drinking?

      I will have to think about it.

      1. Eliza

        Well… I do have access to an Adobe Connect room for work. We could totally do live chat in there, with webcams and everything! Or Skype. Or Gmail chat. Or there are other free options like that. C’mon, think outside the box! (Can you tell I’ve worked on low-budget distance ed endeavors before? :))

        1. ha! I had been thinking along the same lines. In school now, we have a discussion board for thoughts between chats, and I love that combination! I just wasn’t sure how well book club chats would stay on people’s calendars.

          1. Eliza

            I’m running a course in October that has a live component and a discussion board-based book review run asynchronously. I’ll have to let you know how it goes and perhaps we can go from there 🙂

  2. I just caught up on your last four posts. Glad you made it through the 15 miler. It was pretty brutal for me too since I didn’t leave my house early enough. Whatever, we go it done.

    Sorry abou the OWS. Forget about it. Just remember you ARE a strong swimmer. Trust yourself. I hope your next one goes better.

    Screw the 100 miles girl. Your doing a freakin’ tri this weekend. That’s way cooler than hitting 100. You will do it next month when your peaking for the marathon anyways. I can’t wait to hear how it goes.

  3. I would like to nominate myself to be part of your book club for the following reasons:

    1. I am your peeps

    2. I live a stones throw away

    3. I know how to read

    4. I know how to drink wine

    5. I am a good book recommender

    6. I cook a mean enchilada

    7. I am your peeps.

  4. I want to be in your book club…do I have to nominate myself…and can you pay to fly me out?

    1. I am fun
    2. I don’t live there, so wouldn’t I have great midwest stories?
    3. I do indeed read
    4. I would not drink your wine, so more for you
    5. I …read

    woot woot for any PR

    1. unfortunately, the book club does not have much of a travel budget right now, but if Eliza & I make a virtual bookclub, you will be invited!

      Reading is a very important prerequisite to joining my book club, so I’m glad you have #5 covered. 🙂

  5. Justin

    I’ve always wanted to be in a book club too. That would require coming up with interesting, thoughtful, and witty remarks about the books I read though. I did belong to a virtual book club for a short while, but it petered out pretty quickly.

    1. That is what I worry about if I were to make a virtual bookclub. You are certainly welcome to join my new book club. We need more men in bookclubs!

      From my experience, you don’t need to try too hard to be interesting & witty. The wine helps.

  6. Alisa

    I’ve always wanted to be in a book club BUT then I realized I am a fair weather reader. I go through phases of reading a TON and not reading at all.

    Can’t wait for tonight and Saturday! I’m taking Friday off since I normally take the day before running races off I figure the same should hold for this race too.

    I can’t believe it’s hotter here than in Sac! Wow! I’d be up for a Thursday morning run…where are you going and what time?

    1. ACK! Didn’t see my comments until just now, so didn’t even respond about this morning’s run. I ran on the track by my house, and I think I will nominate it for track workout location! I do need to check it out AFTER work, but I was the only one there for most of this morning. There were two dog walkers that showed up (at different times), but they were quiet & stayed out of my way. It was sweet.

      You could still be in the bookclub, even if you don’t always read the books. 🙂

  7. This is because we were both bitching about our book clubs the other day. Funny! Maybe I need to double dip (gross) and be in two. Then ditch the others after a respectable amount of time has passed. thanks for the call Tuesday!! One more solo run this week – in the land called Idaho.

  8. SnowDance

    Just for all those checking, while I (the long lost Kim) have been a bit lame for the last six months, I never officially recall quitting the book club. In fact, I was there on Tuesday, wondering where Amy was, figuring she would go because she wanted her book and I would for sure see her because I am lame and it has been way too long. And, I actually read and finished the book! I now have the borrowed book, so perhaps one of these days we can meet again and then you won’t have to get your friend a new one?

    Way to go on the kick ass running and everything else you are doing. Saw the mile time trial – woot! You are rocking it girl, glad you are having fun and running like a gazelle on speed. I am lucky if I can get a 3 mile flat run without pain in under 30 minutes. Good luck at the Blue Lake tri this weekend!

    1. I didn’t think you’d OFFICIALLY quit, but since you hadn’t RSVP’d in the positive for book club, I didn’t think you’d show up! And now I’m sad that I didn’t suck it up & go (although honestly – I did have some homework).

      I’m sorry that you’re still not able to run pain-free. That sucks!

      We DEFINITELY need to get together. I miss you bunches. You are probably out of town this weekend, again, but let’s make plans! I am emailing you right now, you know, in addition to this blog response that you’ll get in your email!

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