1. Lately, all I want to do in life is this.
  2. Probably, for the next (almost) year, all I’m going to get to do in life is this.

This was my third year of running the Flying Pig Half Marathon, and even though my training kinda stunk this year, I ran it much faster than I expected!

  • Time: 2:12:42
  • Pace: 10.8
  • Sex Place: 1630/6869
  • Division Place: 360/1234
  • Overall Place: 3830/10889

In my absence from blogging, I forgot to brag on more of my running improvements!

Back in March, I ran my 3rd ever Papa John’s 10-miler. And I get faster every time! Last year, I did the race in 1:45:41. Check out this year’s stats!

  • Time: 1:38:51
  • Overall Place: 3052/7021
  • Gender Place: 1059/3812
  • Division Place: 219/604
  • Split Time: 49:45

I haven’t felt much like blogging lately. Sometimes I feel like it’s pointless, but then sometimes I feel like the openness/transparency it creates is healthy. So here I am. Blogging.

Tonight, I’m reflecting on my spring break, which was fabulous. I didn’t go on an expensive trip or anything, but I still managed to use it (I think) well! What did I do, you say?

  • SLEEP! I got so much sleep this week. It was amazing.
  • Running: still training for the Flying Pig (half only, folks).
  • Reading: I’m working through the gospels during Lent with The Professor. Thought-provoking stuff. Every time.
  • Visits: I spent a day with The Professor in the city where he teaches, some time in Lexington with Jenna, and had lunch with Dana in Louisville!
  • Shopping: Wednesday was a great mother/daughter day with yoga, Olive Garden, and some retail therapy.
  • Housework: laundry, bathrooms, floors, dusting, even some baking/cooking! Look at me – a regular housewife! I even made The Professor’s lunch for work a couple times. Today, while The Professor was out doing our yard work, I taught myself to make crepes! (Hooray, allrecipes!)
  • Grading: totally lame, I know, but it’s tough for an English teacher to stay ahead of this stuff. I’m pretty much all caught up!
  • Budgeting: thanks to google docs (love), I’m taking more ownership of our money stuff. Usually, since I HATE money, I just let The Professor do this, but I’ve decided I want to be more responsible, or at least more aware, of what I’m doing with it.
  • Ew: After an expensive consultation, I learned that I need an even more expensive oral surgery. For sure. That was probably the worst part of spring break. It looks like we’ll have to take care of that during the summer.
Tomorrow it’s back to work for about seven weeks and then we’ll see what summer brings! 

Probably, I should allow my sweet friends who think I’m amazing for making pancakes from scratch continue to believe that I slaved over brunch for them. However, I’m going to ruin my rep. Here’s the (easy) pancake recipe I used this morning. No mixes for me!

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups milk or soy milk (Note: soy milk cooks so well!)
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries

Instructions

  • In a large bowl stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. In another bowl use a fork to combine egg, milk, and oil. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir until just moistened (batter should be slightly lumpy). Stir in blueberries, or try other fruit! Apples? Banana? Peach?
  • Pour about 1/4 cup batter onto a hot, lightly greased skillet or griddle. Makes 12 standard-size pancakes.

*Recipe stolen adapted from Anyone Can Cook, by Better Homes and Gardens*

I’ve been bummed about the fact that my work schedule has been so ridiculous that I haven’t gotten the chance to run as much as I would like this year. Last year at this time, I was already training hardcore for the Flying Pig Half. This year, it’s rare that I get a few 5K’s in during the course of a week.

Going into today’s 10K in Louisville (my 3rd annual Rodes City Run), I was ready to see a decrease in my pace from last year. I’m still bracing myself for this with the upcoming Papa John’s 10-miler, and the Flying Pig Half. I woke up this morning and put in my sneakers thinking of this running season the way I’m thinking of this school year: with too much going on, I might need to be happy with a finish. It’s okay if I don’t break any records or even make a personal best.

However . . .

I totally beat last year’s time by 3o seconds! What now, busy schedule?

  • Time: 57:50
  • Overall Place: 2,739/7,949
  • Gender Place: 876/4,430
  • Division Place: 200/704

 

I always hated Heart of Darkness, but now that I’m getting ready to teach it, I’m getting excited. I mean, this man is awesome. So tonight, I’ll share a few of my favorite words of wisdom from Mr. Conrad himself.

Facing it, always facing it, that’s the way to get through. Face it.

I don’t like work… but I like what is in work – the chance to find yourself. Your own reality – for yourself, not for others – which no other man can ever know.

 

Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art as of life.