Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Yep, this is mile ten and we're running up this mother-load hill!! I so tried to pass this guy! When we reached the top of the hill we took a right into a parking lot and wound through some stancions to where the finish line was. I pushed and pushed and I know this guy heard me coming up behind him 'cause he poured on a little extra, too! In the end, I wasn't able to pass him! That's okay, though. I'm sure it helped me knock off a second or two of my final time.
It was a beautiful day and a beautiful course. It wound all through Chapel Hill and downtown Carborro and all through some very older, established neighborhoods. The views were breathtaking. Maybe if I hadn't been admiring peoples' landscaping and architecture I would've been even quicker to finish! And I would've loved to have stopped and listened closer and enjoyed the man playing his banjo in his front yard - but I did have someplace to be (yep, a man in his front yard in a lawn chair playing his banjo and singing like a bird - it IS Chapel Hill after all!).
One perk to this race, my husband is a cop in Chapel Hill. As such, we parked the car in the PD parking lot and I got a personal escort (okay, so I had to ride in the back of a police patrol car) to the starting line! I LOVED IT!!! And when I was done, I was picked up and delivered back to my vehicle. Isn't having connections great! The only downside was that Mike was not able to run this race with me. He's still recovering from his - well, you know, - his hiney surgery. But he did feel well enough to go with me and stand along the sidelines encouraging me on! I saw him at mile 3 and at the end at about 9.5 miles. It's our plan to try to run this together next year - as long as I'm able to walk!
I don't have another race planned for the immediate future so I'll be on the hunt - don't want to get lazy. I did see on the news Saturday night that there's a woman in Cary or Raleigh that's started a beginners Triathelon (swimming, biking and running). From what I heard it sounded very "user/beginner" friendly. It may be too late for me to train my body for biking and swimming this year but at least I'm aware of it and could maybe prepare for next year. It's so very important to have personal goals, wouldn't you agree?
(...wow, you'd think those hips would be a lot more slender with all this running...what's up with that?!)
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
This message does relate to my picture posting this morning. And in the event you can't enlarge the photo and read the caption, it says , "The finest furnishings for a country house aspire to welcome, not impress. Let there be art to nourish the soul: paintings, poetry and music. Let there be flowers to remind us of our connection with nature: daffodils in the spring, roses in June. And let there be two chairs, at least: one for you, one for me."
I know that we will be alright and that the right employment opportunity will come to me according to God's will and plan...but I can't help but worry. However, whenever I encounter a particularly difficult time in my life, I refer to this message because it is my plan, no matter how dire my life may one day end up (and we NEVER know what the future holds), I will ALWAYS have two chairs, at least, one for you, one for me...
(*note - scanned photo from Country Living magazine, date unknown, photography by Caroline Arber).
Monday, April 14, 2008
Oh my goodness...the trip from hell. I had to fly to Newark, NJ Friday for a job interview. Going from Raleigh to Newark is an easy hop, skip and jump - a mere hour and a few mintues each way. I left super early so as to arrive in plenty of time for my interview and scheduled my return flight home MANY hours after my interview time because Newark if FAMOUS for stacking their flights and making the planes sit for hours on the tarmac waiting for a clear runway.
Everything went seamlessly...until I got to the airport, checked the monitor and learned that my 5:25 flight home was CANCELLED! My heart sank. I've never experienced a canceled flight before and wasn't sure what to do. Oh, and did I mention I was flying American Airlines! Yeah, I see you shaking your head at me in that "you should've known better, Joyce" gesture! The story is too long to tell here - you'd be reading for hours. The short version is...it took planes, trains and automobiles for me to get home - SATURDAY evening!! I did say this was supposed to be a day trip, right? Meaning no change of clothes...I did, however, have my toothbrush because I planned on brushing my teeth right before the interview (never interview with coffee breath). And that's the truth - I took the Acel speedy train from Newark to Washington, DC. Took the Metro from DC into Springfield, VA where my parents picked me up. I stayed the night with my folks (thank God for them) and then pleaded with American Airlines Saturday morning to fly me from DC back to Raleigh. If I never go to New Jersey again it'll be too soon.
I think it's official...I think I can now say I'm from the south...and boy oh boy, do I LOVE North Carolina!!!
There's no place like home (click, click)!
"One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning." - James Russell Lowell
Thursday, April 10, 2008
(Oh how I wish I could take better pictures!!!!)
This guy is a survivor in the truest sense of the word. It lives in the corner in front of my porch and next to the porch steps. The porch steps are open underneath and on the sides and the cats go under the porch to cool off in the summer heat, to get away from each other (as all siblings like to do) or to protect themselves from something that really isn't there... And with all this going in and out, the little bleeding heart is stomped, trampled and rolled on. And yet, every year it stands strong and beautiful and reminds me of the tenacity of mother nature.
As much as I love this plant, I wish it had a different name..."bleeding heart" is so sad for such a beautiful bush.
"A thankful heart is the parent of all virtues." - Cicero
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
One of my favorite hot spots is The Rusty Bucket (http://www.therustybucket.biz/) in Apex, NC. Sharon Stewart is a part time employee there who offers a variety classes including beginning embroidery, wool applique, card making, scrapbooking and how to decorate your home in a primitive way. Sometimes I wonder why God gives so much talent to some people (Sharon) and none to others (me)! Maybe it's to see if Sharon will SHARE her talents with others! And she does...unselfishly and graciously and with the patience of a saint (except when you're trying to thread a needle - that's something she just can't sit by and watch!).
Because I'm not a seamstress in any way, I've decided to put my little pin cushion on my little desk and I'll put a few pretty push pins in it (when not being used in my bulletin board above my desk). How lucky am I to have learned something new...
Monday, April 7, 2008
This picture was taken just about a month ago in Greensboro, NC. We made a road trip together to a "tea house" (boy, did they miss the mark) and made a few stops along the way. You know, it really doesn't matter where you are but, instead, who you're with. And I'd be happy being anywhere with these buds of mine...
"The distance doesn't matter; it is only the first step that is difficult". Marie Anne de Vichy-Chamrond
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Every since living on my own I've always had a "thing" for using placemats. It may have started when I purchased my first "big girl" dining room table and chairs (which I still have). I was so proud and wanted to keep that table "perfect" for as long as I could. So, placemats were down or you didn't eat. After Bran, as a little toddler, accidentally spilled a bottle of nail polish remover on my table I wasn't wound as tight over this table anymore. But I kept my love for placemats. Today, I'm still always on the lookout for these little individual "table cloths" and I have a nice collection as a result. And lately, I'm like an addict on meth over cotton napkins! OH-MY- GOSH~~~~ I CANNOT get enough of the cotton napkins! And, preferably, I want my placemats and napkins to match or at least correspond! I share this little history lesson about my obsession with you because it does relate to my KP event yesterday. I was cleaning out the drawer that holds the placemats currently in use - I was packing up the "winter" mats and replacing them with pretty "spring" ones. In the far back of the drawer I found a package with a sticker saying "valance". What a surprise...
Look at this sweet little valance. Isn't it PERFECT for spring time? And I couldn't believe the amount of light it let through compared to the heavy ticking fabric valance I had up there before. I have no idea where this little beauty came from or how long I've had it. But I sure am glad I discovered it!
I don't know what the little flower is but I think it's oh so sweet and the little curtain frames the little window perfectly! Ahh...spring