Archive for March, 2008
Any one heard the buzz about the Six Word Memoirs? I was reading my Reader’s Digest today and they had a small piece on it (pg 16 April 2008). I didn’t think much of it. I read it, enjoyed it, and moved to the next page. Later yesterday afternoon I received an email from a fellow blogger Jamie. Yep, that’s right. I’ve been tagged to make my own Six Word Memoir. Knowing this was going to be a small challenge I decided to research it a bit and also enlisted the help of David. I found out that there’s a website and book. Actually, I’ve passed the book multiple times in my recent adventures in Borders. Once again, I didn’t think anything of it. Now it all comes together. So here’s the deal in a nutshell: I got to sum my life up in six words. In addition, I then tag 5 people (don’t ask me why it’s not 6) to do the same. Here are the guidelines:
1. Write your own six word memoir
2. Post it on your blog and include a visual illustration if you’d like
3. Link to the person that tagged you in your post and to this original post if possible so we can track it as it travels across the blogosphere
4. Tag at least five more blogs with links
5. And don’t forget to leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play!
As stated above, this was an interesting challenge. I like things to be black and white, not in the gray area, so I wasn’t sure what direction to take this. Depending on who’s memoir you read, they are different. Some are just words, others read like sentences. With that being said, this is what I’ve come up with:
Never Say Never, Because I Can.
Asks Questions To Find The Answers
It’s Not As Easy As Before
No Longer Such A Free Spirit
Always Working Towards A Better Life
Think Positive Thoughts and Self Awareness
Mind And Body Aren’t Always Allies
Making My Own Path Through Life
Black And White, No Gray Area
David and I got on a roll….we moved on to him next:
Amazing Evolution Of Body And Hair
Everything’s going to be alright, chill
Then Viking, our Rat Terrier:
I See A Ball, Let’s Run
Natchez, our calico domestic short-hair cat:
Sassy Creole Queen From The Bayou
Jax, our other tabby domestic short-hair cat:
I Make Noise When I’m Hungry
A Little Catnip Never Hurt Anyone
And lastly, Lily, our Chihuahua
Pack Leading Princess With An Attitude
Toothless, But There’s Always Peanut Butter
Now it’s time for me to tag others to carry on the fun. Originally I had chosen 5 individuals, as the challenge requests, but I’ve had a request from a co-worker to be included. So 6 people it is. They are:
Erika, Jacki, Joey, Randy, Stephanie, and Therese
I’m sure most of you have seen this commercial. I can’t help but smile anytime I catch it. I don’t necessarily like the commercial, just the song. It reminds me of David. When he was born he didn’t have a name for the first several days. Friends of his parents “stole” the name they had chosen a few weeks earlier. They just called him “Boy.” It’s carried on through the years. In addition, anytime I’m watching sports I tend to yell, “Go boy go!” when a good play happens. Simple minds, simple pleasures? Ah well. Run Boy Run!
After my run yesterday I have exceeded 100 miles of running from the start of 2008. In the scheme of things it’s not much compared to all of those that can run circles around me. And also that I’m technically behind (to date-about 20 miles) for the Diabetic Runner Challenge, due to weather and knee problems. But considering this time last year I wasn’t do any type of exercise more than working and sitting at the computer, I’m further ahead than I’ve ever been in my life. In addition, I know I’ll be able to make up for those lost miles in the coming months, I’m sure of it. So here’s to atleast 380 more miles for me to complete before the years out.
I got a run in today. Once again short, but I’m moving my way along. Trying to work my way back up to where I was. I’ll get there. I’m still having on and off pain in my knee but feel like I have it under control. It’s more often not present, which is definitely an improvement. It’s been great to be able to get in more runs lately, even if they are shorter. The fresh air helps to clear your mind and cleanse your soul. Sorry, getting a little earthy on you. But truly, it does feel good. In addition, I don’t feel as guilty wanting a little something extra to eat here and there. Although I’m not burning a ton of calories with these short runs, I’m still burning something. I’m looking forward to even warmer weather and healthy knee to run even more often and longer distances. That will come. For now I have my sites set on a goal. That goal is to complete the half marathon. With goals come rewards. My planned reward for myself? A donut. Heck, maybe even donuts. For some reason I’ve been craving a donut. The puffy kind with chocolate icing and creme filled. I prefer the long ones but a round one will do. Ooh, I can taste it now. It’s been awhile since I had a donut. It’s just something that we don’t do often for obvious reasons. Back in the newlywed, New Orleans days, we’d go down to the Quarter and pass the Krispy Kreme shop with the “Hot Donuts” sign lit. We’d purchase a dozen, eat about 2 each, and then save the rest for the next day or two. Yeah, that’s how we got to be our bigger selves. Long gone are those days. No more. I’m not going to lie, I indulge in things. For instance, the awesome piece of Cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory this past weekend….but when I put something in my mouth I simultaneously think of what I’m going to have to do to burn it off. The winter months have been harder as expected. You’re inside, sitting around, wanting to put every little thing in your mouth, unable to get out and burn it off. Once again, I’m looking forward to the warmer weather to get rid of the “excess.” So back to my reward. The donut. There aren’t any Krispy Kremes and Dunkin Donuts around here. (In all honesty I’m not that big of a fan of Krispy Kreme anymore. I can’t believe I just typed that. I think it’s a burnout type of thing.) So the donut will preferably come for the House Of Donuts, one of the local joints here in town. And when the time comes, I’ll be ready.
I believe my running is back on track…as of this moment. The combination of the Pro-tec patellar strap along with the glucosamine and using ibuprofen post run has definitely helped me these past few days. As always, only time will tell.
Oftentimes on my runs I take my Sansa mp3 player. I have a variety of tunes in there…instrumental, to hard rock, to easy going stuff. For some reason recently, when I hit a certain part of my route I have a tune that starts up. It’s not everyday or every run, but most times, it occurs near a certain location on one of my routes. Even better, it happens near the end of my route. “I Would Walk 500 Miles….” rings out through my Skull Candy ear buds. I picture my uncles, along with my dad, dancing around the dance floor, having a good time, and I can’t help but smile and turn up the volume. I feel my stride lengthen and my tempo picks up as I drive home. People that drive by probably think I’m crazy as they see my head bopping and my hands beating an imaginary drum. It’s a perfect “power” song for my running. It has sentimental value not to mention I’m also striving towards my goal of 500 running miles this year, for the Diabetic Runner Challenge. I WILL RUN 500 MILES…….