When something bad happens, you have three choices: let it define you, let it destroy you, or let it strengthen you.

The heart of the difference is not ability or even talent, but desire

The purpose of life is to discover and develop your gift. The meaning of life comes from sharing your gift with others. - David Viscott

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Just some info, NUC

FL school in the news

State's assistant's blog

So far so good. We should be getting Alex's transcript of school credits today, and set up an appointment with PCC for HSD completion for Monday. The job part is tricky - while seems that all the local chains are hiring, nobody called back - whether it's the age, lack of experience or been fired from 2 previous jobs (or all of the above) - I don't know. Alex signed up for same boxing team as Stephen goes to (as part of my requirement) and takes classes. He's been very helpful at home, and I make sure to discuss things with him, going between "I need to give you freedom of choice to make your own mistakes and recoveries" and "I need to overly supervise you as I don't trust you". I explained to him why I am so polar so that he knows. Self-help books give me lots of strength. So did the ultra-community, or "family" as I always refer to you guys. I got tremendous support with stories, directions, advice, websites (that I am checking on) and options (BTW, majority divided exactly into those 2 polar groups I am split between myself:)). Thank you so much! I hope to get around to email each responder personally, but I do need to keep working too, as if I get fired, nobody wins...

Had a nice easy run/hike on our "regular" Gorge Thursday with Gail and Mike (and dog Che - he is a part of our trusted group). Always feel serenity there...and now am ready to take on Miwok. I will see so many friends there, always loved this place and this race. As for goals, I hope to run 12 hrs. Here, I said it. Am I capable? I should be, unless things happen. But it is still not an easy goal at this point of my fitness, so I'll have to work on it. I am looking forward to put some effort into a race. Should be fun...and no i-Pod! Just listen to other runners, birds, footfalls and my own thoughts...

p.s. from ultralist by Laura Falson: You watch your feet, you keep stepping forward, you deal with what life gives you and you reach out for what you need from life.You breathe.
I say: Life goes on. Just like a 100 miler - you run, you walk, you crawl, you puke, you fall, you pick yourself up, and you continue moving forward - with the help and support of runners around you, pacers and volunteers, and with your own determination.


  1. Sounds like you got a good gameplan going for Alex and yourself. Good luck!

  2. ((hugs)) you can do this! and do it well!

    call me anytime you need to talk

  3. You are one of the strongest people I know, Olga. You'll get thru this. We love you!

    Best of luck at Miwok.

  4. Yes, life very much is an long ultra. You're doing an amazing job.

  5. You and yours are in my prayers. Hope you have a great run this weekend.

  6. Sounds like things are going well so far. Yay! I wish I could do Miwok.

  7. Enjoy Miwok! I'm sure you'll get renewed energy from the trails and your friends. : )

    I read your comment on that blog. Sounds like they really put you in a difficult situation. Remember, you have so many people pulling for you!

  8. prefan19823/5/08 20:46

    You can do it. I am new to your blog and already inspired. Keep on keepin' on!