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It's too hot and windy to be outside today (90 degrees, 30 mph gusting to 36 mph), so I'm being lazy.

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You Are the Middle Finger
A bit fragile and dependent on your friends, you're not nearly as hostile as you seem.
You are balanced, easy to get along with, and quite serious.
However, you can get angry and fed up with those around you. And you aren't afraid to show it!

You get along well with: The Index Finger

Stay away from: The Pinky

Tagged

Arcaner tagged me, so here we go:

1. Describe a memory from your first tri/marathon ever.
I was running with the 4:30 pace group, but got lost when I had to stop to pee. I ended up running for awhile with a girl from Texas that had also lost the pace group. It was fun talking with her, and I remember how many people cheered for her because of her Texas hat. We got separated when I slowed to eat my gel at a water stop.

2. Describe a memory from your most recent tri/marathon.
Running up the hill before mile 26, knowing I was going to BQ was extremely exciting.

3. What's the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you in a tri/marathon?
Hmm ... I'm still embarrassed that people can look up my results on marathon guide and think that M3d-City was an honest, non-injured effort. (Still waiting for the "sense of accomplishment/pride" I was promised afterwards).

I haven't really had much embarrassing happen. I'm a bit of a snot factory, but luckily there's no photographic proof of that!

4. What's the most thrilling thing that's happened to you in a tri/marathon?
I'm probably supposed to say getting my BQ, but honestly finishing my first marathon was just awesome. For months afterwards, I'd tear up just thinking about how awesome it was to cross the finish line.

5. What is something you discovered about yourself by doing tri/marathons?
I can be pretty determined when I want to, but unfortunately I haven't learned how to focus that on race day.

6. What is The Big Goal that you're working towards?
I'm kind of at a loss for what my next Big Goal is, as far as the marathon goes. For the last 2 years, it's been breaking 4 and then qualifying for Boston. I guess the next Big Goal will be averaging less than 8 mpm (3:29:45), although I'd still like to run under 3:25 someday.

I'm not going to tag anyone in particular, but if you read this and haven't answered yet, consider yourself tagged!

Holiday Meme

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
I'm probably more likely to drink hot chocolate than egg nog since it's not as unhealthy, but I don't really drink either any more. I did try Edy's Light Egg Nog ice cream, and it's pretty good.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
Santa presents were always unwrapped.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
I don't have a strong opinion on this one, but apparently my future SIL does as the Engineer found out last year while visiting his brother right before Christmas. According to her, women like white lights on trees and men like colored lights. I think I like colored lights for both the house and the tree. I DON'T like blue lights, or the lights that go super duper fast.

4. Do you hang mistletoe?
I never have, and don't see myself starting. Isn't it poisonous for dogs?

5. When do you put your decorations up?
We don't decorate for the holidays since we don't spend them at home. I've said we're never getting a tree until we're actually here for Christmas. And I don't see the point of hanging lights when they'd be dark for a week, making it very obvious we were gone. (Yeah, I know we'd use a timer, but still). So basically, until we have kids and I can refuse to travel, no decorations. Growing up, stuff didn't go up until December.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
Mashed potatoes!

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child?
I remember that we weren't allowed to wake my parents up until 6 AM; sometimes my brothers and I would hang out in one of our rooms until we could go get mom and dad. Then we'd get to open and play with our santa toys and stocking stuff. At some point my mom would make cinnamon rolls.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
I don't really remember. I probably figured it out, I don't know that I was ever actually told.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
The Engineer and I don't do gifts (for any holiday, actually - Valentine's Day, birthdays, or anniversaries. The V-Day one still shocks my male coworkers that I actually mean "no gifts" and aren't just being passive aggressive), and now with the traveling we just open presents with the family on 1 day. When I was little, we always were allowed to open 1 present on Christmas Eve. I see us doing that with our future kids.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree?
See #5. Our tree at home was always a hodgepodge of nice ornaments, ornaments my mom had made, and ornaments that my brothers and I had made. For a long time, we had those stupid paper chains. We had a mix of different lights, and occasionally we got to have tinsel. I'm not sure how the Engineer and I will decorate our hypothetical tree - have to see how Molly behaves around trees this year.

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it?
Kind of in between. I think snow is pretty and Molly loves it and I love watching her play in it. But I hate the cold that comes with it, and they do such a bad job plowing here that it's a pain.

12. Can you ice skate?
I haven't gone in well over 10 years, so it's hard to say.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
I don't know that I could narrow things down to a favorite. I've been lucky enough to receive many nice things over the years.

14. What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you?
Lately? Not having to go to work.

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?
Pumpkin pie, although it's been slightly ruined for me this year after all the food safety e-mail bulletins I get at work that say how it can only be at room temperature for 2 hours (including cooling and serving time).

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
With the traveling, we don't really have any traditions right now. So I don't know.

17. What tops your tree?
Again, no tree (this was a bad meme for me, eh?). Occasionally, my family would use a star but it was almost always an angel tree topper that my mom had made.

18. Which do you prefer giving or getting?
I'm kind of a Scrooge this year, and would rather do neither.

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song?
Hmmm ... answer seriously? My favorite Christmas CD is the first Very Special Christmas, almost every single song on there is great. It's been a long time since I've listened to traditional carols, but I like "Hark the Harald Angels Sing." Don't laugh, but my favorite cheesy song is "Do They Know It's Christmas?" by Band-AID.

