Sunday, December 30, 2012

End of Another Year

And so we come to the end of another year. I know it's cliche, but these years really do start flying the older you get. I still can't believe that 2012 is almost over.

Every year at this time, I start thinking of resolutions. And the past couple years, I've essentially ignored them. I get tired of people making unrealistic goals that they will break quickly and then beat themselves up over for weeks. I'm convinced that the best resolution is to just enjoy life and live it to the best of your ability.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Week Four Half Marathon Training Update

Ok, so this was actually originally posted here, but I wanted to share it on this blog as well so that you all can get an update, too.

"Ugh, this week was a letdown. So many excuses I could give for why I did not get out there and run as much or why I didn't even cross train (i.e., weather, tired, work, holidays, my phone died). But what it really came down to is that I was feeling lazy. I know! Such a horrible excuse. In fact, no excuse at all. It really showed in the few times that I actually did run/walk, too. My pace was slower, my distance shorter. I just need to get back into it and go back again. Hope to kickstart myself again tonight and tomorrow morning. Team training #5 down at the Towpath tomorrow morning.

Let me know if you ever want to come and check it out with me!"

BTW, any donations made on or before December  31st are TAX-DEDUCTIBLE!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

TNT Blog

So, I haven't figured out a way to sync the two (and I'm not sure you can), but I wanted to let anyone over here know that I am going to be posting regular (weekly?) updates on my training at my personal fundraising page.

Through this page you can read the updates, cheer me on (who doesn't like comments and "shares"???) and even donate! I figured out today that if everyone on my list of contacts (which probably includes you, just sayin') donated just $14, I could raise $1000 in no time flat.  $14 to save a life is not a bad price at all.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Team In Training

If you read my blog at all (and who knows, maybe you don't!) and have looked at the actual site any time in the past month or so, you may have noticed a new widget. That's it, just to the right. You see where it says "Support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society"? That's my fundraising widget.

See, I'm doing this crazy thing. Crazy for me, that is. I've decided I'm going to complete a half marathon. Yep, this geeky, couch potato extraordinaire is going to get off her ass and actually attempt to run (or limp) 13.1 miles. Originally I started out just doing it as a motivation to get off the couch. Then I started to hear the stories. About the fighters, survivors, their friends and family. And I thought "How can I not give this a try?".

So here's the deal. Any donations that are sent to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through this widget before December 25th, 2012, will be personally matched by myself, up to a total of $100. I know it doesn't sound like much, but even $5 can make a huge difference. I try not to ask for money a lot (or at all), but when I hear about a cause that really stops me in my tracks, that is when I truly want to be spurred into action.

I started training for the half marathon two weeks ago and it's going pretty well so far. Starting slow and building my way up. It will be a long journey, but we'll get there. Also, I'm debating doing something like cutting off my hair or dying it as a fundraiser. But we'll have to see what happens.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Happy Holidays!

OK, I know, it's a little over enthusiastic for being just the fifth of December. But since it is December, I'm finally allowed to start listening to holiday music (and I figure since Hanukkah starts on December 8, I'm safe). Favorite holiday albums this year are:

"Christmas With The Puppini Sisters" by The Puppini Sisters
Great music, big band jive with a modern twist. Your holiday favorites (new and old) with a retro sound.

"Barenaked for the Holidays" by Barenaked Ladies (BNL)
Love me some BNL, and their holiday album truly rocks. It's spunky, it's different, and it's all-around fun.

"Christmas Portrait" by The Carpenters
Yes, I'm a sucker for the golden oldies. This album is the perfect mix of nostalgia and smooth vocals. (Gosh, that sounded cheesy! But it's true!!)

"The Polar Express" by Alan Silvestri and others
This great soundtrack features loads of your classic holiday favorites (think Bing Crosby, Perry Como, and Kate Smith) as well as some newbies (Steven Tyler, ok not-so-new, Josh Groban) and some beautiful instrumental pieces.

"A Charlie Brown Christmas" by the Vince Guaraldi Trio
Who doesn't love Charlie Brown? This soundtrack is gold. You've got your classic Charlie Brown theme song ("Linus & Lucy"), but some other fantastic piano trio jazz: Thanksgiving Theme, Great Pumpkin Waltz. It's easy listening with a good dose of sentimentality thrown in.

Happy Holidays!