I am a girl who loves mountains, changing seasons, running, true backpacking, strong coffee, and knitting with high quality yarn.
When something bad happens, you have three choices: let it define you, let it destroy you, or let it strengthen you.
The purpose of life is to discover and develop your gift. The meaning of life comes from sharing your gift with others. - David Viscott
Sunday, December 07, 2008
I love my friends!!! What would I do without them? These pictures are taken at Monika and Stan's early Christmas party. I went resourceful with my family's presents (Stan says: it's the thought that counts, we, in Russia, say: poor people can be very resourceful. So I was.) Hope they like it when they open it up.
I've been running some. I ran to work on Tuesday, went to the gym on Wed, and then ran my boxing loop (Stephen is back to boxing since soccer season is over) that night. 7 miles of non-stop running, no matter how slow, on roads, proved that I am a Queen of "too much, too soon". On Thursday morning my hip was hurting, and the run in Forest park with Mike turned into mostly walk. So did my trek to work on Friday. So did my outing on trails of Marquam hill on Saturday for 8 miles - boy, did it bug me, so I hiked ups and shuffled downs rather at a snail pace. So today was nothing, sadly...
The food diary is scary, as it was last year when I just started. Makes me realize what I put in my mouth - and it surely more than I should. Wanna know details? here ya go:
10am: 1 cup rolled oats/10 almonds, 1/2 cup blackberries, coffee/1tbsp creamer
1pm: 2 cups pasta (bow tie), 1 cup mixed veggies (eggplant/mushroom/pepper) and beef - bad Olga, 2 cups is too much!
4pm: 1 corn ear
7pm - Monika's party! 1/2 glass wine (I remember for sure). About 6 wheat crackers. 2 slices rye (or dark, anyway) home-made bread. 1 tbsp brie cheese. 4 small meatballs. 4 tbsp artichoke deep (home-made). 4 tbsp asparagus pie (it did have a crust and lots of eggs/cream/something). 2 tbsp tomato salad with greens. 2 thumb-size pieces meet from grill. 1 tsp cake stolen from Gail:) I bet there was a couple more items I can't recall, but for the most part this is it!
So, not only Gail is my check-in person, now I dragged Larry into it too, just to feel more guilty for my choices. But the pants got on me easily on Saturday, so at least that much is good.
Next Tuesday is a big day. My younger kid is becoming a teenager, and my older kid is becoming a somewhat young adult. Yup, they turn 13 and 18 respectfully. Today we are having some fun with Stephen, Max and Marty. Ice-cream cake is in the fridge, danger zone!!! Well, I don't really like ice cream, so I should be safe.
I want to run!!! I want to run, train, race...my God, I am tired to be at the stage I am in...