20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum?
Regular - yuck! Rainbow - yum!

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My actual workout today was boring (upper body weights, 3 miles on the 'mill) so I'm going to join in on the memes going around:

Four jobs you've had in your life:
Cashier
Quality Assurance Lab Analyst
Computer Support Staff
Quality Control Microbiologst

Four movies you could watch over and over:
Say Anything
Dazed and Confused
Clerks/Chasing Amy/Jay and Silent Bob
Heathers

Four places you've lived:
Seattle
Newtown, CT
St. Louis
Champaign, IL

Four TV shows you love to watch:
Veronica Mars
Lost
My Name is Earl
Nip/Tuck (except the season finale SUCKED!!)

Four places you've been on vacation:
Yellowstone National Park
Las Vegas
Mt. Rushmore
Bahamas

Four websites you visit daily:
Bloglines
Gmail
Television Without Pity
Google News

Four of your favorite foods:
Pasta
Dessert
Fruit
Mexican

Four places you'd rather be:
Anywhere warm/without snow!

Four albums you can't live without:
I don't really do the whole "album" thing. I'm not sure I could tell you the last CD I bought. We've got Yahoo! Unlimited, so I do a lot of single song downloading.

Four vehicles I've owned:
Chevrolet Celebrity
Pontiac Sunfire
BMW 323
Acura TL (love!)

And now, here's what's in my fridge:


Most of the stuff in there belongs to the Engineer (or in the case of the beer, random people that came over for poker a very long time ago). I will claim the apples, fruit cups, yogurt smoothies, protein shakes and cheese sticks. The pink capped milk on the top shelf is only mine in the sense that I bought it for work. I haven't drank regular milk in probably 4 years. When I eat cereal, I use soy milk or Lactaid if I can't have soy milk.

The freezer is apparently more my territory. The bottom of the freezer contains several bags of frozen peas/vegetables that I use for icing purposes. I was using the lemonade can to roll under my feet. As food for eating, I don't cook, so you can see my stash of frozen meal boxes. I'd normally have more Amy's stuff, but I'm boycotting Target and haven't had time to go to the hippie store to stock up on what HyVee doesn't sell. I will gladly claim the Tofutti fudge treats - they're pretty decent and only 30 cals.

Survey Time

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I don't think I got tagged, but I'm going to jump in on Brent's survey. I love surveys.

1. What is your favorite long run pace?

Around 9:00/mile is okay. I would like to get back to being able to run 8:30s while talking, like I did in high school, though.

2. What is your favorite (or typical) pre-run meal?

This only applies to morning runs:
Short runs, I like Balance Bars. How much I eat of the bar depends on the distance. Races and long runs, I eat oatmeal. I started doing this in high school, and if it ain't broke don't fix it. I also stick with it because it's very portable. Just bring the packets and if necessary, a bowl and spoon, and you can even have your normal breakfast while traveling. I currently like Kashi oatmeal.

3. What was the distance of your first ever, official race?

My first season of track, I was a sprinter and ran in the sprint medley (100m) for my first race. My first race as a distance runner, however, was a mile cross country race.

4. Do you typically run in groups or run alone?

All by myself (sing along!). I tried to run with a group here, but it wasn't a very good experience.

5. Name one or two NEW running experiences (occurring within the past year), that you have grown the most from.

This one's kind of hard. Aside from my run in the mountains, I haven't really had new experiences. That sounds kind of sad, actually. So kind of cheating, running Freescale was important because I didn't quit even when it started being sucky, and managed to avoid falling apart like I did last year at Med-City. I also did some speed workouts this spring, which proved to me that I still have some speed in me, I just need to dig down sometime to find it.

6. What is your least favorite structure to run on/over? I don't like running where I have to stop for traffic lights. While I loved cross country, I'm not a fan of running through thick mud. But I HATE running on cobblestones and on grates. There's an annoying stretch of the Chicago Marathon where you go over a grated bridge; they set down a stretch of carpet/mat but there isn't enough room for everyone so you might end up on the crappy surface. So that and cobblestone are my least favorite thing.

Friday Five

I can answer these!

Friday Five, Feb 20, 2004

When was the last time you...

1. ...went to the doctor?
I went last month. I'm trying to break my habit of going to the doctor frequently, now that I have to actually pay for the visits. (In college, I went to the health center all the time since it was included in our fees).

2. ...went to the dentist?
I went in November for a cleaning, and I had fillings done in December.

3. ...filled your gas tank?
I rarely drive my car anymore; it still has 3/4 of a tank of gas from when I filled it up last month. I did fill up the Engineer's car on Wednesday.

4. ...got enough sleep?
I have no idea. Lately I wake up around/by 8am every day, even on weekends. It's annoying because I don't have anywhere to go, so there's really no reason for me to get up early. Especially on weekends! It's not like I need to get up early for running, either, since it's actually better to not run early in the morning.

5. ...backed up your computer?
I backed up my website stuff in August, but haven't done an actual computer back up since April. The Engineer's laptop just went kablooey and he almost lost all of his files ... so yeah, I should get a back up done sometime. I don't trust my computer, yet I only remember to do back ups when I'm about to reinstall Windows.