Thursday, August 28, 2008

A Fun Day Away from the Office

Once a year I get to channel my inner geek and participate in a conference as an "honorary" member of the conference team. My peeps are some very cool folks that manage the training and communications for our company's SAP application. Not only do I get to help them out with some things, but I also assist with working a booth to communicate and market the great work that my team is doing - so it is win-win all the way around.

This year's conference was the best yet, with an increase of approximately 200 participants over last year! It was so much fun and such a success that I had to mention it here.

Early in the day, still looking fresh

Totally beat at the end of the day

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

No More Excuses!

The stress of travel (lots of it), increased job responsibilities, a breakup, my first century ride, and three marathons -- all since January -- have taken their toll on my body, which just gave up on me this summer. Other than riding my bike to work and forcing at least one weekly run, I've done NOTHING related to training since June.

Well, no more -- according to my calendar, I have less than two weeks until the Disneyland 1/2 Marathon, which means that I need to get off my ass. I also did a really stupid thing and registered for the Nike Human Race 10K on the same day as the 1/2 marathon. So, I run 13.1 miles at 6:00 a.m. and then another 6.2 miles at 8:30 p.m. I barely made two miles on the treadmill tonight -- but my excuse is that my legs were heavy from all the bike riding this week ;)

I'll be going to the beach this weekend to train with the Disney Tri Team -- they are deep into Nautica Triathlon training. I am also committing to doing an Ironman next year -- I've been inspired to do so by some awesome people and I can't wait!

So, no more excuses -- it's back to strict diet and training for me.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

I'm just sayin'...

There's lazy and then there's LAZY. There's nothing wrong with taking, say, one to two days a month, to do nothing -- I'm guilty of this every once in a while. But what I don't get is people that are not only lazy, but make up excuses for their laziness. This is probably my biggest pet peeve!

I was APPALLED while watching Clean House this week. They did their "messiest home in America 2" and part of me thought that these people had to be kidding for the sake of show business. The house was disgusting - I could not believe that those people actually lived there . . . and, they wanted to have a baby!!!!!! Now, I try not to be judgmental, but with this couple, I could not help it. There was even a mountain of petrified cat shit in one of their closets! And they want kids????!!!! Thank God for Niecy Nash -- she saw through the "foolishness" right away and told these people that they were so not ready to have children -- I mean these people were sleeping on a bedspread that had dog urine and drool all over it!

So, I ask . . . is this for real, or was this just exaggerated for entertainment? Every time they tried to get the husband to do something, he had to take a break after like 10 minutes because of his back. Apparently, he had an injury and that was his excuse for everything. They even showed the idiot lying on his bed whenever the going got tough. The Clean House team did wonders for these people, but I am not sure they will be able to keep it up. Am I the only one who thinks that it is really unfair that the lazy people in this country are rewarded, while the hard-working, responsible people are not? Case in point -- the mortgage crisis (I will spare you my rant on that)!

I'm just sayin'...